Sat 1
El Pussycat
plus The Drugstore Cowboys
El Pussycat are on longer young boys blasting out 100 mph ska. “You're just too fast, too loud, too loud!!" said the godfather of ska Laurel Aitken. These days they keep their sound, which goes back to the 50’s roots of bluebeat and ska, relaxed and rock steady. Their post Christmas show with Kingsize was our most sold out show ever so be sure to book early, whilst we get the foundations reinforced!
Sun 2


Mon 3
Tue 4
  The Acoustic Live Lounge presents…
The Doghouse Roses, The Good Bad & The Ugly, Dan English and others...
Wed 5

Steve Wynn & Robert Lloyd
£8adv £10door
plus Emma King & The Heartsets

Thu 6

Black Diamond Heavies
plus Bohannons and The Jack Of Hearts Band
Hotter than Dracula in an Arizona goth club with broken air conditioning, the tandem of organist and crooner John Wesley Myers and crazy-ass drummer Van Campbell spew fire- and brimstone-laced blues and blues rock that oozes soul. More specifically, it sounds like Tom Waits, Ray Charles, and John Lee Hooker taking hard swigs from a jug of moonshine in the middle of a Baptist church. So break out the whiskey and sunglasses, kids, and enjoy the show.
Fri 7

Ska Trek
(Madness/Specials/Bad Manners tribute)

Sat 8
The Ugly Guys
Sun 9
Motley Crew (Motley Crue tribute)
Mon 10

Kris Drever & Heidi Talbot
plus Andy Griffiths

Tue 11
David Wyatt
plus Joel Owen and Jim Burgess
Wed 12
Weekend Warrirors
Thu 13
Access to Music

Fri 14
Cosmic Charlies (Grateful Dead Tribute)
plus Morning Session
“Wisely eschewing the tendency to step into character the Cosmic Charlies let the music do the talking: they're a tribute band in the true sense of the word, not a doppelganger outfit. That means you don't get note perfect renditions of songs like Scarlet Begonias, Sugaree or Terrapin Station, but you do get a splendid approximation of a Dead-like musical journey complete with spacy improvisations that, eyes closed,  are amazingly convincing.” - Record Collector.
Sat 15
Wilko Johnson
plus Tantrum
Sun 16
Mon 17
Tue 18
Ann Scott
£4adv £5door
plus Stevie Jones, Peter Wyeth, Jayde Morrison
Dublin songwriter Ann Scott has an instantly identifiable voice with a musical armoury consisting of arrange of left-field guitars, newfangled synths, detuned mandolas and some quirky ideas on how to go about playing them .Her debut album 'Poor Horse' was voted into the Hotpress musicians' poll of Ireland 's top 100 albums ever. She has guested on records for Kila, David Kitt and Mark Geary and received praise in the UK on XFM, BBC1 and BBC 6. This will be an intimate acoustic show not to be missed from one of Ireland's most spellbinding and original new talents.
Wed 19
Mid Beats
plus The Beat Club, Dead Slow and Liam Houchen
Thu 20

Chris Helme (ex Seahorses)
plus Calder
Chris Helme first appeared fronting John Squire’s post Stone Roses project, The Seahorses.  After the Seahorses folded in 1999, Chris took time out to ‘sleep, write and start a family’, before returning in 2002 with The Yards, whose second album is due for release this year. Looking forward to playing in front of an audience again after a year in the studio, this is a great chance to see Chris at his best… live and in person.

Fri 21
Marcus Malone
plus Bad Lucile
Sat 22
EQ Festival (1pm till 12 midnight)
Stress Bitch
plus Shapeshifter, Aganol Trace, Echo Location, Kevin Hewick, Roger Pugh, Steve Cartwright, Rondo, The Smokey Grass Mountain Boys, Chris Conway, The Drummers and others
Sun 23

The Backbones

Mon 24
Tue 25
Hendrix Night
with Purple & The Rains
plus support  
Wed 26

Jonatha Brooke
£8adv £10door

plus Abi Moore
The music of Jonatha Brooke is probably best described by one of her lyrics "I feel the steady pull of things that I can't see and I like it." Her music draws you in, an irresistible combination of intelligent arrangements and eloquent lyrics delivered by a great voice. Originally from Boston, Jonatha has a series of critically acclaimed albums to her credit. She showcases her engaging lyrics that will lift your soul and tear your heart out.

Thu 27
Vikki Clayton
plus Chris Conway
Fri 28

The Travelling Riverside Blues Band
plus The Piranhas

Sat 29

Kathryn Williams and Neil MacColl
plus support
If you're looking for a folk/acoustic pedigree, then you can't do better than this. A supremely talented mercury prize nominee who seems to have the undiluted respect of every music journalist in the country teams up with a member of a hugely influential musical clan who also happens to be one of the UK's top session musicians and film composers... they write and record an album together and take it on the road.

Sun 30
Kris Delmhorst
£7adv /£8door
plus Hi & Lo
Mon 31

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