The Sub Rooms

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Gig Review: Rufus Wainwright, Stroud

Rufus WainwrightStroud Subscription Rooms 17th February 2024 Once described by Elton John as “the greatest songwriter on the planet”, Rufus Wainwright is filling his weekend with two small intimate shows, including the recently refurbished Stroud Subscription Rooms, between rehearsals for […]

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Gig Review: The Beat ft Ranking Jnr, Sub Rooms, Stroud

The Beat ft Ranking Jnr at The Sub Rooms, Stroud 17th December 2022 The DJ opening the night had an “open goal” of a gig. He knew the Ska classics and punk anthems of the era would entertain and galvanise. […]

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Gig Review: Nine Below Zero – Stroud

Nine Below Zero at The Sub Rooms, Stroud 30th November 2022 I need to make an urgent confession; I am certainly not impartial when it comes to Dennis Greaves and the R&B infused pub-rock of south-London’s Nine Below Zero. In […]

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Gig Review: Charlie Austen – Stroud

Charlie Austen (Supporting Nine Below Zero) at Sub Rooms, Stroud 30th November 22022 At times it is worth corrupting the norm to prove a point. In front of a mainly blokey and definitely partisan audience the female singer & song-writer […]

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Gig Review: Blancmange in Stroud

The early evening started out at the Queen Vic, as usual, meeting with an old friend unseen for a number of years. The ensuing conversation ranged from the old work place – failed love affairs – and included everything in […]

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Gig Review: From the Jam + Chris Pope

From the Jam + Chris Pope at Sub-Rooms, Stroud 20th August 2022 The only time I saw the Jam live, on their farewell tour in 1982, the week before was spent deciding on the all-important outfit. The Jam were all […]

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Gig Review Tom Robinson at The Sub-Rooms, Stroud

Tom Robinson, Emily Barker and Lukas Drinkwater at The Sub-Rooms, Stroud 5th May 2022 In the mid-90s I witnessed two young men unwittingly bring Portland street in Cheltenham to a metaphoric stand-still… You have to hold your hands up to […]

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Gig Review: Nick Lowe live at The Sub-Rooms

Nick Lowe live at The Sub Rooms, Stroud 15 April 2022 The accompanying blurb for Nick Lowe’s one man show proclaimed him as the “Headmaster of British rock.” Of course the elegant singer/songwriter, at the age of 73, has heard […]

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Squeeze, Leon Tilbrook & Elvis McGonagall – Gig Review

Squeeze, Leon Tilbrook & Elvis McGonagall in concert at The Sub Rooms, Stroud – 29 November 2021 It was a quintessentially British walk along the Bowbridge canal, in the early evening chill, in the lurking presence of the viaduct that […]