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toploader headlining // Party In The Park

‘Party in the Park’, a new summer music festival coming to Normanby Hall Country Park this summer with an exciting line-up of international and local acts.

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Gig Review // Ramble Gamble & Momma’s Days @ Penny Bank

On Sunday night it was the launch of new LIVE@FIVE music Sunday’s at The Penny Bank in Scunthorpe Town Centre.

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Live Music Review // Hackney Colliery Band


I like it when a story ends where it began, comes full circle you know. On Saturday 22nd November I went to see The Hackney Colliery Band perform at Cafe INDIEpendent. Now if you have never heard of them they are, well they’re something else, a reinvention of the brass band. A brass band you can dance to.  And I don’t mean dance like old folks waltzing by the bandstand in the park I mean proper, arm-waving, foot-jiving, hair all over the place kind of dancing. The support act were the very talented local band Ramble Gamble, soon to play the Great British Folk Festival. They did a full set of originals (the first time I’ve seen them do this) and they owned it. There was a very loud call for an encore (deservedly so) but they gracefully declined in deference to the act they were supporting. I overheard one person exclaim while they were performing “These are brilliant!”. From the opener Beneath The Water which stands up to any good Decemberists tale, to the raw intensity of Nobody’s Who You Think They Are, the dark irish sounding pound of Tennessee Jack and the sentimentally catchy All I Ever Wanted to name a few. These guys (and girl) have a powerful mix of original songs and I think they’ll do alright. So anyway. The Gamblers finish up, the lights go on everyone wanders back upstairs. “What time are the main act on?” “Dunno” Bit of chat. Sip of the drinks. More chat. The sound of a Trumpet from somewhere. This is how it begins. The trumpet is followed by another and then a trombone, another, a sax. A procession is coming out of the dressing room each joining in playing as they appear. What is that beast that guys playing! Its so big the pipes circle his body and the giant horn part is above his head. Is it a Tuba? I have no idea. And then some drummers. They come up to the cafe, circle, playing all the while and with a pointed finger at the stage beckon us all to come back down and watch. So we do. And they’re just awesome. They’re not dressed up, just a bunch of guys, jeans and t-shirts but their playing isn’t casual, its packed full of energy and talent. Their own compositions are modern and vital. I think their latest release is called A Bit Of Common Decency (check it out see link). Their covers are well chosen and enjoyably diverse. There’s some Kanye, some Adele, and The Prodigy, yeah Outer Space played by a brass band amazing! This is looking like another plaudit for Cafe Indie, who’s list of great gigs is just getting longer and longer. There are ensembles, solos and jazzy parts, some trance sounds played on a tablet, the snare drummer losing his mind (in a good way). They do No Diggety, folks are all jumping around. Each musician has a little bit of their own to play. And you know that beast I mentioned, it was a sousaphone, it was the thrumming bass line throughout, have you ever heard a sousaphone solo? You haven’t lived until you have. They finished up and of course they got an encore. It was heralded by a trumpeter who had snuck to the back and jumped on a chair. They all came back on and brought the house down. And then they’re off the stage into the crowd playing Toto’s Africa. And they’re leading us back upstairs to the cafe. This is definietely one of the coolest gigs I’ve been to I reckon, I would highly recommend you go see them.  And thats where it comes to a glorious end, all of us mixing together playing and clapping and dancing back where we all started. I like it when a story ends where it began, comes full circle you know. Nick

Live Music// This Weekend

WEBBANNERThere is quite a lot of events on this weekend involving live music. The 30th August seems to be a pretty popular date for events.

Friday 29 August 2014

Indie-Friday’s – Abacus

Saturday 30 August

☆ SlateFest Family Festival – Slate Farm Messingham Slate Fest – Slate House Farm, Holme Lane, Holme, Scunthorpe, DN16 3RE. Live tribute bands, bar and food available.

☆ John Bramwell (I Am Kloot)- Cafe INDIEpendent

☆ Briggstock Music Festival – Brigg Town Centre. Main stage in Market Place, with busking stations throughout the town centre.

☆ Acoustic Music in the Park – Normanby Hall Country Park

☆ Child of the Year Awards- The Baths Hall

☆ Birdhead -Lincoln Imp

☆Lady Monsoon-Ashby Star

☆The Shard- Lord Roberts

☆Catch 23- The Malt Shovel, Ashby

☆Northern Soul & Motown- Ashby Mill Road Club

☆The Ignitors- St Bernadettes, Ashby

To see listings of all types visit

 Send us your photos over the weekend if you are attending any local event and we will put your photo in our gallery. Anon or credited


This Weekend Live Music: Edinburgh Band ‘Birdhead’

Birdhead’s music is described as Krautrock, New Wave, Rock n Roll, Garage, Techno, Punk & Blues. With Skilled guitar shredding and new wave/electro vibes hitting you from the start. The band recently played T In The Park but this weekend (Saturday 30th August) they will be hitting up the Lincoln Imp.

Float Like Angels Promotions proudly presents a strong line up of bands with a range of Folk, Indie, Techno Punk and blues.

Birdhead – Techno, Punk, Blues from Edinburgh

The Subterranean Gentlemen – Surf Punk from Scarborough

Sewer Rats – Stoned Blues,Skate Punk from Immingham

The Lame – Indie,Alt Rock from Scunthorpe

Ramble Gamble – Folk, Rock from Scunthorpe

Doors 7pm – 1st act 7.30pm

Tickets £5 Door price £6

What people are saying about Birdhead:

“The authentic, often overpowering rawness of their sound (Stephen Donkin’s vocal echoes the distorted, staccato rawness of The Fall’s Mark E Smith) and purposeful krautrock-style repetition of David Nicklen’s drumming worked particularly well” **** – The Scotsman

“It’s an odd combination to get your head around but when they kick off with opening song Tourist it soon becomes apparent that this actually works, and, it’s really frickin good…” Crocodile Pop

“a hypnotic Edinburgh duo, specialising in krautrock and post-punk. A band I’m tipping for 2011.” Vic Galloway

“Surprise of the night was Birdhead who sounded very much like the product of a behind the bike shed liaison between Scars and Fuck Buttons” – Manic Pop Thrills

New Family festival launches on August 30th

New Family festival launches on August 30th.

Now we know we have Broughton Party In The Pines on August 9th catering for the Indie lover and the hardcore ravers but it is an over 18 event and more adult rated. We also get local Fake Fest every year on Winterton showground.

What is different about the new Slate Festival? Well it’s cheaper than Fake festival for a family day out and fake fest mainly uses cover bands. Slate Fest is providing an affordable day and over night stay for families to enjoy.

If you and your family want a close to home day out and a night in a tent then Slate Fest won’t set you back too much with reasonably priced tickets and 1 child under 10 free with every paying adult.

The Line Up So Far:


To add to the family fun there will also be:

  • Festival Face Painting
  • Best Dressed Festival Goer Competition
  • Inflatable Games Area (eg., bungie run, rodeo bull etc)
  • Pimm’s Tent
  • Trade stands (further enquiries welcome)
  • Ice Cream
  • Bar and Food on-site
  • Camping is FREE but MUST be pre booked.

Gates will open at 2pm. Anyone who has booked camping can arrive from 11am. Campers must leave the site (as they found it) before 2pm on Sunday.
Breakfast will be available in the morning.

Where will you find Slate Fest?
Get off at junction 4 of M180, head towards Scunthorpe on the A18 to the next roundabout (500 yards). At this roundabout continue on the A18 to Scunthorpe. As you drop down the hill from the roundabout, take first turn off to the left signposted Kirton Lindsey (B1398), then take the first right signposted for Holme and Bottesford. Continue for about half a mile until you see the Golf Club on the right hand side. Just past this take a left turn on to Holme Lane, go over the M180. Slate House Farm is the third entrance on the right hand side after you have gone over the motorway bridge.Alternately if you have ever been to the Carboot at slate farm (It’s there).

FACILITIES will include Toilets (including disabled)
A variety of quality food and drink outlets are available (alcoholic and soft drinks will be on sale using a token system (which can be purchased on the day).

Early Bird Tickets available up to 16th August, either on-line or at our local outlets.

Early Bird Ticket Prices:
Adult: £12.00 \ 10-17 Years & Students: £10.00 \ Second Child: £5.00

Need to know more? Check out their colourful website @

So if your looking for a fun day out with the family get yourself to Slate Fest. But If you are looking for a child free crazy party check out Party In The Pines tickets are also still available. Or why not do both?

Slate House Farm, Holme Lane, Holme, Scunthorpe DN16 3RE