BB Creates A Cure For The Summertime Blues!

          After an extremely intense period, it is almost time to sit back and enjoy the fruits of the last fortnight's labours.

         Yes, just a couple of days now until the curtain raises on "Full Steam Metal Racket". All the venue, travel and ticketing details were on the last blog, so we'll move swiftly on to what is occurring over the weekend.

        The venue is open for registration from midday on Friday the 15th, by which time the market place will be in full swing, as it will also be from 10am on Saturday and Sunday.

         Entertainment will be spread over two stages and your host for the weekend will be The USA's favourite Steampunk Son, Lord Montague Jaques Fromage III.

         Opening act for Friday at 7pm on the indoor stage is the highly versatile Ash Mandrake, featuring is personally designed twin necked guitar who regale with songs and humorous tales, many involving his extensive collection of hats.

         First up in the courtyard is "Dark Patrick", an experimental duo combining English, Ukrainian and Russian lyrical content with keyboards and traditional instrumentation , no strangers to The Workhouse, having played there with BB back in June.

        Back indoors another duo, The Needle Poppets, who describe themselves as alternative/punk/cabaret, followed at 10pm in the courtyard by the highly acclaimed metal band "Skreamer".

        Friday is rounded off with a Late Night Burlesque show indoors.

       Saturday proceedings begin in the courtyard at 1pm with Red Ruff, an acapella trio from Derbyshire with their own songs covering a multitude of subjects. There is a fashion show and talk indoors at 2pm, before The King Bains offer their excellent blues rock set outdoors.

      Music all the way, every hour on the hour, alternating stages with The Mysterious Freakshow, an alternative/psychedelic/steampunk band from The South West, old friends Gladstone with their dark, almost prog steampunk, hot on the release of first download album  "Tales From The Jago", BB in full flight mode, The Wattingers and what a self description to look forward to from these guys, backwoodsman, slaughterhouse, steampunk blues!

     Last act in the courtyard for Saturday is the New York based Frenchy And The Punk a combo of a French born singer/dancer/percussionist and a US punk guitarist, the unlikely pairing now veterans of five albums.

    Saturday concludes indoors with performances from the mellower sounds of Craig Sheridan and the less so Bad Axe followed by a Dark Disco.

      From midday through until six will be Lord Monty's Bizarre Bazaar, featuring his own Steampunk Funk Bizarre, music from The Copperfield Ensemble and a solo set from Dale along with a set from Daniel Mulheur and dancing from Scarlet Butterfly.

    Details correct as of August 13th, check out for up to date information and ticket purchases.

   Games and competitions are also planned throughout the festival and the weather looks reasonable so, hopefully see you there.

    One upcoming gig for the week after when BB are headlining the Friday night at The Brothers Over The Hill MCC bash at Amber Valley Rugby Club, on the road between Somercotes and Pye Bridge. Weekend tickets £13 advance £15 on the gate.



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