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A Kent pub that is reaping the benefits of hosting live music has won £5,000 worth of performance and sound-proofing equipment in a competition run by PRS for Music.
The Market Inn, Faversham, a former Shepherd Neame Community Pub of the Year, will be installed with professional lighting, an in-house PA system and secondary glazing, further enhancing its development as a thriving music venue.
Licensees David and Suzanne Pott won the prize after suggesting the changes they would like to make to improve their music events at the pub, in East Street.
“The prize money will be a great boost for the pub and for the community,” said David. “This will put the Market Inn on the map for music. We’re already receiving demos from local bands who want to play here.”
David, who enjoys playing the guitar himself, said he had been looking for something to replace satellite TV, which had become too expensive, and began to hold music nights, which proved very popular.
The venue has gone from strength to strength, and now presents bands playing cover versions and original music in a wide variety of genres, including rock, soul, swing and blues. Sessions are on Friday and Saturday evenings between 8.30pm and 11pm and Sunday afternoons from 2.30pm to 5pm ( click here for full listings).
He said: “We present a variety of live music which brings in a broad cross-section of the community and creates a lively atmosphere.”
The Music Makeover competition was run by PRS for Music in partnership with The Musicians’ Union and the British Beer and Pub Association.