From the artists perspective, is a viewpoint that is rarely explored. Reviews are done, but what about what the artist sees and feels?

At the start of October, I was lucky enough to play a set at Kelly’s Dispensary, a bar on Smithdown Road. It was my second gig in the small Irish bar, and with a very relaxed vibe, it was a fun experience to share with those there, including family who had travelled up to support.

It can be one of the most daunting experiences in a performers’ career, to put your own music out there, allowing strangers to listen and judge you; yet, it is therefore also one of the most exciting feelings, knowing that you could potentially be providing the music to which promises are made, friendships are developed, and simply a great evening is had. To know that all of those hours spent rehearsing are being appreciated, makes that practice worth it. And it is hours’ worth. Hours that a student doesn’t really have, but continues to steal, in order to have that experience of standing on stage.

Playing smaller gigs has often been the way for artists to make it on the bigger stages, because it helps their confidence to grow. With every performance that does not end with a heckle or a ‘boo’, the self belief of a performer grows and grows, as they can flourish and prepare for bigger things.


The Guild actually provides some upcoming artists with the opportunity to have the platform that they need, to jumpstart their career. The Coffee House sessions, held in the Guild Courtyard on a Tuesday at 2pm, are the perfect gateway for upcoming artists to get their material heard, and start their journey towards musical success!

It is definitely worth heading down for the best revision break to experience the fun, excitement and nervous energy that these new acts are waiting to share!

Check out the Guild’s website to see who’s playing next!

Tomorrow: Joel Baker, The Guild Courtyard, 2pm