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We’ve decided that our website and Facebook page is missing something. Your gigs!!

If you’ve got some gigs coming up and/or know of anything that’s about to happen that’s interesting then drop us an email. If we find that its relevant to Rocking Horse (i.e. a band that rehearses here) or culturally relevant to Durham (art, comedy, theatre, etc) then we’ll add it to the site.

We’re hoping this could not only be a place for your band to get some exposure but also some kind of hub for you to come and find out what’s happening in Durham and is relevant to you.

Please email with gig information (what’s happening, what time, where, price, etc).

Using Any Means Necessary – 17 Claypath Contemporary Art Space – Friday, 26 October – 6pm – 8pm – Free

Using Any Means Necessary- A new Solo Exhibition by James Adair at Durham’s new Contemporary Arts Space. (Located In The former Durham City Council Housing Offices)

*Preview Night Friday 26th October 6pm – 8pm*

All welcome for a great night with lots of art and plenty of wine.

**The exhibition will be followed by an after event at Empty Shop’s new bar in Emptyshop HQ til late.**

Using Any Means Necessary

James Adair is an Artist based in Durham city. Since 2010 he has used painting, montage and drawing to explore the conflict in Northern Ireland; a conflict euphemistically referred to as “The Troubles”.

Using Any Means Necessary is a selection of work from this period marking two milestones; the conclusion of this phase of Adair’s exploration and the centenary of “The Ulster Covenant”.

The Ulster Covenant Signed on the 28th of September 1912 by half a million people, including Adair’s Great Grandfather,was an act of defiance against the state, But it was no breakaway movement. On the contrary they wanted Ulster to remain part of the United Kingdom and were prepared in “… using all means which may be found necessary” to remain citizens of the United Kingdom.

This signing of the Covenant was a robust response to the conferral of home rule on what was then a unified Ireland. Within a decade of the signing, the British Government relented to the wishes of the majority of both the North and South, with Northern Ireland therein remaining part of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland gaining Independence.

The Northern Ireland we see now is one largely at peace. Adair however grew up in a turbulent Northern Ireland with thousands losing their lives in the complex conflict.This exhibition is a result of 3 years work for Adair and a century long journey for Ireland. It contains snapshots of times, places and people and is intended as an emotional and artistic representation of a history best described as “troubled”.

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Jam Jah featuring featuring ‘Rob Heron & the Teapad Orchestra – Alington House – Friday, 26 October – £5

JJ is very proud to announce a return visit from the amazing Rob Heron & the Teapad Orchestra, breezing in at the end of their uk tour.

They play an eclectic and original musical brew of 1930’s swing, gypsy jazz, hokum blues, cajun, and country, all with similar themes of debauchery, dandyism, disasters and drink.

Previous visits have absolutely torn the roof off, do not miss this band!

More info coming very soon!

Pllus Jam Jah dj selections-dub funk reggae afro & beyond…..


Substance crew & their skanky panky goings on. Expect all things bassline

As ever the high quality, low cast Jam Jah Bah, for all you drinks snacks & refreshments.

Bring your dancing shoes!

£5 on the door

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Mid Life Crisis Tour

Mid Life Crisis, Rocking Horse’s favourite punk cover band, are embarking on a local tour. They are excellent live so if you like everything from The Ramone’s to The Clash then get out and see them at one (or more) of these dates.

17th November – Riffs Rock Bar

22th December – The Angel, Durham


Past Gigs