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Darwen Live 2014 25/05 - 26/05


Darwen Live 2014 is the biggest event we have ever hosted, more acts, more venues and hopefully more people visiting our town than ever before. Not only do we have a large number of acts performing for you, but also a depth of quality, genres and styles that could make us the envy of many other music festivals. Darwen Live is funded primarily by Darwen Town Council and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, which allows us to make this a completely free to attend event, one of the largest in the North of England! The festival is organised by volunteers and we do our utmost to get the best value for the event (for example, this free brochure is funded by sponsors). In a time of cutbacks and austerity, we are incredibly grateful to Darwen Town Council and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council for their continued support and commitment to Darwen Live. We’re aiming to make Darwen Live an event for all elements of the community, this year we have venues well away from the established venues in The Golden Cup and Darwen Subscription Bowling Club. Both venues have a full programme of artists to bring Darwen Live to people that don’t want to or aren’t able to come into the town centre.

T-shirts hoods and pins all available on the day. T-shirts £5 hoods £15 pins £2

Moving forward, we’re hoping to expand the event to even more people in Darwen to make it a real community-focussed festival. If you would like to make Darwen Live even better, be involved with the organising, promotion, fundraising or to apply to perform at Darwen Live then please contact Darwen Town Council: Enjoy Darwen Live 2014!! Mayor Trevor Maxfield Chairman of the Organising Committee

The south When great British pop institution, The Beautiful South split in 2006, several members of the band weren’t ready to let it go.

in a 20 year career. Perfect 10, Rotterdam, Old Red Eyes, Good as Gold, Don’t Marry Her.  All performed again live, as they have been doing since 1989!

So 2 years later, singers Dave Hemingway and Alison Wheeler, alongside life long members Damon Butcher (keys), Gaz Birtles (sax) and Tony Robinson (trumpet), came out of retirement and formed the 9 piece band, The South. With the realisation that if the fans didn’t want it, they wouldn’t do it, The South embarked on their journey.  But boy, did the fans want it!  And still do.  Those classic songs live on.  Songs such as A Little Time - the bands number one single - sung by Dave Hemingway, just one of the many highlights

A few years further down the line The South now have their debut album under their belt. A self financed labour of love, Sweet Refrains unveils their own brand of irresistible pop melodies laced with twists of caustic wit and opens another new chapter started by The Beautiful South.

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the soultrain main stage monday 7:30pm

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After five years of filling venues and dance halls all over the North West, The SoulTrain prepare to headline Darwen Live on Monday 26th May. This will be the first time that the group have headlined the event despite having performed at Darwen Live several times in the past. So what is now different about the SoulTrain than in previous years? Well, a strong focus towards Northern Soul has seen the band’s profile rise dramatically in a very short space of time. Now being acknowledged as the UK’s number one Northern Soul band, the Lancashire/Yorkshire based nine-piece group have been taking recent audiences by storm. With an army of followers and admirers including legendary Wigan Casino DJs Richard Searling and Keith Fletcher, their recent shows at Blackpool Tower Ballroom, Ascot

Racecourse and the ‘Northern Soul All-Nighter’ at The Victoria Baths “Un-Rest Festival” in Manchester have seen the band gain recognition as the UK’s must-see Northern Soul band. The SoulTrain have recently added former Simply Red drummer Chris Joyce to their ranks. With the vibrant, powerful voice of Darwen based lead singer Paul Stuart Davies and the blistering sound of ‘The Union Pacific Horns’ over the tightest of rhythm sections, just try to stop yourself dancing if you can... The SoulTrain are the real deal! Northern Soul, Sixties Soul… call it what you like, The SoulTrain Keep The Faith!

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the slydes main stage Sunday 4:30pm

main stage Sunday 6:00pm

main stage sunday 7:00pm Essex five-piece Missing Andy finished as runners-up in the Sky1 talent competition Must Be The Music and have gone from strength to strength after the release of their debut album ‘Generation Silenced’ in 2011. You’ll hear many different influences from bands who know how to knock out a tune. Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Blur, The Jam, Madness – they’re all in there, whether through conscious effort or just a natural by-product of their talent, it doesn’t matter – Missing Andy have their own inimitable style. They’re a well dressed bunch too, fashionable with Mod overtones. They all come from a working class background and, as evidenced by their lyrics, have a down to earth attitude about life and the hands it sometimes deals us.

In a short space of time the band have been building themselves a live reputation around the UK and Europe for delivering a bouncing, sweaty show! Their single ‘Can’t Stand The Rain’ features the legendary Neville Staple of The Specials. The song hit over 55 thousand views on YouTube and has featured on C4 and C5 shows including Hollyoaks.

the lebrels main stage Sunday 4:00pm Described as catchy, charming and littered with unbreakable hooks, The Lebrels provide indie-rock that is perfect for an all day musical extravaganza.

good foxy main stage Sunday 3:30pm

doug perkins and the spectaculars main stage Sunday 5:15pm “Doug Perkins & the Spectaculars... If you saw that name outside a pub, you’d probably go in wouldn’t you.” Mark Radcliffe - BBC Radio 2

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Its a short walk from Lancashire to Topanga. At least it is now. The Slydes are a band at odds with the times they are in but remain timeless in song and sound.

Playing music inspired by the original pioneers of rock n roll such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Eddie Cochran, Doug Perkins & The Spectaculars are sure to get everyone in the room jumping and jiving.

Fusing Stoner Rock with deep rooted Blues and Rock sensibilities, Good Foxy formed in 2013 . These four boys openly revel in the music of their forefathers. The band are creative and expressive people with deep mutual understanding.

bad cardigan main stage Sunday 3:00pm Bad Cardigan formed in September 2011. An acoustic duo from Lancashire; Jack Anwyl and Tom Randall. Both sing, both play guitar to create a harmonious array of music.

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Within three years Nina has gained a fan base that stretches across the globe.

Rime Suspex are a three piece powerhouse from Blackburn, Lancashire, combining powerful riffs and soul soaked melodies with urban poetry.

You’ll feel as though you’ve heard Merry Hell before. Perhaps not physically, on their joyous debut album Blink … And You Miss It, or at one of their bouncing live shows, but you’ve heard them somewhere in your soul, the core of your being, where the most visceral, secret feelings lay.

main stage Monday 5:15pm Jeramiah Ferrari are a young band based in Leigh near Manchester who fuse together Roots Reggae, Rock, Punk, Ska and Calypso. In 2012, they gigged heavily across the UK supporting the likes of‘The English Beat’, ‘The Aggrolites & The Neville Staple Band, and won 2012 Key103 City Soundwave competition appearing in front of a 20,000 strong crowd at the M.E.N Arena.

Her dynamic live show and enchanting songs - A fusion of blues, pop, skiffle, rock, folk, jazz, country and classical are all interwoven with Nina’s hallmark piano riffs, personal lyrics and unique vocal quality.

sky valley mistress main stage monday 4:00pm Pop! Blerd - “the best thing you’ve never heard.” Quenched Music - “Bands like Sky Valley Mistress are a rare breed and should be celebrated.” Kat Jackman - “With Kayley ‘Hell Kitten’ Davies on the mic, she’s soulful, sultry and absolutely smouldering. Instrumentally, they’ve done the 60s legends of the genre proud.

‘I like this’- Sean Mcginty - BBC Introducing ‘Suspiciously superb, this trio is about to embark on a journey so amazing you would be foolish not to go with them’ – Urban Unsigned

main stage monday 3:00pm Josh uses just an acoustic guitar and a loop pedal to create a sound to rival a band. Having played 212 gigs in 2012 on repetitive tours of the UK, Josh’s well practiced audience participation means his set is well suited to both main stage festivals and more intimate acoustic gigs.

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the alexandra Hindle Street BB3 1NF f AlexandraDarwen

A warm welcome awaits at the Alex, one of Darwen’s most grandiose old pubs. The large garden area and safe car park are a popular gathering place for relaxing and enjoying the sunshine in the summer months. Live music every Saturday, Karaoke every Friday, there’s also a good selection of highquality food served Tuesday-Friday 4-7pm, Saturday & Sunday 12-7pm.

sunday 25/05 monday 26/05 13:00 Darrell Smith

13:00 Careful Now...

Singer, song craftsman and Darwen’s own, Darrell is back from the wilderness to electrify proceedings... acoustically.

Naive, recently formed acoustic 4-piece. The Pogues to The Pierces with plenty of seasoning!

14:00 Shadow Play

14:00 the gamblers

The best of classic rock and Good Times BadTimes!. Think Zep, Metallica, Kiss and all points inbetween

Darwen-based covers band playing modern hits mixed in with some curveball offerings to keep you interested

15:30 Bigfoot 5-piece, Wigan-based hard rock band with powerful groovy riffs, catchy hooks and dual lead guitars.

15:00 tBA

17:00 Fear The Fallen

16:00 Crush

Winners of the Hard Rock Café battle of the bands. Riffs, soaring vocals and crazy energy-laden heavy rock from Darwen’s own.

Darwen rock royalty gracing the Alex with their presence. Polished performance, modern hits and classic rock, with aplomb.

18:30 The Catalina Wine Mixer

17:00 backspike

Darwen covers band

See Facebook or venue for details

Varied selection of covers from this Barnoldswick/ Darwen group – Booker T included! They know their onions…

17:30 roundhouse 18:30 Stir Crazy Hailing from Manchester, hair rock covers aplenty is the order of the day. Hanoi Rocks, The Cult, AC/DC – get yer rocks off!!

the belgrave Belgrave Road BB3 2RP f BelgraveLiveMusicCaféBar

Presenting a regular programme of bands every week, The Belgrave has a reputation for bringing the blues and more to Darwen from far afield. An intimate performing area at the bar suits acoustic or quieter acts, with a room upstairs to accommodate full piece bands - also available to hire as a function room. A wide selection of European lagers, along with local and national cask ales ensure your time at The Belgrave will be refreshed, relaxed and entertaining.

sunday 25/05 monday 26/05 12:30 Blowjangles

14:30 The Hoochie Coochie Band

Blackburn’s famous brass/percussion street band playing treats for your ears – a perfect starter!

Newly reformed, this band were one of the hardest working blues bands of the 90’s. Guitar and harmonica led blues.

14:00 Teri & The Tramp Acoustic duo delivering songs with a unique twist. Female vocals, acoustic guitar and classic songs presented with a fresh approach.

15:30 Richard Moss Richard is a story- teller, balladeer and mean guitarist. He’s a thoroughly good bloke too

17:00 Nathan Sturgess band Influenced by Clapton, Freddie King and Otis, sweet soul to blazing blues at the drop of a hat

18:30 New York Tourists + Bad Flowers Dirty Rock band with a melodic twist, set to soar into the stratosphere after releasing a debut EP plus rock n roll support from Bad Flowers.

20:30 Memphis Nites Original 60’s soul band, specialising in Atlantic & Stax music with a twist of Motown added in.

21:30 Jon Casey Blues An original 3 piece Blues/Rock Band influenced by Clapton, Gallagher, Mayall, Moore and Bonamassa.

23:00 Backspike Classic and modern covers from this Darwen/ Barnoldswick-based group.

16:00 Rachel Toner & guests Rachel (PR Music Tuition) at the piano with special guests for your delectation

17:00 English Outback 4 piece Indie/Alternative Rock band from Blackburn playing original material

19:00 The Lebrels Blackburn band influenced by The Stone Roses, The Beatles, Joy Division and The Arctic Monkeys

20:30 Alex Johnson Singer/songwriter from Blackburn, been gigging since the age of 15, now with a 4-piece acoustic pop group.

22:00 Dirty Onion Indie guitar covers from the past 50 years played with their own darker edge.

the black horse Redearth Road BB3 2AF f TheBlackHorseDarwen

The Black Horse is back! Anne-Marie and Neil welcome you to enjoy some really fabulous music. The beer garden is open as usual - with a barbeque if the weather is kind! A selection of cask ales are available year round, we host karaoke on Fridays, live bands on Saturdays. Our pool table is free on Thursdays and if you ‘Beat The Landlord’ at pool on a Thursday you’ll get a free drink to boot!

sunday 25/05 monday 26/05 14:30 Fundada

13:30 Jimmy Allsop

Britpop and Indie covers from this Darwen duo, a.k.a. The Voice of Cherrybomb & Tonto

Original material as well as covers – Jimmy makes his first appearance at Darwen Live

15:30 Steve Warwick

14:30 Dean Lane

Dirty Funk with an acoustic guitar, Steve plays his own material with creative artistic style

Sweet melodic modern acoustic tunes – new album out now!

16:30 Our Dead Friends (acoustic)

15:30 Amy-Leigh Waddicor

Stripped back set from this local rock group making a stir on the local scene

Up and coming Darwen female vocalist

17:30 Careful Now...

Upbeat original music, a self-confessed Beatles fan so expect a cover or two??

Naive, recently formed acoustic 4-piece. The Pogues to The Pierces with plenty of seasoning!

18:30 Jamie Hamilton “One of the most promising new artists to emerge through BBC Introducing this year.” - Steve Lamacq

19:30 Blanty Roots and Folk from this well-travelled singer/ songwriter. Many influences and styles.

20:30 The Banned Gaz Bailey’s newly formed band (get it!) for DL2014, expect original music with soulful vocals

16:30 Chris Hinnigan

17:30 The Field Band Live folk and roots until late

the borough Grimshaw Street BB3 2EZ f TheBoroughPubDarwen

There will be an outside stage at The Borough as in previous years. This is really the venue to get comfy in if you like your rock hard and your metal polished! The Borough have bands on throughout the year in a refurbished performance room. Keep tabs on Facebook for event updates.

sunday 25/05 monday 26/05 13:00 The Lebrels

13:00 Anarchy Allstars

Described as catchy, charming and littered with unbreakable hooks, and the guitarist has a look of a young Johnny Marr.

Bolton power-punk-pop quartet performing original as well as covers. Perfect Monday wake up!

14:00 Our Dead Friends

Melodic upbeat rock direct from Clitheroe, original material

4-piece Alt/Rock band draw from wide & varied influences bringing their own material to life

15:00 Dead Letter Radio Recently formed local 5-piece, energetic covers band. Encompassing The Beatles to White Stripes

14:00 Those Dirty Words

15:00 English Outback Local hard working pop/rock quartet making a big impression with their original songs

16:00 Sky Valley Mistress

16:00 Stone Cold Kill

A visceral mix of White Stripes style blues tinged rock and roll. Lead singer Kayley “Hell Kitten” Davies has a voice of soul and power that belies her years

Stone Cold Kill’s powerful, old-school sound is raising eyebrows in the heavy metal community

17:00 The Halcyon Complex

17:00 On Parole The best of the Clash, done the best

Darwen-based Mathcore (Google it!) exponents. Drums, riffs, growls and soaring guitar.

18:00 Ritual Spirit

18:00 Good Foxy

Indie Rock from Burnley

Heavy swingin beats and creeping basslines combine beneath gliding layers of guitar haze.

19:00 Kelly’s Heroes Rock covers from this fine local quartet – featuring renowned luthier Brian Eastwood on bass.

20:00 My Sister’s Friends Well-established rock/pop/punk trio from Burnley, original material played very well!

21:00 I.C.O.N. Purveyors of the finest metal and hard rock - like a punch up between Down, Iron Maiden and Motorhead, whilst BLS, Metallica and COC put the boot in...

19:00 Don’t Push The Jazz Button 20:00 Roctor 21:00 Shadow Play Immense rock and metal covers from the 3-piece that sounds like a 5-piece, great end to the festival weekend!

bridge st. club Bridge St BB3 2AA f BridgeStreetSportsandSocial Club

Tel: Club 776145 / Secretary 703542 Weekly Events at Bridge St Sports & Social Club: Monday – Bingo 8.30pm Wednesday - Sequence Dancing 7.30pm ENTERTATINMENT Alternate Fridays - Kevin “B” & Artiste Saturday – Artistes Sunday - Johnny with friends FUNCTION ROOM AVAILABLE FOR PARTIES

sunday 25/05 monday 26/05 14:00 Johnny Wedgewood

14:00 Jodie

Your compere for the festival

Young local female vocalist

15:00 Simone Chantelle

15:00 Shaun

Young female vocalist

Young male vocalist

16:00 Lee Stevens

16:00 Maddie

Male vocalist

Great female entertainer

17:00 Alistair McPheat

17:00 Dermot Doyle

Male vocalist

Guitar/vocalist entertainer

18:00 Angie & Shyan

18:00 Trevor

Female duo - vocalists

The one and only! Local guitarist and entertainer.

19:00 Andy S

19:00 Mark Yates

Male vocalist

The Soul Man

20:00 Roy DeMaine with Nicky Dee

20:00 Ricky Lee

Ossy’s finest – male and female vocalists

Local male vocalist

21:00 Mr Smith

21:00 Nigel Myers

Male vocalist

Local Male vocalist

22:00 Paris Taylor

22:00 tBA

Young local female vocalist

See Facebook or venue for details

23:00 Johnny Wedgewood

23:00 Jamie Mac

Guitarist/Entertainer – let’s party!

International Vocalist & Entertainer What a way to close the show!


cafe hub bistro Foundry Street BB3 1DJ f CaféHubBistro

Cafe Hub is a social enterprise community interest company, (not for profit organisation whose funds are placed back into the community to provide community projects). We aim to provide healthy low cost food cooked from fresh ingredients in a safe, family friendly environment. See for details or find us on twitter and facebook.

sunday 25/05 monday 26/05 13:00 Amy Eddleston

14:30 A Means to an End

Young female artist

Fusing music, poetry and song, this Manchesterbased troupe bring a unique art/music crossover to DL2014

13:40 Jaari Gorak Local young male artist

14:30 Kae-Lei Stowell Making her first appearance at Darwen Live. Kae-Lei is a singer/songwriter/guitarist performing original compositions as well as covers.

15:30 Bob Fox A fluent guitar player, tunes flow with mesmeric ease and you’re captured by enchanting songs you thought you knew!

16:30 Dean Fraser Dean writes and performs poetry about Lancashire, historical events and general life observations. Well worth a listen!

17:30 Grace Davies A piano, a voice and a magnificent selection of original material and covers from one of our rising stars. See Grace at DL2014 while you can!

19:00 The Unknown A blues trio to bring an end to the Sunday programme at Café Hub. Time to recharge, relax and refresh!

15:30 Steve Warwick Steve featured on a ‘best of’ CD of acts at Tib St Bar in Manchester’s Northern Qtr. Moody, mean and meaningful.

16:30 Jimmy Allsop Darwen Live newcomer, Jimmy brings a fresh mix of original material and acoustic covers to Café Hub.

17:30 Laura Taylor Strident yet curiously engaging, with a penchant for upsetting apple carts. Poetry from the heart and mind with occasional strong language.

18:30 Darrell Smith Singer, song craftsman and Darwen’s own, Darrell is back from the wilderness to electrify proceedings...acoustically

the crown redearth road BB3 2AB f TheCrownDarwen

Matt, Zoe and Martin welcome you to The Crown. As well as live music every weekend, they host comedy evenings, quizzes and karaoke every week as well. Regular updates are provided on Facebook. Cask ales and hearty meals are also served up – and we really do like that wallpaper! Throw in free wi-fi and a cracking line up of acts for DL2014 and you’ve got a fabulous venue to enjoy the music or just relax and take five.

sunday 25/05 monday 26/05 12:00 Blues & Acoustic Open Mic

12:00 Blues & Acoustic Open Mic

Bring your guitar, harmonica, fiddle – whatever!

Open to all – come play along.

13:00 Matt Walsh

13:30 The Tone Ranger

Talented local solo artist, great entertainer.

Have you heard his tone?? You probably should – think 50’s telecaster and tex-mex blues licks.

14:00 India Mill Original material from Darwen’s very own indie-rock legends. Not to be missed.

15:00 Hot Rock Trio

15:00 Roller Music Original melodic rock music from this Clitheroebased band.

Rock-a-billy trio

16:00 The Tragics

16:00 Bad Cardigan

Banjo, fiddle, guitar band and some rootin’, tootin’ good ol’ country times!!

If you liked them on the main stage, come and get another hit in The Crown!

17:00 Cherrybomb Local covers band playing a special set of their older songs from when they ‘used to be good’.

18:00 English Outback Original material from one of this year’s emerging local bands.

19:00 Doug Perkins & The Spectaculars Double bass, sunglasses, 50’s rock’n’roll-a-billy, modern classics, old standards and some original material too.

20:00 Crush Local pop/rock covers band, great tunes, played to perfection!!

22:30 Fear The Fallen Winners of the Manchester Hard Rock Café battle of the bands. Riffs, soaring vocals and crazy energy-laden heavy rock from Darwen’s own.

17:00 The November Five Sounding like a head-on collision between Joy Division and The Stooges, a reputation for creating explosive live shows

18:00 Red Light Effect Darwen Live newcomers, from Manchester - guitar led original material

19:00 Baxter Rhodes A melody-laden blend of folk and country, with a flavour of rock, blues and soul. Record Shop Folk with a retro feel

20:00 J-Bear & The Giants Original blues/rock/soul/funk trio

21:00 Inego 4 piece Rock/Pop band from Manchester

Darwen Live 2014 25/05 - 26/05

WHERE//WHEN who’s on/where/what time

sunday 25/05 main stage 3:00pm bad cardigan 3:30pm Good foxy 4:00pm The LEbrels 4:30pm The Slydes 5:15pm Doug Perkins & The Spectaculars 6:00pm the talks 7:00pm Missing andy 8:30pm the south

monday 26/05 main stage 3:00pm Josh Kemp 3:30pm Rime Suspex 4:00pm Sky Valley Mistress 4:30pm Nina Baker 5:15pm Jeramiah Ferrari 6:15pm merry hell 7:30pm the soultrain

sunday 25/05 the alex

bridge st. club

the golden cup

13:00 Darrell Smith 14:00 Shadow Play 15:30 Bigfoot 17:00 Fear The Fallen 18:30 The Catalina Wine Mixer

14:00 Johnny Wedgewood 15:00 Simone Chantelle 16:00 Lee Stevens 17:00 Alistair McPheat 18:00 Angie & Shyan 19:00 Andy S 20:00 Roy DeMaine with Nicky Dee 21:00 Mr Smith 22:00 Paris Taylor 23:00 Johnny Wedgewood

13:00 idle Giants 14:00 Dirty Half Hundred 15:00 Black Garter 16:00 the tourist attractions 17:00 Egos at the Door 18:00 tBA 19:00 Selfish Lovers

the belgrave 12:30 Blowjangles 14:00 Teri & The Tramp 15:30 Richard Moss 17:00 Nathan Sturgess band 18:30 New York Tourists + Bad Flowers 20:30 Memphis Nites 21:30 Jon Casey Blues 23:00 Backspike

the black horse 14:30 Fundada 15:30 Steve Warwick 16:30 Our Dead Friends (acoustic) 17:30 Careful Now... 18:30 Jamie Hamilton 19:30 Blanty 20:30 The Banned

the borough 13:00 The Lebrels 14:00 Our Dead Friends 15:00 Dead Letter Radio 16:00 Sky Valley Mistress 17:00 The Halcyon Complex 18:00 Good Foxy 19:00 Kelly’s Heroes 20:00 My Sister’s Friends 21:00 I.C.O.N.

cafe hub bistro 13:00 Amy Eddleston 13:40 Jaari Gorak 14:30 Kae-Lei Stowell 15:30 Bob Fox 16:30 Dean Fraser 17:30 Grace Davies 19:00 The Unknown

the crown 12:00 Blues & Acoustic Open Mic 13:00 Matt Walsh 14:00 India Mill 15:00 Hot Rock Trio 16:00 Bad Cardigan 17:00 Cherrybomb 18:00 English Outback 19:00 Doug Perkins & The Spectaculars 20:00 Crush 22:30 Fear The Fallen

level one club 13:30 The Jackson Kay Band 15:30 UKE Punk 17:30 Electro 80’s 19:30 Elevation 22:30 TBA DJ until late

the loft 13:00 Acoustic Open Mic 15:30 Scarlet Skies 17:00 Aidy Run 17:45 Alan Hough 19:30 Andrew Isherwood 21:30 Brother Bastion 22:30 Baxter Rhodes

library theatre 13:00 Elite School of Music Student Showcase 15:00 New York Tourists 15:45 Blanty 16:30 Steven Lindley with The Uncertainty Principle 17:15 Dave Metcalfe 18:00 The Crystal Mindset


the white lion

14:00 Jamie Hamilton 15:00 Grace Davies 16:00 Amy’s Winehouse 17:00 The Benefit Cheats 18:00 Today They Are Older 19:00 Buoy! 20:00 The Scene 21:00 Fatty and The Boom Booms 22:00 Cherrybomb 23:00 The Laser Monkeys 24:00 The Ascent

14:00 Blanty 15:00 Patt Jenkinson 16:15 Dave Scott 17:00 Dean Lane 18:00 Bob Fox 19:00 DJ & Karaoke

the millstone 14:30 Dean Lane 15:30 R.Y.A.N. 16:30 Selfish Lovers 17:30 The Scene 18:30 Winterfire 19:30 The Dark Rooms 20:30 The Benefit Cheats 22:00 Sky Valley Mistress 23:15 The Majesticks

no. 39 14:00 Punky Pete 14:30 The Cottonhouse Shakers 16:00 Funky Old Men 17:00 The Shrimpettes 18:30 TBA 20:00 Wagontown 22:00 Riders In The Ska

two gates club 13:00 Ashley 13:30 Mick and Kelly 14:30 Amy-Leigh Waddicor 15:00 Repeater 16:15 Amy-Leigh Waddicor 17:00 Joint Venture Trio 8:00 Rob Raven 19:00 Mugshot Alley

monday 26/05 the alex

the borough

13:00 Careful Now... 14:00 the gamblers 15:00 tBA 16:00 Crush 17:00 backspike 17:30 roundhouse 18:30 Stir Crazy

13:00 Anarchy Allstars 14:00 Those Dirty Words 15:00 English Outback 16:00 Stone Cold Kill 17:00 On Parole 18:00 Ritual Spirit 19:00 Don’t Push The Jazz Button 20:00 Roctor 21:00 Shadow Play

the belgrave 14:30 The Hoochie Coochie Band 16:00 Rachel Toner & guests 17:00 English Outback 19:00 The Lebrels 20:30 Alex Johnson 22:00 Dirty Onion

the black horse 13:30 Jimmy Allsop 14:30 Dean Lane 15:30 Amy-Leigh Waddicor 16:30 Chris Hinnigan 17:30 The Field Band

bridge st. club 14:00 Jodie 15:00 Shaun 16:00 Maddie 17:00 Dermot Doyle 18:00 Trevor 19:00 Mark Yates 20:00 Ricky Lee 21:00 Nigel Myers 22:00 tBA 23:00 Jamie Mac

cafe hub bistro 14:30 A Means to an End 15:30 Steve Warwick 16:30 Jimmy Allsop 17:30 Laura Taylor 18:30 Darrell Smith

monday 26/05 the crown


the white lion

12:00 Blues & Acoustic Open Mic 13:30 The Tone Ranger 15:00 Roller Music 16:00 The Tragics 17:00 The November Five 18:00 Red Light Effect 19:00 Baxter Rhodes 20:00 J-Bear & The Giants 21:00 Inego

14:00 Our Dead Friends 15:00 The November Five 16:00 India Mill 17:00 Danny Mahon 18:00 The Tapestry 19:00 Against The Order 20:00 Backspike 21:00 The Boutiques 22:0 Poundstone

13:00 Steve Warwick 14:00 Fundada 15:00 Darrell Smith 16:00 Grace Davies 17:00 Blind J-Bear Johnson DJ & Karaoke

the golden cup

the millstone

14:00 tBA 15:00 The Catalina Wine Mixer 16:00 Stir Crazy 17:00 Cherrybomb 18:00 Anarchy Allstars 19:00 The Scene

14:30 Wagontown 15:30 Red Light Effect 16:30 Josh Kemp 17:30 Entangled 18:30 The Buzz 19:30 Our Dead Friends 20:30 TBA

level one club 13:30 Against The Order 15:30 Road Stunner 18:00 The Manytones 19:30 DJ until late

the loft 13:00 Acoustic Open Mic 17:45 Ryan Lennon Mac Fiachra 19:30 David Petie 20:30 Chris Hacking 21:30 teaspoon

library theatre 13:00 The P.R. Music Tuition Student Showcase 15:00 Shell Deliah 15:45 Urban Empire 16:30 The Remedy 17:15 Chris Flynn 18:00 Drop The Floor

no. 39 14:00 Bob Fox 15:00 Drop The Floor 16:45 The Boneshakers 18:30 The Soul Convicts 20:15 Oishala 22:30 Baked a la Ska

two gates club 13:00 pen Mic 14:00 Amy Eddleston 4:30 Jaari 15:00 The Royales 16:15 Children’s Party with Entertainer

the golden Cup blackburn Rd. BB3 0AJ f GoldenCupInn

A brand new venue for Darwen Live 2014! Recently refurbished, The Golden Cup is one of Darwen’s not very well hidden treasures! A fabulous selection of acts will be presented on the outdoor stage, from local favourites to emerging artists and even a couple of acts from last year’s main stage line-up. A perfect venue to get comfy and enjoy the music without having to worry about moving!!

sunday 25/05 monday 26/05 13:00 idle Giants

13:00 Project Albin

Fuzzy guitars and melodic harmonies – hints of Wilco, Pink Floyd and Tame Impala.

A 3-piece art-music formation from Manchester, pop-rock with an experimental edge.

14:00 Dirty Half Hundred

14:00 tBA

Indie rock original material, a new band for this year. Local 4-piece – ones to watch!

See Facebook or venue for details

15:00 Black Garter Manchester-based covers band, lots of rock, lots of modern classics, and lots of fun!!

Darwen covers band, their first time at Darwen Live. Rock and pop classic tunes played to a very high standard.

16:00 the tourist attractions

16:00 Stir Crazy

17:00 Egos at the Door

Immense Manchester-based rock band, another new name for Darwen Live. 80’s hair rock is their staple – we love them!

Local mathcore heroes, incredible drums, intricate guitar and fierce metal vocals – catch them before they explode!

15:00 The Catalina Wine Mixer

17:00 Cherrybomb

See Facebook or venue for details

Local covers band performing some interesting tunes – Northern Soul thru The Human League and Joy Division… Eclectic!

19:00 Selfish Lovers

18:00 Anarchy Allstars

A perfect finish to Sunday from last year’s main stage hit! Original pop music, vibrant vocals and uplifting melodies.

Bolton power-pop-punk quartet, performing their own songs. Think Green Day, Blink 182 and you won’t go wrong.

18:00 tBA

19:00 The Scene Darwen-based band, previously played on the main stage and went down a storm – a fabulous way to end DL2014

The Number 1 bus gets you from Darwen town centre to The Golden Cup at the following times: 11.08, 11.23, 11.38, 11.58 and every 8, 23, 38 and 53 mins past the hour until 15.53, then 16.08, 16.23, 16.43, 17.03, 17.23, 17.43, 18.03, 18.22, 19.06, 19.36, 20.36, 21.36, 22.36 …and you can go from The Golden Cup to Darwen town centre on the number 1 bus also: 11.02, 11.17, 11.32, 11.47 and every 2, 17, 32 and 47 mins past the hour until 14.17, then 14.32, 14.47, 15.02, 15.17, 15.32, 15.47, 16.02, 16.17, 16.37, 17.02, 17.22, 17.42, 18.11, 18.41, 19.11, 20.11, 21.11, 22.11 Thank you to Lancashire United for these official timings – for travel from other locations, visit

level one nightclub Market St BB3 1PS f LevelOneNightclub

Level One Nightclub is pleased to be involved in this years Darwen Music Live, we are situated in the heart of Darwen town centre on Market Street, with a capacity of 600 people three bars and full line up of great bands come we hope to see you over the weekend.

sunday 25/05 monday 26/05 13:30 The Jackson Kay Band

13:30 Against The Order

15:30 UKE Punk

15:30 Road Stunner

17:30 Electro 80’s

18:00 The Manytones

19:30 Elevation

19:30 DJ until late

U2 tribute act

22:30 TBA See Facebook/venue for details

DJ until late

the loft Bridge St BB3 1AA One of Darwen’s newest venues, The Loft Bar entrance is located to the left of No.39 Hopstar Brewery Tap. For Darwen Live, the Plough Acoustic Club (PAC) have decamped from Oswaldtwistle to present a programme from their established PAC performers as well as special guests. A great venue to relax and enjoy some fabulous music in very pleasant surroundings.

sunday 25/05 monday 26/05 13:00 Acoustic Open Mic 15:30 Scarlet Skies

13:00 Acoustic Open Mic All welcome

17:45 Ryan Lennon Mac Fiachra 17:00 Aidy Run 19:30 David Petie 17:45 Alan Hough 20:30 Chris Hacking 19:30 Andrew Isherwood 21:30 teaspoon 21:30 Brother Bastion 22:30 Baxter Rhodes

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the library theatre Knott St BB3 3BU f DarwenLibraryTheatre

For Darwen Live 2014 we have assembled a very diverse selection of performers for you. The theatre seats around 200 people and was opened in 1908. As with all the venues for Darwen Live, entry is free. Our café is open serving hot and cold drinks and this area is ideal for taking a moment away from the hubbub of the town centre. Look us up on Facebook and check our website for regular event updates:

sunday 25/05 monday 26/05 13:00 Elite School of Music Student Showcase

13:00 The P.R. Music Tuition Student Showcase

15:00 New York Tourists

15:00 Shell Deliah

15:45 Blanty

15:45 Urban Empire

16:30 Steven Lindley with The Uncertainty Principle

16:30 The Remedy

17:15 Dave Metcalfe

18:00 Drop The Floor

17:15 Chris Flynn

18:00 The Crystal Mindset Shell Deliah

drop the floor

Shell Deliah is Michelle Harris and Alex Dopierala, a Contemporary R&B act based in Liverpool.

Firmly routed in the traditional music and songs of Ireland but also taking from Scotland and Lancashire, the band features Steven Johnston on Uilleann Pipes, Martin Baptie on Fiddle, Richard Moss on Guitar and Vocals and Daniel Burke on Tenor Banjo.

With their first soft release out in April 2014 and the versatility of doing full band shows, through to the acoustic show that Darwen will see today, Shell Deliah are taking their energetic, yet sophisticated live set around the UK.

dave metcalfe Singer/songwriter from Blackburn. His comic story songs have been a feature of East Lancashire’s open mic/ singers’ nights for several years. His first album “ Legionnaire” was completed in 2012 and features more serious material. The current live act features the sensitive skills of Blackburn multi-instrumentalist, Richard Moss ( Drop the Floor).

the remedy

urban empire

The Remedy are an up and coming, mellow, acoustic duo consisting of singer-songwriter Hannah Rose and creative bass player Elliott Dryden. Formed in and inspired by the picturesque Ribble Valley, The Remedy, who are both 19, won The Reidys Home of Music Talent Competition 2013.

Urban Empire is a four piece band from East Lancashire consisting of Nick, Alex, Matt, and Rob. Having joined forces from other bands, Urban Empire have been writing and gigging since early 2011. Recording of their first EP was completed in summer of 2012.

chris Flynn ‘Cinematic and memorable’ is how the press depicts Chris Flynn’s songs. The accomplished singer songwriter is performing with guest musicians, following his sell out gig at The Lowry in April.

Steven Lindley Steven Lindley will be performing a short set in Darwen Library Theatre with his excellent band of highly talented musicians - “The Uncertainty Principle” - on the Sunday afternoon during Darwen Music Live this year, before undertaking some ‘full’ shows through the summer months. As an exception to Heisenberg’s rule, we can say that at 4:30pm SL will be in the Library Theatre and the band will be up to speed…!

crystal mindset (Right) Together for 2 years now and have supported China Crisis, Missing Andy, Clone Roses and will be supporting Steve Craddock (Ocean Colour Scene) in July. Our debut album is in production at the moment and should be available around July 2014, we also go out as the uk’s only New Order tribute band True Order and might throw a few in to the mix!

marigolds The Green BB3 1PW f MarigoldsCocktailBar

Marigolds is open Friday and Saturday every week with extended opening on bank holiday weekends. Drinks offers are available regularly (check on Facebook for prices and offers). Live music every Saturday. All three bars will be open over the festival weekend, serving cocktails and offering a chillout room as well as the main band area. Make sure you get up for your favourite bands early to avoid the queues!!

sunday 25/05 monday 26/05 14:00 Jamie Hamilton

14:00 Our Dead Friends

Acoustic singer/songwriter, another local talent making waves – EP available on his website

Up and coming local indie rock band

15:00 Grace Davies

From London, a cross between the Courteeners and The Stooges! Do not miss them!

Original material from this local songstress. We think Grace is set for the big time!

16:00 Amy’s Winehouse

15:00 The November Five

16:00 India Mill

Tribute to tragic modern Jazz superstar Amy Winehouse, all your favourite songs & more

Local indie-rock band, well established, playing their own material. Think Talking Heads/Editors/Joy Division

17:00 The Benefit Cheats

17:00 Danny Mahon

Punk from the heart – they journey north from London every year to thrill us with classic punk rock!

18:00 The Tapestry

18:00 Today They Are Older 5-piece well-established local band, with a good following, come and see what all the fuss is about!

19:00 Buoy! 20:00 The Scene

19:00 Against The Order Lancashire 4 piece original rock band, gaining some good support slots on the gigging circuit

20:00 Backspike Recently formed Darwen-ish band, playing covers, come and give your ears a treat.

21:00 The Boutiques 21:00 Fatty and The Boom Booms Energetic pop and rock covers from this Manchesterbased quartet

22:00 Cherrybomb Local favourites playing non-stop party covers for your entertainment

23:00 The Laser Monkeys 24:00 The Ascent

Excellent covers band, great songs and smart stage gear!

22:0 Poundstone

marigolds The Green BB3 1PW f MarigoldsCocktailBar

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saturday 24/05 rock/metal night 21:30 - The Halcyon Complex 22:15 - Winterfire 23:00 - Falter 23:45 - The Hero Complex 00:30 - Egos At The Door

Sounding like a head-on collision between Joy Division and The Stooges, The November Five have a reputation for creating explosive live shows that will leave your senses reeling and your heart pumping. Their debut album, ‘If You’re Satisfied You Are Dead’ is a passionate and furious riposte to the spurious notion that we should “Keep Calm and Carry On”, described by Rock’n’Reel magazine as “the essential antidote to the insipid rise of Merchant-Ivory boy-band folk-rock” Shindig magazine said, “If you like the incendiary music of The MC5, The Stooges, The Birthday Party, Jim Jones Revue or The Cramps then go get their singles and album. Even better still, go watch them live as you will not be disappointed in the slightest.” The November Five are set to rip up Darwen. They are Godzilla and you are Tokyo.

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the millstone bridge St. BB3 1BT f MillstoneDarwen

The Millstone is the historic beating heart of Darwen town centre pubs, the deep red sandstone exterior and its location at the main crossroads make it un-missable. We’re presenting some brilliant music for you this year - original local talent, covers bands from all over the north-west and beyond and some real gems - make sure you get in for your favourite bands early as we do get very busy over the festival weekend. There are live bands on every Saturday at The Millstone, make us a part of your weekend wander!!

sunday 25/05 monday 26/05 14:30 Dean Lane

14:30 Wagontown

Acoustic singer/songwriter from Bolton

From ‘wagontown’ (Leyland), this trio put their own bluegrass take on some modern classics. Aye!

15:30 R.Y.A.N. Local band, driven melodic songs with original vocals

16:30 Selfish Lovers One of the highlights from DL2013, wonderful melodic pop music and soaring vocals

17:30 The Scene Local band, impressed on the main stage in previous years, making a very welcome return

18:30 Winterfire

15:30 Red Light Effect Manchester based quartet bringing original pop/ rock music, good melodies.

16:30 Josh Kemp Fresh from his main stage performance, get another dose of Josh and his acoustic guitar wizardry in a more intimate venue.

17:30 Entangled Covering Floyd, Zep, The Who and more, this experienced Preston based band make their Darwen Live debut.

Spectacular heavy metal at it’s very best. Original tunes reminiscent of Maiden in their pomp.

18:30 The Buzz

19:30 The Dark Rooms

Blues rock classics all the way from deepest, darkest Warrington – Clapton, SRV, Synyrd etc.

Four piece indie rock band from Blackburn, grungeypunkey goodness, original tunes to bounce along to.

20:30 The Benefit Cheats London-based punk rock band, offering a perfect alternative for those who like their music less Beautiful (but still from the south…ish!)

22:00 Sky Valley Mistress Blues-y, rock-y, flipping brilliant-y local band on the up and up. Think Led Zep and beyond, with stunning female vocals.

23:15 The Majesticks Darwen covers band to finish off our Sunday – all your favourite songs. Sing, drink and be merry!

19:30 Our Dead Friends Darwen band, causing a fuss on the local music scene – cracking original indie rock and roll.

20:30 TBA See Facebook/venue for details

No.39 Brewery Tap Bridge St BB3 2AA f Number39HopstarBreweryTap

Number 39 is rapidly earning the reputation of being the best alternative small venue around! Mainly catering for jazz, world, folk, roots, blues and alternative, the staff have created a very unique music scene and atmosphere on Thursday evenings. The emphasis is clearly on cask ales and good music! Darwen Live highlights this with two great festival headliners and a quality weekend program. Visit the bar to see upcoming events which includes a DJ set from British Broadcaster Andy Kershaw in July.

sunday 25/05 monday 26/05 14:00 Punky Pete

14:00 Bob Fox

London based guitar/vocals

Acoustic guitar vocalist

14:30 The Cottonhouse Shakers

15:00 Drop The Floor

Blues based festival band - blues/jazz/funk/soul

Traditional Irish quartet earning a big reputation. pipes, banjo, fiddle and guitar. Fronted by Richard Moss

16:00 Funky Old Men Original interpretations of well known songs

17:00 The Shrimpettes

16:45 The Boneshakers

60’s surf band

Originally formed in 1963. Sticking to their R&B/ Merseybeat roots!

18:30 TBA

18:30 The Soul Convicts

Special Guest

Soul and disco - 8 piece band!

20:00 Wagontown

20:15 Oishala

Country/bluegrass trio

Acoustic world flavours from this talented local trio.

22:00 Riders In The Ska

22:30 Baked a la Ska

A ska/dub/reggae tribute to Cliff & The Shadows! A lot of fun!

A quality headliner! Playing a SKA tribute to 20th Century popular music! Featuring John Ellis (Tom Jones, Lily Allen) on keyboards.

two gates club Anyon Street BB3 3AQ f TheTwoGatesBowlingandSocialClub

Darwen Subscription Bowling Club (a.k.a. Two Gates Club!) welcome all to our programme of events for Darwen Live 2014. If you live in the area, please come and join us for the music and community events over the weekend. If you’re in the town centre, keep your eyes peeled for our FREE SHUTTLE BUS which will bring you to the club for all the acts you’d like to watch.

sunday 25/05 monday 26/05 13:00 Ashley

13:00 pen Mic

Singing modern music

Bring yourself and your instrument!

13:30 Mick and Kelly

14:00 Amy Eddleston

Mick sings modern songs.Kelly sings country

Young female artist

14:30 Amy-Leigh Waddicor

14:30 Jaari

Talented female vocalist

Local young male artist

15:00 Repeater

15:00 The Royales

Fabulous rock ‘n’ roll band

Rock and roll band!

16:15 Amy-Leigh Waddicor

16:15 Children’s Party with Entertainer

Returning for a second spot

17:00 Joint Venture Trio 18:00 Rob Raven Singing wonderful swing hits

19:00 Mugshot Alley Band to finish off Sunday

the wellington Bar Wellington Fold BB3 1AB f WellingtonBarDarwen

Formerly Darwen Catholic Club, this venue has been part of Darwen Live since the early days and will be hosting acts again this year. The line up hasn’t been confirmed in time to make it into the brochure, so please check their facebook page or look for details at the venue.

the white Lion The Green BB3 1PW f DarwenWhiteLion

Welcome to the recently re-opened White Lion! Karaoke every Friday and live music every Saturday throughout the year. We’re hosting an acoustic line up for Darwen Live, come and enjoy some great music and good company. Look out for our food menu coming soon – lunches and dinners.

sunday 25/05 monday 26/05 14:00 Blanty

13:00 Steve Warwick

Vastly well travelled singer/songwriter/storyteller

Self-penned artistic songs, musicianship with meaning.

15:00 Patt Jenkinson Direct from Downtown Accrington, original material from singer/guitartist Patt

16:15 Dave Scott

14:00 Fundada Craig and Benn-Jeff from local covers band Cherrybomb play some acoustic songs

Darwen based acoustic folk artist

15:00 Darrell Smith

17:00 Dean Lane

Singer, song craftsman and Darwen’s own, Darrell is back from the wilderness to electrify proceedings...acoustically

Original acoustic music from this Bolton singer/ songwriter

18:00 Bob Fox Bob puts an acoustic twist on modern and classic covers, well worth a listen!!

19:00 DJ & Karaoke

16:00 Grace Davies Very talented singer/songwriter making a name as a rising star, wonderful songs.

17:00 Blind J-Bear Johnson Big blonde bearded blues from this singer (although we don’t think he’s a real bear!)

DJ & Karaoke

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