Auricola Records Presents: REAL KINGS OF SPAIN


RKoS are delighted to be back at the Thunderbolt courtesy of Auricula Records with a full rock line up of 5 bands for a fiver. As writing for the second album nears completion we will be performing a set of almost entirely new songs plus a couple of old favourites.

Also performing are wych elmRacehorseFalse Flags, and Oceans.

The Real King(s) of Spain: QJB and Doc Satori, aka The Real King(s) of Spain, initially collaborated on a spoken word piece for the Songs of Katrina project in 2011, and then in 2103 started writing tracks which developed into their debut album, The Future of Mass Hysteria. It is a rich and textured recording that explores the pain, anger, fury, injustice, hallucinatory bliss, hope and intoxication of the human spirit. Exploring the dark side of the soul and the depths of the psyche, it is inherently political, polemic and polymorphous.

The Future of Mass Hysteria is informed by their shared political views and a wish to create something new. it comprises electronica, traditional instrumentation, spoken word, sung vocals, downloads, samples and is a mixture of political and artistic material - angry, blissed, provocative, hallucinatory, experimental, poppy, using their experience of previous projects fused with that indefinable ‘magic’ that exists in any successful collaboration. 

Doc and Q have also put together two videos, a live show and a band to promote the album and singles "To Watch Over Me" and “See a Little Light”. They are currently recording their second album which has a noticeably different feel from the first. While it continues to mix spoken and sung vocals and is still rhythmically complex, it relies less on electronica and samples and more on the power of song writing. These new songs already form an important part of the live set.. They develop the themes explored on the first album and weave elements of the current political upheaval and the global fire and fury, disruption and chaos. 

The live band features: Chris Hales (keyboards), Stuart Chalmers (Drums), Doc Satori (vocals/guitar/keyboards), QJB (vocals/bass/guitars/keyboards), Len Liechti (bass and electric guitars, vocals), Luis Maria Cebrian Eroles (keyboards).

Online they can be found at: 

“This is a great album that has clearly been well thought out and has the ability to captivate & intrigue even steadfast purest Music lovers” – Review Mark Venus Music

“They fuse melody and rhythm with an occasionally more discordant score to reflect the nature of the lyrics, which deal with subjects from class antagonism to Dionysian excess and many others in between. Bowie is an influence for sure, and there’s a nod to Eno in the music as well as the more experimental end of post punk …some Second Hand Daylight era Magazine, bits of The Pop Group... and the tunes ain’t half bad” – Bugbear

“ this is somethin' I've been wanting to hear but haven't since Massive Attack or Gorillaz" Seein' them I was reminded of the Pixies; "looking extra ordinary making extraordinary music." A great band, a great album, a great live experience. Proper.” Fan Review



WARNER HODGES / Eric Ambel / Webb Wilder


This Autumn sees a special European tour featuring three of Americana (and beyond) elder statesmen, combining forces. Each artist playing their own set, but also collaborating with each other.

WARNER E HODGES made his name as a founder member of Americana Lifetime Achievement award recipients, Jason & The Scorchers, the band widely cited as the first country rock or cow punk band, the band based around his pioneering guitar sound, equal parts Jimmy Page and Don Rich.

As well as the Scorchers, Warner is a member of Dan Baird’s Homemade Sin and has played with Atlanta legends Drivin n Cryin.

He’s also managed to pursue a successful solo career and this tour sees him supporting a new solo album, that lists Dan Baird (Georgia Satellites), Tom Pettersson (Cheap Trick), Brad Pemberton (Steve Earle & The Dukes) and Joe Blanton (Bluefield) as his house band.

ERIC “Roscoe” AMBEL - came to prominence as the guitarist with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, playing on the classic I Love Rock n Roll album. From there, he formed the Del-Lords (also featuring members of the Dictators and Cracker). At the same time, he forged a reputation as a innovative producer, clients included Nils Lofgren and the Bottle Rockets. Next up was the alt supergroup The Yayhoos (Dan Baird, Terry Anderson and Keith Christopher). In 2000 he accepted an offer to join Steve Earle and the Dukes, playing on the controversial Jerusalem and Grammy Award winning The Revolution Starts….Now.

Webb Wilder - before there were Kings Of Leon, Keys of Black or White of Jack in Nashville, there was Webb Wilder. Wilder combines the straight-ahead rock & roll with surf guitar of the Ventures and twang of Duane Eddy, drawing on the feel of blues, R&B, country/rockabilly and film noir. His sound incorporates influence from Americana music as well as from the British Invasion.

Doors Open: 7.30pm  Admission:£14 on the Door

Tickets: £12 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008



Bristol band, Bordello have come storming onto the local music scene over the last six months. With succulent tones and bluesy melodies, this band is not like any other! Drawing you in with silky smooth vocals and rough untampered riffs. The futures looking bright for these guys!

Doors Open: 7.30pm Admission:£5 on the Door

Tickets: £4Adv + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117

PAUL DODGSON Presents "On The Road Not Taken" + Foreign Correspondence


In February last year, Paul walked out on the stage of The Old Vic in Bristol and sang in front of an audience for the first time in 35 years.  Soon after he came to The Thunderbolt and supported lof-fi legend Kid Carpet, before heading out on the road and gigging everywhere from the Isles of Scilly to Berlin.   Having spent his teenage years desperate to be a performing musician, he just stopped doing it and spent the next three decades thinking it would happen tomorrow.  Eventually he realised if he didn’t start now he never would. 

On The Road Not Taken, his play about the agonies and ecstasies of the adventure was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 last year.  Now he is writing a book about the whole thing for the publisher Unbound.  Described as a love story about the transformational power of music, On The Road Not Taken is a bittersweet memoir about a 1970’s childhood juxtaposed with the reality of living the dream in 2016. 

In this intimate show, Paul will be telling stories from the road, stories from childhood and singing the songs that have kept him company on his travels.  Expect energetic, acoustic folk songs about fathers, daughters and Brislington Diamonds. 

What the audience said about On The Road Not Taken on BBC Radio 4

“What an evocative and real journey I have shared... I loved it.”

“Great entertainment, thoroughly enjoyable.”

“Thank you for a piece which echoed so much for me.”

“I so enjoyed it! It transported me back to my own childhood.

Watch Brislington Diamonds:

About On The Road Not Taken:

Paul Dodgson is a writer, musician and producer who has written 16 plays for BBC Radio 4, Eastenders and theatre plays including music and lyrics for 5 musicals that have been commissioned by Tobacco Factory Bristol, Theatre Royal Bath and Nuffield Theatre Southampton.  He has co-written songs with Christine Collister and his music has been featured in many plays and programmes on BBC Radio.

+ Foreign Correspondence.  Folk pop duo sing songs about exes and 80’s films

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Doors Open: 7.45pm  Admission:£7on the Door

Tickets: £6 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol                                 Tel 0117 9299008


VIC GODARD and the Subway Sect + The Hepburns + The Charlie Tipper Experiment

"I fell totally into that thing Vic Godard said 'We oppose All Rock N Roll', avoid all these clichés"
Lawrence, Felt (Mojo Magazine, May 2012)

"Whenever Godard adopted a style it became a genre and when it became a genre ... he did something else" (The Daily Telegraph, London)

Vic Godard is a vocalist, Subway Sect frontman, songwriter and postman.

Vic and Subway Sect make a welcome return to The Thunderbolt, after a few years away. Don't miss the chance to see "the greatest living Englishman"

The Hepburns: The Hepburns are a Welsh indie band from Llanelli, Wales. Formed in 1985, they have been signed to Berkeley-based label Radio Khartoum since the 1990s, following a two-year tenure at Cherry Red Records from 1987-1989. They toured the US and Scandinavia in 2007.

Born of the post-punk indie boom of the early-80s, but with their roots in the 1960s, their sound is a curious amalgam of indie guitar pop with Burt Bacharach and Jake Thackray, a style they refer to as ‘Thackarach’.

The Hepburns are due to release their eleventh studio album In the Mean Time on Radio Khartoum in February 2018. The current line-up is: Matt Jones (guitar/vocals); Mike Thomas (bass); Les Mun (drums); Sue Reece (keyboards); and Cris Haines (brass).

THE CHARLIE TIPPER CONSPIRACY: The Charlie Tipper Conspiracy have a Bristolian pedigree as long as your arm. Lead singer Tim was in both the Flatmates and the Five Year Plan in the late ‘80’s, before joining the Beatnik Filmstars* for most of the ‘90s. In the 2000s he headed up Forest Giants and then took part in the Short Stories.Guitarist Jon Kent was a founder member of another of Bristol’s C86 squad, the Groove Farm, as well as being the original guitarist for the Filmstars.Bassist Geoff Gorton played in the Harpoons, then later Rorschach and major label outfit Santa Cruz. Drummer Simon Harris played in a number of Bristol’s lesser punk bands back in the late 70’s and then the Dangerous Roundabouts.
The band formed in July 2013, under their original name The Charlie Tipper Experiment. The name was chosen with a view to changing it every few years, in part to keep things fresh and in part to pay homage to those other great pioneers of the changing name, SPIZZ

Tickets - £10.00 in advance, £12.00 on the door from




The Nightingales - “The ‘Gales are consistently one of the best live experiences in the country. Forty minutes segued together seamlessly, a cocktail of 60’s garage and psychedelia shaken up with krautrock. It’s heady, fresh and invigorating.”
(Brighton Noise) 

Their latest LP, 'Mind Over Matter' was released in 2015 to astoundingly positive reviews and deservedly so.

Ted Chippington - appropriately described as the 'lost genius of British stand-up', he may make you laugh or definitely not laugh and then possibly feel slightly confused.

Doors Open: 7.30pm  Admission:£7 on the Door

Tickets: £6Adv + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008

JOHN E VISTIC Rock N Roll Soundsystem + Lonely Tourist + Tom Forbes + Philo Montgomery

JOHN E VISTIC i released his Album 'Welcome Down the Night' in 2016.

Described as 'an epic excursion into the balladry of Americana, a Paean to love, loss and loneliness', 'like Hozier meets Jack White', the album is produced by Tristran Longworth and features cameos from members of the Marc Ford band, Morcheeba, Rachel Stamp, Primal Scream, Jon Allen band, Katey Brooks and the John E Vistic Rock n Roll Soundsystem (Dan Clibery and Guy Fowler).

'Vistic's new extended lineup 6 piece band - including Rob Norbery (Candy Darling) and Mike Crawford (from Mike Crawford and the Various Sorrows) as well as guest cameos from some of Bristol's music glitterati. V

The first EP from the album 'What Will Be' is already out on Itunes, available here:

Reviews of Vistic's last gigs have been awesome:

We very much look forward to seeing you in July and hope you enjoy the new album 'Welcome Down the Night'. Check out the EPK here:

ITunes Links: (EP- What Will Be) (Single - Song for the Old Men)

Album Videos: (Long Time Gone, feat. Katey Brooks) (Song for the Old Men) (Something’s Gotta Give)

Doors Open: 7.30pm  Admission:£5 on the Door

Tickets: £4 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008


JERRY DAMMERS (The Specials) + DJ Woody Wylde (Sliced Orange & The Weekend Starts)

We are delighted  to welcome Jerry Dammers back to the bolt for a DJ set !

Founder of The Specials and 2 Tone Records, Dammers was hugely influential in the 70s and 80s ska revival, achieving seven consecutive UK top 10 singles between 1979 and 1981, including number ones “Ghost Town” and “Too Much Too Young”. An anti-apartheid campaigner, Dammers wrote the song “Free Nelson Mandela”, and went on to receive a South African national honour in April 2014 for his role in the movement. Regularly taking his legendary record collection on the road and DJing around the country, Dammers is currently heading up The Spatial AKA Orchestra, playing his own compositions as well as tributes to Sun Ra and other experimental jazz artists.

DJ Woody Wylde (Sliced Orange & The Weekend Starts)Mixed set of Soul, Motown, Northern Soul and a little ska the weekend starts here...

Doors Open: 7.45pm  Admission:£10 on the Door

Tickets: £9Adv + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008


CUD: Emerging from the same art/design cauldron that produced fellow Leeds legends Soft Cell, Scritti Politti, The Mekons and Kaiser Chiefs, CUD were the pre-Britpop answer to doleful shoegazing bands – fun-loving, light-hearted, romantic and downright catchy.

Alternatively loved or loathed like a yeast extract, CUD are indie rock for the unpretentious pleasure seeker, boasting as they do the rich deep-lunged voice of Carl Puttnam, edgy guitars of Mike Dunphy and tight, funky rhythm section of William Potter on bass and Stephen Goodwin on drums.

CUD were initially lauded for their quirky Peel session cover of ‘You Sexy Thing’ in 1987. They soon built up a huge live following and buffed up their repertoire with a string of unstraight pop beauties, best exemplified by the 1990 album ‘Leggy Mambo’. This led to a major-label deal with A&M in 1991, an NME cover, massive sellout gigs and proper Top 30 hits, ‘Rich and Strange’ and ‘Purple Love Balloon’.

Misunderstood by record companies and press, CUD packed away their guitars and sticks in 1995 but, bolstered by a greatest hits anthology (‘Rich and Strange’) in 2006, they agreed to tread the boards again and found an army of ‘Space CUDets’ still eager to sing along, dance like fruitcakes and invade their stage.

So it is here, in 2017, that CUD are back once more to celebrate a silver jubilee with new collections of rare gems and a full-blown tour. There is much to be grateful for.

Doors Open: 7.30pm Admission:£14 on the Door

Tickets: £12Adv + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008

Bizarro Presents: HELEN MCCOOKERYBOOK/Karen/Charlie Tipper Conspiracy


 HELEN MCCOOKERYBOOK was a John Peel favourite through the '80s and '90s, singing and playing bass in Brighton outsider indiepop/punk bands Jody and the Hooligans, The Smartees and The Chefs before forming her own sumptuous, country-inflected Helen and the Horns. She has more recently helped write women back into the official history of punk with her book 'The Lost Women Of Rock: Female Musicians Of The Punk Era', which has interviews with The Mo-dettes, The Slits and Dolly Mixture amongst others. Helen's songs are beacons of outside of everything lyricism, and her set shall consist of songs from her new LP 'The Sea' and classics of yore. 

Karen play a dreamy atmospheric pop. The sound of melancholia that builds and eventually bursts with ringing guitars. Fronted by Davey Woodward, lost lyricist, jester, a maverick indie something, who never stood still. Founder of The Brilliant Corners, playing a crooning jangling pop that was infectious and splendid in a tarnished star kind of way. To the experimental pop band, northern soul vs glam vs electronica . Pop songs for adults who had grown up wrong! Somewhere in between Spaceways Jazz cacophony! D.J. outsider, Freedom fighter. The Karen cast are completed by a who’s who of Bristol beatdom. Tom Adams : Beatnik Filmstars and The Fauns. Surf fan, one time stand up comedian, traveller and polemicist. Hugo Morgan: The Heads and Loop. Drinker and reveller, rock wizard with an encyclopaedic knowledge of every album released on Harvest records Phil Elvins: The Brilliant Corners. Francophile, entrepreneur, raconteur, and cyclist.

The Charlie Tipper Conspiracy are a sweet-shuffling indiepop band with a roaring jangle and skewering keys and horns, creating their own cuttingly romantic, melancholy sound in the vein of The June Brides. They formed in 2013 as The Charlie Tipper Experiment, releasing an album and accompanying singles, including the ace ‘Ride Out’, via Breaking Down Recordings. A further two EPs full of the sweet stuff and a single with Helen McCookerybook, 'Femme Fatale', followed as part of the new Conspiracy. All proceeds from the sale of ‘Femme Fatale’ (linked to above) go to Refugee Aid. The band's latest 'Network' EP was released in May this year.

Tickets £5.00 in advance/£7.00 on the door from


English rock band Eddie & The Hot Rods have enjoyed a career that has now spanned 37 years. 
Although often categorised as one of the founding fathers of the punk era, they were simply interested in playing loud, fast, in your face Rock ‘n’ Roll rather than bad mouthing the Queen or fermenting anarchy. 
The energy and attitude certainly endeared them to the punks, but the hard and fast style that made Eddie & The Hot Rods one of the most exciting bands of the era has never really dated or gone out of style. 
Eddie & The Hot Rods were included in the Mojo Top 100 of most influential bands and they are often cited as a major influence on some of the high profile new bands – young Irish rockers, The Strypes being one example. 
Thanks to this enduring appeal, the band still tour all over the world as well as find time to write and record new material that now joins their classic back catalogue.
Lead as ever by Barrie Masters, the line up of Simon Bowley (drums) Dipster (bass) Richard Holgarth (guitar) and Chris Taylor (guitar) has been on the road almost continuously for the last 10 years, serving up a high energy mix of those classic Eddie & The Hot Rods songs including “Teenage Depression”, “Quit This Town”, “Life On The Line”, “Gloria” and the Top Ten UK “Do Anything You Wanna Do”, alongside newer songs taken from their last two studio albums, including “Better Without You”, “Bad Time Again” and “Why Should I Care”.
Recently, Eddie & The Hot Rods have been seen out and about with Status Quo on their 2012 arena tour and often with old friends like Nine Below Zero, Dr Feelgood and From The Jam, but whether it’s in an Arena, Theatre, Club or Festival, Eddie & The Hot Rods always deliver a blisteringly energetic blast of good old Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Doors Open: 7.45pm  Admission:£10 on the Door

Tickets: £9Adv + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008

SPEAKING IN TONGUES (Talking Heads Tribute)



Speaking in Tongues are the UK's premier tribute to Talking Heads.

Speaking In Tongues recreate the spectacle of Talking Heads at their peak, playing hits from ‘Stop Making Sense’, the seminal concert film, as well as groundbreaking songs such as "Once in a Lifetime", "Girlfriend is Better", "This Must Be The Place", "Blind", "Psycho Killer", "Burning Down The House", "Road To Nowhere" and more.

Talking Heads were an American new wave and avant-garde band formed in 1975 in New York City and active until 1991. The band comprised David Byrne (lead vocals and guitar),Chris Frantz (drums and backing vocals), Tina Weymouth (bass and backing vocals) and Jerry Harrison(keyboards, guitar, and backing vocals).The new wave style of Talking Heads combined elements of punk rock, art rock, avant-garde, pop, funk, world music, and Americana.

Singer Chris Apthomas gives his own unique take on the geeky frontman, adding to the driving rhythms and funky grooves to produce a 'Once in a Lifetime' experience!

Tonight they we'll be playing all of the '77' album, and all of 'Remain in Light' too!

."..this absolutely bang on reconstruction of the many faces of Talking Heads would surely merit a benign nod from the great Mr Byrne himself.” The Canteen, Bristol

Doors Open: 7.30pm Admission:£10 on the Door

Tickets: £8Adv + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008

MICK THOMAS with Squeezebox Willy

"Acclaimed Australian singer songwriter Mick Thomas, leader of Weddings, Parties, Anything & the Sure Thing, makes a welcome return to KGC together with fellow WPA cohort Mark ‘Squeezebox Wally’ Wallace on accordion.
Playing songs from Mick’s new retrospective book 'These Are The Days' & companion album ‘These Are The Songs’ plus old favourites from WPA & the Sure Thing, you’re promised a night of traditional roots based music encompassing great songs & stories of the Aussie way of life.

“He will talk the leg off an old chair and play the arse off a guitar, sweat the shirt of his back and lay you in the aisles.” (Jamie McKew OAM, Festival Director, Port Fairy Folk Festival)

Tickets: £9  + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008    £11 on the Door


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New Model Army's founder and main songwriter Justin Sullivan continues to do the occasional solo concert in every setting possible – from tiny clubs to huge Festival stages, from prisons to palaces. His material is drawn from NMA’s vast catalogue of albums and also from his (so far only) solo album – “Navigating By The Stars’ – a unique, contemplative work released in 2003, featuring orchestral arrangements and famous guest musicians and based around the themes of ocean and love of Nature.

Doors Open: 7.30pm Admission:£16 on the Door

Tickets: £14Adv + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008


With Celtic and eastern influences, the 3 Daft Monkeys’ dynamic style of world folk music reflects the global village in which we now live. Their infectious dancing rhythms lead you through a musical journey of the senses and emotions, and will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated.
After experiencing the band’s notoriously energetic live performance at Glastonbury Festival last summer, Mark Radcliffe declared them as one of his “Highlights of the Festival” on BBC TV coverage, and subsequently invited them to play a session on his BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. The band have also performed a live session with Whispering Bob Harris on Radio 2.
The band will be releasing a brand new album in April 2017, following a highly successful crowdfunding campaign. The title track “Year of the Clown” is a social and whimsical comment on the strange and disturbing times we find ourselves in, where the ‘elected principles’ in the world circus appear to be the fools.
With their quirky and original approach to music, and their passion, intensity and sheer joy of life, 3 Daft
Monkeys have gained themselves a large and loyal cult following. Their music is hard to pigeon-hole, mixing and crossing many musical genres from Celtic, Klezmer, Gypsy, Balkan, Latin, Ska, Dub Reggae, Indie, Rock and even a hint of Shostakovich. 3 Daft Monkeys have always maintained an independent and cottage-industry approach to their musical career, and have gained a huge following whilst ploughing their own furrow through the music business, gaining momentum through their live performances and intensive European touring schedule.
With a brand new 4-piece line-up, the band weave enchanting melodies with catchy choruses, virtuoso vibrant fiddle, rhythmic 12-string guitar, 6-string bass, bespoke hand-percussion and 4-part vocal harmonies. Fascinating lyrics of personal and whimsical observations on life, and folk tales both ancient and modern, are told within the swirling layers of their music, all with the essential catchy sing-along chorus.
The band’s diversity is reflected in the acts for whom they have been invited as special guests, including touring across the UK and Europe with the Levellers, and opening for bands such as Hawkwind, Bellowhead, Show of Hands and Dreadzone, as well as headlining their own national tours.
3 Daft Monkeys have played at a huge number and variety of festivals in the UK, including Fairport Convention’s Cropredy, Beautiful Days, Trowbridge Village Pump, Towersey Folk Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival and Boomtown Fair. Their eclectic mix of styles has drawn them a following right across Europe, and the band have headlined festivals in Holland, Germany and France. 3 Daft Monkeys have also recently joined acrobats and circus performers in the new and vibrant boutique “busking festival”scenes of Switzerland and Italy.
“The musicianship- the virtuosity, the song craft, the arrangement- is simply astonishing “ (Spiral Earth)
“Varied and stirring acoustic style.. Outstanding fiddle work” (The Guardian)
“Music as joyously life-affirming as this deserves a huge audience” (West Briton)
“A brilliant band… I think this is absolutely amazing” Mike Harding (BBC Radio 2)
“A veritable melting pot of styles makes a colourful carnival of sound” (fROOTS)

“Their live show strikes a quality balance of spaced-out dizziness, dance-ability and sophisticated folk
music.” (Bearded Theory Festival)

Doors Open: 7.30pm   £10 on the Door

Tickets: £9Adv + b/f from Bristol Ticket Shop Tel 01179299008

Bizarro Promotions Presents; BAND OF HOLY JOY + Short Stories

Bizarro Promotions Presents


The Band Of Holy Joy 2017 model is a sleek beat outfit that owes as much to Indie music in the proper sense of Indie as it does to the Brechtian connotations of past Band Of Holy Joy incarnations. They have lineage but never dwell on it preferring to forge forward. They have a history too but never let it drag them back. For the past few years they have been quietly growing and gestating and now they have emerged fully reborn with renewed purpose of sound and vision. They have signed to Tiny Global (which is probably the best label in the world at this present moment in time in terms of roster and vision and general empathic discernment towards both band and listener) and have just released an album FUNAMBULIST WE LOVE YOU. They are a six piece of drums, bass, guitar, visuals, sixties organ and vocals, I couldn’t tell you who they sound like, but they love The Subway Sect, The Jefferson Airplane, Mary J Blige, Gray, Funkadelic and the like, and when they play they possess the stage and make a beautiful racket, tell passionate tales and fill the room with light and wonder, they same to be on a mission of some sort, a mission of intent and possibilities, of old punk sensibilities honoured, and glamour in age portrayed. On a Friday night they put out a radio show called BAD PUNK which has nothing to do with any kind of new wave but is a beautiful strange mix of soundscape and poetry, very arch, sometimes a bit too sensitive, but on the stage they are a different beast, on stage they blow and howl, they they make musical bows to Funk and Soul at times and are wont to throw the odd Vincent Gallo cover version in to their set. Classically minded songs suddenly billow out into intense noise work-outs. They are quite traditional in set up but oh how the lyrics reflect these wyrd modern times we live in. That’s all I can say really, other than forget old notions of what you think Holy Joy may or may not have been, whether they were any good or just terminally bad, if you like crooked style and sentient smiles, if you see the beautiful in the ugly or the happy in the sad still and just love a band intent on playing a great strange different kind of song come and see this band.


Short Stories were formed in 2007 in Bristol, England by Tim Rippington and Stephen Miles. Tim and Stephen were at school together, a year apart but sharing the same musical values that made them firm friends. After school, the two went their separate ways – Tim spent the next twenty years playing in various indie bands such as the Flatmates, the Five Year Plan and later the Beatnik Filmstars. He also ran his own recording studio for five years, and produced records for, amongst others, the now legendary indie label Sarah Records. In 2003 Tim formed a new band Forest Giants, who made four great LPs before folding in 2007. In the meantime, Steve became a school teacher, dabbling only briefly in music with a spell as drummer for Bristol indie band Modesty Blaise.

In 2007 the two met for the first time in 20 years, and discovered that they still had much in common and The Short Stories were born. Since then several albums and singles have been released which can be heard here.

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Tickets are £7.50 in advance/£9.00 on the door



JW-JONES RETURNS FOR UK TOUR - NOV/DEC 2017 Since his first UK tour in spring of 2016, JW-Jones has released a new CD called “High Temperature” that won the International Blues Challenge (via Blues Foundation in Memphis). It was named the Hot Shot Debut on the Billboard Top 10, and has been in the top 2 most-played roots music recordings on radio stations across Canada for 10 weeks. Early last year, George Thorogood & The Destroyers’ management specifically requested Jones to open several of their tour dates, which included standing ovations at legendary venues such as Massey Hall in Toronto, and Ottawa’s National Arts Centre. Jones is a JUNO Award Nominee (the equivalent of the Grammy in USA), tours constantly, and is known for his high-energy live shows. JW has released nine albums, and performed in twenty-three countries and four continents. In 2015/2016, JW played over 100 shows per year, including being invited five times to perform alongside Buddy Guy, and twice with Woodstock legends, Canned Heat. From the ‘High Temperature’ liner notes: “Acclaimed Nashville producer Colin Linden takes Jones into new territory with warm, analog-driven tones, and a wide-range of material. His evolution as a musician and vocalist shine through on this record like never before. Real songs, real playing by real people, and JW is the real deal.” – Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones)

Doors Open: 7.30pm  Admission:£12 on the Door

Tickets: £10 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008

CENTREFOLDS "HQ Xmas Do"" + Steepways + Dan & Chris (My Friend Friday)


“A creative multi-genre breakfast of champions, combining the best bits from punk, electronica, French house, trance and rock, bringing it together to create a sound that’s going to see Foals cowering in a corner behind Soulwax” – BBC 6 Music

Doors Open: 7.45pm  Admission:£5 on the Door

Tickets: £4 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol                               Tel 0117


MARTIN STEPHENSON and the DAINTEES: Always popular on the circuit, Stephenson’s “must see” live performances are an exuberant tour-de-force combining heart-in-your-mouth intimacy with playful humour and warm self-deprecation.

The Daintees’ critically acclaimed 1986 debut BOAT TO BOLIVIA opened up an always interesting story. It showcased Stephenson’s songwriting, poetic romanticism and spiritual depth – so marking him out as a soulful cream of the leftfield crop during the self-obsessed 1980s.

Never pandering to a particular scene, Stephenson’s lightness of touch on a varied mix of musical styles was immediately apparent. His path was destined to be a lifelong journey through the music he loved: folk, ragtime, jazz, rockabilly, show tunes, punk-pop and country.

CALIFORNIA STAR  & HAUNTED HIGHWAY continue his tradition for eclectic roots songwriting, adding to a discography now amounting to over 40 albums.

His latest album - a re-recording of his classic debut BOAT TO BOLIVIA, sees him reunited with The Daintees, the band he’s intermittently fronted through a string of albums – and hundreds of gigs – since his teens in the North East.

Doors Open: 7.30pm Admission:£18 on the Door

Tickets: £16Adv + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008


Ska Party band! We shamelessly cover a range of classics & offer them up with a large helping of brass n' ass shakingly good rhythms, served with a smile!

MYSTERY CHORDS: Bristol punk covers band!

Doors Open: 7.30pm Admission:£5 on the Door

Tickets: £4 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008

Death or Glory Presents The Clash Tribute ****LONDON CALLING**** ...40 year Anniversary.


Death or Glory Presents-

40 year anniversary at the Thunderbolt with-
London Calling-

£8 adv / 18+/ £10 on the Door

The Rock Shop, St Nicks Market (Only 50p Booking Fee)




THE EMPERIALS "Xmas Skaromp!"

The Emperials are a long running major force on the UK’s Ska scene with a live reputation for fun, entertaining, professional and very lively shows.

With an 8 piece line up; the rock solid drums, pounding bass, skanking guitar and Hammond keyboard provide the basis of the band, with the tightest and most energetic brass section in the land adding the blasting horn lines, all topped off by versatile lead & backing vocals.

With a set consisting of our own take on classic ska songs, from the days of 2tone, Trojan and Studio One, we never fail to fill a venue, get the dance floor packed and the crowds singing, dancing and shouting for more.

Doors Open: 7.45pm  Admission:£15 on the Door

Tickets: £12 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol                               Tel 0117 9299008