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18/04/2017

Building Blocks: Stage Trek Ep 5 – Weddings

My last article left us orbiting Planet Party, and away missions visited a few lucrative locations; playing at private events, ...

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05/10/2016

Building Blocks: Street Fairs & Festivals – Stage Trek 3

The last stop in our quest was the unpredictable but often quite fun planet of All-Ages & School Gigs. Now let’s journey ...

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29/06/2016

Building Blocks: All-Ages & School Gigs – Stage Trek 3

Starting this ‘Stage Trek’ series last issue, I gave a few general pointers on how to hunt down places for your band ...

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18/05/2016

Building Blocks: Venues – Stage Trek 1

Mid-July 1982. For a 20th birthday gig, it had been a disheartening night. My band had just finished playing the classy, ...

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15/04/2016

Building Blocks: Touring Bands – Status in the Scene 3

It all started very casually for Band X. They got well-established in the local scene, and before long got to play other ...

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17/12/2015

Ill Semantics: Changes of Meaning

Incredibly the story of Ill Semantics runs over more than two decades – albeit with an eight year break ahead of their ...

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Building Blocks: Status in the Scene – Established Bands (Part 2)

In my last Building Blocks article I charted the path that it took for a breakout band to establish itself in a local scene. ...

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21/10/2015

Building Blocks: Status in the Scene Part 1

Every town where live music is regularly performed has some kind of scene: an ongoing series of performances by local and ...

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09/09/2015

Building Blocks: Making Sure You Get Paid

There’'s a natural enough tendency for young musicians to be rather awed and thankful for whatever performance opportunities ...

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