Music wise, January can quite often feel like a bit of a no-mans-land in Lancaster.
But despite a lighter dusting of gigs in 2015’s maiden month, the scene is by no means a barren landscape of empty stages and forlorn looking speakers stacked in the corner, rather a short pause for breath before business continues as usual. Now is a good time to let me know what’s coming up on your musical agenda this year. Whether you’re a venue, promoter, solo artist, band or DJ in the Lancaster district, this is a great place to get your sound aired.
If you fancy a dance, why not head to The Dalton Rooms tomorrow night, Friday, where Lancaster University Electronic Dance Music Society (LUEDMS) hosts its third birthday with turntablists Mike Jones and Morphic on the decks. Entry is £5.
Then on Thursday, January 22, ECP Promotions presents funk from The Meter Men, while Burst Horns play “unkempt chamber music” at this free gig at The Golden Lion.
On Friday, January 30, Sounds From The Hound welcomes The Lumberjack Cowboy Heartbreak Trucking Co and Philip James Turner and The Crow Mandala to the Greyhound in Halton, who will both be showcasing new tracks.
Carpe take to the stage at The Park on Saturday January 31, and on the same night, The Weirdstring Band return to play at the Hothouse Ceilidh at More Music in Morecambe. In February Dmitri from Paris and Mike Pickering and Graeme Park take over A-Wing at Lancaster Castle (February 13 and 14), Robb Johnson and the Irregulars perform at The Yorkshire House (February 21), and there is jazz at The Hothouse with Troyka and Yesa Sikyi (February 28).
On March 20, The Poozies combine folk and contemporary music at The Dukes, while March 21 sees a performance from Bluetones frontman Mark Morriss and Scorton musician Jay Diggins at The Grand.