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Marty Love – A tale of two bands


It’s always a pleasure to have Marty at Susy for a chat, not only does he bring great tracks with him hot of the press, he also updates on the latest live scene locally – notably on the fairly punk/alt rock side of things.

This time he tells me all about his tour playing Drums for ‘Johnny Moped’ as they supported the ever incredible ‘Damned’, I was lucky enough to catch both bands at the Dome. Brighton just before Christmas, amazing!

This tour was indeed a nod to the past as turn back the clock to January 1978, ‘The Damned’ and ‘Johnny Moped’ were at the Greyhound, Croydon, and Dave Berk drummed for both bands, much like our Marty from good old Caterham, Surrey.

‘Johnny Moped’ return to their roots in Croydon, George Street, February 23rd with Local Band, ‘Emnibis’, one of the supporting bands along with fledgling artists ‘The Mistakes’ and ‘Stew Bush’.

‘The Weird Things’ are gaining an enviable reputation, and are playing the coveted ‘Rebellion’ this year as well as a string of top venues, they warm up 1st and 2nd Feb in Croydon at the ‘Front Room’. 2nd March you can catch them at the ‘Star’ in Guildford with ‘Vice Squad’. ‘Johnny Moped’ and ‘The Weird Things’ both record in Reigate at Panther Studios run by Dick Crippen, who has been uber busy as he plays guitar in ‘The Weird Things’ and has just added baby Charlie to his family!


(Feature picture above: ‘Johnny Moped’)

Johnny Moped with the Damned
The Weird Things

Reigate and Banstead Writes competition launches

If you know any budding young writers check out David Jay’s  Afternoon Stroll chat with Kay Hymas about the launch of Reigate & Banstead Writes.

The story writing competition is open to all Year 5-9 students who go to school in the Borough of Reigate and Banstead. Kay, the competition organiser, explained that the stories have to be set in the local area and no longer the 1000 words.

There are prizes and entry forms are available from school libraries  (which should be the initial contact), from local libraries, from Waterstones or online at the Warwick School website. [ link: warwick.surrey.sch.uk/extra-curricular/rb-writes ]. 

The  closing date is 28 February 2019.

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BBC’s “Give A Gift” sale raises record sum!

The fourth BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey 2019 Give A Gift sale has raised more money than ever before. The event, which took place on Saturday morning at St Pauls Arts Centre in Worthing, raised £2,379 for BBC Children In Need. Presenters Danny Pike and Mark Carter broadcast their shows live from the sale room.

Since Christmas, listeners have been donating their new, unwanted Christmas gifts at various drop-off points around the area, including community stations Uckfield FM and Susy Radio, who also lent their support. All the items were then sold at the special sale. For the first time this year, several large companies in the area also set up collection points, including Legal and General in Hove and Virgin Atlantic in Crawley.

Mark Carter, Assistant Managing Editor said:
‘This is a fantastic result for a two hour sale on a cold January morning. It’s also a real credit to the loyal BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey listeners who donated items or came along to the sale.’

BBC’s Mark Carter talked with SUSY’s Neil Munday on the morning of the sale:

Pictured above: Presenters Danny Pike and Mark Carter with Worthing West MP, Sir Peter Bottomley

Images courtesy of BBC Surrey and BBC Sussex

The Give A Gift Sale room at St Pauls in Worthing

Chrissy meets ‘Sugoi-ne’

James and Lucie from local band ‘Sugoi-ne’ dropped into Susy Towers to visit the Chrissy Muir show for a chat, and to play live.

Formed for only 5 months, the pair are already accomplished artists in their own right.
Lucie was scouted by the ‘X Factor’ a few years ago (we are not surprised), and what an amazing voice!

James lives in Hookwood, Horley, and Chrissy heard about his musical talents whilst chatting to Stu, his Dad, out dog walking.

Facebook: @sugoineband

James and Lucie perform live on air

James and Lucie on mic

Phil Bashford – the Hive Rooms

PHIL BASHFORD, Manager of the amazing “Hive Rooms” Recording and Rehearsal Studios in Horley, dropped into Susy Towers to chat with Chrissy about the latest developments from the Hive, and play some of the Hive’s bands, including Blackwater Sons, Cats in Space, Orange Bomb and Youth.

Pictured above are Chrissy and Phil

Website: www.thehiverooms.com

Hive studio
Hive drums