November 2014

Vintage Guildford at Guildford CathedralNovember 27, 2014

The Boileroom curates a brand new Vintage Guildford Fair for all the family at Guildford Cathedral in February 2015



DATE: Saturday 7th February 2015

VENUE: Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7UP



(01483 440022)

Line up:  Community Choirs, Over 30 stall holders, Workshops, Local bands, Tea Room, Barbers, Pop- Up Beauty Salon. Free 50s Make Over!

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As Guildford’s Independent, Alternative Live Music & Community Arts venue, we pride ourselves on championing our local music and creative community.

We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting Vintage Guildford.

 A Vintage fair that provides a platform for the finest local vintage sellers, designers and makers to exhibit what wonderful items of yesteryear are available right on their doorstep.

We have handpicked a high quality selection of stalls showing vintage men and women’s clothing, accessories, music and home wares; plus much more besides.

Having successfully run our own Vintage as well as Artisan market at the venue for some years, we’re stepping it up a gear and moving to local landmark the Guildford Cathedral.

We are proud to be providing some great retro entertainment too!

Vintage Clothing Catwalk
Our Boileroom models will be strutting their stuff showcasing the fine vintage clothing and accessories that will be on sale on the day.

Live Music
No Boileroom event would be complete without live music! We have curated a line up of some of the finest local musicians around.

Sarah Mclellan


Phoebe Gorry


Lucy Holland


Annie Grace


There are also three community choirs performing.

The incredibly talented local Barber, Nick from Headcase, is attending with a mobile salon to do 50’s style haircuts and beard grooming.

Lucy Holland, beauty consultant for Space NK will be offering FREE 50’s makeovers.

A local photographer is offering a free Vintage style portrait photo shoot with one free digital image that can be taken away. Prints will also be available to purchase on the day.

There will be some Crafty workshops running throughout the day for all ages and abilities:

Vintage card making workshop – hand make a loved one a card for Valentines Day.

Bath salts – Fill a muslin bag full of Epsom salts, aromatherapy oils and dried flowers as a luxury bespoke gift for someone you care about.

Crocheting/knitting – Take up a new therapeutic hobby. Learn how to Crochet or knit. Get creative and try something different. The Perfect workshop for all abilities.

Pulled wool animals – Learn how to make kitsch animals from pulled wool to display around your house.


DOORS: 11am-4pm

ENTRY: £2 Tickets available in advance from



Independent Venue Week 2015November 25, 2014

Following a hugely successful first year, Independent Venue Week is back in 2015 with 5 times as many venues taking part all around the UK. Frank Turner has taken over the mantle as this year’s Ambassador from Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood; and we’re delighted to be involved once again!

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England, Independent Venue Week is a 7 day long series of gigs running from 26th January – 1st February 2015.

We’ll be curating a week’s worth of shows which we’ll be announcing over the coming weeks, starting with these two corkers:

Wednesday 28th January 2015
Frankie & The Heartstrings

Thursday 29th January 2015
These Ghosts

At least 85 venues will be participating with shows across the 7 nights some of which are being curated by a growing number of industry partners. This year, these include BBC Introducing, Xfm, Rough Trade, Domino Records, Noisey, Boiler Room, Communion, Huw Stevens, 13 Artists, The 405, Fierce Panda and Club Fandango. Also curating 2 nights is Xtra Mile, Frank Turners label and Frank will be headlining 2 special shows for IVW, one of which is at 93 Feet East where he played his first ever gig.

“It’s great to see Independent Venue Week back again for a second year and with so many more venues taking part. There’s been so much support recently for the work these places do and opportunities they offer young and more established artists. It’s vital we all celebrate their existence during Independent Venue Week and do what we can to support them so they are still around for years to come.”

“Independent music venues are an invaluable part of our national music ecology” Helen Sprott, Director, Music at Arts Council England said. “They are often the places where people across England first experience live music and for many years these venues have also provided the vascular system by which artists have been able to tour the nation. It is this dual role, nurturing both audiences and talent, that sits at the heart of Independent Venue Week and we are delighted to be supporting this celebration of grassroots music through our Grants for the Arts programme.”

Further support from the music industry has come, once again, from PRS for Music, UK Music and The Musicians Union. Speaking on behalf of PRS for Music, their Head of Marketing Paul Sims said “We’re delighted to be backing Independent Venue Week for a second year. These venues are the lifeblood of the live music scene and our many members who perform there. Up and down the country night after night, they provide a crucial platform to new and breaking acts to hone their stagecraft and to try out the songs they have written in front of an audience of live music fans.”

Independent venues sit at the heart of their local community, providing a vital lifeline to upcoming artists early in their careers whilst bringing together those fans who are passionate about live music. With more and more small to medium sized venues continuing to close around the country, Independent Venue Week supports those venues that play such a significant role to musicians and fans alike.

“For us to grow fivefold in just one year is amazing and shows just how strongly people feel, from all across the industry, about these venues and the role they play both to breaking and touring artists and to local fans all around the country” said co-founder Sybil Bell. “It’s great to be back again promoting a nationwide, week long program of gigs with such a strong list of venues, artists and partners. We’re excited to help make January a really great time for music fans to go to their local venue and see some great live music and hope they continue to support their venues throughout the year.”

Details of all participating venues can be found at the main website Dates and ticket links will go live on the site as shows are confirmed and more gigs, artists and partners will be announced over the coming days and weeks through IVW social media channels.


This week at The Boileroom…November 24, 2014

We are looking forward to get our ‘Spoon on’ at tonight craft event. Its shaping up to be a pretty good turn out tonight for a session. We’ll be making delicious and awesome homemade Xmas presents using spoons (of course) and chocolate. Have we intrigued you enough yet!? More details here and you can join our Craft Club page here for updates on each session.


We have our second Open Mic night this Wednesday, hosted by Plug & Play. The last session brought a high calibre of musicians, a diverse range of genres and a good old sing’a’long at the end. Its FREE entry so don’t miss out!

Super excited for the return of the social hand grenade The HELL this thursday. This controversial band know how to make a statement, with badass open riffs, fist pumpingly strong crowd chants that rial up the primitive cave man in all of us.

Support hales from local heroes (and our close buddies) Flesh Trench. Also The Deadlights Toska. Get your tickets here.

Don’t miss Champion Jack‘s E.P Launch this Friday. We would love to share some music with you but the boys are keeping it under wraps until this Friday’s shindig. Just take our word for it that it’s going to be a great show!

Support from I Plead Irony + Patrons Cavalier. And you can grab your tickets here.


We are celebrating Movember in style with The Johnny Cash Show this Saturday. Our friend Nick from Headcase barbers in town is offering a free traditional shave to the best Moustache (female or male) on the night. Of course The Boileroom will be the judge for that competition. We allowing anyone with a moustache (real or fake) £1 off their entrance fee. Get your tickets here and get involved.


The Magic Numbers at The Boileroom!November 17, 2014

We are super excited to announce that on Saturday 20th December 2014, the incredible Magic Numbers will be gracing The Boileroom stage! It’s not often you get the chance to see these guys in such an intimate setting and it will sell out quickly, so make sure you get your tickets in quickly when they go on sale at 9am, Friday 14th November.


This tuesday the JB conspiracy will be coming to town. This 7 piece Ska-Punk band are favourites of ours and really shouldn’t be missed.

With support from + Geistfight MoCara The Meantime Collective. You can get tickets here.

Australian Singer/Songwriter Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo will be headlining this thursday. She has a special limited edition vinyl release available to celebrate Record Store Day. She has also been writing her first score for a feature film staring Peter Mullan and Keith Allen due in UK cinemas later this year. You can find tickets here.

Support from Christian Kjellvander Moon Brother.

On Friday The Hard Ground will be hypnotising us all with their ambient and haunting melodies. Here is the link for tickets.

Support comes from Beautiful Boy + Fire At Night + Lone Poets

A provocative, bourbon-soaked vocals asserting infectiously filthy lyrics alongside feverish, Cuban-heel-stomping drums; Love Buzzard are complete predators with their rock and roll glam debauchery. Do not miss this show!! It’s going to be a real treat. Tickets are here.

Check out the support for the night: Love Buzzard + CeCe + Son Joan + DJs + Cupcakes

Introducing Barrance Whitfield & The Savages. These big time Rock’n’Rollers will have you dancing your feet off. New Album ‘Dig Thy Savage Soul’ is full of energy and that much loved rebellious attitude that we all crave from Old school Rock music. Barrance has a stylish ear for soul licks and those light sabor top notes. Grab tickets here.

Supporting him will beThe Venus Lyx + Fauntleroy.

Coming up this week…November 10, 2014

On Sunday, for the 100th Anniversary of The Great War, we had 3 community choirs singing uplighting songs while there was poppy face painting going on and a bake sale with all the proceeds going to Help for Heroes. It was great to have so many people there. We had a full house and everyone was in such high spirits.

Thank you to Hayley Davis for putting together a wonderful set for Kids Choir, All Stars choir and The Belles choir. We absolutely loved having them perform here and hope to have them back very soon. Thank you to everyone that donated a cake as well. They were a success and we sold them all!



On Tuesday we have the soothing acoustic sounds of El Born with his beautifully melancholic melodies and stunning harmonies.

This is a free event and comes with support from Zibra + Jewelia.

Marc O’Reilly will be headlining on wednesday. His music is nostalgic of early American folk-blues. His new album Human Herdings is out now.

Support from  Adam Wedd,  Jonas and Jane + Nicola BrownYou can get tickets here.

On thursday we have a night of Motown, Atlantic Soul, Stax and Northern Soul!

MissChivers, Shaun Owen and Derek Smiley will all be getting on the decks. This is a great show to come to if you love a good dance.

You can get tickets here.

Sheelanagig will be gracing the stage this Saturday with intricately arranged original and traditional works in a Balkan style. Their stage presence packs a punch with intense high energy and exhilarating music. Get tickets here.

Nine Below Zero are celebrating their 35th Anniversary as a band with a reunion tour, featuring the original line up.

You can purchase tickets here.