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Listings for February, 2012

APPEARING ON Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Spark Events present…RIO – A Brazilian Carnivale [+]

Brazilian Carnivale Night

Wednesday February 1st

A congo dancing, cocktail drinking salsa session in aid of Save The Children.  Featuring live performances from Karamba Samba, Latin Dance Classes with Salsa Inferno Don

Save The Children

An international children’s charity based in the UK which supports both emergency and long-term relief and development projects.  This event is particularly focused on Save The Childrens wonderful work helping the homeless and destitute children in Brazil.


APPEARING ON Friday, February 3rd, 2012

The Targets [+]

Friday 3rd February

Free Before 9pm, £4.00 thereafter

With DJ Adam Walton (BBC Radio)

the targets are…


angst driven…

mod punk…

they don’t want to change the world, just tell it like it is…

these grey times

After 6 years of crafting their sound and their songs, after setbacks and heartaches, crap demo’s and shit takes, the targets are ready to explode on to the international scene…

And with youth on their side, the question the world should be asking isn’t “do they want it”… but “do you want it?”… and my god you will!


APPEARING ON Saturday, February 4th, 2012

The Midnight Ramble [+]

Saturday 4th February

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

With DJ Tony Bear

‘The Midnight Ramble’ is a 6-piece, Rock/Soul/Blues band from Northwest, UK. Growing up on past but iconic sounds of The Beatles, Springsteen, Zeppelin and The Band.

‘The Midnight Ramble’ self-titled record will be released in April 2011, containing 5 original songs, ‘Southpaw Billy’ ‘Devil in Disguise’ ‘Ballad of Four Eyes’ ‘One More Night’ & ‘Loved by a Woman’.


APPEARING ON Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Open Mic Session w/Matt Nicholls (Camera) [+]

Free Entry

Matt Nicholls is something of a newcomer to the world of folk music. Hailing from Wrexham, North Wales, he has been playing acoustic guitar and singing since the age of eleven and for many years has fronted the indie rock band Camera.

Having grown up playing the local folk and open mic clubs, Matt is now finally beginning work on a folk record due for release later in the year. His live set is a mixture of traditional folk and blues songs which sit comfortably next to his original material. His influences are varied, but his latest material is reminiscent of the music of the 60’s folk revival.The list of artists he has shared the stage with and supported include: Bert Jansch, The Handsome Family, Dick Gaughan, and Nick Harper.

Matt will be hitting the road to play local folk clubs this year, so look out for him


APPEARING ON Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Vintage & Handmade Fayre (Midday – 6pm) [+]

Free Entry

Vintage and Handmade
at Telfords Warehouse

Do you enjoy affordable vintage style, or perhaps quirky creations made by local hands? Perhaps you’re a little strapped for cash after Christmas, or simply prefer to buy unique goods or items that have been made from lovingly recycled materials? On Sunday 5th February, Telfords Warehouse will be playing host to a Vintage and Handmade Fayre from 12-5pm. The event is free to attend, so why not pop along for a browse at some lovely local handmade and vintage stalls. From handmade jewellery, soaps and bath bombs, patchwork quilts and knitted lovelies, to vintage style clothing, collectables, inspired gifts and much more.  After taking a look at all of the fabulous items we have on sale, you can also enjoy a beverage or sit down for a meal in Telfords Warehouse’s fantastic bar and restaurant.

Do you have any unwanted clothes that you think someone else would like to offer a new home? Why not take part in our Free Clothes Swap stall. Bring along any men’s or women’s clothing and bags in a good, clean condition and swap them for free at our stall. One ticket will be given per item, which you can use to purchase anything else our stall has to offer and give someone else’s unwanted outfits a little love.

For more information and a taste of what will be on offer on Sunday 5th February, check out our event page on Facebook ‘Vintage and Handmade at Telfords Warehouse’, or contact our team at vintageandhandmade@hotmail.co.uk.

APPEARING ON Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Salsa Inferno [+]

Free Entry – Free Beginners Lessons – £3 Intermediate Lessons

APPEARING ON Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Ajah UK [+]

Free Entry

With DJ Ono

No BLING or BENZ, no GANGSTERS or GUNS just RHYTHM and RHYME and HEART stopping BEATS. SPIT it OUT!!! Manchester based – UK born – alternative Hip Hop band ‘Ajah’ fuse sounds from different genres of music such as reggae, funk and rock to create a dynamic variety of different flavours and tastes, detonating the stage with their high-energy, high-octane live performances. Ajah’s unique style is lead by the percussive power of language, flowing together lyrical sounds in both Bangla and English. Ajah navigate the audience through their experiences of perception, local national & international identities, gender & sexuality, poverty, caste & class. The music and the words have a symbiotic relationship creating & conveying Hip Hop folk tales. Ajah’s performance and imagery challenge and disrupt people’s notions, broadening people’s experiences of what we see, hear and know. Ajah have performed around the UK hitting stages at Kings Place London, Matt & Freds Manchester and the various summer Mela’s (Manchester/Blackburn/Rossendale). Ajah have supported The Hypnotic Brass Ensamble and Mercury prize winner Speech Debelle.


APPEARING ON Friday, February 10th, 2012

Camera [+]

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

“This is good time festival music at it’s best, building and dropping to a pounding, psychedelic climax, all of which keeps it on the right side of cool.” Buzz Magazine.

From Radiohead and Elbow, to Wilco and Woody Guthrie, Camera take influences from all genres of music and carve out a sound that is as powerful and epic as it is intimate and heartfelt.

From being courted by major record labels in UK and signing to ultra-hip independent label My Kung Fu for the release of their debut album, to playing in front of 60,000 people for the Tsunami Relief benefit concert at the Cardiff Millennium Stadium, Camera are a band that have consistently built on a solid foundation of classic songwriting and finely tuned yet understated musicianship. Read more… »

APPEARING ON Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Rook And The Ravens [+]

Saturday 11th February

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

With DJ Timmy Magic

Rook and The Ravens’ alternative rock bristles with dark intent amidst a Technicolor landscape populated by tough guitar pop, shiny harmonies and several stories of keyboards built on an unwavering rhythm foundation.

2009’s self-released debut album Sixteen Holes in Sixteen Souls set the scene for the new band, marrying pop hooks with a brooding melancholy. Received well by media and fans alike, lead single Alpha was played extensively on both local, national and international radio and gave the band a solid platform reinforced by relentless tour dates and festivals all over the UK and Ireland.

This autumn yields an EP, drawn from recordings made over the last two years with producer Andy MacPherson (The Who, Doves, Teenage Fanclub).

It is the work of a band that has sharpened its’ focus and found an unstoppable live chemistry – they support the release with a tour starting in October and continuing over the horizon.

“Young, bold and unfathomably talented” (High Voltage)

“Articulate, edgy, blistering and self-assured” (BBC)

“Rook and The Ravens impress with versatility reminiscent of The Byrds and Traffic” (The Independent)


APPEARING ON Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Open Mic Session with Sarah Deboe [+]

Sunday 12th February

Free Entry

Acoustic open mic evening where all are welcome to take on Telfords stage. Hosted by Sarah Deboe, it should be a great night for all and with free entry and how can you say no.

APPEARING ON Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Salsa Inferno [+]

Free Entry – Free Beginners Lessons – £3 Intermediate Lessons

APPEARING ON Thursday, February 16th, 2012

The Milk Scandal with support Paul Williams [+]

Thursday 16th February – Free Entry

With DJ Ono

Local indie rock outfit, with catchy licks and thumping kicks…. definitely not worth crying over.

APPEARING ON Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Open Mic Session w/Stacey Cohen [+]

Open Mic Session w/Stacey Cohen

Free Entry

Stacey Cohen’s music is part folk, part storytelling, part metaphor, part mountain-stream. Her sound is part urban but flows with the poetics of the North Wales mountains where she lives.

Stacey’s debut album ‘Butterfly Kisses’ (2009) showcased a woman loud, proud and unafraid to speak her mind. Described as, “off-beat and quirky, haunting and poignant” and, “unique, dark, earthy”, Stacey is continually pushing the boundaries of her writing both lyrically and musically to produce tracks that have to be listened to again and again.

May 2011 will see the release of Stacey’s latest offering, an ep recorded in Feb 2011, during a short visit to her family in Uruguay.Brought together by Stacey’s Uncle, folk singer Juan Pendás. The songs are stripped down, embracing Stacey’s UK folk roots; whilst offering the perfect space for her authentic, unforgettable vocals.

Singing live, Stacey has captivated audiences across the UK and beyond with intense, inspiring performances that effuse with love, intimacy and the energy of a woman who knows how to own the stage. Stacey’s vibrancy and spirit are engaging a fan base that is growing along with her musical accomplishments, guaranteeing a stunning show whenever she performs.

APPEARING ON Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Chester Frock Exchange Boutique 2pm – 6pm [+]

A new year, a new look!

Bring along clothes, shoes and accessories to swap, but we’re going to be strict this year Frockers – five good quality items or less only (as a rule of thumb only bring items that you would you be happy to give to a friend).

New look, new venue! We have teamed up with Telfords Warehouse to give you the ultimate free shopping experience.

We will be accepting your items from 2pm and the swapping begins at 3pm. Entry is £3. We will have the usual beauty treats in store for you, plus a charity raffle, so get down early to avoid missing out on the fun.

All proceeds will be donated to Alder Hey Imagine Appeal.

APPEARING ON Monday, February 20th, 2012

Drag and Gender Swap Night [+]

Tickets £5

Regina Events has organised a charity event where all profit goes to Stonewall – Charity number 1101255 (http://www.stonewall.org.uk/). The event we are hosting is a Drag and Genderswap Night, so come along dressed in drag or the opposite sex or just colourful and camp!

APPEARING ON Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Crackling Vinyl presents Laura J Martin & Trwbador [+]

Tuesday 21 February

Tickets £5 advance/ £6 door

Laura J Martin hails from the suburbs of Liverpool with influences that ricochet between Serge Gainsbourg, Wu Tang Clan, David Bowie and Herbie Mann. Armed with a flute ready for wrangling, mandolin and a loop station, she sings over her loops and beats, songs inspired by subject matter as disparate as Japanese folklore to real life sentiments and characters.

As well as performing live on Rob da Bank’s Campfire Special (Radio 1), Laura has been invited on live sessions with Marc Riley (Radio 6) and Cerys Matthews, and enjoyed airplay from Gideon Coe and Nick Luscombe (Late Junction radio 3).

Recent activity involves a UK tour (as guest and support) with ‘Jonny’ (Euros Childs and Norman Blake) including a slot at Glastonbury. She has a host of solo gigs around the country supporting names such as ‘Scout Niblett’, ‘Bonobo’, ‘Little Dragon’ ‘Singing Adams’ , ‘Hannah Peel’ and ‘The Simonsound’ (with whom she also performs on their live set).Laura has just finished an improvised album with Euros Childs and Sweet Baboo under the moniker ‘Short and Curlies’, and is now working on an EP with Richard James (Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci).

She has had a string of releases including the single ‘Spy’, released this June with Static Caravan, (the AA side featuring Buck 65), and, ‘Inside Your Bones’ a single made in collaboration with ‘The Simonsound’, released with Battered Ornaments (Finders Keepers). Laura’s much anticipated debut album will be officially released in January, you can get hold of pre-release copies on her upcoming tour soon.


APPEARING ON Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Salsa Inferno [+]

Free Entry – Free Beginners Lessons – £3 Intermediate Lessons

APPEARING ON Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

The Glendale Family Spring Spruce [+]

Free Entry


Ashley Faythe

Baby Brave & The Love Bites

Sophie Ballamy

The Glendale Family

Fabulous folky fun with The Glendale Family and their ever expanding family of friends.  Great Beer, Banter and Live Music.

APPEARING ON Friday, February 24th, 2012

The Fallows [+]

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

Friday 24th February

With DJ Adam Walton (BBC Radio)

The Fallows are a 4 piece band from Ellesmere Port Cheshire. They are a tight Indie Rock n Roll outfit with a fast growing fanbase. The band have come a long way in a short space of time. Releasing a single on itunes in October 2010 and creating support from BBC radio merseyside.
The band released second single “Lazy Eye” on itunes and limited hard copies in April 2011. The Fallows have supported bands such as Detriot Social Club, Dogs and the Frank and Walters.
2011 looks set to be a very exciting year for this band with more great support slots and headline gigs coming up.
Their infectious indie rock anthems have tantric hooks and powerful melodies.

The Fallows deliver a huge sound that defies you not to take notice of their upbeat indie rock sound. Fronted by Gavin Swan’s unique vocal style, the lads have already had backing from Dave Monks “the Pool” on BBC radio merseyside and have a session on the 23rd Jan. The Band have already built up a serious following and released their debut single “the Caine” towards the end of 2010.

Catch these guys while you can as they’re destined for a big 2011

APPEARING ON Saturday, February 25th, 2012

The Loose Kites [+]

Free Entry Before 9pm, £4 Thereafter

APPEARING ON Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Open Mic Session with The Rusty Cadillacs [+]

Free Entry

Tom Durkin & The Rusty Cadillacs are a band that express contemporary ideas through the traditional music forms of both Folk and Country. The Bangor and Chester based band, Ramble around the country and the North of Wales, playing unique and entertaining shows no matter how small or big the venue may be.

Influence by great American artists and songwriters such as Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, Tom Durkin tries hard to be as honest and as socially accurate as possible in his lyrics. And what finer thing to do it over than a young attractive female backing vocalist, Robyn Page and demon Banjo player, Ben Smith.

APPEARING ON Monday, February 27th, 2012

Kick Start Presents – A Night Of Variety [+]

Ticket £4 adv / £5 on the door

KickStart your Monday Night!!

On Monday 27th February, a student event group from the University of Chester will be hosting ‘A Night of Variety Competition’ in aid of Chester based LIVE! children’s charity.

LIVE! charity provides support for not only the young people it helps but also their families. Harry Hickson, a member of the Kickstart Team say’s “We chose to support LIVE! not only because they are local charity, but also as they focus on helping young people that are a similar age to ourselves and therefore we can relate to the cause”.

The lucky winning act of the competition will receive £250 worth of recording courtesy of Aerial Studios whose engineers have previously worked with A list bands and artists including Coldplay, Elbow, Oasis and Rhianna!

Along with some great entertainment and a comedy host, there are also some great raffle prizes to be won so this is an event not to be missed!

Doors open at 7pm (strictly over 18’s) at Telford’s Warehouse, Tower Warf, Chester. Admission is £5 on door, £4 in advance, tickets can be purchased prior to the event from Telford’s Warehouse or directly from the Kickstart team (for information on this please email kickstartevents@hotmail.co.uk)

APPEARING ON Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Crackling Vinyl presents Golden Fable & Pulco [+]

Tuesday 28 February

Tickets £5 advance/ £6 door

Golden Fable are Tim McIver and Rebecca Palin.

The couple met in Manchester and were the driving force behind cult group Tim & Sam’s Tim & The Sam Band. After a heavy touring schedule, a highly acclaimed album and many radio sessions, the duo decided that it was time for a new challenge – Golden Fable was born.

Set up at their home studio in North Wales, dozens of songs were whittled down to a self-produced eleven track LP that is ready for release early in 2012.

Any illusions of a stripped back acoustic duo quickly dissipate when listening to debut single ‘The Chill Pt. 2’. Quirky beats and percussion introduce multi-layered synths, acoustic guitars and Rebecca’s choral vocal style, which bubbles up to a crescendo of electric guitars and duetting vocals. This lo-fi, folk-tinged pop that picks you up and takes you to another place.

The Chill Pt. 2 was self-released November 7th and led to a tour with The Miserable Rich, airplay on 6Music, BBC Radio Wales and XFM and culminated in a BBC Radio One Session at Maida Vale with Rob Da Bank.




Ashley Cooke began his musical journey in the critically-acclaimed Derrero ( (3 Peel sessions, 2 Peel festive 50 spots, tours with Gorky’s, Super Furry Animals etc). Since that band’s demise at the turn of the millennium, Cooke’s has released 5 acclaimed albums as ‘Pulco’. Pulco music is home-recorded lo-fi experimentalism – observational, poignant and at times laugh out loud funny. It includes poetry, found sound, ambient noise as well as songs deftly performed with little more than voice and guitar.



APPEARING ON Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Salsa Inferno [+]

Free Entry – Free Beginners Lessons – £3 Intermediate Lessons