Fifty Gigs In A Day: BILL BAILEY

Comedian and talented musician Bill Bailey will be sending a social media message for Fifty Gigs In A Day. Great bit of coincidence as he appears at the Victoria Hall, Hanley on February 8 – a venue where I watched many bands and comedians during the late 80’s.

Larks In Transit tour dates –

  • Jan 29 2018  Coventry Warwick Arts Centre  SOLD OUT
  • Jan 30 2018 Coventry Warwick Arts Centre
  • Jan 31 2018 York Barbican
  • Feb 1 2018 York York Barbican
  • Feb 2/3 2018 Newcastle City Hall
  • Feb 5/6 2018 Southend-on-Sea Cliffs Pavilion
  • Feb 7/8 2018 Stoke-on-Trent Victoria Hall
  • Feb 9/10 2018 Sheffield Memorial & City Hall
  • Feb 12/13 2018 London New Wimbledon Theatre
  • Feb 14/15 2018 Llandudno Venue Cymru
  • Feb 16 2018 Carlisle The Sands Centre
  • Feb 17 2018 Glasgow SECC
  • Feb 19-22 2018 Truro Hall For Cornwall
  • Feb 23/24 2018 Plymouth Plymouth Pavilions
  • Feb 26/27 2018 Leicester De Montfort Hall
  • Feb 28 2018 Nottingham Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall
  • Mar 1 2018 Nottingham Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall
  • Mar 2/3 2018 O2 Apollo Manchester
  • Mar 5 2018 Cheltenham Town Hall SOLD OUT
  • Mar 6 2018 Cheltenham Town Hall
  • Mar 7/8 2018 Basingstoke Anvil Arts
  • Mar 9 2018 Warrington Pyramid & Parr Hall
  • Mar 10 2018 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
  • Mar 12-14 2018 Reading Hexagon
  • Mar 15-17 2018 Watford Colosseum
  • Mar 19/20 2018 Blackburn King George’s Hall
  • Mar 21 2018 Preston Guildhall
  • Apr 18/19 2018 Northampton Derngate Theatre
  • Apr 20 2018 Brighton Centre
  • Apr 21 2018 Margate Winter Gardens
  • Apr 22 2018 Southampton Mayflower Theatre
  • Apr 24 2018 Cheltenham Town Hall
  • Apr 25/26 2018 Hull City Hall
  • Apr 27/28 2018 Southport Theatre & Convention Centre
  • May 1 2018 Chatham Central Theatre SOLD OUT
  • May 2 2018 Chatham Central Theatre
  • May 3/4 2018 Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall Theatre
  • May 5 2018 London Eventim Apollo
  • May 6 2018 Southampton Mayflower Theatre
  • May 8-10 2018 Swansea Grand Theatre and Arts Wing
  • May 11 2018 Bristol Hippodrome SOLD OUT
  • May 12 2018 Bristol Hippodrome
  • May 14/15 2018 Hastings The White Rock Theatre
  • May 16/17 2018 Stevenage Gordon Craig Theatre
  • May 18/19 2018 New Theatre Oxford
  • May 21-23 2018 Guildford G Live
  • May 24/25 2018 Portsmouth Guildhall
  • May 26 2018 Bournemouth The BIC
  • May 28/29 2018 Reading Hexagon
  • May 30/31 2018 Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
  • Jun 1 2018 Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
  • Jun 2 2018 Birmingham Arena
  • Jun 4/5 2018 Ipswich Regent Theatre
  • Jun 6 2018 London Eventim Apollo
  • Jun 8 2018 Leeds First Direct Arena
  • Jun 9 2018 Peterborough East of England Arena & Events Centre
  • Jun 12 2018 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
  • Jun 13/14 2018 Warrington Pyramid & Parr Hall
  • Jun 15/16 2018 High Wycombe Swan Theatre

JON BODEN announces UK spring tour dates

Tue April 17 BRECON Theatr Brycheiniog
Wed April 18 BANGOR Pontio
Thu April 19 ABERYSTWYTH Arts Centre
Fri April 20 SWANSEA Taliesin Arts Centre
Sat April 21 TAUNTON Brewhosue
Sun April 22 MILTON KEYNES Stables
Mon April 23 NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE New Vic Theatre
Tue April 24 GRANTHAM Guildhall Arts Centre
Wed April 25 BURY ST EDMUNDS Apex

Fri April 27 SALTAIRE Victoria Hall
Sat April 28 CHESTERFIELD Winding Wheel
Sun April 29 PETERBOROUGH Vivacity Key Theatre
Mon April 30 CHELMSFORD Civic Theatre
Tue May 01 SOUTHAMPTON Brook
Wed May 02 CHELTENHAM Town Hall
Thu May 03 TRURO Hall For Cornwall
Fri May 04 BRISTOL Colston Hall
Sat May 05 EXETER Phoenix
Sun May 06 SHREWSBURY Theare Severn

The Darker My Horizon – Acoustic Couch, Bracknell

Second time seeing the Darker My Horizon this year and like February’s gig, again at the Acoustic Couch in Bracknell. Joining the core duo of Paul Stead and guitarist Mark Stephenson are drummer Steve Hauxwell (ex-Marshall Law/Winter In Eden) and bass player Paul Hamilton, who was in a previous line-up of Sacred Heart with Paul and Mark.

A nice, up-tempo and hard rocking set for a Saturday night, with a little acoustic interlude from Paul Stead as the support band never materialised. Plenty of riffs to be had in ‘Perfect’, ‘No Superhero Part 1’ and ‘Closure’, and it is always good to hear ‘Dear Olivia’ played live.

The new boys slotted nicely into the band’s sound, a steady bass from Paul Hamilton and as for drummer Steve Hauxwell, he had the flash and style more associated with American drummers like Eric Singer and Tommy Aldridge. Impressive to watch and a great addition to TDMH.

Two new songs were aired from the band’s new album ‘Seize The Day’ due next year – ‘Carpe Diem’ in acoustic mode and ‘Sleaze’, a nice and loud hard rocking tune. Bryan Adams’s ‘Summer Of 69’ was given an enthusiastic run through and the other cover as Bob Dylan’s ‘Knocking On Heaven’s Door’ (popularised by Guns ‘N’ Roses), which will form part of an EP ‘Phoenix’ due out in January. The other songs on the EP are re-workings of Sacred Herat songs with this new line-up.

Fifty Gigs In A Day: Y&T

Honoured to have legendary hard rockers Y&T involved and they are kindly donating some signed items for an eBay auction to raise funds for the Nordoff Robbins charity.

You can find out more about Y&T here

Jan 06, 2018 Grand Theatre Center for the Arts Tracy, CA
Jan 19, 2018 Tower Theatre for the Performing Arts Fresno, CA
Jan 20, 2018 The Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA
Jan 26, 2018 Vamp’d Las Vegas, NV
Jan 27, 2018 Club Red Mesa, AZ
Jan 28, 2018 Club XS Tucson, AZ
Feb 01, 2018 Proof Rooftop Lounge Houston, TX
Feb 02, 2018 3Ten @ ACL Live Austin, TX
Feb 03, 2018 Gas Monkey Dallas, TX
Feb 06, 2018 New Daisy Theatre Memphis, TN
Feb 07, 2018 Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN
Feb 11, 2018 Monsters of Rock Cruise Miami, FL
Feb 18, 2018 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, NC
Feb 20, 2018 Sellersville Theater Sellersville, PA
Feb 21, 2018 BB King Blues Club New York, NY
Feb 23, 2018 The Chance Theater Poughkeepsie, NY
Feb 24, 2018 Tupelo Music Hall Derry, NH
Feb 27, 2018 Jergel’s Rhythm Grille Warrendale, PA
Mar 01, 2018 Agora Ballroom Cleveland, OH
Mar 02, 2018 The Machine Shop Flint, MI
Mar 03, 2018 Arcada Theatre Saint Charles, IL
Mar 06, 2018 Shank Hall Milwaukee, WI
Mar 08, 2018 VooDoo Lounge @ Harrah’s Kansas City, MO
Mar 10, 2018 The Black Sheep Colorado Springs, CO
Mar 13, 2018 Liquid joe’s Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 16, 2018 Aladdin Theater Portland, OR
Mar 17, 2018 Rogue Theatre Grants Pass, OR
Apr 13, 2018 Cargo Concert Hall Reno, NV
Apr 14, 2018 Thunder Valley Casino Resort Lincoln, CA
Apr 19, 2018 The Rose Pasadena, CA
Apr 20, 2018 The Canyon Santa Clarita Santa Clarita, CA
Apr 21, 2018 THE COACH HOUSE San Juan Capistrano, CA
Apr 22, 2018 The Canyon Agoura Hills, CA

Reef, the Wildhearts and Terrovison – Britrock Must Be Destroyed! tour

Reef, the Wildhearts and Terrovison will team up next year for the Britrock Must Be Destroyed! spring UK tour.

Fri May 04 MANCHESTER Academy
Sat May 05 BIRMINGHAM Digbeth Arena
Sun May 06 Hammersmith Eventim Apollo
Sat May 19 O2 Academy Glasgow
Sun May 20 O2 Academy Newcastle


Following triumphant performances in Oberhausen, Amsterdam and Zurich in 2016, as well as a sold out UK arena tour including London’s Wembley Stadium in June 2017, Jeff Lynne’s ELO have announced today that they will be returning to the UK and Europe for an extended run of shows in 2018. The newly announced shows will see the legendary band play 19 dates across the continent through September and October.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO play the following UK & EURO Arena dates in Autumn 2018:

September 2018

Wed 12 Stockholm, Ericsson Globe Arena
Fri 14 Oslo, Spektrum Arena
Sun 16 Copenhagen, Royal Arena
Tue 18 Hamburg, Barclaycard Arena
Wed 19 Berlin, Mercedes Benz Arena
Fri 21 Munich, Olympiahalle
Sun 23 Vienna, Stadhalle
Tue 25 Mannheim, SAP Arena
Thu 27 Amsterdam, Ziggo Dome
Sun 30 Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena

October 2018

Wed 03 Glasgow, SSE Hydro Arena
Fri 05 Manchester, Manchester Arena
Tue 09 Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
Wed 10 Birmingham, Arena Birmingham
Mon 15 Leeds, First Direct Arena
Wed 17 London, O2 Arena
Tue 23 Liverpool, Echo Arena
Wed 25 Dublin, 3Arena
Fri 26 Belfast, The SSE Arena

Tickets go on General Sale Friday November 17 at 9:00am local time.

Looking ahead to the new shows, Jeff said; “Our audiences are amazing. It’s like they’re in the group. We can’t wait to play for them again.”

More popular than ever, Jeff Lynne’s ELO have always been known for their epic live shows and with a distinct style that seamlessly and innovatively blends rock, pop and classical, ELO has had twenty six UK Top 40 singles, making Lynne’s sweeping productions some of the most recognisable music of the last forty years and helping sell over 50 million records worldwide.

June’s stunning Wembley Stadium gig is being immortalised in the live DVD ‘Wembley Or Bust’ out November 17th. In ‘Wembley or Bust,’ we see Jeff and his remarkable musical ensemble filling Wembley Stadium with one of the greatest rock & roll spectacles of all time, complete with bells, whistles and spaceships in front of a 60,000 capacity crowd.


Delighted to have John Coghlan’s Quo involved and they play Sub 89 in Reading on February 9. John Coghlan was the drummer in the classic ‘Frantic Four’ line-up of Status Quo.

Nov 18 The Tivoli, Buckley

Nov 24 The Wharf, Tavistock

Dec 1 Dingwalls, London

Dec 7 The Iron Road, Evesham

Feb 2 We Love The 70’s, Butlins, Bognor Regis

Feb 9 Sub 89, Reading

Apr 20 Half Moon, Putney