706278_10151048704753039_833851308_oThe big noise this week, quite literally in this case, has to be that it is Easter Bank Holiday which mean’s that it is time for this years VicFest. As always this celebration of local and regional, cutting edge original music takes place over four generically themed sessions and tonight The Victoria presents a wonderful array of young and happening Indie bands.

Getrz lead the charge with their brand of high octane and deftly delivered wide screen indie, Sweet Tooth head up from Bristol to deliver some eclectic and wonderfully soulful indie-pop and We Are Parkas are a trashy take on the Manchester sound. Opening the night is the sweet sound of The Basement Club.

The other big deal is found at The Arts Centre as Black Sheep Apprentice finally reveal their long awaited album in all its glory. They will be presenting a live version of its punked up, brooding and bruised, Morricone infused alt-country in its entirety with various special guests along the way. Support comes from those psych-country space cowboys Kid Calico and The Astral Ponies and the charming music of Chris Webb.

Friday’s session of VicFest delves into the alternative and the experimental. Port Erin have been a popular draw in town for close to a decade now and their latest album Ocean Grey with its mix of Floydian soundscapes and Bowie’s Blackstar undercurrents really saw their already high benchmark raised even further. Definitely one for the gig diary.  Add to that the mad genre-splicing and Zappa-esq vibes of Sex Jazz and the cosmic alt-rock of Cracked Machine and you have one hell of a night.

At The MECA you can relive the heady days of The Jam. You will get to hear all the hits for sure but From The Jam (pictured) is no mere tribute act, with Bruce Foxton himself at the helm they are more spiritual successors and torchbearers for an amazing back catalogue of music.

At The Beehive you will find folk shenanigans and musical hi-jinx with the welcome return of The Model Folk. It’s frenzied, fearless and fun, beguiling, brilliant and bizarre, it’s eclectic folk smashing into wonky klezmer, it’s Robin Hitchcock meets The Bonzo Dog Band meets Gogol Bordello. There will be trumpets, bowler hats and silliness…what more could you ask for? Songs about male nipples you say? They have those too.

Evolution will be at Fox and Hounds playing a mix rock classics and original creations, The Hepcat Trio will be breaking out the rockabilly groove and the old-school rock and roll vibes at The Groves Company Inn and Locomotion bring their sax driven party to The Windmill.

Punk and Metal is the theme of Saturday’s VicFest with Erase The Rat and their gang vocal driven hardcore take the top spot. Defining Our Demons re-imagine classic naughties metalcore and Rxptrs combine an unpronounceable name with slick alt-metal sounds. Phoxjaw open the proceedings, a grunge driven, raw and intense musical experience if ever there was one.

Heavy music can also be had at The Queen’s Tap as Shepherds Pie keep the classic rock and metal flame alive. They play all the iconic songs from the genres golden age with the same passion and power, dexterity and drive that made you fall in love with the music first time around. Think of it as a walk through musical history with soundtrack to die for.

The Booze Brothers…better known as The Hamsters From Hell bring their scuzzed up, tongue in cheek, sweary, raw, weird and wonderful rhythm and blues to The Groves Company Inn and Damn can be found at The Brookhouse Farm.

The final VicFest gathering is themed around alt-rock with True Heights and a set of cinematic yet melodic rock being the evening’s final musical destination travelling via Swindon’s own All Ears Avow, Welsh math-rock from The Decoy and an acoustic set from Ghost of Machines.

If that isn’t your musical cup of Darjeeling then perhaps Jenny Darren and The Ladykillers take on Joplin-esque blues-rock at The Queen’s Tap is.

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