Greetings pixies and pogues!
The busy-ness continues for the Muddy camp this week, with the Onion remaining open through the week for the first time ever and the Grassroots Equinox Party happening this Saturday!
It's just over a year since Muddy Promotions first sprang into being and it's certainly been an eventful first year full of firsts. The indoor Grassroots events which brought a team of people together on one project for the first time, the first Grassroots Festival, community projects such as the interactive arts tents at Gladstone Connect's fete and the council's Party in the Park, and now the opening of the Glass Onion Music and Arts Community Centre. So much good stuff going on it's hard to keep up with it all!
It's also time for a big thanks to all of you wonderful people who've made all of these things happen, for your support, your positivity and your creativity.
What will the next year bring?
Who knows? We can know what to expect in the week ahead though:
The Comet on Garton End Road, Dogsthorpe is still running it's open mic/jam sessions every Tuesday. The fun begins at 8pm and entrance is free.
The Glass Onion is hosting its trialling its first "soapbox" night, an open forum for rants, speeches, debates and questions. Entrance is free.
Wednesday night is time for the Pixie Folke jam session at Lisboa (24 Lincoln Road) and open mic (apparently) hosted by James Chadwick. Doors open at 8pm and entrance is free.
The Glass Onion is hosting its first "Cross-Cultural" night. These nights will explore the music of a different nation each week, as well as showcasing social and historical information on that nation. Entrance is free.
This week's Unity brings local punk heroes Radicus to the Unity stage. Also on the bill are mod-fathers Loop and up and coming acoustic performer Tom O'Brien. The Unity jam session will start things off from 8pm and the event is held in Lisboa. Entrance is only £1 to Muddy members, or £2 otherwise.
Thursday is also time for the Glass Onion's film night. Each week the residents of the night choose one film to watch and the others are to be chosen by collective decision on the night. This week's residents' choice is Spaceballs.
Meanwhile the down the road in Stamford Columbian Necktie are playing at the Quayholes - if you're in the area be sure to check it out.
This Friday Opaque are taking over the Brewery Tap for a top class triple bill of music. The local folktronic boys will be joined by the amazing Tallulah Rendall and the 11 piece hip-hop explosion Lazy Habits . Entrance is free before 10pm so get there early (it'll cost you £3 afterwards).
Meanwhile round the corner in The Park, Just What You Want promotions are bringing metal stars Gutworm into the boro, with local support from Matricyde, Khalo and Early Grave. Doors open at 7:30 and the first band start at 7:50. Entrance is £4 otd.
It's also time for the Glass Onion's weekly acoustic open mic - this week hosted by Harry. Entrance is free and music is 8pm till 1am.
Further afield and on a very different tip Yardcore is taking over The Telegraph, Brixton Hill, London for a night of dubstep, breakas, jungle, breakcore, electronica, d&b, gabba, dancehall and hardcore spread over 2 rooms. Included on the large and diverse line-up are N-Ziq, Hellfish, Bong Ra and Monkey Steak. Entrance is £10 and doors are open from 9pm till 6am.
Saturday is time for the Grassroots Equinox Party at Lisboa. This is the first time the Grassroots team have come together since the success of the Grassroots Festival in June of this year, and is set to be huge. Both floors of Lisboa will be open, with the downstairs being taken over by the bods from Eclectic Ballroom and Deep Roots to bring you funk, soul, reggae, hip-hop, ambient and generally laid back and funky grooves to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Food will also be on sale downstairs.
Upstairs a HUGE line-up is on offer - including dub heroes Nucleus Roots fresh from their European festival tour, Hamfatter (who headlined the main stage at Strawberry Fair this year), breaks wonders Stylus Rex (Punk Funk records) and drum and bass geniuses Khanage and Lethal (Offkey records/Ohm Resistance/System Abuse) amongst much much more.
This is a 16 hour event running from 1pm till 5am so get a good night's sleep before heading down. Entrance is only £5 if you arrive before 2:30pm as well (afterwards it's £8/£7 with a Muddy membership card).
The full line-up and timings for upstairs are:
13:30:00 DJ Urb
14:45:00 Nick Thompson
15:15:00 Columbian Necktie
16:10:00 Jules Morgan
16:45:00 Yello Snow
17:40:00 John Litchfield
19:00:00 Rich and Chops
20:30:00 Heather mcVey
22:05:00 James Chadwick
22:40:00 Nucleus Roots
23:40:00 Stylus Rex
01:10:00 Khanage and Lethal
Be sure not to miss out - this is going to be a party to remember!
If you've still got any life left after all that bizzle check out Deep Roots on Sunday night in Lisboa from 6pm, with a free bbq in the back garden to see things off in style.
While we are having fun at the Grassroots Equinox Party, the Stop the War campaign is demonstrating for a withdrawal from Iraq in Manchester outside the labout party conference. Please remember to show your support for the things you believe in - this is supposed to be a democracy and without interaction our freedom will continue to be removed.
Till next time - peace love unity and respect.