Preview: Karima Francis’s ‘Moth’ Open Mic at The Blue Room

Following a successful and popular stint at The Queens pub in Layton, Blackpool songstress and host Karima Francis is now also taking her Moth open mic event to The Blue Room, with the first session scheduled for Thursday 20 February. Karima has been busy organising this event for a good while now and openly encourages local musicians and aspiring singer/songwriters to come along and be given the chance to showcase their talent.

With excellent numbers and no little talent having already taken advantage of the opportunity to perform at the regular monthly events at The Queens, it seemed a no brainer that the event should also be staged at the town’s premier live music venue after its substantial refurbishment and relaunch back in December. The central location, good atmosphere and terrific PA system should ensure that this will become a hotbed for those wanting to go along and join an ever growing band of acoustic musicians that have accepted the invite to share Karima’s vision to uncover new talent in the area.

The Blue Room has begun its new life in excellent style and the buzz has certainly returned to the venue. Steve Pellatt and Ben Holland have worked tirelessly since the place re-opened and so far things have gone incredibly well indeed. With regular live music, its very own open mic night, a quiz night, acoustic sessions, a well-stocked food menu and now added to that the Moth event, it is probably fair to say that it has gone better than first anticipated. With bands already booked and further live nights planned, The Blue Room has once again managed to establish itself as the place to play and also go to enjoy the atmosphere and quality live music. So, every credit to them for taking the bull by the horns and getting the venue back on its feet.

As far as the Moth nights go, these will take place on Thursday evenings and Karima Francis will oversee the event, so there may even be a cameo performance occasionally from the lady herself. But the aim is really to encourage the abundance of local singer/songwriters and musicians to show what they can do and network with others. She informs us through her Facebook event page, that all participating acts will get to play three or four songs and will even be given a free drink at the bar! Sounds cool. The evening’s proceedings will begin at 9pm and run through until midnight. Karima herself only last week put the PA through its paces, with an impromptu set and was highly impressed. She says:

The Blue Room has an amazing PA, I tried it myself and it blew me away! If you are a local artist trust

me, this will be the best sound you’ve had in Blackpool. I really hope to see you there.

Every session of Moth will feature a special guest and the first artist billed to appear is the hugely talented Jess Allan, who we have big hopes for in the future.

For the very latest information on the Moth open mic night at The Blue Room, check out the event page set up by Karima on Facebook and more information will also be available on The Blue Room’s own Facebook page.

Encouraging new talent
Encouraging new talent

Images courtesy of Moth and Karima Francis.



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