After the great success of Gloucester's very first History Festival, it's safe to say that most people are all historied-out. However, this month is anything but quiet as the city's events schedule is jam-packed again with live concerts, cinema and the odd horrible happening for Halloween. Read on...
Everybody loves good music
The Underground Festival is a free festival showcasing unsigned local, national and international acts at Gloucester Guildhall this weekend. Just added to the bill is TNB fronted by Hollywood actor and star of the American Pie series, Thomas Nicholas.
But that's not all, other Guildhall gigs in October include The Musgraves (4 Oct), 4ft Fingers (11 Oct), Dan Le Sac & Friends (12 Oct), Dr Feelgood's Wilko Johnson (13 Oct), Dry The River (18 Oct) and legendary punk poet John Cooper Clarke (19 Oct).
Elsewhere, the Wotton Hall Club is hosting Monterrey Festival 1967 Revisited with a psychedelic blues supergroup featuring 'The Former Members' of Country Joe & The Fish, The Steve Miller Band and Al Kooper's Blues Project. The iconic 1967 event is seen as the first true rock festival and featured the first major US performances of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.
At the end of the month, The Registry hosts this year's Oxjam Weekender (26-28 Oct). A huge grassroots music festival raising money for Oxfam, Oxjam events are taking place all over the country raising money to save lives around the world.
Internationally renowned and award winning choral group The Australian Voices
(10 Oct) are playing at Gloucester United Reformed Church, Park Road.They are touring pieces by Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and more. Book tickets by calling 020 3286 6786 or buy on the door.
Also of note is Smooth Saturday (6 Oct) featuring local accoustic artists in the laid back surroundings of The Cross Keys from midday.
The horror, the horror!
On Saturday 27 October, the dead shall rise and take to the ancient streets of Gloucester. Come and join the annual Zombie Walk, organised by Cafe Rene who will also be collecting for charity Sue Ryder Care. The shambolic shuffling starts at 2pm from Greyfriars Green behind the Rene.
From 8pm, the Rene hosts the Cirque du Macabre in all its grotesque, musical g(l)ory (here's the
Frightmare (20-31 October) at Over Farm is the South West's largest Halloween event for kids and adults alike. New theatrical attractions include the Haunted Hayride, PANIC and Stagefright. Book tickets and find more information at frightmare.co.uk.
The Big Movie Quiz: Halloween Special run by the knowledgeable folks at the Gloucestershire Showcase Short Film Festival will be handing out prizes for best fancy dress at Cafe Rene (25 Oct, 7.45pm) .
And on Halloween night itself, cult 80's horror flick Fright Night will be screening at the Guildhall Cinema.
Out at the pictures
Students go free at Gloucester Guildhall Cinema in October!
Forget Orange Wednesdays or LOVEFiLM, throughout October, students over 16 with a valid form of student ID can go for free to every single film showing at The Cinema at Gloucester Guildhall. And with 16 films on offer, that’s a saving of over £70!
There's a great selection of films in October from the very British humour of A Few Best Men and the instantly recognisable The Sweeney, to the prohibition-era gangstersof Lawless; future Oscar contender and world cinema cross-over hit of the year Untouchable and easy American rom-com Hope Springs to name but a few. See the cinema listings here.
Sing Your Song (8 Oct) is an award-winning look at singer Harry Belafonte’s life fighting racial discrimination and social injustice taking in America Civil Rights to the Anti-Apartheid movement. The screening of Sing Your Song is part of the Black History Month celebrations.
Just for laughs
Live comedy returns to Gloucester with The Big Laugh Cafe on Saturday 6 October. Hilarious hospital Radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury (aka Tom Binns), nominated for a Edinburgh Comedy Award, tops the bill alongside fellow funnymen Ryan McDonnell and Andy Robinson.