Gig Alert// Mapped Out & GYH Present Racing Glaciers

On Friday 14th of November Lincoln Imp takes host to another fantastic line up with Mapped Out in association with Get Your Haircut Promotions to proudly present Racing Glaciers plus supports.

If you don’t know them, you soon will. They’re a fantastic 5-piece indie band from Macclesfield. Although a new offering, they’ve already played this year at Radio One’s One Big Weekend, The Great Escape, Beaconsfield, Secret Garden Party, Liverpool Sound City, Y Not and Strawberry Fields Festivals.

They combine pop melodies, powerful basslines and post-rock influences, are concrete proof that hard work, and plenty of it, pays off. The group made their first EP in just five days in a living room, earning critical online acclaim and then followed it up with their second, Ahead Of You Forever, at the start of 2014. This tour will be to support their third.

They have consistently released excellent offerings and have been brought to national attention through Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music.

Supporting Racing Glaciers will be The Carnabys+ Recruits.

The Carnabys visited the Lincoln imp earlier this year, we had never heard of them until then and they put on a great performance with a great list of catchy tunes and energy. Read our Carnaby’s review here.

The Recruits are also a relatively new band but are already becoming a favourite. Recently reaching the Scunthorpe Rock Open Finals, which will take place at the end of the month on November 29th at the Lincoln Imp. Read Recruits review here.

Advance tickets, priced £4, available from The Lincoln Imp

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Also this weekend- (See calendar for full details)


Toys R Us// Autism Friendly & additional needs exclusive shopping event

On Sunday November 30th every Toys R Us store in the UK will be holding an Autism Friendly and additional needs exclusive shopping event.

With reduced fluorescent lighting, no loud music or tannoy announcements and all staff provided with some parent led autism awareness training this should be a wonderful chance to enjoy some Christmas shopping with our children!

This event is exclusively for parents with additional needs children.

The store will be open 9am till 11am with tills opening at 11am due to Sunday trading restrictions. Staff will make sure there is quick efficient access to tills for payment or offer to hold trolleys till an appropriate time if you wish to pop out and return to pay.

Of course everyone is welcome to come along just browse and play!

Gig Review// Bridge The Gap Tour


On Saturday 8th November we wandered down to Café Indie to watch part 2 of the Bridging The Gap Tour, a set of three shows collecting together three of the best original bands in the region from north and south of the river.

It was held upstairs amongst the retro lampshades in the acoustic corner. The sofas and chairs were set out for the audience with tall candles on the tables. A set up made for people who have come to listen rather than dance, perfect for this sort of gig.

The evening began with the Happy Endings a 4-piece from Kingston upon Hull. Made up mainly by members of the Fee family, with Emma on Vocals and Guitar (Emma Fee is also a solo artist in her own right), Rachel on guitar and vocals, Adam lead guitar and Michael Jessop on the Cajon. Their songs were melodic, captivating, filled with hope and longing, some sadder, some more stirring just beautiful really. Perfect for the candlelit venue. With 3 guitarists I couldn’t quite tell who was playing the acoustic solos or even if they all were playing them but they were a personal highlight for me.

The second of the three bands; The Finest Hour from Cleethorpes brought what I would describe as a mixture of acoustic punk and folk rock. It was the perfect second course accompaniment to the Happy Endings delicate starter. Not brash but catchy. The rockiness of the electric guitar tempered by a folky style, really enjoyable. The three of them, Rob Bywater on Vocals and Guitar, Sam Simmons on Guitar and Vocals and Iain Carpenter on Drums finished their set with a fantastic cover of the Rolling Stones’ You Can’t Always Get What You Want.

As it was the Scunthorpe leg of the tour The Chris Cooper Band rounded things up. I’ve seen them a few times before, and they’re always good, but I think this was a stand out performance. Simon Barley’s keys really came through working with Chris Cooper’s and Daz Ebbatson’s guitar lines to create that atmospheric wistful but driven signature CCB sound. Jack Spence and Gav Mcarthur provided the rhythm section on Bass and Cajon. They had two hard acts to follow but they just weaved their magic did their thing and it was a superb ending to the best gig I’ve been to in a long time.

Well done to the groups for coming up with the idea of this mini tour. They each complemented the others style really well and because they are all on the same sort of level, it was an event that maintained a level of high quality throughout. So a great weekend with three original bands and a trilogy of gigs (original trilogies are always better you know). I really hope they arrange to do this again soon.

(Please check out the links to the bands. They all have music of some kind available to buy and plenty of shows coming up.)


Food Review// Wortley House Hotel Sunday Carvery

Eating out locally is something we like to do. We try to eat out at least once every other week and so we thought we may as well tell you about it.

We were kindly invited to try out the Sunday carvery at the Wortley House Hotel. Maybe not somewhere you would even think to go for your Sunday dinner?

The meal is very good value as you can see below £7 for a quality Sunday roast.

On arrival to the hotel you feel a very warm welcome. Once directed to the dinning room we kicked off with a starter, garlic mushrooms, which were very tasty chopped up in a thick and creamy garlic sauce and a slice of Bruschetta. The second starter we picked was the broccoli and cauliflower cheese home-made soup which was a nice consistency and moreish. Throughout the meal familiar music was quietly being played in the background, which we quite liked, rather than silence and the sound of cutlery clinking.


For the main course there was a choice of beef, turkey or steak pie. We went for turkey and beef. Both very tender and tasty. The beef melted in the mouth and was not tough in the slightest so there was no saw work involved or vegetables flying off my plate. Same goes for the turkey nice and moist.

The vegetables were freshly prepared and cooked to perfection. Sometimes at other carvery’s we have been to the veg can seem a little limp, too hard or too soft but this was just right. As there’s nothing worse than helping yourself to veg that has been sat in a kitchen then hosting trolley for hours on end under a light. The carrots were very sweet and neatly sliced into sticks rather than chopped.

Good quality cuts of meat were used and the carvery overall was lovely. We will definitely be visiting again when we don’t fancy cooking and washing up.

The staff were all very helpful and polite with smiles on their faces. We also had a 2 yr old with us and the staff were very helpful in sorting out a booster seat and checking we had what we needed. The 2 year old is one of the reasons their isn’t more images so apologies for that.

If you fancy trying somewhere new for your Sunday dinner you can book a reservation at The Wortley Hotel on 01724 842223.

Sunday Lunch is served every week from 12 – 2pm.

January – November:
Main Course – £7.00 p.p.
2 Courses – £10.00 p.p.
3 courses – £12.50 p.p.
Tea / Coffee – £2.50 p.p.

Click below for menus and booking information.


Our Rating (5 Out of 5):

Service: ★★★★★
Hygiene: ★★★★★
Price & value for money: ★★★★★
Presentation: ★★★★★
Overall Dining experience: ★★★★★

Let us know if you have been somewhere worth shouting about. We are always on the look out for people interested in guest reviewing. Maybe you have tried the food we have and have a different view or opinion. Let us know. Is there somewhere you have heard the food is good…or even poor?

wpid-20141005_204636.jpgRead our Sunday Banquet dine Bangla review here 4/5

Memories// Say Goodbye To Henry’s

For Henry’s nightclub fans there was maybe a little hope in the future it may re open, but before today rumours circulated on the demolition of the building and now the rumours appear to have been backed up.

Many a good night in Henry’s but it’s popularity dropped even when the door charge was irradiated. As they say ‘you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink it’. This pretty much sums up the scenario. No matter how hard they tried and no matter what effort and new events they introduced there just wasn’t enough people and interest for it.

I think when I was old enough to go out it had changed to TIME. It was a busy place and they whole layout seemed a lot bigger. I did used to like the old set up where you could wonder up and downstairs as you pleased with RnB upstairs and the general popular music downstairs peering through the glass windows to the crowded dance floor below. But obviously these two got split as there wasn’t enough people to fill both at the same time. It is a real shame as I know Henry’s was one of the only places some people would go on a night out in Scunthorpe, but these monthly visits could not keep it open the audience of people Henry’s hit grew up and started to come out less and it just didn’t seem to catch on with the cool kids of today.

£10 all in Sundays?…good times

What will you miss about Henry’s? Did you have a favourite time or memory of a night out there? Do you have a photo from back in the day when it was packed out when you attended? Where will you go instead?

Lincoln Imp// Get Skanking With Smiling Ivy

SCUNTHORPEBANNERSheffield’s finest – Smiling Ivy visit the Lincoln Imp for some funky skanking.

Smiling Ivy are a lyrically-explosive Sheffield five-piece who play an authentic fusion of ska, dub, hip-hop and punk. Since forming in 2007, the outspoken band has clashed good-time vibes and controversial social observation – offering an upbeat, but unashamedly honest, opinion of the times.

BBC Introducing Sheffield: “Love it, love it, love it, love it.”

NowThen: “A faultless marriage of 2 Tone and third wave ska punk.”

Toast Magazine: “The album flows seamlessly…9/10.”

Dave Wakeling, The Beat: “They’re smashing, nice original touch.”

Punk Archive: “Your Smiling Ivy love affair is just a couple of clicks away.”

Far Out Magazine: “Outlandish punk rock lyrics fused with ska and reggae rhythms.”

Renowned for wildly-chaotic live shows; Smiling Ivy have performed hundreds of gigs in the UK and Europe, including several tours. The band is currently promoting their debut album ‘Quick Sin Jukebox’ (released July 21), which follows four previous EPs.

Smiling Ivy have been invited to play: Boomtown Fair; Eden Festival; Alchemy Festival; Y Not Festival; Symmetry Festival; Galtres Parklands; One Love Festival; Landed Festival and many more. The band have supported: The Selecter; The Beat; Dub Pistols; Frank Turner; The Correspondents; Zion Train; The Toasters; Jaya The Cat; Slamboree; Ed Byrne; Frankie Boyle and many more.

Go to to download Smiling Ivy’s new album for free.

Smiling Ivy are – Dan Hobson: vocals and guitar | Sam Dormer: guitar and keyboard | Stevie Mac: drums | Jimmy Kohanzad: bass | Ray Grandy: saxophone and vocals |

With Support from:

The Introspects – Indie Rock with Madchester, Britpop, Mod Revival influences…

25 Microns-Original Punk/New Wave from Owston Ferry. See to check them out.”

Price: £3.00 advance / £5.00 OTD

Poster by Scunthorpe Nights

2014 // Festive Dates// Firework Displays & Christmas Switch On



Glanford Park

Wednesday  5 November

Barton Bonfire – Baysgarth Park- Gates open 5.30pm, 6pm bonfire, 6.30pm fireworks, Barton. Organised by Barton Lions. £3 adults, £1 unaccompanied teenagers, under 16s free if accompanied by adult.

Scunthorpe Rugby Club Bonfire-Gates open 5.30pm, 6pm bonfire, 6.45pm fireworks – Heslam Park.

Winterton Bonfire- Gates open 5.30pm, 7pm bonfire, 7.20pm fireworks – Winterton Showground. £10 per car or £3 Per adult & £2 per child if on foot.

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