Since 1985, Lancaster Musicians Co-Op has provided a hub for creatives in the city.
Like a friendly octopus it has nurtured talent and then with its tendrils has pushed bands out into our many pubs and hostelries to fill the city with a vast array of sounds and genres.
Some of those artists have gone on to bigger things too.
So it seems fitting that a fundraiser for the establishment tomorrow night, Friday February 13. should not only take place at The Yorkshire House - one of Lancaster’s longest running hubs for live music - but also feature a smorgasbord of sound crossing the fields of rock, classic heavy, ska, funk, pop, punk and technical death metal for good measure.
Adam Swift, from Lancaster heavy metal covers band Tears of the Dead, who is organising the event, said: “We’ve been practicing at the co-op since September 2013, but I’ve been there doing other stuff with other bands.
“I couldn’t imagine where everyone would practice if they weren’t there. It’s so important that there’s a hub for musicians, and a sense of community. I love it down there.
“Ian’s great, he’s been really good to us, and always helped us out with whatever we need.
“They do the best with what they’ve got.”
Lancaster Musicians Co-Op opened in 1985 as a a non-profit making organization dedicated to providing musical services at affordable rates.
The building in Lodge Street is owned by Lancaster City Council and run by Ian Dicken and David Blackwell.
Friends of the Co-Op are attempting to put together an archive and are trying to fill gaps in its collection. Did you record at The Music Co-Op between 1986 - 1990? Get in touch with them.
The six acts performing tomorrow night are Ark, Imperative Decreation, Intensely Staring Cats, Peleton, The Situates, and Tears of the Dead.
Entry is £1 on the door, and doors open at 7.30pm. For more information about the music co-op, visit www.lancastermusiccoop.co.uk.