Star Inn Guildford Music Gigs List

Gigs & Events at The Back Room

Friday 23rd February

Jasta 11 presents

We dare to give you a full on evening of grunge, rock and stoner rock!

FREE RECOVERY are a rock band that play music that rips through your soul, like a pair of grungy ripped jeans! From Guildford, United Kingdom. Est. 2012

They will be joined by TREVOR’S HEAD who play a thick, greasy fondue of stoner rock, punk & grunge, and South London's CLOUD DOGS.

What's more we'll be spinning (well my iPod will) some grunge classics for your pleasure in between bands

Adv Tickets £4 from or (Age limit 18+ Only)


Sunday 25th February

Want to see Folk Junkies live? Now's your chance!

Come and see the band perform there Folk and Electric sets at "The Back Room" at The Star Inn on Sunday 25th February 2018.

It’s free entry and open to all, so bring your friends and let's party! Doors at 7:15pm - 18+

Folk Junkies performance starts around 8:15pm.

For more information drop the band an email on [email protected]

Also on the line up is "4 To The Floor" stage time 7:30pm

Tuesday 27th February

Me and The Moon's hometown headline!

The band recently put out first single "Standing Still" to rave critical acclaim:

The band return to Guildford in February to treat you to a hometown headline, at fan favourite The Star. Keep your eyes peeled for news on this show plus more tour dates for 2018!

Doors 7pm, tickets £5 in advance

Support from
- King Kuda
After a year spent hibernating in studios around the UK, King Kuda exploded onto the Guildford scene with thier unique brand of alternative dreampop. Through countless hours of meticulous craftwork, the 4-peice have perfected a sound that is fresh and exciting, yet familiar, effortlessly blending smooth vocal melodies with creamy riffs and raucous solos.  With "an ear for a great pop record" (Melita Dennett, BBC Introducing) and an ever growing repertoire of instant foot tappers, head bangers and sing along anthems to back it up, King Kuda are proving themselves as a force to be reckoned with.

- Why we Love

Why We Love are a sibling-fronted indie pop band from the South West. They exploded onto the Bristol scene in May 2014 with their debut single 'Patina', which has been recently re-released with over 90,000 plays on Spotify. They have since found their feet playing sold-out shows with Wolf Alice, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Slow Club, Teleman & Wave Pictures.  The band are instantly recognisable for their charming brand of sparkly guitar pop, bittersweet lyrics and blood harmonies, all showcased in energetic live shows. The release of their irresistibly summery singles ‘All Good Things Must Drown’ and ‘Lucky One’ confirmed the band’s status as one of Bristol’s most up and coming acts. Their most recent EP, The Boy You Knew, is out now on My Little Empire Records.

+ More supports TBA

Wednesday 28th February


Me And The Moon's hometown headline!

Doors 7pm Tickets £5 adv, £7 OTD

The band recently put out first single "Standing Still" to rave critical acclaim:
IndieCentralMusic said "soft vocals that feels like they’re totally effortless. The guitar work feels like a mix between... Blushes, and Vampire Weekend." Listen With Monger said "This is barely two minutes long but the band fit in folk eccentricity, pop energy and a sense of optimism that you normally get during the first few weeks of a new relationship when you still make an effort with your clothes and personal hygiene. The beat pings, the guitars are perky and the vocals of Tamara-Jane make this all sound like Sarah Cracknell guesting on a Dutch Uncles track which, for my money, is pretty gorgeous."

Support from

- BURNZ is a musical project that blends reverb drenched pop with classic soul giving way for an expressive, captivating and uplifting experience, think Bill Withers meets the XX. Formed by frontman, Joseph, the group perform regularly at Spiritual Bar in Camden where they hold residency and have also graced some of London's most prestigious nights. They are currently in the process of writing, producing and recording material for their debut release which have seen the group working with Danny Allin (Band of Skulls) Sean Genockey (Staves, Orla Gartland, Jasmine Rodgers) Andy Treacey (Faithless) and Richard Melkonian (Jim Cesar, Jordan Rakei"

- Jack Francis "In little over a year, Jack Francis has gone from playing small local gigs in his hometown of Southampton to appearing at major UK festivals such as the Isle Of Wight, Victorious and Stone Free Festival at the O2 Arena. Beginning to attract the attention of the industry, his debut EP 'The Van Wyck Expressway' has been championed by BBC Introducing as well as a number of other unsigned platforms. His self-titled second EP was released at the start of 2017."

- Harry Pane "Stomping folk/blues artist; just a man and his acoustic guitar. Writing songs close to his heart, and performing amazing covers" Review by Blues Doodles

March 2018

Thursday 1st March

Change Persona with some tasty punk bands including Duncan Reid And The Big Heads, and Plague UK.

Change Persona - Energetic Punk/Rock band from South London, UK. Frequently headline local gigs and festivals and have a growing fan base, spouting songs of anti-establishment and overall just having a blast! In 2013 the band recorded their first album - "Left To Try" at Nescot College from the end of June to mid-August. A new album is in the works and is set to be out early 2018.

Plague UK - The power punk rockers that are the Plague UK, in 1976 Punk band The Plague, known to have played the Roxy club more times than any other, released a single in 78 called 'in Love', which charted and was played on Radio. The band disbanded back in 81, and they decided to reform in 2005, and in 2015 put out a new album called 'What Do You Expect' but again the band went there separate ways in 2016. Well its now time to unleash this monster and the band has a new name, new band members, except the original front man Marc Jefferies, and are ready to power on through the year to spread the sound and energy of the all new Plague, Plague UK.

Duncan Reid and The Big Heads - As singer and bass player of Joey Ramone’s favourite band, The Boys, Duncan rode on the crest of a wave during punk’s original late-1970s heyday as part of a wider collective of friends and peers that included Sex Pistols, The Clash, Generation X and a host of other power-chord pioneers. The Boys remain one of the best-loved and influential bands of their generation. Montevideo, from the Big Heads’ debut album Little Big Head, earned Duncan the keys to the Uruguayan capital (the only other musicians to achieve this being Elton John and Paul McCartney).

Following a cornucopia of stellar reviews for 1st album Little Big Head, The Big Heads developed their unique, effortlessly entertaining, melodic brand of harmony laden pop punk with: “The Difficult Second Album”.

May 2017 saw the release of their third album “Bombs Away”. Fourteen catchy little ditties about life, death, paranoia and Viagra.

Doors 7.30pm £10 on door/£8 adv.

Friday 2nd March

Dead Days are an alternative rock band based in Bracknell and are on tour in support of their "All Your Lies" EP. Led from the back by South African born born singer/drummer Travis Marc you can be expecting to be hearing more of these guys soon

Support from Guildford grunge punk rockers PREACHER, and locals DARYL VORDERMAN who have been working with the Forward4Wiz Trust

Tickets £4 Adv or (Age limit 18+ only)

Saturday 3rd March

Private Function

Monday 5th March

Monkey Land Promotions present

The release of their split 10" will see GURU and HAKE hitting the road for the first time on a co-headline adventure. The bromance is real so watch this space and see their love blossom into something special.

Doors 8pm, £3 OTD

Operating out of their dingy basement in Brighton, HAKE are a psychedelic band who specialise in immersing listeners in a swirling tunnel of harmonised guitar noise accompanied by powerful drum patterns and enticing bass lines.

Just four dudes surfing the astral plane in search of the perfect riff and the perfect lager. In an environment of wacky psychedelic garage bands, it’s nice to see some lads who just want to keep it simple and just want to rock hard and loud.

3-Piece Grunge Rock band expressing a punk attitude through distorted guitar tones, hard hitting drum beats, and sweaty faces.

Friday 9th March

Awesome alt-rock duo Rews head back to The Star for what will be their first headline show with us as part of their 2018 Spring Tour.

Rews are the London/Belfast based high-energy alternative rock duo consisting of songstress Shauna Tohill ,and vocalising beat-rocker Collette Williams.

Their debut single "Miss You In The Dark" which was released in June to coincide with the girls playing the John Peel stage at Glastonbury. Mark Radcliffe from BBC 6 Music named Rews as one of his highlights of the festival describing them as a “female Royal Blood”

The band’s follow-up single, “Shine”, was released on 18th August. The track has been a staple on both Kerrang! Radio, Planet Rock and Radio X, and has also been played on BBC Radio 1.

Rews have been nominated for Planet Rock's "Best New Band" for 2017

The debut album "Pyro is out now, and it's a cracker. KKKK in Kerrang!

Tour support are SICK JOY who cut together malign heaviness with acidic melody then tie it into place with the reigns of contagious pop. Sick Joy's 'noise-pop' blood is dirtied with echoes of Pixies and Nirvana among many others. The band have been championed by Nick Roberts at BBC Introducing and John Kennedy's "Exposure Hot One"

Opening slot goes to Guildford four piece Fuzzwalker who we think you will also be hearing a lot more from in 2018.

Adv Tickets £8 from or (Age limit 18+)

Saturday 10th March

The Special Guests - Mod Band

Doors 7pm, £5

'The Special Guests’ were formed by drummer / guitarist Simon Holland.
With the additional talent of vocalist Enzo Esposito, originally the bass player and vocalist of seminal Mod band Squire and lead vocalist & guitarist of the 5:16s respectively, the nucleus of The Special Guests was born.
The 5:16s famously gained the enviable position of being given the support slot at the now legendary 'Wake up Woking' charity concert headlined by the 'Modfather' himself Paul Weller and his band.
Squire famously supported The Jam back in the day on the 'All Mod Cons Tour' and also scored a few hits themselves; 'Walking Down the Kings Road', 'My Mind goes round in Circles', 'Its a Mod Mod World' and 'Does Stephanie Know'.
Bass player Mark Sheepwash, with a wealth of experience in numerous other Mod, Blues and Soul bands proved to be the missing link to the rhythm section with Simon Holland on drums.
Enlisting lead, rhythm guitarist and vocalist Chris Pilott of many similar mod and soul bands including band 'High Vibe'' and with the same desire to play mod and soul influenced music,the now classic line up was ready to hit the live music scene with gusto.
Last but definitely not least they enlisted the Hammond playing excellence of ex 5:16s Keyboard and Saxophonist Andy James which completed the line up.
With the expert guidance and day to day from manager / promoter Vic Falsetta, the band set out to blend all the sounds of the original 60's mod era by the likes of The Small Faces / The Action / Spencer Davis / The Who etc and intertwined with the
late 70's mod revival era by the likes of Squire / The Jam etc and an ever growing set of original material. In April 2015, Simon departed for a life in the sun and our new drummer Adrian Joyner has slipped seamlessly behind the kit.
The bands first recording was a previously unreleased Jam demo, 'Left, Right & Centre' which went out on limited edition vinyl in aid of the Woking Hospice. The track was written by Paul Weller when he was 15 and released as a double A Side with Steve Brookes performing 'Feels So Good', also written when he was 15. The single was launched at a gig in London's 100 Club in February 2015.
Now with a totally original sound the band feel they bring something a bit different to the burgeoning live Mod scene with a tight punchy live sound and the skilled musicians to match

Tuesday 13th March

The Estevans Headline Show at The Backroom w/ support from Lakka and George O’Hanlon.

16+ • £3 • 7pm

Thursday 15th March

Revelry single release show

With support from XERO and Dean Parker Band

Doors 7.30pm FREE ENTRY

Friday 16th March

FLIGHT BRIGADE are a seven piece band whose strength in numbers suit the scope of their songs. The grand orchestral sweeps, the crunching anthemic guitars, with male/female vocals & strings set amidst synths & heavy guitars. Their explosive live show feels like it’s their last day on earth, ‘as if Arcade Fire and Of Monsters And Men had a face off with Fleetwood Mac and then Renaissance came in for the kill!’.

Their songs have been used on ‘Made In Chelsea’, Channel 4’s ‘Sunday Brunch’ and more recently E4s "Tattoo Fixers"

The band have spent autumn 2017 recording their second album live at The Visconti Studio with producer Chris Porter.

Support from West Country's PORT ERIN who released their fourth album "Ocean Grey" in 2017. Their genre bending music has a cinematic feel that could be from the opening credits of a Scandi-noir thriller but defies categorization. Opening the evening will be JOE BOOLEY performing an acoustic solo set

Adv Tickets £7.50 from or (Age limit 18+ Only)

Saturday 17th March

Professional live comedy in Guildford on the 3rd Saturday of the month

Lineup includes Steve Best, MC Jason Patterson, Tanyalee Davis and Ross Smith. 

Tickets: £13.50 Doors 8pm

No refunds or exchanges. Gag House have the right to change the lineup without notice.

Steve Best has built a reputation as a great visual comic, harnessing a mind-boggling array of gadgets and gags to keep his audience in stitches. Funny, frenetic and mad, his unique form of slapstick comedy is backed up with astounding talent; he plays the guitar like a genius, is wonderful at magic, and fluent in Serbo-Croatian.

Tanyalee Davis is a 3 foot 6 inch standup comedian who inspires, enlightens, and entertains her audiences while headlining at comedy clubs, colleges, and comedy festivals throughout North America, the UK, and other parts of the world with her own unique perspective and somewhat racy brand of comedy. 


Jason Patterson absolutely sounds the part. He’s got a rich, deep voice that oozes confidence, and a perfectly measured delivery that gives him instant authority. – Chortle Jason started out in comedy in 2006 and since then he’s performed at comedy clubs all over the UK . Jason brings the house down with his relaxed style of comedy which leaves the audience wanting more. With the confidence & stage presence of a seasoned pro this versatile comedian is definitly one to watch out for.

Ross Smith is a Charming but pedantic stand up and MC, specialising in deconstructing absurd ideas or magazine headlines, exploring self and unrelatable relatable material. originally from Northamptonshire but now living in London, Ross runs a successful semi-pro comedy night called SHOWBIZ BABY. In 2015 Ross was a semi finalist of so you think youre funny. in 2016 he MC’d a brighton fringe compilation show and also completed his first Edinburgh run with a show SPACE CAT PASTA BAKE.”. Ross is a resident MC at Londons notorious comedy night Comedy virgins at the Cavendish arms.



Saturday 24th March

Spriggan Mist perform their 5th and newly released album The Portal live - Progressive Folk

Performances by Jadoo's Jingles

With support from


Indie Folk / Rock duo based in Brighton. They are inspired by bands such as Coldplay, Mumford and Sons, Bear’s Den, Ed Sheeran, Oasis and Fleetwood Mac.

Their original music is exciting, powerful and emotional, featuring gripping vocals, captivating harmonies, melodic bass lines, soaring guitar riffs and unique rhythmic ideas.


Thursday 29th March

With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners as they come on with their high-energy footstompin’ alt-folk which has taken crowds by storm across the UK and beyond!

The band have been relentlessly touring through 2017, stompin’ their way round the UK with sold out headline shows promoting their debut album ‘What the Hammer’. as well as festival appearances at Glastonbury and Beautiful Days among others.

If you've not caught their amazing live performance before imagine Mumford and Sons and The Levellers getting together for a barn stomp and you'll have a pretty good idea what to expect!

Support from DESSIE MAGEE (with full band) who's debut single "Maze" was recently picked by 'BBC Introducing South' as track of the day.

Opening the evening will be talented singer/songwriter ZACH JOHNSON

Adv Tickets £10 from or (Age limit 18+ Only)