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Coming to The Musician in April 2020

Xander Promotions
YouTube
Tickets
Sat 4th Apr 2020
Stipe (REM Tribute)
£10.00adv £12.00door
A ‘Monster’ show - plus hits & favorites.
1994:- R.E.M. had become one of the biggest, most recognizable bands in the world. Working on Monster was to put them back on the road. Monster is “distorted and dirty ... glam … flirty.”
R.E.M. \ stipe brings that unique energy back to the stage.
R.E.M. remain one of the world’s most enigmatic stadium rock bands. With a string of peerless albums running forward from the 80s; one eye on the underground and one eye on the soaring chorus; it’s safe to say we will never see their like again.
Stipe have played the best of the festivals and venues across the UK and Europe including the 100 Club, O2 venues, Isle of Wight Festival and have performed for R.E.M.’s own lead singer who said, “These guys are awesome”. Stipe are the definitive R.E.M. tribute with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the back catalogue. The boys from Athens’ legacy is in good hands.
Doktor Dyper
Tickets
Sun 12th Apr 2020
The Watch
£12.00adv £15.00door
Doors 8:00pm - 11:00pm
The Watch is an Italian progressive rock band from Milan originally formed in 1997. Their music is inspired by classic progressive rock style of the 1970s and in particular by the music of Genesis. Melody and energy are the main aspects of The Watch music and the live dimension is one of the greatest features of the band.
The first album is called “Ghost” released in 2001, than followed “Vacuum” in 2004 and “Primitive” in 2007. In 2009 the band released its first live album “The Watch live”. Melodies and energy are the main features of The Watch music and live performances are one the strongest characteristics of the band, all the band’s energy and inspiration come out expressly when on stage, where it clearly appears how much they believe in what they do. The line up has changed several times through the years, only Simone Rossetti, founder and composer of the band is still there from the very beginning. According to Simone’s words nowadays the band has the best line up ever !
From 2009 The Watch are bringing on stage shows focused on Genesis albums with the attempt of blending great Genesis classic albums from the 70ies with their own music. Counting on Simone’s voice similarity to Peter Gabriel’s one, this formula has worked very well and allowed the band to play in big stages, widening their audience and growing in number of fans. Now The Watch are considered one of the most representative bands on the actual prog scene worldwide and an example of what could have become prog-rock music if big prog rock names of the 70ies hadn’t split or changed style of music, evolving from the 70ies to nowdays.
In 2010 the band released “Planet Earth” and in 2011 “Timeless” a celebration of some very early days Genesis tunes adding of course some original music too.
After that the band released a new album on february 2014, called “Tracks from the Alps” and from march 2014 on they went on tour all over Europe wide adding some gigs in Canada
The Watch announced their seventh studio album “Seven” in May 2017, with a brilliant special guest, Mr Steve Hackett.The Watch is: Simone Rossetti (lead vocals, flute, keyboards, synthesisers), Valerio De Vittorio (keyboards, synthesisers, guitars, vocals), Mattia Rossetti (bass, guitars, vocals), Marco Fabbri (drums, percussion, vocals) and Giorgio Gabriel (lead guitars). Tonights show is a history of Genesis 70-75
Wake Up Promotions
Tickets
Fri 17th Apr 2020
Who's Who
£12.00adv
Since their humble beginnings in West London in 1996 to now, Who’s Who, the longest established Who Tribute Show in the UK, have received incredible reactions across Europe and beyond for their exciting live performances. Pete Townshend’s leaping and Roger Daltrey’s microphone whirling antics have all but transformed the standard of tribute shows and set a benchmark within the industry for others to follow.

Widely recognised and respected by their musical peers and acknowledged by members of (and those close to) The Who, as the group that most interprets the songs of Pete Townshend and the legendary live performances of The Who with honesty and integrity.

Giving nothing less than 100% during a performance, Who’s Who ensure that a night to remember is guaranteed for those people who are lucky enough to be able to attend.
Xander Promotions
YouTube
Tickets
Sat 18th Apr 2020
Nine Below Zero
£17.00adv £19.00door
Since their formation in 1977 NINE BELOW ZERO have developed a reputation as one of the best blues bands in the country. Their high energy live act was already well established by the time they signed to A&M RECORDS in 1980 and was forever captured on their classic live album 1980’s LIVE AT THE MARQUEE. Legendary producer GLYN JOHNS subsequently worked with the band on 1981’s DON’T POINT YOUR FINGER and they became a familiar sight on seminal TV shows like THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST, THE SOUTH BANK SHOW and memorably performed ‘’11+11’’ on the very first episode of anarchic comedy hit THE YOUNG ONES. High profile tours with THE WHO and The KINKS followed and although their musicianship was reaching new heights 1982’s THIRD DEGREE was the last album released by the classic line-up.

The band made a triumphant return in 1990 to celebrate their 10th anniversary with an all new rhythm section consisting of BRENDAN O’NEILL (Drums) and GERRY MCAVOY (Bass) from RORY GALLAGHER’s band. A sell-out UK tour with this line-up led to a new record deal with CHINA RECORDS and tours with the likes of STING, RAY DAVIES, BRIAN MAY and an incredible 12 nights at THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL with ERIC CLAPTON.

A new 8-Piece NBZ Big Band took to the stage for the first time at GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL 2016 and were met with open arms by the fans. The new line-up of DENNIS GREAVES (Guitar/Vocals), MARK FELTHAM (Harmonica/Vocals), MICKEY BURKEY (Drums), BEN WILLIS (Bass), CHARLIE AUSTEN (Vocals), ANDREW NOBLE (Keyboards), CHRIS RAND (Saxophone) & PAUL JORDANOUS (Trumpet) then embarked on a 30 date tour of the UK to coincide with the release of 13 SHADES OF BLUE in September 2016.
Wed 22nd Apr 2020
Rebecca Loebe
Rebecca Loebe is not just another talent. She’s a sophisticated, mature writer with a relevant point of view and an assured, nuanced voice that’s both elegant and earthy, powerful and delicate, with a range and depth she hints at more than flashes. When the moment’s right, however, she’ll glide up a scale like Norah Jones, or drop right into a crag in Fiona Apple’s sidewalk.


But timing and delivery alone don’t make an artist. There’s got to be substance as well, and Loebe fearlessly probes the rawest corners of her psyche to find it. “There's a lot of me talking to myself,” she says. “I’m writing a lot of empowerment jams these days, and I think it's because it's what I need. I've written albums full of what I needed to say, but this album is full of songs I need to hear.” (Talking about her new album; Give Up your Ghosts).
And now she’s on a guerrilla mission to share messages others need to hear as well. “I like to write catchy songs about topics that are meaningful to me, but use fun hooks to put words in people's mouths,” Loebe admits. “My favorite thing is to get people singing along before they even realize they're singing about women's equality or their own self-worth.”
Before signing her first record deal last year, Loebe had made her national television debut on the first season of The Voice (her version of Nirvana’s “Come as You Are” charted worldwide and landed on the show’s first compilation album) and been declared a winner at the Kerrville New Folk songwriting competition.


“I love listening to you sing, in a genuine way…” - Adam Levine (of Maroon 5)
“She wraps her rich, honeyed voice around a mix of nuanced Americana and pop numbers.” - The Chicago Tribune
“Loebe's voice is breathtakingly beautiful, delightful and superb.” - Huffington Post
Forty Tenth promotions
Tickets
Wed 29th Apr 2020
GENN
£10.00adv £12.00door
feat: GENN, Yur Mum and Run Into The Night
Doors 8:00pm - 11:00pm
?ENN (f.k.a. Cryptic Street//pronounced Jenn) is a musical riot, ready to rock your ears and mess with your brain. They’re serving alternative post-punk madness with a fun twist, fresh out of their DIY framework. Based in Brighton, the band is a result of a trans-national pairing which came about through the internet between three musicians from Malta, and one from the UK.

Leona Farrugia (vocals), Janelle Borg (guitar), Leanne Zammit (bass) and Sofia Rosa Cooper (drums) have been shaking audiences to the core with their infectious tunes and with the honest, relatable themes they attack in their tracks.

After releasing their debut album ‘Titty Monster’ in 2018, the ladies performed across Europe and the UK, and were featured on KEXP, DIVA Magazine, Europavox, Tom Tom Magazine, and Louder Than War, amongst others.

‘These girls most certainly mean business with their attitude ridden, energeticdrive and uncompromising approach. Riot Grrrl’s give us what you got!!’
(Louder than War)

2019 has been a year of incessant touring, creating a buzz around the UK by supporting bands such as Hands Off Gretel, PINS, Maid of Ace, The Soap Girls, and Acid Mothers Temple, to name a few.
This fierce group promises to keep strutting their stuff, and howing us what they’re packing over the coming years. From touring to new releases, you will want to keep your eyes peeled for these girls in 2020. So hold on tight, because the ?ennata (English translation: craziness) has just begun.

Yur Mum is a multicultural rock band based in London. Their music is raw, loud and honest. They call it ‘road rage’ rock. On stage, Yur Mum is energetic, cathartic and unapologetic. The three-piece started their road rage ride in 2016. Since they first
touched a stage, they’ve played shows across the UK, USA, Brazil, Ireland, France, Austria, Hungary and Czechia. After self releasing a single and a live EP, the band was signed by Flicknife Records and released their debut album entitled ROAD RAGE.

“THINK A PISSED-OFF SUZI QUATTRO FRONTING GUNS ‘N’ ROSES”
CASSIE FOX - THE F-WORD

Run Into The Night are a female indie noise rock duo from Glasgow, Scotland formed by Christina Cassette and Ellie May after many late nights of listening to their favourite records.

The band had success with their first self-released 7? record “Turn To Static” in mid 2017, which reached the Top 100 songs by unsigned bands with Salute Music UK and in 2018 with their second 7? record “The Devils Rhythm”. Since their first release the duo have been touring the UK opening for bands such as Deap
Vally, Twin Guns, The Filthy Tongues, Death Valley Girls and performed at various festivals such as EH6, Clarence Park, Girls to the Front and King Tuts Summer Nights. Whilst touring they have picked up sponsorship from Eastwood Guitars and Honeyboy Amps.

Performing live is where the band really come to life by delivering raw energetic shows whilst recreating the experimental sound captured on their records. Their sound has been compared to Queen of the Stone Age, The Black Keys and Blondie.Run Into The Night’s music has been featured on various radio stations such as Steve Lamacq’s show on BBC 6 Music and are officially a BBC Introducing artist.
Tickets
Thu 30th Apr 2020
The Newcranes
£10.00adv
Formed in Derby, England, and frequently compared to the Levellers and other contemporary folk-rock groups such as The Men They Couldn’t Hang. The Newcranes quickly became a popular band on the early 90s touring circuit. They signed with French label Musidisc Records and recorded their debut album Frontline which garnered critical acclaim and won the band many followers. They subsequently supported The Mission, Stiff Little Fingers, Bob Dylan and The Saw Doctors and went on to release several more EPs. The band disbanded in 1996 after several line-up changes. In 2018 the principal songwriter Mark Simpson, along with bass player Bob Rushton and drummer Marcus Carter decided to reignite the band after a campaign by fans. They recruited Jonny Wallis and Julian Butt and in March 2019 played a well-received reunion show at The Venue in Derby. The band have gone on to play festivals throughout the UK including Bearded Theory, Wickham Festival and Boomtown. With a new album and tour scheduled for early in the year and several festivals already in the diary, 2020 will be an even busier year for the re-energised Newcranes!
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"...the Newcranes deliver crackling folk punk in the vein of the levellers. Heavy in places, bouncy and fun in others (not to mention occasional forays into straight up acoustic folk) the Newcranes clearly have a fair few fans in attendance (and make many more) with the highlight of their set being the creeping baseline of turpentine."

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