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.

http://www.davidicke.com/headlines/the-peoples-voice/

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.

x

Soundcloud.

Oi.

I have taken control of my soundcloud page, and will be posting a lot more material there in the future.

I will post the odd album track from ‘It Gets Worse At Night’ and ‘A Brand New Battle’, but mainly I’ll be posting acoustic demos and live recordings.

To add me on Soundcloud click onto soundcloud.com/garethickemusic

Today I posted a live demo recorded, lovingly, in my toilet.

Here it is…

Hope you like.

x

Confirmed for DE1 Festival…

Hello all,

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.

x

Isle of Wight Festival Shows…

Hello!

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.

x

Vale Fest Tomorrow!

Oi!

I am playing a set at ValeFest in Birmingham Tomorrow. I’m on stage around 4pm.

Come say hello, if you are in the area.

Vale Fest

Much Love. x

Scottish Island Tour…

Oi!

Here are the finalised dates for my Scottish Island tour, with my good pal Jono.

Friday 18th July @ Galley Vest, Galley of Lorne, Ardfern.

Saturday 19th July (Afternoon) @ Raasay House, Isle of Raasay.

Saturday 19th July (Evening) @ Portree Hotel, Portree, Isle of Skye.

Sunday 20th July @ Tiree Music Festival, Isle of Tiree. 

Monday 21st July @ Tiree Music Festival, Isle of Tiree.

Tuesday 22nd July @ The Drift Inn, Lamlash, Isle of Arran.

Wednesday 23rd July @ Port Charlotte Hotel, Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay.

Thursday 24th July @ Jura Hotel, Craighouse, Isle of Jura.

Friday 25th July @ Wickerman Festival, Dumfries & Galloway.

If you are in the areas, come have a wee dram with us.

x

Free Festival Slot With Aziz Abrahim…

Oi.

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.

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If you are about, come on down. Playing a wee acoustic set at 6:30pm.

x

Full Band Rehearsals.

Alright folks,

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.

x

Festival Season!

OiOi!

Festival season is upon us! I can’t wait.

I am playing a fair few festivals across the UK this year, which is great opportunity to broaden my music audience. I am obviously a small act so the chance to play to several new people, is great.

This summer I am at The Ashbourne Beer Festival, Handmade Festival, Vale Fest, Isle of Wight Festival, Pedstock, Tiree Music Festival, Wickerman Festival, & V Dub Fest.

I am hoping to add more as soon as I can. To see the dates and times, click here.

See you on the road! x