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As is often the case with grassroots scenes, it usually takes the effort and forward-thinking attitudes of just a handful of people for things to get off the ground. Despite its world-class cultural standing, Durham has suffered with being somewhat of a musical wasteland since Empty Shop HQ left the city centre. While places like Old Cinema Launderette and Claypath Deli keep the flag for independent musicians flying, there is a distinct lack of opportunities for local performers.

Enter Down By The River, one of those previously mentioned forward-thinking promoters, who this month launch Durham Introducing, a supportive space for artists to find their creative footing, hosted at Claypath Deli. DBTR’s Graham Grundy explains: “[Durham Introducing will be] a safe space where people can come and express themselves artistically in a supportive environment, where they can build confidence and take an important step in finding their creative way.”

Each monthly event will be curated and co-promoted by different individuals or groups, with the goal of making the events ethical, diverse and enjoyable environments for performers as well as attendees.

Performers at the first event on Thursday 11th November include unique grunge jazzers Labyrinthine Oceans, Newcastle-based ethereal songwriter India Arkin and avant-garde spoken wordsmiths The Durham Beats.

Down By The River present Durham Introducing at Claypath Deli on Thursday 11th November

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