BLACK GRAPE could only have been made in Manchester. The swagger, fun and cryptic humour seem hewn from a city historian AJP Taylor once described as offering an archetypally different wayof English urban life to London. Both Shaun Ryder and Paul Leveridge, known as Kermit, came from edgy-but-cool parts of the city. In Shaun’s case Salford, with Kermit originating Moss Side.
So we have two restlessly creative men, both from the wrong side of the tracks, neither inclined to go to art school or enrol on an MFA programme, yet loaded with street smarts and musical talent, and wanting the world. Good old punk had told every scally they could have it, and a generation of us went for it in our own ways, with varying degrees of success. Shaun’s astonishing rise and fall with the Happy Mondays is the stuff of legend.
As the friendship developed, so too did a stunning collaboration. It’s Great When You’re Straight...Yeah,the ironically entitled album, which gave a nod to their hook up as drugs buddies around the grizzled fag end of Happy Mondays and Kermit’s band The Ruthless Rap Assassins. It was a storming phoenix rising from the ashes of theother projects that seemed to have run their course.
It’s Great When YourS traight...Yeah wa sone of my favourite albums of, well I’m calling Shaun from the airport in Milan, and he’s assuring me it was over twenty years ago. Black Grape followed this up with Stupid, Stupid, Stupid, which, while not hitting the giddy heights of its predecessor, had enough moments to cement the band as a fixture.Then...nothing. Till now.
Shaun’s triumphs, struggles and diversions have been well documented. The usual contract and money hassles, abest-selling account of life in the Mondays, a stunning electropunk album from nowhere in Amateur Night in the Big Top, a serious and informativeinvestigation of UFO’s as an author and broadcaster, a reality TV bon vivant and finally, a life as a clean-living family man, which has supplanted hisold ways. And of course, there was the reformation of the Happy Mondays.
Years of hard living, however, had taken their toll on Kermit. He would develop health issues making a remarkable recovery from his life-threatening condition and operation, and this would bethe catalyst for another Black Grape collaboration.
Black Grape are back on the road,and with new album Pop Voodoo that really does rock the **** out of the discotheque. It’s a rewind to over twenty years ago and the glory days. Shaun’s word play has never been deployed to such devastating effect, and he scores a bullseye whether he hits the obvious targets (Trump), and the more obscure ones...well, find out for yourself. The world is in a bit of a state right now,and bull reigns more than ever, and perversely disguised as candour. We need Manc street sass, intelligence and wit more than ever right now. This album has that in spades.
Pop Voodoo was released on 4thAugust 2017 on UMC.
‘Pop Voodoo’ video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6A96gcAL_I
‘I Wanna Be Like You’ video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miN10i08I78
‘Nine Lives’ video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJLePBg0DVU
The Floyd Effect - "The Pink Floyd Tribute Show"
The music of Pink Floyd as it was meant to be heard
Pink Floyd’s recording career spanned almost three decades and, for its 10th Anniversary, The Floyd Effect has chosen two of the band’s most remarkable albums to create The Bell And The Moon tour 2018. Spotlighting the music of The Division Bell (1994) and a complete, unbroken performance of the iconic Dark Side Of The Moon (1973), concerts will also include tracks from Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall, delighting Pink Floyd fans everywhere.
The Floyd Effect is renowned for the remarkable accuracy with which it performs the music of Pink Floyd. All of the band’s members are top quality musicians with pedigrees that stretch across all manner of musical genres, and they faithfully recreate the music and intensity of a Pink Floyd concert without recourse to backing tracks, racks of computers, or other technological wizardry. Every note that you hear is played and sung by the band, making each concert a genuine ‘live’ experience; powerful, immersive and emotional. And, of course, the music is supported by a dramatic light show that incorporates the iconic circular screen, two sets of projections, smoke and lasers.
Sit back and enjoy The Floyd Effect as the band takes you on a journey through the music of Pink Floyd. Unless you were there the first time around, it was never as real as this.
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Direct link to promo reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZ_zBQpclMw
In August 1968 fouryoung musicians convened in a small rehearsal room in London and performed anold Johnny Burnette song ‘Train Kept A-Rollin’.
This was the birth of Led Zeppelin.
Little did Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant or John Bonham realise atthe time what the future held for them but within a very short period of timethey were the biggest band in the world and despite disbanding in 1980 theystill are.
Throughout 2018 Whole Lotta Led will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of thebirth of Led Zeppelin with a show that will include songs from all of theirstudio albums, ranging from their beautiful acoustic songs to the huge anthemswe have come to know and love.
Now in their 22nd year, Whole Lotta Led are widely regarded as the closest tothe original that you will ever hear with their five piece line-up reproducingthe songs as near to the album versions as possible.
50 years on Led Zeppelin’s influence and importance is as strong as ever, WholeLotta Led are here to demonstrate why.
Running Time 125mins (inc intermission)
One of Event Cinema’s biggest names, André Rieu, returns with a major new production this New Year’s 2019!
The King of Waltz André Rieu will bring to millions of fans across the world, his NewYear’s concert recorded live in Sydney, Australia. The first full productionfrom leading Event Cinema distributor Piece of Magic Entertainment, André Rieu will present a festive concert like never before, recorded live in Sydney’s iconic Town Hall.
Join the Maestro, André Rieu, for a magical evening of music and dance featuring his world class sopranos, The Platin Tenors and plenty of surprises. With show tunes, classical music and plenty of festive fun it promises to be a great way to start the New Year!The evening will be hosted by ITV’s Charlotte Hawkins, a familiar face for all those who continue to enjoy André’s annual Maastricht concert each July.For a truly unforgettable cinema experience,please join André and his Johann Strauss Orchestra in Sydney at the beautifulTown Hall for Two performances only for his 2019 New Year’s Concert
Europe’s longest running Cajun & Zydeco festival is backfor its 26th year. With a mixture of live music and dancing all day the partyatmosphere is contagious. There are dance workshops for beginners to experts andthe Swamp Rock DJ’s between bands, all topped off by authentic Cajun &Creole cuisine, the festival brings the spirit of Louisiana to Gloucester.
Regarded with awe throughout themusic world, Lee “Scratch” Perry holds status as one of the most enduring andoriginal reggae producers and artists of all time. From his early days in the 1960’s as a singerand engineer for Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One in Kingston, through his productionof the seminal Wailers’ classics African Herbsman and SoulRevolution, Perry’s innovative style marks him as one of reggae’s originaltreasures. His on the edge creativegenius remains evident in his own solo albums of the 1970’s through his steadystream of mind-boggling releases of the 1980’s.
One of reggae’s undisputedpioneers, Lee “the Upsetter” Perry has worked with almost everyone from theHeptones to the Skatalites to the Clash. Certainly one of his most notable contributions was the pairing of BobMarley, to Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer with the Barnet Brothers (Carley and“Familyman” who had been the heart of the Perry’s group, the Upsetters) andthus the forming of the Bob Marley and the Wailers.
After his own studio, “BlackArk,” burned to the ground in the late 1970’s, Perry laid low for a while, onlyto resurface with a vengeance in England in the mid-1980’s. He went back into the studio with a varietyof partners, from Adrian Sherwood to Terence Trent D’Arby. During this time, Perry took up residence inthe Swiss Alps (“The mountains give me the fresh Swiss air to replenish mystructure so I can soon join the immortal race”). Proof positive that talent on this scale willwin out no matter what, since the “madman” has come down from the mountain, theWorld Music market has been gifted with more Lee Perry Product.
Perry’s stream of consciousnessrants have been called the babblings of the lunatic by some to the offerings ofa prophet by others. Either way, hisunique dubbing style is infectious. Often, the words are broken down into theirpurest elements, sound and feeling. Perry’s groundbreaking use of sound effects, echo reverb, and rewindadds a new dimension to the folk tradition of Reggae and has influencedcountless other artists.
In his plethora of newermaterial, “Scratch” expounds on his favourite themes of extraterrestrials,judgment, justice, corruption, carnality, and self proclamation, all over somekiller riddims.
Always one to follow the beat ofhis own drummers, the eccentric genius Perry continues to break new ground withthe hardest rebel Rasta tunes and the most unpredictable instrumentaldubs. Lee Perry has most recently beentouring Europe, riveting both old and new fans with a full measure of hisblessings.
The “Upsetter” charges forwardmaking music that recalls African roots, at the same time, it reaches for thevastness of the outer space.
Lee isperhaps the only 80 + year old that can dance on one leg for 1 hour straight!
BOOTLEG BLONDIE is the official Debbie Harry &Blondie tribute band, the only Blondie tribute to play the legendary CBGB’s inNew York City before it's demise in 2006 and to have the honour to be mentionedon Blondie’s 11th album ‘Pollinator’. Debbie Harris and BootlegBlondie have played the Isle Of Wight Festival, the 100 Club, the HammersmithPalais, The Electric Ballroom in London, and Eric’s in Liverpool. Having openedfor amongst others Tony Hadley and David Essex, they have built up theirreputation and fan base, headlining their own tours and can be seen at all themajor venues and festivals around the UK and Europe. ‘Thank you for your support’ CHRIS STEIN 'Hey Debbie and Andy congratulations, rock thehouse!' DEBBIE HARRY AND BLONDIE
Lead vocalistDebbie Harris appeared on two shows for BBC1 when she was picked out of 15,000applicants to represent Debbie Harry on ‘Even Better Than The Real Thing’hosted by Paddy McGuinness.
The show drew in nearly 4 million viewers on the pilot episode alone.
Debbie Harris and the boys have met the REAL Blondie and are officiallyendorsed by the band. Debbie Harry got in touch in 2006 when she heard we wereplaying CBGB’s in New York City to wish us good luck with our show and whenClem Burke, Blondie's charismatic drummer, found out that we were making areplica of his Premier drum kit, he arranged a meet up to sign the Bootleg’sbass drum skin. ‘During the 2010 Blondie tour of the UK we took Clem out for atrip around London in our tour bus, he signed that too!!!!’
In 2014 Clem invited Debbie and Andy to a recording session at the FooFighters’ famous 606 Studio in Los Angeles, where they saw Clem and the awesomeNeve mixing desk in action!
Debbie and Andy got married in March 2016 and to their great delight receivedtwo video clips from both Blondie and Debbie Harry herself congratulating themon their wedding day. What a wedding present!
And probably the best Xmas present in the world ever was in 2016 when ClemBurke came along to a Bootleg Blondie gig and actually got up and played drumson stage with the band! He said afterwards that watching and playing withBootleg Blondie was very emotional. Well Bootleg Blondie were very touched byClem’s presence!!!
Debbie Harris, lead vocalist of Bootleg Blondie, has the looks, the voice andthe attitude of the original Blondie bombshell and like her heroine istypically outrageous on stage. She has been known to wear dustbin liners, thighlength boots and t.shirts with more holes than t.shirt! Debbie's pride & joy is her guitar whichshe plays at every show and is signed by all the Blondie band members.
Debbie Harris is the niece of the celebrated singer and actress Shani Walliswho played Nancy in Lionel Bart’s musical film 'Oliver'!
‘Good luck with your show!’ DEBBIE HARRY
'Playing with Bootleg Blondie wasvery emotional' CLEM BURKE
BOOTLEG BLONDIE is the official Debbie Harry &Blondie tribute band, the only Blondie tribute to play the legendary CBGB’s inNew York City before it's demise in 2006 and to have the honour to be mentionedon Blondie’s 11th album ‘Pollinator’.
Debbie Harris and BootlegBlondie have played the Isle Of Wight Festival, the 100 Club, the HammersmithPalais, The Electric Ballroom in London, and Eric’s in Liverpool. Having openedfor amongst others Tony Hadley and David Essex, they have built up theirreputation and fan base, headlining their own tours and can be seen at all themajor venues and festivals around the UK and Europe.
‘Thank you for your support’ CHRIS STEIN
'Hey Debbie and Andy congratulations, rock thehouse!' DEBBIE HARRY AND BLONDIE
UKGuns N Roses are indisputably the Top Guns N Roses Tribute in Europe. Formed in2002 they are the longest running and most established Guns N Roses tributeband, having toured extensively throughout The UK, Europe, The Middle East andthe United States. With fans on multiplecontinents, they continue to astonish and entertain crowds with theiroutstanding, energetic & accurate live shows.
Allthe classics are lovingly and accurately replicated live from 'Sweet Child O'Mine', 'Welcome to the Jungle' and 'Paradise City' from the all-time classicrock album 'Appetite For Destruction' right through to the phenomenal hits like'November Rain', 'You Could Be Mine' and 'Live & Let Die' from the later'Use Your Illusion' albums.
Theband is very proud to be widely recognized by fans, music critics and venueowners, to be the very best at what they do. For the masses of Guns N' Rosesfans, UK Guns N’ Roses are also regarded as a very real alternative to the now reformedGuns N Roses. Many believe the band to be as close as you will ever get toseeing the original GN'R live and some even rate this tribute to be better thanthe real thing.
Putsimply.... if you want Guns N' Roses, get UK Guns N’ Roses!
Asensational celebration of the life and music of the greatest female soulvocalist of all time.
RESPECTfeatures the awesome vocal talents of international Soul Diva Janine Johnsonwhose previous collaborations include George Michael, Take That and PalomaFaith.
MusicalDirector Malcolm Maddock (James Brown, Elton John, Lionel Richie, StevieWonder, George Benson) heads a band of the worlds most accomplished soulmusicians.
ShareAretha's Legacy -pay respect and say a little prayer for THE QUEEN OF SOUL.