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CLASSIC CLAPTON

 Mike Hall (Classic Clapton)

Huntingdon Hall, Worcester – Friday 7th November

 

CLASSIC CLAPTON the World’s No1 Eric Clapton Tribute Band featuring front-man Mike Hall will be making a welcome return to Worcester in November.  This time they will be celebrating 29 years on the road!

 

They will be performing at Huntingdon Hall, Crowngate, Worcester on Friday 7 November at 8pm.  Tickets are £15 from the box office – Tel: 01905 611427 or visit www.worcesterlive.co.uk    This will be the band’s eighth visit to Huntingdon Hall.  Most of their previous concerts here have all sold out.  Fans are therefore advised to book early.

 

They will perform all of EC’s classic songs including Wonderful Tonight, Tears in Heaven, Crossroads, I Shot The Sheriff,Cocaine and of course Layla!  There will even be an “Unplugged” segment.

 

NEARLY 2 HOURS OF CLASSIC CLAPTON

 

The band was formed in 1985 in Newcastle upon Tyne long before the term “tribute band” was invented.  Their ability to re-create Clapton’s electrifying stage performances really caught the audience’s imagination.  In guitar/vocalist Mike Hall, the band possesses a front man who not only looks like Eric, he sings and plays guitar like him too! 

 

In 1999, Mike won a national look-alike competition held at Madam Tussauds in London.  Mike has met Slowhand twice, and even received a message of encouragement from the guitar maestro (written on a Concorde menu).

 

TYNE TEES TELEVISION were so impressed by the band that they made a programme about them, called ‘COVER THEIR TRACKS’.  It was shown in August 2000 and received rave reviews, leading to national recognition.  Mike was filmed byJapanese TV for a documentary about Slowhand’s song Layla. It was shown on BS Fuji TV Japan in January 2013.

 

In 2001 they embarked on an extensive tour of UK Theatres.  They called the tribute show “CLASSIC CLAPTON”.  Since then, they have continued to perform throughout the UK and Europe including concerts at The Royal Festival Hall, Londonand a triumphant appearance at Glastonbury Festival in 2002.  In the past few years they have performed numerous concerts in Europe including Spain, Estonia, Holland & France.  In 2009 they appeared at St Andrews Auditorium inMumbai.  A 10,000 mile round-trip for 1 gig, but it was a great experience.  In the past 29 years CLASSIC CLAPTON have become something of a rock institution.

 

CLASSIC CLAPTON comprises 4 excellent musicians:-  Mike Hall (lead vocals/guitar), Paul Warren (keyboards/ backing vocals), Danny Davison (drums) and Dave Robson (bass guitar /backing vocals).  Dave is a former member of chart bandGeordie.  In fact he was with them at the time Brian Johnson left to join AC/DC.  Mike, Dave & Danny are all original members of CLASSIC CLAPTON. Paul joined in 2007.

 

CLASSIC CLAPTON have released three albums.  Firstly “THE MUSIC OF ERIC CLAPTON” contains brilliant cover-versions of 17 Clapton Classics.  Their second is a live double CD ”CLASSIC CLAPTON Unplugged”  recorded at Belfast Waterfront Hall.  In 2005 they released their third album “CLASSIC CREAM” – featuring 20 songs made famous by the sixties supergroup.  All three albums will be available at Huntingdon Hall.

 

Eric Clapton has been a major international star since the mid 1960’s, when he revolutionised electric guitar playing, with his virtuoso performances in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.  This year is his 50th Anniversary in the music business. He has won an incredible 19 Grammies and is the only triple inductee into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Yardbirds, Cream and as a solo artist). He released a new album in July as a tribute to JJ Cale.  The album entitled “The Breeze” features many famous friends including Mark Knopfler, Tom Petty & Willie Nelson.

 

EC’s recent tours unfortunately have visited only a limited number of large UK venues. If fans want to hear all of his hits performed in more intimate surroundings they really should attend a CLASSIC CLAPTON concert.  The whole of Clapton’s illustrious career will be covered including Cream, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, The Yardbirds, Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominos and the solo years.       

 

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THE SHIRES & WARD THOMAS

SPEARHEAD NEW WAVE OF UK COUNTRY &

CO-HEADLINE ‘HOME-GROWN TOUR’

Watch them in session together above!

5 dates already sold out

 

 “Even a few years ago, the idea of British Country music spelt wannabe Dollys, line-dancing seniors and unconvincing American accents. Now though, fresh artists with country influences and the dexterity to create a credible home-grown version of the music are emerging” – Sunday Times

 

Two fast-rising acts, The Shires & Ward Thomas, on a joint tour that is set to be a landmark moment for the UK scene. The bands will take it in turns to headline on a series of dates around the UK. This is the moment fans of fresh and exciting country music have been waiting for!

 

Country music in the UK has been having a renaissance in recent times, what with the success of the television series ‘Nashville’ and of the huge Country 2 Country event in London, which saw some of the biggest US names playing the UK. It isn’t just American talent that’s enjoying this resurgence though: The UK has produced a new wave of talent who are putting a British spin on the down south sounds of Nashville.

 

Chief among this new wave are The Shires and Ward Thomas, two bands from the Home Counties who have taken inspiration from the sounds of Nashville legends such as Johnny Cash and Dixie Chicks. Not content to merely copy the USacts though, these bands are flying the flag for a British Country music that reflects the lives of young people living in the UK. This shared vision has led the bands to team up and take their music on the road for the nationwide ‘Home-grown tour’.

 

Both bands have come a long way since they played the pop-up stages of C2C in March 2014, with both acts having an A-Listed track on BBC Radio 2 and The Shires an iTunes UK Country No.1 with their debut single Nashville Grey Skies, while Ward Thomas’s debut album “From Where We Stand” went to No.1 on both the OCC Country Chart and iTunes’ Country Chart.

 

The seeds for this tour were sown when the two bands ran into each other in a road house in Nashville while they were both paying pilgrimage to their spiritual home. The chance to take their shared message out on the road together seemed too good to miss and the ‘Home-grown tour’ was born.

 

It seems that The Shires have come from nowhere overnight, but behind that first impression lies the story of two musicians who have been working towards this moment for a long time. Crissie has been singing her whole life, and came to love country music through artists like Dolly Parton and Faith hill, whereas Ben has toured as a singer/songwriter with the likes of K.T. Tunstall. Introduced by a mutual friend after a comment from Ben on Facebook, the pair instantly felt a musical connection, and discovered that they both lived near each other in “the Shires”.

 

Hampshire and Country music may not be obvious bed fellows but 20-year old twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas (who have been singing harmonies together since childhood) have had Country music in their blood ever since they were introduced to the sounds of Carrie Underwood, Dixie Chicks and Alison Krauss by a Canadian cousin in their early teens. One listen to the vocal cadences and close harmonies on their debut album ‘From Where We Stand’ and Nashville and Hampshire suddenly don’t seem all that far apart.

Tickets on sale now

Tour Dates

Nov 4th: Birmingham Glee Club Last few tickets available

Nov 6th: Liverpool Academy 2

Nov 7th: Bristol Thekla Last few tickets available

Nov 9th: Oxford Academy 2 Last few tickets available

Nov 10th: London Bush Hall – Ward Thomas to headline SOLD OUT

Nov 11th: London Bush Hall – The Shires to headline SOLD OUT

Nov 13th: Manchester Band on the Wall Last few tickets available

Nov 14th: Gateshead The Sage SOLD OUT

Nov 16th: Leeds Brudenell Social Club Last few tickets available

Nov 17th: Norwich Waterfront

Nov 19th: Dublin Upstairs at Whelan’s, Dublin2

Nov 20th: Belfast McHugh’s Basement Bar

Nov 22nd: Yorkshire, Pocklington Arts Centre SOLD OUT

Nov 23rd: Glasgow King Tuts SOLD OUT

Nov 24th: Middlesbrough the Empire

Nov 26th: Nottingham Rescue Rooms Last few tickets available

Nov 27th: Milton Keynes The Stables

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NIGHTMARE FESTIVAL
Final acts added to Camden’s huge Halloween party – Saturday November 1st

The final acts have been added to the line-up for Camden’s massive Halloween party,Nightmare Festival, taking place Saturday November 1st. Hardcore bruisers Feed The Rhino join the bill, alongside new names Allusondrugs, Suzerain, Eat the Evidence, Plastic Barricades, Broken Diamond, Matt Grocott & The Shrives, Army of One, Levyathan, The Dirty Thrills and Feral Sun.

Previously announced acts ready to party this Halloween include Blood Red Shoes, King Charles, Man Like Me, InMe, Eliot Minor, Calling All Cars, Night Engine, Hawk Eyes, The Hell, Guy McKnight (Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster) and Brawlers.

Taking place across several legendary music venues, Nightmare Festival is Camden’s only Halloween themed metropolitan music festival and boasts a stacked line-up of cutting edge rock, punk, indie and metal. Known worldwide as a mecca for live music, Camden Town is the perfect setting for what is sure to be one of the city’s most memorable Halloween celebrations.

Prepare to scare… ghoulish fancy dress – for both gig goers and bands – is VERY much encouraged!

Early bird tickets available now for £20 plus booking fee from:www.nightmarecamden.com.

Nightmare Festival have partnered with Camden’s premiere fancy dress shop Escapade. Get your tickets from Escapade (45-46 Chalk Farm Rd, NW1 8AJ) to receive a 10% discount!

Bands will be playing in the following venues:

ELECTRIC BALLROOM *UNDERWORLD * JAZZ CAFE * DINGWALLS * BLACK HEART * PROUD  * BARFLY *DINGWALLS CANAL SIDE  * THE HAWLEY ARMS * GOOD MIXER * THE BLACK CAP * BREW-DOG * THE STILLERY

The full line-up for Nightmare Festival (new acts in bold): King Charles, Blood Red Shoes, Man Like Me, Elliot Minor, InMe, Howling Bells, Night Engine, Hawk Eyes, The Hell, The Algorithm, Max Raptor, I AM GIANT, Calling All Cars, Freeze the Atlantic, Brawlers, Crazy Arm, The Red Paintings, The Hype Theory, Tigercub, Hounds, Guy McKnight (Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster) DJ Set, BLACK FUTURES, Knifeworld,La HorseLevyathan, Lyger, Vales, Lucie Barat & The AU Revoirs, Hero Fisher, Eat the Evidence, Electric River, Empire, I am In Love, Longy, Dead, Release The Bats, Magnus Major, Amaryllis, The Petals, Hunter & The Bear, Get Inuit, Cortes, Attention Thieves, Acoda, Reverted, Beasts, Aeroplane Flies High, FERAL SUNFeed The Rhino, Fizzy Blood, The Tuts, Crystal Seagulls, SubversionSuzerain, Sykes, This Be The Verse, Storms, colt 45, Anavae, GHXST, Jesus Fucking Christ, Making Monsters, Generation Graveyard, Shrine, Under the Influence, Rival State, Tyler Mae, Dumbjaw, Glasmaps, The Vex, Matt Grocott & The Shrives, Mitsubishis, Monkish, Dead Sea Skulls, Dedwardians, Intraverse, The Wondersmiths, TheParade, Falls, The Ultimate Grand Supreme, The Dirty Truth, Them & Us, Mr Shiraz, Panic The Vulture, Danny Wright, Rewild, To The Bones, Death Koolaid, Alexa de Strange, The Undivided, Brocker, Broken Diamond, Ashes, AgentAllusondrugs, ARMY OF ONE, Avosetta, Brutai, Shea, Plastic Barricades, Prosperina, Du Bellows, Duchess, Death and the Penguin, We Are Carnivores, Twin Wild, Nash Albert, Shoshin, The Scenes, The Connectors, The Dash, The Dirty ThrillsThe KUTThe Monday Project, The Mercy House, The St Pierre Snake Invasion, The Valves, The Tricks, Star Scream, Them & Us, Fur Cough, Sophie DeBattista, You The Living.

 

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ME VS HERO

WATCH ‘HANG IN’ VIDEO HERE

NEW ALBUM ‘I’M COMPLETELY FINE’ OUT NOW – iTunes /PHYSICAL

“Back with a real hunger and sting in their tail” – Rock Sound 8/10
“Exertion seeps from every pore, there’s commitment stamped all over these songs” – Kerrang!
“Infectious, fast paced and as catchy as hell” – Punktastic
“The soundtrack to the end of your summer” – OurZone 8/10
“The musical equivalent of smashing open a pinata” – F Yeah Pop Punk
“Me Vs Hero come out swinging with their fists raised” – AlreadyHeard 4.5/5
Following a long-awaited return to the live circuit supported by friends ROAM last month, pop punks Me Vs Hero are pleased to share the video for ‘Hang In’ – the latest track taken from their new album ‘I’m Completely Fine’.

Watch and share the ‘Hang In’ video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeoFLxN5520

Filmed on location in Blackpool, the video sees front man Sam Thompson and guitarist Bobby Pook in reflective mode as they take in the local sights and characters and reminisce on the experiences that have influenced the honesty at the core of their latest release.

“This songs means a lot to us” explains Thompson of the new track “It’s literally about hanging in there when times get bad. At one point when we wrote this record there was a three month period where I was homeless. I had three big bags for all my stuff and had no idea where I was sleeping most nights. The song is an accurate depiction of his life at that point. It’s something that, if you go through, you will make sure never happens again.”

Now, coming out of the other side with glowing reviews for I’m Completely Fine and their September headline shows with ROAM, the band are overwhelmed with the response to the new record.

For anyone feeling burnt out this week, it all just goes to show; hang in, it’s times like this you need…

Further UK Live Dates TBC
Buy I’m Completely Fine now on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/MVHICF
Physical at Banquet Records: http://banquetrecords.com/HIR001

Me Vs Hero are:
Samuel James Thompson – Vocals
Michael Booth – Bass
Bobby Pook – Guitar
Grant Berry – Guitar
Simon Smith – Drums

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