After our biggest ever start to a season, featuring back to back sell outs with Darkzy & TQD; and a mega new years eve bash w/ Skepsis, Bru-C + Mikey B, we’re stoked to welcome back arguably the BIGGEST bass DJ doing the rounds at the minute, Holy Goof.
Fresh from touring the States with JAUZ + Skepsis, man like Holy Goof has consistently delivered the genre defying tracks that set the pace in the rave around the UK whilst turning up at parties all over the World.
HOLY GOOF – His sound — a fluid, bass-house hybrid referencing everything from bassline to grime — is squarely tilted at the club
Two sold out Headline tour shows in London and Nottingham plus notable appearances at Printworks, Detonate and festivals from Glastonbury to closing the Banghai stage at Boomtown as well as mixing Fabriclive 97.
One of the biggest tracks of 2018 – Drake – God’s Plan (Holy Goof Bootleg) being supported by Tiësto, Jauz, Chris Lorenzo & loads more
With a slew of guest mixes across BBC 1Xtra, Kiss FM and Rinse FM also under his belt, Holy Goof recently co-produced a track with Zinc which was released on the legendary Bingo Bass label – and his solo production work continues to earn significant support across national radio.
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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
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The greatest heavy-metal-meets-disco-meets-Grease party ever…
Born from the impenetrable divide of Disco and Metal, great York via New York favourites TRAGEDY bust the 1977 Disco/Metal Peace Accord of 1977 and criss-crossed the globe with spectacular live shows.
“Back in the dark days of disco, the Bee Gees were the shit, despite having massive teeth, bigger hair and a falsetto only dogs could hear…with the righteous power of heavy metal, We Rock Sweet Balls and Can Do No Wrong mixes Guns ‘N’ Roses swagger, the Scorpions’ sense of pomp and Judas Priest-esque vocals to create a sound that is exactly like The Darkness!” – Kerrang
Full length albums, Humbled By Our Greatness, Death To False Disco Metal, The Solo Albums and The Joy of Sex spread their glittered wings to also take on non-Bee Gees classics from the disco era, soft rock anthems and party jams.
Oh, and they broke the internet with viral videos You’re the One That I Want and Stayin’ Alive.
“Camp as a row of tents, and with more hooks than hell’s cloakroom, Tragedy guarantee it.” – Metal Hammer
“Hard riffs, tight white flares, and even tighter octave-scraping harmonies…essential listening.” – The Sun
“Not the leather jacket-wearing 50s greasers from the ’50s, but rather a modernized hard rock band of brothers attending the Our Lady of Perpetual Decimation high school.” – Loudwire.
“Decked in their hair-metal finest, with no can of Aqua-Net spared, Tragedy frolic on the beach, woo their ladies and then unleash their thrash chops in the most anarchistic pep rally this side of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” The result is hilarious and arguably even more heartwarming than the original, not least for the visual pun unleashed on the line ‘it’s electrifying.” – Billboard
“Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees & Beyond has indeed pulled off a spot-on hair-metal spoof of the song, complete with a locker-room scene that takes place at Our Lady of Perpetual Decimation High School.” – Guitar World
And… expect the worlds greatest ever Blackout DJ set of not entirely serious big dumb rock songs with a tongue firmly planted in its (spandex covered) *ss cheek! Think Motley, think DC, Steel Panther, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, sunset strip classics, power ballads and more… yeah baby, this sh*t will rock you all night long!
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One of the longest-established Smiths tributes and boy is that obvious every time they play here. Two hours of classic Smiths material – truly A SMITHS BAND OF SMITHS FANS FOR SMITHS FANS!
The crowd – and what a BIG crowd – went wild …
“You’ll never see The Smiths again, but THE SMYTHS are the next best thing.” (Music-News.com)
“Amazing…just like The Smiths” (XFM)
“The Smyths give you just what you want”, Rob Hughes, journalist and broadcaster (Uncut/BBC Radio 6)
“The Smyths are indeed the BEST Smiths tribute band in the world”, Phil Gatenby, Author, ‘Panic on the streets of London’
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Members of MAGNUM’s classic-era line-ups reunite for a celebration of the band’s much-loved back catalogue covering the period 1978-94, and named after that classic album, KINGDOM OF MADNESS.
A fantastic celebration of the band’s much-loved back catalogue featuring ’78-’94 w/ MARK STANWAY – Keyboards (Magnum 1980-2016, Grand Slam, M3 Classic Whitesnake) // MICKY BARKER – Drums (Magnum 1985-95) // RICHARD BAILEY – Keyboards / flute (Magnum 1975-80, Whitesnake) // LAURENCE ARCHER – Guitar (Magnum 1984, Grand Slam, UFO) // NEIL MURRAY – Bass (Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Snakecharmer) // CHRIS OUSEY – Lead vocals (Snakecharmer, Heartland) & MO BIRCH – Backing vocals / percussion (Magnum, Go West, UB40).
One of the UK’s finest exponents of melodic rock music, the hard-gigging Magnum achieved high UK & Europe album and singles chart positions. Regular sold-out theatre tours including a memorable FIVE NIGHTS at London’s legendary Hammersmith Odeon performed during 1988 together with headline appearances at Birmingham NEC and Wembley Arena, as well as appearances at major festivals.
This is a band of world class musicians with a Magnum pedigree second to one, celebrating not only the legacy of the band’s classic period, but including key tracks from Grand Slam – Stanway and Archer’s collaboration with Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott.
“There’s an extensive catalogue of great songs from the classic years of Magnum which have not been performed on stage in many years and which audiences have constantly requested”, says Mark Stanway, keyboard player with Magnum for 36 years.
“Having said that”, he continues, “I should state that we by no means consider ourselves a Magnum “tribute” – how can it be when five of the members have a shared legacy with the band?”
“I’m delighted to be working with Richard, Micky, Laurence and Mo again and in Neil and Chris we have two musicians with their own distinct history who will obviously bring their personal musical identity to the project. In addition, with our focus being firmly on the music from the earlier period, we do not perceive ourselves as being in “competition” with the current Magnum. There is more than enough music to keep both bands busy – a fitting testament to the song-writing of Tony Clarkin. I’m truly looking forward to performing classic Magnum music with such a prestigious line-up”.
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SLEAFORD MODS are one of the most important, politically charged and thought-provoking duos currently making their mark on the UK music scene and beyond.
Now poised to release fifth studio album, ‘Eton Alive’, in February 2019 which features 12 new tracks from these prolific artists, and recorded in Nottingham.
The record will be the first release on Jason and Andrew’s newly-formed label ‘Extreme Eating’ and their first album since parting ways with Rough Trade.
“Eton Alive speaks for itself really. Here we are once again in the middle of another elitist plan being digested slowly as we wait to be turned in to faeces once more. Some already are, some are dead and the rest of us erode in the belly of prehistoric ideology which, depending on our abilities and willingness, assigns to each of us varying levels of comfort that range from horrible to reasonably acceptable, based on contribution. So after the digestive system of the Nobles rejects our inedible bones we exit the Arse of Rule, we fall in to the toilet again and at the mercy of whatever policies are holding order in the shit pipe of this tatty civilisation. It is here our flesh regenerates as we rattle in to another form, ready and ripe for order”. – Jason Williamson
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DOMINATION is thrash metal. DOMINATION is young. DOMINATION is wild…
This is such a great line-up…
Hailing from Athens, Greece since 2011 and joining the dots from powerful thrash and heavy metal, already sharing stages with the likes of Kreator, Moonspell, Annihilator, Behemoth, Decapitated and Sepultura alongside headlining European and UK tours.
“…Amazing. Just a proper professional metal show – they had the place engaged, bouncing and headbanging from start to finish. It was one of those magical moments, when you go to a venue expecting one thing – maybe something a bit average, something that you’ve seen before – and you get so much more” – zeropointzero.co.uk
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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.
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“Change your heart, look around you. Change your heart, it will astound you”. Welcome to THE KORGIS featuring original frontman James Warren!
‘Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime’ was a massive worldwide hit, and ‘If I Had You’ is often cited as a favourite love song of all time. Add to that the George Martin produced album ‘The Man With the Bowler Hat’ by Stackridge, of which James was a founder member, and it becomes clear that the fanbase for The Korgis is huge.
James and the band have worked hard at creating a show that is both musically superb and visually stunning. Backing vocal group, ‘Born To Win’ bring a vibrant energy to the show, and James’ meticulous attention to musical detail has elicited comments such as ‘flawless musicianship’, and ‘breath-taking musicality’.
Ladies and Gentlemen, lovers of exquisite pop that can break your heart and lift your spirit, welcome to The Korgis. Yes, “I could change the world, if I had you; if I had you”…
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Manchester-based indie electro doom pop four-piece, “Alongside the likes of Cabbage and Blossoms, THE SLOW READERS CLUB are currently one of the most exciting sounds coming out of our fair city” – Manchester Evening News.
“The Slow Readers Club are quite simply too glorious to be kept a secret; see them, be seduced and then pass the pleasure on” – Louderthanwar
Already with sold out UK tours under their belts including 2000 capacity Albert Hall Manchester, London Garage, Rescue Rooms Nottingham and the legendary King Tuts.
The band also drew huge crowds at summer festival appearances including Isle Of Wight Festival, Kendal Calling, Victorious, Sounds Of The City, Dot to Dot, Beautiful Days and Festival No6.
Recent singles ‘Lunatic’ and ‘You Opened Up My Heart’ have been championed on BBC 6Music – Steve Lamacq, Chris Hawkins, Radio X – John Kennedy and Gordon Smart and XS Radio – Clint Boon.
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Setting out on the road in 1980 to prove they could be the worst band on God’s earth, ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE were loud, violent and obnoxious yobbos with one mission… to get banned from every TV show, radio station and newspapers as possible just for a laugh…
They were hated by the general public as well as ‘real’ musicians who thought they were a disgrace to the music business. Nothing to do with pulling more people to their gigs than they were, of course…
With numerous encounters with the authorities they have continued to play and release new material away from the public eye.
In this day and age it doesn’t seem quite as big a deal as it was back then when they stood alone now a few of the ‘real’ bands have taken up the ‘flag’ to be original with attitude.
Long may independent bands continue keeping the music live and real. LONG LIVE THE LEAGUE!
PRESENTED BY TV’S OVER.
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Back in the 90s, the two pop-punk titans – Green Day and Blink 182 – brought punk into the mainstream with their eponymous ‘Dookie’ and ‘Enema of the State’ albums. To celebrate the 25th and 20th anniversaries, two of the UK’s top tribute bands are uniting for a tour of EPIC proportions – playing both albums in FULL + a greatest hits set from both bands.
‘Basket Case’ will meet ‘What’s My Age Again’ and ‘When I Come Around’ will meet ‘All The Small Things’. This will be one explosive, energetic tour of punk rock you’re not going to want to miss. Full 90 minute sets from both acts.
GREEN HAZE are the UK’s No.1 tribute to one of the best rock bands the world has ever seen. Touring the length and breadth of the UK and rapidly becoming the UK’s most in-demand Green Day tribute band of choice, playing to sell-out crowds at some of the biggest and most established venues; festivals, including The Manchester Academy, BugJam Festival at The Santa Pod Raceway, The O2 Academies, Scala in London’s Kings Cross; The Brooklyn Bowl at The O2 Arena to name but a few and going to every length to capture the raw power and dynamics of Green Day’s music and bring it to life with an unrivalled stageshow.
All of Green Day’s albums are well represented eg Basket Case, When I Come Around, American Idiot, Holiday, Wake Me Up When September Ends to name but a few. Plus an extensive repertoire of fan favourites to satisfy even the most ardent of Green Day fans and performing with the same energy and passion that only true fans of the original band can, this is what makes Green Haze literally THE next best thing to Green Day themselves.
“Headliner Green Haze whipped the wild Saturday night funsters in to an uncontrollable frenzy, replicating the Green Day sound to such a tee that you’d have been hard pressed to differentiate between the originals and the covers. All of the band’s usual suspect punk hits were nailed with impeccable, high octane, relentless accuracy” – 365Bristol.com
ONE EIGHTY TWO are the UK’s definitive tribute to the almighty Blink 182. These guys not only nail the look and sound, but deliver a truly authentic show that brings to life Blink 182’s trademark on-stage humour and banter & with an energy that makes a Blink 182 show so recognisable to their fans.
Nailing all of the big hits like ‘Dammit’, ‘What’s my age again?’, ‘The Rock Show’ and ‘Down’, right up to present day hits from the awesome ‘California’ album. These guys cover the entire catalogue, delivering an energetic punk rock show that leaves crowds jumping and bouncing to every song!
The most in-demand alternative to Blink 182 in the UK, having played to huge crowds; rave reviews at the UK’s biggest festivals and venues – such as Festwich, BoltFest, WV1 Festival, Rockprest and Voodoo Rocks Festival to name just a few of them.
“These guys are better live than the real Blink 182!” – Kerrang! Radio
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York-based 4-piece U2OPIA with great musicianship and startlingly accurate renditions of U2’s greatest hits, album classics and tour favourites accessing every decade of a 40-year back catalogue.
Offering a wealth of individual experience between the band members, aiming to deliver world-class performances – all the sights, sounds and emotions of a real U2 show.
U2OPIA deliver an awesome U2 experience and you can expect to hear the raw power and emotion of the earlier material that led to the iconic bands meteoric rise, along with the career-spanning epic and timeless tracks that have become the soundtracks for so many people around the world.
Here’s a snapshot of some of the material:
ELECTRICAL STORM // EVEN BETTER THAN THE REAL THING // GET ON YOUR BOOTS // HOLD ME, THRILL ME, KISS ME, KILL ME // I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR // ALL I WANT IS YOU // ANGEL OF HARLEM // BAD // BEAUTIFUL DAY // BULLET THE BLUE SKY // CITY OF BLINDING LIGHTS // DESIRE // I WILL FOLLOW // MAGNIFICENT // MYSTERIOUS WAYS // NEW YEARS DAY // ONE // ONE TREE HILL // PRIDE [IN THE NAME OF LOVE] // RUNNING TO STAND STILL // THE FLY // THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE // UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD // VERTIGO // WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME // WHO’S GONNA RIDE YOUR WILD HORSES // WITH OR WITHOUT YOU
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Internationally acclaimed pioneers of ‘Acid World Rock’ with their fresh approach to blues rock music, sometimes described as ‘laid back surfer dudes’ but with a real vibrancy, WILLE AND THE BANDITS have a reputation as one of the best global live acts around, Top 10 ‘must see’ listed by Glastonbury and Radio 1.
”Wille is a suberb slide player, I love what these guys are doing” – Joe Bonamassa
”Love the soul in their music” – Bob Harris
Essentially a classic blues rock three piece, think Cream/Hendrix Experience but taking it way beyond ‘traditional’ with Wille’s exquisite slide guitar, and a powerhouse rhythm section featuring Andrew Naumann (drums) and Matthew Brooks (6-string and double bass).
Drawing praise from rock legends Ian Paice, Joe Bonamassa and Francis Rossi with a mix of hard rock to blues to rock’n’roll via heavy classical and a touch of Indian folk. Awesome…
Last word to Pete Whalley (Get Ready To Rock) -“No over indulgence and no unnecessary frills, just great songs delivered from the soul. There’s just not enough of that these days. Too much form over substance. But there’s substance in abundance here”.
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After more than a decade of silence, USA’s PIST.ON are returning to the fray. Last seen at Fibbs March 1997, it’s actually been 25 years since the bands inception and in that time there’s been a lot of pain, misery, anger and joy…
Formed ’93, and releasing two albums; ‘Number One’ produced by Josh Silver (Type O Negative) and ‘$ell Out’, the Brooklyn-based band is built around core members Henry Font (vox/guitar), Burton Gans (guitar) and Jeff McManus (drums) joined by Jack Hanley (ex The Deadlyz) on bass.
PIST.ON’s unique perspective can be tricky to pigeonhole mixing extremely heavy almost gothic, mid-paced guitar riffs with occasional vocal harmonies. Possessing an acute grasp of extremes, yet maintaining a pop edge on tracks that aren’t self-congratulatory enough to be metal, are too witty to be goth, and far too accessible to be freaky. Sometimes, you just have to let a band’s music speak for itself…
Alongside numerous headline tours, PIST.ON featured on some of the high profile tours of the time supporting the likes of Marilyn Manson, Korn, Clutch, Fu Manchu, Type O Negative, Queensryche and The Misfits.
Stress and pressure on the band took its toll when in 2001, after many tours and no personal time the band decided, at the height of their popularity, that they’d had enough of the industry. Bass player Val.ium decided to leave the band, a move which ultimately saw the rest of the band retreat in to a self imposed exile to deal with professional and personal issues.
Fast forward to the present where PIST.ON fans and friends still remain loyal. Constant requests for the band to re-ignite have finally been acknowledged. Never having split up, PIST.ON are set to emerge from a lengthy hiatus to mark and celebrate twenty five years since the bands inception.
Over to the guys, “It’s taken a long time to resolve a whole load of professional and personal issues but now we are in the right place, re-energised and ready to emerge from our lengthy self imposed exile. We want to get back to why we started all this in the first place — the music!”
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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!”
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Bassmentality returns 15 March after a brief break after shows with Holy Goof, Skepsis, Darkzy & TQD. It’s been a while since we brought you an all about DnB show – so we’ve put together a BELTER for you: a triple headline show featuring three of our favourite DJ’s and producers in DnB.
The usual suspects are out in force supporting the bill – with ATYK, Resonent & Mr Mac on selection duty.
Supported by some of the biggest and most influential names in Drum & Bass, the young Londoner known as Kanine is living up to his potential and developing into a headline act with a long career ahead of him. Originally recognised as one of the leading names in the new wave of Jump Up producers that have helped force the sound into the mainstream, his sound is evolving all the time as he moves towards being one of the more versatile artists in the 175 BPM range.
Releases on highly respected labels such as Low Down Deep, Titan and Distortion have led to a hectic touring schedule across the UK, Europe and beyond and everything points towards an even busier 2019.
Not wanting to be pigeonholed as one-dimensional, Upgrade is a producer constantly looking to diversify and evolve, which is what makes him such an exciting prospect. Well aware of the fact it’s an increasingly saturated industry, he’s working harder than ever in the studio to hone in on his production and stay ahead of the game. The biggest moment of Upgrade’s journey to date, and a moment which gave him even more desire to fulfil his dream, was signing to a label he has always respected; the legendary Serial Killaz.
And if you’ve been to a drum & bass rave in recent months, you’ve probably heard the track that forced the Serial Killaz boss to evacuate his car, too. It’s bouncy, it’s infectious, and it’s called Gunshots. It’s also a tune that encapsulates what he’s all about – making music that makes people want to dance – the fundamental essence of drum & bass.
Dom Tsuki has had an unprecedented 2018 largely thanks to his production ability transferring very well into the live scene. A hectic schedule has seen him debut at some of the biggest DnB shows across the world playing alongside, and eventually becoming, one of the most talked about DJ’s in the genre.
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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!
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The real SHAM 69 – Jimmy Pursey, Dave Parsons, Dave Tregunna! Beware the snides and fakes, ignore the bitter slander, listen to the lyrics and the meaning, enjoy the Real Sham sound.
Formed in London in 1976 Sham 69 set out making pogo-friendly, anthemic punk with a fiercely working class agenda, issuing a statement of intent with the independently released ‘I don’t wanna’.
Signing to Polydor the band released ‘Borstal Breakout’ in early 1977, but what really took their terrace chant appeal to the masses was the subsequent trio of hit singles ‘Angels with Dirty Faces’, ‘If the kids are United’ and ‘Hurry up Harry’.
Now back playing occasional gigs the show is as full of energy as it always was.
What better way to spend a Saturday night!
Presented by Fibbers & TV’s Over
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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”.
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UK-based tribute MOTLEY CRUDE pay homage to the Lewd, Crüed & Tattooed rockers from the Los Angeles Sunset Strip!
Formed 2015 and quickly become recognised by Crüe fans as the band that you have to see if you want the authentic real deal visually and musically. The set list is comprised of songs from the bands first album Too Fast For Love (1981) to Saints Of Los Angeles (2008) and absolutely everything in-between!
Mötley Crüe – Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Vince Neil and Mick Mars – formed 1981 and sold 100 million+ records worldwide including 25 million in the US, noted for their hedonistic lifestyles and the persona they maintained.
Following its hard rock and heavy metal origins, with the third album Theatre of Pain (1985) the band joined the first wave of glam metal. Their final studio album, Saints of Los Angeles, was released on June 24, 2008. Their final show took place on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2015, and was filmed for a theatrical and Blu-ray release in 2016.
And opening the night, the mighty POIZON – Europe’s premier tribute to the Glam, Slam, Kings of Noize – POISON!
Over to the band, “100% Satisfaction Guaranteed.. Or Your Underwear Back!”
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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…
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NICK HARPER – and his one man spellbinding show – is one the UK’s best kept musical secrets. A folk troubadour, an acoustic balladeer – with a touch of rock ‘n’ roll on the side. He’s not folk. He’s emo skiffle. Pastoral hard rock. A progressive soul.
One of the finest guitarists of his generation, his soaring vocal range and propensity for epic song place him ‘somewhere between Rufus Wainwright and Jeff Buckley’ (Mojo).
A childhood – as the son of Roy Harper – growing up surrounded by some of the 60’s most revered songwriters and musicians and twenty years of solid touring has spawned a genius one-off, an original performer standing with little company in the clearing marked ‘GREATNESS’.
Often described as the Hendrix of acoustic, Nick’s heady mix of virtuosity, boyish charm, showmanship, humour and sheer bravado feeds an imagination bursting with ideas and originality.
Eleven, count ’em, eleven solo albums all critically acclaimed to the heavens and even a chart No.1 with ‘Blue Sky Thinking’.
More recently, in 2017, Nick recorded his full band album Lies! Lies! Lies! with legendary producer Tchad Blake at Studio La Fabrique, South France (studio of choice for Nick Cave, Morrissey and Radiohead).
The album received strong support from BBC 6 Music coupled with Nick and his band being greeted by rapturous, capacity crowds on the tour that followed.
Early 2018 saw Nick return to the live circuit with a newly formed solo set featuring quadraphonic sound and re-imaginations of songs pre-chosen, by request, by Nick’s fan base.
The ‘100 Things’ tour proved to be a hugely successful return to the stage with all but a handful of shows selling out as well as Nick Harper performing his first spoken word piece, A Wiltshire Tale, at some of UK’s most prestigious venues.
And now 58 FORDWYCH ROAD is an all new show that centres around a living room in a small flat in Kilburn, London in the mid ’60s – the home of (at that time) up-and-coming singer-songwriter Roy Harper and his wife Mocy. The flat was an after hours hang-out for the legends who played at Les Cousins in Soho at the height of the acoustic explosion with the likes of Bert Jansch, Davy Graham, John Renbourn, Paul Simon, Marc Bolan, Sandy Denny and others dropping in, to drop out, jam and try new tunes.
All along, there was someone else there… a toddler, part of the family, inhaling the music and absorbing the vibe; Roy’s young son, Nick Harper.
Nick later carved out his own career in music, but in this unique and one-off show he plays tribute to the time, the place and the music that became his centre of everything.
Running over two halves, Nick first delves into the deluge of songs he heard direct from the greats as he grew up. In the second half, Nick traces the journey of how these luminary figures’ music evolved and helped shape popular music beyond the ’60s, and revisits the eternal themes that run from then to now in songs of his own fine repertoire.
C’mon – HOW SPECIAL IS THIS…
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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’.
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The UK’s first full 5-piece definitive Scorpions show, SCOPYONS formed late 2011 and after the first full shows of 2012 were invited to play in Munich, Germany alongside Scorpions guitarist Matthias Jabs at the 5th Anniversary of his MJ Guitars Store.
With a leaning toward the post Matthias Jabs era (1978 Lovedrive up to the present day) PLUS classic Uli Jon Roth era songs like We’ll Burn The Sky, In Trance & Pictured Life to the set.
And the first appearance in York with an old chum of ours, yes the brand new band of ex-Limehouse Lizzy guitar/vocals Tim Read, also featuring ex-Saxon/John Parr bass/vocals Paul Johnson plus ex-Demon keys/sax Paul Farrington and ex-Guns and Oatcakes drummer Mick Gibson.
Performing music from the John Sykes era of three of the worlds finest rock and roll bands Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy and Blue Murder.
You know the hits… Still of the Night, Here I Go Again, Is this Love and Give Me All Your Love Tonight all from the multi million selling 1987 Whitesnake album.
Alongside classic Thin Lizzy eg Cold Sweat / Dancing in the Moonlight plus fan favourites Billy and Jelly Roll from the critics favourite Blue Murder.
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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.”
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5th Anniversary show – always packed always sold out – this is the real Manc Holiday Weekend in York!
These shows are always RAMMED, so early purchase is recommended as The Resurrection Team return with their yearly Easter spectacular featuring the best UK tributes to OASIS, STONE ROSES, HAPPY MONDAYS, NEW ORDER, JOY DIVISION, STEREOPHONICS, THE VERVE w/ guest DJs
This crammed all dayer looks set to be another wall to wall celebration of the best indie music across the last thirty or so years.
If you’re after a festival on your doorstep this really is it…
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Doors: 5pm 'til late
Selected by Queen Productions Ltd to headline the official Freddie Mercury Birthday Party in Montreux, Switzerland, the performance by BULSARA AND HIS QUEENIES was such a success they’ve been invited back for 2019…
A remarkable young sexy and brilliant 7-piece band with their own identity; not what is quite expected of your typical ‘Queen Tribute Band’.
No wigs, no yellow jackets, no attempt to look like Queen.
Instead, the band’s whole ethos is based upon performing the studio versions of the songs to an exceptional standard, rather than attempting to recreate Queen’s famous 1986 Magic Tour. How refreshing…
Founded in the summer of 2016 in the North of England and offering a unique and sensational alternative to the current Queen tribute bands on the circuit; think ‘homage’ rather than ‘pastiche’ providing the most discerning Queen fan with a unique experience.
As well as performing several of Queen’s more mainstream hits, the band place particular emphasis on the ‘Deep Cuts’ from the first half of Queen’s career. To date, Queen have sold over 300 million albums worldwide, proving that album tracks are extremely popular with hardcore fans.
Having recently performed the ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ album in its entirety, the band are now focussing their rehearsals on ‘The Miracle’ album ahead of its 30th Anniversary in 2019.
Reassured by the feedback they received from a huge and growing fanbase, it became clear that they had exposed a niche in the Queen tribute market, in that it’s possible to perform Queen’s music without looking like them – and be respected more for doing so.
“We haven’t made a conscious decision to be alternative; we’ve just evolved that way! The fact that we were still booked for the hottest party in showbiz by the management of the world’s biggest band is testament to our musical capabilities.” – Gareth Taylor, vocalist.
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VAN HAILEN – a tribute to the music of Dave Lee Roth-era Van Halen and boy do you have to be good to reproduce that classic era – thankfully they are; and more.
So reach down between your legs, ease the seat back and get ready for the ride!!!
A group of like-minded UFO “obsessives” have quickly establish a top UK tribute, playing music from classic “Schenker period” UFO.
Hear all your favourite tracks from the Obsession, Lights Out & SITN albums… plus more. OBSESSION – one helluva night for lovers of Flying-Vs and classic rock!
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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!
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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.
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Formed in 2016 VIOLET CONTOURS have crafted a unique sound, taking influences from artists such as Kings of Leon and Paul Simon. An infectious high energy sound merges romantic lyrics with afro pop delivering a fresh new indie style. Now tipped by BBC Introducing top 5 bands to watch out for in 2019. A UK tour is currently being arranged supported by new releases and 12 inch Vinyl release on Label Vinyl Eddie.
THE RECEIVERS burst onto the Yorkshire scene in early 2017 by playing their first two gigs in one night. Starting as they mean to go on, they then took to the road for their first UK Tour with debut EP, Crescent Moon Heart. Taking cities such as Manchester, Sheffield & Newcastle by storm as well as an official EP launch gig, here at Fibbers!
In 2018, the band released a string of singles, “21”, “A Thousand Times” & “Alarm” whilst continuing to play around the UK, in March the boys played to crowds in Liverpool, Birmingham & London for the first time. In July 2018, The Receivers played to 1,500 people at Leeds O2 Academy just after they headlined a stage at Tramlines Fringe. And in early 2019, The Receivers put finishing touches to their new record and ventured out for a small tour in January 2019. On 4th February, indie music DJ and New Music Pioneer, Steve Lamacq premiered a brand new track, “Leave The Right Marks” on BBC Radio 6 Music.
York-based indie rockers THE VEDETTES are no normal indie band. Not content to merely imitate those that came before, the quintet’s debut single ‘Silver’ is a mission statement of a band who tread their own path while the bands second single, ‘Better Than You’ displays their creativity and dedication by delving into somewhat ‘experimental’ grooves and structures.
The Vedettes have already seen support from national radio, being listed as Laura Whitmore’s ‘Track of the Week’ during her Sunday Session on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Introducing when releasing their debut single ‘Silver’. They received support again from BBC Introducing when releasing their latest single ‘Better Than You’ in early 2019.
FEAR AND LOATHING are a three-piece band from York playing jazz/blues vibe with murder ballad-esque
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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!!
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As close as it gets … this is always such a great show and very busy as well!
THE GUNS N ROSES EXPERIENCE have the only singer able to deliver the exact same unique vocal style and stage show synonymous with classic Axl Rose. And the only tribute band guitarist OFFICIALLY ENDORSED by MARSHALL AMPS, decease just like the legend SLASH himself.
And together with four other Guns n Roses clones, these guys deliver a sound and look that is unequalled.
Since their very first gig the Guns N’ Roses Experience train has been rolling at an incredible pace, visiting various Middle Eastern countries, mainland Europe, Cyprus, Ireland and all of the major venues and theatres in the UK.
With a true Guns and Roses sound and stage show, The Guns N’ Roses Experience meticulously recreates every visual detail and every musical note to capture that reckless spirit of the original Guns’N Roses legendary live performances.
In a bone crushing two hour set all the essentials are covered with breath-taking accuracy including Welcome To The Jungle, November Rain, Sweet Child O’Mine, Paradise City, Mr. Brownstone,You Could Be Mine, Night Train, Rocket Queen, Knocking on Heaven’s Door and so much more!
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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)”
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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’.
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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…
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This has the makings of a pretty good show, DEFTONES UK are the UK’s No.1 tribute to the mighty Deftones and appearing here with THE MACHINE RAGES ON, again one of the UK’s best RATM shows playing countrywide and and major tribute fests.
Expect a great variety from both bands studio albums, and Deftones say, “Not only do we sound like the real thing but we also pride our selves in looking the part as well”. Check out BE QUIET & DRIVE and MY OWN SUMMER here live.
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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
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!
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Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of cult classic Quadrophenia, the UK’s premier tribute to Daltrey / Townshend / Entwistle / Moon WHO’S NEXT are touring a show featuring all the favourite film songs such as The Real Me, 5:15, I’m One, Bell Boy, Dr. Jimmy, Love Reign O’er Me and many more.
AND A GREATEST HITS SET AS WELL…
From The Detours in ’62, becoming The Who in ’64, through tons of classic tunes from Can’t Explain and My Generation through through I Can See For Miles and Tommy to Won’t Get Fooled Again, and sandwiched in the middle one of the greatest live albums of all time Live At Leeds, The Who were/are one of the greatest rock bands of all time. ‘Nuff said.
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“If you missed Kate, CLOUDBUSTING are the next best thing” – Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2 – this was such an amazing show last time…
It’s just over forty years since Wuthering Heights announced to the world the genius of Kate Bush. Since that remarkable debut Kate has produced far more hits than you might realise: Running Up That Hill, Hounds of Love, Wow, Babooshka, This Woman’s Work, all of which feature in Cloudbusting’s show.
‘Mandy started singing and I thought ‘Wow, that’s amazing!’ – Paddy McGuinness, BBCTV
Cloudbusting have been championed by BBC1 as one of the top tributes in the world due to the uncanny levels of authenticity achieved in their stage shows. Such is their reputation that the five piece band have been endorsed by many of Kate’s own collaborators from stage and studio and by thousands of Kate Bush fans up and down the UK.
‘I need to go to this!’ – Zoe Ball, BBC Radio 2
Many of Kate’s original collaborators from stage and studio have been inspired to join the band on stage, including bass player Del Palmer, drummer Preston Heyman and dancer Stewart Avon Arnold, all of whom performed with Kate on her legendary Tour of Life live shows forty years ago.
‘Utterly, surreally brilliant’ – Mick Wall, Classic Rock Magazine
Mandy Watson’s vocals are a homage, with no hint of pastiche. “There can only be one Kate Bush! These songs are full of so many wonderful characters; when you perform them, that’s who you become!”
‘The UK’s finest’ – HomeGround & KateBushNews
‘I could have been listening to Kate herself!’ – Preston Heyman, Kate’s drummer
Cloudbusting can’t wait to whip up a storm of love for Kate’s music once again in 2019, their new show featuring all the hits you’d expect as well as many songs you wouldn’t! Accompanied by eye-popping visuals that highlight the drama of Kate’s music, a Cloudbusting concert is an event no Kate Bush fan will want to miss. In the words of Kate herself, ‘We’re Cloudbusting, daddy!’
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Specialising in the classic Mk 2 line-up of Gillan, Glover, Blackmore, Lord and Paice, PURE PURPLE go to great lengths recreating that immense classic ‘70s sound using a Hammond organ with Leslie speakers just like Jon Lord, alongside Blackmore’s trademark Marshall amps and Fender guitar.
Expect Mk 2 classics including Highway Star, Child In Time, Woman From Tokyo, Smoke on the Water, Black Night, Strange Kind of Woman, Lazy, Speed King, Fireball and from a few years later Perfect Strangers.
Albums from the MK 2 era include ‘In Rock’, ‘Fireball’, ‘Machine Head’, ‘Made in Japan’ and later included ‘Perfect Strangers’ and ‘Hell or High Water’.
RAINBOW RISING formed in ’96, not only to recreate the unique Rainbow sound but to also capture the spectacular live show as well.
This is a group of musicians with an almost fanatical interest in Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, and it shows with amazing attention to detail, with the aim of recreating the live Rainbow experience in every aspect.
From stunning vocals, thunderous percussion and bass, to dazzling keyboards and of course the unmistakable Blackmore guitar work.
The band perform all the classic live Rainbow tracks, but the iconic ‘Rainbow Rising’ album remains the backbone of all performances.
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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.
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A mighty impressive 9-piece band (!) and celebrating THE SOUTH’s 10th anniversary (and thirty years since The Beautiful South released ‘Song For Whoever’) featuring former Beautiful South members including singer Alison Wheeler and lifelong sax player Gaz Birtles.
Together they bring loving detail to those amazing songs with the full flavour and arrangements of the originals. Kinda not really a tribute…
All those timeless songs… Little Time (the number one single), Perfect 10, Rotterdam, Old Red Eyes Is Back, Good as Gold, Don’t Marry Her plus many more singles and album tracks as well as a few choice South originals. All performed again live, these songs span an impressive twenty year career starting way back in 1989!
Little wonder, then, this show was packed last time around .
Come on! Let’s Carry On… Regardless!
Ticket: £21.00 Buy Now
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
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
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
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
Warning! Danger! High Voltage! They want to take you to a gay bar, gay bar, GAY BAR… PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOVEMBER 2019!
Back once more in York for your annual dose of the ELECTRIC SIX raucous, funny, slicked-back pop juggernaut. Utterly joyous.
And who the heck else other than Detroit’s Electric Six can write about their favourite cleaning fluid, the joys of being a graphic designer – or just Switzerland?
Dick Valentine’s genre-flipping Top 10 gatecrashers just wanna take you to a disco, synth pop, glam and arena rock heaven; and all wrapped up in macho flippancy and tongue-in-cheek pomposity so be warned … High Voltage!
Ticket: £15.00 Buy Now
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
Here I go again on my own, goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known, like a drifter I was born to walk alone…
Formed Jan 2005, WHITESNAKE UK pay brilliant tribute from early classic Moody/Marsden to the present day USA incarnation, faithfully reproducing the classics such as ‘Fool For Your Loving, ‘Is This Love’ and ‘Here I Go Again.
With combined musical experience of over 100 years this is a phenomenally accurate show concentrating purely on reproducing the classic sound of Whitesnake without the aid of backing-tracks, gimmicks or wigs. For a 100% live performance that will leave you shouting for more, Whitesnake UK are sure to deliver…
And joined here to make an amazing night, TOTAL THUNDER are going to be the Thunder tribute to look out for. Already booked throughout late 2017 and all of 2018, they’ll bring all you love about British rockers, Thunder. The hits, that classic British rock sound, the energy & above all, the enjoyment of seeing the real thing.
Ticket: £10.00 Buy Now