Devizes Festival launch website, and announce programme

Those of you who have already joined the Devizes Festival Facebook page, will have had a sneak preview of a few of this years acts, but you can now peruse the entire 2014 programme from the excellent brand new website, 

The obvious stand out events, in my mind, would be the MR B THE GENTLEMAN RHYMER on Saturday 21st June, simply because of his spat with Mr Gove, the Newsnight performance and Guardian, Independent and Metro coverage back in March/April. Oh, and because it’s free entry ūüėȬ†

Then there is Oxford Educated drug trafficker, HOWARD MARKS, on Thursday 19th June at the Corn Exchange. The big counter culture figure, in a literally conservative town. 

Other improvements¬†include the ability to purchase tickets online for every event this year, even the Organ recitals in the Churchs! And we’re looking to get on the social network hash tag’s too, see if we can get these trending in June.

#DevizesFestival – On Twitter and Instagram

#DevizesMusic – On Instagram specifically.

We want to see your comments, pictures and feedback in real time, and show off the quality of our festival across the Social Media platform!

Chap Hop comes to Devizes!

BOOM! Not one but TWO Chap Hop superstar shows are coming to Devizes over the summer. 

For those uninitiated of you, Chap Hop is the bizarre, unexpectedly excellent marring of the Queens English and Hip Hop. Imagine George Formby meets The Sugarhill Gang. 

One of the creators of the scene, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, will be performing at Devizes Town Hall, on Saturday 21st June as part of Devizes Fringe Festival, a free entry event that will require a ticket. Those tickets will be available from WeGotTickets in May. 

To follow up this foray into uncharted Hip Hop musical landscapes (in Devizes at any rate) will be the equally excellent, Professor Elemental, who will be performing at St Mary’s Arts Centre on Saturday 19th July. Tickets available from WeGotTickets, priced ¬£9 now. ¬†

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Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer in SWINDON

Leander Morales and I are very proud to be bringing Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer¬†back to Wiltshire, on Friday 9th November and at Swindon’s finest venue, The Victoria.¬†

Mr B has just launched the new song and video “Just Like A Chap” lifted from his new longer player, “The Tweed Album” Check it out below…

Tickets are¬†available¬†from SeeTickets at ¬£8 advance, or ¬£10 on the door. Support comes from the superb CHIP DADDY, and word is there may be some chav / chap off… We will see…

Announcement: Chip Daddy to support Chap Hop creator

Sheer Music has the¬†privilege to announce that,¬†Devizes’s own prodigal son, CHIP DADDY¬†has the esteemed honour of supporting Chap Hop creator MR B THE GENTLEMAN RHYMER on Friday November 9th at The Victoria, Swindon.

Chip has been steadily raising his profile over recent months, with shows opening for the likes of Goldie Lookin’ Chain as well as video¬†excursions across Europe and 2 fantastically well¬†¬†received shows at The Vic, opening for 9 piece hip-hop band, ¬†A&T as well as comedy parody band Kova Me Badd (must get these to Devizes!) November really will be a must see.

I haven’t quite got round to thinking of how this is going to be angled, but it’s certainly in the region of Chav Hop meets Chap Hop. Anyone who has witnessed Mr B’s roasting of Professor Elemental will know what a quick wit and tongue he has… Let’s hope Jamie doesn’t do anything to warrant his own roasting…


£8 early bird tickets can be bought from SeeTickets Рor direct from venue. £10 on door. Please note this venue is strictly 18+.

Sheer Music comes of age.

Sorry for such a late update, but I’ve finally gotten over a Crazy weekend.

A week last Saturday (5th Feb) Sheer had our first show at Swindon’s legendary metal venue, The Furnace. It comes rather late, since we’ve promoted and in my case, engineered at every venue Swindon has had to offer. Previous management made it difficult to get in and further back than that – it was so successful with Yankeeboy they didn’t need anyone else.

So delighted was I to 1. be able to offer some friends a replacement show and 2. despite the snow, pull off a thoroughly good gig.

That event cost me well over ¬£500, yet we made a tiny amount after costs and every band went home paid. As far as first gigs go at a new venue they don’t get much better than that.

The following Thursday, again in Swindon, I paid out the largest fee to an act I’ve ever done – and a show that cost well over ¬£600. All told the two shows cost me ¬£1200. What was causing me sleepless nights and desperate acts of promotion ended up being hugely successful.

So if there was a bench mark to say Sheer has come of age, now would be it.


This Saturday we host Hysterical Injury from Bath, who are an amazing act – some thing you really must see – I really hope that this recent purple patch represents the rebirth of live music in Devizes – We don’t have an average night booked for the foreseeable future – I hope you’re all there to witness it!