Living Warriors set suicide survival to music and Berklee launch online Master’s degree plus new video from Lauran Hibberd

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Lauran Hibberd (Credit: Nathan Russell)

Monks set for biggest headline to date as FUR come to Sound, Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley with the news this week as a famous Birmingham venue will be exhibited thirty years from its opening.

Nine suicide survivors from Kent have had their words about getting through life after coming close to ending it all set to music.

Created and sung by singer/songwriter Anil Sebastian, Look Up was released on Monday (May 13) for Mental Health Awareness Week to raise awareness of the challenges faced by people who survive suicidal feelings.

Living Warriors participant TJ Frost said: “I am 47 and this is the first time I have felt truly heard. No one there minded my ugly”.

Fellow participant Sally Ann Cranage said: “This was the best project I have ever been involved in. I thought I had dealt with the past, this project helped me release the final shame I still felt. Amazing.”

Living Warriors explored what had stopped people completing suicide, something the UK has very little data on. As well as the song, which you can listen to below, participants co-created and published their own book.

The story of legendary music venue The Que Club, which hosted the likes of David BowieBlur, Massive Attack and Daft Punk during its lifetime, is to be revealed through a new community heritage project.

In The Que will celebrate the heritage of the popular Birmingham nightspot as well as pioneering club nights and rave experiences, thirty years on from its opening.

Memories and materials such as old photographs, tickets and anything associated with the venue with be brought together and published on the Birmingham Music Archive website as well as forming the basis for a series of exhibitions over the next 12 months.

The project will also offer a series of ‘ghost gigs’ – famous recordings of gigs at The Que Club such as footage of David Bowie’s infamous gig in 1997.

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In gigs, Liverpool band Monks will play their biggest hometown show yet as they make a date with the O2 Academy for later this year.

Support will also be added to the gig on Friday, November 8.

They play in Manchester this weekend, supporting Fuzzy Sun with Inhaler at Club Academy on Saturday (May 18).

Brighton band FUR are coming to Liverpool as part of their UK and Ireland tour.

They’ll play in Dublin, Belfast and Glasgow before headlining Sound on Saturday, November 21.

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Finally in news, Berklee Online, which launched from Berklee College of Music in Boston, has just opened up applications for their first Master’s Degree program focused on film scoring.

The world’s largest online music school, students of Berklee will have the chance to learn from instructors who have worked on projects like The Last of the Mohicans, Spider-Man, Black Panther and The Hunger Games.

Our new track this week comes from rising star Lauran Hibberd. Fresh from a widely support tour alongside US indie rockers Hippo Campus, the singer-songwriter’s new offering arrives ahead of her biggest headline shows to date, including a slot on the BBC Introducing stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

Discussing her ideas behind the brand new video, Hibberd says: “Hoochie is a 90’s slang term for a bit of a you know what. I wanted to embrace that in the only way I knew how. No fruit or vegetables were harmed in the making of this. Why don’t you text/call and see what happens?”.

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