Fronted by Thabo Mkwananzi, the group also features a live horn section, electric guitar, bass, and drums. Extra Curricular have been pushing their unique brand of soul-driven music on the UK underground live circuit since early 2009. The EC live show is something to be witnessed; Thabo’s captivating voice and presence guides the listener through a sound that can one minute be full of fuzzed out guitar, raging horn lines, and bouncing bass, and then in the next be electronica-tinged soul music to pull the heartstrings.
The event,will be kicked off with acoustic sets from Ben Jones and Lewis Fieldhouse.
Jason Odle from Ont’ Sofa explained:
We want to find out how much people are willing to pay for live music in pubs and bars. Nowadays there is virtually no entry fee for these types of venues which makes it difficult for bar owners to pay the artists properly. We’re asking for any donation towards the live music but more importantly, we want people to be honest about what they think the event was worth.
Ont’ Sofa promote Friday night live music every week at Lure Bar. Previous successful nights have included sets from Thabo and The Real Deal, Barcode Zebra, Pete Oliver Band, Tom Gee Band and Rupert Stroud.
Ben Davis, a partner in Ont’ Sofa added:
This is our first event at Lure where we want to charge on the door.
In an ideal world, we want to make it the norm for venues to charge for entry on live music nights and for people to want to pay for the quality of music which is being performed.
This is not to inconvenience the consumer but to ensure that the musicians are able to be paid properly for their trade.
This event is going to run on a voluntary door donation – you’ve got to pay, but you choose how much, you can pay 10p or £100 or anything in between, we will issue you with your ticket on the way in.
We are offing a 100% money back guarantee, as that’s how confident we are that you’re going to enjoy yourselves.
Perhaps you might want to re-think your ticket price on the way out?
There will be limited spaces at the venue for this event so please get there early to avoid disappointment.
Extra Curricular, Ben Jones and Lewis Fieldhouse videos can be found on YouTube at Ont’ Sofa’s channel www.youtube.com/ontsofa