Get the Gig November 2017

Posted by George Barnett

Get the Gig November 2017

On the 13th of November, Lincolnshire One Venues hosted ‘Get the Gig’ at the Lincoln Drill Hall, to an audience of 78 young people from the county.

Get the Gig was a music industry day designed to inspire, encourage and help develop young people in Lincolnshire, interested in making their passion a career.



Led by Hayley Ritchie, producer for the BBC Introducing radio show in Lincolnshire and co-hosted by Michael Redpath, a representative from The Engine Shed Lincoln.

The duo went into detail about the BBC Introducing uploader and the opportunities it can give up and coming musicians, showing the progression route from upload, to local airplay, to national airplay, to live performance opportunities.

Hayley and Michael have previously worked together on a BBC Introducing curated live gig night at The Engine Shed, ‘Plugged’, and they will be giving advice to young people on what stands out to them when they hear new music.

A Plugged gig night was also on Monday the 13th of November so all young people who participated in Get the Gig also got a free ticket to watch the event at The Engine Shed later that evening.


Tom Kitchen is a freelance live music professional who works in a variety of positions within the music industry. From main stage management, production management, artist liaison and accreditation management at festivals including Glastonbury, Y Not, Truck, Lost Village, Festival Number 6, Houghton and 2Q Festival amongst others, Tom is pretty knowledgeable when it comes to getting a gig.

Providing a rare insight into the inner workings of the live music industry, Tom delivered a talk that encompassed attitudes and behaviours when searching for gigs and when performing at them, sourcing contacts, and pro tips to augment your gig search and subsequent gigging experiences.

During Tom’s hour talk, he introduced the audience to a variety of items that constitutes to the ultimate aim of getting a gig: the importance of using social media correctly in order to be found, the importance of researching promoters and venues and attitudes and behaviours when corresponding with promoters and venues to name a few.


The Pylons are a 6-piece indie-pop band who met whilst at school in Lincolnshire. Since then, the band have spent time honing their song writing, production and performing as well as gaining a wealth of experience.

The group have played at prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the BBC introducing Stage at Glastonbury in 2016. The band have also had airplay on national radio including BBC 6 music and Radio 1 as well as amassing over 1 million online streams.

As part of Get the Gig, The Pylons ran a song writing and production masterclass. Everything from writing the song to the final product that is played on the radio is done in house and the band will be sharing their experience through interactive demonstrations.

Throughout their workshop there was plenty of opportunities for participants to ask questions and use the equipment provided, which the young people responded highly positively to.

Alongside the excellent workshops provided, we also had a drop in DJ workshop with Noise Academy (another Lincolnshire based organisation), live musicians, who featured on the newly released LOV Album, Original Voice.

Our event was also filmed and documented by Green Eden Productions, for evaluation and promotional purposes.

You can watch the Get the Gig video here -