Fancy a night out with some great sounds? Across the UK, co-operative music venues cover a broad range of musical genres, from hip hop to heavy rock.
Wharf Chambers, Leeds
Wharf Chambers is a bar and multi-use venue in central Leeds which brings together communities from across the city. Run by a workers co-op in partnership with a members club, it provides affordable space for music, art, film, politics and discussion. Coming up is local jazz trio Zeitgeist’s album launch party and the Tammy Wynette Memorial Lock In country music disco.
Tees Music Alliance, Stockton-on-Tees
Tees Music Alliance is a not-for-profit organisation for the benefit of musicians, their audiences, supporting industries and community groups. To help build a thriving music scene in Teesside, it runs a recording and rehearsal facility, Green Dragon Studios, and two live music venues, the Georgian Theatre and the Green Room. Upcoming gigs include Urban Voodoo Machine and Martin Stephenson. The co-op also hosts Stockton Calling, an annual multi-venue music festival, across Stockton-on-Tees.
Pink Lane Jazz Co-op, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Inspired by the late Keith Crombie, Pink Lane Jazz Co-op owns a music venue and education centre at the Globe, Newcastle. This community co-op was set up to support the development of jazz, poetry, dance and related arts with gigs and courses at the Globe and other venues. Its programme for January includes gigs from Newcastle-based rock and pop party band Right to Silence and Indigo Jazz Voices, along with an advanced jazz guitar course and a jam session for amateur musicians.
Greenwich Traditional Musicians Co-operative
This co-op meets to play every Tuesday at the Lord Hood pub, just a stone’s throw from the Cutty Sark. All are welcome to join in or listen. It also produces books and recordings under the Greentrad brand, including the Greenwich Traditional Musicians Co-operative Tune Book, a collection of jigs, hornpipes, reels, polka reels and morris tunes from the past few centuries, plus a few newly composed pieces.