Formed in 1995 and famously described in their early days by theNME as sounding like ‘a flight of stairs falling down a flight of stairs’,Idlewild’s marriage of punk rock, poetry and Highland spirit saw them grow froma raucous cult curiosity into chart-bothering national treasures. Growing moremature and masterful with melody they dropped six acclaimed albums and twocompilations before deciding to take a break in 2010.
Livinglife and continuing solo ventures filled their time away and a few years passedbefore friendship and the bind of their creative relationship brought them backtogether for 2015’s ‘Everything Ever Written’. Wondering if there was still ahunger for Idlewild, the band’s own compulsion and flair translated into one ofthe most ambitious records of their career. With it came critical praise, analbum in the top 20 and successful tours of the UK, Japan and America with theband selling out venues as large as they ever had.
“Idlewildhas always been a band without a plan, in the best possible sense,” saysfrontman Roddy Woomble. “We didn’t start this feeling like it was a viablecareer choice or anything like that. It was all about communicating ideas andtrying to write some cool songs. I look back on our beginnings as quite aninnocent time but with ‘Everything Ever Written’ the desire was there just tocarry on doing it.”
Withnew members Luciano Rossi (Keyboards) and Andrew Mitchell (Bass) on board,Woomble, guitarist Rod Jones and drummer Colin Newton felt a renewed sense ofpurpose. So much so that the week that ‘Everything Ever Written’ was releasedthey were already beginning to start work on what would become the bold stepsidewards - ‘Interview Music’. Inspired, at the end of a US tour they decampedto Los Angeles to record these ideas, but it would be some years before theyset themselves up at Jones’ own Edinburgh studio to finish the record.
“Startingin LA gave us a principle feel for the songs,” says Woomble. “Musically andlyrically we were striving to push them into a different space really. Idlewildhas loved Los Angeles since we recorded ‘Warnings/Promises’ there in 2004.There’s a romanticism to it unlike any other American city and, of course,musically it has such a rich history. As a city it’s hugely conflicted betweenextreme wealth and extreme poverty. It’s like the American Dream going sour infront of your eyes but visually, artistically, a powerful place”.
“Alot of the songs are about dreams and dreaming and the thoughts and ideas thatcome from this state. I live in the Scottish Highlands, and between there andCalifornia you’ve got two locations that can put you in a dream like state –driving down Sunset Boulevard as the sun sets or driving over the remoteArdnamurchan peninsula as the sun rises. The world seems unreal, magical.You’re dreaming through a landscape.”
Asguitarist Rod Jones puts it, by the time they returned to Leith in Edinburgh,“the sonic identity had been imprinted on the songs” – one of positivity,possibility and looking for extremes.
“We’rereally strong personalities in the band,” said Jones. “In the playing and thewriting of this album, we were a bit more comfortable in ourselves. It wasabout taking things as far we could and nothing seemed like too much or toofar. There were less boundaries than before.”
Beforereuniting to finish the album Jones embarked on some production work, Woomblereleased his acclaimed, intimate and introspective solo record ‘The Deluder’and the band performed a run of shows to celebrate the anniversary of theirseminal record ‘The Remote Part’. One of those shows would see them meet uponce again with the producer of that record Dave Eringa, who would provideIdlewild with the grounding they needed to finish ‘Interview Music’.
“Heproduced five tracks on the album, but also brought focus back to the band andmade us actually finish it,” admits Woomble. “He made it sound like us. We’vegot a lot of gratitude to him for that. We
just trust him. He knows what Idlewild are. He’s known us for 20years and he know how to make us sound good.”
Jonesagrees: “When we work with Dave, there is a way that he imagines Idlewild. Itworked. On this album, there’s a classic element to it, but there are so manytwists and turns in there that people might not expect.”
Thatthere are. Opener ‘Dream Variations’ is a slave to its absorbing melody, beforetaking a surprise left-turn and drifting into a waltz-like trance. Much likethe rest of the record it has the indie-rock DNA of the band but mutated in newand strange ways. ‘Same Things Twice’ takes the fire of the earlier, heavierhighlights like ‘A Modern Way Of Letting Go’ or ‘Little Discourage’ and carriesit with a more mature grace. Then ‘I Almost Didn’t Notice’ and ‘Mount Analogue’make for record’s centre-pieces as playful, adventurous and strange – driven byabandon but still loyal to all that you want from Idlewild and, not least, fromWoomble’s lyrics. Here you’ll find another tapestry of riddles written to“celebrate vagueness”, inspired by the joy of five living for the now, butalways retaining the initial spirit with which they formed.
“Forthe one way flow of information that any interview normally consists of‘Interview Music’ is the imaginary soundtrack,” reveals Woomble. “Many of thesongs words started out as poems, or short stories which I would then edit intomusic essentially. Otherwise conversations are my biggest inspiration. I ambeing forever criticised by friends for writing down things that have beensaid. Using lines from real conversations is something I have always done,maybe ‘When I Argue I See Shapes’ being the best known example.
“Misunderstandingis a very pure artistic moment though – when meaning is suspended between whatwas intended and what has been understood. I guess that is what ‘InterviewMusic’ is all about.”
Everyrush of joyful noise has a thought and purpose behind it. Idlewild are stillvery DIY, they just always need to do something different while still chasingthat magic something that you just can’t fathom.
“What’sreally important about Idlewild is that we are basically punk rock kids,”concludes Woomble. “No one ever taught us how to play anything. We formed aband and we learned. We were inspired by the bands we saw just getting up onstage, making a noise and trying to change your ideas.
“That’sprincipally what the band still do. I’m not a kid rolling around screaming intoa microphone on the floor anymore, but that ideal is still at our core.”
Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town.
Hundred Watt Club - An evening ofburlesque & vaudeville
Saturday 23rd November * 8pm
Watt Club return to Gloucester Guildhall with with their ravishing, risque
& ridiculous evening of burlesque, comedy & cabaret!
Prepare to be teased by the cream of the
glittering UK burlesque scene, to roll in the aisles at riotous comedy and be
awestruck by incredible circus stunts. Expect the unexpected, but be ready for
a good old fashioned, bawdy & champagne soaked variety show!
Your dazzling cast for the evening are:
MILLIE DOLLAR - bump n grind burlesque
EDD MUIR - International circus royalty!
LENA MAE LENMAN - vivacious, chameleonic
LOU SAFIRE - Award winning, draglesque
PLUS MORE GLITTERING ACTS TO BE ANNOUNCED!
Photoof Millie Dollar by Claire Seville
The Lowdown : Hundred Watt Club heartily
employ & embrace adult themes, partial nudity and strong language – over
18s only. Not for the faint hearted or easily offended, there are no refunds if
it's not to your taste! Dressing up to the nines is encouraged, we love it when
our audiences look red carpet ready but there's no official dress-code so if
you’re more comfy in jeans then by all means wear them!).
What the critics say:
'Old school mischief and timeless
raunchiness collide at the Hundred Watt Club. Hats - and corsets - off to Lena
Mae for an excellent night of entertainment' Sussex Express
'Crude and unpleasant...for crudeand unpleasant people.' Seetickets review.
'Harking back to the gin drenched halcyon
days of a grimy Berlin nightclub in the 1930s, Hundred Watt Club sparkles,
fizzles and shines brightly on a dark night.' Fringereview.co.uk
Talk to Hundred Watt Club!
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by Noël Coward
MatthewWarchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock,Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter. As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor GarryEssendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfedby an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships competefor his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwindof love, sex, panic and soul-searching.Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter isa giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.
Pinnochio is a wooden puppet who just wants to be a real boy. With an ever growing nose and a scent for adventure, will Pinocchio ever become a real boy? Join us for an evening of family friendly fun. Info For special arrangements or carer tickets for disabled customers, please book tickets directly with our box office by calling 01452 503050
On a quest to make this happen, he falls into a wild adventure with dodgy foxes, a fun factory, a nosy cricket, a blue fairy and a whale at the bottom of the ocean.
Thursday 5 December 2019 - Saturday 4 January 2020
Standard Dates £12 Adult/ £8 Child
Premium Dates £15 Adult/£10 Child
Run Time: 105 mins (incl interval)
Recommended for ages 6+
Child tickets valid for U14’s
Performances start at advertised times. Please arrive in plenty of time before the event begins. Late admittance cannot be guaranteed. No refunds are available for late arrivals.
Pinnochio is a wooden puppet who just wants to be a real boy.
With an ever growing nose and a scent for adventure, will Pinocchio ever become a real boy?
Join us for an evening of family friendly fun.
For special arrangements or carer tickets for disabled customers, please book tickets directly with our box office by calling 01452 503050
A classic returns to The Royal Ballet repertory with Ninette de Valois’ charming and funny Coppélia – a story of love,mischief and mechanical dolls. The intricate choreography is set to Delibes’delightful score and shows off the technical precision and comedic timing of the whole Company. Osbert Lancaster’s designs bring a colourful story book world to life in this Christmas treat for the whole family.
The Royal Ballet's glorious production of The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wright in 1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite. It is Christmas Eve and Herr Drosselmeyer the magician sweeps young Clara away on a fantasy adventure in which time is suspended, the family living-room becomes a great battlefield, and a magical journey takes them through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. Tchaikovsky's glittering score,the gorgeous festive stage designs, and The Royal Ballet's captivating dancing includingan exquisite pas de deux between the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince, make this Nutcracker the quintessential Christmas experience.
RECORDED LIVEAT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
Thursday 8December 2016 .
Philly Philly Wang Wang
THE 2019 EDINBURGH FRINGE SELL-OUT HIT
Following a sell-out 2018 tour, and fresh from a 2019 Edinburgh Fringe runthat sold out in advance, Phil ‘Philly Philly Wang Wang’ Wangis back on tour withhis newest show.
Phil has madea name for himself (that name being Phil Wang) exploring sex, romance,politics, and his mixed British-Malaysian heritage with shows that delight inhis unique Wang brand of smart and silly. This one is about morality and themodern sense of self. Swell!
As seen on Taskmaster, Live at the Apollo and Netflix.
‘This is intoxicating stuff’ ★★★★
’Stand-up dreamland’ ★★★★
'Special Kinda Madness perform a truly authentic set from each band, combining the phenomenally energetic stage presence of The Specials with the wonderful iconic tunes of the Madness ‘Nutty Boys’. Playing a set from each band and producing a show that will have the audience up and dancing from the off, Special Kinda Madness will have everyone hankering after that exciting era of 2-Tone and ska.
On 21st July 1979 at the Electric Ballroom in London, the Specials played a gig with Madness, Dexy’s Midnight Runners and Selecter. That’s a gig that all 2-Tone rude boys and rude girls would die to see, and thought would never happen. The Specials and Madness on the same bill!
In truth, it will probably never happen now … but you can get the next best thing with Special Kinda Madness!
2 Bands … 2-Tone … 1 Fantastic Night!'
Tickets £16 adv / £20 door
John Archer: Against The Odds
Semi-finalist on Britain’s Got Talent and support act forTim Vine on 7 UK tours, John Archer finally takes to the stage on his own oneman show.
A rare chance to see baffling magic with a dash of comedythrown in by the man who many consider to be the best Comedy Magician in the UKtoday.
The first man to fool Penn and Teller on ITV’s ‘Fool Us’with Jonathan Ross and a former winner of the prestigious Magic Circle StageMagician of the Year.
“Amazing!”– SIMON COWELL.
“Hugely Funny. Hugely Talented. You are a Superstar.” – DAVID WALLIAMS.
“Hysterically Funny” –DERREN BROWN.
“You couldput John Archer anywhere andhe would kill anaudience”- PENNJILLETTE (Penn & Teller)
“JohnArcher will blow your mind” – DYNAMO.
£14 / £12 Concs
Suitable for ages 12+
FLEETWOODBAC are the world’s first and best Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band, endorsed by MickFleetwood himself, the only Mac tribute to authentically replicate the classic‘Rumours’ line-up.
Over the last few years they havereceived rave reviews from ‘The Stage’ newspaper, the U.K.s leading FleetwoodMac fansites, the official Stevie Nicks website; and from ecstatic audienceswherever the band played, wowing audiences as far afield as Dubai, St. Tropez,the Cayman Islands and Monte Carlo, and twice selling out the world-famousMinack Theatre in Cornwall.
Fleetwood Bac have also been rated by The Times newspaper as one of theU.K.’s top 5 tributes, alongside The Bootleg Beatles, Bjorn Again and theCounterfeit Stones.
Fans include original Mac bassist and biographer Bob Brunning, who joinedthe band several times on stage, and Peter Green’s official biographer MartinCelmins.
The sound, the look, the mystical atmosphere and on-stage chemistry are allportrayed with the passion and energy that got the seal of approval from ‘BigDaddy’ Mick, and built up an excellent reputation amongst Mac fans throughnumerous tours, festival appearances, corporate events and TV and radio slotsall over the U.K. and Europe.
At aBravado show you will hear a large selection of classic material, taken largelyfrom the classic Terry Brown period, performed in a man-for-man, WYSIWYG kindof way, without the use of additional musicians or click-tracks and sequencer.
Oas-is - The UK's BEST Oasis tribute band return to Gloucester, after 6 SOLD OUT shows in a row!
Celebrating 25 years of the legendary album '(What's the Story) Morning Glory' the Oas-is gents will honour this by playing the album in full + a greatest hits set!
Oas-is are five Oasis fanatics who live and breath Manchester's finest band and are now dedicated to giving you the best look and sound that you should expect from an Oasis tribute band.
Doors 7.30pm / 8pm Start