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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Drowning Dog and Malatesta + Rita Lynch + Queld + DJ Moshi

RITA LYNCH:"A legend on the Bristol scene, Rita's songs are an explosion of sexual, religious and social imagery driven by an energy that comes across just as strongly in an acoustic set as when Rita performs with a band."

DROWNING DOG AND MALATESTA (DDM) (San Francisco anarcho rap)

Qeld (Bristol Black Block rappers)

£5 on the door
Bristolian Benefit gig



THE ORDERS (Isle Of Wight) + The Underground Frets + The Malarky + Laurie McMahon and the Strange

The Orders are a young power trio from the Isle of Wight with influences from psychedelic and indie rock. Their zestful live performances and melodic creativeness are some things that have kept the bands reputation flying high over the mainstream. They have been together for three years and gigging constantly, the sound and style has developed over the years into a mature but still very youthful arrangement with many influences twisting their sound. Having a great year in 2016 they have released a limited edition single on 7 inch vinyl and played a number of exciting gigs around the south coast including opening the Main Stage of The Isle Of Wight Festival and making an appearance at the 100 Club. “If Gold Dust Turns To Stone” is available to stream and download on Bandcamp. They are just about to release their next double single “Veronica’s Venom” which has already had a lot of attention through the demo and being played live.

UNDERGROUND FRETS: Indie Mod band Underground Frets who despite still being in their teens, the brit pop inspired outfit are proving their worth with their own brand of infectious guitar-driven tracks with classic indie melodies!

THE MALARKEY: Power Pop from Totterdown Bristol.


Debut gig for this band led by the great songwriting of Lawrie McMahon!

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

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

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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HANNAH AND THE HEARTBREAK: After being discovered on Amazing Radio by winning a competition with a demo of the song 'The Gate' , Hannah & The Heartbreak received airplay through BBC Introducing with Gary Crowley on BBC Radio London. Tom Robinson from 6 Music then played the single Moon Dune' and more recently Janice Long played their most current single 'Edge of The Blueline' on her show on BBC Radio 2, several times. Hannah & The Heartbreak are used to playing the London circuit over the last 4 years in venues such as The Ronnie Scotts Bar, The Finsbury, 229 club and the Coben Club supporting Jack Soveretti just to name some. 


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

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

Thundervalley Presents; SOMBRERO SOCIETY + The Meantime + Toby & Oona + Anne & Liz & Ollie + Mia & Alex


THE SOMBRERO SOCIETY: Young RocknRoll upstarts! Heavy riffs, metal ambitions, and pop versions of classic-rock history. Recently released EP drew some plaudits and highlighted their improving songcraft chops! Ranging from ballads to hard-rock, and aim to someday help save the current music scene and bring rock music back into the daylight!

Support from Chew Valleys own: The Meantime (

Support from Chew Valleys own: The Meantime (

Acoustic support

Toby (of the sombrero society) and Oona

Anne and Liz counsell (featuring Oli Edwards)

Mia Doherty (featuring Alex Storer) 

BBQ 7-8.30pm




Loralie are an evocative female fronted alt band, which associates post grunge, indie rock and new wave in a colourful and wide range of varieties and taste. Formed in 2015 at university, Loralie have been compared to Wolf Alice, Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr.

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

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

THE HOUDINIS (Top UK Ska) + DJ Woody Wylde

Top sassy 7 piece Bristol Ska Band and dance yer socks off!

DJ Woody Wylde (Sliced Orange & The Weekend Starts): Mixed set of Soul, Motown, and a ska the weekend starts here...

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

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

THE BUG CLUB + Bordello

The Bug Club are a five piece band from near Chepstow (with two of us in university in Bristol) playing rock, blues, folk and roots originals with driving melodic guitars and close vocal harmonies. We recently supported Status Quo and Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel at Caldicot Castle. Can we come and play at The Thunderbolt?

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BORDELLO: 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.

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

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


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


Bristol-based duo playing bluesy aggressive Chain Gang Punk.

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

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


The Dead Romantics / Alien Stash Tin / Narda Narda - LIVE

The BCFM Sunday Rockshow are proud to present another night of loud rock and roll excellence at Thunderbolt Bristol.

The Line Up...

The Dead Romantics - Hot and happening Bristol hard rockers. There debut ep 'Fight For Nothing, Fall For Everything' was one of THE releases of 2016, and with anthalmic tunes such as the darkly infectious Pills Pills Pills and the Sunday Rockshow listeners favourite 'The Walking Dead' they are certainly a band not to miss.
The Dead Romantics

Alien Stash Tin - Bristol space rockers who are now in their fifteenth year. With two studio albums and a truck load of singles and ep's under their belts (with a third album in the pipeline); They have a history of gigs all over the UK that has taken them to festivals like Guilfest, The Bulldog Bash and Solarsphere and seen them share stages with the likes of Hawklords, Bad Manners, Savage Messiah, Bleak and Dumpy's Rusty Nuts. With a stage show that includes lasers and lots of audience interaction they never fail to entertain.
Alien Stash Tin

Narda Narda - Formed last year from the wreckage of The Publix, Narda Narda are certainly a band to watch. Featuring the vocal talents of front woman Whitney Cooper they have a growing reputation as one of the best live acts in the city, With their debut ep due out soon this is chance to catch a band very much on the up.
Narda Narda

And thats not all, Addition soundtrackage from the evening is being selected and spun by the superb FANTOMAS.

All this, plus the fine selection of beers the Thunderbolt has to offer for just £3.00!! You'll be mad not to come.


All the Best Freaks, the only Marillion tribute band in the South West of England playing material from the first 4 albums with choice Fish solo cuts.

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

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


Magnetic vocals, colossal guitars, introspective lyrics. An amalgamation of hard rock genres reminiscent of the 90s, ranging from grunge, punk, and emo, is what sets Squidge apart from other contemporary rock bands. Formed in Bath 2015, Squidge wants to be at the forefront of the recent resurgence of alternative rock. Currently they have dominated the music scene in Somerset, have supported artists such as Beans On Toast and are eager to expand their sound to a larger audience.





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

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

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


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

JOHN OTWAY (Moved from 9/6/17)

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


‘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