Alright the new monthly night organised by Club Velocity and Mal Function might just seem like a new monthly residency for the band Violet Class at Play in Reading.
But according to the promoters the new monthly night ‘What Else Are You Gonna Do On A Saturday? #justsaying’ is so much more than that.
It might be strangely monikered but it is a new idea and concept dreamt up by the two promoters and Violet Class. Their dream is to shake things up a bit and make the gig experience more special. Make it more of an event.
The opening night takes place on Saturday September 8 at Play at 35 Milford Road. Apart from Violet Class, there will be support from Mellor, easily one of the best new indie guitar pop bands on the local scene, Reading’s own hip hop outfit 13D and the proggish Adam & Elvis.
The doors open at 8pm and tickets cost £6 on the door or £5 in advance from http://www.wegottickets.co.uk
Then it will take place monthly on the second Saturday of the month still at PLAY. So Saturday October 13, Saturday November 10 and Saturday December 8, and so on. I think you get the picture.
Violet Class headline all four nights and choose the other bands on the bills. The punk soul band may be less than a year old but the teenage five piece from Tilehurst are described as a proper band for proper people. And apparently they will be using their contacts at fashion label Project Green and Reading FC to make this a belter of a monthly night.
Club Velocity started in March 2003 in Reading and is the premier gig night in Reading. It currently runs four nights a month.
It is well known for helping and taking bands to the next level. Bands that played very early shows for Club Velocity include Bloc Party, Glasvegas, Pete And The Pirates, The Cribs and The Rifles.
Mal Function is a chap of mystery, a well known face in Reading, though. It is not really that important who or what he does.
Club Velocity’s Sid Siddle said: "Violet Class chased me. They gave me a great speech, they even had a plan, it was almost like a business plan. They want to do this, do that. I am always up for an adventure. Lots of bands talk, but they have a master in the guise of James Mortimer (guitar) and I think people should take him and his band seriously. He is very clever and dangerous. I think they are a punk band in that they are not hanging around, they aren't wasting four years studying music at college. I still believe in the DIY mentality of music, probably more than ever.”