Glastonbury Gig Guide W/C 14th December 17
Welcome to the gig guide magazine for Glastonbury. I have no need to say we are all getting geared up for Christmas with loads on and bundles of parties. The town has some great stuff on in the run in and over the Christmas and new years periods to keep us all entertained.
Don’t forget to get any NYE tickets early as these will sell out and there are great value gifts for Christmas presents in the Neville Staple Gig and Glastonbury Calling, give your friends a present they will remember.
Gig of the week
Friday 15th DecemberThe Bocabash 2017
Becoming increasingly popular, The Bocabash is an occasional gig put on by Street-based singer/songwriter Nick Parker in which he invites friends from around the world to come and play in the middle of Somerset. Here is a little about this year's acts.
Nick Parker and the False Alarms
Sometimes folky, sometimes rocky, sometimes country-y, Street-based Nick Parker and his actually quite ruly cohorts The False Alarms never take themselves too seriously. With their tongues seldom far from their cheeks they romp around the stage with guitars, fiddle, mandolin, bass, drums and loads of vocals providing a beautifully shabby backdrop for Nick's astutely written songs. With strong melodies and hooks throughout, the songs are laden with clever lyrics which are as easy-to-relate-to as they are quirky. Over the last couple of years Nick - with or without the band - has played at festivals such as Chagstock, Farmer Phil's, 2000Trees, Glastonbury and Lakefest as well as many smaller festivals and spends nearly all his time touring around Europe where he is on the German record label Tonetoaster.
"Lovely westcountry melody-and-energy-laced rockin' folkish stuff with a sense of humour and a hotline to your heart." - Bath Fringe
Originally rubber farmers, The Mosquitoes hit upon hard times during the great rubber famine of 1971 and were forced to turn to petty crime. They first met while serving time in Bogota penitentiary. During their stint behind bars, they were encouraged to attend music therapy workshops as an outlet for their aggression. All learnt to play an instrument apart from frontman Raul who was ejected from the rehabilitation exercise, in part due to a remarkable lack of timing and co-ordination, and also because he is tone deaf. Not only did they excel at music, they were talented sportsmen and were all picked for the prison football team. While playing for the side in an international tournament at the Bernabau in Madrid the team escaped through the changing room toilet window at half-time. Chico, Pedro, Raul, Jose and Torremolinos ran like the wind and kept on running until they took up political asylum in the far south west of Cornwall. Today, still wanted by the government from their home country they survive as musicians of fortune.
Lonely Tourist (full band)
Bristol based Scot, Lonely Tourist plays 'pub-step' at the speed of a greyhound out the traps. Since 2011 he has released 3 albums (the fourth is due early 2018). His music has been played on the radio a fair bit too. Steve Lamacq had him in for a session on 6music in 2016. Gideon Coe, Tom Robinson, Cerys Matthews and Intro West have all played it as well as Janice Forsyth on BBC Scotland who made 2017 single Luxury Coach single of the week on her show. The Bocabar set will be Lonely Tourist's first full band gig since 2014
B-SYDES (AKA Ben Sydes) became a solo singer-songwriter after becoming disillusioned with the unpredictability of playing in band after band. He decided to strike out on his own in 2009 and is yet to look back. His first EP 'Handshakes Turn to Headlocks' (2010) proved to be a sampler of what he was capable of. It was said to have ‘Perfectly showcased his ultra stripped down folk ditties’ by the organisers of 2000 Trees Festival. This was followed up shortly after with his 2nd EP ‘Wrecked Vessels’ (2011), a release that showed all the progression you would expect from an artist growing both in confidence and stature. ‘Punktastic’ - “Nobody can deny the passion that Benjamin has thrown into these songs”. ‘Big Cheese Magazine’ - “Sydes folk-rooted songs deliver raw emotions with passion and conviction”.
B-SYDES has been lucky enough to have shared stages with the likes of Frank Turner, Sam Duckworth, Chris T-T, Dave McPherson, Walter Schreifels, Ben Marwood, Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun, Oxygen Thief, Rob Lynch, Gaz Brookfield and The Retrospective Soundtrack Players to name a few.
As well as all the live music, Bonbambino will be DJing into the small hours.
Tickets are £5 in advance from rbb.events/bocabash
Rohan Black- The King Arthur
Thursday 14th December
Singer and Guitarist based in the UK, playing all styles from Rock to Blues, Folk and Pop.
Voice and Overtone Singing Workshop- Pendragon House
Exploring the power of the singing voice including Overtone Singing, chakra toning and more...
A voice workshop, with a focus on overtone singing and developing the power of the singing voice. Ravi is known for his ability to convey both the technical aspects as well as the esoteric and healing components of overtone singing. Even for those who do not think of themselves as singers, these workshops give confidence in finding your natural and powerful voice. Those of you who are already singers will find greater depths and possibilities in your voice
"Breathing, and the sound of the voice are existential imperatives, one cannot wish them away. They connect us directly with our divine souls."
The workshop will also include a sound journey and gong bath
Friday 15th DecemberMinor Works Unit- Hawthorns Hotel
Funny, irreverent, witty, ironic, and challenging songs with a real dose of anarchic musicality......I hope you get the picture a fun night in store for us all.
Bocabash- Bocabar/Red Brick
Revolution ROCK- The King Arthur
Dj Dr Amaqueen with his box of vinyl magic tricks and his dexterous choice of music to suit the occasion.
Kirtan with Indira- Shekin Ashram
Fast Decline- Rifleman’s Arms
Saturday 16th December
Fast Decline are bringing a new style of Ska music from the Somerset levels. So far the band have produced an album titled ‘Gong Zarah’ plus an EP called ‘Funk the System’. Over the last three years the band have travelled around the UK gigging. Giving the same explosive shows at festivals, music events, energetic pub nights and lively parties, their dynamic blend of fast moving rhythms, catchy chants and roaring sax lines will never let you down. The band have played at events such as BoomTown, One Love Festival, Godney Gathering, Pilton Party, Green Gathering and the Brixton Jamm. Fast Decline have had the pleasure to share the stage with names such as Foals, UB40, Ella Eyre, Neville Staple (The Specials), Dr Meaker, Laid Blak and more.
Mike Francis- Hawthorns Hotel
An open invitation to join, international Bluesman, Mike Francis and his friends for a celebration of his 60th, Open Mic/Jam session with the man himself.
DJ Spinthief + DJ Waxmouse- Bocabar/Red Brick
Nineties and Noughties, Hip-Hop, R'n'B, Old Skool House
Invisible Gem- The King Arthur
World music trio featuring Voice,Violin,Piano,Guitar and Percussion.
Omer Makessa & Ravi- Pendragon House
the concert will be held in the intimate surroundings of the beautiful main room at Pendragon House (cusions, sofas, and rugs on the floor) ; there will be opportunities to sing together, listen to beautiful heart songs and go on a sound journey and gong bath
"Ravi has been an inspirational to us over the years as he continues to cross borders and boundaries in his quest for musical expression and freedom" Deva Premal and Miten
Omer Makessa is a master percussionist and singer/songwriter from Martinique . Omer sings in three languages, reflecting the fusion of cultures in the Caribbean. It is rare for audiences in the UK to have the opportunity to listen to songs in French, Creole, and English.
Sunday 17th DecemberOlde Boston Tea Party- The King Arthur
A collection of some of the areas finest musicians Jazz it up
Blues Jam-Hawthorns Hotel
The Historic Blues Jam
Tuesday 19th DecemberOpen Mic- Hawthorns Hotel
The seemingly unstoppable Glastonbury Open Mic night is on every week at Hawthorns Hotel in Glastonbury. Sign up at 8pm and perform somewhere between 8.30 and 11pm (ish).
Wednesday 20th December
Dragonsfly- Winter Solstice Celebration- Bocabar/ Red Brick
Going strong after 17 years of honing their group skill, Dragonsfly is delivering celebratory, connecting, heart-warming, nourishing, uplifting, hypnotic, life-affirming music. This music will change your life. A gig with Dragonsfly is a fully immersive experience harnessing energies of European Celtic acoustic folk-trance and Eastern grooves and moods, brought to life by soaring melodies, lush harmonies and intelligent instrumentals. The infectious, compelling charisma of the band can urge you into wild and vibey and yet nourishing and expansive dimensions, getting right under your skin.
Open Mic-The King Arthur
Future tickets on sale
New Years EveUK:ID presents New YEARS EVE at The King Arthur
Neon Apocalyptic madness is gonna go down this New Years Eve!!! Come one, come all and witness in the new year with a fantastic mixed blend of musical talent, all contained in a crazy transformed room at The King Arthur. This is one event not to be missed.
Remember people dress to impress... in a Neon Apocalyptic kind of way... Best dressed person wins a free UK:ID T. Go crazy with this :)
DJ NLBeCool - 12pm - 1am
UK:ID - 11:10pm - 11:55pm
These Septic Stars - 10:05pm - 10:50pm
Oska Zaky - 9:20pm - 9:50pm
Tickets: £7 Adv - Available at The King Arthur £10 OTD
New Year's Spectacular. Swampgrass, Marsh Fires, Steve Henderson- Hawthorns Hotel
See in 2018 dressed in your finest 1920s outfit, sipping prohibited liquor and dancing until your limbs fall off. Prizes for best dressed and spot prizes all night. Expect blues, Swing and a whole lot of fun.
Music from Swampgrass, Marsh Fires & Steve Henderson with late night electro swing to keep you dancing.
An evening finger buffet is included in the ticket price.
Purchase your ticket before December 1st to be in the draw to win a dinner for two at The Hawthorns.
Advance tickets are £10 and have sold out the last two years so don't expect any door sales. If there are any tickets on the door they will be £15.
Saturday 20th January- Neville Staple and Flipron Gig for Mind-The Bocabar
The Return of Judge Roughneck. There will be plenty of shouts of Rude Boy and full on dancing as the band will create a full on party for all of those that attend.
Flipron last headlined Night at the Abbey in Glastonbury where they entertained with a greatest hits set and were thoroughly enjoyable in the rain. Just don’t press that red button.
Saturday 24th February- Glastonbury Calling
Popular Glastonbury Festival in Glastonbury which sold out last year have a limited number of discounted tickets on sale now. Over the Bocabar, Assembly Rooms, King Arthur, Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury Football Club and Riflemans Arms.
Newly announced are Banco De Gaia (DJ set), Bristol reggae veterans Talisman, Monarks, Lonely Tourist, Jack By The Hedge, In Brackets, Liquid State, Toby Marks [Banco De Gaia] and Andrew Heath ambient set with visuals from Patrick Dunn, Tom Clements, We Merry Kings, Marsh Fires, Village Hall Feedback, 2Drunk2Funk, Brave Ones, Steve Henderson, Papa John, Minor Works Unit, and Mark Kelly.
They join the previously announced acts which include Leylines, Moody Will and the Roll, Port Erin, Foreign Correspondence, View From The Beach, Sean McGowen, PG Haze, Moonwatcher, Dave Beech, Hoodoo Dub, Invisble Gem., and many more
Recommended out of town
Gaz Brookfield and The Company of Thieves-Bierkeller-Bristol
Saturday 16th December
GAZ BROOKFIELD is a solo acoustic musician based in Bristol.
Since winning Acoustic magazine's 2010 Singer Songwriter of the year, he has spent his time on the road, touring the UK and Europe. In this time he has shared the stage with the likes of The Levellers, Frank Turner, New Model Army, Nick Harper, Newton Faulkner, Miles Hunt, Seth Lakeman and many more, racking up over 1000 gigs to date.
Gaz remains the only unsigned solo artist to sell out The Fleece, Bristol. A feat he has now achieved five times, the last three selling out over six months in advance.
Often playing as many as 200 gigs a year, Gaz's relentless and never-ending tour schedule takes him to every corner of the country and beyond. The last few years saw Brookfield play at over 100 UK festivals, including Glastonbury, Beautiful Days, Bearded Theory and many more, firmly cementing him as a festival favourite for the future.
His latest studio album I Know My Place is out now, available on CD, limited edition 12" Vinyl and digitally from Bandcamp. All of Gaz's previous albums are available digitally on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon and many other digital outlets.
Samuel Jack- The Chapel- Bruton
Raised on Blues, Motown and Soul music, BB King and Etta James provided the soundtrack for Samuel's formative years in London before moving to England's south west.
From within the walls of his caravan in the rolling hills of Somerset Samuel Jack has spent the last two years honing his songwriting craft. Now fully fuelled and ready to go, from his first ever performance was at Glastonbury 2015, and continued support from BBC Introducing, Graham Norton and Radio 2,