Music lovers missing gigs can watch local bands perform live from the comfort of their own sofa this weekend.
The HoneyBox is a live music experience showcasing the best of Staffordshire and Cheshire’s artists, usually filmed and streamed with a live audience.
But the show’s fifth series will be a little different in order to remain Covid-19 compliant.
Instead of having a live audience, the show will be streamed live from King Street Studios, in Newcastle, for would-be gig-goers to watch at home.
Featuring on the first episode of the season on Sunday, November 15, is Stoke-based band Bathtub, as well as Bark Mailey and Harry Holmes. Viewers will be able to tune in from 4pm via The HoneyBox Facebook page.
Peter Herbert, who owns PH Production Services, filming the show, said: “We are working hard to make this happen again with the focus on making sure we make it Covid safe. We are putting a lot of changes in place including losing the live audience.
“It’s been really difficult for loads of musicians not being able to perform and try and promote themselves, the easiest thing for us to do approaching series five would be not to do it but we think we owe it to the music community here to make it work.”
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Peter, alongside organiser Lee Barber – venue manager at The Underground – launched The HoneyBox in 2016, and has seen more than 70 local musicians perform on the show.
On the day, musicians will be social distancing, with staggered times for rehearsals to pull off the gig.
Molly Gould, 25, from Hanley, presents the show and introduces the artists.
She said: “I am so passionate about local music and live shows is something I have missed over the last few months.
“The HoneyBox is such a cool event to be involved in and I get to see amazing local artists perform, I feel incredibly lucky. If people are looking for something to do this Sunday, it’s the perfect way to finish the weekend, without even having to move from the sofa!”