Interview with Shannon Branson, Stage Manager of Reverb 2014 at Stratford Art House
Written by Clay on June 2, 2014
Into its 7th successful year, Reverb, the Music TV Showcase, returns to the newly refurbished Stratford upon Avon ‘ArtsHouse’ on the 4th June.
Already achieving enormous press interest, the TV show this year, features 10 of the area’s best unsigned artists and is proving to be better and bigger than ever before.
Bands such as: Taxi Treats, recently playing at the 02Academy in Islington; Jet Pack, recently supporting McBusted at the LG Arena; Of Kings & Captains, recently on tour with Bon Jovi; Pretty Rascals, supporting The Enemy and Stubblemelt, who
launched their debut album on Saturday 16th May at a live gig in Birmingham and of course, the region’s best Funkadelic band, Souledout2Funk (SO2F), who will open the show with spectacular sounds.
Reverb is a weekly TV broadcast consistently based at Stratford upon Avon College’s Television Studio, produced and broadcast by first year HND media students at the college. The programme showcases various unsigned artists from local areas, of a variety of genres, giving artists with a huge potential their chance to shine, and our potential audience to recognize them for just how amazingly talented they are. Every week from the beginning of March, Reverb has featured one artist performing live, and an interview with the artist by Presenters Calvin Tasker and Liam Clarke. On June 4th, the Reverb team will pull out all the stops to broadcast the most fantastic live showcase they can achieve, with the help of 11 stunning artists to perform at the best of their abilities, which will take place at the Stratford Arts house with help from the BBC, a studio audience ready to bring the appropriate level of enthusiasm, and a chance for the audience at home to watch the show aired live on www.stratcast.co.uk . Doors open at 6, with the show going live at 7.
‘This is no ordinary showcase of talent this year, commented Jackie Whitehouse. We have been out and about scouring the area for the very best artists we can in order to give our TV and live show audience a proper experience. We have
12 cameras set up, 3 stages and BBC Introducing are supporting the event, with a live feed’.
Originally staged as an additional real working experience for degree Creative Media students, at Stratford upon Avon College, this event has become firmly established in the entertainment calendar in the town. Notable VIPs have been invited and the students will undertake a take-over radio show on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire for 3 nights in the run up to the live event. The show is broadcast live on the Colleges broadcast channel, Stratcast, www.stratcast.co.uk
Show’s Director Harry Willis, degree student commented, ‘this is like nothing I have ever undertaken before; liaising with
artists; Technical crew; creating scripts for Presenters, the list goes on. I’m both nervous, but extremely honoured to have
been given this role’