Monday Night Blues – Open Mic Night – The Orange Rooms, Southampton

So on Monday we decided to attend our first open mic outing of the year. After sifting through tons of metadata on various open mic sites, we settled upon the Orange Rooms‘ Monday Night Blues open mic night in the heart of Southampton.

For an open mic on a Monday night, we’ll have to admit that it was rather busy. The atmosphere was an interesting blend of calm and anticipation.

The organisers of this night also happened to compose the very awesome house band. In addition to this there was a variety of different acts from the surrounding areas, including yours truly, Kudzai.

Having enjoyed a warm, yet exciting debut night at this venue, you can certainly expect us to become regular faces there.

The Independent Label Market

Parvenu Digital stall on the left, Dinner With Daisy stall on the right
Kudzai mans Parvenu Digital stall on the left

So we took a few CDs to the Independent Label Market in London and right from the outset business was fast. Our stall was right next to Dinner with Daisy, an exciting, experimental Pop label, and directly behind us was Domino.

After speaking to a representative of Dinner With Daisy we couldn’t resist buying Oooh! Picture Negative by French For Cartridge, a review of which you can certainly expect sometime in the future.

View from behind our stall

One of the highlights of the day was seeing Kieren ‘Four Tet’ Hebden walking around the market, though it’s a shame he didn’t visit our stall.

Notable labels at the market included Domino, Transgressive Records, Brownswood Recordings, Warp and Four Tet’s Text Records. Other offerings on show included jewellery, shoes, clothing and food.

If you’ve never been to one of these markets then we highly recommend that you do so as the vibe at this particular event was electric.

The next such event will be in Bristol on Sunday 3rd May 2015 and you can certainly expect us there again. We certainly look forward to meeting some of you.