Hidden gem of a live music venue gives opportunities for young people in Gloucester
In a tucked away basement in Gloucester City Centre, there is a hidden gem of a live music venue and coffee shop called The Cavern, writes guest blogger Craig Tucker, Director of Kingfisher Treasure Seekers. It was set up in 2015 by the organisation, a Gloucester based social enterprise, and supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner to provide a safe and credible space for young people. We had a particular passion to reach disadvantaged and disengaged young people through offering a space for young people to perform and listen to live music in a safe, alcohol free space.
Kingfisher Treasure Seekers has a passion to see people become ‘the best versions of themselves’ and we do that throughout the 28 different activities we run ranging from discos for adults with learning disabilities to coffee mornings for seniors.
In just a year The Cavern has developed from having a a once a week youth live music night to being open 5 days and 4 evenings a week, offering work experience, board game night, an open mic night, quiz night and gig nights. We also offer guitar workshops for young people during our youth nights as well as a youth listening service running at the same time as our youth live music nights.
The Cavern has also worked with several primary and secondary schools and can flexibly support the learning and personal development of a variety of age groups.
The Cavern has a full PA, drum kit, electric piano, amps – everything which may be needed for people wanting to come and perform. There are performance opportunities at both our Wednesday open mic nights, open to all ages and our Friday youth nights.
Some of the individuals and bands who have performed at our various open mic evenings have been invited to have their own headline gigs or be supporting acts for the Saturday gig nights.
The Cavern has been set up to give people an opportunity to develop skills and talents and showcase those skills, and particularly for those who would not have the opportunity to do so elsewhere.
If you have not yet visited The Cavern, then come along and see one of the coolest venues in Gloucester. You can see all our upcoming events and find out more information on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/thecaverngloucester
Posted on April 25, 2016, in Uncategorized and tagged learning music, live music, live music venue Gloucester, Make Music Gloucestershire, music education hub Gloucestershire, music workshops, musical engagement, open mic nights, The Cavern, work experience, young people and music Gloucestershire, youth performances. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.