Mini music festival

MHDE-11-05-11 BAND MAY05 (1)'The So'77 band.
MHDE-11-05-11 BAND MAY05 (1)'The So'77 band.
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Ska, punk, reggae and indie music from the late 1970s and early 1980s will fill a Daventry pub for a mini-festival next week.

Sounds of the Suburbs takes place at The Peppermill pub on Saturday, March 23 all afternoon. Entrance is free.

The mini-festival will feature covers from the late 1970s and 19 80s with punk, ska and reggae all represented.

The pub’s doors open at 1pm. During the afternoon there will be a mini beer festival taking place.

Then at 5pm comes the first of four bands to take to the stage.

The whole event has been organised by Daventry-based band So’77.

Simon Lockyer from the band said: “We thought that Daventry’s music scene needed a bit of a kick.

“So’77 have played a number of gigs at The Peppermill which have always gone down well and we wanted to put the pub back on the map a bit really.

“We’ve played at events like this before, but never organised one ourselves until now! But we really wanted to put something on in Daventry.

“The first band on will be So ‘77 who are a great group of guys we know from Sheffield. Then it’s The Jelly Heads from Rugby, followed by Kickstart who do ska stuff like Madness, and then So’77 will headline the night.”

So’77 is made up of vocalist Nigel Lewis, guitarist Phil Beech and drummer Neil Goulsbra alongide Simon on bass.

Simon said: “Sounds of the Suburbs is going to be a great night. It’ll be punk, followed by punk and indie, then a bit of ska and reggae, and then the stuff we do from the late 70s and early 80s.

“It’s giving people who wouldn’t normally get a chance to play in Daventry that opportunity.

“It’s a great town that likes its music, but it’s not always obvious where you can actually play if you’re not familiar with the town.

“Daventry has been a great support for us in So’77 and we really wouldn’t be where we are now without the support from local people, venues and the Gusher.

“This is kind of a way for us to give a little back and put on a fantastic event for people who love our type of music – which is clearly popular because there are always crowds when we play in the town.”

So’77 has gone from strength to strength in recent years.

Simon said: “We supported Bruce Foxton with his band From The Jam last year in Leamington, and they really liked us and said they’d be happy for us to support them again. Now we’re lined up to support From The Jam in April at The Assembly Rooms in Derby, and again at Rock City in Nottingham in December.

“It’s wonderful to get to perform on the same stage as artists who have influenced us so much down the years.

“It’s great to think that a band from Daventry can go so far; but that is down to all the support we get locally.”

Entry to Sounds of the Suburbs, at The Peppermill, at the corner of Western Avenue and Christchurch Drive, is free. Doors at the pub open at 1pm; the first act takes to the stage at 5pm with music running until 11pm.

So’77 is also playing at the Queens Head in Higham Ferrers on Saturday, March 16.