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Cresset answers call for live music venue

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The live music scene in Peterborough is to get a massive boost with the introduction of a specialist stand-up venue for gigs.

Bosses at The Cresset in Bretton, Peterborough, have invested tens of thousands of pounds to provide a much-needed home for live gigs in the city – and have transformed one of its concert halls to bring music fans exactly what they have been waiting for.

The new-look venue will be unveiled in the first of a programme of live music events – called C2 Sessions – on Saturday, October 18. The night will be headlined by popular local band The Brays, and supported by more home-grown talent – Mesh 29, Gin Soldiers and Matt Zilch.

The need for a dedicated live music venue to support local artists as well as big name acts has been apparent for many years.

The Cresset has played host to some great gigs recently, including Terrorvision, Seth Lakeman and The Levellers. And it has teamed up with local promoters, such as Steve Jason and Jon Morgan, to stage gigs by bands including Reel Big Fish, Ocean Colour Scene and, most recently, We Are Scientists.

Now, with the launch of a packed Autumn programme of C2 events rapidly approaching, the Cresset is aiming to focus on bringing more live acts to the city – from large scale concerts to smaller, more intimate, stand-up events.

Cresset managing director Julian Stanley said: “This is an exciting new initiative for the Cresset. The atmosphere, acoustics and feel of the venue has evoked extremely positive audience reactions to each of the live bands that have played the Cresset in the past year. Musicians also love the space.

“C2 Sessions is the natural development of this success, and our intention is to reach audiences of all ages across Peterborough and surrounding areas. We want to help put the Cresset as a venue, and Peterborough as a city, on the live music map more firmly than ever before.”

Fans can expect more C2 Sessions in November – with the Altamont “Never Say Die” Tour 2008 on November 14 and Welsh rockers Feeder performing on November 28.

The Never Say Die tour promises an explosive line-up of some of the world’s most hardcore metal bands, including Parkway Drive, Despised Icon and Architects.

The creation of a specialist music venue at The Cresset has been welcomed by The Brays lead singer Gavin Hyde, who said he was thrilled to be leading the launch of the first of C2 Sessions next month.

He said: “We are delighted to have been invited back to The Cresset again. It is a real credit to the bands in the current local music scene that The Cresset bosses have put their faith in an event like this with local artists making up the bill. The acoustics at The Cresset make it a great venue for live music and we hope that audiences will think so, too.”

The Brays are no strangers to The Cresset, having already supported The Levellers and We Are Scientists there this year. They have had a great year so far, having just released their latest single Sin. Support act Mesh 29 will also unveil new material at the first C2 Sessions, as its second album Secret Traffic is due for release just days after the city gig.

For more details about the line-up on the night, visit The Cresset website

Tickets for the concert on October 18 cost just £7 in advance or £8 on the night.
Doors open at 6pm and youngsters aged between 14 and 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Free car parking.
To book tickets call the box office on 01733 265705/01733 842500.

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