Adam Pain (Senior Lecturer, ACM) Discusses: The Boileroom & UK Live Music

ACM-logoWith Guildford venue the Boileroom facing the possibility of closure, TMMP caught up with senior ACM lecturer Adam Pain to discuss the Boileroom and the state of the UK’s live music scene.

This interview is part of a larger TMMP feature which can be read in full here.

What is your general opinion of the Boileroom?

The Boileroom represents the only true circuit venue in Guildford for bands and artists at the most crucial stage of their careers. In my opinion, the Boileroom is a great little venue – but it’s also a vital part of Surrey’s live music industry.

What would happen if the Boileroom were to shut down? What impact would that event have?

It would make a very hard situation for emerging bands and artists in the area even more difficult. As I said, the venue really is a truly good spot on the circuit, so it would be a great loss.

What is your favourite Boileroom-related memory?

I’ve seen some great stuff at the Boileroom, but I would say that watching Klauss hold the venue spellbound for forty minutes is a pretty good shout.

How do you feel about the state of grassroots music in the UK right now? What could be done to improve things?

There need to be more venues engaging in live music, full stop. The country is losing venues at an alarming rate, with some brilliant places ceasing trading over the last year alone. Let’s not watch the Boileroom become another one of them.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Yes. There’s a myth out there that live music is booming. It is at the top level, but grassroots music needs support. That’s why I am such a fan of things like TMMP, because it puts a positive and enthusiastic energy into grassroots music.


ACM official website.

Adam Pain’s personal blog, A World Of Pain, can be read here.

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Posted on 10 September 2014

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