KIRK BRANDON

Kirk Brandon is the voice of Spear of Destiny, Theatre of Hate and Dead Men Walking. With over 15 studio albums and countless single releases, his career now spans well over 30 years. He has enjoyed worldwide success with all three of the above bands and is also a leader in every punk rock poll by being the singer and songwriter in The Pack.

Over the last 9 years, Kirk has released six solo acoustic studio albums (the “Dutch Masters” series) that have pulled tracks from all era’s of his career, these albums have also featured many of the people Kirk has worked with and collaborated with over the years including Derek Forbes, Slim Jim Phantom, Mike Peters & Clint Boon. The latest of these solo acoustic albums entitled “Dutch Masters Volume Five” has become, in it’s first year of release, the best seller in the series.

“DM5” features two outstanding Theatre of Hate interpretations, a James Bond theme and a Country and Western cover of a Ry Cooder tune.

"Kirk Brandon is one of the UK’s most underrated songwriters" - Vive le Rock!

"Kirk Brandon is on of the UK’s best kept secrets" - Mojo

"@kirkbrandon is one of our greatest musical geniuses" - Jeremy Vine

https://www.kirkbrandon.com/

https://www.facebook.com/kirkbrandonofficial/

https://twitter.com/kirkbrandon

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

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

THE VAPORS

New Wave band The Vapors who had a worldwide hit with 'Turning Japanese' in 1980 have reformed after 35 years in 2016 to perform a small number of gigs.

The band who split in 1981 have resisted numerous offers to reform over the years but decided to get back together for the 'Waiting for the Weekend' mini tour which took in Dublin, London, Liverpool and Wolverhampton during Oct and Nov 2016.

Originally discovered by 'The Jam' Bass player Bruce Foxton and co-managed by Paul Wellers father John, the band reached number 3 in the UK charts with Turning Japanese, number 1 in Australia and Top 40 in the USA.

They also supported The Jam on tour playing to 1000s of fans nightly and toured the USA and Australia before internal issues with their record company saw the band split up. .

Taken from the now iconic album 'New Clear Days' the song Turning Japanese regularly features on 80s, Punk and New Wave Compilation albums and has been used in films such as Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion and Charlies Angels.

Guitarist Ed Bazalgette went on to be a successful TV director after the band split with notable credits such as BBCs Poldark and Dr Who and lead Singer Dave Fenton went back to being a Music Lawyer for the Musicians Union after but this year has retired from the practice to once again take up the reigns as frontman of The Vapors.

Doors Open: 7.30pm  Admission:£20 on the Door

Tickets: £18 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008  www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

PRIVATE PARTY

THIS THUNDERBOLT IS CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE PARTY

PRIVATE PARTY

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VIC GODARD and the Subway Sect + The Glaxo Babies + The Charlie Tipper Experiment

VIC GODARD & SUBWAY SECT
"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"

http://www.vicgodard.co.uk/


Special Guests -

GLAXO BABIES: Formed in Bristol in late 1977 and named after the British pharmaceutical giant who allegedly inoculated thousands with a toxic vaccine, the band's pioneering mix of metallic guitar, dubbed-out rhythms and shamanistic chants found its way into the bloodlines of generations on both sides of the pond. Naturally, Glaxo members later joined The Pop Group and Maximum Joy. The band split in the mid 80s but reformed a few years ago, with Tony Wrafter's son, Oscar, now on vocal, they remain as exciting a live prospect now as they did 40 years ago.

https://www.facebook.com/glaxobabiesdinosaurdisco

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

http://www.breakingdownrecordings.com/charlie-tipper


Tickets - £10.00 in advance, £12.00 on the door from http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/?%2F171012THUVICG1

 

 

THE NIGHTINGALES + TED CHIPPINGTON

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.

http://www.thenightingales.org.uk/

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 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

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...

http://www.fb.com/theweekendstarts

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

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

WILLIE NILE

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Bizarro Presents: HELEN MCCOOKERYBOOK/Karen/Charlie Tipper Conspiracy

BIZARRO PROMOTIONS PRESENTS;

 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. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEWhgWrqmxM
https://helenmccookerybook.bandcamp.com/album/voxpop-puella
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KBZPqdHFN4 

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.

https://youtu.be/SvcPJLhf-tA

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.

https://thecharlietipperexperiment.bandcamp.com/track/ride-out-single-2013
https://thecharlietipperexperiment.bandcamp.com/track/no-going-back

Tickets £5.00 in advance/£7.00 on the door from www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS

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.

https://www.facebook.com/TheHotRods/

http://www.eddieandthehotrods.com/

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

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

BEN POOLE

Inspired by the Blues, infused with a hard hitting, “in-yer-face” rock approach and topped-off by virtuoso musicianship, Ben Poole is being talked of as “the” new up-and-coming UK Blues guitarist; one of the finest to have emerged in Europe for years. Having already played with, and received critical acclaim from some of his heroes; legendary blues artists including Jeff Beck, Gary Moore and John Mayall, at just 22 years of age it appears that there is no stopping this young and incredibly gifted musician. His latest recordings reinforce this and make it blatantly clear that Ben is destined for a great future on the European Blues/Rock scene.

www.benpooleband.com

Doors Open: 7.45pm  Admission:£14 on the Door

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

3 DAFT MONKEYS

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)

Website:www.3daftmonkeys.co.uk

Doors Open: 7.30pm   £10 on the Door

Tickets: £9Adv + b/f from Bristol Ticket Shop Tel 01179299008 www.bristolticketshop.co.uk

Bizarro Promotions Presents; BAND OF HOLY JOY + Short Stories

Bizarro Promotions Presents

BAND OF HOLY JOY

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.

http://www.bandofholyjoy.co.uk/

THE SHORT STORIES

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.

http://www.breakingdownrecordings.com/the-short-stories

This is the ticket link,

http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/eventdetails.aspx?e=15521

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

 

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

CENTREFOLDS:

“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

http://www.centrefoldshq.wordpress.com

http://twitter.com/centrefoldshq

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

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

THE EMPERIALS ***New Years Eve***

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:£15 on the Door

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