Here’s our now-officially-regular-again October gig preview post. And it’s only the 3rd October! It’s getting nearer to the start of the month every time we do one.
There’s a lot to see this weekend, and hopefully something for everyone. On Friday night (6th) you could opt for The Dials, who launch their album at the Hope & Ruin, accompanied by a lightshow by Innerstrings and also a DJ set by Steve Mason. Alternatively you could head to the Rosehill where Shona Foster plays with her new band, supported by Ellie Ford. Or you could head to the Prince Albert, where Sparrow (or should that be Sprrw these days?) launch their new album.
Then on Saturday night you’ve got King Mob Magazine’s first All Dayer at the Green Door Store. Their headliner Leyya is from out of town, but for the price of your ticket (only a fiver in advance), you’ll also get to see Blush, Tuval, Mother Me, Good Guy Clarence, Sad Girls Club, Circe, and Ezekiel Doo. If that doesn’t float your boat, then Normanton Street headlining the Haunt is also a good bet.
There’s a gig at Sticky Mike’s that caught our eye on Thursday 12th October – The Professor and the Gentleman, which puts Professor Elemental And Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer on the same stage for a night of chap hop. I expect The New Faith frontman Will Charlton to be just as dapper as them when they launch their new album, Me on You, on Friday 13th October at the Brighthelm Centre.
Our next pick is AK/DK’s gig at the Green Door Store to launch their new album Patterns / Harmonics which is on Tuesday 24th October. Yesterday the supports were announced as Battery Operated Orchestra and Japanese Sweets. The following night (Wednesday 25th) Yonaka play at Patterns as part of the Hopscotch tour alongside Anteros and Stereo Honey. If you fancy seeing Yonaka but can’t make the 25th, the band have just announced a gig at the Green Door Store on 19th January.
Onto the last weekend in October now with two gigs on Saturday 28th October to tip. The first of these is the next Spectrum gig (they’re also running a seminar on 25th October with Tru Thoughts called How To Put A Record Out). This gig at the Basement doubles up as the launch party for the Dog In The Snow album Consume Me, and also has Knightstown and TEEFF on the bill. The other gig that night that we’d be at if we could be in two places at once is the Heavy Load reunion gig at the Green Door Store. Heavy Load were a much loved punk band made up of band members with and without learning disabilities, formed in the noughties who were active until their final gig in Trafalgar Square as part of the Paralympics in 2012. They also formed Stay Up Late, a charity set up to help people with disabilities to take part in evening activities where they might not have support from carers. A documentary was made about them which was screened in March this year and subsequently reunion talks took place, but sadly lead singer Simon Barker died in August. The reunion gig is taking place in his memory, and rather than getting a new singer in a raffle is taking place for people to sing songs. You can apply here.