PRETTY CRIMINAL

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Pretty Criminal are a young loud energetic Rock n Roll band based in Bristol. Having formed earlier this year, they have been focusing on writing up beat rock n roll tunes whilst playing kick arse shows across the south west.

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

Tickets: £4 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, High Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

IAN PROWSE ( Pele/ Amsterdam)

Here I Lie is the brand new album & tour from Ian Prowse. Ian has teamed up with his old Pele comrades Robbo & Nico as well as 17 other musicians to make his masterpiece LP.

The show will include all your Pele & Amsterdam favourites as well as cuts from this special new record.

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

Tickets: £9 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, High Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

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STELLAR + SFR

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STELLAR: Young hot 5 piece band from Bristol/Somerset UK bringing a blend of old-school rocknroll, blues vibes with a little bit of britpop and indie thrown in for good measure. Creating anthems to get toes tapping and heads banging while you sing-along at the top of your lungs!

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

Tickets: £4 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, High Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

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MILES HUNT & ERICA NOCKALLS ( The Wonder Stuff) + The Jesus Bolt

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Since 2006, Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls have toured the UK, Europe and the USA. performing acoustic shows including tracks from their own albums in addition to Wonder Stuff material and the occasional cover version.  All interspersed with Miles’ trademark inter-song banter and insight into the background behind some of the tracks being performed.

To date they have released two studio albums alongside one live album.

Prior to this, Miles has performed as a solo artist as well as alongside former Wonder Stuff guitarist Malcolm Treece and also as The Miles Hunt Club (with Andres Karu, Michael Ferentino and Stuart Quinnell) and Vent 414 (Pete Howard, Morgan Nichols).

You can purchase some of Miles’ solo recordings on the IRL records online shop, where you can also find the Miles and Erica albums onsale too

Erica has released two solo albums under the name EN (albums EN and EN2).  She has also worked and performed with a number of acts including The Proclaimers, The Mission, Ting Tings, Matt Watson and Mark Gemini Thwaite in addition to producing a number of outstanding pieces of artwork.  In 2016 she has written and recorded tracks for the new Dutch Head album with producer George Taylor.  Visit Erica’s website for more information.

http://thewonderstuff.co.uk/home/miles-erica/

Doors Open: 7.30pm Admission: £15 on the Door

Tickets: £12 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, High Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

DIRECT TICKET LINK:

https://www.bristolticketshop.com/events/miles-hunt-erica-nockalls-the-wonder-stuff-4

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VERITY WHITE BAND

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Taking influences from the 90s rock and grunge scene, and meshing it with synths, strings and an intricate vocal lines Verity creates her brutal yet beautiful style of rock - loved by fans of Skunk Anansie, Halestorm, Nine Inch Nails, The Pretty Reckless and Tori Amos.

Recently, White and her band have been impressing gig-goers at festivals (Lechlade, FeckFest, Frogfest) and live music venues (Pizza Express Live, The Troubadour, Cargo London) with their high-energy live show across the UK. They’re now planning their second tour in Spring 2019, to coincide with their second studio album.

“Blending grunge, punk, indie and rock into a jagged cocktail of vibrant, emotional sounds - there's something exciting going on here“- POWERPLAY Magazine

Artist of the Year 2017 - Your Music Radio
Best Female Indie Artist 2017 - Spiderweb Radio
Best Alt-Rock Song (July 2017) for Too Much - Akademia Awards


TICKET LINK:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/verity-white-reclaim-set-fire-tour-plus-support-tickets-64309708068
Door: £7.50

Rock Chic Presents... SUPERSEED + Deep Sea Thieves + Jet Black 3

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Bristol five-piece Superseed create a huge anthemic wall of sound, mixing hard and classic rock, punk, stoner, grunge and garage influences they deliver an epic initial opus that will melt faces at fifty paces.

Along with locals Deep Sea Thieves who bring a mix of punchy, hard-hitting riffs and dreamy undertones and Devon's Jet Black 3 with their Bristol debut - combining elements of grunge and classic rock and a passion for traditional Delta blues that colours the choice of melodies and themes.

This is a three band line-up on a Friday night in Bristol NOT TO BE MISSED!! Tickets on-sale now for £5.50!

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THE POPGUNS (Brighton)

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Brighton's foremost almost forgotten indie pop/rock band out and about again after about 15 years of repose with 2 brand spanking new albums to boot!

The Popguns are an English indie rock band, which played a part in the British jangle pop scene. Originally from Brighton, East Sussex, they formed in 1986.Their first release, "Where Do You Go?", in 1988 was followed, in ‘89 by the single "Landslide", (Medium Cool Records), which reached number 20 on the UK Indie Chart and made it to No. 46 on BBC radio DJ John Peel's annual Festive Fifty list for that year. This and a further two singles, "Waiting for the Winter" (1989) and "Someone You Love" (1990) featured on their debut album, Eugenie (also 1990 Midnight Music).

The single "Still a World Away", preceded second album Snog, which was followed by the EPs XXX and Crazy (all released in 1991). The drummer, Shaun Charman, left the group before "Star" (3rd Stone), a Radio 1 record of the week, was released along with their third album, Love Junky in 1995 and their last album of the period, A Plus de Cent (1996) – featuring a French language version of their last single, "Harley Davidson" was released by Tall Poppy Records.

Over 15 years later, 2012 saw the band resume live performances followed by a three-track 7" single, "Lovejunky" (Matinée Recordings), released in late 2014. In December the same year a new album, Pop Fiction, appeared with the single and another brand new tracks.

The band continue to write and record and have built up a dedicated retinue of ebullient fans who have followed them from their regular haunts of Brighton and London, to the cultural capitals of the western World including Paris, Berlin, New York and Barcelona. Hamburg follows in October 2016.

https://popguns.net/

https://www.facebook.com/ThePopgunsBand

THE REACHAROUNDS " Back From The Dead Reunion!"

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The Reacharounds are back, for one Halloween themed night only!

All the pop classics given that special reacharound, and all proceeds from the door are going to the Cardiac Specialist Dolphin Ward at the Bristol Children's Hospital.

Fancy dress highly recommended!

https://www.facebook.com/thereacharounds

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

Tickets: £4 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, High Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

DAVEY WOODWARD & THE WINTER ORPHANS

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Davey Woodward fronted indie bands The Brilliant Corners and The Experimental Pop Band and Karen.. The Winter Orphans are a group of friends realising the potential of his solo songs.

Although grounded in the world of indie pop his work reflects his diverse and eclectic tastes. This includes collaborations with odd German pop outfits Le Hammond Inferno and the Torpedo Boys.

Davey has also played bass for avant guard jazz group Spaceways and his songs have been covered by Pinkie, Soda Stream and Sophie Ellis Bextor. His work has been name checked by The Kaiser Chiefs, The Answering Machine and Irvine Welsh.

Davey’s music was a firm favourite of the late great John Peel and is championed by 6 Music.

https://daveywoodward.bandcamp.com

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THE MEN THEY COULDNT HANG + The Lonely Tourist

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The Men They Couldn’t Hang are a British rock band whose mixture of folk and punk is totally infectious. They are still as good as ever after over 30 years of raising hope, hackles and hellfire through the street corners and country lanes of Britain and beyond! Coming together as penniless buskers they played their first show in Camden Town in 1984 alongside the legendary Pogues as both an accident and a laugh – a philosophy that still holds true a lot of the time. Their music is not dissimilar in many ways. Added to that earthy humour and vitality has grown an explosive collision of folk and rock and an implacable social conscience that has seen them thrill and inspire 3 generations of concert goers with their euphoric blend of material.

https://www.facebook.com/tmtchofficial/

LONELY TOURIST: Lonely Tourist's music has been played on the radio a fair bit. Steve Lamacq had him in for a session in 2016. Gideon Coe, Chris Hawkins, Tom Robinson and Cerys Matthews and others have all played it as well as BBC Scotland (2017 single Luxury Coach was single of the week on Janice Forsyth's show on Radio Scotland) and BBC Intro West seem keen too.
He has supported Pete Doherty, Malcolm Middleton, Rachel Sermanni, Admiral Fallow, Beth Hart, Dark Dark Dark, Hans Chew and played Rockness, Wychwood Festival, 2000 Trees, Vegfest, Dot to Dot, Bristol Harbour Festival.
https://www.facebook.com/lonelytouristmusic/

THE LONELY TOURIST: Bristol based Glaswegian singer-songwriter. He has played all over the UK and Europe and supported amongst others Pete Doherty, Babyshambles, Malcolm Middleton, RM Hubbert, Jimbob (Carter) and legends Chas & Dave (RIP Chas).
His four albums (as at 2019) have been played on numerous BBC 6music radio shows, BBC Intro and Radio Scotland. In 2018 Steve Lamacq chose Ballad of Paul Tierney as one of his 25 for 25 (his choice of favourite 25 songs in 25 years in radio).

'Classic underdog pop music' Steve Lamacq 6 Music

Admission: £20 on the Door

Tickets: £18Adv + bf from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street Bristol Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

THE MEN THEY COULDNT HANG + The Lonely Tourist **SOLD OUT**

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The Men They Couldn’t Hang are a British rock band whose mixture of folk and punk is totally infectious. They are still as good as ever after over 30 years of raising hope, hackles and hellfire through the street corners and country lanes of Britain and beyond! Coming together as penniless buskers they played their first show in Camden Town in 1984 alongside the legendary Pogues as both an accident and a laugh – a philosophy that still holds true a lot of the time. Their music is not dissimilar in many ways. Added to that earthy humour and vitality has grown an explosive collision of folk and rock and an implacable social conscience that has seen them thrill and inspire 3 generations of concert goers with their euphoric blend of material.

https://www.facebook.com/tmtchofficial/

LONELY TOURIST: Lonely Tourist's music has been played on the radio a fair bit. Steve Lamacq had him in for a session in 2016. Gideon Coe, Chris Hawkins, Tom Robinson and Cerys Matthews and others have all played it as well as BBC Scotland (2017 single Luxury Coach was single of the week on Janice Forsyth's show on Radio Scotland) and BBC Intro West seem keen too.
He has supported Pete Doherty, Malcolm Middleton, Rachel Sermanni, Admiral Fallow, Beth Hart, Dark Dark Dark, Hans Chew and played Rockness, Wychwood Festival, 2000 Trees, Vegfest, Dot to Dot, Bristol Harbour Festival.
https://www.facebook.com/lonelytouristmusic/

THE LONELY TOURIST: Bristol based Glaswegian singer-songwriter. He has played all over the UK and Europe and supported amongst others Pete Doherty, Babyshambles, Malcolm Middleton, RM Hubbert, Jimbob (Carter) and legends Chas & Dave (RIP Chas).
His four albums (as at 2019) have been played on numerous BBC 6music radio shows, BBC Intro and Radio Scotland. In 2018 Steve Lamacq chose Ballad of Paul Tierney as one of his 25 for 25 (his choice of favourite 25 songs in 25 years in radio).

'Classic underdog pop music' Steve Lamacq 6 Music

Admission: £20 on the Door

Tickets: £18Adv + bf from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street Bristol Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

JOHN OTWAY and his BIG BAND

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John first achieved notoriety with his eye-watering performance on Old Grey Whistle Test and subsequent hit single 'Really Free' in 1977. A heady mix of blind ambition and rank incompetence was to keep this microstar shining for almost two decades despite Otway's ability to turn any situation to his own disadvantage. 

His autobiography 'Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure' out sold, by a factor of ten, all the records he had released since his hit, and now Otway is struggling to live up to this billing - selling out London Astoria for his 2000th gig in 1993, filling the Royal Albert Hall in 1998, and charting at number 9 with his 2002 single 'Bunsen Burner'. For John 'Two Hits' Otway, 'the future's bright; the future's Otway! 

Check out tonight’s gig. Joining John on stage are Richard Holgarth on lead guitar, Seymour on bass guitar, songwriter Murray Torkildsen on guitar and drummer Adam Batterbee.!

www.johnotway.com/

Doors Open: 7.30pm  Admission:£15 on the Door

Tickets: £12 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

DETRITUS " The Reunion Gig"

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We welcome Bristol thrash metal rockers DETRITUS to the Thunderbolt for a reunion show! They have recently reformed and will play together for the 1st time in 26 years!

The band's career started in a small club under a Bristol pub in March 1989. In less than a year the group - Mark Broomhead (18), lead vocals and bass: Andrew Neal (18), guitar; Paul Newington Wise (18), guitar and Andy Bright (17), drums - had won a 'Battle Of The Bands' at the Bristol Bierkeller,Bristol's biggest rock club and had been described by Andy Fox. Manager of the Beirkeller as "the best metal band to come out of Bristol in the last two and a half years." Plenty of hard gigging followed, playing support to metal bands like Acid Reign, Slammer, and eventually a full UK tour with Lawnmower Deth. Detritus signed  to Edge and released their debut "Perpetual Defiance" through Under One Flag  which showed great promise and got the band a lot of attention. Their second, " If But For One" on Kingsway/R.E.X. Records. showed a complete upgrade in song-writing and maturity. Varied and expansive, this album is seen as a masterpiece by a number of metal aficionados. Tossing aside the by-the-numbers thrash, Detritus catapulted into one of metal's most innovative outfits, ever.

The Thunderbolt show will be a chance for the band to publicise the 2019 Retroactive Records Legends Remastered CD reissue which features 21 total tracks including 9 bonus tracks from the impossible-to-find pre-IBFO demo, all digitally remastered by Rob Colwell of Bombworks Sound, and packaged in a 12 page booklet with band pics and lyrics in a jewel case to protect it all.  The 2019 reissue features the original U.K. released artwork, preferred by the band. Limited edition 500 CDs! Also available on limited edition black Vinyl for the first time ever (300 Unit Pressing). Get both CD and Vinyl while you can! For fans of Voivod (Killing Technology era), Believer, Tourniquet, Seventh Angel, Celtic Frost and most definitely, Metallica!!

https://www.facebook.com/detritusofficial/

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

Tickets: £6 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, High Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

SPEAKING IN TONGUES (Talking Heads Tribute)

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SPEAKING IN TONGUES (A TRIBUTE TO TALKING HEADS)

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

http://speakingintongues.co.uk/

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

Tickets: £9Adv + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

THE EMPERIALS Xmas Ska Romp ....

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THE EMPERIALS Xmas Ska Romp ....

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. 

http://www.theemperials.co.uk/

Doors Open: 7.45pm  Admission:£9 on the Door

Tickets: £10 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol                               Tel 0117 9299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

XMAS EVE at The Thunderbolt 4-8pm ***FREE ENTRY & Family Friendly!*** 2 BARS THIS YEAR!!!

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…WITH 2 BARS THIS YEAR!

The Thunderbolt welcomes you to our special Xmas Eve FAMILY FRIENDLY event on Sat Dec 24th between from 4-8pm. 

HOT NUTS: MULLED WINE & CIDER: Sophie will be doing her usual mix of xmas drinks and snacks!

Three bands will be short (25mins) xmas electro acoustic inspired sets including;

7pm: THE DISORDERLIES: Totterdown/Knowle/Liverpool outfit thrashing out some classic bangers, dancefloor stompers and xmas classics as well! Expect energy, passion and a little bit of chaos!

https://www.facebook.com/TheDisorderliesUK/

6pm: WAVED ALBATROSS: A four piece alternative indie band hailing from South Bristol. Delivering a fresh take on indie with melodic guitar, funky bass and a focus on meaningful lyrics,they have recently headlined THE EXCHANGE and are making a positive impact on the Bristol live scene.
https://www.facebook.com/wavedalbatrossband/

5pm: EVERYTHING ELSE: Totterdown indie rockers who recently sold out the LOUISIANA and continue to build their following!

https://www.facebook.com/EverythingElseOfficial/

DJ NON MILK FATS: Ex CBS records signed punk frontman whos made many TV appearances on Cheggers Plays Pop, Crackerjack and Get it Together! Expect some classic dancefloor fillers with xmas bangers!

*** FREE ENTRY *** 4-8pm

 

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Catch 22 presents: MUSED - UK's Number 1 MUSE Tribute Band

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Catch 22 presents:

MUSED - UK's Number 1 MUSE Tribute Band

Mused are a UK based professional tribute act who excel at providing an authentic Muse concert experience. Muse themselves now rarely perform at anything smaller than arena capacity, and Mused offer the opportunity to get up close to the action!

They accurately recreate all of the favourite Muse tracks, and like Muse, rather than playing them exactly like the studio recordings, perform all the extra bits including the "improv" parts in-between songs just as Muse do when performing live, thus creating a true Muse live experience! From the moment the show opens to the encore you will believe you are listening to, and watching Muse themselves!
The band's set list compiles songs from across all Muse's studio albums, from Showbiz to Simulation Theory.


TICKET LINK: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mused-uks-no1-muse-tribute-tickets-66192261837