Spurred on by a post a friend made on Instagram yesterday, it got me thinking about the particular impact COVID-19 is having on the music scene - especially the ‘DIY’ music scene and community.
It’s been a few years now since I’ve been properly into the DIY scene in London, but when I moved here it was my source of friendship. Tiny little ramshackle gigs at Power Lunches, in someone’s rehearsal studio that smelt of feet, heck, even up to the bigger events at the Betsey Trotwood (before it became a gastropub from hell) and The Victoria etc. It felt so much like a community, and how you could go to any old gig and be sure to know someone there. Even before I moved to London, the Brudenell in Leeds was a similar venue and atmosphere, and indeed it was so much easier when I moved to London as already a lot of Leeds people had moved down.
Latterly I know venues like DIY space for London and the one on some industrial estate in north london (god my memory is appalling…probably all those years in pubs).
This is less about pubs and venues going under (although this obviously is a tragic side effect) but more about the impact its having on the communities themselves. Will we ever get back to a place where music fans meet each other, hang out, get to know each other? What’s going to happen to these little microcosms in cities (and towns too for that matter)?