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Live Music Session #19 – Christmas with Slim Ditty!

We get fully festive on Thursday 21st December as ace crooner, comedian and entertainer Slim Ditty and co descend on us this yuletide for a fantastically festive sing-along! He will be entertaining us with some of your favourite seasonal Swing Jazz, Rat Pack, Hollywood Musical, Music Hall and Vaudeville favourites from 1920s through to 1950s – It’s going to be a bit of a ding dong!

The celebrate the season in just the right style we want you to come along in your finest Christmas Jumper! We will be dishing out prizes to the best examples. It should all kick off around 8.30pm and entry is free!

More details here on the event page.


Oh No, it’s the Christmas Quiz

Shuffle Xmas Quiz Poster 2017One year ago, against our better judgement, we let the Swindon Shuffle team take over the place to put on a music quiz to raise money for their chosen charities. Our gut instincts were right sadly, it was a shambolic mess and the ‘humour’ was a tad specialised. However, you lot loved it for some reason, so it went monthly as we do like to give you want you want, even if is bad for you.

So roughly a year on, on 17th December, we present another Christmas special edition of the quiz. The lads have promised us lots of treats but sadly much more of the same tomfoolery and idiotic questions. If the guest round is not Christmas related we will eat our Christmassy elf hats..

The details haven’t changed either: Teams up to six people, entry minimum £2 per person to go to Swindon Mind. The guys will be letting us know how much they have raised this year too. registration is at 5.30pm so don’t panic, it won’t go on late, although it will be followed by the usual live request jukebox. Oh, and prizes – there will be boozy prizes.


We join the Swindon Festival of Literature

One of the events that most destroys the notion that Swindon is a cultural desert is the Swindon Festival of Literature, an event that for two weeks brings together novelists, poets, scientists, philosophers, politicians, historians, artists, storytellers, singers, adventurers, good writers, and plain speakers to talk, to listen, to think, to drink, and also to laugh. As a result, enjoyable, interesting, challenging, unpredictable, funny, and even memorable things happen. As it fitted in perfectly with our own philosophies we thought we would like to join in and host a few shows.

So we did…

Wednesday 3rd May – The Swindonian Night.

Our opening gambit is a night of music and poetry: a relaxed soirée that blends socializing with culture in a chilled and sumptuous atmosphere curated and presented by local news and views website The Swindonian, who are regularly regulars at the bar.

Music will come from folk-pop pixie Tamsin Quin; poems courtesy of Poetry Swindon, with selected readings from the best local poets; and the night rounds off with songs, stories, and comedy from Shaun Buswell.

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Wednesday May 10th – Mark Sherratt– on a career in pictures that tell stories.

Is a picture worth a thousand words? Do pictures of big known things tell more important stories than pictures of the unknown and often unseen? What do we get from pictures that we cannot get any other way?

Photographer and videographer Mark Sherratt moved to Swindon in 1977 to pursue a career in skateboarding but when he discovered that he was not actually that good at it, he found he had more talent with a camera than a board on wheels. Mark will talk about how Swindon inspired him and launched him on his career as international photographer.

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Thursday May 11th – A Hip-Hop Panel – on the four elements that shaped a new urban youth culture.

Not in the Bronx but in Swindon: four individuals, who embraced the culture of hip-hop, chose one of the elements as a creative form to pursue, and made it their career.

Colin Astin, Graffiti writer, artist, and cultural historian; Ross Burden AKA DJ Para, DJ; and producer, Richard ‘Banksy’ Banks, break-dancer, and Gee Ealy MC, will be talking about the hip-hop elements, what they are, why they are entirely pivotal to the culture of hip-hop, why they chose their respective paths, and why they kept their careers in their home town.

The evening will be rounded off with a jazz-accompanied rap battle!

Chaired by our very own Jamie Stapelton no less!

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Lets get Quizzy!

xmas-quizOn Sunday 18th December we risk our reputation and hand over the place to the chaps from Swindon Shuffle and their resurrection of the back-in-the-day classic Songs of Praise annual Christmas Music Quiz. Luckily questions are not set by Rich Craven any more so are eminently answerable.

The format will be pretty much the same as the summer quiz they hosted to open up the festival – teams of no more than 6 people, and it is a minimum of £2 per person to enter – all entry money will be donated to the Swindon Homeless Shelter. Prizes will include beer from the guys at Renegade Brewery and West Berkshire Brewery.

That’s it really, so come along, drink, be merry, try to answer some music questions, and don’t forget to laugh at the idiots on the microphones!

(And for anyone who is concerned, it’s a music quiz at Christmas, not a quiz all about Christmas music – although there may be one or two rounds!)