Matty James Cassidy
Matty James Cassidy

A music venue that has been providing a platform for live acts in Newark for around 30 years is launching its new season by expanding its musical offering.

The Navigation, off Millgate, recently under new management, offers live music every weekend.

A spokesman said: “This has always been the place where musicians want to play and we want to help make Newark the live music hub of the East Midlands.

“We recently, via social media, asked for bands and performers to get in contact about gigging at The Navigation and were inundated with responses.” 

As well as the usual Friday and Saturday night gigs, the bar will also host acoustic Sunday afternoon performances and midweek ‘Introducing Nights.’

The spokesman said: “Newark has a wealth of musical talent, particularly young artists — you only have to look at all the youngsters travelling daily to Lincoln and Nottingham studying music and performing arts.

“We have a lot of local talent and we want to showcase it.”

The venue has installed a new PA system and is equipped to accommodate an eclectic variety of performers. 

New season begins with Cassidy

It kicks-off its new season on Saturday with an acoustic set by Manchester-based Irish troubadour Matty James Cassidy.

Originally a drummer in pubs and clubs across Ireland from the age of 13, Matty moved to England a few years later and picked up the acoustic guitar.

He has now self-released two albums and played hundreds of gigs across the UK and Europe, including major festivals.

He has also worked with Pat McManus, of Mama’s Boys; Ricky Warwick, of Thin Lizzy; and Tyla J. Pallas, of The Dogs D’Amour.

His work is described as “heart-felt, sing-along, tale-telling, rabble-rousing songs you can hang your hat on.”

He is followed on Sunday by acoustic duo RudyTwoShoes, from 5pm.

Navigation regulars The Business are at the venue tomorrow, playing pop and rock classics from the 1960s to present day.

On Friday, May 26, the band Smokin’ will play from 9pm.

On Sunday, May 28, it is the turn of Champagne And Novacaine, also from 9pm.

The band, which features bar manager Phillip Ribierre on drums, will play a host of rock ‘n’ roll classics.