Our little bundle of joy has arrived!
Sarah and Peter are pleased to announce the arrival of Six Impossible Things.
Six is first born in the Reckless Yes family and welcomed by their creative kin, Louder Than War and Radio Andra’s The Rumble.
“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Queen of Hearts, Alice in Wonderland
We’re really excited to share with you one of the things we’ve been creating over the last couple of months; the first born in the Reckless Yes family: Six Impossible Things.
This is the name we’ve given to the DIY-style nights we’ll be running in Derby on a (semi) regular basis. A full announcement of the first event (stick 12 May in your diary) will follow in the next few days but we wanted to say a little more about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.
We published a bit of a manifesto for these gigs a couple of weeks back that sets out a DIY ethos and is a call to arms for those who also felt the pull of doing things this way. Each Six Impossible Things will have four bands on the line up, with a running order decided randomly on the night. All the bands will play for the same amount of time and in between Pete and I will assault your ears with our pick of records. Entry is by donation and whatever cash we gather will be split equally between the bands. There will also be free cake and a fanzine for you.
In some ways it feels like the simplest, most obvious way to put on a live music night if you don’t run a venue and in others it feels like a hugely ambitious and slightly ridiculous concept.
But it’s one we believe in – the idea of being all about the music while also being about the community that creates and loves it. We wanted to bring some of the bands that we’ve fallen in love with through our work at Louder Than War and on Radio Andra’s The Rumble to the live music scene in Derby.
But it’s not a unique thing, we know other people are already doing this or something like it. So we’d like to give kudos to the following people and things for helping us build our own baby:
First up we need to say thanks to our tribes at Louder Than War and Radio Andra. LTW has shown that the DIY ethos of collaborative creation can be a wrecking-ball to the traditional publishing model and an awesome (if messy) read to boot. And Radio Andra let us play our favourite records every week and share our excitement about the things we hear.
JT Soars – we went there and thought ‘this is awesome, we want this’. We love independent music venues of all kinds and we’re busy creating other shows for these dedicated spaces, but we fell in love with the community and comaraderie of JT Soars. The feeling that when arts have been outlawed by The Man this place would defiantly still exist; a flower blooming through a crack in concrete.
Dan and Naomi at Behind the White Door and of The Franceens – because hearing about the journey they’ve had with their own night was really useful in helping us avoid some traps and to think through what is was we were trying to create and why.
Chris Helme and Ruby Tuesdays – for inspiring us to shoe-horn Reckless Yes DJs into the night and play some of those records off The Rumble in between the bands. Rubys seems to be a place where lots of different parts of the York music scene get together and take a little time over a libation or two in order to appreciate what others are doing – we <3 that vibe.
We have the bands confirmed for the first ever Six Impossible Things and we’re excited to share these with you – the only reason we haven’t so far is because we’re arguing over what the poster looks like.
Sarah and Pete x