MUSIC MATTERS by Pete Chambers BEM: Uplift Weekender; Autopilot, and Coventry TV - The Coventry Observer

12th Aug, 2022

MUSIC MATTERS by Pete Chambers BEM: Uplift Weekender; Autopilot, and Coventry TV

Uplift Weekender

Sadly, the need for Rock Against Racism is still there, and the message still needs to be out there.

Ten years ago, Music Against Racism in Earlsdon hosted a show aiming to provide a bridge of common interests together with meaningful interchange between different ages, races, abilities and cultures within our local community and felt we achieved this through the universal language of music.

This event not only helped raise funds for Love Music Hate Racism, it also raised awareness of the cause. The weekend was a resounding success.

So ten years later, it’s been rebranded as Uplift Weekender sponsored by Utility Team and has teamed up with Rock Against Racism Coventry & Warwickshire to host this year’s ten year anniversary to celebrate Anti Racism, Multiculturalism and Diversity within our great city of Coventry.

The line up for three days Friday to Sunday September 27 to 29 is incredible with stages including Roddy Radiation and the Skabilly Rebels (featuring former Specials lead guitarist Roddy Byers), Auto Pilot (featuring Andy Hopkins formally of the Enemy), The Dirt Road Blues Band (featuring Horace Panter from The Specials, Ted Dugan from Bad Finger and Steve Walwyn from Dr FeelGood) to mention but a few.

The full line up is available on their website

Tickets are available now online or Direct from the venue Albany Club, 10 Earlsdon Street, CV56EG


On the subject of Autopilot, ‘Glass of Gold’ is the debut single from the guys, and I had a sneaky peek.

Well, anyone who has seen the band will know these guys rock. Already praised by the BBC, it’s a wall of sound coming at ya, strong powerful vocals and some unforgettable hooks along the way.

It’s a great track and has “crowd pleaser” all over it. The curve ball for me is the retro 80s sequencer synth sound that opens the track and acts as a sort of sonic drone all the way through, is it bad? Well no, it’s great, and wonderful to see a band that will experiment with sound. I just wasn’t expecting it.

They are currently recording material for an album. This is the first single from what will either be an EP or album.

Coventry IPTV

Look out for something that will change things in the area – Coventry IPTV.

Coventry IPTV is a digitally streamed TV station with three channels covering: Community, Sport and business internet Television station based in Ball Hill.

Their aim is to showcase the best and brightest of local people and organisations bringing everything our city has to offer into the eye of the public.

Their new dedicated free-to-air sports channel, led by local broadcaster, Liam Cook, will feature a wide range of sporting coverage and activities, while their Pay Per View service will allow fans to get closer than ever to the action. Who knows, you may even see a familiar face or two on there, look out for the launch.

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