Local university events management students have the answer to your lockdown gigging blues with their series of online music showcases. They present the South Coast Revival Festival…
The events industry has been facing unprecedented setbacks since March 2019. Fighting against the negative narrative that all events are a write-off this year is the South Coast Revival Festival. A multi-genre music event based here in Bournemouth, determined to raise the roof in some capacity this year. Even if that means taking their shows to the internet for fans’ entertainment and artists’ exposure.
The South Coast has a rich underground music scene, spanning from indie bands to electronica producers. The SCRF is striving to deliver a wide variation of these genres. Having been hosting weekly livestreams showcasing upcoming and established bands, artists and producers, SCRF seems to show no signs of slowing up despite the difficulties faced within this sector.
They have already hosted the likes of DJ Uno & MC Melo D from Kool London FM, Murkydubz, Royal Blood, Hotel Lux, Fikkle Friends, Speelburg, Jetstream Pony and many many more on their livestreams. As well as this, they aim to promote unsigned talent from the local area too. Featuring live performances and interviews, South Coast Revival Festival are breathing life back into the very stagnant world of live music in the Bournemouth area.
MurkyDubz (DJ/event promoter) spared some valuable time to tell us who they are, what the event is about, and how it may become a recurring party for us all to look forward to.
WHO ARE THE ORGANISERS OF THE SOUTH COAST REVIVAL FESTIVAL? WHAT IS YOUR MISSION?
We are a group of Event Management students from Arts University Bournemouth. We have all been involved in the local scene in one form or another, and felt with everything going on and how it has deeply affected so many people we work with, we could use our final university project to give back to those who have helped us over the last three years.
Our mission is to provide a spotlight on the local events scene, and some much-needed work for all members of the events and music supply chain. We plan to raise funds that will be used to help those in the industry affected by the virus. We ask anyone involved in the South Coast music scene to get in touch.
ARE THERE ANY PLANS TO HOST SIMILAR EVENTS MOVING FORWARD?
Potentially, a few members of the team already have an event called Jungle Odyssey. They will go back to running that once this is all over. However, it would be silly to rule out making the South Coast Revival Festival a yearly event, if it proves successful. We’ve had fantastic reaction so far from the local community. So, hopefully, we can create something special for it and raise money for those in the need in the process.
HOW CAN PEOPLE SUPPORT INDEPENDENT MUSIC IN BOURNEMOUTH DURING LOCKDOWN?
With no venues operating and no gigs, it’s tough for independent artists to get new music out to an audience. Social media is vital to this. We can’t stress enough the importance of simply sharing a new track from a friend or an artist you like. Using sites like Bandcamp or purchasing music direct from independent labels helps as well, as artists receive more of a revenue share. A big trend we have seen is artists setting up Patreon accounts. You pay them directly, and they often send unreleased music in return. It’s definitely worth it if you’re a collector or a big fan.
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