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MARCH 2018




60 million postcards & buffalo get a fresh start

the future of two bournemouth bars we look at the reopenings and refurbs

“Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them” Louis Armstrong


a series of events to raise money for charity

/ dorsetmusicmag @ dorsetmusicmag


New beginnings everywhere! Its spring (nearly) This month we kick things off with a review of the grand re-opening of Sixty Million Postcards, as well as a sneak peak at the brand new Buffalo site in Lansdowne, and more importantly, their music line ups… Elsewhere in the mag we take a look at the countywide Sing To Raise event in support of the Diverse Abilities charity. Chinners looks at pop cult heroes Tours’s on off gig at The King Charles, D-tox gives us the low down on his new radio show plus all the previews and listings you need to plan out your month.

@ D o rs e t M u s i c M a g This month’s contributors are:Harry ‘w’ David Chinery Bert Burnell Dan Sullivan Craig Gray James Wadsworth


Let’s face it Bournemouth’s indie community may as well have extended ‘dry January’; Postcards is their church so what are they to do when it’s closed!

Upon arrival you immediately notice heated beach huts in the garden, a welcome feature many people said they liked, as well as an adequate level of other seating.

As an avid member of the parish I, like the rest of the punters filling the venue to the brim at the reopening party, was excited to see what they’d done with the place. Postcards created a lot of hype around the event enticing the social media user to drag themselves off their sofa on a freezing Thursday using sign up tickets (legitimate, it was packed) and Instagram Stories to give people a quick tour of the venue and its ‘one night only’ oyster and beer tasting treats on offer!

Heading inside you’re welcomed by a lighter colour scheme: candyfloss gone trendy! Noteworthy changes include updated toilets, more open plan booths in the same place as before with graffiti beach scenes as backdrops and a more stylised bar rid of clutter serving a massive selection of drinks, craft beers and ales.

After 11 years Postcards was clearly in the need of a good lick of paint which they have not only done but they’ve revamped the whole style and layout. In my opinion venues get their identity in the dust and grime, which Postcards has unavoidably lost for a short while, but with an incredible list of upcoming events we will be dancing those quirks straight back in as we fall in love all over again with Postcards and it’s new look.

enjoyed with a cold pint of cider in the summer sun of a festival field. Each band had it’s different idea on dancefloor anthems with Hotsteppas tracks being instant singalongs and Dharma’s skilful lyricism but with both bands deservedly having the biggest dancing crowds I’ve ever seen at Postcards; it’s obvious everyone was loving the night! Nice work 60, you’ve pulled off the near impossible; pleasing most of the old clientele as well as putting beaming smiles on the faces of quite a few new members of the Postcards clergy.

My favourite feature is creating a clear gig area moving the DJ area and stage to the back corner - James Wadsworth ready for throwing dancefloor shapes. Kudos to promotors We Broke Free who moved away from their love of upcoming indie to put on the perfect party line up blessing the crowd with the very musically accomplished Hotsteppas and local supergroup Selby and the Dharma Blitz. It seemed brilliantly ironic that on the coldest week of the year we were all dancing to tunes that were clearly written to be


Over the past ten years or so, Winton’s Buffalo Bar established itself as something of an oasis in a desert of identikit chain pubs that line that particular stretch of Wimborne Road. A place where artists and musicians mingled with bricklayers and plumbers, united by the promise of a decent pint, good honest pub grub, and the best rock jukebox on the South Coast. That dream ended New Years Eve last year, as the building was sold to Lidl to extend their car park. Winton’s loss however, is Lansdowne’s gain, as owner Tom Russell used the funds to take over the popular, if criminally underused, Bomo Bar building. Anyone into the reggae, ska, drum n’ bass, and (then fledgling) dubstep scene about a decade ago will fondly remember the site as Empire Club, home of the iconic Dubnium club night, among many others. Utilising the building’s sizeable ground and first floors (the basement will continue as the Bomo Bunker under current management), Tom and his team have successfully transplanted everything that made Winton’s Buffalo Bar such a success. Every scrap of wood, every Martin Butler doodled door, every fixture and fitting (including the staff themselves) has been brought over to ensure that old regulars feel that the move has been nothing but an evolution in the story of Buffalo.

Continuing the tried and tested ethos of ‘anything goes as long as it’s good’, managers Charlie and Craig will be bringing to Lansdowne a venue that oozes charm and good vibes, with a jukebox as varied as its staff and regulars, a mix of quality, free, live music and an eclectic, ever-evolving line-up of alternative DJs every weekend. The food at Buffalo was always a major reason for making the trip, and the famously generous portions of decent pub grub, including our home made signature burgers, will survive the journey across town fully intact, with an expanded veggie and vegan menu, plus chef’s specials, seven days a week. They say everything happens for a reason, and although the old Buffalo Bar will remain a huge part of many people’s memories (or lack of...), sometimes a clean break with the past coupled with a clear vision for the future is the best thing for everyone.


drum&bass | jungle | by Harry D-Tox

Welcome to this month’s Sub:Section in the Dorset Music Magazine. Here at Box Fulla Records we are very pleased and excited to announce the launch of our weekly radio show on The show will be going out live for the first time at 10pm on Thursday 1st March and every Thursday from 10pm to 12am thereafter.

international Jungle and Drum Bass event listings for the up-coming weekend. As the show finds its feet we will be showcasing guest mixes and interviewing established as well as up and coming artists. was officially launched in April 2017 and has a wide range of music with live DJs from around the world playing the very best in House, Garage, Hip-Hop, Jungle, Drum Bass, Techno, Oldskool, UK Classic, Northern Soul and much more.

Expect nothing but the best of Box Fulla’s Check out the schedule and show listings unique blend of the foundation and future on their website and don’t forget to “like” sounds, each week we will be delving in and follow them on Facebook. to the rich mixed multi-cultural musical heritage of Jungle and Drum Bass. We strongly recommend tuning in to Basement Phil’s Basement Soul Show, as it’s Easing you in with some of the iconic Jazz, the perfect way to chill out on a Sunday, but Soul, Funk and Reggae classics that are so there are loads of great shows for all ages often sampled in Jungle and Drum Bass but and tastes. sadly remain nameless to many. From there we will be moving on to some early Jungle Dorset Jungle/D&B Listings and Breakbeat, stepping up the tempo for some tear-out mid to late 90s Jungle and Drum Bass.


Before finishing with some new and forthcoming releases, a weekly chart and rounding off the show with national and

2nd March - Unified Beats & Format Music @ The Bunker, Bournemouth 2nd March - iRATE & Homegrown @ Boombox, Weymouth. 3rd March - Bedlam @ O2 Academy, Bournemouth. 10th March - My Nu Leng and M8s @ O2 Bournemouth. 10th March - Atomic Legdrop!!! @ Riviera, Bournemouth. 16th March - Back to Bass;ics @ Halo, Bournemouth. 16th March - Neversleep @ The Bunker, Bournemouth. 17th March - Clive & Luke’s Birthday Bash @ The Bunker. 23rd March - Bass Space @ The Bunker, Bournemouth. 29th March - Enter & Drumfunk Easter Special @ Old Fire Station. 30th March - Raves UK @ Legends Nightclub, Gillingham.


















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PREVIEWS Big comeback from genre mashing party people


Running regularly at Bournemouth’s ibar for a number of years Atomic Legdrop ceased to be when the venue closed down. If you’ve never been before expect top boy DJ’s playing out a tangy mix of Garage, Dancehall, Grime, Hip Hop, Jungle backed up by a live line up of hardcore punk and rock! Dj’s’s include: Reebok Pump, Kanaval, D-Tox, Rankin Tom, 729 and live bands Foreign Flag, The Remnants and Sinful Maggie.


High Energy Dirty Grooves Formed way back in 1995 Mr Fungus are back gigging after a short hiatus. The band, fronted by local face of the open mic scene ‘Nacho’ Jase along with Lee Randall and Paul Williams, are the definition of dirty rock’n’roll. Expect a set packed with big riffs, catchy choruses, pounding drums and filthy guitar solos, paying homage to the best hard rock of the 80s with their own modern twist. Support from 27 days and Trickster.


15TH MARCH | CELLAR BAR A night of Motown

A nine piece live band based on the South Coast, Wonderband first performed together back in 2013 for a fundraising event playing the music of Stevie Wonder. Due to popular demand the band have since been performing on a regular basis adding more show-stopping classics from the likes of Earth Wind & Fire, Chic, The Jackson 5 and more. Now fronted by soulful vocalists Ivan J (Dellimore) CJ Edwards and Kimberley Kirby, alongside rhythm and brass sections to die for, Wonderband faithfully and authentically reproduce these iconic tunes in a powerful and highly entertaining live show!

16TH MARCH | CANVAS Detroit bruisers head to Bournemouth

Negative Approach are an American hardcore punk band, formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1981. Initially little known outside their hometown, they are now idolised on the Detroit rock and punk scene as an elite ‘old school’ band and have been cited as influences for countless hardcore bands since, despite only releasing one studio album in their time as a band, although the rumor mill has been spinning as of late about a much anticipated follow up.




Real good sax Australian-born saxophonist Brandon Allen makes his Lighthouse debut with an all-star jazz quartet playing their exciting, highly acclaimed tribute to legendary saxophonist Gene Ammons, often counted as the founder of the soul jazz movement of the mid-1960s. The band will focus on music spanning Gene Ammons’ entire career, from the late 40’s right through to the mid 70’s. Featuring amazing




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Uniquely dark Bristol alt-rock

Hailing from Bristol, the Goan Dogs are a unique five piece ensemble enamoured with but totally set apart from the cities’ rich musical heritage. “It takes some bands years of gigging to fine-tune the haunting vocals, energetic drums and carve the overall cohesion which these guys nailed in their first attempt. Drawing deeply from a vast array of musical and filmic influences they offer a cinematic sound infused with macabre tales to conjure up some eerie, dark and twisted imagery ” - Laura Williams.24/7 Magazine MILLION POSTCARDS


Yorkshire indie stars big return

West Yorkshire’s Embrace once achieved Indie anthems of epic Coldplay proportions (who actually supported Embrace early in their career!). From multiple top ten hits to their three number one albums, sold out arena shows and well over a million album sales behind them, Embrace were on the crest of a wave when they suddenly vanished without a trace. They returned some eight years later and are now firmly back on a roll with a 2018 album; ‘Love Is A Basic Need’.

Fret-melting masterclass


Australian Geoff Achison is a musician of remarkable ability on both acoustic and electric guitar who has won fans all over the world,having been voted by readers of Guitar Player Magazines one of their ‘Top Ten Hot New Guitarists’ in 2008. His excellent band comprising of Sam Kelly on drums, Spy Austin on bass and Paul Jopson on keyboards will be joining him when he hits Dorchester this April.


6TH APRIL | DORCHESTER CORN EXCHANGE Hometown heroes back where it all started

Alt-rock band Air Traffic became local sensations after signing to major label EMI and releasing a string of a hits back in the mid 2000’s before supporting Snow Patrol on a UK arena tour. The band would go on to enter the UK chart multiple times including their top 30 single “Shooting Star”, and shared a stage with Elbow, R.E.M and Radiohead. Having recently reformed last year they are set to rock their hometown once again this April.

12TH APRIL | THE OLD FIRESTATION Love from Stourbridge THE WONDER STUFF / NED’S ATOMIC DUSTBIN It’s been 27 years since Stourbridge legends The Wonder Stuff and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin shared a stage together, so they’ve decided to reunite for a one-off, 12-date co-headline tour for 2018. The two alt-rock titans grew up alongside one another, in the heyday of the Stourbridge music scene, and their first ever live show together was on The Wonder Stuff’s Disco King tour at the legendary Hummingbird in Birmingham. With millions of records sold between them, this is going to be a special event that you won’t want to miss out on.




March 2018

Thu 1 Evening of Country presents Holly Prince & Ben Rose + Amie Knight + Lydia Hannah Fri 2 Rootstone (ex Breeze) + The Chime + Dj Connie - Connie’s B’day Sat 3 Shindig with Hometown Show + Dj Razzman Sun 4 Jazz on Sunday with Ian Ellis and Friends Mon 7 Solid Air: CODA Music Trust Benefit Mazeltov Duo featuring Jack Maguire (violin) with Gillian Tolliday (acccordian) + Will McNicol & Chris Hopgood Bmth Guitar Orchestra @ 9pm Tues 6 Carl’s Comedy Club Wed 7 Chaplin’s Open Mic Night Thu 8 Bandstand - Jawbone & The Swine EP launch + Dresden Fri 9 Western Sand + Dj Connie Sat 10 Self Abuse + Trickster + Dj Razzman Sun 11 Folk on Sunday with The Fox & The Owl + Mooncat Mon 12 Solid Air: Dr Beatroot’s Blue Grass Band + Dave Mansell + Dan Marshall Tue 13 Word Makers hosted by Myriam San Marco Wed 14 Open Mic Night

Spring Equinox - Beer Festival 15th-18th

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Rubber Soul with Mr. Fungus + 27 Days Tree House Fire + Dj Dubwize St Patrick’s Special with Dead Lettuce + Dj till late Gypsy Jazz on Sunday with Trip Guitars Solid Air with Patrick Morrow + LJ Brady + Nick Haynes + Stanford Road Tue 20 ALI SHARP EQUINOX CHOIR from 9pm + New Flower Duo Wed 21 Open Mic Night Thu 22 Rubber Soul - Violet + Head Vacation Fri 23 Sinful Maggie + Hollowhead + Dj Connie Sat 24 Ghetto Fab with DJ’s French Mike & Miss Summer till late Sun 25 Jazz on Sunday with FB Pocket Orchestra Mon 26 Forbidden Planet - JuJu (ex Julia & The Sirenes) + The Bedroom Text + Greg Johnson Tue 27 Acoustic Tuesday with Sarah Di Battista Wed 28 Open Mic Extravaganza Thu 29 Folk & Comedy Event with Polly Morris Fri 30 Good Friday: The True Strays (ex Midnight Heist) Dj Connie Sat 31 Bomo Swing + DJ Pacho Sunday April 1st Jazz on Sunday with Ian Ellis and Dj Set in The Cellar Bar with DJ Dubwize from 10pm follow our Instagram: chaplinscellarbar -- Facebook: chaplins-bar -- twitter@chaplinscellar -- Contact us via our Website: Correct at time of press

Geoff Achison and the uk souldiggers multi-award winning Australian singer/songwriter GEOFF ACHISON returns in 2018 with support band the Uk souldiggers and his exciting blend of raw blues and funky grooves

Friday 6 April Dorchester Corn Exchange 8pm ÂŁ15 / ÂŁ13 members & concessions

EVENT LISTINGS – MARCH 2018 Sat 3rd SING TO RAISE CHOIR DAY, WIMBORNE SQUARE 10am-5pm starring Vocal Impact, P&P Productions, Citrus Singers, Bittersweet Harmony, Care Free Choir, Poole Rock Choir, Just Sing Adult Choir, The 6 O’clock Choir and Shine Academy of Performing Arts. Tues 6th LIVE MUSIC @ THE BOOT INN, WEYMOUTH 9pm-11pm starring Andy Grant.

Sat 10th LIVE MUSIC @ BREWERY SQUARE, DORCHESTER 11am-5pm starring Gut & Steel, Dorset for Singing, Dorchester Rock Choir, Gracie Park and Hannah Gough. Mon 19th “I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT A FOLK CLUB” @ THE ODDFELLOWS, WIMBORNE from 8pm hosted by Men in Black. Thurs 22nd LIVE MUSIC @ O’NEILLS, BOURNEMOUTH from 9pm.

Wed 7th OPEN MIC NIGHT @ CHAPLINS & CELLAR BAR, BOSCOMBE 9pm-12pm hosted by Chris Payn.


Fri 9th MUSIC DAY @ LANGSIDE SCHOOL with students and teachers.

Thurs 29th LIVE MUSIC @ THE FAMOUS OLD SPA, WEYMOUTH from 8pm starring OASISS.

Sat 10th LIVE MUSIC @ WIMBORNE SQUARE 11am-6pm starring The Polly Morris Band, Men in Black, Paul Openshaw, Tammy Sleet and many more.

Fri 31st LIVE MUSIC @ ASDA CASTLEPOINT 12pm-2pm starring Calvin Glen.

Founded all the way back in 1955, Diverse Abilities is the only charity in Dorset that supports children and adults with profound physical and learning disabilities, and their families. The charity has grown massively and now supports over 700 children and adults throughout the county. Providing a range of assistance, support and education services through its Children’s Team, Adult Services and Langside School, it has become a lifeline to many families in Dorset. This month a number of Dorset community groups are hosting music events as part of the Diverse Abilities ‘Sing to Raise’ initiative from Boscombe through Wimborne to Weymouth. The event will unite choir groups, pubs, individuals, bands and schools singing and performing in various ways to raise funds for the charity. Most of the events are free entry with the venues asking for donations toward this great cause. Here our some of our top picks to check out:

Poole Rock Choir 3/3 - Wimborne square The Rock Choir is much more than a choir - it’s a multi layered singing experience. The power of music, meeting new friends and performing together contribute to an emotional and powerful journey for both its members and the audience.

Polly Morris Band

Gut & Steel

The Polly Morris Band

10/3 - Brewery Square, Dorchester

The love child of Bill Bailey and Victoria Wood, you can instantly identify with her observational comedy. See Polly performing with her Dorset Based ComicFolk band, featuring guitar, harmony vocals, fiddle, saxophone, flute, accordion, bass double bass and piano!

Andy and Mark started playing together in 1991, forming their acoustic duo 12 years ago. Gut & Steel, named after the guitar strings they play with (one plays gut, one steel), is, in their own words: “music stripped right back to it’s acoustic bones, we like to do things our way, rather than slavishly copy the originals’.

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the best of the rest Thu 1 Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth : Bournemouth Folk Club:Featuring: Furrow Collective + Support Thu 1 Chaplin’s Cellar Bar, : An Evening Of Country Music Fri 2 Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth : The Johnny Cash Roadshow Fri 2 Royal British Legion, Blandford, Blandford Forum : Wessex Acoustic:Featuring : PJ Wright + Guy Fletcher + Pete Scrowther Fri 2 James and White, Christchurch : Gentlemen Groove Fri 2 Lighthouse, Poole : The Grahams Fri 2 Sound Circus, Bournemouth : Surreal Panther (Steel Panther Tribute) + Black Tree Vultures + Regional One Fri 2 Canvas, Bournemouth : Steamhouse Rock Nights present:Featuring : Nirvana UK (Tribute) Fri 2 Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport : London Astrobeat Orchestra: perform songs from the iconic Talking Heads’ - Stop Making Sense’ Fri 2 Belvedere Inn, Weymouth : Jo Carly and the Old Dry Skulls Fri 2 Forest Inn, Ferndown : The Rat Pack 3 (RP3) Fri 2 Grove Tavern, Bournemouth : Soulcreek Fri 2 Quay Inn, Wareham : Rich Baxter Fri 2 Chaplin’s Cellar Bar, Boscombe : The Chime + Rootstone Sat 3 Finns Weymouth : Morass Of Molasses+ Thuum + Greenhorn Sat 3 Canford Heath Community Centre, Poole : Dire Straits : UK Sat 3 Mr Kyps, Poole : Colt 45 + Support Sat 3 Grove Tavern, Bournemouth : Phil Dewhurst (Jinder) Sat 3 Quay Inn, Wareham : Alexander Clarke Sat 3 New Inn, Poole : My Generation 79 Sat 3 Chaplin’s Cellar Bar, Boscombe : Hometown Show Sun 4 Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth : Joe Brown+ Support Sun 4 Chaplin’s Cellar Bar, Boscombe : Ian Ellis and Friends Mon 5 Bournemouth International Centre : Stereophonics Mon 5 The Priest’s House Museum, Wimborne Minster : Ed Dowie + Frederik Tyson_Brown + Rob Parkinson Mon 5 Chaplin’s Cellar Bar, Boscombe : Coda Benefit:Featuring: Mazeltov + Will McNicol + Chris Hopgood + Guitar Orch

Sat 10 Mr Kyps, Poole : Laid Blak Sat 10 Market house, Weymouth : Shooter Sat 10 Thomas Tripp, Christchurch : Mudeford Crabs Sat 10 The Gloucester, Weymouth : The Decatonics Sat 10 Quay Inn, Wareham : All Funked Up Sat 10 Fiveways Pub, Bournemouth : My Generation 79 Sat 10 Chaplin’s Cellar Bar, Boscombe : Self Abuse Sun 11 18:30, The Dancing Moose, Wimborne : Tom Clements Sun 11 Chaplin’s Cellar Bar, Boscombe : The Fox & The Owl Sun 11 Thomas Tripp Christchurch : Led Free Mon 12 Chaplin’s Cellar Bar, : Conrad Bar’s Solid Air: Acts TBA Wed 14 Lighthouse, Poole : Suggs of Madness Wed 14 Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne : Wille And The Bandits Thu 15 Barrington Theatre, Ferndown : Helena Mace+ Matt Black + Tom Leary + Matt Griffiths Thu 15 Loch & Quay, Christchurch : Live Music Showcase: Hosted by Dave Griffiths Thu 15 Chaplin’s Cellar Bar, Boscombe : Mr Fungus+ 27 Days + Trickster Thu 15 Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne : The Bob Dylan Story Thu 15 Zephyr, Bournemouth : PV : Permanent Vacation Fri 16 Old Fire Station, Bournemouth : Absolute Bowie Fri 16 O2 Academy, Bournemouth : The Wailers Fri 16 Tivoli Theatre : Norman Beaker Band+ Sonia Kristina Fri 16 Barrington Theatre, Ferndown : Bootleg Floyd Fri 16 Dorchester Corn Exchange : Ronnie Scott’s All Stars Fri 16 Canvas, Bournemouth : Wonderband Fri 16 James and White, Christchurch : Phil Dewhurst (Jinder) Fri 16 Mr Kyps, Poole : Rat Race+ Support Fri 16 Sound Circus, Bournemouth : Jump The Sodding Wires + Rite Off

Thu 8 Chaplin’s Cellar Bar, Boscombe : Jawbone+ The Swine Fri 9 S Bomb Vintage Workshop, Poole : Jak The Lad: Charity Fundraiser Fri 9 Barrington Theatre, Ferndown : Viva Neil Diamond Fri 9 Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne : Los Endos : Ultimate Genesis Tribute Fri 9 Anvil, Bournemouth : Holding Absense+ Loathe Fri 9 Lighthouse, Poole : Nerija Fri 9 James and White, Christchurch : Joe Boiling Fri 9 King Charles, Poole : Tours + Surfin Dave Fri 9 Chaplin’s Cellar Bar, Boscombe : Western Sand Fri 9 O’Neills, Bournemouth : Alter Ego



Fri 16 Lord Nelson, Poole : Lady Winwood’s Maggot Fri 16 Chaplin’s Cellar Bar, Boscombe : Tree House Fire Fri 16 Forest Inn, Ferndown : Soul-ution Fri 16 Quay Inn, Wareham : JK Duo Fri 16 O’Neills, Bournemouth : Sirpico Fri 16 Fiveways Pub, Bournemouth : Johnny Cash Tribute Fri 16 Ropemakers, Bridport : The Sweetchunks Band

Fri 30 Barrington Theatre, Ferndown : Will McNichol Fri 30 James and White, Christchurch : The Goodfoot Band Fri 30 Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport : The Gravity Drive Fri 30 Thomas Tripp (Christchurch), Christchurch : The Decatonics Fri 30 Grove Tavern, Bournemouth : The Prairie Dogs Fri 30 Quay Inn, Wareham : Rich Baxter Fri 30 Chaplin’s Cellar Bar, Boscombe : True Strays

Sat 17 Anvil, Bournemouth : Teddy Rocks : Battle of The Bands Sat 17 Lighthouse, Poole : Brit Floyd (Pink Floyd Tribute) Sat 17 The Duke Of Cornwall, Weymouth : The Riffs Sat 17 Grove Tavern, Bournemouth : Jukebox 3 Sat 17 Quay Inn, Wareham : The New Beats Sat 17 Chaplin’s Cellar Bar, Boscombe : Dead Lettuce

Sat 31 Anvil, Bournemouth : Better Than Never+ Coast to Coast Sat 31 Electric Palace, Bridport : The Wurzels Sat 31 Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne : Whole Lotta Shakin’ Sat 31 Weymouth Pavillion : Girl Power The Spice Girls Experience Sat 31 Drift Micro Bar, Poole : Dave Mcpherson Sat 31 Grove Tavern, Bournemouth : Gentlemen Groove Sat 31 Fiveways Pub, Bournemouth : Oasiss UK (Oasis Tribute) Sun 18 Weymouth Pavillion : Someone Like You : The Adele Tribute Sat 31 Thomas Tripp (Christchurch), : The Goodfoot Band Sun 18 Royal British Legion, Wimborne, Wimborne : Brunny Folk Sat 31 Poole Labour Club, Poole : Rat Race Club:Featuring: Greg Harper + Mandy Stansfield Sat 31 Quay Inn, Wareham : The Prairie Dogs Sat 31 Chaplin’s Cellar Bar, Boscombe : The Bomo Swing Mon 19 Chaplin’s Cellar Bar, : Conrad Bar’s Solid Air: Acts TBA Mon 19 Engine Rooms, Southampton : Tom Walker+ Support Thu 22 Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne : Albert Lee: and his band Thu 22 Chaplin’s Cellar Bar, Boscombe : Violet+ Head Vacation Fri 23 Royal British Legion, Blandford, Blandford Forum : Wessex Acoustic:Featuring: Hicks and Goulbourn Fri 23 Canvas, Bournemouth : Groovemeister Fri 23 James and White, Christchurch : Krista Green Fri 23 Thomas Tripp (Christchurch), Christchurch : Mr Wise Guy Fri 23 Grove Arms, Shaftesbury : Tom & The Clementynes Fri 23 Quay Inn, Wareham : Jim Etherington Fri 23 Chaplin’s Cellar Bar, Boscombe : Sinful Maggie + Hollowhead Sat 24 Anvil, Bournemouth : Milk Teeth+ Fangclub + Nervus Sat 24 Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne : The Floyd Effect Sat 24 Fiveways Pub, Bournemouth : The Audio Allstars Sat 24 Thomas Tripp (Christchurch), Christchurch : Brass Monkeys Sat 24 Grove Tavern, Bournemouth : Creek Pickers Sat 24 The Bell, Pokesdown, Bournemouth : Rat Race Sat 24 Hop Inn, Bournemouth : My Generation 79 Sun 25 Anvil, Bournemouth : Sumo Cyco+ Skarlett Riot Sun 25 Mr Kyps, Poole : Steve Nimmo: Trio Sun 25 Chaplin’s Cellar Bar, Boscombe : The FB Pocket Orchestra Mon 26 Bournemouth International Centre : Niall Horan+ Support Mon 26 Chaplin’s Cellar Bar, Boscombe : Conrad Barr’s Forbidden Planet: Featuring : Juju + The Bedroom Tue 27 Weymouth Pavillion : Gary Puckett and the Union Gap Tue 27 Chaplin’s Cellar Bar, Boscombe : Sarah Di Battista Wed 28 Regent Centre, Christchurch : Heatwave+ Odyssey Wed 28 The Owl’s Nest, West Parley, Ferndown : Stan’s Blues Jam Wed 28 Thomas Tripp (Christchurch), Christchurch : Double Barrel Thu 29 Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne : Legend of a Band Thu 29 The Famous Old Spa, Radipole, Weymouth : Oasiss UK Thu 29 Thomas Tripp (Christchurch), Christchurch : The Jo Burt Experience



Gigs of the Month Fri 2 Mar Sound Circus, Bournemouth: Surreal Panther (Steel Panther Tribute) + Black Tree Vultures + Regional One Sat 3 Mar Mr Kyps, Poole: Colt 45 A second single followed, the fizzing ‘Tourist Information’, but it wasn’t to be and within a year the whole thing had fallen apart, ripped to shreds by clashing egos They said, with some justification and industry meddling in the bands line up and future sound. that it could never happen but Poole’s near legendary punk-pop After various other musical cult heroes TOURS are to reform ventures in which a solo Ronnie again narrowly missed out on for one night only and play a gig pop stardom before heading to at the King Charles pub in Poole Australia to become a window with support from Surfin’ Dave. cleaner; Richard moved to London then New York to be a The band ‘ Ronnie Mayor, producer and actor; Steve went Richard Mazda, Steve Jeff and to live in Amsterdam and took up Mark ‘Basha’ Spiers ‘ sent a the teachings of Bhagwan Shree shockwave through the music industry in May 1979 when their Rajneesh; and Basha played with Polly Harvey and Tom Robinson self-released single ‘Language while plying his trade as a cobbler. School’ so impressed John Peel at Radio 1 that he played it for 50 In 2010 Cherry Red Records consecutive nights and declared released ‘Album of the Year (That it his second favourite 45 of all Never Was)’, a compilation of time behind ‘Teenage Kicks’ by studio sessions from 1979 and Undertones. Not bad for four 1980 that should have resulted in Tours debut album. In gathering snotty Poole upstarts, two of the material Ronnie and Richard which were still teenagers. In spoke for the first time in 30 years the ensuing scramble for their and set in motion a chain of event signatures Virgin Records came that has come to this ‘ TOURS out on top and tied the band to back on stage and for the first a £225,000 six-album deal then time appearing as a five-piece declared Mayor and Mazda (or with original guitarist John Hole was it Mazda and Mayor?) the who left and was replaced by punk Lennon-McCartney. Richard just as all the fuss began. It’ll be quite a night.

Pop Cult Heroes ‘Tours’ Reform for One Night Only at The King Charles In Poole On The 9th March.

Chinners recommends Western Sand - Live at the Joiners EP Mutant Vinyl- Kick the Reel Three Fingers- Hypocritically Yours


Mon 5 Mar Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth: Stereophonics Fri 9 Mar Anvil, Bournemouth: Holding Absense+ Loathe Fri 9 Mar King Charles, Poole: Tours + Surfin Dave Sun 11 Mar The Dancing Moose, Wimborne: Tom Clements Thu 15 Mar Chaplin’s Cellar Bar Boscombe: Mr Fungus + 27 Days Fri 16 Mar Lord Nelson, Poole: Lady Winwood’s Maggot Fri 16 Mar Thomas Tripp (Christchurch), Christchurch: Black Water County Fri 16 Mar O’Neills, Bournemouth: Sirpico Fri 16 Mar Ropemakers, Bridport: The Sweetchunks Band Fri 23 Mar Chaplin’s Cellar Bar, Boscombe : Sinful Maggie + Hollowhead Sun 25 Mar Anvil, Bournemouth: Sumo Cyco+ Skarlett Riot Sat 31 Mar Drift Micro Bar, Poole: Dave Mcpherson (InMe)

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Dorset Music Mag March 18  

This month we kick things off with a review of the grand re-opening of Sixty Million Postcards, as well as a sneak peak at the brand new Buf...

Dorset Music Mag March 18  

This month we kick things off with a review of the grand re-opening of Sixty Million Postcards, as well as a sneak peak at the brand new Buf...