MISSED out on tickets for Glastonbury this year?

Frightened you’re going to miss out on your festival fix, the unbridled joy of experiencing bands in the open air while up to your neck in other  punters’ droppings while wondering where you left your tent?

(Actually, I’ve just taken a poll and apparently eight of ten people hate it when their tent falls down…)

There’s no need for any of that FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out, keep up at the back, please…) nonsense, as there are plenty of smaller, local festivals to enjoy over the next few weeks.

Last Saturday’s Chesil Rocks bash at Langton Herring  was a real humdinger, helped no doubt  by some glorious weather, so let’s hope for more of the same for the family-friendly  Jurassic Fields Festival in Bridport coming up on  Saturday and Sunday July 12 and 13.

It’s a not-for-profit event and helps raise money to support the tremendous musical talent we have in south and west Dorset with a view to building a professional recording studio and rehearsal facilities.

The festival is now in its sixth year and they’ve got a wide range of acts to bring in the punters from all over the country and further afield to Askers Meadow.

Friday night’s headliners Coasts are reforming exclusively for the festival and also performing on the opening night are Dr Meaker and Sledgehead.

Saturday night’s main band are the mighty Dreadzone with support from Coco and the Butterfeilds and Sam Green.

There are a host of other bands and acts playing over the tow days including Arcade Hearts, Dutch Criminal Record, Shelby’s Elbows, Sinful Maggie and many, many more.

For all the shizzle, check the jurassicfields.com website, okay?

If you can’t wait a couple of weeks to get your wellies on, how about the South Cider Festival at Bredy Farm, near Burton Bradstock.

Again it’s out in the wild, wild west, but still a great four-day beano from Friday July 5 to Monday, July 8

As you might expect there’s a great line-up with a wide range of musical genres, and an even greater array of ciders for you to enjoy.

Friday’s  bands include Duncan Disorderly and the Scalliwags, Little Red Kings, The Dead Freights and quite a few more.

Saturday’s bill includes Delta Bombers, Honey Feet, Creeping Jean (I think I used to go out with her…) and the Guns of Navarone while Sunday offers up Little Thief, Captain Accident and The Disasters, The Imprints and Mike Dennis.

Again, for all the shizzle, check out bredyfarm.bigcartel.com

And finally, next weekend is the Chickerell Steam fair which, as well as featuring highly-polished, immaculately restored and noisy steam engines also features highly-polished, immaculately restored and noisy bands.

Elvis 55 gets the party going on Friday, July 5 while Saturday’s line-up -boasts The Undecided, Blazin’ Strings, the fabulous Glass Spiders, Under the Carousel and Jolly Boys Outing.

Sunday winds down with Milk and Two, Chill and The Stone Band.

All the details can be found at chickerellsteamshow.uk

Till next time…


Snakebyte(Finn’s, Weymouth)

Speedway Snails (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)

Suited and Booted (Gloucester, Weymouth)

John De Barra (Wyke Regis Working Mens Club, Weymouth)

Darren H (Weymouth Working Mens Club)

Regulation 9 (Golden Lion, Weymouth)

Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Olly Coe (1652, St Alban St, Weymouth)

Lewis Craven Band (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)

Farrago (John Gregory Weymouth)

Milk and Two (1652, St Alban St, Weymouth)

The Shakespearos (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

Georgie Broad (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)

Cut Throat Francis (Ropemakers, Bridport)

Zoe Schwarz and Rob Koral (Y&Ys, Dorchester)



Aretha (Weymouth Pavilion)

Kevin Lovett’s Johnny Cash tribute (Weymouth Pavilion)

Unhinged (Finn’s, Weymouth)

Leanne Jackson (Little Ship, Portland)

Compass (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)

Rock Apes (Sailors Return, Weymouth)

Hustle (Boat That Rocks, Portland Marina)

Olly Murs tribute (Gloucester, Weymouth)

Hardy and the Monuments (Wyke Regis Working Mens Club, Weymouth)

Blue Keys (Weymouth Working Mens Club)

Tripod (Golden Lion, Weymouth)

DGB Band (Drax Arms, Bere Regis)

Richard Cooper (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth) 2pm.

Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Steve Nicholas (Weymouth Conservative Club)

Karen Kay (Waterloo, Weymouth)

Surfing Birds (Market House, Weymouth)

TBC (Ropemakers, Bridport)

Farrago (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)

Vanilla Radio (Black Dog, Weymouth)



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

Roger’s Singalong (Gloucester, Weymouth)

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

Duke and the Broad’s Rat Pack Show (Park, Weymouth) 3pm.

Lil Jim (Ropemakers, Bridport)

Diane’s Open Mic (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)



Acoustic session (Belvedere, Weymouth)

Slow Americana Jam (Drax Arms, Bere Regis)

Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)



Quay Stage Folk Session (Pilgrim House, Hope Sq, Weymouth)

Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Hamish Jeffcott (East Fleet Farm, Chickerell, Weymouth)




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

Open Mic Night (Rock, Weymouth)

Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Open Mic Night  (Ropemakers, Bridport)

Hamish Jeffcott (Ayya, Weymouth)




Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Traditional Tune Session (Cove House Inn, ChiswelI, Portland

Ukulele Sessions (Sailors Return, Weymouth) Strum on down from 8pm.

Hamish Jeffcott (The Nook, Weymouth)



Duncan Disorderly and The Scalliwags, The Big Sets, Little Red Kings, Dead Freights (South Cider Festival Bredy Farm, Burton Bradstock)

Elvis 56 (Chickerell Steam Fair, Moor Farm, Chickerell, Weymouth)

Studio 55 (Finn’s, Weymouth)

Milk & Two (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)

Dave Griff’s Showcase (Gloucester, Weymouth)

Moondog (John Gregory Weymouth)

4 Go Mad (Golden Lion, Weymouth)

Farrago (Waterloo, Weymouth)

Tony England (Weymouth Working Mens Club)

Graham Morris (Weymouth Conservative Club)

Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Guns of Navarone (Ropemakers, Bridport)

Milk & Two (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)

Speedway Snails (Lugger Inn, Chickerell, Weymouth)

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