Lewes is blessed with a great number of musical people, most of whom are semi-professional, who ply their talent for little money in small venues, mostly as an adjunct to the hospitality industry. The Ripple began in late 2018 when Lewes residents Stephen ‘Snips’ Parsons and John Marsh decided to create a unique platform to support and promote them.
On the May Bank Holiday weekend of 2019 the Ripple mounted a 3 day mini-festival which took place in a variety of venues. On ticketed shows performers were paid and excess profits were donated to local charities/causes.
2020-21 saw the Ripple continue to think creatively about how to promote live music despite the problems caused to venues and musicians by Covid-19 restrictions. The Ripple YouTube channel was invigorated with a regular feed of specially made videos by local performers. A series of successful events under the Summer Lightening banner fed an obvious need by bands and audience alike to get together and put on a show.
It’s now 2022. With the website and YouTube channel refreshed, and with new team members on board, the Ripple looks to the future with anticipation.
The Lewes Ripple is a registered not-for-profit Community Interest Company run by a team of unpaid volunteers and financed entirely by ticket sales and private donations.
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Here’s an article about the Ripple by Kimberly Bright for Penny Black Music, published: 9 / 6 / 2021: