The Peoples Voice.

Hi all.

As many of you that watched/donated/slagged off The Peoples Voice may know, my Dad has severed ties with the organisation.

They state that he is no longer required, and thus I figure that The Banned is no longer required either. I was hoping that once the station got back into a better financial state, we would be able to bring the music show back. But for a while I have accepted that is very unlikely, and this, to me, confirms that.

It was a pleasure to be involved with The Banned, and I hope we made a little difference to the bands we featured. We had lots of excellent artists and I would like to say thanks to all of them.

Also, a massive thanks to everyone involved in the show. We created a pretty good team, and ironically, by the time it went off air, we had the show nailed in terms of filming/format.

TPV obviously had its draw backs personally. Mainly the lies and nonsense that surrounded it, and the rubbish allegations made against myself and others.

Given the show isn’t returning, I feel I should set a few things straight.

The Banned was MY idea. The format of the show was MY idea, along with great input from Amy James, and alot of the bands were sourced by small labels and promoters that I brought to the project. It was even MY idea that I should NEVER perform on The Banned, or have any of my own music featured on it, as I didn’t want to use it to promote myself. Hell, the name The Banned was MY idea.

I pitched the show like all the others. So there was no ‘nepotism’ involved. I wasn’t handed a presenting job just ‘because’.

Other nonsense that went around was that my Dad was keeping his family in work, and paid by TPV donations.

I NEVER received a PENNY from TPV as payment for presenting/co-writing/founding the show. I volunteered. I used to drive a 320 mile round trip every Thursday to film, getting home to Derby at 2am, only to get up and work the following morning.

I lost several gigs myself, including a fantastic (and rather lucrative) tour of the Scottish Islands, because I was filming The Banned.

I lost an appearance on Soccer AM with my fellow Derby County fans, as I was needed to film some clips for TPV adverts.

So if any of you do frequent some of these online forums, that spout nonsense, you can put them straight on these facts.

As for the end of The Banned, I am sad. I felt it had a lot of potential, and having spoken to bands since they appeared, they have stated that they got gigs/interviews as a result of being on the show. The Struts, our first ever band on the show, just supported The Rolling Stones at Park de Prince in Paris. What’s that? 90,000 people?

Maybe we’ll have another chance, another time, in another place.


This Weeks Global Moan In…

Hello all,

This week I will be once again hosting the Global Phone In, on The Peoples Voice.

The show goes out between 11:15pm and 1:00am this Wednesday.

Nothing is more therapeutic than a good moan.  That’s just what we are going to do this week.

What grinds your gears? It could be political, it could be your wife. Either way, give us a shout and let us know.


Czech Republic Dates…

Hello all,

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.


TPV Global Phone In…

Hello all,

I’m back presenting The Global Phone In on The Peoples Voice, this Wednesday evening.

The phone in goes out at from 11:15pm GMT.

If you wish to call in, the number is +44(0)203 714 2700. Alternatively, you can tweet me @garethicke.

This week I’ll be discussing several different topics.

The main topic is of course, whatever you want to talk about. It’s your phone in after all!

I’d like to talk about your New Years resolutions. We’re a month in to 2014. How many resolutions are you still sticking to?

I’m interested in your thoughts on the UK justice system. Parents can face prison time if they take their children on holiday, during term time. Yet, people walk free for horrendous crimes.

I’d also like to have a chat about the cost of ‘living’, and whether that is something improved by money, or the very opposite. Does money and the need for material goods, simply cover up the cracks in our emotional selves?

I’ll be playing some great tunes as well, up until 1am GMT.

Tune in. x

Global Phone In Cancelled this Wednesday.

Hello again!

Unfortunately I have just been told that this weeks Global Phone In has been cancelled.

The station is unable to provide a Gallery Director to run my show. Everyone there is working tirelessly, and the number of staff is at a minimum.

These things happen. Once advertising funding comes in, we’ll be able to provide more jobs for professional directors etc.

I’ll be back in two weeks.

Until then. take it easy. x

The Global Phone In.

Hi all.

This Wednesday I’m back hosting the Global Phone In on The Peoples Voice.

The Phone In is from 11pm GMT until 1am.

If you’d like to call in, the number is 0203 714 2700 or if you are a wee bit shy, you can tweet me @garethicke.

I know it’s three weeks into the year, but I’d like to talk new years resolutions. Have you broken all of them already?

I’d like to talk about the power of the mind. I guess that comes under the same umbrella as new years resolutions in a way. Can you make things happen purely by believing in them?

I would also like to talk about the justice system. In the UK currently a couple are facing jail for taking their child on holiday during term time. Yet a fella I went to school with (But won’t name) has escaped jail despite having a computer full of child porn images. Which persons would you rather have walking the streets, and who would you rather be in jail?

On a more uplifting topic, what band/artist changed your life? Did you hear an album or a song, and say “Wow”?

But most of all, I want to talk about what YOU want to talk about. It’s your phone in after all.



TPV Indiegogo Campaign…

Hello all.

The Peoples Voice are running an indiegogo fundraising campaign. The money raised will allow the station to continue functioning, until the advertising budgets come through in a couple of months.

Please watch the film and donate at here.