Celebrate:MK nightlife reporter Vicki McCarthy caught up with Jason Hall to talk about his successful monthly Milton Keynes talent night on its six-month anniversary.
As a champion of local music here and on MKFM, imagine my delight at seeing The Craufurd Arms’ local talent showcase night celebrate its six-month anniversary!
I caught up with Jason Hall, co-proprietor of the pub and live music venue, to find out more about the latest, hottest monthly night in MK.
MK Local Showcase on the last Thursday of each month is a great idea, but how did it come to fruition?
“We’ve always supported the local music scene,” explained Jason.
“I’ve been running the Craufurd for four years with my friend and business partner Max Harvey, along with Paul Rivers, who’s been promoting gigs in MK for over 20 years.
“Building upon this success and giving something back to the scene seemed obvious to us.”
Jason sees many venues around the country giving local acts opportunities, such as support slots for big names, as he does too.
But the idea behind the showcase had a different catalyst.
“Many upcoming acts invariably have to play many – if not most – of their gigs for free,” he said.
“Experience is great, but talent deserves recognition.
“The format is a simple one. We pull together four acts of a similar genre, promote the event and on the night charge £4 entry, with the door proceeds being split equally across artists on the bill.”
But what else is in it besides money?
“The chance to perform onstage to a paying crowd,” Jason said with a smile.
“We also provide the back-line, sound and lighting, plus with photographers in attendance and the chance to network with other local talent, it’s a wholly positive experience for all parties, especially for acts with less experience.”
So what’s been the highlight of the showcases so far?
“Besides seeing awesome live music? I would say it’s seeing local gig-goers come out on a ‘school night’, pay money and just be there to encourage these acts.”
The local music scene in MK is as vibrant and as exciting as ever.
The talent is out there, we just need to all go out and support it. I’ll see you down the front!
MK Local Showcase is next on at The Craufurd Arms on Thursday October 26 from 7.30pm. For further info visit http://www.thecraufurdarms.com