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Friday 28th April

The Lounge Kittens – ‘Bringing Up The Rear’ Tour!

Ladies and gentlemen, THE LOUNGE KITTENS: rock sluts in disguise.

“Loving it” – Fred Durst, Limp Bizkit

“I love your version – killer job!” – Corey Taylor, Slipknot

“You are the PARTIEST kittens I’ve ever lounged around with!” – Andrew W.K.

Big tunes with a twist… And from YouTube to Wembley in one nimble leap they keep surprising audiences with tongue-in-cheek covers, acid wit and the ability to swear in three part harmony.

In summer 2014 the girls knocked audiences for six at Glastonbury and Sonisphere festivals (among others) and were invited to open Limp Bizkit’s set on the main stage at Sonisphere!

UK and European arena tours followed with the bad boys of heavy metal Steel Panther and then rampaged through Download Festival, Graspop, Boardmasters and returned to Glastonbury for the second year in a row – proving they can hold the attention of the heaviest of metal fans armed with just a keyboard and voices.

Then came the videos. Spurred on by their live show success it was decided that a music video should be made. One sunny afternoon in February 2014 the girls commandeered a beautiful house and an even more beautiful Ferrari and filmed a ridiculous video to accompany their version of Limp Bizkit’s ‘Rollin’. What happened next was a surprise to everyone. With a personal endorsement from Mr Limp Bizkit himself (Fred Durst) the video sky-rocketed into the virtual stratosphere.

And now everybody’s favourite not-so-guilty pleasure are hitting the road again.

Their debut album ‘Sequins & C-Bombs’ features a whopping fifteen of their humorous, entertaining and technically-challenging covers tackling even more genres than before as they take on everything from Rammstein to Usher, passing briefly through Mumford & Sons and culminating in their first collaboration with a big band sound for Marilyn Manson’s ‘The Beautiful People’ and their now infamous Prodigy medley ‘Smack My Firestarter to Outer Space’.

These girls are no strangers to hard work, finishing their 2016 opening for the legendary Status Quo on their ‘Last Night of the Electrics’ tour and once again proving themselves arena-worthy as they conquer London’s O2.

And 2017 seems to be no exception as the foxy felines are eager to get back out on the road again. “We’re never happier than when we’re out playing shows” Zan, the Pink one beams. “This is what we’re here to do and our fans let us know we missed a few spots on the last tour so hopefully we can have a few more memorable nights in April”.

“Yeah, plus if we spend too much time apart we realise that we can’t cope separately anymore. It’s a bit like Stockholm Syndrome. So we’d better get back in that van” says Timia (Blue).

“TLK are the most amazing group of singers. Funny, talented and sexy. I think one day we will be opening for them” – Michael Starr, Steel Panther

“SOME OF THE STUFF I’VE HEARD YOU GIRLS DO IS BETTER THAN W*NKING” – Francis Rossi, Status Quo

“You have the makings of a very interesting act. The music industry is crying out for something different” – Danny Bowes, Thunder

“The three of you sing better than anyone I know” – Mark Thomas, Black Spiders

“Your voices blend really well – it’s great! I love the concept of doing Alice Cooper and Toto in that style. Very cool” – James Willard, Brother & Bones

Ticket: £8.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Wednesday 12th July

The Dickies 40th Anniversary Party, In Evil Hour, Segregates

Clown princes of punk! In contrast to the snotty, intentionally offensive humour of many comedically-inclined punk bands, THE DICKIES were winningly goofy, inspired by trashy movies and pop culture camp.

Their covers were just as ridiculous as their originals, transforming arena rock anthems and bubblegum pop chestnuts alike in to a signature loud, speed-blur punk-pop — Ramones crossed with L.A. hardcore!

As the band got older, their music slowed down slightly, but the sound and sense of humour stayed the same, and they were an avowed influence on new-school punkers like Green Day and Offspring.

Inspired by the first wave of 1977 London/New York punk, they became the first L.A. punk band to score a major-label deal in 1978 with A&M on the strength of one demo.

That year their debut single featured a warp-speed cover of Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’ and originals ‘Hideous’ and ‘You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla); the latter, of course, reigned as their signature song for many years after.

In early 1979, debut album, The Incredible Shrinking Dickies, racked up significant UK sales and their cover of the ‘Banana Splits‘ cartoon theme song became a Top Five hit.

By the end of that year, the Dickies were able to put together a follow-up, Dawn of the Dickies, which featured fan favourites ‘Attack of the Mole Men’ and ‘Manny, Moe and Jack’ plus a jokey, rocked-up cover of ‘Nights in White Satin’. And in 1980, a single version of ‘Gigantor’, the theme from a Japanese cartoon series.

An amazing opportunity to catch long-standing legendary L.A. punk vets – the oldest surviving punk band still recording new material by the new millennium. One banana, two banana, three banana, four…

Presented by TV’s Over.

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

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Thursday 11th May

Colour Of Noise

Steeped in the late 60’s British blues boom and early 70’s stadium rock, Brighton’s COLOUR OF NOISE deliver songs with steam locomotive power. There are no ballads…

CoN’s founder, guitarist Bruce John Dickinson, played in the charting hard rock band Little Angels between 1988-1994. Little Angels’ album ‘Jam’ went to number one in the UK album chart in 1993 with the band enjoying 11 Top Forty hit singles, which still get well-deserved airplay on Planet Rock today. Little Angels opened for Guns N’ Roses at the Marquee Club in ͚88 and went on to tour with Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, ZZ Top, Aerosmith and other heavyweight acts. The band played their final gig to a sold-out Royal Albert Hall in 1994. They would, however, reform in 2012 for the Download Festival.

Steeped in the late 60’s British blues boom and early 70’s stadium rock, Brighton’s COLOUR OF NOISE deliver songs with steam locomotive power. There are no ballads…

CoN’s founder, guitarist Bruce John Dickinson, played in the charting hard rock band Little Angels between 1988-1994. Little Angels’ album ‘Jam’ went to number one in the UK album chart in 1993 with the band enjoying 11 Top Forty hit singles, which still get well-deserved airplay on Planet Rock today. Little Angels opened for Guns N’ Roses at the Marquee Club in ͚88 and went on to tour with Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, ZZ Top, Aerosmith and other heavyweight acts. The band played their final gig to a sold-out Royal Albert Hall in 1994. They would, however, reform in 2012 for the Download Festival.

The reunion revived Bruce’s determination to perform again, leading him to form Colour of Noise in 2015 with friends linked and gathered throughout the years: vocalist Matt Mitchell from Furyon; and’ Silent’ Ben Daniels on bass. CoN’s current line-up reunites Bruce John Dickinson with fellow Little Angel Mark Richardson (also of Feeder and Skunk Anansie) on drums.

The band’s most recent single, ‘Medicine Man’ (an exclusive from RAK Studios) was produced by Luke Postashnick of The Temperance Movement, whilst the song’s heady psychedelic video was directed by Mikee W Goodman (not only a member of progressive metal band SikTh, but also an award-winning director).

Over to the band, “The songs we write deal with issues of permanence, holding on to what is great in our lives (people and music), coming to terms with change (broken dreams, relationships) whilst trying to retain a sense of yourself in a mad world. More than anything else, they deal with escapism through rock ‘n’ roll”.

“The noise we make is mostly powered by highly cranked vintage equipment. Not because we’re that stuck on a principle, it just sounds better to our ears”.

Colour Of Noise have toured with with Thunder, featured at Download and Steel House festivals, Hard Rock Hell IX and Ramblin’ Man Fair 2017 to come.

CoN artists? More like the real thing…

It’s all about the live show. CAN’T BLOODY WAIT!

Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 15th April

King No-One

KING NO-0NE have been conquering stages, gaining bigger and bigger audiences with each show and blowing away crowds across the UK with an explosive live show.

They’ve played packed-to-the-rafters shows supporting Embrace on two sold-out UK Academy tours and also clocked up memorable appearances at festivals such as Reading and Leeds, The Great Escape (BBC Introducing Showcase), Live At Leeds, Dot-To-Dot and a headlining Club NME show at the iconic KOKO in Camden.

Having sold out their second UK headline tour last December, King No-One will be back on the road for a third headline run this March and April, due to fan demand. All shows are 14+ and the tour includes a show at London’s Thousand Island (formerly upstairs at the Garage) on Thursday March 30th.

Making an undeniable mark as one of the exciting, ‘must see’ bands for 2017, King No-One are set to be exploding across the musical landscape again this year. ON SALE WEDNESDAY!

Ticket: £7.50 general admission; £10 meet & greet (very limited) Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Thursday 16th March

Theatre Of Hate

Seminal post-punk death rock still led by the seemingly indestructible and evergreen Kirk Brandon.

In 1980, KIRK BRANDON formed Theatre Of Hate from the ashes of heralded punk band The Pack. Joining Kirk on vocals were notable punk musicians Stan Stammers and Luke Rendall, along with old school friend, Steve Guthrie and Canadian born John “Boy” Lennard, who revolutionised the band’s sound with his haunting sax lines.

Debut double-A-side single, “Legon”/”Original Sin”, topped the 1980 independent chart and debut album “Westworld” (produced by Mick Jones) held the No 1 slot for twenty one weeks. The single, “Do You Believe In The Westworld?” has become an anthem and still widely played in clubs and on international radio, as well as featuring on numerous compilation albums.

Supporting the likes of The Clash, Ian Dury and Spizz Energi led to the band headlining major UK & European venues but they imploded in 1982, and Kirk took Stan forward to form Spear Of Destiny. However, the band has resurfaced over the years to play some very special shows, 2012 being the “Westworld” anniversary.

Original members Kirk Brandon, Stan Stammers and John ‘Boy’ Lennard alongside Adrian Portas (New Model Army) and Danny Farrant (The Buzzcocks) have re-ignited the fire lit by Deathrock band TOH in 1980. Expect new songs and all the classics including Legion, Do You Believe In The Westworld?, Original Sin and Rebel Without A Brain that have wowed music lovers across the UK.

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

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Saturday 13th May

MC Devvo, DJ Oscar Kane, MC Fitch

I am Darren Devonshire. Devvo for short. MC DEVVO for when I’m rapping and shit.

I dun loads of stuff for TV and internet and that.

I do stand up comedy gigs when I can be arsed.

You can see my videos HERE.

I like getting mashed out me mind and jail cells.

I had all the awards and then melted them down for chains and that.

Devvo as owt.

Gunna to be dead busy and that; best get a ticket mate. IT’S DEVVO TIME!

Ticket: £7.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 16

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Sunday 14th May

An Evening With Luke Haines

LUKE HAINES was the man behind Baader Meinhoff and Black Box Recorder who sprang to prominence in 1992 with his band The Auteurs and the Mercury Music Prize-nominated album New Wave (lost out by one vote…) and inadvertently kicked off Britpop in the process.

The music ‘biz’ doesn’t produce nearly enough of these belligerent buggers… Haines is a supremely gifted and far-sighted songwriter, the king of brio and bile, the avant-garde Arthur Scargill, and possessed of an almost obsessive “**** off, it’s my way or not at all” attitude that, frankly, we could do with a heckuva lot more of.

Look, just come and bloody well see this show and this man. Or at least get one of his books, Bad Vibes, in which our hero tells of knuckle-headed musos, baffling tours and his own swiftly unravelling personal life. And what it’s like to be on the cusp of massive success, attack anyone within rifle range, and be more than happy to turn the gun on himself.

A ridiculously entertaining individual – all those adjectives are SPOT ON.

Immensely chuffed to drag another legend kicking and screaming in to York!

Ticket: £17.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Saturday 4th November

The Icicle Works 2.5 hour show performing the music of Ian McNabb and The Icicle Works

ICICLE WORKS first rose to prominence with two major hits “Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream)” and “Love is a Wonderful Colour”, the eponymously titled debut album was also a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, achieving gold. And the scousers from the neo-psychedelia movement went on release four more Top 40 albums until splitting immediately after Blind.

The other two members of the band were Chris Layhe (bass & vocals) and Chris Sharrock (drums), the latter went on to enjoy great success playing in Oasis…

Ian went on to record one more album under the name ‘The Icicle Works’ signing to Epic in 1989 and using session musicians in place of the now departed Chris’s. Permanent Damage was released in March 1990, but fared badly in the midst of the then exploding ‘Madchester scene.’ Ian comes from Liverpool!

Great critical and commercial enduring success through the years, including Mercury nomination, has always followed Ian McNabb who, from personal experience, we can testify to being one of the loveliest people in rock and roll, his solo releases always making end of year ‘best-of’ lists as well.

Ian’s love for classic 60s/70s power pop and rock, with clear nods to the likes of Badfinger, Who, T Rex, Beach Boys etc shines through and Icicle Works anniversary tours always sell out.

Ian has been a professional musician since the age of fifteen, when he used to play at workingmen’s social clubs in the northwest of England, although he now reckons he’s only just getting started. Good start Ian…

Ticket: £17.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Monday 29th May

An Evening with Liverpool legends John Barnes, John Aldridge & Jan Molby

Fancy meeting THREE Liverpool players who were part of some of the strongest and most successful sides in football history?

JOHN BARNES, JOHN ALDRIDGE & JAN MOLBY are coming to Fibbers on a night that will be one to remember for any Liverpool fan.

You’ll get the chance to meet the trio beforehand – shake their hands, get your photos with them, have them sign something for you – and then you’ll be able to see them live on stage in a hilarious show as they talk about their time at the club.

These events are hugely popular so book your tickets early to avoid disappointment!

Ticket: £25.00 general admission // £45.00 meet & greet Buy Now
Doors: 6pm (meet & greet); 7.30pm (general admission)
Age: All ages

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Sunday 19th November

Jagged Little Pill (live on stage)

It’s a black fly in your Chardonnay; a free ride when you’ve already paid; ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife…

Alanis Morissette’s 1995 innovative stroke of artistic genius swept the world (33 million sales / 10x platinum in the UK / 145 wks in the charts / 5 Grammys) and JAGGED LITTLE PILL w/ full live band and the incredible Sophie deliver a staggering show including all the favourites including, of course, Hand In My Pocket, You Learn, You Oughta Know and the powerful Ironic.

Along with a FULL LIVE BAND Sophie, as Alanis, has the performance nailed, celebrating the critically and publicly acclaimed success of Jagged Little Pill – this show is part of a full UK-wide tour.

Yes, life has a funny way of sneaking up on you,
Life has a funny, funny way of helping you out…

Recommended show!

Ticket: £12.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Monday 17th April

ZAPPATiKA

Twenty dollar bill, I can set you straight… Meet me on the corner boy’n don’t be late.

It’s freak out time!

ZAPPATiKA are one of the worlds’ premiere Frank Zappa tribute shows and also play their own “Zappa-influenced” prog compositions, successfully touring Europe & the UK and playing many festivals, headlining Germany’s 2015 Zappanale Festival featuring five ex-Zappa musicians as special guests.

The April 2017 “Tour Brittania” will also feature special guests who have appeared on various Frank Zappa albums,including Craig “Twister” Steward (Harmonica,Guitar & Vocals) and Jeff Hollie (Saxophone & Vocals).

ZAPPATiKA begin 2017 with an incredibly dynamic new 6-piece line up and recently released the first self-penned track (The Pony Suite) from their forthcoming 2nd studio album. The Pony Suite was featured in the January edition of Terrorizer Magazine and currently tops various Prog-Rock charts.

Hot meat
Hot rats
Hot zits
Hot wrists
Hot ritz
Hot roots
Hot soots

Ticket: £12.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Friday 7th July

The Real People, Psyence, Barry Sutton (La’s, Cast) + aftershow ’til 3am w/ DJs Dave Booth (Stone Roses/Hacienda), Dermo (Northside), Nick Cope & Nikki Eccentric

THE REAL PEOPLE were Britpop before Britpop was invented, an inspired and fun rehash of the 60s British Invasion, and Liverpudlian brothers Tony and Chris Griffiths put together an influential brew of psychedelic rock, ’70s funk, and late-’80s dance music (“Window Pane” / “Open up Your Mind’) wooing modern rock radio listeners in the early ’90s.

Credited by many bands as an influence, most notably Oasis, The ‘Realies’ are also successful Top 40 hit songwriters for the likes of Cher, Ocean Colour Scene, BB Mak and Atomic Kitten. Still going stronger than ever with a new album Monday Morning Breakdown out now The Real People are STILL on fire.

Blues rock-inspired heavy alt-rockers PSYENCE could only come from Stoke… Already being lauded NME, Q, Clash, Quietus and The Guardian, they’re blurring the lines of early 70’s blues rock and modern-day psychedelia, so expect an intense chemical reaction of face-melting riffs, spacious vocals and groove-based rhythms that have been locked away up north to slowly mature far away from the London scene.

BARRY SUTTON (The La’s/Cast) will treat us to some of the classics alongside his own solo work!

DJ DAVE BOOTH was the Stone Roses’ DJ, working Spike Island, Blackpool, Alexandra Palace, and all the great Roses gigs that have now become the stuff of pop culture legend. Djing for over 30 years now from Manchester to Ibiza at legendary clubs such at Pips, Hacienda and Garland he still has the heart & soul for music he was born with.

And introducing DERMO (Northside), signed to Factory in ’91 and very much a part of the Madchester/baggy/indie-rave scene. Currently Djing countrywide with a mix of indie & old school classics.

EARLY BIRD TICKETS @ £10 NOW ON SALE – THEY WON’T LAST LONG!

Ticket: £10.00 EARLY BIRD Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14 (18+ aftershow)

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Friday 31st March

Pura Vida, MOM, Frames, Native City

Featured on BBC Introducing & BBC Radio 6, PURA VIDA are the latest in a growing movement of great guitar acts with homegrown ideas and fragmented storytelling. Here at Fibbers we haven’t had this spirit here since 1969, or at least the mid-2000s when DJs played at your mate’s wedding not arenas – and GUITARS RULED.

Influenced by Smiths / Last Dinosaurs / Districts / Arctic Monkeys / Catfish & The Bottlemen / JAWS and the like, Tom Hogan (Vox, guitar), Jack Ledger (guitar), Piers Mansell (bass) & Tom Ansell (drums) the boys have all but stolen the night at recent Fibbers shows.

November 2016 saw the release of their first EP ‘Sundae’ (iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon music, Google Play etc) and now March 2017 marks their one year anniversary and the month in which they release their second single ‘Sway’. What better way to celebrate it than with a headline gig at Fibbers?

Top support acts too, with all girl 4-piece alt-indie MOM (think Wolf Alice / Runaways / Haim / Fidlar / Pixies / Drenge) and FRAMES (Kings of Leon / Killers / Catfish & Bottlemen / Black Keys / Strokes) who recorded self titled debut EP at Sheffield’s 2Fly Studios (home of Arctic Monkeys debut).

Ticket: £5.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Friday 12th May

U2-2 (performing The Joshua Tree)

The Joshua Tree, U2’s classic 25 million-selling album, is thirty this year and to celebrate U2-2 will be performing the album in its entirety at a series of special shows featuring, of course, those singles ‘With or Without You’, ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ and ‘Where the Streets Have No Name’

U2-2 are the only tribute to have performed alongside U2 at the same football stadiums (“We’re flattered by what they’re doing” – Bono) and, established for 24 yrs, the rave reviews keep on coming:

“Seen them a few times, they’re the best, quite stunning” – Aaron Govern, U2 staff member

“You guy’s rock. The best in the world” – Ciara Lawrence, The Edge’s cousin

“The greatest U2 tribute in the world” – Suggs, Madness

“I toured with U2 on The Joshua Tree tour and played Live Aid, you guy’s have it all” – Rupert Black, The Pretenders

So unless you fancy paying fifty times face value from a secondary ticket company to see the real Bono from a mile away in the stands… the world’s best tribute to one of Ireland’s greatest exports is here tonight. And what a night in store.

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

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Monday 13th March

Mortiis, Pig, Seraph Sin

The Swine & Punishment Tour! After last year’s storming MORTIIS tour and the release of their critically acclaimed 9th Studio release ‘The Great Deceiver’ Norway’s finest industrial metal ghouls are back with a new remix album and another even larger UK tour.

This time with US allies PIG who return to the UK for the first time in decades, bringing their own old school industrial rock infused with a highly energised performance, PIG will provide the ‘awe’ to MORTIIS’ ‘shock’ keeping the audience enthralled and inspired with a rotating headline to keep fans guessing and on their toes!

PIG feature original frontman and 3/4’s of golden era KMFDM including Raymond Watts, En Esch and Guenter Schulz! Completing the PIG line up is ex Combichrist Z Marr and 16 Volt’s Galen Waling.

This tour is a rotating headliner tour with both headliners playing full sets so be sure to arrive early so as not to miss either set and brilliant support sets from special guests from Glasgow’s SERAPH SIN!

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

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Thursday 27th April

The Phil Rudd (AC/DC) Band

For those about to rock… we salute you. Yup, that’s right – legendary AC/DC drummer PHIL RUDD, veteran of all but three of AC/DC’s 18 studio albums, Rock’n’Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and (previously) fully signed-up member of the rock’n’roll lifestyle club (“…after Highway to Hell went multi-platinum worldwide I headed straight down the road to buy my first Ferrari”) is coming to York!

“The real deal” – Malcolm Young

“The heart and soul of AC/DC” – Eric Singer (Kiss)

“AC/DC were my absolute heroes because they are simple and easy to copy. Though soon you find they are not so easy to copy” – Christoph Schneider (Rammstein)

Over to the man himself, “My hell raising days are over and I see a psychiatrist every week and I’m  closer than ever to my children. I still have all my flash cars but now I want to grow chillies”.

This gig with a genuine legend (fag-in-gob AC/DC version of Phil here Back In Black / River Plate) is going to rock like a b*st*rd, and if other shows on this tour are anything to go by it’s going to sell out real quick…

Ticket: £28.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Sunday 21st May

King King

“Hot, Blue and Righteous” – Classic Rock.

Having scored three radio hit singles on Planet Rock with Crazy, Hurricane and, most recently, Rush Hour, KING KING were nominated for Best New Band (2015 Classic Rock Awards) and followed that with a UK arena tour supporting Thunder.

“King King are the living, breathing, here and now of classic rock music”…

A multi-award winning rock/blues band with a brilliant back catalogue to die for; this is a wonderfully talented bunch with a reputation for chemistry not only between band members, but the audience as well – working them like stadium pros but keeping it intimate and genuine so the whole crowd feels part of the show.

King King are just not ordinary. A powerhouse rhythm section (Wayne Proctor/drums and Lindsay Coulson/bass) with a dazzling keyboard player (Bob Fridzema) underscoring Alan Nimmo, a virtuoso frontman possessed of an almost impolite level of charisma and the talent to back it up.

Nimmo’s full-blooded style, technical brilliance and impassioned vocals are infectious and instantly recognisable. No smoke and mirrors, just killer songs performed with true passion.

“In footballing terms, King King are the musical equivalent of Real Madrid or Barcelona; supremely talented individuals who come together to produce a compelling performance” – Lancashire Telegraph.

Ticket: £20.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Wednesday 17th May

Chameleons Vox Magical History Tour 2017 – Chapter 2

A career-spanning set chosen by the fans from their entire back catalogue…

CHAMELEONS VOX is the continuation of The Chameleons, arguably the most influential band ever to come out of Manchester, featuring Chameleons vocalist, bassist and principle composer Mark Burgess, longtime collaborators Yves Altana on drums and guitarists Neil Dwerryhouse and Chris Oliver.

Still touring hard to a huge and dedicated growing fan base, the band has recently completed sold out tours across Europe and the USA.

Some eloquent and heartfelt words from the eminent Dave Simpson, writing in The Guardian…

“There’s a wonderful – if apocryphal – story about the major-label A&R team that was dispatched to Manchester in the 1980s with instructions to sign the band that was making enormous waves in the north-west. The industry bods took one listen to the sounds at the Hacienda, and Geffen signed the Chameleons. The story goes that it wasn’t until much later that someone told them they’d actually been sent to secure the Stone Roses.

The tale underlines the peculiar seductiveness of four lads from Middleton, Manchester, who should have shook the world. Sadly, just when they were on the verge of massive US success, they split in 1987 after the death of manager Tony Fletcher.

The oddest thing about the Chameleons’ comeback is that they’ve carried on exactly where they left off, with their devoted fanbase still intact (the Verve and the Gallaghers reputedly among its members).

In the old days, their elemental anthems came from somewhere deeper than a record company balance sheet, and this hasn’t changed. When singer Mark Burgess loses himself in the still awesome Soul in Isolation, you wonder what on earth went on in those mysterious lost years.

The Chameleons may have missed the commercial boat in 1987, but they have still made a fascinating voyage”.

Early ticket purchase recommended…

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

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Thursday 13th April

The Quireboys, Last Great Dreamers, Souls Of Tide

With a sound that harks back to the 70’s heyday of The Faces, Stones, Slade and Mott The Hoople, THE QUIREBOYS have always remained true to their roots from the start. The boys’ mission is simply to keep the spirit of good time rock ‘n’ roll alive and kicking into the 21st century.

So… there’s a neat bourbon in your glass, a good woman on your arm and a long night of hard partying ahead. All you need is the band. And for those seeking a group of true Brit troubadours, capable of crafting the quintessential bar room experience with arena-style style hooks, look no further. Over 30 years and The Quireboys know how to keep the party going with no plans of stopping it anytime soon !!!

And with latest album, Twisted Love, is the sound of a band that’s been there, done that and bought the T-shirt – the torn and faded favourite with hundreds of tour dates on both sides of the Atlantic plastered across the back. “I don’t think there’s a harder working band out there,” concluded Spike. “And I’m proud of that. A record like Twisted Love doesn’t happen by chance. It happens because this band plays so many shows, spends so much time together and is incredibly tight – as songwriters and performers. There’s a song we recorded in Sweden that didn’t actually make the cut this time called Win Some Lose Some. That’s The Quireboys for you. And we’re all the better for it.”

See you at the front for good old rock ‘n’ roll!

Ticket: £20.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Thursday 18th May

Foy Vance: The Wild Swan World Tour, w/ special guest Ryan McMullan

FOY VANCE knows how to write a song. It’s a naturally finessed skill that led to collaborations with such diverse artists as Plan B, Sheryl Crow and Rudimental; syncing on multiple TV shows from Grey’s Anatomy to the Sons Of Anarchy finale, and beguiled some of the biggest players like Elton John and Ed Sheeran.

So in the run-up to the new album release, Vance travelled a long way from home (born in Bangor, N Ireland and now living in Aberfeldy, Scotland) to Nashville and, for an incurable songwriter, Music City is an irresistible draw where Vance can work with the best of the best.  Not, Vance clarifies, for himself or his own material as he has already completed The Wild Swan featuring twelve brilliant songs of such high calibre there’s no need for any outside assistance!

“I’m not snobby about it, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable writing with other people for myself. That feels like it’s my own private joy,” adds a man who craftedThe Wild Swan entirely to his own vision, in Nashville’s Blackbird Studios, aided by Jacquire King, who recorded and mixed one of his favourite albums, Tom Waits’ Mule Variations.

“And I used to steer clear of writing with other people altogether until I started doing it just by chance. And then I realised that even when it goes shit, it’s still a learning curve,” Vance notes with a smile. “Every wrong path is a way to the right path. I keep it pretty lean. But when good people come up, I give it a go.”

One of those good people is Ed Sheeran. Vance co-wrote “Tenerife Sea” and “Afire Love” from 2014’s multi-million- selling X, and he wrote “Make It Rain”, which Sheeran sang over the final episode of cult biker drama Sons Of Anarchy.

“Ed’s like a wee song machine,” Vance notes approvingly. “He would always go places lyrically that I wouldn’t go myself, so he makes me think about the lyrical choices I make. Working with Ed made me a better writer.”

Now, with the impassioned, rootsy, rousing The Wild Swan – an album that makes nods to, and takes cues from, proper heroes ranging from Noam Chomsky to Ziggy Stardust to WB Yeats – the pair’s relationship moves to another level. Sheeran has signed Vance to Gingerbread Man Records, the label he launched in 2015 with Jamie Lawson and his self-titled, chart-topping debut album.

But in fact, Vance and Sheeran’s relationship goes back way further than that.

“Ed’s dad used to bring him to my gigs when he was 13,” begins Vance, a born hobo-raconteur (and he has the storyteller’s hat and showman’s moustache to prove it). “He only told me this after we’d done a couple of gigs together, but he’d been to something like 48 gigs of mine before we’d ever met.”

As an up-and-coming artist always keen to honour his formative influences, as soon as he started to have some success, Sheeran sought to pay it back.

“He reached out and said, ‘do you want to come on tour with me?’ And I’m thinking: ‘When else is a thirty-something, white, baldy Irishman single father who lives up in the mountains gonna get to on a bona fide pop tour?’ So I said, ‘yeah, I’ll go and do it.’

“And that tour was tough! I thought I’d just go in and do my own show. But I realised very quickly that, even though he hadn’t fully broken through at that time, his crowd of screaming teenage girls was ferocious – I spent more time bombing than I did anything else,” laughs Vance. “They just looked at me as if I was Ed’s demented uncle wheeled on for the craic, singing about heartache and cancer.”

Still, the Sheeran/Vance relationship flourished, with the pair emailing each other works-in-progress songs and Vance supporting Sheeran on the closing, Antipodean leg of the mammoth X tour. There was even a night trading riffs and rhymes with Sheeran, Jay Z and Beyoncé in the basement of Snow Patrol’s New York bar. But that’s another story for another biog.

One of the impetuses behind Sheeran founding Gingerbread Man Records was to give musicians he truly believes in complete artistic freedom, and so he made his friend an incredible offer: the chance to make a new album with an Artist-led record company, with full support and without constraint.

“Ed said, ‘go and make the record you want to make.’” Vance took him at his word. Similarly, he made sure Jacquire King was fully onboard.

“Mule Variations is not only an exquisitely-written record but a wonderful sounding record. I actually flew out to meet Jacquire in person before agreed to work with him because I wanted to look in the whites of his eyes and make sure we’d be on the same page. I didn’t want something too clean and polished and commercial.”

That said, there’s no denying the infectious beauty of The Wild Swan. It opens with “Noam Chomsky Is A Soft Revolution”, a rock’n’blues celebration of a roll-call of musical, philosophical, literary and polemical insurrectionists. It stops off with “Coco”, a tender, campfire song written for the young daughter of good friend Courtney Cox (Coco is a friend of Vance’s own daughter, Ella). And it ends with a dash of uillean pipes and “The Wild Swans On The Lake”, astop-you-in-your-tracks breath of Celtic balladry inspired by WB Yeats’ poem The Wild Swans At Coole.

Vance’s rich, rich voice also gets up close and personal on the hymnal “Burden”, then digs deep for “She Burns”, a song and a performance evocative of Bruce Springsteen’s “Tunnel Of Love”.

There are other, equally deeply felt glories too, like the ancient-but-modern “Be Like You Belong”, Vance’s soulful rasp weaving through pedal-steel and simple piano chords, or “Ziggy Looked Me In The Eye”. The latter is a piano-based, strings-buoyed soul-stirrer that compresses anthemic cri de coeur into four minutes of dignified tribute to, says Vance, “various people who I think have been part of a revolution. I’m not talking about Che Guevara or Ghandi or even Russell Brand for that matter – I’m talking about personal revolution. I like that idea constantly revolting against your own parameters.”

This thinking no doubt informs Vance’s embracing the opportunity of a summer tour with Elton John. Ever attuned to passionate artists, and forever intent on giving audiences the best possible night, Elton has invited Vance to support him on the British and European legs of his Wonderful Crazy Tour. But Elton’s enthusiasm for Vance goes deeper, still, than that – he’s Executive Producer of The Wild Swan.

“I feel so privileged to be a part of this remarkable artist’s first album on Gingerbread Man Records,” says Elton. “He is an extraordinary writer and singer.”

As seals of approval go, they don’t come much better than the imprimatur of one of the greatest songwriters of all time.

Referring to the album’s penultimate song, the “antsy”, agit-folk “Fire It Up”, this tyro-troubador sets straight his goals: “|t just has to be real. You go back to ancient Irish music, or Native American music, or people out on the plains of Africa – those people who are struggling for food, sometimes not eating for weeks on end, and having to hydrate themselves by piercing the neck of a wildebeest. But every single night the drums are out, and they’re singing around the fire.

“That tells you something about what music actually is. Whereas we’ve turned into a commodity – it’s become something to sell, a vehicle to get money or fame,” Foy Vance says with cheerful distaste. “That’s not what has ever interested me. It’s the music itself that matters. It has to be real.”

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

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Thursday 23rd March

Sari Schorr & The Engine Room, The Dead Cats

SARI SCHORR is a force of nature, a meteor, a comet. The blues speak through her. The real dirty sad funny wonderful blues, lives again! She’s got an amazing voice and sings with fire and grace. Go see her, and hear the living blues again, for the very first time.” – Dan Cohen

Welcome, folks, to Janis Joplin meets Tina Turner, all blustery vocals and emotionally-charged performances, a red-hot blues mama who rconnects with and inspires her audiences, leaving a lasting impression that’s larger than life itself.

Coming to light after several years of US/Europe touring with blues legend, Joe Louis Walker and renowned guitarist, Popa Chubby and now inducted in to the New York Blues Hall of Fame.

At times with her dark version of Black Betty, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds come to mind, Elkie Brooks at other times. And she can REALLY let go and rock as good as anyone with her take on Zeppelin…

Sari Schorr’s Manhaton Records debut, A Force of Nature, has been described as, “A hailstorm of an album sure to go down in blues history” by Blues Rock Review. Maximum Volume Music has given the album a 10/10 and exclaims, “The quality of the record frequently touches jaw-dropping. Sari Schorr & the Engine Room have just made one of the blues records of the year.”

A Force of Nature is produced by iconic blues pioneer Mike Vernon, whose credits include Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall & the Blues Breakers, David Bowie, Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack, Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Christine McVie and Ten Years After. The critically acclaimed album features her stunning guitarists Innes Sibun (ex Robert Plant), Walter Trout, Oli Brown (RavenEye) and keyboardist John Baggott (Massive Attack, Portishead).

Sari’s new band, The Engine Room, features stunning British guitarist Innes Sibun (former Robert Plant guitarist). “The Engine Room truly is a remarkable band,” says Sari. “Something magical happens when we’re on stage together. We’re fuelled further by the audiences’ reaction and everything’s possible. I love touring and enjoy the privilege of meeting so many like-minded people who share our love of the Blues.”

Recommended!!

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

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