Monday, 1 April 2013

South Devon Arts Centre development goes ahead - The Grand Opening will be on Friday 31st May - Press Release from David Parsley at Totnes FM

                                         Friends of SDAC            South Devon Arts Centre
                                         Sir Richard Branson          Scope Complex
                                         Jools Holland OBE            Wills Road
                                         Bob Harris OBE               Totnes  TQ9 5XN
                                         Peter Oswald                   01803 862267
                                        Alice Oswald           
                                        Mae Karthauser


Arts Centre to open on 31 May
with Joss Stone’s favourite band

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: - SUNDAY 31 MARCH: THE LARGEST new arts and entertainment venue in south Devon is set to open its doors on Friday 31 May with a spectacular night featuring four of the nation’s biggest names in new music.

Headlining the Grand Opening of the South Devon Arts Centre (SDAC), which will be hosted by broadcasting legend Bob Harris OBE, will be 'Yes Sir Boss', which has just released its latest single "Mrs #1" featuring the sublime Joss Stone. The band was the first to sign to Joss’ new record label Stone’d Records and will rock the 300 capacity venue to the rafters with its unique brand of foot stomping tunes.

Joining Yes Sir Boss on stage will be one of the nation’s most highly regarded new artists, Jake Morley, who will deliver tracks from his forthcoming new album, hot on the heels of his critically acclaimed debut LP "Too Many Fish To Fry". Plus, there’s the limitless homegrown talents of Mae & The Midnight Fairground, who will also be performing at this summer’s Glastonbury Festival, and musical Goddess Rebecca Maze.

Tickets to the launch event are on sale now
or via the ticket hotline 01803 862267.

The arts centre, based in Totnes will become the new home of the Studio Lounge, which has built an international reputation by playing host to some of the UK’s biggest new bands, as well as artists from across Europe, America, Australia and Africa.

As well as putting on fantastic nights of music, the exciting not-for-profit project will offer the south Devon community leading theatre productions, a cinema club, and art exhibitions. It will also be the home of Totnes FM, which will launch on its FM frequency later this year. Work began on transforming this empty industrial space into a state of the art entertainment venue this week, and will be complete by mid-May to allow for two weeks of rigorous testing and rehearsals before the brilliant Grand Opening night.

As well as gaining huge support from the local community, the project has gained backing from big name supporters such as Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson. Music and broadcast legends Jools Holland OBE and Bob Harris OBE have also become Patrons of the centre, alongside national theatre playwright Peter Oswald, film and television director Peter Richardson, internationally renowned poet Alice Oswald and Mae Karthauser, the brainchild behind opening night performers Mae & The Midnight Fairground.

Local businesses and individuals have also been hugely supportive, with health food store Greenlife, solicitors Windeatts, Harrisons Garage and sound equipment providers Absolute Music among those backing the scheme. Thanks to their help, as well as a substantial private donation, the project has raised the funds required to complete the refurbishment.

David Parsley, chairman of SDAC, said: “It’s great to be able to announce such a stunning line-up of music for the Grand Opening. It’s going to be a night to remember, and we can’t wait to open the doors for the first time.”

The centre is also bringing 11 much-needed jobs to Totnes, with more positions planned in the following year.

SDAC will also host many different classes and workshops, and put on many special events specifically aimed at young people. The space will also be available for hire to anyone wishing to put on large or small events. 

For more information:
David Parsley on 01803 862267 / 07912 694581

South Devon Arts Centre is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company
and part of the Totnes FM group
Registered address: Totnes FM CIC Ltd, Scope Complex, Wills Road, Totnes, TQ9 5XN
Totnes FM CIC Ltd is registered in England & Wales. Company No. 7637179

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