ALL NIGHTS ARE FREE UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED
Friday 01 August
THUNDERFEST 2014:THIS IS THE KIT + I Am Horse
This Is The Kit is the musical project of Kate Stables. You thought you didn’t like the banjo but you were wrong pal. Listen as Kate rips forward with her hypnotic twang pattern and a voice of rare, unaffected beauty.
“absolutely georgeous, like an aural bath with the warm water lapping over you” – Cerys Matthew, BBC 6 music“just one of the best things i’ve heard all year, the rest of the lp’s pretty good too….wonderful wonderful stuff” – Guy Garvey, BBC 6 music
I AM HORSE: Bristol based 3-piece Their sound is diverse, with pop song structures juxtaposed with unexpected arrangements and instrumentation, which alongside Magda Conways’ vocals leaves a haunting and beguiling impression.
‘Then Let Me Go’ was released in March 2013 alongside an acoustic BBC Introducing in the West Session. The album, recorded throughout 2012 at Bristol’s Toybox Studios, reflects I Am Horse’s eclectic sound, with tracks ranging from the string swirling ‘To Weston’, through to the electronic driven ‘Fade Away’.'Wonderful electronica with a pure, pure sound' Bethan Elfyn, Amazing Radio.
I Am Horse are wonderfully weird, or is it weirdly wonderful” BBC introducing in the West.
Saturday 02 August
The Thunderbolt is closed for a private event!
Friday 08 August
THE RUPEES+ Beat Harlows + Painted Faces + Tonic For Tigers
THE RUPEES:Ambitious 5 piece Rock n' Roll band who have established themselves on the Bristol music scene. Influenced by the sounds of The Doors, The Black Keys and Kasabian, they have headlined many well known venues across the city with our upbeat brand of Rock n' Roll music, venues such as The Fleece, The Exchange, The Louisiana and Thekla, whilst also supporting national touring bands such as The Growlers, The Ramona Flowers, Wampire and The Spasmodics.
The band recently released our debut EP to positive reviews and widespread attention, with it achieving over 2500 plays in two weeks on our Soundcloud and Youtube pages.BEAT HARLOWS:A bittersweet indie-ish 5 piece with an authentic unpredictability. A Wailing 60's organ blends with sweet and tender guitar parts, backed up by a pounding manic rhythm section. Soaring falsetto backing vocals intertwine with a broken baritone lead. The vocals dip in and out of shyness and genuine frustration, sarcasm and ecstacy.
Balancing well in the light between garage rock and sweetly crafted songs, they have only been together under a year, but are gaining a reputation rapidly.PAINTED FACES:Recently formed band from Bristol who use their solid alternative/post-punk influences as the driving force for their unique sound. It was written in the stones that the band members fused together their wide range of music tastes to create a whole new experience and flavour, which the prophecy foretold it was to practically change the face of music forever.
TONIC FOR TIGERS: Acoustic set from Bristol based melodic indie pop-rock merchants with an original sound that conjures up The Strokes and MGMT
Saturday 09 August
THUNDERFEST 2014: SPOCTET + Film 7
The 7 members of Spoctet had a total blast at Glastonbury 2014's Bandstand stage, where their Far-Out-East-West -soundtrack-jazz was devoured by the mud encrusted hoards.
'There's bits that sound North African with darabhuka drumming and Eastern harmonies while other pieces can sound like Chico Hamilton in the Fifties or even Spanish. Someone said it all sounded really English… When it all comes together it sounds fantastic!They've just been to Exmoor and recorded some tunes with the bats,bees and woodland trees. Wrap your ears round them at:-
Support tonight will be from Film7, playing soundtracks and small vinyl.There MAY also be some Shetland folk music.....
Friday 15 August
THUNDERFEST 2014SHE MAKES WAR
She Makes War is the solo project of Bristol based multi-instrumentalist, visual artist and digital polymath Laura Kidd, whose independent albums `Disarm` and `Little Battles have gained her an ardent international following over the last three years.
Using the language of combat to show that love is a battlefield, She Makes War's music is about collision - analogue with digital, war with peace and technology with the natural world. Driven by Kidd’s bewitching, pastoral vocals and layered guitars and supported by a plethora of additional instruments from ukulele to autoharp, melodica, piano, violin, harp, saxophone and three part recorder ensemble, She Makes War's songs are punctuated by a patchwork of field recordings from her global travels as hired gun for the likes of Tricky, The Penelopes and The Young Punx.She Makes War has been making waves with her atmospheric solo gigs on Telecaster, ukulele, megaphone and loop pedal and with full band shows featuring her supergroup The Olympians. Her quarterly Breakfast With Apollo community and collaboration nights in London and Bristol and impending launch of digital DIY collection My Big Sister aim to support, ignite and inspire.
Blending urgent, grungey guitars with processed beats, heady pop melodies and a liberal dusting of glitter, She Makes War has drawn comparisons to artists from Blur to Bat For Lashes, Throwing Muses, Bauhaus, Belly, Nirvana and the Smashing Pumpkins.
Saturday 16 August
THUNDERFEST 2014 ''SUMMER REGGAE PARTY''
A Night of Reggae Calypso Soca & Soulwith Live Reggae from DA FUCHAMAN, Aleighcia Scott & Top DJ Set from BYNDYT
The Thunderbolt Presents a REGGAE PARTY with the following acts; Live Reggae with
DA FUCHAMAN and Aleighcia ScottBandyt will be playing a DJ set of Reggae, Calypso, Soca & Soul
Friday 22 August
JOHN E VISTIC EXPERIENCE+ Dynamite Pussy Club + New Cowboy Builders + DJ Gary Smith (Ex BBC Introducing)
With his whisky-drenched vocal, incendiary guitar style and hypnotic stage presence, John E. Vistic is a legendary figure on the West Country and London live circuit. Inspired by great song writers such as Cave, Cohen and Dylan as well as guitar bands, like The Drones, The Stooges, and Dinosaur Jr, John E Vistic’s mission is to deliver powerful and iconic rock n roll songs with a raw and bleeding heart.
JOHN E VISTIC EXPERIENCE 'Cult Legend' 'He's a bit good!' - Tom Robinson - *Radio 6When it’s all sizzling and smoking like this, the namby pamby dalliances of drum machines, vocoders and dance remixes suddenly seem a ludicrous diversion from the One True Way that is Rock N Roll. [Venue Magazine] DYNAMITE PUSSY CLUB: 2 guitars and drums creating a boogiegarage disco punk psycho blues attack.They have played with Blackbelles, the Computers and the Jim Jones Revue Debut album THE CHURCH OF YEAH out now amazon etc itunes.
Blues Art House Explosion-bristol live
NEW COWBOY BUILDERS:Hail from Treorchy, South Wales and have been making visceral post-punk rock for years now. A firm favourite of Adam Walton (BBC Wales).
DJ GARY SMITH:Ex BBC & Award Winning Bristol Uncovered Radio Show presenter spins a mix of eclectic tunes that include anything from entertaining to original, experimental, inventive, complicated, simple or just something punters can dance to. He will also compere tonights show.
Sunday 24 August
ROUGH MONEY + Plastic Barricades (From London) + T-toe + Dom B Coll
ROUGH MONEY: Thunderbolt favourites return after their sellout EP Launch gig in November 2013. Rough Money mix classic indiepop with a harder-edged, rockier approach with great well constructed tunes. The madcap threesomes antics will have you chuckling, dancing franticly and swooning with delight-Cant wait!PLASTIC BARRICADES:Based in North-West London, inspired and influenced by almighty Radiohead, Oasis, Coldplay, Muse, Keane, Razorlight, Nirvana and many others, they are gaining momentum, extensively gigging around UK, recording the new album, collaborating with charity organizations such as Blood Donation Centre, Red Cross and Oxfam and booking their first ever UK tour for this summer. In 2013 the band has been nominated for 'Oxjam Band of the Year' and 'MTV Brand New 2014'.
In February 2014 Plastic Barricades were voted to #1 out of 222 bands participating in Hard Rock Cafe London Global Battle of the Bands competition and played a sold out gig at the notorious London venue. In May 2014 the band have won Camden Rocks Band competition and secured a spot at the massive London festival!T- TOE: Electro-acoustic alt-pop with elements of rave, folk and punk.
''T-toe plays a wonderful mix of live trombone and electronic music that straddles the veins of drum and bass, dubstep and hip hop, all mixed with a few sprinkles of Aphex Twin style glitchiness for good measure''... drunkenwerewolf.comDOM B COLL: Great young Totterdown singer//Songwriter//Guitarist//Musician
Friday 29 August
THUNDERFEST 2014BURNING MEMORIES + FIRES Double EP Launch + Dead Romantics + Goodbye The Sunset
BURNING MEMORIES: Ex Holding Tides guitarist Annie ''Livewire'' Kelleher`s new powerhouse rock trio. Ignition play mix Foo Fighters style drive with Feeder like gutsy vibro rock, paying homage to Funeral for a Friend`s collective vocal spirit. Theres nothing naff about these kids, expect great riffs, expertly crafted rockin` nuggets packed with insistent verses and tub-thumping choruses. The debut EP is all of this and more, it will knock you down dead!FIRES: Bustling Bristol four piece are making waves! They’ve spent their time fine tuning their sound – a strong presence of modern blues rock in the guitar and bass, fill heavy, driving drum beats overlaid with the pure, catchy vocal melodies from front-woman Sophie Hawes. All together the band blends together Blues-rock with a hint of Noise rock to create their unique sound, as well as boasting an extremely energetic and enjoyable live performance.
FIRES are gaining fans and respect throughout Bristol and intend to take themselves beyond.Tonight they will be promoting their debut EP so check the out and buy it while you can!
‘‘Blues-meets-sinister guitar style'' The Venue Magazine 2014 ''well crafted noisy garage rock'' - Bristol Live Magazine 2014
DEAD ROMANTICS:Hard-core rockers The Dead Romantics, a new band on the scene with this only being their fourth live show but from watching their live set and hearing their sound, it was very hard to believe so. 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 punk 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!
Mustafa Mirreh THE FLUX Jan 2014
GOODBYE THE SUNSET: New Bristol based rock quartet mixing catchy choruses with melodic guitar riffs to bring a very bright sound that aims to please people who hear it. With an essence of pop punk, fast paced songs, this promising young band have a full repertoire ready to unleash to the world whilst they aim to have a successful spell in the world of music
Saturday 30 August
Bristol Rock Guitar Presents;From California TAZ TAYLOR BAND + Psychedrive + Middleage Rampage
Bristol Rock Guitar are hosting a night of music to help raise fund for their studio in Mangotsfield. This time we have brought some rockers from across the pond to entertain Bristol''s music lovers, but it wouldnt be a real BRG night without some performances from our wonderful students and tutors!
TAZ TAYLOR BAND: 9:50-10:50 Californian instrumental hard rock band who in the last couple of years have opened for the likes of UFO, MSG, Uli Jon Roth, Dokken, Skid Row, Gt White, Pat Travers, LA Guns, Molly Hatchet, Lynch Mob, etc... 'We play Instrumental Hard Rock...aimed at people who just love Old School Hard Rock. Big Riffs, Big Drums, Guitar Solos, etc. All the elements that get you tapping the steering wheel of your car and playing air guitar etc, without the need for lyrics!PSYCHEDRIVE: 9:15-9:35 1960's style Garage rock band playing a mixture of originals and covers by bands such as the 13th Floor elevators, the MC-5, the Electric Prunes and more. Featuring BRG tutors Rich Thornton and Chris Hawkins.
MIDDLEAGE RAMPAGE: 8:40-9:00 Bristol Rock Guitars first adult student band will be making their debut performance on this night. A four piece of rock enthusiasts who have finally been beckoned by the stage to perform their set of covers – featuring music from the likes of The Scorpions, The Levellers, UFO and more.
Wednesday 03 September
Word of Mouth PresentsStorytelling in verse, prose and song (Free Entry) BRISTOL WRITERS GROUP
Word of Mouth is a free event held on the first Wednesday of the month at The Thunderbolt focusing on 'storytelling in verse, prose and song'. We aim to provide an informal atmosphere where poets, authors, artists and musicians can meet and exchange ideas. All welcome.
BRISTOL WRITERS GROUP
Thursday 04 September
NOISE ANNOYS Presents: DOWNARD + GAG REFLEX
A monthly cutting edge menu of alternative rock with a melting pot of ingredients mixing post-punk, alternative and noise!
DOWNARD: two-piece bass and drums noise riff-rockGAG REFLEX: noise punk twosome from Cheltenham
Saturday 06 September
THE EMPERIALS ''Top UK Ska''
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.They`re set consists of their own take on classic ska songs, from the days of 2tone, Trojan and Studio One, they never fail to fill a venue, get the dance floor packed and the crowds singing, dancing and shouting for more!
Friday 12 September
NORMAN WATT-ROY BAND + The Ravons + The Lonely Tourist
Norman Watt-Roy delighted to announce that he will undertake a a second UK tour in support of his first ever solo album `Faith and Grace` released through Cadiz Music. Known of course for his work with the Blockheads, some of Norman’s most celebrated works include bass lines on ‘The Magnificent Seven’ by The Clash and ‘Relax’ by Frankie. Norman has also played shows with Nick Cave and he regularly performs with Wilko Johnson and. The wide-ranging live set for this tour, based on the album, reflects his broad musical tastes from Blockheads style funk to rock, virtuoso jazz fusion, bebop, pop, r&b and dance.
'Faith and Grace' ranges from a reworked Ian Dury track ‘Billericay Dickie’, to a new version of Wilko Johnson’s ‘Roxette’ (which Wilko performs on), to Jazz-tinged instrumentals. This is a masterclass in bass, but also a great listen. ‘Billericay Dickie’ opens the album and is followed by a recording of Dury introducing Norman at the last ever show they did at the Palladium; this is where the album title comes from, “Faith and Grace” being rhyming slang for Bass. ‘Papa-chu-pap’ also features a sample of Dury and is in fact a kind of collage of samples taken from live shows.Norman’s live band features fellow Blockhead and hugely respected sax player Gilad Atzmon (‘hardest gigging man in British jazz’), guitarist Mike Outram (‘World-class’ The Guardian), keyboard virtuoso Frank Harrison and the astounding jazz-rock drum supremo Asaf Sirkis. Other surprise guests may drop in at any time! “Faith & Grace” has received a great welcome from the music press and fans alike and this tour will see Norman doing what he does best, strutting his stuff live. Unmissable!
THE RAVONS: Bristol based band who mix delta blues with the urgency of the new wave sound of Stiff Records at their peak!THE LONELY TOURIST:Beard-Pop/Pub-Step/Ceilidh-Punchup/Malt-ternative/Postman-rock
Saturday 13 September
The Thunderbolt is closed for a private event!
Wednesday 17 September
SAM EVANS BAND + Small Talk Robot
With crowd pleasing performances Sam Evans and the band play an incredible jazzy, urban vibe that you just have to dance to. Almost impossible to categorise this young, upcoming group perform a remarkable range of unique, 'one off' compositions that get the crowd on their feet as they engage with the great sound from the stage.
Playing acoustic guitar Sam’s vocal style consists of blended soul, funk and reggae creating something reminiscent of Ed Sheeran but kept interesting with incredibly quirky vocal acrobatics that have to be heard to be believed. The lyrical complexity of Sam’s work make for an intriguingly different sound experience and has a rare quality only fully experienced by hearing it played 'live and loud' as he and the band do what they love to do – perform!
'no doubt the mustard in this ham sandwich” – Claire Morrell, FearofFiction.com'Fantastically talented ….. going to go to some great places' – Elise Rayner, BBC Radio Bristol
SMALL TALK ROBOT:Cheltenham based acoustic rock pop band made of awesome!
Thursday 18 September
NO ATLAS are an alternative indie rock band from Cheltenham currently signed to El Foreigners Music.Formed little over a year ago from the strong talent pool within the Popular Music course at the University of Gloucestershire under the name Metropolis, No Atlas have already achieved great things.
And where else to play your first gig as a band, than at a sold-out Saturday night show headlining at the Mosaic House in Central Prague?Throughout the summer of 2013, No Atlas have continued to play up and down the UK to thousands of people, even landing themselves a showcase with BBC Introducing after the release of their first EP 'Where People Have Been', along with Radio 6 airplay.
No Atlas are currently in the studio working on their eagerly awaited second EP, anticipated for release in February 2014 on El Foreigners Music. After this, follows a UK tour in which the band hopes to hop on the British festival circuit, and expand their ever-growing loyal fan base.
Friday 19 September
R.E.M Tribute Act: STIPE
Honing and perfecting Michael Stipe's very individual stage persona, Stipe have built up an enviable reputation as an authentic and entertaining REM tribute, playing all over the UK with regular visits to Ireland and also Europe including Malta, Italy and Sicily. .
'Awesome ' - Michael Stipe
Thursday 25 September
WE WILL HAVE VICTORY
WE WILL HAVE VICTORY:Hailing from Bristol UK, We Will Have Victory are the last word in music for a generation craving revolution from sanitised, soulless, lifeless rock. W.W.H.V play a twisted mix of metal and Alt rock paying homage to Muse and Placebo along the way. The songwriting reflects this, tracks such as ‘Heretics In Vietnam’ and ‘Kids With Knives’ are charged with brutal energy, huge hooks and power - dynamics are key, energy is everything making them a huge pull on the bristol gigging circuit.
Friday 26 September
DIESEL PARK WEST
DPW were blood and thunder poets of rock’s mercurial terrains in the late 1980`s and early 1990`s. Their best songs were potent charges directed at the spiritual decay and confusion of the times. An English U2, they became a favourite critical reference point, but the seams they mined were deeper in rock’s rich strata. They studied and effortlessly recast the vibrant purity of Creedence, the sonic alchemy of the Byrds, the raw nerved melodic toughness of The Beatles and the cathartic thrust of The Stones.
Upon signing to the EMI subsidiary Food Records, the quintet debuted with the earth-shattering single 'When the Hoodoo Comes; a solid year of touring and songwriting followed, as they issued a series of subsequent singles and gained a massive and loyal following -- including 'Jackie's Still Sad,' All the Myths on Sunday,' and 'Like Princes Do' -- before finally releasing their first LP, Shakespeare, Alabama, in 1989.They recieved great critical notices, their singles and albums reached the charts and DPW were acclaimed for their live performancies. This will be their debut at the thunderbolt and we cant wait!
Saturday 27 September
The Thunderbolt is closed for a private event!
Thursday 02 October
NOISE ANNOYS Presents:ANNETTE BERLIN + Yes Please Yep + Grubs
ANNETTE BERLIN: Bristol's favourite grungy post-rock duoYesPleaseYep: Instrumental noise rock
GRUBS: Garage noise-pop three-piece, featuring members of Trust Fund, Joanna Gruesome and King of Cats
Friday 03 October
DJ DON LETTS (Musician/Filmmaker/BBC Radio 6) + CLUMSY
Filmmaker and DJ Don Letts after his previous sell-out shows at the Thunderbolt. He came to notoriety in the late 70's as the DJ that single handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae. It was whilst as a DJ at the first punk club 'The Roxy' in 1977, that Don adopted the punk D.I.Y ethic and begun to make his first film 'The Punk Rock Movie'. Shot on Super-8mm it is the only documentary on the U.K punk scene w/ Sex Pistols-The Clash and many others. This led to a period directing over 300 music videos for a diverse range of artists.
Don currently presents a weekly radio show on BBC 6 Music. As the “Dub Cartel Sound System” Don has done DJ sets for Stussy, The Rough Trade 25th Anniversary, Adidas, The Big Chill Jarvis Cocker’s Desperate Sound, System, Trojan, Ninja Tune Lee Perry’s and Massive Attack's Meltdown, Glastonbury, Lovebox Bestival to name a few. Don continues to D.J playing a strictly old and new school dub reggae. His set is in the spirit of his time as DJ at London’s legendary Roxy club back in ’77. So get there early!cLuMsY: A unique blend of Reggae, Ska, Funk & Soul with driving rhythms, energetic guitar, melodious bass and toe-tapping horn section - provides a platform for their distinct vocal melodies, thought-provoking lyrics, and unforgettable songs...
Friday 10 October
THE VOID: Exciting Bristol outfit formed in the dawn of 2013. Four musicians got together and decided they wanted to create something new, each had a different musical background and influence, these influences from genres like grunge, classic rock, progressive, funk, jazz, metal and punk were put together to create new music with raunchy riffs, driving and dynamic rhythms, and something, well, just plain different.. songs that might just be enough to fill the 'Void' in radio playlists.. and indeed; the world.
Thursday 16 October
JOHN OTWAY and WILD WILLY BARRETT
The pair first achieved notoriety with an eye-watering performance on Old Grey Whistle Test and subsequent hit single Really Free in 1977.
Otway's heady mix of blind ambition and rank incompetence was to keep this microstar shining for almost two decades despite his 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.Wild Willy Barrett is one of the most accomplished multi-instrumentalists working today, playing acoustic classical guitar with an original style and virtuosity few could match. His musical style is witty and his humour onstage is dry.
Friday 17 October
JOHN HEGLEY + Diego Brown and the Good Fairy
Mr Hegley was born in Newington Green, North London, and was educated in Luton, Bristol and Bradford University.
His first public performance monies came from busking his songs, initially outside a shoeshop in Hull, in the late Seventies. He performed on the streets of London in the early Eighties, fronting the Popticians, with whom he also recorded two sessions for John Peel, and has since been a frequent performer of his words, sung and spoken, on both local and national radio.He has produced ten books of verse and prose pieces, two CDs and one mug, but his largest source of income is from stages on his native island. An Edinburgh Festival regular, he is noted for his exploration of such diverse topics as dog hair, potatoes, handkerchieves and the misery of human existence.
He is an occasional DJ, dancer and workshop leader, using drawing, poetry and gesture. He has been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts from what is now the University of Bedfordshire, and once performed in a women's prison in Columbia.More Elvis Costello than Alan Bennett'... The Scotsman
'Awesomely mundane'... The Independent'Scandalously talented'... Sunday Times
'Bleeding marvellous'... NMEDIEGO BROWN AND THE GOOD FAIRY:Part low-fat milk. Our musical education started at the age of about 7 at the knee of a second cousin who later changed the course of Anglo-Latin American relations. And we never looked back.
Some say we’re like the Carpenters on a lost weekend in Twin Peaks.Someone once said we’re the most surreal musical experience since the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band.One writer said we were the talk of the chip van queue at Sidmouth international festival. If you want the facts, try these: guitar, banjo, ukelele, drum, accordion, fiddles, swannee, kazoos, cymbal, shakers, drawings, cake, prizes, fuzzboxes.
Thursday 23 October
JOHN WHEELER (Hayseed Dixie)
John Wheeler is best known as the creator and frontman of the internationally-known Rockgrass band 'Hayseed Dixie' whose recordings have sold over 600,000 copies worldwide and have performed more than 1,000 live performances in 31 different countries. He has recently appeared as a special guest on BBC Radio 2 programs, including the Chris Evans Breakfast Show and Simon Mayo Drivetime. He describes his current musical approach as, 'acoustic-electric jazz-punk riding on the back of some old-school folk-funk.'
Friday 24 October
MILES HUNT & ERICA NOCKALLS(The Wonder Stuff)
+ Dirty Ray (Immaculate Fools)
Over the past 20 years The Wonder Stuff have notched up 5 top 20 albums and played to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the UK. Best known for their number 1 single with Vic Reeves, Dizzy, the band have performed hundreds of TV shows with their 17 top 20 singles and made 2,000,000 sales worldwide. Having played 7 festivals and 2 UK tours in 2006 founder-member and lead vocalist, Miles Hunt, and fiddle player Erica Nockalls have recorded the incredible album `Not An Exit` which has been heralded as Milesfinest work.
Erica brings a new dimension to the set, playing fiddle on classic Wonder Stuff songs as well as on songs that have never featured fiddles before. The strings throughout the entire set show the more roots/folk side of The Wonder Stuffs songs.By way of introducing each song in the set, Miles recounts stories of life on the road, tales from The Wonder Stuff and life in general. It's a double dose of Miles; the singer-songwriter and monologue-ist!
DIRTY RAY: Former Immaculate Fools Frontman Kevin Weatherill plays gritty blues. Influenced by John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Tom Waits, and Nick Cave, Weatherill released his debut album `Primitive` erlier this year.
Saturday 25 October
ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW and the Low Riders
ZONE-O-TONE UK TOUR 2014:Andy Fairweather Low’s pedigree is the stuff rock dreams are made of. He first came to prominence at the vanguard of the new youthful expression of music as the lead singer in Amen Corner. The 60s saw them clock up hit after pop hit. Songs such as 'Bend Me Shape Me', 'Hello Suzy', '( If Paradise is ) Half As Nice' are internationally remembered to this day. But if you were paying close attention you might have picked up a clue in the magnificent ‘Gin House’ to Andy’s future musical collaborations.
Since the early days Andy has gone on to work with Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, David Crosby, The Band, Elton John, Roger Waters, Richard and Linda Thompson, Dave Gilmour, The Who, BB King, Joe Cocker, Steve Winwood, Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn, Jimmy Page, Ronnie Lane, Linda Ronstadt, Roddy Frame, Emmylou Harris, Joe Satriani, the Bee Gees, Jeff Beck, The Impressions, Lonnie Donegan, Ringo Starr, Steve Gadd, David Sanborn, Benmont Tench, Warren Zevon, Charlie Watts, Mary J. Blige, Dave Edmunds, Georgie Fame, Bonnie Raitt, Otis Rush, Phil Collins, Van Morrison, Gerry Rafferty, Chris Rea, Buddy Guy, Chris Barber, Jackson Browne, Bill Wyman, Sheryl Crow, Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, Pete Townshend... and hundreds more.Now following a solo path, his first solo album in 24 years Sweet Soulful Music was released late in 2007 followed by The Very Best Of Andy Fairweather Low which was released in the UK in June 2008 and the Live DVD followed hot on it’s heels.
A world tour as musical director with Roger Waters band then a European tour with Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings might be difficult to top for most people - but not for Andy Fairweather Low who just segued smoothly into a major solo tour last summer with some of the world’s finest musicians in his band. Following an acclaimed UK Tour in Autumn 2012 Andy completed a third tour with The Low Riders in Germany.2013 saw Andy & The band opening the shows on Eric’s European tour headline The Americana Festival and complete their first tour in Japan with 8 shows in Tokyo. Their UK Autumn 2013 tour in support of the Zone O Tone was so well received that further early Spring dates in 2014 were added in the UK and Germany and 2014 started with the band on Bob Harris’ rock show playing in session and, when they came back from Germany before picking up their UK tour leg, they appeared for two nights as guests in an all star cast celebrating Albert Lee’s 70th birthday at The Cadogan Hall, London where they were also enlisted as the house band for a number of household names.
Andy and bassist Dave Bronze then picked up touring again as members of Eric Clapton’s band and for good measure Andy took part, playing guitar, in a special all star re-recording for Radio 2 of Rock Around The Clock for a series celebrating the Birth Of Rock & Roll which was broadcast in May this year.Andy Fairweather Low – Guitar & Vocals, Dave Bronze – Bass & Vocals, Paul Beavis – Drums, Nick Pentelow – Sax & Clarinet.
Friday 31 October
THE LURKERS + Viva Le Punk
Inspired by American bands such as the Ramones and the New York Dolls, the British beat boom of the sixties and Glam Rock acts like Slade and Sweet, THE LURKERS formed in West London in mid 1976 and quickly forged their own identity with their own brand of punk tunes and lyrics encompassing subjects such as social unacceptability and personal politics.
The band built up a huge loyal following around the punk heyday of 1977 and signed to Beggar's Banquet where they scored five top forty hits between 1977 and 1979 . They also appeared on Top of the Pops and many other television shows and became regulars on the popular Radio One John Peel Show.
These memorable 70s punk rockers and first ever Beggars Banquet signings are remembered as 'The British Ramones' given their style reminiscent of American punk rock.
Thursday 06 November
NOISE ANNOYS Presents:BIG JOAN + HYSTERICAL INJURY + Fires
A monthly cutting edge menu of alternative rock with a melting pot of ingredients mixing post-punk, alternative and noise!BIG JOAN: Anglo-German psychotic noise-pop
HYSTERICAL INJURY: two siblings, a bass, some drums, some amps, and a lot of noiseFIRES: blues-tinged noise rock four piece from Bristol, see them before they become huge
Saturday 15 November
Totterdown Arts Trail 2014KPASSA + Supports TBC
KPASSA: Simon Edwards (ex. Boothill Foottappers) legendary accordian-led folk rock band. Local recognition led to their appearance on the main stage at the Glastonbury Festival and 5 great and highly acclaimed albums. Their blend of Folk, Cajun, and Rock wins a grassroots response to their fiery performances, and has garnered this UK-based folk/roots rock band a huge audience following across Europe and the UK.
Recently reformed and rejoined by Rob Allen top lead guitarist, Edward’s voice, songs and accordion playing are still the foundation for K-Passa’s position as a favourite live folk-based act in Bristol, England.
Thursday 20 November
DR FEELGOOD + Dave Arcari
Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the 1970s Dr. Feelgood remains one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world. The raw and uncompromising sound and style of their music resulted in the album Stupidity which immediately went to the number one position in the U.K. charts. Dr. Feelgood have also enjoyed global success with a string of hit singles including Roxette, Back In The Night, Milk And Alcohol, Down At The Doctors, She Does It Right, Going Back Home and See You Later Alligator - which gave the group their first gold record. The band continue to tour extensively throughout the world visiting exciting new places and thrilling crowds with the vitality of their live show.
DAVE ARCARI:SLIDE guitarist & songwriter Dave Arcari’s alt.blues sounds owe as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta blues and have been showcased via eight internationally-acclaimed solo CD releases.As well as showcasing Arcari’s trademark National steel guitars, the new album 'Whisky in my Blood' features performances on banjo, regular guitar and and cigar box which help capture the full breadth of Arcari’s song-writing and performance.
Tuesday 25 November
The Thunderbolt is closed for a private event!
Monday 01 December
The Thunderbolt is closed for a private event!
Thursday 04 December
NOISE ANNOYS Presents:NASTY LITTLE LONELY + Fauxchises + Wax Futures
A monthly cutting edge menu of alternative rock with a melting pot of ingredients mixing post-punk, alternative and noise!Nasty Little Lonely: Bristol's industrial post-punk trio return after their triumphant headline slot in July
Fauxchisles: two-piece noise rock from BirminghamWax Futures: post hardcore trio from the Midlands
Friday 19 December
SNATCH 22-The Annual Xmas Bash
Xmas bash for South Bristol`s craziest comic indie/rockabilly popsters! Packed last year so get their early!
Saturday 20 December
The REGZ.... Annual Festive Feast 2014
The REGZ present their Annual Festive Feast for the 10th year, returning to The Thunderbolt after last years `total sell out'
This ever popular event completes the REGZ 10th year and is held as a big thankyou to all of the wonderful people who continue to support the band!The REGZ remain Bristol's premier show band, that is made up of nine members (including a full brass section) This will be a musical journey that will take you from the golden days of Motown to the Rude Boy day's of Ska, picking up the Otis, Aretha and James Brown along the way!!
This evening will kick off your Christmas celebrations with the ultimate party, so due to the popularity of this event, it is advisable to obtain your tickets early!
Monday 22 December
Remembering and Celebrating Joe Strummer (1952-2002)RADIO CLASH (Clash Tribute)
Radio Clash are a band that pays tribute to the music of The Clash in all its glorious, chaotic variety.
A gumbo of punk, reggae, ska, funk, soul, rockabilly, gospel and jazz magnificent!An evening with Radio Clash is a treat for fans of The Clash, for fans of loud fast rock n roll, for fans of reggae in fact an evening with Radio Clash is just a treat. Full stop!
Thursday 25 December
XMAS DAY Celebrations..All Welcome!& DJ B 12-3pm ( TO BE CONFIRMED)
We are please to announce the following for Xmas Day. DJ B: Decking the halls and hauling the decks on xmas day. A crazy Christmas mix of vinyl and digital (CDs). No one, has a more eclectic collection of Christmas tracks!
We will also be providing Mulled Wine and mince pies.
Saturday 30 May
PRIVATE EVENT 2015
The Thunderbolt is closed for a private event!
Saturday 12 September
PRIVATE EVENT 2015
The Thunderbolt is closed for a private event!
Monday 14 September
The Thunderbolt is closed for a private event!