PEOPLE are being urged to visit Basingstoke's most "intimate venue", The Forge, which has some great acts booked for January.

Kicking things off is Hannah Scott on Friday, January 26 who performs contemporary folk music and is building a loyal following thanks to her distinctive voice, strong melodies and thought-provoking lyrics.

Her music has been heard in the hit TV series Grey’s Anatomy, on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, including a live session on Dermot O’Leary’s show, while praise for her work has arrived from publications such as MOJO, The Guardian and Clash Magazine.

Basingstoke Gazette: There is lots on offer at The Forge this year

Australian singer-songwriter Nigel Wearne will also be performing at the venue on Saturday, January 27.

Wearne is also a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist with diverse influences such as Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Rickie Lee Jones. 

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His new album, The Reckoning, has received early praise, with the first three singles earning him a nomination for Best Blues Work at the Music Victoria Awards.

WiFi Wars makes a welcome return to The Forge on Sunday, January 28, with family-friendly performances at 3.30pm and 5.15pm for those aged six and over and then an evening performance at 7pm for those aged over 12. 

Wi-Fi Wars is a live comedy game show where residents can play along by logging into their smartphone or tablet to compete in a range of games, puzzles, and quizzes to win the show, and prizes.

For more information on the full programme at The Forge visit or call the Anvil Arts box office on 01256 844244.