The UNCOVERED network is made up of volunteers supporting original acts.
UNCOVERED's aim is to promote original music, and sell to venues the concept of featuring events of originals-only acts. An act can consist of anything from a solo acoustic singer to a full electric band, in a multitude of genres.
Uncovered have six exciting new venues who have pledged to support original music by hosting Uncovered events. They are Three Lions Sports Bar & Restaurant, March; Eden Wine Bar & Restaurant, Grantham; The Snug, Grantham; Organ Grinder, Newark: The Burghley Arms Inn, Bourne, and The Red Cow, Fishtoft.
The Uncovered network continues to grow, both with bands and new venues coming onboard. Ring O' Bells in Loughborough have already booked a further four Saturdays right up to Christmas, and The Crown, in Holbeach, The Three lions Sports Bar in March, Finkins in Grantham, The Kings Arms, Grantham, and the Organ Grinder, Newark, are supporting original acts with regular Uncovered nights.
Bands in the network now number over one hundred and twenty.
We may have over one hundred original acts as of February 2022 but the more we have the easier it is to secure gigs.
Venues are currently far more willing to try a night of three original bands, adding variety and something new to their other music nights. If you are an originals soloist, duo or band of any genre then joining Uncovered (it costs nothing) is, at the worst, going to give you a little more exposure.
Edwards has been the main venue for original bands in Grantham, hosting two Uncovered festivals and several original-only nights (with more to come), but Finkins/Brass and Bloom have recently come on board with eight Uncovered gigs during 2022 and a further three gigs at the Kings Arms.
Loughborough pub Ring O' Bells has just committed to supporting original acts with four Uncovered dates featuring twelve of our bands. Show your appreciation of their belief in original bands by supporting these gigs. Gigs page.
After trialling a Sunday afternoon of Uncovered acts last year The Irion Horse Ranch House in Market Deeping has offered Uncovered a regular spot during the Summer of this year. From April to September inclusive they will host three Uncovered acts on six separate Sundays. Check them out on the Gigs page.
After hosting seven Saturdays of Uncovered gigs during 2021 The Old Ship Inn, Pointon, has committed to a further eight in 2022. Current line-ups for March are:-
Saturday, 5th: Stevie Lawless, Old Boy of The Fens, Külnow.
Saturday, 12th: Mick Cyclone, Jack's Got A Plan, Vulgarithm.
Saturday, 19th: We Be Spies, Electric Blue, Blue Harlequin.
Saturday, 26th: Oaklease Rise, Cubands & Cognac, Bone Broke Kings.
The line-ups for the four gigs next year at the Noels Arms have been announced. Looking rather rad.
Saturday, 19 February: Mick Cyclone, Under The Cosh and Suburban Toys
Saturday, 9 April: Free 2 Decide, Type Forty and Loop Cycle.
Saturday, 21 May: 2 Electric Blue, Vulgarithm and Future theory
Saturday, 25 June: Aubrey Eels, The Collective Band and Acid Sons
It's great that venues continue to support original music.
Coming up soon! Uncovered have organised four consecutive Saturday nights of original music in October at The Old Ship Inn, Pointon.
Opening the gigs on 2 October are Russell Vincent with his mix of rock'n'roll and country, Aubrey Eels knocking out new wave and Loop Cycle with his unique hybrid fusion.
For the 9th we have the hard rock of up-and-coming Velocity, the punk ska of stalwarts Suburban Toys and the electro-alternative of Type Forty.
The third Saturday in these Super Saturdays features emo soloist Alex Kyle, up-tempo pop from Hedgehog Reality and the catchy punky sounds of the Fyzz Wallis Bands.
To round it all off Alice Kat, Free 2 Decide and Kill The Moon entertain on the 23rd.
Saturday, 25 September, saw the first Uncovered gig at the Noels Arms, Melton Mowbray, with the promise of regular Uncovered gigs during next year. Boston band Hedgehog Reality opened the evening with their charming catchy pop, followed by Nottingham-based Kill The Moon, whose licks sometimes resembled Cream. The night ended with Bone Broke Kings from Doncaster who may well have won themselves a regular spot at Noels Arms.
Expected acts for the Uncovered Charity Festival at Edwards Bar & Lounge in Grantham on Sunday, 20 February, 2022, have been announced. The line-up is likely to be Hedgehog Reality, Aubrey Eels & the Baron, The Collective Band, Suburban Toys, Moretti, The Fyzz Wallis Band, Cubans and Cognac, Friends Of Merlin, Cavan and Jack’s Got A Plan. Entry is free but contributions to St Barnabas are encouraged.
While Uncovered's roots are in the East Midlands it didn't take long for bands in other areas to see the benefits of belonging to an originals-only network. Almost from day one there were bands from Merseyside and Essex that wanted to be a part of Uncovered. Now that we have established a firm foothold in East Midland we are reaching out to other areas for bands and venues to work together for the advancement of original acts. It's always been difficult for original acts to get a break but using Uncovered's model we're feeling positive about the future.
In March 2020 just before the first lockdown Uncovered organised their first festival at Edwards Bar in Grantham. It was a great sucess and raised mush needed funds for the charity St Barnabas. We are pleased to announce that we will be holding another festival of Uncovered bands at the same venue on Sunday, 20 February, 2022, from 2pm until 10pm. Put a note in your diaries, come see ten original acts, and put your hands in your pockets for the charity.
The now-closed Black Swan in Spalding hosted the very first Uncovered gig at the beginning of October 2019.
Hedgehog Reality opened the proceedings with forty-five minutes of their catchy pop, followed by the more intricate sounds of Loop Cycle. The electronic songs of Type Forty completed the evening.