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Friday 1st July

Craig Charles – POSTPONED DUE TO ACCIDENT

LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON CRAIG HAD A FALL AND INJURED HIS LEG, CONSEQUENTLY ALL THIS WEEKEND’S ENGAGEMENTS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED INCLUDING OURS! WE HAVE A RESCHEDULED DATE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 9 – ALL TICKETS REMAIN VALID FOR THE NEW EVENT OR, OF COURSE, YOU MAY HAVE A REFUND FROM POINT OF PURCHASE.

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!!

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

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Saturday 2nd July

The Springsteen Sessions

7-piece THE SPRINGSTEEN SESSI0NS are, yes, a tribute but they prefer “paying homage to the greatness of Bruce Springsteen and The E-Street Band”!

Look, there’s not much left to say about The Boss that hasn’t been said so let’s listen to what fans of this fantastic show have to say:

“As a dyed-in-the-wool Springsteen fan of 35 years or so, I was a bit apprehensive as to whether or not the band could really pull it off however from the opening notes of Radio Nowhere and uncanny vocals from Dougie, it was clear that this was going to be something special”.

“Awesome – just awesome”.

“Shut your eyes and it WAS Springsteen on that stage tonight”.

“I just love Springsteen and The Springsteen Sessions are my second-favourites”.

“I was not expecting this. OK a tribute band but WHAT a tribute band, just great”.

Covering over four decades of The Boss, there’s something for everyone with this super-tight unit dedicated to bringing you a faithful representation of New Jersey’s finest working class hero.

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

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Thursday 7th July

Shed Seven, Hunters – SOLD OUT

SHED SEVEN are pleased to announce a one-off charity gig in their hometown of York at Fibbers on Thursday 7th July 2016. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to local Homeless charities YORK ARC LIGHT and SASH.

In addition to all ticket revenue, Fibbers will also be donating 100% of bar profits.

And there’s an additional unique twist…

The support slot will be auctioned on Ebay with all monies (less Paypal/Ebay fees) also going to the charities. The support slot auction will start on Friday the 8th April and last for 10 days. The terms and conditions will be shown on the listing so please read carefully before bidding.

On sale on Monday 4th April at 10.00am and limited to max 3 per person. ALL SALES ARE ONLINE OR PHONE 08444 77 1000 ONLY.

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

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Friday 8th July

Arcane Roots w/ special guests Black Peaks

Progressive hardcore Brighton quartet BLACK PEAKS are quitle unlike anything else right now, bleeding prog, metal and hardcore together.

Killer riffs bang up against calm and serene melody, fierce aggression gives way to tranquility, clean vocals to screams, it’s all just absolutely brilliant. Album ‘White Eyes’ is nothing short of mindbogglingly experimental and creative.

And our venue faves ARCANE ROOTS who generally pack Fibbers off their own bat. Kerrang said, “… a beautiful, breathless and brutal mind fuck”.

And over to Total Guitar, “Arcane Roots are all about the musical muscle, blending their own brand of At The Drive-In grit with massive Biffy hooks”.

This is an amazing double bill for a measly tenner…

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

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Saturday 9th July

The Y Street Band, The Bramble Napskins, David Ward McLean

THE Y STREET BAND are setting their sights on York’s favourite music venue in order to raise the roof with much loved material from their first EP Big House and debut dazzling new work from their upcoming album set to be released later this year.

Come join a whole host of other local talent from folk entourage THE BRAMBLE NAPSKINS who will be bringing their otherworldy energy described simply as ‘foot tapping magic that’ll get your teeth a’chattering, your lips a’nattering and your face dancing a smile as big as the moon…’ to the simply sublime, chocolatey voiced DAVID WARD McLEAN who will be wowing the audience with his dark, swampy and Scottish entwined take on the blues genre giving you pause for thought.

If it’s live music your after then dont miss this great ecclectic mix that really shows the diverse and local talent on offer right here on your doorstep.

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

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Tuesday 12th July

THePETEBOX, Penkyx, Vox Cornelious, Loop Cycle

Solo performer, musician, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist THePETEBOX whose pioneering live show has ignited audiences across the world. Breaking out as an award-winning beatboxer he soon redefined the genre w/ loop pedal, guitar and an otherworldly, multi-phonic voicebox.

The live show is an immersive experience as songs are created sound by sound, layer by layer, reveal on reveal, loop on loop, one man building tracks that are as huge as any full band or DJ setup. This is pure primal talent, transformed in to music capturing the imagination of people from all walks of life and every corner of the globe.

Supporting is David Yassine, aka PENKYX, a beatboxer/live looper from Belgium. Inspired by modern electronic music, dubstep, drum and bass, glitch hop and trap, he started performing in the underground electronic scene of Liège (BE) and made his name in beatbox, when he defeated a world looping champion.

Evolving through the highest class battles, Penkyx learned how to entertain and perform. He’s now seen as the world’s best technical looper and is invited to judge the most prestigious beatbox competitions despite being so young. And working everyday on his music, he found his own unique style.

Other supporting acts include York’s very own vocal live-looper VOX CORNELIOUS and the Lincolnshire live-loop artist LOOP CYCLE.

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

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Wednesday 13th July

Augustines

AUGUSTINES return with When Things Fall Apart, the new single taken from their upcoming album, This Is Your Life, on via Caroline International, on 10th June 2016.

The group, fresh from their own sold out Electric Ballroom and Manchester shows, and dates with Noel Gallagher in Europe, will play selected festivals and headline shows over the summer.

Recorded in New Orleans and Los Angeles with long-time associate Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Frightened Rabbit), This Is Your Life, the group’s third LP, follows 2014’s eponymous second album, the release of which was supported with expansive touring that culminated in a sold out headline date at London’s legendary Roundhouse (cap. 3300), a show that was filmed for use in an upcoming documentary about the band.

Ahead of the album’s release and the band’s recent shows, Augustines’ lead singer Billy McCarthy has also just completed a solo European tour, Journals, Maps, Stories and Songs, a mixture of (as its title suggests) autobiographical stories and songs from this charismatic and captivating frontman that was rightly hailed “a jaw-dropping, knockabout oddyssey” [The Independent *****”].

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

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Thursday 14th July

Dave Arcari & Swampcandy (co-headline!)

Over to Seasick Steve… “DAVE ARCARI plays like he got his skin turned inside out and pretty soon my skin was inside out too listening and it was all good. That boy bleeds for you – he a real down deep player and a soul man”.

Slide guitarist & songwriter Dave Arcari’s alt.blues sounds owe as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta blues and have been showcased via eight internationally-acclaimed solo CD releases.

And tonight he teams up with SWAMPCANDY, a hand-clappin’ foot-stompin’ whiskey-drinkin’ primitive-bluesy Americana duo; all aggressive finger-picking and rhythm, kick drum and ‘percussive bass throttling’. Yup, this pair kicks ass like a full band… check out this video and believe!

Dave Arcari’s two US tours in 2015 – including official showcases at SxSW in Austin, Texas – built on the foundations laid over successful US tours in 2013 and 2014.

A new set of recordings is scheduled for release over an EP and an album in 2016. His last release – Whisky in my Blood – was released on Finnish record label Blue North in March 2013. As well as showcasing Arcari’s trademark National steel guitars, the release features performances on banjo, regular guitar and and cigar box which help capture the full breadth of Arcari’s song-writing and performance.

Arcari’s festival appearances include Glastonbury (UK); Peer Festival (Belgium); Moulin Blues (Netherlands); BluesAlive (Czech Republic & Poland shows); The Great British R&B Festival; and Augustibluus & ViruFolk (Estonia).

He has also played industry showcases at the North by North East (NxNE) music festival in Toronto, Canada and he was a finalist the UK Indy Music Awards reaching the top four in his category (best male solo artist).

With more than 100 UK dates a year plus regular shows in Finland, Estonia, France, Germany, Belgium, Poland and Canada, Arcari is one of the hardest gigging live artists on the circuit.

A series of shows with folks including Steve Earle, Alabama 3, Seasick Steve, Toby Keith and Jon Spencer along with his relentless UK and European tour schedule have established Arcari as a formidable international solo performer who is fast building a media reputation as a ‘hell-raising National guitar madman’.

Arcari’s growing reputation was endorsed in Spring 2007 when he was asked to put music to Robert Burns’ (Scotland’s national poet) poem Parcel of Rogues for a BBC Scotland special to mark 300 years of the Act of Union between Scotland and England. He also presented the programme, interviewing many high-profile political figures, musicians and historians along the way.

In 1996 he quit his first proper band role as guitarist with Summerfield Blues (which won the Alexis Korner memorial trophy for ‘Scottish Blues Band of the Year’ at Edinburgh International Blues fest in 2003 – the same year the band released it’s debut, and only, CD album Devil & the Freightman) to concentrate on his new found National steel guitar.

It wasn’t long, though, before he was joined by harmonica player Jim Harcus and the intended solo career went by the wayside as Radiotones started to form and evolved into the force it is today.

So while the electric Nationals and Marshall stack are on the back burner for Dave’s solo appearances, his hard-hitting gravel-laden vocals and slashing bottleneck steel guitar make for an aggressive, dynamic blues-based sound that owes as much to punk, rockabilly and trash country as pre-war Delta blues.

Such a good double bill in store…

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

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Saturday 16th July

Them Lewis Boys!

YOU SHAKE MY NERVES AND YOU RATTLE MY BRAIN! Goodness gracious it’s only a Jerry Lee Lewis show COMPLETE WITH WHOPPING GREAT LIVE GRAND PIANO.

The Killer is in town so come on over baby, we got chicken on the farm!

Rockabilly pioneer, original Rock ‘n Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee, all round wild man and of the greatest and most influential rock pianists of all time, Jerry Lee Lewis was chiefly known for Great Balls of Fire, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On and High School Confidential but also released one of the greatest live albums of all time Live At The Star Club, Hamburg.

Amazing live act covering all the hits and more, complete with a whopping bloody great grand piano (not a Casio keyboard!!) and full live show.

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

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Friday 22nd July

Larrakia, A Joker’s Rage, Feed Them To The Forest, The Superindent

Formed in Autumn 2014, LARRAKIA are one of the most exciting bands to have emerged from the heart of England’s old capital city, York.

Drawing on a multitude of influences, blending power, groove and melody with a love of the punk/hardcore scene. With their high energy, razor sharp live show, Larrakia are definitely among some of the strongest skate-punkers in the UK.

Spring 2015 see’s Larrakia break into the UK & Europe live circuit, the introduction of a studio recording for their debut track “Cruel To Be Kind” and a DIY music video for their newest song “Feel The Burn”.

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

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Friday 22nd July

Dick Valentine (Electric Six) in the Stein Bier Keller!

ELECTRIC SIX frontman DICK VALENTINE comes to town again to lead a drunken acoustic sing-a-long that is worthy of your time and money. Valentine will guide you through one-man versions of all the Electric Six favorites from the last decade.

And this is important, because this year, he comes ready to sell you his latest acoustic CD “Quiet Time”, which is the long-awaited album in which Electric Six songs are given the acoustic treatment, recorded and sold to you.

“Quiet Time” gives you a different take on such E6 faves as “I Buy The Drugs”, “Heartbeats and Brainwaves” and “When I Get To the Green Building” among others. For the E6 completist, this is the Holy Grail. For the novice, this is one you should probably start with.

Come see Dick Valentine’s one-man acoustic shindig. It’s a great time, it only happens once a year. And it’s coming to the Bier Keller – awesome!

Ticket: £ABSOLUTELY FREE! Buy Now
Doors: 8.30pm
Age: 18

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Tuesday 26th July

Ash, Tax The Heat

1989-1991: Downpatrick, Co. Down, N. Ireland Starting high school Timothy James Arthur Wheeler and Mark Alexander Hamilton meet at the age of 12. They are rubbish at football. Turning to music they set out on an excellent adventure, but gain reputation locally as the worst band in County Down as guitarist and bassist in Iron Maiden wannabes Vietnam.

1992: With grunge hitting its peak Vietnam split. Stuck for a drummer they recruit cowboy booted church sticksmith Richard Wilson McMurray aged 16. Picking the first short word they like in the dictionary, ASH is born.

Inspired by Nirvana, Mudhoney, The Pixies and local punk rock gurus Lazergun Nun our teenage heroes play most weekends at dives in Belfast and Downpatrick, changing their reputation into a super-teen punk pop machine. Ultra-prolific songwriters, they fund countless demos with money saved by starving themselves during lunch break and an infamous tuck shop scam.

1993: Ash’s third demo tape, Garage Girl tops local charts and Mark uses their school’s Young Enterprise scheme to fund and press their first record. Despite these achievements the band start to get disillusioned, with GCSE exams looming they wonder how to get a record deal in a country with a non-existent music industry. These are the pre-MySpace days folks!

Things are looking bleak, but Tim finds time on holiday to write evergreen classic, Girl From Mars. On the verge of breaking up, enter local Svengali Bill McCabe who markets them as rent boys and sends their tapes off to his London contacts. Publicist Paddy Davis and radio plugger Stephen Taverner fall for the tape. Taverner takes a leap off faith sending the band £300 to go into the studio…

1994: The band’s first single, Jack Names The Planets is released on Taverner’s newly formed La La Land label and picks up play on Radio One, impressing influential DJs Steve Lamacq, John Peel and Mark Radcliffe. Months later the 17 year olds’ fates are sealed; they sign to Infectious Records. Their first London show follows at the Camden Falcon. All done on Easter break!

The summer sees a frantic week-long recording session in London with producer Marc Waterman and the band’s first Infectious singles, Petrol and Uncle Pat top the UK indie charts. Trailer, the mini album, is released in October, and the band make their US debut with a limited 7” release of Petrol on indie label Generator Records.

1995: In March, Infectious releases Kung Fu Wheeler’s paean to martial arts hero Jackie Chan and The Ramones. Eric Cantona’s infamous flying kick dons the cover art. He berates the band, faxing the label, “I spit on your record”.

After leaving school in June and embarking on a sold out riot around the UK, Girl From Mars crashes into the UK Top 20, and establishes Wheeler as a writer of truly great pop tunes. At home the parents watch in disbelief as their sons appear on BBC institution, Top Of The Pops.

The band sign to Warner Records in the US and NASA uses Girl From Mars as hold music on their phone systems! Kung Fu is also picked up by Jackie Chan himself and the song is used in the title credits to Rumble in the Bronx.

Their first raucous appearance at Reading Festival is so dangerously over-packed and out of control, security stops the show twice! The band commence their first world tour, and Angel Interceptor, the third in a wonderful series of singles, continues the band’s trajectory along with a swift but bone-shattering UK tour.

1996: After 3 months in Rockfield Studios with maverick Oasis producer Owen Morris the band emerge with their debut album, 1977, this being the year Wheeler and Hamilton were born and the year Star Wars was released. The album shoots straight to the top of the UK charts and their nihilistic teenage rampage becomes a press sensation as covers on Smash Hits, NME, Select and Kerrang hit the shelves.

The summer of ‘96 belongs to Ash. They scalp 2 UK Top 5 hits with, Goldfinger and Oh Yeah, and sell out 5 consecutive nights at the London Astoria. The festival season crescendos at Reading, with over 60,000 heat-scorched bodies singing along to, Oh Yeah, the anthem of the summer.

The on-going tour excess is documented on film. Narrated by Ewan (Obi-wan) McGregor the self funded, Teenage Wildlife is yet to be released due to concerns of family disownment! 1977 goes on to sell over a million copies worldwide.

1997: Glastonbury, June ‘97. It’s the year of the mud and Steve Winwood pulls out at the last minute. On site, and having already headlined The Other Stage on the Friday night, Michael Eavis offers them chance to make history… Ash close the Pyramid stage on Sunday evening to become the first act to headline the mega festival twice in one year.

With the addition of guitarist Charlotte Hatherley, poached from London outfit Nightnurse, the three become four… Her first gigs are in front of 40,000 people at the V97 Festival and under the huge arches of U2s Pop set at Botanic Gardens, Belfast and Lansdowne Road, Dublin.

Written for the film of the same name, single A Life Less Ordinary, produced by Arthur Baker, hits the UK Top 10; it marks the end of the 1977 chapter.

1998: Burnt out by the blitz of the last three years, and under pressure to repeat the success of 1977, the writing of the follow up album is a troublesome time. Ash retreat to country isolation at Stambridge Farm Studios to demo and Wheeler suffers writers block. Before the session is scrapped, Tim receives a very important phone call…

It is planet Earth’s President himself, Bono. The conversation results in Ash playing a part in the single most important event they have yet to be involved in, publicly campaigning for the Yes vote in Northern Ireland’s Good Friday Agreement referendum. A historic concert at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall takes place; Hume and rival politician UUP leader David Trimble meet on stage and shake hands. The following week the papers are full of it and the positive publicity helps to pass the referendum.

Owen Morris is re-recruited to perform a salvage job and Ash return to Rockfield in Wales. Chaos ensues; taking a harder and darker direction, Nu-Clear Sounds is critically acclaimed but confuses the general public. The album ‘only’ charts at No. 7, but still yields the hit single, Jesus Says and gains gold status in the UK.

1999: After a fun filled January touring on the Big Day Out festival in Australia reality hits hard. 1999 marks the nadir of the bands career, Nu-Clear Sounds hasn’t achieved what it could have, Tim seems intent on not doing press and goes AWOL, ending up in New York making the self-deprecating, blood, drug and sex fueled video for, Numbskull. Tim sends Tav a note with the video saying, “I’ve killed Bambi”.

Ash follow their US A&R man changing labels from Warners to Dreamworks, but with changes of label personnel the campaign stateside becomes a complete disaster!

2000: After six months off, springtime sees a rejuvenated Ash reconvene at Tim’s folks’ house, playing and creating songs in the same garage where it all began in ‘92. The process is stress-free and the writing is prolific. Armed with over 30 songs and Rock McMurray’s new Mohawk, (pre-Beckham) they head to a villa in the decadent Mecca of Puerto Banus, Southern Spain with guru Owen Morris to record. Our heroes have the summer of their lives, with songs coming to them effortlessly and morale sky-high.

Ash make their best album yet, but it isn’t going to be easy to re-convince the public. Using the Internet to re-establish their fan-base they release the download only single Warmer Than Fire and embark on a grassroots tour of tiny UK venues.

2001: The touring pays off and in January Ash’s first chart single in almost two years, Shining Light smashes its way into the UK Top 10. Two fingers to the haters who had written them off, Ash are back. The rifftastic Burn Baby Burn, with a scorching hot cheerleader video, puts the rock back in the singles chart at Lucky 13. Headlines are grabbed by some perfectly timed publicity stunts, including the ritual burning of 300 Westlife CDs in front of tabloid photographers.

The new album Free All Angels is released in May beating Janet Jackson to the coveted Number One spot. The platinum-selling album arrives just in the nick of time, as Ash are £1000 away from bankruptcy. The band headline Reading, and a world tour takes Ash up to Christmas. Free All Angels spawns two more hit singles, Sometimes and Candy. Q magazine crowns their return to form with the Single Of The Year Award for Burn Baby Burn.

2002: There’s A Star gives the band their 5th UK Top 20 hit from Free All Angels. Burn Baby Burn is voted Best Single by the readers of the NME. At the Irish Hot Press Awards, Free All Angels picks up the gong for Best Irish Album and Shining Light comes away with Best Single. Meanwhile Mr. Wheeler wins Best Contemporary Song for Shining Light at the Ivor Novello Awards.

On tour in the States, a recording session results in the Motown punk of Envy, a brand new track for the singles collection, Intergalactic Sonic Sevens. The compilation includes a second CD, Cosmic Debris, containing 22 B-sides (as voted for by fans). Intergalactic Sonic Sevens earns the band another UK Top 5 album and gold disc.

Meanwhile things are looking promising stateside as Free All Angels gets its US release on dance label Kinetic records.

2003: January sees Ash shoot an abstract short film with a duo of French directors. The art movie is entitled, Love and Destruction and is shown on Channel 4. It baffles as much as impresses. A one-off screening at The Electric Cinema on London’s Portobello road is attended by press and select fans.

Having spent most of the previous year opening for Moby, Our Lady Peace, Coldplay, Dashboard Confessional and Saves The Day, Ash finally headline their first US tour in 6 years! The tour is a success, but after 9 months on the road and a promising radio build with Burn Baby Burn, things take a turn for the worse as Kinetic goes bankrupt.

Results of the incessant touring are evident during the writing of the next album. Rock McMurray has grown into his name and the direction of the new material is harder and more aggressive. After two spells of rehearsals the songs are demoed and ready for the studio. Foo Fighters producer Nick Rasculinecz is so enthusiastic about making the album Ash can’t refuse him. Taking them to Sound City Studios, the birthplace of Nirvana’s Nevermind to record is like a pilgrimage, only to be superceded by the presence of King Grohl himself. By the end of the year Meltdown is finished, a slick album retaining Ash’s gum-tingling pop harmonies and guitar-throttling riffs but swelling their reedy punk sinew into full on rock muscle.

2004: Clones, the first single from Meltdown, is release as an Internet-only download with a dark and gritty performance video. Follow-up single Orpheus gets hammered on UK airwaves and hits the singles chart at number 15. It goes on to feature with the title track Meltdownon the soundtrack for cult movie Shaun Of The Dead.

Meltdown debuts at No. 5 in the album chart achieving instant gold, and the subsequent tour peaks with Tim’s flaming V salute to the crowd at Hammersmith Apollo, their largest ever London headline show!

In August Charlotte releases her debut solo album, Grey Will Fade on Double Dragon Music. LucasArts fly the band to San Francisco to visit Skywalker Ranch and see Republic Commando in development.

2005: 2005 starts with a bang in Japan. The sold-out tour reminds us of how amazing Ash’s Japanese fans are. The band returns to the US in March and take to the road on a co-headline tour with band of the moment The Bravery. Meltdown is released in the States by Ash’s new label Record Collection.

The tour includes a private show for LucasFilm, LucasArts and ILM staff at the ILM sound stages in San Rafael. LucasArts release the video game Republic Commando featuring Ash track Clones and Mark accepts another trip to Skywalker ranch for a guest screening of Revenge of the Sith. Pig in shit comes to mind. A 4-track tie-in EP simply titled, Commando is released for the tour.

Ash complete the Meltdown era in grand style, supporting U2 on their 3rd consecutive world tour, before returning to their respective homes, and a 6-month hiatus. After 8 years living in London, Tim and Mark relocate to New York City.

2006: In February, after 9 years together, Charlotte Hatherley and Ash mutually agree to part company.

As if by fate Tim stumbles across unwanted studio in space Manhattan. The room is perfect and Ash take on the lease. Having their own base to record and rehearse from is something they’ve always dreamed of. Rick regularly darts across the pond from Scotland and after several rehearsals the band have 27 songs to begin work on. The transition back to a 3-piece is both exciting and prolific.

2007: In February, the band release free download I Started A Fire as a taster of their new Studio album Twilight Of The Innocents. The album’s first single You Can’t Have It All hits number 16 in the charts, and is followed into the Top 40 by epic ballad Polaris. However, in the age of digital download and diminishing album sales the album fares less well; in June, Tim announces from the stage at the Isle of Wight Festival that Twilight Of The Innocents will be their last album.

Rumours of a split are denied as Tim promises a dramatic return to the brave new digital world: “the way people listen to music has changed, with the advent of the download the emphasis has reverted to single tracks”.

2008: Mark reveals to fans that work on the ‘singles only’ future is under way, as the band performs two 1977 shows at London’s Roundhouse; the gigs are recorded for a special re-release of their debut album.

2009: Nearly 12 months of work at their Manhattan command centre has produced an enviable payload of new tunes: the ultimate singles band are about to unveil the ultimate singles collection.

The band announces what amounts to a creative Everest, the A-Z Series: 26 singles in one year, a single for each letter of the alphabet, one release every fortnight. The first taster is free download Return Of White Rabbit, and the UK press loves it; a refreshing electro take on the unstoppable Ash formula, it suggests the ambitious new release schedule has revitalized the band.

The unique subscription service run from the band’s website and own label ‘Atomic Heart Records’ is kicked off with ballad True Love 1980and is promptly followed by another Ash innovation, the A to Z Tour. The band embark on an alphabetical tour of the UK, a brave – if not foolish – trip around the British Isles from Aldershot to Zennor, bringing the Rock back to some of the nation’s lesser known music venues.

2010: The A-Z Singles Series continues a pace with the release of letter G, Ichiban at the beginning of January and the announcement of a spring tour of the UK. At the end of the month, Ash are back in their New York studio to record further tracks which will complete the year-long run of single-sided alphabet singles.

2011: October saw Ash play some special live shows to mark the release of The Best of Ash and the previously unseen Teenage Wildlife, an infamous tour documentary narrated by Ewan McGregor. Charlotte Hatherley performed with the band once more for the UK tour. The shows included the four piece playing the seminal Free All Angels Album in its entirety and a “Best Of” set.

2012: June saw the band celebrate their 20th birthday with a one of a kind birthday show at The Relentless Garage in London. To coincide with the #ASH20 celebrations the band released an EP of cover versions entitled Little Infinity, collaboration between the band’s Atomic Heart Records and Canadian boutique vinyl label Noyes Records. In November Ash returned to North America and put out a Special Edition Coloured Triple-Vinyl US release of their famous A-Z Series, again through Noyes Records.

2013: Ash marked the start of 2013 by returning to SXSW after a seven year absence coupled with several US headlining dates around the annual music festival. The band are set to play some intimate shows around the UK this July alongside a few festival appearances before heading back into the studio. New music in 2014.
2014: The band spend time together in Atomic Heart Studios recording. Tim also releases his debut solo album Lost Domain on Sony RED.

2015: Blazing out of the blocks with two and half minutes of pure power pop, Ash made their traditional ‘Ash Wednesday’ return with Cocoon, the first single from their new studio album Kablammo!. Coming eight years after Twilight Of The Innocents, the album Ash vowed would be their last, the band return with renewed enthusiasm for playing together which is writ large over the album’s 12 tracks, the ‘in your face’ quality” which has made Ash one of the UK’s best -loved bands. Ash will showcase songs from Kablammo at dates and festivals around the UK and Ireland this summer.

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

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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, The Goodnight Ladies

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

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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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)

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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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

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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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

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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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.

PRESENTED BY VMS LIVE.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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