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COVID-19 and the Future of Gigs

The lockdown measures imposed on society as a whole due to COVID-19 have had a disproportionate impact on some industries, most notably the entertainment sector. The music industry has felt the full force of the restrictions; tours have been cancelled and a whole festival season has been virtually wiped out leaving bands and venues high and dry. To make matters worse, there is currently no indication when bands will be able to get together to practice, let alone perform in a packed venue.

Some artists have taken to streaming performances on social media and there is a growing debate about whether they should be charging. This is a double edged sword and one which bands, especially emerging bands, need to consider carefully. On the one hand, there should be a value attached to their work, whilst on the other, charging probably won’t attract new viewers to the stream. As the restrictions look set to stay in place for a while yet, artists may need to look at finding a balance between the two; a regular open live stream with the option of a paid stream with exclusive content. Yes, there are those who will wait for the content to appear on the free stream, but there are also fans who will happily pay for the added extras. Each band will need to find their own balance; there is no right or wrong.

Along with merch sales, this may just be enough to help bands tick over until they’re able to get back out on the road. But even then, the live scene is going to take a substantial hit. All signs (as of writing) are suggesting that social distancing measures may need to be in place until early next year, or possibly even longer; how will bands and venues survive in the longer term? The logistics of touring could mean that your favourite band might not be able to tour for some time yet, capacity restrictions could mean shows are no longer viable in terms of ticket and merch revenue. 

One solution would be one off shows which comply with government regulations, which are also streamed live to a paying online audience. Watching a gig online is no substitute for actually being in the room, but a compromise is far better than losing something altogether. A standard 3 band bill would offer the same opportunities as they have done previously, allowing bands to reach a new audience and extend their fanbase. Not only is this model achievable as it requires very little additional kit, it can be scaled up or down to take into account any changes to guidelines or localised lockdowns.

And the best thing with this model is it needn’t stop when the world returns to the pre-COVID norm; offering a paid live stream to a show would make them accessible to everyone, overcoming the hurdles many with illnesses and disabilities need to navigate in order to enjoy live music. 

There will also need to be a new way of hosting gigs to support the scene through this difficult time and shows may look different for a while. Not only will venues have to work around possible social distancing requirements, they will have to reassess every aspect of a show; from the queue at the door, pinch points, how people access the cloakroom, the bar and the toilets, all the way through to the way kit is used/shared/changed over; sharing microphones will probably not be a good idea. All of these will also impact a venue’s ability to safely put on a show.

But whatever the future of gigging looks like in reality, the live music scene will need financial support which far exceeds what the government are likely to offer and we need to explore other options to help or risk losing something we all love. 

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Add a little Verity to your Zoom calls

We’re always looking at fun ways for people to support our artists, especially as we navigate this strange gig-less world and finances are tight for many. We’re all having to keep in touch with friends and family using video messaging, and now you can do so with a bespoke background to support the release of Verity White’s ‘After the Storm’ EP. Simply download the file (if you use image mirroring make sure you download the mirrored version) and add it to your Zoom virtual background in the settings. Don’t forget to share your screen grabs!

In addition to the Zoom backgrounds, there’s also an Alibi wallpaper for your phone which you can show off to your mates (from a safe distance, obviously)


Verity White announces new show with The Big Dirty and She Burns Red

Verity White has announced a new show that you definitely don’t want to miss! Sharing the stage with naughty rockers The Big Dirty and Scottish hard hitters She Burns Red, there promises to not be a dull moment at The Charles Bradlaugh in Northampton on 16th May.

Super excited about the show, Verity said “I can’t wait to share the stage with my filthy friends The Big Dirty again! We have a lot of surprises in store and are already talking though many ideas for madness (the event not the band!) … this is gonna be one not to miss!”

You can get your tickets for the gig here…make sure you get down early to make the most of a night of music, merriment, and mayhem that will get you rocking on a whole new level.

Offering something a little different to the new rock scene, Verity White and her band are a breath of fresh air in both style, sound and approach who offer an alternative to ‘alternative rock’.

Taking influence from 90s stalwarts such as Skunk Anansie, Garbage, Sleater Kinney, Pearl Jam, and Tori Amos, Verity White and her band meld driving riffs, powerfully emotional lyrics, and passionate vocal lines to create brutal, yet beautiful and honest rock music.

You can buy or stream ‘Breaking Out’ here and ‘Reclaim; Set Fire’ here or order direct from the official website.


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Verity White Publishes Lyric Video for ‘Inside Your Love’

Ahead of the release of Earache Records ‘New Wave of Rock and Roll’ compilation album, Verity White has published a lyric video for ‘Inside Your Love’. Check the video out below:

newwavepurplelp-1200x1200-1Earache Records have said that the pre-orders for ‘New Wave of Rock N Roll’, which can be ordered in black, clear, or purple vinyl have been going absolutely bonkers; you do not want to miss out, order your copy here

When ordering, don’t forget to check Verity’s box! You can also stream the album in full on Spotify here while you wait for your physical copy.

Check out the full  ‘Reclaim; Set Fire’ album at or listen on Spotity here


Verity White’s ‘Inside Your Love’ featured on Earache Records ‘New Wave of Rock N Roll’ release

Verity White is on a mission to do things her own way, and in doing so she has caught the attention of Earache Records who have featured ‘Inside Your Love’ on their upcoming New Wave of Rock N Roll compilation album set for release on 13th March 2020.

Like ourselves, Earache Records have seen that the rock landscape is changing and have taken the bull by the horns to help steer that change. We are absolutely thrilled that they have recognised Verity as one of the trailblazers for modern rock music.

‘Inside Your Love’ is taken from Verity White’s sophomore album, the name of which is contained within the songs lyrics, ‘Reclaim; Set Fire’. ‘Inside Your Love’ is an intense expression of love featuring sublime soaring vocals and intricate guitar work which amplifies and complements the honesty of the lyrics. 

Earache’s ‘New Wave of Rock N Roll’ can be pre-ordered in black, clear, or purple vinyl here; obviously, we at RSPR have gone for purple. 

When ordering, don’t forget to check Verity’s box! You can also stream the album in full on Spotify here while you wait for your physical copy.

Check out the full  ‘Reclaim; Set Fire’ album at or listen on Spotity here

Find out more about Verity White and her band here


Who would you like to see play Dementia Aware Festival in Reading?

The Facebook group Emerging New Rock Bands are searching for an up and coming rock band to join the lineup for Dementia Aware Festival in Reading on 4th July 2020. In addition to the festival slot, the winner will also receive a bespoke PR package from ourselves (should the winner already have PR representation, this will transfer to the runner up).

You can find brief details on all the bands who have entered along with links to their Spotify channels and a YouTube video link where applicable.

Please take the time to check all the bands out before voting (details at the bottom of the page).


Chambers are a hard hitting trio from Leicester who pride themselves on their unique brand of fuzzy rock. Check out their tracks on their Spotify channel here

Watch the video for ‘Black Spit’ below.

GrooveCake Rock Funk Band
Hailing from Buxton, GrooveCake promise a tasty treat of psychedelic rock with plenty of groove. Check out their tracks on their Spotify channel here

They also have some live videos on YouTube for your viewing pleasure which you can find here

Dirty Ol’ Crow
Dirty ol’ Crow are a London based, energetic five-piece hard rock band with one goal – to bring raw and undiluted rock n roll to as many ears as possible! Check out their tracks on Spotify here

Watch the video for ‘Sex Dictator’ below:

Circus 66
London based Circus 66 like to blur the lines between various genre definitions and sonic aesthetics. Check them out on Spotify here

Watch the video for ‘A Thousand Miles From Home’ below:

Gone Savage
Based in and around Manchester, Gone Savage gives modern melodic rock a hard edge and a tight under belly.  Check out their Spotify here

Watch the video for ‘Bulletproof’ below:

Molly Karloff
Oxfordshire based alt-rock grunge band Molly Karloff pack a powerful punch that speaks for itself. Check out their Spotify here

Watch the video for ‘She Said’ below:

Straight out of Nottingham, Cottonmouth meld metal, grunge and hard rock with catchy choruses and big big riffs. Check out their Spotify here

Broken SoulDetermined to not be labelled, Broken Soul marry elements from across the rock genre with their own unique sound. Check out their Spotify here

Watch the video for ‘Shitty’ below:

Black Cat Bone
All the way from Edinburgh, Black Cat Bone bring the sleazy, fuzzy rock to the party. Check out their Spotify here

Watch the video for ‘Coming For You’ below:

Black Whiskey
Drawing on influences from the 1970’s to the present day, London based Black Whiskey provide riffs and grooves galore. Check out their Spotify here

Watch the video for ‘Here To Stay’ below:

Broken Lines
Broken Lines are a psychedelic punk rock band from Pembrokeshire who like to keep things modern. Check out their Spotify here

Watch the video for ‘Cellophane Killer’ below:

Verity White
Hailing from Cheltenham, Verity White and her band combine riffs and grooves with poetic lyrics and a thumping bass. Check out their Spotify here

Watch the video for ‘Come and Get It’ below:

Hunted By Elephants
London based Hunted By Elephants are a high-energy hard rock band with soaring vocals, growling riffs and energising drum beats. Check out their Spotify here

Watch the video for ‘Human Eyes’ below:

Jamie Porter Band
Jamie Porter band gives you a rock and blues with a little bit of country swagger. Check out their Spotify here

Watch the video for ‘Touch the Sky’ below:

Jack and Sally
London based Jack and Sally are a pop rock trio certain to get you moving. Check out their Spotify here

Watch the video for ‘Long Way Home’ below:

Hailing from Cardiff, Eulogy are a melodic hard rock band who infuse their music with dark, lyrical twists. Check out their Spotify here

Watch the video for ‘You’ll Die Alone’ below:

Lee Ainley’s Blues Storm
Based in Worthing a with a unique mother and daughter pairing, Lee Ainley’s Blues Storm offer an eclectic brand of blues rock. Check out their Spotify here

You can watch a selection of live videos on their YouTube channel here

Hailing from the Nortwest, Soldato will fill you with dirty rock riffs and heavy beats. Check out their Spotify here

Watch the video for ‘Black Rage’ below:

Land Captains
Bristol based Land Captains fuse heavy riffs and funky beats; serious songwriting with a touch of bombast and a healthy dose of silliness. Check out their Spotify here

Watch the video for ‘Automatic’ below:

You can vote for your favourite band by clicking here. Voting closes midnight Sunday 12th January 2020.


Followers: To Buy Or Not To Buy?

When trying to build up your social media presence, it’s very tempting to cheat when building up your numbers. After all, when people check you out your ‘follower’ or ‘like’ count immediately forms part of their assessment of you, doesn’t it? So what’s the harm in buying followers if it’s going to give a good impression?

People who work in social media know how difficult it is to grow a following, it takes time and effort; you need to build a rapport and interact with your followers. However, if you have inflated your numbers by buying followers (most of which will be bots) you will effectively be shouting into the abyss. All of the analytical tools available to you will serve no purpose as ‘a bot’ will rarely see your post, some ‘bots’ are able to ‘like’ a post, but even if this is the case, it’s still skewing your numbers. You cannot gauge what works and what doesn’t if you’re not getting an accurate picture.

Imagine you announce a new single and it only gets nine ‘likes’ but you have 10K followers, that’s not going to give a good impression to bookers or promoters that might be checking you out. It will make them sceptical about your ability to get numbers through the door, especially after the Threatin episode. 

It’s also now possible to buy established accounts, this is sold (literally) as having the benefit of real followers. They might be real, but chances are they won’t engage with you and again will skew your numbers.

In a nutshell, the only people you’re harming by cheating in this way is yourselves.