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The People’s Front Room

Crowdfunding for People’s Front Room

The People’s Front Room is a travelling arts and music venue that performs at many of the major UK festivals each year, bringing musicians together from many areas around the country, including Hastings, supporting up and coming musicians by providing them with opportunities in the arts. HOT’s Zelly Restorick reports.

The People’s Front Room are currently running a Crowdfunder campaign to raise money – £15,300 – going into the summer season – and are asking for your support. The People’s Front Room is affiliated with Hastings through three of their members who are all originally from Hastings: Alba Torriset, James Gulliver and Tom Fryer.

“This was why we organised a takeover at the Printworks in Hastings in April 2017,” writes Tom Fryer, “where we brought all of our unique furnishings and decor and performed alongside our crew of musicians from all over the county.”

James Gulliver, who joined The People’s Front Room as a resident drummer, is a Hastings resident and plays in many bands around the town, such as Los Twangeros and Skinny Lister.

Alba Torriset performs her own music with her band Ålesund, and is now based in Bristol. You can hear her music here.

Tom Fryer is also now based in Bristol and plays with his band, The Desert.

An immersive and unique experience for artists and audiences

Logo Red White 8cm“Monday 12 March was the day that we opened our Crowdfunder campaign,” writes  Sarah Gaiger from People’s Front Room. “For over a decade the People’s Front Room has created an immersive and unique experience for artists and audiences. Every year the PFR has toured some of the biggest and most prestigious festivals in the UK, and hosted events in inner-city venues around the country.

“The PFR also offers creative opportunities to vulnerable young people by facilitating workshops and community projects for those who don’t usually have access to the arts. Through this the Collective creates positive social change by inspiring people to engage with their creative potential.

“The People’s Front Room gets it’s name from the fact that it is for the people, by the people, and seeks to break down the barriers between performers and their audience. We create an informal space which is open to everyone, where people feel included. They are able to relax, enjoy high quality art, and become engaged in a conversation that is taking place through music.

“What started as a small group of family and friends has grown into a collective of 80 artists, musicians and crew. This ambitious growth has produced hundreds of exciting opportunities for our artists. We have taken young people with very little live experience and given them the opportunity to play alongside well established and renowned artists, in a supportive and spontaneous environment. In order to sustain our progress we are asking for your help.

The People's Frontroom

The People’s Front Room

“We are nearly entirely reliant upon the generosity of the members of the collective, for our equipment and travel. For the venue to function properly and give the best audio performance possible we need professional sound equipment. With the money raised we will buy a mixing desk and speaker system which can do justice to our wonderful musicians, a van to transport it to wherever we are performing, and a new canopy for our tent to keep it out of the rain!

“Music and art are a form of communication that we use to bring people together. We estimate that over the past 10 years, around 80,000 people have walked through our doors. With your help we can keep these numbers rising, reach a wider audience, and enable more people to connect with one another.”

The People’s Front Room Crowdfunding Campaign.

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Posted 05:42 Monday, Mar 26, 2018 In: Music & Sound

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