DRAFT – Kardomah94 Event- Review (9/11/16)

Kardomah94, Alfred Gelder St, Hull

Thursday 9th November 2016

Tonight was the first time, I have ever being at one of Kardomah94 shows. Without a shadow of a doubt, I really enjoyed it as the venue is small and intimate, this helps to create the sense that you are almost part of the action. From my point of view, it’s probably my favourite small events venue in Hull.

Tonight’s event, The Humber Mouth Literature Festival: Interviews Sylvia Patterson, she is one of pops best-known journalists and has been in the business over, 30 years. In the 80’s she was at her peak, writing for Smash Hits as a staff writer. Also in her career she was a writer for some of the most well-known papers and magazines including; NME, Q, Sunday Times, The Observer, The Word and The Face.

The majority of the talk was Sylvia discussing and giving readings from her recently published memoir “I’m Not with the Band”. This explores her rock and roll lifestyle and her interviewing techniques of some of the most well-known superstars and celebrities. She spoke about her time with Prince (the purple perv) as she referred to him, The House Martins, Kylie Minogue etc.

I’m Not with the Band is a captivating and extremely honest memoir, that showcased the lifestyle of the Journalist and the role she fulfilled over the years, the account is written deep emotive way with elements of wit. She told things about her life which made it very humanised and helped others to relate to the content. For instance, her mum had an addiction and she also battled a long addiction too with booze and drugs.

The staging of the event was minimal with just a few pieces of furniture, which really allowed you to focus on the discussions taking place between Dave Windass and Sylvia Patterson, with very little distractions. The lighting spotlighted the stage and the audience was in darkness. This also helped people to focus on the stage.

The talk touched upon some very culturally and important subjects within the industry of Journalism, creative freedoms and how the platform has evolved over the last 3 decades. Sylvia spoke openly about how she feels about the future of journalism and it was a fairly negative response. She explained that it is so much easier to get content out to an audience, through blogs, social media and other platforms and how it isn’t a job that pays very well for most, nowadays. I actually learned quite a lot about how the industry is changing and how that will have an effect on the next generation of journalists.

I thought the event was insightful, it drew a decent crowd tonight. The crowd had the opportunities to ask questions at the end, this helped the audience to be even more immersed in the event. This was great.


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