One of the men behind Blackpool’s newest live music venues is hoping a series of Original Sessions is just the start.
Underbar in Bank Hey Steet is in the middle of a transformation.
Known, perhaps a little too well, as a hot spot for some of the resort’s more party oriented visitors, the town centre spot could now be at the heart of a live music renaissance.
Stuart Barcock is one of those behind the plans and he explained the vision for Underbar.
“It’s always been a tourist venue but there were some issues with the license and we started turning our minds to what else we could do with the space.
“We’ve put a new stage in, had a lot of help with the sound from AP Audio and what you’ve got now is a venue which can hold up to 250 people.
“It’s a proper, underground live music venue and we think it’s going to be fantastic.
“We got things going last weekend and everybody who has performed on the stage has been very complimentary.
“We’re trying to get the best up and coming bands from the North West down here and put on the best local musicians with them.
“There’s nothing else like this in Blackpool, it’s something different from a pub music scene and we think it can put the town back on the touring map.”
For Fylde coast musicians there’s a chance to get noticed playing alongside the region’s rising stars.
And the promoters are keen they should be performing their own original music.
“If you’ve got enough songs we don’t mind what you play.
“There’s enough places on the Fylde coast you can see a covers band, a few venues have gone more in that direction.
“We want people to come down here and do their own thing.
“Bands are transformed in this space, we had The People play last weekend and their set here was completely different to any show we’d seen them do before.
“It’s a great opportunity for local talent and we’re really hoping it can succeed and put some life in the local scene.”
It is hoped the revamped Underbar will recreate the atmosphere of the smaller ‘Academy’ venues – a concept which the Barfly brand has proved can prosper.
The Original Sessions continue this week with a Friday visit from Glasgow’s rising stars Saint Max and the Fanatics (pictured) with support from Lithium Glass Road,
Then on Saturday the music comes from Essex boys Longy with a little help from Scarlet and local lads The Atmospherics.
* Doors open at 7pm and the bands begin at 9.30pm.