Bristols TOP Clash, Bowie, Wreckless Eric, Peter Bjorn and John, Stooges, Lemonheads, Velvet Underground, Wire, White Stripes, Kings of Convenience, Cure, Breeders, Camper Van Beethoven, Violent Femmes, Elvis tribute act!!!

Balanca: Bristol duo playing acoustic indie Folk

Doors Open: 7.45pm

Admission:£4 on the Door

Tickets: £3 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008



Manchester's rock band Blackballed will be live at The Thunderbolt in Bristol on Saturday 9th February 2019. Tickets on sale now through Seetickets at priced just £11.

Blackballed are an English rock band from Manchester. Formed in 2012 by New Model Army guitarist Marshall Gill, his brother Leon and Tom Wibberley,

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A scorching desert crossroad, vultures circling high above three heat shimmering ratrods, windows down in the haze.

Winding around the sound of roaring engines, hard hitting rock riffs and filthy blues grooves, wrapped in a gauze of pyschedelic soulfullness.

A squeal of acceleration breaks free from a blast of streaking colour and scorching tyres, exploding into one huge melting pot of highly tuned, well oiled musical mastery.
That my friend is the sound of Blackballed....

Blackballed's sound has been built by experienced musicians Marshall Gill (Guitar/Vocals) brother Leon (Drums/Vocals)and Tom Wibberley (Bass) who have appeared in their own right at the Pyramid Stage, Maida Vale, Sonisphere and toured Europe, Australia, Brazil and America

In the middle of all this, sometime and somewhere in 2012 the brothers Gill realised that their "faffing about" in between their discussions of lamps, baggage and fish bands had resulted in a shed load of ideas and riffs they were keen to explore.
So began the hunt for a bassist. Tom Wibberley soon completed the triad and Blackballed emerged with support gigs for Phil X (Bon Jovi) and Triggerfinger just weeks later.

As Blackballed's reputation quickly grew their live shows rose in number and the band recorded a self titled EP in early 2013 to meet demand, setting off on an 11 date tour of Germany the following year. They returned with a sold out merch box and full order book which they used to fund the recording of their 10 track album Collosus, mastered in 2015 by Bunt Stafford Clark.

"Blackballed have released a debut album that is full of epic sounding rock and Collossus has built upon the strong foundations heard in the previously released EP. This is one of those albums you are definitely going to want to hear." Rock and Roll Creations

Once again the band, and newly acquired support camel, hit the road in 2015, tearing through double the number of shows across the UK and Europe and reaching fans further afield in America, Brazil and Australia.

High octane appearances at Beautiful Days, Bearded Theory, Willowman, Strummercamp, Harefest, Deerstock, Jurrassic Fields, Maryport Blues and Rockstock alongside regular support slots at Holmfirth Picturedrome continued to carve out the bands reputation. Fans regularly travelling hundreds of miles to see the band and tattoists across the country doing a roaring trade in the bands unmistakeable logo.

In 2016 the band spent time at Greenmount Studios pulling together - over just 5 days - the epic Fultons Point album. 
With an eyecatching hand drawn old school cover and whitewall disc the 10 tracks of the album signalled a new maturity and depth. 
The album begins with anticipation and haunting feedback, covering themes of manipulation, frustration and hope, ending with majestic closer House That Misery Built. 
With shades of Free, the Stones, QOTSA, Clutch and Led Zeppelin Fultons Point is an album that leaves you repeatedly rushing for the replay button.

Following a packed out appearance at Bearded Theory the band scored an on the spot offer of the headline show at Deerstock in 2018 and have extended their third European Tour to 20 plus dates across 4 countries, closing with a return appearance at home town Strummercamp in May.

Blackballed's reputation as a band not to be missed grows as they continue to smash down the walls at every show, leaving a line of converted fans in their wake.

"Blackballed stunned all of us first timers with the energy of their make it entertaining - you need to be good. You need to be an expert before
you can break the rules, and, happily Blackballed are expert musicians. " B Side Music Magazine

A sharp silhouette, blistering performances, razor sharp musical skills and ear worm riffs..
Make no mistake. Blackballed are fresh blood in an anodyne world.



Super sonic power chord punk mash up of Blondie Vs. Pixies - Bugeye are a London 4 piece disco punk band.

If Debbie Harry, Jimi Hendrix, Kate Bush, & Keith Moon had been kidnapped by vegan aliens & bred, sometimes being tortured with hot poky things, in the pursuit of the ultimate rock & roll sound, the result may have sounded a little like this. Blending cherry-liqueur lyrics, bubblegum-kneecap bass electrics, goth-heavy drum compactions & hi-rise guitar sculptures, maybe one day all music will sound this good. But for now Bugeye stand alone.

THE GARAGE FLOWERS: London based dirty-sweet drunken guitar pop anthems, chaotic gigs, big barnets, bigger ambitions.

"It won't be long before these Camden lads take over the world" - Gigslutz.

213 PARK AVENUE: Bristol Glam indie poppers!

THE FOLIE: All female indie pop rock trio from Bath.

Admission: £7 on the Door

Tickets: £6Adv from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 01179299008



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.



With a career lasting 35 years, vocalist/guitarist IAN "KNOX" CARNOCHAN, bassist PAT COLLIER, guitarist JOHN ELLIS and drummer EDDIE originally formed the VIBRATORS in February 1976, and their first gig was supporting THE STRANGLERS at Hornsey Art College in North London. They supported THE SEX PISTOLS at the 100 CLUB and were one of the bands playing at the now legendary 100 CLUB PUNK ROCK FESTIVAL, where as well as doing their own set they supported guitar hero CHRIS SPEDDING. CHRIS recommended the band to his then record company, RAK. The band's debut single "WE VIBRATE" came out in November (one of the first punk singles) and was followed two weeks later by CHRIS SPEDDING'S "POGO DANCING" single with the VIBRATORS as the band on that. Early in 1977 the band supported IGGY POP (with DAVID BOWIE on keyboards) on a UK tour, then moved to EPIC RECORDS and released the classic "BABY BABY" single, followed by their first album "PURE MANIA" which spent five weeks in the UK Top 75, peaking at number 49. A second single from the album - but a live version - "LONDON GIRLS", came out in the summer of 1977 and was promoted by a tour supporting ex-MOTT THE HOOPLE mainman IAN HUNTER. Bassist PAT COLLIER left soon after and was replaced by GARY TIBBS. The band released the single "AUTOMATIC LOVER" (March 1978), which not only reached 35 in the charts but also got the band on TOP OF THE POPS. A second LP, "V2" was released in April and reached number 33 in the British Charts, and is still regarded today as one of New Waves finest moments. JOHN ELLIS left soon after to follow a solo career and to work with PETER GABRIEL, and was replaced by DAVE BIRCH, whilst a fifth member was added with keyboard/saxophonist DON SNOW. However this line up of the band only recorded the "JUDY SAYS (KNOCK YOU IN THE HEAD)" single (a UK No 70 single in the summer of 1978). There then followed a new line up of the band: KNOX - guitar/vocals, EDDIE - drums, with new members BEN BRIERLY - bass, and GREG VAN COOK - guitar. This again proved to be short lived and KNOX left to have a go at being a solo artist towards the end of 1978. EDDIE carried on with the band, as well as drumming for THE INMATES (an R&B band). In early 1980 a more successful line up : KIP - vocals, EDDIE - drums, IAN WOODCOCK (ex-EATER) - bass, PHIL RAM - guitar, ADRIAN WYATT - guitar, signed to RAT RACE RECORDS. They released two singles "GIMME SOME LOVIN'" and "DISCO IN MOSCO", but the band split up at the end of the year. The original line up reformed in mid 1982 (KNOX, EDDIE, PAT COLLIER and JOHN ELLIS) and signed to ANAGRAM RECORDS, releasing a new version of "BABY BABY". This was followed by a single and album both called "GUILTY" before the band moved to RAM RECORDS, releasing the singles "MX AMERICA" and "FLYING HOME" and the LP "ALASKA 127" (named after PAT COLLIER'S studio). By mid 1985 the band had signed to CARRERE RECORDS for whom they recorded the "BABY BLUE EYES" single before moving back to RAM for the "FIFTH AMENDMENT" LP and "BLOWN AWAY BY LOVE" single. By the time the band signed to FM REVOLVER in mid 1986, PAT COLLIER had left to pursue a successful career producing bands, and was replaced by NOEL THOMPSON for the "VIBRATORS LIVE" LP. JOHN ELLIS then left (to become a full-time member of the STRANGLERS) and was replaced by MICKIE OWEN, and NOEL THOMPSON left and was replaced by MARK DUNCAN. The new line up released the "RECHARGED" album, the "STRING HIM ALONG" single and also the 1988's "MELTDOWN" album. MICKIE OWEN left and was replaced by NIGEL BENNETT (ex-MEMBERS) for the 1990's "VICIOUS CIRCLE" LP. This line up of the VIBRATORS toured regularly, and released a string of albums: "VOLUME TEN" (1990), "THE POWER OF MONEY" (a re-make compilation, 1993), "HUNTING FOR YOU" (1994), and "UNPUNKED" (an acoustic compilation album, 1996). 1990 lineup (left to right) Mark Duncan (bass), Eddie (drums), Knox (guitar/vocals), Nigel Bennett (guitar) In 1996, in their twentieth year, they started with a new line-up: KNOX - guitar/vocals, EDDIE - drums, with newcomers DARRELL BATH (ex- UK SUBS, CRYBABIES, DOGS D'AMOUR) - guitar, and NICK PECKHAM (ex- BIG BOY TOMATO) - bass, but by June that year they had become a three-piece (KNOX, NICK, and EDDIE). The band recorded the albums "FRENCH LESSONS WITH CORRECTION!" (1997) and "BUZZIN'" (1999). with the band doing extensive touring, (almost 100 gigs in 1999 - including the USA and Canada), plus the release of many albums. NICK PECKHAM (bass) left in Sepatember 1999 and was replaced by ROBBIE TART (ex- HEARTBREAK ANGELS). In 2002 the band released a new compilation of the first two albums the band recorded, closely followed by a new studio album ENERGIZE, both on Ian Grant's TRACK RECORDS. In September 2003 ROBBIE TART left and was replaced by PETE from Finnish band No Direction, and the band toured the UK and Europe with the UK Subs, doing really good business. In their long career the VIBRATORS have toured with the likes of IGGY POP, IAN HUNTER, THE FLAMING GROOVIES, DIE TOTEN HOSEN,and have had their songs covered by THE EXPLOITED, UK SUBS, GBH, REM, DIE TOTEN HOSEN, to name but a few. Now in 2018 the band celebrate 40 years of making records and touring heavily.

Doors Open: 7.30pm Admission: £8 on the Door

Tickets: £7+ BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, High Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008

VIC GODARD and the Subway Sect

The Thunderbolt & Bizarro Promotions Presents.....

Vic Godard, Johnny Britton and The Subway Sect

Vic Godard is a vocalist, Subway Sect frontman, songwriter and former postman, Johnny Britton is a a former member of legendary Bristol punk band 'The Primates' (who supported Vic at the Barton Hill Youth Club in 1977) who became a Bernard Rhodes protégé and the current, 'Club Left' version of The Subway Sect consist of Rob Marche, Sean McClusky and Chris Bostock, known to Bristolians as 'Joe Public' and the rest of the world as 'Jo Boxers'. They first played with Vic on the 'Stamp Of A Vamp' single in 1981.

Formed at the suggestion of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, Vic Godard and his Subway Sect have been long-term staples on the post-punk scene since 1976. They still regularly perform, albeit with an ever-changing line-up of band members. A resurgence of interest in his work has seen him find fans with, amongst others, Marc Riley on BBC 6Music, who has booked Vic and the boys for several live radio sessions. Meanwhile 2014 saw the release of an impressive double album career retrospective '30 Odd Years', covering an eclectic range of material, from punk to ska to cabaret/musichall and jazz. Vic now has his own record label 'Gnu Inc' where he has released singles and albums by himself and others.

Support acts to be announced!

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

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




Otway And Barrett: The Final Straw Tour 2019

An extremely rare chance to catch two legends of the music business together again. They rarely perform together nowdays, however they alway love playing The Thunderbolt and we love them too!

Originally produced by Pete Townshend of the Who at his Eel Pie studios, who also arranged and performed on the early albums. They shot to fame on the back of punk rock and will always be remembered for their astonishing appearance on The Old Grey Whistle Test, leading to a chart single and a contract with Polydor records.

Still going strong 40 years later, they still have the in yer face originality, contrasting between Willy Barrett’s dead pan humour and the hilarity of the mad onstage antics of John Otway. Known as Rock music’s greatest failure, with which he had labelled himself, Otway is anything but !!

Constant touring has led to a cult audience appeal and he can now add author and movie star to his CV. One of the nice guys in the business , adored by his fans led to him selling out London’s Albert Hall in 1998 for his birthday party shared by 4000 fans!!

Expect all the hits including “Really Free” and “Bunsen burner” amongst a never to be repeated amazing and irreverent performance by two master entertainers. Get your tickets early as this show will quickly sell out !!

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

Tickets: £15 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, High Street, Bristol Tel 0117 9299008



BARNSTORMER: NEW ALBUM 'RESTORATION TRAGEDY' out now on CD and double vinyl LP and available from
Barnstormer 1649 aim to do with early music & punk what the Pogues did with Irish music & punk - but with a strong historical and political message. Leader, poet and multi-instrumentalist Attila the Stockbroker, describes their sound as ‘Roundhead Renaissancecore and Baroque ‘n’ Roll’.

ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER: Launched into public consciousness by John Peel in the early 1980s, performance poet, musician, journalist and political activist Attila the Stockbroker has spent thirty five years touring the world. Having performed over three thousand gigs in twenty four countries, releasing forty records and seven books of poetry along the way, he pauses here to relate his life story, a tale of single-minded determination to earn his living, without compromise, doing what he loves in the context of the ever changing, increasingly corporate minded politics of the last five decades. Now his autobiography tour takes him to Bristol.
'A gifted writer and a hugely likeable character...this is a superb document of a life well lived'
Dave Jennings, Louder than war

NEWTOWN NEUROTICS :Legendary, influential radical punks from Harlow, with a new documentary due out soon, Sharp songs, ancient instruments, lyrics (sadly) as relevant as ever...

Please come early. Attila will start the evening with a spoken word set at 8.15 prompt. Finish by 11. An all action evening!

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

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



Baby Shakes are a rock n’ roll-punk band from New York City. Mary on lead vocals and guitar, Judy on lead guitar and vocals, Claudia on bass and vocals, and Ryan on drums. With catchy melodic vocals over dirty guitars and a killer rhythm section, their influences range from The Ramones and Slade to Chuck Berry and 60’s Motown girl groups. 
Formed in 2005, they’ve released 5 singles, a 10” heart-shaped EP, a singles collection, and 3 full length albums. They have toured the US, Japan, China, Ireland, UK and Europe. Baby Shakes have shared the stage with The Romantics, The Boys, Shadows of Knight, The Undertones, Barracudas, Protex, Black Lips, Paul Collin’s Beat, Iggy Pop, among others.
Currently Baby Shakes are working on a fourth album which is slated for release in the Spring/Summer of 2019 to be followed by a national & international tour.

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

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