Gig Profile: Spiritual Caipirinha, Camden UK

This will be the fifth instalment of the #looptheworld Gig Profiles. As I travel the world playing music for a living I will be writing up these Gig Profiles in an effort to help out those that dream of doing the same. I hope you find the information helpful. If you have any questions feel free to contact me. I’ll do my best to help out as much as I can.

Spiritual2This is only the second time I’ve come to the UK but already I have played at Spiritual Caipirinha five times. It’s a great gig for starting out in the competitive London music scene. I’ve found that London’s music scene is very healthy, with literally thousands of acts and venues, it can be a little overwhelming at first. I’ve also found it to be super competitive. The fight for the spot on the best stage in town drives the performance fee right down. Most places are offering you payment in “opportunity to promote yourself” or “a couple of free drinks”. Most musicians find this situation extremely frustrating but in a city where everyone is trying to get that break, if you don’t do it, someone else will. There is a lot of talent in London town, a lot of money too, but to get your hands on any of it is going to be an uphill battle. The gig at Spiritual is not going to bag you a fortune but at least they are paying a little and giving you an opportunity to get in front of an audience that is there to appreciate music. I’ve landed some great opportunities thanks to the music community that is Spiritual Caipirinha.

The owner, Raf, is a super chill bloke from Brazil that loves his music (he plays himself) and has created the space as much for his own enjoyment as it is for his customers. He also runs a record label out of the bar called Spiritual Records. They often film and record live sessions and Raf helps book and promote the small roster he has collected from acts that have performed there.

Raf
Rafael Pesce the owner of the bar. Good bloke.

It’s only a small bar, holds maybe 50 max, but that means creating a vibe is almost instantaneous. The punters are there for the music and a decent Caipirinha (the house specialty). They do host bands, although I wouldn’t suggest booking a full band there as the stage is very small. Solos and Duos are much more suited. The PA is nice and you’ll be provided with a sound man. Every night but Mondays have  live music with an open mic on Tuesdays. Every night it’s a full house. Typically there are three acts per night, giving each artist 45 mins to strut their stuff. The performers are always of high quality, hand picked by the boss himself. He’s usually after the blues, roots and folk side of the musical spectrum but is willing to give anything good a go.

Camden is a very happening area, Amy Winehouse territory, a great place to be seen. There are hundreds of happening night spots, a great market and colourful buskers all day and night. If you are in the London area I highly suggest spending some time there. And while you’re at it, drop in to Spiritual Caipirinha and say hi to Raf and the gang for me.

Gig Location: 4 Ferdinand St, Camden, London, United Kingdom
Venue Contact: Rafael via the Spiritual Facebook page
Pay: 30 to 50 Pounds
Capacity: Approx 50

 

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