Subterranean Nights are an independent live events company set up by two undergraduates at BIMM Manchester – bringing the most innovative and forward-thinking acts to the city’s music scene.
The team consists of Daniel Walsh (BA Hons Music Production) and Natalie White (BA Hons Music Business), who’ve made it their mission to change the way we think about organising a gig, championing a variety of established and undiscovered abstract talent from all areas of the Manchester arts scene – including music, poetry, spoken word and performance art. We caught up with Daniel for a Q&A session to uncover the ethos behind this brand new underground event.
What is Subterranean Nights?
Subterranean Nights is an events team looking to put on a mix of unique new acts ranging from live bands, to poetry and spoken word. The workload is shared between the two of us and entails anything from scouting for potential acts to finding the best suitable date for a venue. Natalie also takes on more detailed tasks like creating the advance sheets for bands, agreeing fees and making sure the pre-process of organising the show goes smoothly.
What sets it apart from other promoters in the Manchester?
Our foremost focus is unearthing the most unique emerging talent from Manchester and beyond. We understand that making the numbers is important but also realise that quality comes first, and when an act is definitely worth seeing with a unique experience for fans, it’s a no-brainer. We want our shows to be submersive in every aspect of art. We’re all for taking risks.
What sort of genre of artist do you deal with?
We’re looking to put on acts that your nan will probably never like – bands, poets, spoken word who you’ll either love or stand bemused at. We have a balance in our shows, but ultimately the size of the act becomes irrelevant if they are good enough. I feel like over time people have been too concerned with trying to make everyone happy, which is impossible in itself without compromising quality and real purpose.
Do you have any other events currently scheduled?
We’re currently gathering acts together for a show on June 8th we’re putting on and one in July 14th. Line ups are still to be announced, and we’re hoping to do something bigger come September/October – possibly an all-dayer.
How has your course helped/influenced you in the creation of Subterranean Nights?
It’s certainly helped on Natalie’s side. We both had the same mindset that there wasn’t enough being done in the Manchester Music Scene to give music fans a unique artistic experience – one that wasn’t reliant on Manchester’s past. The Music Business course has helped us both dig deep for the right unique selling point, and the disciplines taught in lectures have given us more faith in what we want to achieve without compromise.
Where do you see the company in five years time?
We see Subterranean Nights being a well-respected name amongst a brand new wave of weird and wonderful music being embraced by the Manchester Music Scene and across the UK. One thing that will never change is our attitude towards quality over quantity – which is how you really breed growth in a scene.
Subterranean Nights will hold their 2018 launch show at Aatma on 5th April, hosting Leeds based Post-Punk band FEHM with support from SPILT and Kyogen.