We’ve had a few new show announcements in the past few weeks. Here’s a reminder in case you missed any!
The Blues Band | Thursday 04 July | 8pm | £26
Formed in 1979 by five seasoned musicians, The Blues Band are celebrating 40 glorious years as Britain and Europe’s leading exponents of one of the greatest musical traditions of all time.
The rest, as the saying goes, is history. But what history. TV, films, a stadium tour with Dire Straits, over 20 albums, within a few years the Blues Band’s deep, well-tended roots had brought them the status of lasting legends. From Greece to Finland, Poland to Portugal, Italy to Denmark, when the Blues Band arrive, the fans turn out in their thousands. What’s on offer is always the same; a stunning menu of original compositions and blues classics, all delivered with passion, knowledge, love of the genre and entertaining showmanship. Other blues groups come and go, but it takes something special to achieve the iconic prestige enjoyed by The Blues Band. If you want to know what 40 years of skill and devotion sound like, here’s your chance – if you love the blues, it doesn’t get any better than The Blues Band.
The Alter Eagles | Friday 19 July | 8pm | £16
The Alter Eagles are delighted to bring their two hour-plus tribute to one of the greatest bands of all time to the Arlington Arts Centre for the very first time. Since they started in 2004, the six piece have built a reputation as one of the most faithful tributes around, ensuring that the audience enjoys a loving note-for-note recreation of songs like Hotel California, Lyin’ Eyes, New Kid in Town, Take it Easy, Tequila Sunrise, Take it to the Limit and Life in the Fast Lane – as well as more recent Eagles’ classics like How Long, Busy Being Fabulous and and Long Road out of Eden; there’s even time for key Don Henley and Joe Walsh solo numbers like Boys of Summer and the classic Rocky Mountain Way. Expect rocking twin lead guitar breaks, sumptuous four part country harmonies and an attention to detail that’s second to none.
“A joy to watch.” – EAST ANGLIAN DAILY TIMES
“One of the best tribute bands I can remember seeing.– WINDSOR OBSERVER
“World class” – LEMONROCK GIG GUIDE
“Pitch-perfect harmonies” –BRIGHTON EVENING ARGUS
Stephen K Amos: Everyman | Friday 06 December | 8pm | £18
It’s easy to feel angry when mad talking heads and evil officials are looking for any slight difference of opinion to plough open and exploit. We need an everyman to bring people together using the most powerful tool we have: comedy. We need Stephen K Amos.
He’s on a mission to bring about world peace. Or, to at least bring about an evening of peace, one venue at a time. In an age when arguments are started over everything from politics to bendy straws, Stephen is rising above the anger to remind us of what we have in common.
Bringing achingly funny anecdotes, hilarious takes on the everyday and his infectious charm, Stephen K Amos will warm your cold, stiffened hearts. Join together with your fellow man and experience the universal language of laughter.
“Comedy at its purest and richest form.” The Advertiser ★★★★★
“Amos has the sort of commanding presence and confidence that could only have come from years of working the circuit.” Arts Hub ★★★★
Sam Avery: Toddlergeddon | Thursday 19 March 2020 | 8pm | £18
The time is 4.17pm.
No-one is dressed yet.
Civilisation has collapsed.
Law and order has broken down.
The kids are high on sugar.
The adults have lost control.
Every conversation is an argument.
The coffee has run out.
A child scribbles on the wall.
Someone spills a drink.
Everyone is shouting.
This is Toddlergeddon.
Join award-winning comedian and bestselling author Sam Avery (AKA The Learner Parent) for an evening of hilarious stand up, brand new for 2020. How do you raise a toddler with more attitude than Kanye West? Can you negotiate effectively with a pre-schooler who knows you’re clueless? And will any of us survive Toddlergeddon?
‘Quick wit and painfully funny‘ – METRO
‘A gifted storyteller’ – THE LIST
The Thinking Drinkers: Heroes of Hooch | Saturday 28 March 2020 | 8pm | £16
The Thinking Drinkers return with a BRAND-NEW SHOW, a hilarious and intoxicating look at history’s greatest drinkers.
Enjoy five free drinks as the award-winning experts reveal how alcohol has inspired pioneering explorers, politicians and painters in equal measure, from Plato and Picasso, to Nelson, Napoleon and Norm from Cheers. You’ll learn a lot, laugh a lot and, don’t forget, you get five free drinks.
‘Pioneers of alcohol based comedy’ (Sunday Times)
‘A terrific show. The best value for money in town’ **** (Scotsman)
‘Hugely funny, genuinely fascinating’ **** (Edinburgh Evening News)
MAMA – The All Genesis Show | Saturday 02 May 2020 | 8pm | £20
One of the UK’s most successful Genesis tribute bands, Mama faithfully reproduce the sights and sounds of a high octane, contemporary Genesis rock concert with fantastic musicianship from acclaimed musicians.
Mama will take you on a journey from Genesis’ early Peter Gabriel years, through the Phil Collins’ era of the 70’s and 80’s and right up to their final studio album, ‘We Can’t Dance’.
Lead singer, John Wilkinson, delivers the Phil Collins vocal sound with power, passion and precision. On keyboards, the band benefits from the technical wizardry of John Comish. Guitars are provided by Jon Vatikiotis, backed up with the rock solid technical playing of James Cooper on drums and Dave Jones on bass, 12 string guitar and bass pedals.
When asked about the show, John Wilkinson said, “The idea of a Mama show is to celebrate the music of Genesis by having a Genesis party. We are huge Genesis fans, just like our audience. It’s great to meet so many likeminded Genesis fans as we tour the UK year after year. They know what they like!”