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New night is the perfect platform for musicians

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

New night: The Engine Shed in Lincoln has plans in the pipeline to revive the city's music scene with a series of live music gigs

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by Ryan Butcher

Whether it's Merseybeat, Madchester, or hip-hop from Hackney, Britain is the greatest country in the world when it comes to making music.

Bar none.

Ok, the Americans might have Bob Dylan. But we're single-handedly responsible for pop, rock, punk and, yes, even new-wave.

From The Rolling Stones to The Beatles, right through to Led Zeppelin, this little island of ours has made the single-greatest impact to popular culture across the entire globe.

But each and every one of those iconic bands started with a local following.

And, whether it was The Cavern Club or the local boozer, they "made it" by grafting in hometown venues playing to friends, family and fans brought there by word-of-mouth.

It wasn't just something prevalent in just the 60s and 70s, either.

Take Pulp and the Arctic Monkeys, for example. If they'd have been around in any other city than Sheffield, the annals of popular music would read very definitely indeed. It was the support they had from their hometown crowd which helped launch them into the stratosphere.

It saddens me to say this, but the Lincoln music scene is virtually non-existent.

Thanks to the boys from Moda, we have a pretty strong following when it comes to dance, electronica and DJs.

And Kind bar's regular Botox night does its best to put on acoustic acts with its open mic night.

But aside from that, we have nothing.

Well, until now.

The folks at Lincoln's Engine Shed are set to launch a new monthly live music night with hopes of reviving the city's long-forgotten scene.

The series of live shows will take place in the venue's second room, The Platform, starting on Friday, April 12.

"As part of the ongoing development of The Platform, we are planning a series of small live shows showcasing local talent," explains the venue's club and promotions officer Ian Spenton.

"We hope this will highlight the growing array of musicians from the local scene, giving them the exposure of playing in a high profile live music venue alongside industry professionals.

"We will also be giving artists the opportunity to have their live sets recorded and mixed by our in-house engineers."

Acts and artists also have a chance to make a bit of money from the ticket sales, so, if you're a musician living and playing in Lincoln, this is a dream come true.

I know the talent is out there. I've been writing about local bands in these pages for the last four years.

But in order for it to be a success, it needs everyone who has ever been moved by music, or inspired to pick up an instrument, to take part – whether it be on the stage or standing in the crowd.

The Engine Shed is now looking for any live acts to get in touch by e-mailing a link to its SoundCloud account. And if you don't have one – get one.

You can apply to be on the first-ever bill of this night, which will be finalised and announced on Friday, March 22, by e-mailing your link to bands@engineshed.co.uk

The next break-out act could be living in the suburbs of Lincoln, ready to take on the country, if not the world, and cement themselves in history. We just need to rally together and find them.

It's time to make local live music in Lincoln interesting again.

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