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Gig Guide for December 2017

Here's a comprehensive gig guide to all the live gigs, music festivals and music events taking place across Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Boscombe and Ringwood.

If you love music, then Bournemouth is the right place to be. Whether you’re into pop, indie music or DJs, there’s something for everyone across Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch where you’ll find venues like the BIC, Lighthouse, Sixty Million Postcards and Mr Kyps.

For chart topping artists, the BIC and O2 Academy Bournemouth have plenty to choose from, whereas more intimate gigs, tribute acts and local bands can be found at Mr Kyps, The Old Fire Station and local pubs.

December 2017

FRIDAY 1st December 2017


Amberwood Walkford - 5:30pm; Grand Illuminations with Christmas music from CODA

Heathlands Hotel - 3pm; Hugh Budden & Earl Jackson


Amberwood, Walkford - Dog Ruff

B.I.C - The Kooks + The DMA's

Barrington Theatre, Ferndown - 1st Prohibition Jazz

Canvas - The Mables

Cellar Bar, Boscombe - Mischa & His Merry Men + Guest

Churchill, Parkstone - My Generation ‘79

1812 - Groovit

Exchange, Sturminster Newton - Christmas Crooners

Fiveways, Charminster - Groovemeister

Green Man, Wimborne - Martin Boucher

Gulliver’s, Kinson - The Jimmy Hillbillies -

James & White - Joe Boiling

Lord Nelson, Poole Quay - M.I.3.

Mr Kyps - Bad Manners & Orange Street

Reef Encounter, Boscombe - PR Dewhurst

Regent, Christchurch - Celebrating Christmas; Salvation Army Carol Concert

Royal Portland Arms, Portland - Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion (Blues)

Thomas Tripp, Christchurch - Dance Floor Metropolis

Tivoli, Wimborne - Counterfeit Stones UK (Tribute)



Heathlands Hotel - 2pm; Hugh Budden & Earl Jackson


B.I.C. - Status Quo Plugged In - Live and Rockin!

Cellar Bar - Ski’s Shindig Black Water County + The Wilder People

Crown, Nortbourne - Martin Boucher

1812 - Richard Quain Trio

Exchange, Sturminster Newton - The Real Thing

Fiveways, Charminster - Bafaana

Grove Tavern, Southbourne - George Holloway

London Tavern, Ringwood - Chill

Lord Nelson, Poole Quay - P.V.

Mr Kyps - U2 Baby

Pavilion - 2nd Dec to 1st Jan; Jack and the Beanstalk (Panto!)

Regent Centre, Christchurch - One Night Of Elvis - Lee Memphis King

Shelly Theatre - Bournemouth Folk Club; Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman

Thomas Tripp, Christchurch - Stereo Kings

Tivoli, Wimborne - Talon: Best Of The Eagles (Tribute)



Captains Club, Christchurch - 12.30pm; Guy Gardiner Trio (Jazz)

Lord Nelson, Poole Quay -; Blame George


B.I.C - Michael Ball & Alfie Boe

Barrington Theatre, Ferndown - Aladdin (Pantomime)

Chaplin's, Boscombe - Ian Ellis And Friends (Jazz)

Grove Tavern, Southbourne - Cuckooland

London Tavern, Ringwood - Paul Kinvig

Lord Nelson, Poole Quay - The Mistakes

O2 Academy, Boscombe - Bowie Starman (Tribute)

Thomas Tripp, Christchurch - The Southern Companion


Cellar Bar, Boscombe -“Solid Air:” Atkinsons + Violet


Amberwood, Walkford - Bernie Farrenden (Jazz)

Bisterne Village Hall - Ringwood Folk Club - Informal evening (tunes, songs and poems)

Cellar Bar, Boscombe - Carl’s Comedy Club; Steve McCaffrey With Support From Steve Owen Williams + Tom Glover + Luke Honnoraty

Cliffhanger Cafe, Highcliffe - Abba’s Angels (Abba Tribute)

O’Neil’s - Revolving Door Open Mic

Thomas Tripp, Christchurch - Stan’s Blues Jam

Ye Olde George Inn, Christchurch - Zoe Schwarz-vocals & Rob Koral-guitar (duo)


Barrington Theatre, Ferndown - Five Star Swing at Christmas

Chaplin's, Boscombe - Open Mic Night

Cliffhanger Cafe, Highcliffe - Lou Taylor (Soul/Motown)

Jenkins & Sons - Hannah Robinson

Lord Bute Hotel, Highcliffe - Bernie Farrenden (Jazz)

Lord Nelson, Poole Quay - Darren Hodson

Thomas Tripp, Christchurch - Danny Hall

Tivoli, Wimborne - The Searchers


Blue Boar -“Sound Cellar;” The Leo Richardson Quartet (Contempory Jazz)

Canvas - Take That Experience (Tribute)

Cellar Bar - Holes Bay Studios Presents Rory Branigan + Wes Bennet

Cliffhanger Cafe, Highcliffe - Neil Diamond Tribute

1812 - Clockwork Jukebox

Forest Arts Centre, New Milton - Martin Simpson

Tivoli, Wimborne -Platinum; The Live ABBA Tribute Show

Urban Beach, Boscombe - Joe Potter


Amberwood - Mudeford Crabs

Canvas - Vida (Punk/Rock/Soul)

Cellar Bar, Boscombe - Clockwork Carousel

Cliffhanger Cafe , Highcliffe - Mono Motown (Soul/ Michael Jackson Tribute)

1812 - Scout Hut

Fiveways, Charminster - Den of Thieves

Forest Arts Centre - Music & Mincepies

Gulliver’s, Kinson -“Shindig;” Shoot the Duke,

James & White - Goodfoot

Lamb Inn, Hindon, Salisbury - Hugh Budden & Andy Stone

Lord Nelson, Poole Quay - Q.E.D. (Rock)

Mr Kyps - Rollin' Stoned

Old Fire Station - Viper, The Sound of Drum & Bass: Logan D + Brookes Brothers + Cyantific + Koven + IC3

Reef Encounter, Boscombe - Gentleman’s Groove

Spyglass & Kettle, Southbourne - Strange Crew

Thomas Tripp, Christchurch - Loose Chippings

Tivoli, Wimborne - Steeleye Span



Amberwood, Walkford - 11:30am Charity Christmas Fayre (proceeds to CODA Music Trust)


Amberwood, Walkford - Loose Chippings

Barrington Theatre, Ferndown - Rat Race (Ska)

Cellar Bar - Alantico + DJ Pacho

Cliffhanger Cafe, Highcliffe - We Are Robot

Crow’s Nest, Swanage - Hugh Budden &The Blue Chords

Dorset Soldier, Corfe Mullen - Jak The Lad (Rock)

1812 - Falltones

Fiveways, Charminster - The Defectors

Grove Tavern, Southbourne - Jacob Sanction

Hamworthy Social Club, Magna Road - Country Unison Club; Longshot

Hop Inn - My Generation 79

London Tavern, Ringwood - Mr Wiseguy

Lord Nelson, Poole Quay - Loose Connection

Mr Kyps - Brother Strut

O2 Academy, Boscombe - Garage Nation

Pavilion - 2nd Dec to 1st Jan; Jack and the Beanstalk (Panto!)

Regent Centre, Christchurch - Dec Barry Steele & Friends; Roy Orbison Story

Thomas Tripp, Christchurch - Groovemeister

Tivoli, Wimborne - The Blues Band

White Horse, Swanage - Skint (Rock)



Captains Club, Christchurch - 12.30pm; Ad Lib (Jazz)

Lord Nelson, Poole Quay -; Renegade


Chaplin, Boscombe - The Fox & The Owl (Jazz)

Dancing Moose - Jonny Phillips

Grove Tavern, Southbourne - Gentleman’s Groove

London Tavern, Ringwood - David Marks

Lord Nelson, Poole Quay - Sunday Night Showcase

New Inn, Oakdale, Poole - The Scanners

Soho Christchurch - Art Hemingway (Jazz)

Thomas Tripp, Christchurch - Chris Collins & Blues Etc


Cellar Bar, Boscombe - “Solid Air:” Con 23 (Unplugged Quartet) Norwegian Soloist + Moonbeams

Cricketers Arms - Folk Club with Tin Angel

B.I.C.- Chris Rea

Bisterne Village Hall - Ringwood Folk Club; Magical Xmas Tree show; Pete Morton, Emily Sanders, Chris Parkinson

Cellar Bar, Boscombe - Verbal Remedies Hosted By Legski (Spoken Word/Poetry)

Exchange, Sturminster Newton - Christmas Memories

O2 Academy, Boscombe - Shed Seven

O’Neil’s - Revolving Door Open Mic


Chaplin's, Boscombe - Open Mic Night

Cliffhanger Cafe, Highcliffe - Robbie Williams & Michael Buble Tribute

1812 - Goodfoot (Funk)

Jenkins & Sons - Tim Somerfield, Afro Ninja

Lord Bute Hotel, Highcliffe - Tony Carter (Jazz)

Lord Nelson, Poole Quay - Double Trouble

Thomas Tripp, Christchurch - Martin Boucher


B.I.C. - Daniel O'Donnell

Blue Boar - “Sound Cellar;” Zhenya Strigalev's 'Never Group' (Contempory Jazz)

Canvas - George Michael Tribute

Cellar Bar –“Bandstand;” Mikey Ball Band + Subway Network UK

Cliffhanger Cafe, Highcliffe - Adele & Party Set Tribute

1812 - Dancefloor Metropolis

Gin House, Wimborne - Jonny Phillips

Old Fire Station - From the Jam; The Gift 35th Anniversary Tour

Urban Beach, Boscombe - Mik Parsons (Acoustic Rock)

Zephyr - Compass (Rock)


Amberwood - Chill

Canvas - Groovemeister

Cellar Bar, Boscombe - Voodoo Vegas + DJ Connie

Cliffhanger Cafe , Highcliffe - Whitney Houston Tribute

Cricketers - 15

1812 - Solatin

Exchange, Sturminster Newton - Rock ‘N’ Roll Back The Years

Fiveways, Charminster - David Marks

Forest Arts Centre - St Agnes Fountain

James & White - Krista Green

Lord Nelson, Poole Quay - Lady Winwood's Maggot

Mr Kyps - Rat Race & The Defectors

Reef Encounter, Boscombe - Goodfoot

Thomas Tripp, Christchurch - Mr Wiseguy

Tivoli, Wimborne - Aladdin (Pantomime)


Amberwood, Walkford - Driftwood

Barrington Theatre, Ferndown - Free's Company + Support (Rock)

Cellar Bar - Pronghorn + DJ Muleus

Cliffhanger Cafe, Highcliffe - Greased Up Tribute

Dorset Soldier, Corfe Mullen - Rock Waves (Rock)

1812 - Richard Quain Trio

Fiveways, Charminster - Rat Pack

Forest Arts Centre, New Milton - Marcus Malone Band

Grove Tavern, Southbourne - P.R. Dewhurst

London Tavern, Ringwood - Mudeford Crabs

Lord Nelson, Poole Quay - Iccarus

Mr Kyps - Coldplace

Pavilion - 2nd Dec to 1st Jan; Jack and the Beanstalk (Panto!)

S Bomb Vintage Workshop, Poole - Jak The Lad

Swanage Legion Led Free (Led Zep/Free Tribute)

Thomas Tripp, Christchurch - Dorsal Fin

White Horse, Swanage - Skyfall

White Swan, Swanage - Hugh Budden & The Blue Chords



Captains Club, Christchurch - 12.30pm; Jazz Trio with Zoe Schwarz-vocals and Rob Koral-guitar

Lord Nelson, Poole Quay -; Pronghorn


B.I.C - That'll Be The Day Christmas Show

Barrington Theatre, Ferndown - Old Pull & Push Barn Dance

Brewhouse & Kichen - Jef Sicard Jazz Quartet

Chaplins, Boscombe - Musique À Trois (Jazz)

Grove Tavern, Southbourne - Xander & The Keys

London Tavern, Ringwood - Dean Robbins

Lord Nelson, Poole Quay - Spider Pig

Thomas Tripp, Christchurch - Trouble in Mind


Cellar Bar, Boscombe - Solid Air: Re-Pete + Klaus Shoppenagan + Grant Sharkey + Ricky Tart + The Smart Family

Cliffhanger Cafe, Highcliffe - Abba’s Angels (Abba Tribute)

Coach & Horses, Cadnam - Stan’s Blues Jam

Thomas Tripp, Christchurch - Jukebox 3


Amberwood, Walkford - Jazzmass with Bernie Farrenden

Bisterne Village Hall - Ringwood Folk Club - Informal evening (tunes, songs and poems)

Chaplin's - Polly Morris’ Comedy Folk Night

Cliffhanger Cafe, Highcliffe - Rod Stewart Tribute

New Inn Poole - Jonny Phillips

O’Neil’s - Revolving Door Open Mic

Thomas Tripp, Christchurch - Tom Clements


Chaplin's, Boscombe - Open Mic Night

Cliffhanger Cafe, Highcliffe - Craig Jefferson (Elvis Tribute)

1812 - Vida Soul

Jenkins & Sons - P.R. Dewhurst

Lord Bute Hotel, Highcliffe - Art Hemingway (Jazz)

Lord Nelson, Poole Quay - R&B Jam

Thomas Tripp, Christchurch - BB3 ‘Stripped’


Canvas - Albie Jay sings Michael Buble

Cellar Bar - Jimmy Hillbillies’ Christmas Party + DJ Razz

Cliffhanger Cafe, Highcliffe - Lou Taylor (Soul/Motown)

1812 - Dancefloor Metropolis

Soho, Christchurch - Solatin Latino Band

St. Leonards Hotel, St. Leonards - John Maddocks’ Jazzmen

Thomas Tripp, Christchurch - John James Newman


Amberwood - The Blue Cadillacs

Canvas - Richie Quain Trio

Cellar Bar, Boscombe - Bonsai Pirates Farewell Gig

Cliffhanger Cafe , Highcliffe - We Are Robot (Pop/Rock)

1812 - Clockwork Jukebox

Fiveways, Charminster - The Hardcore Troubadours

James & White - Gentleman's Agreement

Lord Nelson, Poole Quay - Wonky Donkeys

Mr Kyps - ABBA Fever

Reef Encounter, Boscombe - Joe Boiling

Smokin' Aces - Vixen Eyes

Thomas Tripp, Christchurch - Fluke


Amberwood, Walkford - Jim Etherington

Cellar Bar - Mother Ukers + DJ Miss Summer

Cliffhanger Cafe, Highcliffe - George Michael Tribute

Dorset Soldier, Corfe Mullen - Markey Dawson

1812 - Jon Cotton

Fiveways, Charminster - Rat Race

Grove Tavern, Southbourne - Soulcreek

London Tavern, Ringwood - Ray Foster

Lord Nelson, Poole Quay - Silk Bullet

Mr Kyps - The Great Pretender (Queen tribute)

Pavilion - 2nd Dec to 1st Jan; Jack and the Beanstalk (Panto!)

Thomas Tripp, Christchurch - Goodfoot Band

White Horse, Swanage - Chill



Captains Club, Christchurch - 12.30pm; Ad Lib (Jazz)

Lord Nelson, Poole Quay - 3pm; Compass

Soho Christchurch - 3pm; Jonathan Cotton 3


Captains Club, Christchurch - Al Sirpico

Chaplins, Boscombe - “Solid Air Christmas Eve Special;” Kaia

Fiveways, Charminster - TOTOG

Grove Tavern, Southbourne - The Transitions

Queen's Head, Burley - Hugh Budden & The Blue Chords

Thomas Tripp, Christchurch - Rooster

MONDAY 25th Merry Christmas

Captains Club, Christchurch - 12pm Dave Walsh (Piano)


Captains Club, Christchurch - 12.30pm; Ad Lib (Jazz)

Cellar Bar, Boscombe - Boxing Day Special From 7pm - Hello Hawaii + Minty Taylor

Fiveways, Charminster - Sunstroke

Lord Nelson, Poole Quay - Damaged Orchid

O’Neil’s - Revolving Door Open Mic


Brewhouse & Kitchen - Jonny Phillips

Chaplin's, Boscombe - Open Mic

Lord Nelson, Poole Quay - Sweet FA

Mr Kyps - Dirty DC

Owls Nest, West Parley - Stan’s Blues Jam

Thomas Tripp, Christchurch - Red Roses


Cellar Bar – “Rubber Soul;” The Bedroom Text + TSG + Lighten Up Laura

Thomas Tripp, Christchurch - The Transitions

Urban Beach, Boscombe - Kaia Veira


Amberwood - Iccarus

Branksome Railway Hotel - Open Mic; Host Mik Parsons

Bull Hotel, Downton - The Pick Ups

Cellar Bar, Boscombe - Ext Play: Greyside + Sad Love Ex Coos Bay

Exchange, Sturminster Newton - The Ben Waters Band

Fiveways, Charminster - Groove Rush

James & White - PR Dewhurst

Lord Nelson, Poole Quay - The Three D's (Charity Night for MS Society)

Reef Encounter, Boscombe - Krista Green

Thomas Tripp, Christchurch - Tom Clements & The Clementynes


Cellar Bar - The Roughcuts

Lord Nelson, Poole Quay - All Funked Up

Mr Kyps - Pronghorn

Pavilion - 2nd Dec to 1st Jan; Jack and the Beanstalk (Panto!)

Thomas Tripp, Christchurch - The Defectors



Captains Club, Christchurch - 12.30pm 11.30am Guy Gardiner Trio (Jazz)


Amberwood, Walkford - Misdirected (Ticket Only)

Canvas - Moulin Rouge

Captains Club, Christchurch - Guy Gardiner Trio

Chaplins, Boscombe - See The New Year In With Bomo Swing + DJ Pacho

Duck, Westbourne - Jonny Phillips

Fiveways, Charminster - The Rock & Blues Company

Libertine, Westbourne - Jak The Lad

Lord Nelson, Poole Quay - Red Crow

O2 Academy, Boscombe - Main Arena; Sasasas + Drumsound & Bassline Smith + Majistrate + Sub Zero + Tna + Nicky Blackmarket + Klip &Outlaw + more

One Nation; Arena 2: Resonance + Ultrah + Dfr + Dnd & Baker + Vital B2b Phenom + Hannigan + Reazun + Mcs: Corshh + Panna + Drillz + Fluid, Marinio + Charta

Thomas Tripp, Christchurch - Groovemeister (Ticket Only)

1st January 2018

Amberwood, Walkford - Hangover Gig with Matt Black

Canvas - Musicians Party

Captains Club, Christchurch - 12.30; Ben Pedley & Claire Manners (Jazz)

Lord Nelson, Poole Quay - 4pm Vintage Dogs Pavilion - 2nd Dec to 1st Jan; Jack and the Beanstalk (Panto!)




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