Crewe and District Gig Guide

The (almost) definitive guide to live music and gigs in the Crewe area.

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226 gigs found.

Today - Monday 30th Mar 2015

Robert Wootton @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link


The Acoustic Club @ The Hawk, Haslington View map - The Hawk Permanent link

Tuesday 31st Mar 2015

The Acoustic Sessions hosted by Gillie Nicholls @ The Boughey Arms, Audley View map - The Boughey Arms Permanent link


Folk Night @ The Hawk, Haslington View map - The Hawk Permanent link


The Norfolk Mountain Rescue Team Acoustic Session @ Black Lion, Nantwich View map - Black Lion Permanent link

Wednesday 1st Apr 2015

Acoustic Open Mic @ The Nag's Head, Crewe View map - The Nag's Head Permanent link


The Jem @ The Railway, Nantwich View map - The Railway Permanent link

Thursday 2nd Apr 2015

Electro 80's @ The Studio, Nantwich View map - The Studio Permanent link

Electro 80's

The Eighties were a time of radical changes in both music and fashion.

In the aftermath of the punk revolution, daring New Romantics embraced developing sounds and technologies to transform the music industry forever.

Gary Numan, The Human League, Kraftwerk & Depeche Mode all helped to create a totally new genre of music; Electronica or Synth-pop, a futuristic new sound that almost seemed like science fiction at the time.

Electro 80's pay tribute to this era, and have lovingly recreated songs by the afore mentioned pioneers (and many more), to create a live entertainment show that is sure to transport everyone from this generation, back to the days of underground club scenes and even school discos.

Unforgettable classics like Fade to Grey and Just Can't Get Enough are performed alongside lesser-known tracks, which will jog your memory in a nostalgic show that is both visually and acoustically stunning.

FREE ADMISSION
Doors 9.00pm


Thea Gilmore & her band @ Nantwich Civic Hall, Nantwich View map - Nantwich Civic Hall Permanent link

Thea Gilmore

At an early age Oxfordshire born Thea Gilmore developed a talent for being very tall and writing words. Sometime in her teens she added music into the mix, and a year or so later certain corners of the British music press were describing her as ‘one of the few world class female singer-songwriters Britain has ever produced’.

Her debut album “Burning Dorothy” was released in 1999, and in 2003 she hit the UK charts for the first time with her 4th album “Avalanche” and the hit singles “Juliet” and “Mainstream”. During this period she famously refused to sign to major record labels, refused to work with a famous dance remix team and refused to say she was sleeping with a soap star in order to gain tabloid exposure. She was told by two A&R men that she had ‘missed her moment’.

She has toured extensively throughout the US and Canada, returned to the charts in 2006 with her “Harpo’s Ghost” album and subsequently in 2010 with “Murphys Heart”. Her successful singles include “You’re The Radio” “Teach Me To Be Bad” and “That’ll Be Christmas”, the last of these receiving the most airplay of any new seasonal record of the last five years. She has collaborated onstage or in the studio with Mike Scott and The Waterboys, Martha Wainwright, Sting, The Cowboy Junkies, Joan As Policewoman, Eliza Carthy to name just a few.

Her razor sharp lyrics, melodic flair and honey toned voice have been admired by wide ranging contemporaries from Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, Richard Thompson, Neil Gaiman, David Baddeil and William Boyd. Sid Griffin hates her.

In 2012 “Don’t Stop Singing”, her new musical settings of the late Sandy Denny’s unfinished works, received great acclaim, and included the single “London” which was used extensively in the BBC TV coverage of the Olympic Games.

She is about to release her 14th album at the age of 33, and is still tall. Meanwhile at least one of the A&R men was last seen cooking school dinners.

Tickets £18.50 no bkg fee
Doors Open 7:45

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Keep Music Live Festival @ The Railway, Nantwich View map - The Railway Permanent link

7pm. Blue Eyed Beggars

9pm. Barflys


Callum Joseph Wright @ Firenze, Nantwich View map - Firenze Permanent link

9pm


Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The White Horse, Nantwich View map - The White Horse Permanent link

9pm. Jam Night

Wristband required for entry.
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Robert Wootton @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link

12.00 - 2.00pm


Green Bullet @ The Bowling Green, Nantwich View map - The Bowling Green Permanent link


Nantwich Jazz Festival @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link

8pm. Jaie Lupton

Wristband required for entry.
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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Talbot, Nantwich View map - The Talbot Permanent link

9pm. The Muckers

Wristband required for entry.
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George @ The Barbridge Inn, Barbridge View map - The Barbridge Inn Permanent link


Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Malbank, Nantwich View map - The Malbank Permanent link

9pm. Derek Holt & Friends

Wristband required for entry.
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Friday 3rd Apr 2015

Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders @ Nantwich Civic Hall, Nantwich View map - Nantwich Civic Hall Permanent link

Andy Fairweather-Low

Andy was born in 1948 in Cardiff and rose to prominence in the 60’s as the front man and guitarist for chart topping teen idol band Amen Corner. Amen Corner scored 6 memorable hits between '67 and '69 with '(If Paradise is) Half As Nice' reaching number 1 in January '69.

When the group split in '69 Andy formed the band Fairweather and they soon had a top 10 single in 1970 with 'Natural Sinner'. Andy’s first solo success was another top 10 hit with 'Reggae Tune' in September '74. Following up was not a problem and in '75 he released his second album 'La Booga Rooga'.

La Booga Rooga featured a great line up of musicians and among the tracks was ‘Wide Eyed & Legless’ released late in '75 and becoming another solo top 10 hit in the UK.
In 1980 Andy released his fourth solo album 'Mega Shebang'but had already started his notable contributions to other people’s records with his appearance in '78 on The Who’s album ‘Who Are You’ which also continued through with his appearance on guitar on their 'Its Hard' album in 1982 and contributions to Pete Townshend’s Psychderelict tour in 1993.

From the work with The Who Andy moved on as the in demand player and ultimate guitarist to the stars, building an extraordinary reputation that has endured to this day. In 1983, ex Small Faces and Faces bass player Ronnie Lane, himself suffering from multiple sclerosis, set about organising some of the most significant musicians in the Rock world to tour on both sides of the Atlantic and record with the aim of raising awareness and funds for sufferers of MS. The project, A.R.M.S. – Action for Research into Multiple Sclerosis, was immensely successful ending up with a visit to the White House for some of the participants. Andy, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Ronnie Wood and Steve Winwood all appeared.

In the early nineties Andy joined Eric Clapton’s band with which he stayed until 2003 touring and recording the ‘Unplugged’, ‘From the Cradle’, ‘Pilgrim’, ‘Riding with the King’, ‘Reptile’, ‘One More Car One More Rider’, ‘Me & Mr. Johnson’ and ‘Back Home’ albums with him.

Andy was also a regular player with George Harrison, appearing on his ‘Live in Japan’ album and, in 2002, playing several of the lead guitar parts for the Harrison tribute, ‘The Concert for George’. One of Fairweather Low’s longest musical relationships, however, has been as musical director with Roger Waters. The two have worked together since Waters’ ‘Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking’ tour of America in 1985. Since that time Andy has contributed to two of Waters’ albums – ‘Radio K.A.O.S’ in 1987 and ‘Amused to Death’ in 1992 – and played guitar and bass on the 1999-2002 ‘In the Flesh’ world tour. He also rejoined Waters for the ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ tour more recently.

On November 29th, 2002, one of the most important concerts ever was staged at the Royal Albert Hall. The Concert for George was a tribute to George Harrison, under the musical direction of Eric Clapton and featuring Clapton, Joe Brown, Jools Holland, Sam Brown, Dhani Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Billy Preston, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar and Ringo Starr. Andy was a member of the Incredible House Band, which also included Dave Bronze, Gary Brooker, Jim Capaldi, Ray Cooper, Jim Keltner, Albert Lee and Chris Stainton.

Andy is also a regular member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, the consequence of another relationship that stretches back to the mid-Eighties. Fairweather Low and Wyman first worked together at the A.R.M.S. benefit concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1983. It was a charity cause that Bill revisited in 1985 with Willie & The Poor Boys, a Fifties’ style rock ‘n’ roll concept band featuring Andy who, since that time has been frequently involved in Wyman’s projects, most recently touring with the Rhythm Kings in 2005 and the summer of 2006 and 2007.

But perhaps it was inevitable that one day Fairweather Low would be tempted to return to the studio in his own right. That time came in 2006. ‘Sweet Soulful Music’ reunited Fairweather Low with producer Glyn Johns – and features bassist David Bronze (Eric Clapton, Robin Trower, Procol Harum), drummer Henry Spinetti (Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Roger Daltrey) and John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick (Bob Marley, The Who, Pete Townshend) together with Roger Waters’ back-up singers Katie Kissoon, Carol Kenyon and PP Arnold. Twenty-six years is a long wait but ‘Sweet Soulful Music’ signalled a welcome return for one of the UK’s most distinctive artists, as heartily endorsed by many of the world’s greatest talents.

The current band is also a who’s who of the best players on the rock scene, joining Andy on Drums is Paul Beavis (Thea Gilmore, Robbie Macintosh & Sunday All Over The World) on Keyboards is Nick Pentelow (Juice on the Loose, Diz and the Doormen, Dr. John, Doug Sahm, Augie Meyers and Big Jay McNeely, Gary Moore) and on Bass is long standing associate Dave Bronze (Clapton, Concert For George, Dear Mr Fantasy tribute to Jim Capaldi).

Tickets £19.50 no bkg fee

Doors open 7:45

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Connie Lush @ Crown Ballroom, Nantwich View map - Crown Ballroom Permanent link

Connie Lush

Connie Lush has been recognised as one of the finest Blues singers in the UK. She is five times winner of “Best Female Vocalist UK” and twice “European Blues Vocalist of the year” by the French Blues Trophies Awards”.

In recent years, Connie has performed in over 30 countries. She has played at some of Europe’s largest and most prestigious festivals, including Glastonbury Festival 2011 and has wowed audiences in Moscow, New York and LA, recording at The Cotton Row Studios in Memphis and of course singing at BB Kings, Beale St. Connie also toured with BB King through the UK, finishing at The Royal Albert Hall.

Connie is also a known songwriter, writing for TV and featuring on Jazz FM and other radio stations as a DJ. She continues her love affair with audiences everywhere. As BB King said “That woman makes my heart sing!” Blues is her first love.

Tickets £15.00 no bkg fee.

Doors Open 7:45

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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Studio, Nantwich View map - The Studio Permanent link

The Studio Nantwich

9pm till late….

SWaY followed by Artizan.

A fantastic double bill lineup.

Sway are a four piece band and have been performing together since 1989 who perform well known songs covering the past four decades.

Artizan are a 5 piece rock/soul/anything goes outfit who generally “beef it up a bit”. In general terms, “if it was a pop song, it isn’t now”.
Gotta love it.

Wristband required for entry.
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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link

6pm. Nick Steed

Wristband required for entry.
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Sincerely Abba @ The Crosville Club, Crewe View map - The Crosville Club Permanent link

Seventies night, with disco and comedian.
£7.50


Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Shakespeare, Nantwich View map - The Shakespeare Permanent link

8pm. Gambler

Wristband required for entry.
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Dirk Diggler's Blues Revue @ The Box, Crewe View map - The Box Permanent link


One of the best British blues bands in the business. If you want to hear quality blues music, these guys have got it all.

It is rare to come across bands like Dirk Diggler’s Blues Revue in the bars and clubs of the UK and is a real treat when you do. Their ability to relate the feel and emotion of the blues to their audience is hard to better.

Their repertoire reads like a ‘Best of the Blues’ compilation: Muddy Waters; Buddy Guy; Little Walter; Sonny Boy Williamson. Lending from their influences, these guys also seamlessly blend their own great blues songs into their performances and deliver their set with a touch rarely achieved this side of Chicago.

All seasoned musicians, Dirk Diggler’s Blues Revue formed purely to play good blues music whilst having a good time. In return, if you come and see them play you won’t go home disappointed.

This is one goodtime blues band that guarantees a great night out.

Support from Joey Shields & The Wheels.

FREE ADMISSION!


Green Bullet @ The Express, Crewe View map - The Express Permanent link

Green Bullet

Green Bullet are a Cheshire based band covering a wide range of rock and much more. Expect stonking good tunes and a great evening out!

The band have many years of live musical experience between them. They came together early in 2013 with the aim of forming a band that allowed them all to play the music which they love and to put together an entertaining and varied set.

They play a high energy mix of covers to suit all tastes with influences ranging from punk through to blues and rock and including artists such as The Cult, Stereophonics, Thin Lizzy, Primal Scream, The Cure, The Doors, The Undertones, Lenny Kravitz, Billy Idol, Lynyrd Skynyrd, T-Rex and many more.

This is a free gig! 9.00pm start.


Dan East @ The Glasshouse, Sandbach View map - The Glasshouse Permanent link


Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Talbot, Nantwich View map - The Talbot Permanent link

9pm. Photo Booth Smile

Wristband required for entry.
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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The White Horse, Nantwich View map - The White Horse Permanent link

9pm. Hex

Wristband required for entry.
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Wirespider @ The Cosey Club, Haslington View map - The Cosey Club Permanent link

Wirespider

Wirespider -

'No safety net. Not pretty or clever. buckle up for the ride. A melee. Gung-ho gonzo. Stagger. Go on, touch that red button. Don't play with those naughty boys. Put your lucky underpants on. Run away and join the circus. Poke it with a stick. Get on stage. Dance. Titter a bit. Oh, and there's music. Done well.'

That's clear then!

Members £ free
Non-members and guests £2


Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Bowling Green, Nantwich View map - The Bowling Green Permanent link

9pm Wayne & The Hairy Peaches

Wristband required for entry.
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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ Harrisons, Nantwich View map - Harrisons Permanent link

9pm. The Age Of Plastic

Wristband required for entry.
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Keep Music Live Festival @ The Railway, Nantwich View map - The Railway Permanent link

4.00pm Fabulous Blues Roosters

7.30pm Brazen

10.00pm Statease Quo

Saturday 4th Apr 2015

FM @ Nantwich Civic Hall, Nantwich View map - Nantwich Civic Hall Permanent link

FM

Featuring local guitar supremo Jim Kirkpatrick, FM are playing at Nantwich Civic Hall on Friday 4th April.

Comprising the ex-Samson pair of bassist Merv Goldsworthy and drummer Pete Jupp; the Overland brothers –vocalist/guitarist Steve and lead guitarist Chris - both formerly of Wildlife; plus the keyboard talents of Philip Manchester (AKA sci-fi nutcase Didge Digital), FM’s first public appearance on Valentine’s Day of 1985 was swiftly followed by the release of their début album, INDISCREET. FM hit the road in Europe supporting the likes of Tina Turner, Meat Loaf, Foreigner, Gary Moore, Status Quo and the white-hot Bon Jovi on the ‘Slippery When Wet’ tour.

For the next 12 years FM consolidated their position at the forefront of British melodic rock, touring everywhere they could to promote releases such as 1989’s TOUGH IT OUT and 1992’s APHRODISIAC. In1996, with ‘grunge’ fever sweeping the world, the band decided to call it a day…


… until October 2007, when FM at last played together again for the first time in 12 years, headlining a sold-out Firefest IV at Nottingham Rock City.

New guitarist Jim Kirkpatrick made his FM live début at Winstanley College in March 2009, followed by a return headline spot at Firefest VI the following October, as well as playing on the WILDSIDE EP released that same month. ‘Wildside’ set the scene for FM’s first new album in 15 years. The highly acclaimed METROPOLIS (released March 2010) spawned singles ‘Hollow’ and ‘Bring Back Yesterday’ which found the band playlisted on many radio stations, not least on the UK’s biggest station - BBC Radio 2. FM played to packed houses across the UK throughout 2010 culminating with main stage appearances at Download in June and Hard Rock Hell IV in December.

The band somehow found the time to release a 9-track mini-album CITY LIMITS EP in October 2010, featuring brand new song ‘Start It Up’ and live performances of several METROPOLIS songs recorded at concerts earlier in the year. The lead track on the mini-album ‘Bring Back Yesterday’ continued the success of its predecessor ‘Hollow’ by being playlisted at BBC Radio 2 for a month along with many other stations worldwide.

FM started 2011 with a show at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on January 22 with Thin Lizzy. The rest of the year saw the band return to many overseas strongholds of years gone by, including headline shows in Holland and Spain (their first ever live concert in that country); a show with D-A-D in Portugal; dates with Journey and Foreigner in Germany, Dublin and Belfast and appearances at major festivals such as Graspop in Belgium and Sweden Rock. They were also invited back to play at Download Festival again.

In January 2012 FM headlined the Sunday night Rock Stage at the Great British Rock & Blues Festival in Skegness and during March they staged three special concerts in Glasgow, Manchester and London to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the release of their début album INDISCREET. These shows saw FM play INDISCREET live in its entirety for the first time ever as part of a full show.

March 2013 proved to be a busy time for FM – their seventh studio album ROCKVILLE was released 11 March, followed by the release of companion album ROCKVILLE II 25 March. On 15 March the band set off on their UK tour with special guests It Bites, Vega and Serpentine, culminating with their return to London Shepherd’s Bush Empire for the final night of the tour on 23 March 2013. With barely time to catch their breath FM released the DVD INDISCREET 25 LIVE at the beginning of April 2013 and headed off to Rotherham for the inaugural HRH AOR festival where on 06 April 2013 they shared the stage with other luminaries of the genre Tesla, Danny Vaughn and more including past tour-mates Romeo’s Daughter and Vega.

In June 2013 FM joined TOTO, Survivor and Rick Springfield on the bill for German festival HiRock at Inzell and on 27 July the band appeared as Special Guests at Planet Rock’s Steelhouse Festival in Wales followed the next day by a sell-out headline show at The River Rooms in Stourbridge with Special Guest Toby Jepson. In December Toby Jepson returned as special guest for FM’s final headline appearance of the year at a packed-out The Box in Crewe and the band ended the year with a set on the main stage at Planet Rock Radio’s Planet Rockstock festival.
Tracks from the ROCKVILLE albums were playlisted on radio stations worldwide throughout 2013, including “Story Of My Life” on BBC Radio 2, “Bad Addiction” on Planet Rock and “Crosstown Train” on Bloodstock Radio and Hard Rock Nights. Closing 2013, “Better Late Than Never” was added to the BBC Radio 2 playlist from 26 December.

2014 has been another busy year for FM. In addition to writing and recording for their next album, they started off with a set at the Giants of Rock festival in Minehead on 8th February. FM then toured the UK during March / April 2014 with Foreigner and Europe with further European dates alongside Foreigner in Belgium and France. Following the Foreigner tour FM headed straight out for a series of headline shows in Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Portugal, taking them into May. A new EP entitled FUTURAMA was released on 31 March to coincide with these live dates.

The latter half of 2014 featured the start of FM’s 30th Anniversary celebrations, which saw the band headlining Cambridge Rock Festival on 9 August, preceded by a show at Warehouse23 in Wakefield the night before. A 30th anniversary tour took place in November with dates in Southampton, Cardiff, Stourbridge, Bingley, Southend On Sea and Holmfirth

Line-up Steve Overland – vocals & guitar / Merv Goldsworthy – bass Pete Jupp – drums / Jem Davis – keyboards / Jim Kirkpatrick – guitar

Support from Lawless + Hex.

Tickets (all standing) £19.50 no bkg fee.

Doors open 7:45.

Please note this event is standing only with a reserved area for wheelchair users.


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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Malbank, Nantwich View map - The Malbank Permanent link

5pm. Whiskeyhead

9pm. Slug

Wristband required for entry.
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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ Nantwich Museum, Nantwich View map - Nantwich Museum Permanent link

2pm. Tom Doughty & Graham Bellinger

Wristband required for entry.
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Callum Joseph Wright @ The Wickstead Arms, Nantwich View map - The Wickstead Arms Permanent link

3pm


Nantwich Jazz Festival @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link

3pm. Mumbo Jumbo

6pm. Chuck Harriet

9pm. Slide Boy Roy

Wristband required for entry.
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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Talbot, Nantwich View map - The Talbot Permanent link

3pm. Big Joe Bone

7pm. The Nick Steed Band

Wristband required for entry.
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Blue Murder @ Shavington Club, Shavington View map - Shavington Club Permanent link


Nantwich Jazz Festival @ Crown Ballroom, Nantwich View map - Crown Ballroom Permanent link

3pm. The Slippery Hill Boys

6pm. Stomp & Holler

8pm. Alex McKown Band

Wristband required for entry.
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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Union, Nantwich View map - The Union Permanent link

3pm. Andy Stones

6pm. Baxter

Wristband required for entry.
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Mind Over Matter @ The Cosey Club, Haslington View map - The Cosey Club Permanent link

Mind Over Matter

Delivering everything from classic Rock 'n' Roll through to current hits with a twist, this band have the ability to please audiences regardless of age or musical preference.

Mind Over Matter are:
Paul Byron lead Vocals/Guitar
Kev Coates Bass Guitar/Vocals
Craig Cope Drums/Vocals

Members £ free
Non-members and guests £2


Robert Wootton @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link

12.00 - 2.00pm


Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Shakespeare, Nantwich View map - The Shakespeare Permanent link

2pm. Slide Boy Roy

5pm. Trip

8pm. Shakermaker

Wristband required for entry.
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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ Harrisons, Nantwich View map - Harrisons Permanent link

5pm. The Lyndsay Bishop Duo

8pm. Not So Merry

Wristband required for entry.
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The Remi Harris Project @ Yoxall Village Hall, Haslington, Haslington View map - Yoxall Village Hall, Haslington Permanent link

7.30pm
£12


Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The White Horse, Nantwich View map - The White Horse Permanent link

2pm. Swingology

4pm. Shakermaker

7pm. The Milk Men

9pm. Bedlam

Wristband required for entry.
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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Residence, Nantwich View map - The Residence Permanent link

12pm. Chuck Harriet

3pm. Tom Seals with special guest

7pm. Blue Cartel

Wristband required for entry.
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U2 - 2 @ The Box, Crewe View map - The Box Permanent link

u2-2

Few tribute bands can boast direct praise from the band they are emulating. U2-2 is one such band:

Bono (U2) - "We're aware of the band & we're flattered by what they're doing".
Suggs (Madness) - "The greatest U2 tribute in the world"
Keith Duffy (Boyzone) - "Jes, ya only need Jo the sound man stood next to ya's!"
Brian Robertson (Thin Lizzy) - "You guys saved me tonight, I said to those fans, I'm a tribute to Robbo..look, there's U2!"

U2-2 "We do this because we love playing live, not for the money and certainly not for any kind of fame"

U2-2 were formed by current members in 1993 under the name 'Achtung Baby'. During the 90's, the the band quickly became the Greatest tribute to U2 in the World.

A Truly 'look-a-like sound-a-like', the band played every major town in Britain & Ireland and complete successful tours of Europe, The Channel islands and the Middle East, many of the gigs were beamed on numerous TV show and live radio sessions, some world wide. The Band have played regular sell out shows across the UK.

Tickets £8 from the venue or online by clicking the venue link above.


Nantwich Jazz Festival @ Nantwich Methodist Church, Nantwich View map - Nantwich Methodist Church Permanent link

2pm. The Old Fashioned Love Band

5pm. Swingology

Wristband required for entry.
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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Red Cow, Nantwich View map - The Red Cow Permanent link

3pm. Marc Gallagher & The Maple Clouds

8pm. Big Joe Bone

Wristband required for entry.
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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Bowling Green, Nantwich View map - The Bowling Green Permanent link

3pm Not So Merry

8pm With Bob On Our Side

Wristband required for entry.
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Keep Music Live Festival @ The Railway, Nantwich View map - The Railway Permanent link

1.00pm King Shilling

3.00pm Revamp

5.00pm Tumblin' Dice

7.00pm Faces 4 Radio

9.00pm Artizan


Bullitt @ The Market Tavern, Sandbach View map - The Market Tavern Permanent link

Bullitt

What are BULLITT about?

BULLITT are about playing popular classic rock music that is upbeat and recognised by everyone.

BULLITT want to make you sing, tap your feet, laugh, wave your hands in the air and generally act like a carefree eejit for a short while.

BULLITT are four blokes having a great laugh, putting on a great show and KEEPING MUSIC LIVE!


Coldflame @ The Shroppie Fly, Audlem View map - The Shroppie Fly Permanent link


Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Studio, Nantwich View map - The Studio Permanent link

2pm. The Milk Men

4pm. The Alex McKown Band

6pm. Big Blue House

8pm. The Boozy Woozy Band

10pm. Gambler

Wristband required for entry.
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Sunday 5th Apr 2015

King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys @ Nantwich Civic Hall, Nantwich View map - Nantwich Civic Hall Permanent link

King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys

King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys are more than just the world’s greatest swing & R&B band, they are an institution! The band have been on the road for almost three decades playing every European country as well as touring the USA, Russia and the Middle East, recording ten CDs.

​Dazzling musicianship,​ riveting stage performances, more than 50 TV appearances (including, somewhat bizarrely, five episodes of Teletubbies) and 75 radio broadcasts have established them as the Kings of Swing.

​What does the title ‘King Pleasure’ evoke? In this context it suggests eating, drinking, spending money, chasing chicks, having a good time, overdoing it more than somewhat and explaining the events of the night before to the judge on the morning after. All apt topics for song and celebration, especially in these grim times. So much pop music nowadays is full of anger and violence on the one hand, and slack-jawed stupidity on the other, and so much contemporary jazz is excessively earnest and glum, that we are in urgent need of music that comes with a cheer-up guarantee. That is exactly what King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys unfailingly deliver.

​Sounds easy when put like that, but it isn’t – not to do it properly at any rate. A ny bunch of fools can don zoot suits and pointy shoes that you could climb a chain-link fence in. I t doesn’t take a lot to learn a few riffs and strike a few poses. But to create the kind of easy swing you hear on The Wrong Door, the precision and attack of Big Girl, the blend in Bring It On Baby takes talent, focus and a lot of working together. And when you experience it live you discover what a real show can be – wholehearted, full-on, exhausting and unforgettable.

​But what kind of music is it? Well, if you’ll kindly lay aside that list of runners and riders once more, I’ll attempt a brief historical sketch. Ahem! When the great Swing Era ended, in the mid – 1940s, it broke apart and the various bits started growing into styles of their own. One of these was dance-hall rhythm and blues, as performed by such names as Lucky Millinder, Buddy Johnson and Louis Jordan, at places like Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom. This, I think, is the root of the Biscuit Boys’ style, although their own distinctive approach has by now developed quite a long way from there.

​The King and the Boys have been around for quite a while, getting on for three decades in fact. But how can that be? Some of them look far too young. Well, it’s like the penknife with two new blades and three new handles. Individual members may change but the band stays the same. Think of Count Basie’s orchestra. Half a century with one tiny break. Only two members lasted the entire course, one of them Basie himself, but you could never mistake it for any other band. In the case of the Biscuit Boys, the King and Bullmoose have been there from the beginning. Changes have taken place, but not often. The latest recruit is dynamic pianist Mighty Matt Foundling, who took over from Crab – Claw Tromans shortly before the ‘Hey Puerto Rico’ album – the band’s ninth – was recorded. And, just as with the Basie band, details may change but the magic formula remains unchanged.

​One result of being around for a while is that the King and the Boys have built themselves the kind of fan base that aspiring pop stars would kill for. The word ‘fan’ is short for ‘fanatic’, and the last count there were 2,500 people around the world sufficiently fanatical to join the band’s fan club. And if you’re talking about loyalty, how about the fifty – odd members who chartered their own plane to follow the boys to the Cork Jazz Festival?

​Everywhere they go they hook more devotees. They’ve played all over Europe, up as far as Russia. Even more impressively, they’ve stormed across the US, much to the surprise of the natives. As one New York magazine put it: ‘Those who say that swing is a musical form best left to Americans, prepare to be proven wrong. This British combo is bullet proof!’.

​Of course they are! They’re the genuine article, in full working order, dedicated to shaking you up and swinging you into the middle of nest week. They’ve got King Pleasure’s inimitable stogies – and – bourbon voice, they’ve got a roaring band sound that comes at you like the Wabash Cannonball, and above all they’ve got that beat. In the words of the immortal Lord Buckley ‘Rhythm is the key to everything – runs the whole swingin’ thing’.

Resistance is futile. Surrender to having a good time.


“The hardest act to follow since the parting of the Red Sea” Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2, The Manfreds & The Blues Band

“For those that say swing is a musical form best let to the Ameicans, prepair to be proven wrong. This British combo is bullet-proof.” Atomic Magazine, New York

“Behind the fun and rollocking good times​ lies an outfit skilled enough for the horns to come on with the bite and precision of the Basie Band” The Guardian“

“Superb, a stunning range of instrumental ability….. Classy stuff in the style of Louis Jordan and Eddie ‘Cleanhad’ Vinson, with nowt taken out ! A band I recommend ANYBODY to go and see” Dave Clarke, Now Dig This Magazine

It’s been a while but we’re glad they’re back with their unique and lively style.

Support from The Stumble - Classic valve driven back line driven with shuffle and roll. Heavily based on the rapturous electric blues guitar sound that emanated from Chicago in the ’50s and ’60s. Influences range from B.B. King, Freddy King, Muddy Waters, Maceo Parker, Peter Green, Booker T, King Curtis and many more.

Tickets £15.00 no bkg fee.

Doors open 7:45

More at www.nantwichjazz.com


Nantwich Jazz Festival @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link

1pm. Annie Long Quartet

4pm. The Steve Oakes Quartet

7pm. Barrelhouse Jukes

9pm. Tom Seals and his band

Wristband required for entry.
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Jam Night @ The Nag's Head, Crewe View map - The Nag's Head Permanent link


Tom Jarvis @ The Glasshouse, Sandbach View map - The Glasshouse Permanent link


Keep Music Live Festival @ The Railway, Nantwich View map - The Railway Permanent link

12.00pm Mutha Humbucker

3.00pm Dirty Habbits

5.00pm The Jalepeños

7.00pm Indecision

9.00pm Vavoom!


Shakermaker @ Nakatcha, Nantwich View map - Nakatcha Permanent link

3pm.


Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Bowling Green, Nantwich View map - The Bowling Green Permanent link

1pm .44 Pistol

5pm The Extras

9pm The Funkbreakers

Wristband required for entry.
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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Studio, Nantwich View map - The Studio Permanent link

1pm. The John Colins Band

3pm. Sam Whiskey's Poison Medicine Band

5pm. Bluzebox

7pm. The Skalinskis

9pm. Monkey Finger

Wristband required for entry.
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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Red Cow, Nantwich View map - The Red Cow Permanent link

2pm. Silken

5pm. Pistol Pete Wearn

Wristband required for entry.
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Elvis by Jason Dale @ The Bridge Inn, Crewe View map - The Bridge Inn Permanent link

4pm


NSS Band @ Nantwich Town FC, Nantwich View map - Nantwich Town FC Permanent link

9pm. No wristband required.


Robert Wootton @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link

12.00 - 2.00pm


Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Malbank, Nantwich View map - The Malbank Permanent link

1pm. The Maple Clouds

5pm. Blind Summit Blues

Wristband required for entry.
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The Age Of Plastic @ Nakatcha, Nantwich View map - Nakatcha Permanent link

7pm


Artizan @ The Brunswick, Crewe View map - The Brunswick Permanent link

artizan

Artizan are a 5 piece band from Crewe.

Each member has been in a prior popular band or even two!!!
A cream of the crop collaboration you might say; a very talented group of individuals who know and understand the requirements of a good entertaining show; full of energy and a few laughs and a storming sound that will have you wondering why they have left it so long to come together.

The band cover many styles of music including Rock Soul Blues and even a little Pop but with a fresh new approach to Artists like The Commitments, Bon Jovi, Wild Cherry, Toto, Deacon Blue, Peter Gabriel, The Foo Fighters, Duran Duran, Kings Of Leon, Train, Stereophonics and Clapton.


Jam Session @ De Bees, Winsford View map - De Bees Permanent link


Callum Joseph Wright @ The Wickstead Arms, Nantwich View map - The Wickstead Arms Permanent link

1pm


Open Mic Night @ The Fox, Haslington View map - The Fox Permanent link

7.30pm


Nantwich Jazz Festival @ Nantwich Civic Hall, Nantwich View map - Nantwich Civic Hall Permanent link

12pm. South Cheshire George Formby Ukelele Society

Wristband required for entry.
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Cheshire Folk Music Session and Singaround @ The Boar's Head, Middlewich View map - The Boar's Head Permanent link


Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Residence, Nantwich View map - The Residence Permanent link

12pm. Tribeca

3pm. All About Time

5pm. Wayne & The Hairy Peaches

7pm. Charmaine Baines

9pm. Shakermaker

Wristband required for entry.
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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Union, Nantwich View map - The Union Permanent link

12pm. Rain

3pm. Blue Slickers

6pm. Photo Booth Smile

Wristband required for entry.
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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The White Horse, Nantwich View map - The White Horse Permanent link

12pm. The Blue Eyed Beggars

3pm. Bobcat Billy's Moonshine Mission

6pm. The Howie G Revue

9pm. Mutha Humbucker

Wristband required for entry.
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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ Crown Ballroom, Nantwich View map - Crown Ballroom Permanent link

12pm. The Hexmen

3pm. Chris Bevington & Friends

6pm. Cry Baby & The Hoochie Coochie Boys

9pm. Jim Jams

Wristband required for entry.
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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Talbot, Nantwich View map - The Talbot Permanent link

1pm. James Harrison

4pm. Federal Blues

Wristband required for entry.
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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Shakespeare, Nantwich View map - The Shakespeare Permanent link

12pm. Front Page News

3pm. The Age Of Plastic

Wristband required for entry.
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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ Nantwich Methodist Church, Nantwich View map - Nantwich Methodist Church Permanent link

4pm. The Salt City Jazzmen

Wristband required for entry.
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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ Harrisons, Nantwich View map - Harrisons Permanent link

2pm. Baxter

6pm. Sway

Wristband required for entry.
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Monday 6th Apr 2015

The Blues Band @ Nantwich Civic Hall, Nantwich View map - Nantwich Civic Hall Permanent link

The Blues Band

The individual members of The Blues Band were already held in admiration by generations of rhythm & blues fans when they formed back in 1979. Almost two and a half decades and over 16 albums later they continue to add to their growing army of followers, and it’s not unheard of to find three generations from the same family at a gig.

The band are today acknowledged throughout Europe and beyond as being amongst the very finest purveyors of rhythm & blues. They have inspired numerous other blues bands, many of which have come and gone. The Blues Band have remained a constant, increasingly popular fixture, however, and all with only a modicum of help from the record business – as Gary’s oft quoted comment states “the music industry doesn’t bother us and we don’t bother them.”

This independent streak goes right back to their early days when in an unusual move the band “bootlegged” their own first album – certain copies of which are now collector’s items. The ‘bootlegging’ came about because, having recorded their first album, the so called ‘major label’ which was to release it changed their minds and the band didn’t have the cash to pay the studio bill. So they got 1000 copies pressed up, mastered from a copy tape that they had, signed the plain white numbered sleeves and sold them at gigs & via mail order etc. Only then did another ‘major label’ pick up the album and release it widely.

It’s a credit to both the band’s talent and to their many thousands of fans’ loyalty and support that they have since sustained such a long career, and brings into question the oft-spoken phrase by parents despairing of their aspiring musical offspring, “When are you going to get yourself a proper job?”

Such successful musical mavericks are fairly rare and are borne more from word-of-mouth than promotional hype. Either way they still have to cut the mustard. These boys have real feel – for their music, for their audience and for each other. Playing with maturity and passion is second nature to all of them. Paul Jones has devoted much of a creative career spanning almost 40 years to this eternal, inspiring form – the very base and roots of rock & roll. Dave Kelly, with his late, great sister, Jo-Ann, introduced a whole generation to the works of Memphis Minnie, Son House, Robert Johnson and Mississippi Fred McDowell

The blues bit Tom McGuinness in the late ’50s and has never let go – the same sharp, tight grip which still holds Rob Townsend and Gary Fletcher within its spell. So here they are, as enthusiastic as ever – Britain’s finest, most skilled practitioners in the art of the blues. The Blues Band.

The original and best since 1979 and back at The Civic for Easter Monday

Tickets £19.50 no bkg fee.

Doors Open 7:45

More at www.nantwichjazz.com


Claire Martin & The Montpellier Cello Quartet @ St Mary's Church, Nantwich View map - St Mary's Church Permanent link

Claire Martin

This is an afternoon show – 3pm start

Claire Martin has spent the last 27 years honing the craft of jazz singing. To worldwide critical acclaim she has established herself as a tour de force on the UK jazz scene gaining many awards, including winning the British Jazz Awards seven times along the way.

Thanks to her jazz-loving parents, Claire grew up in a household full of great music. She became a professional singer at 19 and two years later she realised her dream of singing at Ronnie Scott’s legendary jazz club in Soho. Signed to Linn Records in 1991, Claire has since released 17 CDs with the label, collaborating with musical luminaries including Martin Taylor, John Martyn, Stephane Grappelli, Mark Nightingale, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Jim Mullen and Nigel Hitchcock on many of these recordings.

Claire has performed all over Europe and Asia with her trio and, until his death in 2012, with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett in an intimate cabaret duo setting both in England and in America where they played to sell out crowds at venues including the prestigious Algonquin Hotel in New York City. Claire is also a featured soloist with the Halle Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the RTE Concert Orchestra, the BBC Big Band and the BBC Concert Orchestra. She has co-presented BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Line Up since 2000 and has interviewed many of her musical heroes such as Pat Metheny, the late Michael Brecker, Brad Mehldau and Andre Previn. Her 2009 CD A Modern Art prompted Jazz Times USA to claim: “She ranks among the four or five finest female jazz vocalists on the planet”.

Claire was thrilled to win both the 2009 and 2010 ‘Best Vocalist’ category at the British Jazz Awards and toured extensively throughout the UK, Scandinavia, Russia and China, appearing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and her world-class trio. 2011 proved to be an extraordinary year for Claire who made her debut at the Lincoln Center in New York with pianist Bill Charlap and went on to perform for the third time at the famous Algonquin Hotel for a three week residency with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. Their CD Witchcraft gained much critical acclaim and was “unequivocally recommended” by Jazzwise magazine. At the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June, Claire was delighted to be awarded an OBE for her Services to Jazz.

In August 2011 Claire recorded with legendary jazz pianist Kenny Barron and an all-star American line up for her fifteenth album for Linn records. Too Much in Love to Care received 5 star reviews and prompted Jazz Journal to state that she is “one of the finest jazz singers in the world today”. The album went on to win the ‘Best New Recording’ award at the 2012 British Jazz Awards. 2013 was spent touring the new material in the UK and Europe and embarking on a new show The Two of Us with conductor John Wilson, Joe Stilgoe, Mark McGann and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, celebrating the music of Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

Claire has recently embarked on a new and unique musical adventure with The Montpellier Cello Quartet. With new arrangements especially written for her by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Mark Anthony Turnage and Django Bates, this new chamber jazz ensemble will be touring this September to promote a new album on Linn Records called ‘Time and Place’ which features singer/pianist Joe Stilgoe who has become Claire’s new cabaret partner. A highlight for this duo with Joe was a sell out performance at the Wigmore Hall in December where they celebrated the songs of Paris.

Claire lives in Brighton with her husband and her daughter Amelia.

Afternoon Show 3pm Start
Claire Martin joins with the Cello quartet for a new take on some familiar numbers.

Tickets £17.00 no bkg fee.

More at www.nantwichjazz.com


Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Malbank, Nantwich View map - The Malbank Permanent link

3pm. The Muckers

7pm. Trip

Wristband required for entry.
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The Acoustic Club @ The Hawk, Haslington View map - The Hawk Permanent link


Robert Wootton @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link


Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The White Horse, Nantwich View map - The White Horse Permanent link

1pm. Soul Revolver

3pm. The Nick Steed Band

5pm. The Tone Junkies

9pm. The End Of Festival Party, hosted by Big Blue House.

Wristband required for entry.
More at www.nantwichjazz.com


Keep Music Live Festival @ The Railway, Nantwich View map - The Railway Permanent link

12.00pm J.L.S. (Jim, Les & Stevie)

2.00pm AWOL

4.00pm California Blue

6.00pm Mudslide

8.00pm Beardsmith


Acoustic Night @ The Cosey Club, Haslington View map - The Cosey Club Permanent link


Nantwich Jazz Festival @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link

2pm. Andy Stones

4pm. Hot House Quartet

6pm. Trio Montparnasse

Wristband required for entry.
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The Age Of Plastic @ Nantwich Square, Nantwich View map - Nantwich Square Permanent link

12 noon.


Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Union, Nantwich View map - The Union Permanent link

1pm. The Tone Junkies

4pm. Front Page News

Wristband required for entry.
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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Red Cow, Nantwich View map - The Red Cow Permanent link

2pm. Trio Montparnasse

Wristband required for entry.
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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Bowling Green, Nantwich View map - The Bowling Green Permanent link

2pm. Whiskeyhead

Wristband required for entry.
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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Studio, Nantwich View map - The Studio Permanent link

3pm. The Indigo Kings

5pm. Lol Goodman Band

Wristband required for entry.
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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ The Shakespeare, Nantwich View map - The Shakespeare Permanent link

1pm. Gasfoodlodging

3pm. Bobcat Billy's Moonshine Mission

6pm. Blozone

Wristband required for entry.
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Nantwich Jazz Festival @ Crown Ballroom, Nantwich View map - Crown Ballroom Permanent link

3pm. The Jake Leg Jug Band

6pm. Encore De Funk

8pm. The Indigo Kings

Wristband required for entry.
More at www.nantwichjazz.com

Tuesday 7th Apr 2015

The Norfolk Mountain Rescue Team Acoustic Session @ Black Lion, Nantwich View map - Black Lion Permanent link


Open Mic Night @ The Vine, Nantwich View map - The Vine Permanent link


Acoustic Open Mic Night @ The Boar's Head, Middlewich View map - The Boar's Head Permanent link



The Acoustic Sessions hosted by Gillie Nicholls @ The Boughey Arms, Audley View map - The Boughey Arms Permanent link

Wednesday 8th Apr 2015

Acoustic Open Mic @ The Nag's Head, Crewe View map - The Nag's Head Permanent link

Thursday 9th Apr 2015

Robert Wootton @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link

12.00 - 2.00pm


George @ The Barbridge Inn, Barbridge View map - The Barbridge Inn Permanent link


Beardsmith @ The Cosey Club, Haslington View map - The Cosey Club Permanent link

Beardsmith

Since the band started, Beardsmith have aimed to be the very best they can be, which is the thought that is behind every live performance and every song they write and record. They are currently traveling the length and breadth of the country performing to packed venues of all shapes and sizes as well as writing and recording.
The music they write is a mixture of all the types of music that they love, which includes the driving guitars of the big American rock bands mixed with the vocals of bands like Queen, plus a hint of Brit rock and a flavour of bands like Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles.

Members £free
Non-members/guests £2.00


Acoustic / Americana session @ The Red Bull, Church Lawton View map - The Red Bull Permanent link


Jaie Lupton @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link


Acoustic Open Mic @ The Narrowboat, Middlewich View map - The Narrowboat Permanent link

Friday 10th Apr 2015

Gambler @ The Railway, Nantwich View map - The Railway Permanent link


Tom Wakefield @ The Glasshouse, Sandbach View map - The Glasshouse Permanent link


Fred Zeppelin @ The Box, Crewe View map - The Box Permanent link

Fred Zeppelin

2015 marks FRED ZEPPELIN’s 22nd year together.

During this time they have had the honour of Led Zeppelin’s front-man Robert Plant attending three of their gigs, could this be his fourth?

Also John Bonham’s son Jason even jamming with them on stage. These are things the band are very proud of. It must surely also be the best recommendation any band could receive, and also assure any Led Zeppelin fans apprehensive about seeing The Fredz.

According to one of Kerrangs readers polls FRED ZEPPELIN are among the top ten best live bands to see.

Quite an achievement, as they were the only tribute band listed in any category.

Tickets £10


Artizan @ The Cosey Club, Haslington View map - The Cosey Club Permanent link

artizan

Artizan are a 5 piece band from Crewe.

Each member has been in a prior popular band or even two!!!
A cream of the crop collaboration you might say; a very talented group of individuals who know and understand the requirements of a good entertaining show; full of energy and a few laughs and a storming sound that will have you wondering why they have left it so long to come together.

The band cover many styles of music including Rock Soul Blues and even a little Pop but with a fresh new approach to Artists like The Commitments, Bon Jovi, Wild Cherry, Toto, Deacon Blue, Peter Gabriel, The Foo Fighters, Duran Duran, Kings Of Leon, Train, Stereophonics and Clapton.

Members £free
Non-members/guests £2.00


Double Denim Co. @ The Raven, Crewe View map - The Raven Permanent link

Saturday 11th Apr 2015

Slug @ The Express, Crewe View map - The Express Permanent link

Slug

SLUG were spawned out of The Slow & Easy Jam night at Lostock Gralam, Northwich in the Summer of 2011. The original line up was Zeke Vocals, Al Slug and Mike Slug on Guitars, Nik Slug on Bass and Paul Slug on Drums. After frantic rehearsals they performed their first set at the Moss Farm Festival, Northwich in the August of 2011. They knew then that there was chemistry. They received a great response from the crowd. As their reputation grew the gigs started to come in. The highlight was playing the Slow Fest and the infamous Thunder Sprint Gig at Northwich Memorial Hall on the same day.

Paul Slug left the band and was replaced by Colin Tolley. the band was stable for about a year and then there was a major shift. Nik and Al left the band just leaving Zeke and Mike out of the original line up. Nik was replaced by Paul Noden on the bass guitar. Al's position was axed as they decided to go out as a four piece. Shortly after Col decided he wanted to change direction and play the guitar so he formed his own outfit called the John Colins Band. It wasn't long before they found the perfect replacement drummer in Colin Alltree.

SLUG play classic rock covers also glam rock, rock n roll and modern day. There is something in their set for everyone. They pride themselves on their performance giving 110% every time.

Don't miss this!!


Thank You For The Music @ Lyceum Theatre, Crewe View map - Lyceum Theatre Permanent link

Thank You For The Music

The world’s favourite ABBA concert show comes to town with its all-new, sequin-spangled spectacular.

Entertaining the nation for longer than ABBA in their prime, the international smash-hit show’s all-star cast has delighted the world with Lycra-tight harmonies and superb musicianship for longer than ABBA during the 70s and 80s!

Enjoy a night of non-stop hits: Dancing Queen; Super Trouper; Mamma Mia; Knowing Me, Knowing You; Gimme, Gimme, Gimme; The Winner Takes It All; Thank You for the Music. . . and more.

Seen the record-breaking movie? Taken in the smash-hit West End musical? Bought the chart topping albums and singles? Now experience the UK’s No1 concert show Thank You for the Music!

£20, Groups 10+ take 10% off

A £1.50 per ticket booking fee applies, capped at six per order. Fee-free booking for Friends of The Lyceum; Groups of 10+ please call 01270 368 242 to buy fee-free.


Midnight Train @ The Cricketers Arms, Sandbach View map - The Cricketers Arms Permanent link


Sam Whiskey's Poison Medicine Band @ The Railway, Nantwich View map - The Railway Permanent link


Saturday Folk session @ The Boar's Head, Middlewich View map - The Boar's Head Permanent link


Crackerjack @ Shavington Club, Shavington View map - Shavington Club Permanent link


The Continentals @ The Market Tavern, Sandbach View map - The Market Tavern Permanent link

The Continentals

A first visit to The Tav for this six-piece party band from Chester who play a mix of retro and modern-day floor fillers from the 70's to today.

Although their repertoire includes well known songs, they make a real effort to avoid songs that are covered to death by other bands, so you can expect a fresh take on tracks by artists such as Amy Winehouse, The Pretenders, Caro Emerald and the Noisettes, just to name a few.



Tumblin' Dice @ The Cosey Club, Haslington View map - The Cosey Club Permanent link

Tumblin' Dice

One of the area's premier rock and roll covers bands. Expect Rolling Stones, and much more!

Members £free
Non-members/guests £2.00


Christie @ The Raven, Crewe View map - The Raven Permanent link


Mostly Autumn @ The Box, Crewe View map - The Box Permanent link

Mostly Autumn

Moody, Floydian Celtic-tinged Rock.

After being voted Best Band of 2011 in the Classic Rock Society poll and following their Best Band – Best Live Act – Best Album (Go Well Diamond Heart) – Best Female Vocalist – Best Guitarist – Best Drummer awards in the Classic Rock Society 2010 poll, Mostly Autumn surely deserve to be called “The best band you have never heard”

Since forming back in 1996, Mostly Autumn have garnered themselves a name for their relentless touring schedule and outstanding live shows.

They have built a loyal and cult following since their first album twelve years ago and in that time such luminaries as the late Richard Wright of Pink Floyd, Deep Purple’s Jon Lord and the BBC’s own Bob Harris are amongst their many fans.

Mostly Autumn has also toured as an invited support act to Blackmore’s Night, Uriah Heep and Jethro Tull, as well as being special guests at Bryan Adam’s Murrayfield Stadium gig a few years ago. That alone should give some indication as to the calibre of the band.

Their musical palette is diverse and while they draw on influences from the golden age of seventies’ rock, they have developed their own unique sound and style that both captures some of the essence of that heady era and yet looks forward into the future.

Bryan Josh is that rare beast – a hugely talented guitarist who knows how to play with feeling and for the song. His soaring guitar, always drenched in pure emotion, at times recall the golden era of guitar heroes such as David Gilmour but never outstays its welcome, always leaving the listener wanting a little more. Lead vocalist Olivia Sparnenn is a true talent, the range and beauty of her voice is world class. The magnificence of Iain Jennings on keyboards, complimented by a rock solid yet fluid rhythm section – Andy Smith (bass), Gavin Griffiths (drums), Liam Davison (rhythm guitar) and the delightful vocals and multi instruments of Anne-Marie Helder, make Mostly Autumn a band that will enthrall you and awaken memories of what real music is really about.

Tickets £12.50


The Pluckers @ The Boughey Arms, Audley View map - The Boughey Arms Permanent link


Missing Link @ The Shroppie Fly, Audlem View map - The Shroppie Fly Permanent link


Robert Wootton @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link

12.00 - 2.00pm

Sunday 12th Apr 2015

Sunday Strum and Blues Evening @ The Nag's Head, Crewe View map - The Nag's Head Permanent link


Baxter @ The Vine, Shavington View map - The Vine Permanent link

3pm


Robert Wootton @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link

12.00 - 2.00pm


Metal 2 The Masses @ The Box, Crewe View map - The Box Permanent link

M2TM

Colossus Live and The Box are very proud to be hosting the METAL 2 THE MASSES COMPETITION for Cheshire, North Wales & Staffordshire for 2015.

One band will win a slot from this region and will play on the Bloodstock Newblood Stage in front of an estimated 2,000 metal hungry fans!

This is Quarter Final 1

Free admission. 3pm start.


Jam Session @ De Bees, Winsford View map - De Bees Permanent link


Open Mic Night @ The Fox, Haslington View map - The Fox Permanent link

7.30pm

Monday 13th Apr 2015

Robert Wootton @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link


The Acoustic Club @ The Hawk, Haslington View map - The Hawk Permanent link

Tuesday 14th Apr 2015

The Norfolk Mountain Rescue Team Acoustic Session @ Black Lion, Nantwich View map - Black Lion Permanent link


Folk Night @ The Hawk, Haslington View map - The Hawk Permanent link

Wednesday 15th Apr 2015

Acoustic Open Mic @ The Nag's Head, Crewe View map - The Nag's Head Permanent link

Thursday 16th Apr 2015

Phil Maddocks & Nick Bayes @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link


Paul Larcombe as Elvis @ Dine India, Crewe View map - Dine India Permanent link

Tickets are priced at £24.99 and include a four course meal.


Robert Wootton @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link

12.00 - 2.00pm


George @ The Barbridge Inn, Barbridge View map - The Barbridge Inn Permanent link


Acoustic Open Mic Night @ The Railway, Nantwich View map - The Railway Permanent link

Friday 17th Apr 2015

The (Un)Usual Suspects @ The Nag's Head, Crewe View map - The Nag's Head Permanent link

An acoustic evening with
Dayve Dean
Tim Lee
Martin Rivers
Jonathan Tarplee


Oi! 'Kin 'Ave It! @ The Box, Crewe View map - The Box Permanent link

Wasted Life

A night of punk mayhem with -
Wasted Life +
Hostile Attack +
Suburban Radio.

Tickets £10

To the casual observer, modern punk has all the appearance of an established orthodoxy, and yes it’s easy to be fooled into thinking there are certain codes you have to adhere to join the club. Obviously there’s the hair that’s dyed all colours of the rainbow and teased into a Mohican or some other outlandish style. There’s the mandatory leather jacket that has be decorated with studs and daubed with all manner of band names. There’s also the ringing denunciation of the church and state that’s often spat out with a snarl. Swirl these ingredients round in gallons of tattoo ink, then sprinkle liberally with piercings and you more or less have what passes for a bog standard punk rocker. But, if you take the time to lift up this crusty veneer and peer underneath, you’ll find the real scene is populated with folk who don’t fit that description as well as being some of the nicest people it’ll ever be your good fortune to meet.

Last Saturday I’ve made the long trek from Manchester to Crewe to see Wasted Life. They are one of the best new bands I’ve heard in a long time who I was happy to witness hammer out a performance full of spirit and positive aggression. The venue, The Box, was awash with all kinds of people; punks, skins, squares like me, but irrespective of how they looked everybody’s was there to have a good time. A small diverse community, if you will, of like-minded souls turning out to support this wonderful thing called punk rock.

For those that don’t know Wasted Life are a punk rock band from the wastelands of Stoke on Trent. They’ve recently released they’re debut CD called ‘It Means Nuthin When You’re Dead’ on STP Records which the band are currently touring the life out of. It’s a great album that’s full of energy and dynamism, you can hear almost immediately that this smart little band have managed to get the chemistry right. It’s also apparent, when you see this band, that these great tunes are being wrenched off the album and transformed into something really special when played live. On Saturday night I witnessed a band flexing its muscles with conviction and getting ready to fly.
It’s been a few days now and I’ve been trying to work out what it is about this band that’s so fresh and exciting. I mean they obviously don’t have masses of industry money behind them, so they’re not like a band who can advertise their way into your world. You know, one of those big bands who can fool you into thinking they’re good when in reality they only mediocre. They sound great, but then again, there’s tons of bands band that sound great. You listen and you like the songs, you singalong and shit, but there’s not that deep connection that comes with bands that are the real deal. Sometimes the reason to go see a band is because they look punk, because they’ve adhere faithfully to the template so they look cool while they churn out some identikit music. Thankfully you couldn’t ever level that accusation at Wasted Life. But though the truth is some of those things help, they all pale into insignificance when a band possess the magic ingredient called passion, and Wasted Life have a passion for punk that rages from within. It’s what brings their tunes to life so they make you punch the air and act like a dick. But that’s the thing about punk rock, or great punk rock anyway, when it comes directly from the heart it will hit you full in the face and knock you down for the full ten. And that true of any band operating in any genre. Nobody will believe in your music if you don’t believe in it yourself. And Wasted Life are really starting to believe.


by Phil King - Mudkiss


Marblehead Johnson @ The Raven, Crewe View map - The Raven Permanent link

Marblehead Johnson

The ultimate tribute to the classic UK Britpop era.

Named after the classic Bluetones Britpop anthem, Marblehead Johnson pay tribute to the British Britpop music scene, bringing the recreated Britpop hits up-to-date in a powerful combination of passion and quality akin to the harder-hitting sound that the bands produced in their live shows.

Playing songs from Blur, Paul Weller, The Verve, Ocean Colour Scene, Supergrass, Pulp and, of course, Oasis, glory in the anthems that brought British alternative rock into the mainstream with a tip and a wink to the backbone of the movement from the likes of The Who, The Kinks and The Jam.


Wearside Jack @ The Cosey Club, Haslington View map - The Cosey Club Permanent link

Wearside Jack

WearSide Jack are a 5 piece local rock covers band playing music from bands such as AC/DC, KISS, Guns N' Roses, Airbourne, The Cult, ZZ Top, Led Zep and many more.

Members £free
Non-members/guests £2.00


The Jem @ The Express, Crewe View map - The Express Permanent link

The Jem

Ever popular and hard working local covers act The Jem bring their interpretation of classic crowd pleasers to The Express.

This is a free gig, 9ish start.


King Shilling @ The Railway, Nantwich View map - The Railway Permanent link


Them Beatles @ Middlewich Civic Hall, Middlewich View map - Middlewich Civic Hall Permanent link

£10


The Start @ The White Lion, Crewe View map - The White Lion Permanent link


Kassette @ The Glasshouse, Sandbach View map - The Glasshouse Permanent link

Saturday 18th Apr 2015

Sandbach Music & Motors Festival @ Sandbach Market Square, Sandbach View map - Sandbach Market Square Permanent link

SBTF Sat

Free live music on the Cobbles

11.00 Christie
11.45 Oli Ng
12.30 Chloë Chadwick
13.15 Jack Marshall & Kirsty Marshall
14.00 Blunderbuss Benefit
14.45 The John MacLeod Band
15.30 Puppet Rebellion

















Artizan @ The Raven, Crewe View map - The Raven Permanent link


Jamie Ashton @ Shavington Club, Shavington View map - Shavington Club Permanent link


Bedlam @ The White Horse, Nantwich View map - The White Horse Permanent link


Green Bullet @ The Shroppie Fly, Audlem View map - The Shroppie Fly Permanent link


Chloë Chadwick @ The Lower Chequer, Sandbach View map - The Lower Chequer Permanent link

5pm.


Whiskeyhead @ The Market Tavern, Sandbach View map - The Market Tavern Permanent link

whiskyhead

WhiskeyHead are one of the most popular, lively and hardworking rhythm and blues bands currently operating throughout Staffordshire and Cheshire.

Its members bring together years of musical experience with a passion for live performance . Together since 2009, WhiskeyHead perform traditional and popular guitar and harmonica covers from the likes of Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall, Cream, Joe Bonamassa and Muddy Waters.

This is a free gig! 9ish start...


VoMiT @ The Brunswick, Crewe View map - The Brunswick Permanent link

VoMiT

Very lively punk rock band that play classic punk songs plus more and more of their own material. BEST SEEN LIVE!!! OR BEST SEEN WHILST STILL ALIVE!!!

VoMiT hit the road in Congleton in 1977 and are still going strong!

This is a free gig. Don't miss this!!!


The Start @ The Cheshire Cheese, Gresty View map - The Cheshire Cheese Permanent link


Robert Wootton @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link

12.00 - 2.00pm


Faces 4 Radio @ The Railway, Nantwich View map - The Railway Permanent link

Sunday 19th Apr 2015

Sandbach Music & Motors Festival @ Sandbach Market Square, Sandbach View map - Sandbach Market Square Permanent link

SBTF Sun

Free live music on the Cobbles

12.00 Pastry Shoes
13.00 Foden's Band Marchpast
13.30 Baxter
14.15 The Assets
15.15 Tom Seals

Last summer saw the release of headliner Tom's debut album, 'Ace', which soared to Number Two in the UK Blues Charts and continued to spend four months in the Top 10. Tom and his band played a 28-date UK tour in late 2014. Now, 2015 looks to be even bigger and better for him, with many live appearances and festival dates lined up ranging from this appearance at Sandbach Transport Festival, to gigs at the world famous Ronnie Scott's in London and even to Hong Kong!.








Jam Session @ De Bees, Winsford View map - De Bees Permanent link


Jam Night @ The Nag's Head, Crewe View map - The Nag's Head Permanent link


Open Mic Night @ The Fox, Haslington View map - The Fox Permanent link

7.30pm


Robert Wootton @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link

12.00 - 2.00pm


Metal 2 The Masses @ The Box, Crewe View map - The Box Permanent link

M2TM

Colossus Live and The Box are very proud to be hosting the METAL 2 THE MASSES COMPETITION for Cheshire, North Wales & Staffordshire for 2015.

One band will win a slot from this region and will play on the Bloodstock Newblood Stage in front of an estimated 2,000 metal hungry fans!

This is Quarter Final 2

Free admission. 3pm start.

Monday 20th Apr 2015

Acoustic Night @ The Cosey Club, Haslington View map - The Cosey Club Permanent link


Robert Wootton @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link


The Acoustic Club @ The Hawk, Haslington View map - The Hawk Permanent link

Tuesday 21st Apr 2015

Open Mic Night @ The Vine, Nantwich View map - The Vine Permanent link


The Norfolk Mountain Rescue Team Acoustic Session @ Black Lion, Nantwich View map - Black Lion Permanent link

Wednesday 22nd Apr 2015

Acoustic Open Mic @ The Nag's Head, Crewe View map - The Nag's Head Permanent link

Thursday 23rd Apr 2015

George @ The Barbridge Inn, Barbridge View map - The Barbridge Inn Permanent link


Baxter @ The Raven, Crewe View map - The Raven Permanent link


Robert Wootton @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link

12.00 - 2.00pm


The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular Show @ Lyceum Theatre, Crewe View map - Lyceum Theatre Permanent link

Rat Pack

It’s fun all the way as the ‘Purveyors of Cool’ swing into town with a sensational show with live orchestra featuring some of the greatest music of the 20th Century.

Revive your wonderful memories of the Rat Pack: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Junior in a fabulous production that’s experienced worldwide success.

It’s all totally live and every song is an absolute classic. With performances of favourites like Come Fly With Me, Under My Skin, Sway, Mr Bojangles, Fly Me To The Moon, That’s Amore, Mack the Knife, plus many more, this is a night of swinging music that is not-to-be missed.

The BBC summed it up - ‘Magnificent!’

Front Stalls/Circle £23, Rear Stalls/Circle £21.

A £1.50 per ticket booking fee applies, capped at six per order. Fee-free booking for Friends of The Lyceum; Groups of 10+ please call 01270 368 242 to buy fee-free.


Flying Aardvarks @ The Railway, Nantwich View map - The Railway Permanent link


Nick Steed @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link


Beardsmith @ Shavington Club, Shavington View map - Shavington Club Permanent link

Friday 24th Apr 2015

The Vanz @ The Cosey Club, Haslington View map - The Cosey Club Permanent link

The Vanz

Since forming in 2005, The Vanz have earned themselves a well deserved reputation as one of Staffordshire’s finest party bands, and a most outstanding covers band on the professional circuit today.

The Vanz perform in many music venues throughout the UK,including major holiday camp chains, hotels, festivals, RAF camps, rallies and casinos to name just a few.

Performing a wide variety of songs from the 50's to latest charts from artists such as The Doobie Brothers to Green Day, Andy Williams to Lady Gaga, ACDC to Killers, Hendrix to Rihanna and everything in between done in their own recognisable style.

Members £free
Non-members/guests £2.00


Toxic Twins @ The Box, Crewe View map - The Box Permanent link

Toxic Twins

The best and biggest Aerosminth tribute in Europe!

Toxic Twins formed in London during summer 2000 and started gigging in Dec 2001, playing over 100 shows in their first 2 years of activity throughout the UK and Northern Ireland.

The wide repertoire performed by the Toxic Twins is likely to satisfy even the most demanding Aerosmith fans. You’ll hear, among the others, classics like ‘Walk This Way’, ‘Sweet Emotion’, ‘Dream On’, ‘Mama Kin’, 'Toys in the Attic' as well as hits like “Dude Looks Like A Lady’, ‘Rag Doll’, ‘Angel’, ‘ I Don't Want To Miss A Thing’, ‘Pink’, and plenty more.

The Toxic Twins gigs history includes many of the major UK venues such as Nottingham Rock City, JB’s, the Norwich Waterfront, Fleece & Firkin, Butlins Resorts, Rock Café 2000, Bradford Rio, Glasgow Strawberry Fields, Belfast Empire and Ulster Hall, etc., as well as gigs in Ireland, Italy, the Channel Islands, Holland, Belgium, Austria and Germany.

New venues are constantly added to the TT schedule, who are proving themselves as one of the most successful tribute bands on the scene.

£8


NSS Band @ The Raven, Crewe View map - The Raven Permanent link

NSS

The NSS are probably Crewe's premier party band, rocking for over 20 years, they were a polished act back then and still deliver a cracking, consistent set of 70s soul and disco, with a few newbies thrown in for good measure!

Lead singer Al Dwyer works the crowd effortlessly and just has a simple, comfortable stage presence that lures you in. They've been touring the country for years and it's always great to see them back in Crewe...

Don't miss this free gig!


Tom Jarvis @ The Glasshouse, Sandbach View map - The Glasshouse Permanent link


Revamp @ The Railway, Nantwich View map - The Railway Permanent link


Whiskeyhead @ The Flying Lady, Crewe View map - The Flying Lady Permanent link


Infatu8tion @ The Express, Crewe View map - The Express Permanent link

Infatu8tion

Infatu8tion are a professional music duo with a passion for music and lights, covering classic hits from the 60's to the present day.

They pride themselves in their overall performance, which includes a professional sound and lighting show.

They have over 25 years combined experience in the music industry, having played with a variety of professional bands before coming together to form Infatu8tion.

They perform at private functions, weddings, festivals, corporate events, pubs, clubs and anywhere there's electricity and really know how to put the P into Party!

This is a free gig! 9pm start.


Rain Acoustic Duo @ The Railway Inn, Alsager View map - The Railway Inn Permanent link


The Jake Leg Jug Band @ Audley Theatre, Audley View map - Audley Theatre Permanent link

+ Pete Shirley

Saturday 25th Apr 2015

Tumblin' Dice @ The Raven, Crewe View map - The Raven Permanent link

Tumblin' Dice

One of the area's premier rock and roll covers bands. Expect Rolling Stones, and much more!


Dirty DC @ The Box, Crewe View map - The Box Permanent link


Dirty/DC have been playing throughout the UK and Europe since 1998 and have developed a lineup and stage show that has made their reputation seriously strong amongst AC/DC fans, whether die hard fanatics or people who just want a good night out.

Every visual detail has been fine tuned from the wall of Marshalls to Angus's footwear, but most importantly the music delivery and stage show has an impact regularly described as "awesome!"

Dirty/DC give real value for money with a full 2 hour+ show with all the AC/DC favourites from both Bon and Brian eras.

So, if you love AC/DC and really want to rock - get down to The Box!

Tickets £12.50 from the venue or online by clicking the venue link above.


The Start @ Albert's Corner, Crewe View map - Albert's Corner Permanent link


Indecision @ The Cosey Club, Haslington View map - The Cosey Club Permanent link

Indecision

A sensational five piece function band playing great music to dance to. Music from 60's right up to the present day. Pretenders, Duffy, Blondie, Cockney Rebel, the Motown greats, Fratellis, The Killers and the list goes on.....

Indecision play something for everyone. Lead vocals are provided by the superbly silky smooth voice of Silvana, ably assisted on lead guitar by Mike Warrillow, Malc Oldham on drums and Jeff and Paul on keys and bass. Whatever the occasion, Indecision will give you a night to remember. Guaranteed to 'get the party started'! You won't be disappointed!

Members £free
Non-members/guests £2.00


All About Time @ The Railway, Nantwich View map - The Railway Permanent link


Gambler @ The Market Tavern, Sandbach View map - The Market Tavern Permanent link

Gambler

GAMBLER - Fantastic Three Piece Rock Band, musicianship of the highest order, superb vocals and thoroughly entertaining.

Rock covers from Foo Fighters,Toto, Whitesnake, Steely Dan, Focus, Larry Carlton, U2, KOL, Stereophonics and so many more.

Mr Steve on Bass, Paul on Drums and Kev on Guitar. First class professional band covering anything but the norm, rock music at its finest!

Free gig. 9pm start.


Robert Wootton @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link

12.00 - 2.00pm


The Jalepeños @ Shavington Club, Shavington View map - Shavington Club Permanent link


Hoz @ The Vine, Shavington View map - The Vine Permanent link


The Jake Leg Jug Band @ Audley Theatre, Audley View map - Audley Theatre Permanent link

+ Jim McShee


The D-Roaders @ The Shroppie Fly, Audlem View map - The Shroppie Fly Permanent link


The Lancashire Hotpots @ Lyceum Theatre, Crewe View map - Lyceum Theatre Permanent link

The Lancashire Hotpots

Chris Evans has called them ‘The new Wurzels’ on Radio 2 and Paddy McGuinness has called them “the Spinal Tap of Folk Bands” but their fans know them simply as Bernard, Bob, Kenny, Billy and Dickie: ‘The Lancashire Hotpots’.

Since first taking to the stage in 2007 with flat caps and ‘weskits’, The Hotpots have become the go-to band for those wanting a light-hearted, distinctly Northern musical view on life. The lads have entertained the nation with comedy songs about chippy teas, shopmobility scooters and how to smuggle your own sweets into the cinema. Sets full of raucous comedy songs, congas, puppets and pirates have made them firm festival favourites and famous for good time, singalonga fun.

Due to their impressive showing, Chris Evans hand picked the band return as main stage openers for Children In Need’s Carfest North festival in 2014.

“a terrific evening’s entertainment” Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 2

“St Helens’ finest…they’ll bring a smile to your face” Chris Hawkins, BBC 6 Music

“the perfect antidote to the modern disease of cynicism…great comedy to brighten your day!” 5/5
Skiddle

£14

A £1.50 per ticket booking fee applies, capped at six per order. Fee-free booking for Friends of The Lyceum; Groups of 10+ please call 01270 368 242 to buy fee-free.

Sunday 26th Apr 2015

Jam Session @ De Bees, Winsford View map - De Bees Permanent link


Open Mic Night @ The Fox, Haslington View map - The Fox Permanent link

7.30pm


Metal 2 The Masses @ The Box, Crewe View map - The Box Permanent link

M2TM

Colossus Live and The Box are very proud to be hosting the METAL 2 THE MASSES COMPETITION for Cheshire, North Wales & Staffordshire for 2015.

One band will win a slot from this region and will play on the Bloodstock Newblood Stage in front of an estimated 2,000 metal hungry fans!

This is Quarter Final 3

Free admission. 3pm start.


Jam Night @ The Brunswick, Crewe View map - The Brunswick Permanent link

Jam Night

Jam session / open mic night at The Brunny hosted by respected local musician Glyn Sutton (Flux).


Robert Wootton @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link

12.00 - 2.00pm


Sunday Strum and Blues Evening @ The Nag's Head, Crewe View map - The Nag's Head Permanent link


Beardsmith @ The Raven, Crewe View map - The Raven Permanent link

Beardsmith

Beardsmith are a six piece family band from Cheshire, consisting of Neil, four sons, Graham, Gary, Ged, Gil and one sister, Alice.

The band have been together for 12 years, firstly as a 4 piece, which included Neil, Graham, Gary, and Ged, and then changed to a 6 piece in 2011. Even though Gil does not appear at every show he is still a permanent member of the band.

Since the band started, Beardsmith have aimed to be the very best they can be, which is the thought that is behind every live performance and every song they write and record. They are currently traveling the length and breadth of the country performing to packed venues of all shapes and sizes as well as writing and recording.

The music they write is a mixture of all the types of music that they love, which includes the driving guitars of the big American rock bands mixed with the vocals of bands like Queen, plus a hint of Brit rock and a flavour of bands like Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles.

Afternoon show. 4pm start.
Free entry.

Monday 27th Apr 2015

Robert Wootton @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link


The Acoustic Club @ The Hawk, Haslington View map - The Hawk Permanent link

Tuesday 28th Apr 2015

The Norfolk Mountain Rescue Team Acoustic Session @ Black Lion, Nantwich View map - Black Lion Permanent link


Folk Night @ The Hawk, Haslington View map - The Hawk Permanent link

Wednesday 29th Apr 2015

Acoustic Open Mic @ The Nag's Head, Crewe View map - The Nag's Head Permanent link


Live Lounge @ The White Bear, Middlewich View map - The White Bear Permanent link

Thursday 30th Apr 2015

George @ The Barbridge Inn, Barbridge View map - The Barbridge Inn Permanent link


Baxter @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link


Robert Wootton @ Crown Hotel Bar, Nantwich View map - Crown Hotel Bar Permanent link

12.00 - 2.00pm


J.L.S. (Jim, Les and Stevie!) @ The Railway, Nantwich View map - The Railway Permanent link

Friday 1st May 2015

Fracas @ The Express, Crewe View map - The Express Permanent link

Fracas

FRACAS are a four piece band playing the best in Indie/pop and rock. They really do have something for everyone.

Expect songs from the likes of The Jam, Oasis, Green Day, The Fratellis, The Killers, Duran Duran, The Kinks, The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters and much, much more!

This is a free gig. 9pm start.

Thursday 14th May 2015

Acoustic / Americana session @ The Red Bull, Church Lawton View map - The Red Bull Permanent link

Saturday 23rd May 2015

Middlewich Music presents 'The Boat That Rocks'‏ @ The Narrowboat, Middlewich View map - The Narrowboat Permanent link

2pm 'til LATE
FREE Admission

Confirmed line-up;
THE SONIC REVOLVERS
ANACHRONY
THE KIRKBRIDE PLAN
URSULA SUITS
MAROONED
PHOTO BOOTH SMILE
SEABIRDS
GREATER DICTION

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