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Bringing Back Live Music as We Push Out a Pandemic

6th July 2021 · by Megan Trich

Restrictions leftover from the Coronavirus pandemic will continue to be gradually eased in London and other parts of the UK over the next few weeks. Parts of your life, events and hobbies you enjoy but did not get to experience last year will be added to your calendar again this summer. As restaurant, pub, and concert venue restrictions are lessened over the next few weeks, we all may get the chance to enjoy outings and events. Many of us have not been able to participate in events we enjoy for almost a year and a half. It is good to keep in mind that the events and gatherings may still require less than the building’s full capacity. Additionally, many locations will also implement variations of social distancing. However, being able to gather with new friends and old friends and listen to live music, your favourite band or discover a new one makes the slight adjustments well worth the effort.

Connecting Through Live Music Once Again

For some, gathering together with friends or family on a weekend night for drinks, dinner, and live music was a weekly occurrence and something to look forward to after a hard and strenuous week of work. People bond over their favourite music. So, being unable to do that for al-most a year and a half has left people feeling lonely. It has left us without many chances to connect with friends, family, and strangers in person.

There are very few moments and events in life that bring friends or strangers together quite like listening and dancing to live music. Whether you know the band and every word to their songs or not. Being in a shared space with others, experiencing the same music, food, and energy allows us to connect with ourselves and others in ways we may not get to do in other parts of our life. Long story short, many of us have missed live music. The good news is: live music is on its way back!

As live music makes its way back, the settings and experiences may not look like they did be-fore Covid just yet. They will eventually get there. It may take some time to get back to pre-covid sized gatherings. However, because many of us have missed live music as much as we have, any start is a great start!

If you are looking for some live music events to ease yourself back into the water, here are a few events and concerts that can help get you back into the groove:

Band, Location, Date & Time

Alabama 3, July 12
Inspired by country and blues and combining elements of those genres with electronic pop, Alabama 3 is performing at Brixton Jamm on July 12. The doors open at 7:00 pm and the event is 18+.

Squid, July 15
A post-punk band from Brighton, Squid, is performing Thursday, July 15 at Scala. The show is at 7:30.

 

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Wimbledon Open Air Cinema & Live Music Night, July 23
A movie with friends outdoors AND live music is something that sounds like a great way to end a year and a half inside. Check out this movie and music night located at Wimbledon on July 23. The event begins at 7:00 pm and you can vote on what movie is to be played online!

Live Bands & DJ’s Till Late, July 24
Located at The Blue’s Kitchen and offering a variety of funk, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll live music, this weekly event gives you the best of both worlds. The event moves back and forth between DJs and the business’s regular house band, so you are bound to hear something you enjoy. Tickets are free before 9 pm.

 

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Tom Jones, July 27
Award-winning Tom Jones is offering an exclusive performance of his new album, Surrounded By Time, on July 27 at Shephards Bush Empire. The event begins at 7:00 pm and is ages 8+. Anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

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Skinnyman, July 27
On July 27, backed by a live, full band, Skinnyman is offering a performance of his iconic al-bum, Council Estate of Mind at Jazz Cafe. The event is 18+ and begins at 7:00 pm.

Lianne La Havas, July 28
This government-compliant performance is giving those who wish to see musicians who nor-mally perform in large venues. They will get to experience their favorite artist in an intimate venue. This event, held at Clapham Grand, is an ideal way to ease all of us back into live music and follow current guidelines. The doors open at 8:30 pm. Attendees are only allowed to par-ticipate in the event with those in their pandemic “bubble” or household. This event is 18+.

James Bay, July 29
James Bay will also be performing at Clapham Grand. This event is on July 29. This is an early show and doors open at 5:45 pm. Attendees must be over the age of 18 and attend with those currently in their household or pandemic “bubble”. Social distancing guidelines will be put in place during the event. This evening offers a chance to see an artist who typically per-forms in large venues, in a small and intimate setting.

 

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Kansas Smitty’s, July 30
If live Jazz music is something you have dearly missed over the past year and a half, Kansas Smitty’s is performing at The Jazz Cafe Camden. This event is on July 30 from 7:00-10:00 pm. This night is for those 18+.

As a result of easing restrictions, we will continue to move back into our normal mode of living our lives. We will once again begin enjoying events or social gatherings outside of our homes. Because of this, more opportunities for live music and concerts will continue to pop up over the course of the summer and into the fall.

Many of us have gotten used to spending our weekends at home over the past year and a half. We all need some fresh air. But most importantly, it is vital that we are intentional about getting back out there to hear bands and musicians perform live. Not only for our enjoyment. We must also do this to support the musicians, band members, lighting/sound techs, and venue owners and staff that were directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. As the life-altering events from the past year and a half gradually continue to come to a close, we all de-serve a little live music while gathering with our friends and family

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