Injection of energy for music in the Midlands
When Midlands locals Paul de Fleuriot, Pete Holland, Bill Pocket and Charles Webster recognised the need for an open mic forum where local music talent could be showcased in a friendly, accessible environment, the Midlands Music Club was born. Officially launched on March 26, 2014, the club has already established itself as a feature of Hilton life every Wednesday night at 7pm.
Welcoming audience, warm, hearty food
The club draws young and old, new and experienced musicians from multiple genres, and is getting substantial support from non-musicians who come along to support and enjoy the vibe. “The intent is to provide a regular platform for musicians to display their art. Whether they’re experienced songwriters wanting an outlet for new, original material, or youngsters who’ve never performed in front of an audience, they can express their talent in warm, encouraging setting,” said Webster.
“Music is an intensely social and emotional thing for musicians, and is usually best enjoyed with good friends. So it’s great to know that if you’re learning an instrument, or writing a song, there will actually be somewhere to perform it…it gives life to the music. We meet every Wednesday evening, we are constantly looking for new performers, and there’s an open invitation to all non-musicians who just love music and would like an enjoyable evening out with mates in a really friendly environment.”
A special music festival, “Shake the Hills” is also being planned for Sunday the 31st of August, in order to raise funds for a permanent PA system. The club currently uses equipment that is loaned or donated by club members and organisers. Featuring tribute bands as well as original acts, the cover charge for the event will be R50 per person, kids under 12 may enter for free and the public is invited to bring their own picnic, though food and drinks will be on sale. Details are available on the club’s Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/events/709242819113105/
Meetings: every Wednesday night at 19h00. Musicians who wish to play please contact Bill Pocket on 076 684 7647 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food & drink: Currently no liquor license so bring your own grog. Coffee, cool drinks and a hearty menu at reasonable prices are available. There is no cover charge.
Directions: Take Hilton off-ramp from N3 and turn South towards the Protea Hotel; continue south on Hilton Ave, after second traffic light, continue on Dennis Shepstone Drive for 2.7 km; Turn right at the sign that says “The Knoll Barn” (look for the red arrow); Turn left to The Knoll Barn after a few hundred metres – second entrance onto The Knoll property. To receive regular updates of upcoming meetings, please join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/791263687551615/ Club Contact details: Tel: (+27) 033 347 5481/3 Email: email@example.com