We are delighted to share that a music co-op we’ve worked with in the past is reaching a fantastic milestone next year.
Newcastle’s award-winning independent music venue, The Globe, on the western edge of the city centre, will be celebrating its tenth anniversary of community-ownership with the 10 YEARS A CO-OP festival on 26-30 April 2024.
In keeping with The Globe’s multi-genre approach to live music, the festival line up will include folk, jazz, rock, indie, acoustic, electronica and more. It will feature national and local artists and performances by emerging musicians from The Globe’s programme of learning and participation.
The last day of the festival, Tuesday 30 April, is International Jazz Day, and the actual anniversary of when The Globe was bought by a music co-operative following a successful community share issue in 2014.
Ten years ago The Globe was a failing pub. Today it is a thriving grassroots venue that holds over 30 gigs a month and hosts workshops and courses for musicians, songwriters and dancers.
Stephen Ferrell, a board member of the co-op that runs The Globe, said: “Running a small music venue is often a struggle. I’m convinced that The Globe has succeeded because it’s community-owned. People have been prepared to share their skills and experience and invest time and money when we’ve really needed it.”
Tim Coomer, our own Business Development Manager, said: “We are really pleased that Pink Lane Jazz Co-op and the Globe are approaching their 10-year anniversary. It’s been a really challenging period for Pubs and Music Venues and ten years is a real milestone. They have made the co-operative difference count and we wish them all the success for the future.”
During the pandemic, when almost all leisure and hospitality businesses ceased to operate, The Globe livestreamed jazz, folk, rock and classical performances directly from musicians working safely in the empty venue. This provided employment for musicians and joy for isolated people starved of live music.
The hard work, commitment and determination of the volunteers, supporters and staff who have helped to keep The Globe running over a very difficult few years has been recognised in several awards.
- Jazz Venue of the Year, Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2022, sponsored by Pizza Express
- Special Award for Lockdown Innovation, Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2021, sponsored by Pizza Express
- Small Community Co-op of The Year 2021 – organised by Co-operatives UK, sponsored by
Co operative Bank
- Best Live Music Venue – The Newcastle Awards 2018
More information about the 10 YEARS A CO-OP festival will be released in the coming weeks – keep an eye on the website. Tickets will go on sale on 1 February 2024.
Save the dates now – 26-30 April 2024.
If you would like to promote or sponsor the festival please contact Dave Parker, firstname.lastname@example.org 07802 757753