We are proud to present to you the biggest line up of artists to ever grace the Rewind Festival stage!
Artists listed below in reverse order of performance on each day
In 1979, Kool & The Gang unveiled a smooth new sound with Ladies Night. Produced by the legendary Pop/Jazz musician Eumir Deodato, it became their first platinum album. The #1 R&B title track also reached #8 at Pop. It was followed by Too Hot (#3 R&B, #5 Pop). The ’80s would see them dominate the mainstream, starting with the double platinum-selling album Celebrate (driven by the international monster hit Celebration, which spent six weeks atop the R&B chart and became a #1 Pop single). Celebration, which played as the American hostages returned from Iran, remains de rigueur at joyous occasions worldwide. The smashes Get Down On It, Take My Heart, Let’s Go Dancing, Joanna, Tonight, Misled, the #1 R&B, #2 Pop giant Cherish and the #1 R&B anthem Fresh (these last three from the multi-platinum LP Emergency) solidified the group’s international superstardom. Kool & the Gang landed global commercial endorsements, supported countless charitable causes and were the only American group to participate in Band Aid’s 1984 Do They Know It’s Christmas project for famine victims in Africa.
With the explosion of hip-hop in the ’90s, Kool & the Gang’s incredible catalog of grooves made them DJ favorites, and they were second only to R&B icon James Brown as sources of rap-music samples.
2004’s The Hits Reloaded found the band collaborating with such acolytes as Lil’ Kim, Sean Paul, Ashanti, and Blackstreet, among others. Kool & The Gang continues to perform to packed audiences of new and old fans around the world.
The band re-entered the Billboard R&B chart with 2006’s Steppin’ Into Love. In 2006, Kool & The Gang received the NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers) Chairman Award for lifetime achievement in record sales.
Kool & The Gang will release a new studio album titled Still Kool in July 2007 on New Door Records/UMe.
The trio consisting of Howard Hewett as lead vocalist together with Jeffrey Daniel and Jody Watley became known as the “classic” line up of the group. From late 1979 to mid 1983 they racked up more than a dozen hits all over the world including North America, Europe, Africa and Japan. In the UK, Shalamar are also remembered for Jeffrey Daniel’s famous appearances on Top of the Pops where he introduced body popping and moonwalking to UK audiences. Daniel is also an award-winning choreographer well known for teaching the moonwalk to Michael Jackson as well as co-choreographing some of Jackson’s videos and for being his dance mentor.
At the height of their fame in 1983, Watley and Daniel left Shalamar leaving Hewett to continue the group with new members and further hits resulting in a personal grammy for Hewett.
In 1999, Howard Hewett and Jeffrey Daniel reformed the group and began touring again. For a number of years they left the third slot empty as they continued to invite Jody Watley back into the group. When they were happy that they had tried their best to encourage Watley to re-join, they felt that they should look for another female vocalist.
The natural choice of replacement was Carolyn Griffey, daughter of founder Dick Griffey. She grew up a pre-teenager spending much time in the offices and studios of Solar Records in the presence of the original Shalamar and their label bandmates including The Whispers, Midnight Star and her mother Carrie Lucas, herself an accomplished R&B artist. At the age of 18 Carolyn had a record deal with another group Absolute who had two songs featured on the soundtrack of the film Lambada. Since Carolyn came on board in 2001, the group have been able to extend their performance repertoire to those songs such as Full Of Fire which require a female presence.
Marc has been awarded the Ivor Novello Inspiration Award and the Icon Award by Attitude Magazine a Mojo Magazine Inspiration Award and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Leeds Music College. He is also dubbed in the Russian press, 'adopted son of Russia' after the release of Heart on Snow his album of Russian ‘Romance ‘Songs and Russian Folk and Orpheus In Exile, the songs of the late Russian Gypsy Romance singer, dissident and now gay icon Vadim Kozin, in 2009. The album sold in excess of 45,000 copies and received rapturous reviews.
As well as a huge body of recordings, Marc has also had two best selling autobiographies, Tainted Life and In Search of The Pleasure Palace, as well as three books of verse; The Angel of Death in the Adonis Lounge, A Beautiful Twisted Night and The End of New York.
Almond is no stranger to the theatrical stage. His credits include Ten Plagues, winner of The Scotman's Fringe First Award and Almond was highly praised for his role of Seneca in Paris Théâtre du Châtelet's experimental rock adaptation of Poppea.
Marc’s latest solo album, The Velvet Trail, was released in March 2015 and was closely followed by a sell out European live tour. In November 2015 Marc together with Poet Jeremy Reed and Composer Othon made an album of Pop Operetta, Against Nature, based on the book A Rebours by J K Husymans and funded through Kickstarter.
Marc performed with Leeds College of Music Contemporary Orchestra and Pop Choir at The Royal Festival Hall in July 2016.
November 2016 saw the release of Trials of Eyeliner, Marc’s much anticipated box set anthology released through Universal Music.
Marc released ‘Hits and Pieces’ through Universal in March 2017 to celebrate his Greatest Hits. Shortly following this top ten album was a UK sold out tour.
Marc looks forward to releasing yet another album in September 2017 which will be followed by a 20 date UK Tour.
An artist who has received Ivor Novello, Grammy, BASCAP awards along with a flotilla of gold and platinum records, really needs very little introduction. Musical success is seldom measured in time spans of more than a few years, if not Andy Warhol's often quoted "fifteen minutes", so the fact that by the time Midge's single "If I Was" went to No1 in 1985 he had already crammed several musical lifetimes into a 10 year professional career speaks volumes - Slik, The Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy, Visage, Ultravox and of course the most famous one off group in musical history Band Aid had by then all had the guiding hand of his musical navigation.
Then you have to take account of Midge's musical directorship of a series of rock concerts for The Prince's Trust, Night of the Proms, Wicked Women for Breakthrough and in honour of Nelson Mandela; record production for Phil Lynott, Steve Harley and countless others; his video direction of memorable hits by the Fun Boy Three, Bananarama and others, or a whole swathe of landmark singles by Ultravox; TV, theatre and film music credits ranging from 'Max Headroom' to stage and big screen.
Midge appeared to the wider public in a moment of heady teen success with Slik. Their sway-along single 'Forever And Ever' took over at No.1 in the UK from Abba's 'Mamma Mia' on Valentine's Day 1976. Soon outgrowing Slik's pop dimensions, Midge was snapped up by ex-Sex Pistol Glen Matlock the following year for his new outfit, the Rich Kids, who charted amid an avalanche of press with a self-titled EMI single early in 1978. By 1979, with his name being added to many musicians' contact book, Ure had been asked by Billy Currie, Chris Cross and Warren Cann to become the new frontman in Ultravox.
The band was a major influence on the new romantic and electro-pop movements of the early '80s. Their successful trademark was combining Midge's powerful guitar riffs with sweeping synthesiser motifs, enigmatic imagery and state-of-the-art visuals. Tracks like 'Reap the Wild Wind', 'Dancing With Tears in My Eyes', 'Love's Great Adventure' and 1981's timeless 'Vienna' were all massive hits the world over as they charted with awesome regularity, not only on single, but with seven consecutive top ten albums in just six years. Indeed, Vienna recently was voted the Nation’s favourite number 2 single of the 80’s, finally granting it a coveted Number 1 position!
Even by then, the Midge Ure story had some individual chapters, of course. He wrote and produced “Fade to Grey” for Visage in 1980, then hit the top 10 in the summer of 1982 with his first release under his own name, an atmospheric take on the Tom Rush song made famous half a dozen years earlier by the Walker Brothers, 'No Regrets'.
Then came November 25, 1984, a historic day for Midge and all of pop music, as 36 artists by the collective name Band Aid gathered at SARM Studios in west London under Ure's production. They recorded 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' a song he had just written with Bob Geldof as the industry's heartfelt and eloquent contribution to Ethiopian famine relief. 600,000 copies sold in its first week in the UK alone was only the beginning: 800,000 more were bought in the second week, more than three million world-wide, and the unstoppable emotion engendered by the project led to Live Aid, the summer 1985 global concert that, all exaggeration aside, spoke for a generation.
Within months, a staggering £8 million had been raised for the starving in Africa, and Geldof said that without Ure's initial enthusiasm for the idea, not to mention his rapidly penned sketch for the single, neither Band Aid nor Live Aid could have happened.
Just two months after Live Aid, Midge was back at No.1 in Britain, this time under his own name, with 'If I Was', and by the autumn he had a No.2 solo album to accompany it, entitled 'The Gift'. Further solo albums followed with “Answers to Nothing” in 1988 and “Pure” in 1991 on BMG.
Delivered in 1994, the new 'Breathe' album was followed by further extensive touring. The Swatch campaign brought spectacular renewed international activity for the record in 1998. The album and eponymous single were subsequently in the top 20 throughout Europe for much of that year, and No.1 in Italy, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. 'Breathe' sold over half a million copies in Europe alone. Respected German composer Eberhard Schoener invited him to perform at the re-opening of the Potzdamer Platz in Berlin, in front of an estimated audience of 500,000.
Soon after Midge was busy producing and writing with and for various artists, both established and unsigned, at his studio in Bath, and writing music for films. Other duties included the 'Music for Montserrat' benefit at the Royal Albert Hall alongside Sir Paul McCartney, Elton John and Eric Clapton.
In 2005 Midge undertook both extensive acoustic tours of Germany and the UK as well as performing with the long standing "Night of the Proms" in Germany. This 21 date sell out tour of arenas saw a massive production with full orchestra and also starred Roger Daltry and Manfred Mann
He then went on to be executive producer for the Band Aid 20 single working with the likes of Paul McCartney, Joss Stone and Fran Healey.
Midge's services to both music and charity were finally recognised in the Birthday Honours listin 2005, when Midge was awarded a long overdue OBE. He also released his autobiography "If I Was" through Virgin books.
He's also received honorary doctorates from both Edinburgh and Dundee Universities, mainly in recognition for his work with Band Aid and Live 8. Midge actually managed to fit in a performance at the Edinburgh Live8 show in Murreyfield in July where he played with Eddie Izzard on piano! Surely a first!
Midge had long held an ambition to record an album of cover versions of songs that influenced him. He managed to record his own version of No Regrets in 1982, but it was to take 25 years and a change of format from LP to CD before he would record a full set of his favourite songs.
TEN was recorded in a log cabin in Eastern Canada during the long snow bound winter of 2007 - 2008 and was released again by German label Hypertension in September 2008.
The CD contains songs that influenced the teenage Ure when growing up in Glasgow in the 60s and 70s, so alongside the obvious (David Bowie) are the less obvious - The Carpenters...Lulu. These were the songs that had shaped him as a songwriter.
April 2009 saw the unthinkable happen - ULTRAVOX REFORMED and subsequently released a new album in 2012 and toured the UK and Europe culminating in the band being Special Guests of Simple Minds on their UK arena tour, ending at a sold out show at the O2 Arena, London.
Even with huge amounts of Ultravox activity, Midge still continued to perform in his own right, including tours of Australia and the US in 2013. The US tour was recorded and released as “Live in Chicago”. He also recorded an updated audio version of his autobiography “If I Was”and as someone who always enjoys pushing the boundaries of technology, this was released on flash drive in 2014. His radio work with Trevor Dann has also received a pat on the back with prestigious gold & silver New York Awards.
Fragile was released in 2014 and was a return to his progressive synth roots with soaring melodies and introspective lyrics. With collaborations by Schiller and Moby,was playlisted by Radio 2 for 3 consecutive weeks.
2015, being the 20th anniversary of Breathe being completed, Midge decided to perform the album in it’s entirety for the first time. Ably accompanied by the boys from The India Electric Company, who had caught Midge’s attention at a show in 2013, the songs took on a new dimension and the show was a total success both with the critics and audiences throughout the UK and Europe. A live CD of the show was released by Oblivion/SPV.
Midge enjoyed playing with Joe and Cole so much that it seemed a natural progression to continue the format into 2016 with the Something from Everything tour, that went to Europe, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Ireland as well as the UK.
"I really enjoyed playing Breathe in it's entirety and there were some surprising successes! Album, tracks that I didn't really expect people to be aware of became the stars of the show, and this started me thinking about revisiting some older material that I never envisaged playing again as well as a raft of hits. Then I decided it would be a fun idea to play something from every album I have recorded right from the Rich Kids, via Visage and Ultravox, to my latest solo album, Fragile"
Britain’s Best Part Time Band was a series filmed and aired by the BBC during 2016, which Midge co-hosted with comedian Rhod Gilbert. He also started work on re-recording his classic hits rearranged for a live orchestra which is due to be released by BMG later this year.
Now it's time to go back to the electronic roots.
Time to lay down the acoustic setup and reunite with the synthesisers and electric guitars.
"I want to revisit some material that I've not really been able to perform with the recent acoustic line up, so you can expect to hear songs that haven't been aired for a while as well as the classics and a couple of surprises! I've really enjoyed touring with a band and now I want to expand back to a four piece and return to a more electronic based format"
Born Nicholas David Kershaw on 1st March 1958 in Bristol, Nik spent his formative years in Ipswich. His father was an architect and flautist in the town’s orchestra and his mother trained as an opera singer. Nik describes himself as a late developer, first picking up a guitar when he was 15, as a result of watching a TV documentary on David Bowie. Other early influences included such diverse artists as T-Rex, Deep Purple, Simon & Garfunkel, Genesis, and Lonnie Donegan. Several local bands later and after three years working as a civil servant, he grabbed the opportunity to turn professional, serving his apprenticeship as the guitar player in jazz-fusion and functions bands.
Nik signed with MCA Records in 1983 and in September of the same year "I Won't Let The Sun Go Down" was released for the first time. It reached a No.47 in the UK charts however when it was release the following summer it went to No. 2 in the charts. This was followed in January 1984 by "Wouldn't It Be Good" which languished gracefully at No.4 in the UK charts for five weeks and was to break Nik Kershaw worldwide. The seminal “Human Racing” album was released in March and achieved platinum sales in many territories. Nik managed to squeeze in two European tours, four more hit singles and another platinum album (“The Riddle”) before the end of that year.
The following year 1985 brought three more hit singles, tours of Europe, Canada, Australia, the USA and Japan and an appearance at "Live Aid". He was to record two more albums with MCA, “Radio Musicola” and “The Works” before leaving the spotlight in 1989 to focus on song-writing and production.
The 1990s saw him working with the likes of Cliff Richard, Bonnie Tyler, Lulu, Ronan Keating, Jason Donovan, Nick Carter, Michael W Smith, Connah Reeves, Colin Blunstone, Petula Clark, Gary Barlow, The Hollies, Let Loose and Imogen Heap. Most notablyhe penned and co-produced the ubiquitous “The One & Only” for Chesney Hawkes.
His sabbatical was briefly interrupted to work with Tony Banks (Genesis), and to record a self penned duet with Elton John for the great man’s “Duets” album. He returned to making his own records in 1998 with his fifth studio album “15 Minutes” on Eagle Records. The follow up to this was the equally well-received “To Be Frank” (2001), “You’ve Got To Laugh” (2006) and the solo acoustic “No Frills” (2009).
Nik’s most recent album “Ei8ht” was released in 2012 and produced the singles ‘The Sky’s The Limit’ and ‘You’re The Best’.
Throughout his career Nik Kershaw has attracted praise from such legends as Eric Clapton and Miles Davis and has been nominated for four Brit Awards. Elton John famously described him as being “the best songwriter of his generation”.
He continues to write and record, both for his own projects and for film and TV and performs his songs, old and new to his faithful following all over the world.
Chesney has worked with writers and producers from a broad section of the industry, among them Albert Hammond (To all the Girls I’ve loved Before), Randy Goodrum (You Needed me) Mark Goldenberg (The Eels), Jesse Valenzuela (The Gin Blossoms), Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran) and Counting Crows producer Marvin Etzioni. Other collaborators include Howard Jones, the Police’s Stuart Copeland, Nik Kershaw, Bijou Phillips and Rob Davis (co-writer of Kylie’s Can’t Get you out of My Head). He has had material recorded by five international Pop Idol winners. English band ‘Hepburn’ covered “Next Life”, which Chesney co-wrote with Phil Thornally. (Phil co-wrote “Torn” for Natalie Imbruglia). Caprice charted with “Once Around The Sun” and he also collaborated with Tricky on his ‘Mission Accomplished’ EP. Another of Chesney’s songs, “Almost You”, was featured in the film “Jawbreaker” starring Rose McGowan and Marilyn Manson and “Missing You Already” was in the film “The Night We Never Met”, starring Matthew Broderick. In mid 2007 Chesney co-composed two orchestral pieces commissioned by Lexus Cars for a live presentation. Recorded at AIR Studios by the London Symphony Orchestra, this represents Chesney’s first orchestral work. The Duncan Jones movies, ‘Moon’, ‘Source Code’, ‘Warcraft’ & ‘Mute’ all feature versions of The One and Only and Duncan aims to continue this trend through his future movies!
Three of Chesney’s songs were recorded by Chinese megastar Jane Zhang. Jane has 15 No:1s in China to her credit and performing Chesmey’s song, ‘Celebrate’ on the Oprah Winfrey Show with Simon Cowell represented her US TV debut. Chesney also wrote the title track for the film ‘All’s Faire In Love’ which stars Christina Ricci. His song “Seven of Sundays” was recorded by Curt Smith, from Tears for Fears.
Jason Sean Donovan was born into a show business family in Melbourne Australia on 1 June 1968. His good looks and talent made him a natural on Australian TV. His first appearances on television there included as ‘I Can Jump Puddles’, ‘Skyways’ and ‘Gold Pennies’.
His big break came with the role of Scott Robinson in the primetime soap ‘Neighbours’ which turned him into an international star gaining every Australian major award including Most Popular Actor. The series went onto to become one of the highest rating shows in the UK which led to Jason’s huge chart success within the PWL Pop era. His debut album ‘Ten Good Reasons’ was the biggest selling album of 1989 with sales of 1.5 million including the duet ‘Especially For You’ with Kylie Minogue and ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’ which contributed in the impressive world sales of 13 million albums and 4 UK No. 1s. Music was always a constant in Jason’s career and in particular he shone in his portrayal of Joseph in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ at London’s Palladium in 1991 reaching 18-month sell out run, number one single and best- selling soundtrack album.
In 1976 the sisters became affiliated with the Chappell Music organization as songwriters (Lillian co-wrote the title track of the hit Broadway show “Bubblin’ Brown Sugar” for which she won a Grammy Award) and there met Sandy Linzer. A well known producer and writer, Linzer had been responsible for hits for such artists as the Four Seasons and the Toys, and was currently working with the Savannah Band, which featured August Darnell (who would later go on to huge success as Kid Creole). Linzer immediately loved Odyssey, saw their enormous potential and began writing and producing for them.
From their debut album emerged their first smash single - Native New Yorker, an international hit late in 1977. Unfortunately, Linzer and the group were unable to sustain a sizeable follow-up for over two years. It was a frustrating experience. Tony left the group and was replaced by Billy McEachern of Fayetteville, North Carolina, a former gospel singer. Additionally, Lillian’s eldest son, Steven Collazo became part of Odyssey behind the scenes, recording as a background vocalist and journeyman session musician. Luckily, the chemistry worked, but this time even better.
Billy Ocean is the biggest black recording star Britain has ever produced, one who has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime.
He has collected a pile of Gold and Platinum records across the world and hit the number one spot worldwide on pop charts including the USA, Australia, Germany, Holland, and the UK. Billy has achieved extraordinary success as both an artist and a songwriter
Born in Trinidad, Billy settled in London’s East End when just seven years old. The calypso crazy kid soon got turned on to soul singers like Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, as well as pop groups like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, leading him to spend much of his study time in the music room.
Billy got his first break when he signed to GTO records, for whom his second single was the Motown-ish Love Really Hurts Without You, which reached No. 2 in the UK charts and No. 12 in the US.
Two top twenty singles followed; Love on Delivery and Stop Me, then Red Light Spells Danger became a smash in both the UK and the US.
After huge worldwide success and with a young family at home, Billy decided to take a break to spend some well earned time with them. In 2007, with the kids all grown up, Billy went back out to perform his hits again, this time with his daughter Cherie on backing vocals, with live dates in the UK and Europe, USA, Canada, and the Caribbean. The tour was a great success and culminated in his getting the bug once more for writing and recording. 2008 saw Billy back in the studio for the first time in 15 years, recording his brand new album ‘Because I Love You’ - which was released in 2009. 2010 saw Billy back on the road again with his band in the UK, Europe and the US and the release of ‘The Very Best of Billy Ocean’, which entered the UK album charts at number 17 and sold 72,000 copies in 4 weeks. Billy recently headed over to America where he played to fantastic crowds in Las Vegas, Detroit and Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida.
He has continued to tour the world visiting Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Dubai, Nigeria, as well as playing the UK , USA and Europe every year .
2015 sees him celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Release of the Suddenly Album which included the No 1 Hits in the US "Caribbean Queen " and Title track Suddenly with live dates across the globe.
It was in 1983 that Howard Jones first burst upon the contemporary music scene and brought his very English song-writing and pioneering synthesizers to an unsuspecting world. Anyone who was around in the mid to late eighties will remember those high energy gigs and his first two albums Human’s Lib and Dream into Action. They lived in the higher reaches of the album charts in the UK, USA, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Canada, Australia and many other countries in the 1984-86 period and the hits kept coming……..New Song, What is Love?, Pearl in the Shell, Hide and Seek,(which he performed at Live Aid in 1985), Like to Get to Know You Well, Look Mama, Things Can only Get Better, Everlasting Love and the quintessential No One is To Blame, which reached No.1 in the US.
Now Howard Jones has re-mastered those first two classic albums ‘Human’s Lib’ and ‘Dream into Action’ and played them both live in their entirety for the first time on November 6th 2010 at the IndigO2 in London’s O2 Arena Complex. The re-mastered albums are available as a box set with a third bonus CD of rare material from the eighties. (www.howardjones.com)
A violin prodigy, Yorkshire, England’s Mik Kaminski joined ELO in 1973 after famously answering an advert in Melody Maker magazine. Ever since, Mik and his blue electric violin have dazzled rock audiences the world over. A consummate showman, Kaminski is the original violin wild man, shattering traditional notions of stage propriety with a classical instrument. If not for his talents on violin, Kaminski’s vocation may well have been humorist, as he is easily one of the funniest persons you’ll ever meet. You just have to sort through his Yorkshire accent to get to the jokes.
Originally a bassist, Bedford, England’s Lou Clark studied orchestration at Leeds College of Music and helped transform ELO’s sound with his string and choir arrangements on the band’s breakthrough album “Eldorado.” Today, when the Orchestra performs with symphonies, Clark dons his famous tuxedo and leads the world’s best national orchestras through the ELO catalogue of hits. Clark also created the Hooked On Classics series of albums that partnered well known classical pieces with modern drum beats. Clark is an unabashed Beatle Freak and a massive fan of English football. He also has kept notes on every show ever played by ELO Part II and The Orchestra.
Indiana, USA native Eric Troyer’s professional resume reads like a who’s who of rock history. His voice can be heard on mega hits such as “Woman” by John Lennon, “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler and on songs by Aerosmith, James Taylor, Meatloaf, Kiss, Lou Reed and many others. A founding member of ELO Part II, Troyer’s distinctive voice and keyboards--not to mention his tireless work ethic--have been a staple of the band for more than 20 years. Troyer has managed to survive years of exposure to the highest levels of rock and roll insanity with his good humor intact. He is a health nut and history buff .
Louisiana born Parthenon Huxley joined ELO Part II in 1998. Huxley wrote his first song at age ten. His records as a solo artist and band leader have earned three Album of the Year awards and a #1 single on Rolling Stone Magazine’s Exclusive Download chart. Huxley has also written four Top 20 hits with other artists, including Foreigner and E (Mark Everett). Much to his surprise, Huxley was named Costa Rica’s Rock Composer of the Year in 2010. A consummate rock guitarist, Huxley was tabbed to create two guitar loop libraries for Sony. “Hux” hopes to one day make use of his B.A. in Journalism and write a book about his experiences with The Orchestra.
A native of Philadelphia, PA, Townsend began drumming professionally in his teens. He moved to Los Angeles in 1994 and formed P. Hux with Parthenon Huxley. After Huxley joined ELO Part II, Townsend was the first choice to replace ELO founding member Bev Bevan on drums. Townsend has been with e Orchestra since 2001, laying down an unshakable back beat beneath the band’s o en complex musical arrangements. A pro’s pro, Townsend steers his performance to the needs of the song, avoiding ash but supplying rock solid power and finesse. He is a sucker for cool musical gear and rescue dogs.
Glen Burtnik’s extensive showbiz career includes a stint on Broadway as Paul McCartney in Beatlemania, a Billboard #2 smash hit “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough”, ten years as frontman for rock legends Styx, and even several short runs as bassist for ELO Part II. Glen also released two solo albums for A&M Records. Burtnik is beloved in his home state of New Jersey for his over the top musical revues, most famously his Xmas Xtravaganza, which features dozens of notable performers. If Bruce Springsteen is the Boss, Glen Burtnik is surely the assistant manager.
1972 saw one of the most influential and legendary bands in the history of rock music emerge, as three ordinary guys from Woking in Surrey juxtaposed punk rock anger with R&B influences and the dapper aesthetics of 60s mod culture, creating the unstoppable musical force of The Jam. Over ten years, the three piece - comprised of drummer Rick Buckler, frontman Paul Weller and bass player Bruce Foxton - forged a timeless legacy of widespread emotional resonance, with a variety of accomplishments ranging from 18 consecutive top 40 UK singles to four UK number one singles and a UK number one album. Providing all the power and low-end that helped to initially propel the trio into the stratosphere, Foxton gave The Jam half of an integral component to their success: an energetic rhythm section. Driving the band's enduring appeal into the hearts and minds of all who witnessed it first hand, Foxton's bass rounded out Weller's songs, throughout a career that weaved its place into the historical tapestry of both musical culture and British culture as a whole.
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) are an English electronic music band formed in Wirral, Merseyside in 1978. Spawned by earlier group The Id, the outfit is composed of co-founders Andy McCluskey (vocals, bass guitar) and Paul Humphreys (keyboards, vocals), along with Martin Cooper (various instruments) and Stuart Kershaw (drums); McCluskey is the only constant member. OMD released their influential debut single, "Electricity", in 1979, and gained popularity throughout Europe with the 1980 anti-war song "Enola Gay". The band achieved broader recognition via their seminal album Architecture & Morality (1981) and its three singles, all of which were international hits. Steadily resistant to celebrity status, the group earned acclaim for their adventurous recordings, which combined sonic experimentation and atypical subject matter with musical hooks.
Although retrospectively described as a challenging masterpiece, the avant-garde Dazzle Ships (1983) eroded European support. The band embraced a more straightforward pop sound on Junk Culture (1984), while continuing to experiment via newly acquired digital samplers; this change in direction led to greater success in the United States, and yielded the 1986 hit, "If You Leave". A year after the release of The Best of OMD (1988), creative differences rendered McCluskey the only remaining member of the group as Humphreys formed spin-off band The Listening Pool. OMD would return with a new line-up and explore the dance-pop genre: Sugar Tax (1991) and its initial singles were sizeable hits. By the mid 1990s, however, electronic music had been supplanted by alternative rock, and both OMD and The Listening Pool disbanded in 1996. McCluskey later conceived girl group Atomic Kitten, for whom he served as a principal songwriter, while Humphreys performed as half of the duo Onetwo.
The unmistakable voice of Bronski Beat and The Communards, featured on massive hits such as Smalltown Boy and Don't Leave Me This Way – it can be none other than Jimmy Somerville.
Bronski Beat not only introduced the world to Jimmy's unique voice, their debut smash hit Smalltown Boy tackled pertinent social issues with it’s lyric addressing the isolation and rejection felt by a provincial gay youth forced into leaving town. Although not the first pop song to deal with this topic, Bronski Beat’s chart friendly early 80's electronic dance sound and the everyday ordinariness and honesty of the three performers, made Smalltown Boy the biggest record about gay issues there'd ever been.
Jimmy’s next band The Communards enjoyed a string of hits from their two hit albums Communards (1986) and Red (1987). One moment the Communards were hurtling to the number one spot - a position they held for weeks in the UK in 1986 - with their energetic, hedonistic cover version of the Philly soul classic Don't Leave Me This Way, the next stunning audiences into silent awe with their touching lament for a loved one lost to AIDS, For A Friend.
1989 saw Jimmy embark on a solo career with 5 more hit singles and two albums; Read My Lips (1989) and The Singles Collection (1990). These included a stirring cover of Sylvester's disco anthem You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real).
Jimmy's continued outspokenness on gay issues didn't prevent his records being played and selling in huge quantities. His honesty as a gay performer almost certainly helped to pave the way for his success.
Kim Wilde burst onto the music scene in 1981 with the classic ‘Kids In America’, a worldwide hit. This lead to a stunning career with over 30 million record sales spanning 12 albums and some of the most memorable hits of the 80s including, ‘Chequered Love’, ‘Cambodia’, ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’ (number one in the USA), ‘You Came’, ‘Never Trust A Stranger’ and ‘Four Letter Word’.
Voted Best British Female Singer at the BPI Awards in 1983 (Forerunner to the Brits), Kim also supported Michael Jackson on his ‘Bad’ tour in Europe, playing to over 2 million people over 5 months and also supported the legendary David Bowie across Europe on his 1990 Greatest Hits stadium tour.
The 90s saw Kim continue to remain in the spotlight with the albums ‘Love Moves’ and ‘Love Is’ featuring singles including ‘Love Is Holy’ and the Bee Gee’s classic ‘If I Can’t Have You’ from ‘The Singles Collection 1981-1993’.
After a break from music to get married, have children and re-discover a love for gardening, Kim returned to playing live in 2001 with various festivals and tours including Australia in 2003 before signing to EMI in Germany in 2006 and releasing the ‘Never Say Never’ album. After several chart successes with the singles from the album, Kim and her band took to the road, performing over 50 shows in 2007 including two tours and various festivals in 2008.
2009 saw another European tour followed by the ‘Come Out And Play’ album in 2010, which went top 10 in Germany and Switzerland and was followed by a sell-out European tour in 2011.
2011 also saw the release of ‘Snapshots’, Kim’s album of her favourite cover versions. This was also followed by a tour in 2012, which also included Kim’s greatest hits.
In 2013 Kim released the beautiful and critically acclaimed, ‘Wilde Winter Songbook’ album, which featured her favourite Christmas and winter inspired songs, both cover versions and original material. With Radio Two playing ‘Hey Mister Snowman’ at Christmas, Kim played a few select Christmas shows in both the UK and Holland, which she repeated with the release of the special edition of the album the following year.
2015 and 2016 saw Kim continuing with her popular radio show on Magic FM and putting in some amazing performances at festivals across Europe, while also touring Holland twice and doing a tour of Australia in November 2016 with Howard Jones. Kim also appeared on the main stage at the Download festival with ‘Lawnmower Deth’, performing their version of ‘Kids In America’.
Heaven 17, please remember, were not even intended to be a group. In the beginning was the British Electric Foundation, or B.E.F., for short. Born out of the collapse of the original Human League, and the brainchild of Martyn Ware, that band’s leader, B.E.F. was less a record label, as a portfolio of future musical projects of which Heaven 17 would be just one. Ian Craig Marsh, co-founder of the Human League, would join Ware along with Glenn Gregory as lead vocalist the man who would have been the original Human League singer had he not been unavailable.
B.E.F. would produce the now iconic Music For Stowaways, and Music Of Quality and Distinction 1, and provided a template that subsequent artists would use from The Assembly in the Eighties, Electronic in the Nineties, and most recently, the Damon Alban and Jamie Hewlett project, Gorillaz. But its Heaven 17 which would endure and help shape the future of modern music for over thirty years. Their first album, Penthouse And Pavement, is, and remains, a modern classic.
It felt like a race to get the thing done really. There was no mediation involved. It literally was a lot of ideas coming out simultaneously but also with an intensity which meant that you could realise them very quickly. So it wasn’t just like a million ideas and actually three quarters of them were shit when you looked at them on the day – they were all pretty good I have to say. It was like opening a giant tap for a hose and it was just blasting out. (Martyn Ware)
Within a week, they had written and demoed a new song, ‘(We Don’t Need That) Fascist Groove Thang.’ Listening back to a song written in late 1980, it’s astonishingly prescient. The purely electronic template, the driving musical philosophy of the Human League, had been modified with the addition of funky slap-bass guitar, and treated dance-floor piano. Released as a single, it became NME’s record of the week. The song managed to mention the words ‘fascist’, ‘Hitler’, ‘racist’ and was promptly banned from being played by the BBC. ‘One of the reasons the BBC said it couldn’t be played was they thought Ronald Reagan could sue them over it’, said Ian Craig Marsh in 1981 about the song’s most controversial couplet: ‘Reagan’s president elect/Fascist god in motion.’
Penthouse and Pavement is a musically schizoid slab of modern art. Side 1 fires off in the new, funky direction, whilst Side 2, the all-synth side gives a taste of what a third Human League album with Ware and Marsh on-side might have sounded – wonderful melodies and audacious arrangements with tracks such as ‘Let’s All Make A Bomb’ and ‘Song With No Name’ the very best of British electronica.
A defining feature of Heaven 17 was their total artistic control over their music. Whereas the sound and the success of the Human League’s Dare was very much a collaboration between the band and Martin Rushent, Heaven 17 were performers, writers and designers creating not just their own music but every aspect of the music’s presentation and packaging.
It was written into our contract that we had complete control over the content of what we presented. Each stage of production was integral to the band’s ethos, from cover artwork to their own sartorial elegance in video and on photo shoots. We were influenced by Kraftwerk because what they presented was this world view of which the music was an integrated part. (Martyn Ware)
Heaven 17 and B.E.F. were unique and completely radical. Simultaneously, a critique and a postmodern embodiment of early-Eighties corporatism, they were too clever by half for many who didn’t get the joke. B.E.F., and Heaven 17 made it all into a straight-faced spoof of oppressive and unimaginative corporate industry, by creating one based on fun and intelligence’, says John Foxx, another electro pioneer of the Eighties:
No-one else was operating like that at the time. The nearest in spirit were perhaps the Residents or Devo, but they weren’t co-opting classic pop performers into their records. I was pleased they used my studio as base for a while – great to meet Tina Turner and Hank Marvin - and Sandie Shaw, too. Weird juxtapositions that made everyone look again. It restarted Tina Turner’s career right away. What a marvellous woman – dirtiest laugh I’ve ever heard. They’d effectively deconstructed the notion of a band and thrown the door open to include everyone they admired, bringing all those genres into their world, and onto their records. A very bright notion. Generous and open hearted too. Not something you get a lot of in popular music.
Their next album, The Luxury Gap, was their pop masterpiece, the moment when everything just clicked into place to devastating effect. The bands favourite-ever song, ‘Let Me Go’ so nearly broke them into the UK Top 40. There would be no such disappoint with its follow up. The band convinced their sceptical record company that ‘Temptation’ had to be the next single. A duet between Glenn Gregory and Carol Kenyon, this song of lust, brilliantly framed by a musical structure which just kept building and building, Escher-like to an electric orgasm that seems never to come, it reached Number 2 in the UK charts in May 1983. Martyn Ware:
Every gig we do, in any circumstances with any demographics, that song always works. I could play it on a guitar in a local pub and it would work. I could do it on a tin whistle in St Kilda and it works! I can talk to anyone I’ve never met before, any age almost, and they all know what it is. It’s just bizarre. You would be Abba if you could continue writing that over and over again.
In September 1983, Heaven 17 appeared on the front cover of Smash Hits, the teen pop bible, and now, sure evidence that they had now become part of the pop firmament. ‘Come Live With Me’ the tale of a doomed love between a thirty-something and a teenager, and ‘Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry’, a sardonic look at mass unemployment set to a party beat cemented Heaven 17 as one of Britain’s most important post-punk bands.
For their next album, Heaven 17 pulled off that most difficult of tricks. How Men Are was a set of experimental tracks which were also pop songs. Although it spawned hits ‘Sunset Now’ and ‘This Is Mine’, the band’s popularity had peaked, and although they remained productive and always intelligent, Pleasure One (1986), and Teddy Bear, Duke, and Pyscho (1988) lacked direction.
With Ware now a successful producer for the likes of Tina Turner and Terrence Trent D’Arby, Heaven 17 was put on hold. Bigger Than America, released in 1996 showed their muse returning, but it would be Beforeafter in the Noughties which would show the band back on top form. ‘Hands Up To Heaven’ was a huge US Dance smash.
By the late 2000’s, Heaven 17 were down to two of their original members, Ian Craig Marsh having left the band to take a degree course in Psychology. Yet demand for Heaven 17 live which had run dry a decade earlier had now picked up dramatically. A whole new generation of artists began to sight Heaven 17 as prime influences, not least La Roux who would join Heaven 17 for a storming session for Six Music in 2010.
Heaven 17 then toured their classic album Penthouse and Pavement, with a power and fidelity, yet a contemporaneity which made the music as alive today as it was in 1981 with soul singer Billie Godfrey now an essential part of the live dynamic. Heaven 17, who had largely refused to play live during the Eighties had re-invented themselves as a powerful live act. Glenn had never sung better in his life. On some nights, he would even play a cheeky acoustic version of that other Sheffield band’s biggest hit, ‘Don’t You Want Me.’ ‘Don’t tell anyone I can play the guitar; it’ll ruin me electronic credentials’, Glenn told the audience at the Magna Centre in 2010.
The band would also play on Later…with Jools Holland to a rapturous reception, and would appear on BBC Children In Need. The band’s highest profile year since the Eighties was capped off by a tongue-in-cheek appearance for Plusnet, a Sheffield-based broadband provider.
In October 2011, a reconstructed Music Of Quality And Distinction concert at the Roundhouse on night one (featuring original artists from the projects such as Sandie Shaw, and new talent such as Polly Scattergood) would be followed on the second by a dramatic reconstruction of their biggest commercial success, The Luxury Gap.
The Luxury Gap has never been more relevant. Written during the height of Thatcherism by three Left-leaning young men against a backdrop of over 3 million unemployed the parallels with the Austerity Britain of today are obvious. Today with a Millionaire cabinet, bankers’ bonuses, yet with once again three million unemployed and doom and depression everywhere, Heaven 17’s sly, post-modern critique of modern society has never sounded so resonant, nor been so necessary.
At one time picked by People Magazine as one of their 50 most beautiful people Roland Gift came dramatically to attention with the release of the first Fine Young Cannibals album. His high, soaring voice was immediately recognizable, his style being based both in classic soul singers and in modern techniques that provided him an edge. It was with the second FYC album four years later, however, that the band began to break internationally, with "She Drives Me Crazy" being heard everywhere, in movies, on television, on the radio.
Gift spent the earlier part of his life in Birmingham then Hull. He entered music first as a saxophonist with punk band Blue Kitchen, moving on from there to the Acrylic Victims, eventually joining Andy Cox and David Steel after the disintegration of the (English) Beat sent them in search of a vocalist.
The original line up of T'pau split in 1991 after the final hit "Whenever You Need Me" (No. 16)
The final album, "Heart & Soul: The Very Best Of T'pau," was released in 1993. All these good things did sadly come to an end.Separating professionally and personally,Ron Rogers returned to production and studio work, whilst Carol embarked upon a co-writing career, occasionally performing solo and on other projects. Carol also addressed The Oxford Union in 1995 , speaking on Women In The Muisc Business.
By 1997, Carol had taken the decision to build a new T'pau around her, and get back on the road after assembling a massive amount of new material. A 25-date UK tour in the summer of '97, including festivals. Encouraged by the response, Carol embarked upon recording ‘Red’ the first new T'pau album for 6 years, After 6 months in the studio, T'pau performed an orchestrated version of "China" with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Princess Diana Tribute Concert at Althorp in June 1998. It was broadcast live around the world, and later in a BBC primetime show. All this no mean feat as Carol had been pregnant throughout the recording of the album and gave birth to her first child, Scarlett Olivia, just 3 weeks before the Diana concert!
Business as usual as T’pau quickly joined Status Quo’s European Tour
In 2004 Carol appeared in the West End cast Of ‘Mum’s the Word’ at The Albery Theatre with Patsy Palmer, Imogen Stubbs & Jennie Éclair and Cathy Tyson.Other acting opportunities included Daytime Drama Doctor’s for BBC One, Star with Nicolas Hoult for Children’s BBC . UK films Nine Dead Gay Guys with Steven Berkoff, Fish & Michael Praed. Running Time,the first UK Interactive and BAFTA nomintaed Film
A lively personality, Carol has always been a regular & popular guest on radio and TV including Ken Bruce & Steve Wright , Terry Wogan and Sara Cox for Radio 2, Smooth and Heart Radio. Carol has presented shows for Absolute 80’s, Magic , LBC & BBC Radio Berks. TV appearances include Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Trigger Happy TV, Hit Me Baby One More Time, Just The Two of Us & The Mathew Wright Show,Loose Women, Lorraine.Celeb Mastermind,Winner of All star Mr and Mrs and Pointless! Carol loves a quiz show!
Reunited professionally with Ronnie Rogers, T’pau embarked on the hugely successful #Tpau25live anniversary tour in 2013 .
Carol and Ronnie went back into studio and wrote and recorded Pleasure And Pain ,released in 2015 to 5 star reviews.Followed by a sell out Songs And Stories acoustic tour in 2016 promoting her autobiography Heart and Soul
Dr and the Medics were created IN 1982 almost at the dawn of the 80’s by Dr. Clive Thomas Jackson.
The band has had a very colourful and successful career as both recording artists and performers. Undoubtedly they are been best known for their massive 1986 No 1 “Spirit in the Sky,” which sold over 23 Million copies world wide and was number 1 in 19 countries!! They are also recognised as a great live act, in 1985 the NME referred to them as "THE live band of the year."
Often promoted as 1 hit wonders, the band claim to be the only 1 hit wonder to have had 2 hits as their next single “Burn,” got to number 21!! But as they don’t make documentaries or publish books about one and a half hit wonders, the Doctor wears his “One Hit Wonder” badge with pride!!!
The band’s last chart entry was “Waterloo” which they recorded with Roy Wood, In addition the band have recorded 5 albums, the latest being a live album featuring the current line up which is due out this year. This line up has been together since 1999 and has developed a unique and sensationally flamboyant live show. The current show features many hits from the 80’s, All given the Medics unique treatment!! Such is the power of their performance that they produced the shock result of the TV show "Hit Me Baby One More Time," when they won the studio vote for best act against Jackie Graham, Belinda Carlisle and....................... SHAKIN STEVENS!!!
In 2008 The Doctor was finally acknowledged by his home town when he was invited to perform to 8,000 people in the Liverpool Arena alongside Atomic Kitten, The lightening Seeds, The Christians, The Scafold, The Farm, Gerry and the Pacemakers and many more for the “Number 1 Project.”
In 2013 the band are as busy as ever. Always a great attraction at festivals they have a very busy summer. The Doctor has always pointed out that in 32 years they have never been on stage at a festival when it rains!! We look forward to seeing you soon, in the sunshine!!!
Hari Oakham (Spiritual advisor and press officer)
For nearly three decades fans of the Thompson Twins have been waiting for more live performances from one of the most iconic bands of the eighties. Now The Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, with a new band, will be touring and performing the Thompson Twins hits.
Following a successful first festival performance in the UK in August 2014 in front of 20,000 people, Tom Bailey went straight into a highly successful 17 date headlining tour of the USA. The US tour included Tom making a special guest appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and playing to a 4000 strong audience at LA’s legendary Greek Theatre.
The Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey features Tom Bailey on vocals, keyboards, guitar, harmonica and percussion. His all female band feature Charlotte Raven on vocals and keyboards, Amanda Kramer (The Psychedelic Furs/Information Society) on vocals and keyboards and Paulina Szczepaniak on electronic drums.
The Thompson Twins had huge hits on both sides of the Atlantic.
Songs such as ‘Hold Me Now’, ‘Doctor Doctor’, ‘You Take Me Up’ and ‘Love On Your Side’ provided the soundtrack for so many people’s lives worldwide in the mid-eighties. In 1985 The Thompson Twins played ‘Hold Me Now’ at Live Aid in Philadelphia and also performed the Beatles ‘Revolution’ with Madonna on backing vocals and Nile Rodgers on guitar.
Says Tom: "It's so good to reconnect with the audience who loved these songs the first time around, as well as with new fans of the music. That's what gets me on stage every time."
Formed in 1977, the original Thompson Twins trimmed down their line-up in 1982 to a three piece of Bailey, Alannah Currie and Joe Leeway as they adopted a more electronic synthesizer based sonic line-up. Tom Bailey was the singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and, along with lyricist Alannah Currie, composed and arranged the Thompson Twins music.
The Thompson Twins also enjoyed big success on the US dance chart with ‘Lies”, ‘In the Name of Love’ and ‘Hold Me Now’ all reaching No 1.
In 1988 they had another No 1 dance chart hit in the US with ‘In the Name of Love 88”.
The last Thompson Twins show in the 20th century was in Austin Texas in August 1987 and the band finally broke up in 1993. Since then Bailey has worked in many different areas of music, from the experimental electronic Babble and Kolab to the Indo-fusion of the Holiwater Band, the visual astronomy project BSP and the sound-system dub of International Observer.
In December 2014 The Thompson Twins Tom Bailey headlined their first tour of Japan in 30 years and in the summer of 2015 headlined no less than six major festivals in the UK including Rewind Perth Scotland in front of 30,000 people.
Much to TT fans delight, Bailey began writing contemporary songs again in 2015 and will be releasing a new album in 2018. The first track ‘Come So Far’ was released as a single in June 2016. Written from the perspective of a refugee in the current crisis the song is a moving portrayal of a refugee abandoning their home and moving in to the unknown. “I know where I’ve come from…don’t know where I go”. The single was released through Cooking Vinyl and all proceeds went to refugee charity Medicins Sans Frontieres. A special numbered and signed 7” vinyl version of the single was also released through Pledge Music.
Tom Bailey played with Nile Rodgers on Nile’s London Fold Festival on 24th June 2016 before going on to headline Rewind North in Cheshire, after which he co-headlined at the Microsoft Theatre in LA (home of the Grammies) as well as headlining a major festival in Tucson Arizona.
In April 2016 Bailey won the ‘Best Live Show 2015’ award in the UK’s Classic Pop magazine. Up against the likes of Duran Duran, Kylie and Kraftwerk, this confirmed Tom Bailey’s current live shows as amongst the best on the planet.
In November 2017 Bailey will be playing a festival in the Dominican Republic (hurricanes permitting) which will be immediately followed by an arena tour of Australia with Culture Club taking in Melbourne (30 Nov), Sydney (1 Dec), Brisbane (2 Dec), Newcastle (3 Dec), Wollongong (5 Dec), Canberra (6 Dec), Adelaide (7 Dec) and Perth (9 Dec).
The music and videos of the Thompson Twins became a fixture on hit radio and music television throughout the world in the eighties. They were the soundtrack of our lives. Tom Bailey will at last be performing those songs again that meant so much to so many.
He’s so self-effacing that he’d probably just laugh at the description, but Paul Carrack is a bit of a renaissance man on the quiet.
He’s a label owner, hugely popular recording and touring artist, one of the most in-demand voices and songwriters of his generation and the creator of a catalogue of household hits. But beyond all that, Carrack just loves making music, and now he’s delivering a real career landmark and the best blue-eyed soul album of the year.
‘Good Feeling,’ out on September 24 on his own Carrack UK label, is the latest lovingly-crafted piece of work by a British talent whose mark on music stretches all the way back into the 1970s. The follow-up to 2010’s ‘A Different Hat’ (his gorgeous collection of vocal performances accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), it was produced by Paul himself and he plays most of the instruments on it, although his son Jack, now a member of his band, joins him on drums.
Simply put, ‘Good Feeling’ takes everything that’s good about Paul Carrack and adds to it, and several tracks from it will soon be highlights of his prolific live performances. The near-title track ‘Good Feelin’,’ a song that lives up to its title if ever one did, has already become Paul’s latest airplay favourite, and the album includes an irresistible collection of originals and covers. He co-writes with his old Squeeze pal Chris Difford and another British songwriting treasure, Charlie Dore, and shows his great versatility by interpreting both Nick Lowe and Bruce Springsteen.
Across four decades, countless Carrack performances have quietly made their mark on the collective consciousness, including Ace’s ‘How Long,’ Mike & the Mechanics’ ‘The Living Years,’ ‘Over My Shoulder’ and ‘Silent Running,’ Squeeze’s ‘Tempted’ and solo landmarks like ‘Satisfy My Soul,’ ‘I Live On A Battlefield’ and ‘Eyes Of Blue.’ Not to mention the gems he presented to the Eagles, who made anthems of ‘Love Will Keep Us Alive’ and ‘I Don’t Want To Hear Any More.’ Or recording and performing collaborations with an incredibly eclectic list of legends like Roger Waters, Ringo Starr and B.B. King.
China Crisis is an English pop/rock band. They were formed in 1979 in Kirkby, near Liverpool, Merseyside with a core of vocalist/keyboardist Gary Daly and guitarist Eddie Lundon. China Crisis were originally assimilated in the batch of new wave Liverpool acts of the late 1970s and early 1980s, led by OMD and also including The Teardrop Explodes, A Flock of Seagulls and Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
China Crisis had success in the United Kingdom in the 1980s with five Top 40 singles and three Top 40 albums, as well as commercial success in Western Europe, Australia and the Americas.
Back with a new album for 2014, their first since 1994, Gary and Eddie continue to delight and excite audiences around the world. . .
Ever since bulldozing his way onto the scene with unforgettable tracks like ‘Cuddly Toy’ and ‘Family Man’ in the late 80s, Andrew Roachford’s maverick take on music has spread far and wide. As the first artist to sign a staggering seven-album deal with Columbia Records, it heralded the beginning of something big. “Getting signed and being a black British artist gave me a sense of pride” enthuses Andrew.
Like any artist worth their salt, Andrew Roachford’s music is the result of many things. Raised in south London to West Indian parents, as a child of the 70s and 80s, it’s no wonder that his music sounds the way it does. Influenced by everyone from Al Green, Michael Jackson to David Bowie Andrew’s formative years were also spent listening to Radio One, reggae and jazz. Pinpointing the beginning of his musical career as a child he vividly remembers being mysteriously drawn from his bed to play the piano in his living room. “There was always a piano in the house and I just got up and started playing even though I’d never played before. There was something quite surreal and magical about it.” Looking at Andrew Roachford’s family history, though, it shouldn’t come as any surprise.
Born into a musical dynasty, his uncle Bill Roachford was a virtuoso saxophonist. The musical ball really started to roll however, when Andrew hit the road with his uncle. Playing gigs on the jazz circuit in those days, gave him a good grounding for things to come. “I got lucky enough to start gigging when I was about 14. I was in the middle of that whole jazz scene which was an interesting education. It taught me musically, how to listen and how to entertain. My uncle always told me that you had to give people a show.”
Andrew was Columbia’s biggest selling domestic act for over ten years. As if any more proof were needed, the fact that Andrew Roachford has been approached by such luminaries as Michael Jackson and Chaka Khan to write songs, speaks volumes.
Neville Staple, also known as The Original Rudeboy, is credited with changing the face of pop music not only once but twice. He is a living legend.
Neville Staple’s thirty-five year career in the music business is well documented, from the early days with The Coventry Automatics, The Specials & FunBoy3 in the late ‘70s and ‘80s, to The Special Beat and various other collaborations during his solo career from the ‘90s up to the present day.
Neville’s 2-Tone legacy is huge. 2-Tone fused traditional ska music with punk rock attitude, energy and musical elements. The movement helped to transcend and defuse racial tensions in Thatcher-era Britain. The actual imagery of 2 Tone has become almost as famous as the music itself. The famous black and white chequered design has become synonymous with ska.
About his musical legacy, Neville Staple comments: “The way we brought it was mixing Jamaican music with the English style, which was actually punk at the time. Now most people are into ska, they listen to all the people that we talked about that they might not have listened to before... This has happened again and again with the different waves of ska. I am hearing lots more young bands now also putting their own spin on ska – some with dance music and some with a rock beat. It’s all good. The music just makes you want to dance. Even when singing about tough times, every-day things or bad things, the beat and the rhythm makes you want to move!”
Neville’s autobiography, THE ORIGINAL RUDE BOY,was published by Aurum Press in the UK in May 2009. It is an amazing story that tells of Neville’s interest in music in the early ‘60s, his relationship with Pete Waterman (record producer, songwriter, radio and club DJ and television presenter) who he met at a club in Coventry and his rise out of hell into stardom.
Milton Jones can be seen regularly on Mock the Week (BBC2) and has recently appeared on Alan Davies as Yet Untitled and Live at the Apollo (BBC1). His Lion Whisperer, On The Road and Temple of Daft tours all played to over 100,000 people in 2011, 2013 and 2015 and this year’s tour, Milton Jones is Out There, is set to play to even more
Milton has co written and performed in 12 of his own radio series for BBC Radio 4. The most recent series, Thanks a Lot Milton Jones has just won the prestigious New York Festival Silver Award for Best Regularly Scheduled Comedy Programme and in 2012 Another Case of Milton Jones won the Silver Sony Award for Best Comedy. He is a previous Perrier Best Newcomer and Nominee, the winner of two Sony Awards and a British Comedy Award nominee. Other TV credits include; Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC1) and Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave). His sitcom pilot The House of Rooms co-written with Dan Evan was broadcast on Channel 4.
‘The wild-haired Jones has raised wordplay to the level of fine art” Radio Times
'He’s fast, absurd and very Funny' Radio Times
‘No-one can touch Jones when he hits his stride’ The Guardian
VIKKI STONE is best known for her original comedy songs, but is also an actress, musician and composer.
She has appeared on many TV and Radio shows, including: The John Bishop Show, BBC One, The Now Show, BBC Radio 4, This Morning, ITV, That Sunday Night Show, ITV, I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here....Now, ITV 2, and many others.
Vikki is a former member of the National Youth Music Theatre, and has appeared in many stage plays and musicals including Sweeney Todd, Beauty and The Beast, The Firebird and many others, as well as acting for kids TV shows such as Titch and Ted (for which also she also wrote the theme tune and incidental music), Dick and Dom's Hoopla, and CBBC's Comedy Palace. She also stars in the BBC Music film Ten Pieces II, which was in cinemas, as well as on BBC2 and CBBC.
In 2011, Vikki won the Soho Theatre Stand-Up Award and her debut show the same year was nominated for Best New Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival, and her subsequent shows enjoyed sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Soho Theatre as well as on tour. Vikki has recently been awarded the H100 award for Theatre and Performance and Arts Council England funding and the PRS Bliss Trust new composers bursary for her new orchestral work Concerto For Comedian And Orchestra, which is due to be performed with various orchestras throughout 2017.
Vikki has filmed a TED talk at CERN, as well as being commissioned to write a comedy choral piece for the National Youth Choir Of Great Britain, which had it's world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall, and is currently working on her debut musical.
Whilst training, Vikki attended prestigious music schools, Wells Cathedral School and The Royal Academy Of Music, and was awarded a Foundation Fellowship by Wells in 2013 and The Royal Academy Of Music have recently presented Vikki with the honour of Associate of The Royal Academy (ARAM), so she has more letters after her name, than in her name: VIKKI STONE PG DIP RAM LRAM ARAM.
I’m David a boy who likes to stand in front of assembled people and make them laugh.
I’m from the sunny town of Solihull, the good bit, there is one, honest . After the dizzying heights of becoming Head Boy at my above average local comprehensive I did some things at college went to a ‘no but it’s really good for my course’ type of University in Leicester and then discovered, thanks to the wonderful Leicester Comedy Festival, Stand Up.
Since being taken up to Edinburgh for the inaugural Lunchtime Club (the BEST mixed bill in Edinburgh, fact) I have since been all over the lovely UK doing comedy things and it’s been lovely! I’ve taken three solo shows up to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and was lucky enough to be nominated for a couple of awards for them.
I also am a geek and am in love with twitter and I tweet about many things but let’s be honest it’s mainly TV, my one true love.
"They are the self proclaimed "World's Greatest Stadium Rock Band". They bring you the best bits of every hit with their insanely clever and hilarious mash-ups. Think Spinal Tap meets Morcambe and Wise with the most unique double act in the world of comedy and cabaret. Ray Gunn and Luke Reel combine character comedy with high energy musical genius that is not to be missed."