Bolton Live Music Venue.
22 Manor Street, Bolton, BL1 1TU.
01204 388596.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

INSIGHT: Dogstock Friday (May 23)


Writer of songs, unhinged maverick, the product. Dave Lomax releases his debut solo record on May 5th and plays his debut show with his band at Dogstock on the Friday. ‘Flat 1, Loveless House’ cuts a jagged path through Dave’s influences and he promises to take most of the set from this record. It’s an exciting and possibly unpredictable start to Dogstock 2014.


The youth descend!  Formed in 2008 Acute have developed a quirky brand of Alt. Pop Rock that singles them out a one of the bright hopes for Dogstock future. It could have been so much different. “Acute began playing Red Hot Chili Peppers covers before breaking out into songwriting” – in more forward thinking culture this is an offence for which the only punishment would be death.


A band who deserved to be celebrated more. Ploughing their distinct ‘lovely Indie folk music’ furrow the Wings (as no-one calls them) are still shouting about how good their debut lp ‘Mountain City’ is at everyone who’ll listen. And in fairness we should as SHW consistently show off their song writing on a killer record. Beautiful harmonies about at Dogstock! If we get the sunset around this time, it’s gonna be a festival memory to cherish.


Ashes make diamonds as Appease gives way to the Arcadia Verses. Their write ups are full of words like ‘finely crafted’, ‘aspirational lyricism’, ‘soaring’, ‘subtly’ and ‘and’. I don’t know about you but I’m getting expertly honed rock music by a group who have more experience than more up and coming signed acts.

BILLYCLUB Transatlantic punk giants play Dogstock for a second time. Bow down in awe as these four men crush you under their speed punk assault. Fiery.  


Closing the night is post-punk-noise-rock titans Total Victory. After a hugely successful 2013, TV stand on the cusp of releasing the vinyl of second album ‘National Service’ and play for us on one of their very few outings of 2014 at Dogstock. Incendiary and one of the stand outs of this years festival.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Gig Updates – Early Gig Warning System

So Facebook have finally let us have it. 2 and a half years of one or two events per week inviting 1200+ people and they finally called us spammers and have blocked us (albeit temporarily) from inviting any more people to any more gigs (and have the temerity to blame it on you!).

(have a look below this article as to ‘the why’)

That’s it. The system we have relied on for a couple of years will have to change. Our social network device will not let us network – ahem – socially.

Now, dare I say, a few of you will be rejoicing that we won’t be spamming your wall* at any point in the near future. The problem is, for us it was defiantly the best system of spreading the word as to what was going on at the Dog. Admittedly it didn’t work for some places but it very much so did for us.

Now we’re going to have to do it ‘properly’. Monthly round up posts on here and the odd update on FB. It’ll feel a lot less inclusive and the build up to a gig will be less fun - we'll do our best but what can you do.

All gig info (dates/bands/descriptions/lies) will be on here until further notice with the only 'spam' being a link put up on our wall and a specially set up Early Gig Warning System (

So, for the moment, set on your favourites and keep in touch with what’s coming up at our lovely little place. Read on for FB’s new rulings on events (taken from

Facebook puts limits on event invites
Facebook has established new restrictions for how many event invites a user can send at one time and how many pending invites an event can have, according to users who are seeing a notification preventing them from inviting more friends.

The Facebook Help Center confirms that users cannot send more than 100 event invites at a time and an event can only have 300 pending invites at once. This could hinder the efforts of some event planners or promoters, but also help users avoid getting too many invitations they aren’t relevant to them. As a result, event organizers might experiment with Facebook’s paid options for promoting events to users who are most likely to be interested in them.

The social network has long had different mechanisms in place to limit spam and unwanted invitations, but this latest cap seems to be a development from some time in March or before. Social media author Mari Smith pointed out these rules last week, and user Cory Wijnhamer provided a screenshot of the notification he saw to AllFacebook:

To sum up if you guys reply to the invites we won’t be stopped – come on though, we know life don’t work like that and if you had to reply to all our events, you’d never leave your computer. Whatever.
Keep the faith, motherfuckers.

*Modern lexis would more than likely have us committed no more than 15 years ago.
“Why did you section him?”
“He was complaining the someone had *looks at notepad* spammed his wall.”  

Dogstock - The Movie

"Filmed in and around Dogstock 2012. The film contains some fine performances and captures the feelings of nervousness and excitement that exist every festival weekend."

Monday, 14 April 2014

19th April 2014: Hopper Propelled Electric b/w The Kiss Off

Hopper Propelled Electric started out on the road much like any other outfit. A trail of bands that have gone before, a handful of songs and the resolve to rock & roll. One guy trying to keep the dearly loved blues in pocket, punk on a leash, spouting high octane tales about driving, drinking (but never at the same wheel), love, hate, nights in police cells and crooked characters.
A raw dirty guitar with slide thrown in and screaming down a bullet mic doesn’t command that much attention though. With pounding, tribal beats holding it together and a driving bass intertwined, the sound started to develop. Originally billed as Drunken Boat and the Squall, we started rehearsing in a hovel surrounded by dead rats & empty bottles, cut a five track demo and gate crashed a couple of gigs at local taverns.
Here’s some words stolen from

-Who or what made you decide to pick up an Instrument?
I actually got into music fairly late on. Music was around in our house but not in abundance. When I did get into music at about 9, 10 years old I fell straight into Dire Straits and Eagles, picked up a guitar and started to play. It wasn’t till I met Andy at school and he played me some Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones and Cream that I actually found music I loved. I listened to those bands and went backwards. Who wrote that? Who’s Willie Dixon? Chester Burnett? That’s when I went as far back as recorded music would allow.
-Could you give us a brief history of the band with any standout moments?
I’d posted an ad for a drummer after my last band split. I’d heard nothing and was about to go it solo until I got a reply from Debby saying she liked a lot of the influences I’d posted and was I still looking to play. We got together with this guy I knew on bass and played a few gigs but that didn’t work out. I asked Andy who I’d been in bands with since school if he wanted to get back into playing and here we are now.
-Do you think the blues is still relevant in modern music?
As long as there’s rock & roll and that still continues to matter to people, the blues will always be relevant. Now the blues gets under the fingernails of other genres like hip hop (Buck 65, Black Keys Blackroc album/JSBX) but there are still people out there drawing on the blues and playing true roots music like Charlie Parr and William Elliott Whitmore.
-How has the blues influenced your music?
I love the simplicity, the complexity, the stories, the repetition and the sheer raw feeling involved. I love to just pick up a guitar and slide or a harmonica and try and create riffs and hooks that get into your blood. There’s not a lot of slide and no harmonica at all in what we play live, but it’s a great starting point.
Supporting are The Kiss Off.

The Kiss Off are a rock n’ roll band. Now, watch this video.

Free H'entry.

Can I have a hegg? 


18th April 2014: The Indecision, Jamie Brewer and Roscoe

Roscoe make their return to the Dog for the first time in a couple of months. Get down early to check out this eclectic four-piece.


Jamie Brewer may as well set up camp in Bolton as we’re certainly making him work over the next few weeks. If you haven’t seen Jamie you’re in for a real treat. Check out the video for ‘Songbird’ below and you’ll see what I mean:

The Indecision haven’t been over here before. And we haven’t had a band with a horn section for a long, long time. Get your skankin’ pants on as these boys play some of the finest dancin’ music in the north.

“Elastic up-tempo rhythms along with a few narratives of life; the happiness and heartaches and the triumphs and troubles it brings, to create an energetic, purposeful sound to pick up your feet to.”

A new album will be tucked under their collective arms - well, new as of Sept 2013 - 'New Faces' (Do The Dog Records) showcases a rich and refreshing blend of ska and rocksteady.

“Through three singers and a three-piece horn section, 'New Faces' gives a definition to their sweet and soulful sound, from the bouncy ska of 'Sweet Girl', to the spacious, solid rocksteady groove of 'Who Are You Dancing For?'.”

Feel good vibes for those who miss Jeramiah Ferrari. Don’t miss it.
All this for free too. Yeah, I don’t know how we keep doing it. Make sure you lot are there to enjoy it because without you lot, we’re nothing.