La Roux star to revive live local music night

A local musician is looking to bring back an old popular live music night for one night only later in the year.

Friday nights at The Bivouac (or The Biv), the room above the Duke of Wellington pub on Broadgate, were held in order to let local bands perform.

William Bowerman, who now performs with the likes of La Roux, was both a member of The Biv’s audience and a member of the bands on the stage.

William Bowerman, who also played in local bands 16hours, I Was A Cub Scout and Brontide.

Bowerman is now looking to bring back the nights, which moved venues before stopping in 2009, with a one-off gig in December for all the old local bands and fans.

After posting the potential event, called 2004 Fest at The Bivouac, on Facebook, 295 people (at time of writing) have shown their interest in attending, despite the Bivouac’s 200 person capacity.

Bowerman said: “I live down in London now, but both me and my flatmate are from Lincoln We went to a punk show and started talking about how great the shows were in Lincoln back in the day.

“We discussed the old bands we used to be in and used to like, and joked about the idea of putting a night on at The Bivouac when everyone was back over Christmas.

“I thought I would see if anyone was interested in seeing all the old bands again on Facebook and the reaction has been incredible.”

So far the event has attracted regional bands known for playing there such as MCD, Passing of a Thousand Hearts (whose band members include Dubstep DJ Jakwob), Ringworm, Brontide (one of Bowerman’s current bands ), Rolo Tomassi, 16hours and TV Kicks.

More artists are expected to be announced later.

Once the venue and date have been confirmed, tickets will go on sale online.

Bowerman added: “Many of the bands and individuals, myself included, have gone on to work in the music industry and we all gained our confidence, and learned our skills in this era playing these kind of shows.

“It would be nice to see old faces and have some fun with our old friends.”

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