Jason Dormon

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Jason Dormon
Born (1971-05-02) 2 May 1971 (age 46)
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
Genres Post-hardcore
Occupation(s) Musician, venue owner, promoter
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active 1990s-present
Labels Unlabel
Fierce Panda
Associated acts Joeyfat, Unhome, Alex Tucker
Website MySpace Page

Jason Dormon (born 2 May 1971) is a British bassist and venue owner. He is most noted for his work in Joeyfat and also for his running of the Tunbridge Wells Forum.

Early life[edit]

Dormon was born in Tunbridge Wells and educated at Bethany School.

Music career[edit]

In 1991, he formed the post-hardcore collective Joeyfat and spent the early 1990s releasing music with a number of independent record labels including Fierce Panda, as well as touring with the likes of Green Day, China Drum, Jawbox, and Scarfo.

In 1996, Joeyfat broke up and Dormon went on to form Unhome, alongside Alex Tucker,[1] who were a post-rock hardcore 5-piece. The band released one album Short History of Houses (Unlabel) and a split single with Papa M.

Unhome split in late 1999 and at this point he formed the band Rebus[2] who played for a few years before splitting. Around 2000 Jason got back together with Joeyfat to play a series of shows to promote The Unwilling Astronaut, a sixteen track collection of studio, live and session work spanning the years 1991 to 1996. They have since remained together, and have been playing gigs at a steady rate and releasing occasional tracks.

Their most recent, thirteen-track album, You Can Change People's Lives With Your Mouth / The House of the Fat was released on CD, and limited edition vinyl, in 2003 on Unlabel. Also in July 2003, Joeyfat recorded a Peel Session for BBC Radio 1.[3]

The Forum[edit]

Dormon's career in music promoting began on 17 May 1988 when, along with a group of friends (including Ian Carvell, Stephen Cookson, David Jarvis and Haydn Wood), they put on The Brilliant Corners at the Rumble Club in Grosvenor Park Rec hall in Tunbridge Wells. The Rumble Club, as a music venue went on to use various premises in the area, including The Watson Hall, Langton, The Hand & Sceptre in Southborough, and the lower floor of the former Winchester pub on Nevill Street, Tunbridge Wells (now the Thorins wine bar). Jason has said that he and his friends put on shows because they were fed up with the cost and travel of going to London to watch bands.[citation needed]

In December 1992 Dormon and a group of friends opened Tunbridge Wells Forum[4][5] as a new music venue in a building on Tunbridge Wells Common which was previously used as a public toilet and a brass rubbing centre. It has since hosted a number of acts who have gone on to achieve significant commercial success.[6][7][8]

In 2010, Dormon was featured in The Independent's "Happy List", profiling people who make Britain a better place to live.[9]

In 2011 Jeremy Pritchard, bassist with the band Everything Everything, named Dormon as the person who has creatively influenced him the most.[10][11]

In 2012 The Forum was named NME Best Small Venue.

The Music Venue Trust came into being in 2014 to protect and nurture small independent venues .Jason was appointed a trustee http://musicvenuetrust.blogspot.co.uk/


  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20081226081346/http://www.unlabel.net/unhome.htm. Archived from the original on 26 December 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20081226081314/http://www.unlabel.net/rebus.htm. Archived from the original on 26 December 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Radio 1 – Keeping It Peel – 23/07/2003 Joey Fat". BBC. 23 July 2003. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  4. ^ "BBC Radio Kent – BBC Introducing in Kent, Tunbridge Wells Forum turns 18". Bbc.co.uk. 30 January 2011. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  5. ^ "madasafish". Users.globalnet.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  6. ^ "Shopping, Eating and Drinking on the Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells. | Pantiles Tunbridge Wells APT" (PDF). Thepantilesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ "Forum founder recognised for making people happier". This is Kent. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  9. ^ "The IoS Happy List 2010 – the 100 – News – People". The Independent. 25 April 2010. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  10. ^ "Jeremy Pritchard of Everything Everything on Jason Dormon". Creative Times. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  11. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120323144123/http://www.mpa.org.uk/news/2011/04/05/jeremy-pritchard-everything-everything-jason-dormon. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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