Ginger Wildheart albumMaybe not the best known band name in the music world, but to many The Wildhearts are simply rock and roll legends. Creating a sound which felt like The Beatles crashing head first into Metallica, they rocked harder and played harder than most and have often paid the price for their full throttle lifestyle. Front man Ginger (pictured)has led a varied musical life between and since the bands regular breaks, playing with the likes of Michael Monroe, guesting in place of Jason Ringenberg in The Scorchers and over a decades worth of albums under his own name.

Tonight he brings the musical fruits of his latest album, the country and folk inspired Ghost In The Tanglewood, to The Victoria. Today’s Ginger is more reflective than before and the songs deal with many of the challenges he has personally faced, though universally relatable ones, but you know that even with the foot off the pedal somewhat, Ginger is a brilliant and engaging live act.

And as if that wasn’t enough, support comes from the dystopian-pop of She Makes War and the punked up acoustica of Oxygen Thief, both acts that on any other night of the week would, and indeed have, been headline draws in their own right at this same venue.

The Beehive is playing host to Ron Trueman Border, one of the most popular names on the folk and acoustic scene, so expect engaging and infectious songs which deftly balance fun and emotion in equal measure.

The Victoria continues its triptych of top original music on Friday with the arrival of Peter and The Test Tube Babies, a band of punk provocateurs just hitting 40 years in the game and still delivering critically received albums in the form of last year’s That’s Shallot. Subtle…not so much, silly…very, PATTTB is a live experience like you have never seen before, blaring punk rock, puns galore, suggestive content and music that just gets the job done.

Austin has always made surprising music from the cosmic country scene and the strange musical machinations of The 13th Floor Elevators to the neo-psychedelia of The Meat Puppets, from the delicate sounds of Iron and Wine to Explosions in The Sky’s shoegazery. Sphynx, who play The Beehive, continue to spread that city’s weirdness with their strange blends of glam rock and electro-pop, energy, euphoria and animal print.

Something more predictable comes in the guise of Damn Good Reason at The Queen’s Tap, a set of classic rock that you know and love is on the cards and there are few better at it than this crew. Natt Davis also breaks out the rock and indie covers from throughout the ages at The Groves Company Inn and at The Bakers Arms you can catch the Toxic Girls and all the music and mayhem that implies.

The final sumptuous slice of The Victoria’s original cake comes with the return of The Skanxters (and friends) on Saturday. This gathering of the band and their extended family will see a carnival of ska, rocksteady and two-tone vibes, guest musicians and DJ slots…in fact a potted history of that part of the Swindon scene. Bring your best dancing trousers.

If you are looking for tributes, rock is on the cards at The Groves Company Inn with DirtyjACkDC, playing …well, I think you can solve that puzzle, and a chimeric musical combination from Pink Mac, which blends Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac into a single entity at The Messenger. What will they think of next? Firefly at The Queen’s Tap is all about recreating the disco era and The Groove Radicals bring a funk and soul package to the Haydon Wick Club.

The Beat Routes play their debut gig at 20 At The Kings, on Sunday, a new band but some familiar faces and a reworking of a wide range of pop, rock, soul and ska favourites.

Finally, on Wednesday, you can catch The Underscore Orkestra at The Beehive. With members hailing from many corners of the globe, playing a blend of Balkan, Klezmer, Hot Jazz, Swing and Americana music, both original and traditional, this is one not to miss.

And finally a shout out to the Facebook page, Bands on In Swindon. As on-line algorithms and real world apathy make it increasingly harder to find gig info, I must confess they often provide me with a no small amount of otherwise hard to find information. Check out their page and support their hard work.