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Andrew O Neill's History Of Heavy Metal

Andrew O Neill's History Of Heavy Metal + TWUNTS

The Forum, Royal Tunbridge Wells

Entry Requirements: 16+
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Andrew O'Neill is an award-winning stand-up comedian, musician and writer. His distinctive voice and alternative credentials have set him apart and allowed him to carve out a unique place in the comedy world.

He has performed in over a dozen different countries, and is at home performing to rowdy weekend comedy clubs as much as to his own cult following..

He is author of the book A History Of Heavy Metal, described by living legend Alan Moore as

"a comprehensive landmark analysis of an enormous area of music that has been too long without such a thing, and has the massive advantage of the funny being turned up to twelve. A loud and thoroughly engrossing love-story."

TV credits include Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Saxondale, 50 Years Of Rock Excess, The Blame Game, Spicks and Specks and Good News Week. His own Radio 4 stand-up show Pharmacist Baffler won an award.

A natural fit at music festivals, he has performed stand-up at Glastonbury, Download, Leeds and Reading, Bloodstock, Latitude, V-Fest and supported Amanda Palmer, Les Claypool and once even the Kaiser Chiefs at the London Palladium.

He is a founder member of the Victorian-obsessed punk band The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, whose distinctive anachro-punk gained a cult following and besmirched the stages of music festivals worldwide.

O'Neill has written and toured a shed-load of solo comedy shows, including Occult Comedian, Winston Churchill Was Jack The Ripper, MINDSPIDERS, Alternative, Andrew O'Neill is Easily Distracted and the current Andrew O'Neill's Black Magick Fun Hour.

Tunbridge Wells Ukulele Night Thing is a fortnightly Monday night open Ukulele Jam for anyone with a Uke and also the home of TWUNT the Band. We meet at the Cross Keys Pub, in Tunbridge Wells and have a right laugh playing away those Monday blues!


“The most sublimely orchestrated group of musicians working in the UK today”, “The very definition of cutting edge”, “An avant-garde fusion of experimental dub step and Tuvan throat singing”, are all things that have never been said about Tunbridge Wells Ukulele Night Thing (TWUNT), and never will.

However, what you can say about TWUNT is that it offers a pack of stupidly enthusiastic ukulele players with a wry sense of humour and the silliest set list this side of Jive Bunny’s mega mix.

TWUNT is a twenty to thirty strong group of players from in and around Tunbridge Wells who pack in to the High Brooms Tavern on a fortnightly basis to have a drink and a good old sing-along – playing songs from a truly eclectic range of artists from Lady Gaga to Alice Cooper, stopping off somewhere in the middle for a bit of Johnny Cash. The youngest player is yet to hit their teens and the most senior member is in his 70s, and should be old enough to know better by now. Some of the group are experienced musicians whilst for others learning ukulele has opened up a whole new world of fun… which is what it’s all about.

The TWUNT band has grown out of the regular jam nights and is formed of only the most obsessive and fanatical group members. Their inaugural gig was in 2011 at Eastbourne’s “Magnificent Motor” festival. To the band?s astonishment, during the set more people came to listen than got up and left…so they decided to do it all over again. Since this the group has developed and established itself as a favourite at local festivals and charity fundraisers, with appearances at the fabulously named “Poofest” and the prestigious Rusthall village fete where the group not only managed to play without drowning in torrential rain but also stormed to victory in the Tug-of-war in a battle which will surely resound through the ages.