PARADISE (Ex PJ Harvey/Marianne Faithfull band) + Frequency Cowboy + John J Presley+

PARADISE: Born in Oslo of a fortuitous meeting and instant connection, Paradise was formed by Sivert Høyem (Madrugada), Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey) & Rob McVey (Marianne Faithfull band). The band is a darkly enigmatic proposition whose live performance strips back the social mores of the internet age, relying instead on simplicity and presence. Paradise can be accepted both to reflect the times or alternatively as an escape from them, engagement and detachment in tandem. The medium is the luxuriant sound of rock music in all its visceral joys, the message is resistance and anger, but also empathy and consolation.

JOHN J PRESLEY- an English gent with a penchant for fuzz. 

"Music needs a new dark lord..." Phil Taggart, BBC Radio 1

"An oasis of calm amongst the torrent of noise." The Times

"If Bukowski was to join a band of our time I think it’d be this one. The vocals remind you of Tom Waits or Johnny Cash, while the guitars have the same drive, as Jack White’s or the Black Keys do, only much dirtier. Plus there is a very strong folk element to it, which makes it just that much more intriguing and a bit poetic, whilst never losing its energy. The kind of music you imagine Jack White would cream his pants over." MusicNTing Blog


Ushering in an indie revival’ – Best Before Blog

‘Artistic pop music’ – No More Division

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

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



Auricola Records Presents;

Auricula Presents @ The Thunderbolt - 05/04/17

Disruptive Influence - an explosive 4 peice punk band with a good sense of humor, fast riffs and songs about everything from politics to skating" part 1

The Reaper - Metal/Hard Rock Band from Oxfordshire

Foster and Found - We are a post-punk band that uses repetitive grooves and sonic textures to best express the abstract lyrics that are put behind the music. We are an organic and raw band that is able to riff off well with each other and are able to take each song to a new area that we have not heard before. We use a large amount of anti-cliches such as rock guitar solos or the way that we perform as we mostly focus on getting the right kind of textures to give the audience a different kind of show that most people would not be expecting!

Bordello - are a high energy 4 piece hailing from Bristol. With groove heavy drums and bass lines, catchy vocal hooks and driving guitar, they come together as a unique blend of rock, blues and soul that's sure to have everyone on their feet.

Abandoned Flaws - Bristol based folk rock duo who plays anything from covers to originals

Doors @ 7pm. 

Tickets available online £5 adv £6 on the door

THE BESSIE SMITH STORY-A Live Music, Multi Media and Spoken Word Presentation!

Come and hear about the music, songs, life and times of Bessie Smith (1894-1937) - the original 'Empress of the Blues'. Dave Merrick (Guitar/Narration), Natalie Davis (Vocals) and Brendan Whitmore (Sax) will tell the story of Bessie's life, whilst performing live some of her most well known songs, and sharing audio and video footage of her in performance.

£7 or £5

Contact Dave on 07505 461 892 for ticket reservations (or pay on door)


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



'Bizarro Promotions Presents' An Evening With Momus' + The Twelve Hour Foundation

Nick Currie, more popularly known under the artist name Momus (after the Greek god of mockery), is a Scottish songwriter who lives in Japan. He also writes fiction and reviews contemporary art.
A veteran of British indie labels, Momus is currently in the midst of a re-release program which has seen all his early material reissued by Cherry Red. His most recent LP of new compositions is Scobberlotchers — a response to Brexit and Trump — and his latest novel is Popppappp, the tale of two graphic designers captured by fanatical followers of Mark E. Smith.

“Momus is the perfect rock star for the 21st century.” – Pitchfork
“The David Bowie of the art-pop underground.” – The Guardian
“One of the most provocative, intelligent songwriters around; someone who'll tackle sexuality, (im)morality, and the sins of the world with almost embarrassing sincerity.” – NME
“I feel like I’ve seen a lot of Momus, but each time I do some aspect of his appearance is different… kimonos, shepherd’s waistcoats, harem pants, snoods, plaid smoking jackets, fluorescent cycling gloves.” – The Quietus
“Alexander Pope reincarnated as a pop star.” – The AV Club

The Twelve Hour Foundation is a Bristol-based duo: Polly Hulse (analogue synth/rhythms) and Jez Butler (analogue synth/concrète sequences).
Using found sounds and vintage analogue synths, they create a largely upbeat sound, reminiscent of - amongst others - the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and the electronic side of ‘60s / '70s library music.
Their first album The Lighter Side of Concrete received great reviews and airplay by the likes of Stuart Maconie (The Freak Zone) and Pete Wiggs (The Séance / Saint Etienne), Belbury Parish Magazine (Ghost Box Records) and the Project Moonbase podcast. It also featured as a Ghost Box 'guest' release.
Having created jingles for Project Moonbase and Glasgow's pop-up art station Radiophrenia, The Twelve Hour Foundation released Macaroni Cheese - a Paddy Kingsland inspired 7" EP - in 2015.
Recent output includes the EP: Shapes, Sounds etc. on Bristol label Environmental Studies, and a three-track session for Rocker on Dandelion Radio.
Live shows have included Supernormal Festival 2015, The Delaware Road, Reading, slots with Go Kart Mozart, Happy Meals and The Lovely Eggs, in addition to a tour of Scotland supporting screenings of the film Dummy Jim, to which the band contributed incidental music.
Tickets £8.50 in advance STBF/£10.00 on the door

BRUTE + Deaddogs + Invictus

BRUTE: Bath/Bristol based alternative rock band. We are described as being:
"Brute are a powerful four-piece blues infusion of heavy metal guitar riffs, with gritty and soulful vocals" Think QOTSA, Royal Blood, Biffy Clyro!

DEADDOGS:Bristol's favourite Indie Rock band

INVICTUS: Bunch of dirty, sticky-floored, hard hitting Bristol garage band rockers.

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

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


Canvey Island, Essex, was an unlikely birthplace for Britain's finest R&B band. Its bleak industrial skyline set against the cold waters of the Thames estuary, keeps it from inclusion in most holiday brochures, but in the 1960's it was home to teenage friends Lee Collinson, Chris White and John Sparkes.

The line up has changed since those early days but these doctors still have the Feelgood factor!

Touring pretty much continuously since 1973, Dr Feelgood always give 100% of the finest British rhythm and blues to make you feel good. Performing such hits as including "Milk & Alcohol", "Down At The Doctors" and "Roxette", the Doctors will see you now!

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

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


Crushed Out are Frankie Sunswept on guitars/vocals & Moselle Spiller on drums/vocals. Recent tours supporting Joan Jett, Band of Skulls, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Social Distortion, The Gories, and Shakey Graves.

Over 5 years performing in 45 US states, Crushed Out has clocked 600+ shows, releasing their own music via their label Cool Clear Water Records, and creating their own graphics, art, music, and videos.
"Sonically, fuzz, chorus, tremolo and reverbed-out handclaps make this Bo Diddley-esque song swing, tremble and explode just right." - Rolling Stone

"music that displays a deep appreciation for early rock & roll, surf guitar and country blues." - Vintage Guitar Magazine

"Without hesitation, power duo Crushed Out kicks down the door between sunshine and incendiary on their new album Alien Ocean. The opening chords of “Out of the Blue” are as gritty as a mouthful of sand, forecasting much of Alien Ocean‘s balance between beach-pop and gloomy blues. It’s been a good long while since minimalist rock has managed to be as genuinely frenetic, endearing and unabashedly sassy as it does on this truly charming LP." - Performer Magazine

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

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


Bizarro Promotions Presents' PAT FISH (Jazz Butcher) + Short Stories

Along with Alan Moore and Rockingham Castle, Pat Fish remains a Northamptonshire institution. Boozer, intellectual and troubadour, Fish has released an entire canon of Jazz Butcher albums since the early eighties and has intermittently reformed the JBC to critical plaudits.”

Erik Morse, Spacemen 3 & the Birth of Spiritualized

“Pat Fish, the Jazz Butcher, is one of the most brilliant incisive pop writers that Britain has produced since the glory days of Ray Davies and Pete Townshend.”

Alan McGee, Creation Records

Born in West London at a time that left him just too young to be a hippie and just a little too old to be a punk, Pat Fish grew up in an era where the Bonzo Dog Band appeared on children’s television, Syd Barrett was on Top of the Pops and the Adult World was represented in shows like The Avengers and The Prisoner. Disappointment was an inevitability.

Fish failed to “get” the glam rock thing (probably too much of an excitable wee football fan) and found that the seventies drove him down some fairly obscure musical paths before punk rock came along to save the day. By then, however, all those mad little songs by Eno, Syd Barrett, Kevin Ayers, Daevid Allen, John Cale, Peter Blegvad and Tony Moore were already locked up in his head.

Fish started making records under the name of the Jazz Butcher in 1983 and nobody has quite succeeded in putting a stop to this yet. He has recorded for Glass Records, Creation Records, ROIR of New York and Vinyl Japan of Tokyo. Overall he has written and released fifteen albums of original music, three live albums and innumerable singles and compilations.

In 2016 Fire Records issued the album Last of the Gentleman Adventurers, originally released as a fan-funded project in 2012. In 2017 Fire will be undertaking a major re-issue programme, making several Jazz Butcher albums available once again on vinyl, CD and digital formats.

With the Jazz Butcher, Fish has toured worldwide. As a solo artist, recent shows include Hamburg, Dortmund, New York City, Tokyo, Brussels and London, as well as his adopted home town of Northampton where he still regularly turns out with his acoustic guitar to support visiting artists.

He likes collaborations, too. Apart from his lengthy association with Northampton-based digital hooligans Wilson over the years 2001-2009, Fish has recorded and appeared on stage with David J, Spacemen 3, Bristol’s The Blue Aeroplanes, German band M Walking On The Water, French indie art rock band Chelsea Paris and acclaimed Los Angeles shoegazers, The Black Watch.

The thing about Pat Fish is that he is not tribal about music. Some people know him from his friendship with Spacemen 3, others for his fondness for Nikki Sudden and Dave Kusworth; some know him because he has worked with members of Bauhaus, others regard him as a “classic” independent songwriter in the vein of Pete Astor or Dan Treacy. Fishy just fetches his acoustic guitar and his notebook and heads for the railway station.

His current inspirations: as always, the Velvet Underground, Alex Chilton, Peter Laughner, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Kevin Ayers, John Martyn, Davy Graham and many, many more.

Do you like your melodies sweet and your humour as black as pitch? Would you take a chance on something simple, intimate and direct from an artist who is on record as saying “What I do is not entertainment” but who regularly induces little bursts of outraged laughter from the audience? Do you want to see the real thing? You should maybe go and see Pat Fish.


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

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


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Bizarro Promotions Presents' THE FALLEN LEAVES + The Kite Collectors

FALLEN LEAVES: If you can imagine a cross between The Who and The Ramones you might get somewhere close to the sound of The Fallen Leaves.

There's been a real buzz of positivity around The Fallen Leaves for some time now, what with their sessions with Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music and on Resonance FM and a glowing review in the Sunday Times by comedian Stewart Lee for their album "If Only We'd Known". Front-man, Rob Green, is a proper singer, and with his vintage microphone he’s a crooner in the grand old tradition which contrasts perfectly with the visceral attack of guitarist Rob Symmons (original Subway Sect member) instinctive, primal playing style. Rob often seems to be intent on wreaking as much damage to his guitar as possible without actually smashing it on the stage. Banging it and shaking it to get optimum power, he twists the strings to breaking point, spilling out classic Garage Rock riffs to songs such as "Passing By" and "Trouble". Joined by ex-Chords drummer, Brett Buddy Ascott and the throbbing bass of Matthew Karas, The Fallen Leaves may well be one of the best live acts you have never seen.

"Three albums into their career as standard bearers for a particularly British brand of guitar music - at that fine spot where The Pretty Things meet Pretty Vacant, over a decent cup of tea - The Fallen Leaves have taken 12 songs from those CDs for this vinyl LP collection of their self-styled 'Minimum R&B'. Vocalist Rob Green and long-time compadre Rob Symmons, superb original guitarist with the Subway Sect, formed the band in 2004, and have co-written all the material. These finely-crafted songs are sharp and direct with a minimum of overdubs, yet the band also know the value of well-placed backing vocals. After all this staccato activity, each side closes with a longer track (Shining and Trouble, respectively) in which they stretch out to great effect, mirroring the force of their live shows. An excellent showcase of the band at their best" Max Décharné, Mojo Magazine


The Kite Collectors, a three-piece based in Bristol, were formed in 2013. The band takes their inspiration from new wave, early psychedelia and garage rock. Regularly featured on independent Internet radio stations in the UK, Europe and USA, the band has an impressive output - in just three years they have released two albums, a mini-album and a CD single. They are currently recording their third album.

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

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

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



Wreckless Eric is Eric Goulden. He was given the name to hide behind. After a while he realised he was stuck with it. Onstage he hides behind nothing, he tells the truth with big open chords, squalls of feedback, lilting enchantment, bizarre stories and backchat.

Nothing Eric has to say sounds like it was said by someone else first. Some people can’t take it. Thirty seven years of touring have left him in good shape. He’s coming to town.

His new album “amERICa” out now on Fire Records is enjoying universal acclaim

One of the greatest songwriters ever to come out of Great Britain Marc Riley BBC 6 MUSIC

amERICa is that rare record. Goulden is grownup, with all of the stereotypical benefits: an air of wisdom, emotional texture, and, perhaps most cliché of all, a seasoned voice. amERICa isn’t complacent or satisfied; Wreckless Eric anatomizes his surroundings with the wide-eyed thrill of discovery. His American flyover reveals simmering cultural disturbances and essential beauty alikePitchfork

Wreckless Eric has always been a pop musician. That is, he writes melodies with hooks in the chorus and fills his verses with quick, vivid details aimed to make you nod your head in recognition. The precise nostalgia and wry yearning he brings to this slice of autobiography rings true, funny and poignant. Ken Tucker, NPR/Fresh Air

RITA LYNCH:Rita has stood on the brink, glanced over into the abyss and dragged herself back. And then she discovered punk rock. Her songs are an explosion of sexual, religious and social imagery driven by an energy. Tonight Rita performs solo.

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

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

THE VIBRATORS + Polka-Dot-Socks + DJ Gaz Le Punk


The Vibrators are a British punk rock band that formed in 1976. They were one of the pioneering punk bands that played at London’s Roxy Club. They headlined in January 1977, supported by The Drones. In March 1977 the band supported Iggy Pop on his British tour. Later that year they backed ex-Mott the Hoople frontman Ian Hunter. Now in 2011 the band celebrate THIRTY-FIVE YEARS of making records and touring heavily, in 2010 the band did more than 130 gigs. Get ready for many more years of PURE MANIA!

DJ GAZ LE PUNK: Great punk rocks sounds from Bristol's top DJ`s!

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

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


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!


Doors Open: 7.30pm  Admission:£13 on the Door

Tickets: £11 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop, Union Street, Bristol Tel 0117


Pure and ecstatic pop from a charismatic and honest individual. Daniel Wakeford is a singer-songwriter from the UK’s burgeoning learning disabled music scene, based in Brighton.

Daniel has been writing and recording music since 2009. He has amassed an impressive back catalogue, in excess of 60 songs.

Daniel has gained a cult following, due to his show-stealing appearances on Channel 4's 'The Undateables'.

“A legend and an inspiration” – Marc Riley, BBC 6Music

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

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


THE DERELLAS + The Radio Makers + 213 Park Avenue

THE DERELLAS: London UK punk ‘n’ rollers like a rocket-fuelled New York Dolls, Glam Stomping Punk Rock ride into the Thunderbolt! Their New Mini Album "FREAKSHOW". is raw, vicious and in ya face Rock n Roll at it's Dirty Best!!!

"Like a rocket-fuelled New York Dolls" - Classic Rock
"Back in the game with a glam boot-boy swagger" - Vive Le Rock
"Freakshow is a glam slamming - punk rocking blinder!" - Uber Rock                                    "The DeRellas deliver a chunky slice of glam-tinged sleazy rock and roll."                  LOUDER THAN WAR

THE RADIO MAKERS: A hard hitting glam, power pop outfit.

213PARKAVENUE: Bristol 70’s Glam/Punk rockers

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

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


‘The Stingrays - emerge from the Japanese punk underground to play the Bolt’

Saturday1stJuly 2017


Hot on the heels of their 7th tour across Japan, The Stingrays make a welcome return to the Thunderbolt and a rare appearance in Bristol, the city they were formed in back in 1977. 


The Stingrays contributed ‘Sound’ to the seminal 1979 Bristol compilation “Avon Calling” , John Peel described their Countdown Ep released on Fried Egg Records as, “Excellent”. Theywere an integral part of the Bristol punk/new wave scene, playing one of the last punk shows at the Bamboo before it was burnt down, a recording of their chaotic live show at the Dugout in 1977 has been released by Bristol archive records. They were among the first punk bands to play at the Trinity Centre as part of the early Rock against Racism shows. In 2003 their Countdown EP was re-released by the Japanese 1977 Records label


The Thunderbolt gig will feature material from their new LP “Ticket from Home” recorded in Osaka with legendary punk engineer Ippei Suda. The Stingrays are hugely influenced by the Japanese Live House scene both in terms of performance and song writing and are becoming increasingly influential on the Japanese punk – high energy- power pop scene.

Tickets £5 in advance - £7.50 on the door. 

Selected tracks from Ticket from Home can be heard at The Bristol Stingrays

Soundcloud site

The Bristol Stingrays Facebook page is





The Georgia Satellites were one of the most ferocious bands of the 80’s. What set them apart from the other 100,000 bands who cranked their amps up to eleven was that their wild riffs and tanked up cries came from a band who, from the start, understood its place in the rock tradition and fought hard to solidify it with each recording.

Elektra records quickly signed the band and their first single, Keep Your Hands To Yourself, became a runaway hit. It reached #2 on the singles chart and their eponymous debut album reached the same position on the album charts.

But where the Satellites really earned their reputation was with their live shows. All those years of three sets a night paid dividends and laid waste to audiences across the States and particular, Europe, which took the band to its collective heart, a love affair that continues to this day. The rhythm section on both Dan Baird solo albums were Keith Christopher (bass) and former Georgia Satellites drummer Mauro Magellan, the duo responsible for a large part of Dan’s trademark sound.

Jump to 2007 and the band was completed by Jason And The Scorchers founder member and guitarist extraordinaire, Warner E. Hodges. The quartet released their debut album in 2008, championed by Allan Jones (Uncut), Scott Rowley (Classic Rock) and Bob Harris.In 2013, Circus Life, the long awaited follow up to the debut album, was released and attracted great reviews across Europe.

2014 saw long term bassist Keith Christopher replaced by ex Bonafide man Micke Nilsson as their touring schedule stepped up, seeing shows in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland, UK and USA. The last night of the 2014 tour saw the band play their first ever acoustic show before a sold out London audience.

Doors Open: 7.30pm

Admission:£14 on the Door

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

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






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