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.