Do you Love Pub Bands, Live Bands? Open Mic Nights, Rock Music? Original Music? Folk Music? Punk Rock? Comedy?, Shakespeare in the Park? Poetry? and all kinds a Music? Melton Gig Guide provides weekly information to inform The Good Gig Going folks of Melton Mowbray in The UK FOR FREE! (because we love live Music, and we are like that).

Venues include The Generous Briton (Genny B), The Grapes, The Cutting Room, The Noel’s Arms, The Crown, The Black Swan, The White Lion, The Crown (Asfordby), The Boat, The Stute (Asfordby Hill) The Sugar Loaf (Ab Kettleby) The Roase and Crown (Hose) The Nags Head (Harby),The Carington Arms (Ashby Folville) The Geese and Fountain (Croxton Kerrial), The Saddle (Twyford), The Tavern, Melton Theatre, and any other pop up events within the Borough of #MeltonMowbrayRuralHeartofMusic. If you Can’t Find It? #GigGuideIt

So with all the pubs closed, What we goin’ to do? Jo Bowtell came up with a cracker of an Idea

THE VIRTUAL PUB Sunday Is Funday!!!! No Matter Where You Are

The Pub opens today at 2.45pm With a word from our virtual landlady Jo Bowtell before Jordon Poole

3pm:Jordon Poole

The show must go on! Tomorrow @3pm I will be playing for you lovely people on Facebook through a live stream on the Virtual Pub page. 

I made a decision about a year and a half ago to do music full time and what an experience it has been! It’s been full of amazing times and I couldn’t wish for anything else. Until now.. unfortunately because I am self-employed, it means that I will not be receiving any money whatsoever during this horrible time, so I will be sharing a PayPal link with my love stream and if you like what you hear and would like to donate anything that would be much much appreciated. If you would like to request a song, feel free, just drop a song in the comment section of the live stream, and hey, if you like what you hear, follow the link  😉 Thanks to Joey Caldicott for the kind use of His video.

For The Virtual Pub Link Click Here: 

4pm Tara Simms

Afternoon all! My lovely friend (and former Landlady of the Noel’s Arms) Joanne Bowtell has created something quite brilliant – it’s the THE VIRTUAL PUB Sunday Is Funday!!!! No Matter Where You Are

Click the link above, join the Virtual Pub group and you can see lots of live music performances, comedy, customer selfies, chat and loads more!

I’ll be doing my first gig for the Virtual Pub tomorrow afternoon just after 4pm, where I’ll be posting my complete song list so you can watch the live stream and request songs during my gig! 

Please come and join us, keep the community pub spirit alive – so grab a drink 🍺 snacks, cake, cheese anything you fancy and tune in to see my first gig at the Virtual Pub tomorrow! Cheers 🍻

Straight to us  from performing on a Cruise Ship around Lanzarote, Islas Canarias we’ve only gone and got for our first Sunday Funday Virtual Pub-day, we’ve only got the amazin  ‘Tara Simms’

“Is she Good Then?”……………….Well let’s just say, I only went and booked her to play MY VERY OWN 50th Birthday Party!

 Oh my god the word “Rock-Chick” was invented just  for her! I have never seen one woman and a guitar hold a whole room captive in such a way before. Don’t worry! Stockholm syndrome will hit you with just a few songs and you’ll be singing and clapping and having the time of your life. If you’ve never seen her, you’re in for a treat, bringing her one-woman, full band sound to The Noels – she’ll be playing a wide mix of Rock and Pop classics throughout the night. Guaranteed to have everyone singing along.

See what I mean just here with Tara’s show reel Video:

6pm maybe a quick fire round quiz?…

For The Virtual Pub Link Click Here: 

7:30 Comedy Night hosted by Melton’s Own Jon Pearson

With MC Jon Pearson, Karen Bayley, James Cook, Nick Page

Bringing a live Standup Comedy Gig direct to your laptop, phone, tablet, TV this Sunday from 19:30(GMT). Free viewing with a Paypal donation link here: All donations will be split equally between the acts. Its like Wax Comical Comedy Chip Shop, just without the pub. MC – Jon Pearson Opening – Karen Bayley Middle – James Cook Closing – Nick Page

PayPal donations accepted and is split equally between all the acts.

Sit back in the comfort of your own home whilst watching comedians perform in a virtual environment!

Use the YouTube link below!

For those not in the know, WAX LYRICAL was a night of Original Music at The Noel Arms under the tenure of our Virtual Landlady Jo and Craig Langen ou virtual glass collector. They were very popular (and hopefully will come back one day!)

WAX COMICAL is a play on words of that , It’s  was and is a night of original comedy, with real comedians from the Comedy Circuit. Which then became Wax Comical Comedy Chip Shop? With the addition of a Chip Shop Tea, meant you didn’t have to cook after work so you could come out and enjoy the show.

I’ve seen several comics here that have appeared on TV’s live at the Apollo, two I can think of have wrote Comedy for TV and Radio (Dane Babtiste “Sunny D BBC3 and Alfie Moor “It’s a Fair Cop” Radio 4, and tonights headliner Nick Page was a finalist from Britain’s Got Talent  2018 and also BBC’s a “House in the Country presenter circa 2002

Hosted by Melton’s and our very own Jon Pearson.

Jon began stand-up comedy in 2010, with his first performance at Birmingham’s Highlight Comedy Club.

Two successful Edinburgh shows later, and five years working the UK comedy circuit, Jon is now regularly found at the biggest and best comedy clubs across the UK including The Glee Club, The Comedy Store and Jongleurs, both as an act and a compere.

His 2015 Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival show, Jon Pearson: Tall Order, sold out at Melton Theatre within 2 weeks of the tickets going on sale.

Jon’s laid-back storytelling has audiences hanging on his every word. With tales based around his own life experiences, his anecdotes are relatable and certain to have people in hysterics.

Personally, and a personally speaking! I’m very much Looking forward to the day Jon takes his role as Ed Kemper in The Musical Version of Netflix series “Mind Hunter”

Here’s Jon at his Sold Out Gig in Covent Garden on Saturday dealing with late comers.

Karen Bayley

The first ever female winner of the prestigious Comedy Store King Gong award, Karen was also a BBC New Comedy Awards Showcase final and Babycham Funny Women finalist, all when launching onto the UK comedy circuit in 2003. Brummie Karen has quickly picked up a whole host of rave reviews, comedy awards and references from her peers. Her material surprises with inspired and sparkling punchlines, with comic timing that is rarely less than brilliant. Already a rising star on TV and radio, she has appeared on The Last Word, Take The Mike, Sex on the Job, The Fred Macauley Show and a regular on Radio 5 Live.

James Cook

James Cook the Comedian not The Explorer! James is a professional comedian based in Birmingham, UK, with over 1,000 gigs worth of experience as an act and compere.

This video went a bit viral on Facebook last year with over 650,000 views.

You can often find him performing at clubs such as The Glee, Jongleurs, Komedia among others, and he’s a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe, either doing stand-up, or performing shows about board gaming.

His act has been described as “truly original” (Danny Wallace (off of the telly)), whereas he’s been called “suave and chirpy” by that publishing powerhouse, the Bromsgrove Advertiser, and a “sarcastic raconteur” by the Leeds Metro.

For some reason, this means that he has been likened to “the future Frank Skinner” (Birmingham Metro) and “Dylan Moran’s younger brother” (The Stage). How this is possible remains a mystery.

A slightly less lazy journalist said that he “shows scant regard for the hackneyed conventions of stand-up” (The Scotsman) which, he’s been assured, is a Good Thing. His two favourite quotes are that he “destroyed my concrete belief that all comperes are twats” ( and that “his quick tongue and dry sense of humour kept me laughing” (BBC Tees).

James won a Jongleurs/Spike Milligan award for being the funniest person in the Midlands in 2003. It’s been fourteen years and they haven’t asked for it back, so he’s assuming it must still be him.

From 2004 – 2010, James worked as a presenter on three commercial radio stations (none of which exist anymore) during which time he went onstage with A-ha, presented Lenny Henry with his Walk Of Fame Star and was a guest judge on the Dancing On Ice tour at the Nottingham Arena in front of 10,000 people.  The experiences would inform the writing of his first solo Edinburgh show ‘Adventures on Air.

Nick Page 

With storytelling comics there’s a moment where the audience asks themselves ‘I wonder if that’s true?’. With Nick there is more doubt, because the stories are so outlandish, and yet at the same time there’s the sure knowledge that every story is true, and that his is a life lived laughing from disaster to disaster.

He’s definitely one of those people you shouldn’t like but do. He has an enviable gag rate, with each story and routine filled with  set ups, call backs and devastating punchlines. His stories are unique, yet relate to everyone. Everyone has felt frustrated by the legal system, nobody else has tried to go to prison to prove a point. Everyone watches daytime TV, nobody else has been sacked from it for an incident involving a Russian call girl and an antique rocking horse.

Nick’s comedy has taken him all over the world, with performances in (wait for it) France, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Romania, Austria, Cyprus, Egypt, Turkey, Crete, China, The Philippines, Hong Kong, Afghanistan, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Spain, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, The Czech Republic, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Singapore, Vietnam, Jamaica, Antigua, St Lucia, Portugal, Bali, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, The Falkland Islands, Poland, Estonia, Belgium, The Netherlands and Russia.

Nick was a semi-finalist in I.T.V.’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ 2018 and won ‘The English Comedian of the Year’ 2017/2018 (having come second in 2016!) His prize was an all expenses trip to Australia to perform at the Perth and Adelaide festivals.(where he performed up to 10 shows a day for 2 months)

 His debut Edinburgh Festival show had sell-out performances, critical acclaim and a host of 4 star reviews. He is in enormous demand in comedy clubs throughout the UK, as a headline act and MC, and has been for the last 15 years.