The Forum presents:

A night to celebrate the late Shane Macgowan & The Pogues

The Pogue Traders + Night Without Sleep

The Forum, Royal Tunbridge Wells

Entry Requirements: 16+ (under 16s accompanied by an adult)
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The Forum presents

A celebration of the late


music performed by The Pogue Traders

A donation will be made to Alcohol Change UK.

Born and raised in Tunbridge Wells, Shane MacGowan, a poetic soul in the realm of Irish storytelling, has led a life as rich and complex as his lyrics. A spirited wordsmith with a penchant for vivid narratives, MacGowan's journey is a tapestry woven with resilience and passion. Through the highs and lows, his irrepressible spirit shines, a testament to the enduring power of the human experience. Embracing both triumphs and tribulations, he navigated life's tumult with a rare authenticity, leaving an indelible mark on those who appreciate the beauty in imperfection. MacGowan's existence is a mosaic of tales, a reminder that every scar carries a story, and every story has its melody.

The Pogues embody the soul of Irish folk punk with a unique blend of poetic lyricism and raw energy. Their music transcended conventional boundaries, fusing traditional Irish melodies with punk rock grit. MacGowan's gravelly vocals and evocative storytelling breathe life into their compositions, creating a tapestry of emotions that resonate deeply. The Pogues' spirited performances and MacGowan's charismatic presence left an indelible mark on the music landscape, celebrating the rich heritage of Irish culture while embracing the rebellious spirit of punk, forging a timeless legacy of authenticity and artistry.


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Line Up

The Pogue Traders

Night Without Sleep are amazed they are still alive. They have fully embraced this lease of life in becoming an acoustic duo comprised of Mad Dogs – Wolff Williams (vocals/guitar) and Jim (Funboy) Loosley (guitar/vocals). Trying hard not to let themselves fall into any one genre of music, they are renowned for their dramatic live shows with their close to the mark lyrics and the ability to get under the skin of the listener, marking them out as true artistic performers. Sitting comfortably away from the safety of uplifting pop they offer songs that are interesting, edgy, full of emotion and very different to anything else you will see. They are currently in the studio recording a couple of EPs which is about time.