Aberdeen’s Blue Lamp trials streaming gigs as lockdown continues to force the venue to close

The Blue Lamp is trialling streaming gigs played over YouTube to try carry on its great tradition of live music during this second lockdown.

Last night jazz band ‘Hamlet’ played the second of the trial gigs which have been set up to see what the reception is to the Blue Lamp streaming concerts online.

It’s hoped gigs will be organised in a regular Thursday evening slot.

News on the gigs and when they’re going to take place can be found on the Blue Lamps’ Facebook page and at their website.

The organisers are also looking for donations to support artists in these difficult times. Go to https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/jazzatthebluelamp if you want to help.

Check out the video of “Professor” Richard Glassby’s out of this world drum solo below.

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Saxophone player of local jazz band says it’s been “a privilege” to perform again

Matthew Kilner, 23, saxophone player for jazz band Hamlet says it was a privilege to get some sort of performance in after all live gigs have been stopped for almost a year due to the covid pandemic.

Jazz at the Blue Lamp is trying to set up streaming gigs on Thursdays to give live acts some sort of platform to play.

Matthew told The Reporter: “Our last gig was 15th of March 2020 so we were really chuffed to play in the Blue Lamp and felt quite privileged to get some sort of performance.”

Matthew said it was strange playing with no audience at the venue.

“This was our first streamed gig so it was a new experience for all of us.

“It was strange to play without an audience but we tried to give an honest representation of the band.”

Known as ‘the Lampie’, Blue Lamp live music venue on the Gallowgate

New owners taking a new direction in trying times

After the death of former owner Sandy Brown in 2020, the pub and live music venue was passed to his grandson Lewis Brown.

Former owner Sandy Brown died in April last year aged 74 **Photo by Colin Black https://colinblackphotography.com/

The pub, along with most other hospitality venues across the city and shire are having to find new ways to remain as lockdown restrictions mean venues are being forced to shut in order to reduce the spread of the new strain of coronavirus.

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