Sheffield indie rockers Reverend and the Makers will perform the first Star Live intimate gig and our plan is to video stream it live here on The Star’s web site today at 6.30pm, writes Graham Walker.
When frontman Jon McClure and his band take the stage it will mark the historic launch of a new era for The Star.
For the first time in our 127 years we are aiming to bring you live coverage as it happens.
And it really should be all singing and dancing, into every household in Sheffield and beyond. You should also be able to watch on web browser mobile devices, such as smart phones and web tablets.
So even music fans at the other side of the world will be able to see our exclusive Star acoustic event live as it happens.
And here’s the best bit. It’s FREE.
Like all technological firsts - and especially live broadcasts - there are risks in transmission but the gig will also be filmed and online for playback this evening, in any event. So wish us luck!
All this is possible thanks to The Star’s event sponsors and partners – venue owner Sheffield Council, neighbours Mercure St Paul’s Hotel and Spa, who are providing their super fast broadband connection and Darren Wain, technical director of Sheffield-based Stream7 Limited, who is helping us to broadcast the concert live on our website, via YouTube Live.
The concert is also being brought to you in association with The Star’s online listings and entertainments page www.wow247.co.uk.
And we wouldn’t have an event without Sheffield’s own Reverend and The Makers who will be playing a 35-minute acoustic set to give fans a sneak peak of their forthcoming album, Thirty Two, out Monday, February 24.
Also expect classic hits and surprises. Live stream viewers can also see their new music video The Only One, the first single from the new album Thirty Two.
Thornbridge Brewery will be there toasting our historical event by launching a new Reverend and The Makers American Brown Ale, following the success of the band’s Summer Ale last year.
The concert is due to start on Sunday, February 16, around 6.30pm GMT. But watch out for updates on Twitter @SheffieldStar, @GW1962 and @Reverend_Makers, plus The Star’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sheffieldstar.
Twitter followers please use the hashtag #starliverev to preview and comment.
The band’s lead singer Jon, or The Reverend as fans know him, inspired the new album title - he turned 32 recently and been promoting it with 32 acoustic gigs in the homes of lucky fans drawn at random from all those pre-ordering the album.
But he saved the last one for you, our readers, and our first ever Star Live event - plus 32 final pre-order album fans.
“We’re hugely excited that the 32nd and final gig of the house gig tour will take place tomorrow at the Sheffield Winter Garden,” said Jon.
“Ok, it’s not technically someone’s house but it is a kind of green house! We wanted to do something special to mark the end of the tour and in conjunction with The Star, Mercure St Paul’s Hotel and Sheffield Council, we can safely say this’ll be a one off gig for sure. It’s going to be historic and amazing”
Reverend and the Makers played to around 8,000 fans in Sheffield when they opened Tramlines a couple of years ago on the main stage in Devonshire Green.
Tonight’s invite only intimate concert will be in front of a live audience of just 250 lucky VIPs and competition winners, who will hear an exclusive preview of the album. If you’re not one of them, tune in online.
The band will also play an in-store set at Sheffield’s HMV in High Street on the day the album is launched, on February 24, at 5.30pm.
Then they are off to play in front of thousands of people on a UK tour, including a sold-out homecoming gig at Sheffield’s O2 Academy, on March 7.
Please spread the word, tell all your family and friends to watch and be part of our historic first this evening.
Twitter followers remember to use the hashtag #starliverev to help preview and comment during the event - tell us what you think of the gig, whether watching online or if you are one of our guests at this invite only event.
We also want to know what you think of the new web streaming service and let us know what we should be streaming live next - what would you like to see?
* Reverend and the Makers fans can pre-order the forthcoming album and sign up for exclusive items at the website po.st/RevAlbum32.