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Maven Fiction

Since moving to the town almost a year and a half ago, I've found Scarborough to be full of very talented musicians brimming with passion for their work, but at times struggling to find appropriate venues in which to perform. I'm reliably informed, however, that no longer existing venues such as The Stage Door and the Talbot were brilliant places for live music, putting on the sort of gigs where you'd always find a warm welcome among like-minded music-lovers.

New local venture Chapter 3 is a moveable 'Pop-up' venue, aiming to reinvent the sort of atmosphere these old venues generated, and to further support and promote home-grown talent in Scarborough and the surrounding area.

Chapter 3 (so called in reference to being the 'third chapter' in the story of Sant' Angelo Resources, following work with Beached Festival and the Open Air Theatre) consists of a professional team of engineers, stage managers and event managers with years of experience between them, and this experience is something which was readily apparent from the moment I arrived at the launch night.

This first gig was located at Scaborough's Quid's Inn - a place I've been in before, but only ever in the context of a busy, drunken Saturday night out. Chapter 3 had transformed a back portion of the room into a 'stage' area for the bands performing, and I was very impressed with the way it was all laid out. Everything from the lighting to the sound system was set up impeccably.

The first act of the evening to perform were local favourites The Subterranean Gentlemen (or Sub-Gents, if you fancy cutting down on the syllables). I was almost hoping they'd stumble a little in their performance, or make some kind of mistake, if only to give me the chance to write something other than gushing praise about them for a change - sadly, they refused to give me this opportunity, yet again. If anything, I feel like they've got even sharper as a unit, blending slightly psychedelic guitar riffs with thudding bass, excellent drums and hypnotically chiming post-punk sounds.

Alongside some of my personal favourites such as 'Smoke Hangs Around Here' and 'Business & Pleasure', the Sub-Gents played a newer song, which I can easily see becoming yet another of my choice picks for this group in the near future.

The Sub Gents

The Sub Gents

The Sub Gents

The Sub Gents

The Sub Gents

The Sub Gents

The Sub Gents

The Sub Gents

The Sub Gents

The Sub Gents

The Sub Gents

The Sub Gents

The Sub Gents

The Sub Gents

 

The second band to perform at this exciting launch event was York-based indie-pop group Maven Fiction - definitely a different flavour of music to the aforementioned Sub-Gents, but one that worked just as well to highlight the calibre of music Chapter 3 intend to showcase on the Yorkshire Coast.

Combining two guitars, bass, drums and keys, the group worked their way through a set of catchy, infectious songs filled with toe-tapping instrumentation and plenty of singalong choruses. I'd never had the chance to see Maven Fiction before, nor had I heard any of their material before this night, but even I was able to join in with some choruses by the ends of certain songs.

The band had an easy stage presence, seeming to draw from one another's energy to put on a brilliant performance - though they announced they'd not had too long to rehearse as a live group, you'd never have been able to guess if they hadn't mentioned it.

Playing in their decidedly more gentle (but no less memorable) manner than the evening's other band, Maven Fiction were a welcome return to the Scarborough's live music scene, and I look forward to seeing more from them in future.

All in all, I felt the venture was quite the success, drawing in a more than reasonable-sized crowd for its first night, and I'm most certainly planning to return for the second edition.

Maven Fiction

Maven Fiction

Maven Fiction

Maven Fiction

Maven Fiction

Maven Fiction

Maven Fiction

Maven Fiction

Maven Fiction

Maven Fiction

Maven Fiction

Maven Fiction

Maven Fiction

Maven Fiction

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