The Marrs Bar, Worcester

About The Marrs Bar

One of Worcesters premier music venues. Live music at least four nights a week, usually more. Various promoters and club nights.
Musicians have designed the venue so bands really enjoy themselves when they play and as a result give a better performance. Formerly a dance studio since 1958 , the original sprung dance floors are still in place adding a woody texture to the sound quality of the room.

Disability Access: Ramp Access
Under Eighteen: Junior membership required – call venue

Address & Directions

The Marrs Bar
12 Pierpoint Street
Telephone: 01905 613336

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Upcoming Events

Friday 29 May 2015

Chevy Chase Stole My Wife

The Marrs Bar, Worcester
Time: 20:00 to 23:00
Cost: £3

3 bands for 3 quid

The Marrs Bar, Worcester
Time: 20:00 to 00:00

Saturday 6 June 2015

The Marrs Bar, Worcester
Time: 20:00 to 23:45
Cost: £5 in advance £6 on the door

£5 in advance available here: £6 on the door

The band once described by the BBC as "a female fronted Led Zeppelin", Smokestack burst onto the scene back in 2005 with a raw, blues sound that made people sit up and pay attention. Fronted by sisters Scarlett (vocals) & Ebony Clay (guitar) and playing their own material which oozed maturity, it didn't take long before Smokestack were being booked to play the summer festival circuit (Nozstock & Wyeside to name but two). With a solid backline of Josh Bateman (drums) and Dave Whittaker (bass), the band became a favourite amongst the local gig-goers and reviewers alike.
Smokestack went their separate ways in 2011, with each member pursuing other musical avenues. Now, in 2015, the band are reuniting for a gig to mark the 10 year anniversary of them first getting together.
This is a night you won't want to miss. Rockin' blues, sexy swagger and songs dripping with attitude and groove make the Smokestack reunion gig a MUST see...

Friday 12 June 2015

China Shop Bull
Calm Like A Riot
1 more TBC

The Marrs Bar, Worcester
Time: 21:00 to 01:00
Cost: £4 tickets £5 door

China Shop Bull are a 6 piece mix of ska, rave and drum and bass and rap. They have been on the festival, punk and party scene for some time, releasing one album to date with another one due for release very very soon. Touring extensively in The UK and Europe with acts as diverse as Dreadzone, The Dub Pistols, Sonic Boom Six, The Skints, Pama International, Random Hand, Goldie Lookin Chain and Sicknote. Building an ever growing following with their infectious sound and lively shows. Spring 2015 will see a new album release from China Shop Bull and the new material has been going down a storm at all off their recent live appearances.

Calm Like a Riot
This band spit their fusion of rock, funk and hip-hop with a contagious energy. The Worcester-based band vent their anger in a way you would expect having grown up on the mean, urban streets of middle-class, middle-England. Each night they put across their musical message in such a style that never fails to make the people of Worcestershire look up from their humous and olive ciabatta and take note. Led from the front by their hard talking, hard working lyricist John “Anger Manager”, and ably backed up by Pete, Dan and Mick (Middle Managers), Calm Like a Riot are not afraid to confront the issues of the day. There are wars going on, there is greed, there is global warming and there is injustice and the boys won’t let you leave without telling you what they think. Do we sit back and do nothing while the world faces these problems, or do we write an edgy, rap verse and a catchy chorus on the matter? I know what Calm Like a Riot would do. Calm Like a Riot. Mic in hand, tongue in cheek.

Friday 19 June 2015

Groundhog Daze
Keith Thompson
Sons Of The Delta

The Marrs Bar, Worcester
Time: 20:00 to 23:45
Cost: £8 in advance £10 on the door

£8 in advance available here: £10 on the door

Ken Pustelnik, the original drummer with the legendary Groundhogs and his long time bass partner John Slattery, have teamed up with Keith Thompson to present a celebration of 40+ years of Groundhogs music. The Groundhogs story reads like the who’s who of rock history. They began their musical journey by backing some of the great American blues men (John Lee Hooker, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, Champion Jack Dupree) on their first visits to the UK. They later toured with the Rolling Stones in 1971. Notably, three top selling albums were recorded by the band, “Spilt”,“Thank Christ For The Bomb” and “Who Will Save The World”. Although not really a singles band they also appeared on Top Of The Pops performing “Cherry Red”. They constantly toured in the UK, Europe and the USA…. appearing at many festivals including the legendary Isle Of Wight Pop festival. Uk guitarist Keith Thompson has been getting much critical acclaim following the release of his new album, "Catch the Fire" and is a regular to the European blues/rock fraternity. ”Sons Of The Delta” from the UK play a no-nonsense blend of electric and acoustic blues and have played in the USA deep south many times! This night has quite a line-up! If you like your music real and raw, this one has got to be one not to miss!

Saturday 27 June 2015

Larry Miller

The Marrs Bar, Worcester
Time: 20:00 to 23:45
Cost: £12 in advance £14 on the door

£12 in advance available here: £14 on the door

Guitar legend Larry Miller, is undeniably one of the must see blues/rock guitarists bringing his unique showmanship to every performance. He is famous for his mesmerising guitar playing and high octane shows. Larry will be showcasing his latest album ‘Soldier Of the Line’, which is receiving much critical acclaim. From power blues of ‘One Fine Day’ and stomping rockers like Mississippi Mama’ to the beautiful love song ‘Bathsheba’.
One of the hardest working musicians on the live music scene, he was a regular headliner at The Marquee in London and produced a barnstorming set at the Reading Festival. He is now more popular than ever and holds the record for the most encores at The Cambridge Rock Festival. Reviewing the festival the Get Ready To Rock journalist said “Crowd reaction to his performance was ecstatic ...Joe Bonamassa watch out, there's another new blues hero snapping at your heels”.
Classic Rock’s The Blues magazine readers voted Larry Miller number 3, only to be beaten by Joe Bonamassa and Walter Trout and hailed him “Keeper of the British blues-rock flame”.
"Elegantly crafted compositions … deep, expressive soloing and we, for one, are sold. Blues-rock brilliance." Guitar & Bass magazine. “The new Gary Moore” Radio Caroline.
If you like Rory Gallagher, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Moore, Walter Trout or Jimi Hendrix, you want to see Larry Miller. This is where blues meets rock.

Sunday 28 June 2015

Sarah Jane Scouten

The Marrs Bar, Worcester
Time: 20:00 to 23:45
Cost: £3 in advance £5 on the door

£3 in advance available here: £5 on the door

At age 5, Sarah Jane Scouten was sitting on the dining room table, singing “Lace and Pretty Flowers,” by Canadian folk and country musician, Willie P. Bennett. Hank Williams and Stan Rogers were her greatest inspirations, both a staple at Sunday morning pancake breakfast and afterward, singing bluegrass and gospel music with her father. Her talent for performing came naturally, and as chance would have it, so emerged a knack for songwriting.
Bringing us up to date, Sarah Jane Scouten is an international touring songwriter, loved by audiences across the Northern Hemisphere.
A traditionalist at heart, Sarah Jane shows a signature flair for the roots of roots music, ranging from Western-swing, honky-tonk, Cajun and Appalachian string band music and a hint of the Maritimes. With respect for these traditions, she writes from her own perspective, rather than taking on a persona or copying a style, and only writes about what she knows profoundly.
Based in Montreal, Sarah Jane became the leader of one of the finest folk acts in the city, as she put together her brilliant string band. With flavours of Lucinda Williams, Iris DeMent, Old Crow Medicine Show and a wealth of old-time and bluegrass music, her songs are faithful to a long-standing folk music tradition, but often spill over into modern themes that are outspoken and edgy, from homelessness to midwifery to tongue-in-cheek heartache songs and unabashed Canadiana.
Praise for Sarah Jane Scouten
“I like her songs, each one has a great line or two that jump out and slap you in the face. She can do funny and she can do sad, there’s just something special in her stanzas that are better than most. Picture a feisty 12 year old Tom boy in a dress gripping a sling shot.” - C.R. Avery
“In the style of Nanci Griffith’s best music, Scouten’s songs are filled with sturdy melodies, and the performance – featuring everything from bluegrass picking to bar- band shuffle and burning-ballad intensity – was memorable.” - Bernie Perusse, Montreal Gazette
“Scouten has a flair for tying emotions to arresting images... She creates mood without resorting to theatrics. And she respects musical tradition. Even borrows from it. Liberally. But she’s always her own woman.” - Patrick Langston, Penguin Eggs Magazine

Thursday 16 July 2015

You Know The Drill

The Marrs Bar, Worcester
Time: 19:30 to 23:00
Cost: £5 in advance £6 on the door

£5 in advance available here: £6 on the door

You Know The Drill - You Know The Drill are an ambitious and enthusiastic four piece pop punk band from Stourport-on-Severn, UK. Comprised of Damo Darby on Bass, Benji Yapp on Guitar and Lead Vocals, Brad Potter on Drums and Backing Vocals and finally Jim McCormack on Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals. The band shot into the scene at the start of Summer 2014 and have so far had a great start. Debut single "The Next Chapter" was the band's first release and got great feedback hitting over 1K YouTube views within the first month of the release. They have since then self-released their debut E.P "Selling Out Before Starting Out" on digital and physical formats. They put on unforgettable live shows and have a very bright looking future
Elessar - Elessar is a 4 piece Alternative Rock band that hails from Gloucestershire. The boys met through playing shows and festivals together over the last five years. During this time they have been collaborating in different forms, both writing ideas and working on a concept for a band. Finally, in late 2014 by putting all the pieces together; Elessar has created a unique and exciting sound that engages audiences wherever they play. Putting a darker twist on catchy melodies and fast paced music. Elessar throw plenty of heart into their lyrics. Providing powerful melodies and singalong hooks to pull you in. Elessars combination of an exciting and memorable live show, paired with their honest approach to social media has them amassing a strong and ever increasing fan base.
Elements - Officially formed in January 2013, Elements make use of a unique and eclectic mash-up of genres which makes for a powerful set of songs and an incredible live show. Elements. have supported the likes of Public Service Broadcasting, The Afterparty, AshesToAngels, The Hype Theory and New Riot, at various venues around the south coast. While still relatively new to the live scene, Elements., have released their first self titled E.P and also have held a remix competition for that E.P. Allowing their fans to remix any of their songs in which, has culminated into Elements. Re:Constructed E.P

Saturday 18 July 2015

Green Haze

The Marrs Bar, Worcester
Time: 20:00 to 23:45
Cost: £6 in advance £8 on the door

£6 in advance available here: £8 on the door

GREEN HAZE are an energetic tribute to one of the best punk rock & rock'n'roll bands the world has ever seen - Green Day. GREEN HAZE's live shows are high octane events where the band go to every length to capture the raw power and dynamics of Green Day's music and bring it to life on stage with full 2+ hour stage show, antics and crowd interaction that makes a Green Day show so recognisable.
All of Green Day's albums are well represented, from 1,309 Smoothed out slappy hours through to the latest UNO!, DOS! and TRE! albums. Covering early songs such as Going to Pasalaqua & 2,000 light years away, to staple classics such as Basket case and Longview, right through to modern hits like American idiot and 21st Century breakdown & the new UNO, DOS, TRE trilogy.
GREEN HAZE perform the songs with the same energy and passion that only true fans of the original band can. This is what makes GREEN HAZE one of the best Green Day tribute bands around.

Saturday 12 September 2015

Riff Raff
Stone Cold Killers

The Marrs Bar, Worcester
Time: 20:00 to 00:00
Cost: Free Entry

Friday 16 October 2015


The Marrs Bar, Worcester
Time: 20:00 to 23:45
Cost: £12.50 in advance £15 on the door

£12.50 in advance available here: £15 on the door

Featuring three key former members of Hawkwind, expect a cosmic storm in each performance from these masters of time and space with songs from their recent studio albums, plus Hawkwind classics from down the ages in a two hour-long psychedelic extravaganza.
Originally formed by Robert Calvert and Dave Brock (of Hawkwind) from the ashes of The Sonic Assassins in 1978.
The Hawklords re-emerged in 2009 with a memorial concert for legendary British artist, the late Barney Bubbles, graphic designer for many of Hawkwind's early 1970s albums.
The concert, filmed in London, was commercially released on dual-layer DVD early in 2011.
Hawklords returned to the road, touring both in the UK and Europe in 2011 and then again in 2012 to promote their critically acclaimed studio album, 'We Are One', which comprised all new original material.
2013 saw the release of their second studio album 'Dream' which was promoted with the 'The Reality Tour', a new show featuring classic 'Hawk' related songs alongside material from both 'Dream' and 'We are One'.
The band has also headlined major and independent UK festivals during the past four years.
The live shows feature a stunning digital projected lightshow, specially created by lighting designer and tour circuit veteran, Dave 'Lighthouse' Johnson.
Current band members are:
HARVEY BAINBRIDGE: Synthesizer & Vocals - original member of Hawklords 1978 line-up and long serving member and writer with Hawkwind 1977 - 1993 and respected solo artiste.
DAVE PEARCE: Drums - from British psyche-rock band The Bevis Frond and most recent addition to The Hawklords line-up.
JERRY RICHARDS: Guitar & Vocals - veteran of the UK free festival scene of the 1980's. Lead guitarist, writer and producer with Hawkwind, 1996 to 2001.
ADRIAN SHAW: Bass & Vocals - respected veteran of the UK rock scene, bassist and writer with Hawkwind for the classic 'Quark, Strangeness & Charm' and 'PXR5' albums 1977 - 1978 and current member of The Bevis Frond.
RON TREE: Lead vocals, Oscillators - survivor of the 1980's UK free festival scene and lead vocalist, bass player and writer with Hawkwind, 1995 to 2001.

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