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Nottingham recently witnessed the launch of a free independent music magazine designed to raise the profile of the region’s best unsigned bands.

Junktion 7 hosted the Freeq magazine launch party which saw Nottingham beatboxing legend THePETEBOX topping a bill that included local bands The Kull, Spotlight Kid and We Show Up On Radar and folk sensation Paul Liddell.

There has been a distinct lack of high profile Nottingham bands over the years; Freeq magazine hopes to break that trend by providing a platform for aspiring acts to showcase their music.

Freeq has the content and style to rival any paid-for magazine and raises the bar for other free publications in Nottingham. The magazine reads exceptionally well and the cover artwork and illustrations are becoming synonymous with the name Freeq. The launch issue features a striking cover design by local graffiti artist Smallkid.

Freeq magazine maintains an ethical approach to their work, in addition to music and art they feature articles on various social and environmental issues and have even pledged to support developing countries by purchasing a goat through Oxfam Unwrapped for every full page advert sold in the magazine.

The Music Directory Ltd publish the bi-monthly magazine and Sam Borrett, Director and magazine editor commented: “The Music Directory website provides important services to bands and artists and Freeq magazine is an extension of the online work we do, but with a local feel. We reserve all the column inches for unsigned and independent music so you won’t find articles about Pete Doherty or Amy Winehouse in Freeq magazine.” Speaking on the issue of Nottingham’s lack of success in producing a national music success Sam continued: “It’s about time the many excellent Nottingham bands make it onto the national stage and we’re giving up and coming acts the support they need with vital media exposure. It’s difficult for relatively unknown bands to secure space in most music publications as they focus on what’s already mainstream – we don’t!”

Freeq Magazine is available online at Freeq music magazine or pick up a copy at one of the many bars, shops and venues in Nottingham.

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NOTES TO EDITOR

10,000 copies of Freeq magazine are distributed throughout Nottingham and Sheffield every two months.

Freeq content is also available through a podcast at www.freshmusiccast.com with extra band interviews and reviews.

Freeq magazine is published by The Music Directory Limited, on online music resource for unsigned and independent music. Visit The Music Directory

For more information and images contact Sam Borrett on 07766 118852 or email sam@themusicdirectory.co.uk




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