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1001847_10151555930943635_1223282823_nThere is no getting away from it; this week is all about The Swindon Shuffle. I won’t dwell on it in full, there has been a fair bit of coverage already in this august (and indeed August) publication and a quick search under the obvious terms will find all the details listed up on their website. But here is a very brief walk through (or Shuffle through I guess.)

 

Following last nights opening event at The Queens Tap, the focus tonight turns to Old Town which sees the regular Songs of Praise night at The Victoria become a temple to all things mercurial pop and alt-rock (Super Squarecloud, Dead Royalties and the return of SkyBurnsRed), whilst The Roaring Donkey is the haven for culture vultures, providing a mixture of intelligent acoustica (David Marx and Steve Leigh) and poetry readings. Also happing in the vicinity is some lovely Psytrance (tribal beats meets alien dance vibes) from Zetan Spore at The Beehive and Baila, that wonderful coffee house meets old school vinyl emporium is joining the fray with music provided by hand picked DJ’s. Artist might like to note that those awfully nice people at Cradle Contemporary will be running a Sketch Crawl; artists will be wandering the venues capturing the inspiration and the spirit of the night on paper for a future exhibition.

 

Friday not only stays around Old Town with The Ocelot curated Indie night at The Victoria (incorporating the now traditional Doza opening slot plus Nudybronque and British Harlem)), the first of two mellower nights at The Castle (Familiars, Wildest Dreams) and Riffs Bar’s wonderful acoustic night joins in the fun with an open mic. night and headline slots from The Black Feathers and The Cadbury Sisters, which is a coup in anyone’s book.)

 

Saturday is a tsunami of music. The big daytime session is to be found at The Rolleston from midday, courtesy of The Academy of Music and Sound who showcase their students’ talents before the rest of the afternoon and evening mixes all genres of music from the delicate tones of Charlie Bath to the wild musical machinations of Sea Mammal, the blues infused Armchair Committee and goes out with a bang courtesy of The Ak-Poets.

 

Through out the afternoon, The In-Store Sessions sees music in Billabong, Baila, That’s Entertainment and The Central Library.

 

An eclectic mix is also to be found at The Beehive that evening (Cartoon Heroes, Swindon Samba) and another chilled session at The Castle includes an acoustic Port Erin and Colour The Atlas.

 

Sunday has a family fun day at Riffs Bar, so take the kids along and mix music and shenanigans in equal measure whilst if you are in town The Beehive is the place to be as it plays host to the Shuffle wrap party. If you have made it this far, you may as well go out in style.

 

Right, that is The Shuffle well catered for lets look at non-Shuffle related options.

 

Riffs Bar on Thursday has a great little fundraiser for the Prospect Hospice that features the slightly funky indie of The Primaveras plus The Illustrations, a band who have evolved out of a warped acoustic bedroom duo into a sharp edged outfit that both channels the past and predicts the future. Also on the bill are Abi James and Brinliegh Gallagher. Great music, great cause.

 

The bottom corner of Commercial Road comes up trumps on Friday as The Rolleston plays host to Replica, which as the name suggests are pop and rock cover band, whilst downstairs at Level 3 you can catch Floydian Doors, the only band in existence paying tribute to Cambridge progressive and LA hedonistic psychedelic rock simultaneously. Saturday’s non-Shuffle events are a tribute to Rammstein at The Victoria and Indie and rock covers from Happy Accident at The Swiss Chalet.

 

As if to prove the power of musical networking whilst playing the Mostar Blues and Rock Festival in Bosnia, members of Innes Sibun’s Band found themselves playing alongside and befriending Texas old country/blues troubadour Keegan McInroe (pictured) to the effect that he will be playing at The White Hart in Wroughton on Sunday…not normally on the direct route back home but it’s great when these things happen.

 

Finally, at The Roaring Donkey on Wednesday those acoustic classical meets Latin meets jazz maestro’s Gilmore and Jaz can be found enchanting the crown. Why not join them?

Okay, the summer hasn’t panned out quite the way we hoped it might, but this weekend there is something happening that will hopefully make you pause from those traditional summer activities (building arks, herding pairs of animals, hold surfing contests through Leicester town centre, etc.)  – Summer Breeze is upon us. Every year this gradually evolving festival manages to out-do itself and this weekend will be no exception. Running for two days at Warren Farm near Liddington, there are so many bands that the safest way to make sure you don’t miss anything is to check out their easily found website, but my top recommendations would run something like this.

The big name is that wonderful, award winning songstress, K T Tunstall (pictured), and if the Saturday crowd can’t make central Swindon bask in the words to Suddenly I See, drifting off the downs on the night air, then I will be writing to my M.P. Strange, balkanised and klezmatic, anarchic, world music mash-ups come courtesy of The Destroyers and The Congo Faith Healers offer up gypsy jive, swamp blues. The festival also sees the welcome return of a couple of old favourites, the indescribable Flipron and the rootsy, slide guitar work of Willie and The Bandits. The local crop of bands offers some treats too, such as the dulcet tones of Charlie Bath here in full band mode, dance driven anthems from Atari Pilot and there is even a brace of Morleys; the haunting and soulful Jazz and the slick acoustic pop of Jake. No sign of Paul though, shame.

Right, back into the urban environment and tonight at The Victoria, the hardest gigging punk band of them all rolls into town. Charlie Harper leads his vintage hoodlums into their fifth decade, with the same old unbridled energy and enthusiasm. Not only do they have local legends, Nobody’s Heroes in support, they have Jamie Oliver on drums. Pucker!

More rafters will be raised at The Rolleston with The Racket. To celebrate front man Plummie’s 12th birthday (I don’t know, I’m just going on the way he acts!) he brings his beautifully chaotic band along to do what they do best. With punk drum and bass maestros 2 Sick Monkeys plus a man answering only to the name Doza on the bill, it is not a night for the faint hearted.

Something more restrained can be found at The Beehive with Claude Bourbon. This virtuosic Frenchman blends everything from blues and folk to jazz and flamenco, ethereal eastern vibes and luscious Latin grooves into a real showcase of world music.

Staying at The Beehive as we kick off Fridays serving suggestions finds I See Hawks in L.A. channelling the ghosts of the old time High Lonesome sound and the vibes of the 60’s counter culture and seeing that they have come all the way from Los Angeles to play for you, the least you can do is stroll down the road to check them out.

In a battle of the big riffs, The 12 Bar goes head to head with The Furnace. UNK Industries presents a showcase of pop-punk and post-hardcore bands including Hold The Fight, When Words Fail and From Embers at the former whilst the latter plays host to local poor boys making good, The Dead Lay Waiting who are joined by various shades of metal from Silent Descent, the Mask of Virtue and Dissolute. Loads on offer for the fan of the hard and heavy, but not great planning on the part of the venues.

It may come as no shock to you if I admit that I’m not the most switched on with popular culture, so I freely admit that I had no idea who Britain’s Got Talent competitor, Alex Davis was until I checked him out on-line. Fans of Ed Sheeran will be into him, I suspect, but what they will make of the weird musical landscape that support act Super Squarecloud build around themselves is anyone’s guess. The Fixed’s brand of slick indie is also worth going for.

If you don’t make it to Summer Breeze over the weekend, alternative arrangements come in the shape of early Whitesnake (i.e. before the poodle hair, spandex and Steve flippin’ Vai ruined everything) blues guitar maestro Bernie Marsden at the Furnace on Saturday and Sunday night offers up Bob Smith at The Rolleston with a bag of Americana, folk and rocking blues.

If you thought last weeks column was hard pushed to fit everything in, then this week is playing journalistic sardines with the coming weeks gigs. With the Jubilee weekend upon us and so many events taking place, I will apologize in advance to the bands that don’t get a mention, but rest assured you are in the majority this week. It also means that with the forced exclusivity on this run down, anything that does get a mention is going to be well worth checking out.

Last week was the first big indoor festival of the season out at Riffs Bar, this week we move into town with the exotically named My Dad’s Bigger Than Your Dad Festival running over the whole, extended weekend at The Victoria. Tonight is a very special, ticket only affair, but the reason will become clear. Suffice it to say that some of the best chilled music is on offer, building up to a very special and intimate performance by Buswell. After that, drop in for free anytime over the weekend and you are guaranteed to catch something great, be it the driven, totally now, sounds of Young Blood, the eastern vibed, alt-rock strains of SkyBurnsRed, weird folky-pop-ska hybrids from The Costellos, punchy Manics-esque alt-rock from False Gods, jazz-junkiefied, quantum pop with Super Squarecloud or the beautiful cacophony that is The (aptly named) Racket.

The Rolleston will be celebrating in suitably disrespectful fashion with three days of punk music. Saturday sees a one off reunion of The Old Gits, or as they put it, four old punks for old punks (clever), and ska-pop-punk from The Richardson Maneuver. Sunday is also a reunion of local punk stalwarts, with local legends turned national treasures, 2 Sick Monkeys plua a band that take me right back to the days of The Monkey Club (now, that ages me somewhat) Nobody’s Heroes. Another legend, Doza will be kicking the night off or you can catch him again as part of The Dodgy Duo on Monday when they open up for The Useless Eaters.

Right, if you can’t find anything to watch in that small mountain of musical talent, then try some of this for size.

You may want to duck out of the heat tonight (Michael Fish told me there is going to be a heat wave, so it must be true) and cool down with the soulful, world-jazz sounds of vocal and guitar duo Ruba Tempo at The Beehive.

Staying at The Beehive, Friday promises something unique in the form of CCTV Tapstars a duo who offer up Latin influenced guitar playing, percussion and, wait for it …tap-dancing. Oddly though there is 5 of them pictured on the venues website so probably best you just head in with an open mind and just see what you get. Always the best way to approach music. Also on Friday at The 12 Bar, Lighthouse Promotions are hosting a night to raise money for Fatboys Cancer Charity featuring, The Avenue, The Canary Club, Max Curtis and Korim Miah.

Two big names hit town on Saturday. At Riffs Bar the legendary 4 Skins will be the main draw at a Help For Heroes fundraiser. Once more fronted by long serving vocalist Gary Hodges, The 4 Skins were right at the heart of the Oi! movement that paralleled the punk scene. Tickets are limited for this show and must be purchased in advance only.

Also in town, all the way from New York’s lower east side (which is not only where Harry Met Sally, but was totally devastated by a giant monster, as recorded in the documentary, Cloverfield) are the original Teenage Dirtbags themselves, Wheatus. You can catch them at The M.E.C.A.

And after you have done all of that, it’s time for another Level 3 reunion night at The Furnace and this time they had better play some Diesel Park West! (Whaddayamean who?)

Another great little event this weekend can be found on Sunday in the form of the small but perfectly formed Goddard Avenue Street Party. There will be acoustic tunes from Craig Hutchinson and Bob Heath, performances from Commonweal School and mellow jazz vibes from Andre and Helen Pyzanchin. Nudy Bronque hit the stage around 5.00 with their infectious indie pop, though the bar will have been open for 30 minutes by then so expect carnage (only joking lads but you are getting a bit of a reputation!) This is followed by the glorious pop sounds of The Jess Hall Band and wrapping it all up is The Innes Sibun Band; incendiary blues rock and one of the best of it’s genre.

There is so much more I want to tell you about but the shadow of the editors red pencil looms large already. Have a great weekend what ever you do.