So, some people may know, some people may not, that I run a monthly music night in Edinburgh called Trampoline. I started this night with my friend Graeme because we believed, and I still believe, that Edinburgh was brimming with musical excellence spanning a number of genres. We wanted to provide a regular monthly night for artists to play, mingle, network and just enjoy the excellent music on show. Since our first show in March 2007 – we’ve had bands such as Attic Lights, Broken Records, Meursault, eagleowl, Small Town Boredom, FOUND, The Phantom Band, Wooden Box with a Fistful of Fivers, Zoey Van Goey, Glissando, Shady Bard, The Kays Lavelle, The French Quarter, Debutant, Y’all Is Fantasy Island and gasgiant, to name a few. In terms of the bands that have played my nights I can certainly say that Trampoline has been a success. In terms of getting and maintaining an audience though, well to be frank, I think I’ve failed in a pretty major way. At a regular Trampoline show I would expect to see betwen 30 to 50 people at the gigs. At a good show we may get more but in general the attendances have always been average at best. Which is a shame. It’s why I got kicked out of Glasgow actually. I was told that the lineups were better than any at the venue but because the audiences were average they couldn’t keep me on at the venue. Fortunately, Colvin and the Wee Red Bar have been amazing with me. I’ve had free reign to put on whatever shows I want and when things haven’t gone so well I’ve heard nothing but praise for the music. Still, I aimed to turn Trampoline into a top monthly night where a regular base crowd would come along and we could build on that attracting more and more people along to the nights. I mean, it’s only one night a month and the prices are really pretty good compared to other nights in the city. But I guess it’s not meant to be. Last night was particuarly disappointing for me as well because the line up was great. Debutant was an excellent opener and The French Quarter also played a great set. But Glissando were stunning. Maybe my favourite performance by any band at a Trampoline show. It just took my breath away. So for me, though a lovely night, the disappointing thing was that this band deserve to be heard by more folk and I was able to count on 1 hand the people there that I knew personally. Don’t get me wrong, there are so many great people in this city who have supported my nights from the beginning and couldn’t make it last night. But in general – these nights don’t work without the support of friends, of friends of the bands and with a lot of good promotion. I have worked hard over the past 2 years to promote shows the best I can, at a great deal of expense and time and effort. And the sad thing for me is that I may only be doing this til December – (at which time the shows will be cut from monthly to either quarterly or just on an ad hoc basis) – because I’m losing the drive and determination and belief I had in this city and the potential for a thriving music scene. I still believe in the bands here. The music coming out of Edinburgh is phenomenal. But nights like Trampoline, low budget, diy, cannot survive without support and to be frank, the lack of support has left me feeling a bit empty today.