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Listings for January, 2012

APPEARING ON Friday, January 6th, 2012

The Moo Cows [+]

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

With DJ Adam Walton (BBC Radio)

APPEARING ON Saturday, January 7th, 2012

The Suns [+]

Saturday 7th January –

Free Before 9pm, £4.00 Thereafter

With DJ Tony Bear

The River Dee may not be tidal, nor is it deep enough to surf, but somehow, somewhere, Chester groovers The Suns have managed to tap into the spirit of Link Wray, The Trashmen and The Ventures to claim the forgotten vices of tremolo abuse and spring reverb addiction as their own…

“The Suns are one of the few bands around making real garage music with a totally contemporary feel. Live, they’re f**kin brilliant. They’re the kind of band I want to be in” (Clint Boon of the Inspiral Carpets & Xfm)

“Apart from the last song i thought they were shite” (Some bloke stood at the bar at the catholic club)

“A little bit of Jagger’s swagger, a hint of Hendrix and a double dose of Morrison’s madness” (Telfords Warehouse)

“Jono’s deep croon, heavy use of maracas and Rutter’s glorious spaghetti-western guitar lines all pile up into an intoxicating stew that manages the rare and impressive trick of being universally likeable yet intriguingly original.” (Manchester Music Dash review)

APPEARING ON Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Open Mic Session With Baby Brave & The Lovebites [+]

Sunday 8th January – Free Entry

Emily & Jo picked up their paintbrushes and proceeded to create a series of earnestly peculiar lyrics and sunny folk-pop melodies, splattered with adorable harmonies and contagious catchiness. With a healthy dose of welsh heart from guitarist ‘The Lovebites’, the Braves are sure to get your toes tapping. Expect to be charmed by flute solos, feverish guitar riffs, hypnotic hands and a ukulele named Fiona.


APPEARING ON Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Salsa Inferno [+]

Free Entry – Free Beginners Dance Classes

APPEARING ON Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Anais Labelle [+]

Free Entry

With DJ Ono

Female fronted, hi tempo indie rock band from our home town of Chester. Keeping the music scene alive with their energetic live preformances, make sure to get your bull horns out.

APPEARING ON Friday, January 13th, 2012

Emanuel & The Fear (USA) [+]

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

With DJ Adam Walton (BBC Radio)

Emanuel and the Fear is a Brooklyn Rock Outfit (from here on out referred to as BRO).  There are many BRO’s in today’s world, but Emanuel and the Fear is the only one that brings 1-200 band members to the stage depending on how they’re feeling that particular evening.

You’re probably wondering what this BRO sounds like?  So are they.

Until they figure that out, they’ve been known to sound like a synth pop band, a heavy metal act with strings, an Irish pub band, a riot, a summer storm, 336 spiders/ants crawling up you legs and into your ears, a classic rock band, a really bad power ballad that despite knowing it’s really bad everyone loves, and due to their recent popularity…The Arcade Fire.  It’s members play/have worked with the likes of The National, From Autumn to Ashes, Sufjan Stevens, Zao, Akron/Family, Ryan Star, and The Canadian Brass.

Having spent hours laboring in the studio for their first two releases, the band took a more organic approach for the new self-released EPHands, by writing and rehearsing the tracks in the 2 months they toured Europe in 2010.  They then recorded and mixed the whole record in 4 days, mostly live in the studio.

“Hands” will be released exactly June 10th, 2011 and will be available everywhere, thanks to the internet. It will be leaked approximately one month prior to June 10th, 2011 also thanks to the internet.

This BRO has been written about!  Sources from the likes of Flavorpill, NME, Village Voice, The Guardian, Paste, Rolling Stone (Germany) and Vice (Germany) have all had something nice to say about Emanuel and the Fear.   They’ll be playing this summer around the northeast of America and are currently booked for the End of the Road Festival in England with a UK/Europe tour to follow.

Emanuel and the Fear may be, at any given time:

Drums – Jeff Gretz
Bass – Gil Goldin
Synth/Vocals – Dallin Applebaum
Guitar – Dan Tirer
Flute – Nic Cowles
Violin – Tom Swafford
Violin/Vocals – Liz Hanley
Cello – Brian Sanders
Trombone – David Nelson
Trumpet – Chris Coletti
Guitar/Piano/Vocals – Emanuel Ayvas


Tickets available online via SeeTickets

APPEARING ON Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Open Mic Session With Alx Green [+]

Free Entry

A New Year a new host. Alx Green has been slowly worming his way into the acoustic circuit with his tastefully preformed covers and original material. We welcome our new host and anyone else to take to the Telford’s stage for Chester’s longest running open mic night.

APPEARING ON Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Salsa Inferno [+]

Free Entry – Free Beginners Dance Classes

APPEARING ON Thursday, January 19th, 2012

“Fresh Outta’ The Box” – Gallops & Del Casino [+]

Thursday 19th January – Tickets £3.00

Spectrum Cygnini Cynergy Presents; “Fresh Outta’ the Box” showcasing the best in new and original music from around the Northwest


2011 was a monumental year for Gallops. Playing gigs as diverse as Austin, Texas’ SWX, Cardiff’s SWN Festival, Wrexham’s Papyrus Charity event as well as touring Holland and Germany.

The band has been busy in the studio, expanding their Mathrock sound, posting the demos online to rapturous applause.  Expect to hear material old and new as the band make their Chester debut before releasing their debut album later in the year. www.gallops.com

The Revolutionary Spirit

The Revolutionary Spirit are another band who have had a great year.  From playing a number of Wrexham’s finest ROPE events to performances at Friends of Mine Festival, Manchester and Shoreditch Festival, London, The Revolutionary Spirit have broken new ground in the last twelve months. Mixing 80s, new wave, 90 shoe gaze and psychedelia, to make something truly unique,. 2012 is clearly earmarked to be their year. www.rev-spirit.com

Jaguar Jones

Combining angular guitar riffs with nu rave beats, Jaguar Jones are the perfect complement to the evening. Guaranteed to drag you to the dancefloor, since decamping to Manchester Jaguar Jones have been beavering away at new material the delights of which can be sampled this evening. www.jaguarjones.com

Del Casino

Despite sounding like they are kicking back in Ibiza’s Café Del Mar, Del Casino mix live guitars, percussion with samples and beats to get anyone’s feet shuffling. Lead single “Confusion” was the sound of last summer and is guaranteed to warm the cockles of any January evening. www.delcasino.com

Tickets available online via SeeTickets

APPEARING ON Friday, January 20th, 2012

Shrewdness of Apes [+]

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

With DJ Adam Walton (BBC Radio)

APPEARING ON Saturday, January 21st, 2012

The Reads [+]

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

Saturday 21st January – With DJ Timmy Magic

The Reads have been a busy bunch since they launched their debut album ‘Stories from the Border’ at Telfords Warehouse in March 2011.  They’ve spent a long hot Summer gigging up and down the country and have garnered a fair bit of airplay on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Merseyside, XFM and even BBC Radio 2 along the way!  They’ve already had two tracks from the album featured as BBC Radio Wales Single of the Week and their next release ‘Galaxy Egg’ will see them repeat this for a third time in January 2012.  Come and join them on their home turf on 21st January as they return once again to one of their favourite venues.

Shy and the Fight are a 7 piece alternative folk/pop collaborative based in and around Chester and North Wales.

Michael Deponeo (Guitar, Vocals), Christopher Done (Bass, Vocals), Thomas Hyndman (Guitar, Vocals), Carrie Anderson (Violin, Glockenspiel, Vocals), Jackson Almond (Keys, Electronics, Banjo), Tom Wootton (Drums) and Samuel Williams (Drums, Percussion, accordian) have been together since late 2009 and within their short time together, have gotten off to a fantastic start playing at a wide range of venues from local bars and touring venues to larger events including the first Stop Making Sense festival at the Garden festival site in Croatia, Chester rocks festival and focus wales.

Regularly performing across the UK, alongside many reputable acts, they have built up a substantial live fan base and have made frequent appearances on the Adam Walton show on BBC Radio Wales having also recorded a live session for the show. this has led to interest elsewhere including being a top pick on montreal’s cism radio station. And even more recently the band were surprised to hear their song had been played a couple of times on Jen longs introducing show on BBC radio 1.

Their track How to stop an imploding man was used in the controversial Jack Wills advertising campaign for their Easter catalogue earlier this year, petitioned against by the daily mail.

Shy and the Fight are a dynamic group and their energetic performances are definitely not something to be missed!

Popty-Ping are putting out a Shy single as their first release. Itll be a 500 only 7 on coloured vinyl, of All That We See or Seem / Breaks

As the first in a series of packaged, limited run vinyl singles from welsh and English bands across 2012

“the reason im drawn to this (shy & the fight) is because it has a huge heart”- Adam Walton, BBC radio wales

“C’est magnifique” Melanie L, CISM FM (Montreal)

“Shy is a gift that keeps on giving” North wales Post

APPEARING ON Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Salsa Inferno [+]

Free Entry – Free Beginners Dance Classes

APPEARING ON Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Window Stage Folkazm with Mark Henderson [+]

Thursday 26th January – Free Entry

Folk, Roots and Blues provided by Mark Henderson & Co. on Telford’s intimate Window Stage. See some of the best acoustic acts from the Northwest up close and personal.

APPEARING ON Friday, January 27th, 2012

The Roddai [+]

Free Before 9pm, £4.00 Thereafter

With DJ Adam Walton (BBC Radio)

Chester partysters known for their lively acoustic renditions of all your fave tunes.

APPEARING ON Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Catfish And The Bottlemen [+]

Saturday 28th January

Free Before 9pm, £4.00 Thereafter

Tighter than a fat girls sock, these guys pack a punch.  Hard riffing Indie Rock & Roll at its finest.  Catfish and the Bottlemen have gone from strength to strength in the past 3 years having played numerous festivals including the mental Snowbombing in the Austrian Alps and winning BBC6 unsigned band of the year.

APPEARING ON Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Rusty Mahone [+]

Free Entry

Open mic shenanighans with our resident hairy dude ‘host with the most’ tinkling the keys and hoofing the odd dance…

APPEARING ON Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Crackling Vinyl Presents – Y Niwl & Sam Airey [+]

Tuesday 31 January – Tickets £5.00

Crackling Vinyl presents an intimate show at a stunning Georgian Warehouse alongside the Shropshire Union Canal.

After a year on the road as Gruff Rhys’ touring band, Y Niwl bring their thrilling psychedelic surf instrumentals to Telfords Warehouse for the first time. Their debut album Y Niwl was named The Sunday Times Album of the Week on 2 January 2011 and was lauded by both the NME and Drowned in Sound. The track Undegpedwar is currently being used as the theme tune to the BBC television show Football Focus.

“Y Niwl live in the mountains and they’re the world’s highest altitude post-surf band. They sound like post-rockers gatecrashing a Tarantino soundtrack.” – Gruff Rhys


Supporting Y Niwl will be Anglesey’s Sam Airey. Sam’s remarkable songs bring to mind Bonnie Prince Billy or Bon Iver. There’s a compelling depth to his fingerpicked guitar and timeless vocals. Sam recently recorded a session for Huw Stephens’ Radio 1 show at the BBC’s legendary Maida Vale studios.


Tickets available online via SeeTickets