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Hello AND Land and welcome to what has turned out to be an er... interesting issue! Yes of course I hope every issue is interesting, not to mention useful! It is after all a ‘guide’. No the interesting bit is that getting it done has been interesting. Traumatic might have been a better word. But calling it a traumatic issue might not be the best sales pitch I’ve ever used, so ‘interesting’ will have to do.

Me and Bazza many years ago, causing mayhem at Radio Hampshire when they foolishly gave us a radio show. The same show on which I told him all about Thailand, to which he promptly cleared off and bought a house!

MEET THE PEAS DID YOU FIND THEM HIDING IN THE LAST ISSUE? REALLY? IT’S MEANT TO BE FOR KIDS. BETTER LUCK THIS ISSUE THEN! CAN YOU FIND ANNIE? SHE’S IN EVERY ISSUE OF COURSE!

Why traumatic? Well we took a holiday to see our son, who was travelling in Bali. Great place to meet up, but to be honest, after not seeing him for a year and a half I’d have settled for Burnley and been just as excited. The holiday went splendidly. A dead cheap place to wander around, Bali, if you’re willing to rough it, and we were. Actually that’s not fair as some of the places we stayed and we only booked for the night each day as we arrived wherever we arrived - were pretty spectacular. A complete 2 story wooden house sleeping 4, on the beach, with breakfast thrown in for £20 a night! For all 4! Yeah! Still not very traumatic I hear you cry? No the trauma came when we returned. Having said a sad goodbye to son and girlfriend on the beach, the plan was for us to prepare for their return to Blighty in a few months, after finding somewhere to house us all. (We’d done that ‘the kids have left let’s get somewhere more affordable’ gag when he left a few years ago.) Sadly for all concerned, during a Facebook conversation as they waited in Kuala Lumpar airport to fly to Singapore, he announced he’d just read his emails and instead of the Australian tax office paying him his expected and sizeable rebate so he could continue travelling, he in fact owed them $400! Eh? Apparently the dear old Aussies have recently brought in what’s labeled a back packers tax, and all travelling workers now have to pay 15%. (That’s actually a drop from their original 32.5%!). Anyway, the net result was that, Singapore was off the horizon and good old Hedge End was now the most prized destination. So be aware all you would be travelling fruit pickers! Are you getting the trauma bit yet? No? Well … bank of Mum and Dad was brought out to play and worse still, my lovely wife decided that we ought to move into somewhere bigger immediately. The next thing I knew I was

moving my home office into an empty house and preparing to rely on the promise given by BT that BT Fon was an entirely reliable provider of internet and not the absolute heap of useless garbage it turned out to be! And that was after my brand spanking 30 gig EE mobile hub thing, ran out of data in a day. “It’ll last you a month easy” said the cheerful chap in the shop. Clearly he, nor I till then, had any idea the amount of data consumed when making a fabo paper such as this. Well it’s a stupidly large amount! Hence … trauma. But hopefully now at least, I’ve got some help with deliveries. Anyway, enough of this unentertaining babble … and I didn’t even start on having to wear the same T shirt (and other clothing … cough) for a week, because Tracey was in packing mode! After all that, I truly hope you enjoy the issue. Amazingly it’s come together quite nicely. Due largely to my very talented team who continue to perform superhuman efforts to make me look good. There are so many things for you to get involved in over the next 2 months, but in particular check out the new ANDstage at The Frog & Frigate. Yep our very own stage. How cool is that! Finally can I just say a proper massive ‘thank you’ to my dear mate Barry Upton. He came all the way from Thailand just to perform for me at my birthday party and I really didn’t acknowledge just how awesome that was last issue. ‘My bad’, as they say these days. Bazza you are a legend and I love ya! Save all your kisses for me! (Cheesy in joke). Want to know more? Then read our scoop from his imminent book on the centre pages.

Thanks again for supporting the paper. It’s put together with love and affection by: Paul Ridge, Louise Beach Steel, Barry Upton, Matt Black, Russell Cook, Tina Wellman, Martin Boorman, Stuart Davis, Tony Wright, Jezz Phipp, Cliff (Cliffy) Bryant, Tony Long, Keith Curtis, Mike Yarney, Alan Buchanan, Rob Worley, Richard Harper, my spiritual advisors Annie Philpott and Steve Ellis and my long suffering wife Tracey. I’d also like to thank my new delivery army of Loraine and everyone at The Frog & Frigate, PS super fan Maureen, Julie Ellis and Phil Belcher. I’ve never felt so spoilt!

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Hanger Farm Arts Centre has enjoyed a brilliant, busy Summer Season, with many sell-out shows. The month of August, however, is our time for transforming our Theatre space into Wedding Receptions! If you have ever considered holding your Wedding Reception in an informal 18th Century Barn then consider Hanger Farm! We offer a very generous Wedding/Drinks Package, a photogenic setting, plenty of fairy lights & bunting, a technician, front of house & bar staff to make your Big Day go like clockwork! One piece of exciting building work has now been finished - the installation of AIR CONDITIONING! “Not before time!” we hear you cry. Our Autumn/Winter Season’s brochure should be hitting door mats, community spaces, cafes, shops etc very soon - at the printers as I write this. We have a tremendous line up - tribute bands, stand-up comedy, movies, Drama, Folk evenings, not to mention wall-to-wall Christmas shows throughout December. On 2nd September we start off with Bob Drury’s Viva Neil Diamond - the show includes all of the favourites such as Cracklin' Rosie, America, Love on the Rocks, Play Me, Hello Again, Forever in Blue Jeans, Beautiful Noise, I'm a Believer, Red Red Wine and of course Sweet Caroline as well as a couple of lesser known songs that are sure to become your favourites by the end of the evening. A fantastic evening guaranteed! Our first Movie Monday of the season on September 11th is Hidden Figures (PG) - the story of three brilliant African-American women at NASA - Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) who serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that galvanized the world A complete change of pace on 15th September - LDN Wrestling live events cele-

brating 14 years of Britain's top promoters are coming for an explosive night of action bringing a host of top American wrestling stars to face the very best of home grown favourites in a two hour rip roaring entertainment for all the family. On 21st September we have our second Tribute night - the superb Steely Scam (See opposite)! The following night, September 22nd, come and enjoy the first in our Folk Line-up Jamie Smith’s MABON - a very warm welcome for one of the most highly accomplished and critically acclaimed Celtic roots music bands in Britain today. An irresistible blend of world music and Celtic roots, filled with energy, joy and passion. On 29th September we have the hilarious Paul Foot, with his stand up show ‘Tis A Pity She’s a Piglet! The multi-award winning Mr Foot has appeared on numerous TV and Radio programmes including Never Mind The Buzzcocks & Would I Lie To You.

Our final show in September is a firm favourite at Hanger Farm - Purple Zeppelin on September 30th. They blow the roof off every time we have them, so we couldn’t wait to invite them back again with their New Show! This time, the first set is played 'Unplugged' on acoustic instruments, comprising well known songs from both bands. Then, in the second set, they plug in for all the classic hits. Voted Best Tribute Band of 2015 and featured in the BBC TV documentary “The Joy of the Guitar Riff” Purple Zeppelin pay tribute to two of the greatest Rock Bands of all time, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin in a “full on” two and a half hour show complete with costume changes, you’ll hear more than 30 classic songs! Throughout September the Hanger Farm Barn Boutique will make a popular return. Local crafters, makers and artists will be taking over Hanger Farm’s delightful foyer space to bring you a whole range of unique pieces and quirky gift ideas to purchase. Why not start your Christmas shopping early, or even treat yourself to a one-off work of art, a cosy wrap, handmade cards, jewellery or handbag! We also have a wide range of regular weekly events in our Foyer & Gallery. Monday mornings from 10.30am - 11.30am are when Toddlers come along for stories, singing, dancing & craft activities. On Thursdays from 11.30am - 12.30pm we offer Beginners Yoga & on Friday mornings from 11am - 12.30pm it’s Threads & Yarns in the Barn - an opportunity for everyone who enjoys arts & crafts to being along their current project & share their hints & tips over a cup of coffee. No need to book for these drop-in events - just turn up & make friends! Visit us any time between 10am - 3pm Weekdays & 10am - 1pm Saturdays. You’ll be sure of a warm welcome, with hot drinks always available & a licensed Bar.

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UK’s TOP STEELY DAN tribute return to Hanger farm In the professional rock music world it is almost impossible to find an artist that doesn’t admire or admit to being influenced by the music of Steely Dan. So don’t miss this rare chance to catch the band which in our opinion captures them better than any other. All long-time fans of the iconic USA band, Steely Scam consists of some of Southampton’s most illustrious musicians in Pete Smith (guitar/vocals), Simon Tilley (drums/vocals), Ray Drury (keyboards), Bob Philips (bass/lead vocals), and son of Pete, Chris Smith on guitar & vocals. “He’s better than me” says his dad, “but don’t tell him I said so!” They are joined on stage for the night by the superb ‘Division Horns’ brass sec-

tion and the fabulous Odette Adams (catch up with Odette at www.musicbyodette.co.uk) on vocals and percussion, you can expect to hear polished recreations of all your favourite Dan tracks, played with outstanding attention to detail. Covering all the classic Dan material from Do It Again to Jack of Speed, Bodhisattva to Doctor Wu, Steely Scam is a must for all Dan fans and music lovers.

Far more than yet another ‘Tribute’ band, Steely Scam is a showpiece for the cool, complex and intellectual music of Steely Dan. If you only get to see one tribute band this year, do yourself a favour - make it this one!

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Stu’s warm weather pics (cough) Stuart Davis Ask most musicians what they enjoy most about playing live and you’ll probably find that the majority of them will tell you that it is the crowd reaction. From a Glastonbury headliner down to a local covers band playing to a packed out lively pub, it is a positive happy audience that gives any performer a buzz. Whether it is rapturous applause, whooping, dancing, singing along or even just tapping their fingers in time to the song, it all makes for a much better show, playing live can be a pretty soulless experience if an audience is unresponsive. You’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of opportunities to go out and make these musicians and performers happy locally over the next couple of months. Amongst the attractions flowing into the Brook are livewire ex AC/DC skinsman Phil Rudd and his band, rock soul and funk collective Rufus, emotively haunting songstress Lucy Kitchen, who will be launching her new album 'Sun to my Moon', rock veterans UFO and a charity gig for Cancer Research UK featuring Basingstoke's C Eye 5. If I told you that you could see Stevie Wonder, Bryan Adams, The Clash, Abba, REM, Meat Loaf, The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Marley and Guns N Roses there too, you’d quite rightly laugh at me but you can witness the next best thing with superb homages to the aforementioned artists.

Subways main man Billy Lunn, acclaimed singer songwriter Daniel Eagle, fruity pop punks Orange Juice, rockabilly veterans Matchbox and rhythmic rockers Voodoo Six will all be doing their thing at The Talking Heads where you can also bask in the charms of New York's feisty Little Leslie and the Bloodshots, the sassy Sex Pissed Dolls, the enchanting indie pop of Jasper in the Company of Others and if you’re a fan of 1980s anarchist punk you will also be pleased to know that the Subhumanz, a band obviously named after your average Crystal Palace fan, will be bringing the noise to the people. Young Guns may sound like a Wham tribute act but they are in fact a gifted 5 piece whose impressive cv includes opening for luminaries such as Bon Jovi and Guns N Roses and they will be firing the shots at The Engine Rooms along with Tallahassees Mayday Parade, Dirty DC (in an AC/DC tribute night) and DJ'S Big Fish, Little Fish. Over at the diverse 1865 you can relive the golden age of music with The Four Tops and The Temptations, marvel at the axe wizardry of bluesman Kirk Fletcher and get lost in the dreamy, bold and beautiful indie pop of Sundara Karma. 'New band central' The Joiners will be showcasing Stroud's Milk Teeth, and The Kut will be providing the cutting edge. You can also mosh along to almighty Leeds metallers Higher Power, feel the bite of Pennsylvania’s Tiger Jaw and revel in the delights of Radio 1 endorsed Flyte, electro poppers Avec Sans and the hellbound hymns of The Urban Voodoo Machine. One of Southampton’s favourite sons Craig David will be out to prove that he's still 'Slicker than your average' at The Mayflower where you can also indulge in those 'should I really be laughing at this' moments with funny man Jimmy Carr and bop along to the wonder-

ful BBC Big Band featuring acclaimed Jazz singer Claire Martin whilst at The Guildhall you can enjoy tributes a plenty at The Southampton Fake festival. Acclaimed DJ and one time Big Audio Dynamite member Don Letts will be on the decks at The Orange Rooms and over at The Firehouse you can take your gran out for a night of wigging out to the likes of Toledo Steele and 60th Paravell. The Platform Tavern features some of the best roots and blues music in town and you can also experience the best in local talent at venues such as The Frog and Frigate, The Horse and Jockey (Curbridge), The Old George (Fair Oak), Mettricks, The Alexandra, The Navigator (Swanwick), The Swan (Woolston), Strawberry Fields Tavern (Locks Heath), The Art House, The Hobbit, The Dolphin (St Denys), The Wheatsheaf (Shedfield), The Kings Head (Wickham), The Red Lion (Stubbington),The Brewery Bar (Botley), Mango No 5 and…new venue alert…Artys in Gosport, which will feature open mic nights and an appearance from the unique PS Perrystone Hill over the next couple of months. The Concorde Club’s lures include 'Soul Saturday' featuring The Edwin Starr band, Jimmy and the Vagabonds and Odyssey, The Three Degrees, Lemar and N Trance and as per usual there is plenty of jazz (John Shillitto Jazz Band, T J Johnson Band and New Orleans Jazz Bandits) and a fine selection of tributes (Nat King Cole, Elvis, Coldplay, Oasis, Michael Buble, Robbie Williams, Village People, Whitney Houston, Ed Sheeran and Simon and Garfunkel). Just down the M27 in Portsmouth pop punks New Found Glory will be celebrating 20 years of excess at the Pyramids, along with the much touted Rhythm of the 90s and hair rockers Airbourne, meanwhile over at the ever endearing Wedgewood

Rooms energetic rockers Blackfoot Circle, local 4 piece Capital Fuzz, Idlewild frontman Roddie Woomble, X Factor starlet Lucy Spragon, hard hitting country songstress Lily Garland and Dendera will all be strutting their stuff. Fareham’s Ferneham Hall plays host to cockney legends Chas n Dave, T Rexstacy and the Illeagles, Whilst dreamlike psychedelic space rock instrumentalists Red Sun, melodic death metallers Biolith, Spear of Destiny’s Kirk Brandon, 1977 punk revivalists Brash Bullets and extrovert electronica’s Hyenaz will all be steaming into action at the Railway in Winchester where you can also tap into the wonderfully named All Our Ex's Live In Texas and the Little Unsaid who have been described as having 'a thumping depth of passion recalling the intensity and melancholic overtones of Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen'. The Bournemouth BIC will be hosting the man himself, Nick Cave (along with his Bad Seeds), RnB artist Ne Yo and operatic magician Lesley Garrett. Indie upstarts Alt J and alternative country rocker Ryan Adams will be treading the boards at the O2 Academy and over at the Fantastic Mr Kyps you can check out The Zephyrs, Colt 45, Dave Wakelin’s version of The Beat, Motorheadache (still the best name for a tribute act that I’ve ever heard) and Mungo Jerry, who, as it's the summertime, probably still has women on his mind! Summer of course brings a deluge of festivals once again and there are some corkers locally, the eminent Wickham Festival sees star turns from the lovely KT Tunstall, 10cc, ska mainstays The Selector, outdoor favourites The Levellers, Seth Lakeman, The Oysterband, Ferocious Dog and the ever enduring Men They Couldn’t Hang. You can also reconnect with the 1990s with affable Stereo Mc's and the drop dead gorgeous Republica at Graze Festival

in Twyford, Winchester and the Isle of Wight’s other festival Bestival boasts a line up which includes The XX, Rag n Bone Man, rappers A Tribe Called Quest, Dizzee Rascal, Laura Mvula, Soul to Soul, DJ Shadow, Blossoms, the blissful reggae of U-Roy and pick of the bunch, Jamie T, who is fast becoming one of the most respected singer songwriters of his generation Portsmouth’s big one is Victorious and the line-up doesn’t disappoint featuring nutty boys Madness, indie darlings The Charlatans, The Stereophonics, Elbow, Feeder, punk 2 piece The Slaves, Maximo Park, The Voice’s Rita Ora, Frank Turner, Turin Brakes, Temples and noise merchants The Jesus and Mary Chain Pick of the bunch though is Boomtown Fair in Winchester where the wonderfully eclectic line-up includes stoner rappers Cypress Hill, ska stars The Specials, Newton Faulkner, velvet voiced Dawn Penn, Arrested Development, DJ Mr Scruff, Ziggy Marley, Altern 8, Smerins Anti-Social Club, Alabama 3, reggae legends Toots and the Maytals and the sublime Legendary Shack Shakers whose many admirers include Robert Plant, author Stephen King and Dead Kennedy’s frontman Jello Biaffra. So, there you have it, plenty of musicians and performers playing local to you who will all be hoping for appreciative audiences to play to and remember - it’s a two way street: the better the audience, the better the show. Get out there, support them and keep music live.

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A BIKE COLUMN. ALWAYS ONE OF MY FAVE COLUMN’S, IT’S BEEN BROUGHT BACK THANKS TO 2 OF MY OLD PALS NAMELY 2 WHEELS GURU TONY LONG AND SOUTHAMPTON HARLEY-DAVIDSON. SO I MAKE NO EXCUSES FOR INCLUDING HD EVERY TIME OUT, THANKS GUYS. NOT YOUR REGULAR BIKE COLUMN THOUGH. IT’S NOT A REGULAR PAPER. AS HARLEY-DAVIDSON OFTEN PUT IT ... “NO EXCUSES, NO FRILLS, JUST GOOD OLD SELF INDULGENCE”. ED (AND DAUBUS ROTIS? ... THATS CULTURE IN’ IT!)

Sponsored by Southampton Harley-Davidson 19 years old, dark hair, clean shaven and a waist that went in instead of out. That's my beloved BSA A10, the one my frayed hem got caught around the gear lever.

I Want That Light Today I did something I’d been saying I’d do for the past ten months, I got sensible. I part-exed my muscle bike (room for rider and an extremely close, tiny, friend) for something designed for leisurely covering many miles in a day - with luggage too! With my other bike it’d been a case of what could be stuffed in pockets and a small shoulder bag for cameras etc. This evening I was looking through manuals and on-line for whatdoes-what; as with most modern bikes it’s a case of computers doing the biz. No bad a thing, but I do like playing with them, which is why I have an older bike, which we’ve rebuilt and tuned.

Tony Long Yet with all the warning lights and error codes they’ve left out the most necessary - the IMD warning light. That’s the one that tells when an Impending Moment of Dimwittedness is detected, an invaluable aid to riders that could save huge embarrassment and cost. For instance it would have saved me: Pulling up in Bournemouth centre on a hot sunny day only to topple sideways onto the road because the hem of my frayed, flared, jeans had tangled around the gearshift lever thereby preventing me from putting my foot down. Or pulling away from the kerb in St Tropez only to perform a nontoo delicate pirouette to the ground. I’d been worried about my Moto Guzzi being nicked and engaged the steering lock, something I seldom did. I did, however, provide a treat for lovers of breadcrumbs as the baguettes I’d strapped to my rack exploded on contact with tarmac. Oh, better yet, not taking off the disc lock before pulling away on a big, loud, V-Twin in a packed shopping centre. How they looked and smiled as my wife hopped of the back to help me hold the bike up, which was revving to the max. Or that chap in Brighton at a big gathering of bikers. He burst from the bike park with a huge wheelie and fistfuls of brand new Ducati exhaust note. His riding skill was almost as spectacular as the effect of the forgotten disc lock hitting the brake calliper when he put the front wheel down. He slid along the lane between rows of bikes in a shower of fibre glass, plastic and little metal bits. Nobody laughed or made rude comments, one chap even helpfully handed the downed rider a carrier bag saying “you can take your bike home in this”. 1960s and 70s Italian bikes had a reputation for ‘difficult’ electrics, one of my Guzzis would fizz, crackle, and smell of burning for a while when I pressed the starter button before, eventually, turning over. Knew a guy who bought a brand new Laverda (Italian, as if the name didn’t give it away) which had a similar problem. One evening

“Look mum, Santa rides a HarleyDavidson.” No, just me posing in front of the same house on my newly acquired ride.

it refused to start so, in desperation, he bump started it - that’s where you put it in gear, hold the clutch in, push bike up to a run then jump onto the saddle while dropping the clutch. Engine will then spin and catch. His did. And he fell off and watched the bike in third gear (high gear spins engine faster) run perfectly down the road and straight into a wall. How about the confirmed dimwit in Portswood who popped a wheelie from the lights and parked his bike, still in front-wheel-up position, in the back of the hatchback that had stopped to let someone out. “Not looking so clever now “t t!”, an elderly lady pushing a wheeled shopping basket informed the rider as he slid off the car roof. Most of these dim-witted events occur when a rider attempts to look cool, did Steve McQueen ever experience such a thing? I doubt that, he was a cool master. So perhaps it just doesn’t pay to yearn for cool, I’d better accept what I am, slightly mild.

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“WRITE ABOUT ANYTHING” he said! Well that narrows it down? I think I’ll write about er - me. Matt Black Hi, I'm Matt Black, Some of you may have heard my name (and some of those will have seen it on the side of a pot of paint!), but most will have not. I am a pianist/ comedian/ songwriter/ record producer/columnist/gift guide ... (see below).

Time Management!? And what – on Earth – is that? It is somewhat ironic that I’m writing this with about 2 hours and 4 minutes to go before deadline … Not our beloved leader’s fault, entirely my inability to set aside times to do such things. In fact all he has to do sometimes is text ’Ahem’ and my hand slides down over my face, and people around me hear, “Boll❋❋❋s! I knew there was something I hadn’t done”

Being involved in the music business, you may think, affords one quite a lot of time to sit on my yacht, or jet to an hotel and throw a TV into the swimming pool - but each and every one of us has very individual patterns for our work days and nights. That's one problem right there - I can only speak for myself, but I both run a recording studio, (open whenever it's needed day or night), and perform live, (again that could be literally any time day or night - dependant on where and what the event is). So with all that variation the only way to succeed is to keep a diary that eventually resembles Tetris as one tries to fit each customers time requirements into and around other client's needs. The last thing factored in is personal events - which, left unchecked, sometimes get overlooked as unimportant - which ain't good! My psychic girlfriend often, quite understandably, inserts 'date night', and 'day off' into empty spaces for me which actually helps as I tend to look for white spaces when I'm taking bookings so that works. It's also a wonderful surprise to wake up and realise that I don't need to suddenly 'be awake' for the day. It does feel like I'm a juggler, but one of those that seem to have no constant pattern to airborne objects waiting to be caught - dealt with and then launched again freeing up a vital limb for doing something else. But in a strange way I'm sort of used to that, and feel that I do get a lot done in a relatively short time span. I'm also sure that out there in business world someone has got a tried and tested solution to achieving the same workload without feeling like John Cleese in Clockwork (Oh and his book’s very entertaining, hence the pic. Ed) and I would google that to see - but right now, I don't have the time!

AND HAVING NOT MENTIONED BASS PLAYERS FOR A WHILE, HERE’S A LITTLE LOVE FELLAS! Did you hear about the electric bass player who was so bad that even the lead singer noticed? Q: How do you get a bass player off your doorstep? A: Pay for the pizza. Q: What's the difference between a bass and a trampoline? A: You take off your shoes to jump on the trampoline. Q: Why don't bass players ever catch a cold? A: Even a virus has some pride Q: Why do bands have bass players? A: To translate for the drummer. Q: How many bass players does it take to change a light bulb? A: It doesn’t matter. The piano player can do it with his left hand.

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Unexpected Christmas present, unexpected experience, unexpected charity donation one of the advetures of a Southampton Ambassador over the last couple of months. here Gordon craig of asset management financial advisors, get’s chucked out of a plane! I visited my children on Christmas morning to exchange presents, as normal. I fully expected the usual “socks, aftershave, slipper” combo only to have my flabber completely ghasted when I opened a card handed to me by my son, Andrew, containing a voucher for a “tandem sky-diving experience” to be taken at a time of my choosing. WOW! Hadn’t expected that one and, to be completely honest, I think my expression was about the same had I been handed a pair of embroidered handkerchiefs. W*F!?! I then found out that Andrew couldn’t quite afford the whole cost of this gift and had been gamely assisted by my girlfriend, Diane and, more concerning, by my mum and dad, who obviously thought me jumping out of an aeroplane at 10,000 feet was a terrific idea! Once the initial surprise / shock subsided, we got thinking that, if I was going to do such a thing, I may as well do it for some worthy cause. Diane’s cousin had died on New Year’s Eve and had spent her last weeks at Countess Mountbatten Hospice and thy had looked after her with huge kindness and dignity so we decided that this would be our chosen charity. A “Just Giving” page was established and some e-mails to relevant friends and family were issued. The date of the jump was set for Friday 19th May. There was now no turning back. My daughter, Courtney, had her 21st birthday in March. Unlike me, she loves the more extreme sports and had already done a bungee jump off a bridge in Switzerland so I thought it would be the perfect present (and also give me someone to hold my hand!!) for her 21st – she absolutely loved the idea!! Unfortunately, Courtney was then very unexpectantly diagnosed with a tumour on her spine and had to have an operation immediately which meant she couldn’t take part in the jump. The operation went well, tumour was, to everyone’s absolute relief, benign and Courtney is still very much up for doing the sky-dive when she is able (more on that later). As the days passed, the e-mails continued to come in from Just Giving and, having set an initial £500.00 target, within a week or so, we had surpassed that figure and, due to the generosity of everyone that was contributing, soon passed the £1,000 point, double of what we had expected. Just Giving suggest that an update is provided from time to time – I only really did one – and that had the effect of reminding people and another burst of donations took place so that, by the time the jump was on us, we had raised almost £2,000. The days leading up to the day of the jump were like any other days – the usual work, home and family life and I hadn’t really given that much thought to things apart from ensuring I know where we were going and organising people who wanted to come

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and watch. We had to be at Sarum airfield, just north of Salisbury, by 9.00 in the morning for registration so Diane and I got up reasonably early to give us plenty of time to get there in time. On arrival, matters sped up and, after a bit of breakfast, we were taken in groups for an explanation of how the day would go and then straight to getting onto our jump suits, a bit of training attached to a wire surrounding the landing position to take and, before we all knew really what was happening, we were being introduced to our professional sky-dive instructor (Greg) to whom we would be strapped and within another 5 minutes or so we found ourselves straddled over a thin bench in a small aeroplane, chatting away on our way up to 10,000 feet (that’s 1.8 miles apparently!!). Everything was fairly relaxed inside the plane and everyone (about 24 of us in total,

are falling at all. It is much more like floating. We free falled for 30 seconds, dropping 5,000 feet, then the parachute opens for a 5 minute, more gently drop for the second 5,000 feet. It is noisy during the free fall so there is not much to say but the cameraman (mine was a guy called EJ) gets in really close, almost swimming to within a few feet, to take great still and video pictures. I thought 30 seconds would be a long time to free fall but, in fact, it goes so quickly and it’s really difficult to describe afterwards. Then the gentle drop once the parachute has been deployed, with Greg undertaking some moves from side to side, spinning round and pointing out landmarks (it was a glorious day and we could see all the way to the Isle of Wight) before we come into land. This, I am sure, is everyone’s most concerning bit as I’m sure we’ve all heard the stories of

The one thing that still surprises me is that you do not feel like you are falling at all. It is much more like floating. including the camera operators) was chatting away, spirits were high and then, all of a sudden, things went quiet. We were fast approaching our jump height and the instructors were starting to give us the “serious talk” – how to sit on the edge of the open door, how to keep our head up and back, what signals to look out for, what position to take, etc., etc. I’m not really sure how much I or anyone really took in. By that stage all that’s going through your mind is what on earth am I doing up her, am I absolutely MAD??? I watched as the first couple and the first few camera operators got to the door and flung themselves out. They absolutely flew out the door and away from the plane. Before I knew it, we had shuffled along the bench and were next to manoeuvre onto the edge of the open door, swing our legs out and sit there before, with a tap on the shoulder and a quick “OK” from Greg, he (I really had absolutely no choice in the matter!) pushed us out. My eyes were firmly closed for the first few seconds then open and the feeling was amazing. The one thing that still surprises me is that you do not feel like you

broken limbs on handing but it was, in fact, so smooth, with us gently coming to rest sitting down. After that, the whole realisation of what has just happened hits and every single person on my jump just had the biggest grins on their faces. In fact, after getting back to the main complex and going into the café for a drink (they have beer too!!) you can clearly see who has already done their jump just from the smiley faces passing by. So, would I do it again? ABSOLUTELY DEFINITELY!! As soon as Courtney has been given the all clear that she can jump, I’ll be making sure she is ok by going with her for her jump. And, my youngest, Charlie, is going to get the same for his 18th in February 2019, so I’ve got two more planned. Oh, and by the time we had finished, we had raised well over £2,000 for Countess Mountbatten Hospice. A great experience with the added bonus of raising a reasonable sum of money for a fantastic local charity and important facility.

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BOOKS red & rit Holiday time and this issue an eclectic selection of books to sit next to the cool bags and parasols on many sand and hopefully sun drenched beach. Philip Pullman is best known as the author of the phenomenally successful His Dark Materials trilogy. He has now ventured into the world of graphic novels. The Adventures of John Blake (David Fickling Books £14.99), this beautifully drawn story first appeared in The Phoenix comic also published by Fickling books. If you are a reader of modern comics or like me hark back to the glory days of the comics of the last century this delightful tale encompasses all the best things that we all love about them. Fred Fordham’s illustrations leap off the ink ridden pages that tell the story of the ship Mary Alice that is lost in the mists of time. It sails the time ridden

waters searching for a way home with a crew that spans 2000 years of history. However something is stalking them across the endless and unforgiving oceans. A swashbuckling tale bringing what makes comics great to a wide audience. There is even something to keep the addicted lovers of social media interested to! With the success of the TV series Sherlock, now possibly no more, the 19thcentury detective has had something of a renaissance and this has led to a new interest in the original Holmes stories. They have been reissued in various editions over the past few years resulting in the executors of the Conan Doyle estate throwing their deerstalkers into the air in glee as the royalty cheques come flooding in. Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss the TV show creators have selected over a series of two books their favourite tales in Sherlock : The Essential Conan Doyle Adventures (BBC Books £7.99) . They introduce each story in their own unique way adding their insight into these classic detective mysteries. If indeed there will be no more TV adventures these volumes can ease the Cumberbatch withdrawal

symptoms that have flooded the country. Personally I’m missing Una Stubbs as ultimate petrol head Mrs. Hudson. Who would have known eh? Talking of Who, our faithful time travelling Doctor is now a woman, the excellent Jodie Whitaker. Certainly some interesting times ahead and to familiarise ourselves with Time Lord or now Time Lady Mythology there is a new tome out courtesy of BBC Books featuring weird and wonderful tales from the rich and colourful past of our favourite intergalactic race. In many ways a reworking of the epic Greek Legends but with a Gallifreyan twist (quite nice with ice and a slice I believe) and each tale is stylistically illustrated. The book classes itself as non fiction… okay then I’m frightened, just check out the front cover of Myths & Legends: Epic Tales from Alien Worlds. (£12.99).

Film Review Paul Ridge

Despicable Me 3 The fourth film to be set in the Minions' universe sees us return to the open arms of Gru and his singularly peculiar family of misfits. The first saw our anti-hero become a father and eventually emerge as a hero to his three newly adopted daughters, while the second gave us the would-be matriarch in the shape of fellow crime-fighter, Lucy. The prequel was based purely on the Minions themselves, which brings us to this third adventure in which Gru finds out he has a longlost twin brother, Dru, who just happens to be filthy rich, extremely positive and the owner of a thick head of blonde hair : in short, he's everything that Gru's not. Happy families ? Maybe .. maybe not. While Dru is over the moon to finally meet the brother he always knew about, Gru is a little more reticent after discovering he has a sibling and the strain begins to show once he digs a little deeper into his brother's real intentions : to get the family business going again. Having turned his back on villainy for the sake of his girls, Gru wrestles with his own conscience and - literally - his own twin as he re-enacts a personal

Clive James is constantly apologising for still being alive having being diagnosed with leukaemia in 2010. He is still one of the most erudite, witty and intelligent writers around and with his continuing efforts to defy the doctors prognosis, he continues to put pen to paper. Recently he published his latest collection of poetry Injury Time (Picador £14.99) and the volume gives the clear implication that the final whistle is being polished ready to blow. Moments of life are treasured, family, friends and his home Australia are captured in the poetry of a man who has reached a stage in life where everything is fleeting but everything is okay, and those moments of happiness and contentment can be achieved. Clive James’ words live on and hopefully the final whistle is still a long way off. There has been many a time when I have been slaving away reviewing books

really exist - in a pub with a barman telling her the story - is one of the best laugh out loud moments I've seen in a long while. The three daughters have always been well-rounded characters, each with very distinct personalities, so it's perhaps a bit of a shame that they haven't managed to do the same for the mother, Lucy, herself embarking on a long and arduous journey of her own to be a better mom. It's all a bit formulaic and predictable, not to mention a waste of Kristin Wiig's considerable talent. Why can't Hollywood write better parts for mature women, animated or not ?

But I digress and there's a villain to catch!

take on the devil on one shoulder/angel on the other motif so beloved of 80s comedies like Animal House. Nostalgia is important in Minions' movies as it's key to keeping the parents as interested as the kids. As with the more mainstream animated pictures from Disney and Pixar, the DM series tends to pitch its jokes at several different levels but being free from the confines of a major studio means they can sometimes bend the rules a bit and let the more anarchic imaginations at work run behind the scenes run free. This usually takes the form of a few set pieces for the little yellow guys but in DM3 the single best scene actually involves youngest daughter, Agnes, and her quest to catch a unicorn in an enchanted forest and make it her pet. It's all big eyes and big emotions and the moment she finds out that unicorns

It's back to the 80s again for childstar turned super-criminal, Balthazar Bratt, is up to no good and somebody needs to stop him. Voiced by South Park's Trey Parker, Bratt is a balding but mulletted, shell-suited dancing, prancing man-child who is as vain and utterly ludicrous as any adversary James Bond may have faced. The difference is he's a genius inventor and fights using dance moves rather than guns or his fists. Cue Madonna, A-Ha and Michael Jackson again, another easy jolt for mums and dads who may have begun to nod off. Bratt's scenes are extremely silly but well thought-out and his ultimate weapon is properly crazy and as timeconsuming as most of 007's worst nightmares. Why don't they just kill/blow up/steal quickly and get out of there ? Because we'd be robbed of some classic lines, that's why. I won't give any more details away as the movie is fun enough to warrant refraining from spoiling it, but having said that and having enjoyed it, Despicable Me 3 does feel like it's not quite as good as the previous two and

when I have called out for biscuits urgently when that sugar rush needs to be satisfied then quelled. Read on, you will see where I’m going! Jane Slight aged eighteen in the summer of 1984, was driven to London from Dorset by her parents to the glamorous surroundings of the Bloomsbury YMCA, her base as she embarked on work experience at Ray Cooney’s Theatre of Comedy. This she thought would be followed by a RADA audition and a life on the stage. Things didn’t quite work out like that. Jane was immediately spotted by the former actress and now takes no prisoners theatre Producer Thelma Holt who decided she had potential away from the stage to behind the scenes, immediately cancelling her RADA audition and renaming her Sweetpea. Over the next 20 years Sweetpea works with Holt and this book is just as much about her and growing

it's almost like they're trying a bit too hard. There are some lovely touches usually with the Minions - and the girls have strong story arcs throughout, plus there's some hilarious porcine shenanigans along the way - Dru's business "front" is a pig-farm - but it feels a teensy bit tired. The Gru-Dru thing promises loads of sibling rivalry but in the end they work better as a team and the build-up seemed to be so much hot air so that doesn't really go anywhere, while as I alluded to earlier, Lucy's role is mostly as a hand-wringing bystander, worrying if she's doing the right thing with the girls more than as an active participant.

up as of Holt and the creative force of her personality that lit up the West End. This not a gossip memoir but a fascinating account of robust characters and changing times when anything seemed possible. Sweetpea Slight in Get Me The Urgent Biscuits (Weidenfeld &Nicholson £14.99 EBook £7.99) writes deftly and movingly in a charming tale of theatrical egos and the scramble to get productions moving and ready for the many first nights. Oddly I had an audition for RADA in 1984, for the Stage Management course. I didn’t get through; with hindsight perhaps I should have changed my first name to something of the fruit or vegetable variety. Radish Cook? Runner Bean –Cook? The double barrel could have worked. As for Passion Fruit Cook? Yep, that’s the one. Russell’s Blog Brave New World is at www. therewriteman.wordpress.com

But hey, this is a Minions movie. It's a kids film. It's just a cartoon. Isn't it ? Well, yeah, but having raised the bar so high with the first three movies, the expectations for this one were always going to be right up there. It's still good fun though and I can assure you it'll be way better than the upcoming My Little Pony movie which I won't be reviewing any time soon, I promise you. [Spoilsport. Ed]


The Milky Way The column you can read between meals A brief look at what is in our night skies during. My very good pal finally caved in and granted me permission to tell you what I’ve been passionate about and boring the socks off him with since we were kids … astronomy! [I added the boring the socks off bit. Ed] Cliff

august & september Summer is here, so shorter warm nights, but still plenty to see! Well done Olivia! I thought you might like this, a special mention for Olivia, age 14, living in Southampton and Highly Commended for the Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition 2017. Her picture Jupiter 2016 (below), was shortlisted and subsequently Highly Commended. Awarding her commendation, judge Marek Kukula said “Technically highly accomplished, this is an astrophotographer to watch.” ‘My picture of Jupiter (below) was taken in Abu Dhabi.” says Olivia. “I was lucky with the conditions that night, as I could see lots of details on the disc of the planet as I started to focus the telescope before capturing the videos. This is why I enjoy taking pictures of planets because you never know until you start how good it will be.” Olivia is a member of the Southampton Astronomical Society (my Club), and it’s fantastic such a young person has this love and talent already for Astro Photography. Well done Olivia. An inspiration for young and us oldies alike! Maybe I can get a few more photos from Olivia for the next edition?

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Meteor Showers! There are a few of these this time of year, the main one by far is the Perseids, one of the best to observe, this happens over 10-12 days, being at it’s best Aug 13th. Out of the city you may see up to 80 an hour at it’s peak. This is debris from the Comet Swift -Tuttle, It is famous for producing a large number of bright meteors. On the 13th Aug a thin crescent moon will set early in the evening sky leaving dark skies for hopefully a great show, if it’s not raining! The meteors will radiate from the constellation Perseus, but look generally in the area and hopefully you will be rewarded. Not so dramatic but if on holiday look out for them, the Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower around 6th Aug with an average of 8 Meteors per hour, these have reasonably long tails and the Piscid Meteor Shower 9th Sept, at an averager of 10 meteors per hour. P.S. It is only called a Meteorite if it touches the ground

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Moon The Moon will appear slightly smaller this time of year as it is at it’s furthest distance from us at 251,000 miles. For you Quiz buffs they call this the Apogee. On 19th Aug in the morning on your way to work enjoy seeing Venus rather close to the Moon, always an eye catcher. 25.8 Jupiter and the Moon will be close together, rather tricky to see if you have buildings around you, but if in the open or at a beach facing West enjoy, they will be only 9 degrees above the horizon at about 20.24 (BST) as the dusk sky fades, they will set an hour and a half after the Sun.

Telescope Targets: 13th August M15. 14th August M2. 24th September NGC55.

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Tina’s final, final, final Dave Wellman Ball ... possibly? It’s almost time again for Southampton’s most eagerly awaited charity Ball ... the Dave Wellman Cancer Trust Organised by one of the city’s superwomen Tina Hawke, these nights are so popular, that despite insisting she’d organised her last several years ago; her vast army of supporters including patrons Francis Benali, Lawrie McMenemy, Sandy Jones, Steve Pinder, Amanda Lamb & Matt le Tissier ... she is once again putting the finishing touches to what will no doubt be another master class in charity event hosting and fundraising. SAYS TINA ... This year, the Dave Wellman Cancer Trust Mid-Summer Nights Dream Ball is taking place on Saturday the 9th September at the Hilton Hotel West End Southampton. We are supporting as always the campaign for the centre of Immunology and delighted to say that the £25million target has reached just over the £21.5 mark. This money has enabled the build of a new state of the art centre which is planned to complete this autumn when the scientists and researchers can move in to start working their magic to expand clinical trials, explore new areas and develop lifesaving drugs. The official opening will be in the spring/summer of 2018. The Dave Wellman Cancer Trust is one the 5th largest donor to the campaign and I feel very proud to have achieved this as Ambassador. But, I could not have done it without the help of so many of you. Losing my sister Terri (above) in 2015 was devastating for our family, she was a beautiful soul. Terri had 5 years of doing all she

could, by having new trial drugs and I can never thank the wonderful consultants, and the research team for the working hard, if not to eradicate cancer, but to enable those suffering to have a longer and better quality of life. We will also be donating to two other charities, the first is Abbys Heroes, a charity set up in memory of my beautiful cousin Abby who sadly passed away in May 2016 at the young age of 11. Abby had a rare type of bone cancer and went through such a gruelling fight yet she always smiled and never complained. The family of Abby have set up the charity so that money raised will support children and their families who come under the care of Piam Brown Ward, who we have been supporting for years by taking the children on boat trips with thanks to Princess Caroline. The second is Jane Scarth House, a befriending centre in Romsey who provide emotional and practical support to anyone whose life is affected by cancer. I started fundraising for them right from the start, they were my rock and sounding board when I was going through the cancer journey with my late husband Dave. In the early sessions Kim Fielder was my counsellor and then and Jane Scoons was there for me, she kept me going when times were tough. Sadly, Jane lost her own battle to cancer in 2010, so I still support this wonderful centre and all who give such amazing care and support. If you would like to come to the ball this summer, your contribution would be helping to make a difference to so many. There are a few tickets left at £70, discounted for a table. There is a drink reception, 3 course dinner and half a bottle of wine pp. and the most amazing entertainment with Mike Osman at the helm, what could go wrong? And when you walk into the ballroom, my wonderful florist friend from London, Craig White and his friends will have worked wonders with the flowers which again this year will be a sight to see.

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Every Friday & Saturday night - Frogging with The Legendary Derek & DJ - Live Saturday 26th August Mexicana Fiesta Night Wednesday 20th September Student Rebellion Party Wednesday 27th September - Student Rebellion Party Wednesday 4th October Student Rebellion Party (& EVERY Wednesday up to & including December 13th)

The Frog & The ANDstage Friday 29th September Top Bar & THEANDstage Launch Party

When I launched The AND Guide nearly 4 years ago I was adamant that I wanted it to be like no other paper. I didn’t want it to simply tell people what was going on, even though heaven knows we needed that, I wanted it to encourage, support and even come up with new ideas for our talented but oh so sleepy city. I wanted it to make things happen! Which is why partnering with our good friends Derek and Loraine at The Frog & Frigate to bring you the ANDstage is just so, so, so exciting! I really hope it gets the support their hard work deserves. But that’s down to you? Anyway, over to them to ... (Martin :)

with new material. Due to the nature of our intimate black box stage, performers and audiences will get up close and personal - which is just how we like it at The Frog! Widely recognised as the first pub theatre since Shakespearean times, The Kings Head, London, opened it’s back room up to visiting players and artists in 1970, and many other public houses followed it’s lead in the decades since. However, whilst in London, venues where you can meet with friends, have a few drinks and catch a show are relatively easy to locate, here in Southampton a proper pub theatre is something of a rarity. Building on The Frog & Frigate’s long established and now ‘legendary’

Saturday September 30th Ultimate Power Ballads Night Monday 2nd October ‘The Comic Frog’ A night of stand-up with Solent Comedy Productions [(continues the 1st Monday of EVERY month On The ANDstage) Thursday 5th October ‘Bouncers’ by John Godber Black Box Theatre Company On TheANDstage

With TheANDstage walls being ‘blacked,’ the curtains ordered and the lighting shortly to be installed, we are getting pretty excited about our new, upstairs bar performance space! In proud partnership with The AND Guide, The Frog is aiming to bring the the authentic and congenial tradition of the pub theatre to Southampton. As what will be one of the smallest - if not THE smallest - performance spaces in the city, we are particularly looking forward to welcoming individual artists, musicians & small theatre companies who are experimenting

status, we aim to bring to life Southampton’s newest and most intimate stage space, hosting a wide variety of shows and performances throughout the year, ranging from stand-up, one act plays and improv’ nights, to poetry readings, book signings and, of course, our staple - great live music. The bar will also be available for use as an audition and rehearsal space for local artists, theatre groups, bands and anyone else in possession of a great act in need of a small, but perfectly formed, performance space. TheANDstage & The Frog will be celebrating it’s launch at the end of September, with an Top Bar party for our Frog regulars and friends.

(That’s us team! They have beer, they have comedy, they have a stage, IT’S GOT OUR NAME on it! Pride!) This will be closely followed by our premier monthly Solent Comedy Night on Monday 2nd October, starring a line-up of the best comedy talent from Southampton, the south-coast and beyond, led by our own, fabulous comedy host. Hot on the heels of our comedians, Thursday 5th October sees ‘Bouncers,’ a one act play by John Godber, brought to our new stage by professional director Chris Hawley and his Black Box Theatre Company. Set in 1984, BOUNCERS tells the story of a typical northern nightclub and the colourful characters that inhabit its dancefloor. It’s Friday night and the weekend’s here, so put on your dancing shoes … it’s going to be a night to remember! Maureen and the girls are having their hair done. Barry and the lads are ‘down the pub,’ getting a few drinks in. And Ralph, Les, Judd and Lucky Eric are manning the doors at the town’s hottest nightspot … Mr Cinders. Full of sharp one liners, 80s dancefloor classics and a host of extraordinary characters all played by just 4 actors - BOUNCERS will transport you back to those heady days of big shoulder pads and even bigger hair dos. Hysterically funny, with a touch of pathos and a whole load of nostalgia thrown in, this hilarious play takes a look at urban nightlife through the eyes our eponymous ‘heroes’. You’ll laugh, you’ll groan… you’ll be dancing on the tables! * Check our website or Facebook page for the details and times of all our forthcoming events.

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top line up for the Hatchet Inn beer festival! bank holiday weekend 25 - 27th August Now in its 5th year the annual Hatchett Inn Beer Festival has established itself as one of the area’s flagship events. This year sees 3 action packed days and nights of entertaiment and refreshment for the whole family, including popular comic songster Richard Digance. Starting early Friday evening, visitors are invited to enjoy a caribbean night with steel band Hurricane Force with a prize for the best dressed tropical fancy dress! So look out your loudest Hawaian shirts and hula skirts! Saturday the appropriatly named Beers On Tap will playing a variety of ska & rock music from 8.30, with the fabulous Richard Digance kicking off the Sunday afternoon session at 2;30 with The Broadside Boys. followed by entertaineing singer Gary Myles. Not forgetting that it is a beer festival of course, so expect to see a delicious variety of craft ales to sample and a barbecue. Families are not left out though, with a play area and bouncy castle to keep the kids happy.

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GREEN COLUMN Amongst all the billions of planets known to man, there is still only one known to support life. It’s this one. Let’s look after it ... be stupid not to?

Unusually, for this issue, going to include a report on something fantastic that’s already been achieved, just to show what can be done when we get together and support good causes. Our champions on this and so many other environmental issues were eco warrior heroes Greenpeace. So let’s hear it from them.

Or you a barstool moaner? Or do you actually want to do something? Then do it. Turn a light off. Hell... go mad and turn 2 lights off! Turn standby plugs off, boil less for a cup of tea. Recycle. Don’t insist on bleedin’ fresh fruit everyday from another continent. It aint healthy, it’s actually very slowly killing your kids! Don’t let your children ask you “Hey Dad, why did you and Mum let them kill our planet?” Martin Perry

Microbeads went from being virtually unknown, to being talked about by everyone from government ministers to celebrities they even made it onto the front pages of national newspapers! Hundreds of thousands of us came together, alongside organisations like the Marine Conservation Society, Fauna and Flora International and the Environmental Investigations Agency, to make real change happen.

THIS IS HUGE! the UK government has banned ocean-polluting microbeads! by Alice & the Greenpeace Oceans team Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic that are found in products ranging from toothpastes to face scrubs. They go down the plughole and end up in our oceans and waterways, where they can be mistaken for food by fish. When this campaign started back in January 2016, hardly anyone had heard of microbeads (including me!) But with your help, these tiny plastic polluters became a massive issue. Over 385,000 of you signed Greenpeace UK's biggest petition yet, calling for the UK government to ban microbeads. Thousands of you emailed your MPs, posted on social media and shared your ideas for microbead alternatives.

The UK government's ban is the strongest in the world to date. It's not yet perfect, but crucially the government have left the door open to broaden the ban in future - and we'll be keeping a close eye on them to make sure this happens! There are still many threats facing our oceans - from climate change to overfishing to plastic bottles - but with your help, we'll continue to take action to protect our precious oceans for years to come. Thanks so much for all you do! Alice. (P.S. It's been a good few weeks for oceans news! You may have heard that after years of campaigning for sustainable tuna we've had a huge victory. We took on the world's largest tuna company Thai Union - and won!)

Read more here: www.greenpeace.org.uk

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Bumper baby year at New Forest Wildlife Park It’s been year of births at OILa bumper FALLOUT New Forest Wildlife Park – and visi-

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tors should get a great view of the growing babies as they get bigger and bolder. The births form part of important conservation and breeding programmes, which play a key role in preserving our most vulnerable animals. New additions at the New Forest Wildlife Park include two red deer calves, three baby pine martens and a clutch of souslik (European ground squirrels). The calves - joining an 11-strong herd - are part of a scheme protecting the purity of the native red deer, which is being threatened by sika. The park’s resident pine martens - Rolo and Rory – form part of a national breeding programme to stop the depletion of the species after years of poaching and hunting. The shy and endearing souslik also form part of an international scheme to halt decline and extinction in parts of Europe. With 25 acres of natural woodland, knowledgeable keepers and fascinating fact-finding, New Forest Wildlife Park is a real treasure. Renowned for its otters, it’s also a great place to see wolves, lynx, ferrets, polecats, Scottish wildcats, bison, foxes, hedgehogs, harvest mice and owls. And adults and children alike (over 6 years) can zip wire, climb, leap and swing among the trees and in sight of the wildlife in the park’s Go Wild adventure playground. Tiny tots can also enjoy sandpits, diggers and swings in their own mini Go Wild.

023 8029 2408 For more information visit www.newforestwildlifepark.co.uk

ONE OF OUR TWO SHY RED DEER CALVES

ONE OF THREE BABY PINE MARTINS


OPEN MIC UK 2017 AUDITION COMes TO SOUTHAMPTON city audition date announced for Open Mic UK Music competition 2017 PERFORM IN FRONT OF RECORD LABEL A&R AND GET YOUR MUSIC HEARD!

SUNDAY 10th SEPTEMBER @1865 BRUNSWICK SQUARE, SOUTHAMPTON SO14 3AR

Open Mic UK have announced their music competition auditions dates for Open Mic UK 2017! The Open Mic UK music competition auditions will be hosted at 14 regions across the UK and the competition will be searching to find the UK’s best singers, singer songwriters, rappers and vocal groups!

It’s a chance for aspiring singers and musicians to perform to Music industry judges who are at every stage of the music competition from the auditions to the Grand Final. Judges in the past include judges that work for the three major record labels (Universal, Warner and Sony) in attendance at last year’s competition, as well as festival organisers, national radio DJs, regional press and BBC Introducing, with judges getting more prestigious as the competition progresses.

COMPETITION AUDITIONS Open Mic UK is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of numerous acts who, have competed in the competitions on their way to being signed to major record labels like; Lucy Spraggan, Luke Friend, Karen Hardy, Jacob Banks, plus Warner Music’s signings and Open Mic UK’s first winner Birdy and The Lottery Winners along with Union J’s Jaymi Hensley amongst many many more…

HOW TO ENTER For more information and to book your audition! Go to the Open Mic UK 2017 website!

www.openmicuk.co.uk (NOTE: The Open Mic UK music competition auditions are allocated on a first-come, first served basis, audition places are already filling fast so get your audition booked now to avoid disappointment!)

Left: Jaymi Hensley Above: Lucy Spraggan


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talking heads The jazz program is stacked! The freeentry weekly Sunday Southampton Modern Jazz Club sessions include Paul Jordanous Ensemble, Perpetual Motion Machine, Chris Rand’s Gathering and Duende. The Thursday bi-weekly gig with Paul Young & Friends is well worth checking out too; mixing it up session-by-session, expect standards, funk and a hint of soul every now and then... For those who enjoy playing, check out the Golden Groove Jazz Jam, hosted by Jonathon Fashole-Luke, on the second Wednesday of every month.

Want to be in a panto? Oh yes you do!

And finally, two more regular jam sessions … The Candle Club; Southampton’s longest running weekly opening mic, est. 1996, every Monday. And join Pat Begley and friends every Sunday afternoon for a Traditional Irish Music Session!

If you can sing, dance or act, great! We also would like people to help backstage. We have a great time and lots of laughs, so if you want to participate in our next panto, we would love to see you. MADS (Mosaic Amateur Dramatic Society) is casting for their panto and are looking for people, age immaterial, who can either sing, act, dance or help backstage. They rehearse every Wednesday from 7.30pm at Freemantle & Shirley Community Hall, Randolph Street, Shirley SO15 3HE (car park entrance.

Call Shirley Claringbould on: 02380 234959 Mob: 07731957553

Think you could help make a difference to a child’s life? Come along and join us at our information morning on Friday 15th September 2017, 10am-12 noon at the Civic Centre to find out more. No booking required, simply turn up. Find out more at

Richard Harper

RAMBLINGS... There is plenty for us to be excited about at The Talking Heads; the diary seeing us out to the end of the year is stacked with talent from far and wide. Here are a few snippets for the short term.

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We have been watching Daniel Eagle for years, and it has been a delight to watch him embed himself as a key part of the local music scene. Whether he is networking with his own collective of musicians (Zeus Bookings), hosting his weekly show on Voice FM, or running fundraisers for local causes, Dan always gives 100%. But it is on stage when Dan is at his best, and we cannot wait for his album launch party on Friday 18th August. We have been promised a few surprises, too… Continuing the singer-songwriter vibe, Maurice Dickson has become one of our most loved performers. A true NorthernIrish troubadour, Maurice is a master of finger-picking guitar with great passion and energy. Look up In Your Blood on YouTube; it never disappoints! Maurice is back on Saturday 19th August, with support from The Velvet Doonicans. On Sunday 20th August, we will be raising money for the Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity; turning the volume up to eleven are metal bands Acres, Vanity, Deference, and Greyhaven, with more still to be confirmed! We are also hosting a fundraiser for the Radiotherapy Unit at Southampton General Hospital, on Wednesday 23rd August. There is live music in both bars from Skyline, Bone Idle, Toast, Vinyl Beats, Pete Harris, Graham & Rick, Steve Picken, and Ronnie Johnnie & Stu. Another classic Southampton band, Doris & The Dots are back on Friday 15th September. Groove your way through a session with Tony Eccles and friends masterfully playing a genre-bending mix of Reggae, Calypso, Dub and Ska. Have you ever been to see a band from the 70's and turned up to find out the only remaining original member was the drummer, singer or bass player? Well, try going along to see Matchbox.... not only will you hear their string of hits from the era, including top tens such as When You Ask About Love, Midnight Dynamos and not forgetting their million seller classic Rockabilly Rebel, but you will also be amazed to find the exact line up that made all those records! Live on Saturday 23rd September.


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some LIVE STUFF Sometimes you just need to grin and bear the great British summer and go out in the rain even though every miserable bone in your body is telling you to stay in and watch TV .. Again.

BLUES NIGHT CAFÉ REFLECTIONS, SHIRLEY FRIDAY 28 JULY 2017 so on a wet and windy Friday night, I ventured out with a friend for, appropriately enough, an evening of blues. Here comes the summer, or not as the case may be. I'd not been to Reflections for a few weeks for various reasons but received a warm welcome on arrival followed swiftly by an ice cold beer. Our timing was perfect as we took our seats slap bang in front of Southampton's very own Mr Blues, Bob Pearce, who immediately asked after the editor of this very publication - fame at last eh, Martin? (At last? Bob’s a great pal actually, despite firing me from his band many years ago “It’s good, but it

BOB PEARCE aint blues!” he told me after a sell out at The Joiners. Watching Bob was the reason I learned blues harp though. He’s still the best too. Ed) Once the pleasantries were out of the way, a relaxed Mr P proceeded to play a beautiful set, full of warmth and soul and about as laid back an introduction to the evening as you could imagine. Just one man and a guitar can take you a long way and the music combined with the story-telling inbetween took us miles from the wet streets. Bob spoke of his love of music in general and I think being freed up from a regular blues band has allowed him to cut loose and play whatever he feels like and it showed in this performance, particularly in a great version of the Jimmy Cliff/Bob Nash classic, I Can See Clearly Now. It was fantastic seeing Bob play again and he joked that I was slacking if that was only the fifth or sixth time I'd seen him in the past thirty years. I'll try not to leave it so long next time. Sugarman Sam & The Voodoo Men were up next, a four piece from Basingstoke complete with keyboards which gave them an added dimension to their signature blues-rock sound. If you're into modern artists like Jonny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, you'd love this lot : proper power solos, moody Hammond accompaniment and a rocksteady rhythm section. They were excellent. Playing mostly originals with the odd cover thrown in a spectacular rendition of a Jeff Beck classic - they're way too good for sleepy old Basing and should be celebrated far and wide. I'll be going to see them again for sure and have a copy of their album now so expect

JOHN WANDS

SUGARMAN SAM & THE VOODOO MEN a full review in the next edition. To close out the night the singularly grumpy and inadvertantly amusing John F Wands, a proper old school practitioner of great American folk music. Armed only with an acoustic guitar, a gruff voice and some serious attitude, Mr Wands suggested the band would be a hard act to follow, but follow he did and boy, was it was worth it. Initially telling people to keep it down before re-starting his first song following an aborted introduction, he soon had everybody spellbound and I get the feeling the talking would've stopped anyway. It's always difficult in smaller venues when people get together on a weekend as it's as much about seeing friends as it is the music so I do feel for him and didn't mind him speaking up about it. I think once we all appreciated the situation for him - and the giggling stopped - we totally got where he was coming from and by then we were hooked anyway as he began his journey

across the blues landscape. I think more than any other genre, this music speaks to people across the world. Only classical is loved by more but both tend to be destinations reached through experience rather than as a youngster, so it was great to see a young band performing with so much enthusiasm between two more mature artists, both equally passionate and more than happy to see the baton passed down to the next generation. I've spent time in both Memphis and Nashville and tonight felt like the kind of evening's entertainment you'd see over there : a small bar, maybe on a sidestreet, you catch a few notes as you wander downtown and go inside for a closer look. You see someone like John playing, putting all his considerable heart and soul into the show and before you know it a couple of hours have passed. He was superb ! I still don't know why they call it the blues because it only ever makes me happy ...

LEWIS SMITH & THE COLLISION There's a lot of indie bands out there roaming across the live circuit on the south coast at the moment and The Collision are the latest to burst on to the scene. Playing this summer at Victorious, Locofest and the Wickham festival, they've yet to release an album but are working on their debut EP ahead of a headlining launch night at the always excellent Wedgewood Rooms in Pompey on Saturday 11 November. Right now you can check them out on Facebook and YouTube, where they have two songs available. The first is an insanely catchy power-pop number called My Love which takes root in your head the moment you hear it - it's more hooky than velcro and would be a great debut single - while the second is the heavier, much more grungy Addiction. There's shades of Artic Monkeys on the latter and appropriately enough the video shows the band performing live at The Joiners in Southampton. Keep an eye on these boys - they're going places !

THE RISING This summer sees the return of another local indie band, The Rising, ahead of the launch of their second album later in the year. Fronted by modfather Tommy Overington, the boys are currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on it, following a busy year that saw them play the Isle of Wight Festival, Common People and at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool. The seven-piece have created a unique blend of 60s garage mod rock mixed with Britpop and you can hear their new single, Kaleidoscope Eyes, on YouTube


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LOCALLY INTERESTING REVIEWS a LOCAL ALBUM

right now. It's a catchy, trippy, rock 'n' roll anthem that bodes well for their new LP.

KINESIS 4 Dreams Of Rainbows ALBUM REVIEW

ERIN GRACIE I'm gonna go out on a limb here and proclaim that this next artist is the youngest ever covered by The And Guide, certainly by me anyway. Her name's Erin and she's 9 years old and she's a singer-songwriter who plays a classic acoustic guitar and sings in her own voice without any affectations, which is always a good thing in my opinion. She'll be supporting And Guide favourite Daniel Eagle's album launch at Talking Heads on 18 August but you can also catch Erin at both the Victorious and Wickham Festivals this summer. It's impossible to say what the future holds for Erin but right now she's a fearless performer who just gets up and plays music from the heart. She's got her own YouTube channel with loads of original songs along with a few covers (and someone very creative on the camera) and regularly appears at open mic nights across the south. She actually reminds me of the kind of start that another And Guide fave, Fragile Lucy, had back in the day. If she grows up to be half the performer Lucy is she'll be on the right road. Keep on keeping on, Erin - see you at Dan's album launch.

It's been two years since the release of Kinesis 4's debut album, Satyagraha, and at the time I described it as a fusion of rock, indie, world and prog and my only criticism was that the vocals could sound better as the recording wasn't the best I'd ever heard. Well, I'm happy to report that on Dreams Of Rainbows they've not only rectified that but it seems like their entire sound has been cranked up a notch or three and I don't mean in the usual rock cliche of turning everything up to eleven. It all sounds infinitely more professional, more polished, more refined, more focused, but not in an overly-produced way .. more it's a case of the band really coming together for Dreams Of Rainbows and know exactly where they're going and how they're gonna get there. Kinesis 4 are one of those bands where you can almost taste the influences that have shaped them and yet they still manage to sound only like Kinesis 4. The album opens with the stonking Rock U Stupid. As always, I made some notes on my first listen and for this track I wrote : "like ZZ Top meets Jean Michel Jarre". I once saw the ridiculously talented poodle rocker Yngwie Malmsteen live at Poole Arts Centre and the battle between him and his keyboard player that night was pure .. well, I can't say the word I want as this is a family publication, but you know what I mean. Let's just say they were both showing off. And this album opener both reminds me of that night and yet also makes a very strong statement about what's to come .. Taking Our Time features a great guitar riff, this time backed with Hammondesque keys, harmonised backing vocals and an Indian-sound-

ing break in the middle of the song before the groove kicks back in. This is dreamy prog of the highest order. The Train feels like Dire Straits meeting Jools Holland on the way to a Kansas gig and it's full on, layered rock and roll. There's a strong African influence on T-Shirt, with some picked blues playing opening the song before loads of percussion and some bonkers lyrics about a favourite old piece of clothing. The world music flavours kick back in during the break with some crazy drumming and a sitar. Heavy shades of Paul Simon's South African period here, but it sounds rich with those harmonies behind it. Springtime takes us back to basics with its acoustic intro. This is a tale of warm evenings in merry olde England and that can only mean one thing : someone's dug out the mandolin. I always think of Heart whenever I hear one on a rock song and I have to declare my undying love for the Wilson sisters - their first three albums were astoundingly good, before they discovered hairspray and power ballads. Some lovely chordplay at work here between the two stringed instruments - beautiful. The title track, Dreams Of Rainbows is pure classic rock that sounds straight out of the 80s. As with their first record, there's a hint of Journey and a smidgeon of Boston - lots of dramatic vocals, power riffs and supersonic synth solos. Speaking of which, I'm loving the new keyboard lines - they add a whole new dimension to the Kinesis 4 sound and add an extra layer of professionalism to their music. I Believe is a dreamy, Moody Blues vibe with dirty blues guitar, some low down bass and plenty of ambient trickery. Just when you think it's gonna fade out it kicks back in with another power riff and another funky keys line taking it into Camel territory. I know it sounds like I'm just name-dropping bands now, but this is how it feels when you listen to Kinesis 4 : it's all good, though every band I've cited have been top drawer artists and massively influential. I'd even go so far as to say the second half of this epic seven-minute long song is reminiscent of Pink Floyd and there's no higher praise for rock fans. Taxi features yet another great riff and again a Dire Straits vibe permeates throughout. I really like songs about urban life and this has that feeling in spades. I can imagine a night drive through neonlit streets listening to this .. The album closes out with Summer Mornings, a trippy dream of a song that bookends nicely with the power opener, Rock U Stupid.

Dreams Of Rainbows is a rich and varied album of real quality and a must listen for rock fans. It's available from their website, Kinesis4.com, and also at the excellent Hundred Records in Romsey where they recently played a live acoustic set. It's a well-run, proper record shop that often showcases local talent, but if you missed them there you can catch the band live across the south in the forthcoming months. "I'm gonna spend my lifetime with you". It's the breathy delivery of the timeless line "I love you" that nails Matt's signature sound : you can really hear the emotion pouring out in this performance. Mixtape is a more uptempo number with some good wordplay going on and the plaintive cry of "Come home !", while the lyricism continues on the excellent Plans which really showcases Matt's command of the English language. It's more of a poem put to music than anything, but it's also a song with a message : sieze the day with "no dreams, just plans" which sounds to me like the kind of plan everyone should follow. Again, it's another strong vocal with Matt's range coming to the fore as the song fades out. Album closer, You, is an altogether rockier sound, with full backing accompaniment and makes for a rousing way to bow out. Matt hits the falsetto and there's also a simple but catchy refrain of "Hey" throughout that works well in puncuating the song. Fixed is a strong first release from Matt Lee Bevan and I particularly admire his songwriting skill, especially when it comes to the lyrical side of things. If I have one constructive criticism it's that the album could do with a little more light and shade, with maybe some synths thrown in and a couple of real changes of pace. Spookily enough, when I put this to him he said it was weird because his band Free Reason's next record is very 80s in flavour and quite retro so I'm looking forward to that one coming out. Their first release was produced by William Boden who won a Grammy for Gotye's worldwide smash, Somebody That I Used To Know, in 2011 so there's a definite pedigree to both Matt's own sound and that of the band. Keep an eye out for them playing locally and check out their Facebook page for more info, while Fixed is available from iTunes (free with subscription) and Spotify.

AND a beatle !

RINGO Give More Love ALBUM HEADS UP It's not every day I get to review something by The Beatles and it's actually been eleven years since I gushed about their "Love" album but with John and George no longer with us and Paul more interested in classical music and dying his hair ever more ridiculous shades of mahogany, it's down to good old loveable Ringo to carry the torch .. Ringo Starr is 77 and to celebrate his recent birthday he announced he'd be releasing a new album called Give More Love. Available from 15 September, it includes contributions from (drum roll please): Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Peter Frampton, Dave Stewart, Don Was, Richard Marx and long-time bandmate Todd Rundgren, among others. Everybody loves Ringo, don't they? He's been part of the fabric of our culture for so long, not just for The Beatles but his solo work and as the voice of Thomas The Tank Engine. He comes across as a normal, downto-earth everyman who just happened to be in the biggest band of all time. But what of the album ? Well, there's not much to report at this point as the record company are playing their cards close to their chest, with just the title track being put out there at the moment as the lead single. Give More Love was co-written with Gary Nicholson and it's an upbeat pop song with cooing backing vocals and a steady beat behind it. It actually reminds me of something Gary Barlow might have come up with on his own, if that makes sense? It's okay. It's not bad at all. It's quite catchy. It might be a grower. But it's nothing ground-breaking or earth-shattering in any way. I'm hoping the album will be better because it's Ringo and given the team he's been working with it certainly should be, but at this moment this is all we have. Hey Ringo, give more music!


PURPLE RAIN, an live celebration of the music, life and legacy of Prince, is coming to Southampton.

Engine Rooms, 7pm, Friday, 20 october Having been together for 11 years, PURPLE RAIN is a full nine-piece band fronted by the enigmatic Jimi Love as the unsurpassed Prince. Delivering a non-stop, hit packed show, spanning more than two hours, expect to see, hear and feel the hits from one of the most loved artists of all time; 1999, Little Red Corvette, Purple Rain, Kiss, Diamonds And Pearls, U Got The Look, When Doves Cry, Cream, I Wanna Be Your Lover and many more… The AND Guide caught up with front man Jimi ahead of their appearance in the city. “I've been into Prince since I was 10. My Godfather played me Let's Go Crazy in his car and I was blown away by the energy... I washed so many cars to raise the £10 needed to buy Purple Rain on vinyl, my first Prince album! I loved music as a kid and thought performers like Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury were as good as it got, but Prince was in a league of his own! Over the next few years I managed to catch up, and by Diamonds and Pearls, buying his new album was pretty

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much an annual event. The guy's musical output was insane, not just the quantity, but the quality! Stuff that he would put out, almost as a throwaway track, 99% of artists would have as their main single! I spent my late teens/early 20s playing in various bands, but I never learnt any Prince stuff on guitar. I think I was a bit scared and in awe! Then one November night I was playing a gig in a cover band and we ended up jamming Purple Rain ... In the pub, later that night, I started the band PURPLE RAIN. My good friend Adrian (who sadly left us a few years back) was running a venue in Dublin and suggested we do a Prince night for New Year's Eve. Cue a mad dash to find some musicians who wanted to be involved. That's when I realised Prince was the musician's musician! I got a band together and we had so much fun playing the songs, I decided to pursue it properly. Fast forward a couple of years and we had a great band lineup and plenty of gigs under our belt. In 2008, we made a last minute dash to Dublin when Prince cancelled his Croke Park gig with 4 days notice. We came on stage at 10pm to a packed club full of angry fans, who had travelled anyway, it being too short notice to cancel flights and hotels, and we played until 1.30am! I've always tried to avoid being a Prince 'impersonator'. There was only one Prince, and he was just so far ahead of anyone as a musician and performer, to impersonate him is just an impossible task! This band has always been about playing the music in the spirit of Prince. Yes, we dress up a bit for the vibe, but the fact I'm quite short, play guitar and look a bit like him is just coincidence. We all just love jamming his songs, and introducing his music to new people. Since April 21st last year, the whole thing has taken on new meaning. Every gig is dedicated to Prince now, a celebration of all the gifts he left and the impact he had on so many lives, including mine. I don't think I'll ever be able to play Purple Rain without a tear in my eye again.”


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THE MUSIC BIZ according to Barry Upton

Barry Upton Our resident pop guru Barry is a multi international hit songwriter/ producer/performer. Initially a front singer with Brotherhood Of Man he’s worked with a multitude of names including being creator of the lovable pop outfit STEPS, penning their massive hit 5678 and his mate and editor of this ‘ere paper previously co-hosting the AND Magazine Show on Radio Hampshire. He’s currently a TV & radio presenter and producer in Thailand and of course he’s still performing!

it’s an and guide scoop! As I complete a new album of original songs, time has been short to enable me to write my usual ‘Music Biz’ article. So, here is an excerpt from my forthcoming book ‘Confessions Of A Pop Tart’. The year is 2002.

Yep it’s them, it’s me - as babies.

I carried on writing and recording with ‘John Otway’ in search of this elusive Top 40 hit for his 50th birthday. There were whispers of dissent coming from Otways’ ‘Big Band’ who were all so called ‘credible’ rock musicians despite none of them ever having even one hit between them. I got on OK with them but I could tell that the ‘Steps’ thing was not something they would ever thank me for. It got worse when I put together a new dance style version of Otways’ famous b side to his 1977 hit ‘Really Free’ called ‘Beware Of The Flowers’ which had a disco style bassline that his bass player, Seymour, hated with a fine loathing.

Undeterred I kept on producing tracks for Otway that, to my mind, were radio friendly as I felt this would be the best way to ensure hit status. I was proved right. One day, in Otways’ kitchen at his home in Wandsworth, South London, we discussed a poem that he had written for his daughter Amys’ chemistry homework called ‘Bunsen Burner’. He was already reciting this poem in his solo act to cries of ‘HIT’ from his various audiences. So I set to work on it reminding myself that a girl pop group (I think it was the ‘Sugarbabes’) had used a riff from Tubeway Army’s hit ‘Are Friends Electric’. I figured this was a great way to give the radio listener something to grab hold of and decided the line ‘Burn Baby Burn’ from the ‘Trammps’ hit ‘Disco Inferno’ would indeed help the ‘Bunsen Burner’ idea along. ‘Hey, let’s not stop there’ I thought…’ let’s nick the riff as well and obviously split the writing royalties. My resulting production sounded like a winner all the way and even had room for a Theramin solo in the middle. I did all the programming and played all the instruments except for ‘Richard Holgarth’ from the Big Band who I diplomatically got in to play some lead guitar parts. Then I got in to my studio another Otway fan, ‘Janey Lee Grace’ (her off of Radio 2s’ ‘Steve Wright In The Afternoon’), to do some backing vocals. I had previously taken Janey along to see a solo Otway show on a few occasions and she shared my admiration of his sense of fun. So she jumped at the chance of coming to Southampton and helping out.

ON STAGE WITH JOHN OTWAY (LEFT) US A CHEMISTRY SET (INSET) WITH JANEY LEE GRACE

‘Otway’ decided to let his fans vote for what the birthday ‘hit’ single should be and so produced voting CDs including my 5 contributions and a few other tracks produced by members of his band. I joined the ‘Big Band’ on keyboards for a big ‘decision time’ show at a rock venue in Central London where a representative from the ‘Electoral Commision’ was brought in to avoid vote rigging and add a sense of grandeur to the occasion. We played all 10 songs live and it was announced after each performance whether it was to be a possible HIT and therefor in the top 5, or a FLOP and consequently in the bottom 5. As 4 of the top 5 were productions of mine, I was feeling good despite the chance that a punkish song called ‘Rumplestiltskin’ might just pip me. Bass player Seymour was very nervous as he’d stated that if my version of ‘Beware Of The Flowers’ won, he’d leave the band. Finally ‘Janey Lee Grace’ announced the number of votes cast and it was pyrotecnics and cheers of delight as the winner was ‘Bunsen Burner’. With Otway’s fans help I was to get my next hit record. However, there was a bonus because I had done such a good job of making the ‘Bunsen Burner’ track

radio friendly, that it started getting played on BBC Radio 2 and in particular by the legendary DJ ‘Johnny Walker’, himself an ‘Otway’ fan. I was now caught up in the ‘Otway’ lunacy and, when he was invited to guest on ‘Johnny Walkers’ drivetime show, I was asked to do it with him which, of course, I enthusiastically did. Just before I left for the U.S., I played with Otway’s Big Band at a gig in Sheffield. It was the eve of the release of ‘Bunsen Burner’ and I had prepared productions for three different CDs with various mixes of the main track and other extra songs we had previously recorded scattered across the 3 versions. This meant that a true ‘John Otway’ fan was bound to purchase all of them, multiplying our chances to have a hit. At midnight, a well know high street CD retailer decided to open his doors to the conga dancing crowd that had made its way up the street from the concert venue, following Otway and us, the band. So it was that I witnessed a unique event in my life. CDs flying off the shelves with mostly my writing, production and playing on them. By around half past midnight we had to be NUMBER 1 in the charts. Yet another bizarre moment in my life.

On my return to the U.K., the first thing I had to do was a concert at the world famous ‘London Palladium’. ‘John Otway’ had booked the theatre a year earlier to have his 50th birthday celebration there with a completely sold out theatre full of fans. I was to be part of the main show playing keyboards with the ‘Big Band’ plus doing a solo spot in the first half. To perform on that legendary stage in front of a packed theatre audience was indeed a thrill. However, the most wonderful moment was at the start of the show when DJ ‘Johnny Walker’ opened up proceedings by hilariously reading out the new U.K. top 20 listings which had only just been aired on the radio. A deafening roar went up followed by a football like chant of ‘Otway, Otway, Otway’ when he announced that our song ‘Bunsen Burner’ was at the number 9 position in the chart and therefore a walloping TOP TEN HIT. The ‘London Palladium’ manager stated afterwards that he had never witnessed such unruly noise and celebration in the theatre. It was truly a great unforgettable evening and sat well in the overall organized madness that surrounded the now legendary ‘John Otway’.


SANTA'S CHRISTMAS CRUISE

FESTIVE LUNCH CRUISES Bring your party to our party this year as we celebrate Christmas afloat!

Join Santa and his good friend Scotty the Clown for a magical Christmas Cruise

Glass of sherry on arrival with:

2 Course menu £22.95

Sit back and relax with a complimentary glass of wine & mince pie while the little ones are entertained by Scotty the Clown for the duration of the cruise.

with a 2.5 hr cruise

3 Course menu £27.95 with a 3 hr cruise Full lunch menu available on request

All the children will join Santa in his magical grotto to share their Christmas wish list and receive a present before leaving the boat.

DECEMBER 2017 DATES: Saturday 16th December Saturday 23rd December Sailing times 11am & 2pm

FESTIVE LUNCH MENU Glass of Sherry on arrival STARTER: Soup of the day with fresh baked Roll MAIN COURSE: Turkey Breast wrapped in Bacon served with Pork Chipolatas & Stuffing accompanied by Roast Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables and chef's Golden Gravy VEGETARIAN OPTION (PRE-ORDER): Root Vegetable Bake with Cranberry, Apricot & Goats Cheese DESSERT (3 course menu) Christmas Pudding with Brandy Cream or Apple Pie & Cream by pre-order AFTER DINNER COFFEE & MINCE PIES will be served in the upstairs saloon by request

2 Course Menu £22.95 with a 2.5 hr cruise 3 Course menu £27.95 with a 3 hr cruise

A Christmas Party with a difference! Looking for something a little different this year? Then come Aboard and join us for a Christmas Party Cruise or Christmas Dinner Dance.

Prices from £26.95 - £38.95

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Adult: £10.95 - Child £9.95

• FULL FACILITIES & BARS • WELCOME DRINK ON ARRIVAL • TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS DINNERS OR BUFFETS • IN HOUSE DJ • ALL VESSELS FULLY HEATED & ENCLOSED

Blue Funnel Cruises, (Sailing from Southampton).

Telephone: 023 80 223278 www.bluefunnel.co.uk email: office@bluefunnel.co.uk

Chapel Sessions 4 years strong! Andrea Valeri

Words by Sonja Davison Chapel Sessions host

Friday 8th September with support from Rory Evans Photo from a previous chapel performance. Above: the chapel

Back in 2013 if someone had said Chapel Sessions community led music series would still be going strong four years later we would have thought ‘in our dreams’ - the dream of bringing international and UK artists together to play on the doorstep of our local community.

The inspirational home of Chapel Sessions is the Victoria Chapel, Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley and Nell Bryden New Yorker and BBC radio two presenter/ singer songwriter played the first ever session back in May 2013, (and returned in 2017) plus a host of artists of all genres including Tony Furtado (twice), Jenn Bostic (three times), Sarah Darling twice, Emma Stevens (three times), guitarists Richard Durrant, Andrea Valeri (pics) from Italy, Megson, Ray Cooper plus local artists Jim Chorley and Amy Goddard and many many more. Celtic music has also enjoyed a strong following with Carlos Nunez, from Galicia, Richard Wood fiddler from Prince Edward Island, and Cara from Germany. Extensive refurbishment of the Chapel with a Heritage Lottery

grant meant the venue is closed until at least Autumn 2018, so to keep the ethos of Chapel Sessions, there’s been a move up the road to St Edward’s Church, Grange Road, Netley where approximately 6 sessions a year take place, often playing to a full house. This has proved a popular choice and we look forward to welcoming back the incredible fingerstyle guitarist Andrea Valeri from Tuscany with support from Rory Evans, on Friday 8th September. The guitar theme continues on Wednesday 8th November – Harry Manx dubbed ‘Mystic-sippi blues man from Canada. Taking the music of the East and melding it with the West in his own inimitable style.

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Every year the Festival has grown and as word spreads our recognition has grown with it. The resulting publicity and promotion does help the acts get known. Of course, a lot of our guys get a lot of work and are already very well known. We are so grateful for their support which gives a good balance to the Festival and means we are able to have new and up-coming acts playing which gives them experience. Because the festival has grown so much over the years I am delighted to say that Cllr James Baillie has joined me in organising the festival this year. The original premise of the festival was ‘The Community making Music for the Community’ Our amazing musicians do not get paid - they very kindly donate their talent for nothing, the venue managers & stewards who are slightly less talented, also don’t get any reward - so please treat them all kindly! By mid-September there will be flyers in the venues so you will be able to plan your day. The main body of venues will run from 1pm with the end time varying from 4.30 - 9.30pm, except for Holyrood which will start at midday. Marlands Showcase will run from noon until 4pm. National talent judge Rosalind Fountain has already got her line up sorted. We just hope that she doesn’t lose too many performers to ‘The Voice’ or ‘X-Factor’ as has happened in the past but, on a positive note, it does show the quality of talent she has on offer. Sadly we have lost a couple of vaults this year - at over 800 years old, they are getting

rather flaky, (hopefully the council will have them back in operation for next year). However, the old walls have been opened up at Westquay giving the City a great new performance space, and we still have Undercroft & Lancaster Vaults along with The Dancing Man, Platform Tavern, Holyrood and King Johns Palace. At the other end of the scale we have Caskaway a micro-pub and The Docks Coffee House in Oxford Street, SS Shieldhall which is the oldest working steam ship in the country at Dock Gate 4, Guildhall Square, Talking Heads, Station Quarter, Tapas Barcelona, Grand Café, Stage Door and Mettricks Guildhall and Old Town. As we go to press, we are hoping that Liberty’s in the High St will be licensed & open in time for our programme. On Oct 8th there will be a Classical Concert with Flautissimo & Strings - full details nearer the time. So, we hope we’ve whetted your appetite for a Great Day of Music. By September you will find the programme on our website (below) You can also find Music in the City on facebook or twitter. The city centre will be alive with the sounds of great music! Come and enjoy it with us!

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CHOOSING AN ACOUSTIC GUITAR So you’ve decided you want to buy your first acoustic guitar or perhaps you’re adding to an already existing collection, but where do you even begin in a minefield of models, sizes, shapes, brands, woods and colours? Well, hopefully once you’ve read this article, you will have a little more idea about what you should be looking for…

THE ORDER OF THREE The first thing to take into consideration with your acoustic guitar is how it’s constructed. Basically speaking, there are three types of build style (and therefore quality) of acoustic guitar: laminated (the musician’s term for plywood), solid top (usually with laminated back and sides) and all wood or all solid. Some of you out there might be screaming at your issue of AND Guide with calls of “What about those fiberglass Ovation guitars and hybrid/plastic models?!”, well…that’s a whole separate kettle of fish for another day, let’s just stick to wood for today. You will find that most acoustic guitars priced under £125 slot into the ‘laminated’ category, meaning that they have been built for durability and strength rather than musical tone. However, the good news is that the build quality of cheaper acoustic guitars is considerably higher than it was 15-20 years ago, with modern computer-programmed machines completely eradicating the ‘human error’ factor. If you are just entering the world of acoustic guitars, these budget instruments are a fantastic place to start.

SOLID ON TOP The step up from this level sees guitars built with a solid top, but laminated back and sides. These types of acoustic guitar usually fit within the price range from £150 to around £500. Because the top face of the guitar is made from a solid piece of wood, albeit a thin one, it is much more flexible and resonates more as you pluck and strum the strings. You will find that around 95% of solid-top guitar tops are made of spruce of some kind. Thanks to the relative softness of spruce wood, a spruce top will make the notes appear more defined but with a degree of smoothness that you simply don’t get from a laminated top guitar. Most solid-top guitars have back and sides made from tonewood, although you’ll also see many solid-top guitars being offered with laminated mahogany or rosewood back and sides. At this level of guitar construction, the choice of wood actually does make a difference to how the guitar sounds. Mahogany generally gives the guitar sound a good projection with a well-defined mid-range tone, whereas rosewood should give your guitar a slightly warmer, bassier sound, with a subtly increased depth of tone. In other words, guitars with rosewood back and sides don’t sound as ‘tight’ as those with mahogany back and sides, although which one you prefer will depend on your own individual taste.

bility and warm tone I mentioned earlier. You will find some all-solid guitars with cedar tops, and this gives the guitar a warmer quality, also giving a bit less ‘cut’ to the overall sound. Back & sides: All-solid guitars usually have back and sides made from mahogany, rosewood or maple. Rosewood tends to give the warmest, fullest tone; mahogany gives a tighter, punchier sound with good volume and projection; and maple offers a crisper, brighter tone, with less of the bass response or warmth of rosewood or mahogany. Nowadays there are many possible combinations of woods available, so, as I’ve already mentioned, it is best to get out there and have a listen for yourself!

BODY TALK Acoustic guitars also come in many body shapes and sizes. They generally rise in size from parlour, concert, folk, grand concert and orchestral to grand auditorium, dreadnought, jumbo and super jumbo. Naturally, the smaller models are more popular for playing at home as they’re easier to sit and hold, and they offer a more intimate tone compared to the larger jumbo models. One final thing: the kind of strings you choose can make a huge difference to your acoustic sound, so take advice from our guitar team on whether to go nylon, steel, wound or mixed… and enjoy! For more details call 01202 597180 or visit www.absolutemusic.co.uk

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TOTALLY SO SOLID CREW Finally you get to the pinnacle of guitar construction and that is an all-solid acoustic guitar. At this level, your guitar’s top, back and sides are all made from completely solid pieces of wood, and generally speaking this will give it a better tone, more sustain and usually a fuller overall sound. Obviously, these guitars tend to be the most expensive, and prices can even rise to around the £3,000 mark! At this level, the choice of wood is absolutely crucial as it can have a marked effect on the overall tone. Obviously at this price I’d recommend listening to a guitar before making a purchase, but all the same, here is a breakdown of what sort of character you can expect from each type of wood… Tops: The majority of all-solid guitars will have tops constructed of spruce, giving you the flexi-

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SOUTHAMPTON STAKKS PANCAKE HOUSE Marlands Centre (Upstairs), Southampton SO14 7SJ 023 8178 3660

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CAFE CREME 31 Bedford Place, Southampton SO15 2DG 023 8023 6616

THE BOAT HOUSE CAFE Swanwick Marina, Swanwick SO31 1ZL 01489 885745

THE TRAMSTOP BAR & KITCHEN 186-188 Portswood Rd, Portswood, Southampton 023 8178 7235 (BREAKFAST from 10am-12pm)

THE VILLAGE BAKERY & TEA ROOM 48 Warsash Road, Warsash SO31 9JA 01489 574747

GENTING CLUB (12AM - 3AM) Terminus Terrace, Southampton SO14 3FE 023 8058 1872

BERT & ERNIE’S CAFE & TEAROOM Unit 8, Shedfield Nursery & Equestrian, Botley Road, Shedfield SO32 2HN

KATE'S CAFE LOUNGE 227 Portswood Road, Southampton SO15 2NF 023 8058 1872

THE NAVIGATOR 286 Bridge Road, Lower Swanwick SO31 7EB 01489 572123

BOULANGERIE VICTOR HUGO 50 High Street, Southampton, SO142NS Open every day from 6.00 am

BONNE-BOUCHE High Street, Hamble-le-Rice SO31 4HA 023 8045 5771

OZZY CAFE Harley Davidson, Heritage House, Second Avenue Southampton SO15 0LP

THE BUS STOP CAFE Hound Farm Hound Road, Netley Abbey SO31 5FS

RIVERSIDE DINER 13 Manor Farm Rd, Southampton SO18 1NN 023 8067 7569

TESCO Hamble Lane, Bursledon, Southampton SO31 8GN

THE SPITFIRE 130-132 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DU Tel: 02380 225 464 JACKPOT CAFE Portswood Road, Southampton SO17 2TD 023 8032 2079

LILLY'S TEA & COFFEE HOUSE The Square, Wickham, Fareham PO17 5JQ 01329 830305 CAFE VALETTA 421 Millbrook Rd West, Southampton SO15 0HX (Opposite Goals) www.cafevalettasouthampton.com

PIGGYS 26 Victoria Road, Woolston SO19 9DX 023 8178 2059

RETRO CAFE 34 Bedford Place SO15 2DG 0782 890 8382

THE DINER 6 Market Buildings, Stoneham Lane, Swaythling Southampton SO16 2NL

METTRICKS GUILDHALL From 7:30 Mon-Fri, 9am Sat/Sun 1 Guildhall Place, Guildhall Square, Southampton SO14 7DU Tel: 02380 710583

ROGUES CAFE 78a West Marland’s Rd, Southampton SO14 7FW 023 8033 3370

ANNIES CAFE 14 Portsmouth Road, Woolston SO19 9AA 023 8042 1200

METTRICKS WOOLSTON 8 Centenery Plaza, Woolston, Southampton SO19 9UE 023 8084 6176

HALLADAYS TEA ROOMS 6 Bedford Place, Southampton SO15 2DB 023 8078 6921

CENTRAL COFFEE Central Hall, St Mary Street, Southampton SO14 1NF

SWEET CORNER CAFE 19-23 Commercial Road, Southampton SO15 1GF 023 8082 9189

THE RETRO DINER 281 Shirley Road, Southampton SO15 3HT 023 8078 6921

KATHY’S KITCHEN 5 High St, Eastleigh SO50 5LB 023 8061 4217

SIDEWALK SOUTH 24 High Street, Southampton SO14 2DF 023 8022 2323

CAFE REFLECTIONS 25 Shirley High Street, Southampton SO15 3NL 023 8077 8878

THE COFFEE CORNER Boyatt Shopping Centre, Eastleigh SO50 4QP 023 8061 4654

CXO Nelson Gate, Frobisher House, Southampton SO15 1GX 023 8023 8181

GEORGE'S CAFE & RESTAURANT 9 Church Street, Shirley, Southampton SO15 5LG

THE WAGON WORKS 28 Southampton Road, Eastleigh SO50 9F 023 8062 2670

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THE ADMIRAL SIR LUCIUS CURTIS Canutes Pavilion, City Centre, Southampton SO14 3JS 023 8038 8940

COFFEE HOUSE High street, Bishops Waltham SO32 1AA 01489 896990 VINEYS WHOLESOME FOOD 6 High Street, Botley SO30 2EA 01489 797781

SAINSBURYS HEDGE END Tollbar Way, Hedge End SO30 2Uh SAINSBURYS SHIRLEY 1 Redcar Street, Southampton SO15 5LL

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ASDA Bournemouth Road, Eastleigh SO53 3YJ CONCORDE CLUB, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh SO50 9HQ 023 8061 3989

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SAINSBURY'S PORTSWOOD 224 Portswood Road, Southampton SO17 2LB

THE SQUARE ARTISAN CAFÉ 157-187 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7NN 023 8031 9007

THE YELLOW WELLY Shamrock Quay, SO14 5QL 023 8022 3535

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WHITE STAR TAVERN, Oxford Street Southampton SO14 3DJ0 023 8082 1990

WOOLSTON CAFE 40 Portsmouth Road, Woolston SO19 9AD 023 8044 0918

THAT LITTLE TEA SHOP 48a The Hundred, Romsey SO51 8BX 01794 519852

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THE CROMWELL ARMS PUB & HOTEL Mainstone, Romsey SO51 8HG 01794 519515 NICOLA'S TEA SHOP 8 Latimer Street, Romsey SO51 8DG 01794 523009 WEST BIG BLUE CAFE New Forest Enterprise Centre, Chapel Lane, Totton SO40 9LA 023 8066 6608 THE HEATH Beaulieu Rd, Dibden Purlieu, Southampton SO45 5PW 023 8084 2275 NICE NOSH 50 Rumbridge Street, Totton SO40 9DS 023 8087 0242 THE PILGRIM INN Hythe Road, Southampton SO40 4WU 023 8086 7752 THE HIDEAWAY 183 Hampton Lane, Blackfield 074 2907 86617 CAFE PARISIAN 64 High St, Lyndhurst SO43 7BJ 023 8028 4546 HOCKEY’S FARM SHOP CAFE South Gorley, Fordingbridge SP6 2PW (8am - 6pm) 01425 652542 EAST THE FORUM DELI Solent Busines park, Whiteley, Fareham PO15 7AD BAKERY Whiteley Shopping, Whiteley, Fareham PO15 7PD 01489 564 445 THE ALMA (from 9am) Alma Lane, Upham SO32 1HE

WESTLANDS FARM SHOP Westlands Farm, Pricketts Hill, Shedfield SO32 2JW 01329 833832 COAST TO COAST (FROM 9AM) Unit 4, Shopping, Whitely, Fareham PO15 7PD FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD 164a Southampton Road, Fareham, PO14 4PP 01489 589056

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The Landford Poacher Delightful garden with massive Kong for photos with the kids. Open 12.00-11.00 Tuesday Sunday Food served Wednesday-Sunday (check for times)

01794 390353 Pound Hill, Southampton Road Landford SP5 2EE email: thelandfordpoacher@ hotmail.com

THE ROBIN HOOD Classic village pub with an enormous garden with a childrens play area, including a pirate ship. • Gastro pub with modern menu (check for times), great wines and ales. • Large beer garden with kids' play area.

01489 860229 Durley St, Durley Street, Southampton SO32 2AA www.therobinhooddurley.co.uk

THE KINGS HEAD

The Sir Walter Tyrell

Busy village pub with cask ales and good English food (check for times) and open fires. • Large beer garden with kids' play area. • Great food (check for times), ales and wines.

Traditional New Forest pub with log fires serving local beers and English home-cooked food (check for times) large patio and huge garden and play area. • Minute’s walk from the Rufus Stone

01329 832123 The Square, Wickham, Fareham PO17 5JN www.kingsheadwickham.co.uk

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023 8081 3170 (Next to Rufus Stone) Lyndhurst SO43 7HD www.sirwaltertyrell.co.uk

The Langley Tavern Large country pub, with huge beer garden with decking and large kids play area. • Good food (check for times), • Ales and wines. • Dog friendly • 2 minutes from Lepe Beach

023 8089 1402 Lepe Road, Langley Southampton SO45 1XR

THE BOLD FORESTER

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The Southampton Arms

Traditional, family run village pub • Home made food served 7 days lunchtime & evenings (check for times) • Large family garden with bouncy castle and children’s play area • Disabled toilet • Dog friendly

Friendly community pub • Lounge bar & public bar • Large family room & beer garden with climbing frame and swings for children (Adults only from 7:00pm weekdays and 8pm weekends) • Dog friendly

A traditional pub serving good food lunchtime and dinnertime 7 days (check for times), • Large beer garden & kids play area • Disabled parking & access throughout. • Dog friendly

01489 576400

023 8044 4271

023 8047 4702

120 Bridge Rd, Sarisbury Green, Southampton SO31 7EL www.theboldforester.co.uk

108/110 Obelisk Road, Southampton SO19 9DP Facebook @theobeliskpub

89 Moorgreen Rd, West End, Southampton SO30 2HG www.southamptonarms.co.uk

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THE POINT, E’LEIGH Open Space ART AGEAS BOWL, W’END Hants v Kent Spitfires FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm COMEDY ITCHEN VALLEY C/P SHOWS Butterflies Trail ROYAL VICTORIA C/P NIGHTCLUBS Fairy Den Building LEPE C/P JUST CHILDREN Nature Detective at Lepe ANTIQUES & FAYRES HAROLD HILLIER GDNS Pond Dipping MARKETS & CAR BOOTS EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun OTHER EVENTS MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience PLEASE NOTE. We have tried to ensure entries are correct, but If we’ve got the odd MOORS VALLEY C/P Pond Dipping one wrong, sorry... The AND Guide cannot accept any responsibility for inaccuracies. MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail Some require tickets in advance. We advise telephoning the appropriate venue beforehand TUDOR HOUSE, SOTON on all occasions. Clay Sand Castle PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/Terrace Tales Mamma Mia WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M SIMPLY DISPLAY OUR FRONT COVER in a PROMINENT POSITION Pears SAILSBURY ARTS CTR at your venue. Send us a pic to An Animated Experience With Matthew Dean prove it and dada... you’re in! C’CHESTER FEST. THRE As long as you keep the poster up, Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH we’ll include your listing. The House They Grew Up In HAYMARKET THEATRE How fair is that? Hairspray SPORT

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WEDNESDAY 2ND THE POINT, E’LEIGH Open Space THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH The Humphrey Lyttelton Band MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Butterflies Trail ROYAL VICTORIA C/P Summer Holiday Storytelling EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience LONGDOWN FARM Its Magic With Silly Scott

MOORS VALLEY C/P Wildlife Wednesday BLUE FUNNEL, SOTON Cowes Week Special MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/Terrace Tales Mamma Mia FERNHAM HALL, F’HAM National Play Day WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M Two SAILSBURY ARTS CTR An Animated Experience With Matthew Dean C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The House They Grew Up In HAYMARKET THEATRE Hairspray SAINTS FC Augsberg – H AFC BOURNEMOUTH Yeovil town - A THURSDAY 3RD THE POINT, EASTLEIGH Open Space / Seussial THE JOINERS, SOTON Milk Teeth MR KYPS, POOLE Matt Black MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Butterflies Trail ROYAL VICTORIA C/P Fairy Stories LEPE C/P Seashore Discovery Trail HAROLD HILLIER GDNS Pond Dipping EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience MOORS VALLEY C/P Forest Fun MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/Terrace Tales Mamma Mia

WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M Two SAILSBURY ARTS CTR An Animated Experience With Matthew Dean C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The House They Grew Up In HAYMARKET THEATRE Hairspray STABLE, SOTON Jonny Phillips FRIDAY 4TH THE DRUMMOND KARAOKE THE POINT, EASTLEIGH Open Space / Seussial THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Dave Lewin Trio Andy Abraham THE JOINERS, SOTON The Manatees THE BROOK, SOTON Stevie Wonder Experience FIREHOUSE, SOTON Toledo Steel ++ HANGER FARM THEATRE Fairy & Dragon Wings AGEAS BOWL, W’END Hants v Essex Eagles MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Butterflies Trail ROYAL VICTORIA C/P Summer Holiday Storytelling HAROLD HILLIER GDNS Family Butterfly Day EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience

BLUE FUNNEL, SOTON Cowes Firework Cruise SS SHIELDHALL, SOTON Cowes Fireworks MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/Terrace Tales Mamma Mia WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M Negative Thought Process

C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The House They Grew Up In HAYMARKET THEATRE Hairspray SAINTS PUB, SOTON Ben Dlugolecki SATURDAY 5TH THE POINT, EASTLEIGH Seussial THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH N-Trance THE JOINERS, SOTON Burn The Fleet RODDINGTON FORGE Long Shot Band FIREHOUSE, SOTON Grits ++ MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Butterflies Trail ROYAL VICTORIA C/P Park Walk EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail BURSLEDON WINDMILL Summer At The Mill PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH THE CARPENTERS STORY/TERRACE TALES Mamma Mia WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M Black Foot Circle SAILSBURY ARTS CTR Animal Fantasies Big Screen Matine: Hidden Figures C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The House They Grew Up In HAYMARKET THEATRE Hairspray SAINTS FC Sevilia – H PORTSMOUTH FC Rochdale – H EASTLEIGH FC AFC Stoneham – A STABLE, SOTON 3 Guys 1 Egg SAINTS PUB, SOTON Skyline

SUNDAY 6TH THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH A Lazy Summers Afternoon In The Marquee Solent City Jazzmen AGEAS BOWL, W’END Hants v Lancashire MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Butterflies Trail ROYAL VICTORIA C/P Cemetery Walk HAROLD HILLIER GDNS Street Food EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience BLUE FUNNEL, SOTON Lunch Cruises MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail BURSLEDON WINDMILL Summer At The Mill PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/Terrace Tales Mamma Mia SAILSBURY ARTS CTR Animal Fantasies C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof AFC BOURNEMOUTH Napoli – H L’DON RD BREW HOUSE LRBH Fantasy Football Leauge Pub Quiz MONDAY 7TH AGEAS BOWL, W’END Hants v Lancashire MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Butterflies Trail ROYAL VICTORIA C/P Handle With Care – Historic Artefacts HAROLD HILLIER GDNS Outdoor Adventure Holiday Club EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink

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WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M Dendera – Bloodstok Warm Up SAILSBURY ARTS CTR Animal Fantasies C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof L’DON RD BREW HOUSE LRBH Fantasy Football Leauge Wingsting

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THURSDAY 10TH

THE POINT, EASTLEIGH European Aerial Dance Festival THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH An Evening with Tony Stockwell AGEAS BOWL, W’END Hants v Lancashire MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Butterflies Trail / Mini Mobile Farm ROYAL VICTORIA C/P Nature Crafts / Meet The Army LEPE C/P Marine Wonders HAROLD HILLIER GDNS Outdoor Adventure Holiday Club Pond Dipping EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience LONGDOWN FARM You’ll Be Swept Away with Sheeps Display MOORS VALLEY C/P Pond Dipping BLUE FUNNEL, SOTON Hamble River Cruise MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail TUDOR HOUSE, SOTON Off With Their Heads PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/Terrace Tales Mamma Mia WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M Showcase 17 SAILSBURY ARTS CTR Animal Fantasies C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof L’DON RD BREW HOUSE LRBH Fantasy Football Leauge

THE POINT, EASTLEIGH European Aerial Dance Festival THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Football Chat with Matt Le Tissier THE JOINERS, SOTON The Kut MR KYPS, POOLE The Zephyrs AGEAS BOWL, W’END Hants v Glalmorgan MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Butterflies Trail ROYAL VICTORIA C/P Bear Hunt Amazing Dogs, Transforming Lives HAROLD HILLIER GDNS Pond Dipping EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience MOORS VALLEY C/P Forest Fun MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail TUDOR HOUSE, SOTON Critter Crafts PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/Terrace Tales Mamma Mia SAILSBURY ARTS CTR Animal Fantasies C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof STABLE, SOTON Lyme Bay Meet The Maker L’DON RD BREW HOUSE LRBH Fantasy Football Leauge

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beer 16festival September GERMAN BEER FEST O2 Guildhall SOUTHAMPTON

A traditional German beer festival returns to Southampton for the 5th Year Running.

Southampton’s German Beer Fest is a unique event that creates the perfect “Oktoberfest” entertainment.

The Beer Fest this September 2017 will provide a great party atmosphere for up to 700 people for one night only who will be able to join in, tasting a variety of German beers and foods. But you don’t have to be a beer connoisseur to have a good time with the Alpine Stompers ompha band playing all the traditional beerfest songs, fully engaging the public along with a DJ and Singer; and mädchens in traditional costumes will also make this a truly entertaining event. The event organisers see this as an event rather than just another beer festival. We want to create a great social night out with a difference with a fantastic night of entertainment. The event will help promote Southampton as a place to visit as well as business in the area with over 20 temporary jobs plus links with some local firms and the venue.

Box Office 023 8063 2601 www.livenation.co.uk www.beerfestuk.com

BERRY THR, HEDGE END RSC Live: Titus Andronicus THE POINT, EASTLEIGH European Aerial Dance Festival THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH TJ Johnson Band AGEAS BOWL, W’END Hants v Lancashire MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Butterflies Trail LEPE C/P Marine Wonders HAROLD HILLIER GDNS Outdoor Adventure Holiday Club EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience MOORS VALLEY C/P Wildlife Wednesday MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail Outdoor Theatre PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/Terrace Tales Mamma Mia

FRIDAY 11TH MAYFLOWER THEATRE Guys & Dolls THE POINT, EASTLEIGH European Aerial Dance Festival THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Dave Lewin Trio Tribute to Elvis by Alvin THE JOINERS, SOTON Mukets & Weatherstate THE BROOK, SOTON The Bryan Adams Experience HANGER FARM THEATRE Fantasy Masks 1865, SOTON The Four Tops vs The Temptations MANGO, SOTON Flamenco From Barcelona MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Colour Trail ROYAL VICTORIA C/P First Aid Training for Teenagers EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail TUDOR HOUSE, SOTON Critter Crafts PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink

PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH2017 august / september The Carpenters Story/Terrace Tales Mamma Mia GUILDHALL P’M LOL Comedy Club WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M Comedy Club SAILSBURY ARTS CTR Animal Fantasies C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother SAINTS PUB, SOTON Howl Your Hear Out – Karaoke L’DON RD BREW HOUSE LRBH Fantasy Football Leauge Ant Lewis SATURDAY 12TH MAYFLOWER THEATRE Guys & Dolls THE POINT, EASTLEIGH European Aerial Dance Festival THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Ruby THE JOINERS, SOTON High Power THE BROOK, SOTON London Calling MR KYPS, POOLE Greyside ++ THE ARTHOUSE, SOTON Lucas & King + Support MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Colour Trail EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience BLUE FUNNEL, SOTON Caribbean Party Cruise MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail BURSLEDON WINDMILL Summer At The Mill PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/Terrace Tales Mamma Mia PYRMAIDS, P’MTH Rhythm Of The 90’s Pirate Adventure KINGS THEATRE, P’M Fame The Musical GUILDHALL P’M The Royal Marines Schoold of Music Summer Concert WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M Capital Fuzz SAILSBURY ARTS CTR Animal Fantasies C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother SAINTS FC Swansea City – H PORTSMOUTH FC Oxford Utd – A AFC BOURNEMOUTH West Bromwich Albion – A A.F.C. TOTTON Barnstaple Town – H STABLE, SOTON Ben Dlugokecki SAINTS PUB, SOTON DJ Macauley L’DON RD BREW HOUSE LRBH Fantasy Football Leauge SUNDAY 13TH MAYFLOWER THEATRE Summer Festival THE POINT, EASTLEIGH European Aerial Dance Festival THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Sunday Lunch with Liam White & His


SHAKATAK FRIDAY 15TH SEPT Book online: www.theconcordeclub.com Stoneham Lane Little Big Band / John Maddocks Jazzmen THE JOINERS, SOTON Better Than Never MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Colour Trail SIR HAROLD HILLIERS, R’SY Street Food EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience MOORS VALLEY C/P Bee Walk MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail LAKESIDE R’WAY E’LGH Day Out With Teddy BURSLEDON WINDMILL Summer At The Mill PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party KINGS HEAD, W’HAM The Comedy Of Errors BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/Terrace Tales That’ll Be The Day WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M One Live Southcoast SAILSBURY ARTS CTR Animal Fantasies C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother L’DON RD BREW HOUSE LRBH Fantasy Football Leauge MONDAY 14TH NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino NUFFIELD THEATRE HCYT Make Your Summer THE POINT, EASTLEIGH European Aerial Dance Festival THE JOINERS, SOTON Rory Indiana MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Colour Trail EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/Terrace Tales That’ll Be The Day SAILSBURY ARTS CTR Animal Fantasies C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother

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SAINTS PUB, SOTON BGT & SGT Auditions L’DON RD BREW HOUSE LRBH Fantasy Football Leauge TUESDAY 15TH NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino THE POINT, EASTLEIGH European Aerial Dance Festival THE JOINERS, SOTON Listener MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Colour Trail / Falconry Display ROYAL VICTORIA C/P Wind, Rain and Shine LEPE C/P Dragons & Damsels HAROLD HILLIER GDNS Pond Dipping EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience MOORS VALLEY C/P Pond Dipping BLUE FUNNEL, SOTON Lunch Cruise MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail TUDOR HOUSE, SOTON Superhero Money Boxes PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/Terrace Tales That’ll Be The Day Wonderland SAILSBURY ARTS CTR Animal Fantasies Shackleton C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother A.F.C. TOTTON Bishops Cleeve – A L’DON RD BREW HOUSE LRBH Fantasy Football Leauge WEDNESDAY 16TH MAYFLOWER THEATRE Stomp NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino THE POINT, EASTLEIGH European Aerial Dance Festival O2 GUILDHALL, SOTON Afternoon Tea Dance THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Jeff Barnhart Band with Spats Langham, Malcolm Sked, Anne Barnhart THE JOINERS, SOTON Jonah Matranga MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Colour Trail

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ROYAL VICTORIA C/P Summer Holiday Storytelling HAROLD HILLIER GDNS Outdoor Adventure Holiday Club EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience LONGDOWN FARM Its Magic With Silly Scott MOORS VALLEY C/P Wildlife Wednesday BLUE FUNNEL, SOTON Two River Cruise MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail TUDOR HOUSE, SOTON Fabulous Fairies & Spectacular Sprits PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/Terrace Tales That’ll Be The Day Wonderland SAILSBURY ARTS CTR African Arts Day With Alex Miles C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother THE PLOUGH, SOTON Beer Festival L’DON RD BREW HOUSE LRBH Fantasy Football Leauge THURSDAY 17TH MAYFLOWER THEATRE Stomp NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino THE POINT, EASTLEIGH European Aerial Dance Festival TALKING HEADS, SOTON Billy Lunn MR KYPS, POOLE Colt 45 MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Colour Trail ROYAL VICTORIA C/P Owl Babies LEPE C/P Nature Detectives at Lepe HAROLD HILLIER GDNS Outdoor Adventure Holiday Club Pond Dipping EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience MOORS VALLEY C/P Forest Fun BLUE FUNNEL, SOTON Five River Cruise MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail TUDOR HOUSE, SOTON Medieveal Mayhem PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/Terrace Tales

That’ll Be The Day / Wonderland WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M Showcase 17 SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE A Sublime Feeling SAILSBURY ARTS CTR Denial C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother STABLE, SOTON Charlie Bateman THE PLOUGH, SOTON Beer Festival L’DON RD BREW HOUSE LRBH Fantasy Football Leauge Lauren Paige FRIDAY 18TH MAYFLOWER THEATRE Stomp NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino THE POINT, EASTLEIGH European Aerial Dance Festival THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Dave Lewin Trio ‘ Coldplace TALKING HEADS, SOTON Daniel Eagle THE JOINERS, SOTON Tigers Jaw THE BROOK, SOTON Rufus Black RAILWAY INN, WINCH’ Biolith AGEAS BOWL, W’END Hants v Somerset THE ARTHOUSE, SOTON Three Monkey Acoustic Music MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Colour Trail ROYAL VICTORIA C/P Summer Holiday Storytelling HAROLD HILLIER GDNS Family Bushcraft Cooking EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail TUDOR HOUSE, SOTON Punch & Judy, Magic etc PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/Terrace Tales That’ll Be The Day / Wonderland WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M Lily Garland SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE A Sublime Feeling SAILSBURY ARTS CTR A Monster Calls C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother THE PLOUGH, SOTON Beer Festival SAINTS PUB, SOTON DJ Macauley

w w w. t h e c o n c o r d e c l u b . c o m L’DON RD BREW HOUSE LRBH Fantasy Football Leauge SATURDAY 19TH MAYFLOWER THEATRE Stomp NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino THE POINT, EASTLEIGH European Aerial Dance Festival THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Live Forever as Oasis TALKING HEADS, SOTON Maurice Dickson THE BROOK, SOTON Abba Fever FIREHOUSE, SOTON 60th Parallel MR KYPS, POOLE Oasis AGEAS BOWL, W’END Juntion 6 – Beer & Music Festival THE ARTHOUSE, SOTON Magic Hat Acoustic Session MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Colour Trail EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience BLUE FUNNEL, SOTON Harbour Tour MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail BURSLEDON WINDMILL Summer At The Mill PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/Terrace Tales That’ll Be The Day / Wonderland KINGS THEATRE, P’M That’ll Be The Day WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M The Fliks SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE A Sublime Feeling C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother SAINTS FC West Ham Utd – H PORTSMOUTH FC Walsall – H AFC BOURNEMOUTH Watford – H A.F.C. TOTTON Fleet Town – A THE PLOUGH, SOTON Beer Festival SAINTS PUB, SOTON DJ Macauley L’DON RD BREW HOUSE LRBH Fantasy Football Leauge SUNDAY 20TH NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH New Orleans Jazz Bandits THE ARTHOUSE, SOTON Magic Hat Acoustic Session

MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm HAROLD HILLIER GDNS Street Food EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail BURSLEDON WINDMILL Summer At The Mill PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/That’ll Be The Day GUILDHALL P’M Clocktower Classics C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother THE PLOUGH, SOTON Beer Festival L’DON RD BREW HOUSE LRBH Fantasy Football Leauge MONDAY 21ST MAYFLOWER THEATRE Joe McElderry NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Colour Trail EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience BLUE FUNNEL, SOTON Day To Portsmouth MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/That’ll Be The Day Dirty Dancing The Musical C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE The Stepmother THE PLOUGH, SOTON Beer Festival L’DON RD BREW HOUSE LRBH Fantasy Football Leauge TUESDAY 22ND MAYFLOWER THEATRE Dreamboats & Petticoats NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Colour Trail ROYAL VICTORIA C/P Obstacle Course HAROLD HILLIER GDNS Outdoor Adventure Holiday Club Pond Dipping EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun


LEMAR SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER Book online: www.theconcordeclub.com Stoneham Lane MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience MOORS VALLEY C/P Pond Dipping MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail TUDOR HOUSE, SOTON Castle Builders PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/That’ll Be The Day Dirty Dancing The Musical WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M Showcase 17 C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother THE PLOUGH, SOTON Beer Festival L’DON RD BREW HOUSE LRBH Fantasy Football Leauge WEDNESDAY 23RD MAYFLOWER THEATRE Dreamboats & Petticoats

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PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/That’ll Be The Day Dirty Dancing The Musical WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M Showcase 17 C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother THE PLOUGH, SOTON Beer Festival L’DON RD BREW HOUSE LRBH Fantasy Football Leauge THURSDAY 24TH MAYFLOWER THEATRE Dreamboats & Petticoats NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino PLAZA THRE, ROMSEY Return To The Forbidden Planet THEATRE ROYAL, W’CHST West Side Story MR KYPS, POOLE RockinThe Point MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Colour Trail ROYAL VICTORIA C/P Percy Park Keeper

LEPE C/P Bat Walks HAROLD HILLIER GDNS Pond Dipping EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience MOORS VALLEY C/P Forest Fun MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail TUDOR HOUSE, SOTON Wizardmania PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/That’ll Be The Day Dirty Dancing The Musical WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M Showcase 17 C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother STABLE, SOTON Cider Tasting L’DON RD BREW HOUSE LRBH Fantasy Football Leauge FRIDAY 25TH MAYFLOWER THEATRE Dreamboats & Petticoats NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino PLAZA THRE, ROMSEY Return To The Forbidden Planet THEATRE ROYAL, W’CHST West Side Story THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Dave Lewin Trio/On Tour with Elvis Show FIREHOUSE, SOTON Uprising THE ARTHOUSE, SOTON Moving Voices Open Mic MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Colour Trail HAROLD HILLIER GDNS Family Bushcraft – Herbs EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience BLUE FUNNEL, SOTON 3 River Cruise Season Special MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/That’ll Be The Day Dirty Dancing The Musical WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M Comedy Club SAILSBURY ARTS CTR Neruda C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother

w w w. t h e c o n c o r d e c l u b . c o m HATCHET INN, SOTON Beer Festival L’DON RD BREW HOUSE LRBH Fantasy Football Leauge Ryan Greaves SATURDAY 26TH MAYFLOWER THEATRE Dreamboats & Petticoats NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino PLAZA THRE, ROMSEY Return To The Forbidden Planet THEATRE ROYAL, W’CHST West Side Story THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH The Ultimate Soul & Disco Nite THE STAGE DOOR Equality Diversity & Inclusion Southampton Pride THE BROOK, SOTON Stipe MR KYPS, POOLE The Agency THE ARTHOUSE, SOTON Magic Hat Acoustic Session MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Colour Trail ROYAL VICTORIA C/P Blighty One HAROLD HILLIER GDNS Family Summers End Concert EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience BLUE FUNNEL, SOTON 80’s Party Night MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail TUDOR HOUSE, SOTON Vaults Tours BURSLEDON WINDMILL Summer At The Mill PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/That’ll Be The Day Dirty Dancing The Musical SAILSBURY ARTS CTR The Alphabet Business Convention C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother SAINTS FC Huddersfield Town – A PORTSMOUTH FC Wigan Athletic – A AFC BOURNEMOUTH Man City – H A.F.C. TOTTON Slimbridge – H STABLE, SOTON Lauren n Ollie SAINTS PUB, SOTON DJ Macauley THE VESTRY, SOTON Katy Perry & Jessie HATCHET INN, SOTON Beer Festival L’DON RD BREW HOUSE LRBH Fantasy Football Leauge Mayweather v McGregor Live

SUNDAY 27TH NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Graeme Hewitt’s High School Jazz Band THE ARTHOUSE, SOTON Magic Hat Acoustic Session MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Colour Trail ROYAL VICTORIA C/P Blighty One HAROLD HILLIER GDNS Street Food EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail TUDOR HOUSE, SOTON Tour and Tea BURSLEDON WINDMILL Summer At The Mill PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/That’ll Be The Day The Illegal Eagles GUILDHALL P’M Revolutions Pro Wrestling C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother HAZELEY FIELDS, TW’FD Graze Festival SAINTS PUB, SOTON Southamptons Got Talent HATCHET INN, SOTON Beer Festival L’DON RD BREW HOUSE LRBH Fantasy Football Leauge MONDAY 28TH NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Colour Trail EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/That’ll Be The Day Dinosaur World C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother A.F.C. TOTTON Salisbury FC - A


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TUESDAY 29TH NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino TALKING HEADS, SOTON Alvvays MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Colour Trail Native Americans Junior Forest School ROYAL VICTORIA C/P Big Bushcraft Challenge HAROLD HILLIER GDNS Pond Dipping EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience MOORS VALLEY C/P Pond Dipping MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/That’ll Be The Day Dinosaur World C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother WEDNESDAY 30TH NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Colour Trail Native Americans Junior Forest School ROYAL VICTORIA C/P Big Bushcraft Challenge HAROLD HILLIER GDNS Outdoor Adventure Holiday Club Climb A Tree

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EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience LONGDOWN FARM You’ll Be Swept Away with Sheeps Display MOORS VALLEY C/P Family Bat Walk MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH The Carpenters Story/That’ll Be The Day NEW THEATRE ROYAL, W’CH Hound Of The Baskervilles C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother THURSDAY 31ST MAYFLOWER THEATRE Michael McIntyre NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino MR KYPS, POOLE Mungo Jerry RAILWAY INN, WINCH’ Kirk Brandon MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Colour Trail Native Americans Junior Forest School ROYAL VICTORIA C/P Big Bushcraft Challenge HAROLD HILLIER GDNS Outdoor Adventure Holiday Club Pond Dipping EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun

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MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail / Lemur Walkthrough The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience BLUE FUNNEL, SOTON Over 50’s Summer Special MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink Air Festival Hospitality PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH That’ll Be The Day Some Guys Have All The Luck NEW THEATRE ROYAL Hound Of The Baskervilles SAILSBURY ARTS CTR NT Live: Yerma C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother

MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink Air Festival Hospitality Sins Of The World Art Exhibition PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH That’ll Be The Day NEW THEATRE ROYAL Hound Of The Baskervilles WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M Joy-Celebrating Kyle Tookey C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother L’DON RD BREW HOUSE Jonny Phillips

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FRIDAY 1ST MAYFLOWER THEATRE Craig David NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Dave Lewin Trio Mike All Buble & Robbing Williams THE JOINERS, SOTON Tricot RAILWAY INN, WINCH’ All Our Exes Live in Texas MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Colour Trail EXBURY GARDENS Summer Family Fun

NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH The Village People Experience THE JOINERS, SOTON Definitely Oasis THE BROOK, SOTON Maetloaf RODDINGTON FORGE Gone Country HANGER FARM THEATRE Viva Neil Diamond MR KYPS, POOLE RU40 THE ARTHOUSE, SOTON Magic Hat Acoustic Session Jenny Cleaver MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Colour Trail

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ROYAL VICTORIA C/P Park Walk MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink Air Festival Hospitality Sins Of The World Art Exhibition PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH That’ll Be The Day NEW THEATRE ROYAL Hound Of The Baskervilles KINGS THEATRE, P’M Joe Black’s House Of Burlesque SAILSBURY ARTS CTR Richard Miller (Talk) C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Fiddler On The Roof MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother PORTSMOUTH FC Rotherham Utd – H STABLE, SOTON Ben Dlugokecki CENTRAL CLUB, C/F Toast SUNDAY 3RD NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino THEATRE ROYAL, W’CHST Tess Of The D’urbervilles THE ARTHOUSE, SOTON Magic Hat Acoustic Session MANOR FARM C/P Fairies & Pirates At The Farm ITCHEN VALLEY C/P Colour Trail ROYAL VICTORIA C/P Cemetery Walk

MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience MOORS VALLEY C/P Spider Walk MOTTISFONT ABBEY The Gruffalo & Friends Family Trail PAULTONS PARK Summer Beach Party BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Roller Coast, Roller Rink Air Festival Hospitality Sins Of The World Art Exhibition PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH That’ll Be The Day Faith – The George Michael Legacy MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother MONDAY 4TH MAYFLOWER THEATRE Derren Brown: Underground NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Sins Of The World Art Exhibition PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH That’ll Be The Day MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother TUESDAY 5TH MAYFLOWER THEATRE Derren Brown: Underground NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino TALKING HEADS, SOTON Curtis Ellers American Circus THE JOINERS, SOTON The Borders AGEAS BOWL, W’END Hants v Surrey


AUGUST Friday 11th - The Four Tops vs The Temptations + DJ Paul Mico Saturday 12th - Apocalypse [Rock/Alt/Metal Club Night]

Ford, Janiva Magness, Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, Pine Top Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Mojo Buford, Larry Carlton, Michael Landau, Elvin Bishop, Ronnie Earl and many more. Kirk also had a four-year role as lead guitarist for The Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Saturday 26th Soton CD & Record Fair

Wednesday 27th Lucha Forever Friday 29th Sundara Karma Saturday 30th Soton CD & Record Fair

OCTOBER Friday 6th - Brother Strut

Sunday 27th Electrik Luv Hardcore

Saturday 14th - Apocalypse [Rock/Alt/Metal Club Night]

SEPTEMBER

Friday 20th - Blancmange

Saturday 9th - Apocalypse [Rock/Alt/Metal Club Night]

Saturday 28th Soton CD & Record Fair

Sunday 10th Open Mic UK Auditions

Saturday 28th La Fiesta Que Te Da Esta

Saturday 16th La Fiesta Que Te Da Esta Thursday 21st The Sherlocks Saturday 23rd - T.Love Tuesday 26th KIRK FLETCHER Considered to be one of the best Blues guitarists in the world, Kirk Fletcher has commanded the respect and acclaim of critics, peers and fans across the globe. Kirk has played with a variety of renowned artists such as Robben

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“Fletcher favors toothy Strat tones, stinging bends, and flurries of tight, staccato riffs that seem to pop from his fretboard like little firecrackers” Guitar Player Magazine “Kirk Fletcher is a young man with a big reputation…he exudes class and style, knows all the classic licks but never resorts to mere copying, aith his own take in his trick bag.” Blues & Rhythm Magazine www.kirkfletcherband.com www.kirkuktour.co.uk

Sunday 29th Open Mic UK Auditions

NOVEMBER Thursday 2nd The Dream Syndicate Friday 10th - System 7 Saturday 11th - DODA Thursday 16th Lucha Forever Saturday 18th - Dub Pistols Friday 24th - Will Varley


HEATHER SMALL FRIDAY 6 OCTOBER Book online: www.theconcordeclub.com Stoneham Lane MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Sins Of The World Art Exhibition PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH That’ll Be The Day MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother WEDNESDAY 6TH MAYFLOWER THEATRE Flashdance NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino AGEAS BOWL, W’END Hants v Surrey MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Sins Of The World Art Exhibition PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH That’ll Be The Day MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother THURSDAY 7TH MAYFLOWER THEATRE Flashdance NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Ladies Lunch – Rhian House of Fashion Rock N Roll Paradise AGEAS BOWL, W’END Hants v Surrey HAROLD HILLIER GDNS Summer Evening Garden Tour MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Sins Of The World Art Exhibition PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH That’ll Be The Day FERNHAM HALL, F’HAM Jenny Docherty WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M Roddy Woomble SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Betrayal MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother STABLE, SOTON Cider Tasting FRIDAY 8TH THE DRUMMONS ARMS KARAOKE NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino MAYFLOWER THEATRE Flashdance NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Dave Lewin Trio TALKING HEADS, SOTON The Subhumans THE BROOK, SOTON Ultimate Eagles AGEAS BOWL, W’END Hants v Surrey MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience

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BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Sins Of The World Art Exhibition PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH That’ll Be The Day KINGS THEATRE, P’M The Counterfeit Stones GUILDHALL P’M LOL Comedy Club WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M Comedy Club SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Betrayal SAILSBURY ARTS CTR Sky & Earth United MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother L’DON RD BREW HOUSE Krista Green SATURDAY 9TH MAYFLOWER THEATRE Flashdance NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino THEATRE ROYAL, W’CHST Heritage Open Day Tours BROADLAND, R’SY Agricultural & Horse Show O2 GUILDHALL, SOTON An Audience With Katie Price THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Soul Saturday THE BROOK, SOTON Bog Rolling Stones MR KYPS, POOLE Be-Bop-A-Lula THE ARTHOUSE, SOTON Magic Hat Acoustic Session LEPE C/P Heritage Open Day MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Fit Living UK PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH That’ll Be The Day KINGS THEATRE, P’M THANK ABBA FOR THE MUSIC WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M The Men From Montgomery SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Betrayal MINERVA THEATRE CH The Stepmother SAINTS FC Watford – H PORTSMOUTH FC AFC Wimbledon – A AFC BOURNEMOUTH Arsenal – A A.F.C. TOTTON Yate Town – H BISHOPS BLAISE, R’MSY Toast SUNDAY 10TH MAYFLOWER THEATRE Joel Dommett NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH John Maddocks Jazzmen RAILWAY INN, WINCH’ SC4M Festival

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DRUMMOND ARMS All Day Charity Fundraiser Live bands, BBQ, Music Quiz and more! THE ARTHOUSE, SOTON Magic Hat Acoustic Session HAROLD HILLIER GDNS Demfest MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience TUDOR HOUSE, SOTON Heritage Open Day PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH That’ll Be The Day WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M The Twits SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Betrayal MONDAY 11TH MAYFLOWER THEATRE Craig David NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino Barrels & Beers THE JOINERS, SOTON Little Cub HANGER FARM THEATRE Movie Mondya: Hidden Figures MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH That’ll Be The Day SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Betrayal TUESDAY 12TH MAYFLOWER THEATRE Craig David NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino/Barrels & Beers/Grapevine Golem THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson TALKING HEADS, SOTON John Murray THE BROOK, SOTON UFO – A Conspiracy Of Stars Tour MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience BLUE FUNNEL, SOTON 3 River Cruise BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Micky Flanagan: An’ Another Fing PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH That’ll Be The Day Lesley Garrett GUILDHALL P’M SAS Band SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Betrayal PORTSMOUTH FC Northampton Town - A WEDNESDAY 13TH MAYFLOWER THEATRE Craig David NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino/Barrels & Beers/Grapevine Golem

O2 GUILDHALL, SOTON Afternoon Tea Dance THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Joe Stilgoe TALKING HEADS, SOTON Orange MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Micky Flanagan: An’ Another Fing PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH That’ll Be The Day WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M Lucy Spraggan SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Betrayal Sherlock Holmes & The Crimson Cobbles

w w w. t h e c o n c o r d e c l u b . c o m THE ARTHOUSE, SOTON Three Monkeys Acoustic Session MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience BLUE FUNNEL, SOTON Hamble River Scruise Season Special Sailaway BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Micky Flanagan: An’ Another Fing PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH That’ll Be The Day FERNHAM HALL, F’HAM MJ King of Pop SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Betrayal Sherlock Holmes & The Crimson Cobbles AFC BOURNEMOUTH Brighton & Hove Albion - H

THURSDAY 14TH MAYFLOWER THEATRE Jimmy Carr NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino/Barrels & Beers/Grapevine Golem THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH West End Jerseys as The Jersey Boys THE JOINERS, SOTON Banfi THE BROOK, SOTON Phil Rudd Band RAILWAY INN, WINCH’ Little Cub MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience TUDOR HOUSE, SOTON Mariners In The Eighteenth Century BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Micky Flanagan: An’ Another Fing PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH That’ll Be The Day FERNHAM HALL, F’HAM CHAS & DAVE NEW THEATRE ROYAL Lets Hang On KINGS THEATRE, P’M Madama Butterfly GUILDHALL P’M Dirty Dancing SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Betrayal Sherlock Holmes & The Crimson Cobbles STABLE, SOTON Charlie Bateman FRIDAY 15TH NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino/Barrels & Beers/Grapevine Golem THEATRE ROYAL, W’CHST Jason Manford BROADLAND, R’SY Caravan & Motorhome Show THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Dave Lewin Trio Shakatak THE JOINERS, SOTON Flyte THE BROOK, SOTON Fleetwood Bac RODDINGTON FORGE Mercury & May – Queen Tribute HANGER FARM THEATRE LDN Wrestling MR KYPS, POOLE Mr Clean Sounds of The Jam RAILWAY INN, WINCH’ Hyenaz

SATURDAY 16TH MAYFLOWER THEATRE The BBC Big Band TURNER SIMS, SOTON UTE Lemper NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino/Barrels & Beers/Grapevine Golem Higgledy Piggledy Pie THEATRE ROYAL, W’CHST Austen Undone BROADLAND, R’SY Caravan & Motorhome Show O2 GUILDHALL, SOTON Southampton German Beer Festival THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Princes of Motown ENGINE ROOMS, SOTON AC/DC Night THE JOINERS, SOTON Sean McGowan HANGER FARM THEATRE Saturday Morning Movie: The Boss Baby MR KYPS, POOLE The Beat RAILWAY INN, WINCH’ Brash Bullets THE ARTHOUSE, SOTON Magic Hat Acoustic Session MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience MOORS VALLEY C/P Autumn Steam Gala BLUE FUNNEL, SOTON 60’s/70’s Party Night BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Micky Flanagan: An’ Another Fing PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH That’ll Be The Day Wedding Fair FERNHAM HALL, F’HAM Daedalus 100 Show The Sooty Show KINGS THEATRE, P’M Mister Maker & The Shapes Live WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M The Modfathers SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Betrayal Sherlock Holmes & The Crimson Cobbles SAILSBURY ARTS CTR Family Fiesta HAYMARKET THEATRE Andy Parson SAINTS FC Crystal Palace – A PORTSMOUTH FC Fleetwood Town – H

A.F.C. TOTTON Taunton Town - A SUNDAY 17TH NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino/Barrels & Beers/Grapevine Phil Jupitus: Juplicity THEATRE ROYAL, W’CHST Austen Undone BROADLAND, R’SY Caravan & Motorhome Show THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Westside Syncopators THE BROOK, SOTON Lucy Kitchen THE ARTHOUSE, SOTON Magic Hat Acoustic Session MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Micky Flanagan: An’ Another Fing PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH Wedding Fair GUILDHALL P’M Portsmouth Vegan Festival SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Betrayal MONDAY 18TH NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino/Barrels & Beers/Grapevine MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience BLUE FUNNEL, SOTON 3 River Cruise Season Special BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Micky Flanagan: An’ Another Fing SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Betrayal C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Table Manners TUESDAY 19TH NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino/Barrels & Beers/Grapevine THEATRE ROYAL, W’CHST Imbalance TALKING HEADS, SOTON Trash Boat AGEAS BOWL, W’END Hants v Essex MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Micky Flanagan: An’ Another Fing GUILDHALL P’M Russell Brand Re: Birth SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Betrayal C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Table Manners WEDNESDAY 20TH NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino/Barrels & Beers/Grapevine PLAZA THRE, ROMSEY The Pillowman THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Temperence Seven AGEAS BOWL, W’END Hants v Essex MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience


BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Micky Flanagan: An’ Another Fing PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH Justin Hayward FERNHAM HALL, F’HAM Our House NEW THEATRE ROYAL Letters To Windsor House SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Betrayal SAILSBURY ARTS CTR Growth C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Table Manners THURSDAY 21ST MAYFLOWER THEATRE The Little Mermaid NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino/Barrels & Beers/Grapevine PLAZA THRE, ROMSEY The Pillowman THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH The Whitney Houston Show Starring Belinda Davids ENGINE ROOMS, SOTON Young Guns HANGER FARM THEATRE Steely Scam 1865, SOTON The Sherlocks AGEAS BOWL, W’END Hants v Essex MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Micky Flanagan: An’ Another Fing FERNHAM HALL, F’HAM Our House NEW THEATRE ROYAL You Will Fail Her NEW THEATRE ROYAL Rock N Roll Paradise KINGS THEATRE, P’M The Real Thing & Odyssey SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Betrayal Girls C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Table Manners Living Together ANVIL TH’TRE, B’STOKE The Big Chris Barber Band THE FORGE, B’STOKE Jack Lukeman STABLE, SOTON Meet The Maker FRIDAY 22ND MAYFLOWER THEATRE The Little Mermaid NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino/Barrels & Beers/Grapevine PLAZA THRE, ROMSEY The Pillowman THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Dave Lewin Trio The Three Degrees TALKING HEADS, SOTON The Sex Pissed Dolls THE BROOK, SOTON Legend HANGER FARM THEATRE Jamie Smith’s MABON AGEAS BOWL, W’END Hants v Essex MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Micky Flanagan: An’ Another Fing Ne-Yo FERNHAM HALL, F’HAM Our House NEW THEATRE ROYAL Ronnie Scotts All Stars C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Table Manners Living Together MINERVA THEATRE CH King Lear ANVIL TH’TRE, B’STOKE An Audience with Martin Kemp

THE FORGE, B’STOKE Maz O’Connor SATURDAY 23RD MAYFLOWER THEATRE The Little Mermaid NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino Barrels & Beers20 Grapevine The Pixies Scarf PLAZA THRE, ROMSEY The Pillowman THEATRE ROYAL, W’CHST Nik Kershaw THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Rufus Stone ENGINE ROOMS, SOTON District Alt Ball TALKING HEADS, SOTON Matchbox THE JOINERS, SOTON The Urban Voodoo Machine THE BROOK, SOTON C-EYE-5 With Scratch Horns THE ARTHOUSE, SOTON Magic Hat Acoustic Session HAROLD HILLIER GDNS Family Woodland Music MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience ROMSEY ABBEY Last Nigh At The Proms BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Micky Flanagan: An’ Another Fing PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH Dirty Dancing The Musical FERNHAM HALL, F’HAM Our House NEW THEATRE ROYAL Magic Of The Musicals KINGS THEATRE, P’M Stewart Lee: Content Provider GUILDHALL P’M Cheese Festival UK SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Betrayal Girls C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Table Manners Living Together MINERVA THEATRE CH King Lear ANVIL TH’TRE, B’STOKE The Whitney Houston Show THE FORGE, B’STOKE Exit 6 Film Festival SAINTS FC Man Utd – H PORTSMOUTH FC Scunthorpe Utd – A AFC BOURNEMOUTH Everton – A A.F.C. TOTTON LARKHALL ATHLETIC – A STABLE, SOTON 3 Guys 1 Egg CHURCHILLS CLUB Toast SUNDAY 24TH NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino/Barrels & Beers/Grapevine Festival Of The Spoken Nerd: You Can’t Plish a Nerd PLAZA THRE, ROMSEY Simon & Garfunkel: Through The Years THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Sunday lunch with Ed Sheeran Tribute – Jack Stephard Solent City Jazzmen ENGINE ROOMS, SOTON Big Fish Little Fish – Heroes & Villains TALKING HEADS, SOTON Jess & The Bandits MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience TUDOR HOUSE, SOTON Tour & Tea BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Micky Flanagan: An’ Another Fing Nick Cave & The Badseeds

august / september PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH2017 Hall of Fame PYRAMIDS, P’MTH New Found Glory GUILDHALL P’M Wedding Fayre WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M Danny Bhoy C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Table Manners Living Together MINERVA THEATRE CH King Lear ANVIL TH’TRE, B’STOKE An Evening with Pam Ayres MONDAY 25TH NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino/Barrels & Beers/Grapevine THEATRE ROYAL, W’CHST Brassed Off MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Micky Flanagan: An’ Another Fing SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Wait Until Dark C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Table Manners Living Together Round & Round The Garden MINERVA THEATRE CH King Lear TUESDAY 26TH MAYFLOWER THEATRE Beautiful – The Carol King Musical TURNER SIMS, SOTON Federico Colli NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino/Barrels & Beers/Grapevine Reasons To Be Cheerful THEATRE ROYAL, W’CHST Brassed Off THE JOINERS, SOTON Huntar MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Micky Flanagan: An’ Another Fing KINGS THEATRE, P’M The Wedding Singer GUILDHALL P’M Rip It Up SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Wait Until Dark C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Table Manners Living Together Round & Round The Garden MINERVA THEATRE CH King Lear PORTSMOUTH FC Bristol Rovers – H A.F.C. TOTTON North Leigh - H WEDNESDAY 27TH MAYFLOWER THEATRE Beautiful – The Carol King Musical NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino/Barrels & Beers/Grapevine PLAZA THRE, ROMSEY Neil Diamond Tribute THEATRE ROYAL, W’CHST Brassed Off TALKING HEADS, SOTON Jasper In The Company of Others THE JOINERS, SOTON Avec Sans MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience BIC, BOURNEMOUTH Micky Flanagan: An’ Another Fing PYRAMIDS, P’MTH Airbourne KINGS THEATRE, P’M The Wedding Singer SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Wait Until Dark


C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Table Manners / Living Together Round & Round The Garden MINERVA THEATRE CH King Lear HAYMARKET THEATRE Body Double

MINERVA THEATRE CH King Lear HAYMARKET THEATRE Body Double JANGLE JIVE, P’GATE Toast

WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M Pompey Rocks Against Racism C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Table Manners Round & Round The Garden MINERVA THEATRE CH King Lear

SATURDAY 30TH THURSDAY 28TH MAYFLOWER THEATRE Beautiful – The Carol King Musical TURNER SIMS, SOTON Planet Earth 11: Cities NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino/Barrels & Beers/Grapevine THEATRE ROYAL, W’CHST Brassed Off THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH The Simon & Garfunkel Story ENGINE ROOMS, SOTON Mayday Parade TALKING HEADS, SOTON Voodoo Six THE JOINERS, SOTON As Lions MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience FERNHAM HALL, F’HAM The Illegal Eagles NEW THEATRE ROYAL The Rat Pack Is Back KINGS THEATRE, P’M The Wedding Singer SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Wait Until Dark / The Road To Huntsville C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Table Manners / Living Together Round & Round The Garden MINERVA THEATRE CH King Lear ANVIL TH’TRE, B’STOKE Killer Queen HAYMARKET THEATRE Body Double THE FORGE, B’STOKE Michael McDermott & Heather Horton FRIDAY 29TH MAYFLOWER THEATRE Beautiful – The Carol King Musical TURNER SIMS, SOTON Mike Gibbs 80th Birthday Celebrations NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino/Barrels & Beers/Grapevine PLAZA THRE, ROMSEY Psychic Medium, Nikki Kitt THEATRE ROYAL, W’CHST Brassed Off THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH 60th Anniversary Dinner Dave Lewin Trio ENGINE ROOMS, SOTON The Freshers Fun House THE STAGE DOOR Manfors Comedy Club THE BROOK, SOTON Guns N Roses HANGER FARM THEATRE Paul Foot 1865, SOTON Sundara Karma MR KYPS, POOLE Fleetwood Bac AGEAS BOWL, W’END England v West Indies THE ARTHOUSE, SOTON Moving Voices Open Mic Night MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience BLUE FUNNEL, SOTON Sailaway NEW THEATRE ROYAL Graeme Swann’s Great British Spin Off KINGS THEATRE, P’M The Wedding Singer GUILDHALL P’M Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Wait Until Dark / The Road To Huntsville C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Table Manners Round & Round The Garden

MAYFLOWER THEATRE Beautiful – The Carol King Musical TURNER SIMS, SOTON Son/Tchaikovsky Unwrapped NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino/Barrels & Beers/Grapevine Town Mouse, Country Mouse PLAZA THRE, ROMSEY Comedy Night THEATRE ROYAL, W’CHST Brassed Off O2 GUILDHALL, SOTON Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Murder Mystery Dinner / Lemar TALKING HEADS, SOTON Little Lesley & The Bloodshots HANGER FARM THEATRE Purple Zeppelin MR KYPS, POOLE Four Fighters THE ARTHOUSE, SOTON Magic Hat Acoustic Session MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail The Great Brick Safari – Lego Experience TUDOR HOUSE, SOTON Stinking of Fish In Southampton (Talk) FERNHAM HALL, F’HAM T Rextaxy NEW THEATRE ROYAL Ian Waite & Camilla Dallerup Up Close & Personal KINGS THEATRE, P’M The Wedding Singer WEDGEWOOD RMS, P’M Pompey Rocks Against Racism SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Wait Until Dark The Road To Huntsville C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Table Manners Round & Round The Garden MINERVA THEATRE CH King Lear HAYMARKET THEATRE Body Double SAINTS FC Stoke City – A PORTSMOUTH FC Oldham Athletic - H AFC BOURNEMOUTH Leicester City – H A.F.C. TOTTON Paulton Rovers – H STABLE, SOTON Lauren n Ollie THE VESTRY, SOTON Michael Jackson

MONDAY 2ND NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino/Barrels & Beers/Grapevine THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Lulu THE JOINERS, SOTON Coasts MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail BLUE FUNNEL, SOTON 3 River Cruise Season Special KINGS THEATRE, P’M Lee Nelson: Serious Joker SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Around The World In 80 Days C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Table Manners Round & Round The Garden MINERVA THEATRE CH King Lear

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THE SHOOTING STAR Last Saturday of the month - Reloaded THE TESTWOOD

WEDNESDAY 4TH

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Monday - Open Mic Tuesday - Charity Quiz

Every other Monday - Southampton Ukulele Jam

Wednesday - Rock’n Roll Bingo

OCTOBER

MAYFLOWER THEATRE Cilla The Musical NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino/Barrels & Beers/Grapevine TALKING HEADS, SOTON Bless The Fall THE JOINERS, SOTON The Picture Books THE BROOK, SOTON Bellevue Days, The Young Hearts MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail KINGS THEATRE, P’M Ocean Film Festival World Tour GUILDHALL P’M Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE Around The World In 80 Days C’CHESTER FEST. THRE Table Manners / Round & Round The Garden MINERVA THEATRE CH King Lear

Monday - The Candle Club Open Mic

SUNDAY 1ST

THURSDAY 5TH

NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino/Barrels & Beers/Grapevine Paul Chowdhry: Live Innit THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Lulu TALKING HEADS, SOTON Stacie Collins THE BROOK, SOTON Inglorious THE ARTHOUSE, SOTON Magic Hat Acoustic Session ROYAL VICTORIA C/P Cemetery Walk MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH Jackson Live In Concert FERNHAM HALL, F’HAM Pam Ayres NEW THEATRE ROYAL Brainiac Live

MAYFLOWER THEATRE Cilla The Musical NUFFIELD THEATRE Vaults & Vino/Barrels & Beers/Grapevine I Won’t Make It On My Own BERRY THR, HEDGE END Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert THEATRE ROYAL, W’CHST Jay Rayner THE CONCORDE, E’LEIGH Graeme Clark / The Story of Wet, Wet, Wet TALKING HEADS, SOTON Theatre of Hate THE JOINERS, SOTON Superfood THE BROOK, SOTON Focus MARWELL ZOO Explorers Trail PAVILION TH’RE, B’MTH Jon Richardson: Old Man

Every other Thursday - Paul Young & Friends, Jazz saxaphone

Thursday - Grumpy Club Friday - Theme Music Night

Southampton Jazz Club - Sunday in front bar.

Last Saturday of month - Disco/Live Music

Sunday Afternoon - Traditional Irish Acoustic Session

Sunday - Poker League

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THE ALEXANDRA

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Thursdays - Open Mic

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WHITE HORSE, NETLEY MARSH

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Last Sunday of Month – Quiz Night Monday – All you can eat curry night SOUTHAMPTON ARMS, WEST END 1st Monday of month Open Mic -

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ORANGE ROOMS

DRUMMOND ARMS, Portswood

Monday - Blues Open Mic night

Sunday Quiz

Mixtape Fridays

Mondays - Roots Open Mic

BRIGADIER GERARD, Horton Heath

BREWERY BAR, BOTLEY Wednesdays - Quiz Night 2nd Tuesday of month - Open Mic Night THE HOBBIT

Wednesday 8:30 Quiz FOX & HOUNDS, Fair Oak Thursday Quiz 8:00

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MILBURYS CC Welcome back avid readers! The cricket season is in full swing. The sun has been shining (Cough. Ed) and the famous Milburys CC has had their usual mixture of wins, defeats and complete stupidity. Unfortunately for us the sun was not shining during our annual trip to West Sussex for the Milburys club tour. A grand total of 7 overs of cricket was managed on the Saturday before the heavens opened, turning the lovely pitch at Bosham into Lake Windermere. The Milburys were in a very strong position having taken four opposition wickets already. Surprising stuff considering some of the hangovers on show following the night befores festivities. So we will never know what was to be for the Milburys. Although 7 overs looked like the most some of us could manage and we were flagging already. We holed up in the club’s pavilion. A cramped wooden shed not all that suitable for 13 blokes that had been on the beers the whole day before and ended up in Shoreham’s finest curry house. We sat

A Brighton coffee before the heavens opened

Believe it or not going into the tour we were in some sort of form. Winning more games than we actually lost. A very rare occurance and something I’m sure will balance itself out before the end of the season. One game will go down in the history books of the club. That’s if some poor chap is ever so bored that they decide to write a history of our club. Although, if they do the scorebook won’t be needed, as he’ll just have to endure a day or so with BA who will happily bore him to death as he recounts all the games and his wickets ball by ball, the boring bastard! The classic was against The Racqueters. The Milburys facing another defeat pulled a win out of nowhere. Or you could say the racqueters did a South Africa, choked and threw

The problem here for us was that although the game was called off at 9.30, our leader and Fuhrer Geoffers, didn’t check his phone until 1pm when we arrived at the ground! there for a couple of hours happily being fed and watered (supplied with beer) by our great hosts, hoping there was a chance of some more play. Robbo turning into a weather man checking for rain on his Iphone. A look out the window would have sufficed Robbo! So that was it game over. A shame, and a recipe for disaster as it meant we were back in the pub early for a Saturday night out in Shoreham. Sunday was much of the same, hangovers and the promise of cricket. That was soon dashed at 9.30am when the game was called off, pitch still under water from the day before. The problem here for us was that although the game was called off at 9.30 our leader and Fuhrer Geoffers didn’t check his phone until 1pm when we arrived at the ground, to find out the depressing news. We could have had a go at tennis as the Partridge Green Tennis club invited us in, but given our inability to hit anything ball shaped it probably was for the best that declined and gave up on the tour.

“Well done Martin & team! 3 fantastic years repairing our faith in local media!”

the game away. Needing only 2 runs off the last 12 balls a wicket and a wide bowled by Robbo really put the pressure on. So it became 1 off of 6. What followed would have been repeated on Sky Sports for years. A brilliant diving catch from Dunc and a run out in the first 5 balls meant they needed 1 off the last ball to grab a win. A direct hit from Skip (or Alan as he’s now called) resulted in another run out and it was a draw. Unbelievably club sponsor Jim Cummings has had to part with £100 now, I’m sure that’s £50 more than he expected when he signed up to his performance related deal. 6 wins (or winning draws) and counting. Could explain why he got so angry on tour! Still time to double that yet Jim. So with just under half of the season to go we are sitting pretty, still capable of the ridiculous and shocking performance but what would be the fun in being good all the time! We wouldn’t have anything to talk about down the pub.

A Miburys Summer tour action sequence. BA runs ... well jogs, ... (actually it was more of a limp) to the bus

Up The Milburys!


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MIC’s broadcast The adventures of our cheeky smiling durley boy

Saints new season preview.

Are we doing this right? Mr Tein

Michael Kurn

I would love to say the long hot summer wait is over and the football is back! But as we all know it certainly hasn't been hot. It has been long though and I cant wait to get my teeth in to my forth season presenting and reporting on the Premier League. Still pinching myself that a lad from Southampton can be doing all this, I sure am truly blessed (You’re just lucky I reckon. And BTW Summer is still with us Michael m’lad! ;) Ed) As the season kicks off its always a good time to take a quick look back. I find its a time to remind myself of the steps I have already taken and the ones ahead of me. Some big ones on the way this year, target setting has been done and hopefully as the year progresses I can share them with you. Never one to take the easy route its been a busy summer break, no time for rest as I have been getting more experience under my belt. A spell of tennis, hockey, cricket and equestrian has certainly kept me occupied and equipped me with more skills to take into the new season. Lets hope its a good one with lots to talk about as I continue to try and put this great city on the map. (Fist punch to that nip! Ed) Anyway enough about me, (cough. Ed) what do I think this season have in store for our local teams Southampton and Eastleigh? Lets start with Southampton. I think we have an interesting time ahead. The Puel era is over and another new man is in charge. What will Mauricio Pellegrino bring to the South Coast? Time will tell, but I certainly think it wont be an easy season. When you look at our neighbours down the road in Bournemouth they have recruited well, adding Nathan Ake and Jermain Defoe to their side. Building on their top 10 finish and some may argue a season they were unlucky not to finish above the Saints, they have made progress, something it feels like Southampton haven't don't yet. My worry is it appears everyone around us has. It seems this year progression has passed Southampton by although at the time of writing this the transfer window is still open and there is still time! - with no major new faces and Virgil, it seems, on his way out. Lets hope the team can step up without additions and players like Jack Stephens and James Ward-Prowse can continue their progress. As it stands I think a top ten finish for our beloved Saints is a big ask, but lets hope I'm wrong and a fruitful season will lie ahead. (Sadly, and on this rare occasion I’m wrrying with you. Ed) To the Spitfires ... and after a turbulent season last year with four different managers stability will be the key this season. Richard Hill is back at the helm and the atmosphere at the club has also returned. The is a real buzz around the ground and it seems to have its heart back, which is great to see. The work Stewart Donald and the team have done off the pitch with the ground improvements are phenomenal and fingers crossed this season we will also see performances on the pitch to match as they push for promotion. Is it doable for Eastleigh to make the Football League? Of course it is, but the National League is tough and they are in for a hard season. So here goes. Lets get stuck in to the 2017 / 2018 season! Don’t forget you can follow me on Instagram and Twitter @michaelkurn to keep up with all my adventures and daft witterings (I thought I’d tag the last bit on Michael. Ed). I’d love to hear from you!

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So, if I offered you, a passionate Saints fan, right now, a largely dull and goalless eighth position in the league and a Wembly Cup final would you take it? THGE MANAGEMENT

MY HOPES FOR THE SEASON.

Alternatively, would you rather a season of mad crazy, edge of the cliff, Kevin Keagan, Newcastle style scintillating football that sadly ends with disappointment? Luckily, we don’t get to pick how the season ahead turns out, but some key elements that will shape our season are already resolved. Claude Puel, perhaps harshly, has been sacked and in his place is his successor the intriguing Mauricio Pellegrino. Although I feel the sacking of Puel was possibly unfair in terms of his achievements, there is no doubt I am more excited by the new season with Pellgrino in charge than if Claude was still here with his trademark lack of personal engagement with the fans and his often goalless outcomes on the pitch. I hope, like the drink with which he shares his name, our new “BOSS” brings some fizz back to the team and to those of us visiting St Mary’s. Let’s not forget, our most successful manager ever is still Lawrie McMenemy, with 2nd in the top flight and an FA Cup win. Is Mauricio the man to topple him from his perch?

1. Goals. More goals. Lots of goals. Goal fests’ even! Ending the season with 450 minutes at

THE PLAYERS The good news on the player front is that following some speculation in the media that Southampton would again be selling it's best players, it was announced by the club that there would be no sales of key players in the 2017 close season. The bad news is that we don’t look like spending too much cash on bringing in new talent, aside from a future replacement for Van Dijk in the form of defender Jan Bednarek from Polish club Lech Poznaƒ. The Poland Under-21 international has agreed a five-year-deal at St Mary’s, becoming the club’s first signing of the summer. Although only 21 he was a regular in the Lech side that finished third in the Polish top-flight last term. So … fingers crossed. I think the League Cup Final proved we have the talent in the team to compete at the top level. Take away a poor refereeing decision and add in Van Dijk and it was without doubt a Cup Winning performance. On this basis the squad we have is probably enough with the right managerial direction, to ensure we are top ten and maybe edge towards Europe. But it’s a big ask. Lots of clubs are strengthening and a team like Bournemouth who we were pretty much on a level with, will equally feel confident of a good top ten finish, along with the likes West Ham and Stoke. I would love us to bring in at least one top class creative player to walk straight into the team. I suspect I may be disappointed.

home without a goal was unbearable. If I wanted to be that bored I could just watch Big Brother.

2. The Black box comes good. Last summer we brought in winger Nathan Redmond from Norwich City, Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg from Bayern Munich, French defender Jérémy Pied from OGC Nice and shortly before the transfer window closed, the club signed Moroccan midfielder Sofiane Boufal from Lille for a club record fee of £16 million. But only Nathan really forged a place in the team although many times he was inconsistent. Let’s hope that Mauricio Pellegrino proves the black box was right after all.

3. I know you shouldn’t bear a grudge but I really want Liverpool to flop. I have just about forgiven them for Lambert, Lovren, Lallana, Clyne and Mane but the Van Dijk tapping-up has brought all the resentment back. Then he goes on a sulky strike! There is a hubris (sorry Mr Tein I’ve no idea what that means but I’m leaving it in anyway because it just sounds cool! Ed) about Liverpool that really needs sorting out and all those ex Liverpool players pundits need bringing down to earth! My dream headline … Kop Flop Klopp Chop. (AND so say all of us. Although I do like Klopp, but you are right … enough is enough! Ed)

4. We bring creativity back to our midfield. We previously had teams blessed with the skills of Lallana and then Mane, who could pick up the ball in midfield and open up the game for our strikers. Last season we never really found a player to perform this role, hence lots of possession but no progression. 5. Our crowd start singing again. As I sit at the Chapel end, and yeah I know I’m in a glass house and stones situation, but so many times last season the atmosphere came from the away fans. Even I started singing “we’re supposed to be at home” a few times. Very quietly, of course. It is the Chapel after all. 6. That more people grow to appreciate and value the final whistle. Although it is always used to signal the end of the game at St Mary’s, many, many Saints fans have even never heard it. As my daughter Jasmin always says, “you don’t leave a play before the end unless you are showing displeasure”.

on football investments in China with Reuters reporting “a crackdown by (Chinese) regulators on irrational spending overseas, including sport. The Chinese Government is concerned about firms taking on excessive levels of debt to fund overseas deals.

9. We get our 5th top ten Premiership finish in a row. I know some people want to “push on” but consolidation is the first priority.

10 . And finally, Philippe Coutinho gets the chance to play for a big club, leaves Liverpool and goes to Barcelona. (Now that would be sweet! Ed)

MY 2017/2018 PREDICTIONS SAINTS LEAGUE POSITION: 8th to 10th in the league, a cup semi-final and much more attractive football.

THE PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE: It’s make or break for Mourinho so I have to go for Man United.

TOP FLIGHT RELEGATION: Burnley, Huddersfield and Swansea.

PLAYER OF THE SEASON: If he stays - Virgil. MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE SEASON: An injury free Boufal has all the talent to be our best player. At £16 million though he is our record transfer, it’s a fee in the modern era that suggests you’re buying somebody else’s problem. A player that costs about £8 million to means you’re buying potential that needs some work. Splash out on a player at £30 million then you have a player who has realised his potential. But sometimes at a middling price of £16 million (am I really saying that more money than I will ever see in my life is middling?), it’s a case of, he has the talent but cant apply it and so can’t be sold for more. Hope I’m wrong, I often am.

BEST COME BACK: It’s a fight between Matt Target who returns from injury and Sam Gallagher who returns from a loan spell at Blackburn but I am really hoping Sam can fill the role of Ricky Lambert and Pelle as our charismatic and influential goal scoring front man. So apart from the VVD saga everything for the season looks full of promise. Let’s hope for thrills, some spills and a touch of success. We March On! (Well a decent stride anyway. Ed) Quiz answer. Arsenal, Huddersfield, Leicester, Manchester City, Stoke and Swansea (And the bus pic? It’s the football season! Haha...)

7. There is a mini league this season featuring Saints Brighton and Bournemouth. I hope none of us get relegated, because its great for the South coast to have 3 Premiership teams (and none of them being Pompey). AND I really hope we are top of the three at the seasons end. 8. The ownership of the club is resolved once and for all. Either Katharina Liebherr stays and commits to running the club long term or an appropriate owner is found. Bear in mind there seems to be a less positive view

GOOD TO SEE POMPEY SPLASHING OUT AT LAST!


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