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MUSIC MATTERS by Pete Chambers: Kids go free this month at Coventry Music Museum

Correspondent 7th Aug, 2017

Children free at Coventry Music Museum

The Coventry Music Museum is opening its doors for children over August, giving anybody under 15 free entry (must be accompanied by adults).

Friday August 11 is ‘Teen Twitter Takeover Day’, when children can send their tweets from the museum’s account, and get to experience the museum environment.

Museum development coordinator Dr Andy Holdcroft said of the offer: “On the 11th August our younger guests can get involved with the museum, interview each other, give live tweets, create their own museum blog and artwork and show on Twitter what inspired them during their visit.

“Everyone who participates on the day will receive a free official guidebook to the museum, so they can find out even more about us, and why Trip Advisor rates us as second in their list of West Midlands museums and why we won ‘Best Family Experience’.

Through the month, there’s also a chance for under-15s to win a museum guide book.

Plus an opportunity to play a guitar, bass, keyboard or even our amazing Theremin, and be a three-minute hero!

CMM is open Thursday to Sunday 10am to 4pm. Last entry at 3.30pm.

Morocco Dave

The Coventry Music Museum inducts its latest Artist of the Month on Saturday (August, midday).

This time the Lottery-funded event sees electronic wizard Morocco Dave being honoured. As normal I will be asking the questions.

In the words of Dave (who is not Moroccan, by the way), he just happens to makes electronic music in a number of genres and doesn’t care for the whole genre-pigeon-holing thing.

His music is original and stimulating, and the man has a reputation of being a real gentleman on the local scene.

His first CD release in 2015, ‘Eighty Days of Rain, contained four brilliantly original tracks, (‘Skylight’, ‘Hah’, ‘Unblocked’ and ‘Do You Think About Me’?). It set out perfectly what Dave was all about.

Since then he has appeared many times on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire radio. He was BBC Introducing Artist of The Month in 2015.

Since then, he has produced a spectacular body of work that can be accessed via https://moroccodave.com/

He was heavily in demand during Coventry’s celebration of electronic pioneer Delia Derbyshire in May this year, where he appeared at The BBC, The Herbert and The Coventry Music Museum, all in the same weekend.

Dave is a perfect choice for our Artist of The Month, and Saturday promises to be very entertaining.

We may even get a live performance on the day and find out why the name, ‘Morocco Dave’?

Phoenix Rock

The Phoenix Rock ‘n’ Roll Band are appearing at the Bikerlott 2017 event on Sunday (August 6).

It’s a biker-themed event that features trade stands, food stalls, Best Bike competition, live music, and much more.

It takes place in Clemens St, Leamington Spa (10am till 6pm).

Bands appearing also include Sam Powell’s Blues Band and Lucky Dog. Dancing in the Street will perform from 12:30pm till 4:30pm with Phoenix doing 2:30pm till 3:30pm.

Full details can be found on the Bikerlott 2017 Facebook page. Everyone welcome. Free Admission.

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