Calderdale pub launches its own record label

A Todmorden pub is aiming to help local musicians an bands thrive  in the music industry post covid-19 by launching a record label.

Monday, 22nd February 2021, 9:00 am
Gig Nilavongse pictured outside the Goldon Lion pub, Todmorden.
Gig Nilavongse pictured outside the Goldon Lion pub, Todmorden.

Over the years The Golden Lion has survived mother nature’s flash floods and last year’s run in with Calderdale Council for painting their building yellow to brighten up their street in prep for the Tour de Yorkshire.

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Despite all these set backs, manager Gig Nilavongse remains optimistic conjuring the new chapter whilst flying the kindness banner from the heartbeat of this remarkable market town.

Gig said: “After I had chat with friend Andrew Meecham a well-known name who’s hung out at The Golden Lion, DJ-ed and performed live as The Emperor Machine and Bizarre Inc, I was inspired to set up the venue’s very own independent record label Golden Lion Sounds.”

The specialist record label plans to release a bi-monthly series of seven inch vinyl records, all limited and numbered featuring musicians and DJs who have played live or DJ-ed at The Golden Lion since its inception.

So far Working Men’s Club, Goa Express, W H Lung, The Lounge Society, David Holmes, Jarvis Cocker, The Emperor Machine, Jane Weaver, Andy Votel, Crazy P, Nucleus Roots, Zion Train have all contributed tracks which will be mastered by local solo artist and engineer Andrew Liles.

The Golden Lion landlords Waka and Gig said: “We are so grateful to all our friends who want to be a part of this project, they’ve shown their belief in us and we all know that everything invested will eventually come back to the music industry.”