Dave McPherson – RETURNS to Swindon!

It’s been a long time since Dave last played Swindon. There are reasons for the long absence, which we won’t dwell on except to say it’s been a long time coming. 

For those who don’t know who Dave is, Dave is a British music legend. A career spanning decades now, he rose to fame in the late 90s with his band InMe when they released their debut album, Overgrown Eden to rapture. Famous for his flowing locks of luscious hair, Dave & InMe graced many the front cover of the British music press including Kerrang! and Rock Sound. 6 studio albums later the band have cemented their place in British rock history and a firm place in our hearts. 

It was a long time ago Dave hit the road as a soloist, releasing a number of solo albums too, that were equally as good as his band’s output and continued his presence among the best in the UK alternative scene and many a festival line up and tours around this country. 

However, it’s been a while since Dave last played Swindon or even Wiltshire for a year or two. So it’s with the greatest of pleasures that we welcome him back to Level 3 for what is effectively our Xmas show party on Saturday 21st December 2019! 

This show is also a co-pro between us and our friend’s BANDIT MUSIC, who have been doing some amazing gigs in Swindon, go like their page and stuff to keep up to date with their shows. We’re currently trying to get one of Swindon’s finest bands to play a rare acoustic support set, that if we pull it off, will really make for a special evening!

This tour has been mooted as an exclusive tour of InMe material, but as I’m currently trawling Dave’s videos on Youtube I cannot believe for one moment that he will ditch his solo material, as this has formed some of my most treasured memories as a promoter when Dave came and played Devizes Lamb to 60 people and made me shed many a tear to tracks like Lady Luck, Spring Hearts Need Blood, Snowball, I’m Possible, Something Bad, Last Year & Love Rats. We may need to give him extra time in his set…. 

Anyway, this is a brilliant excuse and opportunity to get mates together, see those friends we always promise to hang out with but never get the chance, at Christmas time for a bit of a sing-a-long and nostalgia. I’ll be inviting as many friends as I can and hope that some of you can make it for what I hope will be an incredibly special night. 

Saturday 21st December 2019
@ Level 3, Swindon.
Doors 8pm.

8.30 – 9pm –
9.15 – 9.45 –
10 – 11pm – Dave McPherson solo.
Tickets £6 adv. £8 otd.
14+

TICKETS: WeGotTickets // SeeTickets

I’m sure when we get round to this show I’ll be gushing about the amazing year we’ve had, but there is a long way to go and some seriously good gigs to happen before then, so, hang tight & I’m sure I’ll be seeing you all very soon

Kieran x

 

Sean McGowan announces full band UK tour

We’re at it once again, bringing tours to town. This time, it’s one of our favourite new singer song writers, Sean McGowan

Sean played Swindon last year, supporting Frank Turner and the plan was always to follow that gig up with a headline gig for Sean, but it never quite panned out. He signed up to a proper agent, and they took him all over the country, specifically avoiding places he had already been. 

So whilst it may seem a long time since he played our area, it’s because he’s been racking up the miles on other solo tours as well as supporting The Levellers on their recent Autumn tour. 

Also since our last outing together, Sean has released his debut album “Son of the Smith” via one of our favourite labels, Xtra Mile. 

All in all, the #GigFam are already very familiar with Sean and our Devizes antics. Swindon has had the briefest of introductions, so I have no doubt this gig will fill in the spaces! 

There will be a tour support, currently unknown to us, but we will find out soon enough.

Opening the show will be new Devizes rock band, Nerve Endings. Featuring former Ocelot staff writer, Mike Barham on guitar, my ex-Discovery colleague Rob McKelvey on bass and Wiltshire’s newest drummer Luke Bartels. 

After only one show in Devizes (there will be a whole bunch before this gig swings round) the band are very early days, but initial reports are promising, and it’s great to see Devizes producing some exciting bands again!

Go follow them over on their socials, FacebookTwitterInsta

Tickets for the show will be £10 and go on general sale TOMORROW at 10am. However I have 50 limited tickets at £8. Grab them whilst you can, via Nerve Endings links or HERE…> WeGotSecrets.

Thanks everyone, the 2nd show of 2019 has been announced (After Professor Elemental at The Neeld on 1st Feb!) 

Thursday 21st February 2019
@ Level 3, Swindon
Doors 8pm
8.45 – 9.15 – Nerve Endings
9.30 – 10 – tour support tba
10.15 – 11pm – Sean McGowan
14+
£10 adv. £13 otd.

SeanSwindon

Sheer Music Present… Tony Wright (Terrorvision)

I do hope you appreciate reading about how and why we make the decisions we do with the shows we put on, if you don’t skip to the bottom for the vital statistics, if you like to know, read on…

The year is 2000 in the December time, and Zoe is at Salisbury college. The heavens have poured down and the whole of Salisbury plain has been flooded. The bus I am on gets routed through Orcheston and decides to plough right through what is effectively a river. Needless to say the bus conks out. 

Picture me, balls deep with other passengers (which happens to be a future colleague, Roger Chandler of Devizes Post Office!) wading through ice cold water to get to the replacement service the other side of the river. And this was the year 2000, I mean, I had the WIDEST Nu-Metal trousers going. They weighted a ton with all that water soaked in & bike chains hanging off the side…

ANYWAY, I finally make it to Salisbury Arts Centre, meet up with Zoe and get to load in Terrorvision as part of a Salisbury College music course gig. A band I had seen the year before on the main stage at Reading and I had totally fallen for their album “Regular Urban Survivors”. 

This was the first time I had worked with a “famous” band or certainly someone successful and (in my mind) legendary. **Pop Quiz** the support band that night was co.uk, who had the belting single Big Green Bath, doing the rounds at the time. I swapped my “number 4 long sleeve t-shirt”, for their singers Spiderman Beanie, on the proviso that he worse it in the next band interview, so I could see it and make my “claim to fame” ** I can’t specifically remember who I was with that night, but I do remember being one of only 3 people who moshed for the support band. 

ANYWAY, so I got to meet and hang with Terrorvision after all the lumping was done. They were the most stellar guys. Before the show, the band were getting pumped listening to their latest record as pre-show music, to get them in the groove. (I thought this was weird, but literally had nothing to base that assumption on) 

I asked if they were going to play “Oblivion” to which the drummer said “wait and see, kid”. Which was a stupid question really because OF COURSE they were going to play Oblivion, and Perseverance and Tequila etc etc etc. 

So, that was the first proper experience I ever had, and led to a (thus far) life long fascination with live music, musicians, audiences, live shows, pre-shows, PA set ups, you name it, I had all that first experience at that one show – No one knew at the time what it would lead too… so if you want to blame someone, blame Terrorvision!! 

All together now…. WHALES AND DOLPHINS, WHALES AND DOLPHINS YEAH!!! 

**Another Pop Quiz** This show completes my own Britrock Must Be Destroyed Collection, where I’ve had each band from said tour play for us at Sheer! It only took 18 years to be realised! 

So without further ado, here are the details…

Thursday 15th November 2018
@ Level 3, Swindon
£14 adv. £18 otd. 
14+
Doors 8pm.
8.30 – 9.15 – Jim Blair (Hip Route) 
9.30 – 10.30 – TONY WRIGHT solo (Terrorvision)
10.30 – fin – 00s Rock Clubnight. 

Tickets: Available direct from Level 3 and The Victoria without booking fee, or via WeGotTickets here…> http://www.wegottickets.com/event/447059

Tony Wright L3 poster