Back in August 2013 Liverpool Live TV (LLTV) recorded the first ever Red Sofa Session when Manchester's Liam McClair dropped by to play his latest single 'How'. Since then the project has developed and continued to support new music, under the radar bands and established artists by offering a free recorded session which is published across the LLTV channels and website.
Series one included 20 episodes all filmed in a small office in Liverpool's Women's Organisation building - culminating with a session from the one and only Miles Kane. By series two the production values were taken up a notch with a move to the Lantern Theatre and sessions from Science of the Lamps, John Power and Paper Aeroplanes. For the third series we had our own sound engineer for the project and appearances from Tea Street Band and Luke Sital Singh. Series four is due for release at the end of the summer which will include a special 100th episode.
The best way for new musicians to be heard is for them to share the same platform as more established acts and the Red Sofa Sessions have always supported this. We have helped kick start the careers of local talent with the likes of Paddy Clegg, Eleanor Nelly and Dominic Dunn sharing the same (sofa) stage as Miles Kane, James Walsh of Starsailor and Nashville's Jenn Bostic.
In 2014 we took the Red Sofa on the road to festivals around the Liverpool City Region giving further opportunities for new music to be heard by a wider audience.
Our successful tour took in
- Farm Feast
- Astral Coast
- X&Y festival
- Liverpool Calling
- Liverpool International Music Festival
- Above the Beaten Track
- Festival No.6
- Liverpool Food & Drink Festival
The Red Sofa Sessions form part of the LLTV work experience programme which offers real hands on experience for young people interested in a media career. LLTV aims to add social value, improve confidence in young people and address a need to provide a springboard into employment for local people keen to start a career in film making, presenting, editing and photography. The programme has already seen a number of placements move into careers in the industry or use their new found confidence to land full time jobs in other sectors.
We are not paid by the artists for this service and would like to keep it that way. However like most things this project costs money to run. From logistics to software licences, marketing to rent, we cannot cover the costs without your support. Every donation will go towards the running costs of the Red Sofa Project and indirectly, the LLTV work experience programme.
Please Note: If we are lucky enough to be overfunded, any additional donations will directly support the work experience programme and a small donation to UBBS in Nepal.
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