members_sheffieldTonight, The Beehive will be offering you something a bit different, Gratuitous sax in the shape of The Delta West Sax Quartet. (You will have to wait until next week for the follow-up pun, senseless violins, or at least The Model Folk’s epic man-sized violin as they would have it.) Classical, jazz and all sorts of popular reinterpretations rendered unto 4 saxophones. That should make an interesting change of pace.

On Friday The Castle is the location for a bit of a celebration as Swindon Viewpoint throws a party to celebrate its 45th Anniversary. This ever growing media archive and the UK’s longest running community TV service invites you to groove, drink and be merry with them to some typically left-field musical selections. Grasslands brings a bag of green fingered folktronica, Flour Babies an intricate weave of mercurial art-indie-prog-alternative-avant garde and Raze*Rebuild offer a raft of sky-scraping Americana. The night is rounded off with Sex Jazz and their groove heavy alternative vibes and general madness.

Less bizarre but no less brilliant music can be found at The Rolleston with a rare outing for Missin’ Rosie. Folk, roots, Celtic and world sounds all grooved up and rocked out with the intent of getting even the grumpiest wall flower shuffling their feet to the beat, they haven’t failed in their mission yet. Also filled with more that the requisite amount of groove is the aptly named Felix and The Funk. A night of party tunes from the soul, pop, disco, dance and of course funk sections of the musical canon, infectious music to cut a rug to at The Victoria.

Vice Versa explores the golden age of indie music, the 70’s to the 90’s, at The Queen’s Tap and a stripped back version of Hyperbolics, under the guise of Parabolics can be found at The Tap and Barrel for some classic rock and indie covers. Big Al, normally found fronting Penfold, can be found in solo mode demonstrating to The Village Inn just why he is known as “the human jukebox.”

This year’s Mick Love Memorial Gig features, as always, something a bit special with The Members heading to The Victoria to headline the show. Although always seen as part of the punk movement, in reality their sound was always broader in scope taking in ska, reggae and power-pop and although with the exception of two well known singles they didn’t really get the recognition many feel they deserved, live they are a fantastic, fun and energetic night out.

Getting the night under way is Ambition Demolition who prove that you can teach old punks new tricks as they freshen up the genre for the modern age and between the two are your hosts Charred Hearts whose blends of spiky but melodic punk has taken them from local musical reprobates to national, and indeed international, circuit favourites.

Rock tributes abound, if two can be described such, with Ed Force One playing tribute to Iron Maiden at The Waiting Room and Freddie In Concert being a tribute to Queen at Level 3. Despite their penchant for classic rock imagery on their page and posters The Triple JD band play songs beyond the expected rock oeuvre at The Rolleston whilst Audio Asylum faithfully reproduce all manner of alt-rock favourites from the last few decades at The Tap and Barrel.

If ska is more your thing then you will want to head to The Queen’s Tap for two tone, dancehall and ska classics courtesy of The Skangsters (not to be confused with local legends The Skanxsters, but to be honest if you love one you will love the other.)

More general offerings come from Danger Mouse, a real musical smorgasbord of iconic songs from all eras and genres at The Tawny Owl and Pulse, a two-piece acoustic duo who can be found at The Prince of Wales in Wootton Bassett.