The Ocelot (www.theocelot.co.uk) is slightly older than the Swindon Shuffle having started in summer 2006, and in the 11 years since have become the premier magazine for entertainment in the region – be it music, theatre, comedy nights, food and drink, or shady goings on in Bassett Rivers – all while never taking themselves too seriously.
The Ocelot have also been huge supporters of the Swindon Shuffle since our early years in the late 2000s, and they certainly know a thing or five about great music!
So here are The Ocelot’s Five To Watch…
Saturday – The Victoria – 22:45
Taking the local area by storm, and having played nine shows at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, there couldn’t be a better pick for Saturday night headliner at The Victoria than The Tribe. The pop/ska/reggae collective fuse quick-fire lyrics with melody and dancing beats to create an atmosphere in their music that just imbues fun and summer vibes. If you haven’t caught these guys already (and you’d be hard pressed to miss them in Wiltshire at the moment) then definitely get down to The Vic on Shuffle Saturday.
Thursday – The Tuppenny – 21:00 (solo)
Friday – The Victoria – 21:15 (full band)
So good he’s playing at the Shuffle TWICE this year, young Bradley Cowtan comes highly recommended from us after he lit up the stage at our very own Night of The Ocelot back in March. Somewhere between a more light-hearted Jake Bugg and a ukulele party on a Hawaiian beach, Bradley is a shining example of what Wiltshire’s youth is up to right now. And the best part is you get to see him with his band on Friday at The Vic as well as a solo set at The Tuppenny on the Thursday.
Saturday – The Victoria – 21:15
Hailing from Oxford, Catgod combine soul and trip-hop sounds with female-male vocal harmonies into one of the most exciting sounds coming out of Swindon’s neighbour at the moment. A strong rhythmical feel runs through the songs drawing influences from latin beats, soul grooves and more modern trip hop, with influences including Nile Rogers, John Martyn, Otis Redding and Massive Attack. So The Victoria on Saturday is going to be getting all the right kinds of strange it seems!
Sunday – The Beehive – 16:45
One of Wiltshire’s hottest properties is the stunning voice of Tamsin Quin, who mashes together sultry pop sounds with an almost hippy, bare feet in the grass sense of mellow harmony. She may have songs about rocky breakups and drinking whiskey like it’s water, but Tamsin is the go to singer/songwriter in Wiltshire when you want a golden smile and to charm the pants off an audience… let’s hope not literally! Catch Tamsin opening The Beehive on Sunday.
Thursday – The Castle – 22:15
Swindon’s next wave of indie rockers is in safe hands, with the likes of Misfires proudly wearing their music on their sleeve and gathering an incredible following in their home town in a very short space of time. The four lads always put on a damn good show, so The Castle on Thursday is going to be the ideal time to catch these up-and-coming indie kids before they disappear off to bigger things.