Ropetackle gears up to restart the party

Ropetackle and Alfonso the Magnificent are ready to re-start the party on Thursday 20th May 2021 

For those who have been missing the buzz and excitement of live music, the wait is almost over! Ropetackle is delighted to announce it will be reopening its doors on 17th May, with Alfonso The Magnificent kicking off the summer shows for a live audience Thursday 20th May at 7.30pm (doors open at 7).

This promises to be an evening of magnificent music and joy; a real shot in the arm and a boost to the system…which is just what the doctor ordered.

Alfonso the Magnificent formed in Shoreham by Sea in 2019 and comprises Leo Gibbs (guitar/vocal), Mervyn Wallis (violin), Nathan Marshall (drums/percussion) and Dave Warner (accordion/piano). This will be their fourth appearance at Ropetackle; most recently they performed a live web streamed gig to a world-wide audience from New Zealand, France, Germany, the USA and even as far afield as Goring!

Alfonso the Magnificent is an innovative and exciting group, mixing traditional genres of Jazz, Gypsy Jazz, Latin, Classical and Modern Folk to create a unique sound of their own. Performing original songs, from melancholic ballads to toe-tapping upbeat dance tunes, they are a great live act and gaining new fans all the time.

Despite the severe restrictions caused by lockdown, the band have continued writing and rehearsing via Zoom – however they can’t wait to play live at their favourite venue. “Ropetackle is a fantastic music venue,” the band said. “The sound is incredible, the staff (including volunteers) are wonderful and work tirelessly behind the scenes, and the audiences are quite simply magnificent.

Ropetackle has full Covid-safe measures in place and plenty of experience delivering safe events, having reopened last year from August through to December (excepting the November lockdown.)

“It’s been a challenging time for all venues, but we are more than ready to go again,” said Nicky Thornton, Marketing Manager. “We have a great summer programme lined up, with children’s shows, films, great music, comedy and talks. We look forward to welcoming everyone back with some brilliant live entertainment and will continue to make public safety our priority.”

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  •   Just returned from our first visit to this place to see a band. The refreshment prices were good for a venue, half the price of places like the o2 or... read more

    Marc H
  •   Fabulous friendly award winning venue run almost entirely by volunteers. Films.,bands, recitals talks you name it you can experience it here. Lovely cafe and bar and fab staff.

  •   Have been to several shows at Ropetackle Arts Centre. Plenty of variety for all tastes. It is great that you can sit in the comfort of a table and chair... read more

  •   We have been to the panto at the Ropetackle several times and this year it was as good, if not better than ever. It had all the ingredients we... read more

  •   This venue is great for a night out. They have an assortment of entertainment, we mainly see bands or tribute bands. The one in July was Eagles tribute and the... read more

  •   Lovely little place for a relax and chill in a morning! Coffee cake and a magazine. Meeting friends and family - or just a little working morning on my own!

  •   First visit from Southampton to the Ropetackle for a Jon Boden concert. We had a excellent experience considering covid.

  •   Attracts great diverse acts from nostalgic 1970s acts to new local talent as well as great comedy. Bar and informal restaurant there as well with good ale and appetising home... read more

  •   Recently saw the South Coast Soul Review at Ropetackle and enjoyed a really good live band. Always a nice atmosphere and you can enjoy a drink inside the performance... read more

    Josie C
  •   Another great Sunday Jazz , just love the place, great place To go Sunday jazz is just a delight once a month