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Independent Venue Week 2016

Monday 25th January – Sunday 31st January


Independent Venue Week is a 7 day celebration of the small music venues around the UK and a nod to the people that own, run and work in them, week in, week out.

These venues give artists their first experience of playing live in front of an audience and for fans, somewhere to get up close to artists that one day, may well be playing stadiums and festival main stages.

As part of this celebration we have programmed some great events:

    • Thursday – Winter of ’82 performs here with MiMu gloves. These gloves are being pioneered as accessible music tech and changing the way in which artist’s perform their music, the gloves respond to hand and arm movements of the performer and convert them into musical sounds. Tickets
    • Friday – Coventry Pride hosts its first event, Love Music, Hate Homophobia, Biphobia, Transphobia, as part of the calendar of events in the lead up to Pride 18th-19th June 2016. The evening will include performances from Duck Thieves + Shackleford + Bad News Everyone, a DJ set from Alien She and Poets and Spoken Word from Andrea Mbarushimana. Tickets
    • Sunday – Spotlight presents Steve Westlake transfixing audiences by his spellbinding vocals, lyrics and guitar work.
Hailu Mergia

Hailu Mergia

On Thursday 6th August, The Tin Music and Arts brings another fantastic and revered international act to The Tin at the Coal Vaults for an unforgettable night of live music : Hailu Mergia.

It is easy to understand the return of the Hailu Mergia to the world of music as one of the most unlikely comebacks of the last few years. The keyboardist was a major star in 1970’s Ethiopia, presiding over the country’s leading instrumental ensemble Walias Band, which worked restlessly on the Addis Ababa hotel circuit and jamming with luminaries like Duke Ellington and Manu Dibango. In 1981 a good part of Walias including Hailu used the first ever US tour of an Ethiopian music group to escape the dictatorial Mengistu regime. Since then Hailu has been a resident of the Washington DC area, spending most of his recent years as a cab driver at the capital’s Dulles Airport and playing only privately.

Enter Brian Shimkovitz, operator of the acclaimed blog-turned-record label Awesome Tapes From Africa, who came across “Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument”, a somehow obscure 1985 cassette, in a music store in Ethiopia, tracked down the old maestro and reissued it: This charming tape has both a nostalgic feel (in its attempt to revive the accordion, once East Africa’s leading instrument) as well as a futuristic dimension (featureing a host of synthesizers and drum machines). On the back of Shimkovitz’ reissue of “Classical Instrument’, Hailu started to play live again. Accompanying him this summer are Mike Majkowski on double bass, who has come to acclaim with his imaginative solo performances, and Poland’s hottest young drummer Paweł Szpura. Together the trio explores the deep, liquid and hypnotic qualities of Hailu Mergia’s music, while not forgetting to throw in some defty bits of funk now and then.

Hailu is a truly unique artist, and one we’re very excited to be bringing to The Tin Music and Arts for one of just two exclusive UK shows.

For tickets to see the legendary Hailu Mergia, click here.

Coventry Heritage Weekend at the Canal Basin

Saturday 13th September

Live Music from Cliff Hand, Ben Penrose and Izzie Derry.

The Tin at the Coal Vaults will open it’s doors for live music and for people to visit and look around the venue on Saturday 13th September between 10am – 4pm. The date is part of the nation-wide Heritage Weekend 2014 and The Tin and other local businesses, along with Coventry Sports Foundation which is organising a Craft and Country Fair, will celebrate at the Canal Basin.

The Coventrian narrowboat will be doing free trips (book by calling Mark Cooke on 079894567081 or and there will be food and drink stalls, arts and crafts* and a bouncy castle and golf. Admission is free.

* For information about how you can book a stall email

Artist Stewart Easton takes residence in new artist space


Stewart Easton is a midlands based artist currently working in hand embroidery and digital print on fabric. His work is focused on stitch and narrative using authorial illustration to create large scale embroidered panels.

Using folk song and story as a starting point Easton weaves story-based narratives, utilising the space of a single panel to explore time, movement and transition within his tapestry based works.

He is currently making use of a hybrid technique mixing digital print with hand embroidery exploring both modern and traditional methods of creating, enabling his work to straddle the lines between Craft, Illustration and Fine Art.

Stewart joins us in our new artist space which will host two artists and a silkscreen print press.