How/Why/When

I was asked recently how I got into promoting live music and what drives me to carry on.

Well the how is well documented but why am I still doing it some 8 years later?

In the most part it’s fun. It’s a hobby (an expensive one!) that allows me to work with like minded people and meet up with some interesting and helpful folk.

Unlike some I certainly don’t do it to crave attention or to fill a gap in my life. The constant seeking of reassurance and praise from the ticket buying public is not something I need in my life.

Will I keep on doing it? For how long? – Who knows is the answer.

None of us know what surprises life has in store for us. Of that I can speak from experience!

Certainly, this year (as in previous years) I have decided to promote less shows, the difference being that this year I’m sticking to that vow!

Next weeks Spear of Destiny gig is only the 4th show this year. For now, there will be no shows through the summer months unless I’m offered something special.

I do get offered loads of stuff but I’m not doing things just for the sake of it. I note that 2 acts I recently turned down are playing locally in the coming months. They may turn out to be good shows but of no interest to me!

After the summer there are 3 shows in place. There are accepted offers in for 2 major acts which I’m just waiting to see if they can fit Stockton into the schedule on the right dates on their planned tours.

There’s a certain Liverpudlian I’m keen to bring back as well, a Scottish band I’d really love to have down here and of course the band that got me into promoting will always be given a gig if they want one.

Other than that, who knows?

The Monochrome Set Georgian Theatre Nov 30th

Primordial soup: Andy Warren and Bid went to school together, Lester Square and Adam Ant both attended Hornsey School of Art. The latter two formed a band called “The B-Sides”, which Andy joined sometime in 1976. Bid also joined a couple of months later, and Adam left shortly after. Lester, Andy and Bid occasionally continued to write and rehearse together (it was around this time that some of the songs later to be used by The Monochrome Set were written, e.g., Goodbye Joe, He’s Frank, Puerto-Rican Fence Climber, Lester Leaps In), until Adam formed The Ants with Lester and Andy. Whilst Andy continued on with Adam to record the first Ants album, Lester left The Ants in 1977, to form, firstly The Zarbies & The Ectomorphs with Bid and Jeremy Harrington, and then The Monochrome Set with Bid (Jeremy joined later).

To quote the Asahi Evening News, 1993: “When B-Sides singer Adam Ant quit the band for an ill-fated solo career, The Monochrome Set was born.”
 
You could say the band were reborn, certainly rejuvenated in 2012 with the release of the first new material in nearly 20 years with the album Platinum Coils. Since then the band have been prolific releasing further new material in 2013 with Super Plastic City followed by Spaces Everywhere (2015) Cosmonaut (2016) and Maisieworld this year.
 
Support comes from The Cathode Ray who make a welcome return to Teesside after supports with BOHJ, Fallen Leaves and Wire. Tickets from venue or here: Fast Forward Shows via SEE Tickets
 

The Chords UK Georgian Theatre 13th April

FRIDAY 1th APRIL at GEORGIAN THEATRE STOCKTON
The Chords UK is the current incarnation of Mod-Punk Mega Group The Chords (originally 1979-81), and features original member Chris Pope.

Tickets £10 adv

“As savage as (Pete) Townshend with toothache… Ace.” Uncut magazine

“Loud, sweeping, righteous, and verging on the bombastic, it’s cut-the-crap stuff…it’s good to have him back.” Record Collector Magazine

See more info at facebook.com/TheChordsUK

Support from Thee Strawberry Mynde & Sound Reaction