We're very much looking forward to having the brilliant Lucy Rose for the first time for us on Monday 10th July as she joins us to celebrate the release of her new album 'Something's Changing' with an acoustic set followed by a signing at Sound Knowledge afterwards.
Very much Inspired by her experiences on the tour 'Something's Changing' features appearances from The Staves, Daughter's Elena Tonra, Bear's Den's Marcus Hamblett and Matthew and the Atlas's Emma Gatrill.
Doors for this event will be the slightly earlier time of 6pm with a stage time of 6.30pm. Entry is FREE but all we ask is you pick up a copy of 'Something's Changing' from us (with the opportunity to meet Lucy and get it signed) and grab a drink. Please do not bring large bags or coats to the venue you will not be permitted to bring them in
If you'd like to come along all you need to do is click 'going' on this event https://www.facebook.com/events/1475169112559741
Declan McKenna won his first serious accolade in 2015 when he was made Glastonbury's most emerging talent and since then he hasn't stopped with 2017 seeing him perform a strong set on the John Peel Stage.
Now if you don't fancy wellies and tents you can come see Declan in a more intimate setting at Cafe Thirty8 - 18:30 July 26th
Here he will performing some tracks from his debut album 'What Do You Think About The Car?' Still just 18 years old McKenna's mature, socially-conscious songwriting belies his tender years .
'What Do You Think About The Car?' features recent singles 'Isombard' and 'The Kids Don't Wanna Come Home' along with earlier hits 'Paracetamol' and 'Brazil' and is produced by Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford (Depeche Mode, The Last Shadow Puppets) with contributions from former Vampire Weekend man Rostam Batmanglij.
This is an amazing opportunity to catch a real rising star in the indie scene at an intimate location where after the gig you can stroll across to Sound Knowledge and have him sign his debut album. This is set to be a real "I was there" event.
If you want a taste of what to expect Here is Declan performing at Glastonbury
if you are going to attend please click here and let us know https://www.facebook.com/events/313333499107692
please note you cannot bring large bags or coats into Thirty8 for live music events
SATURDAY 3RD JUNE -630PM
We are fortunate enough to be the venue which sees a lot of music careers being launched and see some really talented artists. And then there are people like Charlie Fink, where is talent is beyond amazing. Most people will know Charlie Fink because of his association with the hugely successful Noah and the whale but he is sooo much more than that part of his career.
He has now gone solo and his new album (released 2nd June) "Cover my tracks" is magical, The first track to be released from the album is called ‘Firecracker’, which you can listen to by clicking here. This album has also been brilliantly produced as a theatrical show, in which he also stars, at the old Vic in London. Charlie has written music for other theatrical productions and also wrote the songs for 2016 film A Street Cat Named Bob and has worked with artists such as Foxes, Gabrielle Aplin and Eliot Sumner.
So needless to say we are hugely excited about Mr. Finks arrival at Thirty8 on 3rd June, the event starts at 6:30 pm but get there early to grab a drink and good spot, to see this chap who we think is going to be a huge success.
We can announce that Marika Hackman will be joining us on Tuesday 6th June. Marika will be playing a short set at Thirty8 in support of her second album 'I'm Not Your Man' and signing copies at Sound Knowledge afterwards.
Her first album for AMF Records (Loyle Carner), 'I'm Not Your Man' signals a transition from the nu-folk stylings of 2015's 'We Slept At Last' to a grungier full-band sound (which has seen her signed to legendary Seattle label Sub Pop in the States). Backed on several tracks by indie quartet The Big Moon this more dynamic, raucous sound has already invoked comparisons to Warpaint and Radiohead.
Brazenly tackling themes of sexual fluidity and millennial ennui with singular wit, Marika describes the album as 'all about female relationships, romance and breakdowns, but there's also a dim worldview going on'.
Admission is FREE, all we ask is that you pick up a copy of the album from SK on the night and buy a drink or two from us.
We're delighted to welcome back the hugely talented Emily Barker, who will be launching her brand new album 'Sweet Kind of Blue' at Thirty8 on Friday 19th May.
Emily will be playing a short set with her band at Cafe Thirty8 (one of only two full band appearances on her in-store tour) before joining Sound Knowledge to sign copies of the album.
'Sweet Kind of Blue' carries a more soulful, bluesier sound and was recorded in Memphis at the legendary Sam Phillips Recording Service with a crack group of Memphis session players and produced by Grammy-winner Matt Ross-Spang, who has worked with the likes of Margo Price and Jason Isbell.
Emily was last here as part of the critically-acclaimed country trio Applewood Road but has also appeared for us a number of times to support a string of well-received albums from her bands The Red Clay Halo, Vena Portae and solo, as well as her award-winning work on soundtracks for BBC's 'Wallander' and 'The Shadow Line' and the Scottish BAFTA-winning 'Hector'.
This is a FREE event but we ask that you pick up a copy of 'Sweet Kind of Blue' from SK on the night and buy a drink or two at Thirty8 (and, of course, stick around to meet Emily and the band).
the event starts at 630pm so arrive at the cafe for 6pm, look forward to seeing you there !!
Fresh versus the wait…
So when we started we decided we wanted to do fresh food and we mean fresh. That meant minimal preparation so we weren’t presenting a lettuce that looked a wash cloth, or bread that was that little too chewy from sitting on a shelf for a few hours whilst it admired the work of the cooking staff… So our amazing chefs Sally and Carol looked at our processes and decided we were going to go full on fresh and only prepare food where it wouldn’t cause a degradation in the final quality we present to the customer.
But here is the thing, does the customer want fresh or do they want convenience?
We try to keep everyone informed - we have signs – due to food being freshly prepared – blah blah, and the girls have been educated that if a customer must wait over ten minutes for their food, then they let them know and explain, before they order. Whilst this works for the majority and most people are happy to wait there are the few, who at peak times simply do not wish to wait 20 minutes for a gourmet burger. Truth be told if we didn’t say anything they probably wouldn’t notice, but where quite a few of our clientele are coach parties or we bear in mind that it costs a small and increasing mortgage to park in Marlborough, our moral obligation jumps forward and we feel it best to share and inform.
We did our research “Small Restaurants certainly have plenty of time to engage their customers. According to the study, the average wait per party is 23 minutes, but nearly a third of all parties are waiting more than 30 minutes. Eight percent wait longer than 40 minutes”
So then the next question becomes how do you engage the clientele whilst they wait. So here whilst we moved away from most of the old ways, we kept the news channel still coming in on the Television inside, we have music inside and outside and of course the now obligatory wi-fi at a great speed. We also offer colouring for the kids, treats for the dogs and Newspaper (if you aren’t late enough that someone has taken them to their new home).
So where that isn’t enough, what do you do? For now, we have decided that “fresh is best” and the way to go and that we will stick to the values of good honest food over the ever growing trend of “we need it now”. I guess our hope is that there is the extra ten minutes to enjoy the conversation and let your appetite bubble as our wonderful chefs get to work. And for those hampered by coaches – We are truly sorry, we really are, we would rather you stayed and had a lovely lunch, but don’t give up on us, come back next time, we promise its very you..
.. well in short we did..
When we took over the café the previous owners had a strict “no dogs inside” rule and this just didn’t feel right. Asking valued customers, who had made a commitment of a faithful companion to sit outside in the cold or damp because they loved their dog, seemed, well a little cruel. There is quite a misconception in the UK that it is illegal for dogs to be allowed in restaurants and actually this isn’t the case, the choice of allowing dogs entry is entirely down to the owners. So we had a think..
Dogs are now more than ever a very present part of the family and as much as there have been customers who have badly behaved relations with them, we have never asked them to leave them outside. So we asked ourselves why would we then do this with their beloved dogs, who usually sit quietly under the table or chair waiting for a morsel to drop quietly watching the world go by. ( we have yet to see any human family members do this)
As for hygiene we did our research. The majority of dogs these days are inoculated for major diseases and parasites and those dogs who are taken out for the day with their families as opposed to be left alone in the car or at home after often amongst the most well considered and looked after. And as for the café - well we clear up behind everyone, making sure the place is clean and presentable for the next customer and clear of all debris. But here is the thing, with hygiene risks being minimal the positive effects of letting the well-behaved dog family in have been immeasurable. We see more people engaging with each other asking about the dogs, or people who don’t have dogs and are open minded about their presence, being inquisitive about the dog and their families alike. People in the main are receptive to the loveable four-legged canine friend and those not so keen have enough room to evade with respect, or for the poor few who have allergies, they can be far enough away to be out of harm’s way. And as for the dog loved family they are delighted that we try to make them as welcome as we do the children. For Children we have baby changing, kids menu, colouring etc. etc. and for dogs we have fresh water, dog treats, the all-important pooh bags and of course the obligatory scratch behind the ear (followed by a hand wash of course )
Of course as with humans there are exceptions to every rule and should Cujo show up we may have to ask them to consider the options of an outside seat, a few miles away...
So it was us! We let the dogs in! and it was a good decision and in doing so have made many happy! We are of course sorry if there are some who aren’t and we hope we cater enough to help make it a little better, but I have never caught a dog trying to “borrow” Cutlery or Beer glasses and in general they are always delighted with our service, they tend to bring happy owners with them and a waggy tail, which always makes you smile on even the busiest of days.
We have been working with Sound knowledge on live events since we moved in. And its hard work. We don't simply open the doors and let the pop stars in. There is a massive amount of preparation and working with Sound Knowledge and the record labels to ensure there is everything the team need and the venue is ready to welcome the audience. So that's why when someone like Izzy Bizu says she wants to return it is hugely satisfying that all the hard work pays off.
So there it is! The simply delightful Izzy Bizu comes back to Marlborough and Cafe Thirty8 and Sound Knowledge in support of Record Store day. She will be with us from 430pm Saturday 22nd April. So come along get your drink , your space and see a pop star in a small and intimate venue. These events are simply wonderful and such a great opportunity - pop it in your diary...
Record Store Day Live (Sun 23rd April) at Cafe Thirty8
A whole afternoon of live music from 12 noon-6pm. in association with Sound Knowledge, in addition to the usual bar and BBQ, we will be serving up cocktails. We will be joined by Nick Harper and Port Erin with full line-up and stage times to be announced.
This is going to be a busy afternoon with a great atmosphere and lots of fun!