Hate it when people chatter during gigs? Ever wanted to host a gig in your lounge? Want to support local live music? Want to get your music in front of a global audience? If you answer a huge and emphatic ‘YES’ to any of these questions, you’ll be pleased to know that Sofar Sounds is launching in Truro next month.
Music you can actually hear
Sofar Sounds, the brainchild of Rafe, Rocky and Dave from London, aims to “bring the magic back to live music“. The story goes that Rafe was so fed up of going to gigs and not being able to hear the music because of all the chatter in the crowd, that the idea of intimately hosted gigs was born. (We agree – nothing more infuriating than paying for a ticket and not being able to hear the music) The concept of a gig in a secret location with a limited guest list has not only become popular in London but has spread worldwide, with cities as diverse as Denver to Delhi and Los Angeles to Leicester joining the fun. Artists such as Bastille, James Bay and George Ezra have taken to the stage and played stripped back sets which are then uploaded to the Sofar Sounds YouTube channel.
Shh, it’s a secret…
Now, thanks to local Team Leader Jodie, Sofar Sounds is launching in Truro next month. I met Jodie in The Backroom (appropriately it used to be Live Bar) last night for a drink (sparkling water since you ask – well it is dry Jan!) and she filled me in on what’s we can expect. The first gig is 14th February and in line with the Sofar Sounds ethos; the venue is not revealed until 36 hours before the gig and the artists are revealed on the night.
“Because the gigs are in smaller spaces and performed unplugged, tickets are limited so you need to bid for a place on the website” Jodie explained “This means that the gigs feel intimate and we’ve found that people enjoy the fact that they are on an exclusive guest list”
Want to be a host or an artist?
Jodie is also looking for hosts and artists “If you’ve got a private lounge, office or creative space I’d love to find out” Jodie said “I’m hoping to find backyards and outside spaces too” Jodie is also looking for artists, so if you’d like to be considered for Sofar Sounds Truro, get in touch with her so you can send her an audition video.
It’s free to join the mailing list at Sofar Sounds Truro and each gig costs £10. So sign up and get involved with the local live music scene – who knows, the next big star might just be playing in your lounge this year.
Find more information on the Sofar Sounds Truro Facebook Page
TUKU playing at a Sofar Sounds gig in London last year (you might recognise the singer)