Written by Carrie Reynolds
For unknown bands and artists, support and promotion is key; this is one passion for a local blogger Lucy Clarke. Alone she has created a blog Music Matters To Us which promotes the unsigned and up and coming. She fills the blog with reviews and interviews giving a supporting voice to the local music. With views coming from beyond England, the blog helps to give people an insight to local talents in Staffordshire, and for similar bands to find each other. Lucy also plans to do larger events, such and providing some coverage of the local music festival Hippy Haze.
Originally starting as a hobby, Music Matters To Us has flourished into a career path for the young blogger. Currently it is all run by Lucy, but in the future she wants it to grow by bringing more people to help fuel her passion. She even has ideas of it growing to an online magazine, filled with weekly gig and EP/album reviews, and new interviews. Future plans also may have MMTU turn into a radio show to support the bands, as this is a goal for Lucy, to have her own radio show and be a music journalist. If she accomplishes this, who knows how far she’ll be able to spread her passion, and add support to the smaller local bands.
The Wanderlust issue’s release date has been set.
For immediate release 20/08/12
Staffordshire, 20/08/2012: prototype magazine is releasing their fourth edition. The creative publication, based in Stoke-On-Trent is set to release its fourth issue, ‘Wanderlust’ on Friday 28th August 2012. The Editor and Founder of prototype magazine describes the fourth issue as ‘An exploration of adventure, dreams, ambition and creativity.’ It is intended to inspire those with creative minds, whilst showcasing others success.
The publication was founded by Laura Allen, a recent graduate of Staffordshire University, and she runs it independently, forming features on emerging talents throughout the creative industry in order to help promote them, whilst providing those with a keen interest in the subject a beautifully made magazine to read, save and cherish.
The fourth issue is available for preorder through the website (www.prototypemag.co.uk) until the end of August 2012, in the meantime issue three ‘The Launch’ is still available to purchase at selected galleries and shops throughout the Staffordshire, and can also be purchased through Etsy and Bigcartel.
Our fourth issue, Wanderlust, is set to arrive in just over a month. Everything is all go at prototype towers to bring you an issue filled with dreams, exploration and creativity. It is splurging with art that puts our deepest desires to travel, our ambition, our freedom and our success on the table.
Stay tuned with our Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter for the first snapshots of #4, and in the mean time preorder your issue here. By preordering you’ll get it cheaper than before the official release.
Piccadilly Summer To Bring Cultural Quarter Alive This July
It’s summer in the city, and this year is set to be a scorcher with the arrival of
Come along to 4 Saturdays of fun in your cultural quarter, with a different theme each week, there’s something for everyone. From 10am each Saturday, see Piccadilly come alive with art work in shop windows, bright stalls, crafts, arts, antiques, music, food, and live acts – there’s something for everybody so make sure you get involved!
Urban Stoke – Saturday 14 July
Come along and show your creative side at the community graffiti wall. With the support of a professional graffiti artist you can add to the graffiti wall to be part of a piece of art, and a piece of history. Also featuring drumming workshops, vintage clothing, storytelling and much more!
Make, Do and Mend - Saturday 21st July
‐on‐Trent what you’re made of at the open mic night!
Totally Staffs - 28th July
Join 6towns DJ Lee Barber as he plays music from local bands. Celebrate Staffordshire’s finest of…well everything! Foods, arts, crafts, musicians, businesses, community work shops…celebrate everything great about Staffordshire!
Join the city in celebrating everything great about Staffordshire and the surrounding areas. Make it an amazing summer with
For more information please visit www.piccadillysummer.co.uk. Keep updated on twitter by following @PiaccadillySummer and for Facebook search ‘Piccadilly Summer’.
On Saturday 14th July & Saturday 21st July prototype magazine will be at Piccadilly Summer selling #3 ‘The Launch’ - we’ll be situated in the Bad Edit tent - so come along and pick up your copy of #3 before it sells out!