A few UK full band tour dates are being pieced together for August.
The first has been confirmed on August 7th at The Fulton Arms, in York.
The show is completely free.
On Thursday I went to see the legend that is Steve Conte. He was playing with his band Steve Conte & The Crazy Truth.
Steve emailed me just before the show asking me to learn ‘Pills’ by his original band, the New York Dolls.
The NY Dolls are renowned for being one of the most influential punk bands of all time. So obviously, I was shitting myself, and downing Budvar like it was going out of fashion.
Here is a video my Mrs took on her dog and bone.
I’m lucky enough to once again be on the bill, for the Isle of Wight Festival.
I have two slots confirmed, with one or two more to be finalized.
I’m performing on the Life’s A Beach Stage, sponsored by Boxfresh.
I’ll be playing at 5pm on Friday the 14th June, and again at 2pm on Saturday the 15th.
The stage is great, with sand being imported to create a beach, with deckchairs, cocktail bars etc.
As soon as I know any more about other performances at this years festival, I’ll let you know.
I have an acoustic show at the Pitcher & Piano is Derby on Sunday. It’s a nice chilled out afternoon show, with my mates Steve, and Ollie.
It’s totally free and kicks off about 5pm. If you’re bored on Easter Sunday, and fancy a beer, pop in. It’s on Friar Gate.
I have a real taste for playing again after last weekends Hampton Court show. It’s been killing me having to sit on my arse, for what feels like forever.
I’m booking up a Scottish Island tour at the moment with my wee pal, Jono. It’s been a bit of a nightmare. This morning I had a phone slammed on me.
I think the English accent is a bit of a turn off. I may have to affect a Scottish one when I call up again.
We have shows on Skye, South Uist, Islay & Tiree.
Need to ask for a cheeky favour. Me and my wee pal Jono are piecing together a ten date tour of the Scottish Islands, for July.
It’s not that easy given that we don’t have contacts out in these Islands.
We’re looking at Arran, Bute, Islay, Mull, Tiree, Skye, South Uist, Harris & Lewis.
If you have any contacts, or know of venues, promoters, or bands, in these places, please drop me an email.
I have been confirmed as the headline act on the Thursday of V Dub Fest on the Isle of Wight.
The festival is on August 15th to 19th and features artists such as The Cuban Brothers & The Neville Staple Band.
I’ll be headlining on Thursday the 15th.
For more information, and tickets, check out v-dubisland.com.
This summer is starting to look good! x
Hope you all had a wicked holiday period, and the boredom of ‘real life’ hasn’t got you all too down.
My 2013 has, up until today, consisted of nothing more than detoxing and hitting the gym. It’s very easy in this line of ‘work’ to fall into a junk food and booze lifestyle. I’m starting the year by kicking both of them to the kerb. No booze for 8 days, and no unhealthy food either.
I’d like to say I feel better for it, but insomnia, and toothache have put pay to any feelings of healthiness I may have expected.
Anyway, today was the first music related thing I did. I had to travel to Manchester to meet a music journalist and lay myself bare. I always worry about interviews, as often, the piece has already been written prior to meeting. They then fit the words around their preconception. Sometimes good, sometimes bad.
This chap seemed like a very nice bloke, so my weariness seemed unfounded. But, when you’ve been burned and all that! The amount of times I’ve picked up papers, or looked at online fanzines and thought, I never fucking said that!!!
Like I said though, nice bloke this time. Phew!
I have a really busy year, with plenty of tours and live appearances. We’re just waiting for a lot of confirmations, and the gig page will fill up accordingly.
Bizarrely, I’m also playing a large supporting role in a film, due to be shot this year. In fact, the America based part of the film may even be being filmed already. I’m not sure. I’m an ‘orrible English bastard in it anyway. Looking forward to breaking my acting teeth.
Hope you’re all well. x
I’m off to Manchester on Sunday to record a couple of live, acoustic B sides for the ‘What’s love without meaning?‘ single.
I know I’m going to record a chilled out version of ‘Remember who you are‘, but I’m unsure what other track to record.
I have a few new tunes that would suit acoustic really nicely. I may just have to flip a coin.
The single is available on the 17th December.
The music video for the track will be up in the next few days. I hope you’ll like.
I’ve been working on new tracks for my third album recently. Obviously I’m not even thinking about recording it, as the second album has just come out, and next year is earmarked to tour the album Worldwide.
My label have had contact from across Europe, Australia and Canada about tours next year, so that’s very exciting. It only seems like yesterday that I was on the phone, begging for support slots. I must admit, I don’t miss doing that!
The new tracks I’ve been working on are very mellow. In fact, they’d probably give Nick Drake a run for his money, on the depressing scale! But fear not, I tend to write a bunch of tunes that reflect my mood, so when I’m happy, I’ll write another load, and make a nicely balanced album.
What is funny for me, is ‘A Brand New Battle‘ was recorded, in my mind, as my final album. I was then going to go away and do something else. I even thought about politics. Christ knows Westminster needs someone with some morality among it’s ranks. Mind you, I’m not sure my temper could cope with the other bastards!
Since I recorded the record, I’ve signed a deal with Eromenos, performed at Wembley Arena, and am now off on a World tour next year. I guess this musician stuff ain’t all that bad after all.
Have a lovely weekend. I’m off to an opening party of Revolution de Cuba tonight. Don’t worry, it’s a bar. Me, Che, and Fidel aren’t planning anything.
I was strolling through Prague Airport, minding my own business, when I received a message from my big sister. The National Library of Great Britain has requested copies of my book, How NOT to be a Rockstar.
That’s a massive achievement for one, and one that was celebrated with a beer, and a soggy airport sandwich.
You can buy a copy of the book by clicking onto www.garethicke.com/book.
I’ll be selling copies at gigs aswell.
Talking of gigs, I’ll be playing an acoustic show at the Engineers Arms in Henlow, Bedfordshire on Friday. Free entry and awesome beer. Kicks off at 9pm.