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The Lewes Ripple is a unique platform for local musicians and performers. We promote established acts and nurture / advise new ones with the same even hand. All types of music are welcome at the Ripple and if you have creative ideas then do get in touch. We may be able to help you realise them.

No doubt it’s been a tough couple of years for the Ripple. We saw fourteen events including two music festivals go down the tubes due to the pandemic. But it wasn’t all bad news: we delivered three sold out Summer Lightning shows at the Con Club; got eight acts onto the Ripple stage at the Brewhaven Craft Beer Festival; sourced acts for the Plumpton Moon Festival, as well as acts for Dalliance at Depot and several other local venues.

The 24 Minutes of Le Mans – Freeborn Productions.

And then there’s our newly refreshed YouTube Channel. Addressing the issue of how to play when venues are closed, the Ripple responded to the Covid-19 Lockdown with regular booster shots of specially recorded videos. Not only a source of entertainment but also a great place for acts to show their wares. There’s a lot to discover and enjoy. We’ll post newly uploaded videos here on the homepage, but you’ll find more on the individual bands and artists pages.

This week’s featured video is The 24 Minutes of Le Mans, a quirky and entertaining film about a journey to the Le Mans Twenty-Four Hours race at the turn of the century by Smart car, then a novelty in England. Some twenty years later, the film is developing into a period piece. The director Andrew Shaw and the Presenter Rupert Lloyd Thomas are both former residents of Lewes. Andrew went to school locally and Rupert was washed out of his house and the town by the great flood of 2000. The sparkling and funky opening banjo tune ‘ Swamp Stomp’ was contributed by Sussex musicians Paul Bishop & Chris Franklin, The Driver Brothers.

HOW IT WORKS

When promoters come to us to supply performers we guide them through links to this resource. It’s a valuable tool for presentation as well as a continuing archive of Lewes music in these troubled times. For events not generated by ourselves we take no percentage for supplying acts so they get the entire fee. All copyrights remain with the composers and performers – the Ripple simply provides the platform free of charge.

AND THE FUTURE?

We are currently working with Splashpoint in Seaford to bring regular jazz back to Lewes. We have recently commissioned a team of electronic composers/film makers to deliver a number of site-specific installations in early summer. Check our Facebook for regular updates. We are always seeking content – just get in touch. So that’s the Ripple today – not a closed loop but an ever-expanding sequence of possibilities for the future.

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