Monday, 7 November 2016

@MGStephenson and The Daintees with special guest @SimmaSinger @Sage_Gateshead 2/12 read all about it!

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the release of Boat to Bolivia – yes 30 years - 2016 has already seen Martin playing in peoples living rooms on the sold out ‘Dansette Tour’. Well November and December sees perhaps the biggest and best Daintees tour for years. Fifteen dates across the country, and culminating in a headline spot at The Great British Folk Festival, playing the Boat To Bolivia album in its entirety, along with a few other classic Daintees tunes to boot. This is simply one tour not to be missed.

Tickets are already on sale, and can be found at the links below:

On the eve of the tour, I had a chat with Martin about the making of Boat To Bolivia.

Q: Can you remember the moment when you first knew you were going to be recording your debut album? What did it feel like?

A: Yes but it was way back in 1980, I would head from Washington Tyne & Wear to Hall Farm Sunderland, quite a journey where I’d usually stay over on the couch. My bus from Washington would take 40 minutes and get me to Sunderland’s Park Lane Station. On occasion whilst heading through town to my connecting bus I would be tempted by the draw of the tiny Blandford pub, where on quite a few occasions I would see Anth’s Grandma and buy her a half of Guinness. It was on one of these occasions in the crowded little bar standing as an unsure 19 year old struggling to get served, where a smart old fella sporting a trilby hat sailed past me, getting served immediately and on his way back he winked and whispered, “Always wear a hat son” to me, this was the beginning of Boat to Bolivia. Anth and I had just formed a wee combo called The Caramels, including his 10 year old sister Claire on vocals and an 11 year old Terry on snare and brushes. We would rehearse in the kitchen playing a few songs that I had written, mainly Apples And Down and Smile On The Sunnyside, later Coleen, Watch Where The Kisses Blow, Crocodile Cryer, Louis, Ball Of Fire, The Tremelo Men.

Q:       Where did the title Boat To Bolivia come from?
A:       The title came from our manager and mentor Keith Armstrong, we were all having a go at picking album titles.

Q:       Was it straightforward deciding on the songs to appear on the album – or did you record lots more?
A:       We didn’t record lots more, but we had accumulated quite a repertoire going back as far as 1977 with Neon Skies. I would say there were over 40 songs to choose from by 1985, but some just stood out, such as Coleen & Crocodile Cryer!  I think we chose a strong pool of songs though, like a football team, 10 players and a goalie!

Q:       Tell us about Gil Norton as a producer…
A:       Gil Norton was a cheeky young Liverpool fella not much older than us, he was a clever lad and had been around recording early sessions with Wah! Heat and some Bunnymen stuff. He had served his time with the brilliant Ian Broudie, so knew his way around the big SSL desks of the late 70’s and early 80’s.  To put it short, Gil Norton was an excellent young sound engineer, he was also an up and coming producer who went on to produce James, Gomez, Foo Fighters and The Pixies.

Q:      Was it a relaxed atmosphere in the studio?
A:      Very, a lot of fun, Amazon Studios in Kirby. Liverpool was a cool place to work.

Q:      How long did the recording sessions take?
A:      The first session we were there about 4 days putting down drums, but our drummer Paul Smith was excellent, we were soon way ahead, I mean his nick name was Class! He did most of his parts first takes and we actually had most of the meat and potatoes down in those first four days.
I remember coming back after the weekend and Gil telling me that Ian McCulloch had been down and had mentioned liking the song Coleen!  And not long after recording Bolivia our drummer did a session for The Bunnymen, as they were still recovering from the sad and early loss of Pete De Freitas.

Q:      John Steel is an absolute star on it, isn’t he? Feels to the listener like he suddenly came into his own at those sessions.
A:      Well on a recording level yes, but he was ready and already both an excellent studio and live musician. 

Q:      Were you pleased with the album? What did it feel like when you had a copy in your hand?
A:      Oh it was very exciting. It was everything we wanted to do from being teenagers, so it was huge to us and was a culmination of 10 years hope, dreaming and work!

Q:      What were your thoughts at the rave reviews the album received on release? (The Observer said “best debut since Dexys”)
A:      We were absolutely knocked out. We weren’t arrogant kids although we knew ourselves, and were very capable. We were very grateful to have come out of the suburbs and made something we could be proud of, all we wanted to do was go out and play it for as many good folks as possible.

Q:      Why do you think the songs don’t seemed to have aged at all over 30 years?
A:      We were very conscious not to be too filtered by the trendy sound of the technology of the day, Whether it was Depeche Mode, or Orchestral Manouvres in the dark, or Frankie Goes To Hollywood. We wanted to sound more organic, so although we used technology to a great degree, we kept with an organic approach, such as acoustic guitars, acoustic drums etc.  We did use early samples of strings, but that was purely down to budget, but the sampled strings performed by Mike Timiny on an Ensonic Mirage, were real analogue recorded strings!  For the songs to remain timeless and untainted by an ever changing and fickle technology, was something we all discussed and set out to avoid collectively. I feel we achieved that on the whole. 

Support at The Sage, Gateshead comes from local singer-songwriter Simma

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Press reaction:-
‘Aching with giddy emotion…this is an album to savour and cuddle tightly to your breast’ – Mike Gardner, Record Mirror, 24/5/86.

‘Here The Daintees dream in an often brilliant world of their own, laced with country, drenched in tuneful accessibility; crafting idiosyncratic pop from human beings mining hope and honesty in the day to day. A wonderful record which you should seriously consider buying’ – John McCready, NME, 10/5/86.

‘The best debut since Dexy’s’ – The Observer.

‘The album stretches out like a cat to bring you a travelogue of American ethnic idioms as witnessed on the banks of the River Tyne’ – Martin Aston, Melody Maker, 3/5/86.

‘I came expecting to enjoy this album; I went away with it close to my heart’ – Dave Henderson, Sounds, 10/5/86.

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Monday, 31 October 2016

@BenPortsmouth1 is #Elvis and playing @O2AcademyNew on Thursday 10th November #tribute #takingcareofelvis

The King Is Back: Ben Portsmouth Is Elvis 

Currently touring Brazil following his most recent shows plus recording in the USA, Award winning Elvis - Ben Portsmouth – has already this year had a sell-out tour of Ireland, shows in Canada and Munich, with amazing sales at Belgrade, Coventry and Portsmouth Guildhall. He has also appeared at London o2 Indigo, Birmingham Barclaycard Arena, Leeds o2, Bournemouth o2, Manchester o2 and Belfast SSE Arena. 

Ben, a multi-talented musician, singer and songwriter had Elvis‘s DNA in his blood from an early age. His father was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs. Having honed his musical talent Ben started his journey as an Elvis Tribute Artist in 2005 when he formed the ‘Taking Care of Elvis’ band. Audiences and promoters quickly realised that this was someone with a special talent. He looked like Elvis, sang like Elvis and had an on stage charisma that had audiences believing at times they were watching the King himself. This talent saw Ben rapidly rise through the ranks of Elvis Tribute Artists in the UK.

In 2006 Ben was voted the best Elvis at the prestigious international Elvis festival at Porthcawl Wales, the largest of its kind in Europe. He was the youngest competitor and was the total opposite to the stereotypical Elvis impersonator – he was sexy, didn‘t need a wig and was wearing the most authentic outfits flown in from America.

Success in the UK was followed by success in Europe and Ben qualified to represent Europe in the final of the ‘Images of the King’ contest in Memphis 2010 to find the World Champion Elvis Tribute Artist. It was a daunting task to be competing against the best Elvis Tribute artists in what is effectively Elvis‘s backyard. However Ben was up to the task, inspired no doubt by his first visit to Graceland. Ben was voted World Champion ETA by both the judges and the public vote. When Ben returned to the USA some months later and won again at another major Elvis festival near New York the global Elvis industry sat up and took notice. No Elvis Tribute Artist had made a first time appearance at two consecutive major festivals in America and walked away the winner of both.

In August 2012, Ben made history when he won the Elvis Presley Enterprises ‘Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest’ which took place in Memphis, crowning Ben as the ‘Worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist’, the only artist from outside the USA to ever win this prestigious title. This success has led to offers from US promoters and all over the world for Ben to headline shows. Ben‘s career in Europe has also taken off where he is playing on the biggest stages to audiences across Europe that are measured in thousands.

However Ben is humble and down to earth. He can‘t believe he gets the opportunity to entertain as an Elvis Tribute Artist and he wants to stay in touch with his core fan base. There will always be a place for the smaller more intimate concert where he can connect on a more one to one basis with his audience. When Ben performs it‘s as if he is inhabiting the persona of Elvis. His triple octave vocal range and perfect pitch allows him to hit the most challenging high notes. His guitar virtuosity enables him to authentically recreate Elvis‘s 1968 comeback concert.

There was only one Elvis but Ben is the closest you will ever get in terms of Elvis‘s looks, his singing voice and on stage charisma.

THURSDAY, 10TH NOVEMBER: NEWCASTLE, Academy 7pm uk/ £28.12 (inc fees)  

David Letterman Show
RTE – Saturday Late Show
Performance at Ultimate in Memphis

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Friday, 28 October 2016

#livereview #spokenword #livemusic @Mostly_Spoken @TheCumby 27/10/2016

Review: Mostly Spoken, Cumberland Arms 27/11/2016

The simple surroundings of upstairs at the Cumberland provide the perfect stage for the monthly variety night of music and poetry called Mostly Spoken. Simma, who curates the night, opened with three of his original songs: the soon to be seasonal Happy New Year,
delta bluesy Voodon’t and Blue Eyed Baby.

Tony Gadd followed with his storytelling style of poetry, about past jobs and  the 11+. Tony is an engaging performer with a lot to talk about.

Tony Gadd

Oonah Joslin treated us to a poem about the importance of lists, another about the inevitability of the Aber Fan disaster, and others about nightmares and Manhattan Rain, she has a great book out called 3lbs of Cells. Oonah has a way of bringing individual personalities to her poems when performing.

Oonah Joslin
Sam Millington was a nice surprise with his comic country songs about being lost in Ikea and the hell of call centres. Call centres was a subject explored by poet Jenni Pascoe also, and she spoke of relationships and war, in an expressive and passionate way.
Sam Millington
Cath Campbell is a pithy poet with her poems about the impact of war on children, and about comfort eating through loss.

Mr Hopper
The night was completed with a performance, the first in some time by Ben Holland and double bassist “Mr Hopper” who form the duo “Mr Holland”. Ben has written some beautifully observed songs and he has a voice that moves from cynical to treacle within one word.  The haunting Stories In These Walls, the lushly dark Dusk and the pensive I Wish I’d Done Something More were great but I didn’t expect to be choking back the tears during the ode to motherhood, Kid but I was. This was a triumphant return to the stage for Mr Holland in my opinion. I hope to see more of this duo.

Ben Holland

Mostly Spoken happens every last Thursday of the month, upstairs at the Cumberland Arms and promises varied spoken word, and original song-writing artists.

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Thursday, 27 October 2016

@FeedTheKidMusic coming to @riversideNCL on 10/11 with @_Audioweb

In 2017 FEED THE KID and label owners B33 Records will head off for an exciting Manchester invasion of China along with the rest of the label roster. The excursion consisting of two three month tour stints, will cover 10 major cities and will represent the first new wave of British band’s granted access to perform in the country. 

Earlier this year, Mancunian blues-revivalists Feed The Kid aimed high with a single release via taste-making imprint B33 Records. Following a prologue of sell-out headline performances at some of Manchester’s most prestigious venues, Feed The Kid are back to solidify their status as the undisputed champions of primal rock and roll. 

Invoking the pleasantly swampy, right in the pocket rock of the early 1970s - the group are best thought of as a sort of Manchester Clearwater Revival - closer to Hulme than the Bayou - their songs are incandescent with civic centre references and odes to this great region.The first of two tub-thumping new singles ‘In The City’ (released September 23) is similarly rooted in the doleful minutia of Greater Manchester, the refrain ‘how this rainy city cries’ reiterates the mundanity of life in our apathetic Northern heartlands. Vocalist Curtis Taylor elaborates; 

“People are struggling all over. It is about our city, but then every city is the same. it chews you up and spits you out. Capitalism at its peak. Even though we are not a punk band this has a longing for rebellion. Call it what you want, punk, psychedelic, rock and roll, punkadelica. Its soundtrack for the rebellion.”


Born out of necessity following the conception of drummer Adam’s child, the group was formed to ease the financial burden of young fatherhood and to literally - FEED THE KID. Curtis wryly affirms; 

“it’s a name that has a true orientation and backstory”

The band which also comprises of bassist Dane Stubbs and recent recruits; guitarist Jake Murphy and keys player Alex Goulding, have rapidly gained a heady recognition for their uncompromising style. A host of taste making radio presenters have backed the band to succeed, such as BBC Introducing’s Michelle Hussey, Terry Christian and XFM’s Clint Boon. Previous single ‘Red River’ was even play-listed by Manchester United and played to fans at Old Trafford. 

Styled in the earthy, autumnal tones of burnt orange and harvest gold, this retro-flavoured sextet are an authentic hybrid of retro-blues and the assured sensibility present in early 90s Manchester. Comfortable with the attention a corduroy sherpa-lined coat can bring; the group were invited to perform in-store at Liam Gallagher’s Pretty Green and have also had a single featured in a Jigsaw A/W campaign. 

Coming off the back of a successful and attention-grabbing formation Feed The Kid are set to go from strength to strength with a remarkable tour of China set to fill the band with Eastern promise.. The band have also announced a supporting tour with B33 heavyweights Audioweb. 


Nov 10 - Riverside - Newcastle w/ Audioweb

Nov 12 - Sound Control - Manchester w/ Audioweb

Nov 16 - 100 Club - London w/ Audioweb

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@ApplewoodRd come to @sage_gateshead 14/11 #nashville #applewoodroad #gateshead #music

Two years ago, during the 2014 Americana Music Festival, three songwriters met for the first time at a café in East Nashville. What followed on from that meeting became one of the most warmly received albums of 2016 when it was released by vinyl specialists Gearbox Records. Next month, Applewood Road return to the UK to round off a triumphant year which has included performances at Glastonbury and Cambridge Folk Festival, an appearance on the Andrew Marr Show, and a UK tour with Mary Chapin Carpenter. 

“Their no-frills debut album, recorded in Nashville, has rightly won them no end of admirers and the close harmonies, augmented with spartan guitar and banjo, were every bit as exquisite in this performance. Original numbers were inspirational; so too was a soaring cover of REM’s Losing My Religion.” -- The Times (review of Barbican show, July 2016) 

It was a serendipitous first meeting. Emily Barker was in Nashville for AmericanaFest and had been introduced to Amy Speace by a mutual friend. The pair arranged to meet over coffee, and Amy invited her friend Amber Rubarth to join them. By the follow- ing afternoon the three had written a song, ‘Applewood Road’, and the following week they recorded it live to tape at Welcome To 1979 studios around one microphone, accompanied only by Telisha Williams on double bass. 

The three women, each with successful solo careers of their own, assumed that would be the end of the story. But the tape made its way back to the UK and into the hands of Gearbox Records, who signed the three basic strangers to a record deal on the strength of that one song. A few months later a window appeared in their very busy schedules and Barker,Rubarth and Speace reconvened in Nash- ville for one week to write, arrange, rehearse and record a full album. The songs were again performed live around a single microphone at Welcome to 1979 and recorded to two-track tape. 

“There’s a moreish magic to the harmonies of this country-folk trio that recalls the vintage appeal of the Everlys and the Andrews”
***** Daily Telegraph (Best Of 2016 Releases) 

Applewood Roadwas released in February 2016 to across-the-board critical ac- claim. 4 and 5 star reviews came in from The Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror, R2, Q Magazine and others. They appeared on BBC2’s Dermot O’Leary show, singing their arrangement of REM’s ‘Losing My Religion’, which was subsequently included on Dermot’s latest Saturday Sessions CD (Sony). In the summer, an appearance on the Andrew Marr Show was followed by a session on Sky Arts at Cambridge Folk Festival. 


Mon 14 Nov The Sage | GATESHEAD 

Tue 15 Nov Ruby Lounge | MANCHESTER 

Wed 16 Nov O2 Academy | LIVERPOOL 

Thu 17 Nov Classic Grand | GLASGOW 

Fri 18 Nov The Band Room | FARNDALE 

Sat 19 Nov High & Lonesome Festival | LEEDS 

Sun 20 Nov St Laurence Church | STROUD 

Mon 21 Nov Union Chapel | LONDON 

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Friday, 26 August 2016

What you need to know about @SteffenPeddie and his #tour #99problemsandthechipsSTILLaintone

Steffen Peddie  

Steffen Peddie is a Stand up comedian from Newcastle upon Tyne.
He told his first joke on stage at 13 in his local youth club and has continued doing so since. 

After minor success on the fledgling comedy circuit and appearing as comedy support with Ross Noble on two different National Kids Saturday Morning TV Shows he took a break from Stand Up and turned his time to becoming a professional wrestler.
Ten years of bending bones, wearing lycra in public and various chair shots took its toll on Steffen. After performing at the Café de Paris in London in front of a star studded audience as part of Viz Magazines 25th Anniversary party he decided to call it a day and retire from the world of grappling.  

After a conversation with other comedians he decided to try stand up again “for a few shows” to see if it would be fun. Ten years later he has not stopped and has matured as an act with his time away.  

Success has come his way in the form of a roll in the main cast of Jason Cooks BBC sitcom “Hebburn”. The award winning show ran for two series and a Christmas Special, and is still much loved by the public, both in the UK and with large international success.  

Acting has continued with a number of TV adverts and short films, including Alan Moore’s (writer of Watchmen, The League of Gentlemen, V for Vendetta) first film “His Heavy Heart” as well as hosting Metro Radio and TFMs “NIGHTOWLS” phone in show as the regular guest host when Alan Robson is away. Steffen recetly covered for Alfie Joey on the BBC Radio Newcastle Breakfast Show. 

On top of this he is a proud member of The Geordie Rat Pack alongside Jason Cook, Glen Roughead and Neil Grainger. The four perform along with a fifteen piece band and play Swing classics in their own style. After a string of sell out shows at Newcastle City Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Customs House and Stand Newcastle, more are to be announced to a keen audience.  


Last year Steffen Peddie undertook his first tour, with a show that’s a step away from the normal Stand Up shows. 

The show was entirely created from the audience’s suggestions and improvised on the night, so it’s a comedy tightrope walk as anything can be asked!  

The shows format is that the audience write the “Problems” and Steffen has to solve them, making it a different show every time. 

The show ran twenty two times in 2015 to a great success. So for 2016, a swift title change and fresh advertising and its back on the road!  

With three shows this year so far, he has managed to cover varying topics from “Who picks up guide dog poo” “Why don’t sheep shrink in the Rain” “Why is my partner sleeping with my brother”  

The tour is entirely self financed and is playing venues large and small, from large regional Theatres to Village Halls as well as Comedy Festivals along the way. 

Hilarity Bites at The Keys in Darlington on Tuesday August 30th 2016

Stand Comedy Club Edinburgh on Tuesday September 20th 2016

Stand Comedy Club Glasgow on Wednesday September 21st 2016

Stand Comedy Club Newcastle on  Tuesday September  27th  2016

YHA Berwick on  Wednesday September 28th  2016
Call 01629 592 700 to reserve tickets
£5.00 in advance £7.00 on the door

Monday, 22 August 2016

@gunofficialuk come to Newcastle 9th October @riversidencl #rock




As their acclaimed original guitarist Alex Dickson is welcomed back into the frame, GUN are delighted to announce they will be hitting the road for a series of UK headline dates this October with a souped-up live band in force.

In honour of the tour announcement, the Hard Rockers have released an exclusive live video of the band firing on all cylinders with their current line-up - which was revealed on the 7th June.

Providing fans with a tantalising taster of what to expect on the upcoming run of shows, the video will feature a glorious live rendition of their chart-conquering ‘Word Up’.

The track, originally by Cameo, was startlingly re-invented by GUN for their classic 1994 album ‘Swagger’ and subsequently witnessed the band scoop the gong for Best Cover Version at the inaugural MTV EMAs the same year.

Recorded at the O2 ABC in Glasgow, you can watch and share the exclusive video here:

The news follows the recent announcement of Dickson joining the band on stage at Glasgow’s Stag & Dagger Festival, which the Scottish Sun called “Effortless class”, while the Sunday Mail called the show “breath-taking” and “a real highlight”.

Dickson is famed for his playing on the GUN’s acclaimed long-players ‘Gallus ‘(1992) and ‘Swagger’ (1994). The highly in-demand axe-man has since lent his unique services to an array of touring bands of the highest order, including the likes of Calvin Harris and Robbie Williams.

GUN’s Jools Gizzi says: “Alex was an integral part of the band during the 'Gallus' era and featured on GUN's biggest hit 'Word Up', which appeared on the 'Swagger' album. His phenomenal guitar playing always made a massive impact at live shows and we really can't wait for you all to see him play live again. We've been working away in the studio, writing for the next GUN album. We can't wait for the fans to hear the new material.”

With a busy summer schedule that has already seen GUN play with The Cribs and Death Havana, the bandare booked-up for shows at Camden Rocks in London and Party at the Palace in August, before heading out on their own run of shows in the Autumn.

GUN are: Dante Gizzi: (Lead Vocals) // Giulliano Gizzi (Guitar) // Paul McManus (Drums) // Alex Dickson (Guitar) // Andy Carr (Bass)

-Catch GUN live in 2016-
Oct 6th         Buskers, Dundee
Oct 7th         La Belle Angele, Edinburgh
Oct 8th         Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Oct 9th        Riverside, Newcastle
Oct 11th    Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Oct 12th     Academy 3, Manchester
Oct 13th    The Live Rooms, Chester
Oct 17th    Robin 2, Wolverhampton
Oct 18th     The Globe, Cardiff
Oct 19th     The Scene, Swansea
Oct 20th     Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
Oct 21st     Thekla, Bristol
Oct 22nd    Underworld, London

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

@Heaven17BEF come to @sage_gateshead on 24th October (see the rest of the tour here too)






With the votes now in and a career-affirming title now crowning their legacy, Sheffield's Greatest Band of All Time : HEAVEN 17  and B.E.F. will be providing a just reminder of their glittering achievements this autumn as they electronically revisit their magnum opus: ‘Penthouse & Pavement’, at a series of UK shows. 

Thirty-five years since the release of their landmark debut album, Messrs Glenn Gregory and Martyn Ware will be commemorating the record that launched their sensational career by performing a brand new electronic version of ‘Penthouse And Pavement’ live and in full.

Part two of each show will also feature a live set from B.E.F. (British Electric Foundation) who embark on what will be their first ever live tour.

Founded in 1980 and masterminded by Heaven 17’s own Martyn Ware, the production company were renowned for their innovative collaborations with some of pop music’s brightest stars of the period. In 2016, B.E.F. will be enlisting the talents of Mari Wilson, Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Peter Hooton (The Farm), and of course Glenn Gregory to present a very special set featuring brand new arrangements of songs familiar and unexpected from the B.E.F. back catalogue, plus some surprise songs to be exclusively unveiled at the shows.

Taking place throughout October, the tour will see Heaven 17 and B.E.F. take to the stage to deliver consecutive sets at a run of dates that begin at Liverpool’s O2 Academy (20th) and conclude up at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire (30th). (See full dates below for details.)

Expressing his delight at being a part of the B.E.F. shows for the first time, Glenn Gregory said:

“Having worked with Martyn for so many wonderful years as Heaven 17, performing with BEF is like finally getting the golden key to the executive toilet.”

Outlining his expectations and anticipations of the forthcoming tour, B.E.F founder Martyn Ware said:

“What an honour it is to have such talented and iconic artists performing on our first-ever live BEF tour. Over the last 35 years, BEF has worked with some of the most famous singers on earth, and for our fantastic shows this October, Glen Matlock, Peter Hooton and Mari Wilson will each be performing one of their most famous songs, together with surprising cover versions done in the unique BEF electronic style. Add to that the inimitable Glenn Gregory (I’m sure I’ve heard that name somewhere), and the 35th anniversary performance of new electronic arrangements of ‘Penthouse And Pavement’ and you have our greatest live show ever’”.

Formed in 1980 as Martyn Ware departed Sheffield synth icons The Human League only to find a kindred musical mind in Glenn Gregory, together as Heaven 17 the pair set about writing and recording the songs that would become their debut album ‘Penthouse and Pavement’ released only a year later.  In letting the BBC-banned debut single “(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang” lead their anti-establishment charge, the band made clear their intentions to break away from their synth-pop contemporaries on their first outing.  Follow-up singles “I’m Your Money”, “Play To Win”, “Penthouse and Pavement” and “The Height of the Fighting (He-La-Hu)” would propel the long-player to No. 14 in the UK charts and a Gold Disc Certification after a 77-week residency inside the Top 100.  Now recognised universally as one of the most vital albums to emerge from the New Wave movement in British electronica, ‘Penthouse and Pavement’ has since been included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

In 1982, Martyn Ware released the first studio album under the B.E.F. moniker: ‘Music of Quality and Distinction Volume 1’. an album of covers that he and partner Ian Craig Marsh had grown up listening to, the album featured an all-star cast of guest appearances including Paula Yates, Billy MacKenzie, Glenn Gregory, Sandie Shaw and most notably Top 10 Hit “Ball of Confusion” a cover of the infamous track by The Temptations, as sung with powerhouse vocals from Tina Turner. 


Thurs 20 October - Liverpool O2 Academy

Fri 21 October - Birmingham Town Hall

Sun 23 October - Glasgow O2 ABC

Mon 24 October - Gateshead Sage

Tues 25 October - Sheffield City Hall

Wed 26 October - Manchester O2 Ritz

Fri 28 October - Bury St Edmunds Apex–british-electric-foundation

Sat 29 October - Basingstoke Anvil 

Sun 30 October - London Shepherd’s Bush Empire

[* NB also available are special VIP packages limited to 30 per venue including best seats, meet and greet with photo opportunity and a signed poster. ]


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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

#m2tm @bloodstockfest gains two #northeast metal bands for its lineup ..the winners are:

Two Local Rock Bands Earn The Right
 to Play Bloodstock Festival

Over the last few months local rock and metal bands have been competing in the Metal 2 The Masses “battle of the bands” style heats at Newcastle’s Trillians Rock Bar. Last weekend the final was hosted at The Cluny and not one but two bands were chosen to play Bloodstock. They will be joining legendary local black metal innovators Venom at the festival making it a hat-trick of northeast bands entertaining people from all over the world. Bloodstock is the largest independent heavy metal festival in the UK with up to 15,000 attendees. The festival started in 2005 with only 700 people, an example of careful but ambitious growth. The size of the crowd at the Cluny reflected the enthusiasm for metal that seems to be experienced a rebirth in the Northeast.
The overall winner of the final, chosen by Bloodstock’s Simon Hall, was The Souls of Jack Ketch: angy brutal metal with fearsome vocals and yet a really friendly band who really entertain the audience.  "Success is not normally something discussed in the band, as our goal is to just get out there, play live and enjoy it." vocalist Iain said, "Our goal was to reach the final. We thought if we could do that then we're up there with the best of the local bands. To actually reach the final and then win just simply blew us away." They will get to play the New Blood Stage. 
Souls of Jack Ketch

There was such a great selection of bands that Simon decided to choose a second band, Dirty King who wowed the audience with their gritty blues flavoured doom. Dirty King won a slot on the Jaegermeister Stage. "We can't believe we're playing Bloodstock, and are flattered and amazed. ", said the band.
Dirty King
The standard was seriously high and it must have been a difficult choice. The passion and skill shown by Arcite, Hellion Rising and I’ll Play The Villain, cannot be denied and they all deserve success to have got this far through the process. 

Kevin Morris of RFTK Promotions said “We are really chuffed to see two great bands going to Bloodstock. We genuinely felt the quality of bands in the competition was high and in the final it was very, very close. We thank  everyone who came down to support the bands, whether in just one show or multiple, thanks for getting behind this and hopefully we will do it again next year.”

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

#LiveReview @Magnumonline with @VegaOfficial @O2Academynewc 22/05/2016

Magnum: Still Rocking With the Same Spirit

The show opened with tight harmonies from 6 piece band Vega and a cracking tune called Explode. The band were keen to get the audience on board with the second song Kiss of  Life, from their first album. A new song from the latest album Every Little Monster made us think of AOR legends Honeymoon Suite.

The band understand the protocols of one foot on the monitor singalong AOR big numbers that get an audience's fists in the air. All Or Nothing has a passing resemblance to Def Leppard's Pour Some Sugar On Me and the band acknowledged this by chucking in a line from the song. This song however was better for not containing some rather weak rap. The new album Wherever We Are has some great driving music like White Flag that wouldn't be out of place on a Top Gear compilation. Saving Grace. This was great AOR and the band never put a foot wrong, or indeed on a monitor. Nick Workman has an enviable vocal style perfect for these songs. He got the audience singing along with this final chorus, something not often seen with support bands.

Magnum opened their set with Soldier Of The Line, and followed this with On A Storyteller's Night, getting those audience arms waving. These songs are so beloved of real Magnum fans. The band's devotion to their craft after so long surely has to be respected.

Bob Catley is still the gameshow host of rock and Tony Clarkin is still firing shards of virtuoso guitar, and Mark Stanway creates the melodic glue from his banks of keyboards. The formula of this music is so popular with Magnum's fans so why change it? Bob Catley is a unique frontman who always tries to make the audience feel special. He and the band have been hugely underrated over the years but retained a loyal following, who keep turning up for the tours.

Bob's voice did sound as though the touring is taking its toll, however with all the hay fever and colds around, it could have just been a sore throat giving it that slightly gravelly quality. I've seen Magnum a few times, although the last time was about ten years ago and the vocals definitely sounded different at this gig. The new rhythm section have settled in well, creating the great big sound Magnum fans love.

A few new songs deflated the atmosphere somewhat, this is not an unusual occurrence at gigs but Bob didn't introduce these songs which is not like him at all. His voice coped better with the ballads like the amazing Your Dreams Won't Die and then the audience were back in the party with the line "they are the victims of the night..." and we were all singing along to How Far Jerusalem and Bob took the opportunity during the guitar solo to get a drink and tend to his hair, we could see you Bob!
Les Morts Dansant and All England's Eyes were clear audience favourites. Magnum embody the classic rock ideal with songs that speak to the soul and everyone in the band is darned good at what they do. It may not be your cup of tea but a room full of people went away very content from this gig.

This review was written by Stephen Oliver at the gig, embellished by Joanne Oliver of Jowheretogo PR

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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

@wearejames and @slowreadersclub didn't allow much sitting down at @cityh4ll #newcastle

James and Slow Readers Club, 
Newcastle City Hall 17/5/2016

The typically bar-obsessed City Hall audience was a bit sparse while Slow Readers Club brought ethereal lyrics and jolly Smiths-esque guitars to the stage. This didn't make their reception to the support band any less warm There could be some Echo and The Bunnymen/ Electrafixion influence with this band but the sound is very stand-out in the current market. One More Minute and Days Like This Will Break Your Heart bode well for the contents of the new EP. The unsigned band from Manchester have been doing fabulously on Youtube with the highly memorable I Saw A Ghost and this was performed beautifully with Aaron Starkie’s wonderfully resonant vocals the star on the Christmas tree. They are a very tight live band and show real love for their work. This band have such a great package of songs to deliver, I'll definitely have to buy the album and see them again. 

James are back with a new album (Girl At The End Of The World) which, judging from this gig, is again full of infectious, anthemic numbers with singalong parts we rapidly learned. Nothing But Love released a couple of months ago is full of joyous philosophy. Walk Like You warns against just being like your mum and dad and comes from 2014’s Le Petit Mort album.
So many songs were played that I haven’t got space to list them. I won’t mention the obvious missing song from the set. But suffice to say there wasn’t a lot of motivation to Sit Down at this gig. At two points the fourth wall was kicked down and Tim strode into the audience climbing over seats and dancing amongst us. In addition the brass player spent some time playing from amongst the crowd in the balcony. This was a truly amazing gig and a very happy crowd. Tim is still an uninhibited dancer which was great to see. The energy was contagious and they even got me dancing!

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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Kev of @RFTKPromotions : @BLOODSTOCKfest #METAL2THEMASSES Semi Finals are coming to #Newcastle! #metal #rock @weareTHINKTANK

Over the past few weeks, 25 great bands have graced the stage in the first ever Newcastle round of the Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses.
The Newcastle winner will go on to play Bloodstock Festival in August.

There have been some high quality and extremely tight battles in the heat stages, but now only 10 bands remain.

"I knew there was a lot of talent in Newcastle," says promoter Kev Morris of RFTK Promotions, "Though I hadn't expected some of the heats to be so tight."
"I'm genuinely gutted for some of the bands that didn't go through - but - that only goes to show the bands we've got to be all the better"

There are two semi finals which will reduce the field from 10 down to 5.   The semi finals take place in Think Tank on Time Square on May 15th and May 29th.

This Sunday, 5 bands battle it out - they are;

Hellion Rising - local Groove metal
Arcite - Melodic Metal

Guardian - hardcore from Northumberland

Rusted Hero - Modern Rock, Blues and Grunge

Devil's Night - Grunge newcomers

Entry is just £4 with doors opening around 6.45pm and first band at 7.15pm.  At the time of writing the running order is to be decided, but coming down anytime is a sure fire way to see some excellent local talent.

"Fans have got behind the competition, which has really pleased me," enthuses Kev, "I'd like to hope at the very worst every band picks up some new fans.  Certainly a lot of new friends have been made and I'd like to hope this helps the local scene a little"
"This region has a lot to offer musically - and I'm really excited.  If the bands are on top form the semi finals are going to be really tight..."

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