Live Music Venue in Gloucester, Gloucestershire


Howlin' Mat (Image © Martijn Berlage Photography)


Some say he tuned his guitar at the very same cross-roads that Robert Johnson sold his soul to the Devil. All we know for sure is that he is here and he means business! With just his trusty guitar, tapping' feet and a handful of well-chosen songs, Howlin' Mat is a man who truly understands the intensity of the Blues.


Wednesday 5th June @ 9pm - Free Entry

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The Bell Party Frontier



Combining elements of vocals, guitar, piano, trumpet and drums, The bell party frontier are a London-based indie rock/ska/dance band. Having won over festival crowds across the UK and currently on tour supporting their forthcoming debut single, these guys bring a new sound to The René.


Friday 7th June @ 11pm 

Free entry before 11pm, £3 after.

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Lewis Creaven Band



Bristol's hardest working Blues Band, Bringing you electrifying Texas Blues, Funk, Rock and Jazz, with a goodly amount of Psychedelia too! A staple of the UK music scene for over ten years now, the Lewis Creaven Band has clocked up four albums and 

thousands of shows to date with their incredible live shows and electrifying musicianship.


Wednesday 12th June @ 9pm - Free Entry! 

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Down Not Out



Led by frontwoman and lead guitarist Jo Oliver, Cheltenham-based Pop Punk four piece Down Not Out bring a little bounce to your Friday! as well known for their hard working attitude as their passionate live shows. Support comes from Gloucester new bloods Death Is A Girl.


Friday 14th June @ 11pm

Free entry before 11pm, £3 after.

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Reverend Blue


Part of Gloucester Music Festival 2019, Reverend Blue perform original music in their own style, crossing over between funk, blues and soul with ease. Drawing influences from across the spectrum of music, citing everyone from BB King to Snarky Puppy to Jimi Hendrix, there’s plenty in the mix to keep you hooked.


Wednesday 19th June @ 9pm 

Free entry.

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Alive And Brel



We’re proud to host part of the 2019 Gloucester music festival, adding an extra day of live music to the week with a couple of stellar acts! Alive & Brel bring to life the finest songs from the master of the modern chanson, Jacques Brel, before Tristan Watson and his Jazz ensemble round the evening off perfectly.


Thursday 20th June @ 7:30pm 

Free entry.

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Fresh off the back of their storming performance 

at RenéGade Festival, D.S.D. bring their raucous 

punk racket back, playing their signature “Nice music for ugly people”. With support from up-and-coming garage rockers The VHTs, a young three piece making the old school new with a resolute and steadfast sound.


Friday 21st June @ 11pm

Free entry before 11pm, £3 after.

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Luke Doherty & Simon Parratt



Playing live blues since the age of 12, Luke Doherty may well be the most seasoned performer we’ve ever had! Winners of the British Blues Award’s ‘Best Artist - Wales’ in 2018, both Luke and Simon have 

a love for Blues that runs deep.


Wednesday 26th June @ 9pm 

Free entry.

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Suzy Condrad uses a loop station and live effects 

to weave voice, guitar, and a variety of unusual instruments into a dynamic one-woman show - 

all live everything, all the time! Recently 

featured on BBC Radio Nottingham, She Robot is a live-looping one woman band for the 21st century.


Friday 28th June @ 11pm 

Free entry before 11pm, £3 after.

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Harry Houseago


Music has been one of the primary forces in 

Harry's life for as long as he can remember. 

From growing up in the London live scene, playing original music from age 11, to venues such as the Hammersmith Apollo and the O2 Indigo, his 

journeys and his music have taken him further 

than most.


Wednesday 3rd July @ 9pm - Free entry! 

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Find out more at his official website

The Andy Quick Band


A multi-faceted songwriter hailing from Plymouth, Andy and his band create a cocktail of feel good Funk, Roots, and wild Blues. Think soulful vocals, 

playful lyricism, and enormous choruses wrapped around big beats and throbbing bass. The band is tight and the hype is growing!


Friday 5th July @ 11pm 

Free entry before 11pm, £3 after.

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Rodney Branigan (Image © The Merch Girl SA)


Implausibly mastering the playing of two instruments at once, Rodney manages to create 

a piano-like quality. merging genres from rock through folk, flamenco, bluegrass, classical, and jazz to mesmerising effect. A real musician with extraordinary talent. Make no mistake, this is 

no novelty act!

Wednesday 10th July @ 9pm - Free entry!
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Lewis Clark & The Essentials



Playing here there and everywhere in his bid for freedom and combining a virtuosic blend of honed lyricism with the distinct artistry of a folk and blues musician, Lewis’ music makes for a unique melange that strikes of honesty and a bygone era.


Friday 12th July @ 11pm 

Free entry before 11pm, £3 after.

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The People's String Foundation



Mixing artisan flavours with urban/world beats, 

The People's String Foundation are fast being recognised as the heavyweights of the South 

West. Led by the virtuoso violin stylings of Ben Sutcliffe.


Wednesday 17th July @ 9pm  - Free entry!

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Septabeat is the stage name of UK based 

drummer and music producer Sam Gardner. He writes and plays live Drum & Bass and other electronic styles using acoustic drums and a multitude of live electronic FX - a fusion of explosive drumming and electronic sounds.


Friday 19th July @ 11pm 

Free entry before 11pm, £3 after.

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Uphill And Still


Though their sound is not entirely traditional, 

Uphill and Still have sprung out from a life of perpetual movement, reflective of old-time wanderers bound to a life on the road. raw, commanding vocals combined with strings, household percussion and influences of home drawn from opposite sides of the Atlantic.


Wednesday 24th July @ 9pm - Free entry!

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Solid Gone (Image © AJK Creative)


Drawing on traditional blues and folk influences, Solid Gone mix together powerful vocals, raw Delta Blues guitar and an almost tribal foot-stomping beat to create their original Skiffle-Blues blend. Long-sercing mainstays of the Gloucester scene, they grow stronger with every live performance.


Friday 26th July @ 11pm 

Free entry before 11pm, £3 after.

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From local circuit heroes to international touring powerhouses, we've geared 

up a whopping 7 days of live music for the Café René Rhythm & Blues Festival 2019. With over 15 acts, an outdoor bar and BBQ, and 7 days of music this is a week not to miss. And most importantly of all, it’s free entry all week!


Monday 29th July - Thurs 1st August: Music indoors @ 9pm - Free Entry

Friday 2nd August: Music on The Green from 2pm - Free entry before 11pm

Saturday 3rd August: Music on The Green from 2pm - Free entry before 11pm

Sunday 4th August: Music on The Green from 2pm - Free entry

For more information, check our Facebook event.


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