My latest music column has been printed in the Evening News. In it I’m previewing some great gigs and festivals in the Norfolk area including Folk on the Pier and Norfolk and Norwich Festival. I’m also looking ahead to Radio 1′s Big Weekend as well as the music industry masterclasses for R1 Academy which include some great gigs for BBC Introducing by bands such as Port Isla. There are also lots of other excellent gigs coming up in Norwich which I previewed; Belle and Sebastian at OPEN Norwich, Paper Aeroplanes at Norwich Arts Centre, Cove Hithe at OST, Django Django at The Waterfront & more.
Today I had a fun time going along to the R1 Academy at OPEN Norwich. There was a great atmosphere and lots of invaluable advice for those wanting to get into the creative industries. I especially found the Q&A on digital journalism really informative. It featured Anna Doble, Online Editor at BBC Newsbeat, Martin Bryant, Editor in chief of The Next Web and Greg Cochrane, Editor of NME.com. Martin talked about how he started out by blogging with no expectations of it becoming his career, Anna began with local radio while Greg did 5 stints at NME doing work experience, all illustrating the importance of gaining experience and working hard. As well as a broad skill set, a specialist knowledge can also really help in getting you further in your chosen area of journalism. With regards to the fast ever changing world of digital journalism, Anna felt that being open to new ways of executing things is crucial while also reflecting your audience. Ultimately, they felt it’s all about having that great idea, building a community, asking people what they think and getting them to share, and providing varied content while constantly experimenting. All excellent advice!
Also excited that Kathryn Tickell will be playing me on her lovely show on Amazing Radio tonight. Tune in from 9pm this evening.
Brand new song ‘If We Meet Again’ performed @EPICNorwich Thanks for all the sweet words so far, so glad it’s had a lovely response!
Also I will be playing in Cambridge on Saturday March 23rd. Have been asked to support brilliant singer/songwriter Al Lewis whose album ‘Battles’, recorded and produced by the amazing producer Charlie Peacock, is out this week and is currently riding high in the iTunes singer/songwriter chart. Going to be a lovely night!
Excited to have just booked my first festival of the year! Will be playing at the lovely Big Tree Festival in Suffolk on August 4th. More details of the excellent line up including Dodgy, Beverley Craven, Lucy Ward, Paper Aeroplanes, The Kabeedies here
From their Facebook page:
LINE UP NEWS: We are delighted to confirm hotly-tipped Norwich and New York based singer/songwroter Lisa Redford to the Big Tree Festival!
Also have made it to the big screen! been told that fans have seen my snowy ‘New York Song’ video on the BBC Big Screens! Filmed it this time last year in Manhattan and it’s a fitting video for the weather in the UK right now. Keep warm everyone!