Monday, April 10, 2006

The Week Ahead

Greetings gatherings of molecules

It's a very busy week for quality music events in Peterborough and the surrounding area this week so you can expect your eyes to have gone quite funny by the time you read as far as Friday. So without further ado here it is:


The acoustic scene in Peterborough is one of the most vibrant at this moment, with a vast wealth of local talent both established and emerging - so it's no surprise to find another weekly open mic evening opening for the first time this Tuesday. The event is taking place at The Comet (Dogsthorpe Road, near the Fire Station) and entrance is free. Bring your instruments and voices.
If you don't want the formality of open mic or are too shy to get up and play by yourself in front of a crowd then perhaps a trip to Goodbarns Yard St Johns Street is called for. Where Mike Da Hat's music club is moving into it's third year of existence. It's 8:30 onwards every Tuesday. It's not open mic, it's not even plugged in. It's a bunch of mates playing a few tunes and having a few beers. You don't get much more informal than this. Entrance is free


Two more open mic sessions on Wednesday:

Xoo Bar (in the basement downstairs from City & Counties Club) began hosting its Music Jam night with a very busy night last Wednesday. These night's are being hosted by James Chadwick - our area's young acoustic muso extraordinaire. Entrance is free.

Geneva's (next to Faith in the city centre) has been hosting regular Wednesday night open mic sessions for some years now. There is always a friendly atmosphere and if you perform a couple of tunes you get a free drink! Maybe check this one out before or after Xoo Bar.


Unity at Fidds has a fantastic line-up this week! Cambridge funksters Godfather are playing the Unity stage for the first time and have the Unity following very excited in anticipation. Also on the bill for the night are local boys John Doe who will pleasure the audience with alternative rock musings. Acoustic act for the night is promising young Tom O'Brien. As always the Unity Jam will begin the night. Entrance is free before 9:15 and £3 after.

In a very busy night for live music in the city, local heros Opaque are playing at Genevas on Thursday night as well. Music will kick off around 10pm and entrance is free.

If you've not had enough by 12pm on Thursday night and need a few more hours of diverse music and late drinking world-record breaking DJ Urb (System Abuse/Playskool/Unity) is continuing his late night residency at Lisboa (24 Lincoln Road). Entrance is free and doors remain open till 3am.

It's also time for the second instalment of Good Old Days - an old skool night at Limit. The event will feature a PA set by Mysticism and Jd's Kenny Ken, Rayan Gee, Loz, Julz & Screech and Bully. Entrance is £6 before 11pm and £7.50 after and doors are 9pm till 3am.


There is an all day live music event at Southgrove Community Centre , Woodston, providing a range of heavy bands both local and from further afield - including This Is Colour, Many Things Untold, Angels Cry, Khalo, Radicus, The Ruined and lots more. Doors open at 12:45 pm and tickets are £5 in advance or £6 on the door. Directions can be found at

If you fancy getting out of the city on Friday Irene Rae is taking her acoustic wonders to Cambridge for a gig at the Tram Depot. You can contact her via for more info.

For something a little more electronic for your Friday session the Audio Collective are in Lisboa again on Friday night bringing you a mix of hard dance, breaks and drum and bass. The event will run from 8pm till 1am (Lisboa's late reggae session continues till 5am) and entrance is free.


Fidds' Band of the Year competition reaches its first semi-final this weekend. The three bands competing for a place in the final this time around will be Point of Origin, Switch Theory and First Aid Boy. Doors are 8:30 till 2am and entrance this time around is £5 each. You get a chance to vote for one of the bands as part of your entrance fee.

Also on Saturday night ska gods The Gangsters are performing at Bogarts. Music will be roughly 9pm till 11pm and entrance is free.

Further out of town The Devil and his Sisters (a new punk band featuring current and former members of Moosejaw) are playing at The Rose and Crown in Somersham. Entrance is free.

On the electronic tip, SAS are running their monthly residency of deep house grooves at Limit on Satursday, Doors are 9pm till 4am.


Sunday is time for Deep Roots session of laid back grooves ranging from funk through electro through soul and jazz. Deep Roots takes place at Lisboa and entrance is free.

If you find yourself in London on Sunday please don't forget to check out James Chadwick, who is playing at Sun & Doves. Contact him via for more info.


Sleep. Recuperate. Rest. Recover. Reinvigorate. Rejuvenate. Heal.

....till next time.....

Spread peace love unity and maximum respect to all wherever you are.

See you on the flip side!


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