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New era for live music in Oakham

Published: 11 Jun 14, 12:55pm  |  Author: DG Music

Musicians have a fantastic new venue for live performances after an Oakham pub won a £10,000 makeover.

The Railway Inn was chosen as the winner of top-of-the-range sound equipment in a national competition run by the Performing Rights Society for Music (PRS for Music).

Pub landlord Shaun Jackson is looking forward to welcoming plenty of fresh new talent from the local area - something he has wanted to do since taking over the pub in September.

He said: “This is going to give Oakham a dedicated music venue to give local bands a chance to use high-end equipment.

“We want to provide as much live music as Oakham can take. As long as people want to listen to it, anything goes.”

The Music Makeover Competition was run by PRS for Music, which represents songwriters, composers and music publishers to ensure they get paid for the use of their music.

The Railway Inn was chosen as the winner after submitting a 500-word application about why new sound equipment would be beneficial.

The £10,000 of equipment was provided by GAK, one of the leading music equipment suppliers in the country including a top of the range Peavey PA system, stage lighting, drum kit, guitar and bass amps and more. DG Music assisted with the installation of the equipment and was invited to the official press launch this week.

Guy Fletcher, the chairman of PRS for Music, spoke about the importance of preserving live music venues in local communities to give musicians their first step on the career ladder.

Other guests included representatives from the Musicians Union, Oakham town councilor Joyce Lucas and Rutland Radio presenter Rob Persani.

Leicester band Young Knives, an Indie rock band made up of members Henry, Tom and Ollie, were the first to try out the new equipment at the launch party on Tuesday. 

Opaque, a six-piece folk/acoustic/alternative rock band from Peterborough, also performed in the beer garden during the official opening of the new live music room.

All photography by David Graham

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