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A guide for Customers

These days artists and bands tend to book their tours months in advance. In order to give you the best notice of up and coming shows we list events once they have been confirmed by the band or their management.

The downside of this is that dates can change due to unforeseen circumstances, sometimes at very short notice. We do our best to ensure that this site is kept as up to date as is possible, with updates happening at least once a week.

Therefore to avoid disappointment we recommend that you check these listing prior to setting out for your show especially if you are travelling any distance.

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The quickest way to get yourself included in our listings is to send an email to rideout at stayfree.co.uk once your gig is confirmed.

We also need you to do the following -

Put the name of the artist or band name along with the date of your show in the email subject line.

Attach a reasonable sized photograph. A 72dpi, jpeg, bigger than 200x200 pixels would be fine. Please don't email files over 1mb in size. If in doubt please drop us a line before sending. Let us have your web address so we can link to your site or Myspace page.

Send us some text. Whilst we are happy to tidy up spelling or grammar, we don't have the time to write or edit copy for you. Ideally we need a nice concise 'blurb' of between 75-100 words. Please don't send a three page biography, or else we are likely to bounce it back to you. If you have a selection of press quotes send what you have as we can usually easily compile something from them. There are plenty of examples of the sort of thing we need here on the site to help you out.

Please note - If you have played at The Musician before and we have text on file, we will continue to use use it for any subsequent listings unless you supply new copy.

If you spot any errors please send an email to derek at indiecentral.co.uk.

Coming to The Musician in May 2020

Fri 1st May 2020
London Calling (Clash Tribute)
£13.00adv £15.00door
Andy wright Presents:

London Calling, The UK's premier Clash tribute act.
After a 2 year hiatus are coming back and doing bigger and better shows than ever before!
Xander Promotions
Sat 2nd May 2020
The Mustangs
£10.00adv £12.00door
THE MUSTANGS are one of the most established and critically-acclaimed blues rock bands in the UK, with a reputation for blistering live shows and ground-breaking original albums.
Regarded as a breath of fresh air on the UK blues scene,they have been nominated for four British Blues Awards. The London-based four piece combines the power and punch of traditional R’n’B with great original songs and a show-stopping stage set. They have forged a formidable reputation as one of the hardest-working and most charismatic bands in British blues.
Led by the stunning voice and slashing guitar of livewire frontman Adam Norsworthy, with the razor-sharp rhythm section of Jon Bartley (drums) and Ben McKeown (bass), the line-up is completed by R’n’B veteran Derek Kingaby on vintage blues harp.
The Mustangs formed in Southern England in 2001. They immediately started gaining rave reviews in the blues press, with writers hailing the band as the country’s brightest new blues talent. News of their deft song-writing and hunger for playing live soon spread. Since then they have headlined stages all over the UK and Northern Europe. In 2017 they played the legendary Glastonbury Festival.
Now in their 19th year and with eight critically acclaimed albums under their belt, as well as a Best Of and a live album, the band’s eleventh album WATERTOWN was released to glowing critical acclaim.
The band’s drummer Jon Bartley is an active political campaigner, and in September 2016 was elected joint-leader of the National Green Party of England & Wales.
“Just Passing Through is an eclectic masterpiece” - Firebrand Magazine
“This outfit has the potential to change how British blues is perceived and received” Blues Matters Magazine
Doktor Dyper
Thu 7th May 2020
Tkts on sale 10am Dec 6th
£12.00adv £15.00door
feat: Tiger Moth Tales solo
Doors 7:30pm - 11:30pm
Heavy, but with a lot of room for dynamics and atmosphere. A raw, pure, dark sound with emotion as its center. Lesoir's set goes from fragility and whispering, to chaos and heavy sounds, without losing the melody of each song.
Lesoir is no longer a stranger to the Dutch progressive rock landscape and has even been successful in China. The art rock band is influenced by Anathema, Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson and The Gathering. Lesoir features two fabulous front ladies.
Lesoir was founded in 2010 and released its debut album one year later. In the meantime, the band has four albums to its name. Their second album “Transience” was produced by John Cornfield and mastered by Brian Lucey (The Last Shadow Puppets). Their third album “Luctor Et Emergo” was recorded at the British Airfield Studio (Elton John, War Of The World). Lesoir has in recent years performed with bands like The Gentle Storm, Delain, Evergrey, The Pineapple Thief and Within Temptation. The band was also featured at festivals like Night Of The Prog, IO Pages Festival and Midsummer Prog Festival. The new album is produced by John Cornfield (Muse) and Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief) and released on the German quality label Gentle Art Of Music. Lesoir just got back from 5 weeks of touring through Europe as special guest of Riverside.
Tiger Moth Tales features Peter Jones solo outing as support. Singer and keyboard player with Camel, Red Bazar and of course Tiger Moth Tales in this stripped down version. Peter's forthcoming new album should be released at the time of this performance.
Xander Promotions
Sat 9th May 2020
Rust For Glory - A Tribute to Neil Young
£10.00adv £12.00door
Internationally acclaimed Neil Young Tribute band Rust For Glory's repertoire includes songs from almost every era of Young’s 50-year career, delving deep into the archive, serving up the sounds, feel and spirit of Neil Young’s work, both solo and with his various bands and collaborators; Buffalo Springfield, CSN&Y, The Stray Gators and Crazy Horse.

Performing both acoustic and electric selections, their set list often incorporates Young’s more esoteric numbers alongside celebrated performances of Live Rust era standards. Expect to hear songs such as 'Powderfinger, 'Heart Of Gold', Like a Hurricane and 'Cortez The Killer' to rarer gems from the ‘Ditch Trilogy’ such as 'Walk on', 'On The Beach' and 'Tonight's The Night' and of course, timeless earlier material such as 'Cinnamon Girl', 'Down By The River' and 'The Losing End'.
Xander Promotions
Sat 16th May 2020
Faux Fighters UK
£10.00adv £12.00door
After spending years of playing drums for numerous bands and recording sessions, Ben Rudge decided to take the leap of faith and doing exactly what Dave Grohl did, switching the kit for guitar and taking centre stage. A few months of recording 4 or 5 foo fighters songs on his own and he finally decided to try and put together the best Foo Fighters tribute he could. Calling on long term friends Liam Slattery & Russ Millard the journey began, quickly adding drummer Kris Perrin & 3rd guitarist Paul Beddow the line up rehearsed for a few months before deciding to add the final layer of Ben Selleck on keys who finally completed the full live FOO FIGHTERS LINE UP.
Xander Promotions
Fri 22nd May 2020
Lester Franco
£10.00adv £12.00door
“I love the blues, jazz, Rock & Roll, nice clothes, cool shows and good whisky…”“

Lester Franco is a Mexican / Italian singer/songwriter and performer currently based in London.
His background in music goes back a long time when he began working as a guitar for Latin- American artists and performing in countries like the US, Ecuador, Cuba, and many more.

After studying music in California and Italy, he then went on to become the Junior A&R for Warner Music Mexico making Grammy award winning albums. At the same time, he founded his own record label “Mad Grand” and he built his own recording studio “The Hangout Studio”.

After his work with Desert Dolls, Gonzo's Mojo and many more, “The Legba Sessions” was his first solo studio album released back in 2013 and followed by his live album “Lowdowns, Whiskey & Live”.

His band Lester Franco & Her Majesty’s Secret Service performed many shows around Mexico and became the official act for Starbucks Mexico.

His live shows are an experience and every one is different from the other. Collaborating with fire, aerial, contortion, burlesque and belly dancers and playing either with an 11 piece band, a big band, or a 4 piece blues-rock band, he has mastered the live stage

Lester has just released his version of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” along with his original song “Help” that was produced by Boz Boorer and he’s currently working on his new album, still producing other artists. as well as performing live across the UK and Europe.
Xander Promotions
Sat 23rd May 2020
Kid - A Tribute to The Pretenders
£10.00adv £12.00door
Kid perform an authentic and powerful tribute to the music of one of the world’s best-loved bands - The Pretenders.

In the studio, The Pretenders crafted perfect pop; radio-friendly but oh so cool. Live, they were wilder and heavier and Kid perfectly capture both these sides of The Pretenders’ personality.

Drawing upon an inspirational back catalogue of Pretenders classics, Kid replicate the sound and feel of a Pretenders live show with power and panache. All the hits are there including; Brass in Pocket, Back on the Chain Gang, Don’t Get Me Wrong, Talk of the Town, I’ll Stand By You, Stop Your Sobbing and, of course, the staggeringly beautiful Kid. Augmenting this cavalcade of hits, Kid rock the stage with a selection of The Pretenders’ most popular album tracks.

Leading the group is the dynamic Rachy Jones who recreates Chrissie Hynde’s distinctive, aching, bruised-yet-defiant vocals with passionate authenticity. Rock solid rhythm guitar guaranteed.

Rachy is ably supported by Paulo on lead guitar, Balacqua on bass and Sharp on drums. Together, these four experienced and talented musicians reproduce the timeless, classic music of The Pretenders with precision, pride and passion.

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