Kanadia comes home to The Chill Bar in Ilfracombe for a final farewell

PUBLISHED: 12:01 09 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:12 09 August 2017

Join Kanadia at The Chill Bar in Ilfracombe on Friday, August 11 for a farewell gig.

Join Kanadia at The Chill Bar in Ilfracombe on Friday, August 11 for a farewell gig.

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The Chill Bar in Ilfracombe looks set to close this autumn, but several former local musicians are determined to stage a major ‘blowout’ gig

North Devon musicians knocking on the doors of the big time are coming home to play a farewell gig on Friday (August 11) at one of the region’s most well-loved music venues.

The Chill Bar in Ilfracombe looks set to close this autumn, to the dismay of the music community and particularly two members of alt-rock band Kanadia, who have fond memories of the venue.

James Bettis, 25 and Melissa Marshall, 24, played there several times a year until 2015 as the local band Digital Natives, before going on with two others to create Kanadia.

Now they are playing to crowds at the O2 Academy and at big events such as the Common People Festival.

James said this would be their final gig at The Chill Bar, adding: “There’s not really anywhere else like it in North Devon.

“Most of the material that I use now we tried out there.”

Lawrence Khoo, who runs the bar with his wife Isabel, posted on Facebook the venue would cease to be a music bar in the next few months unless they could find a buyer who would continue with it.

On Friday Kanadia will be supported by Twin Arrow, whose members also hail from North Devon, and James said musicians had always appreciated Lawrence’s dedication to music.

He added: “We’re all working hard to make sure this is a big event and we want to imprint on everybody that’s its going to be a big blowout gig and a sign of appreciation for Lawrence and Isabel.”

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