Craig Ingham of The Statue Thieves on the current London music scene & some thoughts on London venues from past and present It’s a tough place that’s for sure, hard to crack sometimes you feel you’re going backwards. Then when you least expect it you get jolted forward. Kind of like a roller coaster with a electricity shortage on a rainy day. But when you’re flying you’re really flying like the sun has come out and you’re ready to go (1960s funfair music playlist notwithstanding). We have shared the bill with lots of talented artists over the years. Some who are no longer in existence and some who now play main stages. A few at this year’s festivals. Some venues with fond memories for myself include Hope & Anchor in Islington (our first show billed as The Statue Thieves) trivia time! And Proud Galleries from our early days both under threat at some point but as far as I’m aware still hosting live music for the masses.
In recent times we have had some great shows at Old Blue Last & The Victoria where we put on our Album Launch to great success. With secret shows like Sofar Sounds popping up at different locations another favourite of ours to perform at it’s nice there are a variety of musical events being held throughout the city. Music always evolves and changes,there seems to be a new style/genre arriving and breaking out almost daily. Also with one venue closing down a new spot will open or at least change its name for a time before it becomes the next mecca venue to play. The one special point to make about London Is its History there’s not a street in this city that doesn’t hold some magical story and connection to the music industry past/present. Even my very own street Is in fact named after an infamous bootleg LP by the 101ers (Joe Strummer’s early band prior Clash) who had lived here in the 1970s being a case in point. I believe the London scene will always be strong because of these inspirations for musicians in the city with each step being walked by many a legend in their time. Now please excuse me I shall be off too Abbey Road for my afternoon Caffeine beverage