This Feeling: The Guys Behind The Best Club in the UK For Future Rock n Roll Stars

Media / November 16, 2018
by Olivia Mannix

In only a matter of weeks This Feeling’s latest UK tour “Alive” will be kicking off – and we are mega excited for it. If you appreciate the art of all music genres, you’re likely to have heard of these guys. They’ve worked  some of the best up and coming and established talent around, such Catfish and the Bottlemen, Trampolene, Bang Bang Romeo and so many more. The legend himself Noel Gallagher has recognised the guys over the years and cannot praise them enough; “They believe in the power of guitar music and WHEN Rock and Roll makes it’s glorious comeback you can bet your a••• you will have heard it first at This Feeling. ONWARDS.”

We caught up with founder of the group that makes dreams a reality and changed the way we look at fresh talent; Mike Jonns, to find out more about the Alive tour, kicking off on Tuesday 20th November.

Can you give us a bit of background about This Feeling? – why did you start This Feeling and what motivated you?

I started it 12 years ago as there was a dearth of nights in London that me and my mates actually wanted to go to. The way TF came about was pretty punk really – if something’s not being done the way you want it, do it yourself.

Why is music so important to you?

It’s ingrained in me and will be till the day I die.

What makes your events stand out from the rest?

We always get the best bands first at This Feeling.

How do you find the artists who you think are going to be the ‘next big thing’?

Got good ears.

We have noticed that a lot of your supporting acts are local to the area, is it important for you to give regional bands opportunities in their hometowns?

Absolutely, the zone starts at home. It’s so important to give local acts a shot and a pathway.

What is your favourite part of the tour?

Seeing the bands come together. By the end of a tour bands are best mates and it’s a glorious thing to see.

Small venues seem to be having a bit of crisis and the press continue to highlight this as more and more close. Giving that you work so closely with these small venues, how do you feel about their future?

They’re up against it, but pulling together – it’s a battle that can and must be won. I’d like to see the bigger acts (and their agents) get stuck in a lot more than they currently are.

Who have you worked with on the tour or on your radio show that are now recognised across the wider music scene?

Catfish and The Bottlemen, Blossoms, Gerry Cinnamon, Bang Bang Romeo, The Struts, there’s loads…

Your events have gained coverage from the likes of Radio X, does it make it all worthwhile when you see that there is further exposure for your event and the bands that you are promoting?

Radio X have been great to me and TF. It’s where bands such as Blossoms got their first ever radio play as This Feeling Track of the Week. Give new acts an opportunity, and who knows what can happen. It’s all about giving new music a chance and Radio X enable me to do this week in, week out.

What’s next for This Feeling?

Lots planned for 2019…watch this space.

Tickets for This Feeling are available to buy now.

 

Here is the full line up.

Tuesday 20th November           Cardiff

Thursday 22nd November         Birmingham

Friday 23rd November               Sheffield

Saturday 24th November          Manchester

Tuesday 27th November           Brighton

Wednesday 28th November      London

Thursday 29th November          Leeds

Friday 30th November              Glasgow

Saturday 1st December             Newcastle

While you’re waiting for the tour to kick off, why let us hook you up with some gig essentials?

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