Trail-blazing Autumn Line-Up Announced! @TraitorsGatePub – setting the standard for small venues!

This Autumn Traitors Gate announces a trail-blazing line-up that’s rivalling London music venues, showcasing a wave of breaking acts from around the UK to produce a programme of cutting edge live music.

There has been something of a sea-change in Grays and Thurrock of late. A swathe of talented bands and musicians have been emerging. To compliment and support this push @TraitorsGatePub have been working with Golden Cage Media to up the ante in the local live music scene by taking the pub, based in Little Thurrock, to a professional level with an all-new sound system, stage and lighting improvements, and by paying London rates to artists – making it a serious contender among small music venues in the South East; a fact recognised by the newly formed Music Venues Trust as well as London based king-makers @thezineuk.

Golden Cage Media founder Ian Hurd has been digging deep to book the best breaking acts from around the UK to play Traitors Gate this Autumn. This new direction for The Traitors Gate has begun to pay off, and is attracting the attention of London based promoters and venues who have expressed interest in linking up with the pub to develop a spring festival for 2016, celebrating like-minded, innovative small music venues and promoters with pioneering ideas.

“We have been working hard to find the best breaking music talent in the South Eats and further afield and have had some great success booking acts that we feel are at the forefront of the live music scene”, says Ian Hurd. ” We will be mixing breaking artists with emerging local talent to maximise crowds for all – making this a viable venture with an aim to promote the best new music in London, the Southe East or any artists around the UK who are touring.

“First up on the 12th September we have @thesavagenomads, who have a @BBC6Music profile and who’s debut album ‘Coloured Clutter’ has been snatching up a run of accolades from many high profile advocates, including Mick Jones of @The_Clash_Band, Tom Robinson @freshnet BBC6 Music, @NME, @MojoMagazine, @guardianmusic, who all speak highly of the London based band.

“The Autumn line-up also includes the rapidly emerging industry favourites Vant @wearevant (27th November) who were on Annie Mac’s playlist at Reading Festival last week and who are now supporting The Big Moon @commoonicate on tour and have been hopping around all the best festivals this year.

Other acts include rock chick Miss BB @missbbmusic (Sept 25th), and two amazing new acts that I am personally very excited about – rising garage rock band Mourning Birds (Oct 16th), who have emerged from the dark depths of the Medway to produce an astonishing debut self-released album of modern classics, and The Spills @TheSpillsband from West Yorkshire (Oct 24th) who’s latest release ‘A Film and A Frame/Crash Landed Clouds’ needs to be heard! There’ll also be supported by up and coming London based outfit Dead Belles, who will also be well-worth catching! I would seriously recommend not to miss these two acts alone! Then there’s London based rock trio Nambuca @nambucaofficial (Nov 7th), who I like to think of as a mix  of mid-career Pixies and a Spanish Placebo!

Let’s not forget the swathe of emerging artists hailing from these here Essex shores which includes Stealing Signs (Oct 2nd), the spectacular live show that is Scarlet Echo (Nov 14th) and industry favourites Pit Ponies (Dec 5th) who also happen to be from just down the road!  Also, blues rock presarios ‘Loose Joints’ (Oct 31st), who will be accompanied by Mystified to provide a Halloween special worth dressing up for!

Let’s also not forget the local talent supporting these artists such as Grays based band Figures who I strongly believe are destined for bigger things and who are, alongside Southend’s answer to Seasick Steve @StanBlade, supporting The Savage Nomads this Saturday 12th September. Mark my words, this Saturday’s gig with the nomads will come to be known as a landmark gig for the venue and the area! Take note all local Essex music venues: we are officially ‘raising the bar!’”


Traitors Gate will also be holding it’s very first official music festival this year. The ‘Last Stop’ Festival will be happening on the following Saturday – September 19th –  to champion the very best of local emerging music. The name is a nod to the fact that Grays is the last stop on the Oyster line (a definite USP for those travelling from London!) and the fact that it’s probably the last festival you’ll go to on the summer/autumn cusp!

This first year kicks off with an amplified open mic style buskers stage in the garden from 12pm, which also will be a competition for the best like-for-like and most crearive 1990’s cover version. …I predict, and secretly hope for, a few Oasis vs Blur stand-off’s or maybe a few grunge classics! ..though any genre or style is of course welcome for this acoustic bonanza! and Bringing your own style to the version will definitely be appreciated, though quality wins out in the end of course!

The evening slot from 8pm will showcase, as aforementioned, the best of local talent including local emerging legends The Queensburys, supported by other great local acts such as Eden Royals, Chris Marsh and Figures, who you will definitely want to watch again after seeing them play the previous Saturday!

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There’ll also be other cool new little events this Autumn such as a folk+beer festival on the weekend of the 13th-15th November with lots of great folk acts, kicked off by Wyatts’ band @wyatts_band who are headlining on Friday 13th Nov. Expect a plethora of craft beers and bunting!

For more information, please contact Ian Hurd Ian@goldencagemedia.com or view the Facebook events page and Twitter feeds for more details.

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