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Bands playing in the borough

TOP trio Second Hand Blues have returned to the recording studio to start work on their second original album Buffalo due for release in June.

The band, who released their last album Bright Lights & Stereo in October 2010, will be performing at two local venues this weekend. Tonight Second Hand Blues perform at The Green Gate, Caister, with support from local good time band The Wright Stuff, followed by a gig on Saturday at The Mariners Tavern on Howard Street, Great Yarmouth. Both gigs start 9pm and if you’ve never seen Second Hand Blues this is a great opportunity to come along and shake what you got.

For more details visit the band’s website or to receive exclusive access to songs from the new album join the band’s mailing list by sending your name and email address to

The second Charity Music Day fundraiser at The Dock Tavern, Gorleston, takes place on Sunday, July 24 from 1pm.

This year the day will be supporting the Great Yarmouth Relay for Life team for Cancer Research UK and Great Yarmouth Alzheimer’s Society.

Hosted by local classic rock band Stealer the day includes performances by local bands Live n’ Loud, Classic Rock and Metal, Hot Cold Ground with Rock and Blues and Guy Nottage with an acoustic set.

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Money is raised by way of bucket collections and a raffle so donations of prizes would be gratefully received at The Dock Tavern, next to Morrison’s. Last year was the first time the event was held and over �600 was raised.

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FRESH from playing Springfest in Ely, Mother Black Cap, pictured above, return to O’Gradys in Howard Street, Great Yarmouth, on Friday.

The band will be performing a rough 50/50 split of their innovative original material culled from their two albums and familiar rock standards given the Black Cap treatment.

As well as classic rock there will be some new original material from the band and opportunity to purchase a newly released CD containing cover versions from the band’s live set. Mother Black Cap albums have sold to 20 different countries round the world and are regularly heard on internet radio stations and seen in national magazines. For more information check out

50s and 60s rock’n’roll band The Revolves play the first gig of their summer residency at Dutchy’s Tavern in Scratby tonight.

Andy, Luke and Craig will be playing hits by artists such as Little Richard, Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Johnny Burnette, Elvis, Buddy Holly and The Beatles.

RAP and hip hop duo Destination Mars appear at Mission at an event called Desire, with former Kiss presenter DJ Tomsta and Gus from EastEnders on on Sunday. Admission is �3 before 1am, �4 after.

Destination Mars consist of singer song-writer Rosie Hunt and rapper and song-writer Jonjo Nicholls.

MEL Stevens and the Strollers will be playing at two venues this weekend. The band, whose frontman has been described as looking and sounding “like a cross-between Shakin’ Stevens, Elvis and Cliff all rolled into one”, will be performing tonight at the California Tavern, California, wfrom 9 to 11.30pm.

Tomorrow they will be at the Sea Breeze Club in Hemsby from 9pm till midnight.

PANGAEA bring their unique style of jazz, inspired by dance music from all over the world, to The Mariners on Sunday 3-5pm. The full line up of the band is: Dave Ingham (saxophone), Stephen Mynott (guitar), Dave Holgate (bass), Neil Kane (drums) and Casper James (percussion). The mix of samba, salsa, mamba and (probably) the best beer in town sounds like the perfect recipe for a chilled out Sunday afternoon.

A SKA night will be held to coincide with St George’s Day at the Residence nightclub in Great Yarmouth tomorrow.

There will be three local DJs playing ska, two tone, punk and mod records. There will be no band as planned due to the Easter bank holiday. There will be free entry till 9pm then �2.50 on the door. Doors open at 6pm and close at 4am.