Summer is a notoriously difficult time of year for traditional gigs – festivals and school/university holidays mean that promoters are reticent about booking artists outside of their comfort zones. Besides, who wants to be in a dark and dingy club when the sun is still shining? And yet people don’t stop enjoying music.
Felix Hagan and I have been chatting about going on tour together for a while and we thought it might be an interesting plan to propose a series of weekday early evening house-concerts between festival appearances, a chance to air new material as well as perform stripped down arrangements of established works in an intimate setting.
Now all we need to know is whether anyone else is up for this sort of event? It’s a very simple format: the two of us come to your house/flat/mansion/shed and perform in the living room or garden (or wherever is appropriate – kitchen, conservatory, armory or batcave will also do). It could be a case of a couple of hours around dinner time or an all-night session (depending on work schedules).
If you’d like to have us play in your home send me a message through the contact section. The period we’ve earmarked is the third and fourth weeks of June. All ideas considered.
andrew forcer says
You are always welcome at our house. Louis scared the life out of my son last time and created several new fans. We all sing along to Felix and would love to see him play too.
But how are weekdays for you Andrew? I guess the kids don’t have school in June but what about the adults?
caroline 'small cat' odonnell says
Seriously gentlemen what would this entail ? Would I have to provide all of the audience? Dressing room?Refreshments? Chairs? Do people have to pay ? Do I pay ? How loud would it be ( I am semi detached) ? Are there insurance implications? So many questions!! But very much interested. My birthday is early July so this feels like a very apt present for oneself….can my kids come? Their favourite tunes are Matilda and Mother. Haven’t inflicted Felix on them yet :). This is utterly bonkers but I feel a must do ……
Can be just you and your friends/family or we could open it up to being a more public event. Personally I think the more intimate ones are the best (though not TOO intimate). We’d tend to ask for expenses to be supplied and then donations from attendees. Food/drink is a bonus. It’s basically just a party and we’re the live music. It’d be acoustic so not loud – well, about as loud as a heated argument but not as loud as a violent one.