Feature: Phatta Sound Promotions

Exploring the streets of Canterbury you’ll notice the image of headphones has started to mark shop windows everywhere.  Nope, not a graffiti problem – these mark the arrival of Phatta Sound Promotions to Canterbury’s diverse music scene.  The brain child of Charlie Vanstone, Phatta Sound Promotions have already hosted their first gig featuring Sincerity, Then The Wave Came, Within The Silence and Locusts.  With much more planned they’re a promoter to look out for.

So, Phatta Sound Promotions then.  They began in September powered by Charlie Vanstone’s passion for music.  Recently called ‘the last bastion of live music in Canterbury’ by BBC Kent Introducing The Beer Cart Arms is Phatta Sound Promotions’ main home.  Phatta Sound Promotions came into existence as a way for the team to put on gigs their own way in conjunction with Phatta Sound Solutions.  Joining founder Charlie Vanstone is Loz Regan, previously of Save Target As, stage managing alongside members of Canterbury band ShyChlo.  Joe Dawson manages the door, Joel Prince supervises proceedings with Shane Elvy and Rick Whale completing the crew.

The crew have a wealth of experience between them; Save Target As and ShyChlo both playing to a high standard with numerous gigs in a variety of venues.  Whilst not in a band, Charlie began his involvement with music at the age of 13 at the Sellindge Music Festival.  Since then he has worked with sound engineering company Rs-blu, working with famous acts and big festivals along the way.

Phatta Sound Promotions’ goal is to bring bigger acts to Canterbury, and to put it on the map.  Only one gig in the team already have events headlined by The Shallow and Hindsights lined up.  Done for all the right reasons founder Charlie finds the best bit of the job seeing ‘the smiles on people’s faces enjoying themselves at our events’, as well as working with the team.  The team have been tight lipped about their future plans but they’re Facebook activity suggests it’s going to be a bit special.

Phatta Sound Promotions offer a variety of services.  They book and manage live events whilst also providing P.A systems.  Providing bands from across the UK with the opportunity to gig in Canterbury they manage bands, including Magnitude and Perks.  Based on this experience Phatta Sound Promotions offer advise on how to begin in music and how to make the most of your band.  If you were wondering where the posters come from, well that’s local designer Reese Designs.

A young team, they have big ideas and big drive.  Come to their shows to see for yourself, as well as great local and out of town bands.

David Horn

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The Gig Guide: 3rd – 9th Dec

It’s a week.  A new week.  A new week full of gigs!  As always there’s plenty to keep you entertained this week!

Our week starts on Tuesday at The Beer Cart, Canterbury with Below the Radar.  Ska band Imperial Leisure are touring the country, they’ve done some dates with Sonic Boom Six and are doing their own headline tour.  They’ll hit Canterbury supported by some big local talent!  Canterbury’s own ShyChlo, Riskee and the Ridicule fresh from Camden, ska punk band My Third Leg and indie ska band Firstborn Heroes will make all kinds of good noises.

Wednesday at The Lantens in Folkestone get some beats in your life with The Winter Warmer.  A night filled with great local talent this night is also in support of the local homeless shelter!  As well as the tunes get your hands on the local music compilations with all profits going to the shelter!

Thursday it’s back to The Beer Cart, or the future – which ever works, for another big night.  Come down for Phatta Sounds first gig.  It’s a big line-up!  Sincerity, Then the Wave Came, Within the Silence and Locusts will put on an big show.   Sincerity alone have just supported Fear Factory with a genius light show!  Alternatively if you’re feeling some indie folk get down to The Windmill in Ashford for Blaise Paisel and Elle Rayenne.  Celebrate with Blaise Paisel as they launch their video for Magical.

I’f you’re want another fix of Imperial Leisure they’re playing The Tubman in Hastings on Friday.  Alternatively The Forum in Tonbridge Wells has Weezish!  The Weezer tribute band will give you an epic fix of college rock with some big tunes!

Saturday get yo’self down to new venue The Rafters in Maidstone!  The mighty Vivid Nation will playing there.  If you’ve not seen them they combine atmospheric guitars with passion and performance!  If you have seen them, see them again!  Closer to Tonbridge?  Get back to The Forum for a big night of rock! All The Above + Zombie Met Girl + Ugly Love + Nod and Toxic Rock DJ’s  will loud noises for you!

Have a great week!  What have we missed?  Check our full gig guide for more!

The Banned Reviews Takeover 02/12/12

We liked this one a lot – even the Christmas records sounded awesome.  This is a very rare thing, bah humbug and such!  Among the great local music this week was the Live In the Living Room Christmas single.  This is a collaboration from lots of Kent artists covering Do They Know It’s Christmas?, all in the name of Meningitis awareness.  Download it here and show your support for Meningitis awareness, and get an ace version of a Christmas classic!

Listen again Friday at 6.30 for the hour again, packed full of amazing Kent bands!  Listen 24/7 for great independent music.  Here’s who we played:

Stone Kings – Crazy Again / On Facebook

Artemis Redeemer – We Are Society/ On Facebook

Third Place Victory – Arnold’s Time Machine / On Facebook

Fish Tank – Capybara / On Facebook

Adam Russell – Broke Skull / On Facebook

Ted Clark – Code Red / On Facebook

Jumbled – She Wants It All

Live in The Living Room – Do They Know It’s Christmas? / On Facebook

Down To My Last – Firework / On Facebook

ShyChlo – From a Dream to a Young Supreme / On Facebook

RBN – No Hands / On Facebook

Linkin Park – Waiting for the End (GLEN ORPHEUS’s down right nasty mix) / On Facebook

Beanie Smith of Rebirth Records – Trap Mix / On Facebook 

You stay classy!

The Gig Guide: 22nd – 28th October

Another week, another host of gigs to sink your ears into!

On Tuesday you have two extremes to choose from!  In Ashford catch the touring French band Francois and the Atlas Mountains supported by the amazing Coco and the Butterfields and the Intermission Project.  Click here for more.  Happening at St Mary’s Church it’ll be a folk/acoustic feast!  Alternatively get some hardcore going in your life in Canterbury at The Beercart Arms.  Check out the mighty Dead Reckoning, Blind Ambitions, Sincerity and At Worlds End.  Click here for more.

On Thursday ShyChlo are at The Walmer Castle in Deal with Commit This To Memory (they’re first gig!).  Sure to an awesome show check it out, details are here!

Friday leaves you with more choices to make.  Check out some reggae/dub vibes with Kotchin and the Kings of Evil, Dread Zone and Ben Russel and The Charmers at The Westcoast Bar, Margate.  Information is here.  In Ashford?  Join Electric River at The George and soak up the ska.  If pyscadelic how you’re feeling though Syd Arthur are playing at The View and Bar Below, Folkestone.  Click here for the deets.

Saturday is a big one for Halloween.  In Ashford, both at Platform 5 check out two events.  The first is an acoustic Halloween Event including KP and Squiz, Jordan Mann and Fred Clark.  Find more here.  On the other side though is Raise the Roofs Halloween special and fare well event featuring Empire Light, ShyChlo, Blacken the Name, Circle of Rage, Vivid Nation, Ziphedz and The Eyes!  Find information here.  In Maidstone check out the amazing Mofos at The Druid Arms.

Find all our gig listings here.

Stay safe and party hard slurm!

The Week in Gigs: 8th-15th of October

This week there a load more awesome gigs to get stuck into!!

The first is happening this Tuesday at The Beercart Arms in Canterbury!  Check out Evarane, Vivid Nation, Where’s Billy? and Atlas!  It’s big one.  It’s Evarane’s first time at the venue, Vivid Nation are raising for charity, Where’s Billy? are awesome and it’s Atlas’s E.P launch!!  Boom!!  Find more information here!

Next up there are three gigs competing for your ears on Thursday! In Fokestone go to Chambers and check our Funk & the Two Tone Baby doing their thing!  A night not to be missed.  Find details here.  At Mojo in Chatham check out Dead Reckoning, Bury the Hatchet, Atlantica, Down to My Last and Avenge Thee + Naime!  Find more information here.  In Canterbury go to The Lady Luck and watch Tyrannosaurus Alan and Fish Tank – details here.  Some tough choices!

Make it a chilled one on Friday at Imperial Sounds.  Taking place at the Imperial Hotel, Hythe check out the acoustic event featuring Hank Foreman, Ben Milberry and Some Kind of Symmetry.  Find details here.

On Saturday there’s another chance to see Atlantica alongside Blackwater Revue, Broke Banjo, Ugly Love and Crow Lane at The Ivy in Sheerness!  Find details here.  Alternatively go see some classic punk at The Westcoast Bar in Margate with Rebel Truce – a tribute to The Clash.  You guessed it, find more information here.

Even Sunday has something going on!  At Ashford’s Platform 5 check out Selective Noise featuring: Ziphedz, The Epicycle, ShyChlo, Jesta, Mic B, DJ Ideal and Moley MC!  A big line-up!  Check it out.