Hairy Dog adds ‘busker’s corner’ for informal open mic

The Hairy Dog on Becket Street Derby has announced the addition of a ‘busker’s corner’ to it’s outside area.

The venue has two stages – a 500 capacity room opened in early 2016 and an 80 capacity room which has been recently refurbished. With several outside areas the new ‘busker’s corner’ is open for people who want, in the words of the venue, to “Come down, get up and play any time you want”.

This area of the city is fast establishing itself as the ‘creative quarter’ – further up Becket Street Dubrek has opened and provides rehearsal, studio, live and arts space in the style of Andy Warhol’s Factory while beyond you have The Venue on Abbey Street and Baby People studios on Ford Street. In the centre is Bar One with an outside stage and regular haunt of the Reckless Yes Records crowd.

The businesses in this urban triangle are all focused on supporting the local scene while pushing beyond the boundaries of the city to challenge the prevailing attitude that nothing ever happens here. The 2Q Festival, which took place in April and will return in 2018, made use of the spaces in this area of the city as well as those throughout the neighbouring Cathedral Quarter.

The addition of a non-bookable space at the Hairy Dog goes further to support new and emerging Derby artists before they graduate to larger stages, or to give an option to established artists looking for a more informal approach.

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You can also find Dubrek, The Venue, Baby People and Bar One via their links.

Read our interview with Dubrek owner Jay Dean on Storge here. Read about 2Q 2017 here.

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