Easy Listening By Amber Mutter

Published: Wednesday 18th Jan 2017

Written by: Carol Attwell

If you are a bit stuck on things to do this month or want to get rid of those January blues, going to see a local live musician might brighten up your day! There are plenty of local bands that play at pubs and small venues just on your doorstep, so why not check them out.

The Forum in Tunbridge Wells is one of the most popular venues to see new upcoming musicians as well as old favourites of the past. Whilst the tickets vary they are relatively cheap and range from £3 upwards which is perfect for an evening of music.

There are a couple of upcoming events that you may be interested in:

If you are interested into listening to new and upcoming bands and artists the Rotten Hill Gang is the perfect opportunity to increase your listening repertoire. They are a well formed band who has recorded with members from The Clash, Steel Pulse, Blondie and The Slits. Don Letts first became known in the 70’s when he single handily turned a whole generation of punks into reggae listeners and is now back at The Forum playing a DJ set on the same night.

If the new and upcoming artist’s does not appeal to you, why not consider Kast off Kinks? This may sound like a knock off band of the Kinks but they include 3 past members, consisting of Mick Avory, Ian Gibbons and John Dalton. Whilst sadly The Kinks have disbanded this may be closest you will get to feeling the similar vibes they put out for decades.

To find out more visit The Forums website: http://www.twforum.co.uk/

If you are looking for artists that are that little more famous, then Forest Live 2017 at Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent may be ideal.  Whilst Bedgebury may be notorious for its daring cycling tracks and beautiful scenery it is also the perfect stage for world renowned artists!

Rick Astley has been known to the pop culture for over 3 decades and has recently sold out a string of shows in April. Whilst visiting classics he will also be performing new material from his number one album 50. If for some reason Rick Astley is not a good enough reason to visit Bedgebury Pinetum he will be supported by award winning, platinum selling singer-songwriter Rumer!

Elbow will also be taking to Bedgebury, Pinetum’s stage in June after becoming one of the most important bands in contemporary British music. They are well known for their outstanding stage presence and since their debut album in 2001 have taken the music industry by storm. They have performed in numerous events and ceremonies such as the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony and Glastonbury Festival.

To find out more at Bedgebury, Pinetum’s website: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury

Whilst the tickets for Bedgebury, Pinetum’s shows may be more expensive than The Forum in Tunbridge Wells the stage and atmosphere is at a complete different level. Either way both venues hold great opportunity to get out and jam to music! If you are not local to Tunbridge wells, keep an eye out for local pubs that may offer live music as these are great opportunities to support local bands whilst socialising with friends and family.


Carol Attwell
Carol Attwell


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