Well, it was supposed to draw to its grand conclusion at Colchester Arts Centre on 29 April. A stunning church conversion with hundreds of punters packed in to see us perform in the flesh.
As it happens, it drew to a conclusion on Facebook Live: with me hosting from my one-bed flat in East London, with only a hazy distant memory of what it’s like to attend a live performance in person.
Regardless of how the pandemic stream-rolled our plans, I’m still immensely proud of what we achieved with this series of ‘LIVEwire’ events. It was our most ambitious live project to date and it couldn’t have gone better (apart from… well, you know…)
Our final regional LIVEwire date was originally scheduled to take place at Colchester Arts Centre on 29 April. But we all know what happened. So, we’ve decided to take it online instead. It’ll be streamed live on our Facebook page from 8-9.30pm UK time on Thursday 23 July.
This month’s column celebrates the BBC’s ‘Make a Difference in poetry’ campaign, which saw 40 poets from around England commissioned to pen something about the lockdown. It also features a quick round-up of other online spoken word poetry activity. Click here to read it!
In this month’s spoken word column for The State of the Arts, Nymphs & Thugs founder Matt Abbott declares poetry as being the official language of lockdown. Inspiration from Salena Godden, Erin Bolens and more. Click here to read it.
Last night we celebrated our 5th birthday with a special online gig, featuring all of our acts on the same bill for the first time. We managed to broadcast the Zoom meeting live on Facebook, but unfortunately the YouTube broadcast didn’t work – so apologies if you were left stranded by that!
Anyway, the gig was a huge success, and at the time of typing, the Facebook video has had over 3.6k views. If you missed out and want to watch back, you can now stream the gig in its entirety on Facebook, YouTube (below) and IGTV. I hope you enjoy it, and thanks a mill to everybody that tuned in live.
It’s been a crazy 5 years of Nymphs & Thugs so far, but we’re only just getting started…
This month marks five years since Nymphs & Thugs was formed. Since then, we’ve established ourselves as the UK’s leading spoken word record label. To celebrate, you’ll be able to see all of our acts on the same bill for the first time ever!
As I’m sure you’ll have gathered, we’re having to postpone our spring events for the foreseeable future as a result of the COVID-19 pandemics. Obviously on the one hand we’re gutted about it, but at the same time, it’s clearly the safe and responsible thing to do.
To confirm, the postponed events are as follows:
LIVEwire Leeds No.4 with Toria Garbutt and Kevin P. Gilday on Wednesday 1 April
Chelping at The Leeds Library with Hollie McNish on Wednesday 22 April
LIVEwire Colchester with Luke Wright, Molly Naylor and Maria Ferguson on Wednesday 29 April
At this stage it’s impossible to say when we’ll be able to reschedule these, and as you know, the situation is changing drastically on a daily basis at the moment. My gut instinct would say that these will be in the autumn.
If you’ve bought a ticket for LIVEwire Leeds No.4, you’ll have already received an email from me with your options. I know that The Leeds Library are offering refunds for Chelping ticket holders, and you’ll have to contact Colchester Arts Centre directly regarding LIVEwire there.
As soon as we have a confirmed date for either of these events we’ll announce it, and fingers crossed we’ll be able to celebrate with a nice (safely) packed room!
Finally, an awful lot of artists are suffering really badly as a result of so many event cancellations, so if you can, please support them by buying their merch, sharing their work and maybe event donating to their various pages.