Monday, June 05, 2006

The week ahead

Greetings sun monsters and shade seekers!

The Peterborough contingent rocked Strawberry Fair on Saturday by all accounts - thanks to the organisers for giving Opaque the sunset slot on the main stage to draw everyone away from the much-beloved dub tent!

It's also time for me to do the weekly Grassroots Festival ticket reminder - they are still available and you can get them from The Glass Onion on Burghley Road any time from 10am to 10pm 7 days a week, or from the Muddy stand in Lisboa at Unity on Thursday night.

So what's tickling our fancy in the boro this week?


The weekly open mic and jam session at the Comet on Garton End Road, Dogsthorpe, is going from strength to strength. Entrance is free and the people are friendly so make your way down for a good night of music and laughs.


Music Jam at Xoo bar is continuing its weekly run of open mic acoustic music, hosted by maestro James Chadwick. Entrance is free and doors open at 8pm.

For more acoustic music and open mic shenanigans make your way to Pixie Folk club, brought to you by Pixie Skin. The event is taking place every Wednesday at Lisboa, 24 Lincoln Road. Entrance is free.


Unity @ Lisboa has another fantastic line-up to please your ears and dancing feet. Sidearm are an intense and arty full on rock experience, highly emotional and with lo-fi tinges. Sympathy for Mr Vengeance are a new-to-the-scene trip-hop act that have been pleasing their new audiences with their original live sounds. Acoustic artist Michael Parker turned up to the jam session last week and blew our collective socks off with his guitar skills, and we're very chuffed to be able to have him back for an acoustic slot. The acoustic jam around the sofas will begin proceedings. Entrance is still free and the people are still very friendly. Doors open 8pm.

When Unity finishes DJ Urb, our resident record breaker, takes the helm to keep Lisboa dancing till the early hours. Urb gives a diverse mix of all styles, to give a rounded end to your Thursday night on the town.


Abi & Stacey of Point of Origin fame are presenting an Acoustic Session night in the Brewery Tap on Friday night with maestros and maestroesses James Chadwick and Irene Rae to complete the three way line-up. Entrance is free before 10pm and music starts at 9pm so get there nice and early.

If you want to get sweaty rather than chilled System Abuse are also in the Limit - presenting a night of full on and filthy drum and bass through their 20K rig, vibrating your brain cells joyously until 4am. Special guests this time around are Dissect & Biomethod of Casa Records, alongside SA's homegrown wonders Urb, Khanage & Lethal (Offkey/Ohm Resistance) and Kodo (Sensoo Alliance). Entrance is only £4 before 11pm and more after.

Alternatiively Audio Collective are in the Lisboa 8pm till 2am bringing a mixture of hard dance, breaks and drum & bass. Entrance is free.


Pixie Skin are holding their first Saturday night event at Lisboa this week, in association with Muddy Promotions/Arts and Krunch Sound System. Live music will come from 100th Monkey, a festy band based in Glastonbury - with local support from Point of Origin, The Singing Monk, Irene Rae and many more. There will also be an open mic session earlier in the night. Later in the night DJ's from Krunch sound system will keep you grooving through the night. Doors are 8pm till 5am and entrance will cost your pocket £3.

Around the corner the Brewery Tap has Dj Otiss presenting a night called "Cooking". Entrance is free before 10pm.


Rich (Unity/Istari) is presenting weekly acoustic sessions on Sunday evenings from 9pm onwards in the Solstice. Entrance is free and high qulaity acoustic acts will be on offer, though I don't have full details of who just yet.

At Lisboa Deep Roots will be mellowing you out and cheering up your Sunday with good vibes playing a diverse selection of beats, grooves and structured bunches of frequencies to bliss you and please you. Entrance is free and doors are 6pm till late.

...and Finally

The countdown to the Grassroots Festival is ticking shorter and shorter - with only 18 days to go till doors open as I write this mail. Get your tickets quick people - don't miss out this very special event!

Peace love unity and respect to you all.


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