2014 ended big for Alternative Barnsley, the local arts and music website and promoter, when they received the Barnsley Music Award for Outstanding Contribution to Local Music.
Jason White, the man behind Alternative Barnsley, says he is kicking off 2015 with three very different concerts at the award winning Barnsley Rock and Blues Venue. The first takes place on Friday 16th January and will showcase the best of Barnsley’s psychedelic indie-rock scene.
When it comes to music, Barnsley is generally most well known for its foot in the door of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal at the turn of the 80’s with groups such as Saxon and Seventh Son, or the tremendous talents that has come from the town’s folk music scene over the last fifty years, but many other genres and talented musicians go uncredited.
However, over the past several years, musicians on Barnsley’s ‘indie’ scene have been creating music, pulling in influence from all manner of genres such as Shoegaze, Madchester, Post-Punk, Kraut Rock and the psychedelic sounds of the sixties.Leading the pack is Exit Calm, who have gone on to play on stages around the world and released their successful second album last year.
Our concert in January will showcase four more acts from Barnsley’s psychedelic rock scene. Headlining are Clay Garden, who have only been together a little less than two years, but the sheer quality of their music warrants a headline slot. They have already played successful gigs at Manchester’s Ruby Lounge and Tramlines.
Organiser Jason White says, ‘Clay Garden have the talent and potential to make it big on the national music scene, and I really think that in Tom Hale, they have front-man whose voice is well beyond his years’.
They have a bright future ahead of them – even their name suggests something vibrant arising from the grey and drab! This will be their biggest headline performance to date and the start of a great year for them, which will also see them open for Sleaford Mods in February.
Jason White goes on to say, ‘if you want to experience something new or you want to be able to say you were there in Clay Garden’s early days before they get big, then come along and support local live music. You might find a new favourite band to get behind.’
Join us and take a trip through the Clay Garden! Entry will be £3 on the door and the show will start at 8pm.