Tag Archives: Guildford

5 Things- This week in Staines


The Getaway Team in Staines

The getaway team- Staines

The Getaway Team, The Hobgblin, Staines May 29 2008

The Getaway Team from Guildford are here to write music and have the time of their lives!

They started writing together in mid 2006, and found a knack of producing some catchy pop songs, with some pop-punk and indie thrown in!

In the past few months they have started playing those songs in what has become an exciting, adrenaline-fueled live show. The band have recently finished recording a debut mini album titled ‘Haven’t You Heard’, out June 2nd.

The Debut single ‘Lost All Hope’ will hit shops on May 5th, available for download and on limited Green vinyl, with a postcard and stickers inside; so make sure you hook yourselves up!

See them live in Staines on the 29th at The Hob or on:

Jul 24 2008 8:00P The Boileroom, Guildford w/ Cut The Blue Wire



Go see the Cadillac Kings at Jagz, Ascot

The Cadillac Kings at Ascot

Cadillac Kings – May 31 2008 8:00P Jagz Club, Ascot Berks

Featuring six of the UK’s top blues & roots musicians, The Cadillac Kings play music inspired by the sounds & styles of the 40s & 50s. A mix of mostly original songs with a few well-chosen covers from the likes of T-Bone Walker, Roy Brown & Champion Jack Dupree have made the band firm favourites on both the blues & jump-jive scenes. With their stunning musicianship & exciting stage act, this is a band that knows how to entertain audiences across the board, from arts centres to dance-halls, from intimate clubs to major festivals.

Influences: T-Bone Walker, Louis Jordan, Slim Harpo, Champion Jack Dupree, James Harman, Elmore James, Billy the Kid Emerson, William Clarke, Ray Charles, The Coasters, Professor Longhair, Boozoo Chavis, Jimmy Reed, Clifton Chenier, George Smith

Also catch them at:

Sep 20 2008 8:00P Blues at the Fort Festival Fort Purbrook, Hants

CLICK HERE for the acclaimed Cadillac Kings Allbum- Highway 17



Go rock with Netherworld, Staines

Netherworld at Staines

Netherworls May 30 2008 8:00P Staines Riverside Club Staines

Fronted by Jason Stretch on vocals and guitar, backed by the brilliant bass and vocals of Paul Smith and dynamic drumming of Ian Roberts- this rockin’ band will rock your (nether)world. Covering the best of classic rock songs, this three-piece bring their wealth of professional talent together for this new project.

Previous gigging and recording credits include ; Bad II The Bone, British Lion, Steve Harris (Iron Maiden), Reload, The Dhogie Band and Phil Mogg (UFO).

You will not fail to be impressed by the superbly tight musicianship of these three heavyweight players …

Also catch them at:

Jun 14 2008 8:00P The Camphill Club Surrey

Jun 15 2008 8:00P The Six Bells Brentford

Jun 20 2008 8:00P The Shire Horse Hounslow

Jul 11 2008 8:00P The Running Horse Bracknell

Jul 26 2008 8:00P The Cardinal Wolsey

Aug 1 2008 8:00P The Red Lion Twickenham



Go experience Kakuzi at Staines

Kakuki - Photo by Mark Richardson

Kakuzi- The Hobgblin, Staines May 29 2008

Kakuzi (formally known as DARK-FiRE) formed with the current line up in September 2006, jamming out just a few of songs to enter their first gig as a band in the Mole Valley Battle of the Bands. Since then the band has been through a short phase of high energy raw punky rock music, to exploring new dimensions and styles of music. They have really honed in their live set, gigging regularly at the Grey Horse, Kingston and other venues around Guildford and Surrey. Their first E.P, “Senses” can be bought off them at any of their gigs for £5 each.

Currently the band are back in the studio recording a variety of tracks for an E.P. titled “Corridors”.

The Band:

Lucas (Luc) O’Neill, Isamu (Sam) Yoneda, Alastair (Ali) Lawrenson, Alexander-James (AJ) Fritsch, David (Dave) Medlicott


Audioslave The Cardigans The Clash The Doors Faithless Foo Fighters Hendrix Incubus Kasabian Leftfield Led Zeppelin The Mars Volta Muse Nirvana Pendulum Pink Floyd Radiohead Red Hot Chilli Peppers R.E.M. Stone Roses

Also catch the band at:

Jun 18 2008 8:00P Grey Horse – Kingston, Battle of the Bands


Wonder at Prog-Rock Legends ‘Haze’ at Kingston

Haze at The Peel (house of progression) Kingston

Haze -May 31 2008 8:00P The Peel (30th anniversary show) Kingston

Formed in 1978 by Chris and Paul McMahon, Haze were one of the founders of the neo-progressive revival of the early 1980s. The band went through a number of line-up changes until drummer Paul Chisnell joined in 1983, completing the classic line-up which was to remain unaltered until the band’s demise in 1988. On 31st May 1998 Haze reunited for a 20th anniversary concert in Sheffield and now you can be part of the history-of-haze by seeing them on their 30th anniversary reunion.

Although part of the 1980s “progressive” revival, Haze were always much more than just another Yes/Genesis clone, moving with ease across the spectrum from rock to funk, pop to progressive in their own distinctive style. World Turtle have continued in this tradition, bringing modern sounds and influences, as well as powerful, intelligent lyrics to the brothers’ undoubted musical and songwriting skills.

On 31st May 1998 Haze reunited for a 20th anniversary concert in Sheffield. The show was a great success and was recorded for a limited edition double live CD on Cyclops Records. Since then the band have headlined a number of shows in Sheffield, supported IQ and John Wetton at the Whitchurch Music Festival and toured Italy, Belgium & Switzerland twice.

The band are now planning a European tour, a new live CD, and the re-issue of their “Stoat & Bottle” album.

Paul Chisnell – percussion, vocals
Paul McMahon – guitars & vocals
Chris McMahon – keybords, bass & vocals

Influences Van Der Graaf Generator, King Crimson, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Rory Gallagher, Steve Hillage, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Moody Blues, Rush.



Keep Visiting www.AdPontes-Staines.com for news, views, reviews, articles and what’s on in Staines


5 Things- This Week in Staines


See Succotash! at the Phoenix, Staines

Succotash! At Phoenix

Succotash! at The Phoenix, Staines Friday 7th March 2008 9:30P

Spring is just around the corner & it’s time once again for the mighty Succotash to brighten up your lives!

The Staines-duo will be at The Phoenix, Church Street, Staines Upon Thames on Friday 7th March.

On stage at 9:30 ’till late.

The Phoenix is under new management so come on in and see what how the place is shaping up…

Carl will be bangin’ & shakin’ a variety of percussive implements and his beautiful young assistant, the ever-lovely Ravi, will be strummin’ & singin’ for all he’s worth…

Support these local likely lads…

The Phoenix, Staines
Friday 7th March

43 Church Street, Staines, Middlesex, TW18 4EN

Tel: 01784 452384


Go to see Stan Sulzmann at the Riverhouse Barn, Walton

Stan Sulzmann

Neon at the Riverhouse Barn Theatre, Walton March 9th 7:30P £10

Sun March 9th 7:30P

Riverhouse Barn, Walton


The inventive and fluent tenor titan with the equally-impressive Gwilym Simcock on piano and Jim Hart on vibes.

‘Neon’ is Stan Sulzmann, Gwilym Simcock and Jim Hart

Pricing: £10


The Riverhouse Barn boxoffice:

01932 253354 (24 hrs)

Manor Road
Surrey KT12 2PF




Go see some new Ska… Abstract Genius

Abstract Genius at Platform 9

Abstract Genius at Platform 9, Guildford 7:30P

“Skacore/funk ninjas from Guildford -comin at ya!”

Mar 6 2008 7:30P Platform 9 Guildford

May 15 2008 7:00P Platform 9 w/DIRTY REVOLUTION

After a century of searching for band members, Luke and Nick (the founding members of Abstract Genius) are proud to announce the arrival of skacore/cross genre’s newest prodigy!

Abstract Genius are working hard and having loads of laughs writing and perfecting material for future recordings, live shows and new media. Their sound is exciting, fast and varied ska influenced metal, hardcore, funk and progressive rock, with a
slightly hip hop, raw vocal.They are passionate about making and performing music, with most of the band studying music in some form or another at Guildford ACM.

Abstract Genius are:

Luke: Vocals, Tenor Sax, Slide whistle!

Nick: Guitars a’ plenty

Ben: Bass and hair

Mike: Drums and super-straight-edge-shorts!

Influences Sonic Boom Six, Metallica, Ska-P, Capdown, Farse, Weapons of Brass Destruction, Atreyu, The King Blues, Incubus, basically the UK and US Skacore scenes and worldwide Metal!


Platform 9 (aka The Plough, Guildford)

Address: 16, Park St, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4XB



Go see Next Door’s Baby at Richmond – Orange Tree

Next Doors baby- orange tree theatre

Next Door’s Baby- The Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, till 8 March

Book by Bernie Gaughan. Music and Lyrics by Matthew Strachan

Wednesday 6 February –
Saturday 8 March 2008

Set in 1950s Dublin, Next Door’s Baby is an earthy tale of feuding mothers, jealousy, and family secrets. As a Bonny Baby competition deepens the rift between the neighbouring Hennessys amd O’Briens, we learn nothing in either tiny terraced house is quite as it seems.

As a premiere production of a witty, poignant show with lovely songs, written by husband and wife team, Next Door’s Baby is for anyone who ever had a family.

Cast: Peter Basham, Stephen Carlile, Clare Louise Connolly, Robert Gill, Louise Gold, Elinor Lawless, Brenda Longman, Riona O’Connor, Vincent Shiels and Emily Sills

Orange Tree Theatre
1 Clarence Street

Box Office: 020 8940 3633



Go to see the Spring Exhibition- Sunbury

Art Exhibition- sunbury

The Sunburt art group, Spring Exhibition – Riverside Arts Centre

Sunbury Art Group

Spring Exhibition

Sat 8th March & Sun 9th March 2008

Sat 15th & Sun 16th March 2008

Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury

59 Thames Street
TW16 5QF


-Visit AdPontes-Staines for News, Articles, Reviews and Gig Guides-

Bohica at The Hob, Staines

Dream-pop Guildford rockers Bohica played the Hob last night. What a powerful and exciting band! Incorporating funk and reggae beats, irregular stop-start song structures and heavy anthemic riffs, this lively and energetic act is hard not to like. Add to the mix a wild dervish of drums- plenty of breakdowns, shimmers and solid clangs- some grungy, often doom-laden, nu-metal vocals (think ill Nino or Mudvayne) and the tension and depths of guitarwork as-near-as-damn-it to perfection and you are close to capturing the energy, soul and bravura of this young band.

Fully integrating stylistic elements from post-punk through to hardcore and even soul, Eng Wei Chua on Guitar, brings the notions of lead guitar and rhythm guitar into one unholy wedlock. (Think art-punk heroes ‘Television’ circa 1970’s or UK post-punk’Gang of Four’.) Yes, there may be invisible layers of texture and emotion in there somewhere but this band plays with more chutzpah than a full assault squadron of SAS troopers in a tight spot near Helmand.

After spending the past few years finalising the line up, gigging and writing, the band have recently upped the ante and released two discs and a single (myfreesingle.com.) This band has the ability to finish the task and to get things done… watch them live large and live free…they will achieve the dream!

Catch them next at The Plantation, Guildford on Dec 14 2007 or watch this space to see them again at the Hob.

You can download their single free at myfreesingle.com or check their space at http://www.myspace.com/bohica

Bend over, here it comes again….

James Burns – Vocals
Eng Wei Chua – Guitar
Christian Inglis – Bass
Nathaniel Renouf – Drums

The Getaway Team

The Getaway Team

Pop-Punk meets British indie?

The Getaway team are five best mates who want to make music and have the time of their lives!

Tom Greenwood: Vocals
Henry Eastham: Guitar / Vocals
Simon Brown: Bass / Vocals
John Young: Guitar / Vocals
Alun Chambers: Drums

The band started writing together around the middle of 2006 and they found they had a knack for making catchy Pop-Punk songs with the attitude of British indie.

In the last few months they have started to put together an exciting, adrenaline-fueled live show.

Henry (who looks like Tom Fletcher from McFly) and the the others are pleasing on the eye. Clad in black and not looking back, they hit the ground running, when I saw them at The Hob (Staines) on a cold Sunday in October.

Their soulful tunes and melodic lyrics laced ‘over the top’ of guitar-based sounds were instantly poppy and catchy without being formulaic. In other words, you get the impression that this band can bash out a tune but they will never sell out.

The band may be all indy brit-rock like The Kooks but they sing a sincere brand of tuneful almost folksy ballads (think Peter Buck or even Nick Drake) oozing with charm and as nostalgic as a Sunday afternoon spent in a damp pub beer garden. The harmonies are reminiscent of The Pixies- high ‘melodica’ and yet abrasive enough to rub the skin from your shins. But don’t overlook the constant plucky guitar-work of the twin guitarists- especially the fretwork of young John Young who tends to shelter at the back but is ably supported by choppy high-energy riffs from Henry.

Frontman Tom Greenwood swaggers and pouts and puts on a solid and polished performance. The team percussion, pounded out by Alun Chambers on drums, is not only essential but undiluted and powerful.

If you’ve got a million dreams stuck in your head
Go and see this team live before you’re dead…


For more news and reviews keep checking AdPontes-Staines