Yes, we know that might sound a bit rude…but it’s not what you think!

This year, as part of Isle of Architecture, Revel hosted a series of one-off performances in some unusual and sometimes unloved buildings.  We wanted to share our enthusiasm for these special spaces and help people to reconsider how we use our historic buildings.

Events included an acoustic night in a school built in 1200AD; performance poetry in a 19th century sailors’ shelter; singing at a swimming pool; trad music in a lifeboat house; a sound installation at an iconic 1960’s building; protest songs in Government chambers; a choral rendition in a public toilet and traditional folk in an ancient schoolhouse.

These exciting pop-ups breathed new life into the buildings and created a real buzz amongst audience and musicians alike.  It was a pleasure to see people interacting with the spaces in different ways and to see how music and good times can positively influence how we think about the future of our historic built environment.

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