Far from being the quiet back-water it once was in the early to mid 80s, Exeter has finally begun to puff out its historical chest in recent times, flicking away its dowdy-dandruff from its learned shoulders, whilst offering a few decent cultural and musical events and showing it does indeed have the minerals to attract proper bands to gigs and gatherings.
Here's another such event - Like Music Fest. Basically a 1-ticket, 1-night, 4-venue, 15-band extravaganza that will take place on Friday 29th Oct, featuring a pretty eclectic little line-up, truth be told. For just £15 (plus a small fee), you get a wristband pass (exchangeable at one of the participating venues, The Phoenix) and a few decent headliners and players from the indie and pop scenes.
Main attractions include The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster (set to release a new single and embark on a tour), that Special man Neville Staple, much-fancied earnest-janglers The Strange Death of Liberal England, sweet-tonsilled soul-roots hit-man Finley Quaye, electro-hipsters Egyptian Hip-Hop and the master of curating British punk, reggae and dub, film-maker Don Letts. Add in perennial festival country-rockers Alabama 3 and you have a pretty enviable line-up. For £15 (just to remind you). The running order is revealed when you go to pick up your wristband.
The acts will overlap on the odd occasion, since the evening is spread across four venues, although Exeter is small enough to cover The Phoenix, The Cavern Club, Mama Stones and The Corn Exchange - I should know, I've been out in the place often enough! Hurry though, tickets are pretty limited.