Remember your first gig? Your last gig? Your best gig?
Whether you are a musician or music fan, performance spaces need our solidarity right now more than ever before. The challenges that coronavirus (COVID-19) presents for these precious institutions is incontrovertible and so, we’re inviting you to show some love for your favourite live music venue by joining us in sharing your positive gig experiences on social media, using the hashtag #HugAVenueDay.
Music venues are a vital part of local economies right across the UK. They bring huge financial and cultural benefits and are the beating heart of many communities
Jamie Njoku-Goodwin, UK Music CEO
Braver than Fiction hope that the ‘Hug a Venue Day’ initiative will further help to highlight the value of music venues worldwide, now and in the future, long after COVID-19 has been eradicated and the entire planet has healed itself from this devastating, infectious disease.
Obviously, none of us can physically hug a venue (hold that thought though), most of us can’t even hug each other at the moment but we can send the music industry our virtual support and give our most-loved music spots a massive shoutout.
Let’s be real here – we do not and never have made any money from our YouTube channel (nor did we ever expect to). CD Baby have always handled our YouTube monetization, such that it is (and we are literally talking pennies here).
On 11 May 2017, Toolmakers Recording Studio in Sheffield debuted their #ToolmakersLive Stream set-up featuring, Braver than Fiction. #ToolmakersLive Stream Sessions are high quality live video sessions with pristine audio filmed in Nathan Bailey’s amazing, custom-built recording studios in the industrial heart of Sheffield, UK.
As 2017 approaches like a runaway sleigh, we are waxing retrospective and taking a nostalgic romp back through 2016 via the glory of Google. Using a custom image search, we are sharing the first results for each month of the past year.
On 9th December, 2016 at around 5PM GMT, Thunderclap will blast out a timed Twitter, Facebook and/or Tumblr post from all of our supporters, creating a wave of attention (we’re actually hoping for more of a tsunami) but, this will only happen if we reach our supporter goal and that, dear reader, is where you come in.
Three years ago today, Braver than Fiction first took to the stage as a brand new band (that makes this kind of our birthday). A lot has happened during those thirty-six months and it is with some degree of pride (if not amazement) that we find ourselves still together and continuing to make music – despite some pretty scary stuff happening in between.
Here we are then – presenting (possibly) the most un-Valentine’s Day blog post you could possibly imagine. No hearts, no cherubic Cupids, no sappy sentiments, no apologies; we are to Valentine’s Day what Scrooge is to Christmas.
It has been over a year since Braver than Fiction played their last gig and although the band have not been completely idle during that time, their rumoured return to the live circuit is eagerly anticipated. The questions that are being asked include: “Has the line-up changed?” and “Will there be new songs?”
Has it really been two years since this all started? Another Hallowe’en is upon us and it marks our second anniversary as a live band except that (and you may have picked up on this) we have not actually been performing for quite a few months. We had our reasons but this is all about to change now as we approach our third year of gigging with more than a little Hoodoo and charm.