APPEARING in the Echo is a “massive buzz” says a Wearside musician.
Martin Longstaff, better known as The Lake Poets, has risen to prominence in the last 18 months, and sold out the Sage in Gateshead in April.
He received many positive reviews for the show, not least from our very own Katy Wheeler, who described his music as “eye-wateringly beautiful”.
During Local Newspaper Week, the 23-year-old, from East Herrington, told the Echo that reading about himself in his local paper is still just as thrilling as ever.
He said: “It’s nice to see your name in the paper. It’s a massive buzz and it’s great to have a load of good writers working at the Echo.”
Martin is not the only one who loves it when he gets a mention in the pages of the Echo.
“My mum is retired now but she used to cut out the stories and take them into work to show everyone,” he said.
“It’s nice for my mum. It’s a big thing being in the local Echo. It’s prestigious.”
Aside from the pleasure Martin and his family derive him being an Echo regular, the exposure has had a measurable impact on his music career and the singer doubts whether the Sage sell-out could have happened without the paper’s help.
He said: “I first featured last year when I won a region-wide competition.
“Katy got in touch with me and did a feature and since then I’ve had a lot of support from the paper. It has given me a lot of good exposure.
“Through that exposure everything has snowballed until we sold out the Sage.”
Martin praised TheGuide supplement, which is featured in the Echo every Thursday, giving the latest entertainment and arts news and reviews.
He said it raised the profile of the Sage gig.
“The Guide brought me to people who wouldn’t necessarily normally look at gig listings or things like that,” he said.
“Because I was at such a great venue, people obviously thought, ‘I’ll go and have a look at his show’.”