Wellington Independent Music Showcase brings capital musicians to the Bats stage

The Frank Burkitt Band. Burkitt, second from right, has organised the Wellington Independent Music Showcase.
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The Frank Burkitt Band. Burkitt, second from right, has organised the Wellington Independent Music Showcase.

Some of the capital's best independent musicians will take to the stage in a series of intimate gigs.

The inaugural Wellington Independent Music Showcase will feature shows from folk musician Graeme James, folk-country duo LOST BiRD, folk-rock band Miles Calder & The Rumours and The Frank Burkitt Band, who play American roots.

Bats Theatre's The Heyday Dome will host performances over four nights - with capacity for just 70 audience members per gig.

Starting off busking on the street of Wellington, folk musician Graeme James' first original album News From Nowhere was ...
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Starting off busking on the street of Wellington, folk musician Graeme James' first original album News From Nowhere was a finalist in the NZ Vodafone Music Folk Album of The Year 2017.

Showcase organiser, singer-songwriter and guitarist Frank Burkitt was on the hunt for new ways and places for his band to present their music, finding Bats - which as a theatre, prefers a run of shows over one-off events.

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He came up with the showcase as a way to highlight their music, as well as the hard work and day to day life of an independent musician.

Folk-country duo Ali Whitton and Oliver Vetter are LOST BiRD.
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Folk-country duo Ali Whitton and Oliver Vetter are LOST BiRD.

Burkitt loves playing to smaller audiences. "For the audience, the great thing that they're going to get is how intimate a performance it's going to be, and the performers - they'll get to see them in their rawest form."

Others featured in the showcase, such as James and Miles Calder & The Rumours often play gigs in bigger, louder venues like San Fran and Meow.

"This is a chance for the audience to see a different side of these artists. It's the same musician but a different setting," Burkitt says.

Folk-rock band Miles Calder & The Rumours play the showcase on September 29.
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Folk-rock band Miles Calder & The Rumours play the showcase on September 29.

Tickets are well on track to sell out which is a positive sign, as he hopes to grow the showcase next year.

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There will be a short video before each gig with background on what life is like for the artists.

"For me, for every one hour on the stage there's five hours of admin work," Burkitt says.

"Booking tours, booking gigs, doing all the PR takes a lot of time. I would put it akin to starting your own business."

But the hard work is worth it.

"I wouldn't do any of it if I didn't love writing songs and playing them to people ... It's the music that is fun. I love writing the music and performing it."

The details:

* The Wellington Independent Music Showcase gigs run September 27-30 at Bats Theatre; 9pm.

* September 27: Graeme James 

* September 28: LOST BiRD

* September 29: Miles Calder & The Rumours 

* September 30: The Frank Burkitt Band 

* Tickets $22/$16 from bats.co.nz.

 - Stuff

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