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Friday 31st March

Pura Vida, MOM, Frames, Native City

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday 31st March

Bassmentality: Notion, Darkzy, Bru-C & residents (doors 11pm)

After a huge start to the season we’re coming out of hibernation, curating a very special bass-heavy line up that we know you’re going to love. Recent shows have seen the of big wubs of TQD, the diversity of Chris Lorenzo & garage legends The Artful Dodger all grace our stage.

DARKZY is proving a massive inspiration to a lot of artists at the moment and he really has taken the bassline culture by storm with his original new sounds and unhinging bootlegs/Remixes. Darkzy is picking up some very impressive bookings all over the country, and if you haven’t heard of him by now you’re about to find what you’ve been looking for.

What can we say about Notion? He’s one of the driving forces in the genre, reinforced by his new release, featuring Javeon – Paranoid, and with the rise of “Lengerz”. His high level production and straight up naughty tune selection and mixing ability see him recognised widely as one of the pioneers of Bass.

BRU-C has a tendancy to shell down any dance with his fire deliverence and crazy atmosphere to just make you screw, you’ll be hearing bits from Bru-C too we’re sure but you’ll be even more impressed by his boisterous performance!

The residential army that is ATYK (now w/ PERMANENT added Keon) & Mr. Mac return with that stapehold bassmentality sound that you all love.

Expect the usual production levels, the LARGEST soundtrack in the city and that Bass crowd you all love.

Bassmentality is a movement that is always gathering pace. Not only are we York’s premium, longest-standing bass night: we’re the best.

Ticket: £5 early bird; £8 & £10 later releases Buy Now
Doors: 11pm
Age: 18+

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Thursday 13th April

The Quireboys, Last Great Dreamers, Souls Of Tide

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday 14th April

Scopyons, Hi-On Maiden (show starts 8pm!)

Formed 2011, SCOPYONS are the definitive tribute to the great German rockers. It was only after a solid nine months rehearsing before the first shows, but they were quickly acknowledged and Scorpions guitarist Matthias Jabs invited them to play at the opening of his Munich store, MJ Guitars. And it has gone from strength to strength from there!

All the BIG hits like Rock You Like A Hurricane, Big City Nights, No One Like You, Holiday etc are present but with added classic Uli Jon Roth era songs such as We’ll Burn The Sky and In Trance. This is the genuine Scorpions tribute, folks.

Joined here by our longtime faves and THE ONLY OFFICIAL IRON MAIDEN TRIBUTE SHOW HI-ON MAIDEN, the worlds longest running and ONLY Iron Maiden tribute band officially endorsed by Iron Maiden themselves. With a history spanning 13 years, and personal endorsements from Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson, Adrian Smith and Nicko McBrain, Hi-on Maiden are the closest tribute you’ll find to the real Iron Maiden!

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

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Saturday 15th April

King No-One, Serotones

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday 16th April

Resurrection w/ Happy Mondaze, Oasish, Resurrection (Roses), Stereotonics

Annual event reliving the heady Madchester vibes of the infamous Hacienda with cult classics from tributes to the best bands of that era!

PLEASE NOTE EARLY BIRD TICKETS WHICH INCLUDED ENTRY TO AFTER-SHOW ARE NOW SOLD OUT

HAPPY MONDAZE capture the true essence of the originals with such dedication to re-creating these revolutionary tracks transporting you back to the birth of rave culture. Sing along with Shaun (Marc), Rowetta (Jocelyn), Bez (Peter) and the band to smash hits such as Step On, Kinky Afro, Wrote For Luck and many many more. From the dirt of Squirrel and G Man, the attitude of Bummed, slick grooves of Pills n Thrills and the hedonism of Yes Please, you’ll be amazed at the authenticity, “Spookily good” – Bez.

OASISH – well, just look at the press… “… got Liam Gallagher spot on! The next best thing and more enjoyable than their real-life counterparts performance at Glastonbury!!” – The Sun; “To see Oasish live is as good as seeing the real Oasis – only better!” – Sunday Times; “The attention to detail is quite incredible!” – The Culture Show BBC2. ‘Nuff said.

RESURRECTION formed in 1998 under the name The Complete Stone Roses, touring with many celebrities including Mani!

With an uncanny likeness to the voice of Kelly Jones, STEREOTONICS cover all the great hits from past to present. Seems they impressed the real thing as well, “They’re really good! They sound just like we did years ago!” – Kelly Jones; “You guys rock!! Keep spreading the good word!” -Richard Jones.

Ticket: £20.00 (early bird + after show now sold out) Buy Now
Doors: 5pm
Age: 16+

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Monday 17th April

ZAPPATiKA, Neuschlaufen

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

It’s freak out time!

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday 19th April

The Strawberries, The Howl & The Hum, Naked Six, Violet Contours

Rock’n’roll, blues and psychedelia from just down the road in Leeds; and THE STRAWBERRIES are currently selling out shows all over the north after sharing stages with The Coral, Courteeners, Kooks, Blossoms and Hidden Charms

No wonder in just three short years they’ve grown a huge and loyal fan base; from supporting The Sundowners to sold out hometown headliners.

In summer 2016 the band were hand-picked to play the Jack Rocks This Feeling stage at Leeds Festival, with festival director Melvin Benn watching on from the side of the stage.

Sam Neil, Ethan Lee Sherwin, Joe Dines & Ben Heath – ”BIG IN 2017” (This Feeling).

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

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Thursday 20th April

While She Sleeps, In Hearts Wake, Fizzy Blood

Sheffield metalcore band WHILE SHE SLEEPS formed 2006 with vocalist Lawrence Taylor, guitarists Sean Long and Mat Welsh, bassist Aaran McKenzie and drummer Adam Savage.

Since the release of 2010 mini-album, ‘The North Stands For Nothing’, the band has been on a trailblazing path to become one of the fastest rising acts on the UK hard rock and metal circuits for some years.

From a sold out headline tour, their tent-swelling set at Sonisphere festival, venues on the prestigious Kerrang! tour having queues of people snaked around the block so that fans could get in to see Sleeps open the bill, to critical acclaim across the pages of Kerrang! Metal Hammer and Rock Sound and regular plays on Radio 1, Scuzz and Kerrang! TV, the Sheffield natives have rapidly and justifiably become one of the highest regarded rock bands in Britain.

While She Sleeps are a terrifying force to be reckoned with, a barrage of belligerent sound that straddles and combines a variety of genres they’d prefer you to just call “alternative rock”.

Tickets on sale 10am Friday November 25; it’s gonna be a VERY rapid sell-out…

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

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Friday 21st April

Lost Trends, The Jade Assembly, Borderline, Young Bulls

From national TV adverts to Festival main stages, LOST TRENDS have been busy making a name for themselves up and down the country.

Playing fast indie/rock similar to the tempo and energy of Foals and Bloc Party, with elements of Red Hot Chilli Peppers funk … “destined to be in a league of their own with their original and innovative sound” – Riff Media

Support comes from Bolton/Manchester’s favourites THE JADE ASSEMBLY, whilst Manchester is brimming with indie-rock bands, The Jade Assembly’s colossal rock and roll stands out from the crowd with raw charisma and determination. Acclaimed by former Inspiral Carpet’s member and Radio X DJ Clint Boon as “the best guitar band since Kasabian”.

Also in support is York’s own BORDERLINE adding synth/electro/alt to the night. Having made a name for themselves in the York music scene and with the release of their debut EP coming soon, 2017 is shaping up to be a big year for them.

Last but not least is YOUNG BULLS, this two piece create a bigger sound than most 4-piece bands, blending together a fine set of hard hitting fuzz, soft and mellow blues, a little crazy energy and a bit of zest.

Ticket: £5.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm

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Thursday 27th April

The Phil Rudd (AC/DC) Band, The Idol Dead

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

“The real deal” – Malcolm Young

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday 28th April

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

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

“Loving it” – Fred Durst, Limp Bizkit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday 2nd May

Grime & Hip Hop Charity Show!

Featuring local MC’s Fitch, LOE (Ricko, Shelton, CallymanSamm),Kiks, Deeviant and Mikey Phillips AND Jack Richardson, Daniel Baker, Liam Shelton, Callum Holden, Dimitri Efstathiou w/ DJs Laurie Cooper & Charlie Williams!

All profits to the GoFundMe account for Katie Rough.

Over to organiser Mitchell Turner, “This is a chance for local talent to perform in a professional venue and for York to experience some specially showcased out-of-town talent, and all for a good cause!

We agree, see you at the front.

Ticket: £6.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Friday 5th May

Glass Caves, Corella, Borderline, Cry Baby

GLASS CAVES quickly became a word of mouth phenomenon. Each song seemed to be carefully honed, with the band’s craftsmanship allowing them to gradually sand down rough edges, refining their voice on their travels” – Clash Music; ABSOLUTELY RAMMED SHOW LAST TIME – DON’T MISS OUT ON A TICKET!!

This is one heckuva show, especially with the return of CORELLA, all positive vibes, big vocals and guitars positively dripping with funk and pop.

And we definitely like BORDERLINE – electro-indie-rock, anthem tunes and ten Hadron Colliders of energy.

First up though, CRYBABY, classy indie rock n roll, well-crafted songs and a top stage show. Brilliant start to the night!

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

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Monday 8th May

The Harringtons

Now in a bigger venue after a recent York sell-out, welcome to Fibbers the ‘neo-vintage’ rock n roll from THE HARRINGTONS, three fresh-faced working class teenage lads from Sheffield, gigging up and down the country supporting The Sherlocks, Spitfires, Tom Hingley and Horace Panter.

Influenced by The Housemartins, Smiths, Catfish, DMA’s and The Stone Roses, think Marr-esque riffs and Jagger vocals!

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

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Friday 12th May

U2-2 (performing The Joshua Tree)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday 13th May

MC Devvo, DJ Oscar Kane, MC Fitch

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

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

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

You can see my videos HERE.

I like getting mashed out me mind and jail cells.

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

Devvo as owt.

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

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

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Sunday 14th May

An Evening With Luke Haines, Marbled

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday 17th May

Chameleons Vox Magical History Tour 2017 – Chapter 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Early ticket purchase recommended…

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

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Thursday 18th May

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday 20th May

Slydigs

Not many bands can return from a debut North American tour with The Who and claim standing ovations at every show. SLYDIGS have certainly made a mark across the pond with a mix of 60s power pop and 70s punk rebellion. Throw in a bit of glam rock and you’re getting there…

Evoking ‘the good time’ rock ‘n’ roll with their anthems, the four-piece are wowing audiences worldwide. Frontman and co-founder Dean Fairhurst, is driven by the need to “express our own obsessions with The Clash, The Stones and The Beatles to create our own legacy”.

Fresh from touring with The Who Slydigs were again invited to tour with Vintage Trouble often sharing the stage with lead guitarist Nalle Colt for a show-stopping rendition of Hey Joe.

Yes, here in the overlooked North where the desolate shell of a dead industrial empire hangs heavy, Slydigs bring light, hope and an adrenalin shock of lust, love and charisma. Just when you may think that rock’ n ‘roll is dead, here comes a band to fill you with dreams and hope…

“With energy to boot, the band are a tornado of great indie music from thudding drum beats and riffs that makes it impossible to keep still” – The 100 Club, London

“The swagger of Jagger with blistering blues and thrilling pop” – This Feeling

Ten years before the guitars, before the gigs, before the guest lists, this band fought laughed and cried together. They are brothers and you can see it, feel it, hear it in every note. They have a zest for life that shines through with every chord they play and sing. Songs that are relevant no matter where you come from or what social class you belong to.

Slydigs’ ship sails straight and true on waves of pure blues and rock ‘n’ roll.

Ticket: £6.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Sunday 21st May

King King, Bad Touch

“Hot, Blue and Righteous” – Classic Rock.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday 29th May

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday 1st June

Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles, Serotones, Violet Contours, Alleyways

Former and founding lead guitarist of Catfish and the Bottlemen, BILLY BIBBY is no newcomer to the UK scene having become the elder statesmen of Catfish, relentlessly gigging, building a fiercely loyal fan base, selling out increasingly larger venues, and ultimately securing a recording deal in 2013 that would lead to the release of a Top 10 gold debut album.

And Billy Bibby and his band are ready to do it all again…

Billy’s current musical journey began 2014 in the same, grass roots, DIY style that served him well in the past. Penning new tunes and trialling them live and on SoundCloud – to overwhelmingly positive feedback.

The time was right to get a full band going and, with the help of Verve bassist Simon Jones, recruited Rob Jones (guitar/vocals), Matt Thomas (bass/vocals0 and Mike Pearce (drums).

Since the first single ‘Waitin’ for You’ and debuting live in 2015 it’s been nonstop with a debut EP ‘Bide Your Time’, follow-up single ‘Are You Ready?’, radio play (Radio X, BBC Introducing, Virgin Radio, Amazing Radio) and yet more gigging.

Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles are winning – time to catch up!

Ticket: £6.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Friday 2nd June

Jack Savoretti – SOLD OUT!

Straight off a sold-out tour of massive theatres and venues, JACK SAVORETTI is back at Fibbers for an intimate one-off – and we’re super-pleased!!

Top 10 album and sold-out worldwide tour later, 2015’s Written In Scars album made Jack a star.

And now it’s follow-up Sleep No More has sent him stratospheric. Def not a Clinton’s Cards/Milk Tray love letter it’s an impressive songwriting achievement about the very real struggles of holding on to love against the odds. About the trouble, the turmoil and the ultimate realisation that you can’t fight the battles life throws you on your own.

And Jack and his band are growing in adventure. Our hero may have started as a lonely acoustic troubadour, relying on not much more than his songs and that careworn growl, but we’re now witnessing a a gorgeous widescreen sweep, drawing on a rich Italian heritage, with Morricone-like flourishes and battlefield last stands.

Savoretti’s paternal grandfather was a revered partisan who liberated WW2 Genoa from the fascists, while his mother’s father was a refugee fighting through war-torn Europe to eventually raise a family in the UK. And Jack concedes that hearing tales of his family’s heroism shaped his own stories as a songwriter.

A class act, a modern-day troubadour, a thrilling performer, a giant. We are so THRILLED to get Jack to York again, and in such an intimate setting.

Ticket: £27.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Friday 9th June

The Franklys, Young Bulls, Cry Baby

All-girl garage THE FRANKLYS, then… “Like The Hives, but with better hair and make-up” – XFM. Half-Swedish half-UK buzzsaw Led Zeppelin-Blondie-QOTSA punk-pop-rock-madness coming to trash a PA near you.

It’s rock ‘n’ roll, it’s surf, it’s garage punk, it’s a thing that hits you between the eyes and between everything else. Showing the ‘lads’ the way to go… give ’em flak and you’ll get a good old two-fingered salute.

“Classic old school rock, riotous girl rebellion and above all, this is frankly something you should be getting yourself some of” – Shindig!

With extensive touring across both the UK, Europe and America, including Isle of Wight, Download Festival and Camden Rocks, The Franklys are surely making themselves known as one of the most exciting new live acts on the UK band circuit.

Jennifer Ahlkvist, Fanny Broberg, Zoë Biggs & Lexi Clark – Coathangers / Joan Jett / Girl School / Sharkmuffin!

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

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Thursday 15th June

Goldray w/ Kenwyn House (Reef), Aloe Veras

Featuring ex-REEF guitarist Kenwyn House, GOLDRAY‘s riff-driven psychedelic whoosh owes as much to the Airplane & Jim Morrison as it does to modern-day outriders Tame Impala and Eternal Tapestry. Leah Rasmussen’s gorgeous, swooping vocals, all breathy and ethereal, echo Kenwyn’s experimental bent.

This is one psych rock band to be taking notice of…

“Pitch together the moodiness of The Doors, the grooviness of Cream and the trippiness of Floyd and you get this splendid prog ‘n’ psych magical carpet ride” – Classic Rock Magazine.

“Sounding like Yeah Yeah Yeahs going toe-to-toe with Queens Of The Stone Age, Goldray combine sensual, serpentine vocals with primal, bone-rattling guitar riffs – the resulting sumptuous concoction gives off the sizzle of British grit, with subtle psychedelic aromas” – Electric Banana.

Goldray, then… think Zepp with Kate Bush – flashes of muscular rock with a stylish hybrid of prog and psychedelia – AWESOME!

Ticket: £7.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Friday 16th June

Elvana: Elvis-fronted Nirvana – NEW DATE!

ELVANA – THE WORLD’S FINEST ELVIS-FRONTED TRIBUTE TO NIRVANA! Smells like cheeseburgers and teen spirit, daddy-o…

From the bowels of Disgraceland, rock ‘n’ roll icons of the afterlife are raised from the dead!

Rock ‘n’ roll meets grunge as Elvis fronts Nirvana and gives the band the front man it’s been missing since ’94.

Elvana tear through Nirvana’s catalogue whilst splicing in grunged-up sections of the king of rock ‘n’ rolls finest moments, culminating in an audible orgasm of overdrive and old school rockabilly.

Elvana’s short lifetime has already seen them support NYC titans ‘Tragedy: A Heavy Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees’, Drive Thru-Metal’s finest – LA’s ‘Mac Sabbath,’ as well as tearing up venues throughout the UK.

“Elvana – they’re as awesome as they sound.” – the Clown, Mac Sabbath

Please welcome Elvis ‘The King of Tourettes’ Presley (vocals, shaking, rattling, rolling, swearing) // Captain Doom (bass, vocals, doom) // The Bray Bros – guitar, vocals, drums, shared DNA).

Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14+

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Saturday 17th June

Jesus Jones, Vince Vega (Happy Mondays / Hacienda) & Dead Funky, beautiful mechanica

Leaders of the early 1990s indie dance / alt-dance JESUS JONES continue to set the world on fire, still touring and producing new material – and still BRILLIANT live.

Right here, right now
There is no other place I want to be
Right here, right now
Watching the world wake up from history

Yup… Right Here, Right Now; Who Where Why; Real Real Real; International Bright Young Thing; Info Freak; were all mainstream dance breakout UK & USA Top 40 hits mashing house and techno with indie alongside fellow Brits The Shamen, Pop Will Eat Itself and EMF.

Get down here for electro punk stompers who pioneered computers and samplers to create intelligent indie pop music, and still led by singer-songwriter Mike Edwards, the Wiltshire gang with Iain Baker, Jerry DeBorg, Alan Doughty and Gen.

History never really paid them their dues but you can make up for all that right here right now…

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

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Sunday 25th June

The Hot 8 Brass Band, Flatcap Carnival – NEW DATE!

Delighted to welcome back the real Louisiana deal!! Emerging from the New Orleans parade culture THE HOT 8 BRASS BAND’s approach to rhythm and brass is relentless enough to give even George Clinton pause for thought.

“Number 1 purveyors of jazz infused, funk and hip hop” – BBC 6MUSIC

“…the sort of music that makes you glad to be alive – awesome” – ESQUIRE

“Swaggering jazz, raucous funk, second line strut and hip-hop attitude 4/5” – MOJO

“No band provides the fabled “fatback” groove like the Hot 8 Brass Band” – SUNDAY TIMES

Ingenious arrangements, and an utterly infectious groove splicing traditional NOLA jazz, soul and hip hop with fabulous musicianship. Let’s shake it down Frenchman Street!

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

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Friday 30th June

Aloe Veras, Mallrats, Dusk, Televangelists

Influenced by 60s and onwards psychedelic rock’n’roll, The Beatles, Hendrix, Stones and The Doors, ALOE VERAS are kicking ass with big riffs and big shows.

Although the band is in its early days, their debut single ‘Come On’ has been featured on Jericho Keys’ BBC York Introducing show, also performing a live acoustic session and an interview.

They have also supported Nashville band Promised Land Sound on their UK tour and Part Time Miserables at Fibbers, along with a host of numerous other prominent artists.

‘Psychedelic, hypnotic… it’s the Aloe Veras’

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

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Friday 7th July

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday 12th July

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Presented by TV’s Over.

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

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Thursday 20th July

The Jam’d

THE JAM’D show includes the only replica of Rick Bucklers ‘Great White’ drum kit AND features their own brass section!

No wonder they’ve built a huge following and have gained a reputation for being the finest tribute to ‘The Jam’ gigging countrywide estivals, scooter rallies and some of the UK’s top venue.

Plus! The Jam’d are the only Jam tribute to play at Claridges, one of the most reputable hotels on Mayfair…

The brilliance of Paul Weller is laid bare in their energetic performance all of the classics – Going Underground, Down in the Tubestation at Midnight, Strangetown, A Town called Malice, The Beat Surrender and many more are all included in a varied and extensive set.

The Jam’d are totally committed to giving an unforgettable, authentic performance with all the energy, passion and style of Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler, allowing the audience to relive the experience of one of the most influential bands of the British music scene.

Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Saturday 22nd July

Pink Floydian

PINK FLOYDIAN are one of the most authentic Pink Floyd tribute bands in the UK today.

All Floyd-loving musicians, they deliver well over two hours of material covering nine albums sounding extremely close to the original recordings, replicating Gilmour, Wright, Mason and Waters with precision and dexterity.

From the lush landscapes of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” to the haunting refrain of “The Great Gig in the Sky”, journey with the band on a magical journey through the illustrious recording career of the world’s most successful progressive rock band.

Coupled with spectacular lighting, lasers and video Pink Floydian create an atmosphere which brings memories of this great band flooding back.

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

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Wednesday 26th July

The Graham Bonnet Band, Evyltyde

GRAHAM BONNET was picked immediately by Ritchie Blackmore for the Rainbow job the moment he sang ‘Mistreated’ at the audition… Despite the James Dean image in contrast to Ronnie James Dio, the subsequent album ‘Down To Earth’ became one of the band’s most successful.

In 1981, Graham resumed his solo career and ‘Night Games’ charted at No 6, although craving to be a band member again he joined MSG, reuniting with long-time friend Cozy Powell. After recording “Assault Attack”, Bonnet returned to Los Angeles to form and release several albums with Alcatrazz which produced guitar greats Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai.

Subsequent solo albums ‘Underground’ and ‘The Day I Went Mad’ were well received and in 2000/1 he joined the Anthem reunion and toured with Don Airey in Bonnet/Airey and Dario Mollo in Elektric Zoo.

From 2002-2006, Graham recorded and toured the world with Iain Ashley Hersey, Michael Schenker, Moonstone Project and Taz Taylor, forming a new Alcatrazz with Howie Simon, Tim Luce and Glen Solel and his Rainbow successor Joe Lynn Turner.

Our hero from Lincolnshire, influenced by The Beatles, Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry, continues to tour worldwide and 2014 heads in to Europe on the “Catch The Rainbow” tour, celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Rainbow album “Down To Earth”, responsible for a number of hits for Rainbow and Graham Bonnet.

A show of raw power and nostalgia with Graham re-visiting the vast Rainbow back catalogue of favourites such as I Surrender, Catch the Rainbow, All Night Long, Night Games, Since You’ve Been Gone, Long Live Rock n Roll and many, many others!

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

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Friday 11th August

Lion Papers, The Receivers, Serotones, Mice On Mars

Two best mates, Curtis & Jimmy, have been in bands together for over five years from playing small school concerts, to big 1000 capacity venues. The boys of LION PAPERS have experienced both sides of the performing world.

If you asked anyone that knew them, they would probably tell you how energetic they are when they perform, and how keen they are to make every single performance extra special.

With their line-up being different to other bands you may have seen before, they may just surprise you for the good. Quotes from their audiences include ‘they’re a breath of fresh air’ and ‘they’re something different, I’ve never seen anything like that before, but it works!’.

Yup, we agree – these shows are always busy!

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

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Friday 18th August

Remode

Just can’t get enough Depeche Mode?

Even Johnny Cash and Marilyn Manson covered the most successful technopop group of all time. But who can play live, original versions apart from Depeche Mode themselves?

REMODE are one of Europe’s biggest Depeche shows and nothing else comes close to the power and passion of the boys from Basildon as this band from Bielefeld.

What started as a fan project for a single concert in January of 2006 has continuously developed. The reaction of the crowds to the band’s stage debut was so fantastic that the group decided to expand and perfect the Remode project.

Under the motto “the original is the holy grail” and a solid foundation of bass, guitar and drums, Remode quickly developed a loyal fan base that continues to grow.

This was just such a fantastic show this time last year; and you can expect all the hits again and more NEW LIFE // JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH // SEE YOU // THE MEANING OF LOVE // EVERYTHING COUNTS // PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE // MASTER AND SERVANT // PERSONAL JESUS // I FEEL YOU // DREAM ON // PRECIOUS oh the list just goes on and on… (!)

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

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Tuesday 22nd August

The Skatalites, Magnificent 7, Selecter B (Bangarang)

Yup, the legendary SKATALITES are coming to York! From Jamaican origins in ’64 and backing all the developing artists of the day like Toots and The Maytals, Prince Buster and ‘The Wailing Wailers’ (Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer) to a wildfire worldwide movement still unstoppable to this day with a huge musical tree including lovers of rock, dub, dancehall/ragga, ska-punk etc

Namechecked by The Police, The Clash, The Specials, The English Beat, Sublime and No Doubt, and all with their roots firmly planted in the music of The Skatalites.

Since reforming after an almost twenty year hiatus in 1983, and beginning regular touring as a unit in 1989, they have not stopped thrilling audiences in every corner of the globe. Even after more than fifty years, and various lineup changes as members leave one stage for another, the band continues to perform and record new music in the inimitable Jamaican style, like only they can.

The road has been long and hard, and sadly, seen most of the original members pass on. Often asked “when will you stop?” and “how do you keep doing it after all these years?”, the answer is simple: never – It’s the love of the music and the way our fans respond that keep us going Forward!

Featuring original vocalist Doreen Shaffer, along with the current lineup of outstanding musicians they have chosen to accompany them, the band proudly presents live the music of Jamaican Ska. Forever indebted to the inspiration and talent of: Roland Alphonso, Lloyd Brevett, Don Drummond, Jerome “Jah Jerry” Haynes, Lloyd Knibb, Tommy McCook, Donat “Jackie” Mittoo, John “Dizzy Johnny” Moore, and Lester Sterling, collectively known as The Skatalites.

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

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Saturday 26th August

Whitesnake UK, Pure Purple

Formed 2005, WHITESNAKE UK play tribute to the very best of David Coverdale’s 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 concentrate purely on reproducing the classic sound of Whitesnake without the aid of backing-tracks, gimmicks or wigs. “ARE YOU READY & WILLING?”

Specialising in the classic Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Roger Glover and Ian Paice (MKII Deep Purple years), the PURE PURPLE press speaks for itself…

“The most authentic sounding Deep Purple Tribute Band in the UK”

“Your singer looks and sounds exactly like Ian Gillan in 1993- Come Hell Or High Water era!!!”

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

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Saturday 9th September

Mainly Madness – 2Tone & Ska!

Hey You! Don’t watch that, watch this, this is the MAINLY MADNESS sound!

2Tone & ska lovers bringing not only the Madness experience but also a celebration of the greats – Specials / Bad Manners / The Beat to name a few!

A brilliant internationally-acclaimed all-action dancin’ show and definitely ONE STEP BEYOND!

Lip up fatty, ah lip up fatty, for the reggae
Listen to the music, shuffle up your feet
Listen to the music of the fatty beat!!!

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

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Friday 6th October

Dragonforce

International metal superstars DRAGONFORCE have revealed details of their forthcoming brand new studio album. ‘Reaching Into Infinity’ will be released via EarMUSIC on May 19th on CD, LP and a special edition CD and DVD.

Pure classic melodic and extreme power metal played with outrageous speed, high octane energy and eye-waveringly complex twin guitar wizardry. Apply imaginative songwriting, fantasy-themed lyrics and flair and it’s no wonder DRAGONFORCE are perennial festival headliners and huge-unit album shifters.

And it’s that retro video game-influenced sound that has made the London based-band, formed in 1999 by guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman, and their arpeggios and quick pitch-bends style, a massive draw worldwide.

For their seventh studio album, DRAGONFORCE have opened up their sound like never before, capturing the fierce, forlorn and fun with both menace and melody.

“I think we have proven that playing fast was something we were good at, so this time I wanted to bring even more diversity into our music.” Fred continues. “It’s great to challenge ourselves instead of staying in a comfort zone, and I really wanted to experiment with Marc’s vocals. I think people are going to be surprised at his brutality!”

You know this is going to sell out pretty sharpish… ON SALE FRI MAR 31 @ 10am!

Ticket: £17.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Saturday 7th October

UK Foo Fighters

“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

(See Dave’s dedication here)

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 2017!

Ticket: £14.50 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm
Age: 14

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Saturday 4th November

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday 10th November

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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Saturday 11th November

Live/Wire – The AC/DC Show (7.45pm start!)

LIVE/WIRE – the ultimate AC/DC show! A unique six man tribute to rock music’s greatest band, complete with cannons, a wall of Marshalls and over two hours of high voltage rock ‘n’ roll.

And in this, AC/DC’s fortieth year, the band cover both eras with both ‘Bon Scott’ and ‘Brian Johnson’ present, taking you on the highway to hell for a night you’ll never forget…

Original and legendary front man, Bon Scott, was a wild man of rock and roll, whose untimely death shocked the world in 1980 – at a time when the band first sampled global success.

And singer Pete also dons the flat cap as Geordie vocalist Brian Johnson to whom AC/DC turned to fill the void. And, of course, Brian’s searing vocals iced Back in Black, one of the best selling hard rock albums of all time!

The show is bang up to date with classic tracks across the back catalogue and also from Black Ice.

A fantastic two hours of duck-walking, bedevilled rock and roll!!

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

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Sunday 19th November

Jagged Little Pill (live on stage)

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

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

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

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

Recommended show!

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

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Monday 27th November

Electric Six

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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Friday 1st December

Cloudbusting – performing the music of Kate Bush

“If you missed Kate Bush in 2014, go and see CLOUDBUSTING; the next best thing” – Simon Mayo (R2)

Wuthering Heights, This Woman’s Work, Running Up That Hill, Wow, Babooshka, Hounds Of Love, The Man With the Child in His Eyes, Cloudbusting, Army Dreamers, The Sensual World… it’s no wonder Kate Bush was listed No.2 (after John Lennon) in the Telegraph’s best British Singer/Songwriter category.

In 2014 Kate returned to the stage after a thirty five year break, with record-breaking ticket sales whilst becoming the only woman to ever have eight albums simultaneously in the UK charts.

And inspired by Bush’s groundbreaking theatrical concerts, CLOUDBUSTING perform this astonishing music with emotional detail and stimulating visuals.  The five piece band have been gaining critical acclaim not only from audiences around the country but also radio, press and even Kate Bush’s own musicians and collaborators:

“Mandy’s vocals were so good, I could have been listening to Kate herself!” Preston Heyman – Kate Bush Band, Tour of Life

“Absolutely surreally brilliant” – Mick Wall (Classic Rock Magazine)

There can only be one Kate Bush but those who missed out on her live shows will love Cloudbusting, the UK’s longest running and most applauded tribute.

Bringing Kate’s music to a new live audience. The uninitiated will fall under the spell of familiar songs they never knew were written by Kate. Long-time fans will hear favourite album tracks played live for the very first time.

And the final word to Mandy Watson as ‘Kate’…

“The minute I saw her on Top of the Pops back in ’78 I was fascinated by Kate’s vocals – no-one else ever sounded like this! But when I bought The Kick Inside, I discovered there was so much more to her than ‘that voice.’ Her lyrics evoked stories and imagery that entwined effortlessly with unbelievably beautiful and challenging melodies. Ever since then I’ve been in awe of her. I still pinch myself that I get to sing songs from such a diverse repertoire, with a great bunch of guys who all share the same passion for Kate’s music. I get to play Tibetan Bells on Wild Man!”

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

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Saturday 9th December

Green Haze

“WOW what a band, GREEN HAZE had it all, the sound, the look and bundles of enthusiasm. For two whole hours they smashed out hit after hit, hardly stopping to take breath!”

The songs of Green Day by true fans of Green Day, and with the same energy and passion – that’s what makes Green Haze THE next best thing to Billy Joe & co, one of the finest rock bands in the world.

Touring the length and breadth of the UK, Green Haze have rapidly become the UK’s most in-demand and booked Green Day tribute band of choice, playing to sell-out crowds at some of the biggest and most established venues and festivals, including Manchester Academy, BugJam Festival at The Santa Pod Raceway, The O2 Academies, Scala in London’s Kings Cross and The Brooklyn Bowl at The O2 Arena to name but a few.

Don’t take our word for it…

“Headliner Green Haze whipped the wild Saturday night funsters in to an uncontrollable frenzy, replicating the Green Day sound to such a tee that you’d have been hard pressed to differentiate between the originals and the covers. All of the band’s usual suspect punk hits were nailed with impeccable, high octane, relentless accuracy” – 365Bristol.com

“Green Haze played our Halloween Monsters Ball at The Manchester Academy and had over 1,000 people rocking with a Green Day show to remember, they are a truly authentic Green Day tribute band!” – Real Radio XS

All of Green Day’s albums are well represented from the first to present day, covering all of the hits like Basket Case, When I Come Around, American Idiot, Holiday, Wake Me Up When September Ends to name but a few. Plus an extensive repertoire of fan favourites to satisfy even the most ardent of Green Day fans.

“We wanted a Green Day tribute for our event and checked out 5 Green Day acts and Green Haze were by far the best of them all!” – Gaz Jackson, London.

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

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Friday 19th January

Absolute Bowie

If you’re going to pay tribute to The Thin White Duke, you may as well get the best one around. ABSOLUTE BOWIE have been touring the UK & Europe for years, consistently selling out venues and we don’t expect this show to be any different AND THEIR LAST SHOW WAS PACKED…

Woody Woodmansey (Spiders from Mars) said, “Absolutely wicked. As one who was there, watching AB put me back there again. For anyone who missed it or fans who want to relive it I definitely recommend it. As close to the real thing that you’ll get. Enjoy.”

You’ll be taken from A to Z (Absolute Beginners to Ziggy!) with Station to Station in between. Costume changes, all the best bits you remember from Brixton’s David Robert Jones; unquestionably one of the finest contemporary artistes of our times – we will never see his like again.

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

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Saturday 27th January

Van Hailen, Strangers In The Night (new date!)

VAN HAILEN – a tribute to the music of Dave Lee Roth-era Van Halen and boy do you have to be good to reproduce that classic era – thankfully they are; and more.

So reach down between your legs, ease the seat back and get ready for the ride!!!

Longterm UFO fanatic Andy Greig gathered a group of like-minded UFO obsessives to quickly establish a top UK tribute consisting of all of the tracks from UFO’s iconic “Strangers in the Night” album plus a sprinkling of UFO and MSG classics. That band is STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT and this is one helluva night of Flying-Vs and classic rock!

Ticket: £10.00 Buy Now
Doors: 7.30pm

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Saturday 10th February

Limehouse Lizzy (show starts 8pm!)

Renowned for an action-packed pyrotechnic-fuelled explosion of a show, LIMEHOUSE LIZZY continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and Thin Lizzy alive!

Attention to detail, a thundering live sound and playful audience interaction leaves you with that feeling of witnessing the real thing, audiences and critics alike hailing the show as ‘beyond tribute’.

With incessant UK and European touring, this is one of the most highly rated acts on the circuit and Limehouse shows are always PACKED…

Whiskey In The Jar// The Boys Are Back In Town // Jailbreak // Don’t Believe A Word // Dancin’ In The Moonlight // Rosalie // Waiting For An Alibi // Do Anything You Want To // Sarah // Chinatown // Killer On The Loose // Cold Sweat… the list goes on and on…

Early ticket purchase advisable, as usual!

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

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Saturday 24th February

The Smyths

One of the longest-established Smiths tributes and boy is that obvious every time they play here. Two hours of classic Smiths material – truly A SMITHS BAND OF SMITHS FANS FOR SMITHS FANS!

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

“You’ll never see The Smiths again, but THE SMYTHS are the next best thing.” (Music-News.com)

“Amazing…just like The Smiths” (XFM)

“The Smyths give you just what you want”, Rob Hughes, journalist and broadcaster (Uncut/BBC Radio 6)

“The Smyths are indeed the BEST Smiths tribute band in the world”, Phil Gatenby, Author, ‘Panic on the streets of London’

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

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