We’re sure your MIPIM schedules will be neatly colour-coded into your online/outlook/paper-based diaries. But there are two more events you need to jot down.
On Thursday 17 March, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and HLM will perform as a brand new super group to bring two evenings of live music to this year’s MIPIM and raise money for LandAid.
Their name, Exile, is in reference to the Rolling Stones ‘Exile on Main Street’, recorded close to Cannes in 1971; the six man group is led by Chris Liddle on guitar and Bill Price on bass.
The two frontmen have a long history of music, both in London and within the industry. Bill Price, a Director at WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, regularly plays London venues; he was also the creator of the ‘Construction Rocks’ brand, now in its ninth year and scheduled to take place at Scala in October.
Chris Liddle, Chairman of HLM, is a well-regarded industry guitarist who has played in a variety of bands in and around London for many years. He is also one of the regular judges for Construction Rocks and a former winner of the competition.
The fist gig on Wednesday 16 March is an acoustic set at Morrisons Irish pub – until late. The second gig will be a full line up at the St Patrick’s Day Street Party at Ma Nolans, 6 Rue Buttura next Thursday, 5pm till 8pm. The aim is for both events to add to the energy of MIPIM and raise money for LandAid.
The band formed especially for MIPIM to bring live music to network-weary delegates and to take advantage of a targeted audience and raise as much money as they can for the industry’s leading charity.
The full band comprises: Bill Price, Chris Liddle, Faye Liddle (lead and backing vocals), Michelle Dawson (lead and backing vocals), Jon Walter (guitar) and Chris Shoubridge (drums). The band will perform a range of songs from traditional rock to pop, blues and disco.
Chris Liddle said: “Our industry is well known for its love of good music – and that’s what we aim to give them with Exile. We’re a group of people who enjoy what we do and we want to share it with MIPIM as well as raise money for LandAid, which should be recognised and supported for the great work it does.”
Wrist bands for the events are available on the night and can be obtained with a modest donation to LandAid. You can also request a wrist band by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.