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Sunday 14th September 2014
GNS PR Presents Lyrically Gifted:
Lyrically Gifted showcase featuring an array of exceptional talent from across the capital. Paigey Cakey (Attack The Block, Waterloo Road) will be performing tracks off of her EP. Stormzy is currently causing a deafening buzz amongst the grime music scene. The most talked about rapper in the streets finally released his official debut in the Dreamers Disease EP, which crept up and took the number one spot on the iTunes Hip Hop/Rap charts. With the EP’s main single ‘Not That Deep’ produced by The Heavytrackerz (the team behind Meridian Dan‘s hit German Whip).

7.00pm - £5 adv


Thursday 25th September 2014
Metropolis Music Presents:
Jolie Holland has always embodied everything weird and wonderful in the history of American music, but Wine Dark Sea takes it to a new level. Raw and unrestrained, bristling with kinetic energy, Wine Dark Sea is unlike anything she’s ever recorded, but is also the purest and most assured evocation of Holland’s vision to date.

7.00pm – £12 adv


Friday 26th September 2014
London based rock/pop original band White-Rhino! are hoping for world dominance on a musical base. Consisting of Sean Brennan (Lead Vox/Lead Guitar), Rumbidzayi Mjojo (BV’s/Keyboard), Jack Halpin (BV’s/Bass), Amin “The Genie” Dehnavi (Guitar), and Ben Franklin (Drums) they are a five piece multicultural group sharing the love to the people.

7.00pm – £8/£6 adv


Saturday 27th September 2014
Logical Drama formed in Stoke-On-Trent in 2013, put together with musicians from local bands in the past that now want to take their music into the local scene and make a name for themselves! With muliply layers of sound their brand of atmospheric rock creates a deep, curious atmosphere.

7.00pm – £8/£6 adv


Thursday 2nd October 2014
NONTA are a London-based indie folk-rock band formed in April 2014 by George Taylor and Nonta Libbrecht-Carey. They blend an ethereal and intricate sound with confessional lyrics, reflecting different facets of main influences like Daughter, Lykke Li, Tallest Man on Earth and Bon Iver.

7.00pm – £7/£5 adv


Friday 3rd October 2014
Whiskey Rebellion is the result of what happens when three musical appreciators utter the famous four words said by every bedroom musician at least once in their lives, “Lets start a band!” After a brief bout of seeing who had the tightest trousers, the highest squeal and messiest hair, they put it all aside and started playing some old fashioned Rock ‘n’ Roll!

7.00pm – £8/£6 adv


Friday 17th October 2014
Ian Prowse, often called the “Scouse Springsteen”, is best known for his work as main man with the groups, Pele (1990s) and the 7-piece group, Amsterdam (2000s). One of his most famous songs, Amsterdam’s Does This Train Stop On Merseyside, was a huge favourite of the late DJ John Peel – he featured the song on his last ever Festive Fifty and it has been well documented that it often reduced him to tears on air. The song has gone on to be covered by many others, including Christy Moore, Miles Hunt and Ian McNabb.
Ian Prowse releases his brand new single ‘Lest We Forget’. The single is released on October 19th to both commemorate and mourn the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Ypres. A battle which saw the British Army suffer losses that resulted in the decision of mass conscription for the young men of Britain. The single is taken from Who Loves Ya Baby, the first ever solo album by one of the UK’s finest singer/songwriters. Who Loves Ya Baby follows on from the success of The Best of Ian Prowse, a compilation of his work with the band’s Pele and Amsterdam, which was released to critical acclaim in 2012.
7.00pm – £10 adv


Saturday 18th October 2014
Headlight deliver a rocking headline set jam packed full of massive sing-long tunes that will no doubt stay with the appreciative audience a long time after the band had departed the stage. If you haven’t seem them yet then make it a priority to catch one of their storming sets! This up and coming four piece have much to offer with Matt Wells on lead guitar, James Rayward on vocals/rhythm guitar, Mike Dillon on Bass, and Matt Littlewood on Drums coming together to produce great music.

7.00pm – £8/£6 adv


Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Jake Gordon is an exciting new face on the East London music scene. He brings energy, originality, and a whole host of quality songs to the table, and anyone who is a fan of the power and simplicity of artists such as The White Stripes, Elliott Smith, Laura Marling, and Bob Dylan will not want to miss one of his performances. Playing solo, or accompanied by a variety of different musicians, Jake has been teasing the London music scene for several years now, and has recently released his first collection of recordings, entitled ‘The East End EP’.
7.00pm – £7/£5 adv


Thursday 23rd October 2014
Matt Henry is a finalist of the second series of BBC’s ‘The Voice’. Hailing from Birmingham, the current London resident has enjoyed a career in the arts, with spells in both music and acting. His principle fervour has always been for singing however, with influences stemming from artists including Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, as well as iconic lyricists such as Bob Dylan and soul legends Amos Lee and Ray La Montagne. His soulful tone, emotive voice and residual showmanship led him to register for the hit BBC TV show ‘The Voice’, and subsequently make it to the blind auditions in front of the four superstar judges.
Singing a rendition of Ray La Montagne’s ‘Trouble’, which has since racked up over a million hits on YouTube, Matt won the confidence of Jessie J,, Danny O’Donoghue, and Tom Jones, who all swivelled their chairs to fight it out for the right to coach him. The original of ‘Trouble’ re-entered the top 30 of UK charts that week, in testament to Matt’s performance. With chosen-coach, Matt went on to make it to the battle stage of the show, when Jessie J decided to “steal” him. He then made it to the live shows, all the way to the finals, following huge public support.
7.00pm – £7/£5 adv


Friday 24th October 2014
Jessica Sweetman, Singer Songwriter was born in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. In 2013, Jessica supported Keane in concert and also played Benicassim Festival in Spain where headliners were The Killers and Arctic Monkeys. She was the featured vocalist and co-writer on the track, ‘In Your Arms’ with DJ Andy Moor and Armin Van Buuren. This well known dance track was featured on Armin Van Buuren’s compilation, ‘A State of Trance’.
2014 is set for Jessica performing at Groove Festival in Ireland on the same bill as Paloma Faith and David Gray. Sweetman will also be returning back to Benicassim Festival in Valencia with her band to play for a second year running where headliners are Ellie Goulding and Paolo Nutini. Jessica has confirmed a slot at this year’s Day Tripper Festival in Waterford, Ireland where headliners are The Kaiser Chiefs and also will be playing a set at Greenwich Music Time Festival where headliners are Jools Holland and Goldfrapp.
Jessica and her band recently played a show for Jools Holland in November 2013 at The Boisdale Club, playing a set of her originals including her most popular songs, ‘Empty Room’ and ‘Tom’s Gone’. Jessica’s most recent works have been ‘Empty Room’, ‘Tom’s Gone’ and ‘His Love’ which will all be released Autumn 2014. Sweetman wrote ‘Empty Room’ about her days of singing in empty bars to sometimes no one. She wrote it one night in a cigar room she was performing in when there wasn’t one person there but yet she still had to continue singing for three hours. The words are heartfelt and emotional and a song that most artists would be able to relate to at some point in their lives.

7.00pm – £8/£6 adv


Wednesday 5th November 2014
The Lost Children were formed in 2007 and come from the small market towns of Kettering and Corby in Northamptonshire. Their views and sound, however, are not quite so small. From what can only be described as a “fucking onslaught”, they exploded onto the underground local scene. Supporting the likes of Raging Speedhorn, Devil Sold His Soul, Sonic Boom Six, Mirimar Disaster, Fei Comodo and recently Bam Margera’s Fuckface Unstoppable they have prospered engaging with many of these headline crowds. This is honest hardcore/punk straight from the working mans heart. The Lost Children’s debut album ‘Land Of Do As You Please’ is available to download from all major online stores now.
7.00pm – £7/£5 adv


Thursday 6th November 2014
The Boys were born in September 1975 when singer/guitarist Matt Dangerfield left Mick Jones and Tony James’s fledgling punk band London SS to form a new band with ex-Hollywood Brats songwriter/keyboard player Casino Steel. Dangerfield’s art college friend, guitarist Honest John Plain, was soon recruited. The following year they held auditions for the bass and drum roles with Duncan Reid and Jack Black completing the line-up. The Boys quickly built up a reputation as a white-hot live band and in January 1977 became the first punk band to sign an album deal when they signed away their recording lives to NEMS. They quickly became known as ‘The Beatles of Punk’ but unfortunately through a series of poor marketing, bad decisions and appalling luck they never converted their potential to chart success.
After a brief spell in The Lurkers, Plain joined the Dirty Strangers and recorded an album with Keith Richards and Ronnie Woods before replacing Brady (Hollywood Brats) as lead guitarist in The Mannish Boys. He went on to play with Brady in Brat Boy. In 1996 Plain’s first solo album “Honest John Plain and Friends” was released. “Honest John Plain and Amigos” followed in 2003 and he formed a new band with Robbie Rushton (Crybabys) and Mat Sargent (Sham 69, Splodge). Honest John Plain & The Amigos’ debut album “One More And We’re Staying” came out in 2006 with a French tour lined up to promote it.
At the beginning of 2007 Plain and his old friend Casino Steel agreed to form a new punk supergroup to play Ramones-influenced rock ‘n’ roll with a hint of Dolly Parton. The result was The Last Rock ‘n’ Roll Band featuring Plain’s Amigos Mat Sargent & Robbie Rushton alongside Petter Baarli (Backstreet Girls) and of course Steel & Plain. Their self titled debut album was released in October 2007. Plain released his first acoustic album “Honest John Plain Untuned” on Still Unbeatable Records in Germany in 2009 and this was followed in 2010 by “The Mattless Boys”, featuring Casino Steel, Petter Baarli, Duncan Reid, and Vom Ritchie.

7.00pm – £7/£5 adv


Saturday 29th November 2014
The Blue Aeroplanes are one of Bristol’s most celebrated bands having released over a dozen albums plus multiple singles, EP’s and compilations over the last 30 years. Much of the appeal of The Blue Aeroplanes lies in their excellence as a live act. Happy headlining gigs in small indie venues or supporting big acts such as REM and Siouxsie & the Banshees on major international tours, The Blue Aeroplanes have a reputation for keeping their set list as fresh as the line-up of guitarists. Frontman Gerard Langley has a huge stage presence, always wearing his trademark shades even at night in dark venues, and will move from casually introducing songs and making cryptic comments to answering questions from the audience back to his half-sung, half spoken snarling delivery of his lyrics. Memorable performances include the band’s 1992 appearance at Glastonbury which was broadcast on BBC Radio 1, the finale at the Hammersmith Apollo when 12 guitarists were seen on stage performing “Breaking in My Heart” and their annual appearance at Fiddlers in Bristol which has now been relocated to the band’s own venue, The Fleece.
‘Beatsongs’, released in 1991, was the band’s most successful record in America with ‘Yr Own World’ garnering rotation play on all major alternative radio stations. Recorded at Oceanway in Los Angeles, the album was a broader-based affair than Swagger, featuring many songs that were to become staples of the Aeroplanes’ live set for many years. The album was partly remixed and overdubbed in Bristol but all the tracks from the original playback in LA are included on CD2. The booklet for ‘Beatsongs’ remastered contains many fascinating archive photos.
In June 2013 The Blue Aeroplanes toured the UK for the first time in seven years to mark the Cherry Red reissue of their most commercially successful release, ‘Beatsongs’.
7.00pm – £12 adv


Thursday 4th December 2014
‘Anthemic and infectious stadium ready tunes’ are the blueprint for one of the UK’s most promising acts, Delamere. Having broken into the forefront of the Manchester music scene with a sell out show at the infamous Deaf Institute, Stoke based Delamere have proven their ability to conquer new cities with consummate ease in order to build upon their already cult following from their home town. After signing to Manchester independent Scruff of the Neck Records in 2014, and having the backing of BBC Introducing DJ Rob Adcock, Delamere now have the support to help take them to the next level on both the regional and national scene. Expected to play some notable support slots and festivals over the next 18 months to coincide with their releases, the band are certainly dubbed as ‘ones to watch’.
7.00pm – £7/£5 adv


Friday 23rd January 2015
Canadian born folk star Bonnie Dobson has lived in the UK since the late ‘60s and had effectively retired from the music scene (despite an appearance at Jarvis Cocker‘s Meltdown back in 2007) until she began recording a new album for Hornbeam Recordings in the summer of 2013. The album features her boys: top, young UK folk rock musicians and a mix of old and new songs, all newly recorded at the analogue east London studios of producer Sean Read.
Bonnie was a key figure in the ‘60s folk revival and was involved with the very Greenwich Village scene depicted in the recent Coen Bros film, Inside Llewyn Davis – playing at the Lamplight coffee house and with many of the major figures on the scene. Time magazine bracketed her together with Joan Baez and Judy Collins as the three top female folk singers in America. A new generation of fans including Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker and Microdisney’s Sean O’Hagan, influenced by her late 1960s & 1970s albums, helped raise Bonnie’s profile in the new millennium.

7.00pm – £12/£10 adv


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