by Joseph Sarrington Smith
A new music project will be starting very soon called Low Four and it’s all going to be happening at the iconic Old Granada Studios in Manchester (where Coronation Street used to be filmed). It will add to an already rich music history at the venue as The Sex Pistols, FKA Twigs and Tony Wilson have all made a significant impact there in the past. Performances will be filmed live in front of an audience (who will be watching from a viewing balcony) and streamed online. The project will feature new, emerging talent; both local and further afield. Everything Everything will have the honour of being the first band to appear; the live stream will be on May 27th.
Last year, radio DJ Marc Riley launched his online music project All Shook Up which also showcased live music from current artists in front of the camera. Essentially, it was four brilliant pilot episodes and I hope a series gets commissioned at some point.
Furthermore, I was also reminded of From The Basement, a podcast which then became a television programme. Created by music producer Nigel Godrich, its format differed slightly in that there was no host nor audience.
I’m excited by the possibility that both All Shook Up and Low Four could recapture the raw, unpredictable energy once seen on fantastic alternative music shows of yesteryear, like The Old Grey Whistle Test and The Tube. But they need to endure, as it would be great to see them one day become as popular as Later With Jools Holland. And what a wonderful show that is! Television can be a merciless, unforgiving beast; so it’s a testament to everyone involved that the show has now been running for nearly twenty five years and is watched by millions all over the world.