invasion is set to hit Colne next summer with the first North by North West
two-day event based around Colne Muni has been organised by Pendle Leisure
Trust and Doc Redeye Events.
the festival will be founder member of The Jam, Bruce Foxton and From the Jam,
and the ever-popular Bad Manners led by Buster Bloodvessel.
promises to be a celebration of all things Mod with some top bands playing
live, leading DJs on the decks and a special cavalcade of scooter clubs from
around the region on the Saturday afternoon. The organisers have teamed up with
the Cheeky Northern Monkeys Scooter Club who will be heading to Colne for their
annual celebration weekend and linking up with other local scooter clubs along
the way for a rally featuring some vintage Vespas and Lambrettas.
will be joined by Mini lovers from across the North West who will be joining in
the fun by bringing both classic and new Minis to the event The full Friday
night line-up at the Muni sees From the Jam being supported by two of the
up-and-coming bands on the Mod scene, the 45s and The Universal.
The 45s were last in Colne for the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival over
the August bank holiday weekend when they were joined on stage by Dr Feelgood
guitarist Wilco Johnson who presented them with one of his own limited edition
Fender Telecaster guitars.
Saturday line-up features Accrington Mod outfit The Itch, who this year
celebrate 20 years together, tribute band the Small Fakers who play the music
of the Small Faces and The Kast Off Kinks featuring former members of the Kinks
including the band’s original drummer Mick Avory.
the line-up are Steve Ellis’ Love Affair, best known for the hit single
Everlasting Love and Bad Manners, one of the great showbands with hits such as
Lorraine, Lip Up Fatty and Special Brew.
details of the festival weekend including the Mini and scooter rally and
camping with the Cheeky Northern Monkeys go to www.nbnwfestival.comSpecial
early day ticket offers are available now until Friday, February 28. For
details, contact the Muni box office on 01282 661234.
disaster struck in Glasgow but its echo was felt right through the world of ska
the scores of people inside the Clutha were watching Esperanza, a nine-piece
city band specialising in a genre made famous in Britain by 1980s groups like
included musician and Evening Times journalist Fraser Gibson, the band's former
trombonist, who was in the venue to hear his friends for the first time since
he left the group.
by events of the evening - Fraser was lucky enough to be one of the first
people out of the Clutha when its roof came in - he has watched fans and fellow
musicians rally round.
"A lot of people in the ska community know each other - see each other at
gigs and festivals - and ska fans will know Esperanza, which will really bring
what happened home.
band has played as far north as Inverness and the recent Knoydart Festival and
as far south as London and Dorset - where they have played at the Specialized
charity festival for the last two years.
will know this group - even though this was the first time they had been at the
Clutha they had played practically every other venue in the city."
has poured in to the band's website, from ska fans as far away as America.
Panter, bassist with Two Tone ska legends The Specials, was among those sending
are with Esperanza, who were playing when helicopter dropped through pub roof
and some of their mates injured," he tweeted.
said: "They made a lot of friends on their travels. The messages of
support are coming from all over, from the ska community."
Ska Train, a hub for the city's scene and the organiser of a monthly gig at pub
Pivo Pivo, led tributes in its own inimitable way.
group posted a picture of a white polo shirt, button-up, on its Facebook page.
shirt were the words "Good night friends, until we dance again".
said: "Ska is a unifying genre. It brings together people of all
nationalities and all ages. The Clutha on Friday had students and it had mums
of people were up and dancing and I remember saying just how well Esperanza
is music designed to make people happy. It is upbeat, bouncy, happy good-time
music to get people up to dance and have fun."
contrast between the music played by Esperanza and the events of Friday night
couldn't be greater. The band issued a statement through Facebook, saying it
had woken up to realise the disaster had been "horribly real".
of its deepest sympathies last night as names of the dead and missing were
Mark O'prey, a stalwart of the ska scene, who was well known on the gig and
festival circuit, always willing to share a trademark curry.
saw Mr O'prey, a friend, on Friday night in The Clutha. The 44-year-old hasn't
been seen since.
34, who plays with Glasgow ska band Capone and The Bullets, had joined his
brother Scott, 30, in a far corner of the pub.
"I was probably in the safest place in the bar just because my brother
happened to sit there. I still feel that what happened was like a movie, the
roof folding in on itself, it hasn't hit home yet.
just acted on autopilot and walked out with my brother. We had no idea what had
happened other than a big bang.
just went to hear some ska on a Friday night."
by Shelagh Delaney when she was nineteen, A Taste of Honey is one of the great
defining and taboo-breaking plays of the 1950s.
mother Helen runs off with a car salesman, feisty teenager Jo takes up with a
black sailor who promises to marry her, before he heads for the seas, leaving
her pregnant and alone. Art student Geoff moves in and assumes the role of
surrogate parent until, misguidedly, he sends for Helen and their
unconventional setup unravels.
chaotic – a bit of love, a bit of lust and there you are. We don’t ask for
life, we have it thrust upon us.
of Honey offers an explosive celebration of the vulnerabilities and strengths
of the female spirit in a deprived and restless world. Bursting with energy and
daring, this exhilarating and angry depiction of harsh, working-class life in
post-war Salford is shot through with love and humour, and infused with jazz.
performance at 7.30pm on Friday 28 March and 2.15pm on Saturday 29 March,
preceded by a Touch Tour at 12.45pm.
performances at 7.30pm on Thursday 3 April.
(Lesley Sharp and Kate O’Flynn) by Phil Fisk