Due to a decision by the management of The Ivy House, the external promoters whose gigs have, until now, been on Thursday nights will move to Tuesdays from March 2020 onwards. That means Vanishing Point will, subject to further discussion, be switched to the first Tuesday of the month after the gig on Thursday 6th February. We understand the reasons. Thursday events are not making enough money and the venue needs to be able to generate income from hire events on popular nights in order to survive.
Although it is surprising given the high attendances we had in the second half of 2019, we have to accept the situation. The Ivy House went through closure before and was rescued by the current committee of local people. We all want to see it go on and continue to be a place where new music talent can thrive.
At this stage it is impossible to say exactly what will happen as there are some details to be ironed out concerning the existing arrangements.
Demerara Records’ Neil March explains: ‘I am hopeful that these issues will be resolved next week and that the move to Tuesdays will go ahead for the foreseeable future. If they can’t be resolved however, there is a possibility that I will have no choice but to move Vanishing Point to another venue. Hopefully not but it is not in my hands. In the same way that the venue needs to make money I need to have deals with venues that are realistic and enable me to afford to pay bands and artists to perform. Vanishing Point, indeed my entire operation, is a not-for-profit venture supporting new music and the people who create it. I hope the committee will recognise that they have to have policies that don’t drive promoters away. It is not the kind of venue that can demand big hire fees when other similar sized venues in the area do not do so’.
‘So there is a possibility that the next Vanishing Point on 6th February will be the last I ever put on at the Ivy House. I hope not but either way it WILL be the last one ever to be held on the first Thursday of the month’.
‘I hope therefore that as many of you as possible will come along and support the event and if it is goodbye we can go out with a great party. It’s a UK tour opener for Josie & Cholly. HOL is also playing and will be involved with three of the tour dates in total. And we have the amazing Eddy Smith too. We have built a great new music community at a beautiful venue. Come and be part of it for what might be the last time before we move on. Let’s make it a great night’.
Demerara Records artist Josiewill play the largest Caffe Nero store in Europe at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 2 on Saturday 8th March 2020.
Josie and her musical partner-in-crime Dina will play the date in the middle of their UK tour before going on to play a series of performances in more Caffe Nero stores. More news soon. Look out for posts on social media and this website.
The Arts Council of England and National Lottery supported project Operation New Music officially kicked off last week.
The project, curated and managed by Demerara Records, kicked off with the Trust The Doc Live Christmas Special @ The Amersham Arms with superb live sets by Satin Beige; Slater (Acoustic); Anthony Osborne and Boubakiki.
2020 starts off in style with the Vanishing Point New Year Party @ The Ivy House, Nunhead on Thursday 2nd January.
There is much more to follow very shortly including the inaugural Trust The Doc Festival on 4th April. The Trust The Doc Radio Show also starts on Saturday 18th January, presented by Neil March and will air every Saturday from 5PM – 7PM on the popular new music supporting internet radio station Exile FM. For those who are unable to catch the live show, it will be available by podcast for 7 days after each edition.
Demerara Records’ Neil March says: ‘It is incredibly exciting to have such a stream of live events inside and outside London and the new radio show supporting so much new music too. A massive thank you to the Arts Council of England and National Lottery for providing public funds for me to pursue this ambitious project’.
We are delighted to announce a funding boost to Demerara Records from the Arts Council of England to support a programme of live events including the existing Vanishing Point @ The Ivy House monthly gigs and a number of additional ones. We will also be launching a new one-day festival of new music in London at the world-famous Amersham Arms in New Cross using the Trust The Doc brand taking place all day and evening on Saturday 4th April 2020. A Trust The Doc gig will also take place at the Amersham Arms on 16th January 2020. More news soon so watch this space ………
A limited edition CDR version of the new EP Solo Figure Melting Down The Strydby Jaffro is available to buy from Bandcamp. It accompanies the download which went on sale on 4th October. The EP will be available from all digital platforms from 8th November.
As of our next release, Jaffro‘s 6-track EP Solo Figure Melting Down The Stryd (out on Bandcamp from 4th October & available on all digital platforms from 8th November), Demerara Records will be using CD Baby for all digital releases.
Pic: Jaffro’s Solo Figure Melting Down The Stryd EP
Demerara Records head Neil March explains: ‘We have been happy with the service from Tunecore over the past couple of years but their renewal price is a disincentive to retain releases on digital platforms once they are a year old. CD Baby’s upfront charges are significantly higher than Tunecore’s but there are no renewal costs, making theirs a better deal in the longer term. That is the only reason for the switch. In reality these are the two best and most reliable digital distributors so it is purely an economic decision. Tunecore will continue to distribute existing titles that are less than a year old’.
There are no current plans for any other new releases in 2019 although a date has yet to be confirmed for the forthcoming single by Josie.