Essentially Wille and the Bandits is a classic blues rock three piece much in the vein of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix experience. But in a similar way to how these bands pushed the genre in their time, Wille and the Bandits try to take their sound beyond what is expected of such a traditional line up.
The use of more bizarre instrumentation and eclectic influences in the song writing often pushes them more into a world music or progressive category. Having toured with artists such as Deep Purple through to the John Butler trio and played major festivals across Europe, the band seem to leave an equally astounding impression on audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds with their energetic and soulful performances.
They have received great critical acclaim, being voted in the top ten must see bands at Glastonbury 2014 by BBC Radio 1 and reaching number 2 in the UK blues chart with their first single on downloads alone. Now touring their third independently released studio album Wille and the Bandits fan base, repertoire of sounds, styles and innovation seems to be growing at an exponential rate.
The band are praised in the press for their albums; bursting at the seams with textures, originality and soul. Rock legends such as Ian Paice, Joe Bonamassa and Francis Rossi have also praised the band’s musicianship and their unique edge to Rock and Blues.
It’s rare to find a band as dynamic as Wille and the Bandits, one that is just as comfortable and as impressive at both ends of the sonic spectrum. In the modern age of disposable music it is refreshing to hear a band that still value the art of creating albums and who continue to bring new instruments and ideas into their songwriting rather than settling for a tried and tested formula. Ten seconds of Youtube will not scratch the surface of the band’s sound and message; this is a band that is very much about discovery and one best experienced LIVE!.
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 .
Join BBC Radio Gloucestershire for its Christmas Celebration at Tewkesbury Abbey.
The evening will feature music, carols, readings, your favourite presenters and special guests and will be hosted by Mark Cummings.
The Abbey Choir and The Beauregard Youth Choir will be performing. There will also be plenty of opportunities to join in the singing!
The evening will also be recorded, and you’ll be able to hear highlights on a special programme on BBC Radio Gloucestershire on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day morning.
Date: Wednesday 18th December 2019
Venue: Tewkesbury Abbey
Doors Open: 7.00pm
Event starts: 7.30pm
Please note that this event is recorded. It is also advised to bring warm clothing.
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.
A perennial delight and a much-loved classic, The Royal Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty combines the best of classical ballet, with all its charms and virtuosity, splendid music and talented dancers. First choreographed to Tchaikovsky's great musical score by Marius Petipa in Russia in 1890, The Sleeping Beauty has wonderful ensembles, solos including the Rose Adage as Princess Aurora meets her suitors, and of course the concluding celebratory dances for the happy union of prince and princess. The Royal Ballet's landmark staging was revived for the Company's 75th anniversary celebrations in 2006. The designs by Oliver Messell, one of the greatest stage designers of the 20th century, were restored and updated for this production by Peter Farmer. The rich evocations of the baroque opulence of a royal court, the panoramic journey of the prince to the overgrown castle and the colourful characters in this famous fairytale make this Sleeping Beauty a spectacle like no other.
James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London.
Fierce witha pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all - if only he could winthe heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano- or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight?
Edmond Rostand’s masterwork is adapted by Martin Crimp, with direction by Jamie Lloyd (Betrayal). This classic playwill be brought to life with linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano’s powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds.
By Edmond Rostand, in a new version by Martin Crimp
Directed by Jamie Lloyd
By Edmond Rostand, in a new version by Martin Crimp
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.
One life in the hands of 12 women.
Rural Suffolk in England, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s comet, a young woman is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder.
When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of 12 matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she’s telling the truth, or simply trying to escape the noose. With only midwife Lizzy Luke prepared to defend the girl, and a mob baying for blood outside, the matrons wrestle with their new authority, and the devil in their midst.
James Macdonald (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) directs Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything, Funny Cow) and Ria Zmitrowicz (Three Girls, Mr. Selfridge) in this bold and gripping thriller fromTony Award-nominated writer Lucy Kirkwood (Chimerica,Skins). Broadcast live from the National Theatre in London.
A new play by Lucy Kirkwood
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
Steeped in a stunning catalogue of proud and stirring hit songs such as ‘Fields of Fire’, ‘Chance’, ‘In A Big Country’ (which sold 2 million), ‘East Of Eden’ and their biggest UK hit ‘Look Away’, along with massive albums such ‘TheS eer’, ‘Steeltown’, ‘Peace In Our Time’ and the triple Grammy –nominated, ‘The Crossing’, BIG COUNTRY continue to look beyond the next horizon,
The band – BRUCE WATSON (guitars/vocals); MARK BRZEZICKI (drums, vocals); JAMIE WATSON(guitars/vocals) will be augmented on stage by vocalist SIMON HOUGH and bassist, SCOTT WHITLEY