Thursday, August 09, 2012

Coventry Night Club Launches New Live Music Event

At a time when many venues have either closed down or stopped playing live music in Coventry, one night club is bucking the trend as it launches a brand new live music event. S7VEN will be hosting 'Friday Night Live' on Friday 10th August 2012 in a bid to showcase local bands and keep live music alive in the city centre.

Coventry musician Daniel Connolly is spearheading the event and I caught up with him to ask him why S7VEN were launching 'Friday Night Live'. It was clear his passion for live music is real as he said, "We're launching the night to try and get the point across that live music isn't as dead as people say and that a venue like S7VEN is extremely diverse. Going from, house nights, to garage and to now indie!" 

Daniel wants to see not only local bands perform, he has plans for UK acts to come to Coventry's 'Friday Night Live' over the coming months, "people can expect not only the best local acts but the best acts from all over the UK. Big things are going to happen with this new night and S7VEN will be put on the map for being a diverse, energetic and warming venue." 
The music scene in Coventry will welcome this new venture and as a young musician himself, Daniel was keen to say why music is so important to him, "music is my life, I love writing and playing music. Being in a band myself I know how hard it is for the local live music scene, but we are going to make this happen, and people will know about us here at Friday Night Live - S7VEN."

The Old Fire Station in Hale Street has been transformed in recent years from the disused fire station to the swanky S7VEN night club, it was put on the map when Coventry chart toppers The Enemy recorded their 'Gimme The Sign' video back in February 2012. The band have been zealous in promoting new unsigned bands and Daniel wants to follow in those footsteps, "with hosting The Enemy and Pint Shot Riot and other acts like Reverend and the Makers, S7VEN have a lot to offer. We will be giving local bands the opportunity to support big names and offering them a fresh new venue to perform in."

The launch night has a great line up, featuring the cream of local talent. Daniel is hoping to continue Friday Night Live as a regular live music slot in Coventry, giving young people a chance to perform and get the party weekend off to a flying start. He said, "Friday Night live is hopefully going to take off after the launch night, we will be announcing some big names towards the end of 2012,start of 2013. Things are going to look up - it's going to be all about Club S7VEN more than it is at the moment!"

Coventry band The Fallows will take to the stage as they continue their successful year, having been BBC Coventry and Warwickshire's 'Band of the Month' and were booked for the main stage at Godiva Festival (the weather meant a venue change with  some cracking pictures by Redwood Photography). Like the venue, The Fallows are quality with a rich sound that music lovers will enjoy. Check out their folk pop music and  head down to 'Friday Night Live' at S7VEN.

Another exciting Coventry band are This Modern Youth, they were the only Cov band to be featured on the Teenage Cancer Trust tribute to The Specials recently and have been in the studio with Matt Terry, who has produced for The Enemy. The video below gives you a flavour of the sound you can expect at 'Friday Night Live', with TMY  bursting with energy and a rock 'n' roll stage presence that earned them a place in MTV's Unsigned Band UK final.

Since Daniel Connolly is launching 'Friday Night Live' at S7VEN then it only seemed natural that The Espadrilles should be there for big night. The five piece hail from Coventry and Bedworth and will be sure to kick your weekend off to a foot stomping start. The lads formed last year and hope their love of music will result in tunes that people can sing-a-long too. Have a listen below, then come and see The Espadrilles perform their set with Daniel Connolly on drums.

The Old Fire Station venue will also be host to four local lads The Charmers, described by Front magazine (I could only find a website that has lots of  boob pictures!) as an 'baby faced' indie rock band. Their sound is anything but childish, as fans of The Ripps found out when The Charmers supported their album launch in May. With a voice that comes straight out of The Kooks, this up and coming band has a great future that Coventry should get behind and support.

Get yourself down to the launch of 'Friday Night Live' @ S7VEN in Coventry for an evening of live music and then stay for the after party to get your weekend off to a flying start.
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