WELL, bit of a quiet weekend all round really, I mean, there’s not much going on is there? And what did the Romans ever do for us?

Apart from Teddy Rocks over at Charisworth Farm at Blandford, starting tonight, Friday, May 4, through to Sunday, May 6.

Tonight is tribute band night, with Foo Forgers, Blurd and The Stereoironics on the main stage. Feeder and Mallory Knox are the big names tomorrow night, and Ash, The Magic Numbers, InMe and Spector top the bill on the Sunday.

Tickets from teddyrocks.co.uk and let’s see if Tom Newton and his magnificent team can top last year’s amazing £76,000 raised for the Teddy 20 charity which goes to support children with cancer and their families.

Yes, okay, apart from Teddy Rocks then...

Well, there’s the two-day Quayside Music Festival by the Town Bridge in Weymouth on Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, with The Rock Apes, The Undecided, The Riffs and Speedway Snails among those playing on the Saturday.

Sunday’s line-up features Dorset Wrecks, Cherry Pickers, Skimmity Hitchers and The Chase. Both days start from midday.

Yes, okay, but apart from Teddy Rocks and the Quayside Festival...

Well, there’s two days of music over at The Boot in Weymouth, again on the Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, with The Skint Imperials and the Lo Numbers among those playing on Saturday and Danny Adams, Stacie Lou and Shooter the pick of the bunch on the Sunday. Both days kick-off from 3pm.

As I said, what have the Romans ever done for us, eh?

Moving on, and Weymouth has always had a great heritage of bands going all the way back to the post-Beatles beat boom of the early 1960s and a few of the most popular are getting back together for an evening of nostalgia next Friday, May 11 at Weymouth’s Centenary Club.

Crystal Ship, Dishley Grange and The Katz (featuring members of the Crescendoes) will be dusting off their Telecasters and putting in their best set of teeth for a great night of good time rock’n’roll.

There’s a just a few tickets left from the club on 01305 839310 and the whole shebang will be raising money for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and the DCH Cancer Appeal.

The evening will be a fitting tribute to Dave Gumbrell who took part in the original reunion last September but has since moved on to the great gig in the sky.

And the next generation of musos are hitting the road as Weymouth College music students have put together a showcase to flaunt their chops. Their Discovered show is at Finns in Weymouth next Tuesday, May 8, the Three Compasses on Wednesday, May 9, The Ship at Wool on the Thursday, May 10 and finally Tom Browns in Dorchester on Friday, May 11.

And finally, it’s huge props to The Shakespearos who are headlining a festival of punk rock at the legendary Dublin Castle up in that London tomorrow, Saturday, May 5.

The Weymouth-based punk revisionists played at the famous Camden Town venue last year with a slot at the Polyfest bash in memory of X-Ray Spex singer and punk icon Poly Styrene, and so impressed were the promoters, they got the diary out and offered them a gig there and then.

There, who says drummers can’t blow their own trumpet?

Have a safe and fun bank holiday weekend, kids.



Foo Forgers, Blurd, Stereoironics and many more (Teddy Rocks, Charisworth Farm, Blandford)

The Rolling Stones Story (Exchange, Sturminster Newton)

The Skones (Finns, Weymouth)

Liam Holland and the Truthseekers (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)

Cherry Pickers (Golden Lion, Weymouth)

The Katz (Lugger, Chickerell, Weymouth)

Billy Solo (Wellington, Weymouth)

Dave Griff’s Open Mic (Gloucester, Weymouth)

Acoustic Session (Victoria Inn, Knights in the Bottom, Chickerell, Weymouth)

Wiggie (Weymouth Working Mens Club)

Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Brian Donnelly (Park, Weymouth)

Jamie Pinnow (Belvedere, Weymouth)

Freezer (Spice Ship, Weymouth)

Darren H (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)

Cuba Libre (T-Bar, Weymouth)


Feeder, Mallory Knox, Eliza and the Bear and many more (Teddy Rocks, Charisworth Farm, Blandford)

Gracie, Rock Apes, Identikit, No Standards, Local Heroes, The Undecided, The Riffs, Powelly, Speedway Snails (Quayside Music Festival, Town Bridge, Weymouth) From midday.

Leggomen, Nathan Jon, Skint Imperials, Lo Numbers (Boot, Weymouth) From 3.30pm.

Tripod (Finns, Weymouth)

Seabass (Golden Lion, Weymouth)

The Mighty Fine (Sailors Return, Weymouth)

The Katz (Centenary Club, Weymouth)

Big Al Whittle (Horse and Groom, Wareham)

My Generation ‘79 (Hardy’s, Dorchester)

Streetlife (Gloucester, Weymouth)

Higher Ground (Weymouth Working Mens Club)

Johnny King (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Usual Suspects (Wyke Regis Working Mens Club, Weymouth)

Revolution (Portland Social Club)

Andy Grant Trio (Crown, Bridport)

Stompin’ Dave (King’s Head, Bradpole)

Arron and Karina (Conservative Club, Weymouth)

The Riffs (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

The Cherry Pickers (Tom Browns, Dorchester)

George (Bridge Inn, Preston, Weymouth)

Million Dollar Bash (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)

Tequila Mockingbird (George, Portland)

Georgie Broad (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)

Minor Fret (Belvedere, Weymouth)


Ash, The Magic Numbers, Spector, InMe and many more (Teddy Rocks, Charisworth Farm, Blandford)

Cherry Pickers, Platford Common, Dorset Wrecks, Rich Baxter, Apple Tree Theory, Skimmity Hitchers, The Creek Pickers, The Chase (Quayside Music Festival, Town Bridge, Weymouth) from midday.

Seabass, Danny Adams, Stacey Lou, Shooter (Boot, Weymouth) From 3.30pm

Hamish Jeffcott, Idenitikit, Powelly, Chief Lazarus (Ayya, Weymouth) from 4pm.

Zoe Schwarz and Rob Koral (Royal Portland Arms, Portland) 4pm.

The 5:15 (Bull’s Head, Fordington, Dorchester) 4pm.

Dakota (Gloucester, Weymouth)

Mark Davis (King’s Arms, Weymouth) 6pm.

Lo Numbers, Stereoironics (Market House, Weymouth) From 6pm.

Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth) 3pm and 830pm.

The Remedy (Tom Browns, Dorchester) 6.30pm.

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

Jess Upton and the Guilty Pleasures (Crown, Bridport)

Martin Freed (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth) 3-6pm.

Finley Leslie (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth) 7-10pm

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

Sunday Blues Jam (Belvedere, Weymouth) 4-7pm.

Hustle (Nook, Weymouth) 10pm

Johnny Mac (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)

The Rat Pack (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)


Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth) from 4pm.

Acoustic session (Belvedere, Weymouth)

Milk and Two (Brewers Arms, Martinstown) 6pm

Big Al Whittle (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)


Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Dougie Cooper’s Jazz Night (Star, Weymouth)

Discovered (Finns, Weymouth) Weymouth College music students showcase.


Pete Robins’ open mic night (Horse and Groom, Wareham)

Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Wessex Folk Night (Sailors Return, Weymouth)

Open Mic Night (Royal Exchange, Portland)

Open Mic Night (Rock, Weymouth)

Discovered (Three Compasses, Charminster) Weymouth College music students showcase.


Roger’s Singalong (Gloucester, Weymouth)

Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Julie Lewis Jazz Jam (Park, Weymouth)

Traditional Tune Session (Cove House Inn, Portland)

Ukulele Sessions (Sailors Return, Weymouth)

Discovered (Ship Inn, Wool) Weymouth College music students showcase.


Crystal Ship, Dishley Grange, The Katz (Centenary Club, Weymouth)

Mad Hatters (Finns, Weymouth)

Stereoironics (Golden Lion, Weymouth)

Rich Baxter (Gloucester, Weymouth)

Nick Sellars (Weymouth Working Mens Club)

Darren H (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Speedway Snails (Park, Weymouth)

Glass Spiders (Café Jagos, Dorchester) 11pm.

Billy Solo (Wellington, Weymouth)

Discovered (Tom Browns, Dorchester) Weymouth College music students showcase.

Compass (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)