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MUSIC TO THEIR EARS: The allaboutgoodmusic team

ALLABOUTGOODMUSIC IS the live music event that has been absent from the Manchester music scene for some time.
Since its inception two years ago, it has achieved an avalanche of critical acclaim and is now regarded as the event that urban acts from the city and beyond aspire to grace.

Keturah Cummings, allaboutgoodmusic founder, returned from university in 2010 to find her city was shorn of live urban music nights and set about rectifying this problem with a relentless vigour.
“I love live music, whether it’s in a 10,000 capacity arena or a tiny little backstreet bar that only holds 100 people,” she told The Voice.

“When I moved back to Manchester after uni, I was really keen to get into the live urban scene and get a feel for local talent, but I really struggled to find any regular gigs or open mic nights in the city. So I decided to organise one myself and incorporate all the things I enjoy most at a gig – the live band, great vocalists, lots of crowd involvement and just general good fun.”

This brand is split into three components with allaboutgoodmusic live, making up a third of this vibrant organisation, which also comprises of an online TV channel and blog. However, it is the quality of the live events that has elevated this brand in Manchester and it is the symbiotic relationships between the different sections that are allowing it to thrive.

“The first live event was held in October 2010, but allaboutgoodmusic actually started in January of that year as a blog and later an online TV channel,” she added.

“The primary function of the blog was [and still is] to support emerging artists while at the same time giving our audience a balance of quality, good music across a range of sounds and from both the underground and mainstream; across those three platforms.

“We’ve worked with new and emerging artists such as Daley and Misha B to more established acts like Dwele, J Cole and Ed Sheeran.”

The Manchester Evening News recognised the imprint they were making on the live music scene and they were handed ‘Live Event of the Year’ by the paper’s CityLife lifestyle supplement.

Raging with ambition, allaboutgoodmusic is seeking to maintain their standards of excellence in 2012. On March 4, they will be celebrating their second birthday at the Bassment in Ancoats, Manchester.

For this event they have linked up with the city’s fastest growing radio station Unity, who will broadcast the event live on their airwaves.

Their line-up is brimming with some of the Britain’s best talent. Liverpudlian KOF, who has been named as one of 1Xtra’s ‘Hot 20 for 2012’ will headline the show. While fellow Scouser Esco Williams joins him fresh from coming runner up on MTV's 'Brand New Unsigned for 2012'. Manchester acts James Gill, Tsana and Stripez will complete the bill.

Indeed, Cummings is refusing to rest on her laurels and has already charted her plan of action for 2012. “Where the events are concerned, we have shows planned right up until December with a few themed events in there, and the inclusion of some bigger artists, but you’ll have to come down and see for yourself,” she explained.

“We’re soon to start working on two new web series for allaboutgoodmusic TV and the website is about to get a makeover, so overall we're just working to strengthen the brand across all three platforms and give the best of what we offer.”

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