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A word from the editor Hello! It’s good to see that the sun has finally made an appearance this summer, even if it has come too late for some of the county’s festivals!

A word from the Editor Pg 1 Cheltenham’s MND Pg 2 BBC Glos INtroducing’s Gemma Dunstan Pg 3 Fabio Thomas on...Reel Big Fish Pg 4 August Bank Holiday Weekend Pg 5 What’s On Listings Pg 6-9 10 Minute Review Pg 10 Tell us what you want to see inside MAG: musicatglos@gmail.com

We hope everyone enjoyed 2000trees despite the mud which we hear was pretty bad this year! Both Andrew and Gemma mention 2000trees in their columns this month, with a pretty awesome photo courtesy of Samuel Frank Woods. Fabio Thomas previews Reel Big Fish ahead of their gig at The Guildhall this month, he will also follow this up with a review in September’s issue. We have a new feature starting in this issue, the 10 minute review. This month’s 10 minute review is of Kinsley Salmon and Joe Summer’s perfromances at Vinestock. We have our regular llistings for the county, packed full of everything musical that’s going on in August. As well as this we have a festival guide for the August Bank Holiday, where Gloucestershire will showcase 3 festivals in the same weekend! Why not follow us @MusicAtGlos if you dont already and don’t forget to visit the website while you’re at it www.musicatglos.wordpress.com Amelia x

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incredible reputation to be almost suspicious of... Only after arriving on site did I realise why it has consistently sold out and attracted so much feverent loyalty – the atmosphere, organisation and ethic behind the festival is something to behold and a lot of the ‘headliner & profit focused income-athons’ we’ve seen spring up in the county recently could learn a lot from the organisers.

Finally we got a bit of summer. How joyful. Unfortunately it arrived precisely one week too late for 2000 Trees which was, for all intents and purposes, a massive mud bath filled with musical joy. I saw on a blog somewhere that the mud was claimed to be ‘different’ to the void sucking mud of Glasto ‘07, but I disagree. Trees didn’t just have the Glasto ‘07 mud, but also managed to incorporate the ‘98 watermud as well as a bit of Isle of Wight and Woodstock to boot. I have been to almost a dozen festivals this season and it was by far the muddiest, but also the one where people cared less about the mud as they were so preoccupied with another quality line up for 2012.

Nibley is a festival built from the heart up and only hits the brain when it needs to beat. The line up, the audience, setting and – most importantly - the ‘feeling’ you get that is so important when defining the differences between contemporary festivals was unique. Nibley sold out in 36 hours this year – I would imagine even quicker for 2013. Let’s take a punt next year and get our tickets early. Forget the rain and mud that has plagued much of the festival season this year, karma owes us big. Ax MAG would like to say a special thank you to the Popular Music course at The University of Gloucestershire for their contribution to the distribution of the fanzine.

(Photo courtesy of Samuel Frank Wood www.samfrankwood.blogspot.com) Other than that there was the annual Cheltenham Music Festival and a one day gig in Gloucester Park that was reported positively by the organisers. I also had the privilege of performing at Nibley – a festival I’ve heard much about and has an


BBC Gloucestershire Introducing presenter Gemma DunstaN Hello! Well aren’t we lucky, Gloucestershire!? Just when you think the rain has come and washed the summer away we get given one of the best summer festivals yet. Yes – I’m talking about 2000 Trees. Held in Withington just out on the Cotswolds, 2000 Trees brings the best in British underground music to Gloucestershire across 4 stages at Upcote Farm. Despite the ‘Glastonbury-esque’ levels of mud, the spirits of the near 5000 crowd could not be dampened as they enjoyed plenty of new music from across the country and a few local ones too. Artists representing Gloucestershire included: Crooks. I, The Lion. Harbour. Chloe Foy. The Cadbury Sisters. Andy Oliveri. Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun. Joe Summers. Ellie Dussek. Thrill Collins. Aspen Sails. James and I managed to get there on the Saturday to discover the great atmosphere, great bands and wonderfully presented stages packed with local talent. 2000 Trees is certainly not to be missed in 2013! Not long left of our ‘summer’ now, but a few good local events to still look forward too. Remember to keep uploading your tracks via the BBC online uploader, which can be found at http://www.bbc. co.uk/music/introducing/uploader/ There are more BBC Introducing Live sessions planned so keep sending us your tracks and we may contact you to get you in to perform live! Listen to Gemma Dunstan, James Thomas and Paul Moss live every Saturday at 5:30pm on BBC Radio Gloucestershire 104.7FM or online. You can catch up on BBC iPlayer for up to 7 days afterwards.

BBC Gloucestershire Introducing… is the show for your new music. Every Saturday from 5:30pm on BBC Radio Gloucestershire, you can hear the tastiest new cuts of unsigned music from across the county. We might have only been on-air since the beginning of October, but the response has been fantastic with shed loads of you uploading your tracks at bbc.co.uk/introducing – keep em comin’! Catch Paul Moss, Gemma Dunstan and James Thomas presenting BBC Gloucestershire Introducing... every Saturday from 5:30pm to hear the tastiest cuts from the county’s up and coming artists. The 30 minute show also includes interviews with the people behind the music and a gig guide for who to see play live, and where. BBC Radio Gloucestershire 104.7, 95, 95.8 FM, 1413 AM and on the BBC iPlayer


Fabio Thomas on...Reel Big Fish When a band that successfully manages to combine two distinct musical genres, they tend to leave in their wake a host of copyists. Following six months to a year of hits, stardom and critical acclaim, these imitation bands tend to digress back into the underground from where they had come. Some may call this “Sell[ing] Out”, and it may give you the desire to “Turn off The Radio” as the pursuit of “Fame, Fortune and Fornication” is driving you into a “Candy Coated Fury”. (See where I’m going with this……) But “Cheer Up!” because “Everything [doesn’t ] Suck”. Have no fear, for one band’s “Live album is better than [everyone else’s] live album”. This band is evidently Reel Big Fish. As shown above, since their 1997 hit “Sell Out” Reel Big Fish have continued to release new albums as well as play live shows all over the world, enforcing their reputation as one of the finest modern Ska bands on the planet. Ska-Punk is a sub-genre like no other; built largely upon the Ska principles of two tone music from the late 70s and early 80s, it pushed the boundaries even further by playing harder, better and (most predominantly) faster. The simplistic, but heavy, on beat drums conflict with the dubby bass and overly distorted guitar tones making a hard-to-pin-down mash of energetic maelstrom. This quintessential sound combined with the nihilistically punk, ‘Fuck-it’ attitude of Reel Big Fish’s lyrics makes them the epitome of everything ‘Ska-Punk’. This is arguably why they have stayed popular throughout their career. Despite the apparent quality and originality of Reel Big Fish’s sound, the current line-up features only one original member. Many could argue that this highlights how it is in fact their ever changing line up that has caused the band to stay fresh over the years. They hit the guildhall on the 6th August, but will the band stay true to their pristine reputation as a fine Ska band, or will their changed line up bring with it a compromised show? All will be revealed in a September review of the gig.


Gloucestershire’s August Bank Holiday Weekend The last bank holiday weekend is almost upon us and to see this long weekend off in style the county has three festivals for you to get along to along with a whole host of other musical treats! All of the festivals that take place over the bank holiday weekend are from Saturday 25th to Monday 27th.

Hullabaloo Cheltenham Burley Lake Fields

Westbury Festival is only in its second year, but after the success of last year is definitely worth checking out. Not just about the music Westbury bills itself as a cider and music festival combining two of Gloucestershire’s favourite past times! Thsi year teh festival is headlined by local legends EMI. Also playing is Vince Freeman famed for his appearnace on BBC 1’s The Voice, as well as local bands including Duke, The Roving Crows and Danny Don’t Be A Hero. Another family friendly festival Westbury has market stalls, fair ground rides, face painting, BBQ’s and Hog Roasts as well as a wealth of different ciders! For more information or to buy tickets go to: www.westburyfestival.co.uk

The Hullabaloo Festival usually takes place in June, however due to the torrentail rain we had it was pushed back until the August bank holiday. The Festival caters for all the family with live music, comedy, poetry and tons of childrens activities.

Treefest Westonbirt Arboretum

This year sees a fantatstic lineup of local and national music acts including local heroes Jim Lockey & the Solemn Sun, The Hookline Riot, Dub Pistols and The Jim Jones Revue. Hullabaloo Festival is all about local arts and entertainments and brings toegther some fo Gloucestershire’s finest examples of this including Parabola Arts Centre, The Everyman Theatre and Cheltenham Poetry. It’s a family friendly festival with actvities, workshops, food and market stalls to suit everyone. For more information or to buy tickets go to: www.hullabaloofestival.co.uk

Westbury Festival Cheltenham Adsett Farm

Treefest is probably Gloucestershire’s most orginal concept for a festival. Held in the beautiful Westonbirt Arboretum the festival’s started as a wood carving festival but has developed into a family orientated festival. Treefest promotes sustainable living alongside great local music, food and exhibitors. All of the musicians playing at Treefest are local to Westonbirt with the majority coming from Gloucestershires. They include Any Oliveri and The Cadbury Sisters, Gazz Brookfield and Joe Summers. All of the music is organised by the 4014 project, a local organisation that promotes and encouarges local musicians across Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. For more information or to buy tickets go to: www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt-treefest


Cheltenham

01/08/2012

The Bayshill

Gordon Wood

20:30

02/08/2012

2pigs

Giants, The Satellite Year & Stillbust

19:00

03/08/2012 03/08/2012 03/08/2012 03/08/2012 03/08/2012

Norwood Arms The Royal London Inn 2pigs Frog & Fiddle

Affinity Kim Cypher Quartet Too Rock For Country JUDDER! Beat Route Foundation

21:00 TBC 21:00 22:00 19:30

04/08/2012 04/08/2012 04/08/2012 04/08/2012 04/08/2012 04/08/2012 04/08/2012

The Bayshill The Cotswold Inn The Strand Charlton Kings Club Tailors St Pauls Tavern 2pigs

Outboys Profoundly Blue Synergy Paul Foster Battle of the Bands (Cont.) We Are War Strange Things Frighten Us

21:00 21:00 21:00 20:45 TBC 21:00 20:00

05/08/2012

Exmouth Arms

Peter Gill

21:00

08/08/2012

The Bayshill

Bex, Franks & Friends

20:30

10/08/2012

2pigs

Reign of Fury

20:00

11/08/2012 11/08/2012 11/08/2012 11/08/2012 11/08/2012 11/08/2012

2pigs The Daffodil The Bayshill Exmouth Arms Charlton Kings Club The Strand

Carmen, Cynotia & Atakarma Swing From Paris Dirty Trainers Ukeholics Fabulous Dough Boys Mike Maddams

20:00 12:30 21:00 21:00 20:45 21:00

14/08/2012

Frog & Fiddle

Crazy Arm

20:00

15/08/2012

The Bayshill

Jam Session

21:00

16/08/2012

2pigs

Emmett Brown & I Call A Strike

20:00

18/08/2012 18/08/2012 18/08/2012

2pigs The Bayshill Charlton Kings Club

Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun MyDesign Ramrods

19:30 21:00 21:00

23/08/2012

Frog & Fiddle

Bastions

20:00

24/08/2012

Royal George

Scott

21:00


25/08/2012 25/08/2012

Charlton Kings Club 2pigs

Kick Doctors Fire Fall Down

21:00 20:00

31/08/2012

2pigs

Picture This plus support

20:00

Gloucester 01/08/2012

Café Rene

Yours

21:00

03/08/2012

Café Rene

Gotcha

23:00

04/08/2012 Walls Club 06/08/2012 Guildhall

Sugar Foot Stomp

19:30

Folk Unplugged

20:00

07/08/2012

Guildhall

Reel Big Fish

19:30

08/08/2012

Café Rene

Live at Gloucester Studio Presents

21:00

10/08/2012

Café Rene

Demob & Lost Soul

23:00

15/08/2012

Café Rene

Russ Poole

21:00

16/08/2012

Guildhall

The Twang

19:30

17/08/2012

Café Rene

Case Closed, Prime Position & Dirty Lyle

23:00

18/08/2012

Guildhall

Charlotte Church

19:30

21/08/2012

Guildhall

Musiclab

19:30

22/08/2012

Café Rene

Matt Woosey

21:00

24/08/2012

Café Rene

Ska Anthems & Nothern Soul Classics

23:00

25/08/2012

Guildhall

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

19:30

29/08/2012

Café Rene

Live at Gloucester Studio Presents

21:00

31/08/2012

Café Rene

Funkensteins

23:00

Tewkesbury

08/08/2012

Theoc House

Jazz Club

20:00

11/08/2012

Roses Theatre

Voice of the Heart

19:30


17/08/2012

Roses Theatre

ABBA Forever

19:30

18/08/2012

Roses Theatre

Rockin’ Berries

19:30

24/08/2012 24/08/2012

Nottingham Arms Roses Theatre

Sax N Axe The Big Band

21:00 19:30

25/08/2012

Roses Theatre

And Finally Phill Collins

19:30

31/08/2012

Cross Keys

Junction 7

21:00

Woodmancote

02/08/2012

Apple Tree

Rick Chase

21:00

09/08/2012

Apple Tree

Paul Sixtus

21:00

16/08/2012

Apple Tree

Bryn Thomas

21:00

23/08/2012

Apple Tree

Dave Miles

21:00

30/08/2012

Apple Tree

Alex Nash

21:00

Birdlip

03/08/2012

Royal George

Revue

21:00

10/08/2012

Royal George

MI Brown

21:00

17/08/2012

Royal George

Greg Winters

21:00

31/08/2012

Royal George

Revue

21:00

Cirencester

02/08/2012

17 Black

Thrill Collins

22:30

12/08/2012

Cirencester Park

JJ Swingband

TBC

23/08/2012

17 Black

Vince Freeman

22:30


Stroud 31/08/2012

Sub Rooms

Friday Night Live

20:00

31/08/2012

Crown & Septre

Trashville

21:00

Winchcombe 07/08/2012

Corner Cupboard

Bluegrass Session

21:00

23/08/2012

Corner Cupboard

Song Session

21:00

Conderton 02/08/2012

Yew Tree

Rod Kelly Trio

21:00

08/08/2012

Yew Tree

Folk/Acoustic Session

21:00

Festivals Guiting Power Festival

Cheltenham

Guiting Village Hall

1st-4th

Hullabaloo Westbury Festival Treefest

Cheltenham Cheltenham Westonbirt

Burley Lake Fields Adsett Farm Westonbirt Arboretum

25th-27th 25th-27th 25th-27th

Open Mic Nights Tuesday Tuesday

St Paul’s Tavern, Cheltenham Salisbury Inn, Cheltenham

Wednesday Cross Keys, Gloucester Wednesday Norwood Arms, Cheltenham Thursday Thursday Thursday

The Strand Bar, Cheltenham Hogs Head, Cheltenham The Restoration, Cheltenham

Friday Friday Friday

The Fiery Angel, Cheltenham Royal George Hotel, Cheltenham Gardners Arms, Tewkesbury

Sunday Sunday Sunday

Royal Union, Cheltenham Sunday Walls Country & Western Club, Gloucester The Cotswold Inn, Cheltenham Sunday Under the Edge Arts, Wotton Under Edge Fat Tony’s Jam Session, Somerset Arms, Cheltenham

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10 Minute Review Does exactly what it says on the tin! Stopwatch is set for 10 minutes when the time is up the review stops. For more 10 minute reviews go to www.10minutereviews.tumblr.com Vinestock: Kingsley Salmon, Joe Summers @ The Vine, Cheltenham (30.06.12) A few weekends ago we moved house. We also went to Vinestock. Because we were so busy shifting wardrobes up stairs and watching removal men drink tea from our chipped cups, we only caught a few hours of this fantastic (and free!) event. But what we saw was certainly worth the admission fee. The Vine had been especially turfed and hay bales lined the sides of the pub. We decided there and then that our housewarming would be themed like a festival. We are going to buy some hay bales and it’ll probably rain. Joe Summers treated an attentive audience to some new acoustic songs despite a few technical difficulties. He sat on a stool and did his natural Ryan Adams/Neil Young vocal performance that is going to make him very rich or very popular some day (or most likely both). Soon after, Kingsley Salmon sat on a stool and treated an attentive audience to some acoustic songs (as did dozens of others throughout the three days, I’m sure). The best thing about Kingsley Salmon is that he doesn’t sound how he looks. Dressed in a camouflage t-shirt and cut off denim shorts, he produced something similar to Sublime gone acoustic. He finger-picked his way through twenty-five minutes of laid-back songs and we left to go to our new house in the rain thinking, ‘We should really see him again sometime.’

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