The Big Blue Shed Presents: SLIM CHANCE

Slim Chance is a tight band of good friends, which has evolved around three original members of Ronnie's band - Steve Bingham, Charlie Hart and Steve Simpson. They are now regularly joined by Brendan O'Neill, Billy Nicholls, and Geraint Watkins, and together they deliver a unique and entertaining show, both joyous and of a high musical calibre.

The Slim Chance extended family consists of a host of wonderful musicians whose contributions will always be greatly appreciated: Jim Cregan, Colin Davey, Alun Davies, Des Horsfall, Malcolm Hoskins, John Lingwood, Frank Mead, Nick Pentelow, Jim Russell, James Walbourne and Graham Walker.


or from Union Music Lewes - Doors 7:30pm


Sundays In The Bar are the last Sunday in the month, this month we present the JPs:

They mainly play original songs written by Pete, the lyrics are thought-provoking and lyrical, and Pete's complex acoustic guitar is complimented by Jim's mandolin or electric guitar, creating a fusion style of folk rock which completely suits the unique subject matter. In addition the JPs often include in their set a sprinkling of songs by other songwriters, including Ralph McTell, The Rev. Gary Davis and Mark Knopfler.

All welcome - 3:30 to 5:30pm - Free entry

"So Much Things To Say" - The Life and Times of Bob Marley and The Wailers with Roger Steffens & John Masouri

Global Beats & Irie Heights present a seminal event - Roger Steffens and John Masouri - two of the world's most acclaimed reggae writers in conversation for two-hours of unique insights into the life and times of Bob Marley and the Wailers. The show includes rare and unreleased film and audio recordings of Marley, plus anecdotes and insights drawn from the speakers’ own experiences and knowledge of Jamaica, it's music and culture.

Both have made regular trips to Kingston and written extensively on Bob Marley and The Wailers, charting their lives and legacy in numerous articles and books. Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records stated that “Roger Steffens has done more to preserve the myth of Bob Marley than anyone in the world”, whilst David Rodigan described John Masouri as "the world's foremost reggae journalist".

Each show is scheduled to last two hours. This includes a short intermission around the halfway mark, followed by a Q & A session. Both authors will then sign copies of their latest books.

*** Two celebrated storytellers, fired by inside knowledge and experience... ***

Entry info to follow


JT is a white hot rare soul/RnB DJ based in Brooklyn who does a party night called New York Night Train/ Soul Clap Dance Off which plays all over the US. The night consists of live music followed by a Dance Off competition compered by Jonathan and judged by a panel of local cool dudes & faces. The winners win a cash prize then Jonathan drops a DJ set. He's played all over the world including End of The Road , Green Man and traditionally the SXSW closing party.

Daddy Long Legs are an amazing supercharged RNB trio from Brooklyn signed to Norton Records- Here's a taster : -

A master storyteller from time spent at the feet of his grandfather and other elders, La Botz infuses his songs with gritty, deeply imagined characters. The album runs along an axis of spirituality on one side and materialism on the other, with La Botz spinning metaphors and subtle dual meanings throughout. Stories include the absurdity of filling one's life with"positivity" (the title track), a portrait of a decrepit hotel with addicts seeking fixes (“The Hotel [Fix Me Now]”), a prisoner searching for a way out (“The Trees in Cali”), a mystical hobo’s description of freedom (“Hobo On a Passenger Train”), a street musician trading art for spare change in the subway (“For Nickels & Dimes”), and the carefree feeling that comes with the arrival of summer (“Feel No Pain”). La Botz has opened for greats like Ray Charles, Dr. John, Mavis Staples, JD McPherson, Etta James, The Blasters, and Tony Joe White.

Tickets £12 + BF

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The Big Blue Shed Presents: SPEAR OF DESTINY


'Grapes of Wrath is 35' (1983-2018)

+ Band Of The Underhand

Spear Of Destiny first appeared on the scene back in 1983 fronted by Kirk Brandon after the break up of his previous band Theatre Of Hate.

Their debut album "Grapes of Wrath" from 1983 featured the anthemic single "The Wheel". 1984's follow up LP "One Eyed Jacks" featured the singles "Prisoner of Love" and "Liberator" which are live favourties to this day. 1985's "World Service" cemented the band's reputation but it was 1987's "Outland" album featuring the top 20 single "Never Take Me Alive" which widened the band's audience. It was this year that Spear of Destiny supported U2 at Wembley Stadium.

Spear of Destiny have always been known for their dynamic live shows. Book your tickets today to see one of the UK's finest live groups.

Tickets £16 + booking fee - Doors 7:30pm


It's Flamin' June! So you should flippin' well get some beers and chuckles under your belt, right? I mean, what is Summer for if not that? Well, we can help. with four fantastic circuit belters, including charming Northern Irish actor and funnyman Paddy Lennox, Brighton humour hipster Dave Fensome, award winning columnist and humourist Andrea Hubert local boy and longtime legend Pierre Hollins! Hell it's going to be hotter than July!

PADDY LENNOX is a stand-up comedian and actor. He has worked at The Shakespeare's Globe Theatre with Mark Rylance, slipped off this mortal coil in Holby City and been pulled faces in many television commercials across the EU. Paddy earns a crust on the UK Comedy Circuit and plays all the great clubs: The Comedy Store, Jongleurs, The Glee Club, The Stand, Barnstormers and many other clubs. He lives in Hertfordshire and runs The Great Dunmow Comedy Club.

DAVE FENSOME - Despite his best intentions, Dave Fensome is getting older. If you've ever accidentally got older, and been unhappy about it, this is the show for you. Join acclaimed local comedian Dave Fensome as he presents the work in progress of his debut hour. Confronting the big issues like how dating apps can save your marriage, losing your working-class roots, what you can learn from music festivals and how technology has lost its way.
"Dave Fensome’s material is energetic and relatable. Even if you’re in denial about your innermost paranoia, you’ll enjoy this show. Don’t miss it." (Brighton Source)

ANDREA HUBERT started out on the comedy circuit in late 2009, and within 20 gigs gained second place in a national competition. She’s since performed alongside some of the UK’s best comedians at prestigious comedy clubs all over the UK, been commissioned as a writer for a BBC pilot and was shortlisted for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum at the New York Television Festival 2012. She was dubbed One to Watch in 2012 by London is Funny, for whom she went on to write a comedy poetry blog in 2012.
In 2013, Andrea and her writing partner Ryan Cull won the prestigious BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forumcompetition, beating over 500 other entrants. The writing pair are currently working on a new sitcom as part of a development deal with Objective Productions (makers of Peep Show and Fresh Meat.) She is also producing a book of short plays, and continues to contribute regular interviews and features to The Guardian.

PIERRE HOLLINS is a stand-up comedian and writer. Pierre has been a comedy circuit favourite for many years, headlining clubs throughout the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia. His first novel THE KARMA FARMERS was published last year. Pierre has written for radio and television. His cartoon strip GURU featured in the Fortean Times for many years.
He is... always enjoyable,often inspired... Pierre Hollins is a hugely likeable cheeky chappie and unlikely rock god who whipped the crowd into a state of near euphoria. THE LATEST

Price(s) of entry:Early bird online from £8.00 at  only, plus booking fee. Union Music:£10/8 (concessions) plus booking fee
Where people can get tickets: Union Music OR reservations on 07582408418 OR
Time(s) of event: - Doors : 7.30. Show: 8pm


The Big Blue Shed Presents: TOO MANY CROOKS

TOO MANY CROOKS were formed following a Bad Manners gig in Brighton. The group of friends felt that Ska music needed to be dragged kicking and screaming into the next millennium if it was ever going to haul itself out of the underground, where it had been left to fester since the end of the Two-Tone Era. They didn't just want to sound like a poor mans 'Madness' or 'Specials', and soon earned themselves support slots with the likes of 'The Selecter', 'Bad Manners' and 'Desmond Dekker', along with a loyal following of supporters who welcomed their new and exciting brand of Ska. The band released their self financed debut album, BOUNCE to great critical acclaim within the Ska World, and the band continued to be ahead of the field within the genre. However it was during the recording of their second album, INSIDE, that the band really came into their own and created something very different from their contemporaries. This album was not for the faint hearted Ska revivalists. The release of this ground-breaking album was followed by a tour of England and Europe, where they supported top American Ska band, 'The Mighty, Mighty Bosstones' and' The Dropkick Murphys'. The tour culminated with a show in Brighton alongside 'The Levellers', which featured Buster Bloodvessel performing some of 'Bad Manners' most famous songs with TOO MANY CROOKS.  In 2004 TOO MANY CROOKS were asked to record a version of the Piranhas classic TOM HARK in support of the campaign for a new stadium for Brighton and Hove Albion FC at Falmer. The new lyrics were provided by club poet in residence Attila The Stockbroker. The single reached number 17 in the national charts in January 2005!

Tickets £10 + booking fee



The Big Blue Shed Presents: JOHNNY MOPED + THE MEMBERS

JOHNNY MOPED - Formed in 1974 by a group of school friends from Croydon, Johnny Moped were the band fronted by, and named after the enigmatic Paul Halford (aka Johnny Moped). By 1977 the group found themselves at the heart of the burgeoning punk scene in London and for a brief moment even looked like contenders.
‘When I first met Johnny,’ Captain Sensible - the band’s original guitarist - says, ‘I just thought, this guy is a bundle of frenetic energy; he’s a megastar waiting to happen.’
By 1978, after an intense year of activity, the band were completing their first record with Chiswick Records and things were looking promising. But whilst adding the final touches to the record, Johnny - who had recently married - started to become evasive as his mother-in-law exerted pressure on him to leave the group. “In the end we had to basically kidnap him every time we had a gig or needed to record!’ said Dave Berk, the bands drummer.
Despite being able to count both Chrissie Hynde and Captain Sensible as past members, success was not to come their way and Johnny Moped are now largely forgotten - punk rock’s great lost band!
Their story is however a fascinating one that, along with some of the era’s most innovative music deserves to be heard.

THE MEMBERS - Since reforming in 2007 The Members have re-established themselves as one of the Best Bands from the Punk and Post Punk Period, the Current (2016) Line up of JC Carroll, Chris Payne, Nick Cash and Nigel Bennett have played Prestigious shows at the isle of wight and Glastonbury Festivals, toured the World released three albums and played hundreds of Shows, for three years legend of the Damned Rat Scabies was behind the kit. The New Album One Law has been cricitally acclaimed compared to the Kinks "Village Green Preservation Society" and is proving to be a Cross over record firmly establishing the Band as a Multi Genre recording outfit with catchy radio friendly songs and intelligent contant.The Bands songwriter guitarist JC Carroll is an accomplished Multiinstrumentalist and Film Composer with having played accordian for Marlon Bardo and Johnny Depp to writing movie scores for Julien Temple. Nigel Bennett is an accomplished Session Player who has played for The Vibrators, Julian Lennon, Tom Robinson and Eddie and the Hotrods, Bass Player and Singer Chris Paynes Reggae Bass style has shaped the Band since 1977 and Fad Gadget Drummer Nick Cash has been a constant, collaborator, friend and supporter for over 10 years.

Tickets £15 + booking fee - Doors 7:30pm

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Cliffe Bonfire Society and Traveling Trends to put on another Fashion Show for you. A chance to liven up your wardrobe for the Summer, bargains galore of high street fashion and designer labels. So come along and watch some of our very own Cliffe Bonfire Society ladies model the clothes for you and buy some bargains afterwards.
Tickets are on sale at The Volunteer or you can reserve your place by dropping an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and then pay on the door.

Tickets are £6 per person and include a glass of fizz on arrival.



A Big Blue Shed Presentation: THE DICKIES

The Dickies, whose very existence is a glorification of humor and silliness, hold the title of being the first California punk band ever to be signed to a major label. With the band’s final album in the works, The Dickies have somehow managed to be one of the longest-running punk bands in the world. Despite being “86 years old,” as original singer Leonard Graves Phillips joked in a recent show, the band rocks it hard and hilarious, bringing the infectious high energy their shows are known for. Remarkably, they sound better and tighter than ever. Fittingly, the final show of their 40th Anniversary Tour is slated to take place at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in West Hollywood (October 21, 2017) – the same club where they played their first show in 1977. May the Dickies rock and rollick on for another 40 more.
Biography by Sativa Chronnoisseur

+ Snakerattlers + Snide

Tickets £18 + booking fee - Doors 7:30pm

+ Si's Sounds Lewes



The Big Blues Shed Present: THE RUMJACKS

Since the bands inception in Sydney, Australia in late 2008 when McLaughlin met Bassist Johnny McKelvey, they have racked up millions of YouTube views, with over 24 million of these alone for their breakthrough track ‘An Irish Pub Song’. Other stunning videos that capture the incredible live energy of the band include ‘Uncle Tommy’, ‘Blows & Unkind Words’ & ’Plenty’, while ‘Crosses for eyes’ and ‘Me Old Ball & Chain’ see them hard at work in the studio.
The videos for ‘Home’, ‘One Summers Day’ weremade while The Rumjacks were on tour, and stand testament to the bands enormous appeal wherever they go.

Their incendiary live performances and seemingly endless touring regime has seen them share the stage with acts as diverse as Dropkick Murphys, The Interrupters, Anti Flag, CJ Ramone, The Real McKenzies, Gogol Bordello, Ruts DC, Guttermouth, GBH, UK Subs and The Aggrolites. “We’re at home on any lineup in front of any crowd, I think there are elements of what we do that must appeal to just about anyone.”

Indeed there are – from their heavy Celtic roots to the driving punk rock or even ska/reggae rhythms, well-oiled sing-alongs & choking ballads. “We draw on so many influences, but still it’s important for us to force the bounds of what we already do, play good solid Punk rock with a fat smear of Celtic folk right through it, Hopefully contributing something fresh & substantial that’ll stick around in people’s hearts long after the party’s over..”

Tickets £13 + booking fee

+ Si's Sounds Lewes



The Big Blue Shed Presents: Slaughter & The Dogs

Punk Rock Legends Slaughter & The Dogs exploded onto the British music scene in 1976 at the now legendary Manchester Free Trade Hall gig with The Sex Pistols, an event which was to change musical history forever.

They were the first band in Manchester, England to release an independent single "Cranked Up Really High" in 1977. Q Magazine voted this landmark release as one of the top 50 punk singles of all time.

Slaughter & The Dogs debut album "Do It Dog Style" is now hailed as a classic. One of the founding forefathers of the British Punk Rock movement, Slaughter & The Dogs remain to this day a force to be reckoned with.

The band's influences can be felt near and far, from local Manchester boys -The Stone Roses to Johnny Marr & Oasis to name but three; to the American Super group Green Day.

Slaughter & The Dogs recently signed a worldwide deal with Cleopatra Records and released their excellent album "Vicious" in 2017.

Tickets £18 + booking fee

+ Si's Sounds Lewes

The Big Blue Shed Present: Modern English

Modern English are an English rock band best remembered for their songs "I Melt with You," "Hands Across the Sea," and "Ink and Paper". The group disbanded for a period in 1991, but later recorded in 1995 with some new members. The original members reformed in 2009 and are currently touring with plans for a new release in 2016!

Formed in Colchester, Essex, England, in 1979 by Robbie Grey (vocals), Gary McDowell (guitar, vocals), and Michael Conroy (bass, vocals), Modern English were originally known as The Lepers. The group expanded to "Modern English" when Richard Brown (drums) and Stephen Walker (keyboards) were subsequently added to the line-up of the band.

They decided there was enough going on to get the original band back together, so he set the wheels in motion, at the same time the masters were returned to Robbie who managed to secure a release of Soundtrack with Darla records and Stop Start finally came out on CD on Wounded Bird I was asked to rejoin along with Gary, Robbie and Mick, Richard has a few problems which I won’t go into now. It was agreed that Robbie’s songwriting partner of the last ten years, the other Steve Walker should be invited also, he’s a great guitarist and has added an extra dimension to our sound also he’s probably played the songs as much if not more than the rest of us. Ric Chandler joined us on drums.

Tickets £15 + booking fee - Doors 7:30pm




The Big Blue Shed Presents: Zion Train

One of the most unique and enjoyable live dub acts on the planet, their use of dynamic onstage dub mixing whilst performing alongside acoustic instruments and exceptional vocalists, make Zion Train one of a kind.

Will celebrate 30 years in 2018!
Have played well over 2750 showsIncluding Woodstock (Poland), Madasound (. Martinique), Fusio. n Festival (Germany), Sierra Nevada World Music Festival (USA), Rototom Sunsplash (Italy/Spain), Outlook (Croatia), Boomtown (UK), Glastonbury Festival (UK) 14 TIMES , Seasplash Festival (Croatia), Bababoom Festival (Italy), Wickerman Festival (UK), Reggae Geel (Belgium), Universo Parallelo (Brazil), Reggae Sun Ska (France), Ostrada Reggae Festival (Poland), Asigiri Jam (Japan), Woodstock Festival (Poland), Sziget (Hungary), Exit (Serbia), Bielawa (Poland), Solipse (Zambia), Universo Parallelo (Brazil), Island Vibes and Rainbow Serpent (Australia)Own and operate their Abassi Sound SystemRun the Universal Egg and Dee p Root independent record labels.

Tickets £15 + booking fee

+ Union Music Lewes

The Big Blue Shed Present: Total Stone Roses

The Total Stone Roses play a 90min set of all of the best roses material including ‘She Bangs The Drums’, ‘Fools Gold’, ‘Waterfall, ‘I Wanna Be Adored’ and ‘Love Spreads’ as well as new tunes and recent releases!

Throughout the last 7yrs, The Total Stone Roses have been playing sold out gigs across the UK which has gained them a solid following and the largest online presence of any Stone Roses tribute band… 40,000 fans cant be wrong!

The band are huge fans of The Roses and are meticulous in their re-creation of the material in a live setting. This same drive is what gave The Stone Roses their ‘X Factor’ that took them to the heady heights of success and fame that they achieved in the late 1980′s and early 1990′s and beyond.

The Total Stone Roses are all pro musicians that do this for a living; all players involved are top draw Leeds College of Music graduates and are the best at what they do. You will not find a better sound a like band this side of 1989

Tickets £13 + booking fee - Doors 7:30pm



Dictionary Pudding welcome Can legend Damo Suzuki to Lewes Con Club


Damo fronted Can, the legendary German avant-rock/krautrock band credited as an influence by Sonic Youth, the Pixies, Primal Scream and The Fall between 1971 and 1973.

With him in the lineup, Can produced their most enduring and innovative work, including classic albums like 1971's Tago Mago, 1972's Ege Bamyasi and 1973's Future Days'. He then left, aged 23, explaining in his characteristically enigmatic style that he was 'much more curious about another life'.

Doors 7:30pm - Tickets £12 + booking fee


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139 High Street
East Sussex
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Friday and Saturday
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12 noon - 8 pm

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