We have been announced as part of the DE1 Festival in Derby. The festival takes over five music venues in the city centre, and we have been named on the bill at The Victoria.
Really excited to be part of the festival.
I have three shows at this years Isle of Wight Festival. I’ll be playing Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Here, they are…
Thursday (8pm) @The Zebra Lounge.
Saturday (6:50pm) @ Zebra Lounge.
Sunday (1:45pm) @ Life’s A Beach Stage.
If you are free, and there is no one else on that you love, come have a beer/cocktail/plastic glass of champagne.
I am playing a free show with Aziz Ibrahim and others, this Sunday.
The show is at the Miners Community Arts & Music Centre, in Manchester.
If you are about, come on down. Playing a wee acoustic set at 6:30pm.
Full band rehearsals start on Tuesday. I swear we have had more line ups than Scotland Yard, but hopefully this one will stick.
Our main problems have been travel, with musicians dotted across the Country. This 4 piece is all based in my home town of Derby, so makes far more sense.
Most of my shows this summer are acoustic slots at festivals across England and Scotland, but there is the odd full band show thrown in there.
Our first one is on Saturday 21st June at The Church Inn, in Bury, Lancashire. It’s only a month from now, so we best get a wriggle on!
It’s only a small venue, so will be perfect for a first show. Entry is free so if you are in the area, pop along for a beer and a pack of peanuts.
After the Summer, we’ll be out gigging full band most of the time. I am already talking to friends around Europe, so we should be able to put something together easily enough.
Until then, take it easy.
My contract with Eromeda Entertainment has expired and I have chosen not to renew it, for future releases. There are no hard feelings and the decision to split was not based on arguments or in fighting. It was simply a venture that, after two years, had run its course.
I wish Eromeda and their great stable of current artists nothing but success, and look forward to hearing their future releases.
In the last year or so I have been increasingly frustrated and deflated with the way things were going, and in my mind, without enjoyment, there is no reason to be a musician any longer.
There is a saying in life, that if you keep trying to go through a door, over and over, and it is continuously being slammed in your face, you are probably better off trying another door. That is exactly what I am doing from now on.
The first port of call, is to start enjoying music again. Getting out on the road and playing is something I have missed massively over the last year.
I have put together a band here in Derby and we start rehearsals next week. They are a great bunch of lads and like myself, just want to play live. None of us picked up an instrument to ‘be famous’ or ‘make millions’, in fact, I couldn’t think of anything I would enjoy less.
Just give me a guitar, a microphone, and an audience, and I am as happy as a pig in shit.
So that is the immediate plan.
I have a single being mixed, and as soon as that is mastered, I will be putting a music video together, and will be releasing the single myself.
This summer I have plenty of solo shows including the Isle of Wight Festival, and a tour of Scotland.
I can’t wait to get back out on the road, and get my smile back, before these frown lines become permanent!
Hope to see you on the road soon.
Due to costs and venue availability, my Prague dates have been moved to September.
Logistically it makes more sense, as I will be able to play an extra date in the time we are there.
As soon as I have the venues confirmed, I will post it on here!
I have two dates in Prague, Czech Republic, coming up in early April.
They are the start of a year of European and UK touring. I’m just waiting to 100% confirm the names of the venues, and I’ll let you know.
We are playing mini Friday, Saturday, Sunday tours across Europe, as I am required in London every Thursday, to film The Banned.
It’s a tough slog, but definitely worth it, just to be able to be part of these two adventures.
Hope you are all well.
My York show was reviewed by ‘Cool Manchester‘. I am aware that sounds odd.
Here’s what they wrote…
LIVE AT FULFORD ARMS YORK
Gareth Icke Band Supported by Sam Moran
Review By Kelvin Knight
Lovely warm summer night – great intimate venue, free entry. First up was Sam Moran a young singer songwriter who plays with admirable passion as the blood splatters on his acoustic guitar body testifies. Its a crowded market Sam’s in but he stands out for me, great songs and great confidence and belief. Great misheard lyrics what I thought was “cat on a bus” was kid on a bus…….Made Sam laugh after anyway.
And so to Gareth Icke and band – first thing to say is this was only the second gig with his new band but you’d never know they sound like they’ve been touring for years. Secondly its a low ceiling at The Arms and Gareth is a tall chap there was about an inch of headroom, I remember thinking “don’t go on tippy toes mate you’ll get wedged in !!
They tear through songs from Gareth’s second album “A brand new battle” with the rhythm section of Kev (drums) and Dom (bass) tight as the proverbial ducks arse.
‘Remember who you are‘ is as catchy (sic) a song as you’ll hear and the new single ‘Beat up‘ wonderful…..
Occasionally Gareth will introduce a song with a brief explanation “this ones about a messy break up” and “y’know when you’re drinking so much you feel your sanity slipping away” (I paraphrase) followed by “cheerful; fucker aren’t I” !!!
“What’s love without meaning” closes an excellent set of songs with more hooks than a fishing shop.
Those that were there loved it “best gig I’ve seen this year” was one comment…..
I have one problem with Gareth… He’s very, very talented, good looking (so my female friends inform me) and sickeningly he is a really nice, witty guy….Bastard !!!!!
Seriously if he’s playing near you go I promise you’ll love it…..
Oh yeah and his Dad played in goal for Coventry City.
Gareth Icke and his Band are performing at the Salford Music Festival.
Just found out I’m headlining the Thursday night of this years Salford Music Festival.
I’m waiting to confirm the venue details and times etc. But a massive honour for me.
Check out salfordmusicfestival.co.uk