Thunder City Presents; THE DEAD ROMANTICS + Ye Olde Avalon + The Unannounced + Hollow Dusk


Bristol's The Dead Romantics return with their loud energetic anthems  with killer hooks that get stuck in your head. There recent EP made them a lot of friends!

 "Crashing drumming sounds, wild guitar riffs and insane killer solos, their sound was incredible and similar to likes of Jimmy Eat World and Alkaline Trio. An American indie  rock feel to their set and the guys were having a bit of banter on stage as well, everyone in all good spirits and that’s what it is all about – shout outs to their guitarist as well on his insane solos during the performance, quick and clever movement and sharp strums really added quality to the sound. Overall was very impressed! THE FLUX PRESENTS

YE OLDE AVALON: Original West Country, indie alt rock making their their debut Bristol Gig

THE UNANNOUNCED: "Four piece Rock n' Roll grunge band from Bath. Bringing intense live energy to gigs and hopefully bringing something new to the West Country rock scene."

HOLLOW DUSK: Hollow Dusk: Female fronted 4 piece alternative rockers from Bristol. Starting to make a move on the scene!

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

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

FRANC CINELLI - Duncan Stagg + Laurie McMahon + Tamsin Sayers

Franc Cinelli

The new album The Marvel Age shows an artist continuing a determined path, not afraid to take chances and experiment. At its core this is a folk record, but its use of rhythms, the twists and turns in the arrangements with their vibrant colours and haunting undertones, create something much more.     

"The Marvel Age summons images of endless horizons, straight rails and songs sung for a place to sleep; jump the train and listen.’ Album Of The Month, Folk Radio UK

"A roosty, bluesy, folky confection whose superpower appears to be the ability to fuse a hummable tune with thoughtful, thought-provoking lyrics". ✮✮✮✮ R2 Magazine

"Singer-songwriter with inviting rambling tendencies" 8/10 AmericanaUK

"A road album evoking images of long distance car journeys through barren wastelands.” Acoustic Magazine

"Franc Cinelli comes of age." Rock N Roll Creations

"Top 10 Albums of the Year” Tin Can Review, Resonance FM London

DUNCAN STAGG:  Solo set from Americana influenced singer-songwriter. His honest, intimate songs. Lovely melodies roll over country folk guitar.


Singer-songwriter from BristoL. Last year supported Matt Owens from Noah and the whale.influences our Jake Bugg, Jamie T and the Charlatans.

TAMSIN SAYERS: Bristol based solo acoustic and Ukele.


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

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



DEADDOGS + Atlantic Lights + The Malarkey

DEAD DOGS: Bristol Indie ROCK band return to the Thunderbolt with some brand new original tunes. 

United together by a shared love of 90’s garage rock music and a curious Gumtree advert; a stylistically unique indie rock band from day one. They have developed a unique blend of of catchy pop-inspired lyrics, heavy rock riffs and groovy rhythms that we challenge anyone not to at least tap their toe at. They have won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life!

Atlantic Lights: 4 piece indie rock band based around Weston.  They always keep things upbeat and love doing what they do!

THE MALARKEY: Indie Rock Band from Bristol,

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

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





Detroit-born legendary post-punk pop singer Lene Lovich hit the top of the UK charts with her single “Lucky Number” in 1979, and was crowned the “Queen of Quirk”, influencing a generation of pop and alternative acts, from Nina Hagen to Boy George, and from Madonna to Dresden Dolls. A normally reclusive figure, Lovich turned her back on the limelight after her third album No Man’s Land was released in 1982 amid disagreements with her record company about her unwillingness to compromise her groundbreaking visual style for the then newly emergent MTV. Subsequently she has recorded only two albums in the next thirty years. Lovich’s unique vocal and visual style, along with her catchy but experimental songwriting, has exerted a huge influence over alternative pop culture and garnered her many plaudits and continued interest. She has been described as everything from “Kate Bush on acid” to “the New Wave Maria Callas”. Her hits “Lucky Number”, “Say When”, “Bird Song” and “New Toy” are still regular features in the clubs and radio of Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. 

In May 2012, Lene joined forces with Subterraneans frontman Jude Rawlins for a celebration of the music of German composer Kurt Weill. During the tour they hatched an idea to form a new band to take Lene’s classic material back on the road. Very soon, however, it was realised by all concerned that whilst the band was brilliantly adept at celebrating Lene's history, it was something more than that. Turning down lucrative offers to play nostalgia tours, they instead furnished themselves with a DIY manifesto and christened themselves the LENE LOVICH BAND, diving into the sweaty rock clubs of Europe without a safety net and coming up, n the words of one reviewer, "festooned with metaphorical bouquets".

At present, the band's set is a rotation of songs from Lene's back catalogue, in particular her much celebrated first three albums, although some scene-stealing goodies from her last studio album Shadows and Dust, as well as B-sides and obscurities have also made the setlist.

The Lene Lovich Band are: Lene Lovich (vocals), Jude Rawlins (guitar), Kirsten Morrison (keyboards), Valkyrie (bass) and Morgan King (drums).

There is no code of dress, only honour.

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

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

Bristol Rock Centre Presents; METALHEAD, Third Ace, Fundamental and 213 Park Avenue

Bristol Rock Centre Presents: Metalhead, Third Ace, Fundamental and 213 Park Avenue

Bristol Rock Centre host a night of rock music featuring BRC student and tutor bands.

Metalhead - The Ultimate Tribute To Heavy Metal
Headlining the evening is heavy metal / hard rock tribute act Metalhead, featuring BRC tutors Chris Hawkins (One Machine, Endeavour) on vocals and Becky Baldwin (Triaxis, IDestroy, Dorja) on bass. Expect the music of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and more!

Third Ace
Main support comes from BRC student band Third Ace, performing hard rock originals and covers from the likes of Guns N Roses, Billy Idol and Judas Priest.

BRC student band performing classic rock covers, including the likes of Eddie and the Hot Rods, The Who, The Jam and more.

213 Park Avenue

New York style punk covers performed by BRC students. Expect the music of The New York Dolls, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers and The Cramps

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THE RPMS + Mannerisms

Brighton based The RPMs are Jack Valero (lead vocals & rhythm guitar), Miguel Cosme (bass & backing vocals) and Callum James (drums). A rock band not afraid of a good pop tune – they are in- spired by the likes of Tom Petty, The La’s, Arctic Monkeys and The Who, but with a little something all their own.

Their track ‘Down That Road Again’ - produced by Tristan Ivemy featured on 2015’s Xtra Mile High Club – an annual label compilation showcasing music from roster favourites plus newer acts. It was promptly picked up by 6Music’s Tom Robinson for his Mixtape show and BBC Introducing South as Track of the Day.

The band teamed up with Tristan once again to record the four tracks set to make their debut EP – due for release by Xtra Mile Recordings on 24th June 2016.

Following a recent run of dates supporting The Beat, The RPMs will tour the country and beyond throughout 2016. Continuing to win over audiences, as they've done already at Glastonbury, Brighton's The Great Escape, opening XMR's summer party at The Monarch in July 2015 and supporting Wolf Alice and Rudimental at Pilton Party at the behest of The Godfarmer himself, Michael Eavis.

“Blending rock’n’roll with a little pop, don’t be surprised if you see more of them very soon” - Redrospective

Doors Open: 7.30pm Admission:£6 on the Door

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


Johnny Dowd is no ordinary artist. This mentalist maverick from Ithaca, NY, quite simply defies description. A Wikipedia entry makes an attempt, labelling him as alt-country, but a cursory ramble through his back catalogue suggests the emphasis is on the alternative. His latest offering, That's Your Wife on the Back of My Horse, is another tongue-in-cheek masterpiece, which gives a firm and mighty middle finger to the bland clones of the music industry and those who created them.

Let's get this straight from the outset: it's not the kind of record you are likely to hear as background music, at middle class hipster dinner parties. Comparisons with Zappa and Beefheart are rolled out with futility where Dowd is concerned. Dowd is Dowd, a veteran hell raiser with a dystopian style and edge, that some 20 year-olds would give their right sleeve-tattooed arm for. That's Your Wife is a tough listen from the outset, but it's a deep grower, and the dry humour of the lyrics is matched equally in the musical composition. His experimentation with dirty country blues, deadpan hip-hop, nightmare grundge and '80s electro synthesiser pop is an explosion of sound and distortion, which takes you to the edge of his worst nightmares and back again.

Track six, "Why?" is an absolute delight, but about as mainstream as it gets on this record. The sardonic humour is ubiquitous. "Fair is where you go if you wanna see the pigs race / fare is what you pay the bus driver to take you to another place," never fails to raise a smile. Dowd's subject matter is the seamy side of real life, life on the edge. This is a place where mothers "bump 'n' grind," baby Jesus will beckon you, you'll get spanked, ride in "Cadillac hearses," whores will place caskets on trains, and everyone "just wants to get laid." This CD is not for the faint-hearted.

"My Old Flame" is a lesson in deadpan hip-hop delivery for the aged. Backed by mean guitar, Dowd inserts the immortal line "She said how are you? / I said, I can't complain. / I got all of the normal aches and pains." "Poor But Proud" continues the groove, as Dowd grows old with exquisite disgrace, as he growls, "it sucks to get old" to the sublime backing vocal of Anna Coogan.

The finale is a sheer masterpiece, Dowd thanks his imaginary audience for listening, exhorting them to give themselves a round of applause. Three or four people clap and a narrator explains that the "Scary troubadour has left the building ... With your wife on the back of his horse."

If Dowd's music does not become the soundtrack of the next Twin Peaks, it will be a travesty. David Lynch, are you listening? This is as close to small town America as you'll ever get, unless you actually live there. Be scared, be very scared -- "the devil don't bother" Johnny Dowd and he's coming to a venue near you.

The CD is released on Mother Jinx Records and is distributed via his website (US) and via Cadiz Records (Europe). Dowd embarks on a European Tour in Oct 2016 2016.

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

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

MILES HUNT & ERICA NOCKALLS (The Wonder Stuff) + Gaz Brookfield

Indie icon and charismatic frontman of the Wonder Stuff has the effortless knack of writing hits. These days he is following his own musical path with Erica Nockles rocking festivals and touring constantly with a brilliant hybrid of two great musicians playing off each other and all interspersed with Miles trademark banter.

During The Wonder Stuff’s year out in 2007 Miles Hunt and violinist Erica Nockalls released their debut album together ‘Not An Exit’. A 10 date tour quickly turned into an 18 month tour, pausing only to play a handful of Wonder Stuff shows. In 2009 Miles & Erica were back in the studio to record the follow up album ‘Catching More Than We Miss’ heralded by the music press as Hunt’s best work in his 21 year career. The duo hit the road again, touring the UK, USA, Europe and Japan before finally releasing their highly anticipated ‘Miles & Erica Live 2010/11’ in May of 2011. Touring continued around the globe once again in-between dates with The Wonder Stuff and the duo notched up no less than 150 shows in 2012.

In 2013, commitments around the acclaimed new band album “Oh No It’s…The Wonder Stuff”, the release of Erica’s solo album, “Imminent Room” and Miles penning his first book kept appearances as a duo to a minimum. 2014 and 2015 saw the couple hit the road with a vengeance playing over 200 shows across the UK as well as Miles’ book reading shows promoting the first of his series of books “The Wonder Stuff Diaries ’86 to ‘89”. If you have not read Miles Hunt's first book then get it...its a cracker! The book is an insight into The Wonder Stuff's fast moving and chaotic early years. The narrative is drawn from Hunt's own personal diaries, meticulously kept as the band began it's rise to fame.

2016 marks the 30th anniversary of The Wonder Stuff and will see a new album released entitled ‘30 Goes Around The Sun’ as well as a huge tour and shows in Japan. With the band concerts and festivals as well as album promotion throughout most of this year Miles & Erica will only be playing a handful of special shows. Make sure you catch them at The Thunderbolt on Thurs Oct 20th.

GAZ BROOKFIELD: Since winning Acoustic magazine's 2010 Singer Songwriter of the year, he has spent his time on the road, touring the UK and Europe. In this time he has shared the stage with the likes of The Levellers, Frank Turner,New Model Army, Nick Harper, Newton Faulkner, Miles Hunt, Seth Lakeman and many more, racking up over 1000 gigs to date.

Gaz remains the only unsigned solo artist to sell out The Fleece, Bristol. A feat he has now achieved four times, the last two selling out over six months in advance.

Often playing as many as 200 gigs a year, Gaz's relentless and never-ending tour schedule takes him to every corner of the country and beyond. The last few years saw Brookfield play at over 100 UK festivals, including Glastonbury, Beautiful Days, Bearded Theory and many more, firmly cementing him as a festival favourite for the future.

His latest studio album True And Fast is out now, available on CD or digitally from Bandcamp, iTunes,Amazon and many other digital outlets. His previous studio albums In The Company Of Thieves, Tell It To The Beer and Trial & Error are also available digitally via the same outlets, plus there are a number of full band live albums available exclusively from Bandcamp.

Brookfield's most recent release Solo Acoustic Guy is an "as live" recording, featuring a fan-chosen track list and spanning all four studio albums. It is available on CD and as a download from Bandcam

Doors Open: 7. 30pm

Admission:£12 on the Door

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


Frontman Gary Stringer from REEF, famous for Place Your hands is gracing us with his presence by playing an exclusive intimate acoustic gig

Glastonbury quartet Reef rose to fame after their song, 'Naked' was featured in an advert for Sony MiniDisc in 1995.  They released five studio albums – Replenish (1995), Glow (1997), Rides (1999),Getaway (2000) and Together (2003) – before going on hiatus in 2003. They announced their reunion in 2009 and have toured regularly ever since.

In 2012, the band launched a PledgeMusic campaign to fund 93/03: Ultimate Collectors Boxset – a beast of a collection which housed nine discs, a DVD, vinyl, a cassette and a book. A percentage of the funds went towards the Teenage Cancer Trust. The band are currently working on their sixth studio album – their first with new guitarist Jesse Wood, who replaces original member Kenwyn House.

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

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


Hannah & The Heartbreak are a Pop Rock band and have recently been played 7 times on Radio 2 By Janice Long. Hannah has  have been promoting their  current Album Open Heart Surgery. This gig will a launch for the  new single " The Gate"  the video was  filmed by  John Minton who does all Portisheads Music videos.  Expect a  a strong live show.



Doors Open: 7.30pm  Admission:£4 on the Door

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

Steve Roberts Presents: GRUMBLE BEE + Witterquick

One of 2016's most exciting new rock acts is coming to The Thunder Bolt in Bristol.

Grumble Bee is multi instrumentalist Jack Bennet who released his first 5 track EP to critical acclaim this year including a 4/5 star review in Kerrang magazine.

Jack, along with his talented live band mates, have been stunning audiences with their incendiary Grumble Bee live shows at festivals and indoor gigs.

Big things are on the horizon for Grumble Bee so be to catch them at are  intimate venue while you have the chance!

WITTERQUICK launched that unique blend of rock-pop into the public eye in March 2015 by releasing an entirely self-made dark, yet upbeat, ‘The Otherside’ to rave reviews, clocking over 10,000 views in its first month (currently over 35,000 January 2016) and also featuring in the iTunes rock charts.  

Following the release of ‘The Otherside’ they recorded their debut 5-track EP with world renowned producer Romesh Dodangoda (Bring Me The Horizon, Twin Atlantic, Lower Than Atlantis) at his studio in Cardiff. 

“WITTERQUICK are a band with a massive sound and anthemic songs. I knew I wanted to work with them as soon as I heard Rise!” - Romesh Dodangoda Long Wave StudiosThe band jumped at the chance to work with Alex Wharton at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, who offered to master the recording for them, 

Soldiers’, the first single from the EP, was released on October 30th during a SOLD OUT UK tour with Nothing But Thieves (10-11/2015). The tour amassed faithful fans everywhere they went, as well as some places they hadn’t yet visited (namely the birth of the WITTERQUICK Italia fan club from Italy, who call themselves the QUICK ARMY). Combined with the support from fans in the media (Kate Lawler’s Song of the Week on Kerrang! Radio, Song of the Week and a live session on BBC Introducing in Devon, to name but a few.

WITTERQUICK’s sound combines the intensity of punk-rock, and the feel of the 70’s and 80’s stadium greats, with the melody of a pop band.
“We’re not modelling ourselves on anyone, we don’t want to be like anyone else, if you aren’t doing your own thing, what’s the point?” – Ollie

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BLITZKRIEG CITY + Scout Killers + Daily Thompson

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With line up changes and a new EP release expect fireworks on this tour as they perform
with pure momentum and restless energy throughout the set.

Five-piece alternative indie rockers with a powerful sound that will make the walls vibrate. When you hear tracks like 'Rip Me Apart' and 'Cease & Resist' it will almost feel as if you're in a dark energetic storm spiralling through raw emotion.

In early 2015 the German band released a split 7” with the US band Mos Generator and hit the road again - smashing their grungy fuzzy tunes at festivals, clubshows and support tours.
In June 2016 the band selfreleased their second album "Boring Nation" and are now back with a bunch of raw new material!

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Jaw clenching, sonic quenching, panty drenching stomp-rock licks, melding with raw, driving grooves to form a perfectly harmonious brew that will pound your tiny brain into submission. Here’s to the spirit of rock n roll - filtered through a stompbox and blasted through a boom box. The melodic hard rock of Queens Of The Stone Age with the live energy of The Hives. Dirty, flirty, throbbing songs, to ease the pain and please the throngs. Sit back, buckle up and surrender to the boozey swagger of these stomp rock-meisters from Bath as they create the soundtrack for a modern uprising!

Cradle rocked in the mining towns of The Copperbelt in Central Africa, the brothers jet set to the UK to share their sonic ramblings. Releasing the Bromigos EP in 2012 led to touring the UK / Europe and through to The United States. Following up a successful year with their stomping debut album 'Blue Lips' created in a lighthouse off the coast of Dorset took the guys to SXSW festival in Texas and back for a storming set on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury Festival which got the attention of Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant who invited the brothers to join him at a sold out Manchester Apollo.

In 2016 the guys supported The Stone Foxes on their UK tour, supported The Heavy in London and Bristol, played two stages at Glastonbury and The ARC stage at Larmer Tree Festival. They are on a UK tour during November and looking forward to releasing their second album 'Big Blind' in 2017.

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The Grenaways could be said to be mining the rich veins of inspirational ore that course through their home turf, adding a sense of their own ties to the region and especially it’s Celtic heritage. But, they are a band set for far wider horizons than just Cornwall with a massive and alternative sound billowing through their musical sails…

They are rootsy storytellers, unique in the folk style, with songs that are rich in nautical undertones, influenced so much by the sea, the people and coastal living.

Joff Phipps (guitar), Kris Lannen (lead vocals and guitar) Isabelle Roberts (Violin)
Henry Cavender (drums) Laura Garcia (lead vocals, flute and piano) Tom Fosten (bass)
Claude Lamon (trumpet)

In the last year The Grenaways have played some of Cornwall’s biggest festival stages alongside the likes of, The Fisherman’s Friends, Fairport Convention, 3 Daft Monkeys, Stereo MC’s and the Happy Mondays.

But, remaining true to their heart you will often find them playing in cafes, bars and folk clubs, with their sound and songs stripped back to how they were originally written…a guitar, a voice and a view of the ocean…

They signed to Dare2B Records in 2013 and recorded their debut album, ‘Be Still Young Heart’, using a mobile studio at St James Church in St Kew, completing it at The Foundry in Sheffield. It was released in the summer of 2014.

Simon Holland – Folk Radio UK: “The south west tip of England has also been a lure for artists and creative sorts, inspired by the rugged beauty and comparative tranquility, which naturally comes with being at the end of the line. Metaphorically as well as keeping close to the elements of salt air and sea spray, The Grenaways could be said to be mining the rich veins of inspirational ore that course through their home turf, adding a sense of their own ties to the region and especially it’s Celtic heritage. Be Still Young Heart is a record that brims with a spirituality, but one that has more in keeping with Gaelic language songs, filled with passion, feeling and suggestion, rather than offering a moral A-Z roadmap of how to live your life.”

Urban Kelt: “There’s a lot of love in this album. Not only is the production excellent but it is simply an immaculate collection of songs. We at UrbanKelt are hooked! For the Grenaways, the only way is up.”

Rapture Magazine: “Now that we’re into the summer holiday season, the great Cornish coast is again at risk of reaching our yearly sunburnt-holidaymaker quota, each vying to find the most tranquil destination but still prepared to share it with half of the country. It’s a frustrating period for the natives, where the price of admission overrules tradition, and heritage is buried under a pile of plastic windmills and crab lines, but that makes a release like The Grenaways’ debut Be Still Young Heart – one that lives and breathes Cornwall – that much more vital.”

Doors Open: 7.30pm  Admission:£6 on the Door

Tickets: £5 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117


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!

THE WORRIED MEN: Have embarked on a relentless succession of nationwide dates, averaging around four or five gigs per week at such venues as NOTTINGHAM ROCK CITY, London's famous MARQUEE CLUB, etc, alongside some of the worlds leading rock and blues musicians, including ROBIN TROWER, CHICKEN SHACK, WILKO JOHNSON, ROBERT CRAY, JEFFERSON STARSHIP, besides many others - always to an overwhelming reception. (Partly due to the practice of constantly adding to their repertoire, thereby ensuing no two shows are the same). It seemed as though a tired and jaded rock scene needed their fresh approach!

THE WORRIED MEN continue touring around England and Ireland, often seen in the company of PETER GREEN, JOHNNY WINTER, NINE BELOW ZERO, WALTER TROUT, etc. Recently, Jamie was invited to join forces with MOTT THE HOOPLE'S VERDEN ALLEN on an adventure which produced the album Love You and Leave You (Angel Air Records), taking in many gigs at top venues, BBC radio broadcasts and an opportunity to headline the main stage at Cambridge Rock Festival; each episode earning Jamie much praise, much press and many plaudits.

With their new album set for release, a bulging diary and loyal supporters, there's every reason forJAMIE THYER to look forward to a future that's golden with promise!

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

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

THE MONOCHROME SET + The Peerless Pirates

Featuring original members Bid (Vocals) and Andy Warren (Bass) with Steve Brummell pounding the drums and John Paul Moran on keyboards. Formed in 1976 as The B-Sides with Adam Ant as an original member, the band soon became The Monochrome Set and were heavily influential in the “post punk” scene that evolved after the initial scorched earth of punk.

The band’s early releases were on the legendary Rough trade label before signing with Virgin off shoot Dindisc and have since had a long association with Cherry Red Records. They have been prolific in their recorded output over the years with an album count now into double figures.

The band split in 1985 although they recorded and played live sporadically over the years before reforming as a going concern in 2010. A new album was released in 2012, entitled "Platinum Coils". Since then the band have toured all over Europe, the USA and Japan and released two further albums, "Super Plastic City", in 2013, and "Spaces Everywhere" in 2014. Their latest album, "Cosomonaut", is released on the 9th September

 PEERLESS PIRATES: Their sound is a rollicking, roustabout mix of classic 80s energetic indie, sea shanties, rockabilly, surf-rock and spaghetti western soundtracks. “Rum-soaked fun” is a phrase often – and justifiably – bandied about. If you’ve forgotten the time when indie sounded fun, here’s your chance to get re-acquainted.

Admission: £12 on the Door

Tickets: £10Adv + bf from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street Bristol Tel 01179299008


Sean Taylor is one of the most exciting and hard working names on the roots and blues scene. The response to his latest album 'The Only Good addiction Is Love' has been sensational. On BBC Radio 2 it has been played on Bob Harris, Paul Jones (Blues show) and Mark Radcliffe (Folk show). It has been featured in the Daily Mirror, Mojo, Guardian and listed in Daily Telegraph best albums of the year.  Sean has toured all over the UK, Europe and Australia. He has supported John Fogerty, Neville Brothers, Robert Cray, Richard Thompson, Tony Joe White, Eric Bibb, Tom Paxton, Band of Horses & Arlo Guthrie.  He has toured all over Europe and Australia as well as recording in America.

Sean has played Glastonbury festival three times including the Acoustic Stage. Other festival appearances include Cambridge Folk festival, Beautiful Days, Port Fairy Folk festival (Australia), Celtic Connections, Hebridean Celtic Festival, Secret Garden Party, Maverick Festival & Blue Balls Festival (Switzerland). His new album 'The Only Good Addiction Is Love' is released in summer 2015.

He has released seven albums including one album recorded in Dublin with Trevor Hutchinson (Waterboys) and his last three albums with Mark Hallman (Carole King, Ani di Franco) at Congress House Studios in Austin (TX).

''Wonderful'' Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 2
 ''A fine blues guitarist ... Taylor is a man to watch'  Guardian
"Sean Taylor is a wonderfully talented modern troubadour whose sincere, thoughtful songs pull you in. I've had the pleasure of sharing the stage with him. He swings. Check him out!" Eric Bibb
''Sean Taylor's work just gets classier ... His talent might yet puncture the mainstream'  Classic Rock 8/10
''A fine young musician, songwriter and great geezer. I have nothing but admiration for the dedication to his craft.' Danny Thompson
 "My main listen today - Springsteen and Taylor are cheering my day...brilliant, stunning songs. Great album' Mike Harding

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JIM BOB (Carter USM) + Chris TT ***SOLD OUT***

Two years after the final ever Carter USM shows, and a few more since his last solo tour, Jim Bob is back. The now acclaimed novelist is putting down his pen and getting out the house. These solo performances will see Jim Bob play songs from his whole repertoire including a cavalcade of Carter USM hits and fan favourites. Expect sing-a-longs and life affirming nights aplenty. Supporting Jim Bob is collaborator, friend and all round genius Chris T-T. Expect material from his latest album ‘9 Green Songs’.

Jim Bob was born to two parents Frank and Jenny. Jenny was a singer, long distance swimmer and speed skater, while Frank was a theatre stage manager and carpenter. So, as show business, showing off and to a lesser extent – carpentry – was in the blood, Jim set out on the yellow brick road to fame and fortune.

Following years of pop struggle Jim would release his first records with the band Jamie Wednesday, whose horn section Jim would work with again fumfty years later as a solo artist (when Jim was reading a book about learning to play the recorder and discovered it was written by Jamie Wednesday sax player Simon).

After Jamie Wednesday Jim Bob formed Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine with guitarist Fruitbat. Together as Carter they would have 14 top 40 singles and four top ten albums (including a number one), selling over a million records and touring the world. With Carter, Jim Bob would become known for his socially aware pop lyrics and in particular his use of puns.

Carter split in 1997 but reformed ten years later for two massive sell out, life affirming gigs that would lead to more sell out Carter shows in 2008 and 2009. In 2011 they headlined the Beautiful Days festival in Devon and three more Carter gigs followed in 2012: Glasgow, Leeds & London. Finally in 2014, the last Carter shows were announced: A headline slot at the Bearded Theory Festival, a BBC 6music live performance from Maida Vale and two last hurrahs in London. The 5,000 capacity Brixton Academy gig sold out in minutes.

Outside of Carter Jim Bob has had a long and varied solo career. He has released eight albums – solo and with his discopoppunk band Jim’s Super Stereoworld.

Jim’s autobiography ‘Goodnight Jim Bob – On The Road With Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine’ was published by Cherry Red Books in 2004 to critical acclaim. Jim has written songs for Ian Dury and for the 2006 Barbican production of Mark Ravenhill’s Dick Whittington & His Cat, directed by Edward Hall and starring Trigger from Only Fools and Horses. In August 2010 he made his Edinburgh Fringe debut in the Ward and White musical ‘Gutted, A Revenger’s Musical’.

His seventh solo album ‘A Humpty Dumpty Thing’ came with a mini novel ‘Word Count’, which Jim adapted as a screenplay for a Hollywood production company. His eighth solo album ‘What I Think About When I Think About You’ was recorded with 26-piece The Mystery Fax Machine Orchestra.

Jim Bob has written four novels; ‘Storage Stories’ (Ten Forty Books), ‘Driving Jarvis Ham’(Harper Collins), the award winning best seller ‘The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81’ (Pan Macmillan) and its follow up 'Frank Derrick's Holiday Of A Lifetime' (Pan Macmillan), published under the name J.B. Morrison and translated into French, Italian, German and Dutch.

CHRIS TT:Winchester songwriter Chris T-T has been nonchalantly putting the world to rights and breaking hearts since 1998. He is equally at home riling the establishment with records like 9 Red Songs, exploring our capital city with his London album trilogy, or getting all lovelorn and sad on 2010's Love Is Not Rescue. Joining the Xtra Mile roster in 2007, thanks to labelmate and fellow Hampshire songwriter Frank Turner,  Chris has continued to tour constantly; solo with a guitar, play music halls at a piano, or partner with Brighton-based rock band The Hoodrats. Ten years after the release of 9 Red Songs, and on his tenth album, 9 Green Songs sees Chris' current worldview, frustrated, sardonic, but still affected and warm. Leaping from rock and sarcastic piano ballads, to drum-driven acapella, its his most diverse and powerful album yet. Whatever guise he's in, Chris' humour, left-leaning polemics and sensitivity can be heard through both his words and unaffected voice. A Twitter champion and a modest but exceptional songwriting talent, he is truly a significant voice of modern Britain.

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

Tickets: ***SOLD OUT***

THE QUARRYMEN - The Band that became the Beatles

John Lennon’s Original Quarrymen – the band who were on stage with John Lennon on Saturday July 6th, 1957 (the day John met Paul McCartney) – got back together in 1997 to celebrate the most momentous meeting in pop music history. They enjoyed themselves so much at that reunion and interest from fans was so great that they decided to re-form the group forty years on!

The current Quarrymen lineup includes three of those five original musicians, – Len Garry, former tea-chest bass player, now playing guitar and replacing Lennon as lead singer, – Rod Davis, from Quarry Bank School, at first the banjo player but now on guitar and Colin Hanton on drums, who played with John, Paul, George on the famous 1958 Percy Phillips recording session which produced “In Spite of All the Danger” and “That’ll Be the Day” which was featured on the Beatles’ “Anthology, Volume 1” CD set. On piano is John Duff Lowe who was invited by Paul McCartney to join the group in 1958 and who also played on the Percy Phillips session.

The other members of the original group were John’s lifelong friend, washboard player Pete Shotton, who retired in Dec 2000 for health reasons, and guitarist Eric Griffiths who sadly died in January 2005, but not before thoroughly enjoying several tours with the newly reborn “Pre-Fab Five” – as the New York Post referred to them in 1998 after their gig at the legendary “Bottom Line” in Greenwich Village.

Anyone knowing their Beatles’ history is aware that The Quarrymen eventually evolved into the Beatles. It is precisely their stories of the group’s origins and of course the Skiffle and early Rock music that the Quarrymen perform, that draw to their shows not only Beatles’ fans, but all those who enjoy the history of the music and of the fifties.

The Quarrymen play the music which influenced the birth of the Beatles, the Skiffle and Rock ‘n’ Roll of the mid fifties – “Rock Island Line”, “Mean Woman Blues”, “Midnight Special”, “Twenty Flight Rock”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, and many more, played in the style of the hundreds of similar groups who were laying the foundations of British Rock Music. Of course the difference with the Quarrymen was that it was fronted by one very special man, John Lennon, who gathered together his best mates way back then to embark on the most famous journey in music history.

As well as their music, the Quarrymen share their Liverpool sense of humour in the stories and anecdotes with which they pepper their performance, giving Beatles fans a unique insight into the origins of their favourite group and the city in which they grew up.

Since 1997 the Quarrymen have played all over Europe, in Canada, Japan, Cuba, and Russia, and have visited the USA many times, performing in New York, Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas and across the country. They have appeared on stage with Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Tony Sheridan and Laurence Juber and have made countless TV and radio appearances. In 2007 they were featured on the BBC TV’s hour long documentary “It was 50 years ago today” which dealt with the “Day John Met Paul” in Liverpool. In 2010 the Quarrymen undertook a 21 day tour of the US in conjunction with the Lennon biopic “Nowhere Boy” during which they played 17 gigs from coast to coast, culminating in a mammoth concert in New York on what would have been John’s 70th birthday, where guests included Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton and Neil Innes. In 2013 they were featured in the Channel 4 documentary “Rock ‘n’ Roll Britannia”. The only authorised Beatle biographer, Hunter Davies, also wrote the story of the Quarrymen which was published in 2002.

The Quarrymen have released two cds, “Get Back Together” in 1997 and “Songs We Remember” in 2004 and in 2009 Horst Fascher’s Star Club-tv released a 60 minute dvd.

hottest news of the moment is that the Quarrymen have now been joined on bass by Chas Newby. When the Beatles came back from Hamburg at the end of 1960 they left Stuart Sutcliffe in Germany with his new girlfriend, Astrid Kirchherr, so that when the next gigs came their way they were without a bass player. Chas was a school friend of Pete Best and he was quickly recruited into the band and played with them on four occasions before he went back to university. The most famous of these was at Litherland Town Hall on December 27, when the sound that the Beatles had forged in their long hours on stage in Hamburg absolutely blasted the crowd and kicked off Beatlemania.

Chas plays a left handed-Hofner bass, rather like you-know-who, and his musical ability and his gentle sense of humour will prove a great addition to the Quarrymen’s lineup in 2016.

The Quarryman were also seena the Liverpool Premiere of THE BEATLES touring years.

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

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


Death or Glory Presents The Clash Tribute ****LONDON CALLING**** ...JOE STRUMMER REMEMBRANCE NIGHT...


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:£5 on the Door

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


Merseyside hero Ian Prowse has formed two successful bands Pele and Amsterdam. Pele released 3 albums on Polydor/M&G Records. Six singles troubled the lower ends of the UK charts but abroad they scored hits in Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Holland and most notably a Number One in South Africa with 'Megalomania'. Pele were a noted live act completing nine tours of the U.K.

Ian then formed Amsterdam and their first single for Beat Crazy Records 'The Journey' was a UK top 40 single in February 2005. Follow up single 'Does this train stop on Merseyside' also hit the UK Charts.

The song regularly elicited an emotional response from Radio 1 DJ John Peel. Peel's widow Sheila Ravenscroft went on the station after the DJ's death and confirmed that 'He was not capable of playing it without crying'. The song itself got a further lease of life as one of the centre pieces of Irish legend Christy Moore’s latest album which spent 5 weeks at the top spot in his home country.

Ian also has a long standing friendship with Elvis Costello who used Amsterdam[3] as his backing band on the Jonathan Ross television show as well as opening act on several occasions. The relationship was blessed on record when Prowse performed a duet with Costello on a cover of The Searchers 1964 hit 'Don't throw your love away' for the Liverpool Number Ones Project on EMI Records in 2008.

The last Amsterdam album 'Arm in Arm' ended up being voted 14th best ever album out of Liverpool by the local press, which when you consider the Beatles released 10 is some feat! Lead off single 'Home' was played on 21 consecutive days by Radio 2's Janice Long. Janice is a huge fan of the band having had them in no less than 4 times for live sessions.

2012 saw Ian release 'Does this train stop on Merseyside: The Very Best of Ian Prowse' to across the board rave review and

2014 has seen Ian release his very first solo album 'WHO LOVES YA BABY' to blanket praise.


'Rousing, inspirational rocking anthems and celtic soul finery' Daily Mirror 4/5

'Dynamic, hugely enjoyable and ultimately uplifting' R2 Magazine 4/5

'Passionate, engrossing, evocative songs'. Record Collector 4/5

'A Magnificent collection of songs' Liverpool Echo


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

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