24 June 2017 – No More Heroes III – Phoenix Bar

High Wycombe punk legends The Xtraverts opened the third ‘No More Heroes’ all-day event at The Phoenix Bar in High Wycombe on Saturday 24th June 2017.  They played a short set as a way of thanking the other bands for helping to celebrate lead singer Nigel Martin’s 60th birthday.

Nigel Martin’s wonderful birthday cake on show at No More Heroes III on 24 June 2017 at The Phoenix Bar

Also scheduled to be on the bill were:

  • Satellites
  • Rebel Station
  • Feckin Ejits
  • Ambition Demolition
  • 5 Go Mad
  • Acid Attack
  • Shag Nasty
  • Nuffin’
  • Murderball

 

No More Heroes III – Phoenix Bar – High Wycombe – 24 June 2017

The event follows two previous successful No More Heroes events promoted by Nigel Martin. The two day 2016 bash included Xtraverts, Pussycat and The Dirty Johnsons, East Town Pirates, Dragster, Rage DC and Healthy Junkies.

The 2017 event saw The Xtraverts take the stage at about 1.30pm (yes, in the afternoon!). After a short rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ by the other band members, Nigel took to the stage as the band crashed through four numbers – old favourite, ‘Police State’, plus both sides of their new single (’21st Century Motorbike’ and ‘Wild Boys, Wild Youth’), before finishing with their classic, ‘Speed’.

If you have any pictures or videos from the day, you are welcome to post them in the comments section below or send links via email.

9 June 2017 – Xtraverts release first single for 36 years

High Wycombe punk legends The Xtraverts released their first single in 36 years on Friday 9th June 2017.  The re-energised version of the band, with roots dating back to 1976, blast out two new tracks, ‘21st Century Motorbike‘and ‘Wild Boys, Wild Youth’ that manage to capture the energy of their live performances at least as well as any of their previous three singles.

The limited edition release comes on purple vinyl and is available through the band’s website, with quantities also distributed through local record shop outlets – The Record Shop, Amersham and Sound of the Suburbs, Ruislip Manor.

Xtraverts single 2017 – nice coloured vinyl!

For those keeping a list, The Xtraverts’ first single was released in 1978 – ‘Blank Generation’ and ’A-Lad-Insane’ both being live favourites.  A year later they shared a release with fellow Wycombe punk outfit Plastic People – Xtraverts contributing ‘Police State’, with Plastic People delivering ‘Demolition’.  Completing the trio in 1981, of what are now hugely collectable punk vinyl releases, was ‘Speed’ backed with ‘1984’.

The Xtraverts – single collection 1978 to 2017

Line-up of the band at the time of the 2017 single was Nigel Martin (vocals), Poe Diddley (lead guitar), Nick Chapman (rhythm guitar), Andy Chalk (bass), Reg Charles (drums).

Postscript: The Xtraverts played both sides of the single during a short afternoon set to mark the opening of Nigel Martin’s 60th birthday bash at The Phoenix Bar High Wycombe on Saturday 24th June 2017.

30 June 2017 – Public Service Announcement/The SD5 – Phoenix Bar

Former members of Basta Roc will take new band Public Service Announcement for a live airing at The Phoenix Bar (Bridge Street, High Wycombe) on Friday 30th June 2017, with support from The SD5.

Public Service Announcement/The SD5 – Phoenix Bar – Friday 30th June 2017

PSA, who include former Basta Roc members Pete Colverd and John Fleming, played a short set at a charity gig in April 2017 in memory of Basta guitarist Gareth Jones.  The band is completed by Al Lane (drums) and Dan Comben (bass).

They say they will be: ‘Featuring songs of Basta Roc, stripped down and lovingly restored as well as new compositions and classic songs for your musical pleasure.’

 More info at: https://www.facebook.com/PSAPUNK/

Here’s a reminder of the Basta boys playing Billy Bones at Magnolia Park in April 2017.

Support comes from The SD5 – London based and according to their Facebook page, are: ‘Purveyors of fine garage rocking psychedelic beat grooves.’

More info at https://thesd5.bandcamp.com/

Entrance to the gig at The Phoenix Bar is £5 on the door.

Facebook event page:

https://en-gb.facebook.com/events/684242595118743/

 

 

28 May 2017 – FrogFest 2017 – High Wycombe

Claire from Ruby Moon has kindly been in touch with details about the 2017 Frog Fest in High Wycombe – happening on Sunday 28th May 2017 in the High Street.

Frogfest happens because of HWBIDco and the town centre businesses.

The one day family festival aims to raise the profile of the town, and make it a more attractive place to spend time. In its fourth year, Frogfest has grown, and attracted around 4,000 people to the town in 2016.

With 18 bands, two stages, Covent Garden street performers and walkabouts, bandana printing, circus skills and hooping  workshops, bubble shows, Bollywood Punch and Judy, and festival food stalls, there will be plenty to keep everyone happy.

Running order:

  • 11.30 – 12.50 – 20 mins -Acoustic stage- High Wycombe Acapella Group
  • 12.50 – 12.15- 25mins – Main stage – Tamashii Daiko – Drummers
  • 12.15 – 12.40 – 25 mins – Acoustic stage –Bethany Roberts – Hand of the Heron
  • 12.40 – 13.10 – 30 mins -Main stage – Dolly and the Dinosaur – Battle of the bands winner
  • 13.10 – 13.35 – 25mins –  Acoustic stage- Thanx
  • 13.35 – 14.05 –30 mins – Main stage – Little Wing
  • 14.05 – 14.30 – 25 mins -Acoustic stage – Tony Hill
  • 14.30 – 15.10 –40 mins – Main stage – New Foundations
  • 15.10 – 15.35 -25 mins – Acoustic Stage – Vapour Trail (Rob Davies)
  • 15.35 – 16.15 – 40 mins – Main Stage – Buzz
  • 16.15 – 16.40 – 25 mins – Acoustic Stage – Andrea Wilde
  • 16.40 – 17.20 – 40 mins – Main Stage – The Riffs
  • 17.20 – 17.45 – 25 mins – Acoustic Stage – The Purple Lights
  • 17.45 – 18.30 – 45 mins – Main stage – The Running Guns
  • 18.30 – 19.00 – 30 mins – Acoustic Stage – Mempihs Rattlesnakes
  • 19.00 – 19.45 – 45 mins –Main Stage – The Lagan
  • 19.45 – 20.30 – 45 mins – Acoustic Stage – Gator Dog Snappers
  • 20.30 – 21-30 – 60 mins – Main Stage – Cable Street Collective

See www.facebook.com/HWfrogfest for more information

This is a sampler from Frog Fest 2016

6 May 2017 – Spring Pop-Up Festival – Adams Park

A free day-time festival has been arranged at the home of the mighty Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday 6th May 2017.  Adams Park will host the event in the lower car park at Adams Park from 1pm to 4pm as a prelude to Wanderers’ final game of the 2016/17 season at home to Cambridge United.

Pop-Up Festival Adams Park – Saturday 6th May 2017

The live music will be from

  • Jon Auer – from US band Posies and Big Star
  • Charlotte Hatherley (DJ set) – former guitarist and backing singing with with Ash
  • Tony Goff and The Broken Colours

Entrance is free to the festival. Should you wish to attend the football (kick-off 5.30pm), tickets will be available on the day.  There will be a bar and food available at the festival.

Please support this event and your local team.

More info on the acts:

https://twitter.com/jonauer?lang=en

https://twitter.com/chatherley79

https://twitter.com/tonygoffmusic

More info on the event:

http://www.wycombewanderers.co.uk/news/article/2016-17/pop-up-festival-at-adams-park-this-saturday-3702982.aspx

Les Payne R.I.P. – 1943-2017

Sad to hear the news of the passing of High Wycombe musician Les Payne on Monday 1st May 2017 at the age of 74.

Les Payne

Les had been an institution in the local live music scene for close on the past 50 years. His fans will remember him as the man who always had time for a chat.  It’s estimated that he played over 6,000 gigs, making him one of the most prolific live acts in Britain and prompting an award and a number of TV appearances in the early 1990’s.

Speaking to the press in 2012 he said “I have been gigging for over 50 years. It is kind of sad in a way as the way pubs used to be has almost disappeared.

“The whole thing has gone a bit pear shaped. It is very hard to make any money being a musician unless you are really famous.”

Les grew up on the Isle of Wight and he did his first gig when he was only 14, in 1956. He moved to Thame in 1963 and was most recently living in Chairborough Road in High Wycombe, where he ran his Dreamcatcher studio.

In 1991 he picked up an award for his gigging exploits – taking the Harp Beat Rock Plaque for representing musicians who played music for a living but hadn’t become a household name.

He dubbed himself ‘The Nearly Man’ in a mini documentary made in 2015.

One of his claim to fame is that he recorded David Bowie’s ‘Star’ before it appeared on the Ziggy Stardust album.

He supported many acts during his long career, including Genesis, Mott the Hoople and Skid Row (featuring Gary Moore). He also played in late 1970’s band Mainland who released records on the Christy Records label. His solo career also stretched across five decades.

In 1981 he produced Marillion’s first demo cassette release featuring early versions of ‘He Knows You Know’, ‘Garden Party’ and ‘Charting The Single’.

Marillion cassette 1981 – produced by Les Payne

In 1982 Les gained publicity from DJ Kenny Everett for his single ‘Who Would Be The Winner’. It was an anti-war song in protest at the Falklands War.  It was promptly dropped by Les’s own record label and banned from almost every radio station because of the message it conveyed.

Commenting on the current music scene back in 2012, he said: “X-Factor is a bit annoying in some ways because it is so about TV. It is not about a career in music. I feel sorry for a lot of the people on The Voice too. Tom Jones said at least we know they will be ok, but they are not. It is not easy. It is a really tough business. I think it has become even tougher.”

He has three sons- Crispin, 50 and Elliot, 36.- His third son, Ritchie, passed away in 2010 aged 28. He also had two step children, Libbie, 34, and Josh, 31 with his wife, Pennie.

The Nearly Man – (Story of Les Payne) – documentary 2015

TV appearance 2006

Playing Gentle Man

You are welcome to post your memories and tributes to Les in the comments section or send an email.

29 April to 28 May 2017 – Wycombe Fringe Festival

29 April to 28 May 2017 – Wycombe Fringe Festival

Check out the Wycombe Fringe Festival Facebook page for a list of gigs for this year’s event.

https://en-gb.facebook.com/wycombefringefestival/

 You can also view the programme online via

https://issuu.com/emmaloukeating/docs/wycombe_fringe_festival_2017

 The Fringe Festival culminates with Frog Fest on Sunday 28thMay 2017

 See the Twitter feed for running orders

https://twitter.com/HWFrogfest

 

5 May 2017 – 3 Daft Monkeys/Alex Kew – Arts4every1 Centre

Friday 5th May 2017 – 3 Daft Monkeys – Arts4every1 Centre

We have been asked to give a plug for alternative folk band 3 Daft Monkeys, who are playing at the Arts4every1 Centre, Desborough Road, High Wycombe on Friday 5th May. The date is part of their national tour promoting their brand new album “Year of the Clown”.

3 Daft Monkeys – Playing High Wycombe Friday 5th May 2017

The festival favourites hail from Cornwall and their press release reads: “With their quirky and original approach to music, and their passion, intensity and sheer joy of life, 3 Daft Monkeys have gained themselves a large and loyal cult following. Their music is hard to pigeon-hole, mixing and crossing many musical genres from Celtic, Klezmer, Gypsy, Balkan, Latin, Ska, Dub Reggae, Indie, Rock and even a hint of Shostakovich.”

Awards include:

  • BBC2 BEST ALBUM- Spiral Earth (Readers poll)
  • BEST LIVE ACT- Spiral Earth (Readers poll)
  • BEST LIVE ACT- Hancock Awards

Support comes from Alex Kew who has played in various different bands, including guitarist for Wycombe indie boys, The Wutars, back in the mid 2000’s.

More details and ways to buy tickets via the Arts4every1 website:

http://www.arts4every1.com/events/3-daft-monkeys-plus-support-from-the-alex-kew-band

Please support your local live music venues.

If you have any forthcoming gigs in the High Wycombe area you wish to give a plug to, please get in touch with the necessary details.

7 April 2017 – Relics – Magnolia Park

Friday 7th April 2017 – Relics –Magnolia Park, Hughenden

Locally based The Relics played at Magnolia Park (former BroomWade Sports & Social Club,  Hughenden Valley) on Friday 7th April 2017 for another evening combining a good solid dose of Rock & Roll with raising money for good causes. The Relics

This gig has taken place and what a great evening it was!
All 150 tickets sold out and there was a surprise when the support act was announced as a tribute to Basta Roc – John Fleming taking on lead vocals for a mixture of old Basta songs and punk classics.

Pictures and YouTube clips from this gig to follow. If you have any pictures or video, please feel free to post these in the comments section below.

This was the pre-gig message from The Relics: “Many of you will have known Gareth Jones from legendary Wycombe band Basta Roc a bandmate and dear friend of our guitarist Pete.  Sadly Gareth passed away in 2016 and half the profits from this gig will be donated to The British Heart Foundation in his memory. The other half of the profits will go to Heritage House School in Chesham – a special school for pupils aged between 2 and 19 years who have severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties. This school is particularly close to our hearts and they truly deserve our support.” Buy tickets, donate and share this gig via the justgiving.com event page. Tickets are £10 each. Please make sure your name is in the ‘message’ section of your donation. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/TheRelics The Relics on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheRelics001/