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Thursday 10th October

Walter Trout w/ special guest Dan Patlansky

WALTER TROUT‘s back story is a page-turner you won’t want to put down. Five decades in the making; it is equal parts thriller, romance, suspense and horror.

There are musical fireworks, critical acclaim and fists-aloft triumph, offset by wilderness years and brushes with the jaws of narcotic oblivion.

There are feted early stints as gunslinger in bands from John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers to Canned Heat, and the solo career that’s still blazing a quarter-century later. The veteran bluesman has seen and done it all – plays earth shattering blues rock music.

And what an awesome support act! In only a little over a decade, DAN PATLANSKY has become one of the busiest and most respected blues artists to ever come out of South Africa.

After his debut album which garnered Dan a reputation as a blues-phenomenon, and his subsequent “Readers Choice” vote as “Best Blues Guitarist in Southern Africa”, Dan’s second album was released by EMI on the famed Blue Note label.

Dan is one of the only South Africans to ever achieve “Blue Note” status and one of only six Fender endorsed guitarists in South Africa. Dan Patlansky, #1 Blues Rock Album 2016 by Blues Rock Review.

Tickets are going to fly out for this – early purchase recommended!

Ticket: £25.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7pm
Age: 14+

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Friday 25th October

Live/Wire – the AC/DC show (starts 7.45pm)

LIVE/WIRE is The AC/DC Show – a hugely successful and unique six-man tribute to rock music’s greatest band, complete with cannons, a wall of Marshalls and over two hours of High Voltage Rock ‘n’ Roll in a show critically acclaimed for its closeness in look and sound to the real thing.

THIS SHOW IS ALWAYS RAMMED – EARLY PURCHASE ADVISABLE!!

Both Bon (Dave) and Brian (Podge) are present on the Rock and Roll train for a night to remember and with the rhythm section ‘locked in’ the freedom of the stage and the music is given to Simon as Angus Young who gives an uncanny performance with meticulous detail in appearance, energy and playing.

The band aim to put you slap bang in the middle of the show with hit after hit, and you are expected to join in… and there’ll also be one or two gems thrown in for the aficionados!

All the classics, Back in Black, Rosie, Highway To Hell are all there, and the songs keep on coming until the cannons fire ceremoniously to bring the evening to a superb crescendo.

If by this time you are still standing… we salute you! Long Live AC/DC, Long Live LIVE/WIRE!!

Ticket: £16.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7pm
Age: 14

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Friday 10th May

Alabama 3 Acoustic

An unrivalled Marxist machine gun, ALABAMA 3 ACOUSTIC are on a mission to get you mashed! Featuring ROCK FREEBASE – ACOUSTIC GUITAR // LARRY LOVE – VOCALS // REV B ATWELL – VOCALS // HARPO STRANGELOVE – HARMONICA // MS X- VOCALS…

Heeding Woodie Guthrie’s message, Alabama 3 have never feared the reduction of their technology, and are brave enough to hit the road armed only with battered acoustic guitar and harmonica, preaching Guthrie’s infamous phrase… ‘This machine kills fascists’.

In homage to classic delta blues slide players Mississippi Fred McDowell, Howling Wolf, John Lee Hooker and their own Rockfree Base, everybody’s favourite Brixton warriors present their own narco-acoustic slant on “Sweet Mutherfucking Country Acid House” – and the music that has inspired them along the way.

Complete with Larry Love’s gravelly ash-stained vocals and Nick Reynolds’ bank robber melodies on harmonica, prepare yourself for a helluva raucous show, in no way resembling the usual byword for an acoustic gig… BOR-ING!

Fresh from their full band recording of ‘Blues’, fans are loving the acoustic arrangements along with that awesome back catalogue.

Welcome to The Presleyterian Church – lovin’ men, lovin’ women, loving ALL God’s creatures!!

Ticket: £17.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7pm
Age: 14

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Friday 3rd May

Kyle Falconer (The View)

Best known, of course, as the singer and co-songwriter (with bassist Kieran Webster) of multi-million unit-shifters The View, Dundee-born KYLE FALCONER will perform material from his debut solo album ‘No Thank You’ (Riverman Records) as well as his best loved hits.

The View, fronted by Kyle, and their unique take on punk, pop and alt-rock are best known for their 2007 single “Same Jeans“, a No.3 UK chart single, alongside Superstar Tradesman, Grace, Shock Horror, The Don and Wasted Little DJs.

An engaging and charismatic performer who carries off a solo show with just as much power and attitude as the full band shows – RECOMMENDED!

Ticket: £14.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Saturday 25th May

The Invisible Orchestra

16 (yes, SIXTEEN) piece ensemble combining soul, Latin, deep funk, jazz and big band with huge orchestral sweeps, Afrobeat, Arabic punk, hip-hop and brass-heavy dance music to create a vibrant, energetic and exhilarating tour de force which defies categorisation. Phew…

THE INVISIBLE ORCHESTRA make Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra look like a skiffle band” – The Guardian

“Think of the most decadent Hollywood star you can, then imagine them getting married for the fourth (or is it fifth?) time to some dissolute countess in a sprawling Provençal château, then The Invisible Orchestra would be the wedding band invited along – a day early, with some casualties – to soundtrack that balmy Mediterranean evening of A-list debauchery, filling the pink skies with stridently lush arrangements. Polished enough not to fall apart, smudged enough to swing.” The Quietus. Double phew…

The band’s electrifying live shows have included collaborations with guest vocalists such as Harleighblu, Percydread (The Naturalites), legendary UK rapper Scorzayzee and Natalie duncan (to name a few), as well as the four-times world champion DJ Mr Switch, performing alongside a talented and diverse set of core musicians who’ve toured throughout the world.

With shows known to include up to 32 musicians at a time, The Invisible Orchestra is a unique and ever-evolving spectacle.

I mean, COME ON, this can’t be missed. And we’re going to need a bigger boat…

Ticket: £10.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm

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Saturday 1st June

Everly Pregnant Brothers, Spit n Strings

Powerhouse of parody fuelled on best bitter, pork pies and raucous gigs regularly playing to sell out crowds in their native South Yorkshire – and EVERLY PREGNANT BROTHERS are rapidly growing a UK cult following!

Formed after a drunken dare by Pete Mckee and Richard Bailey in 2009, the success of which prompted the the pair to draft in a bunch of disparate chaps who had three things in common:

1. The love of beer
2. Ukuleles
3. Having a laugh

Frontman ‘Big’ Shaun Doane sets the tone and drives proceedings forward with a huge vocal performance and wicked renditions of music classics – This Chip Pan’s On Fire // Dunt Tha Want Mi // Stuck In The Lidl With You // No Oven No Pie and lots more!

A national treasure in their native Sheffield the Brothers playful tampering of classic songs has won them friends and fans far and wide and 2019 marks their 10th Anniversary. And celebrating the Brethren with a series of special performances across the UK.

For fans of Lancashire Hotpots and Hayseed Dixie!

Ticket: £20.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7pm
Age: 14

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Friday 17th May

The Stone Foundation

When Paul Weller wants to produce and play on your album alongside the likes of other guests Mick Talbot, Steve White and The Average White Band’s Hamish Stuart (and Paul Weller has been known to join in live – WATCH IT HERE!) you kinda know you’ve got something going on…

Midlands-based THE STONE FOUNDATION have perfected that sweet soul vibe but with added harder and heavier funk honed by extensive touring, including headline shows at Shepherds Bush Empire and a storming set at Glastonbury.

Bassist Neil Sheasby says: “In recent years I’ve heard a lot of records with great grooves but there’s no song, the message and melodies were still key to the records creation. To me latest album ‘Everyone Anyone’ sounds like a very cohesive collection of tunes, a body of work that hangs well as a complete album. The next natural step for Stone Foundation”

Singer and guitarist Neil Jones adds “We wanted to make tunes that would unite people no matter what their background or beliefs may be and also for the first time in a while explore topics closer to home that effect us all, such as family, loss and finding comfort in some of the darker times we all face. It was important we made the sound harder and heavier and ultimately funkier and to me these 11 tracks sound like 8 musicians maturing and developing as players (with a little help from some good friends)”

Ticket: £15.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7pm
Age: 14

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Monday 1st April

Ingested, Street Soldier, Primordial Swarm

Mancunian crew INGESTED are the World Wide Slam Kings. Continually smashing the faces of all who stand in their way, they are at the heart of the UK metal scene having built a reputation as one of the most savage death metal acts to come out of the UK for a long time.

Think punishing beat-downs, epic riffage, guttural vocals and blistering speed. Focused brutality at its best, slaying peers and fans alike.

Their fourth chapter The Level Above Human, called by Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder “Ingested in their final form, their potential fully realized in their murderous adulthood…”, is more focused, more devastating, and more confident than any of their previous material.

After more than ten years in the game, four albums, and countless tours throughout Europe and North America they still have their hands around the throat of all skeptics and get stronger with every offering.

Nihilistic, slamming death metal. Over to the band, “We fucking mean it”.

Ticket: £10.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7pm
Age: 14

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Saturday 18th May

The Christians

Renowned for an endless string of soulful yet socially aware hits… Forgotten Town, Ideal World, Born Again, Harvest for the World, Whats in a Word, Hooverville, Words, Father, The Bottle and many more THE CHRISTIANS enjoyed huge worldwide acclaim in the late 80s and early 90s, and often confused people with their band name (in fact just the brothers surname with absolutely no religious connotation!).

Still headed by enigmatic lead singer Garry Christian (who very much deserves the Daily Mirror’s description, ‘One of the finest voices in pop’) who has only gained in vocal stature (and wit) over the years.

The band are enjoying a revival currently touring successfully in the UK and Europe, and with a brand new soulful ten-track album entitled ‘WE’ the band have reflected on life issues (loss, breakups and just the struggles of life).

Come and find out why Chris Evans said, ‘The best gig I’ve ever been to’.

Ticket: £22.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Saturday 23rd February

Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes (SOLD OUT!) w/ Black Futures

They say the third time’s the charm, and, after the breathtaking, ruthlessly efficient one-two punch of “Blossom” and “Modern Ruin”, here we are – at FRANK CARTER AND THE RATTLESNAKES’ album number three – at once a stadium-sized declaration of intent and a deeply personal cri-de-coeur called “End of Suffering”.

Recorded in just six months and named after the Buddhist term for enlightenment, this is the sound of a band entering an entirely new realm of the senses, a forty minute rock’n’rollercoaster of molten-hot bangers, scorched-soul ballads and grunge lullabies laced through with a lacerating lyrical honesty.

With Cam Blackwood (George Ezra / Jack Savoretti) at the helm with legendary mixer Alan Moulder (Nine Inch Nails / Queens Of The Stone Age), the resultant album sees Carter, co-songwriter Dean Richardson and co. not so much spreading their wings as running and leaping headfirst in to uncharted waters.

Opener ‘Why A Butterfly Can’t Love A Spider’ finds Frank at full stretch, singing: “When I’m high I’m in heaven/When I’m low I’m in hell”, while first single “Crowbar” is tauter than a highwire and relentlessly sharpened to a razor’s edge, a sonic Molotov cocktail of a track delivered with the anarchic zeal of the gilets-jaunes rioters. “I saw an amazing bit of graffitti during the Paris riots which said: ‘We’ve cut off heads for less than this’” enthuses Frank. “I loved that attitude. People are sick of being force fed doom and gloom.” It also comes complete with a video directed by long-time collaborator Ross Cairns (Biffy/QOTSA) and acts as a blistering clarion call to arms.

When the fury is dialled down however, even more startling surface. ‘Anxiety’ is a paranoiac festival anthem-in-waiting, while ‘Love Games’ is an absolute beauty; a distortion-heavy nod to Amy Winehouse’s finest moment destined to soundtrack the summer.

‘Angel Wings’, meanwhile, is as bleakly poetic as Charles Bukowski. A howl of existential despair involving vodka and vicodin-induced visions of ‘feathers made of diamond rings/dragons made of oxygen’ – it’s worthy of those other harrowingly honest third albums, The Manic Street Preachers’ Holy Bible & Nirvana’s In Utero (both band favourites).

The album also features Tom Morello as a guest guitarist on ‘Tyrant Lizard King’. The two re-connected after many years at Resurrection Festival in Spain last summer, where Frank infamously sung Rage classic ‘Killing In The Name’ to a 40,000 strong crowd, finishing the track with a stage dive worthy of the rock’n’roll hall of fame.

Indeed. In an age of say-nothing pop and codified corporate rock, End Of Suffering does what all great music should- lift the spirits and stir the soul.

Album pre-order pre-sale // Friday 18 Jan @ 10am
Spotify pre-sale // Friday 18 Jan @ 10am
General on sale // Monday 21 Jan @ 10am

Ticket: £18.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7pm
Age: 14

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Friday 13th September

Creedence Clearwater Review

The UK’s premier tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival, one of America’s greatest bands who, despite their relatively short career, left an enduring legacy of classic songs written and sung by lead guitarist, singer and songwriter John Fogerty.

Creedence’s biggest songs, Proud Mary, Bad Moon Rising, Fortunate Son and Have You Ever Seen The Rain all get the treatment as well as their covers of classics like I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Midnight Special and Susie Q.

Capturing the feel, sound and atmosphere of the original songs, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIEW pack all the hits and more into two hours plus of rootsy, swampy, bluesy and sometimes country flavoured rock and roll.

FROM THE CLASSIC CCR SOUND OF THE BAYOU COUNTRY, GREEN RIVER, WILLY & THE POOR BOYS AND COSMOS FACTORY, RIGHT THROUGH TO THE PRESENT DAY WITH JOHN FOGERTY’S HITS FROM CENTREFIELD, BLUE MOON SWAMP AND MANY MORE..

There’s audience involvement, singalongs and plenty of rousing choruses to join in on the Review’s authentic and power packed tribute the Creedence legacy. There’s also a nod to John Fogerty’s solo career in the show, with songs like Almost Saturday Night, Hot Rod Heart and of course Rockin’ All Over The World.

Dale Taylor takes up the role of John Fogerty on guitar and vocals, which is no easy task considering Fogerty’s power and range. However he fulfils the lead spot, delivering the same rawness and energy of the original performances, backed up with a solid and experienced band who stick as closely to the album tracks as possible.

Performing a range of CCR material consisting of all of their biggest, classic hits, album tracks and wonderful obscurities, Creedence Clearwater Review will take you on a nostalgia trip you won’t want to miss.

Ticket: £12.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Friday 8th March

Beth McCarthy (with band) & guests AG, Antonio Lulic

It’s been almost a decade since York’s own BETH McCARTHY burst onto the local music scene and the city has watched her grow ever since.

Now 21 years young, Beth has spent over half of her life on stage – touring the UK with her acoustic guitar (and her dad), sharing her stories and building a devoted fanbase.

In 2014, at just 16 years old, she became a household name after appearing on Series 3 of BBC television show ‘The Voice UK’ with over 10 million people viewing her blind audition.

Since, the Yorkshire songstress has found success in numerous charting releases, a performance on award winning US cable TV show ‘JBTV’, and a feature on the official soundtrack for the film ‘100 Streets’ starring Idris Elba.

Beth’s unparalleled energy and positivity is infectious and addictive. Her journey as an artist thus far has been about harnessing this strength and channeling it by creating music which represents her savor sonically as well as touching on delicate subjects.

Over the last year, Beth has been experimenting with both her sound and image alluding to her debut release ‘Shame’. With a fresh run of releases akin to the vivacity of Sigrid meets Dua Lipa, Beth will finally be out in the world, bushy-tailed and assured, eager to perform stunningly crafted sets – encompassing the subtle moments of exposed emotional vocals to full-power pop.

This show at Fibbers will see the first full band performance of Beth’s new material and the official release of her debut EP ‘Self Portrait’ – something you definitely don’t want to miss.

Ticket: £8.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 12th October

Motörheadache

Top class authentic tribute MOTORHEADACHE to the late, great Lemmy Kilmister and 40 yrs of Motorhead featuring lifelong Motörhead fan Rob Campbell on Rickenbacker bass and vocals, capturing the essence of Lemmy in voice, stage clothes and that grinding mid-range bass sound.

Rob plays a custom built Rickenbastard made By Lemmy’s own luthier, and fitted with the pickups and tuners removed from Lemmy’s own Rickenbastard when it was serviced. Rob also has a custom Lemmy ‘Murder One’ Marshall Super Bass wired to the same specification as Lemmy’s and two Marshall 4×15 cabs with 4×12 cabs either side of the stage.

Motörheadache tour the UK and Europe extensively – this is not a pub band! – including prestige festival and biker rally dates.

After showcase O2 Academy shows as part of the band’s “The Curse Still Rings True” tour, Motörheadache headlined the Lemmy Dutch Memorial concert in Amsterdam.

Expect lots of Fast Eddie Clarke-era tunes, regarded by many Motörheadbangers as the classic era from 1975 to 1982, including Ace of Spades / Bomber / Overkill / Iron Fist / The Hammer / Damage Case and the thunderous Motörhead – the last song Lemmy wrote for Hawkwind and the one that gave his new band its name.

Expect, also, material from ’83 to 2015; also Brian Robertson’s short stint and the ’84 re-launch as a four piece with Wurzel and Phil Campbell on guitars and finally, the longstanding Lemmy, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee era from 1995 to 2015 – Killed by Death / In the Name of Tragedy / Sacrifice / Ramones / Burner and Victory or Die from the last studio outing, Bad Magic.

Ticket: £11.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 23rd November

Nine Below Zero – ‘Are We There Yet? 40th Anniversary Tour’

One of the UK’s finest R’n’B bands, NINE BELOW ZERO, formed in 1979 and named themselves after the famous Sonny Boy Williamson song.

In 1980 they signed to A&M Records, released the seminal “Live at the Marquee” album and by the end of that year had moved from selling out the Marquee to selling out the Hammersmith Odeon.

Their first studio album 1981’s “Don’t Point Your Finger” saw the band appearances on the Old Grey Whistle Test and the South Bank show.

A year later, they appeared on “The Young Ones” with the track “Eleven + Eleven” before releasing arguably their finest album “Third Degree” which features such tracks as “Wipe Away Your Kiss” & “You Can’t Say Yes And You Can’t Say No”. The album’s iconic image was taken by none other than David Bailey.

Nine Below Zero have shared stages over the years with Chuck Berry, The Kinks, The Who, Eric Clapton, & Squeeze.

Ticket: £17.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 5th October

UK Foo Fighters – Banging On The Ceiling Tour (show starts 8pm)

As UK FOO FIGHTERS embarked on their 10th Anniversary Tour, they found themselves at the centre of a BBC documentary (watch it here) celebrating Tribute in homage to Glastonbury’s 2017 headliners, Foo Fighters.

Another milestone in a long list of epic achievements, placing them firmly amongst tribute’s elite to arguably one of the biggest rock bands of the last two decades.

Featured in Classic Rock, Rolling Stone, Kerrang, NME, Q, MOJO and Planet Rock magazines, their meteoric rise continues in 2019 with the ‘Banging on the Ceiling Tour’, a name inspired by Foo Fighters 9th studio album ‘Concrete and Gold’.

Piling through hit after hit, the band performs set lists containing all the classics – such as ‘Everlong’ and ‘Best of You’ alongside brand new material from the Foo’s new album ‘Concrete and Gold’ including ‘Run’, ‘The Sky is a Neighborhood’ and ‘La Dee Da’.

Absolutely nailing the true vibe of a Foo live experience, and all performed down to the closest detail making it a truly unmissable show for any Foo Fighters fan.

Ticket: £15.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 4th May

Hurricane#1, No Scary Bears, Badrocks

Fresh off a sold out tour with Embrace, we’re so pleased to welcome back indie legends HURRICANE#1, from the similarly legendary Creation Records label.

After battling cancer, front man Alex Lowe has emerged triumphant (well, they do say only the strongest will survive) and resurrected the iconic Hurricane#1 – back with a vengeance…

The Oxford four piece released two albums, Hurricane #1 (’97) and Only The Strongest Will Survive (’99) and one of the decade’s anthems ‘Step Into My World’ – also featured on the 1998 Volkswagen Beetle ad screened around the world.

Regardless of what the sales figures show, they gave the Gallagher brothers a real ride for their money, melding live-in-the-studio energy with 60s rock and psychedelia.

After smashing 2015 with comeback album “Find What You Love and Let It Kill You” the battling Lowe brings his band triumphantly marching into 2019, hitting the road again in the UK and Europe to showcase new material from forthcoming album Melodic Rainbows.

Fans can hear two new tunes on Spotify with the powerful and rocking ‘I Wanna Kill You’ and the melancholy Melodic Rainbows which continues songwriter/vocalist Alex Lowes recipe of sing-a-long lyrics and anthemic guitars.

The band includes original and founding front-man Alex Lowe, drummer Chris Campbell and newly-added bass giant Stu Fletcher (The Seahorses) from York – and the album also features original member Andy Bell.

Ticket: £10.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 20th April

Corduroy – The Return Of The Fabric Four! w/ guest Nick Corbin (New Street Adventure)

Bloody hell, Acid Jazz alert! The return of The Fabric Four!!

Back and better than ever, thrilling from the off in early 1992 (and playing Fibbs to PACKED houses in May ’94 and May ’97), the four Londoners were well ahead of the curve with a soundtrack for the beatific generation.

Yup, CORDUROY cut a striking presence in black turtle necks, goatee beards, positively oozing cartoonish charm and visual style. Think Bop musicians and Greenwich Village bohemians, with a cat’s miaow.

Behind the flummery the music captured hearts and minds with three albums, Dad Man Cat (bop speak and Hammond funk!), High Havoc and Out Of Here drawing on 60s/70s TV themes.

But their influence stretched even further as a favourite of Blur (who played their early stuff on the tour bus, formulating ideas for Parklife) and as such Corduroy’s imprint is writ large over Britpop’s foundations. And Blur showed their appreciation, inviting them to play at their Alexandra Palace extravaganza alongside Supergrass and Pulp.

2018, however, welcomes a new album. The aptly titled The Return Of The Fabric Four, taking the group back to their Acid Jazz source with 12 tracks that score that archetypal ’60s spy film, with split screens and montages, car chases, secret agents in black specs and fawn macs and girls in kinky boots and knitted dresses.

And the title track is the centre-piece, the group’s calling card, “illustrating the four instruments in the band” – a sound gallery of Hammond jazz, funky drumming, popping bass and subtle guitar delivered with inimitable verve, flair and swagger. “It’s our big film soundtrack theme. Our Johnny Pate or Quincy Jones moment.”

Interspersed with jazz passages, mood mosaics and a samba, pre-empting the mid 90s easy listening renaissance that blew up with Club Smashing and Indigo’s and the lifestyle paid homage to in the Austin Powers films.

Last word to the band, “Before we did that first gig we said, “Let’s be the band in the party scene in every film we’ve ever liked.”

Ticket: £15.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7pm
Age: 14+

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Friday 29th March

Goldie Lookin Chain

Straight Outta Newport GOLDIE LOOKIN CHAIN are officially Britain’s biggest rap group.

Known for classics like “Guns Don’t Kill People Rappers Do” and “Your Mother’s Got A Penis”, The GLC started almost by accident around the turn of the century with Eggsy’s impromptu rap about his tracksuit over a serious piece of Rhys’ studio music.

Adam Hussain, Billy Webb, Mystkal, the Maggot, 2hats and Mike Balls convinced Rhys to record the rap and fuelled by Lambrini, fags, Chicken Tikka Massala and weed they all took to the mic and The GLC’s first album “Don’t Blame the Chain” was born.

And so it began, the journey which has so far seen The GLC rise to the top of the charts, perform around the world and at every major festival in the Western Hemisphere and make millions of people laugh along the way.

Now many years since that first rap about Eggsy’s tracksuit, the boys are still keeping it real in the rap game and hold the title of the most successful UK rap act ever.

To date The GLC have released 18 albums… and amazingly none of them have died yet. You knows it!

Ticket: £15.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7pm
Age: 14+

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Wednesday 17th April

Heather Small

HEATHER SMALL, born 20th January 1965, grew up on a West London council estate. From going to Sunday school and attending the ‘Good News Club’, religion and faith became an important aspect of Heather’s life. Growing up in 70’s Britain and not wanting to be stereotyped or treated differently, Heather knew that she wanted to make something of herself.

Even though Heather battled with shyness and severe nerves, she joined her first band Hot!House, releasing two albums in the late 80’s.

As Part of M People, hits such as ‘Moving On Up’, ‘One Night In Heaven’ and ‘Search For The Hero’ and albums like Elegant Slumming, Bizarre Fruit and Fresco achieving massive worldwide success, Heather became one of the seminal British voices of the 1990s, with the band winning the Best British Dance Act Award at the Brits in 1994 and 1995, as well as the Mercury Music Prize for Elegant Slumming.

Heather has since had great successes with two solo albums – the title track of her ‘Proud’ album has gone on to become the soundtrack to a whole host of very special events including London’s successful 2012 Olympic bid, the 60th anniversary of VE Day in Trafalgar Square, the launch of Queen Mary 2, the Tsunami Relief Concert, England’s victory at the Rugby World Cup celebrations, and the official ceremony marking the handover of the Olympic Games from Beijing to London.

And when Oprah Winfrey was looking for a song to sum up the work she’d been striving to achieve over her twenty-year career, she got in touch with Heather, who somehow managed to squeeze in a trip across the Atlantic to perform on the show right in the middle of her last UK tour with M People (‘If Oprah calls, you go!’ she laughs, adding that the first lady of chat was ‘very sweet to me’).

In 2008, Heather embarked on a journey that would see her dance her way into the public’s affection as she became a contestant in Series 6 of the BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. Heather’s infectious personality and her trademark sense of humour earned her appearances on a number of TV news and chat shows including Paul O’Grady, Alan Titchmarsh, GMTV, BBC Breakfast, The Wright Stuff, Newsnight, as well as special appearances on The Weakest Link and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

2009 was another busy year for Heather as she took to the road again with her band completing two highly successful UK tours in May and November, performing at over 30 venues nationwide to sell-out crowds. She also continued her TV work with regular slots on music, entertainment, and politics shows, including ‘Dancing On Wheels’, a wheelchair dancing competition-come-documentary airing on BBC Three in early 2010.

In the Autumn, Heather teamed up with singing sensations Anastacia and Lulu for the critically acclaimed ‘Here Come The Girls’ – an unforgettable night of feel-good party music and dance, touring arenas across the UK and Ireland during November and December 2010.

Well known for her charitable work, Heather was recently made an ambassador for the children’s charity Barnardo’s and is continually involved with fundraising and helping lend her valuable support to projects around the country.

So what gives Heather the impetus to keep moving forward, to keep challenging herself, to keep trying new things and not resting on her laurels? ‘If you got the feeling I do when I sing’ she smiles, ‘you’d understand’.

Ticket: £29.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7pm
Age: 14+

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Friday 22nd March

Lee Scratch Perry w/ guest DJ Selecter B (Bangarang)

LEE SCRATCH PERRY, then, one of the most enduring and original reggae artist/producers of all time. From the early ’60s as a singer and engineer for Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One in Kingston, through producing seminal Wailers classics ‘African Herbsman’ and ‘Soul Revolution’, Perry’s innovative style marks him as one of reggae’s original treasures.

An undisputed pioneer, Lee “The Upsetter” Perry has worked with almost everyone from The Heptones to The Skatalites to The Clash.

Certainly one of his legendary contributions pairing Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer with the Barnet Brothers (Carley and ‘Family Man’) who had been the heart of The UUpsetters.

After his own studio, Black Ark, burned down in the late 70s, Perry laid low only to resurface in England in the mid-80s partnering everyone from Adrian Sherwood to Terence Trent D’Arby.

During this time, Perry moved to the Swiss Alps (“The mountains give me the fresh Swiss air to replenish my structure so I can soon join the immortal race”).

Stream of consciousness, rantings of a lunatic or the offerings of a prophet? Either way, his unique dubbing style is infectious, with groundbreaking sound effects, echo/reverb and rewind adding a new dimension to the folk tradition of reggae.

Always one to follow the beat of his own drum, the eccentric genius Perry is still breaking new ground with the hardest rebel rasta tunes and unpredictable instrumental dubs, expounding on his favourite themes of extraterrestrials, judgment, justice, corruption, carnality and self proclamation, all over some killer rhythms.

Welcome back to York the Mark E Smith of reggae with an arsenal of feelgood tunes. With an ace band launching into the songs as soon as he shouts the titles, he skips from his Upsetters classics such as Zion’s Blood to Marley’s Sun Is Shining and an epic remodel of Exodus retitled Sexy Dust.

Perry’s singing sometimes bears the loosest connection to the song he is performing, and yet the 77-year-old possesses a wonderful tone and childlike, magical fascination with the noises he produces with his mouth: “Bam bam! Yam yam! Rastafari! Yeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaargh!”

Ticket: £19.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 13th April

Wilko Johnson w/ special guest Glenn Tilbrook

Is there a more exciting sight than the wild-eyed king of rhythm and blues chopping at a red and black Telecaster tethered to a coily lead, bouncing back and forth across a stage…

Ladies and Gentlemen, the return to York of the inimitable, the indestructible, the magnificent king of real rhythm and blues, WILKO JOHNSON, a regular at Fibbers since 1994 and still, yes, STILL, at the top of his game.

And following his astonishing recovery from cancer, the original Dr Feelgood guitarist has enjoyed a rousing return to the live arena, including a No. 1 album with Roger Daltrey and a sold out Royal Albert Hall show to mark his 70th birthday.

Heavily influenced by MICK GREEN // THE PIRATES // LIVE AT HOPE & ANCHOR (rhythm and lead AT THE SAME TIME), our hero’s finger-style, chop-chord strumming action (the self-described ‘stab’), allows for that same chords-and-lead to be played at the same time, giving a fluency and a distinctive sound very unlike the cleaner swat of a pick.

That stripped-back economic sound, the black-suit and the scowls, the yards he covered across the stage pausing only to twist that coily lead from under his feet, Wilko Johnson is indisputably one of the era’s all-time guitar heroes.

Completing the band, as always, ex-Blockhead Norman Watt-Roy on bass, crouched over and dripping with sweat, pulling notes from thin air synched perfectly with Dylan Howe on drum.

But wait, who’s this supporting? Bloody hell, GLENN TILBROOK – a man who has more than earned his place at pop’s top table.

Forty five years after linking with Chris Difford, Jools Holland et al to form the much-loved and evergreen Squeeze, Glenn is still in demand as one of our most cherished songwriters and performers, still with a devotion to performing live, with no signs of diminishing!

Can you afford to miss this…

Ticket: £27.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7pm
Age: 14

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