Live music fans in the South West and beyond are being urged to back the return of the gig scene by supporting a series of exciting ‘hybrid’ live events at Bath Komedia in December and January.
A series of four live gigs will feature high profile headline and support acts in a seated, socially distanced setting at the iconic venue, with a strictly limited capacity for those who are able to attend in person. However, all four events will also be beamed out as a high production, multi camera live stream for the benefit of gig goers who are not able to travel but want to create a live concert experience in their own home. The aim is to bring music to the many people who are unable to access live music at the moment due to the effects of Covid-19, while providing employment for artists, venues and music industry workers whose livelihoods have been decimated by the pandemic.
The series kicks off on Thursday 17th December with Two Tone legend Neville Staple from The Specials, supported by Bristol roots reggae institution Talisman. The following gigs will feature the likes of Laid Blak, Noble Jacks and Komedia favourites Mad Dog Mcrea, all with support acts well known on the venue and festival circuit.
Tickets are £15 for live attendance and just £5 for live streaming, with all event and ticket information available from www.komedia.co.uk/bath/hybrid-gigs . The organisers have emphasised that all tickets will be refundable in the event of cancellation, meaning that your support for the live music scene will be risk-free.
The programme is a collaboration between the Komedia, local gig and festival promoters Fuelled By Cider and booking agency Midnight Mango, supported by a National Lottery Funded grant from Arts Council England.
Kev Davis from event promoters Fuelled By Cider said: “The live music scene has been hit extremely hard by the events of the last nine months. However by bringing together gig goers, artists and venues in this exciting and innovative way we are showing that the future is a positive and healthy one. The music community is immensely motivated and resilient, and never before has it been so important for us to pull together while also enjoying a great night out (or in). Buy a ticket – your music scene needs you!”