Glastonbury Gig Guide
W/C 7th December 17
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Time for the Christmas party build up
Gig of the week
Saturday 9th DecemberHere & Now- The King Arthur [one for the space head rockers]
Here & Now Here grew out of a loosely formed jamming group known as Here-Now formed to play at the 1974 Windsor Free Festival. Named as such due to the floating membership policy and the influence of Ram Das's book Be Here Now
Under Kif Kif's non leadership, this incarnation focused around the Latimer Road/Freestonia squat scene in Wet London. Songs gradually began to form out of the jams. The line-up coalesced out of the "rag-tag bunch of colourful scruffy hippies...full of idealism, an incredible concoction of drugs and an unbelievable amount of bullshit.
Deviant Amps are a psychedelic rock band who have built up a good live reputation. The current line up came together in September 2015.
Tim Hawthorn “Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.” --Sergei Rachmaninoff
Wild Willy Barrett's Cajun Thunder-Hawthorns Hotel
Thursday 7th December
Willy Barrett's latest collaboration, with one of our local musical hero's Blues Jam host Damien, ably assisted by Mary and Misha, A Cajun twist to all your favourite Blues songs and classic Creole tunes given the Willy Barrett treatment
Irish Folk Night by the Fire- Riflemans Arms
Enjoy a cosy evening with music and mulled cider
Maya Love- The King Arthur
Maya Love (formerly Maya Preece), Dragonsfly, singer/songwriter, a solo artist,
collaborating with other musicians on her debut album of songs of love and presence.
Deep and hearty acoustic songs for the soul, inspired by love and life.
Reworkings of the Dragonsfly hits “The River” and “You have God” as well as new classics…..
Friday 8th DecemberKing Porter Stomp + Dj Dr Amaqueen- Bocabar/Red Brick
Energetic, dynamic and refreshingly unique, King Porter Stomp create an infectious blend of afro funk horn lines, dub reggae rhythms, harmonious hooks and conscious rhymes. Their all-encompassing live show connects with every audience and their diverse musical style is unlike any you will have heard before.
Dj Dr Amaqueen with his box of vinyl magic tricks and his dexterous choice of music to suit the occasion.
Tickets £8 advance. £10 OTD
Nasty Habbits- Hawthorns Hotel
Local Blues Band with all your favourite covers, a chance to rock out those Christmas Blues.
David 9 Lunas- The City Arms Wells
David 9 Lunas is both an accomplished singer/songwriter and guitarist. A hard core professional soloist, David’s material stretches from a raw bluesy feel through to the more elegant influence of the likes of Nick Drake and Roy Harper. His voice is hauntingly compelling and accompanied by his sophisticated guitar playing, simply demands attention!
Saturday 9th DecemberJackson + DJ Asian Hawk- Bocabar/Red Brick
Here’s a supersmart meltdown of funk, jazz, rock and hip-hoppery all topped off with quirky Talkbox vocals. Jackson is masterminded by busy keyboard wizz Jack Baldus, sharing vocal duties with Cobra and DJ Asian Hawk, and there’s a bunch of well-respected familiar faces mashing up the music behind them.
RaZaR- The King William
RaZaR are one of the South-West's most entertaining, hard-working rock covers bands.
Burnin Babylon [Dj Dr Amaqueen]- Riflemans Arms
Sunday 10th DecemberTareth and Martin- The King Arthur
Blues Jam-Hawthorns Hotel
The Historic Blues Jam
Tuesday 12th 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 13th DecemberOpen Mic-The King Arthur
Future tickets on sale
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
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
Thursday 7th DecemberKatey Brooks & Band Single Release Party - Guests Circe's Diner & Lady Nade- The Attic- Bristol
The first single release from Indie Award nominee Katey Brooks' much anticipated studio album, We The People. The haunting, ethereal sound of her last EP ‘I Fought Lovers’ was prelude to the sonic largesse of her forthcoming record, receiving a warm reception from stations across the country and internationally, including BBC Radio 2, 6, and Canada’s CBC.
Brooks is at home anywhere she can take her guitar and has shared the bill with acts such as Newton Faulkner and Mystery Jets, as well as packing in solo tours throughout Europe, Australia and Canada during the past year, which featured sell out shows at the National Folk Festival in OZ.
Now with her beautiful band in tow, she’ll be playing songs from the brand new album We The People, along with favourites from her earlier catalogue.
Smerins Anti-Social club + DJ Cheeba - The Fleece- Bristol
Friday 8TH December
It’s been 15 years since Smerins Anti-Social Club started developing their unique blend of brass-heavy instrumentals. During that time many musical styles have become seamlessly infused into the mix; elements of funk, reggae, rock, ska, hip-hop, drum’n’bass and swing to name just a few.
The band have developed a formidable reputation at putting on live shows, from their own events at Motion in Bristol and the Jazz Café in London, to high profile festival performances at WOMAD Festival, Boomtown Fair, Shambala, Glastonbury, Bestival, Larmer Tree and many more.
They have also achieved success with their recorded material. Tru Thoughts released their debut single (a dub-reggae cover of the Doctor Who theme tune). This was playlisted on BBC 6 Music and led to a follow up collaboration with the late Tenor Fly of Congo Natty and Freestylers fame. Their 2012 album ‘Primordial Cordial’ was also well received and featured collaborations with various vocalists including Dizraeli and Nuala Honan.
DJ Cheeba is hailed as one of the most progressive audio visual artists around today and has found an audience world wide with his unique style of turntablism and video manipulation.
Cheeba has produced a variety of celebrated projects including video mixes, movie re-scores, adverts, documentaries and commissioned projects for everyone from Led Zeppelin to Aardman as well as the eclectic mixtapes that he’s best know for and have topped iTunes download charts.
Best experienced live, Cheeba has performed worldwide with tours spanning UK, Europe, Australia and Canada as well as being a regular on the UK and European festival circuit. A genre smashing party DJ, an experimental VJ and specialising in detailed audio visual live projects ranging from the cinema style ‘After School Special’ and ‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’ to the dance floor club and festival shows like ‘Return To The Boom Bap’ and ‘Double Vision’.
Known for his cut and paste style of turntablism, audiences can expect a high paced trip through styles made to make you dance, think and smile. More than just a DJ, Cheeba is a audio visual artist known for the broadest beats and the deepest video vaults.
Saturday 9th DecemberHenry Wacey & The Orchard Keepers + Mike Barham at The Griffin
Henry Wacey and The Orchard Keepers will be returning to the alehouse, which is The Griffin in Frome on Saturday 9th December for a special pre christmas full band hometown show.
Alongside The Orchard Keepers with Henry also making an appearance on the night is Devizes's Mike Barham - UK and his band who will be kicking off the nights procceedings.
Henry Wacey and The Orchard Keepers 9:45pm - 11pm
Mike Barham - UK and his band 8:45pm - 9:30pm