The Smokehouse is looking for bands and artists to take part in The Smokehouse Live - a new project funded by Arts Council England and Start East.

Over the next three years we will be filming 36 emerging bands live in session at The Smokehouse venue and Punch Studios both of which are based at South Street Studios, Ipswich.

These sessions, which will each showcase three original tracks, will be professionally filmed and edited and featured on our new Smokehouse Live web platform alongside interviews, features, reviews and studio tips.

The aim of the project is to give wider exposure to artists from the region.  The results of our pilot project showed that there is demand for live session content with some videos racking up 5,000 views and a total of over 70,000 views for the series of videos of the ten bands taking part - all this with no marketing budget.

Feedback from bands has told us that video content is a hugely useful tool in gaining the attention of promoters, booking agents, management and other industry figures.

We are inviting submissions from acts across the eastern region - Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.  If you would like to be considered for a session or if you would like to put forward a band or artist of any genre from the region then please complete the form below.

If you would like further information about the project please direct any queries to enquiries@thesmokehouse.org.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!  


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