For Astronauts & Satellites Discuss: The Boileroom & UK Live Music
With Guildford venue the Boileroom facing the possibility of closure, TMMP caught up with local post-rock & chiptune innovators For Astronauts & Satellites 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 those venues that local bands just aspire to play. They take the best in local talent and match them up with national/international touring bands, giving the grassroots that much needed exposure. That, and the superb management. sound, atmosphere, food (important), bar (also important) and range of music genres makes The Boileroom a fantastic venue.
How did you feel when you heard about the Boileroom’s current problems?
Our feelings, and probably that of many others, were beautifully summed up by one Jamie Lenman; something about a biscuit factory and crumbs. Why move in next door to a well established music venue, then complain about the well established music venue?
We heard the news and immedietely signed the petition and shared it on social media. We hope that others will do the same!
What would happen if the Boileroom were to shut down? What impact would that event have?
Not only would the local area lose one of the best venues for live music, but the UK would lose one of the best venues for live music. The number of bands that stop off in Guildford on tour is huge. We, for example, played with SHRINE 03/07, and we know Reel Big Fish played not too long after that. Closing the Boileroom will mean us local lot lose a chance to see big names right on our doorstep.
What is your favourite Boileroom-related memory?
Mike and Ian saw People In Planes a few years ago. I (Matt) can only assume my invite was lost on the post? These guys are a big influence, so to see this band up close was amazing.
How do you feel about the state of grassroots music in the UK right now? What could be done to improve things?
It has certainly seen better days. Back when we were younger there were a lot more venues around offering chances for local bands to take to the stage and play their stuff. What can be done to improve things? Stop closing our venues!
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