I’ve had a lot of people getting in touch lately asking if such and such a gig is taking place/being rescheduled/cancelled. I’ve had people asking about social distancing and what precautions will be in place when venues actually open. I thought it worthwhile making a few observations.
Before any shows can take place a number of factors have to change and be clarified.
Firstly the Government have to allow venues to open up and clarify the position on social distancing. Until this happens then no shows will take place.
Secondly the venues I use to promote shows will have to identify what capacities they are allowed to admit into the building and implement the necessary controls identified to manage social distancing and most importantly provide as safe an environment as possible.
It is the intention of Fast Forward to go ahead with all planned shows.
That said the current 2m requirement of social distancing will slash venue capacities to such a level that it may not be feasible for the band, the promoter or the venue to permit any of the shows to take place.
It’s very possible that over the days and weeks to come for many different reasons then shows may get rescheduled or cancelled altogether. It is hoped that doesn’t happen but if it does anyone who has purchased a ticket will be able to use the tickets on a rescheduled date or get a refund. As much notice as possible will be given to any change of dates.
If shows go ahead but with reduced capacity then be assured ticket prices will not be increased to compensate. The current advertised prices will remain.
The next show featuring The Pack at The Georgian Theatre is just 8 weeks away.
Hopefully the current reduction in new virus cases continues, the Government gives the go ahead to open for gigs and we are all able to get out and have some fun.
I have promoted over a 100 shows now. Most on Teesside and the majority at The Georgian Theatre. It’s fair to say I couldn’t have achieved what I have without the help and support of the venue and it’s staff.
Now in these difficult times the venue could do with some help and support itself. Like so many others the venue is closed and has no revenue coming in.
To help the venue to carry on promoting live music, helping independent promoters to put on shows, supporting local acts and carrying out many other activities in the local community the Tees Music Alliance has began a Crowdfunder campaign to help it get through to the other side .
Following the latest advice from the Government on the Coronavirus situation, Tees Music Alliance and the Georgian Theatre have advised that all shows will go ahead as planned unless the Artists themselves request to cancel or reschedule.
The seminal Scouse maverick who, along with Ian McCulloch and Julian Cope, pioneered the Eighties art-indie scene. His debut gig was at the legendary Eric’s in Liverpool – the night it was raided and closed for ever.
From Wah! Heat through a seemingly endless of variations on the name Pete Wylie has consistently produced classic songs that put to shame a lot of the modern day dross produced by manufactured pop star wannabees with no talent to call their own.
If there was justice in this world Pete Wylie would be a massive star. A man who has written an endless list of classic songs over the years. A man of honour and commitment who has always stood up for and championed the working man.
Those songs! Better Scream, & Minutes…, Remember, The Story Of The Blues, Hope, Come Back, Sinful, the list is endless.
I’d longed to be able to bring Pete Wylie to the North East for a show. I’ve seen many versions of Wah! related bands over the years and was delighted when he agreed to play a solo show in late 2014 and even more so when he played as Pete Wylie & The Mighty Wah! a couple of years later. Hearing all those great songs live again almost brought a tear to the eye.
But it’s not all about the past. In 2017 “Pete Sounds”, a self financed album was unleashed on the world. An instant classic. The opening track “make Your Mind Up” is as good as anything he’s ever done in my opinion.
The Pete Wylie show comes to The Georgian Theatre in Stockton on Friday March 27th. Expect the all the hits and more as well all the usual Wylie stories, banter and ad libs all surrounded by the Disgraceland Wasteland.
Most of all expect GREAT SONGS by a true artist. It’s a shame there’s not more like him in his day and age.
This show is a co promotion with Tees Music Alliance.
Been mega busy here the last few weeks so here’s a recap of what’s happened and what’s coming up over the next few months.
First two shows of the year have taken place starting with a sold out Kirk Brandon aKoustiK show in the Green Room followed by an incredibly popular show featuring a relatively unknown band (although not for long now) called Working Men’s Club.
Pics by Steve White
I think having promoted well over a 100 shows now the Working Men’s Club is one of the shows which has given me most satisfaction to promote. A young band, on the way up and full of attitude giving a great performance to a great crowd. I had wondered if it was a mistake putting them on in such a large venue as The Georgian but those fears were well and truly unfounded.
Next up is one of the most entertaining and energetic live bands around. A band who I have somehow Kept missing over the years so it seemed the only way to actually see them was to put them on myself.
Dreadzone are an incredibly popular live act and that has been reflected in ticket sales with less than 30 tickets remaining for the show at the time of writing.
What else is coming up?
Well after Dreadzone the return of the part time rock star, full time legend Pete Wylie who brings his “Show” to the Georgian Theatre on March 27th. Having seen the show in Hebden Bridge late last year I can confirm what a great night this will be. Typical Wylie, stories, songs, pathos, humour but most importantly those songs. The man is indeed a legend and it’s always great to see him live.
Lots to look forward to over the rest of Spring/Summer with shows from The Meteors, Ruts DC (Acoustic), Theatre Of Hate, The Pack and the return of the ever popular Space Agency in September. Also just waiting for final confirmation of what will be a very special show in July, hopefully able to announce that one soon.