I was asked recently how I got into promoting live music and what drives me to carry on.

Well the how is well documented but why am I still doing it some 8 years later?

In the most part it’s fun. It’s a hobby (an expensive one!) that allows me to work with like minded people and meet up with some interesting and helpful folk.

Unlike some I certainly don’t do it to crave attention or to fill a gap in my life. The constant seeking of reassurance and praise from the ticket buying public is not something I need in my life.

Will I keep on doing it? For how long? – Who knows is the answer.

None of us know what surprises life has in store for us. Of that I can speak from experience!

Certainly, this year (as in previous years) I have decided to promote less shows, the difference being that this year I’m sticking to that vow!

Next weeks Spear of Destiny gig is only the 4th show this year. For now, there will be no shows through the summer months unless I’m offered something special.

I do get offered loads of stuff but I’m not doing things just for the sake of it. I note that 2 acts I recently turned down are playing locally in the coming months. They may turn out to be good shows but of no interest to me!

After the summer there are 3 shows in place. There are accepted offers in for 2 major acts which I’m just waiting to see if they can fit Stockton into the schedule on the right dates on their planned tours.

There’s a certain Liverpudlian I’m keen to bring back as well, a Scottish band I’d really love to have down here and of course the band that got me into promoting will always be given a gig if they want one.

Other than that, who knows?

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