At BottleCraft we're big on culture, and music in particular. When The Honey Box launched a couple of months back, we jumped at the chance to get involved, and thought it'd be good to tell you more about it ahead of episode four on Sunday.
Here's what Pete Herbert, creator/producer/overlord of The Honey Box, had to say.
So Pete, tell me, what is The Honey Box?
The Honey Box is a monthly, one-hour live-streamed music programme featuring local artistes, original music and interviews. It's broadcast from King Street Studio in Newcastle-Under-Lyme.
The programme is then available to view on the The Honey Box YouTube channel as a lasting memory of the show, both as a record of the local music scene and to give the bands some quality promotional material.
How did you get the idea and why are you doing it?
The Honey Box was born from a meeting between local music promoter Lee Barber, myself and my partner Russell Coppock. We wanted to combine our resources and knowledge to support the local music scene. What Lee doesn't know about the local scene isn't worth knowing, and we're specialists in live production and video solutions for the entertainment industry.
All three of us have a passion for promoting the local music scene and for promoting all the positive aspects of the local arts and business community.
We set about putting a team together who could deliver the project, and taking on the lease for King Street Studios was the final piece of the jigsaw. There was no stopping us then.
What can people expect if they come along or watch online?
One hour of great entertainment from amazing local artistes. For example on the show next Sunday, we have local band Alter Eden and solo artists John Dhali and Megan Dixon Hood. It's a Staffordshire and Cheshire Music Awards Special sponsored by local company Music Store Pro.
You can get a better idea of what to expect by watching previous Honey Box episodes on the YouTube channel. Better still, subscribe to the channel for all the latest updates.
What do people need to do if they want to come along or watch online?
We stream simultaneously on Facebook and on the The Honey Box website. Tickets to be part of the studio audience are £5 plus booking fee from Eventbrite, or if there are tickets left on the day they're £10 on the door.
Hopefully that's whet your appetites enough to tune in or come along to watch episode four this Sunday, 5th February. If you do join the studio audience, you'll be pleased to know there's a bar in the studio, selling a variety of craft beers and wines from yours truly at BottleCraft.
Best of luck to Pete and everybody involved for this weekend, and hopefully see you there!