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Announced this week - 06.12.19

A hefty 8 announcements this week so let’s jump right in.

Imagine the twisted love child of Mac Demarco and Tame Impala and you'll get pretty close to local quintet Sancho Panza who will bring their psychedelic wonderland to The Bodega stage on 28th February 2020.

We’re so excited for their upcoming second record 'Sorry for the Late Reply' and a headline Bodega show on 18th March from Norweigan punks Sløtface , bringing their high intensity to our stage. Stopping off as part of their Ressurection Tour, iconic LA band Giant Drag are back and will return to Notts on 25th January, bringing their much-adored coolly groovy pop melodies with grungy power chords.

Back with their upcoming second album 'OK Hotel', blues rock quartet Broken Witt Rebels will join us on 5th April, whilst pop-rockers The Hara will pack a punch with their gritty riffs and punchy drums on 9th April.

Fusing folk instruments, punk energy and catchy pop melodies, Black Water County will bring their blistering live set to The Bodega on 28th March. Heading on a co-headline tour, the legendary Stray and Ken Pustelnik’s Groundhogs will join us at The Bodega on 11th March.

And finally, highly respected actor and songwriter, Laurence Fox is set to bring his soft melodies and raspy vocals to us on 25th February, as shown on recent album ‘A Grief Observed’.

Tickets for all shows will be available over on Alt Tickets.

George Gadd Interview

Having spent time relentlessly touring at festivals and support slots whilst packing out shows of his own, Notts lad George Gadd is a DIY folk-punk songwriter, blending heartfelt lyrics with big singalongs. This December, George will take to The Bodega stage with his band for a big hometown headline show. We caught up with him to chat about bad gigs, 2019 and what to expect from his upcoming show.

Hi George! Looking forward to having you back at The Bodega in December. For those who aren’t familiar with you, what can they expect from the show?

Folk-punk for punk folk or just everyone! Best described as a mix of Bruce Springsteen, Frank Turner and 2000s emo.

It’s been a number of years now since your last Bodega headline, how excited are you to bring the full band back?

Very much excited, our last gig together was in August at the Riverside Festival. I've been taking a bit of a break to go on holiday and I’ve also been focusing on my job a bit more. This will be my last gig of 2019 which has been a pretty incredible year which included me playing some of my biggest shows as well as touring with Ducking Punches and Harker (who are also on the line-up) earlier in the year.

You’ve played shows all across the UK since a young age, how has your approach to live shows changed in that time?

I think confidence. As I've grown older, I've not been as worried about embarrassing myself, especially with a few drinks in me. I used to be really nervous before going onstage but not so much these days. If I have a bad gig now, I tend to laugh at it rather than get upset. After myself and the band headlined Bodega last time, myself and Ciaran (guitarist) played a gig at a beer garden in Cotgrave and everything that could of went wrong did. It was the only gig in 11 years of doing this that my mum has attended and she said she wasn't keen to go to another after that!

We’re itching for some new George Gadd tunes, is there anything you can tell us about any new material in the works?

I can confirm that I've been demoing a few new songs but not rushing anything. There may be one in the setlist though.

Take us behind the scenes in a George Gadd songwriting masterclass, how does a song usually form?

It can either be me and a guitar and it will all just pour out fully formed or it can be something I work on over a number of years. 'Not Human' was a song which was immediate and if anything, there were additional verses that were cut. Whereas 'Shake a Ghost' I think I wrote in May 2017 and wanted it to be like the 'Walking on Sunshine' of emo-folk but it didn't really get finished until January 2018. A lot of those ideas would have also have been floating around for years in various notebooks.

And finally, if you could go back through the Bodega time-capsule and see one band here that you missed, who would you see?

There are a number of bands that I wanted to see but was too young to see them. Manchester Orchestra, Frightened Rabbit, Ben Howard, Laura Marling, The National and Bright Eyes all came through but I was far too young to go or at university.

George Gadd will be at The Bodega on 7th December with guests Harker, Velvet Blush and Kate Auburn. Tickets are on sale now here.

Announced this week - 29.11.19

We’re right in the middle of our 20th Anniversary week so let’s celebrate with more gig announcements! 5 up for sale this week so let’s dive in…

Blending vivid riffs, stadium-ready indie-pop hooks and heart-bursting lyrics, Zuzu will bring her massive galactic pop to The Bodega on 1st March.

Launching his second album 'Broken By Design', Jake Martin & The Broken Bodies will bring their full throttle folk-punk and intricate acoustic songwriting to The Bodega on 8th May, joined by B-Sydes and Leslie George Carter.

Set to release their debut album in March, Lancashire four-piece Lottery Winners will bring their infectious guitar pop to The Bodega on 26th March.

Born out of a compulsion to make infectious, melody driven music from a treasure trove of secret sounds, Pictish Trail will bring his sun-warped pop to The Bodega on 31st March.

And finally a freebie in our downstairs bar, Manchester's finest Ryan Jarvis will bring his infectious pop-rock anthems to our Acoustic Sessions on 14th March.

Tickets for all shows will be available over on Alt Tickets.

Elles Bailey Interview

Blending her Bristol roots with a slice of Nashville, blues-Americana sensation Elles Bailey released her highly acclaimed sophomore album ‘The Road I Call Home’ earlier this year. Since then, she’s been touring all over the continent, wowing audiences as she goes. Now back in the UK, Elles is out on her UK tour and will feature a stop at The Bodega on 5th December. We had a chat with her about life on the road and her ‘Blacktop Companion’ release.

Hey Elles! Can’t wait to have you in Nottingham, how excited are you to get on the UK leg of your aptly titled ‘Road I Call Home’ Tour?

This whole year has been such a blast and I’ve toured all over Europe and into the USA, but I am so happy to be finally back on home soil and touring the UK. The shows have gone so well already, and I am loving it.

Your soulful sound is so unique, who were your inspirations growing up and how did music become a part of your life?

I don’t remember music not being a part of my life really, my dad listened to Blues and Country music like The Band, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf and The Eagles, whilst my mum listened to gospel music. But growing up wasn’t all about my parents music, I was a product of the 90s so maybe the uniqueness comes because I used to love the Spice Girls too… or maybe not LOL.

Many of your songs are so beautifully personal, do you find it hard sharing them with the world?

I used to, and sometimes it’s really hard on stage to perform some songs. Even in Sheffield last week I cried on stage but as a singer/songwriter it’s what we do. It’s part of the territory and I am just really glad that my music resonates with people, because in the end that’s what you want as a songwriter. You want others to feel it too.

The reaction to ‘Road I Call Home’ was incredible but with these extra deluxe songs on ‘Blacktop Companion’, did you feel like you had more to share from this era?

100%. Blacktop Companion tells more of the story and in fact features three fully produced songs from the ‘Road I Call Home’ Recording session that didn’t make the original record, and a cover of Levon Helms ‘When I Go Away’ which we have been playing on this album tour.

We hear you played 6 different countries in one month recently, that must’ve been a great experience, right? 

Did I? Wow that’s cool – I didn’t even realise – which seems mad right? I see the world through a van window but am very grateful that I get to travel to so many cool places. We spent 12 hours in Sandane in Norway in the Fjords and it totally blew my mind. I decided not to sleep and go star watching at 4am – that was super special!

And finally, what should we look forward to with your upcoming Notts show?

Firstly, my band are on fire so I am so excited to bring this show to Nottingham. I have only ever played as a trio there, so I am excited to introduce the band to The Bodega. What else should you look forward too? Just the show in general – I am excited to share some old favourites from Wildfire that we have resurrected just for this tour but also play a few tracks from Blacktop Companion as well as most of the Road I Call Home record. It’s gonna be a lot of fun!

Elles Bailey will play The Bodega on 5th December, with special guests True Strays. Tickets are on sale here.

Announced this week - 22.11.19

Right then. It’s Friday and it’s time to run through all the Bodega shows announced this week. There’s 5 to get your teeth stuck into so prepare yourselves, your February just got a lot busier…

Having spent 2019 supporting Royal Blood, The Amazons and Sea Girls, Liverpool rock trio The Mysterines will now bring their irresistible blistering riffs for a headline Notts show on 19th February.

She’s just released her debut album 'First Prize Bravery' earlier this month, Irish singer-songwriter Sorcha Richardson will head to The Bodega on 20th February, armed with her tender collection of dreamy indie-rock.

Receiving support from BBC 6 Music and Radio X, infectious rockers The Luka State will bring their epic, distorted riffs and stadium-ready hooks to The Bodega on 13th February.

Nashville-based songstress Olivia Lane will bring her signature country-pop charm to The Bodega on 7th February, following the release of her EP 'The One'.

And finally, following the release of their sophomore album 'Optimal Lifestyles', Toronto punk quartet PKEW PKEW PKEW will bring their energy to our Bodega stage on 10th February.

Tickets for all shows will be available over on Alt Tickets.