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5 Unmissable Local Live Music Acts



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If you’re heading out for an evening of live music, you might want to know the acts to follow…

Whether it’s a laid-back open mic night or a fully-fledged gig, Bournemouth has no shortage of live music acts. But which acts are the ones you should keep an eye out for? Given that there are so many…

To narrow it down for you, we have selected a handful of bands and solo artists that you might want to follow on the local live music scene.

Mikey Ball (and The Company)

We will start with one of Bournemouth’s stalwart musicians, guitarist and singer Mikey Ball. A regular performer at Chaplins and Cellar Bar in Boscombe, among other venues, Mikey co-produced and released his second album, self-titled Mikey Ball and the Company, last year. His style is a blend of folk and rock. Keep your eye out for his upcoming promotional gigs in and around Bournemouth.

Susie Kimber

If you’re on your way to a stylish event that promises live entertainment, hope that it’s this lady. Susie Kimber is a singer of pure elegance, with classic, jazz, soul, blues and pop forming part of her repertoire. You are in for a treat if you manage to catch the lady in action. Find out more about Susie on her website.

Marble Tides

This quintet, made up of Brandon Moss, Sam Rawlings, Zac Thompson, Luke Green and Gemma Halliday, has only been going for a year or so and they’re already building quite the reputation. Their music, by their own admission, follows no specific style or genre. That way, there’s something for everyone. All the more reason to catch their latest gig. They perform across Dorset and Hampshire, by the way, so even if you’re in Winchester, you should be on the lookout! More information can be found on their Facebook page.

Miseria Hallows

Something far different in tone now. But unmissable all the same, if a goth-hardcore-punk rock blend is what you’re after. Miseria Hallows has it all, with pure, black-hearted genuineness. They have played a number of Bournemouth venues, including Anvil and The Old Fire Station. Follow them on Facebook to keep up-to-date with their news.

Harry Shufflebotham

An honourable mention to an open mic night regular. This face may be familiar to those of you who are down Chaplins or Buffalo in the Lansdowne a lot. Singer/songwriter Harry Shufflebotham is often there, entertaining the masses with folky-acoustic finger-style guitar playing.

Know any other artists or bands who play the Bournemouth bar scene? Leave their names in a comment – we would love to hear their stories!

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Bournemouth Repair Café Fighting Throwaway Culture



Images by Dominic Hughes and supplied by Transition Bournemouth

Ahead of the return of Bournemouth Repair Café on Saturday 20th July, I met project lead, Jennie Allen, to find out more about their mission.

Bournemouth repair café is a cog in an international movement of repair cafes striving to resist throwaway culture. Originating from Amsterdam, repair cafes are free meeting places with a base of skilled volunteers, encouraging members of the public to bring in damaged goods for repair. From electricals and textiles to jewellery and furniture, the repair café has you covered.

The Bournemouth repair café is a product of Transition Bournemouth – a local community initiative reducing the impacts of peak oil and climate change. The movement is founded on the belief that working together as communities is where real change takes place, as opposed to individual efforts or waiting for the government to act on issues of concern.


Repairs are often simpler than expected


Project lead Jennie Allen, said:

“The goal is to reduce landfill waste whilst encouraging communities to share at the same time…”

Sharing comes in a variety of forms, including skill sharing, tool sharing and idea sharing. A key objective of the repair café is to pass on knowledge. For instance, those coming in with broken iPhones should leave with the skills to fix them.

“It relates to the idea of a circular economy. People always say ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’, but there is a fourth art as well. ‘Repair’ – one that people don’t do as they used to, because of throwaway culture”

A recent study found that one product successfully repaired at a repair café can prevent up to 24 kilos of carbon dioxide emissions. The study echoes the general message implicit in the repair café movement – that the significant barrier to repair is the general public’s lack of necessary skills, rather than irreparable damage to products.


Repair cafés are entirely voluntary, although donations are always welcomed. Donations go towards hiring venues, acquiring new tools and components and covering travel expenses for volunteers. Plus providing refreshments, of course!

Jennie also emphasised that the project should not be viewed as a challenge to local businesses. Rather, they aim to help people become more conscious of sustainable repair practices.


Jennie Allen – Project Lead for Bournemouth Repair Cafe

The event will be held at Bournemouth Library on Saturday 20th July from 2-4pm, in the large meeting room on the second floor.

“We welcome the public to come in with broken items. We will carry out repairs and hopefully teach a thing or two!”

If you are interested, Jennie will welcome you at Bournemouth Library from 2pm tomorrow!

Find out more via the Bournemouth Repair Café Facebook page, or e-mail 

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What’s On: Rosé & Fizz Festival



The festival is hosted by Maison Sax, Ashley Cross, Poole

Following a successful gin celebration, Maison Sax hosts a festival dedicated to all things pink and bubbly…

August kicks off in style this year with Maison Sax in Ashley Cross. They’re hosting their own Rosé and Fizz Festival on the 10th.

The event was announced following the success of their artisan gin festival back in May. It will take place in their huge Provençal garden at the back of this bistro-style restaurant.

English Oak Vineyard are among the local brands showcasing their products, including an array of sparkling wines.

And rosé and bubbly lovers will be very pleased to learn that the event is free to enter. All you need to do is comment “Fizz o’clock” on the event’s Facebook page.

Find out more about Maison Sax in this article, or visit the restaurant’s website

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Stuart Goldsmith to Headline Coastal Comedy



Coastal Comedy presents Stuart Goldsmith

As their season draws to a close, Coastal Comedy has one last high-profile act to share with you…

Award-winning monthly event Coastal Comedy welcomes Stuart Goldsmith this weekend in the last show of their season. The comedian and podcast host will headline the show, taking place on Saturday 13th July at Poole’s Lighthouse Theatre.

Goldsmith has a reputation for smart, accessible stand-up, a natural charm and a quick wit. All this was honed by his early years as a street performer. His act features many up-front revelations about love, sex and romance (among other things), offering plenty of surprises along the way.

Alongside Goldsmith and the event’s founder Adrienne Coles, two other acts will take the Coastal Comedy stage. Opening the show is Rick Kiesewetter, an observational comic with specialist subjects in national identities and stereotypes. And then there’s Johnny Wardlow, part of the BBC New Comedy Awards for three years running.

Coastal Comedy has earned high recognition as one of the best nights out in Bournemouth. This includes the Night Time Award at this year’s BH Stars, plus a finalist in for the Best Night Out Award at 2018’s BAPTAs. Each and every evening never disappoints.

Interested? Get on over to the Coastal Comedy website to book your tickets or visit their Facebook page for more information…

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