Fancy some live music in April – here’s our pick of what’s on around town this month
First up is Chaplins Shebang on the 4th, a whole day of excellent music featuring more bands than you can shake a stick at including Sporadics, Self Abuse, Pxr5, Electromud, C30'S, Bloodsworn, Ironic Encounter, Meat Sweats,Them Dirtbags, Silverays, Gangaloya.
Knowing Chappers there'll be great ales and lovely food too. The fun starts at 2pm.
On the 8th, darlings of the indie scene over the last couple of years, Wolf Alice will be doing a set at The Old Firestation. It'll cost punters £12.
On the 11th we have the Larmer Tree festival Breakthrough awards featuring four acts all vying for a place on the roster of those appearing at the prestigious festival. You can expect great music for free over at 60 Million postcards from 8pm.
It wouldn't be a G&B what's on guide without a mention of Black Water County.
The guys (and gal) will be doing their stuff at The St Leonards & St Ives club on the 24th April. Entry is usually free for members and about £3 for non members but you can make the entrance cost up in the cheap beer prices.
If you are on the other side of town you might like to catch a legend in action. Lee 'Scratch' Perry is appearing at Mr Kyps over in Parkstone again on Saturday the 4th.
The purveyor of reggae, dub and rock steady and producer of many a hit will be wowing crowds from 8pm and it's £22.50 to get in.
In the BIC this month the pick for me has to be UB40. It appears that they may have settled their differences at the time of writing so the whole band may well turn up but even if they are a member or two light you can be sure of some epic tunes from the UK Reggae revival of the 80s. There are tix left as we write at only £36.73
Finally another legend comes round our way when Mike and the Mechanics bring down the curtain on the month at the Pavillion on the 30th
One of the original supergroups they have featured an amazing array of talent over the years with a resulting back catalogue to die for.
Tickets cost from £32.25 but be quick cos there aint many left.
All in all not a bad month. Be sure to stop back and see our reviews of the pick of gigs this month and if you are at a loose end then check out the gig guide to see what's on.