Friday, December 31, 2004

Happy New Year!

Well last day of the year and possibly the last blog posting for a week or so. How has it been for you? For many the memories of 2004 will be filled with the scenes of devastation from the Asian Tsunami but there were other events too and it's worth remembering those as well.

This year the local music scene has been through a string of changes but the one with perhaps the deepest influence may turn out to be the new licencing act. As a result of this, the old two in the bar rule goes and just about anywhere that has live music will need to tick the extra box on the licensing form. There are some exceptions for acoustic playing, religous services and the like, but the pub scene will be changed forever.

The good news is that the South West and South Somerset in particular, has a thriving live music scene with almost every possible style of music catered for. Over the nearly three years that we have been producing Suited and Booted, we have grown from a distribution of less than 3000 copies to something in excess of 4500. We now distribute the magazine to 122 locations from Lyme Regis in the South to Wincanton in the East and Ashill in the West.

The magazine itself has (we hope you agree!) grown in quality and in number of pages. This is thanks to you the readers and to our advertisers who pay the bills; without them there is no magazine. So we send out a BIG BIG thank you to those who have advertised and continue to advertise in Suited and Booted.

So what are you doing tonight? Want to know whats's on?

Events in South Somerset and West Dorset area

Fugly @ Half Moon, Stoke-s-Hamdon
Darren & Bob @ White Hart, Sherborne
Crawfish ~ Bottle Inn, Marshwood
Julie Dunn @ Gallery Restaurant, Chard

Julie Dunn playing at the Alex, Yeovil earlier in December

Pisces @ Labour Club, Yeovil
Storm (ticket only event) @ Alice Springs Café Bar, Yeovil
Mid Life Crisis @ Old Barn Club
Tom Toomey @ Lord Nelson, Norton-s-Hamdon

Events in Taunton and Bridwater area

Glenn @ Green Dragon, Wellington
Jam Factory @ Westgate Inn, Taunton
Whole Hog @ The Pen & Quill, Taunton
Tim Bromfield @ Crown & Sceptre, Taunton

Events on the 1st January 2005 in South Somerset and West Dorset area

Scrotes @ Ropemakers, Bridport
Dablues @ Nags Head, Lyme Regis
Pineapple Thief @ Woods Wine Bar, Yeovil

Events on the 1st January 2005 in Taunton and Bridgwater area

Marc Darren @ Princess Royal, Taunton

However you spend your New Year have fun and will be back around 10th of January with the blog and on 1st February with the print edition of the magazine. (Provided everyone sends in their gig listings of course!)

Happy New Year!

The Editor

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