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What's Goin' On

Steven Jump of Badlands casts his eye over what's happening on the music scene in Cheltenham and beyond

Did summer come and go? Did we blink and miss it? Well at least there is something to cheer us up here: The release of Tempest, Bob Dylan’s 35th studio album on September 10th is a major event to look forward to and already garnering the kind of 5 star, 10 out of 10 reviews that “The Maestro” has been accustomed to throughout his astonishing 50 year career. Straying into new lyrical territory away from the usual love, theft and death his Bobness muses on the loss of John Lennon and Leonardo De Caprio’s role in the actual sinking of the Titanic.

Talking of 50 year careers, you will probably have noticed the media furore that celebrated Cheltenham’s most famous export, The Greatest Rock & Roll Band In The World(TM), The Rolling Stones look set to announce some very special concerts later this year. If they do take place, we will be there and strongly advise you to go as well!

The Rock & Roll highlight of this year’s literary festival is on October 13: No one who saw David Bowie burst onto our screens as Ziggy Stardust in his iconic Top of the Pops performance will ever forget it. 40 years on, GQ Editor Dylan Jones tells the story of a moment in music history that changed a generation, and made Bowie the biggest star in the world. Sponsored by Cotswold Style, this will be a fascinating evening. It’s a “must-read” book in our book!

Also coming up shortly are gigs by long time Cheltenham stalwarts Joan Armatrading (Town Hall October 6) and Jools Holland with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra (Centaur November 10). Also, rather surprisingly including Cheltenham on their 2013 Arena tour, The Kaiser Chiefs make their first ever visit here with a show at the Centaur on February 21st 2013. Tickets for all these shows are on sale now.

Badlands was established in Cheltenham in 1986 and is owned by brothers Philip and Steven Jump. BADLANDS - The Bruce Springsteen Store 11 St Georges Place, Cheltenham, Glos, GL50 3LA. Phone: 01242 246242.Mobile: 07801 349824. www.badlands.co.uk