What does the future hold for live music in Kingston?
While the research of Kingston RPM is primarily centred around the town’s musical heritage, considering its future has always been a core consideration of the project. While the Live Venues strand has highlighted the wide variety of pubs, bars, cinemas, and even boats that hosted a spectacular cross-section of contemporary music in the 1960s and 70s in Kingston, only a small handful of those venues remain today.
Kingston RPM wanted to explore the factors behind this, and question whether we are ever likely to see a similar scene emerge in the future. What can the past tell us about the future? And what does this future look like for live music?
To gain some key insights in answering such questions, Kingston RPM researcher Jarek Zaba invited the people of Kingston to the Rose Theatre for a free public panel discussion in September 2017.
You can listen to a recording of the panel talk in full through the player below.