Feb
24
Sat
U2UK-The U2 Tribute Show
Feb 24 @ 8:15 pm

THE U2 TRIBUTE SHOW..

UK, Malta, Belgium, Ireland, Holland, Beirut, Isle Of Man, Algarve, Azores. Jersey, Romania
Welcome to the home of Europe’s Premiere U2 Tribute Show – U2UK

U2UK have won the hearts of U2 fans all over by performing in Europe and beyond, including U2’s after show party at the Heineken Stadium for two consecutive nights on the Dutch leg of the Vertigo Tour.

Over their thirteen year history, they have played to audiences all over the world, from Beirut, Romania, Portugal, Spain, Malta, Azores, Ireland, Cyprus, Sweden, Holland, Belgium and of course all over the UK, and to crowds from as intimate as one hundred to over ten thousand; it’s easy to see why U2UK are Europe’s Premiere U2 Tribute Show

Performing songs spanning four decades of some of the greatest rock anthems ever written, U2UK recreates the most captivating moments of the tours which have earned U2 their reputation as ‘The World’s Greatest Rock Band’.

We have a hard earned reputation for giving an explosive live performance and the positive feedback we get from the audience members we chat to after the shows, really makes us feel proud of what we have acheived

In addition to the tours, the theatre shows, private and corporate events and the festivals both in the UK and abroad, U2UK have appeared two years running at the Ahoy stadium in Rotterdam a stadium that U2 themselves have played on several occasions. They also appeared alongside U2 in a double-page feature in the internationally renowned ‘Q’ magazine.

High profile gigs for U2UK include European stadium shows, huge summer festivals in the UK and abroad, a tour of the UK’s finest racecourse venues including Bath, Lingfield, Newark, Sandown and Royal Windsor, and corporate events for clients such as Noel Fitzpatrick, Channel 4’s world renowned Bionic Vet, the Isle of man TT races, Carling, Heineken, Ducati, ING Bank and Egg Finance… and to top it all played in front of a volcano on Pico Island in the Azores!

Tickets:  £10.00

Doors: 7.45 pm

 

Mar
3
Sat
The Joni Mitchell Songbook
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Both Sides Now presents The Joni Mitchell Songbook.

Of all the leading lights of the West Coast singer-songwriter movement, Joni Mitchell remains its most influential figure, with a body of work running the gamut from folk to mainstream pop, right through to modern jazz and back again.

This comprehensive survey of Joni’s career includes landmarks such as Big Yellow Taxi (her most covered song), River and A Case of You (both from the breakthrough album Blue), the radio hits of Help Me and Free Man In Paris (from double-platinum Court and Spark) and the jazz-infused stylings of In France They Kiss On Main St (The Hissing of Summer Lawns) and Coyote (Hejira).

Both Sides Now brings together a group of top-drawer musicians, led by singer Sarah Miller and keyboard player Aidan Goldstraw, whose devotion to Joni’s back catalogue shines through in performance. This is no mere ‘tribute act’ – it’s an evening spent together, exploring the work of a musical genius.

£10 in advance £12 on the door ….7.30pm doors …8.00pm start.

 

Mar
17
Sat
Dan Patlansky
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm


Dan Patlansky – never far from like-minded genius, guitarist, singer songwriter, and globally respected purveyor of the blues, sidles into his second successive decade as one of the world’s finest blues-based storytellers of his generation.

Ever since his debut album, Standing at the Station, followed by his 2004 major label (Blue Note, EMI produced) masterstroke True Blues, Patlansky has immersed himself in the rich and rollicking world of blues rock music. In February 2005, and again in July 2006, Selwyn Miller, the New Orleans based manager of David Gates, Bread, Randy Crawford and Petula Clark (amongst others), took Patlansky to New Orleans to showcase his outstanding talent.

In 2006, Fender acknowledged his talent with a guitar and amp endorsement, making him only one of six on the continent to enjoy such a privilege.

As Dan settled into his groove, what followed was a barrage of brilliantly executed eclectic and acoustic blues albums. 2006 brought with Real, Move My Soul in 2009, 20 Stones in 2012, and the unplugged wonder of 2013’s acoustically anchored Wooden Thoughts release.

With each new release, Patlansky’s albums brought with him a tighter and more engaging lyrical twist and even more interesting turns, all of which led beautifully to his much anticipated 2014 full- electric album released in May. In December 2014, Dear Silence Thieves (produced by Theo Crous) was voted the #1 Blues Rock Album in the world released for 2014 by Blues Rock Review, alongside names such as Joe Bonamassa, Rival Sons, Devon Allman, The Black Keys, Philip Sayce, and many more.

“After over a decade of making albums for us, Dan’s seventh album continues to deliver the goods that have made him the premier blues rock guitar player in South Africa, if not one of the top in the world.” – Kevin O’Rourke, Blues Rock Review

Patlansky started 2014 off with a bang when he was chosen to open for Bruce Springsteen in front of 64 000 people at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg in February on his High Hopes tour. Patlansky was personally approved by Springsteen as support act, seeing as Springsteen rarely has guest artists for his shows. A milestone, Patlansky played in front of the biggest audience of his career.

After touring Europe in 2013 with Everlast, Patlansky returned to the continent in October 2014 for another tour to promote Dear Silence Thieves. He impressed Norway when he headlined the Fjord Blues Festival with words such as ‘magic’ and ‘religious experience’ used to describe his performance.

With successful shows in the Netherlands and Germany, Patlansky ended his European tour by headlining Denmark’s Horsens Blues Festival, where he played at the ‘Showcase Stage’ in the basement in 2013.

After Dear Silence Thieves was voted the #1 Blues Rock Album in the world by Blues Rock Review in 2014, Patlansky received raving reviews in European and international press for the album. Dear Silence Thieves was released in the UK on 27 April 2015, the same day he performed a launch showcase concert at The Borderline in London. Dan also visited Europe in May, June and July and performed shows throughout the UK, Poland, the Netherlands and Germany.

In March 2015, legendary guitarist Joe Satriani announced Patlanksy as special guest on his UK Shockwave November 2015 tour which stretched over the course of 31 days, 10 countries and 25 shows.

In May 2016, Dan released the follow up album to Dear Silence Thieves with Theo Crous helming the production, entitled INTROVERTIGO. Patlansky used his personal life experiences as inspiration for the album to ultimately marry good songs with guitar playing, and the album has been received with critical acclaim both in SA and abroad.

Dan kicked off 2016 with his Sweet Home Africa Solo Acoustic Tour, followed by his INTROVERTIGO album launch tour in April in South Africa. In May 2016, Dan performed as special guest on award-winning Blues Rock band, King King’s nationwide UK tour, performing 26 shows over the course of May and June 2016 in Germany Netherlands and the UK. Back in South Africa, Dan completed a nationwide solo acoustic tour.

Patlansky ended 2016 on a high note when INTROVERTIGO was voted as the #1 Blues Rock Album in 2016 by Blues Rock Review, becoming the first artist ever to place #1 on Blues Rock Review’s Top 20 Albums of the Year twice (Dear Silence Thieves 2014, Introvertigo 2016). The album was also voted #8 of the Top 15 albums of 2016 by The Blues Magazine.

Patlansky returned to the UK for his first-ever headline tour in April and May 2017 touring with special guest Ash Wilson.

After touring South Africa, Dan returns to the UK in November 2017 as special guest on Joanne Shaw Taylor’s tour.

His 9th studio album, PERFECTION KILLS, is set for worldwide release on Friday 2nd February 2017.

 

Tickets are available from the Foxlowe box office or online
£16.00
14 and over

Mar
23
Fri
Wille and the Bandits
Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm

Having toured their unique brand of roots rock with the likes of Deep Purple, Joe Bonamassa, The John Butler Trio and Status Quo, Wille and the Bandits are now proudly touring their brand new, critically acclaimed album ‘Breakfree’.
The band are famous for creating an astonishingly huge sound, incorporating eclectic grooves from World music to Heavy Rock, using bizarre instrumentation such as Tongue Drum, Djembe, Lap steel guitar and Double bass they push the boundaries of what is expected of a modern three piece.

Although difficult to pigeon hole, Wille and the Bandits are taking roots rock music to a new level.

Wille and the Bandits are renowned for their diverse songwriting and often likened to the greats of the 70’s such as Led Zeppelin, Santana and Pink Floyd, this comparison, although bold, only scrapes the surface of the Bands influences and sound.
Wille and the Bandits are on a journey which has so far been miraculous. All achieved through hard work and a true passion for making music. Playing over 200 shows a year these guys are really tight. So please do not miss the opportunity to see one of the most impressive live acts of this generation.

Tickets
£12.00 + £1.20 Booking fee = £13.20
48 tickets available
14 and over

7.30pm doors

8.00pm start.

Mar
28
Wed
Bob Log III
Mar 28 @ 7:45 pm

Bob Log III, Fat Possum recording artist and one man band crown prince of punk blues from Tuscon, Arizona. Witnessing Bob Log live is an unmissable and unforgettable experience. By rights he should be a punk blues stadium super star. He takes to the stage with his face masked in a crash helmet with a black visor and a telephone wired in it for a mic and wearing a blue jump suit. Bob then unleashes a torrent of hardcore Mississippi Delta blues, hip hop beats and punk rock. The crash helmet telephone distorts the vocals and his hands, arms, legs and feet become a blur of jump suit clad limbs as he plays slide, triggers drum machines and drums with his feet simultaneously. Bob then adds extra ingredients to this punk blues bouillabaisse with his unique version of audience participation. More often them not he’ll bounce a couple of audience members on his knees while playing, and then bring on the infamous Boob Scotch. The audience are invited to literally stick their boob in his scotch which he then drinks. If Bob feels satisfied he will then launch into his anthem Boob Scotch!

Bob Log’s identity and history is shrouded in mystery and rumour, probably helped by his stage get up and also when his record company Fat Possum put out an early press release claiming Log had a monkey’s paw grafted on to his wrist after a boating accident as a child. Here’s an excerpt…..”When Bob Log III was a child, he lost his left hand in a boating accident. It was soon replaced with a monkey paw, and a new guitar style was born. ‘It’s my own personal style, see,’ Log says, ‘the paw moves much quicker than a normal hand, so my real hand has to flop around a lot to compensate.'” When asked to explain Fat Possum’s insistence that his right hand is a monkey’s paw, Log replied to an interviewer that, “My hand is just hairy. Very, very hairy. It is NOT a PAW. Fat Possum was drunk.” Log further clarified the monkey paw myth in an interview with Bizarre Magazine: “I’ve got all my limbs. It’s just that when I’m playing my guitar my hand moves so fast it looks like a monkey paw, a hairy paw. My hand moves really fast. Faster than a normal human hand”

In fact Bob Log III was born in Tucson, Arizona and is a virtuoso slide player who plays with extremely thick strings tuned very loose that gives him his unique “floppy” sound. Growing up, Log listened to artists such as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and AC/DC, later commenting that “That’s what rock’n’roll is to me. You take a guitar, turn it up and have a good time…everyone else can go listen to Pearl Jam if they want to.” Bob Log got his first guitar at the age of 11, and by the age of 16 he had become smitten with Delta Blues, modelling his slide guitar style on that of Mississippi Fred McDowell. Log began his music career recording with Mondo Guano, a four-piece metal-blues band based in Arizona. Upon leaving Mondo Guano, Log went on to perform as one-half of seminal early Delta punk blues duo Doo Rag. Bob Log III was born when Bob was in the middle of a US tour with Doo Rag and his drummer quit. With necessity , ever the mother of invention, Bob donned a helmet he had picked up in a thrift store, took to the stage and kicked his guitar case for percussion and thus the legend of Bob Log was born. Bob Log eventually found his spiritual home on maverick Mississippi blues label Fat Possum in 1998 and released a trio of classic records: School Bus, Trike and Log Bomb.

In this current world of homogenised and mass marketed music, we need true mavericks like Bob Log III more than ever.

Tickets: £12.50

Doors: 7.00pm

 

Mar
29
Thu
Dub Pistols
Mar 29 @ 8:00 pm

DUB PISTOLS + support – “by arrangement with Primary Talent International…..” one of the hardest working bands in showbusiness, Barry Ashworth and his motley crew have added a much-needed swagger to the UK dance scene in recent years and new album ‘Crazy Diamonds’ finds the band at their uncontrollable, bass-driven best.

A rampant mix of dub, reggae, ska, punk, breaks, beats and drum ‘n’ bass, the album is a full-on dub-quaking extravaganza, built for big fields and summer sound systems. It also happens to feature some of the biggest names in the game including Dancehall dons Beenie Man and Cutty Ranks, reggae singer Earl Sixteen, hip-hop act Too Many T’s, seminal MCs Navigator and the Ragga Twins, and long-time collaborator Lindy Layton.

Tracks like killer new single ‘Crazy Diamonds’ (ft. Too Many T’s) or summer-anthem-in-making, ‘Rise Up’ (ft. Earl Sixteen and Navigator), prove that the Pistols are one of the best around at rockin’ the joint. This is futuristic skank, complete with blazing horns, brazen brass and epic drums and bass.

Proudly working class as a band, the Dub Pistols have been tearing up venues and festivals throughout their career. Inspired by the Second Summer of Love, the band were founded by ubiquitous Londoner Barry Ashworth in 1996 and have been at the forefront of beats culture ever since.

Known for their rhythmical blend of bass, turntables and horns, their genre-mashing abilities has seen them work with some of their biggest heroes including The Specials, Horace Andy, Madness and Gregory Isaacs. They’ve also seen band members come and go, not to mention squander thousands on various capers that have now become legendary and that has taken them from the brink of multi-million-dollar international success to the edge of destruction and back again.

“The band’s reputation as an explosive live act has seen them turn into super-tight festival regulars, with the Dub Pistols headlining some of the biggest festivals in Europe including Glastonbury, Bestival and Beat-Herder. Their bass-driven live machine has seen them win numerous plaudits along the way and recent live guests have included vocalists Rodney P, The Specials’ Terry Hall and Neville Staple, rap wünderkid T.K., Sugardaddy horn-blower Tim Hutton & scratch maestro, DJ Stix.”

The Dub Pistols have also turned their hand to the world of remixing and have remixed the likes of Ian Brown, Moby, Limp Bizkit, Korn and Bono and worked with hiphop legend Busta Rhymes. The band’s music has been used by Playstation and major Hollywood films.

Ashworth is also a much sought-after DJ which has won him many fans around the globe over the last 15 years. Known for his eclectic sets, he was one of the first resident DJs at the influential club, Fabric, in London and has performed high-octane primetime sets internationally in such countries as Australia, Singapore, Serbia, Dubai, Thailand, Germany, Croatia, Italy and France, to name but a few. Additionally, he is founder of Westway Records, a London breakbeat and hip-hop label that’s put out releases from many currently-emerging artists from the UK dance music underground.

He is currently working on a warts ‘n’ all documentary about the band’s career; a mix of archive and new footage that charts the Dub Pistols’ strange journey from chancers to hot property to epic f**k-ups to unlikely triumph.

Tickets: £15.00

Doors: 7.00pm

 

Apr
14
Sat
Keith James a concert Celebrating the Songs of Nick Drake
Apr 14 @ 7:30 pm

Keith James, a haunting and immaculately crafted concert, celebrating the Songs of Nick Drake.
This concert begins with an introductory set of timeless songs by brilliant songwriters – all contemporary with Nick Drake.

Richard Thompson, Roy Harper, Sandy Denny, Al Stewart, Vashti Bunyan, John Martyn and Bert Jansch.
Also featured are poems by William Blake which Keith has set to Nick’s guitar arrangements.

Nick Drake is the most revered and loved of all this country’s singer/songwriters. He recorded three cherished Albums between 1969 and 1972: Five leaves left, Bryter Layter and Pink Moon.
Among the fragile, timeless songs on these delicately produced recordings are some of the finest songs to bless the catalogue of English song-writing: River Man, Fruit Tree, Day is done, Northern Sky and Pink Moon. His unique and natural approach to song-writing and performance has been studied and championed by almost every modern songwriter in today’s music world. After his tragic death in 1974, aged only 26, his music almost disappeared into obscurity. Now, thanks to a massive resurgence of interest and a re-evaluation of his genius, Nick Drake has become a National treasure.

A number of years have now passed since singer/guitarist Keith James paralysed the whole country with his stunningly beautiful series of concerts entitled The Songs of Nick Drake. At the beginning of the project in 2001 he was the first artist ever to bring this fragile and intriguing music to theatres across the UK in its pure live concert form. The end result was over a decade of highly acclaimed concerts amounting to over 1500 shows in venues in the UK, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy and Spain including all of Nick’s Schools and Colleges – even Glastonbury Festival.

‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent

‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’ Sunday Times

‘a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves’ Acoustic Magazine

Keith James’ website www.keith-james.com

DOORS 7.30 PM STARTS 8.00PM £12.00

Apr
27
Fri
Live Wire – the AC/DC Show
Apr 27 @ 8:30 pm

Live Wire is The AC/DC Show. The unique six-man tribute to rock music’s greatest band AC/DC, complete with cannons, a wall of Marshalls’ and over two hours of High Voltage Rock ‘n’ Roll.

The AC/DC story is over forty years in the making, with two specific eras and the band cover both these as always with both ‘Dave’ Bon Scott and ‘Podge’ Brian Johnson present to take you on the Rock and Roll train for a night to remember.

Originally fronting AC/DC was the legendary Bon Scott, a wild man of rock and roll, whose untimely death shocked the World in 1980. This event came at a time when the Band were sampling global success for the first time. Dave, a stalwart over many years in his uncanny role as AC/DC’s vivacious vocalist delivers songs from the first half dozen albums from Dirty Deeds to Highway to Hell with Bon’s inimitable attitude, style and charisma.

Podge, then dons the flat cap as Geordie vocalist, Brian Johnson, whom AC/DC turned to in order to fill the void left by Bon. Brian’s searing vocals Iced Back in Black, one of the best-selling albums of all time. Podge, a double take for Brian, gives a vocal masterclass in his half of the show which is un-paralleled and brings it bang up to date with more classic tracks right up to AC/DC’s hugely successful recent album, Rock or Bust.

The thundering freight train of a rhythm section keep it all meticulously together with Dan as the metronomic Malcolm Young on Rhythm Guitar, Ed as Cliff Williams on Bass, and the supremely talented Ash as Phil Rudd and Chris Slade rolled into one.

With the Rhythm section ‘locked in’ the freedom of the stage and the music is given to Simon as Angus Young who delivers an uncanny performance with meticulous detail in appearance, energy and his note for note heartfelt renditions. Simon honed his craft over many years and is a livewire during his two-hour plus Axe fettling duck-walking extravaganza of bedevilled Rock and Roll.

The band aim to put you slap bang in the middle of the show with hit after hit, and you are expected to join in ! There will also be one or two gems thrown in for the aficionados.
We’d be hung, drawn and quartered if we didn’t play all the classics and Back in Black, Rosie and Highway to hell are all there and the songs keep on coming until the cannons fire ceremoniously to bring the evening to a superb crescendo. If by this time you are still standing…we salute you! If you love Bon, Brian and Angus and the boys this show has no parallels !
Long Live AC/DC, Long Live LIVE/WIRE

May
26
Sat
The Spirit & Sound of Steely Dan
May 26 @ 7:30 pm

The Spirit & Sound of Steely Dan – Nearly Dan in Concert – 21st Anniversary tour 2018.

Less tribute and more homage, Nearly Dan is saviour to the growing legions of Dan fans, desperate to hear the meticulously crafted grooves and allusive lyrical style of Donald Fagen & Walter Becker. Nearly Dan’s approach is faithful, though not reverential, and relaxed but as tight as their namesakes. They bring their own unique spirit and spontaneous humour to every concert.

It’s been over 40 years since the release of the first Steely Dan album “Can’t buy a Thrill”, featuring the hits “Do it Again” and “Reelin’ in the years.”

The band now in its 21st year on the road. Nearly Dan promise all the Steely Dan favourites in a two hour-plus show, featuring tracks from the groove of Countdown to Ecstasy to the super cool of celebrated albums The Royal Scam. Aja and Gaucho also featuring Donald Fagen’s classic solo masterpiece “The Nightfly”

 

A real treat for all music lovers and an unmissable concert for any aspiring musician young or old.

Visit www.nearlydan.co.uk for up-to-the-minute tour news, information, and dates.

Celebrating 4 decades of STEELY DAN.
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker have created some of the most influential music of the pop era. Inspired arrangements and witty, often biting, lyrics combine to make this some of the most distinctive music ever to grace the turntable, with hits such as Reelin’ in the Years, Do It Again, Rikki Don’t Lose That Number, Deacon Blues, Peg and FM. culled from their seven platinum albums issued between 1972 and 1980. They reunited in the early 90s and toured throughout the decade, releasing multi-Grammy winner Two Against Nature in 2000 and its acclaimed follow-up Everything Must Go in 2003. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

“It’s just great to see The Dan’s songs played with love and respect.”

“They’re fantastic live!!!”
“They are a totally absorbing group of musicians who remain true to the spirit of Steely Dan.”

£14 in advance £16 on the door.

7.30pm doors

8.00pm start.

Jun
16
Sat
Definitely Mightbe vs Adored Manchester Revisited
Jun 16 @ 8:00 pm

Well, OASIS are no more. The back stage bust ups and public slanging matches on Twitter proved too much for this great British band.

Thankfully, their No1 Tribute-DEFINITELY MIGHTBE (now in their twelfth year) don’t share the same sibling rivalry as the real thing, but they do have a lot in common when it comes to reproducing the rousing anthems, stage presence and atmosphere that the originals created. With over two hours of material to draw from, including all the hit’s from all seven albums, live favourites, B-sides and a couple of Noel’s acoustic number’s, when the boys start there’s no stopping them. And who wants to stop when everybody’s having a good time? As one pleased punter said after Definitely Mightbe played a gig 200 miles away, “I’m going to see the real Oasis in Manchester later this year and if they are half as good as you guys, I’m in for a bloody good night!”

Lead singer Ian bears an uncanny resemblance to Liam and has worked as a look-a-like in the UK appearing on BBC1, Channel 4, Sky TV and ITV. Publicity campaigns and advertising for HMV, Virgin, Q Magazine, Loaded, Royal Bank Of Scotland, Lloyds Bank and the National Press. Ian was also asked to star in a video for heavy metal legends MOTORHEAD as Liam and also providing a voice over for a recent documentary accompanying the new Oasis-”Time Flies” DVD. To add to this, Ian has the knack of sounding like Liam too and was asked to provide the vocals on a dance remix of Wonderwall set for release in summer 2010.

Paul Mitchell takes up the reigns as Noel and mimics the riffs and lead breaks with such precision you’d think you were listening to the CD. A very loud CD. While the rhythm section of Kev Pyne on bass and Pete Coppard on drums keep everything locked together and completes the DEF MB family.

So, as good as the real thing? Well the lengendary Alan McGee thought so when he recently introduced the band live on stage! So they…..DEFINITELY MIGHTBE.
ALSO…The Stone Roses were an one of the most influential rock bands from England,active during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Along with other bands such as the Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets, they comprised the core of the Madchester Baggy scene, centred around Manchester, England. Their 1989 eponymous debut album quickly achieved the status of a classic in the UK, and topped NME’s list of the Greatest Albums of All Time. Their songs adorn many a student disco to this day and the classic hits they produced stand the test of time better than most bands from that era.They released a second album, Second Coming, in 1994 before disbanding due to artistic disagreements in 1996. ADORED-their definitive tribute,reproduce the sound and atmosphere the originals created with such detailed accuracy,you’d think the Roses had climbed on stage beside them!

8 PM DOORS FOR 8.30 PM TICKETS £12 IN ADVANCE.

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