Neu Waves is a celebration of emerging artists, held every Thursday at The Loft pub above The Kings in Albert Road, described by its founders as “a passionate project born out of a desire and passion for live music, and a bond of like minds throughout the lockdown.
Country rockers from West Langkamer headline the launch party with the support of Brighton jazz punks Opus Kink and Portsmouth’s Making Eyes.
From the imagination of promoters Sam Leadbetter (Calamity Cratediggers) and Ella Ash (Missing), they aim to bring together the local community and the creative scene.
Sam says, “The foreclosure gave us time to think about what we wanted to do as promoters and plan something.
“I talked to the guys at The Loft about booking shows there sporadically, as we went along, and they mentioned that they were looking to have things more regular on a permanent basis, which m ‘pricked the ears.
“I always thought it would be cool to have a club night, like an old NME style live music club night, where people could go week after week and know that there are going to be some interesting new live bands or artists, some that they will like, others that they will not like, others that they will remember having seen here, five years later, when they became superstars …
“Mine and Ella’s passion for alternative music revolves around new music, so we wanted to find a way to bring her to the city. With stand-alone shows, it’s not always that easy.
“With bands that have only released a few singles or an EP, that doesn’t necessarily justify a title in Portsmouth and it’s really hard to sell.
“We wanted to create a stand-alone party, and people are starting to come in at night, hopefully, confident that they’re going to hear some interesting new music, and not necessarily just depending on who’s performing.”
They also want to connect with the local student population as well as the regular concert population.
“We want this to please the local Southsea / Portsmouth crowd who have supported our shows for the past two years anyway, but who are also trying to tap into this elusive student audience – they are definitely there!
“There are definitely people who come to Portsmouth to get degrees and who also like to watch live music.”
To this end, they also work with university and colleges to nurture and develop creative talents across the artistic spectrum by providing students of photography, musical engineering, graphic design and other creative fields with the opportunity to work on “live” projects and build their industry experience.
“We’re trying to find innovative ways of working and building that relationship,” Sam adds.
They aim to put tickets on sale for around £ 5-7, with 30% for NHS staff and students, but opening night entry is free if you sign up for their mailing list.
“The Kings have been very supportive and they are helping financially as well. I think they understand that these things don’t just ‘happen’, and if you want to build something, it takes time and money.
“It makes something like that a lot more doable. And I think for The Loft and The Kings it brings in new customers and it’s mutually beneficial for everyone involved. ‘
Each night will also feature local DJs from Unmade Radio, Calamity Cratediggers and Missing.
Neu Waves plans to operate weekly from Thursday September 9th.
Tickets for the launch event and upcoming parties are now available at skidle.com.
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