Open night for bands

Free performance space for young musicians at Fridays, Daventry.
Free performance space for young musicians at Fridays, Daventry.
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A bar in Daventry is offering its venue free of charge to promising young musicians.

Fridays in the High Street is looking to get more live music from promising acts in the area.

It was an idea from one of the bar’s owners to help out bands.

Boss, Matt Newman said: “I imagine there are a lot of bands out there who are rehearsing and practicing.

“But the only places they have got is garages or living rooms somewhere, and that is not always the most convenient thing for people. I also imagine that when bands are rehearsing, they will be working towards performing in front of people and that’s what we can offer.”

As well as offering the venue, he believes it can give people valuable experience in setting up gigs.

Matt added: “We will be offering the venue for free and think it is a fantastic opportunity for musicians. I am not aware of any other pubs in the area making this kind of offer.

“What will happen if they are interested, is we’ll have a chat, look at some dates and then get them to perform at a mutually convenient date.

“When it’s been agreed, we will then hand over the advertising of the night, set up the equipment and getting ready to them.

“I would imagine that within bands there will be someone who will want to take on the management.”

There is a smaller more intimate area designed for small bands or individual musicians or room for a full five-piece band.

Matt was inspired by his own time performing in bands.

He said: “I was the drummer of a band and when I was practising, I wasn’t just doing it for the pleasure. We were all doing it because we wanted to perform in front of an audience. However we were rehearsing at school and there is no way we could have even friends and family into the venue that we were performing at. If there was something like this around when I was performing, then I think we would have been straight in.

“I wanted to give this opportunity for the musicians in the area. They get the chance to perform in front of an audience and get started.

“We hope it will bring some extra people into the bar and some regular live music which is something we have always wanted.”

The nights have been promoted for the past week on the bar’s Facebook page and they have already had interest.

Matt said: “We have had a few bands get in touch. We are now trying to arrange some dates. We will be looking to start this as soon as possible.

“If a band came to us, and they were free and the bar was free we’d try and accommodate them within the next week.”

For further information about the music nights, get in touch with Fridays by messaging them on Facebook, email info@fridays-online.com or by calling the bar on 01327 879000.