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Friday 29th July

Fat Boy Slim

LIVE FROM TIMES SQUARE NEWCASTLE! Legendary superstar DJ heads to Tyneside this July to take part in epic outdoor weekender!

The must-attend event of the summer, FATBOY SLIM takes centre stage on Friday 29th July joining Ocean Colour Scene and Maximo Park for one of the most eagerly anticipated weekends of live music the region has seen in recent times.

Fatboy Slim – alter ego of double Brit Award DJ Norman Cook (Right Here, Right Now // Praise You // Eat Sleep Rave Repeat and more has promised NE music fans, “This will be a show to remember! To celebrate my birthday weekend I will be conducting a mass science experiment at the Centre For Life on Times Square, to explore the effects of collective euphoria and escapism”.

“I chose the North East because in my previous experiments the people there seem to have a consistently high rate of abandonment and licentiousness when subjected to my music at a loud volume in an enclosed space”, he said. Norman continues, “We are conducting this on Times Square, an outdoor environment, in case the levels are so high that the audience blows the roof off. Confidence is high that we will reach new highs in audience frenzy and exhilaration”.

Cook first rose to fame in the 1980s as the Housemartins bassist, adopting the Fatboy Slim monicker in 1996 and racking up major mainstream success with his own take on electronic dance music alongside spellbinding live shows.

These days, Cook’s show involves not just playing his own patented brand of “party acid house”, but also a complex audio-visual production.

“I’m technically a video jockey now”, said Norman. “We write scripts for all the tunes, make films. In the past, I used to have to literally hold up the next record I was going to play to the guy who does my visuals, and he’d have to find the images to match it. And they were never synched. But now, because of the technology, no matter what speed I play at, even if I just chop quickly into it, the visuals are all synchronised. It’s a show”.
 
There’s more… DJing back to back with Carl Cox, unwittingly becoming the FA’s “official World Cup DJ”, a forthcoming tour of “nice characterful old ballrooms in Britain”. It goes on and on and it shows no sign of stopping.

“It doesn’t matter that you’re old and bald and grey and fat, because you were never a sex symbol in the first place. We’re pushing new limits. No one knows what the cut-off age limit of a DJ is. And apparently, it’s not yet”, Norman Cook roars with laughter. “I take great delight in that”.

Steve Davis, event organiser and owner of the Newcastle-based SSD Concerts, adds: “We’re extremely excited to bring such a huge name in the music industry to the North East for this event. Alongside Ocean Colour Scene and Maximo Park who are performing on this weekend, we feel we have the ultimate opening act for what we hope to be an annual event, there is no one better than Norman. He wants to perform here for a reason, which means a lot to us both as promoters and fans of his music”.

“There will be no cutting corners on production, so this promises to be a full-on celebration in the party capital of the UK. Whenever we have seen Fatboy Slim perform previously the atmosphere/ and visuals are always on another next level and this promises to be no different”.

“Fatboy Slim hasn’t played in Newcastle for quite some time and he has never headlined an outdoor show here and potentially won’t again. We have kept the tickets affordable so the event is more accessible to everyone that wants to attend. This will definitely be the event of the summer in the North East”.

Tickets on sale RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW – and flying out…

Ticket: £25.00 Buy Now
Doors: 6pm GATES OPEN

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Saturday 30th July

Sisteray, The Resonance, Stray Scene

From a shared love of Smiths, Velvet Underground, Clash and Replacements, SISTERAY have forged killer melodies with C21 observation and high-octane shows.

Sisteray songwriters Niall Rowan (vocals) and Dan Connolly (guitar) along with Marco Polo (drums) and Mick Hanrahan (bass guitar) are re-writing the indie guitar rule book, selling out headline shows and working with producer Rory Attwell.

This is a band with belief and passion, allied to strong political views seldom seen so passionately since The Clash; with Dan recently appearing on primetime BBC News, ITV and The Independent to voice his views on the recent Syria debate.

The message is spreading through BBC Radio 1, Radio X, Fresh on the Net, Louder Than War, Artrocker, BBC 6 Music, Subculture, Gigslutz and Time Out – this is show you need to be on at the beginning…

“Gnarly… sounds like the golden age of 2000s UK indie” – Phil Taggart, BBC Radio 1

“…the band radiate the sense of Men On A Mission who engage both with their audience and the wider world beyond Camden” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

“(2015) is gonna be a big year for Sisteray” – Simon Raymonde (Amazing Radio/Bella Union)

“Punk rockers causing a London buzz, sold out shows aplenty, and with a Rory Attwell (The Vaccines/Palma Violets) produced EP in the can and due for release soon, expect that to swell” – Fred Perry Subculture.

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

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Wednesday 3rd August

The Damned, Dohnut

NEAT NEAT NEAT!!!

With a touring schedule that would make most young bands wet their designer jeans, THE DAMNED continue to amaze audiences with a stage show full of energy and humorous deadpan cool.

Check out these amazing pics from their show here last year!

And with The Captain and Dave Vanian how could they not; just truly great songs skilfully tied up in a lively and well crafted colourful mix of alternative theatre, showmanship, humour and genuine character.

Founders of punk/goth and the first UK punk act to release a single (New Rose) and album (Damned Damned Damned) AND tour the USA … but just as important they always had great tunes Love Song, Eloise, Neat Neat Neat, New Rose oh we could go and on …

Come and be a stretcher case baby!

Ticket: £20.00 Buy Now
Doors: 19:30pm
Age: 14+

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Friday 5th August

Chameleons Vox – The Magical History Tour w/ Desperate Journalist, Berlin Black

A career-spanning CHAMELEONS VOX set chosen by 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.

Early ticket purchase recommended…

Ticket: £17.00 Buy Now
Doors: 6.30pm
Age: 14+

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Wednesday 10th August

Lion Papers, Layke, Cry Baby, Borderline

LION PAPERS have been making a name for themselves around York in the past 2 years and have built up quite the reputation. Following the success of last year’s debut single “Beautiful Disaster”, Lion Papers are returning to Fibbers to launch their new EP “Long time Coming”.

Combining the aggressive tones of folk music and the melodies of modern indie music, these guys really know how to make a racket, putting aside the fact that there is only two of them! The line-up for the launch includes a roster of the best new and upcoming bands in the York area, and a diverse range of contemporary indie music, so this is going to be night your not going to want to miss!

‘I really enjoyed listening to these guys! Jimmy is an incredible guitarist and Curtis’ vocals were great. Such a rich, full sound for a two piece band!’ – Jonathan Cornell, BeanFest

“Lion Papers’ set was fantastic and their energy infectious. It is obvious that the two are completely devoted to their music and so passionate about what they do. As well as this, there is a perfect sense of cohesion between them, probably due to the fact they’ve been making/playing music together since they were thirteen. If you get the chance to see them, make sure to check them out. You will not be disappointed!” – Nina Marsay, York Calling

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

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Saturday 13th August

Glasville

A brilliant tribute to the music of ABC’s show ‘Nashville’, GLASVILLE perform songs from seasons 1-4.

Playing sell-out shows UK-wide and acclaimed by cast members Hayden Pannetierre & Chris Carmack (!), the band are gathering a huge following of thousands of Nashville fans across the country.

Like country? Like good music played with love and passion and consummate musicianship? Then this is a show you mustn’t miss…

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

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Sunday 14th August

Annabella’s Bow Wow Wow, UK Feds

Beware the fake BWW bands out there; this is the one with ANNABELLA LWIN and all others should be avoided… Go Wild In The Country, C30, C60, C90, Go and the Top Ten cover version of I Want Candy (featured on Sofia Coppola’s French frolic Marie Antoinette) all from the lissome, exotic wild child who created an international sensation fronting the svengali of pop puppetry, Malcolm McLaren’s early-’80s post-punk thrill tribe.

While Adam Ant couldn’t help but look like a jerk in his pirate gear, Annabella pulled it off with good cheer, an irresistible attitude and her singular, silver-toned vocal style.

The Anglo-Burmese Saturday job girl discovered working at her local dry cleaners, head shaved in to a Mohican, famously posed nude at the age of 14 on a record sleeve that aped Manet’s painting Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe (The Luncheon On The Grass): a controversial, underage image that led to a Scotland Yard investigation.

Do you still want eye candy? Well, the grown-up Annabella Lwin – real name Myint Myint Aye, still leads Bow Wow Wow through their mash-up of Burundi and Latino beats, banshee screams, Fifties rock’n’roll and spaghetti western soundtracks at Fibbers on a Sunday night – WE’LL HAVE SOME OF THAT THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

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

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Tuesday 16th August

‘Manifesto’ – presented by Tang Hall SMART C.I.C

Hot on the heels of our hugely successful “Voices from the margins taking over the mainstream” gig at The Duchess in April, The Tang Hall Community Interest Company is proud to present ‘MANIFESTO’- a packed night of community music showcasing underground performers from York.

Specialising in using music to improve the wellbeing of people who are isolated and/or disadvantaged –the Tang Hall SMART Community Interest Company has seen the emergence of several exciting bands and soloists, with a shared perspective that music as an answer.

It can often seem that mainstream music is saturated with the same old acts, but we are proud to present our musicians, some of whom are homeless, some long-term unemployed, some have learning disabilities, some struggle with mental health or addiction … but all have an energy and a passion that comes from seeing the world differently to those who participate more comfortably in the mainstream.

This benefit gig, in aid of St Leonards Hospice, features The Collective (hard-hitting, rap fusion from Tang Hall), Odd One In (Rock 4-piece), Hip-Hop Shake Up (rappers who have learning disabilities), plus many singer-songwriters and other bands representing a range of genres from hard metal to country!

The night is a triumph of music over adversity, and also a sign of the growing popularity of community music.

Ticket: £5.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.00pm
Age: 14+

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Thursday 18th August

Ming City Rockers, Naked Six, Eugene Gorgeous, Part Time Miserables

And… the press went wild. For MING CITY ROCKERS of course, produced by the legend that is Steve Albini. How did stuff this good come out of Immingham. We don’t know either.

“30 minutes of high endorphin melody thrills suffused with Pixies-ish pop weirdness.” ★★★★ MOJO

“Packs addictive pop-punk melodies, an exhilarating jolt of unadulterated adrenalin.” ★★★★ Q Magazine

“A fortifying cocktail of sharp, funny and angry tunes given sonic ballast by producer Steve Albini.” ★★★★ Daily Mirror

“An explosion of fast tunes, huge riffs and lyrical bile. A hell of a lot of good stuff in under 30 minutes.” 8/10 Vive Le Rock

Their new album LEMON is out now – buy it and be pleasured.

And be early for that support bill as well; a whole night of punky/garagey/rock’n’roll BADNESS in store. For a flipping fiver, as well. COME ON!

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

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Friday 19th August

Faux Pas, The Indigo Project, Dos Cervesas, The MallRats

It’s getting impossible to ignore FAUX PAS and what they are doing in and around the Yorkshire music scene.

From playing a number of festivals this year to receiving radio play from BBC INTRODUCING, VALE RADIO & SINE FM and supporting some of your favourite bands such as The Sherlocks, King No-One, Glass Caves, Lisbon & Bull.

With a large following for Faux Pax’s unpredictable,high energy performances it’s clear to see why these four lads are in high demand!

Ticket: £5.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 20th August

Octopus, Grolar Bear, Public House Delegates, Accentus

Grunge trio OCTOPUS fresh from the underbelly of Hull with roots in York. Think kinda Jack White, Wolfmother, Nirvana and Pearl Jam.

Pulling on modern blues and 90s grunge and darker-side-of-life lyrics, all boshed over HUGE RIFFS and MASSIVE DRUMS. Yeah, this band is a force of nature.

Rated Noise had this to say, “Their music continues perfectly really showing off the mixture of grunge and blues in the band’s sound, and leaving a distinct desire to hear more”.

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

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Friday 26th August

The Undertones

Emerging from Derry in ’76, THE UNDERTONES celebrate their 40th anniversary going from “five friends learning how to play basic rock and roll in the capital of nowhere” to a fearsome worldwide gig schedule in packed out venues and huge festivals worldwide.

Teenage Kicks, the tune consistently named by John Peel as his favourite tune ever (he played it twice back to back as soon as he heard it), was released on Sire Records and followed by other big hits Here Comes The Summer, Jimmy Jimmy, My Perfect Cousin, You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use It) and Wednesday Week.

Look, you already know the back story and you already know this show is going to be packed again so what are you waiting for…

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

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Thursday 1st September

Holy Moly & The Crackers, Buffalo Skinners (CO-HEADLINE!)

Sheffield songwriting collective BUFFALO SKINNERS, influenced by 60’s rock n roll, folk, blues and “whatever else we’ve been listening to recently”, are Kieran Thorpe (Fender Rhodes), James Nicholls (violin), Peter Seccombe (guitar), Miles Stapleton (drums) and Robbie Thompson (bass); sharing a passion for songwriting and singing in harmony.

Over the past six years the boys have shared highs and lows, personal space, and an ex-postal van across England, America and France.

Most importantly they have shared their songs, with anyone willing to listen. Bob Harris, Steve Lamacq, Cerys Matthews, Janice Long and Dermot O’Leary have all played tracks from the first two albums on BBC radio.

Subsequently endless festival appearances followed including Glastonbury, Kendal Calling, BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, Boomtown Fair, Wilderness, Deer Shed, Tramlines, Camp Bestival…

July 15 sees the release of third album ‘Cease Your Dreaming’ (Loose Chat Records) produced by critically-acclaimed Mercury Award nominee Colin Elliot (Richard Hawley, Slow Club, Kylie Minogue).

HOLY MOLY & THE CRACKERS, a young gypsy folk-rock band, (“Punky, fiddle-flying, Cajun-dancing, raucous hoedownS with huge energy” – Supajam) have already drawn in the accolades and crowds at Hop Farm Festival (Dylan, Patti Smith, Ray Davis) and had debut album (First Avenue) tracks featured in Maverick, No Depression and played by Mike Harding as well by Amazing and BBC Intro. Check out A PUNK CALLED PETER!

After only two years and over two hundred shows (sell-outs in London, Midlands, Yorkshire, Newcastle) the band is performing internationally with their show, Bourbon & Burlesque; as well as on the festival circuit at Solfest, Corbridge, Bingley Live, Just So, Music In The Yard, International Youth Arts Kingston, Green Fest, The Fringe and headlining Hull Folk Festival.

For fans of an eclectic range of styles and artists; from Woody Guthrie to Gogol Bordello to Joni Mitchell. It’s a lively, moonshine mix of Romani, Americana and contemporary British folk-rock… “completely at home in a smoke filled juke joint in New Orleans” – Narc.

PLEASE NOTE THE BANDS WILL BE DOING FULL SETS AND THE HEADLINER WILL NOT BE MADE UNKNOWN UNTIL THE NIGHT – SO GET HERE EARLY!

Ticket: £8.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Thursday 8th September

The Jam Movement (ex-The Jamm), King Mojo

The Jam were without doubt one of the most influential and enduring bands to come out of the late seventies, and THE JAM MOVEMENT (ex-The Jamm) are a breathtaking re-creation of the fire and skill of Woking’s most famous export.

A blistering live show that captures all the energy and passion of The Jam in their heyday, and featuring all the favourites and many many more! Have a listen here!

That’s Entertainment // Town Called Malice // That’s Entertainment // Beat Surrender // All Around The World // Start // Eton Rifles // The Modern World // Strange Town // Going Underground // Down In The Tube Station At Midnight // News Of The World, the list just goes on and on…

This show just gets busier and busier!

Ticket: £7.00 Buy Now
Doors: 19:30pm
Age: 14+

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Friday 9th September

Celestial Fire

CELESTIAL FIRE brings together the solo releases of DAVE BAINBRIDGE, including his epic and acclaimed self-titled album, along with music from his band IONA.

Featuring Dave Bainbridge (Iona, Strawbs, Jack Bruce) the wonderful voice of Sally Minnear (Lord of the Dance), bass genius Simon Fitzpatrick (Carl Palmer), Frank van Essen (Iona, Barbara Dixon, Within Temptation) and Dave Brons (Solo Artist, Guitar Idol Top 10).

Some fairly impressive reviews as well:

“Dave is the worlds most underrated guitarist AND keyboardist in any genre; and this spectacular album (Celestial Fire) proves it. If this doesn’t rocket him into the Prog firmament, then I’m a girl from Surrey”- Troy Donockley (Nightwish, The Bad Shepherds)

“Fluid, emotional guitar playing, epic keyboard work and expansive compositions combine into one of this generation’s most powerful and original musical voices” – John Kellogg (producer – Chicago, Foreigner, Black Crows, Deep Purple, ELP etc)

“A genius of immeasurable proportions… working with artists as varied as Buddy Guy, Jack Bruce and IONA. If you’re unfamiliar it’s time to make amends” – Nick Beggs (Steve Wilson, Steve Hackett etc, etc)

“Soaring guitar passages, stunning keyboard work, and inspirational waves of orchestral prog… moments of startling musical fury giving way to pastoral acoustic moments… majestic music and thoughtful lyrics… more than once I had tears in my eyes” – Bert Saraco (Tollbooth)

And from the first live dates Autumn 2015, the feedback has been amazing:

“What a gig! Beautiful music, amazing musicians”

“Dave is almost like Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman rolled into one! Sally Minnear is a lovely singer. It was one of the best gigs I’ve ever seen/heard”.

“What a fantastic evening of music…It was so good to hear some of Celestial Fire played live and the musicianship from all involved was out of this world. Sally Minnear was incredible, Frank van Essen on the drums absolutely nailed it. Dave Brons was clearly loving every single note he was playing and that was infectious. Simon Fitzpatrick on bass was on another level. What a talent…what an amazing night”.

Not sure we can add much more to that; the last show here was pretty busy (cover pic actually taken at that show) and we expect this one to be much the same!

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

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Friday 9th September

The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club (11pm)

A childhood raised on Ray Charles, Louis Franklin, Otis Redding and Nat King Cole set up actor, radio presenter, comedian, entertainer, DJ and all round good-guy CRAIG CHARLES perfectly to be the country’s favourite one stop shop for the golden era of 60s/70s black American music and beyond.

Craig says, “Five or six years ago we thought we’d take the show out on the road, and we haven’t stopped touring with it since. It’s really good time fun music y’know, appealing to all ages and people have a ball!”

Our man’s career started at 12 yrs winning The Guardian Poetry Award (the runner up was 33 yrs…) and he did warm-up slots for Liverpool bands making his TV poetry debut on Riverside and Wogan.

Recognised worldwide as Dave Lister – the curry-devouring, last-surviving human in BBC 2’s hugely popular sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf – he has also been seen and heard as a performer or presenter on a whole host of programmes as diverse as Through The Keyhole, The Bill, Corrie, Radio 4’s Kaleidoscope and of course the irresistible carnage of Robot Wars.

In the past Craig has been a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, has toured his stand-up show and done panto (in Dick Whittington). He continues to front his own band, The Eye.

Tower Of Power to Bootsy Collins, Heatwave to George Clinton, Johnny Guitar Watson (now THERE’S a real mother for ya) and everything soul and dancin’ and funkin’ thing in between!!

PLEASE NOTE ALL TICKETS ARE STILL VALID FOR THIS RESCHEDULED DATE!

Ticket: £14.00 Buy Now
Doors: 11pm
Age: 18+

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Thursday 15th September

An Evening With Liverpool Legends Ian Rush & Robbie Fowler

Two legendary Liverpool strikers in a live show PLUS a Meet and Greet opportunity beforehand. Fancy meeting Rushie and Robbie in person?

Neither player needs much of an introduction to Liverpool fans – the duo scored an incredible 529 goals between them, including a spell where their careers overlapped and Reds fans had double delight at two of football’s best ever strikers playing for their side at the same time.

Both are now official LFC ambassadors and rightly so – few men know as much about what it means to be at Liverpool as these two do.

The show alone will be a great night out but we are also offering you the chance to meet them, shake their hands, get something signed and, of course, get your photo taken with them.

Relive some classic goals from IAN RUSH and ROBBIE FOWLER.

Meet and Greet: £45 (+ b/f, includes entry to the show)
Standard: £25 (+ b/f, entry to the show only)

Lower age limit 14 years, all under 16s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 years or over.

Ticket: £45.00 meet & greet; £25.00 standard Buy Now
Doors: 7.00pm
Age: 14 (under 16s only w/ adult)

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Saturday 17th September

Richard Hawley, Boss Caine

PLEASE NOTE DUE TO SCHEDULING ISSUES THIS SHOW IS NOW ON THE EVENING – DOORS 7.30PM. All tickets still valid although you may obtain a refund from point of purchase if you wish.

“As long as I’m playing guitar, I’m happy”… RICHARD HAWLEY, Sheffield’s poet laureate, lover of all things vinyl (especially rockabilly and rock’n’roll 45s), ridiculously talented guitarist and songwriter, and probably one of the most exciting and relevant musicians of our time.

Richard brings us wonderfully crafted songs, forged from a long performance history beginning with rock’n’roll in 80s Hamburg between the strippers, through the TFI days of Longpigs (On and On / She Said / Jesus Christ), three years touring with Pulp, and to a burgeoning solo career and debut full album ‘Late Night Final’ which, with it’s soaring pop tunes showed a much wider skill set than the emerging term ‘Americana’ would have him pigeonholed with.

The consummate performer, then, a man-of-the-people consistently pushing his own boundaries to bring us yet more musical riches. And here, as a duo, for a very special performance.

Tickets are going to be in VERY SHORT SUPPLY VERY QUICKLY for this, and early purchase is recommended!

Ticket: £25.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Tuesday 20th September

The English Beat, Page 45, The Magnificent 7

Birthed from working class industrial Birmingham and debuting March 1979, The Beat were billed as ‘the hottest thing since the Pennsylvania meltdown’ – and in an era of social, political and musical upheaval they calmed the waters with a message of love to a great dance beat.

Originally Dave Wakeling (vocals), Andy Cox (guitar), David Steele (bass) and Everett Morton (drums) – Ranking Roger and Saxa would come later – the band crossed easily between pop, reggae, soul and punk. And alongside contemporaries The Specials, Madness and The Selecter they became overnight one of the most popular and influential leaders of the British Two Tone Ska movement.

First single Tears Of A Clown was followed by more hits Mirror In The Bathroom, Save It For Later, I Confess, Stand Down Margaret and a serene cover of Can’t Get Used To Losing You, penned by Andy Williams.

Despite huge success, they sang about and acted upon the problems we all face; donating their music to anti-nuclear and indigenous arts causes as well as contributing to The Special AKA’s Free Nelson Mandela.

Dave Wakeling once said every great band has only three really good albums and true to his word the band disbanded after the third, Special Beat Service. He went on to form General Public with his mate Roger for three studio albums and yet more hits – Tenderness, So Hot You’re Cool, Never You Done That, Come Again, Too Much Or Nothing and I’ll Take You There.

While Dave was Stateside, Andy Cox and David Steele were also busy… forming Fine Young Cannibals, recruiting Roland Gift through an MTV advert. She Drives Me Crazy and Good Thing are, of course, now part of pop history.

No slackers, Saxa and Everett Morton put together The International Beat blending modern pop with Jamaican rhythms and touring the world to great success.

Together, these three offshoots scored multi-platinum albums, toured the world and most importantly kept The Beat alive!

Fast forward to 2003 and a dream coming true for Beat fans when the band reunited for a UK tour, culminating in a sold-out Royal Festival Hall.

Consummate showman that he is, Dave Wakeling has continued to keep The Beat alive touring the world as THE ENGLISH BEAT with an amazing all-ska cast playing all the hits and more!

Ticket: £16.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Wednesday 21st September

The Headhunters

Formed in 1973 by Herbie Hancock (!), THE HEADHUNTERS are immortalised as one of the most influential and legendary jazz-funk fusion bands of all time.

Put simply, their influence on the jazz world as we know it today cannot be underestimated – they are bonafide legends of the game and it’s a privilege to welcome them to York. Yes, YORK…!

Debut album HEAD HUNTERS (1973) is one of the best-selling jazz/fusion records ever, the first jazz album to go platinum – and continually ranked in ‘Greatest Album Of All Time’ lists worldwide.

From the instant funk classic CHAMELEON to the rare-groove sound of GOD MAKE ME FUNKY The Headhunters have redefined modern funk, world music, and jazz as one of the most innovative groups in history.

And in 2007, the Library of Congress added it to the National Recording Registry, a special collection of culturally, historically or aesthetically important sound recordings from the 20th century

Recording and releasing four critically acclaimed & best selling albums ’73 to ’77, three alongside Herbie Hancock and their first record without him, Survival Of The Fittest featuring the world wide smash hit and regularly sampled God Make Me Funky.

Come 1998 and The Headhunters and Herbie Hancock joined forces once again for the comeback album Return Of The Headhunters. The band has continued to make world class records & tour the globe much to the delight of fans everywhere.

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

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Friday 23rd September

King No-One, special guests

There is good reason why folk are regularly cramming into the live music quarters of Yorkshire to be in the presence of KING NO-ONE, four exciting performing artists.

Hailing from the northern heights of England, King No-One have been blowing away audiences the length and breadth of the UK.

Having supported Embrace on two sold out UK Academy tours the band have also performed at a multitude of festivals including both Reading and Leeds.

With huge demand for their sing-along indie/rock anthems the band’s live set is dynamic and unpredictable. An ever-growing radio DJ fanbase has led to multiple plays from Huw Stephens (BBC Radio1), Dermot O’Leary (BBC Radio2), Dan O’Connell (Radio X) and Tom Robinson (6 Music).

As well as their videos gaining national TV exposure on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. “Constellations” was also added to Radio 1’s Best of BBC Introducing list for 2015. The weighty intellect and undeniable charm of this group is bringing a rush of excitement to all who make contact with their infectiously stirring opus.

Music blogs have swerved towards their emerging online presence, which recently saw the band hit top 3 spots on Hype Machine with both “Foreign Tongue” and “Constellations”. After relentlessly working the gig circuit King No-One are the “must see” live act of 2016.

Ticket: £6.00 // £12.00 VIP Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 24th September

A Joker’s Rage, Rusted Hero, As Sirens Fall

Since winning a slot on Hammerfest A JOKER’S RAGE have been booked for all the indie rock/metal festivals and the shows just keep coming. Currently recording debut album and officially one of the fastest growing bands in the north of England with fans travelling from far and wide.

Fronted by clown-in-chief Zakk Taylor with a winning mix of powerhouse rock, hugely memorable tunes and a delivery not unlike being trampled by a herd of dinosaurs with their hemorrhoids on fire this is must-see show.

One minute the crowd’s moshing, the next they’re headbanging. Give it five minutes and they’re bouncing up and down. Take your eye off ’em for a second and next you know the whole heaving mass is waving their arms and singing along. Ah yes . it’s called having a bloody good time!

And also on the bill, check out North East rockers RUSTED HERO and AS SIRENS FALL from West Yorkshire.

Great night in store, presented by Alpha Festivals.

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

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Wednesday 28th September

Gaye Bykers On Acid, Deadcuts

Legendary ‘Grebo’ founders GAYE BIKERS ON ACID from LA (the Leicester Area) make triumphant psychedelic punk-pop return to show how it’s done.

Also occasionally to be seen as their own support band ‘Lesbian Dopeheads on Mopeds’, dressed in women’s clothing. A band’s gotta do what a band’s gotta do…

So think PWEI, The Stuffies, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Carter USM, Crazyhead, Scum Pups and even Jesus Jones.

And think baggy clothes, high ponytails, dreads, leather although you’ll be excused this time around.

This almost certainly ain’t never going to happen again – can you really afford to anywhere else tonight?

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

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Saturday 1st October

UK Foo Fighters – ‘Nothing’s Set In Stone’ tour

“Ladies and gentlemen, would you please welcome … Me!” – Dave Grohl

Not many tribute bands get invited on stage to perform with their heroes; and NEVER with one of the biggest rock bands in the world.

UK FOO FIGHTERS TRIBUTE frontman ‘Jay Apperley’ made history in September 2014 at Brighton’s Concorde 2 when he was personally asked on stage by none other than ‘Dave Grohl’ himself to perform ‘White Limo’ with the actual Foo Fighters!

“That was awesome!” – Dave Grohl

Fans of the UK version have known for years, of course, that rarely has a tribute been performed with such obvious love and passion for the music; and lookalike and soundalike Jay Apperley becomes rock legend ‘Dave Grohl’ both vocally and slinging a guitar.

Their hugely successful UK tour ‘Sonic Motorways’ – a name cleverly derived from the title of the Foo’s new album, saw them sell out shows in London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and many more as fans flocked in their thousands to see them last year.

Piling through hit after hit, the band perform set lists containing all the classics – such as ‘Everlong’ and ‘Best of You’ alongside brand new material from the Foo’s new album ‘Sonic Highways’ like ‘Something From Nothing’ and ‘Congregation’.  They absolutely nail the true vibe of a Foo’s live experience, playing all the singles with extra parts and the sing-alongs bits as well.

All performed down to the closest detail making it a truly unmissable show for any Foo Fighters fan.

Always an amazing show here – be sure to catch them live in 2016!

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

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Monday 3rd October

The Lottery Winners

Born in Salford and raised on romance, THE LOTTERY WINNERS can be found at the midpoint ‘twixt the North West’s dual musical meccas,  Manchester and Liverpool have claimed many a legendary artist as their own, but more often than not they hailed from somewhere betwixt the two. Somewhere beneath Blake’s ‘dark satanic mills’, somewhere called Leigh, the birthplace of Georgie Fame and the Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley. Its 2016 and Lancashire has done it again, spawning the best live band to emerge from the North West in a generation.

-Expected to be a recurrent name in the lists of bands to watch in 2017, The Lottery Winners’ brilliantly buoyant indie pop tunes will be bursting into glorious life on Valentines’ Day, with the help of superstar producer Danton Supple (Coldplay/Norma Jean Martine/Morrissey) Set to be a recurrent name in the lists of bands to watch in 2017, The Lottery Winners’ brilliantly buoyant indie pop tunes are being set to record by superstar producer Danton Supple (Coldplay/Norma Jean Martine/Morrissey), and will be bursting into glorious life on Valentines’ Day. The recording is being overseen by Seymour Stein, the US A&R legend responsible for the careers of Madonna, Talking Heads and the Ramones as well as local heroes Echo & The Bunnymen and The Smiths. Good company to be sharing.

The band were signed right after a storming ship board performance at Liverpool’s Sound City festival. Immediate reactions like that are common for The Lottery Winners. They’re not just a band you like, they’re a band you LOVE. Fans have already shown their love when, wanting to raise money to buy a van to go on tour, The Lottery Winners completely smashed a Pledge Music campaign, hitting the target within three days. Three days! A Pledge Music record. Van bought, The Lottery Winners set off down the A579 and didn’t come back ’til they had won over the audiences of bands like Clean Cut Kid, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Madness, Circa Waves, Rat Boy, Pete Doherty, Blossoms, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Everything Everything, The Coral, Spring King, The View, The Charlatans, The Wonderstuff and The Wedding Present; at shows from Brighton to Arbroath. A celebratory homecoming World Tour of Lancashire sold out, even the legendary Phoenix Club from Peter Kay’s Pheonix Nights. 11,000 new Facebook friends and a van-full of empty merch boxes was an outstanding haul.

Then came radio. Three songs the band uploaded to BBC Introducing are getting traction across the BBC networks as well as Radio X, Amazing Radio and the reborn Virgin Radio. The blogosphere has taken the band to heart, spreading the love for the incredibly creative videos for Elizabeth, I Know and Young Love (see ‘Quotes’ page attached). Three videos made for less than it cost to tax the van have now been viewed over 200,000 times. You can’t buy personality and fans know authenticity when they find it.

And random things have started to happen. Footballer Vincent Kompany has asked The Lottery Winners play at the Etihad Stadium before Manchester City games whilst Manchester United play Elizabeth over the Old Trafford PA at half time. Comedian Greg Davies is using I Know as the theme tune to his C4 TV show Man Down. Keeping it close to home, über-hip Norman Walsh Footwear have sponsored the band in return for a gig in their Bolton factory and Visit Lancashire has asked the band to film a Lancashire based travelogue series, showing off the bands’ warmth and wit. Tentatively titled Northern Hospitality, the clips feature the band visiting the best that Lancashire has to offer the seasoned traveller – from the heady heights of Blackpool Tower to the depths of the cheese vats at the Lancashire Cheese Company. The county is never boring, but its even better with The Lottery Winners as your guide.

A band biography is meant to include some history, so here goes:

The Lottery Winners formed the way many bands do. Thomas and Robert, best friends since Robert was elected to show Thomas around the new school he’d be attending, shared a passion for music, and could both play guitar and sing. But neither knew anyone with a bass, until a few seconds after their ‘Bassist Wanted’ poster was placed on the notice board of Heybrook Music, Leigh’s only guitar shop. The 15 year old Katie Lloyd just happened to be in there at that time on that day. The position was filled. The band was completed when Joe Singleton, drummer, received a phone call from Katie, high-school best friend, insisting that he became a Lottery Winner. After many declinations, he agreed.

“I remember our very first gig, which was in a pub in Leigh, the Colliers Rest. Literally, hundreds of people turned up. It got to a point where it was uncomfortably full, and people were turned away, and had to watch through the windows. The pub completely ran out of alcohol. We were horrendously under-paid for that one.” recalls Joe. “It’s surreal for us when we leave Leigh, and play in front of audiences in other towns and cities. It’s crazy when they know who we are, and know our songs and sing along with them. I don’t think there’s a better feeling than that.”

With such a fertile music scene, the majority of their early shows were in Lancashire and its environs, with just occasional trips over the Pennines. As interest in the band grew, their live reputation spread fast. Festival bookers took a punt and bigger bands on the bills were so impressed they insisted the The Lottery Winners open for their own shows. “The Lottery Winners are currently the very best of UK rock and pop. They have such a great sense of themselves, unlike anything I have seen and heard in contemporary music in a long, long while. They were the obvious choice to open for us on tour. I love ’em!” Miles Hunt (The Wonder Stuff).

Radio has also been key to their burgeoning fame. Kate says “BBC Introducing has massively helped spread the word. BBC Introducing is a platform new artists could not live without. They give so many bands so many opportunities, and we owe them so much.” And it’s not just their music filling the airwaves, it’s their personalities too. A most refreshing side to The Lottery Winners is their humour, perhaps no surprise as Peter Kay is a neighbour. BBC Radio 6Music DJ Chris Hawkins remarked that “they’re like the bastard child of Freddie Mercury and Peter Kay”. Though in no way a ‘comedy’ band, their self deprecating and acerbic wit permeate anything they do. Their live shows are entertaining in the best sense of the word. Punchy pop songs set against a backdrop of a fun night out. No-one leaves a Lottery Winners gig without a smile on their face. In this day an age of manufactured popstars and contrived bands who are only as good as their last song (written by someone else), The Lottery Winners connect with people, with fans, with other bands and with you if you give them a chance. They are the real deal, people who love what they do and inspire love in return.

That brings us back to now. The Lottery Winners share a lawyer with The Arctic Monkeys, a merch company with The Vamps and an accountant with Elbow and SJM Concerts. Sennheiser and Yamaha have recently put their faith and money behind the band, kitting out their new rehearsal studio in Leigh. In amongst the studio days are a bunch of summer festival dates, and a UK headline tour is being readied for the Autumn. They’re playing with the big boys now. But its obvious to anyone who knows them that the band are more than ready for it.

“Being in this band has completely changed my life. I’ve already met a lot of my heroes, and played shows that I’ve never imagined I would. When you’re having a beer with Alex Turner, you know you’re doing the right thing”, Rob states, “I don’t think any of us could comprehend not being in this band and doing what we do, it’s what we love”.

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

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Tuesday 4th October

Diamond Head, Morpheus Rising

Named as their major influence by the top four rock acts in the world – Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Slayer – legendary UK band DIAMOND HEAD are indisputably up there with the classic prime movers.

‘Some of the greatest heavy metal songs of all time… when we made ‘Kill Em All’, it was just Diamond Head and Motorhead… Lightning To The Nations is one of THE classic pieces of vinyl as far as I’m concerned” – Lars Ulrich (Metallica)

“We’re a combination of the two heads, Diamond Head and Motorhead. The epic feel is definitely from Diamond Head, while the simplicity came from Motorhead” – James Hetfield (Metallica)

“I’m influenced by the likes of Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page and Brian Tatler… I place Diamond Head at the forefront of the best of the best” – Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)

‘Nuff said!

Ticket: £13.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Thursday 6th October

Buzzcocks

BUZZCOCKS, one of the most important and influential bands ever, announce 2016 World Tour to celebrate their 40th Anniversary!

Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto formed Buzzcocks in Bolton in February 1976. The band, completed by the addition of Steve Diggle and John Maher, opened for the Sex Pistols in Manchester on July 20th, a follow up to the now (in)famous Lesser Free Trade Hall gig which Devoto and Shelley had organised the month before.

Gigs in Manchester and London followed, and by the end of 1976, Buzzcocks became one of the first groups to form their own independent record label – New Hormones – on which they released the now-legendary and seminal ‘Spiral Scratch’ EP.

The following year saw the departure of Devoto and the recruitment of bassist Steve Garvey. In August 1977, the band signed a recording contract with United Artists Records and released the landmark ‘Orgasm Addict’ single. This was swiftly followed by ‘What Do I Get?’, the band’s first entry into the UK top 40 singles chart and the first of a string of chart singles.

Over the next three years, Buzzcocks toured extensively and released a trilogy of outstanding albums: Another Music in a Different Kitchen, Love Bites and A Different Kind of Tension, as well as the hugely influential and popular Singles Going Steady compilation. In 1981, the band went their separate ways to undertake new projects.

1989 saw the reconvened Shelley/Diggle/Garvey/Maher line-up tour the world again by popular demand. Since then, the Shelley/Diggle partnership has been the core of sustained and successful activity without pause, punctuating the years of high profile gigging to date with six successful and well-received studio albums, culminating in 2015’s The Way.

Few have had the longevity and sustained creative energy to produce the seemingly endless stream of truly original and fantastic pop songs that Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle have consistently delivered over the last four decades. Original and best.

Tickets on sale Friday 9am.

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

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Saturday 8th October

Whole Lotta Led – 20th Anniversary Tour

“You’re getting great reviews, I wish you all the best” Jimmy Page… During 2016 the band will reach their 1,500th show confirming their position as the longest running, professional tribute to Led Zeppelin.

THE UK’S LEADING TRIBUTE TO LED ZEPPELIN. NO WIGS • NO COSTUMES • JUST MUSIC

On 7th January 1996 WHOLE LOTTA LED played their first show at The Farrier’s Arms in Bristol. Little did the band realise that twenty years later they would still be together and performing all over the UK.

Throughout the many line up changes, Nick Ferris (guitar) and Geoff Hunt (bass) remain and both are amazed that what started as a hobby has become a full time career. The current line up is completed by Lee Pryor (vocals), Charlie Hart (drums) and Martin Weetman (keyboards/guitar).

So if you are already a fan of the band or just curious to see why Whole Lotta Led are so admired and respected, come along and enjoy five professional musicians celebrating the incredibly diverse and exciting music of Led Zeppelin.

Join the UK’s leading tribute to Led Zeppelin on their 25th appearance at the legendary Fibbers as part of their 20th Anniversary Tour. We’ve tried the others. These are the best. By some way. RAMBLE ON!

Ticket: £13.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Friday 14th October

Balaam & The Angel – exclusive UK shows

EXCLUSIVE UK SHOWS WITH ORIGINAL LINE-UP AS EVER – celebrating thirty years of ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told’ album played in full plus singles and rarities. Each night will be unique with a slightly different setlist!

BALAAM AND THE ANGEL formed Birmingham ’84 by Scottish-born Morris brothers — vocalist/bassist Mark, drummer Des and guitarist Jim and found themselves affiliated with the goth rock movement after a series of opening dates for the Cult.

After founding their own label, Chapter 22 Records, and releasing debut EP, Love Me, the subsequent Day and Night brought the group to the attention of Virgin, who issued The Greatest Story Ever Told in 1987.

After support tours with Iggy Pop and Kiss, the group resurfaced with second guitarist Ian McKean in 1988 with the harder-edged Live Free or Die to be followed by Days of Madness.

And Balaam said unto the angel of the Lord, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again…

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

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Saturday 15th October

Band Of Friends

Could this be the best blues-rock band in the world? Featuring Gerry McAvoy (Rory Gallagher, Nine Below Zero), Ted McKenna (Sensational Alex Harvey Band) & Marcel Scherpenzeel “…the closest guitarist to Rory you will ever hear” – and that’s from the man who played next to Gallagher, and on every album, for twenty years.

A CELEBRATION OF THE MUSIC OF RORY GALLAGHER – and here’s what the press has to say…

“Having had the privilege of seeing Rory Gallagher live (as well as several tribute acts), I can honestly say that this gig is the closest that anyone will ever come to his sound, style and sheer energy of delivery. This wasn’t a gig, it was a concert and it’s great to see they are doing a fantastic job of keeping the music of this great musician alive” – Rob Dodgson (Annular Media UK)

“Rory’s music covered the globe, producing some of the greatest rock/blues for three decades. Sadly we lost Rory in ’95, to his devoted fans and followers the ultimate tragedy, but BAND OF FRIENDS is not a tribute, more a celebration of his life and music – a rendition of a composer’s former work performed by those who have a full right to both perform it and choose their musicians. RG would approve. No doubt’ – Noel Buckley (Get Ready to Rock UK)

European Blues Award Winner 2013 (Best Band)
European Blues Award winner 2015 Ted McKenna (Best Musician, Performance)

You already know this is going to be one helluva show, do you really need any more persuading??

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

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Tuesday 18th October

Stacie Collins

“Sassy, sexy and rocks like a bitch” – Classic Rock. With a slam-bang rock ‘n’ roll band and a hard-core honky-tonk wail, STACIE COLLINS pushes the boundaries of rock, blues and country.

A singer-songwriter and a bad-ass harmonica player in the style of Chicago Blues greats Little Walter and James Cotton, Collins has a reputation for high energy shows, diverse songwriting and, unlike most chick-singers, they’re not all about love and heartbreak…

Based in Nashville, TN, Stacie is a road warrior having performed countless shows in the USA and Europe over the past few years and has even spawned a Japanese “Stacie Collins” tribute band.

In addition to touring, Collins, along with her writing partner, husband, band mate Al Collins (Jason & The Scorchers) have written, recorded and released five records on her own label.

Had her records been released twenty or thirty years ago, they would have sounded as natural on ’70s FM radio alongside ZZ Top and The Rolling Stones as they do next to contemporary rockers like the Drive-By Truckers or Blackberry Smoke.

You just know you GOTTA BE HERE FOR THIS ONE!!

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

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Friday 21st October

The Complete Stone Roses

THE COMPLETE STONE ROSES are now one of the UK’s best known, most seen and consistently successful tributes, selling out venues across the UK and Ireland, and carrying on the music of one of the UK’s most influential bands.

Hits like Fools Gold, I Am The Resurrection and I Wanna Be Adored are as recognisable now as were in the heyday of Madchester and the Hacienda, the cultural icons from which the original band was born.

The Completes, as they are affectionately referenced to by their fans, play to acclaim not only from fans and press, but also original Stone Roses band members. Bassist Mani has not only just appeared as a warm up DJ for the band on the odd occasion but has also played onstage with them playing She Bangs The Drums and says, “They do our songs real justice. At times, they play even better than we did!”

As well as performing alongside Inspiral Carpets and Happy Mondays they even have a bit of a celebrity fan base going on as well; step forward The Seahorses, Andy Rourke, Shed 7, Richard Fearless, Shane MacGowan and Peter Hook all of whom have who either appeared as a support DJ/Guest for the band, worked with the band or have attended one of their gigs purely as a Roses fan being played live to perfection.

Comfortable playing to 300 or 40,000 (Edinburgh!), regulars at T In The Park, Loch Lomond, Witness and Get Loaded, BBC TV features and slots on documentaries and, of course, huge coverage in every major music magazine and broadsheet, The Completes are perfectionists.

Over to Mani again, “The attention to detail is amazing. I use a Rickenbacker 3000 which is as rare as rocking horse shit but they found one”.

The Completes are rewriting the tribute band manual, and getting better all the time!

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

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Friday 21st October

Ultimate Daft Punk Tribute Show (11pm)

Fully live show tribute to the the elusive helmet-clad retro-futurists with all the costumes and a massive light show!

With infectious dance music, an up-beat rhythmic vibe, robotic counterparts and truly epic live shows Daft Punk have been the staple diet of some the biggest and most well-renowned festivals since the release of debut ‘Homework’ and groundbreaking 1997 follow-up ‘Alive’ in 1997.

Now you too can experience that undeniable awesomeness with ULTIMATE DAFT PUNK TRIBUTE SHOW, brilliantly unique and alternative.

SUPER EARLY BIRD TICKETS @ £6 NOW ON SALE FOR A LIMITED PERIOD…

Doors: 11pm
Age: 18+

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Saturday 22nd October

Ferocious Dog

For UK venues and festivals, 2015 was the year of the FEROCIOUS DOG; a full-on sextet infusing madball rock, reggae/dub and Celtic vibes with folk.

Now firmly at the forefront of the alternative scene, and even selling out Nottingham Rock City, they have an ever-growing fan army following the band countrywide, bringing boiling energy and passion to every gig and always welcoming to new tribe members.

“As someone who has played with the Levellers, Oysterband and Wonderstuff… Ferocious Dog are carrying on the tradition of folk rock the way it was meant to be done” – Dan Donnelly

“The bite, here, is as fierce as the bark. But Ferocious Dog make subtly persuasive sounds, too. In a field full of would-be wolves… They’re out for a long run.” – Nick Burbridge.

Creating their own brand on traditional Celtic folk, Ferocious Dog use the traditional instruments of fiddles, whistles, mandolins and mix ’em up with a bit of raw, buzzsaw rock n’ roll attitude.

With their unique, aggressive yet feel-good music they tear up venues across the country often bringing their faithful Hell Hounds along for the ride!

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

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Wednesday 26th October

Yashin, Vampires Everywhere, Firstborn

New album ‘The Renegades’ is the story of YASHIN‘s endurance, faith and strength. Recorded at York’s Innersound Studios and produced by Joe and Sam Graves (Deaf Havana/Asking Alexandria) this is a darker and more serious band.

True to their name (Japanese for ‘ambition’) Yashin had the ambition and desire to make it on their own, self-releasing 2010 debut album ‘Put Your Hands Where I Can See Them’ and touring with Madina Lake and Papa Roach, the single ‘Stand Up’ becoming a long standing fan-favourite.

After touring sophomore work ‘We Created A Monster’ in 2012 with Black Veil Brides, Emarosa, Skindred, A Day To Remember, Korn and childhood heroes Limp Bizkit, successful 2013 headline tours followed alongside more stage-sharing with the likes of We Are The Ocean and We Butter The Bread With Butter.

And so 2014 was a year to reflect, forge a major label deal with Sony and regroup.

Strengthened by the creative process, the band see the new album as a rebirth, a new beginning – declaring themselves outlaws and renegades, victorious over the pressures of the world. It is all about clearing the air and presents an opportunity for fans to engage with the band anew and identify with the rebellious urge to resist conformity.

Over to the guys…

“The inspiration behind the title was to see ourselves as a gang rather than a band. Together with our fans we are a force, a powerful cult – What name is better suited to this cult than The Renegades?”

“The record is thus an invitation to Yashin’s fans to break the mould and turn their back on the conventional minded, to even fight the urge to conform in oneself– and to join with the band and unite as one voice, as ‘The Renegades”.

“The first two albums will always hold a place in our hearts, but we are dying to let you hear the end result of all six of us are pulling in the same direction!”

And just look who else is on the tour FOR THEIR FIRST EVER UK SHOWS!! Hollywood’s VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE, straight up rock with a heckuva a twist. Industrial gothic Rob Zombie meets Mötley Crüe. Check out fan favourite ‘Drug Of Choice’.

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

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Thursday 27th October

We Are Scientists

Legendary NY-ers debut gold album ‘With Love & Squalor’ catapulted them to main stages (Glasto/Leeds/Reading/T in the Park) and REM tour; now on 5th album Helter Seltzer “dramatic music with a light touch” – we give you WE ARE SCIENTISTS they’re clever, they’re witty, they write BLOODY GREAT BIG TUNES… one of our fave bands EVER, and yours too…

INT. BEDROOM, NIGHT — APRIL, 2016 — ENGLAND

“That was awesome.”
“I… I’ve got class early…”
“Oh, uh…”
“Should you… get dressed?”
“Yeah, uh… I like this song. Who is it?”
“We Are Scientists. You’re shitting me, you don’t know We Are Scientists?”
“I– I think so. It’s great!”
“They’re absolute legends. I can’t believe you don’t know them.”
“No, uh… I mean, it sounds familiar. I’ve definitely heard them.”
“This is the new album, ‘Helter Seltzer.’ So. Fucking. Good.”
“Oh, yeah! Helter… Helter Seltzer?”
“Yah, like ‘helter skelter’ but with seltzer? It’s actually a perfect description of them because they do this really dramatic music, but always with a light touch, you know? It could actually be the name of their genre.”
“I could see that, yeah.”
“I actually had to look up the word ‘seltzer’ — we don’t have it here.”
“You don’t have seltzer? Ah, man. This is gonna be a long semester. That’s like my favorite drink. Water plus bubbles, y’know? Seriously so refreshing.”
“Um… okay.”
“Oh, but so, but so, this is their first record, huh?”
“Their–? NO! I thought you’d heard of them!”
“No, I have! So, they’re not new?”
“Compared to The Rolling Stones, yes. This is only their fifth record, so yah, total baby-band.”
“Whoa! How old are they?”
“I suppose they can’t be that young — they’ve been around since 2005. But they look twenty-two. Very handsome.”
“[laughs] Should I be jealous?”
“No point in that. I’d trade up without hesitating.”
“Hey now…”
“They’re also intelligent and funny. And rock stars. Full package, really.”
‘Rock stars’ might be a strong term…”
“They’ve played Jools Holland. And the big stage at Glastonbury, and Reading & Leeds, and T in the Park. They’ve sold out Brixton Plaza.”
“Uh… did you just make up a bunch of words and try to use them as evidence?”
“David Letterman! Coachella!”
“Okay, definitely more familiar. Wait, so how big are they here?”
“Well, their first album, With Love & Squalor, sold a hundred and fifty thousand copies.”
“Is that a lot?”
“That’s gold! It’s one for every man, woman and child!”
“Wait, the population of England is a hundred and fifty thousand?”
“Twat. It’s hyperbole.”
“I love that you just called me a twat.”
“Is it a compliment in America? It isn’t really here.” “[laughs]”
“I was on holiday in Madrid once, and I saw them supporting R.E.M.? They blew them off the stage.”
“Man, R.E.M. … now there’s a great band.”
“Of course. That’s why it’s significant. I wouldn’t tell you about seeing them blow Good Charlotte off the stage.”
“Right. Hey, this was fun, we should totally–”
“And what’s amazing about this new album, Helter Seltzer, is that they made it with Katy Perry’s keyboard player, so it’s got all this great poppy synthesizer on it, and drum samples, but still with those amazing Scientist melodies. I think it’s my favorite one yet, which is crazy if you think about it.”
“Oh. Well, what are you doing this week? Should we get together again? Maybe tomorrow?”
“I mean, he was Katy Perry’s keyboardist for three years, this guy Max Hart, but before that? He was the Scientist’s keyboardist. That’s the thing, they always work with their friends. Like Chris Coady, who mixed this album? He produced the last album, TV en Français.”
“TV…on…”
“And their first three albums were all produced by Ariel Rechtshaid, who’s now like this hot-shit super-producer of Vampire Weekend and Usher.”
“Oh. Man, you know a lot about We Are Scientists. I mean, I do, too, but–”
“What I actually love the most is their videos. So hilarious. Every one is like this crazy, weird concept that no other band would do. It’s like, if you’re a band, and you have money to make a video, don’t just make some boring thing where you stumble around on a beach pretending to sing.”
“I know, right?”
“Plus they make hilarious comedy videos, basically for no reason. Have you ever seen their Instagram?”
“Uh, I think so. It’s all those pictures of, of like–”
“They do these short videos on it? They’re amazing. So funny.”
“Right! Yeah, I think I’ve seen those.”
“But the absolute best is their concerts. God, I’ve seen them about twenty times.”
“Whoa. Twenty? That’s like how many times I’ve seen baseball.”
“Such amazing songs, and it’s so unpredictable. Like things are always breaking, or somebody climbs on top of something, or Keith comes down in the audience, or Chris plays half the show in the audience.”
“Huh.”
“And between songs they always have a big chat, and it’s hilarious.”
“Right.”
“And different every time! Not memorized. Which is why I’m completely gutted.”
“You’re… what do you mean?”
“Well they’re playing in a week, aren’t they? But the show’s sold out and I didn’t get a ticket because I was at my stupid brother’s wedding.”
“That’s cool about your brother. Congratulations.”
“It’s f***ed. I wish I didn’t have a brother. The wedding was nice and all, but I wish I’d respectfully not attended and reserved a bloody We Are Scientists ticket, you know?”
“I guess, yeah.”
“I suppose I’ll just stand outside Koko and try to mug someone.”
“Uh… Koko?”
“Yah, Koko. Why? What?”
“Uh… well, that’s my cousin’s venue. He’s the manager there. That’s, like — that’s who I’m staying with. I live in his apartment. His flat.”
“You’re living with the manager of Koko.”
“Yeah, he’s my cousin. Tom.”
“Tom. So… yes.”
“Yes?”
“Yes, I’m free tomorrow night.”
“Oh! Ha. Great, should I just–”
“Let’s meet at yours. At Tom’s.”
“Um, okay. Sure! I’ll… I’ll text you the address.”
“Fantastic. It was so nice to meet you… um… Felix?”
“Alex.”
“Alex! Right. And I’m Alice. That’s the joke.”
“Yeah. Yeah, Alex and Alice.”
“Right. Sorry, Alex. Look, this has been… awesome. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow night.”
“Yeah, uh… yeah, me, too.”

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Ticket: £16.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 29th October

The Southmartins

Forming The Beautiful South after The Housemartins in 1988, Paul Heaton and Dave Hemingway went on to five million sales with a string of beautiful real-life vignettes and deservedly classic hits including Song For Whoever, You Keep It All In, A Little Time, Rotterdam, Don’t Marry Her, Perfect 10 and many many more.

Aided in no small way by a succession of brilliant female vocalists – Briana Corrigan, Jacqui Abbott and Alison Wheeler!

Ever sardonic and witty, the band split in 2007 due to ‘musical similarities’.

And, of course, this brilliant tribute includes Hull’s greatest gift to the world (LONDON 0 HULL 4!) The Housemartins with Happy Hour, Caravan Of Love, Five Get Over Excited, Build, Me And The Farmer etc

Welcome, then, THE SOUTHMARTINS. The UK’s leading tribute to the music and songs of The Beautiful South and The Housemartins. Just check out these FAN REVIEWS and you’ll see why loads of music fans agree with the man himself, Paul Heaton on Radio 2… “They’re very good!!”

Final word to the band, “We play songs by The Beautiful South and The Housemartins sometimes quite well. Paul Heaton says we’re “not too bad at all” apparently. We take that as high praise indeed. As you can see from our pics we’re not arsed about trying to look like the band and don’t do the “dressing up” thing. That’s fine for all the Freddies and Bongos out there just not for us. It doesn’t seem right. We just play the songs as if they were ours so we’re not afraid to play them fast and loose.”

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

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Tuesday 1st November

Y&T

Before Mötley Crüe, RATT and even before Metallica, Y&T were slogging America’s sweaty rock clubs. Formed in the early ’70s, little did they know they would set the standard for hard rock bands to follow.

And indeed, many of the 80s biggest acts cut their teeth opening for headliners Y&T, freely evidenced in tell-all books by Metallica and Mötley Crüe.

San Francisco’s Bay Area innovators of the hard rock sound are happy playing an intimate club or to fifty-thousand at a festival, always delivering a high-energy set and passionate performance still captivating legions of worldwide fans, proving their music timeless.

Eighteen albums, three greatest hits collections and a box set later, Y&T have over four million sales under their belts since ’74. Plus 1.5m YouTube views for I’m Coming Home and heavy MTV rotation for hits such as Forever, Rescue Me, Mean Streak, Don’t Stop Runnin’ and Summertime Girls standing alongside film and TV plays, VH1 Classic and global radio coverage.

With bassist Phil Kennemore’s untimely passing from lung cancer, the band is carrying on the legacy of touring the world, featuring Dave Meniketti (guitar/lead vocals), John Nymann (guitar/vocals), Brad Lang (bass/vocals), and Mike Vanderhule (drums/vocals), playing songs that span the band’s five-decade career and including all the hits and fan favourites.

Presented by Eastside.

Ticket: £16.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Friday 4th November

The Hackney Colliery Band, The New York Brass Band

Jazz to electronica and everything in between – brass, drums (and drum machine!) from the coal face. THE HACKNEY COLLIERY BAND are an evocative, playful and plain belting outfit!!

Razor sharp jazz chops and heavy funk; yes, there’s something particularly life affirming about listening to a brass band in full swing.

‘One of my favourite live bands’ – Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 6Music

‘Amazing… incredible… Wow’ – Craig Charles, BBC Radio 6Music

‘Brilliant live band and they’ve just made another great record. I smell a collaboration’ – Jamie Cullum, Radio 2

North London’s Hackney Colliery Band have become cult stars in the musical world having totally re-invented the brass band sound for the modern age. A truly brilliant live act who have enjoyed a remarkable few years, they have done everything from playing 45 minute sets at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics to appearing at the BRITs, MOBO Awards and Mercury Awards, as well as on many different BBC radio stations and Jazz FM.

The band has fans all around the world, having played a number of gigs across Europe, and has worked with the likes of Amy Winehouse and Jamie Cullum.

Audiences of all ages and musical tastes can find something to love and in their time they have put out successful albums, such as debut eponymous release in 2010, 2013’s Common Decency and a remix EP in 2014 that saw their sound reworked for the dance floor.

For fans of Youngblood Brass Band, Hot 8 Brass Band!

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

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Thursday 10th November

The Last Vegas, The Idol Dead

Proper rock and roll from Chicago, IL, THE LAST VEGAS bring you ’70s classic rock and glam, ‘80s hard rock and heavy metal, garage and punk rock while at the same time maintaining a unique sound all their own.

Produced by Nikki Sixx and Marti Frederiksen, “…combining rock, glam and garage for an ass-kicking sound. No doubt, rock ‘n roll is here to stay.” – Billboard

Very definitely for fans of The Cult / AC/DC / Buckcherry / Cinderella / Airbourne!

Exceptionally pleased to have THE IDOL DEAD on board; “For those with fond thoughts of 90s Wildhearts, The Almighty & Black Spiders… The Idol Dead come highly recommended!” – Pure Rawk. We agree, fill your ears with BONES OF YOU

Ticket: £8.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Friday 11th November

The Small Fakers, Page 45

For any discerning mod The Small Faces were the finest UK band for a sharp-dressed and hip youth cult, and hugely influential even now. All Or Nothing, Here Come The Nice, Tin Soldier, Itchycoo Park, Lazy Sunday … ’nuff said.

So please welcome back to York the UK’s finest tribute to the best part of British pop culture’s most dynamic and creative period, THE SMALL FAKERS.

And just look at these amazing affidavits from those were there at the time, and some fantastic customer live reviews…

“For those of you that never saw the Small Faces live, this is as close as you’re gonna get” – Stan Lane (Small Faces’ Ronnie’s brother)

“As soon as you opened your mouth, the hanky was out” – Kay Marriott (Steve’s Mum)

“Really great, absolutely spot-on” – Kenney Jones (Small Faces)

“No point doing any of the old songs, they do them too good!” – Jimmy Winston (Small Faces)

“I started going to see the Small Faces play from the age of about 12 so I know what they sounded like live. The Fakers are the closest thing. I closed my eyes for a moment while the Fakers were playing and I was taken back to those beautiful, long gone days”. – Penny (a very satisfied customer!)

Ten years on, still packing venues, Isle Of Wight Festival regulars, and joined on stage at various times by Kenney Jones (drummer for Small Faces, The Who and The Faces) original Small Faces organist Jimmy Winston, Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock, 60’s session guitarist Graham Dee and 60’s blues and soul vocalist Chris Farlowe; this is one tribute that will take you all the way there – and back again!

Ticket: £10.00 Buy Now
Doors: 19:30pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 12th November

Hope&Social

“Welcome, we’re HOPE AND SOCIAL. We’re a band who write songs and release albums. We come from Leeds. We have a studio called The Crypt. We do ill-advised events and all sorts of gigs. We sell all our music for Pay What You Want. We are mainly broke. At the moment we are planning how to take over the world”.

If there is a more elegant, yet simply perfect, band introduction we haven’t seen it. And we’ve seen THOUSANDS of introductions.

You’ll gather that the mighty Hope and Social have been one of our favourite bands since dinosaurs roamed the earth. Their shows are a celebration of the best things in life – wonderful music and songs, laughter, consummate musicianship and one of those true occasions where band and audience really are all in it together.

This is not rhetoric, this is fact. H&S shows are packed and if you’ve ever been you’ll know EXACTLY what we’re on about.

Innovative, diverse, brilliantly talented and so in love with constructing delicately muscular tunes. And a live music lesson in life, also, in how to build, engage and keep a huge and loyal fan base with music that is peerless and timeless.

Hope and Social have the sound of classic albums, brought up to date. Albums which were a call-to-arms, and part lament penned with measured guitar and lush harmony.

Sieved from drunken rants, they sing of Englishness and home and what it means. Of simplicity and custom, and of God.

One day all bands will be made like this.

Ticket: £9.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Monday 14th November

Wade Bowen, Willy Braun

Texas country/Red Dirt real deal WADE BOWEN of whom The New York Times said “Earnest and direct singer who wrings feeling from a small vocal gestures and graceful songwriting with twists like small sighs”

Across five independent albums and a decade-plus of touring, Wade Bowen has amassed a string of awards and a passionate fan base. Rising to the top of the Texas music and Red Dirt circuit, and now poised to bring that independent spirit to country music at large.

With a dense and concentrated whisky-and-smoke baritone, Bowen takes command of his 100% country songs, rife with pedal steel and vivid emotion, that could easily find a home with fans of Bowen’s rock idols – folks like Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne.

On a live circuit where the overwhelming mandate is to stir up a party, Bowen has aimed to leave folks with a memory. As a writer, even one from a state with some tall literary traditions, he’s not trying to earn a PhD in poetry; he’s trying to communicate. “My style,” he says, “is more to try to evoke an emotion. I’m more about trying to leave a mark on people.”

Growing up in Waco, Bowen’s exposure to the music of Texas was limited to whatever made it on FM country radio. George Strait was king. Guy Clark was a name he’d not have recognized before getting to college. But at school, in Lubbock, he discovered the full spectrum of Texas artistry, starting with Robert Earl Keen. “He was a big changing point in my life,” says Wade. “I realized by listening to him that there was way more out there than I ever knew. So I started getting into Guy Clark and other great Texas music. But I was obsessed with Robert Earl. When we started the band we were sort of a Robert Earl cover band.”

That band was called West 84 but when Bowen channelled a lifelong love of writing into songs, he made the major decision to go solo and move to Austin. By then, about 2001, fellow Waco native Pat Green had busted out to national prominence and the Texas music phenomenon was the buzz of Nashville. It was part of Wade Bowen’s inspiration to charge ahead.

Try Not To Listen is the album Wade regards as his true debut, the project that kicked off a life and living made of 200-plus nights a year on the road and patient grassroots fan development. Then with Lost Hotel in 2006, things really began to click. The opening track “God Bless This Town” reached No. 1 on the bellwether Texas Music Chart, and to date, Bowen has had a total of 10 Number 1’s and 15 Top 5 Singles on the Texas Music Chart. He achieved another landmark in 2010, when he was invited to add his name to the roster of great artists who’ve made a Live At Billy Bob’s CD/DVD combo at the iconic club in Fort Worth.

Amazing, also, to get WILLY BRAUN (front man for Reckless Kelley) on board as well. This is the real deal, don’t miss this show!

And no songs about trucks…

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

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Friday 18th November

The Christians 30th Anniversary Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday 19th November

The Fall

He’s the undisputed GOD OF ALT-EVERYTHING. He’s not going to duet with Kanye, he’s not going to be remixed and he’s definitely not going to do anything you expect him to. He’s Mark E Smith and THE FALL and thank the good Lord he saves some of his best shows for Fibbers.

Mark is the very definition of indie without the beard and Vans. Political correctness not present thank you very much, the eternal maverick and belligerent bastard within Mr Manchester is consumed with razor-sharp wit and bitter cynicism, all sung-spoken to a band that rocks the **** out like no other.

So praise The Lord for Mark E Smith and real music. He’s the closest thing to the genuine article you’ll ever know. And he’s not going to be on a Direct Line or Warburtons advert any time soon…

Ticket: £25.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Tuesday 22nd November

Gangstagrass

Yeah correct, GANGSTAGRASS did the Oscar-nominated theme song to JUSTIFIED. Yeah, this is real bluegrass pickers and real emcees making music. And yeah, they turn it on live as well.

Hip hop meets bluegrass – eh? Well, theres a lot more people out there with Jay-Z and Johnny Cash on their iPod playlists than you think…

Stand well back for the dirty fightin’, gator wrestlin’, foot stompin’ bluegrass-hip-hop project of Brooklyn based producer Rench, who has spent the last decade making gritty, soulful country hip-hop music that you will actually like.

Now on 5th studio album ‘American Music’ they can be found ripping up stages and blowing minds wherever they appear. Explosive live shows have been blowing away the USA and now they’re coming to Europe with emcees R-Son and Dolio!

Banjos and rappers shouldn’t sound this good together. But they do.

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

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Thursday 24th November

SOiL, Saliva, Sons Of Texas

Formed in Chicago ’97, SOiL took the world by storm with 2001 million-selling major label debut Scars, and classics Halo, Unreal and Redefine. And now back in York for what is sure to be another sell out with original members Ryan McCombs (back from Drowning Pool), Tim King and Adam Zadel.

And what a support line-up as well, featuring SALIVA, another gold album band on this bill – Every Six Seconds – which contained the hits Rise Up, and Grammy-nominated Your Disease. And not forgetting huge-selling anthems Always, In It To Win It and Rest In Pieces, co-written with Nikki Sixx.

And what about SONS OF TEXAS for openers… they’ve been Baptized In The Rio Grande!

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

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Friday 25th November

Planet Rock presents “Roadstars” w/ Simo, Aaron Keylock, Federal Charm”

Three of the most exciting new blues-rock acts touring TOGETHER for the very first time – amazing! USA guitarist SIMO is joined by Brit sensation AARON KEYLOCK as well as UK blues rock guitar band FEDERAL CHARM. Please note the headline slot changes nightly so make sure you’re early!!

Vibrant Nashville power trio Simo’s new LP, Let Love Show the Way, reinvigorates the fusion of jazz improvisation, down home blues and classic R&B, taking on board countrified Southern-rock. It’s primal, it’s immediate, it’s sweltering stuff. “We live and die by the take,” says singer-guitarist JD Simo. “We don’t edit, and if there are overdubs they’re minimal. I want it to be unaffected and pure. For me, the music resonates most when a performance is captured. That’s what I love, and that’s what we go for.”

Every now and then an artist comes along that blows you away and Aaron Keylock is cementing a reputation as one of the most exciting young UK talents. A mesmerising live performer already with over two hundred shows alongside the likes of Blackberry Smoke, Cadillac Three, Tracer and The Answer with great festival slots at Bloodstock, Ramblin’ Man Fair and Download. His debut album was produced by Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Vai, Alice Cooper, Joe Bonamassa) and referencing Johnny Winter, Rory Gallagher, The Faces, T Rex and Blackfoot, but Aaron writes all his own material. Although just turned 18, our man sports clothes and hair straight outta 1974. “I just like them”, he says. Aaron, we like you already.

Manchester’s Federal Charm released their second album, Across the Divide, in October 2015 (“Jaw-dropping” – Classic Rock) and have opened for Michael Schenker, UFO, Black Star Riders, Ian Hunter and Rich Robinson, as well as touring with Joanne Shaw Taylor. Federal Charm span the classic rock curve from Allman Brothers to Zeppelin, and Black Keys to Rival Sons, with twin-guitar twists and stop-start rhythm.

This is one heckuva triple bill…

PLANET ROCK presale; general on-sale Friday!

Ticket: £14.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 26th November

Purple Rain – The Ultimate Prince Tribute

Jimi Love aka Prince has the looks, the moves the pipes and some amazing guitar chops. PURPLE RAIN will wash you away, they really are something special.

And with the tragic news of Prince Rogers Nelson’s passing, what better way to celebrate the great man’s music and life…

All the hits you want, and backed up by his brilliant guitar playing, and a fantastic band.

Hear all the classics – Little Red Corvette, When Doves Cry, Purple Rain, 1999, Kiss, Raspberry Beret, Let’s Go Crazy… ah, the list goes on and on and on.

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

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Tuesday 29th November

Electric Six, we-are-z

Warning! Danger! High Voltage! They want to take you to a gay bar, gay bar, GAY BAR…

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!

Over to the band…

Mortality. It’s the primary reason we don’t live forever. If not for our mortality, the number of years each of us would have to roam this earth would be as infinite as the sands of time running through the earth itself. When extraterrestrials eventually make first contact with us within the next twenty years, the first glaringly obvious thing they will notice…is that we die. They will come to our planet with sinister intentions and they will immediately have the upper hand because we die…and they don’t. It’s a simple as that. And it’s all because of our mortality.

While aliens (and the government!!!!!) will always be there to kill us, we have for generations used our cold dead hands to clutch onto whatever silver lining we could sew into the dark cloud of our everlasting mortality. Specifically, we tell ourselves that we can live forever, not in corporeal form, but through our creations of art…and our expressions of love.

Thusly, art and love are more important than ever, because they are now the conduits that preserve our life forces. If you don’t create art and you don’t love nobody…well then, you will be forgotten, rather quickly. No one wants to be forgotten rather quickly. No one more so…than Electric Six.

Electric Six understands all this stuff as it prepares to unveil its eleventh studio album Bitch, Don’t Let Me Die!, which will be released on October 6 on Metropolis Records. The album is steeped in themes of mortality, death, discorporation and discoloration…all while it tries to convince you it is actually a work of art, a labour of love.

From the pounding, driving opener, “Drone Strikes”, through the 1970s guitar anthem “Two Dollar Two”, Bitch, Don’t Let Me Die! reveals that Electric Six knows that it is going to die, but will not go out quietly. From there, the album moves through the pop goodness of “Kids Are Evil” and “A Variation of Elaine”, the prog-rock showmanship of “Slow Motion Man”, and even a tribute to Elvis Presley in his more rotund years with “Dime Dime Penny Dime”.

“Big Red Arthur” is the anchor track of the album, as it emits a rock-opera bombast that is reminiscent of Radiohead sodomizing David Bowie in the center of his mind. It, like most of the songs on this record, is about death…but it’s kind of funny because it’s only about the death of a fake, out-of-shape drunk Santa Claus who is too fucking stupid to make it down the chimney correctly. In this case, we just end up laughing at death. And that’s uplifting.

To summarize, mortality is everywhere, and this fall, thanks to their new record Bitch, Don’t Let Me Die!, Electric Six will be everywhere too. Everybody gonna die someday, but with Electric Six’s new album, you no longer have to worry about any of it. Bitch, Don’t Let Me Die is Electric Six’s brand new record for 2015 and it is available on Metropolis Records on Oct. 2.

Electric Six is:

Dick Valentine – Vocals
Da Ve – Guitar
Johnny Na$hinal – Guitar
Smorgasbord – Bass
Tait Nucleus? – Keyboard
Percussion World – Drums

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

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Thursday 1st December

Emmy The Great

‘The female Bon Iver’ – Clash Magazine; ‘EMMY THE GREAT is who folk music has been praying for’ – Evening Standard; ‘One of the boldest young writers’ – The Guardian. Collaborations with Fatboy Slim, Kate Nash, Dev Hynes, Ash, Gabriel Bruce and Noah & the Whale confirm Emma-Lee Moss as a major artist of our times.

Hong Kong-born to an English father and a Chinese mother, Emma-Lee Moss as Emmy the Great has released two solo records to international acclaim showcasing an elegant lyricism and sensitivity married to humour and inquisitiveness. Her voice is by turns smoky and radiant.

Debut album, First Love was hailed “Album of the Week” – Sunday Times Culture and made the “Album of the Year 2009” list in the New York Times.

The follow up, Virtue, in 2011, once again made all the ‘best of’ lists, and Emma also wrote the original songs for Austenland, and the upcoming Wanderers.

In 2013 she performed at the largest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia, in London’s Trafalgar Square, singing in English, Cantonese and Mandarin to an estimated TV audience of 600 million people. She also performed a bilingual song (Cantonese and English) live on BBC radio.

For charity, she has been an ambassador for Wateraid, Strummerville and Billy Bragg’s prison based music charity.

Lovely show for York with a truly international performer destined for even bigger things. Recommended!

ON SALE FRIDAY 9am…

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

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Saturday 3rd December

Grapple presents Live: American-Style Professional Wrestling

USA-style 2 hour live spectacular carrying on where we left off from two very successful shows here – THIS REALLY IS A FANTASTIC NIGHT!! Pics of the last event here

Featuring:

Grapple Wrestling British Champion – “The Ugandan Warrior” Nsereko
Grapple Wrestling Tag Team Champions – The Burial
“The Mexican Sensation” El Ligero
“The Dark Cloud” Seb Strife
Ruby Summers
Evee Black
Rollin’ Mark Rolls
“The Pop Punk Kid” Jake Silver

And not forgetting the The Marty Jones Invitational winner here in April – York’s own “Hot Blooded” Dom Black!

You can keep up to date with show news by following Grapple Wrestling on social media, just click on the links below – see you down the front grunt’n’groan fans old and new!

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Ticket: £8.00 child // £10.00 adult // £30 family or group of 4 Buy Now
Doors: 7pm
Age: All ages

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Thursday 12th January

Devil You Know feat. Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage), Westfield Massacre feat. Tommy Vext (ex-Divine Heresy), Wearing Scars, Brutai

Face-melting metal taking you back to how it used to be; DEVIL YOU KNOW are simplicity and brutality in a beautiful blend. No intricate backing tracks or crazy tempos just super heavy riffs, killer blast beats, and Jones’ signature screams.

This is one helluva USA metalcore supergroup featuring Howard Jones on vocals (Ex-Killswitch Engage, Blood Has Been Shed), guitarist Francesco Artusato (All Shall Perish) and Ryan Wombacher (Bleeding Through) on bass – signed to Nuclear Blast Records with two albums out – The Beauty of Destruction and They Bleed Red (produced by ex-Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader (Gojira, Five Finger Death Punch).

And check out the rest of this amazing bill…

WESTFIELD MASSACRE feature ex-DIVINE HERESY Tommy Vext, bridging American modern and traditional European metal. Aggressive growls, high soaring vocal melody, super-fast drumming, classically-inspired passages and guitar harmony.

WEARING SCARS and BRUTAI complete a classic line-up.

Ticket: £12.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 25th February

The Smyths

One of the longest-established Smiths tributes and boy is that obvious every time they play here. And tonight celebrating the 30th anniversary of fourth album, ‘Strangeways Here We Come’ with some rarely heard live treats, plus all the crowd favourites throughout the Smiths career.

The crowd – and what a BIG crowd – went wild …

Two hours of classic Smiths material – truly A SMITHS BAND OF SMITHS FANS FOR SMITHS FANS!

“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’

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

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Saturday 25th March

Sack Sabbath

Longtime Sabb fans were BLOWN AWAY when this trib appeared last time, “The guitarist and singer have it absolutely nailed” / “Reminded me of seeing them first time around” / “Amazing booking, best tribute I’ve seen for years!”

The wind, the rain, the tolling bell, THAT RIFF – Track 1 Side 1 of the album generally acknowledged as the birth of heavy metal as we know it – and still more powerful than anything churned out by many of today’s overproduced ‘metal’ bands.

And so we welcome SACK SABBATH the UK’s most popular and established tribute to the Birmingham boys, Osbourne, Iommi, Ward and Butler.

Fronted by best Ozzy impersonator in the business, and check out this recommendation from of one of the actual Black Sabbath road crew …

“I worked for the real Sabbath and they are like the real thing, you don’t have to close your eyes, because their Ozzy has got it off to a tee. I go to their shows because it reminds me of all the fun I had with the real thing. A great night out, we love you all!” – Les Martin Stage & Production Manager, Black Sabbath 1970-78.

Ticket: £10.00 Buy Now
Doors: 19:30pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 26th August

Whitesnake UK, Pure Purple

Formed in January 2005, WHITESNAKE UK are the very best of David Coverdale’s multi-platinum selling Whitesnake from the early classic Moody/Marsden line-up to the present day USA incarnation, faithfully reproducing classic songs such as “Fool For Your Loving”, “Is This Love” and “Here I Go Again”. With a combined musical experience of over 100 years Whitesnake UK can proudly boast of having some of the most accomplished personnel in any tribute band.

And joining them in a classic bill are PURE PURPLE, specialising in the classic Gillan, Blackmore, Lord, Glover and Paice line up – MKII Deep Purple years.

You can expect to hear MKII classics such as 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. And all with Kerranging Fender guitar and a screaming Hammond Organ using Marshall amps and a rotating Leslie cab in an honest effort to sound like classic Deep Purple MKII… Some great YouTube footage here SMOKE ON THE WATER.

This is such a good double bill…

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

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