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16th October 2008

by Ben Davis on 17 October, 2008 | 0 comments

The credit crunch is hitting hard kids. In particular the nightlife businesses in Wrexham are suffering from the public’s tightening of their purse strings. Scott’s nightclub was closed down and sold off the other month, the new Four club is up for sale again (month’s after being bought and refurbished) and The Malthouse pub is on it’s way down the swanny. What I don’t understand is why, with the climate as it is, a new bar has opened up – surely it doesn’t take an Albert to work out that it’s not really the best time to be starting such a venture!? I’m predicting the over indulgence of the alcohol won’t last very long there though, ironically just like the name of the new bar, Prohibition.

So, what’s happening this week – let me tell you.

Tomorrow night at Telfords Warehouse you can see Elephants on Acid. As their name kind of suggests, they take their influences from vintage psychodelia and early 70s rock. Amy Winehouse has proclaimed them ‘The best band since the Doors’ – possibly not the wisest person to get a quote from but considering she was probably on an elephant sized dose of acid when she said that, it makes perfect sense. It’s free before 9pm and £4 thereafter. Don’t forget your paisley cravat.

The Paddington’s, from the lovely northern town of Hull (not far from another lovely northern town, Grimsby) play Glyndwr University’s Student Guild tomorrow night. Support comes from The Daisy Riots and Wrexham’s answer to The Paddington’s, but immeasurably better, The Maydays. Tickets are £7 and can be bought from seetickets.com or the Student Guild bar.

2ManyJD’s will be having an 80’s night at The Talbot tomorrow evening. Your previous column writer Laura Leigh and her compadre Tricky make up the Team Lynne duo, who will be gracing the decks with their eclectic and unpredictable (well confined to the 80’s for this night) mix of music. Doors are 8pm and it’s 2 nuggets entry.

On Saturday at around 6pm you could well think Halloween has come early. You will probably notice an influx of darkly attired and without trying to be stereotypical (which apologetically I am) – moody and sullen faced teens wondering around Wrexham town, asking for the directions to Central Station. The reason? Elliot Minor are playing – a band which love those sad and lonely minor chords so much they had to include it in their name. They are on a massive jaunt around the UK in support of their new album and having had such a positive reaction to their first visit to Wrexham last year, they are returning for another bout. Tickets are £12 advance and doors are 6pm.

The other week I told you about The Roseville Band entering a national unsigned competition called ‘Last Band Standing’. At time of writing they are 15th, and within arms reach of the important top 10. With more than 600 entries to battle against, using the public voting system, they have a real opportunity of winning. Get behind them and start voting via www.lastbandstanding.co.uk – you can vote once per day and the closing date is 26th October.

Wrexham band Gasana have decided to call it a day. Formed in 2005, they played often around the Wrexham area and also played further away in Camden, London and the Cavern Club in Liverpool. Hopefully the different members will start new projects and we’ll see them playing again in the future.

A rescheduled date for the Feeder gig at Wrexham’s Glyndŵr University has been confirmed, they will play on Sunday October 19. The band had been due to play in the William Aston Hall the other week but the date was postponed due to lead singer Grant Nicholas having throat and larynx problems. The venue say tickets bought for the original show remain valid, with tickets still available for the new date. Support comes from The Daves and local band Chilled.

Now I’m a bit of a humbug when it comes to Christmas, not because it’s the season of good will, I like that aspect of it, but because it’s forced down your neck earlier and earlier every year. Over the weekend it started. I heard a Christmas song on a TV advert. I nearly wept on my knees, but it did remind me of our annual Christmas Spruce gig that we have at Central Station, we have just confirmed all of the acts and I can tell you there’s going to be more carnage than ever! I’ll reveal more nearer the time.

Don’t forget to email me at ben@wrexhammusic.co.uk with any news you have. But please, don’t send me any of those Christmas e-cards – it’s far too early, they’re all rubbish and I may have to sign your email address up to an unruly website. Take care.

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