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Weekend Ticket: £40 | Single Night Ticket: £25

2 & 3 February 2024

Come together in the spirit of Independent Venue Week 2024 and join us for our ‘Decibel Tower Weekender’.

Two nights of incredible music with headliners all the way from another planet: the out-of-this-world Henge and power-trio The Bug Club. Add some Guernsey musicians currently making waves in the UK, in the form of Horse Mouth and Volleyball alongside some of Guernsey’s most exciting bands and artists. We’re also incredibly lucky to catch Australian duo McDermott & North on their way round Europe.

Look out for fringe events in the café including St James’ first Music Quiz with Rory Wickens, talks and podcasts with Guernsey Gigs, plus a dive into the Guernsey Music Scene archives of the 70s and 80s with Patrick Devaney and Jim Delbridge.

The weather might still be rubbish, but festival season is starting early with St James’ winter showcase Decibel Tower!!!

Weekend Ticket: £40 | Single Night Ticket: £25

HENGE on Friday

Attention Humans! This is HENGE.

We are not from this world. We bring you music from distant planets. We offer this gift for the edification of humankind… so that eventually your species may put an end to war and set up new homes in space.

Extra-terrestrial joymongers – HENGE – have been delighting audiences in the UK and Europe since they landed on Planet Earth eight years ago. Their scintillating live performances earned them ‘Best Live Act’ at the Independent Festival Awards and they have since cemented their reputation with three acclaimed albums, numerous tours and regular main-stage festival appearances. Their music escapes definition, but occupies a space between rave and prog rock that nobody knew existed. It is energetic, subversive and invigoratingly playful, jovially going ‘where no one has gone before’.

Ultimately, HENGE are spreading a message of hope which leaves audiences feeling amused and uplifted in equal measures.

Volleyball create psych music that sits in a dreamy haze between catchy and explorative, experimenting with live open jams weaving songs together. The band are building a profile across the scene online from their base in London.

Stuart Darkin Band

The Stuart Darkin Band, highly respected as a songwriter and performer. Darkin fuses individual melodies with heart wrenching lyrics dispelling life and lived experiences, with a certain angst. Countless hours of work and dedication to his craft, now concentrated into a live act.
Appearing for the first time with a backing band, expect to discover the new Stuart Darkin Band ready to storm the scene.

Mcdermott & North

Singer-songwriters Patrick McDermott and Rhys North share a rare and enigmatic musical talent. Emerging from Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley in 2015, the duo McDermott & North have already drawn praise from the Australian and international music industry alike. Staying true to their busking roots, the pair approach every performance with the same precision and meticulous attention to sound. It is with this humility that they have elevated themselves as live performers and captivated the likes of Australia’s very own Ben Lee and Alex Lloyd whom they shared the stage with in 2021. Their most recent singles ‘Ally’, ‘Georgia’ & ‘Elope” have received generous support from both Triple J & National NZ Radio as well as BBC Radio London. But most importantly, the indie-rock outfit have amassed an impressive and hardcore following everywhere they park their van.

Weekend Ticket: £40 | Single Night Ticket: £25

The Bug Club’s name does a good job of introducing the band and their music: a tight-knit, collaborative effort focussed on telling tales of the everyday that we often take for granted, shot through with humour and riffs-a-plenty.

Comprising the creative trio of Sam Willmett (guitar/vocals), Tilly Harris (bass/vocals) & Dan Matthew (drums), The Bug Club formed in 2016 in the little-known rock n’ roll hotbed that is Caldicot, Monmouthshire.

The band were picked up by Bingo Records and released their first single ‘We Don’t Need Room For Lovin’ in Feb 2021.

Forward to November 2023, and The Bug Club have announce the latest single from their forthcoming double album, Rare Birds: Hour of Song. ‘We Can’t All Play Saxophones’ comes hot in the heels of the BBC 6 Music play-listed ‘Marriage’, and offers a gentler side to the band. Albeit a gentler side that’s all too eager to remind us all of our musical inadequacies. Fortunately, the band don’t seem to have any such inadequacies of their own, and this single sets the tone for an upcoming album packed with memorable Bug Club nuggets.

“Brimming with purposeful vigour and instantly memorable tunes, Tom Parry finds The Bug Club to be one of the best new bands of recent times at their biggest headline show in London to date.” – Louder than War, April 2023

We’re a post-punk band that’s equal parts moody and melodic, with just the right amount of angst to keep things interesting. We’re the musical equivalent of a dog and suit jackets- a little bit edgy, but always classic. So if you’re ready for an evening of dark and brooding tunes (and maybe a little bit of dancing), then buy a ticket and come see us in action!

Play Nice are a multi genre emo/post punk inspired 4-piece fronted by Billy Devaney including members from bands such as Lula & Gene and Bloomfield. This new outfit is fired up to take 2024 by a storm

Lula & Gene

Lula and Gene are a 2 piece band making music for all ears. Playing obscure angular indie to funky messes they are guaranteed to entertain

Norwich based ‘delta blues garage rock two-piece’ has a local connection with Drummer Emma Thomas (Track Not Found), and we’re excited to have them onboard.
Listen to their single here:


Weekend Ticket: £40 | Single Night Ticket: £25

The Decibel Tower Weekender is not all about the gigs – there are some great fringe events happening in the cafe as well.

On FRIDAY we start the evening with Rory’s Roaring Music Quiz. This is not serious, sharpen-your-pencils, kind of affair. It is a fun and relaxed quiz, perfect to get together for a few drinks and get those music brains warmed up before the show.

On SATURDAY you’ll get the chance to get an insight into the Guernsey Music Scene of the 70s and 80s, as Patrick Devaney, founder and admin of FB group “Stompin’ at the Savoy”, is joined by musician and broadcaster Jim Delbridge. Together they will delve into a wealth of press cuttings, memorabilia and memories of back then.

We will also have the guys from Guernsey Gigs interviewing musicians and other guests in the cafe throughout the weekend for their roaming DB Tower podcast.

And it wouldn’t be a festival without a merch stall, there’ll be merch from visiting artists as well as local bands and musicians.

Weekend Ticket: £40 | Single Night Ticket: £25

Friday

6pm – Cafe opens (Quiz sign-up)

6.30pm – 8pm(ish) – Rory’s Roaring Music Quiz

7pm – Hall Opens

7.30pm – McDermott & North

8.15pm – Stuart Darkin Band

9pm – Volleyball

10pm – HENGE

12.30am – Close

Saturday

5pm – Cafe opens 

5.30pm – 6.30pm – Guernsey Gigs Podcast & Interviews

7pm – 8pm Guernsey Music Archives (in the cafe)

7pm – Hall Opens

7.30pm – Lula & Gene

8.15pm – Play Nice

9pm – Odd Creatures

10pm – Horse Mouth

11pm – the Bug Club

12.30am – Close

Weekend Ticket: £40 | Single Night Ticket: £25

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