Wednesday night at ILMC is particularly busy this year… there’s the ‘Up the Ante’ Poker Tournament, The ‘Pass-tures New’ Table Football Competition, and The MVT Pop Quiz, but also two special showcases, which take place at Clubino at the Baglioni hotel, just across the road from the Royal Garden Hotel.

From 19:00 – 20:30, the Revive Live Showcase sees three rising stars take the stage as part of Music Venue Trust’s National Lottery-funded initiative to restart the grassroots sector.

The line-up features gothic, post-punk, avant-garde songstress Heartworms; art-pop/punk fusion four-piece LibraLibra; and LIFE with their pop sensibilities, guitar hooks and trademark swagger.

Then, from 21:15, Georg Leitner Productions presents a 75-minute show by Mandoki Soulmates. The prog rock/jazz fusion band, fronted by legendary musician, songwriter and producer Leslie Mándoki, has released over a dozen albums, with guest musicians having included the likes of Ian Anderson, Robin Gibb, Al Di Meola and Midge Ure.

Both showcases take place just moments from the Royal Garden Hotel, so you won’t even need a GPS or weather-proof trousers to get there. And with complimentary drinks and nibbles on hand, it’s going to be a lively affair…