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The last 3 months in a quick review…

It’s been nearly 3 months since I last updated, sorry for the lack of information as I was off gallivanting.

June saw Devizes Festival ( 3 weeks in June) hit town, and I did 23 ish events in 21 days. Highlights included Howard Marks, the ejection and subsequent slating in the Gazette & Herald. (Can’t please them all, some good points in your review, you kinda missed the point though and I managed to ruffle a few feathers in a conservative town.) Mr B (awful sound but great venue and performance). And that crazy Mrs B Nice who was on another planet. Great comedy, and those 3 previous acts all had similar names, which caused chaos.

Ian Hopkins went sick, as you all know, but is back on his feet and rejoining the Festival committee after this years Wash Up meeting next week. Hooray!

I managed to prove myself with a few events, and have much grander, exciting plans for next year. Watch this space come September, and I’ll start to roll out a few hints. It’s going to be proper exciting.


The shortest of breaks was filled with  a complete surprise party for both Matthew Adams and I, (Late June) reaching our 30th & 31st birthdays respectively. Thrown by Nicky Stalham and Zoe Moore, it included an El Mariachi Mexican band, loads of Tequila, Mexican’s and Mexican’ts, friends and family, and then someone being sick in a pub toilet, which I waited around drinking coffee until 3am sobering up enough to drive home, because a taxi wouldn’t allow a sick person in the back. EPIC.


Then came 2 huge Swindon shows, The Computers & Gnarwolves. (early July) Both shows really brought the good times back to Swindon. I don’t like to blow my trumpet, but these were my biggest shows in terms of finance ever, and it really paid off. Great to see some big bands back in town, and I’ll be looking to continue doing more, provided we get the right offers. Check out the video below of Gnarwolves, along with these two awesome reviews. Especially the comment about the sound at Gnarwolves, which was done through a fog of sickness, Ibuprofen and Paracetamol. ThisIsWiltshire review & Hit The Scene review.


After that was a weekend of no sleep, continued sickness, paracetamol and 2000 TREES. (Mid July) My first ever full weekend at Trees (yes, really – I’m normally working at venues as it clashed with Fieldview in the past, OR doing warm up shows for this very festival!) was glorious. The Thursday saw the best bands of my past 6 months of promoting. Retrospective Soundtrack Players, Oxygen Thief and Ben Marwood all having played Swindon’s Victoria for me prior, and all sharing the same backing band was quite special. TRSP’s managed to reduce me to tears, and Ben Marwood also managed e tear. Later that evening saw JoFo play a proper indie rock racket, which made me smile more than their Bath show I managed to rescue after Moles burnt down. Gnarwolves finished off my affiliation with that day in proper style – If it wasn’t for the fact this day alone is the returning bands from the previous year, their set would guarantee them a place on next years bill. Ace.

Zoe, Rob, Meelie and I caught Dan Le Sac for the first time, since I missed them at the Frank Turner support at Wembley, instead opting for the Kingston instore show with Jim Lockey (hardcore). They didn’t disappoint, but it was also announced that they will be parting ways soon, so it was probably my one and only time of seeing them. Fiddlesticks.

The next two days followed in the same routine, late nights, busking slots, Dave McPherson popping up everywhere, AWESOME sets from The Bronx, The Computers and finished off in style with Crazy Arm. Jim Lockey announced their name change into Solemn Sun – I met all the rad dudes from across the country I rarely get to see, Adam Boucher, B-Sydes, Anthony Barlow, Lonely Tourist, Felix Hagen, Barry Dolan, Rick Marwood, Ben Marwood, Kevin BSM Records, and Jack Alcopop, Drop Out Dan etc and I spent time with Steve Hooper and his Mrs and the excellent Jodie from Bristol / Live Music Scene, to seemed to know even more people than I.

Shout outs to the Devizes massive (Luke, Dan and Alex) and all the Swindon crew (too many to name… but special mentions to Jake and Samuel)

Upon our return, and after a shower (or two) Rob Escott of The Colour Of Vinyl (link on your right) and I got down to reviewing the festival, via his session on Melksham Town Sound, which you can listen again via this link on Mixcloud, or check out our Pictures of our adventures on the Sheer Facebook page.

Proper excellent weekend, that gave us the post festival, festival blues. Hate returning to work and longing for it all to kick off again.

Which didn’t take long as PROFESSOR ELEMENTAL hit Devizes, in the amazing surroundings of St Mary’s Church / Arts Centre. The Prof’ went down extremely well, loved the town and the venue and what we are trying to achieve. Visually the place was arresting – Pictures on the Sheer facebook page – We had people travel from Swansea, Gloucester, Guildford, Poole and Bournemouth for the show(!) and our electro-swing DJ went on later than Devizes premier pub/club The Crown.

Check out this video, taken by an audience member…


In the mean time, I’ve had in the 10 year anniversary t-shirt image in. Designed by young, fledging graphic designer, Sharna Mollett – It will be available to purchase / pre-order very soon, with an ETA of late September for printing. Check out the design below. Mock up was created by Alex Fruen of Original Glory, who is also handling the digitalisation of a hand drawn image. Skills.

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FINALLY, the first job I had after all that had blown over, was to announce the first of the September shows, in the shape of KUNT & THE GANG. (links on the gigs tab, to your right, if you’re viewing this on the website!) and our final show of the Summer at the Stratton Stroll this Saturday.

Then it’s a genuine 6 or 7 week break from all things musical and organisational, whilst I write the promotion plan for Devizes Festival 2015, have a summer off with friends, start the first of the Bad Film Nights, give the in-laws a thank you curry for all the child minding and perhaps a wee late minute holiday away too.

See y’all in September’


Crammer is 1 + New website


Our inky fingers style, local arts, business and music fanzine CRAMMER is officially 1 this week, with the launch of Crammer 12!

What was originally planned as a bi-monthly rag, turned into a monthly one – It’s been excellent at delivering info about the various venues, nights and clubs in a language far cooler than this blog.


You can pick it up from Devizes Books for the usual price of £0.50p – which includes a free balloon stapled to the front cover.

Features this  month include the Street Festival and Carnival previews, which if we keep this weather up will be the best in recent memory. My review of Devizes Damp Session #1, a run down of what’s hot, the Wharf’s awards, and loads more. Always an excellent read and coffee table cool. 

WHAT’S MORE, is that I’ve purchased back the back, so we save a character in twitter and on posters and it’s easier for average Joe to remember. Professional looking email address will soon follow. (please note, I am aware of the display issues of the side bars, and am currently trying to figure out WordPress to correct it…) 

Remember to follow us all on Twitter: @Sheer_Music 

Thanks to all those who came last night to TAMSIN WHINTON‘s headline show. Apparently you could hear a pin drop for Luke De-Sciscio‘s set, such as he held them audiences attention – impressive stuff being able to shut Wiltshire folk up, well done lad. Corky endeared himself to the Lamb faithful, by dragging the audience upstairs as well. Seemed like an action packed night!

That is all for time being.

News on the grape vine for Sheer Music t-shirts and my first public speech event, more to come. 

As ever, take care + vote with you feet,



Local showcase tomorrow night…

An all local music affair heads up at The Lamb in St Johns Street, Devizes tomorrow night, Friday 2nd August, as we continue our rich vein of form with TAMSIN WHINTON making her first headline slot.

Tamsin has worked her way up on bills with loads of Devizes based musicians and national acts such as Antonio Lulic, She Makes War and Josie Ghost. Having worked her way through Swindon and more recently Bristol, Tamsin is really shaping up to be a Southwest Gem. 

Support comes from the equally impressive LUKE DE-SCISCIO, who hasn’t played Devizes for a while. His atmospheric songs and singing bring a young Nick Drake to mind, Luke would really suit the Parisien café style event. Class.

More support comes from regular Lamb type, CORKY (video below) whilst the opener will be Sasquatch Walk  front man, MAX CURTIS performing under his solo name I AM THE SEA. 

Doors 8pm

8.30 – 9 – I AM THE SEA
9.15 – 9.45 – Corky 
10 – 10.30 – Luke De-Sciscio 
10.45 – 11.15 – TAMSIN WHINTON


6th form CD sampler + banner

Fingers crossed I’ll catch up with Harrison tomorrow, and place in his grubby mitts, 10 sampler CDs of all the upcoming shows we have at The Lamb in Devizes.

It’s 14 tracks of some seriously good, some seriously funny music – Most of the tracks are already available to download, free, from the internet, but I appreciate that not only takes time and interest to do so, and it would be difficult to search it all out, so I’ve done it for you, and whacked it all down in appearance  order.

Some of this isn’t music made from local folk, though some of it is, most of it will no be familiar to you, but that is not a reason to ignore it – I’d had Frank Turner, Justin from The Vaccines and many more come to town and I’ve bust a gut to get people to come – it’s only until after these people are famous that not only do 1000’s of people claim to of been at the gig, but beg for me to get them back – like it’s that easy.

Simply put, you never know who is going to make it famous next, so make sure you have the scene points to say “I was genuinely there”

Here’s a video of Kunt & The Gang performing at Download Festival This Year. (he get’s a ridiculous reception!)

(Please note explicit content) 


On a side note, we also have a new revolving banner – if you want your event, or place advertised, drop me an image 700×200 pixels, and I’ll drop it in!