Festivals, home recordings and general round up!

Sorry for the large gaps followed by a flux of posts, but I’ve been super crazy busy over the past few weeks. 


The inaugural “Folk Of Devizes” festival in Hillworth Park on 11th August was fantastic. There was stage time for a lot of budding local artists, including the young and impressive Archie Coomb. I took Archie back to my place after, and laid down his first demo’s. You can check those out on his soundcloud, below. 

Chris T-T stole the show though, with his AA Milne set, called Disobedience.  Needs to find decent pictures of this…

Next up after that was WOOLF MUSIC in Seend, on the 17th/18th. An avant garde, left field, acid folk festival – based around the Terrascope scene. If you’re properly into your local music then you’ll already be familiar with Thought-Forms. This festival was a co-pro between Phil “Terrascope” McMullen and Charlie “Sonic Sanctuary” Romaijn. 

I engineered their second stage, which was a lot of fun, working with singer-less acid folk, peppered with the occasional noise intrusion or lecture from significant writers from the scene, including a captivating read from Jeanette Leech, who has written a book about the whole Genre – check that out on Amazon

Highlights included French act, CHICALOYOH (I picked up a lovely maroon red 7″) and Melksham band TERRAPIN, who played with bugals and trumpets and maxed out on a space oddity type trip. Alas, I confess to of knowing practically none of the line up before the festival, little did that hold me back from loving every minute.

My two days was equal parts captivating and inspiring – I really hope there is a Woolf Music 2014, as there isn’t a festival like it in the UK, musically speaking, and this has led me to start reading WIRE magazine. 


Reading 2012 featured a band from Chippenham. I forget their name – but they never responded with any apparent interest, or at all, when offered shows to build on it. They played the  Festival Republic / Introducing Stage.

This year how ever, we have the massive, MASSIVE news that DECADE will be opening up the “Lock Up Stage” come Saturday lunch time at this years Reading Festival. 

The band who feature home grown lads, Dan Clarke and Connor Fathers will be ticking off one of their ambitions with this band by playing the festival. This comes after recently signing to Universal Records imprint, Spinefarm. 

To say I’m super happy and proud of them is an understatement. They thoroughly deserve the break and the reward after their near constant touring duties. Well done guys, hope you smash my home town a new one! 


Showcase, Battle Of The Bands – call it what you will – Winners TENDRILS were in the studio the past two days, as you saw from yesterdays blog post. The recording is now done. 5 tracks have been laid down – Now we just wait and see what Gareth can come up with. Excited to say the least. 


Golly, there’s hell of a lot going on. First up is Friday, and Benji Clements popular DAMP SESSIONS at The Lamb in Devizes. I am again engineering. The first (in Devizes) was huge – since then Benji has performed on TV at the Royal Albert Hall, so I expect this to be off the wall. Get down early, and book a space! >Facebook page + more info

Sunday see’s the ever impressive ABE JUGGINS, go international with the Swedish metal band, Beneath My Feat who will be playing The Bell By The Green. A show headlined by our own heroes HOMELAND. I hope they use their projectors again. Naturally, more info from >FACEBOOK<

Finally, Monday will see the best event in the Devizes calender, the Street Festival. It is always a joy to return from the UK’s best rock festival (Reading) and be greeted by this surreal spectacle. Previous performers have included the vegetable babies. The grannys on the mobility scooters. Those crazy unicyclers, and some French physical theatre. Hands down the most exciting cultural event in the whole of Wiltshire by far – Anyone care to suggest anything that comes close? 

So, sorry I’ve heaped it together, but it’s a bloody exciting time in Devizes right now, and we haven’t even got on to my #DEVIZESREVIVAL shows in the Autumn… 


Salute The Magpie + Homeland offer new music

Wiltshire based acts, Salute The Magpie and Homeland have both released new music this week.

In case you missed it, indie types, Salute The Magpie released their 2nd single / ep Eddy’s Midnight Tale on Saturday, a review of it can be found on the reviews tab, to your right…>.

The EP wastes no time in reintroducing us to the band, with the distinctive dulcet voice of Tom England, but have some what tech’ed up their guitars to XX or Foals levels, a slightly more challenging direction, which is excellent. Listen below. 


Devizes post-hardcore 5 piece HOMELAND, released set favourite TIMES (I’m So Scared Of Finding Home), via their Youtube account, and I’m pleased to say they very kindly included me in their art work, aww. ❤ 


Devizes SHOWCASE kicks off!

Friday 10th May, sees the start of Devizes Showcase 2013the Devizes Festival event where we get to give local musicians an opportunity to play shows and the next generations of Jimi Hendrix’s their first taste of live music!

Kicking off this years event will be a bill of heavy metal, headed up by Devizes beefcakes, HOMELAND. Not to be confused with the American drama of the same name, the band are using a projector to add imagery to their live performance – which is going to be impressive and indulgent, if their new song, Things Will Change (video below) is anything to go by.

The gig will be free entry, from 7.30pm and ALL AGE – so please ensure we encourage the next generation to pick up guitars and experience live music. 

The line up is completed by Swindon’s NATURES, a young melodic hardcore band, WITH WHAT REMAINS, a Bath area based metal band and the bill is finished off with OPTIMAL PRIME, a Swindon area prog/metal band. So there you have it, heavy, but something for everyone!

Devizes Festival Metal Showcase

Somewhat Snakes join punk show!

Throughout May, Abe Juggins and I are hosting the Devizes Festival showcase warm up shows, at The Bell By The Green in Devizes. These are a bunch of stand alone shows, which, fingers crossed will show the strength of the local scene.

The nights are themed, so we’re putting bands who compliment each other together, with the first show on May 10th being a waltz through metal and hardcore, including an anticipated headline set from HOMELAND

Friday May 17th, I am excited to say,  will now feature SOMEWHAT SNAKES, a new local, punk band whose EP I reviewed a week or so ago (scroll down). 

You can find out about all these gigs on the GIGS tab to your right, or head over (and join) our Facebook page, and look through the events tab there too! 

Devizes Festival Metal Showcase

Dead Note Attire sponsor stage at Devizes Showcase

Devizes based clothing apparel Dead Note Attire, created and run by Homeland.‘s Ash Clark, will be sponsoring a stage at the Devizes Festival Showcase event on June 14th.

DNA will be sponsoring the second stage, which is being booked / programmed by Abe Juggins  and will feature the heavier bands. Special guest head liners will be, Aldershot based punk/metal band, XII Boar.

Merch will be available at the event, but Homeland won’t be playing – You can catch Homeland though, on Friday April 26th at the Bell By The Green, opening for London based legends, PALEHORSE.


THE ELIJAH: Free entry post rock / hardcore show

Big, big shout out to Emma @ The Rolly Furnace in Swindon, who has stepped in at the 11th hour, and allowed Homeland to move Monday’s show from the 12 Bar to The Rolleston / Furnace.

You can catch the incredible video and song for The Elijah here, this show is now FREE ENTRY. So just go to show your support of Emma if nothing else. Free entry hardcore / post rock show, on a night of the week, when you would normally be doing mundane things – go out and be inspired instead!

Free entry metal show tomorrow night

Once again Devizes is being spoilt with quality as one of the surprise packages from this years Bloockstock Festival head to town for their first ever Devizes show (despite only being located in Warminster!) 

FROM RUIN performed at Bloodstock on the Jagermeister  Acoustic stage on the Saturday, before delivering a LOUD set on the Sunday, which described front woman Anita, as a female Bruce Dickinson – high praise indeed. 

Not only that, but we are giving a début gig to HOMELAND – for their first ever show they have promised some special effects, which you’re going to have to watch to find out. Another first & *almost* hometown show for The Faint And Fallen, will see Matt Seabourne back on the stage in Devizes in his new band – I wait with baited breathe! 

But the most revered support goes to BLACK SANCTUARY  and their first Devizes gig since June, these boys have built a good buzz locally and deserve the opportunity to tear Devizes a new one.

I honestly can’t praise this gig enough, there isn’t a bad angle to this show, everything is perfect and the stage is set for an explosive night. Promoter Abe Juggin’s will be on Fantasy Radio TONIGHT from 7.15pm, talking about the gig and giving the general low down on all the upcoming gigs in Devizes, tune in 97fm locally or on line at Fantasyradio.co.uk.


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Homeland unveil teaser…

Brand spanking new, cross town band HOMELAND. have unveiled the teaser to their full début EP due for release in November.

The EP will feature 4 songs of solid, brutal honest melodic-core – in the vein of bands like Crooks and The Elijah.

The band are formed from local guys from various bands, who we hope have learnt from their past experiences and have come through to produce the band we always knew they could.