Guildford Live Music Forum 26th April 2006

Panalists: Mr Albert Jack (local author), Mr Andrew Hodges (Guildford BC), Mr Ian Edwards (Academy of Contemporary Music), Mr Chris Bunting (Culture Services Guildford BC), Mr David Rose (Surrey Advertiser), Mr Tony Scott (Guilfest Promoter), Mr Michelle Harper (Local nightclub owner)

Questioner: Mr Peter Gordon (Head of Programming & Breakfast show host Eagle Radio)

This was a very interesting discussion about the local live music venues available in the Guildford area. Topics included, how to attract big name bands to play, smaller venues for new bands, the refurbishment / redevelopment of the Guildford Civic Hall (circa 1961) that has been closed for 2 years, gig pricing and venue hiring. Invited speakers included Anne Milton MP (Guildford), Mr Greg Melly (University of Surrey), Sue Doughty (Former MP for Guildford) and Mr David Williams (Chief Executive of Guildford BC). The main conclusion of this first session that there was definitely a problem with the provision of live music in Guildford, or maybe all of Surrey. More small venues should be made available for new local bands to play cheaply, and the options for the GCH should be re-examined. It was also agreed to meet again in the Autumn in greater numbers to find out what has changed.

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