Gaz Brookfield + Funke & The Two Tone Baby, Taunton 6th December

Two of Fuelled By Cider’s favourite acts hit the road together for an exclusive co-headline tour and we are very excited to be hosting them at The Winchester Arms in Taunton on December 6th.

The venue capacity is strictly limited to 100 people so we are expecting tickets to fly out fast. Please don’t miss out!

Tickets £8 advance from  and soon from Blackcat Records and Winchester Arms. £10 on the door.

Doors 7.30pm.

Gaz&Funke Tour Poster

The venue operates an 18+ policy too so please bring photo ID on the night.

Often described as two of the hardest working musicians on the circuit and clocking over 1,500 shows between them, Gaz and Funke are bringing their unique mix of folk-punk anthems and mechanical alt-blues beats to some of the UK’s finest independent venues.

With the final tour date (Bristol Fleece) selling out 4 months in advance, a pair of critically acclaimed albums and a summer of festivals including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Beautiful Days and Boomtown Fair, be sure to catch their last shows of 2015.

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Citizen Fish + 51st State @ The Winchester Arms, Taunton

Anarcho ska-punk legends Citizen Fish make a rare visit to Taunton on 29th January 2016 as part of Fuelled By Cider’s programme of live music at The Winchester Arms on Castle Green.

For over 25 years Citizen Fish has been touring the world: turning gatherings, benefits, and social gigs into an international never-ending weekend. Sharing members with those other anarcho-punk heavyweights Subhumans and Culture Shock, Citizen Fish have created a blend of punk, ska, and straight up rock’n’roll that appeals to the sing-a-long music fans and even the “muso” musician types that typically dismiss punks as not being able to play their instruments.

But it’s not just the way they play, it’s what they say and how they say it. In a fun loving, all inclusive way, Citizen Fish have brought working class radical politics to generations of questioning minds. Leaving aside the typical screaming rants of boring political punk bands, the Fish offer a hopeful, danceable alternative. Whereas other bands have fans, admirers, and flavor-of-the-month teenyboppers hoarding to their concerts, Citizen Fish have established an open and always growing family. The idealistic unifying tone of Dick’s lyrics, coupled with the catchy driving riffs of the band, allow the Fish to appeal to a wide variety of folks.

Support from local rabble-rousers 51st State and one other act tbc.

Doors 7.30pm

Tickets £10 advance from the Winchester Arms, Blackcat Records and

£12 on the door

Please note that this venue operates an 18+ policy so please bring photo ID on the night.

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Skimmity Hitchers North American Tour 2016!

We are delighted to announce that the Skimmity Hitchers are going on a tour of North America in early 2016.

The tour, which will take in 5 gigs and many more cider farms and bars, has been organised in conjunction with Cider Riot! – a cider-making company based in Portland, Oregon – and Fuelled By Cider.
As you can imagine, the boys are very, excited. We think this is the furthest away they’ve ever played, perhaps even further than the New Forest.
As part of our effort to fund the tour we are offering you the opportunity to buy an exclusive North American tour package. These will be strictly limited to 150 people and will consist of Skimmity music, artwork and clothing that will not be available elsewhere. So set yourself apart from the Skimmity crowd (or perhaps buy someone the ultimate West Country Xmas prezzy) and help unleash these four cider ambassadors onto the unsuspecting folk of North America!

Full details of the tour package, including how to purchase, are in the Fuelled By Cider store:

Get in quick as we expect these to sell like mulled cider at a wet wassail!

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Benny Mayhem video interview!

We had a great time this summer with Benny Mayhem, recording his new EP in the Fuelled By Cider studio and promoting him at various venues in the South West (including our very own Outcider Festival!).

If you want a little more insight into our favourite acoustic punk troubadour then check out this short interview filmed in the Fuelled By Cider studio:

We’re hoping to host Benny on his next trip over from Australia so watch this space! In the meantime you can follow him on Facebook, Twitter and all the usual suspects…

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Smokey Bastard + Muff Said + They Shinkickers @ Stag and Hounds, Bristol, Saturday 14th November

They’re back and better than ever!

After a brief hiatus while recording their new album “Back To The Drawing Room”, Smokey Bastard are taking to the road to officially launch it and kick up a folk-punk frenzy like they’ve never been away.

Formed in early 2007, Reading-based Folk-Punk outfit Smokey Bastard started with the intention of being the UK’s answer to the likes of Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly.

After self-releasing their debut album, “Propping Up the Floor” in 2009, Smokey Bastard began incorporating influences from further afield resulting in 2011’s “Tales From The Wasteland”, released on Bomber Music.

Now, after touring the UK and mainland Europe, playing a live Maida Vale session for the BBC Radio 1 Punk Show and countless festival appearances, Smokey Bastard will be released their third offering “Back To The Drawing Room” on Bomber Music after a hugely successful Pledge Music campaign.

With a more progressive approach to rhythm and song writing, Smokey Bastard are pushing the limits of what you thought Folk-Punk could be.

We’re delighted to be hosting them in their second home of Bristol at the Stag and Hounds on Old Market.

Plus two fantastic local supports to kick the night off:

Rambling, shambling, cider slurpin’ folk tales from THEY SHINKICKERS – a rarely seen side project of Jamer from The Surfin’ Turnips.

And top notch urban ska vibes from the much loved MUFF SAID. Bring yer dancin’ shoes.

Doors 7.30pm.

Advance tickets online and in person from Bristol Ticket Shop:

See you down the front!

 Smokey Bastard Nov 2016

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Somerset Halloween Hooley, Saturday 31st October, Norton Fitzwarren

After frightening the good folk of Dorset the night before, we’ll be getting our ghoulies out again for the cider zombies of Somerset on Halloween proper.

Norton Fitzwarren village hall is located next to the remains of the old Taunton Cider brewery so we’re expecting spectral visits from its ex-employees and customers…

Getting everyone up and on the dancefloor will be the cider-enhanced Skimmity Hitchers plus local folk-rock young’uns The Incas with extra DJ action from the Rock ‘n’ roll Town Crier!

Tonight’s gig will also include dedicated kid’s entertainment in a separate room.

Prizes for best fancy dress!

£8 (advance) / £10 (on the door)

Under 16s half price!

Tickets available online at or in person from the Norton Fitzwarren Co-op store (Morse Lane) and Blackcat Records (Taunton).

Norton Fitzwarren Halloween Hooley

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Neck + Surfin’ Turnips + Mick O’Toole @ The Exchange, Bristol November 7th

The Exchange, Bristol, BS2 0EJ

Saturday 7th November

Doors 7.30pm

£8 advance (plus b/f) from Bristol Ticket Shop in person or online:
£10 on the door

A wild and unholy mash-up of Irish & West Country cider-folk-punk, served with lashings of booze and a moshpit to match!

Pheweee, this is gonna be good…

Neck: Taking their lead, both musically & ideologically, from the other mighty London rebel bands – The Pagues and The Clash – NECK ‘carry the torch’ a stage further with their own, unique London-Irish brew of wild, swirling Traditional Irish music & raucous, full-on Pink Rock : rip-roaring, irrepressible ‘Psycho-Ceilidh!’

Surfin’ Turnips: Proper job scrumpy punkers from old Bristol town, these boys are cult legends in the South West. Fusing The Ramones and The Wurzels in an orgy of fast riffs, cider and marrow dancing, you’re not truly from the West Country until you’ve seen them play.

Mick O’Toole: Blending Irish, cider AND punk rock elements into one glorious package, these upcoming rascals from Wiltshire are fast building a reputation as a crackin’ live act. Recent shows at The Fleece and supports with legendary punks UK Subs have shown the world that they mean business.


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Dorset Halloween Hooley, Friday 30th October, Sixpenny Handley

What better place for a Halloween get together than a haunted village hall in deepest, darkest Dorset…?

As well as the Halloween staples of dressing up, looking scary and getting riotously drunk we will also be bringing you top notch live music from the locally renowned (and definitely not Afear’d) Skimmity Hitchers plus the fantastic Jawbone and DJ Dapper DAN!

Fully licensed bar including local ciders.

£8 (advance) / £10 (on the door)

Under 16s half price!

Advance tickets available from Square Records, Wimborne, or online from


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Louise Distras (full band) + 51st State @ Winchester Arms, Taunton, 10th October

Louise Distras brings her full band to Taunton for the very first time as part of her extensive UK tour, in association with Fuelled By Cider.

Fresh from a packed house performance at Rebellion and appearing at our very own Outcider festival, this is a chance to catch Louise in a great small venue.

Support comes from local agit-punk rascals 51st State:

Doors 7.30pm

Tickets £6 adv / £8 otd

Available from Black Cat Records (Taunton) and online at

Over 18s only, please bring photo ID. ROAR.

The Winchester Arms, Castle Green, Taunton, Somerset TA1 4ADTaunton 1-0

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Save SCBU and Kingfisher benefit gig, Dorchester, 4th September

Fuelled By Cider are very pleased to be assisting the campaign to Save SCBU and Kingfisher at DCH by organising a benefit and awareness raising gig in Dorchester on September 4th.

This grassroots campaign has so far done an AMAZING job of making people aware of the horrendous prospect of losing vital children’s services at Dorchester County Hospital BUT there is still a huge amount of work to be done.

Please like their page, read the information, sign petitions and support their demonstrations and fundraising Benefit gig final version.aspxevents.

On September 4th we will be taking over the TA Centre on Poundbury Road for a night of music from Robb Johnson & the Irregulars, The Skones and Jamie McDonald. Tickets are just £5 and can be bought online here or in Munchkins, Durnovaria and Dorchester Tourist Office.

Please come and show your support!

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