newpromo_b 11.15.37For obvious reasons many of the gigs this week are touting a Halloween theme, though it seems odd that a Celtic occasion of remembrance should be marked largely by the playing 80’s classic rock covers but that is the world that we find ourselves in.

Tonight there is, as is Thursday’s role in things, a plethora of original music to be had. The Basement Club can be found at The Victoria doling out their weaves of infectious indie and deft pop and joining them is the much talked about China Bears a band who have already caught the ear of many radio movers and shakers with their anthemic indie sound. Kaleido Bay open the night.

Something weird this way comes to The Tuppenny. Kid Calico and the Astral Ponies break out a slightly stripped back version of their Victorian music hall, Americana, psychedelia and folky tunes. But it is their quintessentially English eccentricities which mark them out from the crowd, their dapper sartorial choices and their biscuit fixations. And in a double whammy of a night they are joined by The Jimmy Sixes and their jump blues and rockabilly shenanigans.

And blues is also on the menu at The Beehive, this time with a cool old-timer vibe with the real deal Kent Duchaine.

Bands and Burlesque is back at The Victoria on Friday. I’m not quite sure how 30’s music hall dance got paired up with 50’s rockabilly but it seems to be a thing so if that sort of thing is your sort of thing then you will find Cowboy and The Corpse providing the music, psychobilly style, and a host of visual performers strutting their stuff.

The big name can be found at Level III as Eddie and The Hot Rods (pictured) steer the tail end of their final ever tour towards its stage. 43 years of mixing punk, rock and r’n’b, and lasting longer than almost all of their rivals, this new, revitalised version of the band, still led by iconic front man Barrie Masters, is determined to go out with a bang. The Strays and Rotten Aces provide the local support to a show that is destined to be one of those “I was there when .” moments.

Since socialising with rock royalty as a teen (people with surnames like Plant, Page, Hughes and Lynne) Jenny Darren has a string of albums to show for her long career and she is back touring with her latest band The Lady Killers and can be found at The Queen’s Tap. Darren Hunt also offers rock and metal as his stunning one man performance takes up residence in The Waiting Room.

More rootsy offerings can be found firstly at The Beehive with Keith and Julie Richards paying, and indeed playing, tribute to a range of iconic blues artists and secondly The Rolleston as Lost Eleven break out the country, bluegrass and blues (and other music for uplifting gormandizers …perhaps, extra points if you get the reference). In a similar generic vein, Johnny and The Bebops can be found with a bag of skiffle tunes at The Castle.

As part of his ongoing fundraising towards a dedicated Swindon Radiotherapy unit, Dave Young follows up his pan-European bike ride with a bit of shindig at The Castle on Saturday. Headlining is Chaos Brothers, a motley crew who really should know better, firing off salvos of classic rock and punk whilst Street Outlaws provide the harder, blue-collar, Oi shout-alongs. It is also great to see Fake Walnut Dash back treading the boards, funky, blues-infused music and the best shoop-shoop backing vocals this side of a Betty Everett classic…or a Cher cover depending on your age.

Wizards of Oz bring the music of Ozzy Osbourne to The Queen’s Tap, WMD deliver party tunes to The Tawny Owl and Splat The Rat offer a slice of quirky folk to the denizens of The Rolleston.

Fans of ska music will want to be at The Swiss Chalet with The 2Tone All Ska’s for a night paying homage to the likes of Madness, Bad Manners and The Specials as well as the Trojan label artists who inspired them.

Finally, adding a dash of panache to the weekend, Swindon and Wiltshire Pride have a fundraiser in The Regent, music comes courtesy of Pulse and Penny P. plus DJ’s, karaoke and of course fancy dress and other fun and frolics.

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