One of the roles I perform in the House of Commons is sitting on Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (‘DCMS’) Select Committee. Select committees bring together MPs from all the major parties to hold the Government to account in a particular area, as well as conducting in-depth investigations which can help to inform future legislation. The DCMS Committee has been making headlines around the world with its ground-breaking inquiry on ‘fake news’, but that isn’t all we do and this week saw the conclusion of another important investigation. Our ‘live music report’ examines how we can protect the UK’s live music venues, as well as ensure that the industry does more to nurture the next generation of British talent. Ministers can’t act soon enough. Judged by any metric save our Eurovision entries, our country is a musical powerhouse, and British bands have an international footprint that provides a big boost to … [Read more...] about WESTMINSTER DIARIES: Culture committee seeks to protect UK’s live music venues
Three local businessmen have opened a new live music venue in Colne aiming to bring a totally new experience to town's high street. Paul White, Glenn Stock and Tom Shaw have opened The Live Lounge in what was The Lesser Muni, Albert Road, in the town.Following a full renovation, the building opened it’s doors last Friday and hosted a full weekend of live music.The Live Lounge will be open Thursday to Sunday evenings, and will play host not just to local bands and talent but will bring audience participation to the music themed venue too.Paul said “We’re looking at holding beat battles, choir Sundays and open mic nights. We’re aiming to have a real audience participation element to the venue. We want it to be a real celebration of local talent and music and we’ll be making sure that we provide a platform for new artists to start off too.“There’ll be a real mix of music, something for fans of all genres and for people of all ages”, he … [Read more...] about New live music venue in Colne will showcase local talent
'A little bit of Brighton in Chichester' - that's what the man behind a campaign for a new community venue in Chichester is aiming to create. Toby Wilsher, who has worked as a musician and touring theatre director, said the city needed a multi-purpose community performance space that could cater for all tastes and ages.Possible acts could include everything from cabaret to drum and bass, stand-up comedy, touring theatre, indie bands with space set up for a late night dance venue for DJs or charity events.He said: "It's about looking at what's currently provided in Chichester for leisure and entertainment and there are many aspects of the city that are not provided for or catered for in terms of their taste in entertainment or things they'd like to do in an of an evening, things that we feel that we could provide."So whether it's age groups, music taste, special needs, LGBT communities, it's about making Chichester an attractive place to live for all the people that live here and … [Read more...] about Campaign launched to create a live music venue in Chichester
Harrogate town centre looks set to have another venue that puts on live music. Alison White, the owner of The Cat's Pyjamas restaurant in Harrogate got in touch with the Harrogate Advertiser to say that the Indian restaurant on Albert Street was officially changing into a live entertainment bar with Indian street food.Asides from the Blues Bar, which has out on live music seven days a week for the last nearly 30 years, the Harrogate live music scene tends to survive off weekly or, even, monthly nights at bars such as Monteys Rock Cafe, The Den, Bilton WMC or the St Robert's Club.More good news on nightlife in Harrogate comes with reports that a new bar is going to take over the vacant building from the popular 'Ten Dev' off Skipton Road which sadly closed down earlier in the year.Boost for new parkrun in Harrogate district Rotary Club and hospital join forces for Nidderdale Walk Red Noise Day fun for Riverside … [Read more...] about New live music venue for Harrogate?
Live music is being played to patients at Crawley Hospital. Accordions, ukuleles, tongue drums and rainmakers were used by musicians Jo and Anna from the Rhythmix Wishing Well programme on Viking Ward. They work in healthcare settings to promote the wellbeing of patients through music.Deputy Chief Nurse Lucy Scragg said: “Being in hospital can be a difficult experience for people so we want to do everything possible to make their experience a positive one.“We know that music-making provides all sorts of therapeutic benefits for patients and the people caring for them. “We plan to roll this out to our other inpatient units to help us continue to deliver excellent care at the heart of the community.” Funding of £5,000 was awarded by the regional Dementia Care Improvement Network to Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) after a Dragon’s Den style event.More news:Crawley police and council get new powers to fine road racersDid you see skinny … [Read more...] about Crawley Hospital patients are prescribed live music