The Victoria team take on the Rolly and Levs!


Darren and Violet, the guys currently holding the reins at Shuffle venue The Victoria have saved former Shuffle venues The Rolleston Arms and Level III from dereliction, redevelopment, or worse, being tuned into a sports bar.

They have announced that the new-look venues will be re-opening on Friday 29th June with blues legend Innes Sibun playing, followed on Saturday by a multi-artist event. Level III won’t be open until July as there are still a few finishing touches left to complete.

The Right Darren, and Violet.
The Right Darren, and Violet.

Darren said: “It’s great to finally be announcing that this legendary venue is coming back to music scene.

“We wanted to get this back up and running as soon as possible and from the day it shut we worked on making this a reality. By February we knew it was possible to do this.

“The venue struggled before but now we can add life into this place. Also we have made a lot of musical contacts since running The Victoria and we can now use that to get a greater interest for this here.”

The Rolleston will also include bed and breakfast facilities, and there will be seven rooms available.

There will also be specific club nights and genres being played, but Darren and Violet say they want to make sure that the venue has a wide selection of music for people to enjoy.

“This will give a new lease of life to the bottom end of the town, one it has been missing for a while and we want to make this its own identity that attracts people from all over.

“The location is great, it’s a good size and it will be another asset to the town and with the support we have received I have no doubt that this place will thrive.

“We hope that people will see this club as one of their own that will have a great future.”

Recent big acts to grace the stage of Level III include folk/punk superstar Frank Turner, metal band Devilment and South Wales rap act Goldie Lookin’ Chain. In the past bands like Therapy, Mastodon, Zebrahead, The Wedding Present, The Fall and many more have performed there.