Thursday, 21 June 2018

Francis Rossi at Whitley Bay Playhouse

Francis Rossi 
Talks Too Much 
at Whitley Bay Playhouse

Legendary Status Quo lead singer Francis Rossi will share the extraordinary secrets of his 50-plus years in rock’n’roll when he takes to the stage for an intimate evening.

In Francis Rossi: I Talk Too Much, the founder, lead singer and lead guitarist of Status Quo will talk about his mishaps and adventures of life on the road with one of the biggest and most loved bands ever.

Francis is a true member of British Rock Royalty. He sang the first words at Live Aid in 1985, survived the obligatory rock’n’roll brush with alcohol and drugs, was awarded an OBE in 2010 and has a BRIT for his Outstanding Contribution to Music. His band has sold more than 120 million records globally.

Expect laughter, revelations, tales involving some of the giants of music, exclusive video clips, snatches of classic tunes and a great night out.

Rossi will be joined on stage by award-winning writer and broadcaster Mick Wall, who has sold more than 1 million books.

Tickets are available, priced £25 PLUS BOOKING FEES and £32.50 PLUS BOOKING FEES for VIPs, who get seats in the front rows, an exclusive VIP lanyard and photograph.

Tickets on sale 22/6/18 from our affiliate EVENTIM

Monday, 18 June 2018

WeatheredMan presents a "beautiful car crash of style and influences" in his upcoming release of C-30 Duets

About the new artist on the Jowheretogo roster:

WeatheredMan has been Nominated for “Best UK Solo Act 2018” by Pure M Magazine alongside luminaries such as Zayn Malik, Kate Tempest, Adam Ant and Gaz Coombes.

Band/Artist: WeatheredMan - C-30 Duets Vol. 1
Location: Leeds, UK
Styles: Indie, Alternative
Similar to: Jack White and Alicia Keys, Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue, Bing Crosby and David Bowie, Frank and Nancy Sinatra
Release date: July 2018
Accolades: SXSW 2017, UK tour completed in autumn 2017 supporting Half Man Half Biscuit 


WeatheredMan is a new project from the man who brought you modern mariachi masters Roja. All the tracks are duets with people who are from the other musical side of the tracks. Think Nick Cave and Kylie, Jack White and Alicia Keys or even Bing Crosby and David Bowie. A beautiful car crash of style and influences…

There are not many projects in the history of popular music that bring together a primary school teacher from Leeds and globally recognisable singers and celebrities. How Aaron Paul and several other proper pop stars ended up as the vocalists on the debut EP from WeatheredMan is a story that warrants telling as both inspiration to all those who strive to make music in adversity and the rare dreamers who dare to think big.

Simon Bradshaw, who is WeatheredMan, is happy to recognise he has been around the musical block – hence the project’s name. A series of bands and projects that saw him garner critical appreciation but, in his own words, only really added to ‘a pile of CDs cluttering up my garage’ failed to dim his enthusiasm for making music. Possessed of that unique ability to continue to see positives that is the hallmark of those who do make it, he hatched the idea for this new project whilst holding down a real job, leading to a dual life that got more bizarre as things progressed. 

Weathered Man would travel across the landscape of popular music, matching the talents of its vocalists to a clutch of songs inspired, at heart, by soul in its purest sense. The dream cast list, a collection of global Top 10 singers and up and coming UK voices, would contribute to a project that would match Simon’s dream duets; the panache of McAlmont and Butler, the style of Nick Cave and Kylie, the soul of Jack White and Alicia Keys. Sat in a bedroom studio in Yorkshire, the call outs were made through a network of contacts collected over the years augmented by some, frankly, arm chancing phone calls. Weeks later an EP was a reality and Simon was sat with 300 vocal takes sent down the wires from New York City, Atlanta, Manchester and Berlin. A series of 3am weekday finishes that would punish anyone, let alone someone confronted by a room full of pre-teens mere hours later, delivered both the completed tracks and the accompanying videos - films which makes both the visual disparity of this collaboration and its artistic closeness apparent.
Quotes about WeatheredMan:

"That was fantastic - it was wonderful, melodic and uplifting. He is actually a songwriter that can move people a lot...and what he has written there is quite rare..."- Peter Hook about Simon Bradshaw on BBC TV’s UK’s Best Part- Time Band

“The song is so darn excellent…my advice is: check it out. You’ll like it. Simply because they’re so good…” Randall Radic, The Huffington Post

“Their sound is like none I’ve ever heard, yet one I want to hear more of…really there is nothing even similar to it out there.” Eileen Shapiro, Louder than War

“Full of charisma and stylistic polish.” - Mike Mineo, Obscure Sound

“This is a powerhouse alternative rocker that just oozes cool. I am absolutely in love with this cut and hope to hear more from this act.” - G.W. Hill, Music Street Journal

“Pulls from diverse influences to create a universe of genre-blending magic.” - Jessica Golich,

“If you’re familiar with Mariachi El Bronx (or) Mariachi music in general, Roja won’t be completely foreign to your ears, but the band really does bring more indie rock, alternative, and even theatrical elements to the formula that essentially sets it apart from any of the aforementioned references.” - Substream Magazine

This project features: 

WeatheredMan - Frontman and singer/songwriter with mariachi legends Roja. Festivals included South by Southwest (Austin, Texas) with Franz Ferdinand, The Great Escape (UK) with Graham Coxon, Liverpool International Music Festival (UK), UK/European tours including supporting Half Man Half Biscuit at London Shepherds Bush Empire. Finalists in the BBC TV series UK’s Best Part-Time Band and mentored by Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order). Nominated for Best UK Solo Act by Pure M Magazine 2018.

Aaron Paul is a pop-dance solo artist who was previously a part of the teen boy pop group Worlds Apart who had a chart run of over 5 top 30 UK singles, including "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel," "Everlasting Love," "Wonderful World," and their biggest hit "Could it be I'm Falling in Love.” Simon Cowell was so impressed by his pure voice and natural performance skills, he positioned him as the front man for Worlds Apart. Aaron is now living and rocking the celebrity lifestyle in NYC.

Hailing from the cityscapes of Atlanta, R&B/Jazz and Soul/Pop Recording Artist, Danii Roundtree, has acquired a devoted fan base and made a name for herself throughout the jazz scene. She graced the stage at the 40th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival. She will also be performing at many lucrative shows this year, in support of "Memoirs" (her debut album) official release.

Best known for her hot singles with superstar DJ Paul Van Dyke, Trisha McTeague has worked with a huge range of amazing people as session vocalist, songwriting collaborator and support act, including Neil Finn, Ronan Keating, Natalie Imbruglia, Ricky Ross, Narada Michael Walden, Nile Rodgers, Lionel Richie and many more.
Her song ‘One of These Days’ (‘Onaji Te’) is featured on the Number One selling album in Japan by Yuki, ‘Ureshikutte Dakiau Yo’.

LeeSun is a indie songstress based in Leeds. Born in Seoul. Grew up in Canada. Now in the UK. Absolutely bonkers (but in a good way). Bonkers in a not-so-good way if deprived of regular times of solitude in beautiful and peaceful spaces.

Kim Jennett - also known as The Voodoo Woman - is the lead singer of Manchester metal band Voodoo Blood. Fresh from playing at Bloodstock, her and the band are due to release their debut single this year.

Band - Robert Hough (drums), Aidan McFall (bass), Jack Chandler (sax), Jon Scully (trumpet)


Production: Simon Bradshaw and Mark Walker

Tracklisting for C-30 Duets: 

1. Hand in my pocket (+ Aaron Paul), 2. Too much to say I love you (+ Danii Roundtree), 3. Salty Dish (+ LeeSun), 4. Party (+ Kim Jennett), 5. Rock Karaoke (+ Trisha McTeague)


Artist contact:
Press contact:

Music videos:

Hand in my Pocket


Salty Dish

Rock Karaoke

Link to the trailer for the Roja’s appearance on the BBC TV show:

Link to Simon’s writing (published in The Sabotage Times) about some of the most influential Mariachi singers of all time:

Monday, 11 June 2018

Bill Bailey: Larks In Transit


“A genuine marvel” The Herald Sun in Melbourne

“Virtuoso…Comedy’s Mozart” The Sunday Times

“Joyous, playful, effortlessly funny” Time Out

“A mind to thrill – breathtaking” Metro

“Bailey cuts a world-beating swathe all of his own” Evening Standard

Larks in Transit is a compendium of travelers’ tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling comedian. With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, Bill Bailey tackles politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness. Plus, he fashions a symphony from a ringtone, tells the real story of Old McDonald, and a re-imagines the Stars and Stripes. Two decades of touring larks from a comic described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘the brainiest comic of his generation’.

Tickets will go on sale 10.00am Thursday 14th June and are available online, from the booking hotline number 0844 493 6666 or in person from the Metro Radio Arena Box Office. Please note venue facility and booking fees will apply.

Tickets are available from:-
Credit Card Booking and Information Line 0844 493 6666
The Metro Radio Arena Newcastle Box Office (Mon – Fri: 10.00am – 4.00pm, Sat: 11.00am – 2.30pm)
Internet Site:-
Group Bookers should call (0191) 260 6006
Accessible Bookings should call 0333 344 6250 for further details

Victoria Jones in the role of Cilla performing songs including ‘You’re My World’ and ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’

‘Cilla & The Shades of the 60s’
Tuesday 18th September 2018

This stunning and elegant review of the life of Cilla Black soars its way through the 60s.

Starring Victoria Jones in the role of Cilla performing songs including ‘You’re My World’ and ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’ while the Shades trio swing through a decade of hits by Cilla’s friends and co-stars such as ‘I Only Want to be With You’ and ‘River Deep Mountain High’.
The effervescent Victoria & the gorgeous Shades trio rediscover one of music’s most defining eras. They follow the life & career of the iconic Cilla Black while their stories reflect on some of the biggest 60s stars.

Featuring brand new arrangements of music from artists including the Beatles and Dusty Springfield. An unforgettable show that journeys its way through Cilla’s life and brings audiences to their feet in celebration.Relive the 60s in style and come to see the girl power show that is delighting audiences all over the UK.

 Tickets cost £21.00 full price, £19.00 concession & are available now.

Tickets can be purchased from the Box Office, open from Monday–Friday 10am- 4pm, Saturday 10.30am–2.30pm plus until show start on event days. Tickets can also be purchased on the booking hotline 0844 248 1588* or online at

*Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.



Hot on the heels of their special guest slot to Guns n' Roses at Download Festival this weekend, BLACK STONE CHERRY are excited to announce a UK headline tour for this December.  

The Kentucky boys tell us, "As many people know, the UK holds a special place in the hearts of BSC.  The culture, the history, the music, and most importantly THE FANS!  We absolutely cannot wait to come back to what we consider our second home this winter to play some music for y’all!  We’ll be turning up the heat across 8 different arenas and we plan to bring a musical experience that we hope inspires you as much as you all inspire us!  Joining us on this tour are our buddies in The Cadillac Three and Monster Truck.  So, needless to say it’s gonna be a southern fried, rock n' roll revival!  See ya soon!"

Tickets will go on sale 9.00am Friday 15th June and are available online, from the booking hotline number 0844 493 6666 or in person from the Metro Radio Arena Box Office. Please note venue facility and booking fees will apply.

Tickets are available from:-
Credit Card Booking and Information Line 0844 493 6666
The Metro Radio Arena Newcastle Box Office (Mon – Fri: 10.00am – 4.00pm, Sat: 11.00am – 2.30pm)
Internet Site:-
Group Bookers should call (0191) 260 6006

One Month until the Tall Ships Races, Sunderland


The final countdown has begun for The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.

From 10-14 July, the city of Sunderland will host the UK’s largest, free family event: a five-day festival of beautiful ships, circus, theatre and music.

And with just one month to go, organisers have revealed the scale of the event in numbers – and the economic impact it is expected to have on the city.

Fifty-five ships from 16 countries are now making final preparations before setting sail for Sunderland –  with one ship, the Tarangini, facing a 3,600-nautical mile journey.

One of the largest ships taking part is Christian Radich from Norway, at 73m long and 33.6.m high, which featured in the BBC TV drama The Onedin Line in the 1970s, while the smallest is the Wyvern at just 13m.

Along with their crews of 466 experienced international sailors, 152 young sail trainees from Sunderland will join ships on Friday 13 July.

They will also join the 1000-strong Crew Parade through Sunderland on Thursday 12 July from 3pm to 4.00pm and later take part in the first leg of the Races, to Esbjerg, Denmark, gaining a raft of practical and personal skills and the experience of a lifetime.

As host port for the event, Sunderland has laid on its biggest ever, free public festival – spread across four event zones; the Port of Sunderland (Zone A), the Town Moor and East End (Zone B), St Peter’s Riverside (Zone C) and Roker and Seaburn Seafront (Zone 4).

There will be a massive 200 performances of theatre, circus and music – from school choirs, brass bands and local bands such as The Lake Poets and Smoove and Turrell to international performance artists and a high-wire spectacular from Cirque Bijou.

233 Wearsiders have signed up as volunteer Event Makers advising the estimated 1.5m visitors what to see, where to see it and how to get there.


And 250 bars and catering concessions will be on hand selling everything from coffee and crepes to pints and pizza.

Among the many businesses supporting The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 is Tyne and Wear Metro operator Nexus. Customer services director Huw Lewis, said: "I'm looking forward to a party atmosphere that extends up from the docks and right through the city.

“The Tall Ships Races is about opening Sunderland up to visitors from all over the world and celebrating the city as a meeting place of cultures.

“We'll be playing our part by bringing visitors from across North East England on Metro throughout the event."

Councillor John Kelly, Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for Communities and Culture agreed the event is a superb opportunity to showcase the city to a wide audience – and it is also expected to generate £30m for the city’s economy.

“The city has absolutely pulled out all the stops for this,” he said. “It is a hugely prestigious international event and we intend to make the region proud.”

For full details of the event programme and more information about The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018, visit follow on Twitter @TallShipsSund or Facebook at: Tall Ships Races Sunderland.


With so much to see and enjoy, planning is essential and here are some top tips for visitors.

Travel Tips

1.  We are expecting the Park & Ride and Park & Walk sites to be very busy in the evening when the days’ events are finished so please allow for possible delays in your return journey.

2.  When travelling back to the Park & Ride sites, ensure that you are at the correct pick-up point to get you to the correct car park.

3.  For regular traffic updates throughout the Tall Ships event listen to BBC Newcastle 95.4FM and Sun FM on 103.4FM.

5.  If you are travelling by rail, please check the timetables to make sure you don’t miss your last train.

6.  As there is a possibility of congestion on the roads, be prepared and make sure you bring along water, food and other essentials and allow plenty of time for your journey.

Entertainment Tips

1.  There are two nights of fireworks, at 21.30hrs on 11th and 12th July, which will fire from the East side of the Port. Fireworks will also be incorporated into the artistic performance taking place 2100-2200hrs on 13th July, which will take place over the river just East of Wearmouth Bridge – this will be best viewed from Event Zone C.

2.  All events and exhibitions are free unless otherwise stated.

General Tips:

1.  Travel light and leave big bags at home – people may be searched by stewards on entry.

2.  Dogs are not permitted in Event Zone A (except for assistance dogs). Well behaved dogs, on a lead, are allowed on Event Zones B and C.

3.  If the weather is hot don’t forget to bring sun screen and drink plenty of water.

4.  The Official Souvenir Event Guide and Official Merchandise are available to purchase throughout the Event Zones at the merchandise trailers.

5. The event zones cover a large area of the city, stay comfortable with appropriate footwear, and the event is expected to be very busy, so there is likely to be queues in a number of places.

Access Tips

1.  A British Sign Language Interpreter will be available at the Information Point on Event Zone A.

2.  The Class A ship Lord Nelson is specifically built to provide access throughout for people with disabilities including wheelchair users, it has flat wide decks and powered lifts. There is also a speaking compass and bright track radar, induction loop and vibrator alarms. Lord Nelson is moored at QE2 Berth at the South of Hudson Dock – visitors with limited mobility should be advised to that this is the only ship that can offer them the opportunity to attend ‘open ship’.

3.  Accessible toilets are available in each toilet location around the Event Zones.  National Glass Centre located in Event Zone C has an adult changing facility, as does Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens in the City Centre.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Review: Toyah at O2 Academy Newcastle 09/06/2018

Review: Toyah at The O2 Academy 09/06/2018

Stephanie Clift opened the show with her country pop that harkened back to a Stevie Nicks style. As a three piece they were joined by Larry Love and Nick Reynolds of Alabama 3 for some songs and this was clearly lots of fun onstage.  Slow Dance, written by guitarist Mark revealed a real fragility in Stephanie's voice. Stephanie has a good set of catchy country pop songs, definitely worth checking out.

Toyah emerged covered in gold.  Good Morning Universe was the opening number, an ageless classic. Toyah had a sparkle in her eye and energy that belies her 60 years.
Next, from album AnthemWe Are. Toyah's introduction suggested it should have been a single. Very in the vein of 8th Day, by Hazel O'Connor.

Her cover of Echo Beach was, in our opinion, better than the Martha And The Muffins original.
Inroducing Thunder in the Mountains, Toyah mentions the mad 80s videos. This song got some early audience participation. Toyah told us about Neon Womb, which was written 40 years ago whilst filming with Katherine Hepburn. Being lonely in hotel rooms as a young woman inspired this claustrophobic track. Next was Rebel Run and then a song for those who got into trouble with their mothers for dying their hair pink:  Be Proud Be Loud ( Be Heard). Toyah is wonderfully eccentric and loved by the appreciative audience as she twirls and takes a bow at the end.

She described the next song from the album Anthem, as being for the dispossessed: Jungles of Jupiter. She followed Brave New World with the Nancy Sinatra cover. These Boots Are Made For Walking, from her time in The Humans. This was a song she used to sing to get out of washing up when she was six.

Toyah is now a Dr of media. Dr Toyah Willcox:  giving lectures in university, she told us.  More from Toyah's vast back-catalogue: Our Movie, Race Through Space and Obsolete: song written to keep punks on board. Quite a high pitched vocal but Toyah easily copes. We were loving the small chats between each song setting the scene behind it.
From Anthem, the song that changed her live for ever: Its a Mystery prompting a big sing along
From touring Vampires Rock on stage Toyah covered Billy Idol Rebel Yell. With audience singing "more more more".

From the In the Court Of The Crimson Queen album was the classic Sensation exploiting Toyah's admirable vocal range.
The song banned in Belfast: Danced had the audience moving their feet enthusiastically, and the set ended wit the hugely popular I Want To Be Free.
As a kind-of encore Toyah performed a strange song written at that strange time of life, 50: Little Tears Of Love, and the final song, and early single Ieya. 

While other 80s star were doing short sets in front of assembled deckchairs in South Tyneside, Toyah held court for at least 90 minutes. Still full of energy, Toyah puts the young stars of today to shame.

Words and photos: Joanne Oliver for Jowheretogo and Carliol Photography

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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Tony Iommi to attend the Whitley Bay Film Festival for screening of "The End of The End"

Black Sabbath Legend Headlines Film Festival Rock Weekend.

Tony Iommi, Black Sabbath's acclaimed lead guitarist, will be the guest at a screening of Black Sabbath’s landmark documentary ‘The End Of The End’ on 19th August 2018. The movie's celebrated director Dick Carruthers will also be a guest. The Rock Music weekend takes place at The Exchange in North Shields, hosted by the Whitley Bay Film Festival and presented by music historian and author Chris Phipps.

Selling over 100 million records worldwide, the Black Sabbath guitarist has forged his place in music history as the "Master of Metal." Festival Director Ema Lea said, “We’re hugely honoured to welcome such a legend as Tony Iommi. His music has been massively influential and popular, particularly to people in the north-east. Tony will be talking about his life and times and the importance of the documentary which captures the band's homecoming final gig".

Chris Phipps said, “The band took their name from the Boris Karloff 1963 horror classic film "Black Sabbath". directed by Mario Bava. They were intrigued by the fact that people actually paid to be frightened - as would their audiences for decades to come!.” (also scheduled to be screened during the festival).

Led Zeppelin, who debuted as The New Yardbirds in Newcastle 50 years ago, get the big screen treatment on Saturday 18th with their reunion epic "Celebration Day" following an exclusive interview and Q and A with its director Dick Carruthers , whose C.V. includes work with The Rolling Stones, Oasis, Led Zeppelin and many other music greats.

The Whitley Bay Film Festival is no stranger rock stars. In 2015, they screened Ken Russell's‘  Tommy’ at the Whitley Bay Playhouse and were joined by a guest appearance from The Who singer Roger Daltrey. The full festival programme, now in its ninth year, will be announced at the start of July.

Tickets for the Film Festival Rock events (18th and 19th Aug) are available to buy online from 4th June on the Whitley Bay Film Festival website

Further ticket outlets will be announced on the website shortly.

The Whitley Bay Film Festival 2018  17th August – 1st Sep
(The full 2018 programme to be announced beginning of July)

For Further Information please contact:

Ema lea, Director, Whitley bay Film Festival 0191 2904126  /  07951 403559

Simon Fitzpatrick, Assistant director 07951 719614



Monday, 4 June 2018

Paul Young No Parlez 35th Anniversary Tour

Paul Young: 35 Years of ‘No Parlez’ Tour
Wednesday 10th October 2018

Everyone’s favourite 80’s crooner Paul Young is back on tour, performing his much loved album No Parlez in celebration of 35 years since its release. Paul will visit Newcastle’s Tyne Theatre & Opera House on Wednesday 10th October.

No Parlez was Paul’s debut album. It reached number 1 in the UK charts in 1983 for 5 weeks and fast became triple Platinum. The album produced Paul’s first UK number 1 single – The Marvin Gaye cover of Wherever I Lay My Hat and hits Come Back & Stay & Love of The Common People. The album also features a cover of Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart. 

Originally in early 80’s band Q-Tips, Paul Young went solo in the 80’s and his career took off with No Parlez and further top 10 hits such as Everytime You Go Away & Everything Must Change. 

He is also a Brit Award winner for Best Male vocalist, sings the opening lines on the original Band Aid Single Feed The World and performed at Live Aid in 1984. Paul is a keen chef, biker and fan of all things Mexicana! A family man, always happy to be touring his classic hits as a solo artist or with his  Tex Mex/ Americana band ‘Los Pacaminos’ 

Further information on Paul Young & his career can be found here:

Theatre Director Joanne Johnson says: “Paul Young joins an ever-expanding music programme at Tyne Theatre, our line-up also includes the likes of Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, The Feeling, Afro Celt Sound System and loads more. I’m especially excited to see Paul Young – he was one of my favourites when I was growing up!”

Tickets are priced £43 platinum, £30.50 standard, £20.50 restricted view

Friends of the Theatre have access to a ticket pre-sale now. The Friends Club can be joined via the Tyne Theatre website:

Tickets on general sale Monday 4th June from 9am

The Tyne Theatre & Opera House Box Office is open 10am-3:30pm Monday to Friday and event days
Booking and Information Line: 0844 2491 000 (10am – 6pm Monday to Friday)
More information at our Website:
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Theatre Address: 109 – 119 Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 4AG

Sunday, 3 June 2018





Playing to more people in more markets than any other, THE NEW YORK NIGHT TRAIN SOUL CLAP & DANCE-OFF is the 21st Century’s most popular and prolific soul party and hits the UK for a run of shows throughout June. Full dates as follows:

Fri 1        Lewes (Brighton)- The Con Club
Sat 2    Euston-Red Rooster Festival
Sun 3    Southend-The Railway Hotel
Wed 6    Glasgow-Broadcast   
Thrs 7    Newcastle-TheCluny   
Fri 8        Leeds-The Brudenell Social Club
Sat 9    London-The 100 Club

Tickets available here:


A night of dancing to Jonathan Toubin’s original 60s raw soul 45s interrupted by a short but elaborate dance contest in the middle determined by a collection of local judges, The Clap is also unique because of its flamboyant DJ, its rambunctious aesthetic, and its anomalous audience. Incubating his party in 2007 far removed from the constraints of typical soul subcultures at Williamsburg’s Glasslands Gallery, Toubin and his art/punk audience organically learned together how to play and dance to soul 45s in their own way and in the process developed a new approach to the music in their monthly sessions.

By 2008 strangers were discovering The Clap as it developed into a sold out monthly local tradition. By 2009 it was an international party. And through the years of appearances at dozens of major music festivals, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Park, and hundreds of nights in dozens of worldwide markets, the Soul Clap has grown to play to over a thousand revelers monthly at its current residency at Bushwick’s Elsewhere and to headlines large venues everywhere from LA’s Regent and DC’s Howard Theater to Syndey’s Town Hall and Athens’ Stavros Niarchos Park Great Lawn.

Last March the party celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a Toubin-curated soul revue featuring Irma Thomas, Archie Bell, David Johansen, John Batiste, King Khan, Joe Bataan Orchestra, Maxine Brown, Young Jessie, Baby Washington, Ural Thomas, and Nick Waterhouse and continues this to feature performances by the likes of Sun Ra Arkestra, Miss Lavelle White, La Luz, and Kool Keith.



Jonathan Toubin and  Daddy Long Legs befriended one another in the mid-2000s as fixtures on the punk edge of the rapidly gentrifying but fertile Williamsburg/Downtown music scene. By the end of the decade Toubin was turning his roughest toughest sixties 45s and throwing sweaty New York Night Train underground parties like the Soul Clap and Dance-Off across a spectrum of North Brooklyn art spaces and warehouses. At the same time three members of Electric Shadows and Stalkers joined forces to explore the primal edge of the electric blues as Daddy Long Legs.

Both entities employed their punk approach to soul and blues territories respectively to create something new. As escalating rent and cultural blandness sent the majority of their friends and lovers packing for LA, upstate New York, or back home, Toubin and Daddy Long Legs stayed planted in the city they love – consistently working and playing all over town year after year from dusk ‘til dawn to keep the subterranean spirit, wild aesthetic, and raw power of rock and soul alive for a new generation.

While the two voraciously touring entities have been co-billed dozens of times in the tri-state area, in Nashville, and at South By Southwest (where The Clap is the annual official closing party), their May/June 2018 European invasion marks the first time they’ve combined forces on a tour. Since Daddy Long Legs’ four full-lengths and Toubin’s five “Souvenirs of the Soul Clap” compilations appeared on the legendary Norton Records, the label’s larger-than-life much-missed co-proprietor Billy Miller initially suggested a Norton caravan featuring both entities. While their king has since departed, his knights, at the peak of their powers from years of relentless globetrotting, get in the van to take the loud sound on the road and give fans a glimpse of how they do their thing back home.

Watch Motorcycle Madness by Daddy Long Legs (Live on Canal +)





IMPERIAL LEISURE: still average and on tour to celebrate 10 years since The Art Of Saying Nothing

Imperial Leisure Are Still Average - Back on tour in 2018
New Tour! New Album! New Video!

Imperial Leisure Are Still Average - Back on tour in 2018

...and here it is, the first headline tour from Imperial Leisure for almost three years hits the UK this autumn. It has been an intrepid time for the band in recent years, marred by serious illness while also dealing with the pressures of family life but as ever when duty calls Imperial Leisure bring the fire. 

2018 sees the ten year anniversary of the release of The Art Of Saying Nothing, the debut album from these ska embracing hiphop-punksters. The band will be celebrating the milestone of its acclaimed release with an extensive UK tour spanning long weekends throughout October and into November. The tour will be preceded by some spot appearances on the festival circuit this summer and will coincide with the release of a new album featuring brand new tracks along with previously released and unreleased classic material remixed and mastered for your listening pleasure - we hear they might even throw in a few live recordings in for good measure. 

And there’s more! Imperial Leisure are currently working hard, putting the finishing touches to their next official music video Rrrrrollin, shot in most part at The Ski World Championships in Norway. The video plays out around the snowy mountain top resort of Kvitfjell Norway, featuring mermaids, snowboarding, jacuzzis and beer pong, what else?? The video and single download available later this spring.

Working with O2 Academy and live agents Diplomats of Sound, we present to you the Imperial Leisure 10 year anniversary tour, coming to you in 2018.

4th October - Guildford - The Star Inn:

5th October - Oxford, O2 Academy: O2 Priority Customers: 
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6th October - London, O2 Academy Islington : O2 Priority Customers :
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7th October - Kent, The Junction:

11th October - Glasgow, Nice ‘N’ Sleazy

12th October - Birmingham, O2 Academy Birmingham : O2 Priority Customers:

13th October - Newcastle, O2 Newcastle: O2 Priority Customers:

14th October - Leeds, Hi Fi :

19th October - Exeter, The Cavern:

20th October - Winchester, Railway Inn:

26th October - Cheltenham, Frog and Fiddle:

9th November - Bristol, The Exchange:

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Chainska Brassika coming to Newcastle and ON TOUR


 “Well, they got me going in the studio, I can tell you… I think that is absolutely brilliant” - David Rodigan MBE on BBC Radio 2

“Chainska is one of the most impressive and promising upcoming acts in the Reggae/Ska genre that I have seen or heard in a while" - The Skatalites

CHAINSKA BRASSIKA are hitting the road this November for a UK headline tour.

Chainska Brassika are pleased to announce they will be heading out on a UK tour in November. The band will be visiting some of their favourite cities and bringing their trademark good time vibes with them.

London based 8-piece Chainska Brassika are firm party-starting favourites, rocking crowds from Glastonbury to Notting Hill Carnival and Rototom Sunplash to Outlook. Regularly found opening for 2-Tone legends Madness, Chainska are at the forefront of the new UK Ska movement. Their high-energy live show has taken the band to some of the Ska & Reggae world’s biggest stages, spreading their contagious horn driven anthems across the UK, mainland Europe and and even on a full blown tour of Jamaica.

Their latest album ‘Harry J Business’ was recorded at Harry J Studios in Kingston with double Grammy award winning producer Stephen Stewart. The album featured a rare guest performance from reggae legend Toots Hibbert of Toots & The Maytals, and has gained major airplay across BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 Music & BBC Radio 1xtra. The album gained a 6-page review in the world's biggest Reggae magazine 'Festiville' and got them invited to showcase at SXSW Festival in Texas.

With their classic Ska sound backed up by a dynamite brass section, Chainska Brassika continue to win over new fans and delight their faithful following with their undeniable crowd pleasing formula.

Chainska Brassika, finish their November UK tour on a high with an extremely special home coming show at Islington's The Garage.

November 10th will see a celebration of the 21st century Ska and Reggae scene with a line up brimming full with todays stars. Alongside Chainska Brassika are Essex's own Death of Guitar Pop whose current single features none other than the original rude boy, Neville Staple. Kicking off the live performances will be the Chainska tour support and festival favourites, Bare Jams, with their "organic and freshly brewed party vibes".

It wouldn't be a Roots party without some mighty fine selectors playing the finest cuts and the deejays spinning are worthy headliners in their own right. Josh from London's own Reggae band The Skints will be joining the party. As will Island Records artist and yet another Londoner, KIKO BUN. Finishing the bill are Ska Beat Soul playing strictly original heavyweight  Jamaican vinyl to make sure we all remember where it all started.

A celebration of 21st Century Ska & Reggae


Chainska Brassika

Death of Guitar Pop

Bare James

DJ Sets:

Josh fro The Skints


Ska Beat Soul

Saturday 10th November 8pm-2am

The Garage, Highbury & Islington - London

UK Tour Dates

01/11 - Newcastle Cluny 

02/11 - Glasgow Hug & Pint 

03/11 - Birmingham Castle & Falcon

04/11 - Manchester Deaf Institute

06/11 - Southampton Joiners

07/11 - Brighton Hope & Ruin

09/11 - Norwich Arts Centre

10/11 - London The Garage





Tom Robinson on Tour 2018

TOM ROBINSON: 18-date tour in October

18-date UK tour now confirmed, performing the 1978 debut TRB album Power In The Darkness all the way through. As usual the band lineup is Adam Phillips (gtr), Andy Treacey (drums), Professor Jim Simmons (keys) and TR (bass) - wth Lee Forsyth Griffiths as special guest on all dates.

Wed 03 Oct NORWICH: Epic Studios

Thu 04 Oct GREAT TORRINGTON: Plough Arts

Fri 05 Oct LYME REGIS: Marine Theatre

Tue 09 Oct BARTON ON HUMBER: Ropery Hall

Wed 10 Oct BIRMINGHAM: Glee Club

Thu 11 Oct MANCHESTER: Band On The Wall

Fri 12 Oct DUBLIN: Whelans

Sat 13 Oct BELFAST: Elmwood Hall

Tue 16 Oct LEEDS: Brudenell

Wed 17 Oct GATESHEAD: Sage

Thu 18 Oct GLASGOW: King Tuts

Fri 19 Oct LIVERPOOL: Philharmonic

Sat 20 Oct SOUTHAMPTON: The 1865

Tue 23 Oct CANTERBURY: Festival

Wed 24 Oct BRISTOL: The Fleece

Thu 25 Oct CARDIFF: The Globe

Fri 26 Oct OXFORD: Bullingdon

Sat 27 Oct LONDON: Shepherds Bush Empire

The Tom Robinson Band’s debut album Power In The Darkness was first performed 40 years ago in Victoria Park, London in front of 80,000 people at Rock Against Racism’s Carnival Against The Nazis alongside Steel Pulse, The Clash and X-Ray Spex. The album was certified gold resulting in a landmark UK tour supported by Stiff Little Fingers in the Autumn of 1978. To mark the 40th anniversary of those shows, Tom will once again be performing Power In The Darkness on an 18-date UK tour – culminating in a headline gig at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Saturday October 27th.

Tom Robinson first became known in 1977 as a musician, LGBT activist and anti-racist campaigner with the Tom Robinson Band (TRB) whose debut release 2-4-6-8 Motorway became one of the landmark singles of the UK punk era. Other well-known songs at the time included Glad To Be Gay, Up Against The Wall and Too Good To Be True.

Tom later co-wrote songs with both Peter Gabriel and Elton John and had further solo hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio. His 15th studio album Only The Now (2015) included guest appearances by Billy Bragg, Nadine Shah, John Grant, Ian McKellen, TV Smith, Lisa Knapp and Martin Carthy.

As a radio broadcaster Tom hosts three shows a week on BBC Radio 6 Music, served for 10 years on the Ivor Novello Awards committee and was awarded a fellowship of LIPA in recognition of his support for new music with BBC Introducing.

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And finally...
There's one festival appearance for the band this summer:
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And tthe War Baby: Hope & Glory album has been temporarily removed from Spotify and iTunes. The reason for this is that all my solo albums 1982-2015 (including Home From Home) are due to be launched on all streaming services this summer. In the meantime, they are all still available on my Bandcamp page. We will also be announcing a new live double album for release this Autumn. Watch this space....

Finally, in case you know anyone who might be struggling with depression or other mental health issues in these difficult times, I've posted an article on this subject (with a link to Mind, the mental health charity) at Fresh On The Net here:

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