Live Music in Plymouth
Are you a follower of live music? Are you a solo artist or band looking for gigs and regular venues to play in? Or are you a venue owner looking for some new acts? Then these music listings are for all of you!
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Music Venues – Pubs & Clubs
Local Pub and Club venues are on the look out for new acts from time to time, especially for last minute ones to replace bands who have dropped out at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances.
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Sarah Gosling takes a look at some of Plymouth’s Top Music Venues.
A while ago I wanted to write a ‘hooray!’ piece on how brilliant a charity gig with Goldie Lookin’ Chain and The Malthusian Trap for ‘Musicians Against Homelessness’ evening was.
I couldn’t though. The event was cancelled due to poor ticket sales.
This isn’t a stand-alone thing either; whilst things are definitely on the up, Plymouth’s live music is often under-attended to the point that I frequently find myself quashing the urge to prance alone in an ill-advised attempt to cheer the band up. No-one wants that!
But instead of moaning or putting everyone through the ordeal of watching my poorly executed shapes, I’ve decided to bang on about what’s brilliant in Plymouth’s music scene, and exactly where you need to go for all of those music-loving and thus wonderful evenings you’re about to have. On all fronts, you’re welcome.
The Underground, Mutley Plain
A classic and literally underground cavern of eardrum obliterating acoustics (in this case, a good thing) and diehard music fans, the enthusiasm of both management and punters for new and exciting music has led to this relatively new establishment working its way onto many a touring circuit. Recently hosting the likes of Youth Club, Yak and playing house to the city’s metal and alt-electro scenes, this place really caters to everything. Oh, and keep an eye out for the gig posters festooning the walls, all designed by assistant manager Lauren. They’re kinda cool.
The Hub / dbs Live, Cattedown
When a venue’s run by a music tech training college, you expect pretty good things. Thankfully The Hub, run by the talented folk at DBs Sound does actually give up the woods, combining an airy environment, cavernous ceiling and lighting rig with great sound, a well catered smoking area (necessary for the all-important post-gig cooldown) and generally good vibes. Recent artists include The Computers, We Are Scientists, Reef and a tonne of awesome alt stuff whose names you probably wouldn’t recognise (I know I didn’t), but you never know someone until you’ve given them a go, and this is the perfect place to just give stuff a try. I for example found out that there is indeed a time and a place for Death Metal, and that that time is a few drinks down hurling my not great weight around amidst a circle pit. I may have been the only one to notice my enthusiasm.
The Junction, Mutley Plain
Since the closure of The White Rabbit, The Junction has taken over its special niche in the Plymouth music market, finding itself this time plonked firmly at the top of Mutley Plain. Boasting a conventional pub layout attached to a less conventional stage setup, The Junction has been growing an increasingly devoted following after showings from the likes of Patrons, Backbeat Soundsystem, Antimatador, and recently even Slaves. With exciting new promoters working with the venue and bands seemingly queuing out of the door to play it, it’s looking like the future’s thriving and fantastically grimy for this joint.
The B-Bar, Barbican
This place is quite frankly wonderful. Decked out like an opulent velveteen theatre, it sits casually basking in its own warmth and shabby grandeur while you ponder whether you’ve ever been somewhere with this much fabric around the place. That’s not to say it’s stuffy or fuddy-duddy though, despite me using the word ‘velveteen’ (while we’re on the topic, no fictional rabbits are involved either). Any stuffiness that might have been is trodden beneath the queues for delicious boxed Thai noodles and friendly, excited punters. The clincher though is the B-Bar’s soul itself; the very face that it has a soul, a palpable thing manifesting itself in brilliant performances, be they comedy or music. After my first B-Bar outing, a mesmerizing evening watching Haunt The Woods in full we-should-all-sit-down-be-quiet-and-watch-this-is-amazing flow, I’m hooked on the place. Head here for some exceptional Americana, Latin music and Folk and dashes of everything else.
Blues Bar and Grill, Barbican
To use the old adage, Blues Bar does what it says on the tin. It’s a Blues bar. It provides grilled food. It’s cosy, a little fancy, it’s gorgeous and it hosts equally gorgeous music. With both scheduled gigs running all the time and the occasional excitement of an open mic night, the only day on which there isn’t live music is Monday. Since Tuesdays are a pretty safe bet for their fantastic house regulars though, I reckon you can wait a day to start your week off in a darn fine way.
Article written by Sarah Gosling – http://unitedprocrastinations.wordpress.com/
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This famous Plymouth musician, singer and song writer will definitely get your venue rocking. His husky voice, mad guitar skills, fantastic sense of humour and piano-burning will make each gig memorable and thoroughly entertaining.
Land of The Giants
“Inspired, feel-good rock ‘n’ roll dub; Land of the Giants are truly on to something!”
The Giants are one of the hardest working independent acts, averaging around 200 gigs a year since starting out in 2009. With their shows now selling out and two EPs and a live album receiving great reviews, the band are really starting to see the fruits of their labours.
Jessica and The Rabbits
Jessica and the Rabbits are a 7 piece band consisting of drums, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, vocals, trumpet and saxophone. We play a variety of musical styles to entertain everyone including Funk, Soul, Blues, Rock n’ Roll, Swing and a touch of Ska. They are all full time musicians and love to play and perform.
Rockafella are an energetic Plymouth based four piece covers band playing storming rock tunes from the 90s through to present day. Their set is based around modern classics, forgotten gems, and a few special Rockafella twists on the unexpected…
Black Jack Davey
The Black Jack Davey show is outrageously funny yet has moments of pure musical genius. When watching Black Jack’s show you are taken on a journey between big old Irish sing-a-longs, stories, banter and jokes that would make your hair curl!
Mad Dog Mcrea
“Jiggery folkery, hokery pokery………… Mad Dog Mcrea raise hands, lift feet and start parties wherever they play with their spellbinding recipe of folk, pop, rock, jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. Whisking up whistles, fiddles and mandolins to collide in a spectacular explosion of infectious fun, they demand you to dance.”
Hailing from the South West, on the banks of the River Tamar, Freshly Squeezed are an 8-piece funk fuelled barnstorming behemoth. Always guaranteed to fill dance floors and whip up a frenzy whenever they take to the stage. Popular choice of many Plymouth live music venues.
Vicious Kitten are a four piece high energy Pop/Rock covers band, providing a high standard of entertainment to the west country. The four experienced musicians have their own sound that puts their stamp on modern rock, pop classics and contemporary covers from the 80’s, 90’s, and present day.
JOKER are a 4 piece Indie/rock covers band based in Plymouth. JOKER formed in 2003 and are regarded as setting the standard for the live music scene in the South west.
“Easily the most successful & biggest crowd pull on the Plymouth circuit”-Plymouth Diary