I was greatly saddened by the demise of Plan B magazine. It introduced me to so many different bands and festivals. It gave me faith that there were other music fans out there like me, and their CDs were the soundtrack of many a summer.
This year Supersonic will be looking into this and the future of independent music. According to the Entertainment Retailers Association, last year over a quarter of the UK’s independent music stores went out of business -something I can very much believe, as in my first year at University three brilliant independent record shops closed down my street. Earlier this year Moseley lost Jibbering Records. Now only 305 (!) remain in the country.
In their discussion Celebrating Independence, Supersonic brings together a panel of guests during the festival including the manager of Rough Trade East, Spencer Hickman, Allison Schnackenberg of Southern Records and former editor of Plan B Louis Patterson to discuss the future of independent music. The talk will be chaired by Emma Petit editor of the book Old Rare New: The Independent Record Shop.
As well as this there will be lots of super bands. Not to be missed! See the Supersonic website for more details. Supersonic takes place from 24th -26th July at the Custard Factory. Tickets can be bought from the TicketSellers, Swordfish and Polar Bear.