Party invitation THIS long hot summer of terrific live music continues this week with some more entertaining events to point your lugholes’ satnav at.

So if you’re feeling at a bit of a loose end after your church fete was cancelled because of a tombola virus outbreak, there are plenty of other things to do.

Top of the shop this week goes to the Air FM Party in the Park with an impressive line-up of talent, from round these parts and a bit further afield too. It’s in Lodmoor Country Park in Weymouth on Sunday, August 17, and kicks off at 11am, with great music coming from such artists as Amy Mayes, Ian Sedwell, Nick Tatham, Victorian Barbers, Steve Wilson, Big Al Whittle, Leggomen, Lauren Bannon and many more familiar faces all the way through to 6pm.

And keep an ear out for folk/pop/funk duo of brothers Alex and Rolf Tinlin, who only last month played at the rather swish Hop Farm festival in Kent and were on the same bill as Squeeze, Caro Emerald and, stand up at the back there, the God-like genius that is Brian Wilson. Woop.



Admission to the park is free, there’s loads of stuff to keep the whole family entertained but please put your hand in pocket and donate to this fabulous community radio station.

And those lovely people at Air FM are also hosting a mahoosive live music bash on the beach for Weymouth Carnival, this Wednesday, August 20.

On stage at the Pavilion end of the beach will be Blue Rock, Lauren Bannon, Boytits, Cuba Libre, Gale Force 4, The Frontiers, Jukebox Junkies and many more, all rocking their socks off for the huge carnival crowds from 10am to 10pm.

Now then, those of us who enjoy a glass of ale or cider, in moderation naturally, will no doubt be heading towards Wyke Regis in Weymouth, known locally as the gateway to the south, for this weekend’s Ferryfest at the Ferrybridge pub.

As ever, there’s some top music with Replay there this evening, Friday, August 15, the ubiquitous Leggomen and Ed ‘Reg Dwight’ Hintze tomorrow, Saturday, August 16, and the pretty marvellous Shooter on Sunday.

I’ll be back next Friday with a complete run-down of all the runners and riders for the two-day Quayside Music Festival in Weymouth on Sunday and Monday, August 24 and 25, plus more bank holiday weekend live music events than you can shake a stick at.

Don’t forget to send your events to me at gigs@dorset

Till next time…


Fissure of Riddles, Cambion, Without Consent, The Escape Code, Embodiment (Finns, Westham Rd, Weymouth)

Chloe and Tom (Lazy Lizard, Esplanade, Weymouth)

The Sidekicks (Royal Exchange, Portland)

The Lanterns (Lugger, Chickerell, Weymouth)

The Lizzards (Spice Ship, Preston, Weymouth)

Singalong with Steve (Park Hotel, Grange Rd, Weymouth) Bianca (Weymouth Working Mens Club, Mitchell St, Weymouth)

Shakespearos (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)

Jam Night (The Lounge, Colwell Centre, Weymouth)

Billy Solo (Wellington, Weymouth) Seabass (Boho, Weymouth)

Leggomen (Royal Oak, Quayside, Weymouth)

Replay (Ferrybridge, Wyke Regis, Weymouth)

Darren H (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Richard Young (The Star, Park St, Weymouth)

Hustle (Café Jagos, Dorchester)

Karen (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

Total Madness (Black Dog, Weymouth)

Stress (Tom Brown’s, Dorchester)

Freak Circus (Old Ship, Upwey, Weymouth)

NUMB (Ropemakers, Bridport)

Matt Black (King’s Arms, Weymouth))

Lucy’s Piano Singalong (King’s Arms, Portesham)


Big Gunz (Finns, Westham Rd, Weymouth)

Gale Force 4 (Sailor’s Return, Nicholas St, Weymouth)

The Dinnerladies (Victoria, Dorchester)

ACBBs, Rat Salad (Golden Lion, Weymouth)

Leggomen, Ed Hintze (Ferrybridge, Wyke Regis, Weymouth) followed by…

Leggomen (Lazy Lizard, Esplanade, Weymouth)

Tim Andrews (Conservative Club, Weymouth)

Velvet Overtones (Lugger, Chickerell, Weymouth)

Skatmandu (Park Hotel, Grange Rd, Weymouth)

Restless (Weymouth Working Mens Club, Mitchell St, Weymouth)

The Silhouettes (Wyke Regis Working Mens Club, Portland Rd, Weymouth)

Bob Mallett (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth) H4H fundraiser.

Skint Imperials (Tom Brown’s, Dorchester)

Replay (Black Dog, Weymouth)

Blue Rock (Wyke Smugglers, Portland Rd, Weymouth)

Frank E Finn (Bridge Inn, Preston, Weymouth)

Let me Out (George Inn, Reforne, Portland)

Under The Carousel (Market House Tavern, Weymouth)

Hustle (King’s Arms, Weymouth))

Left Right and Centre (Green Shutters, Portland)

Simon Gee (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

Ocean Drive (Centenary Club, Weymouth)

Billy Solo (Wellington, Weymouth)

Hot Bacon (Tides Inn, Weymouth)

Cuba Libre (Ropemakers, Bridport)

Tom Caulfield (Royal Oak, Quayside, Weymouth)


Tinlin, Ukuleleans, Nick Tatham, Leggomen, Amy Mayes, Victorian Barbers, Steve Wilson Band, Gale Force 2 plus many more (Party in the Park, Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth) from 11am-6pm.

Double Shot (Park Hotel, Grange Rd, Weymouth) 7pm.

Neil O (Weymouth Working Mens Club, Mitchell St, Weymouth)

Jack Daniels (Durnovaria, South St, Dorchester) 3-5pm.

Replay (Red Lion, Hope Sq, Weymouth) 2pm.

Shooter (Ferrybridge, Wyke Regis, Weymouth)

Martin Freed (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth) 3pm

Rob Ryan (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth) 9pm.

Ricky Solo (Sailor’s Return, St Nicholas St, Weymouth) From 3pm.

Jam Night (Sailor’s Return, Nicholas Street, Weymouth) Mark Stacey and friends host this regular Sunday acoustic jam session. Music from 8pm.

Martin Freed (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth) 3pm-5pm.

Jukebox Junkies (New Vic, Esplanade, Weymouth)

Finn (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

The Silhouettes (Greenhill Gardens, Weymouth) 2-4.30pm, in aid of Weldmar Hospice.

Chill (Three Compasses, Charminster)


Amy Mayes (New Vic, Esplanade, Weymouth)

Sunset Café Stompers (Ropemakers, Bridport)


Open Mic Night (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth) 8pm.

Lauren Bannon (New Vic, Esplanade, Weymouth)


Cuba Libre, Blue Rock, Boytits, Gravity Drive, Lauren Bannon and many more (Weymouth Beach) From 10am-10pm.

Paul Williams (Weymouth Working Mens Club, Mitchell St, Weymouth)

Rob Ryan (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Stacey Lou (New Vic, Esplanade, Weymouth)

Sheryl Lee (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

Dave P’s Open Mic Night (Rendezvous, Weymouth) From 8pm.

Jam with Mark (Wellington Arms, St Alban Street, Weymouth)

Wessex Folk Night (Sailors Return, Nicholas Street, Weymouth) Acoustic folk, here every Wednesday.


Amy Mayes (Stables, Weymouth) 7.30pm.

Kipper (Durnovaria, South St, Dorchester) 8-10pm.

Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

The Leggomen (New Vic, Esplanade, Weymouth)

Martin Freed (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Open Mic Surgery (Tom Brown’s, High East St, Dorchester) All backline provided, come on down and have a play.

Steve’s Singalong (Duke of Cornwall, St Edmund Street, Weymouth)

Traditional Tune Session (Cove House Inn, ChiswelI, Portland)

Ukulele Sessions (Sailors Return, Weymouth)


Hustle (Finns, Westham Rd, Weymouth)

Chill (Royal Exchange, Portland)

Alex Wood (Lugger, Chickerell, Weymouth)

Replay (Spice Ship, Preston, Weymouth)

The Dinnerladies (Café Jagos, Dorchester)

Leggomen (Lazy Lizard, Esplanade, Weymouth)

Think Twice (Weymouth Working Mens Club, Mitchell St, Weymouth)

Bit of Rough (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)

Left Right and Centre (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)

Leggomen (Royal Oak, Quayside, Weymouth)

Jam Night (The Lounge, Colwell Centre, Weymouth)

Billy Solo (Wellington, Weymouth) Finnian (Black Dog, Weymouth

Funke and the Two-Tone Baby (Ropemakers, Bridport)