A couple of years ago I remember getting exciting at the chance to see touring Indie bands Roland Shanks and The Paddingtons playing Gloucester Guildhall. Up until that point the only way of catching bands we were really into was getting trains down to Bristol or Cardiff. An excursion which would often end in having to leave the gig early and sprint back to the train station in time for the last train. We'd always make it as the train was pulling in, but to my knowledge never missed one. As we got older people learnt to drive and soon we'd be travelling down in packed cars to these same venues but at the same time our own city was starting to get more gigs for itself.
Although by no means a regular venue for touring Indie bands Gloucester Guildhall now has more going for it. You can still expect to see the same tribute and ageing punk bands but paired with these are more up and coming bands. I suppose Gloucester has alot to thank Fly Magazine who for the last couple of years have put on bands such as The Cribs, Maximo Park, The Subways, Cajun Dance Party and Wild Beasts for Glastonbury warm up shows. Now promoters are seeing the potential in Gloucester and this is set to continue for the rest of 2008 with Rolo Tomassi (now been moved to Frog and Fiddle) The Rifles and The View all set to play.