Apologies, I missed publishing last week’s roundup, one thing gets on another and so on and so forth; I’ve really no excuse, but you know you don’t have to wait for it, it’s all listed on the frequently updated event calendar, where if you’re new here, you’ll find ticket and info links to everything I will waffle on about here.
Those paying particular attention will find the calendar has been extended to December 2023, if anyone is still alive by then, but I wouldn’t bother too much browsing too far in the future just yet, as I’ve not added much stuff onto it; one stage at a time people!
So, back to this week and weekend. I was delighted to attend a dress rehearsal of a play called Hedda Gabler at The Wharf Theatre in Devizes last week. This show is running until Saturday and is very worthy of your attention.
Wednesday 21st, then, and The Temperance Seven play tuneful jazz classics and original numbers with a Pythonesque, deadpan tomfoolery at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon.
Don’t forget the regular acoustic jam down the Southgate, Devizes.
Thursday 22nd and Chris Wood plays Pound Arts in Corsham. Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English-speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables.
Grand Slam headline and Sons of Liberty in support at The Vic in Swindon, while the Buddy Holly story is told at the Wyvern Theatre with That’ll Be The Day.
Oh, and The Seth Lakeman Band play The Cheese & Grain, Frome; nice.
Friday 23rd sees the opening of Bath Children’s Literature Festival, running until Sunday 2nd October, it is Europe’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival with a vibrant array of talks and activities for children.
I’m sorry I cannot be at this one, but the long-awaited new album from Swindon’s indie-pop favourites, Talk in Code gets a launch night at The Vic, with Riviera Arcade and Tom Moore.
Also, The Ultimate Boy Band Party Show at Wyvern Theatre, is not really for me, truth be told, but I thought I’d mention it.
Salisbury Arts Centre announced a gig called Ukraine a Go Go!! But I’m having trouble with that link, sorry, it may’ve been cancelled.
Dreamwave at the Three Horseshoes, Bradford-on-Avon, Dirt Road at The Bear.
Humdinger are playing The Lamb, Marlborough.
At the Cheese & Grain, Bon Giovi…. quite; no prizes for guessing.
Saturday 24th and my tummy is rumbling already; yea-ha, barbeque my ham-hocks! The Devizes Food & Drink Festival kicks off with the Grand Market in the erm, Market Place. Running until Sunday 2nd October, it’s not just about this freebie, there’s a fantastic, super-sized programme of events happening, do check the website.
Once stuffed, Devizes, you’ll find Plan of Action at The Southgate, highly recommended, I am due to stuff my face, again, at SoupChick’s Georgian feast in the Shambles, but I firmly believe I might yet be able to fit all these in, we’ll see.
Due to the obvious, Pewsey Carnival’s legendary illuminated procession has been moved to this Saturday, 24th, and find the funfair running and Humdinger at an afterparty on Cooper’s Field.
The Pump has folk-rock’s Merry Hell, part of Trowbridge Festival, tickets are £16 from the Trowbridge Festival site. The Reservoir Hogs play The Dursley Arms and find Junkyard Dogs at The Wiltshire Yeoman on Chilmark Road.
Another recommendation, 12 Bars Later, play the Talbot Inn, Calne. The Setbacks headline a triple bill at the Three Horseshoes, Bradford-on-Avon, with Bottlekids and Prison Wives.
Cliff Richard tribute at Neeld, Chippenham; Simon Goodall and the Bourne Again Shadows.
This Ukraine a Go Go!! at Salisbury Arts Centre crops up again, I must have got this news from somewhere! But if in the spire, Ed Gamble plays Salisbury Playhouse.
The Wedding Present commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of their album Seamonsters, at The Cheese & Grain. Recorded in just twelve days during 1991, the record reached No. 13 in the Official Album Chart, hailed by many as a true classic. Meanwhile, I’d thoroughly recommend Bath’s indie-pop sensation Longcoats, playing at the Cheese’s sister venue, The Treehouse.
That just leaves Swindon, where Al Murray’s Gig For Victory tour is at the Wyvern Theatre, there’s a rave, up at The Vic, when Midlife Krisis drop their milk-float round; there’s always a rave when that happens.
But also, onto our Editor’s Pick of the Week, where I dream of doing anything I wanted, VIP access and all gubbings, even if it’s not true! The Jazz Knight’s daring extraordinaire on Saturday, Swindon Folk & Blues Festival at Christ Church in Old Town. Line-up is truly grand, Ruzz Guitar, Lost Trades, Fly Yeti Fly, Joel Rose; did a half-preview with the Shuffle, here.
Sunday, 25th September, and there’s a record fair at The Cheese & Grain, Frome, Hip Route are at the Three Horseshoes, Bradford-on-Avon and Wyvern Theatre in Swindon presents Dave Gorman: Powerpoint To The People.
And that’s about all I’ve found for the weekend, unless you know different; have a good one. The Best of Queen at Wyvern Theatre, Swindon on Monday, 26th, and When Darkness Falls at Salisbury Playhouse on Tuesday, with Crimes On Centre Court at the Wyvern. From then on in, you know what to do, check the event calendar! But there’s two things you need to know about in Devizes on Wednesday 28th, I’ll drop the posters below, cos I’m fed up with typing now!
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