The Pierless Music Gig Guide

A decision has been made to shut down the Pierless Music Gig Guide.

As explained in this previous post: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/the-pierless-music-gig-guide/ we never intended providing a gig guide anyway and only did so to fill a gap in the market and to help those who were lost without local gig info.

So, when it came to our attention that the Ultimate Alternative had resurfaced and was providing a Gig Guide once again, albeit only as a website, we started to question whether it was worth coninuing with our own.

After discussions with The UA, Pierless Music have decided to shut down our own gig guide and provide you with a link to The UA’s guide, with their permission.

Just click on the ‘Gig Guide’ link to find it, the same as before:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/calendar/

You can also find info there about how to get you gig, or event included in the guide.

Pierless Music would like to thank all of those who have supported our Gig Guide in the past. We’d also like to say a big thank you to Lily Foster who has looked after our Gig Guide for us. Without her it wouldn’t have worked the way that it did.

The Pierless Music Gig Guide

Since we started Pierless Music, one topic of conversation/question has been right at the top of the pile, that being “Are you going to be doing a Gig Guide?”

To be honest, that wasn’t a part of our plans. But, as i suspect all of you will know, just as Pierless Music launched, the ‘Ultimate Alternative’ shut down. This left a huge gap locally, especially when it came to an easily accessible gig guide.

I even wrote about this at the time of the UA’s demise:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/andy-gunton-2/the-ultimate-alternative/

As so many people have said, the Hastings area really needs a decent Gig Guide. So, we’ve decided to try and provide one for you all.

You can find it by clicking on the ‘Gig Guide’ link above this page. Or, by clicking here: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/calendar/

But, we need your help….

As you can see, we have already started to collate, collect and post some of the gigs and events that we’ve seen by trawling through our Facebook event invites etc. But, we know that there is far more out there that needs to be mentioned and publicised and this is where you come in.

If you are a promoter, pub, bar, club etc and are putting on a gig, or gigs please let us know.

If you’re a band, or artist and are performing at a local venue, please let us know.

We have even set up a dedicated email address for any gig dates and information, it is:

gigs@pierlessmusic.co.uk

Easy isn’t it?

Obviously, the sooner we have your gig info, the quicker we can post it and help publicise it.

There are only a couple of things that you need to know:

1 – Gigs and Events need to be taking place in the Pierless Music area. This basically means the traditional ‘1066’ area. Think Pevensey through to Rye and Hastings up to around Robertsbridge.

2 – We will accept non gig related events, but gigs will always take preference.

3 – Gigs do not need to be of only original music. Although Pierless Music is primarily here to support original local music only. We do feel that, for the purposes of a Gig Guide, all gigs need to be covered.

4 – As with all Gig and Event Guides, please check before you head out to the venue. We cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes, cancellations, or incorrect information.

When accessing the Gig Guide you get extra info by clicking on an individual event. You can also click on the ‘Previous’ and ‘Next events’ tabs to see other gigs. You can even change how you view the Gig Guide by clicking on the ‘Agenda’ tab.

Hopefully, the Gig Guide is nice and easy to use and to view.

If you have any ideas, or feedback on how we might be able to improve our Gig Guide, please let us know. It might not always be possible to do, but we will give any suggestions due consideration.

Finally, i must thank Lily Foster for all of her hard work in helping to get the Pierless Music Gig Guide up and running. It hasn’t been quite as easy as we thought it might be….

Thanks,

Andy Gunton

PS: I have also posted this under ‘Blog Posts – Andy Gunton’ for future reference.

Blog Post – ‘Music Files’ Magazine.

Does anyone out there remember a free local magazine called ‘Music Files’?

If you do, i’m sure you’ll want to read this new article/blog post by Phil Little.

Here’s a link: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/phil-little/the-history-of-music-files/

‘Music Files’ was published from 1993 until 1998, which is when the now sadly departed ‘Ultimate Alternative’ appeared on the local scene.

Phil Little was one of the people behind ‘Music Files’ and explains in his post the history of the magazine, how it all came about in the first place and what it was like to put together a monthly gig guide/magazine in a pre Internet and early home computing age. Things have certainly changed a lot since then.

Apart from that aspect of the magazine, Phil also talks about an organisation, he helped to found, called the ‘Hastings Live Music Forum’. This was a collection of local musicians trying to help promote and secure the local live music scene.

Maybe we could do with something like that in 2012?

Thanks to Phil for his article and we hope to be featuring some more posts from him in the future. Give his article aread, it’s like stepping back in time.

For the uninitiated, Phil Little has been a drummer and campaigner on the national live music scene for a number of years now and even found time to start ‘Sambalanco’, that wonderful Samba band that you see at all those local events.