GROWNUP GIGS THAT WELCOME KIDS
Hello and welcome to Music Nest! Our aim is to put on brilliant gigs that you can bring your family to. We want to create an environment that not only tolerates children but welcomes them. It's a non-judgemental, safe and inclusive space where you can watch great music together.
Coming up on the 15th of February!
2pm - 4pm @ The Brunswick
KEV MINNEY - After a lifetime of becoming well-known for his virtuoso guitar skills, Kev turned to singing and songwriting at the age of 30. Before this, he had lacked the confidence to sing due to a stutter. Moving from his hometown of Northampton to Brighton gave him the inspiration to take his new musical path. The drastic change in musical direction was a risk, but he feels it was worthwhile because he knows that he wants to spend his life writing and performing his own music.
BEN & ALFIE - Two brothers who push the sonic capabilities of violin and double bass to the max, using a wide variety of techniques and styles to create beautifully crafted and sung songs. The duo are engaging live performers who have collaborated with a wide range of different artists and who clearly love exploring genre and interesting subject matters.
More dates to be announced soon!
Your hosts Ben and Martha
ABOUT MUSIC NEST
Kids are brilliant, noisy, full of beans, have short attention spans, need attention, changing and have all the other demands that you are so familiar with, often all at the same time! All of these things are expected and embraced at Music Nest, how can you all have a good time if you don't feel comfortable about meeting the needs of your child? We want you to be able to relax and enjoy the music without fear of being tutted by someone because you need to get up and walk about, feed, manage a wobbly, or leave the room for a bit. We want children to feel as though they can sing, dance, move about or get on with something else in an environment that isn't deafeningly loud or really dark and dingy. To help with this we'll have some craft activities and a member of staff to help.
The Brunswick is a fantastic and friendly live music venue with a long history of promoting family friendly events. Music Nest takes place in a fantastic venue adjoining but separate from the main bar area. Everything is on the ground floor with step free access and wide doors for pushchairs and wheelchairs. There are baby changing facilities and a disabled toilet on the ground floor. The pub does an excellent selection of food and drinks suitable for children and adults and if you book a ticket for Music Nest in advance you'll get 20% off your entire food bill!
Please CLICK HERE to read our FAQ section as this should answer any questions you have and goes into a bit more detail about how Music Nest works!
Hello we're Ben and Martha and we decided to start Music Nest a few months after we found out we were expecting our first child. We realised that, like many of our friends, we were going to be finding it more difficult to watch live music for a while, which seemed a shame as it's such a massive part of our life. When we thought about it we could see no reason why we couldn't put on top quality, affordable gigs that welcomed children as well!
Ben has been promoting the popular Lonely Disco night at The Brunswick for nearly four years, alongside gigging and touring with his own band The Galleons and running Route 49 Studio. All this experience means we've been able to bring loads of brilliant musicians from a wide range of genres to the Brunswick and ensure everything runs smoothly (at least the vast majority of the time!). Ben has been a youth worker and community music practitioner for a number of years and is really passionate about the power of music to bring people together.
Martha is a fellow live music enthusiast and, as well as working with Ben to manage Lonely Disco and Route 49, she's worked extensively in Youth Theatre. She has also organised many community events involving poetry and music in her families bookshop and is passionate about art being central to community. Having spent a lot of time working with and hanging out with babies, kids and parents she has been the driving force in making sure the space is as welcoming and stress free as possible.
We really hope to see you down at The Brunswick some time to enjoy some music together.
If you've got any more questions please get in touch using the form below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE BRUNSWICK - 1 HOLLAND ROAD - HOVE - BN3 1JF
The Brunswick is easy to reach by bus and is a 22 minute walk from Hove Station. If you are driving the cheapest parking is on the seafront.
Can I breast feed my children and/or bring food? - Music Nest is a breast feeding friendly space! You can't fully enjoy a gig if you're really hungry and no one wants a hangry child on their hands! We know that snacks and drinks are vital for keeping kids happy and healthy so please feel free to keep them fed, as the pub does it's own food however we'd ask that people don't go too overboard and bring picnics, portable fondue sets etc.
What if my child cries or makes noise? - That's what children do right? It's totally fine everything will carry on and no one will point or glower at you.
Is the venue safe for children? - The Brunswick have hosted numerous family friendly events and staff will do everything they can to ensure that the venue is safe and welcoming. The venue will only be accessible to ticket holders but the building as a whole is a public space and working pub so we would ask that children are supervised at all times. Neither Music Nest or The Brunswick can take responsibility for your children or belongings.
How many U16s can I bring? - We want to make it as easy as possible to come and enjoy yourself but for health and safety reasons unfortunately we have to limit the number of children to three per adult.
Will it be really crammed in? - We've reduced the capacity of the venue to ensure there's more space for people to be comfortable and move around a bit.
Will there be somewhere to sit? - There will be some chairs available but to keep the venue safe, accessible and the space flexible for the kids we can't guarantee seating for all. We will have some colourful rugs at a few spots around the venue. Feel free to bring a cushion etc. but please be aware for fire safety etc. we may have to ask people not to sit in certain areas.
Is the venue wheelchair accessible? - Yes and there is a wheelchair accessible toilet on the ground floor.
I and/or my child have additional needs, will the event be suitable for me/them? - We want to make Music Nest as inclusive as possible and will do our best to welcome anybody with additional needs. Please feel free to contact us via the form or email if you'd like to discuss anything or have any questions.
Are there baby changing facilities? - Yes there are baby changing facilities on the first floor. We will try and ensure we have a few emergency extras such as wipes, hand wash and maybe a nappy or two in case anyone runs out or forgets something!
Will the volume level be safe for children? - We will work with the sound engineer to ensure the volume is reduced to a more child friendly level whilst still ensuring a good musical experience for all. We cannot however guarantee that noise will always be within safe prolonged listening limits for children of all ages and as a result recommend considering some of the many children's ear defenders on the market today. We hope to have some on sale at events soon.
Will there be somewhere to store my buggy etc? - The venue are used to accommodating families and there will be space to store pushchairs and buggies. The area is relatively secure and overlooked by staff but Music Nest and the venue can't take any responsibility for losses so please keep valuables with you in the venue.
How long are the sets? - Each act will play for approximately 40 mins with a short break in between. During the break we'll be playing some good music, getting involved in some craft activities and maybe playing the odd animation or cartoon on the projector.
How much are tickets? - Our gigs cost £7 for adults and £1 for under 16s. There is a small booking fee for getting tickets online but you're then guaranteed entrance and you can get 20% off any food you buy!
Do you pay your bands? - Yes.
I'm interested in playing at Music Nest - Excellent please send us a link to your website and music. A video of you performing is always very useful. We try to get back to everyone but we have a massive list of people we want to play so apologies if there's a delay or we can't fit you in.
Hopefully we've covered most things here but if you want know anything else or feel as if we've missed anything please don't hesitate to drop us a line.