We have received the following information from Maurice Mulligan, the Contemporary Popular music worker for Lincoln City.

Autumn 2001 Update from SoundLINCS

~ Lincoln City Battle Of The Bands Competition ~

proposed line-up, dates, venues and times:

Heat 1 - Thursday 27th September: 8pm @ The Falcon on Saltergate, Lincoln

Owsley Sunshine - from Lincoln / Paragon - from Lincoln / Nuclear Melonheads - from Lincoln / Vinyl Collide - from Lincoln

Heat 2 - Thursday 11th October: 8pm @ The Wild Life on Birchwood Avenue, Lincoln

The Well Devils - from Louth / Paul Didgeridoo - from Gainsborough / Total Eclipse - from Coningsby

Liszt - from Lincoln

Heat 3 - Thursday 25th October: 8pm Yates's on the High Street, Lincoln

Warm Norman - from Scunthorpe / Star 69 - from Lincoln / Bypass - from Lincoln / The Funkster - from Lincoln

Heat 4 - Thursday 8th November: 8pm @ The Lincoln Imp on Riseholme Road, Lincoln

The Vibe - from Lincoln / Waxburn - from Grimsby / Glass Onion - from Sleaford / The Heat - from Lincoln

Heat 5 - Thursday 22nd November: 8pm @ Robeys Club on Canwick Road, Lincoln

Mutley - from Lincoln / Sandfly - from Sleaford / Reuben Moses - from Lincoln / Calexica - from Lincoln

Semi-Finals - Saturday 1st December: 2pm @ The University of Lincoln Union Bar, Brayford Marina, Lincoln

Entry £3.00 - Event ticket for semi's & finals available for £5.00!

(There will also be an evening event that night promoted by the Halfway up the Hill Committee!)

Finals - Thursday 6th December 8pm: @ The University of Lincoln Union Bar, Brayford Marina, Lincoln

Entry £3.00 - Event ticket for semi's & finals available for £5.00!

Free Rock Construction music workshops

Thursday October 18th 8pm @ Croft Street Community Centre Main Hall

Latin Percussion Workshop with Paul Hose and Maurice Mulligan

Sunday November 18th 2pm: @ Croft Street Community Centre - Double Bill Today!

Project Room - Electronic Composition with John Stafford

Main Hall - PA & Audio Engineering with Maurice Mulligan

Advance booking required!

There will be one further session this year in December centred on Recording Studio & Production Techniques with Maurice, spaces for this session will be very limited so please call Maurice at soundLINCS on 01522 510073 for details.



Following on from a research project undertaken by soundLINCS (in association with East Midlands Arts and Lincoln City Council) a Contemporary Popular Music (CPM) development worker has finally been appointed for the city.The worker is based at the city centre offices of soundLINCS and has a remit to work with existing projects offering assistance, aid with seeking external funding where required and industry specific advice. In addition to this the CPM worker will be developing new contemporary music-based projects throughout the area, working with community centres, access groups and local youth services.CPM development worker Maurice Mulligan says; "There a few contemporary music initiatives in the city at present not least the regular Friday 'Bivouac' nights at the Duke of Wellington, but there is scope for so much more in the city. Part of the reason for this seems to be either one of three things; Lack of funds for struggling musicians, lack of a choice of regular venues and a lack of knowledge for new acts to develop their productions".As part of 'The Network', (a five city initiative within the East Midlands region) Maurice is working as a point of contact between budding contemporary pop acts and the arts establishment.'The Network' provides a conduit to several areas of funding for bands and artists. This can appear in the shape of small on-off payments and awards given through the local CPM worker on an annual basis. Through to several much larger awards that are available through either the East Midlands Arts, local councils, the Central Arts Council and many other sources that may not be apparent.Maurice's post is aimed at encouraging the production of contemporary music in general. However, he sees that as not only as a tool to encourage artistes but also to encourage potential promoters and community organisations through additional funding (publicity, equipment grants etc.).There is already a regular Wednesday afternoon surgery at the soundLINCS office, with an open door policy for anyone needing advice with their projects. Although not officially launched this has already led to several chance callers walking away with answers to the questions they had asked and some advice on those not yet considered.Working alongside four other CPM developers in the East Midlands region (Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and Northampton. Lincoln will be able to join in some of the existing and planned initiatives by The Network. New proposals include 'gig swaps' throughout the region, where local acts will act as hosts for an evening's entertainment with out of town bands. The local act in turn will perform at venues hosted by the other regional acts. This will show benefits in providing out-of-town experience for local acts and guarantee them with a sensible fee at the end of the day.The Network can give young bands a broader view of things, giving support and advice on how the industry works. This may include how to approach record companies or how to market their band, what to look for in contracts and how to get a good lawyer for example. One A& R manager who has shown interest in musicians promoted by The Network, is Jason Hetherington. He attended a Network workshop held at The Roadmender, in Northampton and has made many scouting trips up to the East Midlands from his London office. Jason is constantly on the look out for new talent and is in regular contact with the workers from The Network. "The people from The Network keep me in touch with what's going on in and around Northampton, Nottingham, Leicester, Derby and now Lincoln telling me about the bands to watch, and they all really do have the best interests of the musicians at heart, nurturing them from their local success to a much wider level of exposure," says Jason.As part of the Lincoln CPM launch a series of free support sessions "Rock Construction" have been put devised to run throughout the year. The series will take the form of open and structured workshops, with an experienced practitioner hosting each session. The sessions, although ultimately audience driven, will cover all aspects of the business from Electronic Composition, through Looking at Contracts to DJ & Turntablist work.For further information about the above please contact:Maurice MulliganSoundLINCSNewton House38 Grantham StreetLincolnLN2 1LWTel:01522 510073 Fax: 01522 510076




This project is funded by East Midlands Development Agency and Lincoln City Council



Following research into popular music in the city undertaken for soundLINCS in 1998/99 by Laurie Bennett (Local Musician), East Midland Arts in conjunction with the City council have turned the initial research into a full project.



All of the practitioners involved in the project are highly experienced and professional musicians and artists who have and interest in developing contemporary music in general. All of the initial (taster) workshops will be free and are funded by the City Council in association with East Midlands Arts, as and when we come across a workshop that is in demand I will schedule a series of specific workshops/sessions to cater for these needs. There will be a couple of "one off" sessions later in the year that will include experience working with a full PA system, showing the participants the ins and outs of amplifying their instruments and using the many pieces of 'outboard' equipment such as gates and compressors. This will also give the younger and less experienced bands the opportunity to see what can be achieved using on-stage monitoring. In addition to this we will be inviting industry experts from London and the larger inner cities to present seminars on various facets of the recording industry, such as dealing with record companies and A & R managers. In addition to the more traditional aspects of popular music we will be offering sessions specifically designed around modern DJ'ing (Turntablists) with a team of DJ's who will bring workshop equipment to allow 'hands-on' experience with turntables.

It is hoped that further sessions will develop from these initial tasters although it is difficult to quantify the city's need for this until we get feed back from the taster sessions. This will allow those interested to gain experience in any of the scheduled classes such as Electronic Music composition using computers and sampling or drum workshops paying only a nominal administration fee to cover the cost of presenting the workshops.


The 'Launch' will take place at the Duke of Wellington Pub on Broadgate, on the 25th April at 8pm., the launch will be followed by the first of the regular sessions the next week again at the Duke of Wellington. After that the sessions will be held on alternate weeks at either the Duke and The Polish Club (on Tentercroft Street) until later in June when it is hoped that The Crofts Street Community Centre will be come involved.
Many of the project practitioners will be in attendance on the first evening and will be 'setting their tables out' on the night to give a small taster of the sessions to come. Those attending the Launch will have the opportunity to see at first hand what some of the sessions will have in store.



It might be worth mentioning some of the dangling carrots such as the various grants that we can apply for on behalf of interested parties;

Firestarter Grants - Publicity & Promotional (not gigs/recordings)

Enabling Fund - Gigs & Recordings (not publicity)

Lincoln City Council (Grant Aid for the Arts) - Twice Yearly up to £500.00

Regional "Gig-Swaps" - Allowing local bands/Artists the opportunity to perform in the other Network areas (Nottingham, Leicester, Derby & Northampton) for a sensible and guaranteed fee. In return for this we (Lincoln) will act as host for the other Network areas.


Riptide Performance, Leicester (See below) - Leicester based Theatre company backed by East Midlands Arts etc. looking for acts to provide demos for inclusion on a soundtrack recording. Those successful will have their chosen material professionally recorded in a studio for free, it will then be included as part of a full soundtrack for sale and also to be used as backing for a theatre drama.
In addition to this information please have a look at the attachments



Leicester Performance Co. are seeking bands and musicians to work with on the soundtrack for their next show. A range of styles is sought from high-energy indie-grunge to chilled out acoustic...Nine Inch Nails meets David Gray with some middle-ground and quirkiness in between.

Deadline for demos is May 12th 2001. The soundtrack will be professionally recorded in July 2001, included in a full-scale promotional campaign, and then be featured throughout studio-theatre tour.

The company are a Leicester based performance company who create new, devised theatre performances for studios, bars and club environments. Their work fuses highly physical choreography, powerfully crafted text, and indie-alternative soundtracks. Of a previous show a member of The Prodigy responded, "Completely inspiring...I was totally blown away by it!"


For further info Contact:

Maurice Mulligan
38 Grantham Street
Tel: 01522 510073



Are You:

Interested in Rock & Pop? ~ A Musician? ~ In a band?

~ A DJ/Mixer? ~ A teacher? ~ Promoting local gigs?

Would you like to be? ~ Do you need assistance?


The Network is a regional organisation that supports contemporary popular music. There are five development workers across the East Midlands based in Nottingham Northampton Leicester, Derby and Lincoln.

The Network can support Contemporary Popular Music through:

Access to financial assistance.

Access to Music Industry Information. (A&R, Management, Agencies).

Provision of Information & Training.

Initiation and management of projects (large & small!) to increase the opportunities for people to get involved in the making & playing of contemporary music.

Raising the profile of contemporary music to the relevant authorities and funding bodies both in the area and nationally.

The development of your own ideas


If you feel that any of these issues are of interest either to yourself, your band, your friends or your organisation we hold open door surgeries between 3pm & 7pm every Wednesday. Outside of these hours please contact:

Maurice Mulligan (CPM Development),

Soundlincs. Suite 2., 38 Grantham Street, Lincoln. LN2 1LW

Tel: 01522 510073 ~ Fax: 01522 510076




This project is funded by East Midlands Development Agency and Lincoln City Council.