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Glasgowbury Launch “I AM” Project

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EXCITING MULTI MEDIA AND MUSIC TRAINING OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE.

Glasgowbury ready to launch “I AM” Project!

The ‘I AM’ project, Inclusive Accessible Multi Media, is a personal youth development initiative, aimed at 16-25 year olds and will focus on building confidence, self-esteem and developing skills through a 12-month creative training programme.

The founder of Glasgowbury Paddy Glasgow is “over the moon” with being awarded almost £90,000 from the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) to deliver this innovate training opportunity in the creative industries for young people of Mid Ulster.

The participants will come along to Glasgowbury’s award winning “Cornstore Creative Hub” in Draperstown, 2 days a week, where they will be instrumental in shaping the programme and exploring opportunities to unlock their individual potential in a fun and safe creative environment. Training activities to include Podcasting, Film Making, Music Production, DJing, Photography, Songwriting. Other arts activities like painting and pottery can also be explored.

Trainees will also go on a team building ‘residential’ and ‘study visits’ to film and music studios and get a taste of what it’s like to work in the creative industries. All trainees will be awarded a personal iPad on which to facilitate their learning and will be theirs to keep when training completed.

Music and digital technologies will be used to encourage participants to address issues of isolation and to develop self-esteem and confidence, through both OCN accredited and non-accredited training. Completion of the course would enable participants to pursue further education or employment in the music and multimedia industries.

The promoter of Glasgowbury Music Festival, which ran for 13 years until 2013, said “a lot of organisations had been in for the award and we are grateful that IFI have recognized the potential of our organisation and the project to give young people from Mid Ulster this opportunity to explore the growing creative industries.” The project is open to young people who have some or no previous experience to take part.

Project Coordinator Ryan Gallagher said,”I’m very excited to be involved with such an innovative and exciting project. I’m really looking forward to working with the young people, and developing the creative talent in the area.”

Glasgowbury are hosting a ‘Have a Go’ day on Monday 22nd May at the “Creative Hub” in Draperstown from 10.30am to 2pm where potential participants can come along and explore their options. The ‘I AM’ programme will begin on 30th May.

The project is open to 16-25 year olds who are currently not in full time employment, education or training. Transport assistance provided as needed. Anyone interested are encouraged to get in touch with Glasgowbury as soon as they can as spaces are filling up fast! Contact details below or call into the creative hub for a chat.

Phone: 028 7962 8428
Email: workshops@glasgowbury.com

Rural Key Youth Live Showcase

Rural Key Youth Live Showcase five young acts and Headliner The Gemma Bradley Band. On the night the young people who done Rural Key Live Sound production workshops and the Film / Photography students will also be there to capture the gig as it all happens.

This gig is run by young people for young people so that they all can be part of running a live show from start to finish.

Doors open 6pm.
Door price £3.00
Under 12s £1.00

Join the facebook event!

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Creative Pathways Workshops

Do you need help to explore opportunities and switch on your creative light bulb?

Are you a creative spark in need of support to help focus your idea?

Network Personnel’s new programme is providing young adults with clear pathways into the creative industries.

For more information call: 0845 3620747 or email info@networkpersonnel.org.uk

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Upcoming Events

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Irish singer-songwriters double headliners at Cornstore

Ciaran Lavery & Marc O’Reilly play NI gig

NI double headline gig for emerging Irish artists Ciaran Lavery and Marc O’Reilly

SATURDAY 19 SEPTEMBER

£10 TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW

DOORS 8PM BYOB NO GLASS

BY LOUISE CONVERY

Emerging Irish songwriters Ciaran Lavery and Marc O’Reilly are playing a double headline gig in Draperstown next month [SEPTEMBER], fresh from teaming up for an Irish tour.

The two artists are making waves on the local music scene as well as further afield and both featured in this summer’s Glastonbury festival line-up.

Co Antrim alt-folk troubadour Ciaran Lavery has had an amazing year as a new artist, the Aghagallon native was cover star of Hot Press magazine in May, having beaten off intense competition to be named its ‘Big Break’ winner.

His passionate voice and expertly crafted songs of beauty and heartache have resonated with many as his track ‘Left for America’ has reached 43,000 hits on YouTube and he has racked up 14 million plays of his debut album and EP on Spotify, which is unprecedented for such a new artist.

“It’s sound of a songwriter who’s very very in touch with his own ability and comfortable in his own skin.” – Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 1

“strong, crafted, hugely engaging songwriting” – Jim Carroll, Irish Times

Waterford folk and blues troubadour Marc O’Reilly has two albums behind him, last year’s ‘Human Herdings’ and critically acclaimed debut ‘My Friend Marx’ from 2011.

He has also played numerous festivals and has established himself as one of the most exciting artists within the folk/blues genre gaining comparisons with artists such as John Martyn and Bon Iver.

The best Irish release in the last 5 years 12/12 ‘ – 2UIBestow

‘Spectacular talent’ – Jamie Cullum (BBC Radio 2)

Lavery and O’Reilly have just finished four Irish dates together as double headliners and now they are landing north of the border for a special gig at Glasgowbury’s Cornstore Loft.

Support is from a fledgling star from Glasgowbury’s hometown, songstress Celine Murphy, whose soulful singing is sure to enchant some of her first audiences.

At 26 years of age, the pianist has played with various other musicians, but this gig will see the premiere performance of her own work.

The Draperstown girl has just released her debut single ‘Kind to Me’. The song is a hauntingly sad song with a beautiful mix of piano and strings and Celine’s perfect vocals. Her sound has progressed through her classical training with influences of pop, irish and folk.

With the beautiful song only her first solo offering, she is sure to be a massive hit with anyone who loves a powerful female singer or a heart-wrenching sad song.

A line-up this promising is sure to sell out, so make sure to get your tickets now from the Glasgowbury website or at the Cornstore to ensure you don’t miss performances by these up and coming stars.

http://www.glasgowbury.com/buy-tickets/

http://www.midnightmango.co.uk/marc-oreilly/

http://www.midnightmango.co.uk/ciaran-lavery/

 

Draperstown songstress bares her soul in first solo gig

Songstress’ time to shine in first solo gig

BY LOUISE CONVERY

After years performing on the sidelines, Draperstown songstress Celine Murphy will take centre stage when launches her solo career in her first gig at Glasgowbury’s Cornstore next month [SEPTEMBER].

The 26-year-old trained classical pianist has always had a passion for music, she is constantly songwriting and has featured previously in Derry singer Paddy Nash’s band, as well as other folk bands.

But as she explained, it took a while before she decided to put her work out there as a solo artist.

“This is the first time I’ve decided to start sharing my own music,” she said.

“I had been writing but hadn’t been playing it for anyone except my own enjoyment. I had a passion for it for years and then I just decided to go for it.

“I have loads of material, it’s about promoting that and getting it out for people to hear it. I never joined social media until last month, I always had an aversion to social media, it was a kind of a running joke with my friends and family.

“I suppose it’s just a balance, not all singer-songwriters are all outgoing extroverts, it’s just about being comfortable and saying ‘this is me’.”

Last month she released ‘Kind to Me’, recorded by Lisburn producer, Michael Mormecha of Mojo Fury fame.

“I went to start recording with Mike but with the view to having other singers, I thought I really want to get my music out there and maybe what I could do is explore recording other artists, other singers, and that’s why I went down and met Mike.

“But it just didn’t feel right, I just kept coming back to the conclusion that I needed to do it myself. I wanted to do it myself and I just needed to take that wee leap of faith.”

The song is a hauntingly sad song with a beautiful mix of piano and strings and Celine’s perfect vocals. Her sound has progressed through her classical training with influences of pop, Irish and folk.

“I don’t know how important it is to put a name on it either, I suppose it just comes from a really natural progression over many many years, people say they don’t know where to put it and that’s a good thing,” Celine added.

“My music started from a really young age, I actually have a twin sister, called Angela and Angela and I, we both started learning music at the same age, only she learned the violin and I learned piano.

“I think throughout my teen years, that was probably where my sound developed, finding my own style and playing piano and Angela playing violin and I started to really love that string and piano sound with vocal harmonies.”

Celine said she is in the unique position of having a lot of material to choose from as she has spent so much time songwriting.

She said: “I can tell you there are songs that aren’t quite as sad as that, there are songs that are more up tempo, but they are really personal stories and all of them are based on my own life experiences. They are all really honest.”

The video for Kind to Me was put together at the Glasgowbury Cornstore hub, by filmmaker Tiarnan Larkin and dancer Caitríona Groogan, both from Draperstown.

“Paddy and Stella [Glasgow] got a video meeting together for us all, there was going to be some of the students from the Cornstore there learning and watching it being made, seeing how it was done to open it up as a learning opportunity for young people,” Celine explained.

“I went on to do the video with the dancer Caitríona, that was a total dream for me. I always had in my minds eye that it would have a female dancer but you don’t think that you’ll be able to get a dancer and make such a beautiful video with your first single.

“She was so beautiful and her dance was so incredible. I just got really lucky that three of us bonded so well together and Caitríona got the emotion of that song, she got it straight away.”

It was only fitting then that Celine’s first solo billing would be at a gig in Glasgowbury’s Cornstore Loft.

“It’s such an amazing venue and the work that goes on there, the people that I met there and what they were able to do, it is incredible,” she continued.

“We’re really lucky, I don’t know if I lived in a different town and it’s such a small place, I wouldn’t have the same opportunities necessarily.”

She is supporting breakthrough Irish singer-songwriters Ciaran Lavery and Marc O’Reilly in their double headliner gig on Saturday 19 September.

“The artists I’m on with look absolutely amazing, I can’t believe it,” Celine exclaimed.

“I love performing so when I’m playing my music or when I’m singing I’m at my absolute happiest so I don’t feel nerves in that way.

“There’s no point wanting to do something and then just saying ‘oh god’ and not allowing yourself to enjoy it.”

“It’s just a privilege to be playing in front of people who want to hear your music.”

It will be a test for the young woman, who hasn’t aired her songs publicly before.

“I’m really looking forward to it. It’s great, these songs that I’m playing, I’m playing them for the first time live, so I actually have no idea what people’s reaction will be to them,” Celine added.

“I’ve just been playing in my own kitchen for years and I’ve loved it but it’s not that different if you love what you do.”

Ciaran Lavery & Marc O’Reilly with support from Celine Murphy,  Saturday 19 September, in Glasgowbury’s Cornstore.

 

SATURDAY 19 SEPTEMBER

£10 TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW

DOORS 8PM BYOB NO GLASS

 

http://www.glasgowbury.com/buy-tickets/

https://www.facebook.com/CelineMurphyMusic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fD4S-lG9V90

 

 

 

Latest News

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Job Opportunity with the ‘G’Team

Need a #job? #BigMusic have just announced LOADS of music #internships including one with us for a Rural Key project assistant. Check ’em out & apply: http://bit.ly/1yBbRVT

Check out more information about the Rural Key project through the Creative Hub Courses dropdown menu.

Email gteam@glasgowbury.com for job description and application form (open until Monday 31st August)

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Fundraising –
Glasgowbury is a registered charity and donations are welcome towards ongoing programmes in Community Arts and Creative Industries Development. We are currently developing a sustainability plan which will include fundraising appeals and initiatives. A key priority is to further diversify our sources of income, to enable us to invest in more projects and people. Further information on how you can support the ‘smallbutMASSIVE!’ vision to follow soon!

In the meantime…
If you are feeling generous we accept ongoing donations at the Cornstore or Just Text Donate :
Buzz44 £3 to 70070 (£3 is a suggested donation but happy to take more or less, just change the £ amount!)

Fundraise for us through sponsored activities eg marathons/sponsored events

Donations of unused instruments are also beneficial.

Corporate donations

We have been humbled by the generosity of people who have already donated instruments, enabling more young kids to participate in learning, and money towards ongoing programmes.

A small contribution will make a massive difference!

Infrastructure

G Team – opportunities available for volunteers to gain valuable experience with an award winning organisation – media marketing, project/events management, general programme assistance, fundraising. Linked with Millennium Volunteers. Suitable for students, graduates and others/adults with a bit of time to spare. (email gteam@glasgowbury.com)

Glasgowbury board – expressions of interest being accepted from the creative and business communities to join an innovative, social and creative charitable enterprise. (email info@glasgowbury.com)

With our ever expanding programme we are accepting expressions of interest for our tutor and casual workers database. (email gteam@glasgowbury.com)

 

March is Creativity Month

March is Creativity Month here in Northern Ireland.

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In honour of this, we’ll be posting pictures on Facebook everyday throughout the month of March to give you an insight into what’s happening on a daily basis at the Cornstore Creative Hub. We look forward to expanding our current creative development and community arts programmes, as well as making films and launching EPs!!.

We also look forward to welcoming Mr Christopher Gunning, renowned composer of music for television, concert hall and films. He has composed seven symphonies, numerous concertos and other concert works, as well as written music for shows like Poirot. He has won four BAFTA’s,  three Ivor Novello Awards and BASCA’s prestigious Gold Badge Award. Mr Gunning will be facilitating a workshop for our Rural Key participants.

Since our last update lots of exciting things have happened. We have received funding from DCAL towards the Rural Key Programme, an access progression route into the Creative Industries. We have also received funding from them for a much needed multi-use vehicle. Both the DCAL Minister Caral Ni Chuilin and the MEP Martina Anderson visited the Cornstore in February. Ms Anderson said that our “innovative approach means young people living in rural areas are able to access state-of-the-art services”, and that we are delivering “first class” community services.

On the 19th of February, Rural Key participant and Glasgowbury Youth Tutor Gemma Bradley travelled to the O2 in London to perform in the final of the Big Music Project competition. Huge congratulations to Gemma for this achievement and the praise she received from Virgin EMI and RCA Records. Gemma has also released her first single, “Wicker Men” on iTunes https://itun.es/gb/za0P5 .

Our very own Paddy Glasgow was interviewed by Irish TV. The interview will be aired on Sky Channel 191 on Friday the 6th of March at 7pm- worth a watch!

We had a ball when we took part in “The Hopper Challenge”, a gruelling race across a brutal stretch of floor where all the competitors are mounted on space-hoppers. Glory was won and hopes were shattered in this space age extravaganza. Video footage of the shenanigans is available at this link- Hopper Video

The history and heritage of Draperstown has entered the digital age thanks to an exciting FREE audio app produced by Bcreative Media and the Sperrin’s Gateway Landscape Partnership.

Further content for the app is being sourced and locals can add their stories, memories and images of times gone by via www.draperstown.wordpress.com or they can email info.draperstown@gmail.com or call in and chat to Dermot McBride based at the Cornstore. You can view the app at this address IZI.Travel

While the creative hub is Draperstown based we aspire to offer the services to all those with creative inklings from throughout the district. Having a limited marketing budget we are relying on the Power of the People to spread the word, share our facebook statuses and tell people about our work – Changing Lives, Strengthening Communities and Nurturing Talent. Thanks in advance!

Fundraising –
Glasgowbury is a registered charity and donations are welcome towards ongoing programmes in Community Arts and Creative Industries Development. We are currently developing a sustainability plan which will include fundraising appeals and initiatives. A key priority is to further diversify our sources of income, to enable us to invest in more projects and people. Further information on how you can support the ‘smallbutMASSIVE!’ vision to follow soon!

In the meantime…
If you are feeling generous we accept ongoing donations at the Cornstore or Just Text Donate :
Buzz44 £3 to 70070 (£3 is a suggested donation but happy to take more or less, just change the £ amount!)

Fundraise for us through sponsored activities eg marathons/sponsored events

Donations of unused instruments are also beneficial.

Corporate donations

We have been humbled by the generosity of people who have already donated instruments, enabling more young kids to participate in learning, and money towards ongoing programmes.

A small contribution will make a massive difference!

Infrastructure

G Team – opportunities available for volunteers to gain valuable experience with an award winning organisation – media marketing, project/events management, general programme assistance, fundraising. Linked with Millennium Volunteers. Suitable for students, graduates and others/adults with a bit of time to spare. (email gteam@glasgowbury.com)

Glasgowbury board – expressions of interest being accepted from the creative and business communities to join an innovative, social and creative charitable enterprise. (email info@glasgowbury.com)

With our ever expanding programme we are accepting expressions of interest for our tutor and casual workers database. (email gteam@glasgowbury.com)

G-Sessions and Other Live Shows

We have obtained our entertainments license for the Cornstore. Before we can open to the public though there are certain things that have to be done to the building so bear with us while all that is being put in place and we look forward to bringing you quality entertainment in ‘The Loft’!

Impact

Changing Lives, Strengthening Communities, Nurturing Talent

 Glasgowbury is a charitable social enterprise that has been working across Mid-Ulster since 2000 to provide access/progression routes into the creative industries and deliver opportunities for community engagement in the arts.  Through our programmes and events we deliver services from the Cornstore Creative Hub at the heart of Draperstown’s historic town centre for all members of the community from young children and their carers to seniors.  In response to the identified need we have sought to develop the arts infrastructure in mid-Ulster from grassroots level through our programmes and we aim to nurture talent, strengthen communities and change lives.  We are currently welcoming over 130 people to the centre weekly to take part in various programmes and events.

We continually monitor and evaluate our work to ensure that we are achieving positive outcomes for the individuals and families we work with, our partners and our funders.  In response to their feedback we have introduced tailored programmes that support older people’s participation and intergenerational engagement, enable children with complex needs and adults with mental health issues to participate in the arts as well as providing a community based resource for entrepreneurs, small businesses and local voluntary groups.

Glasgowbury has developed professional, productive relationships with Executive Departments, various statutory agencies, local businesses, funding bodies and voluntary groups to identify shared objectives and implement a series of initiatives to deliver benefits for the whole community.  We have successfully introduced innovative, award winning programmes to support creative activities in small communities.  We are already contributing to the delivery of a number of key Executive and Local Government policy objectives including DCAL/ ACNI’s strategies to promote the arts and creative industries particularly in the Northwest, DARD’s initiatives to support rural development, DEL’s and DETI’s policies to provide routes to employment and encourage entrepreneurship and OFMDFM and DSD’s various policies to improve relations within and between communities and to support active citizenship.

We are now working to secure core funding to underpin services which support the achievement of local government’s objectives e.g. our youth programmes increase feelings of community safety by providing diversionary activities and facilitating intergenerational engagement, computer literacy courses for seniors improves access to goods and services for older rural dwellers reducing social exclusion and enabling participation in digital communities, our initiatives to support people into the creative industries offer pathways to employment, entrepreneurship, further education and training and volunteering opportunities within the community.

Here are just some of the nice things that people have had to say about Glasgowbury:

Festival

“Our first ever headline of an Irish festival which made it all the more special ”
Mark Hamilton, Ash

“…it’s the most innovative and authentic and sheerly enjoyable musical festival in these islands”
Eamonn McCann, Belfast Telegraph

“Forget Glastonbury, here’s Glasgowbury, one of the biggest and best loved independent music festivals in Ireland ”
David Roy, Irish News

“…take in the breathtaking beauty that is the Glasgowbury setting, this really is something special”
Sig Doherty, Cluas

“The festival has grown from the original ‘small but massive’ concept into just ‘massive’ with the biggest acts on the local scene clamouring to get involved.”
Mark Whyte, Daily Mirror

“Glasgowbury is an annual celebration of all that’s best in Irish music culture”
Hot Press Magazine

Programmes

“Every participant noticed a significant improvement in their mood, sleeping pattern and ability to cope with everyday life”

“The tutors were focused and sensitive to the needs of the young people”

“Glasgowbury has played a huge role in my career”

“He finds it as a method of stress relief”

“Glasgowbury holds a special place in my heart – it’s more than just music, it is an ethos, a community, a way of life”

“As a result of taking part in Creative Computing I have become more active in the community”

“It really gives her more confidence”

“You can learn a new instrument and make friends while doing it”

“It helps her with her performing arts GCSE”

“Glasgowbury is an asset to our community. It offers a unique accessible service at a very affordable level, very friendly and welcoming environment”

“The location is vital as we live so rurally and would miss so much if this facility didn’t exist”
“My kids are learning valuable and worthwhile skills”

“It is refreshing to see such an initiative in the area which greatly enhances the lives of local young people and helps develop skills which will be put to good use in their later lives and careers”

“It is more than just learning notes and songs”

“From his 10 week guitar programme my son has felt a sense of achievement”

“Glasgowbury has been an integral part of our transition whilst settling into the Draperstown community”

“He is disciplined with practice and rehearsals”

“I was very glad to get some industry experience on my CV”

“Glasgowbury has provided complete inspiration, encouragement and great advice”

“This has been such a positive experience”

“They have given me the confidence to be who I am today”

“The Rural Key programme changed my life”

“I came to Glasgowbury for work experience and got so much more than that”

“I just wanted to say thank you!”

“You guys do great work, to inspire people of all ages, create wonderful opportunities for musicians and artists, bring people together and add incredible worth to the wonderful and ever growing artistic community of NI and Ireland”

“The advice and guidance I received from the team over the years has been invaluable”

“The Rural Key turned out to be the most all encompassing, confidence building, and most importantly, hopeful, course I have ever been on”

1 year since our move to the Cornstore!

It’s been 1 year since our move to the Cornstore! Time flies! Here’s a wee update and invite to navigate yourself around the website to keep up date with all things ‘smallbutMASSIVE!’.

2013 marked Glasgowbury’s ‘Small But Massive’ transition into new territories after over a decade providing an unparalled platform for up and coming and established artists throughout the country. In November 2013 we relocated to a landmark heritage building in Draperstown, The Cornstore , where the continued development of homegrown talent and expansion of new educational, creative and community enterprises are thriving. This is something we have been working towards since 2004 so it is great to finally to have a permanent building where we have the opportunity to grow and deliver a broader and more consistent programme of events.

It has been a challenging year but we are making strong progress and are now able to announce a more varied programme of arts and creative and community development that will continue to foster local talent and encourage participation in the arts at a local level.

We are still transcending into this new phase of work and development of a new website and fundraising activities are ongoing. There is still a lot of work to be done both to the building and finding the resources to keep the programmes going. To facilitate this Glasgowbury will be embarking on a fundraising campaign and strengthening our infrastructure via board development and volunteer/work experience opportunities.

While the creative hub is Draperstown based we aspire to offer the services to all those with creative inklings from throughout the district. Having a limited marketing budget we are relying on the Power of the People to spread the word, share our facebook statuses and tell people about our work – Changing Lives, Strengthening Communities and Nurturing Talent. Thanks in advance!

Fundraising –
Glasgowbury is a registered charity and donations are welcome towards ongoing programmes in Community Arts and Creative Industries Development. We are currently developing a sustainability plan which will include fundraising appeals and initiatives. A key priority is to further diversify our sources of income, to enable us to invest in more projects and people. Further information on how you can support the ‘smallbutMASSIVE!’ vision to follow soon!

In the meantime…
If you are feeling generous we accept ongoing donations at the Cornstore or Just Text Donate :
Buzz 44 £3 to 70070 (£3 is a suggested donation but happy to take more or less, just change the £ amount!)

Fundraise for us through sponsored activities eg marathons/sponsored events

Donations of unused instruments are also beneficial.

Corporate donations

We have been humbled by the generosity of people who have already donated instruments, enabling more young kids to participate in learning, and money towards ongoing programmes.

A small contribution will make a massive difference!

 

Infrastructure

G Team – opportunities available for volunteers to gain valuable experience with an award winning organisation – media marketing, project/events management, general programme assistance, fundraising. Linked with Millennium Volunteers for UCAS points. Suitable for students, graduates and others/adults with a bit of time to spare. (email gteam@glasgowbury.com)

Glasgowbury board – expressions of interest being accepted from the creative and business communities to join an innovative, social and creative charitable enterprise. (email info@glasgowbury.com)

With our ever expanding programme we are accepting expressions of interest for our tutor and casual workers database. (email gteam@glasgowbury.com)

G-Sessions and Other Live Shows

We have obtained our entertainments license for the Cornstore. Before we can open to the public though there are certain things that have to be done to the building so bear with us while all that is being put in place and we look forward to bringing you quality entertainment in ‘The Loft’!

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