Exactly 2 years ago we launched a fundraising campaign to help us update our old PA system and we’d like to say a huge thank you to those who donated to us, it helped us buy a new speaker system! Unfortunately we didn’t raise enough to update our sound desk… so we need your help!

On Tuesday 18th October, LocalGiving are launching their #GrowYourTenner campaign, they will be match funding any £10 donations made from 10am Tuesday until 17th November 2016… or when the match fund runs out (whichever comes first).


Grow Your Tenner

We’ve done it again! We are winners of the Best Live Music Award at the Coventry and Warwickshire Tourism and Culture Awards 2016!

We’re so proud and we’d like to say a big thanks to all our hard-working staff and trustees who, without them, this would not be possible!

Best Live Music Venue Coventry and Warwickshire Tourism and Culture Awards 2016

Festival of Imagineers – Addictive TV presents: Orchestra of Samples

Saturday 1st October – 9.30pm – Cathedral Ruins

Pioneering remixers Addictive TV present the acclaimed ‘Orchestra of Samples’. Five years in the making, 200 musicians from around the glove, playing all manner of instruments, are sampled and spliced together to create a digital supergroup of artists who never met. Fretless guitar specialist Alejandro de Valera joins them for this special performance. Expect an incredible musical journey without borders! An Imagineers Production co-promotion with The Tin Music and Arts.

Tickets are FREE but booking is essential via jane@imagineerproductions.co.uk

We are the WINNER of What’s On Reader Awards 2016 – Best Warwickshire Small Music Venue!

The Annual Steam Rally & Canal Basin Festival

The Annual Steam Rally & Canal Basin Festival 2016

Sunday 19th June (Fathers’ Day) saw The Tin, in collaboration with the Coventry Canal Society and Valley Cruises, host The Annual Steam Rally & Canal Basin Festival. By all accounts it was a great success! With over 400 people attending throughout what was a lovely sunny day with fantastic live music, food, craft stalls, rides and healthy quantities of Byatts ale!

With thanks to Coventry City Council, we were able to host a stage in the Canal Basin’s peninsula featuring live music from Chris Tobin, Cliff Hands, Driftwood, Maria Barham and Scarecrow, plus a fashion show from City College students and local independent designers.

On a second stage outside The Coal Vaults were further performances from David Goody, Steve Westlake, Kellimarie Willis and Joe Rees, and a special demonstration from our resident Thai Chi instructor Patrick Saults. Inside the Coal Vaults is where we hosted the beer festival with a selection of 12 different beers for the boaters and visitors to enjoy.

Thank you to everybody who came down and made it such a wonderful day, we’re already looking forward to next year!

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.


Localgiving is hosting a 24 hour event, #GiveMe5, on Tuesday 1st December at 00:00:00 to Tuesday 1st December at 23:59:59, this is part of the internationally recognised #GivingTuesday. Donating £5 to The Tin Music and Arts through Localgiving any time on December 1st will be placed into a draw to be doubled by match funding. #GiveMe5 last two campaigns raised £57,000 to benefit charities across the UK. Donors do not just have to be UK only, anyone from across the world can donate to us to help us continue the work we do.

To make a donation click here.

Grow Your Tenner

Grow Your Tenner

The Tin is currently taking part in Localgiving’s ‘Grow Your Tenner’ match funding campaign. This means that any donation you make between 13th October and 18th November could be DOUBLED!

The campaign will match one-time donations pound-for-pound up to £10, and monthly donations up to £10 per month for 3 months. So a £10 donation turns into £21.67, with the match funding and Gift Aid!

The previous ‘Grow Your Tenner’ campaign helped us raise over £3000 towards the £6000 needed to replace our ageing PA system. We have been able to replace some of the system but we still need to fix our mixing desk and monitors, buy new mic stands and cables.

The campaign is live right now, and will end either on the 18th November at 5pm or when all the funds have run out – whichever comes first! Any amount you donate will be gratefully received.

To donate to our LocalGiving Fundraiser and help us keep bringing top quality live music to Coventry, click HERE.

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.

Exclusive Ticket Offer

Want to come and see Surf City AND prinzhorn dance school this weekend? Fancy getting tickets to BOTH shows for just £8? Then today is your lucky day – email sarah@thetinmusicandarts.org.uk with the words ‘Prinzhorn Surf School’ and we’ll make it happen.

Alternatively, if coming to both shows isn’t your thing, we’re offering tickets to each individual show for the exclusive mailout price of £5! Just email sarah@thetinmusicandarts.org.uk with the words ‘Surf’s Up’ for Surf City or ‘Clay Class’ for prinzhorn dance school – we’ll see you there!