Okay, he may not be a living legend as such, but he will certainly do until one comes along. Edward Felix Tudor Pole (pictured) may sound like a villain from the first series of Blackadder (the one that never gets the TV re-runs) but has had a long career as an actor and TV presenter. But it was as lead hooligan of the ragged punk gang Tenpole Tudor that he is best known. Tonight at The Victoria you can catch the man himself. Punk was an attitude not a form of music and it is an attitude he still operates with as his swaggering rock and roll, unpredictability, powerful performance and sheer energy will attest to. Support comes from that sweary, lairy punk two-piece, 2 Sick Monkeys.
At the Beehive things take a slightly smoother but no less exciting course with Keith Thompson bringing the solo version of his blues-rock set: he has worked with icons of the genre, wowed massive audiences and sold albums by the shedload but this is a chance to catch the more intimate side of what he does.
Blues-rock is also on the cards on Friday with The Blind Lemon Blues Band at The Rolleston, but also a healthy dose of funk, reggae and pop all with a bluesy twist. Meanwhile, downstairs at level 3, you will find Fleetingwood Mac, I’m sure you can guess what they are all about? But forget the look-alike approach of wigs and scarves; this is all about getting the sound spot on, something that they do to a tee.
Other options include Hooch at The Victoria for a set of 90’s hits or contemporary alt-rock from Last Call at The Woodlands Edge.
The big event for Saturday is this year’s Reggae Garden festival at The Town Bowl. Returning for their 5th year not only with their usual mix of delicious soul food and reggae culture, as always there is also some quality live music. North London singing sensation Ras Demo, seasoned roots man Michael Prophet, Brother Culture being backed by The Upper Cut Band and the warrior empress, herself Askala Selassie are just the tip of the musical iceberg.
And once the main event has ended you can still soak up the vibes at the official after party at The Victoria which will see Jam Jah spinning the best reggae tunes known to man or you could catch the Shocks of Mighty Dj’s at The Beehive spinning some classics of the same genre.
Possibly as far removed from the roots vibes I have just described is the intricate, dexterous, complex and theatrical music to be found at Level 3 with the Prog Heaven show. Two seasoned bands take on the music of two of the biggest bands of the 70’s. Fragile and I Know What I Like take on the sweeping and articulate music of Yes and Genesis respectively, a must for any fans of the golden age of progressive rock.
Ragged Union deliver some southern rock boogie grooves, country rock twang and sleazy vibes down at The Queens Tap with a neat line drawn between iconic standards and brilliant original tunes which should keep everyone happy.
Things are a bit quieter on the day of rest but you can catch excellent power-pop, northern soul, mod and new wave courtesy of Peloton at The Duke of Edinburgh.
And finally rounding off, as our wont, at The Roaring Donkey on Wednesday and the charming and cheeky roots-pop pixie, Tamsin Quin’s emotive and honest acoustic tunes. And if you are one of those musicians just starting out and trying to build some experience and stage craft, Brace For Moore are running their regular open mic. slot at The Rolleston, so why not get involved and get on a bill made up of the next crop of emerging talent.