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Midtown Sounds

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Since its inception in 2018, Midtown Sounds has provided a platform for musicians in the Borough, and organisers have worked hard to ensure the programmed sessions gives them the support to remain creative and an opportunity to showcase their talents.

Midtown Sounds 2022

Midtown Sounds returned on Friday 25 and 26 February 2022 following on from our 'virtual festival' in 2021!

Highlight Video

Friday

Friday night of Midtown Sounds this year saw three local acts play in the Tower Centre mall from 6pm – 9pm.

This year’s performance was a collaboration with local band night Sequel.

The three young local acts below took to the stage to add some atmosphere for shoppers in the tower centre:

6pm – Conor McAuley

7pm – Foreign Mornings

8pm – The Caged Hearts

Saturday

Saturday saw a number of workshops take place in an empty unit within the Tower Centre shopping centre.

10am – Junior Jammers workshop from The Music Rooms (Local shop/music tuition centre facilitated a music workshop for children aged 3-6).

The children were able to learn rhythms and patterns on African drums.

This workshop was very successful with children from a range of communities taking part. We even had some children who had travelled from outside the borough to be involved.

12pm – Music Marketing and PR with Amanda St John

Local musician and life coach Amanda St John led a workshop on music marketing and how to release music. This workshop largely consisted of 1-1s with local musicians.

2pm – Music Production with Michael McCluskey – Zero Hour Studios

The best-attended workshop of the day saw local music producer Michael McCluskey covering the basics of music production as well as fielding questions from the audience regarding specific audio issues

4pm – Vocal Coaching with Sarah Irvine

Local vocal coach Sarah Irvine lead a group workshop on how best to warm up your vocal cords, breathing techniques as well as tips and tricks to improve vocals.

5pm – Midtown Sounds Jam

A number of local musicians came together for the final hour in order to collaborate and play together.

This year we collaborated with local business Ted & Stitch in order to recreate Merchandise for Midtown Sounds. This combined with a vinyl banner really helped to raise the profile of Midtown Sounds.

Our partnership with the Tower Centre, the live performances and occupying of the unit within the shopping centre helped to raise our profile with the public outside of the local music scene.

Midtown Sounds Documentary

We hope the documentary below helps to shine a light on our local talent and inspire others to grab an instrument and get involved.