Busy Busy B(B)
A splendid weekend just gone with great gigs in Belper and LLanfyllin. The party going on late into the night at the latter and already talk of same time, same place, next year.
The potential exists for another great weekend coming up, with a busy and varied four day schedule in place.
The weekend starts early with a trip to The Packhorse in Leeds on Thursday the 8th. The night is billed under "Not Going To Gigs Is Killing Live Music", an applaudable title, though possibly a little difficult to say after a few pints of Yorkshire Ales.
BB are the bills headliners and have been brought together with a couple of punk bands. The fairly melodic punk of Brighton three piece Dirt Royal and local ska/reggae/dub/punk/soul band The Olive Branch.
The Packhorse is on Woodhouse Lane LS2, within an easy walk of the centre, about a mile from Millennium Square. Bus routes 1,6,28,56,95 and 97 also pass. The venue is opposite The University of Leeds (not Leeds Met. University which some routes continue to).
Friday see's a return to the more familiar surrounds of The Sitwell Tavern in the heart of Derby on Sitwell Street, just off Babington Lane.
Another favourite venue with the band and thanks to The Sitwell for this shot of Dale officiating over an intense tea dual between Axel and Stacey Burke on a previous visit.
On Saturday BB are off to Stamford in Lincolnshire, for the town's first Steampunk festival. The event runs Friday evening and throughout the day on Saturday. BB will be rounding off Saturday night at The United Reformed Church Hall and Crimson Clocks will be playing before them. Gladstone who were also due to perform have unfortunately been compelled to withdraw. Not sure if time will allow for a late replacement, check on https://www.facebook.com/events/413230812105912/?fref=ts for latest news and a link to tickets.
Stamford's appearance should lend itself well to a Steampunk event so let us hope for more good weather.
Whilst the town is served by a rail station, trains do not run late, 10pm to Peterborough, 9pm to Leicester.
Some accommodation available in the town http://www.stamford.co.uk/accommodation/index.shtml and a walkable camp/caravan site at Grange Farm http://www.outandaboutlive.co.uk/campsite-finder/UnitedKingdom/EastofEngland/Lincolnshire/Stamford/GrangeFarmCaravanSite.p3271.html.
The weekend concludes with Dale and it is believed, Axel, offering the stripped down set at The Barley Mow in Bonsall, Derbyshire. This is a four until six slot and as an added bonus, real ale is only £2.50 a pint during that period and they do have some cracking local brews.
As previously mentioned The Barley Mow is an absolute treasure if a little obscurely located. A pleasant enough, if steepish, walk if the weather is fair, from Matlock or Matlock Bath.