GOTW - Dead Wing @ Cellar Bar, Draperstown
Not so much a gig of the week as an indoor festival…. of the week. For several years The Cellar Bar in Draperstown has been something of a legendary venue, connected as it is to Glasgowbury and a regular haunt for folks who like watching big bands in small venues. If you've never been, Friday and Saturday should offer a great introduction to the type of thing that goes on at The Cellar Bar pretty much all year round.
Dead Wing Promotions (aka Stevie Lennox and Gavin Taylor) have no less than 21 bands playing over the two nights - the likes of In Case of Fire (returning with a new line up) and Pocket Billiards in the back bar while Paul Casey, Allie Bradley and co keep things a little quieter in the front bar.
Unfairly, we asked Stevie from Dead Wing to pick his own potential highlights from the bill. 'We're really looking forward to seeing how instrumental acid-prog band The Institute fare between brass-section driven acts The Dead Presidents and Pocket Billiards. Newcomers, the anthemic grungy rock outfit The Last Generation should also have a great set alongside established acts like In Case of Fire and Paul Casey, who we're absolutely delighted about having in the front bar. Chocolate Love Factory and Cedric Has A Name have some new material which will no doubt sound monolithic and introspective, respectively, in the Cellar too!'
We also spoke to Ryan Lagan from The Cellar Bar, who was full of praise for the men behind such an ambitious venture: 'It's absolutely fantastic that a few lads who are still so young have the drive and determination to pull together such a massive gig. The lads have a decent future ahead of them in the music scene. Personally i'm looking forward to Paul Casey in the intimate setting of the front bar.'
So there you go. Two big nights of music, one pretty tiny venue!
The full line up and ticket details can be viewed here: