THE GUNPOWDER PLOT
Saturday 5th November
The Blue Mountain Club & Casablancas, Stokes Croft, Bristol
2 pm - 2am
2 venues, 3 stages, 28 bands, Â£6 advance
The official follow up to last year's 'October Revolution'.
After the huge success of last year's October Revolution event at the Anson Rooms, the Venue magazine all-dayer returns for 2005 and it's more than twice the size!
This year we have teemed up with top local promoter Deadpunk Promotions to bring you 28 of most exciting bands and artists this area has to offer including a dizzying array of styles from ear-splitting leftfield rock to dancefloor-friendly live hip hop and heart-rending acoustic performances to mind-bending electronica. All of the acts are either based in Bristol and Bath or have strong local connections and the event is intended to celebrate the remarkable variety of talent in one of the friendliest, most exciting and most diverse music scenes in the country. At six quid for 28 bands it would be daft not to!
The world famous Blue Mountain Club and stylish new venue Casablancas are right next door to each other in the heart of the city. One ticket gives access to three different stages giving this year's event a proper festival feel and ensuring there will be something for everyone throughout the day and night. If you need a breather from the talent on offer, there's even the roof terrace at The Blue Mountain where you can enjoy the fireworks over Bristol!
There are still one or two acts to be confirmed but the following is up to date at time of writing:
TERMITES - Gaping death pop for the hard of living - one of the most witty and imaginative indie rock bands around. Could well be massive.
CAROLINE MARTIN - Numerous sessions for Peel and Rob Da Bank are testament to the quality of her chilling, darkly comic, beautifully sung creations.
THE FABRICS - All conquering, genre-slaying party band - like an illegal rave kicking off in a New Orleans jazz club.
PATRICK DUFF & EMILY BREEZE - One of Bristol's most accomplished songwriters, both solo and with the legendary Strangelove, joins forces with one of the freshest new performers around. Should be unmissable.
KNOWLEDGE OF BUGS - Warm, wonderful, innovative music lovingly crafted from loops of acoustic, electric and electronic sound.
TREEHOUSE BURNING - Ace pop-punkers with bubblegum riffs and song titles like 'Chicks Dig Scars'
SJ ESAU - Now with a full live band, Sam's imagination is a treasure chest of bendy pop diamonds.
IVORY SPRINGER - A precision-tooled Dreadnought of all-conquering manrock. Last show for a while for one of Bristol's best loved bands.
THE FOG BAND - Critically lauded art-schoolers signed to Bath's superb Purr Records. Frontman, Bobby Grindrod, has easily the best name in rock.
STEVELESS - John Peel's last great musical love. Mouthy, ramshackle and completely inspired.
ROSE KEMP - One of the most powerful and arresting voices on the scene with soul-searching, folky melodies and razor sharp hooks.
THE MIGHTY STARS - Beat-pop perfection from the kings of the two-minute chorus.
BIG JOAN - Three Englishmen, a lady from Berlin and a collective imbalance of hormones. More bass! More noise!
FORTUNE DRIVE - Much loved melodic, soulful rockers who have recently supported the likes of Soulwax and Jimmy Eat World. Proper rock stars in the making?
HUNTING LODGE - Jaw-dropping disco-punk lunacy. Like Studio 54 being held at gunpoint by circus freaks with a grudge against tunes.
BAD:SCIENCE - Outstanding Bush-baiting conscious hip hop band now resident in Brighton who have supported the likes of AIM and Nightmares On Wax.
PAPA MOLASSES & THE DANE COUNTY PARAGONS - Hard living, hard loving and almost certainly hard drinking psycho-country n'er do wells.
BABEL - Thrilling, upbeat acoustic folk-rock with one of the most intense frontmen around.
THE SCRUB - Ska-punk-dub-hoppers with a massive cult following. One of the biggest live draws in Bristol.
HACKSAW - Reliably shambolic duo playing short, fast, hilarious punk rock anthems about baggy trousers and geese.
GEISHA - The nastiest, most life-affirmingly beautiful racket in the world.
MEA CULPA - Electro/hardcore/metal fiends peddling wanton, exhilerating noise. If your ears are bleeding, these boys are probably to blame.
BRONNT INDUSTRIES KAPITAL - Pioneering, hypnotic electronica from Dusseldorf ex-pats with a John Carpenter fixation.
3 HOS, 2 MEXICANS AND A TIN OF SPANNERS - Loud, opinionated, guitar-toting spleenrock at its incendiary best.
BUCKY - Adorably manic country-rock two piece with awesome tunes and hilarious lyrics. Probably the only band in Bristol that is loved by everyone in town.
SANTA DOG â€“ Beautiful songs, haunting vocals and a dash of style. Definitely a band to look out for
FIGMENT - Sulky vocals, insolent swaggers and nasty growly antique guitars being elegantly massacred to the delight of their parent-hating fans.
THE GIRL FROM HEADQUARTERS - Brand new group sounding something like The Fall gone surfing. Bristol discovery of 2005?
Plus DJs all day and night including action from top local club nights Crash, Toxic Dancehall, Choke and Float.