IN a climate when music venues aren’t doing too well, it’s nice to be able to bring a nice news story to the fore.
This week, Newport Pagnell’s small but perfectly formed Watershed venue will be blowing out the candles and raising a glass of something sweet on its first birthday.
The Tickford Arcade location has proven a smash hit with people who want to imbibe a nice atmosphere and smart tunes that are too cool for the mainstream.
Those behind the Shed aren’t doing things by halves, either – they begin a three day party of sounds tomorrow, cunningly tited The Sheding Festival.
Tomorrow, punters will be treated to piano and guitar driven Sussex duo The Indelicates who use Indie-rock, folk and classical sources as starting points.
Richmond siblings The Fades will also hold court, as will The Dave Vegas Project, who do a tidy line in fusing garage rock with alternative blues.
Charlie’s Uniform, who have an album in the offing, are also play, and are based in Naggers Paggers, so no excuses for lateness will be accepted.
Chris Cox will deliver a DJ set to round things off.
On Saturday, Manic Shine (above), The Wondersmiths , The French Electric (apparently,‘If Editors had found fuzz pedals before pianos you might be getting close, if the Lost Boys had been filmed in East London you would be closer still,’ so far as their sounds are concerned) and The Inveitable Pinhole Burns .
Ensall will take over the decks with an indie and electro set.
Sunday is still good to go as a play day, with Deferred Sucess (nope, that’s not a typo!), TwoManTing and Ren Steadman delivering the tasty stuff.
Throw in music by Isabelle and a DJ set by Dub Lions and what you have is a mammoth weekend of big noise for a small price.
Admission is a fiver a day, or a tenner for the weekend entire.
Doors from 4pm daily (with The Watershed rolling until half past midnight).
Want in on the action?
Go to www.wegottickets.com/watershedmk