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20 year anniversary of Kurt Cobains death – Our homage.

Friday 4th April represents the 20 year anniversary eve of Kurt Cobains untimely death. Not a date you would typically want to celebrate, so consider this show more an acknowledgement of everything Nirvana achieved and gave us, and everything they were and would have continued to be.As we plough headlong into our 10th year of promoting in Devizes, we find our selves back at The Bell By The Green, one of our most regular haunts. We typically don’t do tribute shows, but this is too significant an anniversary to miss, and let’s be honest, a good Nirvana show will be a lot of fun. 

It takes guts to want to even perform live, as a tribute to a band who changed the face of music, who were a voice of a generation, it takes a whole new level of something to actually go and record a cover of said band, especially given the force and nature of Nirvana’s fans. They are a dedicated and fussy bunch. 
So, it’s with great pleasure that I announce that we have captured one of the UK’s finest tributes to Nirvana. KIRVANA come from Shropshire, that’s a fair old way to play for us. We could of got a much closer band, but as promoters it’s our job to bring the most authentic tribute bands to town and with Kirvana that is just what we have done. 
The band use the same vintage guitars and amps, that Nirvana used – To specifically capture the true sound of the band, if they sound this good live next Friday, I will be a very happy punter indeed. 

Support for the evening comes from a Devizes legend, Gary Martin and his band Audio Puppy, who will provide an authentic grunge sound, along with an alternative DJ, playing all the best rock and alternative music from the 90’s. 

Tickets are priced £10 advance from Devizes Books or WeGotTickets, or £15 on the door! This event is strictly 16+.

Doors 8pm.
8 – 9pm – Grunge & 90’s alternative DJ.
9 – 9.30pm – Audio Puppy

10 – 11.30pm – KIRVANA
Please join our Mailing list… We have a big tour announcement to make on April 2nd.>>>MAIL CHIP<<<

Updates all round!

1) First business of order, Friday nights shit hot punk / metal show at The Bell. It was a long time coming, but Roads To Nowhere finally played town again, even with a new line up, they absolutely nailed it. Circle pits and walls of death all round. Well done.

Orcryst opened that show to much the same crowd participation straight from the off! A big shout out to their drummer for playing the best set I’;ve seen him  play. Taught and professional – he really looked like he was pushing himself, and having fun.

Had Deliverence, played a different bill or to a more rock crowd, I believe their almost LostAlone style riffs would of impressed anyone – I was certainly impressed with the slightly new direction!

It was left to BROKEN JAW to finish the show, and they turned an already happy, bouncy crowd into a Fucking PARTY. Front man, with a wireless mic – often an over indulgence in such a small venue, was put to good effect with him standing, and sitting on tables all over the room, sitting perched a top chairs on tables, in fact climbing anything that he could muster. He even stripped down to the bare essentials and got the crowd to put money in his briefs. I shit you not – this one was superb performance.

The only thing that band lack is a studio recording, and I’m telling you now, that début is going to Rock.

2) OK in other news, three time scene hitter and friend Mr Francis Turner who was looking to #BurstTheBuble with his 5th studio album and reach the top of the album charts on Sunday, didn’t quite manage top spot, but he did Smash Will.I.Am into second space!

My sincere congratulations Frank, I doubt anyone in the industry deserves the rewards as much as you!

3) There is a new Facebook group, entitled >Wiltshire Music Scene<, and can be used to advertise gigs, wanted band members – or members for sale, gear, meet ups – what ever – If it’s musical and it’s Wiltshire – Dive Right In!

That’s all I got for now… gah!

HILDAMAY show postponed

I am sorry to announce that HILDAMAY, who were due to perform this Sunday at The Bell By The Green, have pulled out of the show.

They have been offered a huge high profile gig, and we simply can’t stand in the way of the band reaching a much wider audience – though this does not mean the show is off – All ticket sales are still valid for the reorganised date in January 2013. 

I would like to apologise to the support bands, and to the local scene – but we will make this up to you, and promise the return affair will be off the scale. 

In the mean time, the last show I have on in Devizes will be Beans On Toast on Friday 14th (only 19 tickets remain!) and as a result of this gig being pulled, Abe Juggins has a trick of two up his sleeve for a late late metal show  before the end of the year. 

When anything is set in stone, and organised, you will read it here first, so do continue to check the site regularly! 

Beans On Toast poster!

Julie Morris been designing me posters for a few years now, and she always comes up with bespoke illustrated designs, which show off her very individual style. She has delivered here, a poster inspired by Frank Turner’s lyrics in the song “I Knew Prufrock Before He Was Famous”

Check out the Beans On Toast show in Devizes in December >>here<<  – Beans aka Jay, opened for Frank Turner at Wembley earlier in the year in front of over 10,000 people – he comes to our tiny intimate venue, in front of a strict 70. Be sure to buy your tickets in advance!  >>>We Got Tickets <<< Or behind the bar, direct from venue.

>>>>> Julie Morris Website <<<<<

RESULT! From some of “our” bands…

First of all I would like to encourage this… Rock Shakes. Not new to all you cool kids, but I was rock shakin’ down The Furnace with Deliverence guitarist Mike Brown Saturday night, and rock shakes were the order of the day. A slow motion video exists some where. It looked rad. Rock Shake.

Secondly we have had some rad news from local and favourite what-ever-core crew, Roads To Nowhere, who won the penultimate heat of Live & Unsigned, in Reading.

The part Chippenham / Melksham / Wiltshire band slammed their heat winning “24 Carrot Gold for Most Original band and song” The 5 piece go on to play London’s O2 venue on July 14th in front of 1000’s of people.

We wish to congratulate them and offer them luck in the final – Head over to their facebook page to find out more info – as I’m sure they’ll be organising a mini-bus & day trip out to the show. And it’ll be some thing to witness.

Remember to catch Roads To Nowhere, 3 song unplugged session this Thursday on the Matthew Corbett session for Fantasy Radio, 97fm in mid-Wiltshire or on line at http://www.fantasyradio.co.uk between 7-10pm. Drop in at 8.15 for session specifically.

Talking of things to witness, you need to check this out… After slaying Slam Dunk festival, Devizes / Melksham cum Bath based pop punk hardcore types have landed or just announced a tour with Save Your Breath and A Loss For Words – more pride for bands on our doorstep. And thoroughly deserved for a bunch of lads who never seem to stop working! Well done guys, you’ve done us proud again!


Animal themed gig, this FRIDAY

Without actually even realising it until it was pointed out to me, this Friday I have managed to put together a Zoo of a bill for your aural pleasure!

Bath based (ex-Devizes!) classic rock n’ roll duo, BITE THE BUFFALO return to town for only their second show here, after successfully signing to BA1 records, release a stone wall classic EP “Bromigos”, playing the UK’s most Eco-Friendly festival “Penny Farthing” with Tall Ships (where the electricity is generated by the audience on push bikes!) and lining up a whole European tour for the Autumn – there isn’t anything related to the band which isn’t cool!

The Goneos brothers have been long friends of Sheer, since we gave them their first shows as cRimson, Third Idea and I Am Bodhi, it seems the band have finally found their feet, their sound and their ability to make an impression in our hearts and in our minds. To say I’m proud and excited about Fridays show is a massive, Massive understatement.

Equally as happy, I am excited to let lose, the “coming along nicely” and “quickly maturing”, SALUTE THE MAGPIE – who will deliver their tightest and best set to date. After releasing new demo’s on their soundcloud, the excellently titled “Cairo Car Chase” is hinting at all the right sounds, with a more technical approach more akin to Foals than the previous sound of Fratellis.

Delighted I am, that I’ve invited Salute to perform at the Jubilee event on the Green in Devizes on Sunday June 2nd, and then headline the local bands stage at Rowdy Fest on July 21st.

New openers for the night are the Devizes based, classic rock vibe of Led Zepplin infused jams, SENOR SCORPION, who have been honing their craft at The Warehouse Studio’s on Hopton Industrial Estate. It’s by no coincidence that the band are as good as they are, despite playing very few shows, because of their commitment to rehearsals in a top quality venue.

We’re expecting this to be one super night, with the handsome duo up top, and then two very well supported local bands really finalising a bill of quality music, so do get down to catch the openers, and not to miss a second of this event.


8.45 – 9.15 – Senor Scorpion
9.30 – 10 – Salute The Magpie
10.15 – 11 – Bite The Buffalo