The Home Counties' most famous (some may say infamous) rock venue is back from the dead. After several false starts, The Nags Head Blues Loft - a venue that played host to everyone from The Rolling Stones and The Who through Uriah Heep to Radio Birdman, Blondie and The Sex Pistols (as well as half of the country's psych and prog names) between the mid-60s and mid-90s - has reopened, relaunching itself with a succession of gigs from names both old and new. Decked out in beautifully psychedelic shades of pink and purple, it contains a full 300-capacity upstairs room, a smaller downstairs acoustic/dj bar complete with piano, a back room/games room with its own organ, and soon to come- a cinema!! A haven of rock and roll in suburban Buckinghamshire, it intends not to trade on past glories but build on them, making the area once more resonate with the sound of great music.
To give you a flavour of what's coming up, here's two gig listings!
*GENO WASHINGTON AND THE RAM JAM BAND*
FRIDAY JULY 13
Yes, he's back again..the man Dexys loved so much they named their best known song after him. Expect 'Michael' 'Hi Hi Hazel' 'Que Sera' and all the usual classics.
+ DJ Smart Phil playing soul R&B ska and beat. Doors 6.30 pm til 2 30 am. The gig proper finishes at 11pm. Tickets £12 advance from www.wegottickets.com and the venue
*LEAF HOUND plus DESERT STORM, SEDULUS and BLACK JUJU*
SATURDAY JULY 21
The legendary early 70s heavy psych-blues rockers who all but invented the stoner genre with the classic Growers Of Mushroom album in 1971 on Decca, and have been active again since 2004, will be playing an exclusive warm up date here before they decamp to Japan for a series of dates set up by Leaf Hound Records- a label named after them!! For all heavy Shindiggers and fans of the Hard Stuff column, this should be a legendary evening.
+ classic retro, heavy, prog and psych rock DJ downstairs afterwards
Doors 6.30 pm til 2 30 am. Tickets £10 advance from www.wegottickets.com and the venue
For more info:
63 LONDON ROAD, HIGH WYCOMBE, BUCKS, HP11 1BN
Nearest station: High Wycombe (Chiltern Rail) Nearest tube: Amersham (Met Line and Chiltern Rail) then no. 4, 52 or 62 bus to Wycombe town centre.