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Metal Market

23 May, 2008 | Tubesnake Gigs

Friday 23rd May 2008. The Market Tavern in Chester-le-Street. The bods were packed in and the vibe in the room was excellent from song one. Stephen Wakefield ‘Waka’, from The Glammed, was on drums again while Woody partook of his last night in Spain. No new songs but we’d shuffled the set about which gave […]

No Sympathy Por El Diablo

26 April, 2008 | Tubesnake Gigs

Saturday 26th April 2008 at The Derwentside, Consett. As the Tubesnake tour bus pulled up I realised that we’d actually played here once before (archives revealed that it was Thursday 22nd July 1999!). We were barely out of our teens back then but hey, time moves on. This gig was like a coming together of […]

Get A Grip

13 April, 2008 | Tubesnake Gigs

Sunday 13th April, 2008 at The Clarendon, Sunderland. Yet another throbbing gig was had at ‘The Clara’. After very little deliberation we have decided that we love this venue. It’s got a similar vibe to the Beamish Mary Inn in Stanley which has been a long time favourite for some of us in Tubesnake. Something […]


29 March, 2008 | Tubesnake Gigs

Crook F.C., Saturday 29th March 2008. Basically a hometown for Chris and Tom and it was a great night. A dancing birthday girl and her friends got down on the floor midway through the first set and gave us the sort of stuff we’re used to. People having a good time. Great atmosphere with low […]

Shamrox Rocks

22 March, 2008 | Tubesnake Gigs

Shamrox, Durham City, on Saturday 22nd March 2008. This was a gig we were really looking forward to and what a blinder of a gig it was! We ain’t played there since 18th December 2004, when it was known as O’Neils, but it felt like “a blast from the past”, to me and Woody anyway, […]

Wild In The Country

24 February, 2008 | Tubesnake Gigs

This afternoon, Sunday 24th February 2008 at The Weardale Inn, Ireshopeburn. Out of nowhere a horde of people turned up as if ushered in as extras on some Hollywood film set. The function room did indeed resemble the grand hall in some gothic castle with a balcony up in the lap of the gods and […]

Easy Street

21 February, 2008 | Tubesnake Gigs

Thursday, 21st February 2008, at Easy Street in Chester-le-Street. Despite a few gremlins in the “electricals” this was a good gig with lots of people in the house. The first set rocked but the gremlins caused us to take an extended break in the middle while Chris and Tom tried to sort out what was […]

Mill House Blues

17 February, 2008 | Tubesnake Gigs

The Mill House, Birtley, Sunday 17th February 2008. Freezing cold outside but snug as a bug indoors due to a really good turn out. Countless times we’ve played here before in front of the window with no floor space whatsoever so this time it was great to set up at the end of the room […]

Rolling Stone Masons

2 February, 2008 | Tubesnake Gigs

Saturday 2nd February 2008 at The Masons Arms, Easington Village. Great gig! Woody was rolling around in the snow somewhere so Stephen Wakefield ‘Waka’ from The Glammed stood stepped behind the kit for us … a few little changes to the setlist too. Moonage Daydream had snuck to the beginning of the 1st set (numbnuts […]

Ox Tales

26 January, 2008 | Tubesnake Gigs

Saturday 26th January 2008 at The Ox Inn, Stanley. Last time here was June 2005 but in earlier line-ups we were never out of the place. We played to a packed house that felt hotter than eating a phaal in a sauna. The crowd was excellent and much banter with the audience ensued which is […]

On The Waterfront

13 January, 2008 | Tubesnake Gigs

Sunday afternoon 13th January at The Clarendon, Sunderland. Our second gig at one of the oldest pubs in Sunderland, or at least the pub with the longest, unbroken drinking licence in Sunderland, going back to 1753. It’s a great venue. Small. Intimate. In your face. Despite feeling decidedly “bugged” by that cold virus thing that’s […]

NYE In Crook

31 December, 2007 | Tubesnake Gigs

Our New Years Eve 2007 gig at Crook F.C. was, as expected, a damn good party with all 100 tickets being sold. Victims of The Fury opened and warmed up the room with their best performance I’ve seen to date. Next, the extremely youthful, The Unnamed, got a very enthusiastic reception to their set since, […]

Blue Bells Of Alston

22 December, 2007 | Tubesnake Gigs

The Blue Bell, Alston, Saturday 22nd December 2007. Debbie and her son Richard, who run the pub, were great hosts. Ok, we only had about 12 locals watching but we had a great night (home for 2.40am). A roaring log fire, JD’s and dark rum with Chris scamming the band with some dodgy card game […]

Up The Hill Backwards

21 December, 2007 | Tubesnake Gigs

Tubesnake at The Daisy Hill, Friday 21st December 2007. Well, this was the venue where my audition and first practices with the band took place, the first time I met Lenny and Woody as well, but the first time I’d played a gig there. Quite a biggie for me as well, as I know the […]

All Dressed Up And No Place To Go

1 December, 2007 | Tubesnake Gigs

Exactly! So we headed off to No Place near Stanley for a gig at The Beamish Mary Inn on Saturday 1st December 2007, almost six months to the day (Saturday 2nd June) since we last played here and launched the ninth line-up of Tubesnake with Tom Atkinson on guitar. For this, our eighth gig together, […]

Who’ll Love Aladdin Vane?

25 November, 2007 | Tubesnake Gigs

Turned up on Sunday 25th November 2007 at The Vane Arms, Sunderland, a venue I’ve played a couple of times before when the Sunday gigs used to be on afternoons so I was interested to see what an evening gig would be like. It was looking like no one was gonna turn up until just […]

Hell For Leather

23 November, 2007 | Tubesnake Gigs

Low lights, loud, hot and sweaty at The Pemberton Arms in Cold Hesledon, Seaham on Friday 23rd November 2007. I always loved this venue but we hadn’t played there for quite a while (26th August 2005 in fact). It was three weeks since our last gig at The Golden Fleece in Sunderland so we were […]

Halloween Jack Is A Real Cool Cat

31 October, 2007 | Tubesnake Gigs

Wednesday 31st October 2007, Halloween at The Golden Fleece, Sunderland. Great venue, good size room and a nice stage area, with an arch in the middle (this gave Len lots of posing opportunities!). The lights (provided by JAM Lighting) were superb, really added to the atmosphere, the room was kitted out with spider webs, skulls […]

Duke Of Earl

21 October, 2007 | Tubesnake Gigs

Spent the evening of Saturday 20th October 2007 at Crook F.C. for a “Birthday Bash Gig” with Victims Of The Fury (V.O.T.F.). Both Tom (guitar/vocals) and Chris (bass), from Tubesnake, had clocked up another year in the few days prior to this gig. Together with Martin Bell (drums) they do a Bluesy-Rock set based around […]

Hanging Around

7 October, 2007 | Tubesnake Gigs

Got off to a 4.30pm start at The Ropery, Sunderland on Sunday 7th October 2007 to a very decent turn out of bods despite the murky mire outside. Gigs are now held in the bigger room at the end of the building rather than the ground level bar in the middle where we’ve played many […]

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