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 6 February 2015

The Steve Cradock Band

The Marrs Bar, Worcester
Time: 20:00 to 23:45
Cost: 15 in advance

15 in advance available here:

Early 2005 Steve Cradock began to put pen to paper and created his first solo record "Kundalini Target", He and fellow musicians Mani (stone roses) Andy Bennett (Ocean Colour Scene) Wife Sally and Tony Coote supported the Album with a few gigs in the UK and in Europe supporting Amy McDonald. After the release of "Peace City West" Steve's second solo Album he again took to airing these projects again in the Uk and in Europe supporting Beady Eye. Using various different musicians from Fred Ansell (The Computers), Andy Croft The Moons /Paul Weller band) Jake Fletcher /The Gramotones. Andy Bennett (Ocean Colour Scene) as and when they were free and of Corse his Wife Sally on Keys and Vox.
Finally at the beginning of 2012 Steve was introduced to Andy Flynn (Bass) who is now a solid member of The Cradock Band, as is Tony Coote (Drums) sally Cradock (Memotron/Vox) Jake Fletcher( Electric) and Steve Cradock himself on Guitar and Vocals.
Steve's Third solo album "Travel Wild Travel Fee" was released September 2013 which he is Touring extensively now in 2014.
He still manages to find time to work consistently with Paul Weller, The specials and of course Ocean Colour Scene.

Saturday 7 February 2015

Chevy Chase Stole My Wife
(one more TBC)

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

Hitchhiker play their first 'three bands for three quid' gig at the Marr's Bar.

Come down and show your support for them + Chevy Chase Stole My Wife + one other band TBC at time of going to press!

Friday 13 February 2015

The Cureheads
Lizzie and the Banshees

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

The Cureheads started in Stockholm in 1990 when Englishman Gary Clarke was busking around Europe playing Cure and mission songs for bus tickets to the next city. Since then The Cureheads have played in major venues, tiny venues, sports stadiums, city squares and even at celebrity weddings in the UK, USA, Poland, Czech Republic. Spain, Japan, France, Bahrain, IE, Chile, Mexico, Brazil, Russia. With shows by the real Cure an all too rare thing The Cureheads have gone to painstaking lengths to re-create the atmosphere and sounds and smells of a real show of The Cure at their 1990 peak. The Cureheads play songs from all moments of The Cure's career and even include B-sides and internet only releases in their set when the audience calls for it. 2012 is The Cureheads' 21st anniversary & to celebrate playing to over a quarter of a million Curefans in 21 yrs, they have teamed up with some of the best venues in the UK and abroad to bring a bigger and better show than ever, with a full interactive live show combined with a dynamic video & light show. 'More Cure than The Cure' - Vox

Sunday 15 February 2015

The Marrs Bar, Worcester
Time: 19:00 to 00:00
Cost: 5 (4 in advance)

"Fusing elements of classic British folk-rock, gothic country and skiffle, decorating it all in the colours of bucolic paganism and delivering it with the seed drill of catchy songwriting, the genre formerly known as ruralcore is beginning to create quite a stir. Heed the Thunders taut strangeness and endless flow of musical ideas"
(Folk Radio UK)

"Vaginapocalypse perform their own original folk-punk with close harmonies and caustic rapid-fire lyrics. Two fingers to the mainstream and a warm hug to the rural underground."

Tyler Massey blends his American Roots with British influences to create something new. Briticana? Although he has collaborated with various artists over the years, this will be a solo set of new songs.

The Marrs Bar, Worcester
Time: 20:00 to 23:45
Cost: 4 in advance 5 on the door

4 in advance available here: 5 on the door

Heed the Thunder
With support from Tyler Massey + Vaginapocalypse

Heed the Thunder have been making music around fires and in folk clubs for around five years; they hail from a commune in rural Herefordshire, and play at woodland gatherings, heavy horse fairs and communal parties.
Band members are:
Alex Gordon - Acoustic guitar, singing
Kate Gathercole - Banjo, accordion, singing
Mark Waters - Double bass, singing
Alex Gordon first came to prominence in London based Alt-Country act Lincoln in the late 90's - 'Lincoln's muzzy, noirish soundscape is like nothing else on earth' - Sunday Times 'Rare emotive power' - NME
Kate Gathercole and Mark Waters are also known for their role in celebrated psych-folk band 'Sproatly Smith'. Releases include Minstrel's Grave (Folk Police) and Times Is 'n Times Was. 'shining stars of weirdlore and agri-psych' - Ian Anderson, fRoots 'beguiling songs which combine traditional English folk and psychedelic influences' - Tim Jonze, The Guardian
Heed the Thunder are well respected around the Herefordshire folk scene and have two prior releases - the 'All Those Black Years' album (2012) and the 'Heed the Thunder and Mark Stevenson' ep recorded with Ledbury folk legend Mark Stevenson in 2013. Both these releases have gained critical acclaim but their new long player - 'Cokaigne' - is the record which will break them to a far larger audience. Described a 'plaintive country tinged epic' with Alex and Kate heralded as 'a Bert Jansch and Jacqui McShee for the modern age'.

Saturday 21 February 2015

Rattlesnake Jake

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

We are a six piece Soul, Motown, Funk and Chicago Blues band hailing from Bewdley, West midlands.
Our shows are delivered 100% live and are packed full of songs that you and your guests can sing and dance along too all night long, from James Brown to Al Wilson, Kool and the gang to Wild Cherry, Otis Redding to the Blues Brothers, there really is something for everyone.
Rattlesnake Jake work on an audience participation basis and love nothing more than to get in amongst our audience and have as much fun as we can so be prepared to have a good old boogie on the dance floor and a sing song down the mic with us!

Thursday 26 February 2015

Mike Peters

The Marrs Bar, Worcester
Time: 20:00 to 23:45
Cost: 15 in advance 18 on the door

15 in advance available here: 18 on the door

"Give Me Love, Give Me Hope, Give Me Strength" - The opening words from The Alarm's 1985 UK / US Top 40 hit song 'Strength' which gave its name to the band's career best selling album that will celebrate it's 30th anniversary in 2015.
Following on from the hugely popular 'Declaration Tour 2014', Mike Peters one man band 'Alarm' concept will present 'Strength' in a similar contemporary style featuring performance, stories and images to honour the legacy the album left on the decade it helped define and the continuing significance it holds for listeners who can still relate to it's timeless themes of love, hope and strength.
The Alarm's debut album 'Declaration' was powered by unique electro-acoustic guitars that by the time of the follow up 'Strength', had evolved into a much fuller arena rock sound that paralleled U2 and Springsteen's E Street Band in its scope and ambition. A sound that would see The Alarm break America on a grand scale and peak with a live appearance before an audience of 26,000 fans at a concert in Los Angeles watched by millions around the world via MTV's first ever live satellite broadcast.
Packed with powerful yet personal songs like the autobiographical 'Spirit Of '76' and 'Walk Forever By My Side', 'Strength' went on to become The Alarm's best selling album of the 1980's charting in the Top 40 on both sides of the Atlantic. This is The Alarm record that brings together for the first time, the aforementioned themes of love, hope and strength now so synonymous with Mike Peters and his long running battle against cancer.
Two times cancer survivor Mike Peters is fast emerging as one of the most visible advocates and activists for those living with and beating cancer around the world. Over the last four years, his Love Hope Strength Foundation has found over 1100 potentially life saving bone marrow donor matches; built the first ever children's cancer center in Tanzania; supported the Bhaktapur Cancer Center in Nepal with life saving equipment and registered over 70,000 donors through it's 'Get On the List' program. By turning rock concerts into lifesaving events, more than 10,000 international recording artists including Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, Frank Turner and The Levellers now support the charity by allowing bone marrow registries at their concerts.
30 years on from the original release of 'Strength', Mike Peters still has so much to live for, After twenty years living with cancer his songs of love hope and strength have taken on greater meaning and the defiance of his words from the 'Spirit Of '76' ring truer than ever. "I will never give in until the day that I die. I'll get myself some independence, carve out a future with my two bare hands".

Friday 27 February 2015


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.

Trevor Burton was born in Aston, Birmingham. He started playing guitar at a young age and by 1963 was leading his own group called The Everglades. In 1964 he joined Danny King & The Mayfair Set, along with Keith Smart formerly of The Everglades (drums), Roger Harris (keyboards), Denis Ball (Bass) and vocalist King.
Trevor Burton was a founding member of the sixties chart topping band The Move and was initially with them from 1966-1969 and in 2014 they toured the UK and were invited to play the main stage of the Isle 0f Wight festival.
When he left in 1969 he stayed down south with his close friend Steve Winwood; Steve had just formed the band Traffic. Trevor decided to chill for a while, but soon got the urge to play live again, this has always been his first love. He got in touch with Steve Gibbons with the view to forming a new band, together with Denny Laine formerly with the Moody Blues, and Allen White from The Plastic Ono Band, they formed the band called Balls. After the split with Balls in 1971, Trevor spent the next few years as one of the top session musicians with Island Records. At the request of Raymond Froggatt, Trevor returned to his hometown of Birmingham where he worked with Ray until 1976.
Trevor teamed up once again with his close friend Steve Gibbons to enjoy chart success and top 10 hits with the Steve Gibbons Band. For the next 7 years he toured the world with Steve. He left in 1983 to form his own band playing his unique style of blues. They started performing twice weekly at the Red Lion, Sparkbrook, Birmingham with a line up including sax player Steve Ajao. In 1985 the band recorded an album entitled 'Double Zero.
He teamed up with Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin as one of the Journeymen Musicians. Then he joined The Big Town Playboys touring the UK and Europe, he performed shows with Noel Reading a friend from the 60s and spent 9 months on the road with Dexies Midnight Runners.
As if this isn't enough he has also played with Jimi Hendrix and also appears on one of his albums!!! Now Trevor still gets the buzz from playing his kind of music to a receptive audience. In 1993 he called on Maz Mitrenko to join the band, also former ELO keyboard player Richard Tandy was with him for a few years. Trevor has had various rhythm sections but never really settled with any until November 1999 when he asked Bill Jefferson (Drummer) to join the band. Pez Connor rejoined the band in April 2009 and now in 2015 Abby Brand has joined and, The Trevor Burton Band is now unstoppable. It is the most exciting live band ever to grace the stage. With the new line up having the chemistry, and telepathy that Trevor has been looking for. See them in 2015 to live and enjoy the moment, you won't be disappointed.

Monday 2 March 2015

Jon Gomm

The Marrs Bar, Worcester
Time: 20:00 to 23:45
Cost: 10 in advance 12 on the door

10 in advance available here: 12 on the door

Friday 6 March 2015

Fred Zeppelin

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

During their time together they have had the honour of Led Zeppelin's front-man Robert Plant attending three of their gigs and John Bonham's son Jason even jammed with them on stage. These things the band are very proud of. It must surely also be the best recommendation any band could receive, and also assure any Led Zeppelin fans apprehensive about seeing The Fredz.
According to one of Kerrangs readers polls. FRED ZEPPELIN are among the top ten best live bands to see. Quite an achievement, as they were the only tribute band listed in any category.
Its worth taking a camera with you, as you don't know who could be standing next to you. In the audience have been MAGNUM's front-man Bob Catley, WHITESNAKE's guitarist Mel Galley. Roy Wood legendary main man of THE MOVE & WIZZARD, and SLADES Jimmy Lea was the latest rock celebrity to experience a two-hour Fred Zeppelin gig.
Fred Zeppelin were invited by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page to attend a charity event of which Jimmy is a patron. Kev (bass) and Blackie (drums) attended and were thrilled to meet and chat with the legendary guitarist. Also at the party were Roger Daltrey, Julian Lloyd Webber, Leo Sayer and Formula One's David Coultard. What a night !!
Fred Zeppelin are real fans and formed 'The Freds' out of their admiration and love of Led Zeppelin's music. As their name suggests the band do not take themselves too seriously, they know the praise belongs to Robert, Jimmy, John Paul Jones, and Bonzo.

Thursday 12 March 2015

Undercover Hippy

The Marrs Bar, Worcester
Time: 20:00 to 23:45
Cost: 5 in advance 7 on the door

5 in advance available here: 7 on the door

Billy Rowan, is definitely not your average singer songwriter. His music brings to- gether acoustic guitar, soulful vocals, infectious reggae rhythms, and the lyrical delivery of a skilled mc. After 7 years spent DJ'ing and MC'ing on the Drum & Bass circuit, Billy ditched the decks for a guitar and started out as a solo act in 2007. Since then he has teamed up with some of the best musicians on the circuit, and now plays with a 7 piece band, bringing together fiddle, keys, drums, bass, congas and backing vocals to create a high energy, interactive and highly entertaining live show. Combining intelligent, provocative lyrics with dangerously catchy hooks and a feel good groove, this is music for the thinking man to shake his arse to. Think Plan B meets The Cat Empire... on a protest march... at the Edinburgh Fringe.
From starting out 5 years ago playing in festival cafes for a free meal, Billy and his band of back- street groove pushers now perform to sell-out crowds at some of the UK's best festivals and venues. Highlights for 2012 included performing on the main stage after Mr Motivator (!) at Scotland's Eden Festival, and headlining at the amazing Beatherder Festival.
Billy has self-released one album and one E.P. under the name "The Undercover Hippy", both to critical acclaim, as well as a single release in Germany on Agogo Records. He is currently hard at work recording his first full length album under his own name, due for release in summer 2013.
Hear examples of the music and watch live videos at:

Friday 20 March 2015

Matt Woosey

The Marrs Bar, Worcester
Time: 20:00 to 23:00

Matt Woosey - Folk Blues and Beyond!

I would like to introduce Worcestershire’s own, Matt Woosey; widely regarded as one of the finest singer-songwriters and acoustic guitarists in the UK!

The great news for live music lovers and aspiring musicians in and around Worcester, is that Matt will be playing at The Marr’s Bar on Friday 20 March, and put simply; this will be a great night and an experience not not to miss!

In the highly nomadic life of singer-songwriters, few have been able to keep pace with Matt Woosey and his ever evolving style.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Matt has toured his last 8 albums throughout Europe, Australia, South Africa and Scandinavia. He has had great successes as a solo troubadour, as a duo and with any number of highly regarded session players making up his backing band. When Matt performs, it’s not hard to tell that this is a man who has lived the life and has worked hard for his status as one of the most gifted songwriters and vocalists of his generation!

His most recent album “Wildest Dreams”, combines a vast array of musical influences which give life to an unaffected set of songs, that have been reviewed in glowing terms by leading music industry critics, comparing it to artists as varied as Tim Buckley, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, John Martyn and Jim Morrison. If you need convincing, you can see and have a listen to Matt play “Wildest Dreams” the title track from his new album at or the beautifully melodic “Exactly as we Please” at

When you have heard his poetic lyrics, his expressive and powerful voice and his unique blend of will understand why this artist is getting rave reviews wherever he plays!

It will be a very special night at The Marr’s Bar and the evening will include guest the launch of Matt’s new live album, “While The Cat's Away...”, that was recorded at The Gallimaufry in Bristol during Matt’s weekly residency there during 2014. Matt says “It has been a long time coming and something that people have been asking me about at gigs, so I'm really pleased to finally have something to put out there which showcases the musical rapport between Big Dave Small and myself”.

There will be coaches laid on in Malvern, to take people to and from The Marr's Bar, picking up at West Malvern Social Club at 7.30pm and from the Nags Head at no excuses about local transport! Tickets for the coaches can be bought from the two aforementioned venues and via the shop on Matt’s website.

Don't miss out on seeing Matt + support The White Feather Collective, at The Marr’s Bar on Friday 20 March

The venue is located at 12 Pierpoint Street, Worcester, Worcestershire WR1 1TA

Advance tickets are £8 or £10 on the door and to book, please call 01905 613 336 or go online at

To see, hear and find out more about Matt and where he is playing next, please visit

Don’t be late, doors open at 8.00 p.m.

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