Hi, and kicking off tonight in London with the Archie Bronson Outfit, it's a nation-wide week of live gigs to celebrate the halls, pubs and clubs that make up our live music scene. Without this network of gigs and their promoters, we'd have never got off the ground. Go check out a band you've heard of at a venue near you! See you there -
Wednesday 29th January
STOKE - The Sugarmill - £5, Age 14+ - 6.30pm
CAMP STAG https://www.facebook.com/CAMPSTAG
THE RUBY DUKES https://www.facebook.com/TheRubyDukes
NOTHING BUT THIEVES https://www.facebook.com/NothingButThieves
MORAL PANICS https://www.facebook.com/moralpanicsband
CARDIFF - Clwb Ifor Bach - £5 - 8pm
THE CONTINENTS www.facebook.com/Continentsband
Thursday 30th January
BRISTOL - The Louisiana - £5 ADV / £6 On the door - 7.30pm
THREE KINGS HIGH www.facebook.com/THREEKINGSHIGH
SMALL ENGINE REPAIR www.facebook.com/smallenginerepair
WYYNONA RYYDER // www.facebook.com/WyynonaRyyder
LIONFACE // www.facebook.com/lionfacemusic
KAYLA PAINTER // www.facebook.com/kaylapaintermusicuk
THE CRISIS PROJECT // www.facebook.com/TheCrisisProject
LIVERPOOL - The Zanzibar - £4, Age 18+ - 7.15pm
THE RED SUNS https://soundcloud.com/the-red-suns
GO FIASCO www.facebook.com/GoFiasco
THE CHEAP THRILLS www.facebook.com/TheCheapThrills
DOMINIC DUNN www.facebook.com/Dominic.Dunn22
LIBERTY VESSELS www.facebook.com/pages/The-Liberty-Vessels
BELFAST - Oh Yeah Centre - £5 Over 18s. - Late show 9pm
LITTLE BEAR www.facebook.com/LittleBear
GO WOLF www.facebook.com/LOVEGOWOLF
THE COUTH www.facebook.com/couthmusic
Friday 31st January
SOUTHAMPTON - The Joiners Arms - £6 Adv, Age 18+ - 7.30pm
THE RISING www.facebook.com/The-Rising
BEN GODDARD www.facebook.com/bengoddardmusic
THE OUTLOOKS www.facebook.com/theoutlooks
GUILDFORD - The Boileroom - Free, 14+ - 7.30pm
PRINCES SLAYER https://www.facebook.com/PrincessSlayerOfficial
NATALIE ROSS http://www.natalieross
JAMIE LENMAN(Acoustic Set) http://www.jamielenman.com/
LEEDS - The Library - £5, £6 on door, 18+ - 8pm - 11.30pm
FOREVER CULT www.facebook.com/forevercult
PERFECT CRIME www.facebook.com/perfectcrimesuk
Saturday 1st February
OXFORD - The Jericho Tavern - £6 - 7pm
GLASS ANIMALS https://soundcloud.com/glassanimals
WE AERONAUTS https://soundcloud.com/weaeronauts
SALVATION BILL https://soundcloud.com/salvation-bill
CHARLIE CUNNINGHAM https://www.facebook.com/pages/Charlie-Cunningham/501688359938332
SHEFFIELD - The Leadmill - £13 14s'+ - 7pm-10.30pm
THE BLACKOUT https://www.facebook.com/theblackoutband
PLYMOUTH - Tiki Bar & Diner - £5, 18+ - Doors 8pm
Sunday 2nd February
YORK - Fibbers - £3, Age 18+ - 8pm
A JOKER'S RAGE www.facebook.com/ajokersrage
BLIND EYE www.facebook.com/blindeyeyork
MANCHESTER - Soup Kitchen - £4 Adv - 3pm - 12am
KULT COUNTRY www.facebook.com/KULTCOUNTRY
NAKED (ON DRUGS) www.facebook.com/Naked-On-Drugs
FRANCIS LUNG www.facebook.com/francislungofficial
BERNARD + EDITH www.facebook.com/bernardandedith
ALDOUS RH www.facebook.com/AldousRH
+ DJs from Hoya:Hoya and Generic Greeting Collective
TUNBRIDGE WELLS - The Forum - £7 - Doors 5pm
THE PROPELLERS www.facebook.com/propellersofficial
YOUNG ROMANCE https://www.facebook.com/YoungRomanceMusic
DEAD CEREMONY https://www.facebook.com/deadceremonyband
TIED TO THE MAST https://www.facebook.com/tiedtothemast
ISLAND CASSETTES https://www.facebook.com/IslandCassettes
Who'd have Adam and Eve'd it? Check this out... the man is right on it, in what he says, and mirrors what so many of us feel...
An office chart that for the end of the Tea Party. To be played in the background while the facades and faces melt.
Blackpool Late Eighties Holden
Fall of Another Year Can
Killing Days Traxman
Brighter Dayz Dj Rashad
Glare Lil Silva
Ti prego amami(film version) Ennio Morricone
Rannoch Dawn Holden
This photo of the Earth was taken by Voyager 1 in February, 1990. The spacecraft was 3.7 billion miles away from Earth.
"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilisation, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar", every "supreme" leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there - on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner , how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves."
A few months ago I was lucky enough to be approached by one of my favourite radio stations to make a series of programmes.
On Sunday 28th July between 4pm and 6pm I'll be presenting the Sounds of South Africa on BBC 6 Music. It's a programme all about South African music with a bit of politics thrown in.
As Global Ambassador of the Children's Radio Foundation I've recently travelled round South Africa a bit and I've heard a load of fantastic music. I'll be playing some of my favourites in between some clips as produced by the Children's Radio Foundation.
There's also an interview with Jeremy Vine about his time in South Africa as the BBC correspondent. It was fun to be on the other side of the microphone, asking the questions for a change.
Have a look at www.childrensradiofoundation.org if you haven't already.