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We start this week with news that a  huge vegan music festival returns to Bristol’s Ampitheatre on 21st & 22nd May. Vegfest provides an excuse for a massive party and this year they have a number of super headliners for the evening part of the show.


Marhsall Jefferson headlines the Saturday House Party supported by live sets from Alison Limerick (whose chart hits include the classic “Where Love Lives”), Adamski (who scored an unforgettable no. 1 with “Killer” in 1990) and Criss Cross from Club Yeyo.  On Sunday hip hop/electronic dance group Stereo MC’s and vegan reggae artist Macka B headline the main stage with support local artist in the shape of Andy Compton featuring Celestine and Sabrina Chyld.

More information and tickets for this incredible event can be found at:


More big news from Gloucester’s number one venue this week as the Guildhall announced the legendary Ash are set to return to the city on Monday 25th July. The band have played here in the past and always sell out, so getting your ticket early is an absolute essential!! I have seen them a couple of times, last at Lakefest and I can honestly say they are NOT to be missed. They are on sale now so go and book:


With Easter being upon us there’s obviously a lot of music events around Gloucestershire. I’d encourage everyone to pop down to Gloucester Quays to check out some of the live music on offer as part of “Spring Fest” – there is so much local talent on display. My tips are on Friday where you can see the wonderful Emi McDade at midday, Meg “Dave” Hayden at 2pm and Quigley at 4.30pm. Astonishing artists and all for free!!



Gig Of The Week


This week it goes to an amazing gig at Cheltenham’s Frog & Fiddle this Friday night (25th) when the venue plays host to Andy Oliveri & The Mountaineers supported by the awesome Natalie Holmes. The gig celebrates the launch of Andy’s new EP “The Welcome Stranger” but will also include songs from his amazing back catalogue. Andy is a local lad and has a keen and loyal fan base, this really should be an incredible evening from one hell of a musician.

Natalie Holmes is also an amazing talent. I first saw her a few years ago on tour with Lewis Watson and have seen her perform live many times since. She stayed at my home once when she played at Barn On The Farm and was the perfect house guest, proving that she’s a lovely person as well as an amazing singer/songwriter – winning on every level there Natalie!! She’s sure to captivate the crowd and will more than compliment Andy’s headline show – so anyone going really is in for a treat.

You can pay on the door, if you don’t have any plans just go…please, you’ll thank me later – I promise!!


Andy Oliveri:


Song Of The Week


It’s a couple of years old now, but as I’ve talked about her above I thought I’d go for a track by Natalie Holmes who is supporting Andy Oliveri this Friday night at the Frog & Fiddle in Cheltenham. The track is called “Don’t Know Me” and really showcases everything that is just outstanding about this incredible singer/songwriter from Bristol. You can find out more about Natalie from her Facebook page (link below) but really, just get along to that gig tomorrow – I can’t say that enough!!

You Don’t Know Me:



Gig List

As ever, big thanks to John Plane for letting us share his fantastic gig list. Get out there and support live music – some great events coming up over the coming week:


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