Meet the ten early-career artists performing at Shoot Festival's first ever online scratch night on Wed 15 April.

As we find ourselves in deeply challenging times, now more than ever emerging artists need support. While the doors to the creative industry remain temporarily closed, opportunities for artists to make and perform new work have largely dried up.

In recent weeks, there has been much publicity around the impact of the ongoing pandemic on public venues such as theatres, pubs and restaurants. But what can sometimes be forgotten is the knock-on effect these closures have on independent artists who rely on these venues to share their work and earn a living. With limited support currently available to freelancers, there’s a pressing need for projects that respond to the challenges these artists face.

On Wednesday 15 April, Shoot Festival in partnership with the Belgrade Theatre and Coventry City of Culture Trust invite you to a live digital scratch night of original work from 10 artists who really show the breadth and depth of creativity in Coventry and Warwickshire. Live streamed directly to your home, Shut Down but Scratching will showcase music, folk tales, theatre, spoken word, visual art and a binaural quest for loo roll.

This brand new venture is an experiment for everyone involved, but we’re certain that, in these very uncertain times, the creative community of Coventry and Warwickshire will have some brilliant ideas to share.

The event will be free to stream via YouTube – tune in online from 7pm.

This is our rapid response to the current crisis – to find, support and celebrate independent artists in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Check out the line-up below! (Please note that this is not representative of the order in which the acts will perform.)