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Hob ‘closure’ Danger – Will the Venue Survive?

Company Pubs n Bars the owner of 87 local pubs situated primarily in the south-east of England has collapsed into administration after falling victim of the decline in consumer spending. The Aim-listed company yesterday appointed Grant Thornton as administrator, who warned that some pubs will close. Pubs n Bars which had debts of around £ 24m, were also hit by the smoking ban, credit insurers scaling back cover for providers and a decline in revenue from machines on the premises.  The Hobgoblin Staines is a PNB public house so is threatened with closure.

A director of the company, David Thurgood, has admitted that some of the weaker units may need to be closed. The alarm bells started to ring  for the Staines Hobgoblin manager Jensen Nightingale on last Tuesday night when his Sky TV was switched off without warning during a game.

Last night (10 Dec) scores of music fans gathered at The Hobgoblin (The Hob) – which is Staines most important music venue – to see BIG TRUCK, MIDGAR and VITAL INC play. This Saturday (12th Dec) the venue is set to be hosting an EP launch night for exciting new local band the DIRTY CRAWLERS – and the landlord fully expects to fill the pub to capacity (tickets still available behind the bar or on the door on the night.)

Hob resident promoters Buckle Up are asking that every live music lover and local ‘regular’ tries their best to support their local venue at this important time especially in the run up to Christmas, to avoid the possible closure of this very important asset.

The Dirty Crawlers

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News From The Bridges – JUNE 14

Mistakes in Animation (MIA) have been busy road-testing their new bass player Jarryd (played a big one in Kingston with the likes of Johnny Foreigner and Hot Club…)

Fleet & Frimley rockers Hold Your Horse Is have a new EP out … the band is currently on their ‘Everyone Runs Faster With A Knife Tour’ and will be paying Staines a visit on 25th JUNE at The Hob…

Speaking of spanking new releases, Cato Street Conspiracy release their new song “Promises, Promises” on June 29th … they are now on the lips of the Chatham citizenry after playing an uber-successful gig with High Frequency in the Chav version of Mecca (Chavcca?) … the Cato Street kids will be playing Staines along with BIG TRUCK on JUNE 28th at The Hob…

Staines firm favourites fiN are warming up to play Glasto (on the Dirty Boots Stage) before hitting STAINES on JUNE 28th at The Hob… they will also be playing the Blastbeat Fest at Hounslow and the MG Fest at Gaydon.  Unfortunately, we at ADPONTES have been informed that this years Walton Sound Fest is OFF OFF OFF! It is a real pity, we were really gearing up for it… the promoters tell us that they are deffo hoping to run the fest in 2010 so we must all keep our fingers crossed…

When we last saw ALPHABET BACKWARDS we absolutely loved ‘em so it is good to see that they are back in town on July 2nd … they have a shiny new 6 track mini album available (Kittiwake Records) that you can grab at the gigs…

Shepperton’s honored and favoured sons Loaded Dice have announced that they will be playing this year’s Guil Fest … they also tell us that they are looking for a new ‘image’ (last time we saw them they were in matching waistcoats and crisply starched shirts … they looked like a bunch of freshly hired estate agents) … The Dicey lads will be playing their clean-cut sounds with hardcore/rock act The Jesters Dead (should be an interesting mix) at Staines Hobgoblin on July 5th…

Unbelievable STAINES TOWN heroes Miss Pink Shoes are back playing live … catch them on July 12 at the Hob along with alt rock/ drum n bass maestros Floors and Walls (both bands were transferred over to the Hob after last month’s Sticky’s collapse)… Floors and Walls are also playing the REDFEST 2009 – Redhill Surrey on Jul 25…

Ad Pontes Staines- music arts & going out IN STAINES

5 Things – This Week in Staines


Hardcore Rock – Live in Staines This Week

Imicus at Staines


May 07 2009




formed at the turn of the year 2005…

Early highlights in 2009 have included being part of the first ever
Hellfire festival at Islington academy alongside acts such as Breed 77,
Sabbat, Exit Ten, Malefice, Romeo Must Die, Forever Never and Sacred
Mother Tongue.

They are now going through the signing process with Transcend Records…








Buckle Up Staines



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West Coast Jazz Live at Ascot

Allison Neale - Jagz Ascot

Allison Neale


May 10 2009



Allison Neale Quartet

Allison Neale is a jazz saxophonist and flautist. born in
Seattle, USA, and raised in Northamptonshire, UK. She has been playing
alto from an early age, assimilating the stylistic approach of many
players, but above all Paul Desmond and Art Pepper, with whom she still
has a particular affinity. Spending her formative years playing alto in
the midland youth jazz orchestra, she had the opportunity to perform
with many leading international artists such as Adelaide Hall, Bud
Shank, and Lanny Morgan, amongst others. she also held the flute chair
in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra between 1996 and 1998. after
completing a Ba(Hons) in performing arts at de Montfort University,
Allison attended the Guildhall school of music and drama in London,
where she attained a postgraduate diploma in jazz and studio music. The
Allison Neale Quartet features Dave Cliff on guitar, Simon Thorpe on
bass, and Steve Brown on drums.

Upcoming shows

Sunday, 10th May

Show will start at Doors 12.30pm, two sets 1pm to 3.30pm

Ticket cost: £6.00

Special entrance and roast lunch £12




Powerful Rock Covers – Windsor

Axis at Old Ticket Hall Windsor


May 08 2009

Old Ticket Hall


AXIS is a powerful rock covers band making some serious waves on the local music scene. You haven’t heard AXIS until you have heard them
live as performing live is what they love. You can expect to hear rock
favorites from the 70s era thru today. Performing hits in our own AXIS
style from Nickelback to Pink Floyd from Greenday to Lynyrd Skynryd,
from U2 to The Eagles and everything in between + DJ PLAYING
80’s & 90’s HITS – BAR OPEN TILL 2AM

Old Ticket Hall Windsor & Eton Riverside Station

5/8/2009 8:00 PM at AXIS




Also on at the Old Ticket Hall this week:


BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…GROUPER play songs from Coldplay Travis TheStrokes Stereophonics Wheatus Van Morrisson Wild Cherry James BrownEagle Eye Cherry Toploader Steelers Wheel Kinks Beatles Dandy WarholsLenny Kravitz Chili Peppers Reef… AND MANY,MANY MORE! FOR MORE INFO
VISIT  + DJ PLAYING 80’s & 90’s



New Wave Punk Covers – Live at  Hampton

Scam 69 at Royal Oak, Hampton

Scam 69

May 09 2009

Royal Oak


A tribute to the classic hits of 1977-1982

Scam 69 are widely regarded as the finest New Wave Tribute act in the UK.
Scam 69 authentically reproduce the sounds and energy of the Clash, the
Undertones, the Buzzcocks, the Stranglers, the Adverts and many more…



Royal Oak Hampton

45 Oak Ave, Hampton, TW12 3BS



Local Alt Rock band  –   Live in Staines

Instincts of Nature- Sticky Fungus Staines

Instincts of


May 07 2009

Sticky Fungus


w/ Big Truck – Powerful,
melodic rock with a punch. Emotive stuff…

Instincts of Nature are a STAINES band mixing elements/influences of grunge, punk and even the Chilis (a big rock soup)!

Time: May 7, 2009 at 8pm to May 8, 2009 at 1am

Location: Sticky Fungus

Street: Elmsleigh Road

City/Town: Staines

Doors open at 8pm. £5 entry. Over 18’s only (ID required)