LEGENDARY BRITISH ROCK BAND SWEET ANNOUNCE THEIR LAST EVER UK TOUR!
SWEET TAKE TO THE ROAD WITH FELLOW 70S ALUMNI MUD 2 AND THE RUBETTES AS PART OF GLITZ, BLITZ AND HITZ TOUR THIS AUTUMN
It was the era that had it all – glitz, glamour and musical innovation. Providing a musical bridge linking the rebellion and counter culture of the 60s, and the decadence of the 80s, the 70s played a vital role in the shaping of modern pop culture.
Now for the final time, one of the decade defining glam rock bands, SWEET, will take to the road alongside MUD 2 keeping the legend of Les Gray and MUD alive, as well as special guests THE RUBETTES featuring original members Alan Williams, John Richardson and Mick Clarke. The 24 UK tour starts in Eastbourne on 10th November, and finishes in Cheltenham on 13th December.
As three of the greatest, most exuberant live bands of the 70s team up for Glitz, Blitz and 70’s Hitz, the artists will remind us why that decade was a truly innovative era in the history of pop music, ushering in a generational change with dazzling colour and uplifting music.
During the 70s, SWEET rode a wave of smash hits; hits such as Blockbuster, Ballroom Blitz, Fox On The Run, Love Is Like Oxygen, Little Willy, Hellraiser were all fixtures of the decade. They were at the heart of a glam rock phenomenon, selling over 55 million records, and had 34 Number 1 hits worldwide.
The band today has an illustrious pedigree, recreating live the high energy and soaring vocals associated with the Sweet sound that is the band’s trademark. Led by original member Andy Scott, the band comprises Pete Lincoln (lead vocals and bass guitar), Bruce Bisland (drums and vocals) and Tony O’Hara (guitar, keyboards and vocals).
Andy Scott commented, “For Sweet to be going back out on tour in the UK on such a big scale for what will probably be the last time is a real thrill. For us performing is at the very heart of what we do and though fashions change our songs have lasted through five decades. When we’re up on the stage in front of an audience it’s almost as if time has stood still”.
Also taking to the stage are MUD 2. Since the passing of lead vocalist Les Gray in 2004, MUD 2 have continued his musical legacy, keeping songs such as Tiger Feet, Lonely This Christmas and Oh Boy as vibrant and vital as they always were. In the mid 70s the band were nothing short of being a phenomenon, enjoying a staggering fourteen UK Top 20 hits between 1973 and 1976 including three number ones.
Special guests on the bill will be The Rubettes. Known to millions for their seminal 1974 hit Sugar Baby Love, the lineup for this tour will be led by Alan Williams alongside fellow original members John Richardson and Mick Clarke.
During the 70s, the band had 15 international hit singles including Tonight, Jukebox Jive, I Can Do It, Baby I Know and more. With over 30 million record sales, they are one of the most prolific bands of the era.
Alan Williams of The Rubettes commented “For the last 40 years we’ve really not stopped performing and although we’ve not performed much in the UK recently we're constantly being asked, when will we be performing over here, so when the chance came up to go on tour with Sweet and Mud, we had to jump at it. We still feel like we did when we were in our 20s and it really feels like now is the time for the 70s to make a bit of a splash again, just like the 80s have in recent years”.
Glitz Blitz and Hitz Autumn UK Tour
Featuring Sweet, Mud 2 and The Rubettes
10 November Eastbourne, Congress Theatre
11 November High Wycombe, Swan Theatre
12 November Bournemouth, Pavilion Theatre
13 November Birmingham, Town Hall
17 November Northampton, Royal & Derngate Theatre
18 November Torquay, Princess Theatre
19 November Portsmouth, Kings Theatre
20 November Blackpool, Grand Theatre
22 November Dartford, Orchard Theatre
24 November St Albans, Alban Arena
25 November Sheffield, City Hall
26 November Southport, Theatre
27 November York, Grand Opera House
28 November Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
30 November Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
01 December Edinburgh, Playhouse Theatre
02 December Dundee, Caird Hall
03 December Aberdeen, Music Hall
05 December Manchester, Palace Theatre
06 December Stoke On Trent, Victoria Hall
08 December Croydon, Fairfield Halls
09 December Oxford, New Theatre
10 December Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall
13 December Cheltenham, Town Hall
Stuart Bennett – Deacon Communications
SOLID SILVER 60S SHOW RETURNS FOR A RECORD BREAKING 31ST YEAR AND NEW ALBUM
30 DATE UK TOUR HEADLINED BY PETER NOONE OF HERMAN’S HERMITS, WITH BRIAN HYLAND, DAVE BERRY AND THE MERSEYBEATS. TOUR STARTS APRIL 2016
The Solid Silver 60s Show has become an annual music mecca for fans of the golden era of pop music having played to hundreds of thousands of fans who want to relive and experience this very special decade.
Having hosted many of the greatest names from the time, including Bobby Vee, Billy J Kramer, Gerry and The Pacemakers, The Troggs, The Searchers, Wayne Fontana and The Crickets, the show is back for a record breaking 31st year. Coinciding with the announcement is the Solid Silver 60s Greatest Hits triple album, the definitive collection from the era, which will be released on Universal Music TV on September 11th.
For 2016, The Solid Silver 60s Show returns with an iconic lineup comprising Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, (Silhouettes, I’m Into Something Good, No Milk Today, Kind Of Hush, My Sentimental Friend), Dave Berry (Memphis Tennessee, The Crying Game, Little Things, Mama), with special guests The Merseybeats (Wishin’ and Hopin’, I Think Of You, Sorrow), plus very special guest from the USA Brian Hyland (Sealed With A Kiss, Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, Ginny Come Lately). New Amen Corner will also perform on stage with the artists.
All the artists feature on the forthcoming Solid Silver 60s Show album alongside show favourites The Searchers, Wayne Fontana, Gerry & The Pacemakers, as well as hits from 60s icons Cilla Black, The Monkees, The Who, The Kinks, The Spencer Davis Group and Status Quo.
Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday September 4th.
Solid Silver 60s Show 2016 UK Tour
10 April 2016 Cheltenham Town Hall
11 April 2016 Northampton Royal & Derngate
12 April 2016 Crawley Hawth
14 April 2016 Sheffield City Hall
15 April 2016 Stoke Regent Theatre
16 April 2016 Skegness Embassy
17 April 2016 Leeds Grand Theatre
19 April 2016 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
20 April 2016 Edinburgh Usher Hall
21 April 2016 Dundee Caird Hall
22 April 2016 Birmingham Town Hall
23 April 2016 Halifax Victoria Theatre
24 April 2016 Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
25 April 2016 Southend Cliffs Pavilion
27 April 2016 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
29 April 2016 Cardiff St David’s Hall
30 April 2016 Truro Hall For Cornwall
01 May 2016 Woking New Victoria
02 May 2016 Dartford The Orchard
03 May 2016 Eastbourne Congress Theatre
04 May 2016 Torquay Princess
06 May 2016 Buxton Opera House
07 May 2016 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
08 May 2016 Blackpool Grand Theatre
09 May 2016 Gateshead The Sage
11 May 2016 Norwich Theatre Royal
12 May 2016 Southampton Mayflower
13 May 2016 Folkestone Leas Cliff
14 May 2016 St Albans Arena
15 May 2016 Manchester Opera House
Tickets available at http://www.flyingmusic.com/box-office/
Dates maybe subject to change.
Stuart Bennett – Deacon Communications
FROM THE PRODUCERS AND DIRECTOR OF WEST END SMASH HIT THRILLER LIVE A BRAND NEW CONCERT SPECTACULAR
SIMPLY THE BEST! DIVAS
HUGE UK TOUR BEGINS IN FEBRUARY 2016
FEATURING X-FACTOR AND WEST END STARS AMELIA LILY & NIKI EVANS
Musical trends may change, styles and genre may come and go – but one thing will always remain the same: there will always be Divas!
In celebration of some of the greatest hits by the most renowned female artists of all time, X-Factor and West End stars Amelia Lily and Niki Evans will take to the road all across the UK for a brand new stage show, beginning in February 2016.
Award winning director Gary Lloyd, best known for his work with, amongst others, Leona Lewis, Kelly Clarkson, Girls Aloud, Tom Jones and on the smash hit West End show Thriller Live which has sold over one million tickets so far, now turns his attention to creating the ultimate pop concert.
Featuring some of the biggest and most adored hits from the likes of Beyoncé, Madonna, Annie Lennox, Kylie, Diana Ross and Adele, this live concert spectacular promises to be a dynamic visual experience too.
Performing these showstoppers live will be former X-Factor contestant turned West End star Amelia Lily, fresh off the back of her critically acclaimed leading role in the Green Day musical American Idiot. Of taking on these hits, Amelia said: “I’m so excited to be part of such an epic new show! I love all of these female singers and have grown up listening to them. I can’t wait to dress up, heel up, make up and diva up!!”
Joining Amelia will be fellow X-Factor alumni Niki Evans, who also found West End fame in the award-winning Blood Brothers. Having previously performed alongside John Barrowman and Heather Small, Evans said of the show: “I’m so excited to be part of this show and sing songs of my hero's these ladies inspired me to want to be a singer. This show is like no other I've seen around and to work with these amazing singers and to be singing these amazing songs I'm in heaven every night.”
Expect to be immersed and empowered by classic tracks such as Like A Virgin, Single Ladies, Rolling in the Deep, Spinning Around, Chain Reaction, If I Could Turn Back Time, and many more!
Simply The Best! Divas promises to be the ultimate pop music extravaganza.
Tickets for the tour on sale now.
Simply The Best! Divas 2016 UK Tour
03-Feb-16 Southend Cliffs Pavillion 01702 351135
04-Feb-16 Ipswich Regent Theatre 01473 433100
05-Feb-16 Crewe Lyceum Theatre 01270 368 242
06-Feb-16 Bradford St George’s Hall 01274 432000
07-Feb-16 Birmingham Alexandra Theatre 0844 871 3011
10-Feb-16 Stockport The Plaza 0161 477 7779
11-Feb-16 Guildford G-Live 01483 369350
12-Feb-16 Northampton Royal & Derngate 01604 624811
13-Feb-16 Eastbourne Congress Theatre 01323 412 000
14-Feb-16 Crawley The Hawth 01293 553636
17-Feb-16 Darlington Civic Theatre 01325 486555
18-Feb-16 Scunthorpe Baths Hall 0844 8542776
19-Feb-16 Brighton Theatre Royal 0844 871 7650
20-Feb-16 Bromley Churchill Theatre 08448 717 620
21-Feb-16 Richmond Theatre 0844 871 7651
24-Feb-16 Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre 0844 576 3000
25-Feb-16 High Wycombe Swan Theatre 01494 512 000
26-Feb-16 Swansea Grand Theatre 01792 475715
27-Feb-16 Stoke-on-Trent Victoria Hall 0844 871 7649
28-Feb-16 Blackpool Grand Theatre 01253 290 190
01-Mar-16 Cheltenham Town Hall 0844 576 2210
04-Mar-16 Halifax Victoria Theatre 01422 351158
05-Mar-16 Dundee Caird Hall 01382 434940
06-Mar-16 Aberdeen Music Hall 01224 641122
07-Mar-16 Glasgow Theatre Royal 0141 353 8000
08-Mar-16 Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre 0844 871 3014
10-Mar-16 Portsmouth Kings Theatre 023 9282 8282
11-Mar-16 Cardiff St David's Hall 029 2087 8444
12-Mar-16 Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall Theatre 01892 530613
13-Mar-16 York Grand Opera House 0844 871 3024
15-Mar-16 Buxton Opera House 01298 72190
16-Mar-16 Dartford Orchard Theatre 01322 220000
17-Mar-16 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall 0115 989 5555
18-Mar-16 Basingstoke The Anvil 01256 844244
19-Mar-16 St Albans Alban Arena 01727 844488 23-Mar-16 Rhyl Pavilion Theatre 01745 33 00 00
24-Mar-16 Gateshead The Sage 0191 443 4661
25-Mar-16 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 0151 709 3789
26-Mar-16 Croydon Fairfield Halls 020 8688 9291
27-Mar-16 Oxford New Theatre 0844 871 3020
Tickets available at flyingmusicboxoffice.com and at 0844 249 100*
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