Sat 2 Nov
TV Smith
 + (The Adverts)
 + Paul Ronney Angel + (of Urban Voodoo Machine)
 + The Setbacks + T.S Idiot
TV Smith was founder member, singer and songwriter for the Adverts, who formed in late 1976, and became one of the leading bands in the first wave of British punk rock. In early 1977, they performed regularly at the newly-opened Roxy Club in London, and gained cult success with the Stiff Records single “One Chord Wonders.” Their next release, “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes” became a hit record, leading to many radio and TV appearances and extensive media interest. A further single, No Time To Be 21, also entered the charts, and the band spent the rest of the year playing live, including major tours with The Damned and Iggy Pop. The album that followed in early 1978, “Crossing the Red Sea with the Adverts,” is still considered a genuine classic of the era and is often cited as one of the twenty best punk albums ever released. The Adverts released one further album, Cast Of Thousands, before they split in 1979. Slammed by the critics at the time, the album was re-released recently to universal acclaim, and described by Mojo magazine as the long lost punk album that rivals The Clashs ‘London Calling.” Immediately after the break up of The Adverts, TV formed TV Smith’s Explorers, who achieved a U.K. hit in 1980 with the single Tomahawk Cruise and released one album, Last Words Of The Great Explorera year later. Lack of commercial success led to the band being dropped by their record label and their subsequent split. TV re-entered the live arena in 1986 with Cheap, before performing his first gigs as a solo artist in the early 90s. He has gone on to release a succession of great albums, and has also been involved in a number of collaborations with other bands, most notably with German superstars Die Toten Hosen, who performed as TV’s backing band on the album Useless. His latest album, titled “Land Of The Overdose” has been d escribed by Invicta magazine as “the album of his career,” and Fireworks magazine as “simply stunning,” “Land Of The Overdose” was voted 10th best album of the year in Vive Le Rock. Fiercely independent and determinedly embodying the original spirit of punk rock, TV continues to tour the world, bringing his epic solo show to ever-increasing audiences. Remarkably, he plays his concerts without a setlist and every performance contains a different selection of songs chosen on the night. He plays more than 100 gigs a year and has performed in 32 countries, including most of Europe, as well as the USA, Japan, Australia, South America, Russia – and even Heligoland. Not content with playing live, TV has also has written about his on-the-road experiences in five books of highly popular Tour Diaries, described by “Sandman” and “American Gods” author Neil Gaiman as, hilarious, honest and incredibly true.  In 2017 TV’s first ever book of lyrics was published by Foruli Codex. Exquisitely designed by Cure designer Andy Vella, and entitled “The Alternative Top 50,” the book comprises fifty of TV’s best lyrics. It is available as a conventional paperback, as well as an exclusive collectors’ hardback edition which includes a 10’ vinyl single recorded with Henry Rollins. A full-length BBC 4 documentary on TV Smith titled “We Who Wait: TV Smith & The Adverts” is still available for viewing on You Tube etc. Paul Ronney Angel – Urban Voodoo Machine‘s frontman excels in the solo setting too, performing harp wailin’ gnarly Bohemian blues and aching avant pop. Great stuff, and a perfect foil for Mr Smith tonight. The Setbacks – Old school melodic punkers playing ace ramalama in a  Ramones Buzzcocks, Uk subs ballpark. Damngood way to kick off an evening with a punk legend, so do get in at 8pm sharp to support these boys from Bath. T.S Idiot – ‘a slam-losing, short sighted, queer, Jewish poet with eczema. Sometimes his performances are more abstract, and sometimes more like a band or even a proper poet that your nan would like. His influences include punk poets and 60s beat writers to more unusual poetical icons like Dr. Seuss, Poly Styrene and Neil Armstrong’…. all good then. A Bristolian institution so we’re not anticipating a barrage of rotten vegetables in Bath Spa. A Marvelous addition to a night of song and erudition. Oooh, I’m a poet too…
The Bell Inn, Bath

Doors from 7.15
£8 on the door
£6 in advance
Fri 8 Nov
Goodbye Mr MacKenzie
 + The Cesarians
 + Seil Lien + DJs
GOODBYE MR. MACKENZIE- Bugbear are very pleased to present the London leg of the remarkable Goodbye Mr MacKenzie’s ‘Good Deeds and Dirty Rags’ 30th anniversary tour. One of Scotland’s most iconic rock bands will be taking to the road to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of their first album “Good Deeds and Dirty Rags”, which they will play in its entirety, plus perhaps a few extra little treats. Released in 1989 this album entered the UK charts at No.16 and heralded a large, loyal support north of the border. Incredible live shows and singles like the top 40 hit ‘The Rattler’, in particular, further cemented a fond place in many a Scottish heart. A colourful and varied career followed that involved amongst other things, releasing 2 more major label album, further UK singles chart positions, working and recording with members of the Talking Heads, and touring and playing with bands like Blondie, The Ramones, BAD and Afghan Whigs. As ‘The List’ said in their 50 Greatest Scottish Bands review: “The MacKenzies left behind the most complex and fascinating footprint of any Scottish Band. Live they were stunning. Lead singer Martin Metcalfe looked like the MC of a particularly debauched cabaret troupe. While their Scottish counterparts were looking at soul and Steely Dan for inspiration the MacKenzies were taking theirs from the Pixies and the Birthday Party.” The band have announced 6 gigs so far, 2 of which sold out in the first 3 hours. So grab your London tickets quicktime to be sure to see The MacKenzies in a wonderful, intimate venue. Live shows in The North have been blowing them away and then some, and now with the very welcome addition of Big John Duncan back to the frontline. Big John is giving his M.E a thorugh kicking by returning to the stage and reconnecting with the healing powers of rock and roll. A beautiful thing. PLUS… The Cesarians always have as much a cerebral aspect to their remarkable outsider chanson as an intensely emotional one … intensity, songcraft, passion and raw emotions. Something dark, beautiful and inordinately powerful comes your way. Nobody else does what they do, although there maybe some artful goodness to chew on for fans of Nick Cave, Jacques Bel, Scott Walker, even Kris Kristofferson and of late since the addition of more keys edgy electronica artists like Goldfrapp. Perfect support for tonight’s main event, as is… Seil Lien-“You could argue that she is one of Scotland’s best-kept secrets… It’s down and dirty swamp rock that’s a little bit Bad Seeds, a little bit White Stripes, and should be on a David Lynch movie soundtrack” (Scots Whay Hae!) “Sublime debut” (Planet Rock)

Doors from 7.15
£30 on the door
£20 in advance
Sat 7 Dec
Johnny Moped
 + The Widows
 + Jordan : Defying Gravity + (Rock N Roll Book Club Xtra)
Johnny Moped – The return of Johnny Moped has been one of the least expected but most rewarding surprises of this daft and dark era of Trumping Johnsons. Still playing kickass British standard rock and roll  with the joyous insouciance of Johnny to the fore, the new beefed up Mopeds are still incendiary. With the reassuring moustachio’d presence of one Slimy Toad, still upfront on lead guitar and the figurehead looking lean and keen there’s something afoot with this fizza ( that’s a period reference to the Yamaha FS1E motrcycle for you younger tom cats). Now that new Damaged Goods long player ‘Lurigate Your Mind’ is wowing em in the aisles, well wowing em somewhere anyway, Bugbear are very pleased to bring Johnny Moped to The Water Rats this evening, ‘Cyceldelic’ being an essential touchstone of avant punk fun for all us confused, bruised and barely used young punks back in 1978. “Johnny Moped had all three ingredients necessary for maximum rock ‘n’ roll: amateurism, mayhem and humour… Essential punk rock!” – Billy Childish.  The Widows – Garage punk with abrasive guitars, prowling bass and an unhinged vocal, there’s a Fall inspired Rockabilly vibe at times but also recalls Dead Kenennedys and Fat White Family, great stuff it is too.  Jordan : Defying Gravity. Rock N Roll Book Club Extra- Julie Hamill will be popping the questions tonight as Jordan Mooney, the undisputed Queen Of The Ants and SEX symbol supreme discusses her incredible story at the vanguard of what we now know as ‘punk’.  Her amazing memoir ‘Defying Gravity’, written with Cathi Unsworth, is a must read, and if you haven’t read it yet come along tonight and get a signed copy. RNR Book Club bespoke DJ set by Tony Bugbear.  In rubber pants.
The Water Rats

Doors from 7.15
£15 on the door
£12 in advance
Fri 3 Apr
 + Super Yob Shindig!
 + Glam Rock DJ Action + Special Guests
SLADY– Yes, it’s Super Yob’s Birthday BashSlade guitar god and style guru (Hey..The Queen..when will he get a gong for his invaluable contributions to the bacofoil industry?!) Dave Hill is thingty thing years of age today…or yesterday…so a fab reason to celebrate Slade’s remarkable cannon with the world’s only all girl Slade tribute band… the amazing SLADY. A celebration of one of the nicest guys from one of the greatest bands of all time. Party like it’s 1972.
The Water Rats

Doors from 7.15
£12 on the door
£10 in advance