We're ready to go: Pair's transformation of Dorchester's music scene starts with Republica gig

Dorset Echo: ENTREPRENEURS: Jamie Pinnow, right, and Carl Ashwin are creating a new music venue "Room 38" in Dorchester ENTREPRENEURS: Jamie Pinnow, right, and Carl Ashwin are creating a new music venue "Room 38" in Dorchester

A PAIR of musical entrepreneurs are hoping to bring big names to Dorchester.

Jamie Pinnow and Carl Ashwin are looking to make the most of the ‘huge but very overlooked’ function area at the county town’s Trinity Club with a new monthly music event.

They will be launching Room 38 on May 31 when they welcome Britpop legends Republica, inset, to the county town and that is just the start of their plans.

Jamie said that the duo, who run events company mmm.Nice Music with Jamie’s wife Angharad, are targeting a whole host of big names in the world of music to come and play at the venue in the next 12 months.

He said: “This will take place every month and we will be bringing some big names into town and using the best of our wonderful local talent as support acts.

“The venue can hold up to 400 people and is perfect for this kind of venture, I’m surprised that nobody has thought to do this before!”

Musician Jamie and Carl, who is also a radio presenter on community radio station Air FM, first met at school more than 20 years ago and have collaborated on a whole host of local music projects over the years.

With bands such as The Blockheads, Bad Manners, Space and Cast in contention to perform at Room 38 in the coming months, as well as plans for themed nights such as a 1970s gig with an Abba tribute band and DJ, the venue could help establish Dorchester as a destination for quality entertainment.

Jamie said it could also prove a boost to the town’s tourism with people from as far away as Worcester snapping up tickets for the Republica gig and, along with plans for the news Maltings Theatre at Brewery Square, was a sign that the county town’s arts scene was flourishing.

He said: “This is a new and exciting opportunity for Dorch-ester and also The Trinity Club itself, hopefully putting it firmly on the map and re-inventing it for the future, proving that Dorchester can be a historic market town but also has a foot firmly in the 21st century.

“Let’s keep our people in town rather than lose them to Weymouth and Bournemouth and bring others into town and make it a vibrant place to be.

“If we can be part of helping this to happen then we have done our job well!”

For more details on the launch event featuring Republica visit mmmnicemusic.com/room-38-31st-may-2014.

Comments (10)

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3:32pm Wed 23 Apr 14

CoogarUK.com says...

No comment.
No comment. CoogarUK.com
  • Score: -18

12:36pm Thu 24 Apr 14

codlips says...

CoogarUK.com wrote:
No comment.
Octogenarian?
[quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: No comment.[/p][/quote]Octogenarian? codlips
  • Score: 2

1:45pm Thu 24 Apr 14

JonnyT says...

Britpop legends, lol!
Britpop legends, lol! JonnyT
  • Score: -6

8:04pm Thu 24 Apr 14

marshmellow says...

JonnyT how many bands have you booked? How big are YOUR balls son?
JonnyT how many bands have you booked? How big are YOUR balls son? marshmellow
  • Score: 13

9:22pm Thu 24 Apr 14

it's me says...

Until the noise limiter alarm goes off
Until the noise limiter alarm goes off it's me
  • Score: -1

3:09am Fri 25 Apr 14

marshmellow says...

if mixed well it wont. really.
if mixed well it wont. really. marshmellow
  • Score: 5

7:27am Fri 25 Apr 14

Tonyglyn says...

"Britpop legends Republica"

They'll be playing all their big hits and once both of them are out of the way Saffron from Republica will be calling the bingo - it sounds like a great night.
"Britpop legends Republica" They'll be playing all their big hits and once both of them are out of the way Saffron from Republica will be calling the bingo - it sounds like a great night. Tonyglyn
  • Score: -7

2:43pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Jello Biafra says...

Tonyglyn wrote:
"Britpop legends Republica"

They'll be playing all their big hits and once both of them are out of the way Saffron from Republica will be calling the bingo - it sounds like a great night.
What a Waste of time most of these comments are.
There are many reasons to be cheerful. I for one am ready to go,
and altogether would never walkaway from such a fine time.

It can only be good for the neighbourhood & if you don't like it, then lip up fatty!
[quote][p][bold]Tonyglyn[/bold] wrote: "Britpop legends Republica" They'll be playing all their big hits and once both of them are out of the way Saffron from Republica will be calling the bingo - it sounds like a great night.[/p][/quote]What a Waste of time most of these comments are. There are many reasons to be cheerful. I for one am ready to go, and altogether would never walkaway from such a fine time. It can only be good for the neighbourhood & if you don't like it, then lip up fatty! Jello Biafra
  • Score: 12

6:47pm Sat 26 Apr 14

it's me says...

Marshmallow the alarm always used to be set low not to upset funny neighbours
Marshmallow the alarm always used to be set low not to upset funny neighbours it's me
  • Score: 0

4:03pm Tue 29 Apr 14

CoogarUK.com says...

codlips wrote:
CoogarUK.com wrote:
No comment.
Octogenarian?
Nope, just up to speed on JP's track record in this field. The Blues Bros. they ain't!
[quote][p][bold]codlips[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CoogarUK.com[/bold] wrote: No comment.[/p][/quote]Octogenarian?[/p][/quote]Nope, just up to speed on JP's track record in this field. The Blues Bros. they ain't! CoogarUK.com
  • Score: -4

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