Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has a well established reputation for staging free music events like Jammin’ in the Park and One Beat. In 2007 the council joined forces with local promoters in Basingstoke and Deane to put on the inaugural Basingstoke Live Music Festival with the aim of uniting the town in hosting a diverse range of local, regional, national and international musical talent that would bring Basingstoke to life and had something for everyone.
Six years on and Basingstoke Live is more than just a music festival. Music is still at the heart of the festival but in order to celebrate the creativity of artists from around the borough and region you will find a whole range of acts from music, art, drama and dance.
Basingstoke Live is put together by the Basingstoke Live Forum. The Forum consists of a collection of local promoters, co-ordinated by Drum Runners, working with the Events Team at Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council. The event and programme would not be possible without the hard work of the forum members who have a passion for music and the arts and celebrating all that is good about Basingstoke.
Andy Grove, Luke Chatterton & Krissy Lloyd
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council - funds the event, awards contracts to suppliers, handles the marketing and publicity and also will be the event management throughout the Festival.
Paul Midgley & Jason Knight
It’s not just about drumming! Or just about events management! Drum Runners deliver a wide variety of projects and workshops facilitated by their team of professional artists (including singers, dancers, musicians and DJ’s). Passionate about the work that they do in providing accessible projects that bring people together, Drum Runners take their ethos of community music making into all the work they deliver. With this strong community focus they work with all ages, all abilities and in any type of space - from educational workshops to events management, from classrooms to out on the street. Drum Runners are a vehicle for community delivery, including work across many public sectors – arts, health, environmental and children’s services.
Drum Runners – contracted by BDBC, Jason Knight and Paul Midgley manage the creative content - contracting and coordinating all the work of the performers and promoters, liaise with the Council and Eurohire and assist with many other aspects of the running of the Festival.
Jason 07843 348656 / Paul 07932 448627
Beats n Bars was established in the Spring of 2008 with one objective in mind….to provide performance opportunities for the young talent of Basingstoke, predominantly hip hop and grime although so much talent has emerged since then that the boundaries are widening. Patsy Neal and Richard Reece have organised many events in the town, including headline acts such as Luck & Neat, Kano, Chipmunk & Ironik.
phone: 07949 459 727
Intuition UK is host to Hard Dance nights based in Basingstoke, showcasing the freshest local talent along with special guest appearances. Resident DJ’s include Lee Edney, Gareth W, Marlo & Sarah H.
Join the Intuition UK facebook page for more information:
Community coordinated showcase of young local talent from all walks of life in the form of song and dance, from choirs through to rock bands.
Cartermusic aim is to ‘bring people together through music’ and offers the live music appreciator an alternative to rock, indie and punk that is often prevalent within the ‘gig scene’, and showcases reggae, jazz-funk, blues and soul.
Samantha Carter began promoting live music in the area in 2001 and events have included; Sunday Sessions, X-treme Festival, One Beat Festival , ‘Gigmania’ TV pilot for Channel 4, James Taylor Quartet National Tour, several battle of the bands competitions for local newspaper, Basingstoke Live and Live at the Rock.
Cartermusic endeavours to showcase local talent alongside National and International artists; predominantly bands and musicians which write and perform their own original material.
RockBitch Music - Formed in 2004, with an intention to put on good music shows. Shows that people can just.. enjoy.
We’ve now been involved with over 500 shows - both as engineers and promoters.. During this time, we’ve worked with some of the UK and Europes best underground talent (and… some American as well) - and concentrated on developing our reputation as one of the most eclectic music promoters in the country. We don’t care what genre of music you are - as long we think you can put on a good show. We also strive to give local bands gigs they’ll always remember - matching them up with some once in a lifetime experiences and hopefully helping them grow.
Martin King - Promoter for the Unplgd! Tent
Scrambled Promotions organise regular events at The Way Inn and more recently orchestrated the very successful Chris Rocks 2012 Festival as well as many other events in the past.
Ann Flanagan - Co-ordinator
Since 2009 Basingstoke Live has had a dedicated team of volunteer photographers. Our mission is to photograph every act appearing at the event.
All photos are uploaded to www.flickr.com/photos/basingstokelivephotos
Basingstoke Voluntary Services Youth Team
We encourage and support young people up to the age of 25 throughout Basingstoke and Deane to get involved in a range of arts based activities and Community projects using multimedia visual and performing arts to generate young people’s interest in learning and volunteering for local events such as Basingstoke Live.
We also enable young people to gain new experiences, skills, find new interests and a sense of achievement by delivering a programme of taster sessions and workshops including Arts Awards accreditation in DJ-ing , Graffiti and Music production and support young people to have a voice in the community, start their own projects and offer youth leadership and personal development training.
We also deliver Detached Youth Work (working on the streets) across the borough and provide drop in services to support young people’s needs.
Tel 01256 423812