Saturday, December 23, 2006

Beatles Stones and Elvis Night

Here's the pics of the legendary Beatles Stones and Elvis night.

we wish you all a very Merry Christmas from Unity

What's on this week

Greetings Xmas shoppers and anti-consumerist resistors!

Once again apologies for the lateness of this mailout - we're looking at alternatives to solve the problem I keep having with this mass mailing out thing - should have it all sussed very soon.

While we're here I may as well inform you on happenings for the whole Xmas and New Year period - that way I can relax over the silly season myself (relaxed = mash-up).

Friday 22nd

It's time for the Grassroots Winter Solstice Party at Lisboa tonight - with live music from Circus, Opaque, Point of Origin and Pink and Ruby and DJ's Lukus, Local & Kendo (Playskool) and Peddlebreaker and Sk9 (Contact/Drip-Dry). Entrance is only £3 if you're a Muddy member (£4 otherwise) so get yo asses down for the fun. Door times are 8pm till 4am.

Saturday 23rd

It's behind you! is the cry ringing out of the Glass Onion this Saturday - it's time for the adults only Muddy Panto, written and performed by a rag-tag bunch of very Muddy Folk. This will be a great night - with warm up performances from musicians and the like from 7pm and the panto itself starting at 10pm. Entrance to this very special event is £3 members, £4 others.

Dizzy Funk are having their Winter Solstice celebrations with a night of underground house music at Lisboa this Saturday. Doors 9pm till 5am and entrance only a fiver. Get down and get deep and funky.

Sunday 24th - Xmas Eve

Muddy Movie Day at the Glass Onion - which is serving alcohol from 2pm on this day. Films from 3pm till midnight.

Monday 25th - Xmas Day

Xmas day itself! The Glass Onion's dedicated volunteers are spending their day with their spititual family at the Onion, for a day entitled The Queens Peach. Alcohol will be on sale throughout the day and there will be games, stories, films, Xmas dinner and a festive quiz. Entrance is free.

Tuesday 26th - Boxing Day

The Onion is open from 2pm till late and will once again be serving alcohol throughout the day. This day is themed on jazz and comedy with stage acts from 7pm. Free entrance.

Wednesday 27th

There is a huge charity event going on at The Cavendish pub, Cavendish Street (off town end of Eastifield Road). This is to benefit children with cancer and boasts a huge line-up including (to name but a few) Opaque, Point of Origin, Point Seven Pistol, Columbian Necktie, Julian Stone, Haku*Sama, Richard Groom and lots lots lots more. Live music from 12 till 12 and free entrance (but please dig deep for the charity).

Meanwhile there is a very diggerent marathon going on at the Glass Onion from 3pm till 3am, where the extended versions of all three Lord of the Rings films are being shown.

Thursday 28th

Unity @ Lisboa have a folky and laid back post-Xmas recovery session planned for this night, including EMM From Bluebird records Winter Tour and acoustic bands Intwined and Cruel Folk. The music is going to be absolutely first rate for this one so come down and chill out to the beautiful sounds. Entrance is £2/£1 Muddy members.

Friday 29th

The Glass Onion plays host to the Muddy end of year Extravajamza on this night, with Drum workshops with Dutch Tony from 5pm, Open mic from 6pm, and alternative country, folk and blues from Midwezt & Friends from 8pm till late - there will also be an appearance from David's harp - gotta be seen to be believed. Entrance is free.

Or if you fancy dancing your socks off into the early hours check out Skankateria at Radius (above Solstice). This special event is an annual thing put on by local legends the Gangsters. They have kindly invited jazz-funkateers Groove Cartel and Point of Origin along for the ride, as well as ska and reggae DJ's including Urb. Live music begins with POO at 9:30pm and doors are 8pm till the wee hours. Entrance is £5 before 10pm to Muddy members and the key to this party is DANCE DANCE DANCE. Gonna be smiley.

Alternatively you'll find Contact at Bar Lisboa kicking out experimental electronic sounds from residents and with special guest Nigel Noise from London. This may be the last Contact in its current incarnation too. Door times are 9pm till 3:30 am. Entrance is £3.

Saturday 30th

The bods from Clear have hooked up with the bods who used to run the Strictly Soulful d&b nights in Bogarts to create Strictly Clear. The first conjoined party will take place at Lisboa on Saturday 30th and boasts two rooms - one full of all kinds of breaks and one full of all kinds of drum & bass. It's gonna be a phatty party so don't miss out. Entrance is £3 and doors are 10pm till late.

Sunday 31st - New Years Eve

The Glass Onion are hosting a New Years Eve party for Muddy members only (who get free entrance too!!!). The licence has been extended allowing the party to run from 6pm till 4am with lots of local musicians and DJ's on the bill and a few surprises thrown in for fun.

Alternatively at Lisboa you'll find DJ's from many underground crews representing the cream of Peterborough's underground electronic scene for a party from 9pm till 5am. Entrance is £8, including a free glass of champagne at Midnight. More exact line-up tbc.

....and Finally

Massive thanks to all of you for making 2006 such a special year in Peterborough and beyond, and more importantly bringing all of us such beautiful memories of this year to carry forward with us in our lives. It's just over one year since Muddy Promotions put their first ever event on, and things have moved quickly - most notably with the success of the Grassroots Festival and the opening of the Glass Onion Community Music and Arts Centre. Thanks to all of you who made all this possible in the million different ways that you have. Here's looking forward to 2007.

Have a great Xmas and New Year - best wishes from all of us for 2007.

Peace love unity and respect.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Myspace of the day

This weeks myspace of the day goes to The Waheys, who recently have just got a mention on MTV by Kasabian who they supported. Kasabian is reported to have said they're the "greatest band ever" (sic)mainly because, allegedly, they trashed the stage. That been said The Waheys are actually a great fun band playing mod rock. We're not sure whether recent comments from Dan the lead singer that Mike Da hat used to change his nappies is going to ruin Mikes reputation or his own. We leave it for time to tell.

So whaddya waiting for? Go and check out "the greatest band ever".

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Unity 14th November 2006

Despite three quarters of the band being sick and bad with the dreaded lurgies, the Playful Rays took the stage like professionals. The Playful rays are an all girl Punk pop band none of them over eighteen.Blankit the heros of the pre gig jam session and post gig jam sessions which they enjoyed so much they promise to come back regularly. So if you missed them tonight you'll certainly have a chance to see them jam in the near future, blazing away on lead guitar, bass and drums.

Next week we have the Unity Christmas bash in the shape of our Beatle Stones and Elvis night. It's ceretainly captured the imagination of a load of people and promises to be a great fun night.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

What's on this week

Greetings snow flurries and wintry showers!

The days are still getting shorter, and colder....but it's nearly solstice-time and then we can start the home run back towards summer fun and warmth! In the meantime things are going to get busy with Xmas and New Year just around the corner.

Let's have a look at what's on this week to distract you from the consumerist frenzy that is Xmas shopping.

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Wednesday nights is time for the weekly pixie folke open mic session at Lisboa (24 Lincoln Road) Doors open 9pm till late and entrance is free.


Unity as Lisboa has the pleasure of hosting to young rock bands this week, Cambridge based punk rockers Blankit and young all-female boro band The Playful Rays. The jam session will start proceedings as always at 8pm and kick out is in the early hours after DJ Urb falls over from exhaustion (not likely). Entrance is £2 or £1 to Muddy members.

Or if you are in Stamford direction for the night check out Irene Rae at the Mi Familia Tapas Bar, where music starts at 9pm and entrance is free.

Or if you want to venture even further afield check out Opaque at Insomnia in Derby. Email for more details.


The Glass Onion's acoustic night has the pleasure of having the wonderful Irene Rae (back on the scene after a few health problems - good to have you back around Ren). It's also an open mic session for the rest of the night so come along and bring your instruments and music!

Down the road in Bogarts local funkateers Point of Origin have their first Peterborough appearance after a long break due to bods being away at University - entrance is free and music starts at 9:30pm ish.....and there've been no rehearsals since September so if you want to see the band scared as f*ck this is your chance... :)

For an electronic tip Funktional return to Lisboa this Friday for another session of funky house. Door times are 9pm till 3am and entrance is £3. DJ Clark Fader is in da house for a hip-hop turntablist session this time around too! Booyah!

Around the corner in the Brewery Tap, Jules the DJ is bringing a Xmas Disco..... (I can't quite get over the naming of this one......reminds me a little bit too much of school.....sorry Jules!)


After the success of their first party Psychedelic Breakdown are back with something bigger, longer and phatter (this sounds far too rude at this point). For the first time Lisboa has an extended licence allowing this party to run from 11pm till 7am!!!! Both floors of Lisboa will be open, decked out with copious amounts of UV decor (courtesy of Indigo Children, Mel Playskool and the Twit Twoo lovelies), and kitted with digital visuals. Music upstairs will be psy-trance and breaks, including on the line-up Craig H (from Point Red Records - the new breaks sub-label of Alchemy Records) and Jimmy Tango (hero of the East Anglian psychedelic scene). Downstairs will be deep house, minimal techno, dub and chill. Hot drinks and snacks will be available downstairs to keep you going too. Entrance is a mere snip at a fiver each - don't miss out.

And if you can't wait for all that fun, the pre-party for Psychedelic Breakdown will be taking place at The Glass Onion from 7pm till 11pm - with psy-chill from Bidbod and progressive psy-trance from Kendo. Entrance is free.

For a live band alternative the Brewery Tap is hosting the Brown Stripes.Entrance is free before 10pm.

Or at a bigger distance you will find Opaque at Night and Day in Manchester. Email opaque_moony @ for more info.


At the Glass Onion you will find a Xmas Craft Fair taking place on Sunday.

...until next time....

Peace love unity and respect.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Unity 7th December 2006

Unity continue to stage incredibly talented musicians. Below are the brilliant Micawber, who's sublime harmonies captivated the audience. These guys come from Oakham and play beautifully.Ok from the sublime to the downright outrageous. The Juzzt have re-emerged with Rock and Roll Andy fronting the band in his own inimitable style. He is a God amongst men. Posturing on stage and frightening the front row of the audience. if nothing else he knows how to entertain and he does that very well.
What diverse line up we have tonight. Straight from Anthony Burgess's "A ClockWork Orange" we have "Columbian Necktie", brilliant alternative rock.

Don't forget next week we have the mighty "Blankit" and those cute little girlies with attitude "The Playful Rays", they might be girlies but they know how to rock.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Myspace of the day

Todays Myspace of the Day goes to Point Seven Pistol, not just because they've been working hard in the studio (Batcave) but because they've created some really great new tunes that rock.Three of them featured on their myspace page "Return","Burden" and "Push". I'm particularly biased towards the guys because they kindly allowed me to photograph their recording session and I was down in the dungeon with Jimmy while he was singing, banging my head on the roof and falling over boxes. So you've all got Point Seven pistol as friends on Myspace (if not why not), so isn't it about time you checked out what they've been doing recently. Then order a copy of their new long player. Well go on then what are you waiting for? They're just a click away

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Muddy News

Hello day dreamers, believers, sceptics, agnostics and lunatics

Here's a round up below of all things Opaque ( & all things Muddy (

Opaque Gigs

Sat 9th Dec (9pm) - Moony plays acoustic to open up for Underbelling & Vow's Caberet. It is aboard a boat on the Thames called "The English Maid" (She moors between Vauxhall and Lambeth Bridges on Albert Embankment, Southside). Please Contact Amanda on for more info & Tickets.

Sat 9th Dec (10.45pm) - Hope & Anchor, Islington, London.

Tues 12th Dec (6.30pm) - The John Clare Theatre, Peterborough. Opaque Acoustic - Opening up for the premier of Hills & Horrors, a local film production supported by Muddy Promotions.

Thurs 14th Dec (9pm) – Insomnia, Derby

Sat 16th Dec (9pm) – Night & Day, Manchester.

Thurs 21st Dec (9pm) – Dublin Castle, Camden, London

Fri 22nd Dec (9pm) – Muddy Promotions Equinox Party, Bar Lisboa, P’boro

Wed 27th Dec (2pm) – The Cavendish, P’boro

Muddy News

At The Glass Onion over the next couple of weeks we have thrills a plenty, I've picked a few highlights for your diary. I have also listed below a couple of Muddy Promotions parties that are being held in December.

Glass Onion

Every Mondays - Quiz Night

Every Wednesday - DJ Workshops & Cultural Escapades

Every Thursday - Games Night

Every Friday - Drum Circles, Acoustic Performance & Open Mic Night

Sunday 10th Dec - Amnesty International's Human Rights Day - A day for Darfur. A day of awareness for the troubles faced in Sudan. Inc Sudanese Hip Hop, Food, African Drumming and more.

Sunday 17th Dec – Xmas Craft Fair

Saturday 23rd Dec – “It’s Behind You” – Glass Onion Adult Pantomime

Plus kids clubs, juggling workshops, ladies night, jewellrey making, life drawing and so much more I can't begin to describe the wealth of tallent and creativity that is crawling out of the hidden depth of Peterborough & beyond.

Muddy Parties

Fri 22nd Dec - GrassRoots Winter Solstice Party, Bar Lisboa's, Peterborough.

Live Music from Opaque, Point of Origin, Groove Cartel, Pink n Ruby, Circus.

DJ sets from Peddlebreaker/SK9, Kendo, Lukus, Local.

8pm til 4am, £4/£3 to Muddy Members.

For any further information please do not hesitate to contact either myself or any of the Muddy volunteers at The Glass Onion.

Much love


Zodiac Party

Well there was a couple of cancellations for the Zodiac party. But that didn't stop us from having a great time with a fabulous line up of stars. And stars don't get bigger than the impossibly tall John LItchfield. Next up taking a short break from their world tour of Guildford Abi and Stacey.
It's those Sidearm boys again. Are they fantastic or what? I'd like to think that when they appear on Later with Jools Holland and headlining Glastonbury they'll still be the same old crazy guys we've known and loved for years.
I can't tell you what a pleasure it is to have the Neumes back in town. I want to take them home and feed them and keep them forever. I'll look after them, honest. So that's Eleanor, Charlotte and Emily (left to right in the bottom pics) with Tim and Amanda keeping things solid at the back.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Unity 30th November 2006

Tonights Unity was something special in that we featured "Some TCD" all the way from London and The Brackets who were playing their very 1st gig. Not forgetting all their loyal supporters who added to the brilliant vibe going on. Talking of loyal supporters here's a whole bunch of you having a great time. Here's "Some TCD" That's Abi and Tristan, two lovely people, who's main forte is beautiful harmonies, and laid back tunes. Wow! we want them for next years Muddy Festival in the Troubadour tent.
What you've been waiting for pics of "The Brackets" playing their first ever gig to a packed house. We at Unity were really impressed with the performance, so much so, we're going to push to get them a slot on the Unity stage at next years Muddy Festival. Great band.
To round off the evening Richard and Abi played a set as Istari.

Don't forget Saturday night at Lisboa we have the wonderful "Neumes" all the way from oop north in Yorkshire. Three sisters who are going to blow you away with their jazz folk swing stylie thing. You can't pigeon hole them. Just come and listen. Also on stage, Unity favourites "Sidearm" you can not beat these boys for enthusiasm. Rock at it's most entertaining, also "Godfather" and "Radicus" two bands who recently have gone down a storm at Unity.

Next Thursday at Unity we have the very popular Columbian Necktie, Micawber (folk rock duo) and Juzzt (funkay) so there's something for everyone there. And it's still only £2 to get in. £1 with Muddy membership. You can't beat it for value for money. It's the UNity bargain pack for music lovers.

Rock on dudes.

Pixy Folk 29th November

Oh 'ello. Here we go again and what a right old bunch of reprobates we've got here for you. Not an ASBO between them. They're all lovely people. Here you are at Pixy Folks special night.Dana and Jez (top left) Irene Rae, some dude on a Harpsichord who was brilliant. You could hear jaws crashing to the floor when he played. Gobs were well and truly smacked. Very special.
Aye oop its our Heather McVey (centre top of pic below) and Tammy Garcia.
Chomskis Chainsaw AKA Circus. Vince Nathan and Nick rocking it up with help from Jimmy D on drums.