On the 6th November, the #SaveLondonMusic campaign will have its official London wide launch. We originally started the campaign in February in response to the closure of six local music venues in Mill Hill and the closure of two well respected local recording/rehearsal studios in Southgate. We wanted to highlight the fact that music venues are under threat and this will have profound consequences for the health of the London music scene and the UK economy. Creative industries generate £8 million and hour for the UK economy. It is not only the economic impact of music that matters. Music is a huge part of our culture and heritage.
Since the campaign started, over 20 London studios and venues have signed up as supporters of the growing campaign. The campaign has also received endorsements from many well known musicians based in London including Lee Thompson of Madness, Dell Richardson of Osibisa and Boz Boorer who is musical director for Morrissey.
|The Camden Falcon – once a key venue|
The campaign has started to make a difference. Our lobbying has persuaded the Mayor to set up a Music Venues taskforce with the aim of protecting our cultural heritage. Of course this is just the start. We need to keep the campaign going. One of the key factors in the success of any campaign is information. We have spent a significant amount of time, money and effort building a website to ensure that anyone who is interested in the campaign has all the facts to hand. The savelondonmusic.org/ website as a resource for all musicians, campaigners and music lovers, so that they have easy access to as much information as possible .
The savelondonmusic.org/news/ page contains details of many articles, websites and other information about venue closures, the campaign and other useful facts if you want to know what is going on in the London Music Scene.
The savelondonmusic.org/socialstream/ page contains the latest tweets containing the #Tags #SaveLondonMusic and #KeepMusicLive. This means that you can have instant access to what is happening on the ground in social media.
And if you want to get in touch, the details are here http://savelondonmusic.org/contact/,
To mark the start of the campaign, we are staging a very special gig on Friday 6th November at the iconic Fiddlers Elbow in the heart of Londons Camden Town. To emphasise the fact that London is a global music city, we’ve selected a fantastic line up featuring musicians from all around the world.
Headlining is world music Legend Dell Richardson and friends. Dell is the frontman of Osibisa, who’s hit “Sunshine day” was a global smash hit. Next on the bill are The False Dots, featuring well known Singer, Author and Poet Allen Ashley on vocals and amazing Portuguese bass player Fil Ross They will be featuring songs from their new album “Songs of Love and War” . Next on the bill are the up and coming band Hamptons, featuring US born singer Charlie Honderick and the amzing guitar talents of Alex Sarychkin, who is of Russian ancestry. Finally on the bill, we have the amazing London Power duo (after all it is London Music we are campaigning for!) The Black Doldrums. The event starts at 8pm and entrance is free.
If you want more information or want to attend the event, the details are on Facebook here -
Please support the campaign and the event.
Here is Dell doing the business!