Mark S takes a look at what's coming up at venues around the county.

Tonight (Thursday, April 27) offers something for almost everyone. It's wall to wall metal mayhem at The Jericho when Mindsurfer head a triple bill, they're joined by the mighty Mook and Gutworm. Onto the Cowley Road, The Point plays host to Jolene, local boys The Four Storeys, who keep things intense and mellow open the show. Cache team up with great ladies of folk at The Elm Tree. The Kooler at the Bullingdon joins forces with cult label Bluefire Records to bring a Fanzine friendly pop-punk spectacular under the 'Snakebite City' banner. Angel Delay with their power-punk-glam-trash hybrid head a four band special that brings Kerrang! Coves, Dustbyte and Serpico (ex Mega City 4) back to town. Later at The Zodiac, Disques Vogue offers easy listening.

Friday, April 28, sees Liquid return to The Zodiac, guest DJ is Mikee B from Radio One's Dreem Teem. It's retro with funk soul'n'disco from Benny Blanco and Friends at The Bullingdon. Four'n'Punk fusionists Warblefly are back in town for a show at The Elm Tree. While The Point teams up Groop Dogdrill, who mix Sixties garage punk and big rockin' riffs, to a potent cocktail, with the explosive Soniq Fariq whose stage diving frontman should have a Government health warning all of his own! Our very own Headcount provide the local interest. Roots.Net host Setona with a nine piece African band, Setona is one of Sudan's leading vocal talents. Out in Witney Ty-Down and Waste Monkey provide a double barrelled explosion of metal noise.

There is an LSCD night down on Walton Street, hosted by The Jericho. Local rock outfits Flume and Five Mile Drive sandwich Farnehams @tomica who recently supported Stiff Little Fingers.

There is no pause for breath as Saturday (April 29)brings Glue and Autospy along to The Point for a double helping of local talent. Narco, who've been a bit quiet of late, return to the local live circuit with their first visit to The Zodiac. Narco's 'Clash for the Dance Generation' sound should be perfectly complimented by Manchild's 'prodigy goes drum'n'bass'inclined' full on experience assuming Manchild turn up this time! Depth Charge is back at The Bullingdon for a night of supercharged drum'n'bass from the residentz. In town Roots.Net Offers Mugenkyo. Further afield Flyboy descend on Tahe Pit, Witney while Abingdon's Red Lion welcomes local ska 'n' 2-tone covers outfit, the Inflatables.

It's a Shifty Disco spectacular at The Zodiac on Sunday (April 30) where both upstairs and downstairs are taken over by the local label. Celebrating headliners Unbelievable Truth's (re)signing to Shifty Disco (see interview) are Vigilance Black Special, The Panda Gang, Matt from Murray The Hump plus DJ set from names and faces who have one way or another been involved with Shifty Disco. It'll be the first full electric experience locally of Unbelievable Truth's forthcoming second album 'Sorry Thank you'. Klub Kakofanny is presiding over A May Eve all day festival at The Elm Tree. For a VFM 3 for nine hours of live entertainment you can't go wrong.

As far as live music goes, this year's 'Fun in The Parks' on Monday (May 1) offers not a lot! with Oxygen FM having decided to go for a boy/girl band type format, singing, dancing and DAT tapes. One small step up from karaoke then! Presumably it's blues rock at The Fuggle'n'Firkin, being a Monday.

Purveyors of perfect pop, The Wannabies are back touring again, with brand new single Big Fan due out mid May. They descend on The Zodiac on Tuesday (May 2) as part of their current tour, with Departure Lounge supporting. While at The Bullingdon the Weekly Jazz Club presents the Andy Goodchild Quartet.