Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Matt Stevens - Big SKy - Live at Summers End 2014

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Summers End Full Line Up/Running Times Acoustic Stage

Summers End 2014 - Acoustic Stage and Draft Timings

Details at tickets at www.summersend.co.uk 

Acoustic Stage:

Saturday 27th
Matt Stevens www.mattstevensguitar.com
Tom Slatter www.tomslatter.co.uk
Neo Deals www.alsoeden.com/neo_deals.php

Sunday 28th
Unto Us www.untous.com
Guy Manning www.guymanning.com
Saul Blease www.saulblease.com

These acts will perform during the early part (so as not to suffer bleed from sound checks) of each break. As a result we can also announce the draft timings. As always, these are subject to change:

Summers End 2014 Draft Timings

Friday 26th (The Palmer Centre, High St, Chepstow)

Doors 6.30

7. 30- 9.10 Lifesigns

9.40 - 11.20 Touchstone

Saturday 27th (Chepstow Comprehensive School, Welsh St, Chepstow)

Doors 12.00

12.30 - 1.30 Argos

1.50 - 2.50 Frequency Drift

2.55-3.20 Acoustic Stage - Neo Deals

3.40 - 5.00 DeeExpus

5.00 - 6.15 Break

5.10 - 5.40 Acoustic Stage - Tom Slatter

6.30 - 8.10 United Progressive Fraternity

8.10 - 9.30 Break

8.20 - 8.50 Acoustic Stage - Matt Stevens

9.45 - 11.30 New Trolls

Sunday 28th (Chepstow Comprehensive School, Welsh St, Chepstow)

Doors 12.00

12.30 - 1.30 Colourflow

1.50- 2.50 Verbal Delirium

2.55 - 3.20 Acoustic stage TBC

3.40 - 5.00 Tin Spirits

5.00 - 6.10 Break

5.10 - 5.40 Acoustic Stage - Guy Manning

6.20-7.50 Magenta

7.50 - 9.15 Break

8.00 - 8.30 - Acoustic Stage - Unto Us

9.30 - 11.00 Curved Air

Tickets remain available from www.summersend.co.uk

Matt Stevens - September/October Newsletter

Thanks to everyone who preordered the Echo album re-issue, it meant a lot to me. They have now arrived from the printers and I’ll be signing, numbering and sending them out in the next few days. I have a tiny amount left at:

I managed to get my Telecaster fixed (with a new Bare Knuckle Pickups humbucker) and my pedal board working thanks to these sales. Thanks loads. 

The Fierce And The Dead play one last UK show at the Black Heart in Camden on the 16th October 2014 with Trojan Horse, Sumer and Mannheim. Tickets are available here:

And are selling well, thanks loads and would be great to see you there. 

My friend Emmett Elvin releases his new album on Monday, I played on one of the tracks. You can hear and order it here:

I’m so pleased to say I’m playing Summers End festival this year, the other final UK solo Lucid gigs are:

September 27th 2014 - Summers End Festival - Acoustic Stage

Oct 5 2014 10:00am Pudsey Civic Hall, Pudsey, UK

Oct 10th 8.00pm The Balham, London supporting the United Progressive Fraternity 

Nov 23 2014 10:00am Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, UK

After this activity I’m going to take some time off and work out new directions and ideas for the future. Keep trying new ideas. I want to focus on gigs outside the UK and collaborations and the next Fierce And The Dead record. Which all becomes research and development for solo album 5 anyway, whether thats a year or ten years away in the future.

Speak soon and thanks for your support. 

Take care. 

Matt Stevens


Monday, 15 September 2014

Monday, 1 September 2014

How do people discover new music?

I asked people on my Facebook music page how they discovered my music. I found out:
A - All the gigging, flyering and shaking hands was worth it.
B - No one thing helped to build an audience. It's a combination.
C - Steve DavisIan Fairholm and David Elliott's and the other podcasts really helped. As did Prog magazine. And blogs. 
D - It's still all about Word Of Mouth.
The days of everyone hearing about a band at the same time and them suddenly becoming popular seem to be over, at least in the niche/underground music scene. Unless someone throws lots of money at it


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