Melting Vinyl is giving a new generation of exciting artists the opportunity to perform at a beautiful and historical setting, in a series of live streamed performances. Produced with Arts Council support, the shows bring a brilliant selection of talent to Brighton’s St. George’s Church, a unique professional space which is usually reserved for internationally profiled touring artists.
After a hugely successful opening show, the season continues with Bella Spinks on Sun 20 June. Releasing her debut album, Homeostasis, in 2018, Spinks blends captivating piano style and inventive vocals – drawing comparisons to Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush, Carole King and Regina Spektor. Hailing from Brighton, she grew up enamoured by the journey of age and transition. Songwriting became a way to transcribe those feelings, to explore how they made her feel and to help process what they meant. “There are many novel experiences that no one quite understands,” she says. “We are constantly trying to find balance in life, and this is such the central part of my song writing – to be able to craft something that can illustrate an experience of a world you can control, a world you can oversee, to create stories and to know their endings.”
Bella played her first gig at Brighton’s Concorde 2 at only 12 years of age, and has since gone on to support Ellie Goulding, The Staves, Rae Morris, Ron Sexsmith, Low Chimes, Sea of Bees, Viv Albertine, Laetitia Sadia, Alex Winston, Basia Bulat, The Apache Relay, Foy Vance, Jake Isaac, Robert Ellis and Husky. She has also played Together The People and Norwich Sound &
Vision Festivals and Communion shows in London, Brighton and Leeds.
Founded in Brighton in 1998 by Anna Moulson, Melting Vinyl began programming up to 200 shows a year in venues like Brighton’s Freebutt and Prince Albert. the past two decades, Melting Vinyl has gone from strength to strength, despite the challenging market and the competitive world of live music. Showcasing local, national and international talent, they’ve become an essential thread in the fabric of Brighton’s vibrant music scene with an ever growing network of patrons.
From intimate shows at local pubs to sold-out six-hundred capacity concerts at Kemptown’s StGeorge’s Church, Melting Vinyl gigs is known for quality performances, friendly staff and a welcoming reception. Over the years, they’ve hosted The Strokes, The White Stripes, Sigur Ros, Sufjan Stevens, Nick Cave, Benjamin Clementine, Martha Wainwright, Ezra Furman, Laura Veirs, Fleet Foxes, Jon Hopkins, Beirut, Spiritualized, Calvin Harris, The Staves, Sharon Van Etten, Kimya Dawson, Wild Beasts, Johnny Flynn, Cate Le Bon, Joan as a Policewoman, GSYBE!, This is the Kit, Bat for Lashes, British Sea Power, Julia Holter, Gwenno, TVAM, LAU, Pom Poko, The Handsome Family Anna Calvi, Laura Marling and Gruff Rhys, amongst others.
They have also been involved in a spectrum of local arts projects: programming Brighton Live (Brighton Band festival), The Great Escape (organising the late gigs), Foxtrot (Folk festival with Wilkcommen label), Viva La France! (French festival in Brighton), White Nights (European music initiative with a French town), Bike Week (Brighton and Hove Council initiative), developing Towner Art Gallery and the Winter Gardens in Eastbourne, Revelation St Mary’s and, more recently, establishing Folkestone Quarterhouse and Gulbenkian in Kent as live music destinations.