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7th August 2008

by Ben Davis on 17 October, 2008 | 0 comments

I was thinking the other day to back when I was a kid, sitting in the corner of my old living room with a pair of ridiculously oversized headphones, listening to my Dad’s 7” Kinks discs and my Mum’s Supremes CDs whilst they watched Knot’s Landing. It got me thinking if our siblings in the future will be doing the same thing. But will they be listening to the ‘Best of Basshunter’ on a battered and faded iPod? Well mine, if I ever have any, definitely won’t be, but I can imagine some poor souls will. So, what I’m trying to say is when buying (or downloading) your next album, think about the children.

Milk, Milk, Lemonade, around the corner……how rude. The innovators of impromptu ‘Milk Milk Lemonade’ are back at Telfords Warehouse tonight with a tasty live DJ set that would make any Devon fudge fan breakdown and weep in sheer delight. Not convinced? It’s free to get in. Now I know you’re convinced – get down there for 8pm.

After having several years’ success at Central Station, one of Wrexham’s most well known club nights, Freak, is moving to graze pastures new. They will be taking over the basement room of Club Four every Saturday night and also the Loft room when they have their special guest DJs playing. On Sunday 24th August they will be hosting their Bank Holiday Special and have legendary international DJ Jon Carter putting his needle to his vinyl’s.

Dandelion Killers, Stokoz to Moscow and Dirty Static are playing McLean’s in Pentre tonight. Get down there for 8pm with £4 change in your hand and you’re onto a winner.

The Roseville Band are back. They will be releasing an EP in September called ‘Where Have You Been?’ and will be announcing a tour to support the release very soon. The release follows on from their download only track ‘My Town is Your Town/Mission’ which saw them chosen as XFM Manchester’s upload band of the week. They are hard at work putting the final touches to the writing of their debut album which should be out before 2008 turns into 2009. Their next gig is at the REDI Nights in Central Station on August 22nd where I think they joined onstage by their new brass section!

Everyone loves a good old acoustic night don’t they? The opportunist’s see them as an open platform for performing in front of like minded people; the sectarian army view them as an embarrassing self-loving array of egotism. Milliner’s in Wrexham are starting up a new weekly open mic night, with tonight being the first one. It’s free to watch and it’s free to play, you can’t ask for much more than that.

About a month ago The Old Swan on Abbot Street was getting ready to return to its former glory with a couple of new tenants who were keen to retain the live music aspect of the venue. Unfortunately they have now pulled out of the tenancy. The brewery who owns The Old Swan, Hyde’s, have found a replacement tenant, but this time not quite what we all had in mind.

Dave ‘Moz’ Morait, former promoter at The Old Swan has told me that the new tenant wants to go more down the same road as the surrounding bars – serving food and drinks to a different kind of customer. So with a huge sigh of disbelief and a twisted knife in the heart its game over for The Old Swan as a live music venue.

So, the new tenant will be cashing in on the ‘of the moment’ fad of trendy establishments and adding to the myriad of faceless bars that the town has already. I can’t see it working myself. There could be a glimmer of hope though as Moz is in talks with the Wrexham Musical Theatre Society to move most of the night’s from The Old Swan to their venue on Salop Road – Funkmode, 2ManyJDs, Selectro, Acoustic nights and the band nights. As the tartan-clad Labour loving D:Ream once sang ‘Things can only get better’.

Did everyone listen to Steve Lamacq’s BBC Radio 1 show on Monday evening? Bethan Elfyn from BBC Radio 1 in Wales presented a feature about our wrexhammusic.co.uk GOOD TIMES! Festival which she kindly attended. It included sound bytes from some of the bands who played at the festival and also a couple festival goers and I think it’s a great promotion of our scene on a national level. You can listen again up until Sunday night at www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/innewmusicwetrust/stevelamacq.

Well, another week has passed us by and now we are officially into the second half of the summer. Enjoy it while you can! Don’t forget to email me at ben@wrexhammusic.co.uk with any news. Take care.

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Ben Davis

Email: ben@wrexhammusic.co.uk

Ben is the founder of wrexhammusic.co.uk.

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