“What do you mean, original music?” I hear you ask…. the easiest answer to that is, not covers of other artists. Original bands may cover popular songs from time to time but prominently they write and perform their own songs and lyrics, supported by fans that follow their band and people willing to open their ears and hearts to the prospect of loving a new local band with original music that they’ve never heard before.
Scunthorpe have had some outstanding bands with original material, it seemed slim pickings for a while with many leaving the scene or calling it a day but it looks like there are a few new formations to liven the original scene back up and things are looking a little more exciting than last year.
For Halloween we attended a Halloween party and then onto a number of venues throughout the town centre. And it must be said that Henry’s probably topped the décor and effort for us personally. The floors were covered with winter leaves and the unused bars covered in black sheeting with clear plastic sections warning of dead inside. Kinda like the typical zombie movie or walking dead scenario. Also on our night at Henry’s we learnt the sad news of this being it’s last weekend open. Known as our only licensed club the demise of the venue has become clear with the younger revellers who go out every weekend choosing other places to party.
Most chilled atmosphere goes to Cafe INDIEpendent, with it’s glass wine bottle holders and tall candles burning on every table creating a quite haunting yet I suppose romantic atmosphere. We didn’t make it until later but Cafe INDIE was our first stop of the night. The thing that is nice about events at this venue is you know their is unlikely to be people who have drank too much falling all over and it has a rather classy yet quirky take on things. Cafe Indie Facebook here
We passed Sphere bar and popped in there for a drink, this place really does get forgotten about so we kind of just made our own private party for a while before heading to see where all the people were at.
Britannia held the most amount of people and was the longest time to get a drink, it was packed out and getting a drink was about an hour long mission which we soon got bored of. Brit photos here
Agenda at Class Six was also a very popular night and the costumes and effort we saw in there was actually pretty impressive. Agenda didn’t really need to decorate as the revellers themselves pretty much were the decoration. Agenda Photos Here
I hear from the organiser of Indie Fright nights at Abacus it was also well attended and a good reception for the bands. Indie Friday’s Photos Here
So where did you go on Halloween? What did you think of it? Have you got any good photos? Fancy reviewing it?
(Please note: we were not requested to review any of these events, it just happened to be the places we ended up popping into. Only 3 of us were out and we were just on our own personal time, so the places not mentioned are just places we didn’t manage to make, but what we would like is as we are always asking for new guest reviewers if you did attend something we didn’t, to send in a small paragraph about it or a full article with images to include)
Much interest has been shown over the past week in the idea of a NEW Alternative Disco in town. We have been running a survey to find out what you want. Please let us know your opinions.
Venues most mentioned have been The Baths Hall and Cafe INDIEpendent. The only problem with these venues is for a disco purpose is size and cost. There would be no disco lighting and built in DJ system in a such venue as Cafe INDIEpendent meaning the money would have to come from somewhere to start this voluntarily organised night. And the Baths Hall would be a large area to fill.
Abacus have shown interest in offering a Friday as an option with a selection of available dates but the rule (If it is not busy enough it ends at 11pm and normal club music starts).
We urge any venues interested in this night to please step forward so we can consider all options and venues. We don’t want to do things by halves. This type of event has to be done right. Chances are the trial won’t be perfect but it gives room for suggestion and improvement on future events. Ideally it would be great to move the bi-monthly/monthly disco around venues in town that suit the genre.
John McCullagh & The Escorts with support from PUSHER + more TBC.
Friday 7 November to be held at Café INDIEpendent on Scunthorpe High Street. The proceeds of the gig will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support. So it’s all for a great cause.
The tickets are priced at £7 and there is a limited number available. You can contact Tacheless Promotions for tickets or pop into Celebrate Party Shop on Robert Street. Doors open at 8pm. With support from Pusher & The Marras.
JOHN MCCULLAGH who returns with his third single, co-written and produced by John Power (The La’s, Cast) and featuring his new backing band The Escorts.
John Lennon McCullagh is a fifteen-year-old from Doncaster, South Yorkshire. He’s been playing guitar and writing his own songs since he was twelve. Having returned with his family from several years in Australia to the UK in late 2012.
Over the past year or so, John has played with the likes of Richard Hawley, The Strypes, Alabama 3, The Enemy, Reverend & The Makers and many others. His main comparison I’ve seen and his main influence is Bob Dylan.
ALL PROCEEDS TO CHARITY SOME SIGNED GOODIES TO WIN // RAFFLE OR BUY!!!
(One of the signed items included Bez signed Maracas.)