Plug 'N' Play


Plug and Play is run and staffed by volunteers from within Penrith and Eden. About fourteen years ago, Phil Caton recognised that there was a need for a venue in Penrith where musicians and singers could perform live in front of an audience. Over the years, the format has changed slightly, we invite professional artists to headline the night, with a Plug & Play open mic. slot at the start of each evening. We have seen some amazing performances from international stars like Tommy Emmanuel, John Renbourne, Kieran Halpin, Bob Brozman, Martin Stephenson, Kristina Olsen and the late Isaac Guillory.

Recently local band Chemical Fiction were spotted when singer Anya Asia Wilcox played some songs at the open mic nights, she quickly gathered fans and lots of venues showed interest and booked the band before she and the band were whisked off to play at the London Olympic Stadium! Anya has attributed this success to the support and help from Plug & Play. Which we are thrilled about!

Many local people have made their stage debut here and several have formed bands with other performers they have met at the sessions. We have heard every genre of music played at Plug & Play – rock, blues, folk, jazz, heavy metal,
jug band, Appalachian – and we’ve even had poetry recitations and comedy!

Plug and Play is run by a team of enthusiastic music fans and musicians - sound and stage men are Tom Corda-Stanley and Chris Archer, publicity and press agent Jackie Knox, doorman-treasurer David Simpson, website manager Chris Archer and in cooperation with Penrith Players.

If you have any names of performers you would like to put forward for future sessions, please speak to any of the team and we’ll happily consider it when we meet to discuss the programme.

Help us to keep music live in Penrith by continuing to support

Thanks to Penrith Players for their continued support in helping us to keep Plug & Play afloat. They also supply the bar staff, who all work voluntarily, which is much appreciated.