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The Courier, Tunbridge Wells

THE ARTISTS GALLERY / NUMBER 1

31st JULY 2015 @ THE FORUM TUNBRIDGE WELLS

It's great when different people are having different ideas, and it can all come together as one. On Friday 31st July, from 8pm – midnight The Forum will host it's first ARTIST'S GALLERY evening, as well as launching THE MUSICIAN'S CLUB.

ARTIST'S GALLERY is the brainchild of Alex Wallace, who already has experience in organising events elsewhere. The first evening features Jack Leon Mackey, Lee Willz and Everything Fundamental, with the aim to appeal to a young audience. The first of many ARTIST'S GALLERY evenings planned, they will not be genre specific, and will vary, including acoustic to party nights. The whole idea is to offer networking opportunities for local creatives, and has the backing of clothing company WADSWORTH AND WELLS.

This evening will be free, with donations on the door to charity RHYTHMIX, although there will be an entry charge at future events. As Alex says: “Come down and enjoy an evening of local and upcoming talent. We want to bring all local musicians and also the public together to show what Tunbridge Wells and Kent really have to offer.”

What can The Forum offer musicians has been a question mused upon for a while. The venue is so much more than a place to perform, it can be used for rehearsals, and networking, and a chance to view established acts play. Aware that money may sometimes be tight for up and coming bands, the free to join MUSICIAN'S CLUB is a chance for people to make full use of all the facilities and resources available in the local musical community.

As a venture it will bring together and support local, proactive artists and creatives of all ages and experience. A package of benefits, seminars, discounts and free entry to events is currently being put together to be released on July 31st. The Forum is hoping that the MUSICIAN'S CLUB will evolve from the launch night, with ownership being taken by the musicians, and The Forum would like to hear from anyone who would like to be involved in these early stages.

Come along and join MUSICIAN''S CLUB – whether you are looking for new band members, a photographer, discount on new guitar strings, cheap rehearsal space, advice on your social media profile, or just a chat, the MCC will be the place to be in Tunbridge Wells.

I asked established singer and songwriter JACK MACKEY what he thought both Artist's Gallery and The Musician's Card will add to the local Tunbridge Wells music scene . “I think it will bring a stronger more connected music scene to our talented town! ” he said, which is something we can all hope for.