Monday, 17 July 2017

#2468Motorway #Anniversary tour for @Freshnet and #TRBand ..@RiversideNCL



To mark the 40th anniversary of 2-4-6-8 Motorway in October 2017, TOM ROBINSON pays tribute to the original Tom Robinson Band by performing his entire 'Power In The Darkness' album at select venues across the country. 

Taking in 15 dates in total, the tour will also see Tom back at London's legendary 100 Club for a 3 night residency with a classic four piece lineup. His incendiary live quartet features Faithless drummer Andy Treacey, Richard Ashcroft guitarist Adam Phillips and keyboard virtuoso Jim Simmons plus Tom himself on bass and lead vocals. Full dates listed below.

Born in Cambridge in 1950, Tom Robinson first became known in the late 1970s as a musician and LGBT activist with the Tom Robinson Band (TRB) who were early supporters of Rock Against Racism and Amnesty International. In 1977 their Top 5 debut release 2-4-6-8 Motorway became one of the landmark singles of the UK punk era. Other hits included Glad To Be Gay, Up Against The Wall and the band's debut album Power In The Darkness which went gold in the UK and Japan.

As a solo artist Tom had further solo hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio, and co-wrote songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John and Dan Hartman.  His 14th studio album Only The Now was released in 2015 featuring guests such as Billy Bragg, John Grant and Ian McKellen. Recent festival dates include Latitude, Green Man and headlining the Left Field stage at Glastonbury 2016.

As a radio broadcaster Tom hosts three shows a week on BBC Radio 6 Music, is a member of the Ivor Novello Awards committee and in 2016 was awarded a fellowship of LIPA to recognition his support for new music artists through BBC Introducing. 


10 - Cardiff, The Globe
11 - Milton Keynes, The Stables
12 - Cambridge, The Portland
13 - Bewdley Festival
14 - Nantwich, Words & Music
17 - Wakefiled, Unity Works
18 - York, The Crescent
19 - Nottingham Rescue Rooms
20 - Sheffield, Leadmill
21 - Manchester Home
24 - London 100 Club
25 - London 100 Club
26 - London 100 Club
28 - Newcastle, Riverside 
29 - Glasgow, King Tut’s


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Thursday, 13 July 2017

The voice of #speardestiny @kirkbrandon #tourdates including oh...wrong Newcastle! Oh well..see him if you can!


“Kirk Brandon is one of the UK’s most underrated songwriters” - Vive le Rock! Magazine

“Kirk Brandon is one of the UK’s best kept secrets” - MOJO

KIRK BRANDON is delighted to announce a series of aKoustik 2017 dates for this August. 

Kirk Brandon is the voice of Spear of Destiny, Theatre of Hate and Dead Men Walking. With over 15 studio albums and countless single releases, his career now spans well over 30 years. He has enjoyed worldwide success with all three of the above bands and is also a leader in every punk rock poll by being the singer and songwriter in The Pack. 

Over the last 9 years, Kirk has released five solo acoustic studio albums (the “Dutch Masters” series) that have pulled tracks from all era’s of his career, these albums have also featured many of the people Kirk has worked with and collaborated with over the years including Derek Forbes (Simple Minds), Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), Mike Peters (The Alarm) & Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets).

The latest of these solo acoustic albums entitled “Dutch Masters Volume Five” has become, in it’s first year of release, the best seller in the series. 

“DM5” features two outstanding Theatre of Hate interpretations, a James Bond theme and a Country and Western cover of a Ry Cooder tune !!!

As in 2016, 2017 will see Kirk joined by master cello player Sam Sansbury both in the studio and at live shows. This year has already seen shows take place in Australia and Crewe! In August and September a full UK Tour takes place with a very special trip to the Ukraine thrown in for good measure! Expect some very special shows that will feature all the hits and misses!!! including  ‘Never Take Me Alive’, ‘Do You Believe In The Westworld?’, ‘Worldservice’, ‘ So In Love With You’, ‘Young Men’, ‘Original Sin’.

Kirk Brandon with Sam Sansbury (Cello)

Akoustic Live 2017

23rd August SHEFFIELD Greystones

24th August LEICESTER Duffys Bar

25th August  EAST KILBRIDE Village Inn

26th August BATHGATE Dreadnought

27th August NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYNE The Rigger

28th August LONDON The Islington

31st August WINCHESTER Railway Live

1st September YORK Black Rose Ball

2nd September THORNTON Little Theatre

3rd September BRISTOL Thunderbolt


The BBC’s Jeremy Vine says “@kirkbrandon is one of our greatest musical geniuses” “Brandon’s vocal is fuller, it is more powerful, it is more tuneful. But what impresses me more is his total clarity; not only vocally but his overall performance – he lives, breathes, screams, shakes these songs out of his body. At times he appears to be in the throws of an exorcism, bent double and shuddering rhythmically”


Miff Morris

GoboPhotography Glasgow / New Hellfire Club

Kirk Brandon ‘Skyfall’ from Dutch Masters Volume Five

Kirk Brandon'Do You Believe In The Westworld?' with 

Sam Sansbury

#tourdates including @riversideNCL for @lambchopisaband #LAMBCHOP #newcastle



“FLOTUS is highly processed, highly textured - and yet for the most part, it sounds natural and unforced"
‘Album of the Month’ 4/5 MOJO

“An album which may turn out to be one of their best and most accessible"
'Album of the Month' 8/10 Uncut

LAMBCHOP release news of a UK tour this August. On a run of 11 dates which include London's Islington Assembly Hall, the band will also perform at Green Man Festival.

Having released their latest album, FLOTUS, late last year to critical acclaim including 'Albums of the Year' mentions in publications such as MOJO, Uncut, The Guardian and Sunday Times; Lambchop have also shared a new version of album highlight 'The Hustle' entitled 'The Hustle Unlimited'.

Listen to 'The Disco Hustle' here:

Speaking of the new version of the track Lambchop's Kurt Wagner said: "Sometimes things can get out of control, an impromptu idea is presented and you take that idea to a logical conclusion to see where it goes. In this case Tony Crow [piano] came up with a rather 'Love Unlimited Orchestra' take on the hustle during a rehearsal with Andy Stack [drums, Wye Oak]. It seemed nuts at the time but being rather nuts ourselves I thought we should try recording it and taking it all the way to full realization. Plus it was a great way to capture Andy's tenure with us in the studio”.

Lambchop's last UK appearance was a sold-out show as a part of The Roundhouse's In The Round series in January and received widespread praise including four star reviews from The Guardian, The Times and the Evening Standard.

'The Hustle Unlimited' along with the previously shared Prince cover 'When You Were Mine’ will be available on a limited edition 12” via City Slang during the tour and officially released on August 11th.

FLOTUS is available here.

Tour dates:

8 Aug - Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club
9 Aug - Glasgow @ Saint Luke's & The Winged Ox
10 Aug - Newcastle @ Riverside
11 Aug - Manchester @ Gorilla
12 Aug - Leamington Spa @ Leamington Assembly
13 Aug - Nottingham @ Rescue Rooms
14 Aug - Norwich @ The Waterfront
16 Aug - Exeter @ Phoenix
17 Aug - Bristol @ Trinity Centre
18 Aug - Bexhill @ The De La Warr Pavilion
19 Aug - Crickhowell @ Green Man Festival
20 Aug - London @ Islington Assembly Hall

Praise for FLOTUS:

“A remarkable case of sonic reinvention" 5/5 The Independent

“FLOTUS is highly processed, highly textured - and yet for the most part, it sounds natural and unforced" ‘Album of the Month’ 4/5 MOJO

“An album which may turn out to be one of their best and most accessible"

‘Album of the Month' 4/5 Uncut

"Extraordinary reinvention - his latest move makes perfect sense"

Sunday Times

“Filled with warmth, nostalgia and soft, autumnal light"

4/5 The Guardian

"FLOTUS is a calm, cumulative album"

4/5 The Observer

"The end result is out on its own"

4/5 Evening Standard

"It is an usual innovation - but the risk pays off"

4/5 FT

“A startling reinvention"

4.5/5 The Sun

“A natural continuation of the Lambchop legacy"

4/5 The Times


4/5 Daily Mirror

“A rather hypnotising experience"

8/10 Loud & Quiet

“Lambchop are just as vital as they’ve ever been"

8/10 Clash

“Frequently spellbinding"

8/10 The Line of Best Fit

“A dozen records deep in their career, we find Lambchop at their most adventurous, and it sounds wonderful"

4/5 The Skinny

“A coherent, pleasurable and hugely relaxing listen"

London in Stereo

'4/5' musicOMH

'8/10' God Is In The TV

'4/5' GIGsoup

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Another year, another great @CorbridgeFest ... we love it!

Music Festival of the Northeast Does it Again!
Corbridge Festival Delivers the Goods

Corbridge Festival continues to grow as the family music festival of the Northeast. All visitors are catered for, with a wide range of food offerings, children’s activities, entertainment a fairground and of course world class musical talent. 

I didn’t get to see absolutely everyone perform as there were three stages, but we had a great time. It must have been great to be a punter relaxing at this vibrant event. 

The first band we caught was Coquin Migale. They’ve become more psych rock, less jingly indie. They have a harder edged than their debut here 3 years ago, and we liked it.

Coquin Migale

In the Dragonfly Tent we found Chris Kelly, a talented young fella playing acoustic guitar with lush songs and confident presentation.

Chris Kelly

Amy Ridley has a great voice. She performed a single song set as well on the main stage. Dancing on My Own was dedicated to Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry, tragically lost at the Manchester terror attack this year. Chloe was a good friend of Amy’s and it must have been terrifically difficult to perform, however Amy did a fantastic job.

Amy Ridley

Keston Cobblers Club got the first dancers up with their addictive folk pop. Seasoned festival players, they really got things moving.

Keston Cobblers Club

Back in the Dragonfly tent, Just So entertained the crowd piano driven pop with harmonies and guitar upping the pace and edge. 

Just So

Ellie Sunderland graced the main stage with a charming set performed with real prowess, she should go far.

Ellie Sunderland

Bloxed Beats upped the ante with the audience responding well to familiar hits being given the beatbox treatment. These guys are amazing and seemingly achieve the impossible with their voices! 

Bloxed Beats

Dan Donnelly brought his years of experience playing with bands such as The Levellers and The Wonder Stuff. Using a loop pedal and a guitar he played songs of friendships,  not caring about politics and a cover of Cecilia for his little girl who joined him on stage briefly. The audience managed to get one more song out of him in an encore, such was his appeal.

Dan Donnelly

Haythem Mohamed made amazing sounds from a loop pedal a Macbook and a guitar, again in the Dragonfly Tent.  

Back on the main stage the large crowd was treated to Lucy Spraggan. I found her to be a ballsy songwriter, with great tunes and a grittier performance than we expected.  I’ll be watching out for her.

Lucy Spraggan

The B-Hives, the female-fronted Hives tribute band were absolutely storming on the Dragonfly Stage, definitely a band to watch out for. 


I’ve always been a tad cynical about From the Jam, unfounded cynicism it turns out as they blasted out the Classic Jam tracks faithfully and had the crowd dancing. This should be expected as they are largely “from the Jam”. They are a superb band and I'd be happy to see them again on tour. My 14 year old son is now a firm fan.

From The Jam

The  Selecter brought classic ska to the fore at the festival, it is noticeable that ska goes down really well with this crowd. The energy from the band including frontwoman Pauline Black and MC  Arthur “Gaps” Hendrickson was amazing. They just oozed cool. 

The Selecter

Meanwhile, in the Dragonfly tent, the Baghdaddies were holding court to a big crowd of ska fans too. Skanking was the main dance style in this hour! The ‘daddies are definitely worth seeking out for a fun night of ska. 


Finally, on the main stage, Cast begin playing hits from their classic album All Change but threw in a respectable spattering of lesser known but still equally good tracks. John Power dedicated Fine Time to the spirit of Jeremy Corbyn but had to deal with some political interaction from an audience member. He dedicated Walkaway to his heckler. The thing about festivals is you can get a mixture of political beliefs fuelled by beer. I’m glad this one blew over because the rest of the set was great. Cast are still a great live band and I recommend catching them on tour when you can.

Corbridge Festival for us, is a family favourite. There is plenty to do for children and great music galore. The price is a bargain when you see what bands charge for gigs in the larger venues in town. The weather definitely was the icing on the cake this year!

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Friday, 7 July 2017

#THEDELUDER LP gets an airing on tour with @RoddyWoomble @surfcafeTM Sat 08/07

(RELEASED 1st SEPT 2017)


RODDY WOOMBLE announces an extensive run of UK dates for 2017 as he prepares to tour his latest solo outing 'The Deluder', a follow on from "Remember You're a Woomble".....not really, sorry, couldn't resist, I'm sure he's never heard THAT before, groan.

Following on from the brooding, atmospheric 'Like Caruso' single in March and showcasing the diversity of his upcoming and highly anticipated fourth solo album ‘The Deluder’ - ’Jupiter’ sees Roddy and his band in a surreal & playful mood channeling both solo McCartney and Pavement, in a quirky, melodic and memorable pop song. 

On the new single ‘Jupiter’ Woomble says “ the song actually started out as something I was making up for (and with) my son, who is eight years old and quite interested in astronomy - working on it with my band, who are all adults, it developed and took on a new meaning; the emphasis, and hope we place in mysterious things we don’t fully understand. Constellations, Planets, astrology, the secrets we keep from each other, while still aiming to keep some of the fun, irreverent nature of the original idea, both in the music and lyrics" 

The video for the song was filmed in Berlin by director Oscar Sansom, a long standing collaborator with Roddy. 

‘The Deluder’ is released on September 1st on A Modern Way/Empty Words and is available to pre-order now from 

Roddy, who also fronts Scottish indie rock band Idlewild, who had eight acclaimed albums and three compilations, two of which charted in the UK top ten. They have released twelve UK top forty singles and have toured throughout the world, as a headline act, and also as support to REM, U2, Pearl Jam and the Rolling Stones amongst others. 

Live Dates


Sat 1st Iona Village Hall Music Festival, Isle of Iona
Sat 8th Tynemouth Surf Cafe, North Shields
Sat 22nd Deer Shed Festival, Asenby
Sun 23rd Underneath The Stars Festival, Sheffield 


Sun 20th Doune The Rabbit Hole, Doune 


Sat 2nd O2 Academy 2, Liverpool
Sun 3rd Moseley Folk Festival, Birmingham
Mon 4th Stage 2, Gateshead
Wed 6th The Boileroom, Guildford
Thur 7th Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea
Fri 8th 02 Academy 2, Oxford
Sun 10th Con Club, Lewes
Mon 11th Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate 


Sat 7th Mareel Arts Centre, Shetland
Thu 12th The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Fri 13th Pleasance, Edinburgh
Sat 14th City Halls, Glasgow
Mon 16th Birnam Arts Centre, Birnam
Tue 17th Deaf Institute, Manchester
Wed 18th Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Thu 19th The Musician, Leicester
Fri 20th Islington Assembly Hall, London
Sat 21st Thekla, Bristol
Sun 22nd The Globe, Cardiff
Tue 24th Brudnell Social Club, Leeds
Thu 26th Voodoo, Belfast
Sat 28th An Tobar, Isle of Mull 


#hiphop debut album from @TooManyTs #tourdates 11/10 @wearethinktank #newcastle

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The UK hip-hop duo - TOO MANY T’S - announce a huge UK tour to coincide with their debut album release this autumn.
Too Many T’s have built up a strong fan base with their electric performances and positive vibes stage shows, touring all over the UK over the last four years. They have supported some of hip-hop’s greats including Snoop Dogg, Big Daddy Kane, De La Soul and Public Enemy. But it’s now time for the T’s to step forward & take centre stage.

Listen to the new single - 'GOD SAVE THE T’S’ - 

September 2017 will see Too Many T’s long-awaited debut album released. Produced alongside Flux Pavilion and Odjbox, ‘South City’ is one of the freshest hip-hop albums to come out of the UK, with a high-energy sound that will appeal to music lovers around the globe.
The first exclusive elements of the album campaign to be revealed are the artwork and extensive UK tour dates. With brand new tracks, an even newer show, a ton of incredible videos and huge collaborations, these coming months will see the T’s cement themselves as one of the UK’s most electrifying acts.
“For us, this just feels like the beginning. To work for over two years on the album and for everything to finally come together, we couldn’t be more hyped to get out there and show people what we’ve been cooking.” Leon Rhymes, Too Many T’s

Tickets for Too Many T’s UK tour will be available on Friday 7th July at 10am via


Coming to @CityH4ll #newcastle the one and only @Status_Quo rock the old building's foundations! #Xmasgig

2017 Winter Tour Announcement

If the term ‘Status Quo’ can be defined as representing ‘the existing state of affairs’ then maybe the band, despite being known for 50 years for their no-nonsense winning formula, need a name change. For nothing has stayed the same for this iconic band over the last year.  Francis Rossi and the band have faced the retirement from live performance of the iconic Rick Parfitt, followed late last year by his tragic death, and have kept the flag flying, to honour his memory and the band’s commitments, and to bring the fans what they want and deserve. 

And it’s the fans that have prompted yet another change.  In late April the band announced their long-planned ‘Aquostic’ tour of the UK and immediately found themselves with a dilemma. The shift to ‘Aquostic’ tour had been deemed necessary as the inevitable rigours of the Electric set were considered to be too much for Rick to take on. Yet demand from fans for Electric shows was undiminished.  Taking into account all changed circumstances, and the band’s movement out of the cycle of the successful ‘Aquostic’ albums, a decision has been made to plug back in.  The renamed ‘PLUGGED IN – Live and Rockin!’ tour will now be fully Electric. This change applies to UK dates only.

Francis Rossi said, “This has been a year like no other.  In many ways the band has felt out of control.  Rick’s passing was a huge blow.  Much of what we had planned was envisaged initially to accommodate what would be right for him; those sands have obviously shifted.  Now everything has changed. 

The band is not the same - it can’t be and shouldn’t be – and the plan has changed too.  We’re still listening to the fans, we always have, and we’re hearing that this is what they still want.  We’re going to give it to them”.

PLUGGED IN – Live and Rockin!

Status Quo play Newcastle City Hall on Wed 6 Dec 2017 Tickets are from £49.00 and can be purchased at  or from the Theatre Royal Box office on 08448 11 21 21 (Calls cost 7ppm plus your phone company’s access charge).

Coming to @sage_Gateshead in September on their #Super #Tour the @PetShopBoys




Pet Shop Boys return to the UK with their Super Tour with 2 dates in Gateshead in September.

The Super Tour will see Pet Shop Boys perform songs from their acclaimed new album ‘Super’, as well as classic PSB hits and album tracks from over the past 30 years. The production is based on the Royal Opera House shows staged by designer Es Devlin and choreographer Lynne Page.

The Super Tour will visit Gateshead in September 2017:

September 2 - The Sage Gateshead
September 3 - The Sage Gateshead

    Further details at:

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

#VIRGINTRAINS #Sale Time – Seats from £5 until 11/7

Virgin Trains are pleased to announce that their seat sale goes live from  6th July until 23.59pm on 11th July 2017. 

Sale Time – Seats from £5

  • Birmingham to London one way from only £5
  • London to Manchester one way from only £11
  • London to Liverpool one way from only £11
  • London to Glasgow one way from only £18

Terms and Conditions
  • Promotional First and Standard Class Fares are available on selected Virgin Trains services only on the West Coast Mainline.
  • Promotional First and Standard Class fares available on and Virgin Trains app.
  • Subject to availability on specific services, and requested journeys cannot be guaranteed.
  • Promotional fares are available for booking between 6-11 July 2017 inclusive.
  • Promotional fares are available for travel between 21 July – 8 December 2017 inclusive.
  • Promotional fares available on First and Standard Class tickets.
  • Tickets are non-refundable, change of travel date and/or time is available up to the departure on payment of a £10 admin fee plus the difference of the new applicable fare.
  • Other discounts including Railcards and Group discounts do not apply.
  • Child discounts apply.

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Monday, 3 July 2017

#benefit night for #russianLGBTFederation with @Freshnet #TRBand and friends @Save_Ivy_House #nunhead

London show this Thursday
Tom Robinson plays benefit night for Russian LGBT groups

"Out 4A Good Time" will be a musical, comedic and poetic cabaret of earthly delights in support of the Russian LGBT Federation with The Barbafellas, Marcus Reeves, Peter Scott-Presland, Scott Capurro, Lee Forsyth Griffiths and Tom Robinson - as part of the Southwark LGBT Pride Festival.

About the performers:

BARBERFELLAS: An offshoot of the Pink Singers, specialising in spine-tingling close harmony, a capella singing and some very camp routines. Material ranges from musicals to gospel. This spring they are appearing/have appeared in Bologna, Hong Kong – and our own Dulwich Festival of Choirs.

MARCUS REEVES: A singer-songwriter of huge range and versatility, combining sharp lyrics, memorable tunes and a highly theatrical style. He has written musicals (‘Postcards from God’ on the life of Sister Wendy), poetry (‘Sighs Ten’) as well as several EPs, a benefit single ‘Russian Roulette’, and his first full-length CD ‘Quicksilver – the Masquerade Macabre’. ‘Art of Darkness’, a new EP, appears on May 26th. ‘A Genius, a maestro, a misfit’ – David Hoyle. ‘A New Tim Rice’ – Elaine Page.

PETER SCOTT-PRESLAND: The Vera Lynn of the Gay Movement (as it used to be) and almost Last Man Standing as far as early gay singer-songwriters are concerned. In May 1972 did his first original gay cabaret act, in a nasty beige frock, singing original songs to an audience of 300 drunken rugby players. He survived. Since then he has been playwright, librettist, journalist and historian; he has won two Edinburgh Fringe Firsts and been nominated twice for Best Musical. These he wrote with DAVID HARROD his long-time accompanist and writing partner, who appears with him tonight.

SCOTT CAPURRO: is an internationally renowned American comedian, writer and actor based in San Francisco.[1] His comedy material is deliberately provocative, referring often to gay life and culture, politics, race and racism, and popular culture.

LEE FORSYTH GRIFFTHS started as a young soul star from Moston, whose fiercely political debut album ‘Northern Songs’ still scores, 17 years after its release, unanimous 5-star reviews on Amazon. Following a 5-star barney with record producer Trevor Horn he retired from the music industry, only to return in 2007 with his incendiary ‘Armchair Anarchy’. ‘Hippy Dippy’ is a sardonic Mancunian riposte to the Sergeant Pepper generation, while ‘Scared’ is the poignant coming out song of a late developer. Dark satiric wit marries one of the best white soul voices around.

TOM ROBINSON: Tom wrote and sang the sound track of our gay lives from the mid-70s onward, with the original and best anthem, ‘Glad to Be Gay’, followed by ‘Never Going to Fall in Love Again’, co-written with Elton John. ‘2-4-6-8 Motorway’, ‘Don’t Take No for an Answer’ and ‘War Baby’ all had chart success; with his first album in 20 years, ‘Only the Now’, Tom has lost none of his politics, wit, anger or melodic gifts. Come and hear a uniquely talented voice of our community.

8pm-11pm Thursday 6 July 2017
Tickets £11 on the night or £10 in advance: via this link
‘Out 4A Good Time'’ is a benefit gig for Igor Kochetkov and the Russian LGBT Federation

The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, London SE15 3BE


Tom is also at Undercover Festival with our Imperial Leisure!

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