31760151_1227166777386457_3318506893571260416_nLots to get through this week so with an introductory paragraph as brief as one of Cheryl Cole’s relationships, let’s get on with the show.

Scott Lavene makes a sort of quintessentially English rock and roll, infectious tunes mixed with jittery new wave tension and uniquely humorous narratives that Messrs. Difford and Tilbrook would be proud of and you can catch him at The Beehive this very evening.

Two helpings of rock are to be found on Friday with The Lizzy Legacy and Stat-X at The Victoria and The Rolleston respectively. The former, as the name implies, pay tribute to the music of Thin Lizzy and associated acts, no wigs, costumes or gimmicks they just let all of those classic tunes speak for themselves and the latter offer rock music in all its forms from the obvious iconic choices to some more pop-rock selections.

Those preferring more rootsy options might want to check out Rockabilly Rumble at The Queen’s Tap, a band seeped in that authentic sound that resulted from the musical collision of blues, hill-billy and country-rock, feet will boogie, rugs will be cut, good times will be had by all. Failing that, Model Folk return to the scene of much musical carnage over the years, in good way of course, with a gig at The Beehive. If the idea of The Bonzo Dog Band writing songs for Gogol Bordello is an idea that intrigues you then you know what to do.

Elsewhere soul, sass, sax and superb songs garnered from all eras and genres come courtesy of Locomotion at The Village Inn, Jamie H. takes a break from his own exquisite songs to apply those skills to a set of popular acoustic covers at The Tap & Barrel and Marc Hopkin’s is Robbie Williams at The Bakers Arms.

And if you find yourself at a loose end as those bands take their curtain call then Level 3 has an alternative club night leaning very much towards Nu-Metal, punk, hardcore and alt-rock to take you into the early hours.

Indie fans have a couple of options on Saturday, Indie’d bring Brit-pop era classics to The Messenger, whilst Six O’Clock Circus, the sonic big brother of The Shambles, mix the sounds of Cool Britannia with a raft of accesible 90’s indie at The Brookhouse.

Down and Dirty bring their excellent rock and metal set to The Prince of Wales in Wootton Bassett but if you want a change from all the rock cover gigs, how about some hard rock originals? If so, Saints of Sin can be found at The Queen’s Tap, a band revelling in the 80s glam metal and classic rock zenith; expect big beats, big riffs and big hair, rock and roll excess writ large across a live stage.

And for something radically different from the usual musical fare, Johnny and The Bebops bring skiffle to The Rolleston. They may not answer the age old question, Does You’re Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour on The Bedpost Overnight but you will be in for a great night out.

And again, those who wish to continue the party into the night should head to Level 3 for DJ Dust and the more selective sounds of The 90’s. Think less Britney and Spice Girls and more Faithless, The Levellers and Cornershop.

Fatboys Charity has its annual gathering to raise money and awareness to help children with cancer and leukaemia at The Victoria. Featuring headliners Fragile Things who are a pretty big deal in the rock world. Fronted by ex-Heaven’s Basement main man Richie Hevanz, they offer classic rock for a more discerning and contemporary audience. Support comes from Breeze and Paunch.

And if you are looking for something a bit more relaxing to see the weekend out, The Lazy Sunday Afternoon session at Savernake Street Community Hall sees Illustrations (pictured) blend of dreamy, 60’s infused psych-pop alongside Eddie Cooke’s masterful musical machinations and of course your hosts, Mr Love and Justice getting the session underway.