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It’s keen to support the local live music scene get back on its feet after Covid restrictions left clubs closed and all planned dates cancelled.
To help give a kickstart to the return of gigs from this summer, Jimmy’s is giving over its basement space for a year, free of charge, so bands and singers don’t have to worry about performance costs.
The venue is also offering support from an in-house engineer and all the necessary equipment to put on live shows so more revenue will go directly to the artists.
Jimmy’s has been a big supporter of live music in the city since it opened back in the summer of 2019. Lots of up-and-coming local talent has played on its stage, as well as more well-known names including The Coral, Red Rum Club, The Blinders, Ten Tonnes & Johnny Lloyd.
The Government’s roadmap out of lockdown means if everything goes to plan, live music should be able to return from June 21, including indoor gigs as well as outdoor festivals.
Jimmy’s is intending to keep its offer of free hire running from that date until June 2022 to give artists and promoters a chance of gradually recouping some of the losses they’ve been hit with over the last year.
Events & marketing manager at Jimmy’s Group, Luke Coombe, says he hopes the scheme will offer much-needed help to everyone within the music industry, especially the emerging talent scene.
“At Jimmy’s we are all about supporting the music industry and are happy to be able to offer the Free Venue Hire initiative to all artists, musicians and promoters who wish to host an event and perform onstage again,” he says.
“It’s been far too long since we have all attended a gig and this initiative aims to help kickstart the emerging music scene by offering a stage to perform on while taking away the dreaded costs of putting on a show. This way, the event organisers and bands can make as much revenue as possible to support their work.
“After such a devastating time for our industry due to the effects of COVID-19, it’s now time to get back to gigs in June 2021. See you down the front!”
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