Foot-stomping gigs bring party time to Mill Theatre

IT IS party time this weekend as Christmas gets off to a spanking good start with two foot-stomping gigs at The Mill Theatre, Banbury.

Festive revellers Spank the Monkey kick off proceedings tomorrow (Friday) at 8pm with their brilliant brand of rhythm and blues.

The following day, (Saturday) at 8pm folk rock favourites Leatherat hold their traditional Christmas bash at the theatre – an annual extravaganza that continues well into the wee hours at the after-gig do at The Wheatsheaf.

“The Mill is going to be a hive of great music and activity this weekend as these two very popular bands get the holidays off to the best start,” said programme manager Deborah Clarke.

“This time of year is always very busy at The Mill and we are happy we succeed in giving as many people as possible the entertainment they will enjoy.

“Spank the Monkey and Leatherat are local bands with countless enthusiastic fans who we know are going to make the most of their favourite music in their favourite venue. It’s Christmas and there’s bound to be a fabulous atmosphere as always!”

Spank the Monkey have enjoyed almost two decades of success in Banburyshire. Featuring guitarist Andy Tibbetts, blues harp wizard Paul Ashby, bass player Dave Marsh, drummer Phil Aris and Les Paul-toting guitarist Martin Green, this well established and much-loved band have always thrilled fans with their raucous live performances.

The brilliant folk rock outfit Leatherat, taking the stage on Saturday, hardly needs any introduction. The band created a storm when they played Cropredy in 2010, facing a veritable mob in the merchandising tent as visitors from all over the UK rushed to buy albums and other memorabilia.

Leatherat has had two line-up changes since then with the departures of drummer Hugh Edwards and guitarist Jim Bennion, with their shoes now filled by drum meister Lee Smith and the talented James Foley. For tickets call the box office on 01295 279002 or visit