Thanks again to everybody who came along last Saturday; musicians, technicians and audience alike. here are a few videos of the night that we’ve found online. If you find any more, please post a link in the comments section and we’ll add it.
Happy New Year!
A group of promoters comprised of BeeDee Productions, Medway Eyes, Motherboy, Suburban Kings and TEA have been looking at the possibility of putting on a fringe festival of Medway music in 2013, structured such that it doesn’t necessarily revolve around a single main event and can be co-operatively run.
To that end, we (the five promoters named above – let’s call it ‘the umbrella group’ for now) have agreed in principle to stage a fringe festival on (and hopefully around) Saturday 13th July 2013, led by independent artists and promoters. We’ll be putting our heads together shortly to give it a name and an identity, and to clarify our vision and the way in which we will engage with artists, venues and technicians. We’ll be talking to some of those people to help us define a way of operating that everyone involved can understand, agree on and feel comfortable with. Once we’ve established all of that, we’ll set up a web presence so that anyone wishing to participate and help us to broaden activities can get in touch. Crucially, any person or entity wishing to participate, however big or small, will understand and engage with the vision.
Medway Council is reported to be planning to organise or enable a music festival in Medway in 2013, and there has been much discussion about this in the social media. We are open minded as to if and how our festival might potentially become linked with other concurrent events and activites, or whether it could have council involvement or support. Ultimately our festival will be able to exist independently and remain under our control.
The focal point would be the music/gig element, taking place in a series of venues on a single day (possibly two days).
It will not be organised and managed on a top-down basis, but will emerge from a variety of people and organisations working together, creating and managing their own events. However, the umbrella group will;
- agree on a festival name, identity, operating principles and design of promotional materials,
- coordinate effort (e.g. so we’re not trying to book the same bands),
- communicate with external entities as a single voice.
The concept is to build this from the bottom up. We start with the easy bit, booking a handful of pubs and venues for the day. We are thinking early afternoon starts. This is the core, the very least that will happen. Then we can build it up from there. For example; warm-up or come-down gigs could feature on the days before or after the main event. Non-music art events could take place through out the week and on the day.
We’ll keep you posted. You can subscribe to this blog or follow Medway Eyes on Facebook or Twitter for now . We’re not leading the umbrella group, it’s just that someone had to make the first post so we volunteered.
We’ll keep you posted. Feel free to let us know what you think.
Original photo by iamkaspar
We thought you’d like to know that ME4 has raised nearly £500 for Holding On Letting Go since it was released at the end of October (nearly £600 if you count the Gift Aid). This is a fantastic amount and we thank everyone who has donated so far. Sadly, one disappointing statistic that leaps out is that less than 10% of those who have downloaded the album have donated. We appreciate that many of those will be artists who have contributed to ME4 in other ways, and we’re very grateful to them. Plus the album was always ostensibly free, and donations entirely voluntary. We know that.
We think it’s just possible that some of you have downloaded and forgotten to go back and donate. That’s fine. The Just Giving page is still open and you can donate HERE. It also occurs to us that some people might be unable or reluctant to donate online, and we think we have a solution to that.
You can now donate via text message. It’s really easy. You can choose to donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10. All you have to do is send a text to 70070 with the code EYES61 and the amount you want to donate, for example ‘EYES61 £2‘. That’s all there is to it. You’ll get a text receipt and the opportunity claim Gift Aid. Job done.
Holding On Letting Go is a Medway charity that helps kids between 6 and 16 to cope with bereavement.
We’re very pleased to announce that Medway Eyes has been shortlisted for the Music Award at the Medway Culture and Design Awards 2012. A huge thank you to those who nominated us, and of course to all the bands, musicians, venues, sound engineers, photographers, writers, radio hosts and wonderful bar staff who have helped us to shine a light on the immense wealth of grass roots talent we have here in Medway. An award for Medway Eyes would be an award for everyone, so wish us luck on the night. Intriguingly, the full shortlist won’t be published in advance of the Awards Ceremony, so we can only guess who we’re up against.
The Awards ceremony takes place on Thursday 6th December. We’ll let you know how we get on.
We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate our friends at WOW Medway on their richly deserved nomination for the Media Award. Well done, chaps :0)