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Ben Walker
Ben Walker

The Acoustic All-Dayer II

For those who like their Sundays soft and gentle, an acoustic all-dayer at the Five Lamps pub could be the perfect solution.

The organiser of Derby's forthcoming Acoustic All-Dayer says he wants to prove that acoustic guitar songs don't all sound the same.

Ben Walker has put together the line-up and will play a set himself at the event at the Five Lamps pub on Sunday 8th October.

He said: "I'm trying to promote the fact that just because an all-dayer's acoustic, it doesn't mean it's bland and samey.

"Acoustic music can be diverse, interesting and often a lot better than watching another run-of-the-mill indie band."

Dragonflies Draw Flame
Dragonflies Draw Flame

The night follows last year's successful event at Bar Vida and includes well-known local acts such as Dragonflies Draw Flame, Frankie Machine and The Atoms.

Ben explained: "I put on gigs relatively often, I used to put on pretty much exclusively acoustic gigs of my favourite local songwriters and bands so an acoustic all-dayer seemed like a natural progression last year.

"For this one, I've asked the bands I enjoyed the most last year as well as local acts I've really gotten into recently. I've also got Pete Green who's been recommended to me."

The whole shebang kicks off at 3pm. It costs £2 and if you bring some extra pennies, you can buy CDs from some of the artists who'll be playing.

Meanwhile, here's Ben's preview of the line-up:

Plans and Apologies: Genre-mashing seven-piece. Sometimes twee, sometimes metal, always great. Really good songs at the heart of the fun.

Frankie Machine: Like Badly Drawn Boy but a lot better.

The Atoms: Pop-punk with a bit of a 50s edge, but not in the way Mr Wolf are 'pop punk with a 50s edge' - The Atoms are really good. A bit like The Ramones and Buddy Holly having a jam.

Lardpony: Tweemo! That means twee songs about girls. And robots. And zombies. And cats. Brilliant lyrics with bad puns.

Lonesome Jonesome:  Incredibly original bouts of mental incredible originality.

Pete Green: Grimsby FC-supporting. Songs about nice things, and football. Happy tweepop. Or self-described twock. Kind of like tweemo, but with more wock than emo.

Dragonflies Draw Flame: Beautiful harmonies but they rock like too. Just released an EP on Stressed Records that is so good, it makes me lose my wallet. Soundwise, from the early Idlewild/early Death Cab school of songwriting.

Ben Walker: That's me. Just so I get to play with such great bands. I play that antifolk stuff. Rambly incoherent - a bit like Jeffrey Lewis but without the wit.

Also confirmed are Fixit Kid and Little Courage.

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