Employed To Serve Discuss: The Boileroom & UK Live Music
With Guildford venue the Boileroom facing the possibility of closure, TMMP caught up with Employed To Serve vocalist Justine Jones 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 is one of the best music venues we’ve played and was a big part of my early teens. I’ve discovered some incredible bands because of that venue.
How did you feel when you heard about the Boileroom’s current problems?
Mainly shocked, because every time I’ve been to that venue I’ve never even noticed there’s a band playing…I’ve missed a few bands because I was too busy chatting outside! Security and staff are super courteous of the community as well, making sure people move on after the show as quickly as possible.
What would happen if the Boileroom were to shut down? What impact would that event have?
It would have a huge impact on Surrey’s music scene as a whole. The University and ACM won’t be able to showcase their students there anymore, and charities won’t be able to run fundraisers.
What is your favourite Boileroom-related memory?
I have many. I used to take photos for them for a while and pretty much every band I’ve seen there over the years have been awesome!
How do you feel about the state of the UK’s live music scene right now? What could be done to improve things?
I think it’s really thriving at the moment; there are so many bands around that deserve your attention. Things like making more venues available to rent out for shows and not closing them would help too!
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thanks for interviewing us!
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