Having a music venue situated on the outskirts of town could perhaps be considered as a double edged sword. But in the case of The Tunnels, owned by ex-Bath rugby prop Gareth Chilcott, it’s a clean sweep of success all the way. Coming up to is fifth anniversary, The Tunnels is situated right next to Temple Meads station and shares the same famous architecture inside. Despite the venue first opening its doors during the height of the recession, music and party lovers have kept coming back for more. Consequently The Tunnels has continued to grow in its reputation as an atmospheric, quirky and exciting venue for bands and functions alike. Boasting artist-line ups such as Toyah, Beverley Craven and Hazel O’Connor, the curious indoor arches and caverns have also been used for filming programmes such as ‘Skins’ and ‘District Nurse’. As a venue of patronage to local talent also, it seems fitting that approaching their 5th anniversary, The Tunnels should headline one of Bristol’s best home-grown bands. ‘Gee Baby I Love You’ have been going for a proud 28 years and still include two of their original members. A line up of 7 highly talented musicians, this fusion of soul and funk has consistently packed out wedding parties, commercial celebrations and outdoor events such as The Ashton Court festival with a steady following of fans. Gig night at The Tunnels was no exception. Opening with a whole plethora of well-known soul and funk songs, Gee Baby held the crowd in the palm of their collective hands from the start. Whilst lead singer John Orm effortlessly segued from James Brown’s ‘ Soul Power’ into ‘Harlem Shuffle’ , the brass section (led by the infinitely entertaining Martyn Harries) played and danced in sequence , giving the audience that little bit of extra entertainment they all know and love. On this particular gig night it was keyboard player Chris Charles’ debut night, although no-one but hard core Gee Baby fans would have known as every single musician played as tight as the finely tuned drummer. By the time of encore, the band were playing to a frantically enthusiastic audience with ‘Mr Big Stuff, Superstition and ‘Pick Up The Pieces’. The arches within The Tunnels were ringing with applause and calls for ‘more’ at close of play.