Chichester's Smoke Fairies stream Bexhill concert

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Smoke Fairies – comprising former Chichester schoolgirls Jessica Davies and Katherine Blamire – will be offering a streamed concert from Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion on Sunday, November 8.

Spokesman Rob Kerford said: “The duo headed to the iconic De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill to perform songs drawn from across their back catalogue, from early obscurities up to their newest album Darkness Brings The Wonders Home, released at the start of the year.

“The band were due to tour the UK this month in support of the new record but, with those dates postponed until 2021, with this unique performance audiences around the world will have the chance to watch them perform a one-off show in a way not seen before and from the safety of their own homes.

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“The special event has been professionally shot on six cameras. The venue itself was empty apart from a skeletal crew of sound, camera and lighting but the band are aware of the wider implications to the live industry the pandemic is having and will be sharing proceeds from the event with the De La Warr Pavilion itself and also with the #saveourvenues and #wemakeevents campaigns.”

Jessica from the band said: “As we live through a time where the culture industry is in a gravely perilous position it was poignant to visit an empty venue, designed and built to nurture the local community with culture and arts and fill it with sound. The audience’s presence was sorely missed but we hope in our small way, through this event we can both entertain and help out our industry at the same time.”

Jessica and Katherine have been performing together for more than 20 years. Their first gig, Jessica, reckons was probably a 1998 salmon and strawberry parents evening at Bishops Luffa School in Chichester.

“We would have been about 15 or 16, but we started playing together when were about 13.

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“We were discussing what makes musicians do what they do. Some of it is ego. You want recognition for your art.

“But maybe also it is the fact that you just don’t know how to live any other way.

“All our adult lives we have been writing music together.”

The show will stream on Sunday, November 8 at 8pm.

Tickets for the event are on sale now from