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Margate Mercury

MUSIC

The Sound of Margate Regeneration and new residents have Margate not only looking different, but sounding different too. Rebecca Richardson meets artists getting out of the studio and instead making music from its homes and streets

Writer

Rebecca Richardson

Tom Adams, creator of musical comedy event Lounge Gigs Described by Time Out London as a totally unique comedy experience, and performed by Tom Adams, Lounge Gigs is a musical comedy show in (you’ve guessed it) your lounge, for as many people as can squeeze in. Tom, on performing in Margate homes… “I first started doing Lounge Gigs in London and it went really well. People liked that they could book some entertainment for their party and it made the night feel special. I love performing to people where I can see the whites of everyone’s eyes and shake everyone’s hand. I am a gentle comedy performer and I specialise in making people feel comfortable when I’m performing. I moved to Margate in January this year and felt that it was the perfect place to re-launch Lounge Gigs. There is a great combination here of people willing and wanting new, different, quirky things to happen and I think Lounge Gigs fits into that category.”

Photo courtesy of Lillian Henley

How Margate inspires creativity… “I moved from London because my wife and I got excited about the amount of art that was happening in Margate and the local area. I like that I can make my mark in Margate on my own terms, mixing comedy and music together. I am inspired by the fact that things can really move quickly in Margate. If you have an idea, then all you have to do is approach someone you think will be interested and you can meet them the next day and the project is getting off the ground. I really like that there are loads of new projects happening.” And on Margate’s music scene… “I live in Cliftonville and love the music scene here. There are always posters and inspiring chats going on. I like feeling my way back into the comedy scene in Margate. I used to be on the alternative comedy circuit for seven years, winning a Mervyn Stutter ‘Spirit of the Fringe’ Award at Edinburgh 2010 and being a finalist in the Musical Comedy Awards 2010. I was on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’ before I met Greg Dyke, but I moved more into making theatre shows with live music. I did a Lounge Gig once and Greg was one of the guests. As part of the show, there was an interactive moment and he was good at it, so I singled him out and I think that’s why I never got a job at the BBC...”

Photo courtesy of Joel Knight

Contact whoistomadams@gmail.com or visit tom-adams.co.uk/lounge-gigs.html

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