Unconvention22: Where are Lancashire’s music blogs?

So a few weeks ago Unconvention22 happened in Preston.

A very inspiring experience for me but scary too because there’s a lot to do now to unite this county of musicians, promoters, venues and music lovers!

On the last session of the day we tackled this panel discussion title: “Local scenes; collaboration, co-operation and ways to make things happen.”

A few points came out of it but mainly that in Lancashire, music and creative businesses are in different towns and not in one place like Manchester with the obvious geographical consequences and pitfalls.

This area will be looked at shortly in terms of meet ups and possible online assistance too.

Some similar points came up at BBC Introducing’s break out meeting the Thursday after where, with two days notice, more than 60 people came to exchange ideas, to talk and to try and make Lancashire better.

It turns out that most people think blogging about the local music scene is a really positive idea for everyone. The blogger, the bands, the venues and the whole scene.

So armed with only a popular search engine and a laptop I went in search of Lancashire’s music blogs.

There must be more than I am finding surely! The obvious searches reveal… well some blogs but not very much. (I know people do blog but if they are not in the first three pages of a search then they are hard to find.)

Best of the blogs

So last week on Twitter and Facebook I asked who wanted to get involved with BBC Introducing Lancashire in a music-journalism-type way. I had a ton of responses and this is my response to those people.

The BBC Lancashire website has a BBC Introducing section and on there I’d like to feature the best writing about music across Lancashire.

So who is out there doing this already? Do you want to do a blog? Would you be interested in meeting up and discussing how we make something really inclusive and positive happen here in Lancashire?

If so please email intro.lancashire@bbc.co.uk and let us know. Or if you’re in touch with me via Facebook or Twitter just let me know there too.

My plan is in the next couple of weeks to set up a meeting or even two in a town somewhere yet to be organised and see how we can kick start the music blogging scene in the county.

Sorry in advance

If you are a music blogger already and are wondering why we have not been in touch it may well just be that we haven’t found you! We are going to do some hunting in the next week and will tell you more about what we have found and how we think we can make stuff happen around music blogs on the programme next week.

This blog thing is only the starting point. There were other ideas which we’ll explore in the coming weeks but if you have an idea that would link us all up more and make the music and creative scene better just get in touch.

Sean McGinty presents the BBC Introducing Lancashire programme on BBC Radio Lancashire from 8pm each Thursday.

BBC Introducing & #Uncon22

Email sent to delegates of Unconvention22 in Preston

You are welcome to get involved even if you didn’t go to #Uncon22 last Friday

Hello,

Apologies for the intrusion! It’s Sean McGinty emailing you from BBC Introducing Lancashire and SPACE Blackpool CIC.

The #Uncon22 peeps kindly let me contact you so we can try and take forward some of the ideas that came up last Friday and make some more “joined up stuff” happen here in Lancashire.

Background: It was the last session of the day and it became clear that Lancashire’s big problem is that we are all over the place geographically. That makes it harder to work together for bands, managers, venues… everyone.

The starting point for taking this forward for us is tomorrow night at 8pm at the BBC Lancashire studios in Blackburn. I’d love it if you could come and get involved too.

The organisers and some guests from Friday’s Unconvention22 will be talking to me on the radio and I hope you will join us to throw your ideas at us and get involved with the conversation.

If you want to come down to the studios to chat, to give us your new tunes or just drink BBC coffee and talk about your experiences please email me back to let me know who you are and what you do please. You need to be there before 7.45pm.

If you can’t come then you can still email me back and ask a question or make a suggestion.

You can listen online from 8pm on Thursday 23rd June 2011 just click here! Or use one of those retro radio things.

Thanks for reading this… all I am trying to do here is help start the conversation that could lead to some solutions for bands, managers, promoters, service providers and venues alike.

I hear so many talented artists and bands every week as I put together the programme but artists tell me they need more opportunities to play live, work with promoters, producers, designers, video makers etc from all over Lancashire. If creative types across Lancashire could get together more and chat we could really build something here. That is what we are trying to achieve and I hope you can support that.

So if we can help make that happen then it is a winning/tiger DNA type scenario.

Muchos grassiass,

Sean McGinty
BBC Introducing Lancashire
SPACE Blackpool CIC

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Get up to £2,000 With Live UnLtd in partnership with SPACE Blackpool

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Last week on BBC Introducing

Broadcast on 21st Oct 2010

BBC Introducing supports unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar musicians so check out a ton of info on the BBC Intro blog too.

On this week’s BBC Introducing, Sean McGinty presents two hours of new music from the BBC Uploader.

Sean talks with New York based Lancashire lad Greg Holden as he updates us on his musical career over the pond and lets us know the grand total of his “crowd-funding” venture.

This is where artist ask their fans to give them some money in advance to make a new album and promote it.

Find out the grand total he raised in the programme.

Plus Thud Dub aka Mark Mace-Smith brings us some beats and rhymes from the Radio Theatre.

Sean talks with New York based Lancashire lad Greg Holden as he updates us on his musical career over the pond and lets us know the grand total of his “crowd-funding” venture.

This is where artist ask their fans to give them some money in advance to make a new album and promote it.

Find out the grand total he raised in the programme.

Plus Thud Dub aka Mark Mace-Smith brings us some beats and rhymes from the Radio Theatre.

Just click here to listen on the lovely BBC iPlayer