It is the start of a brand new year.
And while many are still trying to hibernate, Huddersfield’s music scene is already awake with plans for the next 11 months.
Promoters and musicians have laid bare their thoughts and hopes to try to showcase more of the huge raft of talent in the town and establish it as a not just local but national haven for large and small acts in its own right.
And it is a new big venue, a music festival and larger showcasing of talent that are included in suggestions.
For sound system engineer Paul Huxtable, of Axis Sound, a bigger usable venue is “crucial”.
“We need a multi-purpose venue that can put on bands, comedy, sound systems and theatre together for all different genres on a regular basis.
“It needs to hold at least 300 people and be open late into the night.
“Venues have been getting harder to find in the area and it’s stifling creative talent, of which there is lots in Huddersfield.
“As it stands creative people are moving away which they shouldn’t have to do.
“A few people share my concerns and are trying to put ideas into place.
“It’s a big job and I don’t expect it to happen overnight. I would hope to support it but I simply don’t have the time to do it myself.
“Some help from the local authority would be good, even if it’s just helping with the red tape–funding would be fantastic.”
Bex Tyas, manager of the Blue Rooms, is behind a drive to put on more music in the Byram Arcade.
“A Huddersfield music festival would work really well.
“We’ve got so many bands we should showcase them in different venues around the town.
“I’d be willing to work with other venues and promoters on this.
“In terms of music at the arcade, we’re starting to get there now.
“People have realised the space is there and lots of university students have already booked events this year, including the Hang the DJ live music and club night.”
Sam Christie, member of Stop Drop Robot, is one of a couple of Sheffield-based promoters keen to promote local bands and bring in ones from further afield.
“I’m working on bringing three festivals to the Parish and Vinyl Tap in April.
“They are Longdivision, Live in Barnsley and Kaya Festival and the idea is to host them as one-day events there with established headliners.
“I’m also putting on other gigs both here and in Sheffield which will bring bands from both areas together and help them get more exposure.”
Danny Sharp, of the Slop Pop gig promoter, said: “A lot of people are asking me to put on bands so I hope to have two monthly nights taking place at different venues so we put more bands on.
“And I’m planning on doing events at different venues to try and make it bigger.
“I want experimental and weird events to explore what you can do with live music and performance.
“I also want to bring people from further away into Huddersfield and to put on bigger bands.”
Bassment, dance music sound system duo Jake Burdass and Josh Murray, filled out each night they organised last year but are keeping big plans under wraps.
“We’ve been working hard for the past five months to make sure that 2016 is the year that you hear people from all over the world talking about how great it would be to play or attend an event in Huddersfield.”
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