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Local Music Meet Up Group

Power to the people

Written By Andy Gunton

We wrote within the pages of The Stinger a while ago about the idea of setting up regular meet ups for those involved with the local music scene in the Hastings area. Well that idea is now coming to fruition, and we plan to start monthly meet ups from November 2015.

This is something I’ve personally wanted to do for some time now, but our friends at Un-Convention have taken the idea several steps further, so we’ve decided to start the meet ups under their banner, as part of a wider scheme.

Here’s what Jeff Thompson from Un-Convention told us, “Un-Convention is a series of events, projects, and initiatives with the goal of developing grassroots and independent music scenes locally, nationally, and around the world.

Founded in Manchester in 2008, to date there have been 78 Un-Convention events, in places ranging from Belfast and Swansea to Brisbane and Sao Paulo. Our work has included conferences, showcases, collaborations, artist exchanges, education programmes, alternative touring networks (Off Axis), recording projects and the development of music co-operatives.

Throughout this time we have worked under the banner of ‘Do It Together’, and the understanding that incredible things are possible when people work together on something they are passionate about.

With this in mind we are now launching our latest initiative, a network of Meet Up Groups aimed at developing local music scenes, stimulating ideas and innovation and building a connected, vibrant community for those working in the independent and grass roots music sector.

The concept is to develop a network of monthly Meet Up Groups across the UK, and further afield, that act as a focal point for discussion, debate, problem solving and networking for independent and grassroots music communities.

Meet Up Groups will be set up locally, based on a very simple structure, with a view to bringing together those active in their local music scene on a regular basis. They will discuss common themes, and work towards creating a stronger, more vibrant scene both locally and nationally.

The first ‘Un-Convention Hastings Music Meet Up Group’ will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 11th November, in the Function Room upstairs at the Jenny Lind in Hastings.

We have now set up a Facebook Page for this group, which will include more information and will send out some initial invites to help get the ball rolling. You can find it here: Facebook Group Page

Other Un-Convention Meet Up Groups are planned for such places as Cornwall, Hull, Edinburgh, Wrexham, Stoke, Blackburn, Holland, Ireland, Australia and Guatemala! And this is just the start. Many of these groups will also have their inaugural meet up in November, with the others starting in the coming months.

So Hastings will be helping to lead the way in this new initiative, no surprise there.

We hope the Un-Convention Hastings Music Meet Up Group sounds of interest to you? If so, please get involved and we look forward to seeing you on 11th November and beyond.

Here's a link to the Facebook Event page for that inaugural meeting: Inaugural Meeting

Find out more about the work of Un-Convention here: Un-Convention


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