Why did you decide to start the festival? I started it about 8 years ago as a two-venue thing in Crouch End near where I used to live - hence "the 'end". It grew into something like about ten venues over a period of time and was at times brilliant and chaotic and at others just chaotic.
What is the festival's ethos and aims? This has changed, especially since I don't live in north London anymore. At the outset (and still to a large extent) to put loads of great new bands (and some less new) on in somewhat unusual places in a mini festival similar to the old Camden Crawl. But then further since the political situation developed the way it did in the last couple of years. I figured as someone who works in the arts that we had been operating in this bubble too much and I wanted to reach out beyond just putting on a bunch of great shows in N8 to the general indifference of the local community there, to putting it all over town and in some places which I have not used before.
I think it's important to put great stuff on in as many places as possible and I feel guilty that I haven't been doing enough of this. I'm sure I'm very much one of the supposed cultural metropolitan elite but I don't want to have that label in as much as I don't want to fee like I'm earning it. I'd like to put stuff on in as many places as possible.
Time and money restrictions mean I'm limited to London for the current edition but I'd like to expand beyond, maybe twinning with a different town year on year. And to definitely go to places (Brexit heartlands?!) which might have a somewhat tainted view of the "elitist" music/arts scene.
I'm very proud to have on French, Belgian, Dutch, Danish, Scottish, Irish, English and US artists on these shows.
Give me a little background about yourself / the organisers? (A short paragraph that you'd like me to paraphrase in a press release) I'm Howard Monk and I started The Local about 15 years ago after playing in bands and putting on our own shows. The Local do shows and tours and I still play drums in bands too, on occasion. We work with festivals in the summer, run The End, and also do this act "Folk Idol" which is stupid. But brilliant.
I also run the Event Management degree at BIMM London where I'm proud to say we have an excellent course, team of tutors blending bags of industry experience with academic rigour!
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