New gigs mean all the world’s a stage

Blackpool artists Harley J Roberts and Troubadour (below) show off their home-grown talent.
Blackpool artists Harley J Roberts and Troubadour (below) show off their home-grown talent.
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MUSICIANS are being offered a helping hand into the industry with a new recording service at Blackpool Music Academy.

The venue on Waterloo Road, South Shore, will now host Band Off The Wall Live every fortnight, where groups will play a set which is recorded and uploaded to the internet a week later.

Troubadour show off their home-grown talent.

Troubadour show off their home-grown talent.

One of the musicians behind the idea, Vic Mulvey, said the concept would help get original artists back on the music scene.

He added: “We have a lot of artists in Blackpool who aren’t getting the right exposure because local pubs are closing. Those which aren’t are showing tribute artists and original artists are getting a rough deal, often only getting to play acoustic music at open mic nights.

“I spoke to the people at the music academy, which has having different problems around funding, which led to us killing two birds with one stone and amalgamating the two together.

“Band Off Wall Live promotes the academy and gives Blackpool’s artists the exposure they need.”

The Tuesday evening sessions are recorded as they happen, and are uploaded to Band Off The Wall’s website the following week.

Each participating artist is given a copy of the recording, which can send to management companies and used for their own promotion.

Vic added: “We’ll help them out with all the publicity they need through the website.

“The feedback after just six weeks has been 100 per cent positive. And we have a lot more ideas in the pipeline. We’re going to go onwards and upwards with this.”

Chairman of Blackpool Music Academy John Shaw said: “We have been looking for a new concept to try to get the academy more known, with no funding to be able to do it.”

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