The Venue
LIVE AT THE VENUE
Thu 21 Dec - Big Country
Thu 28 Dec - The Average Blues Band
Mon 1 Jan - Goggsie's Midnight Scunners
Fri 16 Feb - Erin Bennett
Fri 23 Mar - KROW
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CLUBS AT THE VENUE
Friday - Friday
Saturday - One Party, Two Floors
Funktion - Sat 25 Nov
Dubsidence - Sat 2 Dec
Funktion - Tue 26 Dec
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For available dates please contact bookings@thevenuedumfries.co.uk
Saturday 25 November
DATE UNAVAILABLE FOR LIVE MUSIC
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Saturday 2 December
DATE UNAVAILABLE FOR LIVE MUSIC
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Thursday 21 December
Big CountryBig Country

Big Country was originally formed in 1981 by guitar playing founder members Stuart Adamson and Bruce Watson both native of the band's hometown Dunfermline in Scotland.
Initially driven by a shared vision of widescreen guitar melody, harmony and lyric, the classic Big Country sound was further enhanced later that summer by the arrival of drummer Mark Brzezicki and bass player Tony Butler. This is the Big Country that (with producer Steve Lillywhite), recorded the classic debut album 'The Crossing' in 1983. The band broke massively worldwide with the release of the album's classic singles 'Fields Of Fire', 'Chance' and signature song 'In A Big Country', which went on to become massive worldwide hits, selling over 2 million copies and driving 'The Crossing' to 3 prestigious Grammy nominations in the USA.
The run of success continued throughout the 1980's with the release of the anthemic single 'Wonderland' and the second album 'Steeltown' (1984), which debuted at Number 1 in the UK and contained the hit singles 'East Of Eden', Just a Shadow' and 'Where The Rose Is Sown'. In 1985, Big Country appeared for the finale at Live Aid in London followed by further successful album releases 'The Seer' (1986) - including the bands biggest UK hit 'Look Away' which reached Number 1 in the Irish Singles chart –, supporting David Bowie on his Glass Spider tour in 1987, and then the 'Peace In Our Time' album (1988), which saw the band playing the first ever privately promoted gig in Russia at the Moscow Sports Stadium.

At the start of the 90's 'Through A Big Country', featuring all the bands classic hits was released, followed by the fifth studio album 'No Place Like Home' (1991) taking the band's total record sales to well over five million copies. Further studio albums 'Buffalo Skinners' (1993) and 'Why The Long Face' (1995) followed, which saw Big Country landing the special guest slot on the Rolling Stones 'Voodoo Lounge' European tour and several shows in the UK and Ireland with Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant in 1995.
In August 1998 they were once again invited to open for the Rolling Stones on their ' Bridges To Babylon" tour of Europe prompting Mick Jagger to say that Big Country were "one of the best opening bands we ever had". Two songs written at that time ('Somebody Else' and 'Devil In The Eye') were co-written with Ray Davies of The Kinks who invited the band to back him on the main stage at Glastonbury to perform a storming set in the rain.
By now singer Stuart Adamson had relocated to Nashville, Tennessee and so his fellow bandmates decamped to America to join him in writing and recording the album 'Driving To Damascus' – the last album they recorded together before Stuarts untimely death in 2001. Big Country scored 17 top 30 UK singles achieving 5 gold and platinum status albums along the way.

Tony Butler, Mark Brzezicki and Bruce Watson re-united in 2007 to celebrate the band's Twenty-fifth anniversary then in the summer of 2010, Bruce Watson picked up the phone and asked Mike Peters to sing with Big Country. Joined by Bruce’s son Jamie on guitar, the first gig was in Glasgow on New Years Eve 2010 and the band went on to perform at many of the UK and Europe's most famous festivals, including Isle Of Wight (Twice), V Festival, T In The Park and Oxegen, creating a new generation of fans and renewing the passion for diehards. 2012 brought the 30th Anniversary of the their first album, “The Crossing” and a tour where the album was played in it’s entirety followed before bassist Tony Butler decided to retire. Bass duties then fell to Derek Forbes (Simple Minds) for 3 years during which time the ninth studio album ‘The Journey’ was released and extensively toured in the UK as well as across Europe and North America.
In 2014 Mike Peters left to dedicate his time towards The Alarm and Simon Hough was brought in as vocalist and a tour of the UK to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of “Steeltown” was followed by a Greatest Hits tour in 2015 before Derek Forbes left the band.
2016 brought a new bass player, Scott Whitley, and a 3-week “80’s Invasion” tour with Midge Ure and Nick Heyward before the 30th Anniversary of ‘The Seer’ album which was performed in its’ entirety on tour throughout the UK in the second half of the year and into early 2017.
The second half of 2017 brings a mixture of shows from Big Country who as well as doing full electric shows with the best tracks from their first three albums plus the hits, they are doing a number of select Acoustic shows which promise to be something special.


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From 8pm - 11pm in The Live Lounge (Downstairs Only). Admission Tickets £25 from Barnstorm . Age restriction: Minimum age is 16 - ID may be required. Young Scot Cards accepted. Drinks promos: .
Tuesday 26 December
DATE UNAVAILABLE FOR LIVE MUSIC
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Thursday 28 December
The Average Blues BandThe Average Blues Band

Dumfries based 8-piece Soul and Rhythm n Blues Band, with music from The Commitments and The Blues Brothers, featuring well-known hits such as;

Soul Man, Mustang Sally, Hard To Handle, Gimme Some Lovin’,
She Caught The Katy, Sweet Home Chicago, The Midnight Hour,
Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Jailhouse Rock, and many more.

Vocals – Andy Scott
Guitar – Doug Carroll
Keyboards – Davie Hardie
Bass – Scott Robinson
Drums – Gerry Mitchell
Sax – Stewart Solley
Trumpet – Alison Solley
Trombone – Mike Swales


From 8pm - 11pm in The Live Lounge (Downstairs Only). Admission TBC. Age restriction: Minimum age is 16 - ID may be required. Young Scot Cards accepted. Drinks promos: .

Monday 1 January
Goggsie's Midnight ScunnersGoggsie's Midnight Scunners

It's the gig they said would never happen and it's ON at The Venue on Easter Sunday. Goggsie's Midnight Scunners are making a return after a hugely successful New Year's Day gig..Tastelessly billed as The Resurrection Tour, these loveable veterans of the Dumfries music scene will be treating gig goers to a blistering set of rock, pop and blues tinged with soul. Fronted by the legendary "Goggs" the nine piece band are ready to take Dumfries by storm. So don't sit at home bored on Easter Sunday, grab your pals, get your tickets and come along and GET SCUNNERED... And if you like your classic rock not too heavy Sticky Fingers will be supporting The Scunners with a set of well know covers by the Stones, Skynyrd, Springsteen, Status Quo and many more...
Don't miss the biggest Easter live music party Dumfries has to offer. Tickets £6 from Barnstorm Records. Doors open 3pm with Sticky Fingers on stage 3.45pm..

***TICKETS FOR THIS GIG ARE EXPECTED TO SELL OUT, PLEASE BUY TICKETS IN ADVANCE FROM BARNSTORM RECORDS (Queensberry Street)***


From 3pm - 8pm in The Live Lounge (Downstairs Only). Admission TBC. Age restriction: Minimum age is 16 - ID may be required. Young Scot Cards accepted. Drinks promos: .

Friday 16 February
Erin BennettErin Bennett

Erin Bennett is a power-pop singer songwriter from Texas. Her music cannot be likened to anything or anyone in the mainstream music industry. Her powerful vocal range coupled with her haunting lyrics set the tone for the driving drum, bass and soul-rattling synth; all topped off with caramel harmonies. The unique mix of music, lyric and melody sets Erin apart from the norm within the pop/rock world and if none of that gets you, the insanely catchy tunes certainly will.
She won the Frankie Miller Songwriter of the Year award in 2012' (Scottish New Music Awards).


In March 2015 she released her 'ReFlowered' album and was awarded the 2015 Solo Album of the Year by The Local Music Scene Blog.

Last month Erin was in the studio finalising her new album 'Post Sexy' and is currently touring her new material with her band.


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From 8pm - 11pm in The Live Lounge (Downstairs Only). Admission £4. Age restriction: Minimum age is 16 - ID may be required. Young Scot Cards accepted. Drinks promos: .

Friday 23 March
KROWKROW

'Electronica for devil worshippers'
'Extreme feminist sound porn'
'A 140bpm mind-flaying maelstrom'

Taking the UK Electronica music scene by storm, critically-acclaimed vocalist and pagan rave sensation
KROW is the new incarnation of the infamous and impossibly talented vocalist of UK rock outfit, Rockbitch.
Praised for her rich, rock-operatic vocal style, KROW lends her unique talent to furious 140bpm big-beat influenced electronica.
With a host of unforgettable performances and recordings under her belt, it is no wonder that she has been featured on the likes of the Jonathan Ross Show, the Girlie Show and several DVD releases.
She cites the likes of The Prodigy and Knife Party as influences behind her inimitable style.

'However, the high point is lead singer [KROW]. Anyone who thinks that Skunk Anansie is the ultimate female voice in rock needs to listen to [this] Laut.de

KROW has previously performed as a vocalist at numerous renowned international festivals.
Examples include Germany's Wacken Festival, Locomotive in Paris and Melkweg in Amsterdam.
She has toured across the UK, Continental Europe and the United States.

KROW's 2016 performances launched with her set at PandoraFest, the UK's premiere women's music festival set in DunCarron Medieval
Village where she launched her new album Krowmance, complete with an unmissable conceptual stage show.


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From 8pm - 11pm in The Live Lounge (Downstairs Only). Admission £4. Age restriction: Minimum age is 16 - ID may be required. Young Scot Cards accepted. Drinks promos: .

Friday 30 March
Blackmore's BloodBlackmore's Blood

Deep Purple / Rainbow Tribute act

Ritchie Blackmore is beyond doubt one of the all-time great guitar players. From his roots with The Outlaws and his many session recordings in the sixties, through defining hard rock with Deep Purple and Rainbow in the seventies, eighties and again in the nineties and on to the renaissance rock of Blackmore’s Night, Ritchie has proved that he is a master of the guitar across a multitude of styles.

Since their first gig in early 2016, Blackmore’s Blood’s reputation for presenting the most authentic tribute to the genius, flamboyance and flair of Ritchie from those rock years of Deep Purple and Rainbow, incorporating not only the true sound of the man himself but also the showmanship recreated in true Ritchie style, has lead to increasing successes and a demand for even more shows nationwide.

The band share an unequalled determination, commitment and passion to reproduce the look and sound of Deep Purple and Rainbow that fans of these two great bands want to see and hear. On vocals, Jim is a powerhouse. With the ability to recreate the passion of Gillan, the soulfulness of Coverdale and the spine tingling, breath taking power of Ronnie James Dio and Graham Bonnet. Phil on Bass and Keith on Drums provide the perfect rhythm section, pulling the band together with pinpoint accuracy. Andy on Keyboards has been a follower and fan of the late great Jon Lord for many years giving him inspiration and the conviction to honour and emulate the sound of the great man himself. On guitar we have Mal who has studied and perfected his style and ability to mirror that of Ritchie for over 20 years. Blackmore’s Blood is Mal’s concept and the name comes from the fact that Mal is a true blood relative of Ritchie Blackmore. He has the look of him and an unrivalled ability to play and sound like him too. With support and acknowledgement from personnel who have worked closely with Ritchie during the past 40 years and more, it is clear why they say this band’s own Ritchie, really is the closest and the finest tribute to Ritchie Blackmore anyone is likely to see.



From 8pm - 11pm in The Live Lounge (Downstairs Only). Admission Tickets £6 in advance, £8 on the door. Age restriction: Minimum age is 16 - ID may be required. Young Scot Cards accepted. Drinks promos: .
Promoters and bands interested in playing or using The Venue, please contact bookings@thevenuedumfries.co.uk.