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Adam Isaac The Voice singersongwriter tells all



Funeral For A Friend

Welsh post-hardcore band hit the South West





Soft Soul Star

Meet Exeter’s Alice Watts

Listing Guide Hund reds o gigs & f club nig hts inside

New Years Eve Sorted Our pick of the region’s best events

Editors Letter: Welcome to the December & January issue of 247 Magazine. We’re feeling festive at 247 Towers and hope you are too? If not, grab a mince pie and your mulled beverage of choice and immerse yourself in our seasonal fashion (p17), Christmas gift guide (p20) and New Years Eve event round-up (p8). Bah, humbug? Feel free to ignore our yuletide spirit and just enjoy all our usual features: music reviews (p22), style (p16), food (p25) and features with snow/skate/surf star Stefani Nerding (p14), The Voice’s Adam Isaac (p10), Welsh post-hardcore band; Funeral For A Friend (p12) and local soft soul acoustic singer; Alice Watts (p24). Lastly if you’re looking for a great night out over the forthcoming months, be it a gig or club night, check out our comprehensive gig guide at the back of the mag. Have a great time!

Rachael CONTENTS ILLUSTRATION: ‘The Longest Night’ by Owen Gent “I always like to create a sense of narrative and mystery in my work, and what better time than a winters sunrise. The characters are loosely based on the book I am currently working on which seems to creep into a lot of my work at the moment, though what is happening in the story is completely open to interpretation,” says illustrator Owen Gent talking about his inspirations for the work you see here, which he created with a combination of watercolour, gouache, pencil and collage on oil soaked paper. Currently studying Illustration (BA hons) at Falmouth, Owen’s goal is to write and create picture books for adults. “I’m currently illustrating my own wordless narrative book which will be finished in a couple of months,” he tells us. Interested in storytelling and mystery, Owen finds inspiration in situations where he can put pieces of a tale together. “Wondering where someone has been or where they’re going, or what the history of a building is can provide endless inspiration for my work,” he says before adding that being surrounded by incredible artists and the majesty of Cornwall also play there part in getting his creative juices flowing. See more of Owen’s recent work at and Want to buy a piece? Owen is represented by Exeter based design agency No Guts No Glory which sell his work in-store and online. See


Funeral For A Friend 12 // Adam Isaac 10 // Alice Watts 24 // Stefani Nerding 14 Seasonal fashion 17 // Christmas gift guide 20 // New Years Eve event round-up 8


Culture 26 // Film 27 // Gig Guide 29 // Clubbing 33


News 5 // Style Hunter 16 // Retail Therapy 20 // Fashion 17 // Food 25 Music Reviews 22 // Racket from the pit 31 // Snapped 37 // Competitions 38 2|


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New horizons Electric Skies songwriter and lead guitarist Sam Piper Electric Skies songwriter and lead guitarist Sam Piper, who we featured in 247 last year with his band mates, is set to release his solo EP early in 2013. All tracks have been recorded at Plymouth’s very own PMC with Plymouth’s legendary Andrew Doc Collins. Hailing from Exeter, the 24 year old fuses a vast array of influences in his first batch of solo material, stemming from a childhood and youth spent listening to Roots Rock, Britpop and Chicago Blues. Sound good? Get free track ‘When the Lights fade’ at

Global Energy Weekender returns to Newquay Drum & Bass fiends will be as pleased as we are that the ultimate weekender returns to Trevelgue Holiday Park, Newquay this year, on March 15 - 18. The fierce lineup includes Andy C, Hazard, Mampi Swift and Nicky Blackmarket. New for 2013 there’s the zone bar – a log cabin hidden in the trees from noon – the ultimate daytime venue? The day time Jungle Rave is still going strong too, for anyone who’s ‘ard enough to party all day and night. If you’re a DJ or MC get involved in the festival’s competition, which could see you performing at the live final, details at Tickets cost from £115.

Aural Imbalance new release (see email sent to you) Torquay based D’n’B producer whose been doing stuff for ages, latest release. An album from Torquay based Drum & Bass producer, Aural Imbalance, has been the in the making for quite some time and has finally come together in the form of ‘Legacy’. “I have put my heart and soul into every track with a nod to the past and an eye to the future, in terms of both production and sound, I find it poignant that Legacy has found it’s natural home as it were on Cadence Recordings, which is where my astral Drum & Bass adventure started many moons ago, it’s with this in mind that I wish you the listener, a deep and atmospheric voyage with both Cadence and myself,” said Simon. Get it at

‘Last Shop Standing Record Store’ opens in Plymouth Plymouth has been lucky enough to see the opening of a new independent record store, called ‘Last Shop Standing Record Store’, in a sad time when they appear to be closing left, right and centre. The new store is very well placed indeed, in Bretonside Bus Station, nestled between live music venue ‘The White Rabbit’ and second hand record stores ‘Really Good Records’. The store will stock new releases and re-releases in CD and Vinyl format, a few books, magazines and DVDs from the world of music and also serve coffee – bonus. The shop boasts a relaxing atmosphere, where you are free to spend time discussing new releases in music and film, flick through a zine or book whilst listening to new music and sipping on a coffee before picking up whatever tickles your fancy.

Theatre in Exeter … but not as you know it Theatre is about to get fresh in Exeter, with a new totally different three-year performance which will see the city animated. In You With Me, there’s no stage, no visible actors, no audience sitting comfortably. Instead, this production offers a personal, unique and totally different experience, taking participants on a journey through Exeter and guiding them on a playful adventure in which unexpected incidents cause familiar routes to be seen with fresh eyes. Participants are asked to meet in a well-known Exeter location. They receive a phone call and the performance begins. For 45 minutes, they talk to a stranger whilst navigating the city, new settings steering the subject of the conversation and the anonymity of the caller allowing an openness to emerge as the relationship between the participant and the stranger deepens. What develops is an exhilarating experience, strangely eliciting a very personal story, which the participant positions themselves at the center of. See

Alice Vandy’s Fashion Chaos It’s always nice to see a local girl do good and Plymouth College of Art graduate, Alice Vandy is doing very well indeed. The fashion designer’s clothers are sexy, tight, fun and playful – singer Jessie J is among her followers and just can’t get enough! She’s just launched her new collection, Fashion Chaos and we’re more than impressed! See for yourself at

Web Watch

www.handmadearcade. Want some unique gift ideas or something artsy for yourself? Exeter runs a monthly ‘Handmade Arcade’ craft fair with all sorts of independent art and creative goodies. Don’t forget to view the galleries and grab a bite to eat, too! Also for anyone in the Exeter area who fancies a giggle, the Exeter Comedy Festival is being held on the 19th of January into early February. With a whole bunch of talent and even an open mic night for any budding comedians, there will surely be something to tickle your fancy!

www.piffthemagicdragon. com For those of you with a slightly stranger sense of humour, how about a comedy magician dressed a dragon with a tiny pet dog? Yes, Piff the Magic Dragon comes to Exeter and Taunton this November - and even if you don’t go along, be sure to watch his videos! Want to send someone something extra special this Christmas? How about a personalised festive video to send to your friends and family, by no other than Santa himself! Give it a try, it’s free, and can result in some pretty amusing results if you get creative... magazine | 5


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Tweets worth listening to, with 247’s Sophie Prescott Follow us @ 247magazine Visit Cornwall @ILoveCornwallUK Latest news | Cornwall Tourism Awards winners announced http:// story-17277137-detail/story.html … #CTA12 Want to know the best places to go in Cornwall? Check out the winners of the Tourism Awards to find out!

Be an early bird, catch the (festival) worm Get organised and get the best deals on South West 2013 festival tickets – early bird ticks are on sale everywhere already! They make great Xmas presents for people you really, really like too… Our favourite early bird festival deals:

• Love Saves the Day, in Bristol, on May 25, tickets cost £19.50. See • The annual Run to the Sun festival, in Newquay, on May 24 – 27. Back for it’s 27th year, 2013’s early bird • •

tickets cost £65 and include 8 days free camping, or you can get 20% off your caravan you book now, and pay in full by the end of January. See Beachbreak Live, in South Wales, on 20 – 24 June has already sold out of it’s first batch of early birds…but they are releasing more on Jan 15, at £99 each. See NASS, in Somerset, on 12-14 July, have sold all of their early birds already (gulp) but you can secure a ticket for £25 and pay the rest by May 2013 – great if you’re skint but don’t want to miss out. See

Visit Plymouth @visitplymouth Festive fun across the city for #Plymouth Winter Festival #christmas #winterfestival http://www. … Want to get in the seasonal spirit? Come down to Plymouth from the 22nd of November for all sorts of festive fun! Zoe Anning @zoeanning You know when Christmas is coming...Coca Cola truck to appear on Plymouth Hoe Tuesday 18th Dec #holidaysarecoming The holidays are coming... see the iconic truck visit the South West in time for Christmas! Exeter Phoenix @exeter_phoenix Woop woop! Rising Welsh alt-rock stars The Joy Formidable confirmed for next season http:// march-2013/joy-formidable.html … Catch the band as they play Exeter Phoenix next year - go get your tickets before they sell out! Plymouth Pavilions @PlymPavilions THE VACCINES gig running times now online... http://www. … The Vaccines returned to the South West last month where they played Plymouth Pavilions as part of their ‘Come of Age’ tour.


Boardmasters 2013 adds an extra day OF MUSIC Wowsers. For 2013 (and onwards) Boardmasters is changing to a THREE DAY music festival! Due to the huge success of the event in 2012, organisers are catering for demand and building the festy to become ‘Cornwall’s Festival’ and this additional music day will enable them to showcase more new music and international stars on their amazing site in Newquay. The Sunday license is still to be confirmed and promoters are currently working on the line-up, which we’ll bring you next issue. Early bird tickets are on sale now too. See



Now in it’s second year, the multi venue festival and industry event takes over Falmouth and Penryn from 28 Feb – 2 March 2013. Bands confirmed to play include The Other Tribe, Tall Ships, Public Service Broadcasting, The Hit Ups, Three Trapped Tigers, Little Leagues and many more. Industry events taking place include a Q & A with leading figures from the music scene on the board, a music licencing forum, exclusive showing of the LCD Soundsystem final concert film and a talk from senior booker, Adam Saunders from X-Ray Touring. Festival passes from £19, get them and more info at

Dappa Me on the move Plymouth’s leading street wear shop, Dappa Me, is on the move, relocating to Coburg Street, opposite the university and next to the Unite student buildings. The new store opens on January 5, stocking full range of New Era and other fresh brands including Dephect Clothing, Ames Bros and Imaginary Foundation Clothing. See

SouthWestShows @SouthWestShows Ben Howard adds extra Plymouth Pavilions show: Also at Plymouth, we had Mercury Prize-nominee Ben Howard, who definitely proved popular at Oceanfest earlier this year! okoko club - Taunton @okokoTaunton SATURDAY NIGHT Only @ okoko..... 5 Rooms, 5 Bars, 3 Dance Floors, 3 DJs & ONE Awesome Night!! Look forward to seeing you there :-) It’s officially ‘party season’... which, in other words, is a pretty good excuse to go out this weekend! Tweet Bus @Tweet_Bus They had a Big Draw on the beaches at Newquay yesterday. wAJq8xOy Fistral Beach gets creative in this pretty cool shot.

NYE Sorted?





Not sure where you’re headed for the biggest party night of the year? Choose from our pick of the best parties in the South West RINSE-IT DRUM & BASS GRAND FINALE

H2O, Plymouth, 9pm – 6am Tickets £15 from There’s only one destination for drum & bass heads this new year’s eve: Rinse-It’s Drum & Bass finale – it’s been a long time coming. With some serious drum & bass heavyweights lined up - Danny Byrd, Original Sin, Mr Nice, Maxxi P, Tuskan and Nu Era anyone? – we’re expecting the roof to blow on Plymouth’s H20 Club. (Image)


Sandsifter, Gwithian, Cornwall, 9pm – 5am Tickets £15 from The S.W.A.T crew are back with the renegade NYE Party! This is one event that gets bigger and better each year and is always a sell out so grab a ticket quick. Three arena’s and a big heated tent outside, headliners include Meat Katie (lot 49)
Drop DJs (Lee Ellis and Ryan R)
Jinal ( transmission, Lush ) and
Lux Luthor (Selectrolux).


Fistral Beach Bar, Newquay, Cornwall, 9pm – 4am Tickets £10 from There’s nothing quite like launching a new even on NYE – Into The Night looks set to be amazing – turning the Fistral beach complex into an enchanted forest for the night! Party goers are encouraged to go for it with their outfits to match the venue – Narnia, Labyrinth, Twilight, Snow White and the Huntsman…. Expect some of the best local DJs in the region and an amazing atmosphere.


C103, Plymouth, Devon, Starts 8pm Tickets £10 from / HMV Drake Circus If you fancy some live music to see in New Year to, you can’t beat Mad Dog McRea - the ultimate shake your ass band, who fuse rock, pop, gypsy and bluegrass. Awesome, have a listen at 8|



The Atlantic Bar, Portreath, Cornwall, 9pm – 3am Tickets £10 from The Atlantic Bar (Portreath), 
ENJOY (Truro), 
Porthtowan Village Shop & 
Redruth Community Radio Station Ah, Daniel Son! As the name of this NY extravaganza suggests the theme is oriental with two rooms decked out by ENJOY in Truro. Dress to match, naturally! 

Expect Sounds From The Underground, Deep House, Nu-Disco, Classics 
in Room One and Funk, Soul, Rare Groove, Afro Beat and Philly Disco in Room Two.


Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, Devon, 8pm – 4am Tickets £18 from When Exeter’s best electronic get together for the ultimate NY part you know its gonna be a good un’! Headliners include Original Sin (True Playaz) and Jungle Drummer (playing live), who’ll perform alongside some of the region’s leading DJs.


Voodoo Lounge, Plymouth, Devon, 9pm – 6am Tickets £5 on the door DISCO BIZKIDS, BRAINDEAD and DANCE!DANCE!DANCE! are uniting for the first time ever to create a New Years Eve rave that you won’t forget in a hurry! Expect nothing but the highest caliber of music, production and atmosphere from the 3 crews that know how to throw an underground party… Techno, House, Bass, Minimal, Psy, Acid – gonna be epic!


If none of the above float your boat, then don’t despair who doesn’t love a good old street party? We do ‘em better in the South West too, with fancy dress being the name of the game. Thousands of revelers will head to Exmouth, St Ives, Newquay and Bideford, why not join them?

Adam Isaac

From his time on national TV show The Voice to the self-release of his debut album, 2012 has been a busy year for Adam Isaac, 247’s Sophie Prescott finds out what’s next… Devon based singer-songwriter, Adam Isaac, is a fine example of some of the South West’s home-grown talent; and after touring with Joss Stone in 2009 and reaching the quarter-finals of The Voice, he’s back with his debut album, ‘Train Tracks’. He was known for his unique acoustic performances and alternative edge, but what can we expect from the album? “Some of it is a bit heavier and rockier, and then you’ve got the more acoustic kinda songs. I’ve always been into the rock scene if I’m honest, I used to play in rock bands when I was younger and I’ve always listened to heavier music, but my writing at the time was more acoustic based ‘singer-songwriter’ style. I’ve always had both sides going on, which is why there’s a bit of a mix on the album to show that.” With eleven original tracks on the album, it turns out not all of the songs were written specifically for the release. “Some of it was really new and written a week or two before recording it, but I’ve included some tracks which I wrote a long time ago. There’s a track called ‘She’s a Star’ that was a track I wrote when I was about 18 or 19, so it was a really old song of mine that I thought I’d re-write and revamp a bit.” So what was the inspiration behind the record? “It’s mainly related to life experiences really, with a lot of hidden meanings and parallels - so I might be writing about one thing that’s relevant to me, but I’ve tried to generalise it so other people can create their own stories, I like to leave it a bit open really.” Adam has ten years of experience as a musician in the South West, from working as an artist as part of Exeter based Mama Stone’s to his big break on national television on the first series of The Voice. “I feel it was something that I was lucky to have done,” Adam says about his time on the show, “I was really nervous about it all - as a musician, it isn’t really the sort of situation you see yourself being in!” With Jessie J, Danny O’Donoghue, and Adam’s mentor, Tom Jones all confirmed for a second series of the show, what were the coaches really like to work with? “Tom was really laid back about it all and good to be around really, he wasn’t like pushy or over the top. A lot of people ask me if I was happy that I chose Tom; I just thought he might understand my style of music a bit more than perhaps would

- I couldn’t really see myself doing the whole hip-hop/dance type thing!” Despite being established as a local musician, it was his time on the show that propelled Adam into the limelight, but what’s life like for an aspiring singersongwriter in the South West? “I think in the South West, particularly for someone like me who is quite into the surf scene, we’ve still got Boardmasters and all those kind of festivals. Actually, as a gigging musician, I think it’s probably more possible to make a living playing music in the South West than it is if you played in London.” ...which he’s definitely managed to achieve, now routinely performing around the West Country, recently playing in Exeter, Truro, Newquay and further afield. But he hasn’t finished touring yet. “As a result of The Voice, I’ve been asked to do three Christmas lights events in the South West; Exeter Princesshay on Thursday the 22nd, Torquay Christmas Festival and I’m playing in Tiverton, too.” …so there’s still time to catch one of his gigs before Christmas! So does 2013 hold for Adam Isaac? “Next for me is just to try and play as many tour dates as possible to promote the new album, as it’s a self-release. Then the aim for next year is to play festivals; we’d love to play Glastonbury, then maybe some of the local ones like Beautiful days and Gold Coast – that’d be great!”

Watch the latest single, ‘Carry you Through’

See Adam play an acoustic set in Topsham to raise money for charity on Dec 15, Totnes Dec 22, Plymouth Uni 18 Jan, The Globe Cardiff 19 Jan, and The Lemon Grove Exeter 25 Jan. ‘Train Tracks’ is out now on iTunes or available to buy from

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“I was really nervous about The Voice - as a musician, it isn’t really the sort of situation you see yourself being in!” Photos: Matt Holloway -

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FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND 247’s Dave Kendall talks to Funeral For A Friend’s lead singer Matt Davies about the Welsh, post-hardcore veterans’ 12 year long career so far, including their sudden rise to fame, different musical directions and recent lineup changes If for whatever reason you weren’t aware of the band the first time round – for example, you weren’t born ye or you’ve been living in a steel box under the ground – Funeral For a Friend are a Welsh post-hardcore outfit from Bridgend who formed in 2001. Releasing two EP’s (Between Order And Model and Four Ways To Scream Your Name) and touring heavily, FFAF began to make a serious name for themselves on the Screamo/Emo and post-hardcore circuit at the time. We asked Matt Davies, lead vocalist, to cast his mind back to the early days before the band really blew up. What were the best and worst experiences of this period? “We never really had any low points! As cliché as this sounds, we were happy doing what we were doing, you know? Because it was new, we had no expectations, which made everything an exciting new experience. We were all working full time jobs and doing this on the side because we enjoyed it! That aspect for us has never changed! We don’t make music because someone tells us to; we make music because we love it and can’t live without it.” It wasn’t until later in 2003, only 6 months after releasing their second EP, that the band’s Debut, fulllength album, Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation landed that the band really exploded. Following this (practically vertical) steep rise to success, the lads popularity rose in the

UK at a substantial rate with the album achieving both a gold certification and three top twenty singles. I asked Davies how they dealt with the sudden rise to fame. “It was pretty intense. One minute we’re recording Four Ways To Scream Your Name and the next thing we know, 6 months later we’re recording a full length album. To be honest, we kind of bullshitted our way through it and none of us were ready for how intense it was actually going to be. I remember travelling to the studio to record with Colin Richardson and thinking my god, this is absolutely insane. We were having an incredible time!” Maybe it was achieving this mainstream success that started to shape the band’s declining hardcore sound and approach over the following years. When approached with this concept, Matt pauses before responding with; “I don’t think that’s the case at all. As I said before, we blagged our way through the points between Four ways and Casually Dressed and if I’m honest, we over stretched ourselves when producing that album. It was rushed and I don’t think that we put as much creative thought into what we were doing as we thought people deserved. The declining heaviness is purely down to the fact that I’m a better singer than a screamer. I wanted to be more honest in my approach and writing lyrics and then giving them to somebody else to scream because I wasn’t as good at delivering them as they were didn’t feel right somehow!”

See Funeral For A Friend live this January at The White Rabbit, Plymouth on the 30th and the 31st at The Cavern, Exeter. Check the band’s website at

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In 2005 FFAF released the massively anticipated second album, Hours, and there was a noticeable change in the sound. The Heavier, screaming dual vocals, post-hardcore riffs and punk drumming seemed somewhat diluted and often tended to take a back seat in favour of a more radio-friendly sound that was emulated again in the 2007 release, Tales Don’t Tell Themselves. Some would call it evolution, others would call it dumbing down or selling out. Matt Davies calls it “being honest and dark”. You could call it adaptation and experiment as although not as heavy, a lot of the riffs and general structures of the songs came across as more technical. “It was a much darker record for me. The screaming was generally taken out as I wanted to be able to sing and express what I was really feeling. The lyrics in hours are a lot more personal and the fact that we were given free reign with enough time to do things properly, meant that we were able to deliver something that really expressed where the band was musically at that time,” he explains. The approach did no damage to FFAF in terms of success and accreditation from the masses as again, gold and silver certificates were delivered to the band for their achievements following these releases. 2008-2011 saw albums delivered from their own independent label and still had the band experimenting with sounds and approaches on both Memory and Humanity and Welcome Home Armageddon.

Euro tour that we played together on, and it just seemed like the natural choice for everybody. Pat brings such a heavy hitting element to the drumming and because of his background, is naturally able to elaborate on what we have already done and where we are going. I love heavy drummers and to be honest, it gave us a bit of a re-animation, which I think we needed”. It may only be clocking in at just over 30 minutes long, but Conduit is set to pay homage to the scene, the style and the roots from which they were originally spawned. “You know, I’m originally from the South Wales hardcore punk scene and I think a lot of people forget that. I wouldn’t anticipate too much screaming but the vocals are definitely heavier and you can expect a lot more expression and grit. We’ve been a band for over 11 years and naturally, things are going to change and progress. This, for us, is a natural progression and perfectly complements who we are as people and musicians”. Drawing on the bands experiences and history over the last 11 years, this isn’t a re-birth or another musical direction but an honest and intense offering that delivers something to fans new, old and current. Following high-profile a slot on The UK’s edition of The Vans Warped Tour, FFAF are showing us why, and how they are STILL one of the most widely recognised, appreciated and pioneering post-hardcore bands in the UK and beyond and have been for almost 12 years.

“We don’t make music because someone tells us to; we make music because we love it and can’t live without it.”

Right now, the band is re-energized, re-formed, back in the public eye and making heavier music again. Note the addition of new members Gavin Burrough and Richard Boucher and the addition of drummer Pat Lundy (previously of Rise To Remain) following long-term drummer and vocalist Ryan Richards’ departure earlier in the year. Take these factors into consideration and you can see where the sixth studio album, Conduit is headed. We talk to Matt about these line-up changes (particularly Richards’ departure). How did it affect him and the band on a personal and professional level? “Ryan’s departure wasn’t a shock at all. He had expressed that he wasn’t as comfortable touring any wmore. What is the point in a band that doesn’t tour? It was mutually decided that we probably needed to move in different directions. We were already friends with Rise To Remain, from the Bullet For My Valentine

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Stefani Nurding Photo by Penny Cross

We catch up with Plymouth’s lovely Stefani Nurding to talk about her passions for snow, sea, concrete and fashion

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s action sports junkies go, Stefani Nurding is up there with a passion for snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing and sponsored by Animal, Head Snowboards and Bandit skateboards. When we spoke to her she’d just gotten home to Plymouth, from a trip to Portugal with Animal. “It was more of a fashion shoot this time than action, but I still managed to get some skateboarding in. It was so good, the weather wasn’t amazing but the people I went with were so awesome and we ate some really good food in the local Portuguese places. If you like seafood you need to go to Portugal! It was also really nice to try on all the nice clothes and get my makeup done by a real makeup artist!” enthuses Stefani. Stefani explains that she’s been powering through with surfing since she was a kid and says she just getting the hang of it now. Her love of skateboarding was born when she came back from her first winter snowboarding and needed something to fill the void. “I saw some guys I know quite well now doing it and they were amazing and they just looked like they were having a really good time,” she says. Do the three sports compliment each other? “They definitely all help with each other like if you learn something skateboarding you think maybe that will help with another trick if your snowboarding, and it’s nice to change it up too,” says Stefani who admits it is difficult to divide her time between sports, especially as she’s in her second year of uni, studying fashion. “I am constantly in college and then my evenings are for skateboarding and I’ll be going to some snowboard events at the weekend soon too. I feel really busy but lucky as well as I’m not sure what I’d be doing otherwise.” “There are some amazing guys and girls here there is a lot of talent and it’s a pretty cool community to be part of, especially when there are events on and everyone gets together. It’s really cool how everyone is different ages and are from different backgrounds,” says Stefani talking about the South West’s vibrant action sports scene.

Talking specifically about girls within the action sports industry, she says she isn’t sure if there is increased female participation, or just more coverage of it. “I definitely think there could be more and I wish it didn’t seem such an intimidating thing for girls to get involved in. There are a few girls at our beginners club at Prime Skate Park but it would be great if there were more,” she adds. This winter will see Stefani spending a lot of her time in Morzine, France, which she says is like her second home now, as she’s a lot of friends there and is used to the snow park. “I’m going with my friend Sam, who I also skateboard with, and we’re meeting other friends there so I know we are going to have a really good trip. As well as that I’ll probably head to Chamonix a bit to hook up with the other Animal riders and then I’m fingers crossed going to Japan at some point - I literally can’t wait it’s so beautiful there and you can never predict how your day is going to be so a far cry away from my busy college days.” Having been doing a lot of gymnastics this year, Stefani is planning on trying more flips in the snow this year and as Morzine has some pretty rad skateparks she’ll also be able to work on her front side flip. Thinking ahead a little, we asked Stefani if she hopes to combine her passions for both fashion and sport in the future. ‘’I’m not sure where I am going to go with it, to be honest. At the moment I’m trying to be really open and experimental with it, but my main area of interest is print, so I hope I can continue with that. I’m going to do some work experience with Animal this summer so I am really looking forward to seeing how everything works and hopefully I can just see where it takes me.” Sounds good to us. Stefani’s parting gift to us was to make us promise to Google the story of potato Jesus…random but funny as hell - look it up! Interview: Rachael D’Cruze

Check out Sefani’s blog at Follow her on Twitter @stefnurding and on Instagram at stefaninurdingxx

Photo by Robyn Kitchin

Photo by Robyn Kitchin

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Shaun Lynch, 21 Hat: & Shirt: Topman, Coat – Superdry, Tee & Jeans: Topman, Shoes: River Island & Bag: Two Seasons

Jess Hawton, 18 Coat: eBay, Scarf & Jeans: Primark & Baseball Boots: from New York

Beki Griffin, 23 Top: Primark, Cardi: eBay, Skirt:, Leggings: Primark & Books – Ebay

Johanna Dammann, 17 Coat & Scarf: Vero Moda, Bag: Primark, Shirt & Tights: H&M, Top: EDC & Boots: Goertz

Lynsie Endacott, 21 Cardi: Primark, Dress: Republic, Bag: Boutique Shop Tights & Socks – Peacocks & Boots: Rocket Dog

Jess Manford, 29 Coat: Army Surplus Supplies, Jumper: Zoo York, Jeans: Bershka, Bag: Miss Sixty & Boots: Dr Martins

Chris Quick, 25 Scarf: Primark, Cardi: Gap, Tee & Jeans: All Saints & Shoes: River Island

Codie Hobbs Top & Jeans: Topshop, Boots & Bag: Primark & Coat: Dorothy Perkins

Chris Dawe, 20 Top, Tee & Jeans: H&M & Shoes: Vans

Alex Gilbert, 21 Hat & Gloves: Camden Market, Coat & Dress: New Look, Tights & Socks: Primark & Boots: Deichmann

Jake Turner, 21 Tee: Debenhams, Shirt, Trousers & Shoes: Primark &Socks: House of Fraser

Lydia Colins, 25 Scarf: H&M, Cardi: American Eagle, Dress: Topshop, Tights: Primark, Shoes: from Liskard, Jacket: Abercrombie&Fitch & File: Jack Wills

Style Hunter

Braving the weather in style in Plymouth this month Photos: Angie Knight

Festive Cheer Festive Cheer

Make like Santa this year in bright & cosy clobber


Make like Santa this year, in bright & cosy clobber

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Give gifts you’d love to receive this year, if you can part with ‘em! Ooo, Nice Shoes!

The Rocket Dog ‘Simona’ in big kitty brown would make any stockings happy this Crimbo. These statement pretties cost £57.99 from

Perfectly Groomed

Beauty junkies will love this Caviar & Oyster Collection Mini Brush Set by Bobbi Brown. High quality, essential brushes in a luxurious case. Nice. RRP £60 from

Treat your feet

Treat your feet to some super cosy boots this winter. This high pair are made from suede with faux shearing cuff, liner and footbed and zip all the way up the back – avoiding the trodden and folded look…Reef Addison Boots, £100 from

Furry Friend

Who wouldn’t want to cuddle up and get cozy with one of these faux fur bad boys? £20 from

Wrist Candy

Playful, functional and good looking as hell – we’re sold on this surprisingly affordable watch from Breo. £55 from

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Therapy Skullcandy EDIT

Not only does the new Skullcandy offering look slick as hell, the sound quality is unbelievable. Not into black? Use the Skullcandy website to personalize yours with thousands of colour combinations! £179 from

Super Socks

iTrack Solo

This nifty devise, from British audio pioneers Focusrite, lets you record and mix demos using just your Apple iPad. Pretty cool indeed. £129.99 from Digital Village,

Face the facts – you’re a bit older and can now appreciate the socks are actually a decent pressie. We love these Argyle socks by Volcolm. £9 from


This woven belt from Burton is well made and cherry with its rasta colour scheme. Yes, please. £40 from

Swag Bag

Fierce Feet

These limited edition Vans Doren Era are the epitome of cool. Could you give them away? £55 from

We reckon’ this classic looking Hipster Canvas Edition from Jansport would make a brilliant and tres chic present. For someone you really like, or yourself…£74.99 from

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Alice Watts With a voice that has drawn comparisons with Joni Mitchell and Eva Cassidy, Alice Watts blends soft soul with a blend of acoustic accompaniments. 2012 has been a successful year for Alice and without a reality TV show in sight…247's Stephanie Broad talks music, ambition and Exeter with the emerging South West artist Alice, 2012 has been a fantastic kick start to your career. What were the highlights for you? It has been a roller coaster year for the music and I've loved it. The highlights would have to be kicking off the year with one of my tracks being played on Radio 2 on New Years’ Eve and then this summer playing on the iconic stage in the Olympic Park- to a very happy crowd in the sunshine. Most young musicians take to national talent competitions to 'get noticed'. Was this a route you wanted to avoid? I couldn't ever see myself as a talent show contestant and it although it works for some who want to get their voice heard above the crowd it defeats the object of why I love music so yes I have avoided it. I have been songwriting from an early age and am so passionate about creating top quality music that it's not on my agenda to find a quick way to achieve fame. My motive is not to 'get noticed' but to write inspiring music that makes people feel good and I'd be as happy doing that in someone's living room as I was in the Olympic park. As long as people enjoy the music, my journey is to find a way to create it and make a sustainable career out of it. Being from the South West, did you find there was enough of a platform to develop and showcase your music career? I've found the South West to be vibrant with music makers and opportunities. I was fortunate to have friends introduce me to a network of musicians and live venues at an early stage of my career which opened up a lot of options and gigs. This helped me showcase new material and develop my sound early on. There are loads of opportunities for young musicians to play music, you just need to be creative with them.

Sometimes I had to make my own platforms by gathering friends in unique venues but those can be the most memorable gigs. Even gathering twenty friends for a sofa session in someone's living room will create the perfect setting. You could get all inventive with decorations and give away treats. I've recently been giving out hand-made tea bags at gigs. My friend made up a batch of my favourite tea for me. People have loved coming to a gig where they discover new music and then get to take home mystery flavoured tea bags! A lot of undiscovered musicians will admire you 'living the dream.' do you have any advice for those starting out? I'm living the dream in the sense that I'm carving out a career in music and loving the journey but I am just at the early stages so I have a lot more to learn and many more places to go before I can say I have lived it. The best advice I can give to musicians starting out would be to decide what you love about music and where you want to go with your creativity. Then you need to work your socks off to refine your skills so you have something skillfull and unique to offer to the world. It's good to work with as many people in the industry as you can from songwriters, musicians, producers, radio and industry folk. Everyone will be able to give you a nugget of wisdom or experience that will help you on your journey. Finally, what's coming up in 2013 for Alice Watts? I am in the process of writing and recording a new album for next year so it's a hibernating winter songwriting season for me and I hope to release the new material later in 2013. I'm recording a live session on BBC Radio Devon in late February on John Govier's show so hope to give an acoustic debut of some of the new tracks there.

Alice’s EP ‘Do Not Awaken Love’ is out now. See and follow her on Twitter @alicewattsmusic

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Eating Out

Who ate all the pies? Pie perfection at Plymouth Barbican’s Ship Inn




The Plough Inn

The Ship

The Well House Tavern

The Plough is one of Taunton’s proper pubs. A CAMRA pub no less, supporting the campaign for real ale serving a good range of local beers, while also staying true to towns ‘cider roots’ and stocking no less than eight varieties...There’s a proper menu too, full of real, local food including an extensive pie menu. So far, so good. All pies served at the Plough are Pieminister Pies – which can only be a good things. For those of you new to the award-winning brand, these beauties are all produced by hand using high quality ingredients. All meat is free range too.

The Ship offers good quality pub food in traditional and spacious settings that incorporate a modern and contemporary décor. There’s also a large outside area, with a postcard-like view of Plymouth’s Barbican. Who’d have thought we’d be sitting outside at this time of year, eating lunch and chilling out? Well, believe it! And if you’re after pies, the ones they serve here are first class.

My quest for the perfect pie led me to Exeter’s Well House Tavern. Positioned right in the middle of town, just off Cathedral Green, this pub is a great place to enjoy a pint and watch the world go by. As well as superb location it also has the distinct advantage of being part of the Michael Caines franchise, sharing a kitchen with his restaurant next door.

The pie menu is surprisingly inventive and diverse – there’ll certainly be something to tempt you. From meaty offerings like ‘Moo and Blue Pie’: British beef, vegetables, red wine and aged Stilton studded with rosemary and ‘Deerstalker’: British venison and outdoor reared cured bacon, with red wine and puy lentils to vegie friendly pies, like ‘Heidi Pie’: goats cheese, sweet potato, spinach, red onion and roasted garlic.

My pie was good quality all-round, starting with the meat, which is cooked to perfection: tender and at-one with the gravy. And when it comes to the crust, it’s “all gravy” too: deep, fresh, tasty and not too fatty. All the essential qualities of a tasty pie are present: crispiness, juiciness and good quality meat.

75 Station Road, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1PB / 01823 324404

I opted for the fishy option and wasn’t disappointed. Inside the perfect, indulgent pastry was a taste sensation: cod, prawns and salmon in a lovely creamy sauce. One of the best pies I’ve ever sampled. Really. My pie, like all the others served at The Plough came on a bed of creamy homemade mash, moreish minty mushy peas and a delicious, thick, onion gravy. A pie ‘n a pint may not sound like the most exciting meal, but my experience at The Plough was certainly a happy one. Good, local, tasty food, washed down with a pint in a cosy, real pub – perfect.

4 Quay Road, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2JZ / 01752 667604

Presentation makes such a difference: traditional is yet again the buzz word. The Ship’s steak and ale pie looks like a work of art, it tastes as good as it looks. You get a generous portion too.

I went with the new potatoes option, rather than chips. Again: they were cooked to my preference, which is not too well done, but just soft enough, maintaining a bit of a bite. The freshness comes across in everything, including the garden peas that come with it. The Ship are currently working on a brand new menu, but we were told that pies are definitely staying on it. Make use of their Food Collector Card, which gets you free fish & chips for two, when it’s stamped 6 times! Arash Torabi

16-17 Cathedral Close, Exeter EX1 1HB / 01392 223611

Local celebrity and head chef of the two Michelin starred Gidley Park, Caines also co-owns the Abode hotel concept, with 6 hotels based around the UK. The Exeter Abode comprises the Well House Tavern itself, a high-end restaurant, champagne bar, cafe and boutique deli – so there’s something for everyone. The menu at the Well House comprises of a combination of traditional pub-grub and some slightly more inventive additions. For instance, jacket potato with the optional filling of confit duck leg, white beans and cheese. Or for afters how about the chocolate parfait Alaska with sablés biscuits? As well as a varied food menu there is also a wide selection of ales available on tap. On the day I dined there the ‘pye of the day’ was chicken, leak and mushroom. Beneath lovely light golden puff pastry lay moist chicken in a deliciously rich creamy sauce. The flavours were surprisingly delicate, carefully seasoned and certainly nothing like any pub pie I’d eaten previously. Served piping hot with fresh baked bread and some choice seasonal veg, I was thoroughly impressed and can heartily recommend. Nick Emerson

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Gig Guide Live Listings Our selection of noteworthy gigs taking place in December & January. Weds 05 Dec Plymouth CAFE ACOUSTICA B-Bar, The Barbican, 8.30pm, £free. Our fortnightly showcase of unplugged talent, hosted by singer-songwriter Jessie Mullen.

Thurs 06 Dec Exeter LIVE MUSIC AT THE PICTURE HOUSE Exeter Picturehouse, 8.30pm, £free. Guests Hannah Partridge, Tea Horse, Ollie Bowern & Rosie Eade. Liskeard BLUE ON BLACK Barley Sheaf, Church St, 9pm, £free. Weapons grade, ol skool R&B Truro LIVE BANDS Bunters Bar, Little Castle St, 9pm, £free. Showcasing some of the best local musicians, see for more details.

KATZ First & Last, 10 Church St, 6pm-8pm, £free

Palladium Club, Lower Gunstone, £tbc. Exeter SOUTH WEST LIVE, Angel Bar, 32 Wed 12 Dec Queen Street, 9pm, £free. Boasting Plymouth some of the best up-&-coming & already CAFÉ ACOUSTICA B-Bar, Barbican well established bands in the South West. £free, 9pm. Fortnightly showcase Expect a lively atmosphere Funk/Ska/ of unplugged talent, hosted by Jessie Blues/Acoustic in fact anything goes. Mullen. YES SIR BOSS, Exeter Phoenix, 8.30pm, £10. The brass-heavy funk Thurs 13 Dec and ska band are signed to Joss Stone’s Stoned Records and release their debut Exeter album this autumn. With support from GREAT CYNICS Cavern, Queen Hey Moonshaker St, 7pm, £5. Last seen supporting We Are The Ocean. Alternative Press said “If Plymouth THIRST 4 LIVE Thirst, Vauxhall St, you love Against Me!-style anthems and Jawbreaker-esque storytelling—but you 9pm, £2 from 11pm. Truro know, British—then Don’t Need Much isn’t going to leave your headphones for B-SIDE Bunters Bar, Little Castle weeks. Support from OK Pilot, Caves and St, 9pm, £free. Showcasing some of the best local musicians, see www. Bad Wolf.. for more details. LIVE MUSIC AT THE PICTURE HOUSE Exeter Picturehouse, Sat 15 Dec 8.30pm, £free. The Labatinis, Jade McKenzie, Jess Brown & Cross Border. Bideford Falmouth AUCTION FOR THE PROMISE

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Sun 09 Dec Exmouth

Sun 16 Dec Bideford THE FLAMIN RATRODS Palladium Club, Lower Gunstone, £tbc Rockabilly - record label signing launch Plymouth HAMER & ISAACS GYPSY SWING BAND Millbridge Inn, Stoke, 6pm8pm, £free

Mon 17 Dec Exeter CLEPTO Cavern, Queen St, 8pm, £3. This band is straight from the Deserts! Riding in on the Camels back from Riyadh Saudi Arabia these 4 hoodlums Indulged in Punk Rock out of boredom.

Wed 19 Dec Exeter SHERPAS SINGLE RELEASE PARTY Cavern, Queen St, 8pm, £4. The Sherpas bring you their first single with a headline show, supported by Pupils & Rapha Ghetti Plymouth CAFE ACOUSTICA B-Bar, The Barbican, 8.30pm, £free. Fortnightly showcase of unplugged talent, hosted by singer-songwriter Jessie Mullen.

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Bideford IFUNK Palladium Club, Lower Gunstone, £tbc. Funk/soul covers Gwithian WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR Sandsifter, Gwithian, £3 A side project of the acclaimed Cornish singer / songwriter Ruarri Joseph. With a sound loosely described as alt-country, William The Conqueror make music for the love of making music. Ruarri said: “William the Conqueror is what happens when you do what you love for a living but work so hard to make that living that you start to resent it. It’s an outlet for all the ideas that never get the space to blossom because needs must.” Plymouth THIRST 4 LIVE Thirst, Vauxhall St, 9pm, £2 from 11pm Truro B-SIDE Bunters Bar, Little Castle St, 9pm, £free. Weekly indie night with bands and DJ’s. Bideford GANG OF THIEVES Palladium Club, Lower Gunstone, £tbc. Rock covers Plymouth FREE CUBA PARTY AND IN THE FLESH B-Bar, The Barbican, 10pm, £free. Latin tunes and cocktails with our resident DJ playing the best in salsa, merengue, bachata, son and more HATED TIL PROVEN The Fortescue, Mutley Plain, 7.30pm, £2. Fast ska infused punk from T.N.S records are playing at the Punx Xmas Party.Support comes from The Eriksons/51st state/Town house crew. Further info at awol_southwestgigs

THE WIRELESS Black Jacks, The Barbican, 10pm-12am, £free

GREAT WESTERN JAZZ COMPANY Five Degrees West 8.45pm. £free Live Jazz and Swing every week. Liskeard BLACK FRIDAY Barley Sheaf, Church St 9pm, £free Hold on to your hats! These Guys will get you bouncing into the Christmas spirit! Truro LIVE BANDS Bunters Bar, Little Castle St, 9pm, £free. Showcasing some of the best local musicians, see for more details.


CLUB Palladium Club, Lower Gunstone, £tbc Indie night and Dj too Exeter KATZ General Buller, Cowick St, 9.15pm-11.30pm, £free Plymouth BLUE ORCHID Annabels, Vauxhall St, 8.30pm-late, £5 JOE BANMASSA Voodoo Lounge, 8pm, £3. Tribute to the great man Joe Bonamassa. SKINDRED White Rabbit, Bretonside Bus Station, 8pm, £14. A powerful mixture of ragga, punk and metal, Skindred have to be heard to be believed. With bits of dancehall, drum’n’bass and jungle thrown in for good measure, Skindred have a truly original sound.

Exeter FREAKSCENE XMAS PARTY Cavern, Queen St, 8pm, £4. Featuring The Cut Up’s Christmas Karoke, Muncie Girls, FCG, Pupils plus the best alternative djs, including Jon Shoe, Ben Cottam, Aidan and Nic. LIVE MUSIC AT THE PICTURE HOUSE Exeter Picturehouse, 8.30pm, £free. Guests Matt Stead, Simon Bish, Leo Collett, The Morrisons & A Fine Day for Sailing. Falmouth GREAT WESTERN JAZZ COMPANY Five Degrees West 8.45pm. £free Live Jazz and Swing every week. Liskeard THE BLUES BANDITS Barley Sheaf, Church St 9pm, £free. Classic R&B from this band in their 25th year together. Swifty the landlord on drums. Truro LIVE BANDS Bunters Bar, Little Castle St, 9pm, £free. Showcasing some of the best local musicians, see for more details.

Fri 21 Dec Bideford MAYBE NAKED Palladium Club, Lower Gunstone, £tbc. Rock covers Exeter MELOSA’S XMAS BASH/END OF THE WORLD PARTY The Revelry, 8pm-late, £free. Melosa - full ten piece line-up playing live for the end of the world and if that doesn’t happen we’ll celebrate Christmas instead! SOUTH WEST LIVE, Angel Bar, 32 Queen Street, 9pm, £free. Boasting some of the best up-&-coming & already well established bands in the South West. Expect a lively atmosphere Funk/Ska/ Blues/Acoustic in fact anything goes.

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Gig Guide Liskeard HAMER & ISAACS GYPSY SWING BAND London Inn, St Neot, 9pm11pm, £free Plymouth CRAZY ARM White Rabbit, Bretonside Bus Station, 8pm, £tbc. Pitched somewhere between the dark twang of 16 Horsepower, the punk thrust of Fugazi and Hot Water Music, the crunchy pop of Ted Leo and the protest songs of Dick Gaughan, the band have developed a distinctly progressive and aggressive style, shot through with a healthy dose of grass-roots politics. They rely chiefly on folk/country open tunings and slide guitars to evoke moods that are at odds with the punk orthodoxy. Torquay END OF THE WORLD PARTY One World Café, 7pm, £free. Live music from Hoarse Truro B-SIDE Bunters Bar, Little Castle St, 9pm, £free. Weekly indie night with bands and DJ’s.

XMAS EVE PARTY WITH WOLFMAN RADIO Palladium Club, Lower Gunstone, £tbc. The last train to Skaville - Ska DJ night. Torquay LEO HOWE + CAT ROBINSON & HOME ECONOMICS DJ’S One World Café, 7pm, £free. Live music night

some of the best local musicians, see for more details.

Fri 28 Dec

Bideford THE CRUDE BOYS Palladium Club, Lower Gunstone, £tbc. Punk/new wave covers. Bude CARPETFACE’s DJ residency Bar Tue 25 Dec 35, 9pm-1am, £free. With b-boy funk, Liskeard classic party hiphop, jungle, D&b, breaks, SWIFTY Barley Sheaf, Church St electro and dubstep. 12-2pm, £free. Pop in at noon for a wee Torquay dram & a mince pie while the Landlord UFD BMXMAS PARTY One World sings at you! Café, 7pm, £free Truro B-SIDE Bunters Bar, Little Castle Wed 26 Dec St, 8pm, £free. Weekly indie night with Plymouth bands and DJ’s. CAFE ACOUSTICA B-Bar, The

Exmouth MARTIN WELLER Famous Old Barrel, Princess St, 8.30pm10.30pm, £free. Acoustic pop Plymouth TERROR White Rabbit, Bretonside Bus Station 8pm, £10. US hardcore band Torquay KING L One World Café, 7pm, £free

Mon 31 Dec Exeter FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND Cavern, Queen St, 8pm-late, £14 Funeral for a Friend are a Welsh post-hardcore band, from Bridgend whom formed in 2001 - which is when they last played at the Cavern! On Tuesday, February 5, 2013, The End Records will release their highly anticipated sixth studio album. Titled

Sat 22 Dec Bideford THE RIVALS Palladium Club, Lower Gunstone, £tbc. Cutting Modbeat covers Exeter PHONIC FM XMAS PARTY Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, 8pm, £5 to help support Phonic FM. Peachy Farmer - top-notch home-groen reggae. The Love Daddies - joyfully anarchic songs and tunes even including out-there poetry, Sound of the Sirens - Beautiful femal harmonies, The Little V - Great guitar/vocal duo plus Phonic FM deejays in the bar. SLIPDOWN DOG E.P LAUNCH The Revelry, 8pm-late, £free. XMAS PARTY WITH THE COMPUTERS LIVE! Cavern, Queen St, 8pm-3am, £5. with DJ Screaming Al from The Computers and guests playing the best in Soul, Funk and Rock and Roll - plus a special LIVE show from THE COMPUTERS playing their new songs Hayle EVEN NINE - SPECIAL XMAS SHOW, Copperhouse, Hayle, 9pm, £free Plymouth THE WIRELESS Thistle Park Brewhouse, 9.30pm-12am, £free Torquay BIG WAVE One World Café, 7pm, £free Barbican, 8.30pm, £free. Fortnightly Wembury showcase of unplugged talent, hosted by HAMER & ISAACS GYPSY SWING singer-songwriter Jessie Mullen. BAND Odd Wheel Pub, 9.30pm11.30pm, £free

Sun 23 Dec Plymouth LOWER THAN ATLANTIS White Rabbit, Bretonside Bus Station, 8pm, £12. A four-piece rock/alternative band riding high on the wave of new British rock talent, having already picked up some serious airplay on the likes of Radio 1, Scuzz and Kerrang! TV. Torquay EMILY HOWARD & GEORGETTE HARRIS & FREDDIE AMOS One World Café, 7pm, £free.

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Exeter LIVE MUSIC AT THE PICTURE HOUSE Exeter Picturehouse, 8.30pm, £free. Guests Jules, A Cat Called Elvis & John Matthew. SAM RUSSO Cavern, Queen St, 8pm-late, £4 Support from El Morgan, Kelly Kemp, Giles Bidder & Roo Prescod Liskeard THE WIRELESS Barley Sheaf, Church St 9-11.30pm, £free Torquay FUTURE GHOST One World Café, 7pm, £free. Live music night Truro LIVE BANDS Bunters Bar, Little Castle St, 9pm, £free. Showcasing

Sat 29 Dec Bideford BASILS BLUES BAND Palladium Club, Lower Gunstone, £tbc. Madcap off the wall covers Exeter KATZ Prospect Pub, The Quay, 9.30pm-11.30pm, £free

Sun 30 Dec Exeter JETT BLACK Cavern, Queen St, 8pm, £8. They’ve got a new album Raining Rock, out now. ‘80s tinged Metal. Big riffs flying in from all angles. Support are The Howling - the brainchild of Blacky, (ex- Red Star Rebels) and Rev (ex- The Prodigy and Towers of London), these guys drag punk into the next generation.

“Conduit”, it’s the follow-up to 2011’s critically acclaimed “Welcome Home Armageddon” and is the first album since the addition of new drummer Pat Lundy. Over 16’s show. Exmouth WELLER Bicton Inn, 5 Bicton St, 10pm-12.30am, £free. Over 18’s only Liskeard SERGEANT FLINT Barley Sheaf, Church St 9-11.30pm, £free. Local band, playing top covers to see in the New Year. First prize £50 beer voucher for the best fancy dress outfit. Plymouth MAD DOG MCREA C103, Union St, 8pm-til, £10 from www.seetickets. com. Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self penned songs of adventure,

drinking, love and life to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies, Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. They headline this NYE show, with support TBC. THE WIRELESS Thistle Park Brewhouse, 9.30pm-late, £free Torquay LOST BOYS One World Café, 7pm, £free. Live music from this 80’s cover band

Tue 01 January Exeter LIVE MUSIC AT THE PICTURE HOUSE Exeter Picturehouse, 8.30pm, £free. Guests Rosie Eade, A Cat Called Elvis, Tim Bland & Nick Hampton

Wed 04 January Liskeard KERNUYCK Barley Sheaf, Church St 9pm, £free. Amazing Cornish Metal & its not Tin!

Thu 09 January Exeter BENJAMIN JOSIF Mama Stones, St Mary’s Arches St, 8pm £tickets on the door. Acoustic Folk

Thu 10 January Liskeard BOOGIE NIGHTS Barley Sheaf, Church St 9pm, £free. Disco time. Music from the 70s. Wigs, flares & kinky boots welcome! Truro LIVE BANDS Bunters Bar, Little Castle St, 9pm, £free. Showcasing some of the best local musicians, see for more details. Guests tonight are The Elevators

Thu 17 January Liskeard THE NORMALS Barley Sheaf, Church St 9pm, £free. Great selection of originals & covers. Ska/Reggae Truro LIVE BANDS Bunters Bar, Little Castle St, 9pm, £free. Showcasing some of the best local musicians, see for more details.

Sat 19 January Liskeard FOLK NIGHT WITH FALSE BEARDS Barley Sheaf, Church St 8pm, £7. Old time English psych folk blues. In the function roo

12am, £free

Wed 30 January Plymouth FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND White Rabbit, Bretonside Bus Station, 8pm, £14. The band announced an extensive 23 date run of intimate shows across the UK and Ireland in support of the release of their sixth studio album ‘Conduit’. Supported by Such Gold, Major League & I Divide.

Thu 31 January Liskeard THE GUMBP FLYERS Barley Sheaf, Church St 9pm, £free. This is something completely different for you. Zydeco music has a Cajun kinda swamp music origin. High energy and foot stompin. Check it out Truro LIVE BANDS Bunters Bar, Little Castle St, 9pm, £free. Showcasing some of the best local musicians, see for more details.

Open Mic Nights MONDAYS Exeter OPEN MIC NIGHT The Oddfellows, 7pm-12am, £free OPEN MIC NIGHT The Sorry Head, 9pm-11.30pm, £free Plymouth OPEN MIC NIGHT The Junction, Mutley Plain, 9pm


Liskeard ACOUSTIC JAM Barley Sheaf, Church St 8pm, £free All players welcome, no need to book Bideford JAM NIGHT, Palladium Club, Lower Gunstone, £free. Totnes BUSK FOR BOOZE Castle Inn, 9pm, £free. Open mic night, musicians wanted, turn up and play.

WEDNESDAYS Redruth OPEN MIC / JAM NIGHT Gaslights Bar, £free, 9pm Open to all performers, turn up and play!


Liskeard NOT TURNED UP Barley Sheaf, Church St 9pm, £free. Local covers band with a wicked sense of humour. Truro LIVE BANDS Bunters Bar, Little Castle St, 9pm, £free. Showcasing some of the best local musicians, see for more details.

Exeter OPEN MIC NIGHT, Angel Bar, 32 Queen Street, £free. Hosted by local heroes Roger styles & Richard James. THE REVELRY JAM NIGHT The Reverly, The Quayside, 9pm, £free. Hosted by the amazing Sam Green ACOUSTIC CAFÉ The Cellar Bar, The Fortesque, Mutley Plain 8.30pm-12am, £1. Four live acts each week. OPEN MIC NIGHT Vauxhall Quay, 8pm, £free

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Plymouth THE WIRELESS Blackjacks, 10pm-

Exeter OPEN MIC NIGHT Walkabout, Fore St, 8.30pm-11.30pm

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Our acoustic show in London town saw a few good friends take to the Dublin Castle stage before us, most notably, northern crooner and all-round good egg, JOE TILSTON (16th Sept). He may be better known/seen as Random Hand's hirsute bass player but with just an acoustic guitar and a lonesome voice, he has a far more enchanting presence. With echoes of Nick Drake and Eddie Vedder, Tilston imbued bittersweet songs about love and struggle with an emotional prowess, of which dad, established folkie Steve Tilston, must be proud. Opener, MIKE SCOTT, may not fathom those same depths but his punk rock heart was in the right place. They called it Beta Fest but in reality it was three shows in three nights in a local venue in Bideford (Palladium, 21st Sept). Still, mucho fun was to be had playing alongside a bunch of disparate bands united under the all-embracing punk umbrella. Swindon's 2 SICK MONKEYS are pastmasters of drum'n'bass punk rock thrills and spills, with Peter Butler's hilarious, breathless banter recalling the heyday of Attila The Stockbroker and Seething Wells. Bristol quartet, CALL THE DOCTOR, were the epitome of postpunk cool, taking the spirit of The Breeders and spooking all the kids with it. Festival curators and organisers, THE DEAD BETAS, were in their element, surrounded by friends, family and all kinds of frazzled north Devonians with ciderpops pumping through their veins. Their brash, rudimentary synth-punk cabaret stomp was a fitting antidote to a summer of preened pop festival fodder. They may make a fucked up art-rockin' racket but local boys, SOFT SON, are onto something with their brash, Pavement-viaPixies noise rock (White Rabbit, Plymouth, 6th Oct). And publicly berating their bassist because he wasn't in tune may have been a tad unfair but, just maybe, it made for a spikier performance. Can HEAD OF PROGRAMMES get any quieter? Indeed, their featherlite wistful country was hard to decipher over the people whispering at the back. I think I even heard the urinal sprinklers come on. There's nothing inherently wrong with Cornish arts 'collective' BROTHER & BONES in small doses, I just wouldn't want to inhabit that smug, smarmy world for too long (White Rabbit, 18th Oct). I like my boy bands ugly and downtrodden, full of self-doubt and slightly meek, but there was no denying the percussive - two drumkits! - power of B&B when they were in their blues-drillin', country-pickin', soul-straining stride. Meanwhile, Devonian circusfreak 'concept' trio, THE ADVENTURES OF..., looked like they'd just stumbled out of Glasto's alt. cabaret tent but, alas, their music was unchallenging indie rock-by-numbers that could easily saddle up next to Feeder et al if those preposterous pixie boots didn't get in the way. The ever-asymmetrically-fringed Dick Lucas' raspy rant, full of wry observations and frazzled libertarian logic, is something of an institution. He's carved out a niche without even trying and his subcultural legacy speaks for itself. Although they'll never acquire the gravitas of The Subhumans, CITIZEN FISH still managed to churn out a series of brass-laden punky ska vignettes tempered by an admirable set of against-the-grain values (Voodoo Lounge, Plymouth, 1st Nov). Before them, another DIY punk institution of sorts, THE BUS STATION LOONIES, played to their strengths, namely: upbeat anarcho-punk with a theatrical nod to Jello Biafra. Blessed with situationist humour and a sonic punch, newer songs such as 'Anarchists Make The Best Lovers' prove that the Loonies' retirement plan has been greatly exaggerated. Openers, THE ERIKSONS, riffed and rapped to their punky hearts' content. Their desultory onstage waffle could do with some work, mind. Right then. I'm off to spend the winter watching heartwarming musicals on telly wrapped in duvets and chocolate wrappers. What a treat. See-ya bye. Backbone (

Clubbing MONDAYS Exeter

MONDAY NIGHT MADNESS. Arena. Summerland St. 10pm2.30am. £4.50/£2adv available from reps and the student guild. Exeters biggest and best student night, every week is themed, check out the weekly themes on our facebook group - Monday Madness at Arena MONDAYS. Timepiece. Little Castle St. 7.30pm-1am. £free. Cheesy pop mash up! 3rd Dec RAINBOW MONDAYS. Mama Stones, 9pm1am. £3. Pop, dance and disco with Ollie B & Iain McKenzie. LGBT friendly night too. 31st Dec THE DEEP END Cellar Door, The Quayside, 9pm3am £6/£5 in adv. Seeing in the new year on a dubstep and dark bass tip with residents Ollie 303, Pulsar, Mystrey and special guest TBC. 31st Dec MAGIC HAT STAND Cavern Club, 9pm-4am £10 in adv, more on the door. The Magic Hatstand boys and girls once again have the opportunity to see in the new year with all you lovely hat wearing, glitter covered gallivanters! There will be extra decor, lighting and sound inside and outside so there’s no need to leave the party even if you need a breath of fresh air. 31st Dec THE! NEW YEARS EVE PARTY Exeter Phoenix, Bradninch Place, 8pm-4am £18 in adv The South West’s best value NYE party returns for it’s 13th year for another epic party in the Phoenix complex covering D’n’B, breaks, house, techno, hip hop and general mash up. Guests include Original Sin, Jungle Drummer 9Live), Atomic Hooligan, Mr Nice and over 20 other local DJ’s. New Silent Disco area, large outdoor smoking terrace, lasers, projections, drinks deals inc a happy 2hrs betwwen 8pm10pm so get there early!


STUDENT NIGHT. Toast. 18 Church St. until 1am. £free. Monday night is student night at toast with lots of £2 drink deals! STUDENT NIGHT. Q Bar. 15a Killigrew St. 8pm-late. £free. Monkey T of Simian Sound playing guilty pleasures on the decks. STUDENT NIGHT Downstairs at Mango Tango 15a Killigrew St. 9pm-2am. £tbc. Chart tunes and cheao drinks.


31st Dec S.W.A.T The Sandsifter, Gwithian, 9pm-5am, £20/£15 in adv. Taking over this beachside venue, Cornwall’s party heads, SWAT return for their annual NYE gathering. Guests include Meat Katie, Deeper Connection, Defazed, Cakeboy, The Occult, Drop DJ’s, Jinal, Lux Thor, Discoguns and many more.Three musical areas, decor by Alex Alphawave and Lush so expect a proper party environment to seein 2013, and you can camp onsite too! Newquay

BOMB MONDAY. Belushi’s. 9.30pm-late. £free The finest in House

music with DJ Justin Harris and all Bombs only £2 all night long makes this the place to be on a Monday night SUPER CHY MONDAYS. The Chy & Koola. 12 Beach Road. 10pm-4am, £4/£2. DJ’s Robin Parris & Proof playing hip hop, funk, party, breaks, indie, rock, dance, grime, R’n’B, reggae, D’n’B, gypsy swing kinda thing & cheap booze for locals!


31st Dec NYE Sound Nightclub. Branwell Mill. 11pm6am. Early birds £6/more on the door. DJs Boris, DS & CQ will be hosting the main room, smashing out party rock anthems, modern bangers, old school classics and dance favourites. This is the full Sound resident DJ line-up to welcome in the New Year. Portreath 31st Dec WAX ON WAX

OFF The Atlantic Bar, 9pm-3am £10 in adv Presented by Easylife Sound Association with Bongo Winn - expect deep house, nu-disco with some classics thrown in. Rm 2 with DJ Big Vern Burns & Rev Al Bean dropping the funk, soul, afro beat and philly disco.


FUZZY LOGIC. Oceana. Barbican Leisure Park, 9pm-3am, £tbc. Student night, big tunes, cheap drinks and loads of fellow students - what’s not to like about this?! MONDAY MELTDOWN. C103. Union St. 10pm– late. £3.Every hour the drinks prices meltdown, expect tunes (D’n’B, dubstep, chart, cheese and anthems), free raffle and giveaways from Size? and Freestyle Tattoo’s. 31st Dec DISCO BIZ KIDS The Voodoo Lounge, 9pm6am, £5. Uniting with Braindead & Dance!Dance!Dance! to bring you a New Years Eve rave that hasn’t been put on in Plymouth for a VERY long time! Expect nothing but the highest caliber of music, production and atmosphere from the 3 crews that know how to throw an underground party… 31st Dec FRESH CITY Crash Manor, Union St, 11pm-5am £8 in adv See in the new year on an urban tip with DJ Young Lion, supported by DJ Snale & DJ Badness playing dancehall, R’n’B, hip hop, funky and afro beat. 31st Dec THE GIANTS WITH THEIR GOLDEN GUNS Vauxhall Quay, 8.30pm-late, £5. Bands The Retro Gents and Land of the Giants play live, supported by DJ’s, James Bond dress theme (no jeans) so make an effort! 31st Dec RINSE:IT NYE H2O, The Parade, Barbican, 9pm-6am, £15/£10 in adv. It’s been a long time in the making, but at last you can celebrate NYE Eve with a full on D’n’B party in Plymouth! Headliners are the mighty Danny Byrd from Hospital Records and Original Sin, supported by residents Mr Nice, Cotesy, Tuskan, Maxxi P, Nu Era, Catalyst, Sphere, Dom Jay, Raggadee & Steppin Razor, alongside MC’s headlined by MC Fatman.

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BIG STUDENT NIGHT. The Club. 14 High Cross St. 10pm-2am. £4/£2 NUS. DJ Dean playing the party classics. All drinks £1.50.

9pm-late. £free. As it says on the tin! KARAOKE Downstairs at Mango Tango 15a Killigrew St. 9pm-2am. £tbc. As it says on the tin.

STUDENT NIGHT. L2 Nightclub. Calenick St. 9.30pm-2.30am. £free B4 11pm/£3 after/£5 on 17th Dec. DJ Matt Wing + Guests playing Chart, Commerical, Dance ,HipHop, Dubstep and more. All drinks £2. With just week to go before Christmas, expect a massive celebrity filled Monday night with Stars from 2 of MTV’s hit reality TV shows The Valeys v’s Geordie Shore on 17th Dec.

19th Dec NEX-GEN Sound Nightclub. Branwell Mill. 10.30pm2am. £5. Over 16’s night hosted by Sound resident DJs Boris & DS playing the latest chart tunes, dangerous dance classics, sexy urban anthems and dope dubstep drops! 26th Dec NEX-GEN Sound Nightclub. Branwell Mill. 10.30pm2am. £5 or Free admission before midnight in your crap Christmas Jumper Cheesy night with Sound residents Boris & DS.



CAFE SABROSO/WONKEY LEGS & T.O.T.T.Y. Timepiece, Little Castle St. 7.30pm-1.30am, £free. Salsa, Samba and Merengue with DJ Ricardo in the bar, Wonkey Legs in the main room with dubstep and D’n’B from Aldo Vanucci and the balcony bar is hosted by Take Over Timepiece Tuesdays with chart, R’n’B and cheesey anthems. CHEESY TUESDAYS. Arena. Summerland St. 10pm-2.30am. £4.50 A huge slice of cheese from the 80’s, 90’s & 00’s sandwiched in between all the biggest student anthems.


TUESDAYS Sound Nightclub. Branwell Mill, Market Jew Street 11pm-3am. £free before midnight if you collect a wristband from UP and £4 after DJs Boris & DS playing chart and commercial bangers!


MASH HITS Voodoo Lounge 8pm-2am. £free Night of mashed up musical mayhem.


RENAISSANCE. Rogue Nightclub. 38 The Strand. 10pm-2.30am, £3. Chart hits & club classics.


STUDENT NIGHT. Timepiece. Little Castle St. 7.30pm-1.30am. £free. In the main room they go bananas to all the student disco classics and current cheesey faves. In the Balcony Bar they get down to the very latest urban sounds with JSR. This is a night run by students for students and proceed go to support student societies. EXETER MIDWEEK MINCE. Club Roccoco. 8pm-late, £free. New weekly LGBT night starting on 8th June. LIVE MUSIC - OPEN MIC NIGHT. Angel Bar. 32 Queen St. 8pm-late, £free. Hosted by Billy Bottle. 5th Dec BEATS AND BASS XMAS PARTY Cavern Club, 8pm1am £tbc A night of the best in drum and bass and dubstep from Beats and Bass residents.


OPEN DECKS. Q Bar. 15a Killigrew St. 9pm-late. £free. Hosted by Selecta Demo. All aspiring DJs welcome. SOUL FUNK & JUNK. Five Degrees West, 7 Grove Place.



BOOGIE NIGHTS C103, Union St, 9pm - late, £3 NUS. Plymouth’s long running and most successful Weds student night is back for it’s 9th year. Founded by the legendery Kenny St James (RIP), expect theme nights, party games, and full on, no holds barred entertainment! Not running during Studnet break over Xmas. COWPOW. The Dairy, 25 Bretonside. 6pm-late. Student night, chart popping classics, great student deals, all are welcome to join in the fun. DESIRE Thirst. Vauxhall St. 9pm2.30am. £2 from 11pm. DJ Jonezy and guests. NON-STOP MUSIC. Zero’s. 24 Lockyer St. 10.30pm-1am. £free. SHENANIGANS. Varsity, Derrys Cross, 7pm-3am, £free. Midweek party with drinks deals. VIBE. Oceana. Barbican Leisure Park, 9pm-3am, £free with flyer B4 11pm/£3. All your urban favourites from old-skool to new-skool, courtesy of your resident, DJ Jonezy Disco - Cheese and Party tunes all night long with John C With £1.60 drinks all night. 26th Dec BOXING DAY BASH H20, The Barbican, 10.30pm - late, £tbc. House, electro and club classics with Alex P, Tom Costelloe, Aaron Cook and many more. 26th Dec PREMONTION / HARDCORE REBORN / OLDSKOOLING AL NIGHTER C103, Union St, 10.30pm - 5am, £10/£8 in adv. C103 presents the biggest hard dance party of the year at the revamped C103 - Bringing you 3 rooms of musical mayhem hosted by Premonition, Hardcore Reborn & Oldskooling. Guests include Mark EG, Alex Kidd, Klubfiller and loads of local regular DJ’s of these three nights - inc Dom Jay, Pete Kingwell, Louk, Tommie Quick, Chris Cornish and many more.


MOST WANTED. The Green Ginger, Winter Garden, Fleet Walk. 9pm-2am. £free. DJ Max every Wednesday night. £1.50 drinks deals from 6pm.


BASSOLOGY. Shiners, 19 Honey St. 8.30pm - 12am. £5. DJs Conscious

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Clubbing D, Scruloose, Vincent Vega, J-Damm and Guests. MCs Demonic D and Stranger, bringing you some of the freshest sounds in DnB, Liquid, DubStep, Neuro Funk, Jungle and Urban Mash up.


REVERT. Rogue Nightclub. 38 The Strand. 10pm - 2am. £5. Student/local night with all drinks £1.50 all night!


HELLZAPOPPIN! Cellar Door, 4 The Quay. 9pm-2am, £2/free B4 11pm. Funk, jazz and electro swing with DJ Dodgy Style. HOLD IT DOWN. Angel Bar. 32 Queen St. 9pm-1am. £free. Funk, Soul, Jazz, Latin, Rare Groove and bits inbetween with Mr Onion Matt Anderson. FUZZY LOGIC. Arena Nightclub, Summerland St. 9.30pm-2.30am. £5.Without doubt the busiest student night in Exeter. Playing the biggest and best tunes, with some great drink deals!! SCANDALOUS. Timepiece. Little Castle St. 10pm-2am, £2 B4 11pm with flyer/£3. DJ JSR provides the upfront freshness and youthful vigour while Aldo Vanucci brings you the biggest and best joints around.


THURSDAYS. Q Bar. 15a Killigrew St. 8pm-late. £free. The best local D.J’s & Live Bands. RETRO Downstairs at Mango Tango / POPE Upstairs. 15a Killigrew St. 9pm-2am. £1. Retro every week downstairs, Pope with Cheap drinks, even cheaper thrills’ every third Thursday with UK garage, Funky, Bass, Crack house, Trap, 2step, Future beats... etc 2 jagerbomb £5 £1 shots.


COCKTAIL PERVERTS Thirst. Vauxhall St. 7pm-late. £free. ROCK SHOW. H20, The Barbican. 10pm-late. £2. New weekly rock night from Chris Wheelie and guests. Expect unk, rock, ska, reggae and more. YOLO. Oceana, Barbican Leisure Park, The Barbican. 9pm-4am. £tbc. Official student night, 100% of the door goes back to the UPSU to support the ongoing owrk for students. Special guests each week, supported by resdients from the Upbeat DJ Soc and Urban Knights. 13th Dec TOP BILLIN PRESENTS: RA THE RUGGED MAN, The White Rabbit, 9pm-4am £6/£5 in adv.Top Billin’ is back with an early Christmas present for all you Hip-Hop junkies with a set from the legendary New York rapper ‘R.A The Rugged Man’, the MC that Biggie Smalls said was the illest. Support from the full lineup of GV Clik, Split Prophets and Big Rain with DJ Magna Kuts. Hip-Hop is back in Plymouth, come support your scene. Peace.


BLISS THURSDAYS. 43/45 East St. 10pm-3am. £5. DJs will be playing all the floor-filling tunes!


PUB STAR. Zafiro’s. River St. 7.30pm-late. £2 donation. Sing your heart out with some classic karaoke. WEEKEND WARM-UP. L2 Nightclub, Calenick St. 10pm-

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2.30am. £free. Start the weekend early, special drink deals and resident DJ.

FRIDAYS Barnstaple

VENUE. The Venue. The Strand. 10pm-3am. £tbc. Party the weekend away with this commercial night of dance and chart tunes.


FUNKY FRIDAYS. Caesar’s Palace. King St. 11pm. £4. All the classics, a DJ and no rules whatsoever.


BACK TO THE CLASSICS Eclipse Nightclub. Victoria Square 10pm3am. £5/£3 B4 11pm. 80’s & 90’s night, over 25’s but mature over 18’s welcome.


Rogue Nightclub. 38 The Strand. 10.30-3.30am. £5. North Cornwall’s leading night spot with a capacity of 350 people and resident DJs Steve O...Smiffy and Wayne playing wide range of music from chart to dubstep and hip hop to house.


dBs MUSIC XMAS PARTY. Student Union, Camborne College. 6pm-1am. £3. Showcase/party put together by the students on the dBs course to show how well they have progressed and to have a good end of term party. Exect a mix of House- Hard Dance-Drum and Bass-Hardstyle-Electro-Techno and guests include The Anvil, BanZo, Shaun Lee, A am Cam and Mr T.


COLLISION. Timepiece. Little Castle St. 7.30pm-2am. £3. Expect everything from Indie anthems, alt Rock, Punk to Electro.... FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER. Arena. Summerland St. 10pm-3am. £free entry with sticker/wristband. Feel good party atmosphere, get down and party on the dancefloor with all your favourite music - the very best dance, chart, party and RnB. ANGEL PRESENTS... Angel Bar. 32 Queen St. 10pm-2am. £free. Different guests playing each week, check with bar for details. 7th Dec THE DEEP END Cellar Door, The Quayside, 9pm-3am £6/£5 in adv. Dubstep and dark bass from Icicle (Shogun/Tempa/Rinse FM) and Ollie 303, Pulsar & Mystery. 21st Dec CABARET VOLTAIRE Cavern Club, 9pm-2am £5 in adv. Its been an insane 12 months of gigs and festivals for Cab V, tonight, Wolfie, the four deck electro swing mashup king will be travelling down from Leeds to join Saxon, Dill Master Fresh & donJohnston on the wheels of steel. Expect to hear the most cutting edge electro swing music. 21st Dec LIVE HIP-HOP Cellar Door, The Quay, 9pm-3am £6/£4 in adv. Hip hop with special guest Leafdog & BVA (Four Owls / Three Amigos / High Focus Records), Smellington Piff and DJ Fingerfood. Support from residents

Harry GreenStreet & Mr Witts (Live PA), Dephicit (Glitch-Hop), Subindex (Glitch-Hop / Dubstep) & Joe Average (garage/ bass music). Sponsroed by THTC and free Mix CD for the first 50 through the door. 21st Dec SANTAS GHETTO Exeter Phoenix, 8pm-2am £tbc. Southwest Undergrounds annual Xmas party, always busy so get there early - all underground styles catered for from D’n’B to techon, to dubstep to hip hop to ghetto funk and breaks over five rooms and 48 DJ’s. More info and tickets from at www.


FRIDAY NIGHTS. Toast. 18 Church St. 6.30pm-2am. £free. Something different every week FRIDAYS. Q Bar. 15a Killigrew St. 8pm-2am. Only the best DJs from the area playing for your aural pleasure. CLUB NIGHT Mango Tango 15a Killigrew St. 9pm-2am. £tbc. Partee time with great drinks deals... 7th Dec SIMIAN SOUNDS The Watermans, 10pm-2am £free. Expect beats, breaks, dub, tech, glitch and bass. DJ’s playing include Morphosis, Monkey, Digityl & Treazon.


FRESH FRIDAYS. Berties 9.30pmlate, £free. Fridays have a Fresh feel about them with amazing £2 drinks offers to start the weekend. If you’re a member It’s free entry with a new loyalty card all night . I CANDY. Sailors. Fore St. 10.30pm-4am, £free entry with a handbag! Newquays busiest Friday night with the best in Chart, RnB, Dance and Party. ITS A FRIDAY THING. Belushi’s 9.30pm-late, £free. For up front House music and things connected with DJ Justin Harris. KOOLA ROCKS. The Koola. 9pm-3am, £free with VIP cards. All 3 rooms open / live music & DJ’s / Indie Electro mash-ups / Latin spirit / live dancers / cocktail lounge / happy hour 6pm - 11pm / special guests.


SOUND FRIDAYS. Sound Nightclub. Branwell Mill. 11pm4am. £5. DJ Boris & CQ take over the main room, special guests in room 2. Fri 21st is a special 80’s vs 90’s night - expect a mixture of disco classics and dance anthem, with a mash-up of throw-back floor-fillers.


CRISIS. White Rabbit. Bretonside Bus Station. £2. 11pm-5am. An eclectic hot mix of Indie/Punk/Rock/HipHop/Funk/80’s. Served to you by JC & OZ. DOLLY MIXTURES. Zero’s, 24 Lockyer St. 10.30pm-4am, £free B4 11pm/£4 after. Gay night with resident DJs Stev-E & Juzzy B play Cheese, Chart, R’n’B, Dance and Hard House. FRISKY. H20, The Barbican, 8pm3am, £free R&B anthems and chart music with James Jordan. FUNKY FRIDAYS. The Treasury. Royal Parade. 9pm-3am, £tbc. Funky grooves. FUNKY FRIDAYS. Annabel’s

Cabaret and Discotheque, Vauxhall St. 8.30pm-3pm. £tbc. Funky grooves all night. FUNKY FRESIAN FRIDAYS. The Dairy. 25 Bretonside. GLITTERATI, Derrys Cross, 9pm-3am, £free B4 10pm / £3 B4 12am, more after. House music and two rooms of exquisite sounds, cocktails and drinks deals. PUNK ROCK DISCO. Jack Chams. 50 Ebrington St. £1.50 vodka and mixer all night. . BORDERLINE. C103. 103 Union St. 10pm-3.30am. £2/members £1. Cutting edge alternative night with DJ Konrad playing rock alternative punk in the main room whilst DJ’s Synn & Aides play Metal, supported by Lavis and Nobes in the Underground playing D’n’B, indie, nostalgia and filthy cheese. Xmas special on 21st Dec with the Santa Grotto, fancy dress theme and free glass of mulled wine upon entry. LOADED. Mint,2A Union St. 10pmlate. £free with a flyer. Indie night 7th Dec QUENCHED Thirst. Vauxhall St. 9pm-2.30am. £2 from 11pm. KV2 Sondsystem showcase, supported by Oli Power, Sean Moyles with guests for this deep house and techy night. 7th Dec GLITTERATI & HOUSEAHOLICS Revolution, Derrys Cross. 9pm-3am. £3 B4 12am/£free B4 10pm. Defected DJ, Sam Divine brings some glamour and house style as one of the hottest female DJ’s on the club circuit right now, make the effort for this glittery night! 7th Dec LIQUID PULSE HOUSE & TRANCE SPECIAL Crash Manor. Union St. 10pm5am. £5 Special guest Joey Riot alongside the usual crew of Digit-L, Chris da Funk, Golding & Kev Thomas. Last event of the year! More info at www. 7th Dec WONKEY LEGS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Voodoo Lounge. 10pm-late. £6 Though mainly a drum n bass night for over 10 years they felt a change is as good as a holiday, so it’s time for a reggae special. Come celebrate with us with Special guests Dj Derek, Dr Meaker Live and Dj Crusty.

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ROLLER DISCO. St Ives Guilhall. 8.30pm-10.30pm. £6/£4 Back to the 80’s theme, over 18’s session, Dj’s playing the Best 70s ,80s, soul, funk, disco and club classic’s. Tickets and info at www.


FRIDAYS. Bohemia Nightclub. 41 Torwood St. 11pm-3am. £4 B4 12pm/£5 after. DJs on rotation. THE GREEN GINGER. The Green ginger, Winter Garden, Fleet Walk. 9pm-3am. £1. DJ Jake with all the latest chart and dance. 2 4 £10 cocktail pitchers.LADIES NIGHT. The Venue. 13 Torwood St. 9pm-1am. £3/ ladies £free all night. The biggest night in the bay. OPEN DECKS NIGHT. Blue Cargo / Club 7 Braddons Hill. 8.30pm1am. £free. All styles welcome. With

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Clubbing resident DJs DJ R and Corzeneffect. Call Dave on 07990 790 888 for a set. 21st Dec FULL TILT PRESENT TWISTED DESTINY XMAS PARTY Bohemia, Torwood St, 10pm-4am £10 Hixxy, DJ Phantasy, MC Whizzkid & Harry Shotta - hardcore special.


FUNKY FRIDAYS. L2 Nightclub. Calenick St. 10pm-2.30am. £free all night. DJ Tom Wills playing all the best tunes. Lots of drink promotions inc. all shots £1.50. FEEL GOOD FRIDAY. The Office. 10pm-late. £3. Start the weekend as you mean to go on with DJ Simon James. 14th Dec TIDY BOYS & ORGAN DONORS L2 Nightclub, Calenick St 9.30pm - 3am, £5.Special hard style one off party with these two big name star DJ’s.


Eclipse Nightclub. Victoria Square 10pm-late. £7/£5 B4 11pm. Chart and party tunes with guest DJ’s every week.


KRIS NEBROSO, The Clipper, 9pm – 1am, £free. A night of Chart, Dance (inc. House, Dubstep, D’n’B), Cheese, Party, R’n’B, Oldies & Motown.


ANGEL PRESENTS... Angel Bar. 32 Queen St. 10pm-2am. £free. Different guests playing each week, check with bar for details. ESSENTIAL SATURDAY. Arena. Summerland St. 10pm-3.30am. £6.50otd. Best in Dance, Chart, Party and RnB. INDIE CLUB. Cavern Club, 83-84 Queen St. 8pm-2.30am. £free B4 9pm. The best in Indie/Alternative & Electro Sounds from DJS Jake and Paddy. With live guests. SATURDAYS. The Monkey Suit. 161 Sidwell St. 9pm-3am. £free. Guest DJs dropping all things funky. WOBBLE. Timepiece. 7.30pm2am, £3 B4 11pm with flyer. Mr. Onions lets rip, dropping everything anything from R’n’B to Indie, Jazz to Pop, Funk to Rock, Drum & Bass to House. 1st Dec & 5th Jan BLOW YOUR WIG The Bikeshed Theatre, Fore St, 9pm-2am £1 With DJ Louie Louie. A fixture at many South West festivals inc, Glastonbury, Port Elliot, Beautiful Days and Farmfest. Playing 50’s Jump Jive, Rockabilly, 60’s Garage, Surf rock, Northern Soul and other cool vintage sounds. Vintage and retro attire welcomed for this Tarrantino and Bettie Page inspired, cocktail fueled night. Always packed so get there early. 14th Dec COALITION Lemon Grove, 7pm-late £13 in adv. Dubstep, electro and D’n’B across two arenas with guests Roksonix, High Rankin, Culprate, Lakeway, Parabolic, MC’s Krafty & Maksim and many more. Over 16’s show. 22nd Dec PHONIC FM CHRISTMAS PARTY Exeter Phoenix, 8pm-2am £5. Peachy

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Farmer, Hot Dub Bikini Party and Little V plus Phonic FM deejays - all raising money for Exeter’s community station - Phonic FM. 19th Jan THE DEEP END 6th BIRTHDAY & FRED V & GRAFIX PRESENTS Exeter Phoenix, 9pm3am £15/£10 in adv. Big night with Sir David Rodigan headlining the 6th birthday celebration of Deep End, supported by London Elekricity & MC Wrec Mala, Fred V & Grafix, Gatekeeper and more TBC.


SATURDAY. Q Bar. 15a Killigrew St. 8pm-2am. Always a massive night@ Q with the DJs spinning the best music for you to dance and drink to. CLUB NIGHT Mango Tango 15a Killigrew St. 9pm-2am. £tbc. Partee time with great drinks deals...


15th Dec NORTHERN SOUL The Sandsifter 9pm - 3am, £6. DJ Emma Cox spins a selection of northern soul, rare groove and funk, supported by Russell O’Connor who is something of a name on the northern soul and funk scene holding residencies at Crackers, Top Rank, Scamps, The 100 Club and the Devil’s Den, Dunstable, to name a few, as well working alongside luminaries such as Richard Searling, Robbie Vincent, Greg Edwards, Ian Wright and Keb Darge. 22nd Dec RED & WHITE CHRISTMAS PARTY The Sandsifter 9pm - 3am, £10/£8 in adv. DJs Nic Narley, Timbo Symons, Lee Ellis, Sundance and Andre have joined forces to present a night of banging house tunes by the sea. As a bonus, for the brave who don’t feel the cold, there’s stewarded overnight camping at Sandsifter, although glass bottles are prohibited on site. Newquay

DJ EDGE. Belushi’s. Fore St. 10pm till late. £free. A live DJ night with a selection of Hip Hop (mainly old school) , Funk, Electro, Soul, 80’s/90’s Pop. GORGEOUS. Berties. East St. 11pm-4am, £6/£4. DJ Will.B mixes visuals, videos and your favourite music up together from a wide variety of genres including dance , R’n’B, chart, party & floorfillers. PASSION. Sailors. Fore St. 10.30pm-4am. £tbc. Chart, dance & retro tunes to shake your booty with John London PARTY NIGHT. Koola, 12 Beach Rd10.30pm-4am. £tbc. Party night, with selected guests, see Chy Koola Facebook page for more details. SESSIONS The Beach, 10pm-late, from £4. Party tunes on a Saturday night.


CQ’s SATURDAYS. Up Bar, above Burton’s 9pm-2am. £free. DJ CQ smashing out all the latest chart and dance tracks. SOUND SATURDAY. Sound Nightclub. Branwell Mill, Market Jew Street. 11pm-4am. £5 (non special guest nights only). DJs Boris & DS playing chart and commercial bangers!


SATURDAY FORUM. Jack Chams. 50 Ebrington St. Live show and DJ sets. FRESH CITY. Crash Manor. Union St. 11.30pm-5am. £5/£4 B4 midnight. R&B, Hip Hop, Bashment and UK Funky with residents DJ Jonezy, DJ Snake and DJ Badness. Drinks deals from £2. FREE CUBA PARTY. The B-bar. Barbican Theatre, Castle St. 8pm. £free. Cocktails, Latin music, a steamy atmosphere and dancing until late. PARTY NIGHT. Walkabout. Derrys Cross. 10pm-2am, £free. Latest chart & dance hits with DJ Darren Watts. SATURDAYS. Revolution. Derrys Cross. 8pm-2am, £free B4 11pm. A collection of party grooves, funky tunes, soul & old skool beats, RnB, Funky house, House & classic anthems over two floors. SATURDAYS. Annabel’s Cabaret and Discotheque. 8pm-3am. £tbc. 2 floors of entertainment with live cabaret and discotheque. SATURDAYS. Mint,2A Union St. 9pm-late. £tbc. Party night with drinks deals -3 for a fiver. SHAKE Thirst. Vauxhall St. 9pm2.30am. £3/£2 B4 11pm. Resident Djs Aldo Vanucci and Kenny Hectyc. 8th Dec BASSFUNK White Rabbit, Bretonside Bus Station 11pm-4am, £5 on the door. The return of this well loved night of funk and bass with added D’n’B! Guests Hong Kong Ping Pong,supported by residents Bossa, Tuskan and MC’s Benny C & Gravity. 15th Dec SOULED OUT Plymouth Guildhall, Royal Parade 7pm-2am, £10 in adv. Plymouth’s number one soul night with DJ’s Franz Mac and sister Le’onie Pres playing soul, acid jazz, funk, reggae, R’n’B, retro classics and Tamla Motown. 15th Dec THE BADGERS BALL XMAS PARTY C103, Union St, 10pm - 5am, £5 Plymouth’s best Psytrance party returns with a new format to give you the best experience possible, this includes - cheaper door entry at a fixed price and the inclusion of mixed alternate tempo styles at the beginning of the night such as breaks/electro/minimal/prog etc. 22nd Dec DISCO BIZ KIDS The Voodoo Lounge, 9pm-3am, £free. BizKids one of the top underground night’s in the South West - line up TBA - check the event page on Facebook for more info - search Disco Biz Kids. 22nd Dec JELLY JAZZ H2O, The Barbican, 9pm-3am £4 Funky jazz night hosts it’s Xmas party with residents Pete Isaac & DJ Griff. 19th Jan RINSE IT & COVERT White Rabbit, Bretonside Bus Station, 9pm-4am £12. More D’n’B with the excellent London Elektricity, supported by the Scratch Perverts and local support from Mr Nice, Darko, Dom Jay. Johnny G and Gravity. Perfect reason to go out again after recovering from Xmas & NYE!

St Austell

THE BIG ONE. The Club. 14 High Cross St. 10pm-2am. £6. Massive party night with DJ Stevie G playing RnB, Dance, Hip Hop and DnB.


SATURDAYS. Bliss. 43/45 East St. 9pm-3am. £free B4 10.30pm with guestlist/£5 after 10pm. It’s the original big night out, with the biggest mix of Party, Dance and R & B.


THE GREEN GINGER. The Green ginger, Winter Garden, Fleet Walk. 9pm-3am. £1. DJ playing chart, dance and funky tunes across the bay. KINDA FUNKY. Bohemia. 41 Torwood St. 10.30pm-4am, £4 B4 11pm/£6 after. Room 1 plays R&B, Hip Hop and smooth Grooves. Room 2 for uplifting House, Trance and Dance anthems. SATURDAYS. The Venue. 13 Torwood St. 10pm-3am. £free B4 12am for members/£2 B4 12am/£3.


SATURDAY SOCIAL. L2 Nightclub. Calenick St. 10pm-2.30am. £5/ free B4 11pm. DJ Matt Wing in Room 1 playing Chart & Commerical. DJ Jason M & Snatch the Wax in Room 2 playing House, Electro, Party Breaks. Special guests on the 3rd with Fenton Gee, Dane Bowers and friends. CORNWALLS BEST SATURDAY. The Office. 1 River Walk. 10pm2.30am. £5. Weekend party for over 21’s.


WORLD BEATS. Timepiece. Little Castle St, 8pm-1.30am, £free. Latin, Salsa, Afro Beat, Reggae, Arabic & Spanish.


OPEN JAM. Q Bar. 15a Killigrew St. 6pm-late. £free. Hosted by Perry followed at 10pm with Titan Sound finishing off your weekend with PRESSURE DROP RootsRockReggae/Digital Dancehall.


NEWQUAYS BIGGEST FOAM PARTY The Beach, 10pm-late, from £4. As it says on the tin, with party tunes.

Penzance 23rd Dec SUPER

CHRISTMAS SUNDAY Sound Nightclub. Branwell Mill. 11pm4am. £6/£5 B4 12am Charlie G will be taking over the main room with Sound residents, CQ, Boris and DS for anight of house, trance and dance tunes.


LEGENDAIRY. The Dairy. 25 Bretonside. 6pm-late. 80’s & 90’s music. SUNDAY SESSIONS. Revolution, Derrys Cross. 10pm-2am. £free. In the Club, DJ Jonezy (a premier south west Urban and RnB DJ) brings you his legendary ‘Sunday Session.’


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L2 Nightclub, Truro


Social Saturdays, held weekly at L2 have been making it one of the busiest clubs in Cornwall, often reaching capacity early on. The modern clean look of the club mixed with the smart appearance of the Bar and Security staff made it a great environment to relax and have an amazing night. The house DJs were keeping the dance floors though out the night with DJ Chris Walters mixing down a compilation of House, Electro, Dub and DnB all complimented by their recently upgraded lighting systems and Matt Wing, downstairs, providing the customers with the latest in Chart and Commercial.

Photos: Vaughan Pickhaver

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247 Magazine - Dec & Jan 2013 issue - South West edition  
247 Magazine - Dec & Jan 2013 issue - South West edition  

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