Low audience figures threaten monthly gig

Hear No Evil
Hear No Evil

The future of a monthly music night is hanging in the balance as low audience numbers threaten its survival.

The next Hear No Evil (HNE) session takes place in Alnwick on Thursday, August 15 – but it is feared it could be the last.

It would be a big blow, considering the event recently moved to a new home and has attracted artists like Landermason and Gareth Davies-Jones.

Organiser Mark Stenton, aka Hague, said: “We have had some great artists perform and many other top names have contacted me regarding future slots for upcoming months so it looks like HNE will get better than ever and evenings have already been planned into the new year. But fluctuating audience numbers now cast a shadow over those dates as HNE can only continue month-by-month with the income that it generates from the £5 cover charge.

“We never know from one month to the next how many people will come along to support us.

“Because the income from one month pays for the next, it is really important that we get a good turn-out every time.

“We have plenty of space to accommodate larger audiences and we encourage them to bring their own bottles, which makes HNE a really cheap way of seeing some incredible performances virtually on your doorstep.”

HNE was launched in July 2012 and was originally based at the now-closed Three Wise Monkeys, on Fenkle Street.

It moved to The Plough, before relocating to the redeveloped chapel at St James’s Church Centre, Pottergate.

Each music night, which has the subtitle Sanctuary Sessions, offers two guest slots alongside regular host, Hague.

The performances are photographed and recorded and the high-definition videos, podcasts and pictures are posted onto HNE’s Facebook page.

“This is something that is quite unique to HNE as no other local live-music evening offers such a varied palate of supporting material throughout the weeks in between each scheduled gig,” said Hague.

August’s gig will feature Newcastle’s Tallis Morris, accompanied by Paul Bryan Stuckey on guitar, and teenager Hannah Lamb, a blossoming acoustic talent from Rothbury.

Doors open at 8pm. Visit www.facebook.com/hearno evilalnwick