Gig Guide Friday 5th – Friday 12th August


Sure is a lot going on in the city this week, but luckily for you, we at Stoke Gigs HQ have it covered. Some of the top gigs taking place this week include The Fortunas in Leek and Cloud 9 Festival in Cheshire. Read on to find out more…

Friday 5th

The Situation presents four good reasons to visit The Swan, St Edwards Street, Leek on 5th August with four great bands lined up. Potteries band The Fortunas headline with their experimental indie rock sound. Support comes from Dudley based Dakota Beats, Stoke band Dirty Money and the amazing young talent Elly Kingdon. Tickets are £4 on the door from 7:30pm.

Elsewhere, one of the best unsigned rock outfits in the North West, Troops of Mafeking (above) return to The Box in Crewe this evening. Support for the show comes from Stoke grunge rock band Gravities, Crewe’s own Absolution and exciting newcomers Since Day One. Doors open at 8pm. Tickets are £5.

The Full Moon hosts Ghost Trains plus Jim McShee and special guests tonight from 8pm. Ghost Trains is comprised of duo Tim and Eli, who will be playing a stripped down set and will be premiering 4 new songs. DJ Dave Heathen will be taking to the decks until late following the gig. Entry is £3 from 8pm.

Over at The Fat Cat Cafe Bar enjoy headliners The Shoguns Decapitator, who are joined by The Pig Eyed Bandits, The FTSE 100 and No Brainer. You can also enjoy vinyl DJs such as Bruce Shogun, and entry is £3 on the door from 8pm.

Saturday 6th

On Saturday Cloud 9 Festival takes place at Love Lane Farm in Cheshire. The mini festival boasts six different stages which will host acts such as The Futureheads, Ed Sheeran, Scratch Perverts, Cassette Jam, The Sunshine Underground and Bez alongside local artists such as Sheena Bratt, The Control, The Sport, The Rittz and many more besides. The camping site opens at 8am on Saturday morning and the festival arena opens at 11am. Day Tickets are Adults £40, Teen £30 and Under Tens £5. Camping Tickets per person must be purchased seperately for £5.00. You can also purchase by calling 0844 884 2920. There will also be a small amount of tickets available at the gates, prices to be confirmed.

Renowned punk band Bus Station Loonies headline The Full Moon with special guests Dirty Protest and Sound Casino taking to the stage from 8pm. DJ SweetJayne takes to the decks following the gig, and entry is £3.

The Violet May (below) headline The Underground on Saturday night. Lead singer Chris McClure is not only the brother of John McClure (frontman of ‘The Reverend and The Makers’) but has also gained notoriety as the face of the ‘Arctic Monkeys’ album cover ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’. The band released their debut five track EP in June. Support comes from local bands The Get Alongs and Six Towns. Entry is £6 from 7:30pm.

Planet Wonk presents Wig Wonk at The Fat Cat Cafe Bar in Hanley from 9pm. Following the success of bOLLywOnK at their Stafford HQ, join DJs Denny Mekanik, Kelvin Andrews and Dixon Pickles as they dish out the best mix of Acid House and Balearic Beats through Wonk’s signature FunKtion One Sound System. There’s also the chance to dress up with hats, masks, boa’s and facial hair all warmly welcomed, along with your best wig of course. Entry is £5 on the door.

Monday 8th

Church, originally from South East London is expanding further. The Dub-step, Bass, UK Funky and House night will be in Stoke on Monday thanks to the Fat Cat Cafe Bar from 10pm. The event started as an underground Dub Step night in a Church Basement in London and soon moved onto former ‘Best Small Club in the UK’ Corsica Studios for a weekly residency. The event has managed to bag artists such as XXXY, Cookie Monsta, Tomb Crew and Fantastic Mr Fox amongst others. Thanks to their Stoke connection (one half of Church is originally from the city) the duo are hoping to make Church a bi monthly event. This weeks line up includes JRT (Church), TCTS, Sharkford and Trompe-l’œil. Entry is £4 on the door from 10pm.

Elsewhere Chatham’s Underground Heroes (above) will be playing their highly anticipated gig at The Sugarmill from 7:30pm. Famed for their emo, ska, punk sounds, the lads will be playing as part of the venue’s Oatcake Day 2011 celebrations. Support comes from Snake Eyes Jonnie and The Get Alongs. Entry is £7.00 and tickets are available on the door, or from Music Mania on 01782 206000.

Tuesday 9th

On Tuesday The Barflys, a great Staffordshire based rhythm and blues band, headline Newcastle’s The Rigger from 9pm. Entry is £3 and is strictly limited to those 18+.

Wednesday 10th

On Wednesday Les Hunt headlines Blakey’s Cafe Bar with support from Steve Hayes. Entry is free from 9pm.

Friday 12th

On Friday 12th, Chasing Traits headline Newcastle’s The Full Moon. Support comes from great local bands All The Best Tapes and Chimps on Death Row. Entry is £3 on the door from 8pm.

One of the city’s forefront indie bands The Fortunas (above) will be hanging up their hats this week. To send them off in style the band are playing a farewell gig at The Sugarmill alongside ska favourites The Rough Kutz and punk maestros Senseless. Tickets are £4 available from the bands via their official Facebook pages or on the door from 8pm.

Going to a gig we haven’t mentioned? Feel free to email us with the subject heading STOKE GIGS or comment below and we’ll get it added!

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