Best Entertainment: Brickmakers, Norwich
Pamela South, Charlotte South and Emma Rose
The Brickmakers is at the heart of the Norwich music scene, and provides live music seven nights a week over two venues. In the course of a year, the Brickmakers sees over 1000 bands of all genres on their stages, and they are dedicated to giving that space to local up and coming bands.
The team work hard to promote young musicians in the local area by working closely with the Access to Music College and local music youth groups.
They provide young people a safe environment in which to develop their musical individuality, and even offer work placements in stagecraft and Sound Engineering for those looking to start their career in the music industry.
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The Boileroom is run by a team of curators of emerging national and local music, community and creative arts events, and has been providing a safe space for the community since 2006.
Over the years, the Boileroom has welcomed 10 Mercury Music nominated artists, BBC TWO Folk Award winners, MOBO Award winners, Ivor Novello Award winners, and BBC Sound of Artists. They also run various monthly creative events such as ‘Drink and Draw’, ‘Punk Rock Yoga’ and ‘Mindfulness Meditation’, as well as various events to fundraise for local and national charities.
The venue also nurtures the future leaders of the music industry as well as emerging artists; and former employees and interns have gone on to become CEOs, A&Rs, Production Managers, TMs, Touring Sound Engineers, Booking Agents, and more.
New Crown, Merthyr Tydfil
The New Crown is the oldest pub in the town but today, the venue is a flourishing restaurant and bar. The entertainment at the New Crown is far too diverse to label.
The pub is now classed as an award winning entertainment venue/concert bar and with opera nights to classic rock, book launches to animal encounter evenings, they have made a point of surprising the town regularly, by adapting their venue to suit all kinds of fantastic entertainment scenarios.