The Bad Shepherds

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Confirmed Gig timings :

Doors 7pm

The Stag Emperor 8.15pm

The Bad Shepherds 9.30pm

Ends 11pm


Following a packed-out show at Glastonbury this year that had the Avalon Stage bulging with super-fans and crowds spilling out into the fields trying to get a look in, compelling punk-folk covers band The Bad Shepherds are set to grace the award winning Grade One modernist De La Warr Pavilion. The iconic venue is rapidly becoming ‘one of the most exciting spaces in Britain’ (The Guardian), and will act as the perfect backdrop for the folk-induced commotion that The Bad Shepherds’ live shows are renowned for.

The Bad Shepherds play punk songs on folk instruments. Not as a gag, but because they really like the noise. They think the songs are better than people remember. They love folk instruments. It works. They do songs by The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Stranglers, The Jam, Sham 69, The Undertones, The Ramones, The Buzzcocks, The Specials, Talking Heads, Squeeze and others, even Kraftwerk!

They've mostly given the songs a kind of Celtic feel, and they've stuck in the odd reel and jig here and there. But occasionally they just thrash! They've always thought the excitement of a reel taking off is the nearest thing to the excitement of watching punk live in the 70's.

With Adrian playing the Mandolin, World-renowned Troy Donockley plays the ethereal uillean pipes and the bouzouki, Tim Harries (Bill Bruford's Earthworks, Steeleye Span - and two previous Bad Shepherds albums) on the Double Bass and Terl Bryant (Iona, Peter Murphy Band, John Paul Jones Band) on Percussion, the four of them now form the core of the band with occasional guest musicians.

The Bad Shepherds have released three albums, Yan Tyan Tethera Methera! in 2009, By Hook or By Crook in 2010 and Mud, Blood and Beer in 2013 which features an original song penned by Adrian. They toured extensively in 2011 before taking a sabbatical in 2012 whilst Troy the pipe player went on a world tour with Finish goth metal band Nightwish and Adrian tour his side project The Idiot Bastard Band. 2013 saw The Bad Shepherds play a string of dates in Australia in April/May, before embarking on a 24-date tour of the UK in November/December where the majority of the dates sold-out.

Eat before the show - Bar Food Menu

This menu is subject to change on the day

All at £9.75

Freshly made to order

Steak burger filled with cheese, grilled bacon, beef tomato and iceberg lettuce relish served with onion rings and chunky chips

Baked local cod and mozzarella fishcake with tomato salsa, chips and a dressed leaf salad

Pasta Provencal with sweet peppers, green olives, tomato, grated parmesan and basil salad v

Rustic” Pizza selection ;

Roasted peppers, courgette and goats cheese with a basil oil dip v

Meat feast with jalapeno peppers, black olives and mozzarella cheese

 Sea food with spring onion, cherry tomato and samphire


Side orders

Garlic flat bread
Potato wedges
Mixed leaf salad
Marinated olives

Please order & pay for food at the bar

All our dishes are freshly prepared and cooked to order in our kitchen.
Wherever possible we use locally sourced ingredients supporting local suppliers. On bar food nights, dishes are ordered at the bar and will be brought to your table; table reservations are not taken.

Please note that Booking Fees apply on the following transactions:
Online: £1 per ticket + £1.50 postage or free collection at the Box Office
Telephone: £2 per transaction + £1.50 postage or free collection at the Box Office
In Person: £2 per transaction (applies if using credit card only) Debit card/Cheque/cash is free
Sun 17 Aug 2014
Tickets: £19.50

Booking & Information:
01424 229 111
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