Ch-ch-ch-changes – a new year playlist

It’s virtually the end of dry January.  Time for us to kick out the jams, put our house in order, get cracking with new ideas and make plans.  Here’s a playlist to inspire you to look at your work and make some changes! The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop Heads down, here we go….Hey Ho, Let’s Go! Tribe […]Read More

2016 predictions for independent music – a roundup of useful articles

January is traditionally the time we look ahead, make plans and generally get our house in order. Our December blog featured three video ‘Postcards from the Future’ from key experts in music, digital technology, research and young audiences. Filmed at our Camden One Dayer back in July 2015, our experts tried to predict what was […]Read More

Looking ahead – what does the future of independent music hold?

As we draw to the end of 2015 and look ahead to the New Year we thought it would be a good time to revisit our Postcards from the Future provocations – three talks by experts in their fields looking at the future of music, of young audiences and of technology.  What can we expect […]Read More

A Hubby Christmas Playlist

Christmas has arrived at Hub Towers – so, as we slowly wind down for the year, here’s a festival playlist celebrating jazz, folk, alternative and the just plain weird! Wynton Marsalis with Jazz at the Lincoln Centre Orchestra – Jingle Bells You can’t get more festive than Wynton in a santa hat. Sufjan Stevens – Come […]Read More

Boomstand – the pop up sound system going places

Hwa Young Jung blogs on the latest outing of Boomstand, a pop up sound system developed during the hub’s Bring & Byte hack weekend in Hebden Bridge in May 2015. Boomstand is a sound system for public space. We install pop-up sound systems in public spaces for anyone to play music through and for musicians, poets, […]Read More

Looking ahead to Music Venues Day 2015: big issues for small venues 

Earlier in the year and ahead of the 2015 General Election we ran a social media campaign with the Music Venues Trust #VoteforMusic, in which we asked people to tell us what they thought the incoming government should do to secure the future of the independent music sector.  Unsurprisingly many of the issues and concerns […]Read More

A Fine Balance: how to nurture fans without exploiting their goodwill

How much has the relationship between artists and fans has changed?  And what distinguishes a good two way relationship from an exploitative one?  Is it all about the money? We’ve pulled together some of our best soundcloud audio and youtube content exploring these issues and offering tips to musicians and artists on how best to communicate with […]Read More

Social Media: how important is it, really?

Duel’s Jon Aitken  blogs on why social media should be a vital part of your start-up development Do you need a social media presence for your brand or product? Yes. The answer is always yes. What kind of presence can be a more difficult question, and one that revolves around several factors: the resources you have at […]Read More

Phrased & Confused is back! And Liverpool-bound…

It’s been a while, but we’re delighted to say Phrased & Confused, our Spoken Word and Music project, is back this Autumn after a couple of years R&R! We’ve teamed up with our friends at Unity Theatre in Liverpool to curate a P&C-influenced season of the very best mix of spoken word and music around. […]Read More

EventBox’s CEO Joey Baxter charts the process of bringing a new software platform to market

EventBox is a mobile app and website that lets you listen to gig listings to discover music events happening nearby.  It was supported to market through the hub’s Joining the Dots programme.  Here CEO Joey Baxter charts the process of bringing an idea to fruition. When we started Joining The Dots in March 2014, we had […]Read More