“Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty.”
Oh, do one Wordsworth; we’re due for another heatwave till November; it’s as true as I sit here in my khaki summer shorts…. read it in the Sunday Express. Autumn ain’t arrived yet I tells you, summer is having a laugh.
Talking of having a laugh, we kick this month off with The Moonrakers Comedy Night at the Cellar Bar on Thursday (6th) Check out the preview for it here. Same day Festival Number 6 begins in Wales, see, festival, still summer!
Friday 7th sees the opening of a new season at The Wharf Theatre, Devizes, with The Johnny Cash Story.
Also, there be stuff happening in Poulshot, ‘Between You and Me’, is an evening of words, songs, comedy and audience participation, with ‘the Bard of Barnsley’ Ian McMillan and Luke Carver Goss. Ian McMillan is a poet, journalist, playwright, and broadcaster. He is known for his strong and distinctive Barnsley accent, and his incisive, friendly interview style on programmes such as “The Verb”. A frequent national TV and Radio star, Ian is including Poulshot as part of his UK Tour.
Goatfest kicks off Friday for the weekend. No, you don’t need to bring a goat, it’s called that cos it’s at Goatacre, Dumbo. Acts include Jenny Bracey, The Chaos Brothers, The Shadow Monkeys, Leon Daye, Six O’clock Circus, The Ukey Dukes, Spidasense, Ruff Diamond, Manhattan Nights, Clark & The Kryptonites, Mick O’Toole and Catholic Action. There’s camping available, book here.
English-American songwriters Jack Rose and Dom Sky are Govardo, they started writing songs while living in rural India, inspiring a fresh sound rooted in classic finger style guitar and harmonies with soaring vocals and a unique falsetto; catch them at the Pounds Arts, Corsham.
If it’s a bit of upbeat reggae and ska you’re after, get down the Vic in Swindon where the SN Dubstation will skank you till you drop. Failing that, Bon Jovi tribute Wrong Jovi is live at the Swiss Chalet. You’ll be lucky to get tickets for this one but Garbage play St Phillips Gate in Bristol too.
Saturday 8th the park will be glowing at Longleat. Here in town, you can catch country legend Zenne for an afternoon in Vinyl Realm, until she plays the Ragged Old Flag in Calne.
The legendary Long Street Blues Club kicks off its 11th season in style, with Hamilton Loomis. Alternatively, Sunset Service are live at The Southgate.
There’s a Summer BBQ (see!) in Easterton, the Melksham Assembly Rooms have Fleetwood Bac tribute band. The Triple JD Band are at Three Horseshoes, Bradford, and Mike Vernon & The Mighty Combo @ Market Lavington Community Hall.
Over in Swindon, check The Roughcut Rebels at the Brown Jack, and there’s Swindon Dub Club at the Afro Caribbean Centre….. or if dub isn’t your thang, how about the Frome Cheese Show?
Sunday 9th starts the legendary carnival period in Pewsey with the Carnival Light Switch On and a Band Concert. If you want bands though, Devizes Town Band are at Hillworth for the Proms in the Park.
Over in Bromham, it’s a free food fest; Taste Wiltshire 2018; preview here. Run it all of at The Nationwide New Swindon Half Marathon; not for me, if you’re in Swindon I’d only run as far as the Kings, where Gouldy and Caff (aka Sound Affects) are performing. The The at St Phillips Gate, Bristol though; cool.
Skip to Wednesday 12th as with every Wednesday there’s an Acoustic Jam Night at The Southgate, Devizes. Carnival Whist Drive @ Hillcott. Murder On The Orient Express (12A) @ Marlborough Town Hall.
Thursday 13th and those Sheer Music lot Presents Crazy Arm with 2 Sick Monkeys at the Vic, Swindon.
Friday 14th is the start of Sky Safari, Longlet’s Balloon Festival which continues all weekend. In town, The Astral Ponies & The Bone Chapel come highly recommended, at The Cellar Bar. But spoiled for choice, I’ve got The Roughcut Rebels at the Lamb, Devizes, but also Sheer Music are at the Fold with Nick Parker, Olivia Awbrey & Mike Barham.
Melksham Assembly Hall has Voodoo Room, a tribute to the music of Hendrix, Clapton & Cream. Or check out, Big Country with The Chaos Brothers as support @ Swindon Meca. The Urban Lions @ Golden Lion, Bristol.
If you love your comics, Saturday 15th is for you; get to The International Comic Expo, Birmingham. Or maybe just pick up a book at Rowde Village Hall’s Second-Hand Book Sale; 2pm-4pm, Entrance Fee 20p!
Pewsey Carnival Duck Race, and Four-Legged Event is a sight to be seen though!
Saddleback are back at Devizes Sports Club, with the incredible Beaux Gris Gris & The Apocalypse; preview here. There’s the return of the Under 16s Disco @ The Exchange too.
Just out of town, Indecision play The Owl, Bromham, and it’s The Seend Summer Ball.
Marlborough goes mod, with Peloton live at The Lamb. While The Village Pump in Trowbridge hosts Sheer Music’s Jacob & Drinkwater with our Tamsin Quin.
Further out, it’s the Berwick St John Country Fayre, The Big Thirst at Bradford on Avon, and the wonderful People Like Us can be seen at The Messenger in Swindon.
Polish your Saturday off with a Bath Moonlight Walk for Dorothy House.
Let’s mention Sunday 16th then my dinner will be ready! Pewsey is the officially the place to be: The Great Pewsey Bake Off, Pewsey Flower & Produce Showcase and the Feast Tea at Bouverie Hall.
That is unless you’re up for The Foxtrot 5 Road Race at Boughton Gifford, or getting down to some country, as Angels With Dirty Faces are playing the Devizes CMC down the Cons Club.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand my angels with nice clean faces.
Check out our event calendar for more details and links to these fantastic events, and if you think that’s about enough, you’ve not seen how the second half of September hots up……… TO BE CONTINUED……………….