TT fun off the track

James Toseland

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AS well as the smell of rubber on tarmac the TT also offers visitors and residents the chance to really let their hair down with a whole range of evening and daytime entertainment.

As usual, there will be plenty of live music in Bushy’s Beer Tent on the Douglas promenades, including the Manx Charity Aid Bands Day. For details on that and Bushy’s music on Port Erin beach see opposite.

Also, on each night of race week between 7.30pm and 10.30pm there will be the annual stunt shows, live music, video screens and general TT mayhem hosted by Monster Energy on Douglas seafront. International stunt riders will include Jorian Ponomareff, Hampus Fardby, Andre Villa and Remi Bizouard. Shows will also be performed by French FMX team Blackliner and, of course, the Purple Helmets. The Blades Air Display will fly over Laxey Bay at 3pm and Douglas Bay at 7.30pm on Thursday, June 7, while a pyrotechnic air display featuring two Twister stunt planes will take place on Tuesday, June 5, and the Hawker-Hunter will return to Manx skies on Sunday, June 2. The week will finish with a firework display over Douglas Bay on the evening of Friday, June 8.

Ticketed events being hosted by the Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre this year include US comedian Rich Hall on Wednesday (see page 19), music from Port Soderick’s resident bike champion James Toseland and his band (there’s always a chance his fiancée, Katie Melua, will make a cameo appearance!) on Saturday, June 2, Pink Floyd cover band Pigs on the Wing on Tuesday, June 5, Iron Maiden tribute act Ed Force One on Thursday, June 7, and Celtic folk rock band Quill daily between June 2 and 6. And TT 3D: Closer to the Edge will be screened daily at the Broadway Cinema (see page 45). See for more details.

UK indie pop-rockers Kaleidophone will visit the island for a TT tour which takes in various venues around the island, starting in The Engine Room in Castletown tomorrow (Friday) night.

Heron and Brearly, owner of 43 Isle of Man pubs, is also offering a whole host of fun events across the island. This Sunday, the Purple Helmets will open the brewery’s Okells Grandstand Beer Tent at 4pm before The Fecktones perform and speeches are made.

That evening at 7pm, the Manor Hotel in Willaston will then host a Side Car Evening where you can meet your favourite side car racers from both past and present, an event which will be repeated at 7pm on Thursday, June 7, at the Crosby Hotel.

What is more, daily barbecues will be hosted at The Raven and the Swan in Ramsey and The Highwayman in Peel.

For a full, comprehensive list of all Heron and Brearley events visit

Throughout race week there will be live music in The Mitre in Ramsey. On Saturday, June 2, there will be a Porn Monkey reformation gig for the Katherine Crowe Treatment Fund (see page 23).

On Mad Sunday (June 3), why not head west and enjoy Peel in Motion? Last year it entertained 10,000 revellers of all ages. Throughout Peel, there will be circus skills, classic bikes, inflatable fun, zorb zones, face paints, food stalls, boat trips and live music, including by Soundcheck.

Meanwhile, in the south, Port Erin Commissioners are hosting a Family Fun Day on Monday, June 4, with fun including a sandcastle competition, junior football and a grand finale firework display.

Manx charity Crossroads Care will be offering breakfast in a bap between 7am and 10am every morning from Masham Court in Victoria Avenue, Douglas.

Motorcycle art will also be on display at the Hodgson Loom Gallery in Laxey, the Sayle Gallery on Harris Promenade, Douglas, in the House of Manannan in Peel and at St Ninian’s Church in Douglas. For a list of all gigs and other events taking place all over the island in the coming week check out the What’s On listings on pages 44 and 45.

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