Independent Venue Week, Bassment – 26/01/2017

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During this unexpected gap year I have been enduring, Bassment has become like my second home; always there for me when I need a bev and a boogie. It’s a friendly little place with nice staff who quite often can’t be bothered to charge you for the cloakroom, and who on a particularly challenging night out served me a ‘big boi shot’ which turned around the evening for the better.

I naturally jumped at the chance to come along and support Bassment during Independent Venues Week, an initiative set up to encourage people to go and watch live music and support these small venues that often find it hard to keep running.


Walking down the stairs to the sound of The Midnight Barbers, I was really intrigued by their music. Drawing influences from country to punk and everything in between definitely made for something a little bit different. One thing that is so great about getting down to small local venues is that it gives you the opportunity to hear music you would never normally think to listen to, and to give those local artists the chance to have their music heard by a room of people. I enjoyed these guys’ set – lead singer Ben Rowntree has such a unique voice and stage presence that it was impossible not to get drawn in to this band’s sound.


The Horse Heads described themselves to BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq as ‘in your face punk’. They’re not wrong. Their loud, bass driven rock filled the walls of Basement to breaking point as their frontman Ronaldo Rodriguez screamed angsty lyrics into our faces. And, if you look closely enough, you can see my photography displayed on the bass guitar. I would like to thank Chad for giving me this chance to expose my art to the world.


Headlining the night was Freak, brandishing their own take on the ever popular trend of scrappy indie pop. Apparently at their last Bassment gig these guys managed to get someone crowdsurfing – an impressive achievement considering how low the ceilings are. There was no such activity on Thursday night, but there were a few very passionate fans who started a mini mosh pit at the front of the stage. Freak are popping up all over the place at the moment – supporting Black Honey and INHEAVEN on their upcoming UK tours. Songs like What Happened? and Someone Help Me already had people singing along and the exposure the band are going to get on tour will only increase their popularity.

As always, another fantastic night at Bassment. Get down there if you’re in Chelmsford, and if you’re not just hurry yourself along to your nearest independent venue. You never know what you might find.

Band photography: Andrew Kenyon


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