It’s possibly going to sound like I made this up – but it happened…honestly!

I was at a gig at The Old Blue Last last night – some great bands (Thee Vicars especially – 60s The Kinks-style retro rock) – when one of the folks I was with said in response to a comment from the Tiny Tigers lead singer that she couldn’t hear such & such and wanted the sound adjusted,

“They sound great! I wish I could tell them they sound great”

Oddly enough…this is precisely why The Twitgigs Experiment is happening.

As my co-organiser @raxlakhani put it in a recent conversation with @MegFitz & @Alice_Roberts (the @Spoonfed team):

“Have you ever been to see a band and wished that you could tell them (and the rest of the world for that matter) exactly how freakin’ awesome they are!? Well, that was the initial driver behind putting on The Twitgigs Experiment. Twitter is the perfect medium to bring together musicians and music lovers.”

Twitgigs: A Night of Live Music on Twitter, 20 July

We’re lucky enough to have the support of the Smirnoff Night Vision initiative to enable us to put together a fantastic line up of bands – they’ll be battling it out for the votes of Twitter-active music fans both live at The Vibe Bar, and online through our dedicated USTREAM channel on 6 August.

The Line Up

@EssayLikeNephew – an indie guitar-pop four-piece from London who’ve been making music together since their schooldays. Really varied…but ‘Barnyard Burrows Grave’ has a sniff of Snow Patrol about it…

@theSCCC – indie-rock but not in a conventional sense. Think electronics, synths…and books. The Liverpool-based quintet will be unleashing some new material especially for the show. When I first heard them, I thought “Sigur Rós with a kick”.

@mikedignammusic – heartfelt and soulful pop-rock from an 18 year old singer-songwriter who’s cited Jason Mraz and John Mayer as his influences.

There are mp3s of their music (feel free to tweet them about!) available to stream from the twitgigs page, and follow the bands on twitter for their take on events as they unfold on the night…

The Event

Our aim is for the event to be a truly interactive night so we’ll be looking for lots of Tweets, TwitPics, Twitter dedications and honest reviews of the individual performances – there’s going to be a live Twitterfall projected at the venue on the night, both from the live audience and viewers on the web.

Although the focus, as with any live gig, is the music, we’ll be kitting out The Vibe Bar with lots of Twitpic-friendly props to capture your attention, so keep your eyes peeled  and you may win yourself a prize or two – folks at home included.

Music fans – help us spread the word & follow @twitgigs!

(oh…and buy your tickets for the live show here :))