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Made in Accrington, Lancashire, Billy Bibby moved to the seaside resort of Llandudno, North Wales at the age of eight with his parents and younger brother. He first picked up [...]
Made in Accrington, Lancashire, Billy Bibby moved to the seaside resort of Llandudno, North Wales at the age of eight with his parents and younger brother. He first picked up a guitar shortly thereafter and has been teaching himself and honing his guitar skills ever since. From his teen years forward, Billys existence has been divided between living by the sea in North Wales and gigging extensively throughout the UK and abroad. The combination of life on the road and enjoying a relaxing home base as a haven for songwriting provides a nice pace of living, perfect for creating a whole new batch of songs. To date, the bulk of Bibby’s music career has been as part of Catfish and the Bottlemen. Billy Bibby was one of the founding members of the band and cut his gigging teeth for seven years up and down the UK, Europe, and in America as lead guitarist and backing vocalist. This voyage started back when he was just 17 and ended when he was 24. One of his greatest achievements to date is the gold disc that he earned for the bands top ten debut album The Balcony – something that Billy is very proud to have been a part of.At present, Billys music is taking on a new direction as he seeks to forge his way in the industry as frontman of a project showcasing his own songwriting. Billy Bibby’s expressive voice surprises and delights the listener with its flawless, timeless, and effortless qualities. Possessing powerful, melodic pipes and a set of songs to match, Bibby prides himself on making meaningful, relatable records that resonate with everyday people. Influences from such greats as Elvis Presley, Noel Gallagher, and Mark Knopfler are prominent, but not defining in his musical approach. Bibby spent much of 2015 on tour trialling new acoustic material, garnering praise and positive feedback. Bolstered by these early successes, Bibby recently auditioned and recruited a backing band to help put some flesh on the bare bones of the acoustic start he’s made. Billy Bibbys first full-band single, Waitin for You was released November 3rd, 2015 and an EP is forthcoming in February of 2016. The debut single has already received radio play from Adam Walton of BBC Radio Wales, Clint Boon of Radio X, Jenny Betts of Sine FM, John Rose of UIC Radio, Chicago, and on Nessi Holts international Radio Kaos Caribou playlist. The band made their first live headlining appearance to a full house at Telfords Warehouse in Chester, UK on November 28th, 2015 and will be touring throughout the UK in early 2016 as Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles, performing an ever-expanding repertoire of new original material.
JM Promotions Presents
(Friday) 7:30 pm
Advanced Tickets £8
On The Door £10
The Lurkers formed in West London in mid-1976, playing their very first gig at Uxbridge Technical College in December of this year, supporting Screaming Lord Sutch to an audience of [...]
The Lurkers formed in West London in mid-1976, playing their very first gig at Uxbridge Technical College in December of this year, supporting Screaming Lord Sutch to an audience of just ten. At a time where American bands, such as the Ramones and the New York Dolls, the British beat boom of the sixties and Glam Rock acts like Slade and Sweet, the band quickly forged their own identity by taking on some inspiration. It is this unique brand of punk tunes, with lyrics encompassing subjects such as social unacceptability and personal politics, which launched them as one of the pioneering punk bands to play live in the first few months of the now-legendary Roxy Club in London.
The original line-up consisted of Pete Stride on guitar, Pete ‘Manic Esso’ Haynes on drums, vocalist Howard Wall and Nigel Moore on Bass. Nigel was very soon replaced by Arturo Bassick, becoming the line-up we are most familiar with. The band went on to support the Jam in February 1977, Eater in March and Slaughter and The Dogs in April.
By the time of the punk heyday of 1977, the band had built up a huge and loyal following and were signed to Beggars Banquet Records, through whom their debut single, ‘Shadow’, was released. This single was voted by John Peel listeners as the twelfth best track of 1977’s Festive Fifty: The B-side, ‘Love Story’, voted at number 31. The Lurkers recorded four sessions at Maida Vale 4 Studio for John Peel at BBC Radio 1 and appeared on Top of the Pops, as well as various other media shows.
After penning the second single and its B-side, ‘Freak Show’ / ‘Mass Media Believer’, Bassick left the band to form Pinpoint and was replaced by former Saints member, Kym Bradshaw, who then himself left before recording the third single. Nigel Moore returned for this recording: 1978s ‘Ain’t Got a Clue’ / ‘Ooh!, Ooh! I love You’, which was their biggest hit, reaching number 45 in the UK singles chart. The following month, the band’s debut album, Fulham Fallout, reached number 57 in the UK albums chart: the track ‘Streets’ from the album appearing on a 1977 compilation of early UK punk bands from a variety of independent record labels.
In January 1979, their fifth single, ‘Just Thirteen’ was released, which in 2001 was included in Mojo magazine’s list of the best punk rock singles of all time. Their single ‘I’m on Heat’ was included on a compilation from Polydor, ’20 of Another Kind’, which reached number 45 in the UK chart, and ‘Out in the Dark’ was later featured on the second volume.
Their second album, ‘God’s Lonely Men’ was not as successful as their debut. Due to changing musical tastes within the band, and the record company focusing on new signing, Gary Numan, The Lurkers called it a day in 1980. Still, just two years later in 1982, Stride reformed the band, signing to Clay Records, a Stoke-on-Trent based label who worked with GBH and Discharge. With Clay, they released four singles and one album, ‘This Dirty Town’, then calling it a day again in 1984, when lead vocalist, Mark Fincham, ran off to work the drag clubs of Berlin.
This was not, however, the last we would see of The Lurkers, as in 1987, Arturo had a chance meeting with the hugely successful German punk band, Die Toten Hosen, and discovered that they were Lurkers super-fans, willing to finance a comeback album. ‘Wild Times Again’ was released in February 1988, launching The Lurkers once again back onto the live punk scene. This friendship with Die Toten Hosen saw The Lurkers supporting the band in huge stadium gigs across Europe, Arturo himself coordinating the Hosen’s 1991 ‘Learning English’ album in London with a series of well-known punk artists of the time.
Since this time, the band have continued to tour, not only regularly all over the UK, but also throughout Europe, Brazil, and Japan, amongst other places. The line-up has changed several times since 1987 to date, largely due to Arturo’s somewhat nomadic tenancies and the necessity to recruit members within his locale. In recent years, Nelly (The Fiend) on drums and Billy Gilbert (Chelsea) on guitar played many Lurkers gigs, including supporting a 14 day Buzzcocks tour: later with Dan Tozer (999) on drums, then Craig Casson (1977) on drums and Steve Racket (Hi Fi Spitfires) on guitar. In spite of the interchangeable membership, one constant has always remained, Arturo Bassick. Whilst the legacy of the band is primarily rooted in their late 1970s works, which are considered classic examples of UK punk, it is largely Arturo’s witty, outgoing, cheeky, ‘has-time-for-everyone’ demeanour that people think of when they consider The Lurkers
(Friday) 7:30 pm
Advanced Tickets £7.50
The Total Stone Roses Throughout the last year or so, The Total Stone Roses have been playing gigs and stunning audiences throughout the country building up a solid fan base that [...]
The Total Stone Roses
Throughout the last year or so, The Total Stone Roses have been playing gigs and stunning audiences throughout the country building up a solid fan base that makes them a force to be reckoned with in the tribute scene. The band are all in their early to mid twenties, bringing the same passion, vigor, arrogance and charisma that only the young have, the old want and that cannot be faked. This same drive is what gave The Stone Roses their ‘X Factor’ and took them to the heady heights of success and fame that they achieved in the late 1980′s and early 1990′s and beyond.
The Total Stone Roses are all pro musicians that do this for a living; all players involved are top draw Leeds College of Music graduates. They strive to re-create the roses sound live and are meticulous in the recreation of their material. You will not find a better sound a like band this side of 1989!
Brought to you by The Total Stone Roses, The worlds only live tribute to Ian Brown #KingMonkeyArmy
(Friday) 7:30 pm
Advanced Tickets £10
Black & Miller Presents – North V South
Paisley Sundae (Doncaster)
The Voluntears (Durham)
The Keepers (Northampton)
The Recoupes (London)
Black & Millar
(Saturday) 7:30 pm
Advanced Tickets £5
999 celebrate 41 years together as a band in 2017. They formed part of the first wave of punk in 1976 performing their classics Homicide, Emergency etc. at concerts worldwide. [...]
999 celebrate 41 years together as a band in 2017. They formed part of the first wave of punk in 1976 performing their classics Homicide, Emergency etc. at concerts worldwide. 999 are veterans of the Rebellion Festivals and are the only band to have appeared at all 20 shows.
(Saturday) 7:30 pm
Advanced Tickets £10
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