Gigs & Events

february

28feb8:30 pm11:30 pmThe Big Jam SessionFortnightly 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month at the Victoria is one is the best jam sessions in town!

Drums PA, Bass amp, Guitars amps provided so just bring your sticks, guitars & any other instrument you wish to play. The more the merrier!

Time

(Wednesday) 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

29feb8:00 pm10:30 pmFRANCK CARDUCCI & THE FANTASTIC SQUAD“A theatrical journey of top-shelf Prog-rock"8:00 pm - 10:30 pm Cost: £10 adv (£5 for Students)

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This extraordinary group opened for Sting in June 2022 in front of 15,000 people.
Steve Hackett (Genesis guitarist) has supported them since 2010 – even recording on their second album in 2015.
They won the “Best Overseas Band” award from the Classic Rock Society, and in 2023, they will embark on their tenth tour in the United Kingdom.
They travel throughout Europe with their theatrical rock show, dazzling audiences, transcending genres, and winning unanimous praise at every performance.
FRANCK CARDUCCI & THE FANTASTIC SQUAD do not just offer an ordinary concert, they deliver a true experience with music of course – authentic 70s rock that evokes Pink Floyd, Supertramp, and Led Zeppelin.
They oscillate from powerful and energetic sounds to atmospheric moods that lend themselves to daydreaming… We guarantee it is going to be a magical journey!
However, limiting it to just the sound would be extremely reductive because this project is also a full show, with costumes, staging, humour, narration, and whimsical instruments.
Your senses will not be given a second of rest.
You vibrate, you marvel, you have fun!
It’s a unique, generous, festive, glittery, fun, and glamorous show that will conquer any audience.
www.franckcarducci.com

“A very tough act to follow!” – [Sting]

Press quotes:
“1 of the most exciting stage shows” – [Classic-Rock Society]
“A spectacular, Flamboyant show” – [Cambridge News]
“A surrealistic Rock Circus” – [Prog Magazine]
“A theatrical journey” – [Powerplay Magazine]
“One of the greatest showmen” – [Royston Crow News]
“Absolutely flawless” – [Fireworks Magazine]

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(Thursday) 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

march

01mar8:00 pm11:00 pmGREEN HAZE - The No.1 Green Day Tribute bandThe most authentic one out there! 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Cost: £10 adv

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Touring extensively across the UK, Europe & internationally (inc. Dubai & Abu Dhabi) – GREEN HAZE are the most in-demand tribute to one of the best rock bands the world has ever seen – Green Day:

Being inducted into the Rock’n’Roll hall of fame in their first year of eligibility, joining just a handful of bands to ever do so – Green Day have forever cemented themselves as one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

Green Haze regularly play to sell-out crowds at some of the biggest and most established venues & festivals, including The Manchester Academy, BugJam Festival at The Santa Pod Raceway, The O2 Academies & The Rugby 7s Festival in Dubai to name just a few!

GREEN HAZE go to every length to capture the raw power and dynamics of Green Day’s music and bring it to life on stage with full 2+ hour stage show. With both the MUSIC and the LOOK, their energy packed show comes complete with costumes, fun crowd interaction, on-stage antics and all of the trimmings that make a Green Day live show so recognisable to their fans. It is this attention to detail that makes Green Haze the most authentic Green Day tribute band on the circuit today.

All of Green Day’s albums are well represented, covering all of the hits like Basket Case, When I Come Around, American Idiot, Holiday & Wake Me Up When September Ends. Plus an extensive repertoire of fan favourites to satisfy even the most ardent Green Day fans.

GREEN HAZE perform the songs with the same energy and passion that only true fans of the original band can, this is what makes Green Haze literally the next best thing to Green Day themselves.

Awesome as f**k? Check this Green Day tribute band out for yourself!

http://green-haze.com

https://www.facebook.com/GreenHazeTribute

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(Friday) 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

02mar(mar 2)8:00 pm03(mar 3)2:00 amDIVERSIFYSwindon's only Multi-Genre Dance Event 8:00 pm - 2:00 am (3) Cost: £7.50 adv

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DIVERSIFY 2️⃣0️⃣2️⃣4️⃣
Mid Life Krisis are back with a bang 🔊 and we are ready and eager to kick off Swindons Multi Genre year the only way we know 🥛. And that’s with a solid line up that we have carefully picked to make sure everyone in the dance gets a full on face full of banging music across the board….
2023 was a mega year for us and want to thank you all again for supporting us and continuing to be part of the mental journey we are on, you are all very valued and a part of this amazing journey and we cant wait to spend 2024 with you guys….so let’s get cracking 🎧🎚
🎧 Psilocybin Laden ~ Hard Trance / Minimal
🎧 Geerbox ~ Drum and Bass
🎧 Colonel Winters ~ Hard House / NRG
🎧 Ratla Sounds Take over ~ 4×4
🎧 Tempest ~ Jungle
🎧 GStyle ~ Old Skool
🎧 Scouse ~ House
🔊 The new and improved decor, lights and shenanigans all supplied by us alongside the Mid Life Krisis Sound system will be installed for your audio and visual delight 🔊 🔈
Tickets available via skiddle in the link below 👌👌
❗️ Advance tickets are always advised and secures our event so please buy your tickets before the night ❗️
We will have some availability on the door 🚪 ✔️
OVER 18s 〰️ R.O.A.R
For future events follow us on Instagram and Facebook

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2 (Saturday) 8:00 pm - 3 (Sunday) 2:00 am

08mar8:30 pm11:30 pmSHEPHERDS PIEClassic Heavy Rock covers spanning the last 50 years played exactly as they should be, LOUD!8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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https://www.facebook.com/shepherdspiepersonal

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(Friday) 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

09mar8:30 pm11:30 pmGHOST UK / with Phantom DroidThe Authentic tribute to the band Ghost8:30 pm - 11:30 pm Cost: £10 adv

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The Authentic tribute to the band Ghost

https://www.facebook.com/GhostUKTributeBand

PHANTOM DROID

Phantom Droid are a heavy psychedelic sludge/doom band. fuzzed out riffs & hypnotic drums melt minds

https://www.facebook.com/phantomdroid

 

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(Saturday) 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

13mar8:30 pm11:30 pmThe Big Jam SessionFortnightly 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Event Details

Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month at the Victoria is one is the best jam sessions in town!

Drums PA, Bass amp, Guitars amps provided so just bring your sticks, guitars & any other instrument you wish to play. The more the merrier!

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(Wednesday) 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

15mar8:30 pm11:30 pmPENFOLDOnly the best Indie / Rock / Pop covers of the last 3 decades8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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Only the best Indie / Rock / Pop covers of the last 3 decades

https://www.facebook.com/thePenfoldband

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(Friday) 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

16mar8:00 pm11:00 pmEnjoy The Silence UK - A Tribute to Depeche ModeThe one and only tribute band8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Cost: £10 adv

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Enjoy The Silence UK are a Depeche Mode tribute band formed by members of established premier tribute acts “Speak & Spell” (Depeche Mode), “Love Distraction” (The Human League) and “Retro Electro”.
Enjoy The Silence UK aim to bring to life the thrilling live experience of classic 80s/90s era Depeche Mode using authentic sounds and a set which includes all of their iconic hits including “Just Can’t Get Enough”, “Personal Jesus”, “Behind The Wheel”, “People Are People” and many more!
https://www.facebook.com/enjoythesilenceuk

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(Saturday) 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

17mar8:30 pm11:30 amSta Patrick's Day w/ Liddington Hill & karaokeLive Celtic music and madness 8:30 pm - 11:30 am

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Come celebrate St Patrick’s day at The Vic with live music from LIDDINGTON HILL – High adrenaline Celtic punk, Alt Rock from the South West of England
Followed by Sunday Sesh Karaoke.
Deals on Guinness, Jamesons, and Irish car bomb shots

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(Sunday) 8:30 pm - 11:30 am

22mar8:00 pm11:00 pmMoving PicturesThe greatest RUSH tribute 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Cost: £14 adv

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A Rush tribute at the top of their game. 50 gigs in 2023 incl. Lakeside Park for Neil Peart’s family.

Steve Brown: Guitars, Pedal Keyboard & Vocals

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Steve got his first guitar at eight years old — inspired by his big brother who had a 12-string. His school band went on to tour Europe and Steve knew then what he wanted to do with his life. He was first introduced to Rush and rock at age 13 by a friend who loaned him 2112, A Farewell to Kings, Led Zep 4, Black Sabbath’s Greatest Hits and Back In Black — what a baptism of fire that night became!

He first saw Rush on the Signals tour and has caught them on every UK tour since plus shows in Boston, Toronto and Amsterdam. Since hooking up with online forums such as TRAC (The Rush Atlantic Connection) every show has been a blast catching up with like-minded fans from all over the globe.

Steve started RUSHfest Scotland at the end of 2013 and now brings hundreds of fans to Scotland every year and has produced 2 volumes of Songs For Neil albums. Profits from these events and album sales have so far raised over £78k for cancer charities. Vol.3 will be released on 12 Sept 2023.

Steve turned full time professional musician in 1993 and has gigged every weekend since, from bowling alleys in Thurso, to amphitheatres in Japan, to dodgy late night TV shows like this onewith his original rock band Seeing Red back in 1991.

Gear:

  • Gibson Les Paul Alex Lifeson Signature
  • Gibson ES-355 Alex Lifeson Signature
  • 1976 Gibson 1275 doubleneck
  • PRS SE Mikael Åkerfeldt Signature
  • Stand-mounted Yamaha nylon acoustic
  • Kemper Stage
  • Mission expression pedal
  • Digitech Drop
  • Headrush FFRR active cab
  • TC Electronic Nova System
  • Boss WL-20 wireless
  • Shure IEMs
  • Roland pedal keyboard
  • Elixir 10-46
  • Big stubby 3mm

 

Favourite Rush albums:

  • A Farewell to Kings
  • Hemispheres
  • Moving Pictures

Least favourite Rush album:

  • Roll the Bones

Favourite Alex moment:

  • F#7add4 (opening chord to Hemispheres – THE LIFESON CHORD!)

 

 

Eóin de Paor (John Power): Vocals, Bass & Keys

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Raised in a musical environment in which Chopin and Tommy Makem and the Clancy brothers or The Chieftains were equally likely to be thundering from his Dad’s piano or Bang and Olufsen, John / Eóin (he answers to either) was taught his first guitar chords at the age of 4 by family friend, Harvey Broadbent. Given the racket subsequently created, Harvey’s emigration to Australia shortly afterwards was probably a wise move…

Classically trained on the piano from the age of 7, John naturally gravitated towards strings and by 12 had written off any instrument that wasn’t portable as “Furniture”. Since the piano definitely fell into that category, his musical course was set and Guitars, Basses, Violins, Mandolins (and the flute?!) have occupied his time ever since though keyboards have never quite been disposed of…

Introduced to Rush aged 12 by a school friend, early dabbling in classical guitar (inspired by John Williams and Sky) were replaced by the desire to learn Alex’s parts. Unable to do this convincingly on a ¾ sized classical, he reasoned (with the laughable ignorance of youth) that the bass line must be easier to play and the rest as they say, is hysterical…

Having played in a variety of styles and genres over the years including an Irish folk band and the composition of two Theatrical scores for Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet (where he discovered to his surprise that Classically strained string quartets do NOT improvise — who knew?) whilst holding down the teaching day job, he was ready for something a bit different. The invitation to join Counterparts, ten years ago at the time of writing, allowed a return to those brilliant bass lines and it was like coming home. He is honoured to be a member of moving Pictures and delighted to have the excuse to pass the Failte gu Alba sign more regularly.

He first saw Rush at the Birmingham NEC on the Show of hands tour and is somewhere on the video on Geddy’s side about half way down. In his dotage, he continues to find new inspiration in many genres and is particularly fond of Francisco Tarrega, Issac Albeniz, Irish folk, Radiohead and Muse but it’s the Canadian prog trio who remain the constant in his musical life.

The great Jazz pianist, Jacques Loussier (his arrangement of Air on a G string accompanied a well known cigar advert) once said that in his opinion, J S Bach wrote the greatest rock bass lines in history. I like Jacques but he was wrong. The greatest bass lines in history were written by a Canadian…

Gear:

  • Fender Geddy Lee Signature Jazz — USA
  • Fender Geddy Lee Signature Jazz — Japan
  • Rickenbacker 4003
  • Steinberger spirit bass
  • Fender Jazz 5 string
  • De Paor Double neck Bass and 6 string — Lonsdale (ie. Homemade…)
  • Roland XP80
  • FATAR bass pedals
  • Sans amp Tech 2112
  • Behringer Multi effects processor
  • Behringer Stereo Graphic EQ
  • Boss GT-1000

 

Favourite Rush albums:

  • Hemispheres
  • Moving Pictures
  • Power Windows
  • Hold your Fire
  • Clockwork Angels

Least favourite Rush album:

  • (That’s a thing?! Seriously? People actually have those..?)

Favourite Geddy moment:

  • There are many but if held at gunpoint… The bass solo in La Villa Strangiato (obviously…)

 

This Bio was brought to you by the letters P and B and was written in the pub with a pint of Guinness close at hand…


Jamie Dunleavey: Drums & Percussion

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Jamie has been playing drums since she was 13, after her dad taught her a few Led Zeppelin beats on a rainy day. She studied music at university in Edinburgh, where she developed an obsession for the music of Rush and admiration of Neil Peart’s drumming.

She went on to play drums professionally for original and wedding bands in Edinburgh, as well as teaching.

Her drumming heroes include The Professor – Mr Peart, John Bonham, Pierre Van Linden, Matt Gartska and Joey Jordison.

Gear:

  • Sonor AQ2 Drums
  • Sabian Paragon, Sabian HHX, Paiste Signature, Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Cymbals

 

Favourite Rush albums:

  • Hemispheres
  • A Farewell To Kings
  • Moving Pictures

Least favourite Rush album:

  • Roll The Bones

Favourite Neil moment:

  • By-Tor fills and all of La Villa Strangiato

 


Ciaran Whyte: Dep Drummer

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On the odd occassion when Jamie isn’t available — this fine young lad helps out.

Ciaran got his first drum kit when he was 8 years old, accompanied with lessons at the Graham Laurie School of Music in his home town of Paisley, Scotland. He continued with lessons throughout his education, and began gigging in his early teens through his parents who had a ceilidh band and also led a contemporary worship band at a church on a Sunday morning. In essence, Ciaran was always surrounded by music, so a career in the industry was always on the cards. After a brief meander to Glasgow University for a year to study maths, he then shifted his focus entirely on becoming a full-time musician, and 6 years later, he is continuing to live the dream (as long as the dream involves freezing yourself half to death on streets around Scotland as you busk to try to earn enough money to survive in the winter.)

Oh, and, of course, Rush played a big role in sparking Ciaran’s dream of pursuing a career in music. His dad sat him down when he was a wee boy and stuck Red Barchetta on the CD player, and from that moment onwards, Ciaran was mesmerised by the chops of Neil Peart and always inspired him to keep playing.

Gear:

  • Mapex M-series Meridian Birch Drums
  • Paiste 2002 Big Beat, Zildjian Custom K, Dream, Sabian AAX Frequency
  • Tama Speed Cobra 910 Pedals

 

Favourite Rush albums:

  • Power Windows
  • Hemispheres
  • Hold Your Fire
  • Snakes & Arrows
  • Hold Your Fire

Least favourite Rush album:

  • Rush. The self-titled one. Don’t get me started…

Favourite Neil moment:

  • Der Trommler from R30

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(Friday) 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

23mar8:30 pm11:30 pmBiffy McClyroThe Biffy Clyro band to see!8:30 pm - 11:30 pm Cost: £10 adv

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Official Facebook page for the world’s #1 tribute act to Scotland’s mighty Biffy Clyro.

http://www.biffymcclyro.com

https://www.facebook.com/biffymc

With support from MARIGOLD

https://www.facebook.com/marigold.theband09

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(Saturday) 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

27mar8:30 pm11:30 pmThe Big Jam SessionFortnightly 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month at the Victoria is one is the best jam sessions in town!

Drums PA, Bass amp, Guitars amps provided so just bring your sticks, guitars & any other instrument you wish to play. The more the merrier!

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(Wednesday) 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

28mar(mar 28)8:00 pm31(mar 31)11:30 pmVICFEST 202410 Years of the greatest Bank Holiday Weekend piss-up! All ORIGINAL band line-up!8:00 pm - 11:30 pm (31) Cost: £5 adv each night or £15 for a weekend pass

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VICFEST 2024 Easter Band Holiday Weekend

10 years of VICFEST

THURS 28th
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10:30 – 11:15 Chasing Dolls
9:45 – 10:15 Ritual Divide
9:00 – 9:30 – Kotonic
8:15 – 8:45 – Trashed
7:30 – 8:00 – Falls On Deaf Ears

FRIDAY 29th
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11:00 – 11:45 – Truck
10:15 – 10:45 – Nervendings
9:30 – 10:00 – Men In Vests
8:45 – 9:15 – The Belladonna Treatment
8:00 – 8:30 – Fluff
7:15 – 7:45 – Wild Isles

SATURDAY 30th
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11:00 – 11:45 – Modern Evils
10:15 – 10:45 – Life In Mono
9:30 – 10:00 – Bluntnose
8:45 – 9:15 – Sebastian & Me
8:00 – 8:30 – Nothing Rhymes With Orange
7:15 – 7:45 – Colour of Bone

SUNDAY 31st
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11:00 – 11:45 – Kid Klumsy
10:15 – 10:45 – Visceral Noise Department
9:30 – 10:00 – AnyMinuteNo
8:45 – 9:15 –
8:00 – 8:30 – Mr Badaxe
7:15 – 7:45 – Rebel Station
6:30 – 7:00 – Disruptive Influence
5:45 – 6:15 – Bear Noir
5:00 – 5:30 – Dangermind

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28 (Thursday) 8:00 pm - 31 (Sunday) 11:30 pm

april

04apr7:00 pm10:30 pmSUBHUMANSDIY anarcho-punk legends7:00 pm - 10:30 pm Cost: £12 adv.

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DIY anarcho-punk legends Subhumans will play The Victoria in Swindon, Thursday 4th April
Our love of the band and a desire to present them in their home county means we’re hosting our first show in XTC’s stomping ground, in collaboration with Swindon institution, The Victoria
Tickets are on sale now — pick one up quick as this show will sell out –– https://skiddle.com/e/37259308
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Subhumans
Swindon
The Victoria
Thursday 4th April, 2024
7pm doors
£12 adv

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(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

05apr11:00 pm12:00 amBlack Parade Emo AnthemsThe UK's biggest Emo club night11:00 pm - 12:00 am Cost: £6 adv

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Black Parade – 00’s Emo Anthems is coming to The Victoria Swindon on Friday 5th April for a huge emo party!
Tickets on sale now! £6 adv from: skiddle.com/e/37268900
The UK’s biggest emo night! Expect to hear emo party anthems from My Chemical Romance, Jimmy Eat World, Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday, Paramore, All American Rejects, You Me At Six, A Day To Remember, Pierce The Veil and loads more.

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(Friday) 11:00 pm - 12:00 am

06apr8:30 pm11:30 pmMOTLEY CRUDEVoted the worlds number 1 tribute to Mötley Crüe. Est 20158:30 pm - 11:30 pm Cost: £10 adv

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No.1 for that 80’s Crue experience

Voted the worlds number 1 tribute to Mötley Crüe. Est 2015

https://www.facebook.com/motleycrudegb

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(Saturday) 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

10apr1:00 pm3:00 pmPOP KIDS MINI RAVEThe Big Easter Rave 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Cost: £7 adv

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What to expect…

Special guests will be joining our party where you can meet them and even take some photos! 

Previous special guests include: 

Barbie, Elsa, Olaf, pikachu, the grinch, Snow White, Cinderella, Spider-Man, Buzz light year and many more! 

 

There will be a “rave” takeover where we will play well known tunes that kids and adults will enjoy, with balloon drops, confetti and foam. Please note a small number of venues do not allow confetti)

 

90 minutes of entertainment with music for all ages. Kids will be able to sing along and dance to songs they know from Disney to chart.

 

We guarantee your children would love it. We will also take requests for any favourite songs from our Popkids.

 

Full entertainments team to get kids and adults involved for the duration of the event including party dances (old and new), Games and MORE

 

 Club DJS, Full Lighting and laser show, Confetti 

 

 Professional photographer who will take hundreds of photos, these will be added to our Facebook page ASAP for you all to see. 

 

 Give aways and prizes to be won! Yes, not everyone may get something but some of you will be lucky enough. 

 

 Amazing Facepainter – perfect for children or adults to add that extra sparkle to their look.

 

 Tuck Shop – Affordable sweet and savoury snacks available. 

 

Now for the important bit –

We understand that children have sensitive ears so we monitor the music level to keep it at a safe level.

 

Lighting will be dimmed in areas and lasers will be used. Please note we DO NOT USE STROBE LIGHTING.

 

Drinks and food will be available from the bar for both Children and Adults. (Some venues don’t serve food during event times, but usually have other areas that you can order food before and after) 

 

Most venues are one level with a couple of steps, if you require assistance then please speak to one of our friendly staff that will be happy to help.

PLEASE NOTE:

THIS IS ADVERTISED AS A STANDING EVENT. However, some venues will offer limited seating, these can not be pre-booked.

 

Buggys and prams are permitted inside the venue. Some venues will have secure buggy parks where you can store your buggy for the event. 

 

We can not be held liable for any loss of damage to your possessions whist in the venue.

 

You must be responsible for your own children whist in the venue and they must remain under your supervision at all times. Any Children left unattended will not be able to stay in the venue and there will be no refunds if you are asked to leave.

 

By attending our POPKIDS event you agree for any photos or videos taken during the event to be used by POPKIDS for promotional purpose. If there is any issues with this then please  message us directly using the form below.

 

CAN’T WAIT TO MEET YOU ALL! #Popkids

@Popkidsuk 

Time

(Wednesday) 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

10apr8:30 pm11:30 pmThe Big Jam SessionFortnightly 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Event Details

Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month at the Victoria is one is the best jam sessions in town!

Drums PA, Bass amp, Guitars amps provided so just bring your sticks, guitars & any other instrument you wish to play. The more the merrier!

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(Wednesday) 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

12apr8:30 pm11:30 pmMOTORHEADACHEThe MOTORHEAD Tribute!8:30 pm - 11:30 pm Cost: £10 adv / £12 otd

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MOTÖRHEADACHE IS A THREE-PIECE TRIBUTE TO LEMMY’S MUSICAL CAREER WITH MOTÖRHEAD FOR 40 YEARS FROM 1975 TO 2015. SET UP BY LIFELONG MOTÖRHEAD FAN ROB CAMPBELL ON RICKENBACKER BASS AND VOCALS, ROB CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF LEMMY IN VOICE, STAGE CLOTHES AND HIS GRINDING MID-RANGE BASS SOUND.

GUITAR DUTIES ARE TAKEN UP BY SHANE HAIGH, WHO IS ALSO A SUCCESSFUL LUTHIER AND KNOWN AS THE STRING SURGEON (WWW.THESTRINGSURGEON.CO.UK). ON DRUMS IT’S DIRTY DAVE NUTTER, WHO ALSO DRUMS PART TIME WITH YORK BASED BAND, SEGREGATES (WWW.SEGREGATES.CO.UK)

MOTÖRHEADACHE HAVE TOURED THE UK AND EUROPE EXTENSIVELY FROM FEBRUARY 2016 ONWARDS WITH MORE THAN 200 DATES AT BIKER RALLYS, LARGE FESTIVALS AND SHOWCASE GIGS IN O2 ACADEMY VENUES IN GLASGOW, NEWCASTLE AND LONDON. EUROPEAN DATES HAVE INCLUDED SWITZERLAND, BRATISLAVA, AMSTERDAM, LINDOS, CYPRUS AND THE FIRST TRIBUTE BAND TO EVER PLAY HARD ROCK HELL IN IBIZA.

THE MAIN BODY OF THE MOTÖRHEADACHE’S SET LIST COMPRISES A LARGE NUMBER OF SONGS FROM MOTÖRHEAD’S FAST EDDIE CLARKE ERA, REGARDED BY MANY MOTÖRHEADBANGERS AS THE CLASSIC ERA FROM 1975 TO 1982. SONGS INCLUDE “ACE OF SPADES”, “BOMBER”, “OVERKILL”, “IRON FIST”, “THE HAMMER”, “DAMAGE CASE” AND THE THUNDEROUS “MOTÖRHEAD”.

MOTÖRHEADACHE ALSO PLAY MATERIAL WRITTEN BY MOTÖRHEAD FROM 1983 THROUGH TO 2015. SONGS FROM THIS PERIOD INCLUDE “KILLED BY DEATH”, “IN THE NAME OF TRAGEDY”, “SACRIFICE”, “RAMONES” “BURNER” AND “VICTORY OR DIE”.

MOTÖRHEADACHE IS PROUD TO HELP KEEP ALIVE THE MUSIC OF MOTÖRHEAD BY PLAYING GIGS ALL OVER THE UK AND EUROPE AND INVITES MOTÖRHEAD FANS TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE AND WORK OF A ROCK ICON AND LEGEND, MR LEMMY KILMISTER.

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(Friday) 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

13apr8:30 pm11:30 pmDESTINATION ANYWHEREPlaying classic Soul, Northern, R'n'B, Mod, Jazz, Boogaloo, Ska, Reggae & more on vinyl only.8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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Destination Anywhere is back where it all started
Original Swindon DA crew – Kenny, Erin & Boogaloo Stoo
Playing classic Soul, Northern, R’n’B, Mod, Jazz, Boogaloo, Ska, Reggae & more on vinyl only.

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(Saturday) 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

19apr8:30 pm11:30 pmBarrelhouse + The Leon Daye BandVintage Blues with a Hard-Edge Groove!8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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BARRELHOUSE

Vintage Blues with a Hard-Edge Groove!

https://www.facebook.com/BarrelhouseUK

 

THE LEON DAYE BAND

The LDB have blended Rock, Indie and blues into their upbeat original material.

https://www.facebook.com/THELEONDAYEBAND

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(Friday) 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

20apr8:00 pm11:00 pmWrong JoviOne Wild Night of Bon Jovi hits8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Cost: £10 adv

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Wrong Jovi are widely considered to be “the best Bon Jovi tribute band in the world!” So much so, that even the former Bon Jovi guitarist, Richie Sambora, has personally thanked the band for their hard work and unforgettable performances. In their 7 years of touring, the band have performed across the world and featured on the BBC prime-time TV show, Even Better Than The Real Thing. 2019 saw Wrong Jovi perform over 100 shows around the world. Selling out music venues and theatres across the UK and headlining festivals in Malta, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain, as well as back home in the UK – including a headline slot on the Electro Love stage at 2019’s Isle Of Wight Festival. Performing a set of greatest hits, live favourites and rarities, the band ensure that there is something for the casual follower and even the most die hard of Bon Jovi fans.
Ally Ward takes on the role of Jon Bon Jovi, baring a striking resemblance to one of rocks most iconic showmen. Not only does he look like Jon, Ally unleashes a vocal so strong that audience members actually believe they are watching Bon Jovi at their very peak – some say he is even better than the real Jon Bon Jovi. Mark Harding takes on the role of Richie Sambora, reproducing the his fiery licks and riffs as well as Sambora’s smooth vocal lines with flare and precision that is unrivalled – he is also a dead ringer for one of Rock N’ Roll’s most recognisable guitarists. On keyboards is Simon Tabert as David Bryan – one of the UK’s finest musicians, Simon performs the songs with precision like no other and is a key factor in ensuring Wrong Jovi are top of the tribute tree. James Houghton, Wrong Jovi’s Hugh McDonald, has performed with acts such as Phil Collins, Mott The Hoople and Dumpy’s Rusty Nuts, opening for acts such as Guns N’ Roses and Rod Stewart – his bass lines and experience are invaluable to the band. Alex Sturgeon completes the line up as drummer, Tico Torres. Alex is one of the UK’s best young drummers and provides the thunderous drumming that drives the Wrong Jovi show.
Despite the majority of 2020 being wiped out by Covid-19, Wrong Jovi are intent on making up for lost time in 2021. The band will be embarking on a tour of theatres and large music venues in the UK, as well as taking the show out to Europe and beyond. The hit singles, Livin’ On A Prayer, Always, You Give Love A Bad Name and Wanted Dead Or Alive are joined by live favourites and rarities such as Blood On Blood, Dry County, Wild Is The Wind and This Ain’t A Love Song, ensuring that a Wrong Jovi show is the ultimate tribute to New Jersey’s finest stadium rock band.
So, are you ready for One Wild Night of Bon Jovi hits, live favourites and rarities? Wrong Jovi will transport you back to the days when Bon Jovi were the best live act on the planet and transform venues and theatres into stadiums for the ultimate Bon Jovi tribute show. Get your dose of Bad Medicine with Wrong Jovi – “The Best Bon Jovi Triubute Band In The World!

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(Saturday) 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

24apr8:30 pm11:30 pmThe Big Jam SessionFortnightly 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month at the Victoria is one is the best jam sessions in town!

Drums PA, Bass amp, Guitars amps provided so just bring your sticks, guitars & any other instrument you wish to play. The more the merrier!

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(Wednesday) 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

25apr8:00 pm11:00 pmScott MickelsonGrammy ballot for Best Folk Album and Best Roots Music Performance nominee from San Francisco, USA8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Cost: £8 adv / £10 otd

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Mickelson offers fervently emotive vocals and melodic precision that reminds the ears of Steve Earle and Todd Snider. – GLIDE MAGAZINE

Scott Mickelson is an artist/producer from San Francisco. His debut release Flickering was on the Grammy ballot for Best Folk Album and Best Roots Music Performance. His follow up full-length A Wondrous Life received great reviews in the US and abroad which led to his first European tour in 2019.

As a producer his worked includes the critically acclaimed “Blanket The Homeless” benefit compilation which featured Grammy winner Fantastic Negrito. In 2020, Mickelson released Drowning In An Inflatable Pool. Mickelson was forced to cancel his tours due to Covid but the record still received rave reviews in the U.S. and Europe. The first single, “Jagged Tooth” was accompanied by a fantastic animated video. Last November, he released “UNarmed American” the first video/single from the forthcoming full-length Known To Be Unknown. It premiered on Americana U.K. and led to his invitation to The Mavericks Festival in the U.K.

Mickelson has appeared in NPR Radio, Huffington Post, CBS Morning Show, No Depression, Glide Magazine, Paste Magazine, PopMatters, TheBayBridged, Alternative Press Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Mix Magazine etc. He also gained national recognition after winning a band search contest sponsored by MTV/7-Up with a prize of $15,000 and a song in the feature film Along The Way.

“Drowning in an Inflatable Pool combines an anxious energy with alluring melodies to create a remarkable musical experience. – TWANGVILLE

In the nineties, Fat Opie was managed by the legendary manager Elliot Roberts/Lookout Management (Neil Young, Tom Petty). While under contract in LA he had the opportunity to work side by side with Grammy arranger Jimmy Haskell (Steely Dan, Chicago, Simon & Garfunkel). At age seventeen he signed his first record deal with DSM Productions in NYC while playing infamous clubs like CBGB’s. His colorful earlier years in NY included playing with Dave Van Ronk and receiving career guidance from Sid Bernstein (Beatles promoter).

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Mickelson has lived in the Bay Area since the 80’s. In San Francisco, Mickelson can be seen performing at the top venues including The Fillmore and Great American Music Hall. When not on tour, Mickelson produces from his Marin studio.

““It’s American folk-Rock with a post punk edge, rustic but scarred.”
– ALTERNATIVE PRESS MAGAZINE

http://www.mickelsonmusic.com

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(Thursday) 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

26apr8:00 pm11:30 pmTHE RAMONAS // Death PopThe Ramonas are the very best in tribute acts to the iconic New York forerunners of punk; The Ramones.8:00 pm - 11:30 pm Cost: £10 adv + booking (no booking fees buying direct from the venue)

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The Ramonas – 2023

The Ramonas are the very best in tribute acts to the iconic New York forerunners of
punk; The Ramones.
The band began in 2004 and has since evolved into the ultimate re-creation of the 1976
spirit of the definite garage rock band. Known for high energy performances that thrill the
audiences with all the classic songs, you better be going to see them play!
“Touring, Touring is never boring” and these girls are guaranteed to play high energy, full
throttle one hour shows that’ll leave you buzzing for more of that 1976 spirit.
The Ramonas not only perform sets of Ramones tunes; since 2016 they have also
written and released a number of self-penned albums and EP’s.
2024 will see The Ramonas performing your favourite Ramones hits along with new
material from their latest album Haphazard.
“Blasting the tunes relentlessly, one after the other with barely room for a single breath in
between, this band are passionate and dedicated to what they do, without becoming the
Ramones they really embrace their tenacity and spirit, and they rocked the bustling Maze
on this night with a vigour.” – Generation Hush
“The Ramonas rocked hard – if there is such a title as best tribute act – then this band
deserves the aforementioned accolade like no other! Frontwoman Cloey Ramona’s (no,
everyone’s) performance was one hundred per cent physical and simply stunning.” –
Louder Than War
Their vocals and harmonies are present throughout the album and give an elegant sheen
over the hard-rocking riffs – Punctuation Mag

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Vocals – Cloey Ramona (Lisa Breyer)
Guitar – Rohnny Ramona (Maxine Cahill)
Bass & Vocals – Pee Pee Ramona (Victoria Smith)
Drums – Skitchy Ramona (Sadie Brown)

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(Friday) 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

27apr8:30 pm11:30 pmTHE SCRIBES + Special Guestsmulti-award winning hip hop act from Bristol8:30 pm - 11:30 pm Cost: £8 adv

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THE SCRIBES: 

The Scribes are a multi-award winning hip hop act from Bristol whose unique talents have combined to make a trademark sound quite unlike any other, featuring a seamless blend of live instrumentation and sampling set against a backdrop of head nodding boom bap breaks.

 

Known for critically acclaimed performances full of energy, beatboxing, crowd participation and off the cuff freestyling, The Scribes have become festival favourites across the UK, regularly gracing the stage at Glastonbury, Latitude, Wilderness, Boomtown Fair, Urban In Ibiza, Shambala, Bearded Theory, Leopallooza and many more.

 

The group’s extensive touring has seen them perform and collaborate with some of the biggest names in the scene including Macklemore, Rudimental, MF Doom, Dizzee Rascal, Lethal Bizzle, Example, De La Soul, Wu Tang Clan, Wiley, KRS One, Four Owls, Goldie, Sugarhill Gang and Chase and Status to name (drop) but a few.

 

The Scribes were the first UK artist signed with US label Kamikazi Airlines, co-owned by Dizzy Dustin of legendary hip hop act Ugly Duckling, releasing “The Sky Is Falling” LP and “The Scribes Present Ill Literature” LP worldwide to critical acclaim. 

 

This success garnered the group a sponsorship deal with ethical clothing company THTC alongside huge names like Ed Sheeran and Foreign Beggars, before being followed up with the “A Story All About How” LP and the apocalyptic EP “Mr Teatime & The End Of The World” on Reel Me Records, the latter being named winner of the UndergroundHH.com “Concept Album of The Year” award. 

 

Since joining Quill Equipped Records in 2019 The Scribes have released the “Quill Equipped Villainy” LP and “Totem Trilogy Pt 1” EP, featuring an array of talent including Akil the MC from Jurassic 5, Dizzy Dustin from Ugly Duckling, MC Duke, TrueMendous and Leon Rhymes from Too Many T’s, winning the group further acclaim alongside regular air play on BBC Introducing, BBC Radio 1Xtra and BBC Radio 6 Music.

 

During the 2021 Covid lockdowns The Scribes worked with The Get Down Records for the limited 7” clear vinyl “Stir Crazy/Haunted House Party”, before starting 2022 by signing with huge international agency Stimulus Management

 

Joining an incredible roster including Snoop Dogg, Nas, DJ Premier, Redman, Cardi B and Busta Rhymes, the group are currently touring across the UK, becoming known as one of the most talented artists on the scene with a genuinely unique sound backed up by a polished and proven live show that simply has to be seen to be believed.

 

“Music bursting with invention, The Scribes are set for big things” BBC Introducing
“Winners-Best Urban Act” Exposure Music Awards  

Winners-Best Live Act” EatMusic Radio Awards 

“One not to miss” Music Week Magazine

“Genuinely memorable, The Scribes could be what UK hip hop has been looking for” 

Hip Hop Connection Magazine

“5/5 CD of the week. Outstanding rap; witty, angry and bristling with invention and melody. The Scribes are something genuinely special” Venue Magazine 

“Raw and exciting, honest and sensitive, a soulful brand of rap” Metro UK 

“The UK’s hottest hip hop” 24-7 Magazine

 

For more information, bookings and sample tracks visit/contact;  

facebook.com/scribesmusic       instagram.com/thescribes      youtube.com/scribesmusic quillequipped.com                tel: 07946618815             email:scribesmusic@hotmail.com



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(Saturday) 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

28apr7:00 pm10:30 pmPRAYING MANTIS + SOULWEAVERNWOBHM legends 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm Cost: £16.50 adv

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Praying Mantis

With their latest critically acclaimed album ‘GRAVITY’ released via Frontier Records in May 2018, Praying Mantis continue to tour with their current band members Chris Troy, Tino Troy, Andy Burgess, John ‘Jaycee’ Cuijpers and Hans in ‘t Zandt. The band are now producing music which is some of the best in their 46-year history, but where did it all start and why are they still regarded as relevant in 2019?

Early Days

Praying Mantis were formed in London, England, in 1973 by brothers Chris and Tino Troy. The music scene of the late 70’s was widely regarded as stagnant in the wake of a dying punk scene so it became time for a new breed of British bands to emerge and establish themselves with their own creative style of music. Through Neal Kay, DJ at THE BANDWAGON, North London’s premier hard rock disco, a new movement was being formed and today this story has become folk law to Hard Rock fans all over the world. Due to Neal’s much appreciated support, Mantis were given a platform to air their music, which featured classics ‘Captured City’ and ‘Lovers to the Grave’.

Along with fellow London bands Iron Maiden, Angel Witch and Samson, Praying Mantis quickly established themselves and rapidly received the attention of the music press of the time. Along with a number of similar bands across the UK this entire movement was labelled by `Sounds` as the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.

Spearheaded by Praying Mantis (and Iron Maiden), NWOBHM (as it became known) went on to dominate the Hard Rock scene in the early 80’s, especially after the release of ‘Metal for Muthas’, a compilation album consisting of bands that had played at The Bandwagon. NWOBHM was just what the UK needed at the time; fresh, exciting music with energetic live performances and a togetherness that created a spirit of comradery between fans and bands alike.

The debut album ‘Time Tells No Lies’ received much critical acclaim and the single ‘Cheated’ went top 40 in the UK Charts in 1980. During this period, Iron Maiden and Praying Mantis were closely paired in many areas and formed a strong musical relationship, regularly playing together through the promotion of ‘Metal for Muthas’ which included an extensive UK Tour.

In 1990 this relationship saw Dennis Stratton and Paul Di’Anno (ex-Iron Maiden) join Praying Mantis on stage to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the NWOBHM in Japan. Dennis later joined the band on a full-time basis, as did Clive Burr (ex-Iron Maiden) and Gary Barden (ex-MSG).

Since then, Praying Mantis have released many successful albums with Pony Canyon in Japan, and this became one of the band’s major territories.

The New Millenium

In 2007, guitarist Andy Burgess replaced Dennis Stratton in the line-up, continuing the dual lead for the famous Mantis guitar harmonies.  He has also proved to be a strong songwriter and influence in the band.

In 2013, vocalist John Cuijpers and drummer Hans in ‘t Zandt joined the band replacing Mike Freeland and Gary Mackenzie. The Dutch duo has vast experience in their fields having toured with the likes of Toto, Jeff Scott Soto, Mad Max, Sinner and Vengeance. This has added a new and exciting dimension to the band’s music and live performances.

In 2015  ‘Legacy’  formalised the new line-up and the album received great reviews and sales all over the world. The band promoted the album by touring as far as Japan, twice!

The current album ‘GRAVITY’ is being hailed as one of the band’s finest to date and is still receiving stunning views across the world. It was well received in the album charts, reaching number 23 in the UK, 70 in Switzerland and an impressive number 6 in Japan.

To hear and see the band now, fans will experience both the spirit and energy of 1980 together with a technical style that really compliments today’s standards. The band will continue to promote `GRAVITY` and take our music to the people before planning a new album.

 

SOULWEAVER
SOULWEAVER ARE BACK after far too long away! One of the best independent UK rock bands of the early 2010’s, Soulweaver received high critical acclaim and worldwide radio play. Sharing live bills with top international acts such as Black Star Riders, Wishbone Ash, The Quireboys, Alabama 3, Nazareth & many more. Featuring The Goodges, one of the hardest working couples in rock, Soulweaver bring dynamics, quality and intensity, containing the essence of classic British rock bands but with a contemporary edge that has seen them described as the British Foo Fighters.

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(Sunday) 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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february 2024

28feb8:30 pm11:30 pmThe Big Jam SessionFortnightly 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

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Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month at the Victoria is one is the best jam sessions in town!

Drums PA, Bass amp, Guitars amps provided so just bring your sticks, guitars & any other instrument you wish to play. The more the merrier!

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(Wednesday) 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm

29feb8:00 pm10:30 pmFRANCK CARDUCCI & THE FANTASTIC SQUAD“A theatrical journey of top-shelf Prog-rock"8:00 pm - 10:30 pm Cost: £10 adv (£5 for Students)

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This extraordinary group opened for Sting in June 2022 in front of 15,000 people.
Steve Hackett (Genesis guitarist) has supported them since 2010 – even recording on their second album in 2015.
They won the “Best Overseas Band” award from the Classic Rock Society, and in 2023, they will embark on their tenth tour in the United Kingdom.
They travel throughout Europe with their theatrical rock show, dazzling audiences, transcending genres, and winning unanimous praise at every performance.
FRANCK CARDUCCI & THE FANTASTIC SQUAD do not just offer an ordinary concert, they deliver a true experience with music of course – authentic 70s rock that evokes Pink Floyd, Supertramp, and Led Zeppelin.
They oscillate from powerful and energetic sounds to atmospheric moods that lend themselves to daydreaming… We guarantee it is going to be a magical journey!
However, limiting it to just the sound would be extremely reductive because this project is also a full show, with costumes, staging, humour, narration, and whimsical instruments.
Your senses will not be given a second of rest.
You vibrate, you marvel, you have fun!
It’s a unique, generous, festive, glittery, fun, and glamorous show that will conquer any audience.
www.franckcarducci.com

“A very tough act to follow!” – [Sting]

Press quotes:
“1 of the most exciting stage shows” – [Classic-Rock Society]
“A spectacular, Flamboyant show” – [Cambridge News]
“A surrealistic Rock Circus” – [Prog Magazine]
“A theatrical journey” – [Powerplay Magazine]
“One of the greatest showmen” – [Royston Crow News]
“Absolutely flawless” – [Fireworks Magazine]

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(Thursday) 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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