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Win weekend tickets to the Great British R&B Festival!

In his weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on Sunday 24 July, David Randall previewed some of the acts appearing at this year’s Great British R&B Festival. (10:39)

Willie And The Bandits - GREAT BRITISH ROCK & BLUES FESTIVAL - Skegness 22-24 January 2016

The 27th Great British R&B Festival takes place Bank Holiday weekend (26-29 August) across several venues in and around Colne, Lancashire.

This well established event features an International and British stage along with several other venues hosting a variety of blues music.

The Great British R&B Festival

Amongst the main acts appearing on the International stage are Nine Below Zero, Dave Edmunds, Bernie Marsden, Nikki Hill, Wilko Johnson, Willie & The Bandits (pictured) and Devon Allman whilst the British stage hosts acts such as Rebecca Downes, Connie Lush and Roadhouse.  Six other venues will showcase the best new and established blues talent.

Get Ready to ROCK! is giving away a pair of weekend passes to one lucky winner.  Head over to our competition page!

Festival website
Competition (closes 07.08.16)

Interview links
Red Butler
Devon Allman

Gary Boner (Roadhouse)


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Level 42 October UK Tour -
Radio Interview Special

Level 42

Level 42′s first main label album was produced by Mike Vernon (Fleetwood Mac, Focus) and released in 1981.  For the next decade the band developed into one of the most popular mainstream and crossover acts, combining pop melodies with funk rhythms and capturing both a chart and club audience.

1985′s World Machine firmly established Level 42 on the international stage and yielded their biggest U.S. hit ‘Something About You’.

After 1993′s Forever Now album and tour Mark King put the band on ice and pursued a lower-key solo and songwriting career. Less than 10 years later, after including Level 42 material in his live sets and meeting up again with keyboard player Mike Lindup, Mark King reconstituted the band and with brother Nathan on guitar and a horn section.

The band’s latest release – Sirens Tour Live – was recorded at the Indigo O2 in London, September 2015.  They tour extensively in the UK in October 2016.

David Randall chatted recently to band founder/leader Mark King.  Says David: “When I was on eighties radio Level 42 were a staple of our playlists.  Although hugely successful as a mainstream pop act, the band had terrific muso credentials as well.  In a later incarnation, the likes of Gary Husband (drums) and guitarists Allan Holdsworth and Jakko Jakszyk passed through their ranks.”

An hour special was broadcast on Sunday 24 July at 18:00 GMT on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio (repeated Thursday 28 July, 22:00 GMT) and explores the band’s history in more depth with key tracks including some from the new live album.

Bonus material has been posted to the Get Ready to ROCK! Radio interview page, where Mark King talks about his bass playing style and solo albums.

More information
Album review (plus interview edit)

UK dates (October 2016)

Oct 2 Waterfront Hall Auditorium, Belfast
Oct 3 Venue Cymru, Llandudno
Oct 4 The Lowry, Salford Quays
Oct 6 Victoria Hall, Stoke-On-Trent
Oct 7 O2 ABC, Glasgow
Oct 8 Sage Gateshead
Oct 10 Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Oct 11 Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Oct 12 Margate Winter Gardens
Oct 14 Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Oct 15 Ipswich Regent Theatre
Oct 16 New Theatre Oxford
Oct 18 Portsmouth Guildhall
Oct 19 Colston Hall, Bristol
Oct 21 Bath Pavilion
Oct 22 Truro Hall for Cornwall
Oct 23 Bournemouth Pavilion
Oct 25 G Live, Guildford
Oct 26 Hexagon Theatre, Reading
Oct 28 Watford Colosseum
Oct 29 Eventim Apollo, London

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On Sunday 17 July on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio David Randall previewed the Cambridge Rock Festival, with music from Don Airey, Malaya Blue and 4th Labyrinth. (16:07)

Cambridge Rock Festival 2014 - Cloud Atlas

Cambridge Rock Returns, 4-7 August

Celebrating its 16th year, the Cambridge Rock Festival takes place at Haggis Farm Polo Club, Barton, Cambridgeshire 4-7 August with headliners Jim Cregan, Carl Palmer and Focus.  The event gets underway on the additional date, Wednesday 3 August, when Don Airey (Deep Purple) will perform for charity (Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust) with Jack Bruce tribute Fresh Cream in support.

Cambridge Rock Festival

The Festival – across three fully covered stages – is supplemented by over 100 real ales/ciders and wide selection of food.

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Also this weekend (5-7 August)  A New Day Festival in Faversham, Kent features Wilko Johnson, Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) and The Stranglers amongst a host of blues/prog and classic rock acts.

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The 14th Dream Of Dr.Sardonicus Festival, 5-7 August 2016

For those of a more psychedelic hue, the 14th Dream Of Dr. Sardonicus Festival takes place in Cardigan, West Wales, at the Cellar Bar.  The weekend of 5-7 August will witness live music from bands such as Vibravoid, Soft Hearted Scientists and Sendelica helping to shift quantities of limited edition vinyl from the Fruits de Mer Records label.

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And if blues is your bag the North Wales Blues & Soul Festival takes place in Mold, North Wales 5-7 August with Laurence Jones, Aynsley Lister Connie Lush, Rebecca Downes amongst the acts appearing.

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Feature video

PURPLE Mini Van

Texas trio Purple release their second album – ‘Bodacious’ – on 29 July.

JARED JAMES NICHOLS Don’t You Try

Jared James Nichols is special guest on the Walter Trout tour in the UK this October.

News item (June 2016)


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Here’s a quick round-up of some key 2016 festival events – for more information about tours/festivals see our upcoming section. These are mainly the events we’ve been notified of – if you’re running an event and are not listed please let us know via the contact section.

Great British Rock & Blues Festival, Skegness 22-24 January
Review

Giants Of Rock, Minehead 29-31 January
Review

Hard Rock Hell AOR, Pwllheli, 10-13 March
Review

Hammerfest, Pwllheli, 10-13 March
Review

Hard Rock Hell Prog, Pwllheli, 17-20 March
Review

Bearded Theory Festival, Catton Hall, South Derbyshire 26-29 May
Review

Breaking Bands Festival, Stoke Prior Country Club, 27-29 May
Review

Acoustic Festival of Britain, Uttoxeter Racecourse 3-5 June

THE BLOCKHEADS, KING KING, NELL BRYDEN, MIDGE URE, JUDIE TZUKE and more.

Download, Donington Park, 10-12 June
Review

Stone Free, The O2, London 18-19 June
Day 1 (Alice Cooper, The Darkness, Blackberry Smoke…)
Day 2 (Rick Wakeman, Marillion, Steve Hackett…)

SOS Festival, Prestwich, Manchester 15-17 July

ABSOLVA, ATTICA RAGE, KNOCK OUT KAINE, MASSIVE WAGONS and more

Chagstock Festival, Whiddon Down, Devon 22-23 July

DONOVAN, THE STRANGLERS, THE BLOCKHEADS, FEROCIOUS DOG and more

Ramblin’ Man Fair, Mote Park, Maidstone, 23-24 July

WHITESNAKE (SATURDAY HEADLINERS), BLACK STONE CHERRY (SUNDAY HEADLINERS), THIN LIZZY, AIRBOURNE, EUROPE, THUNDER, GINGER WILDHEART, SEBASTIAN BACH, GINGER BAKER’S AIRFORCE 3, PURSON, CADILLAC THREE, THE GRAVELTONES, PROCOL HARUM, URIAH HEEP, HAWKWIND, VON HERTZEN BROTHERS, BLURRED VISION, THE FIERCE AND THE DEAD, FROST*, IO EARTH, THE WHITE BUFFALO, LIFE SIGNS, HAYSEED DIXIE, WALTER TROUT, KING KING, THE KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS, HEADSPACE, INGLORIOUS, THE ZOMBIES, WARREN HAYNES, SIMO, TAX THE HEAT, THE SUPERSUCKERS, SONS OF ROYALTY

Steelhouse Festival, Ebbw Vale, South Wales, 23-24 July

THUNDER, THE DARKNESS, THE DEAD DAISIES, BLUES PILLS, GINGER WILDHEART’S HEY! HELLO!, TAX THE HEAT, TERRORVISION, TOSELAND, VON HERTZEN BROTHERS, VEGA and others

On Track For Summer, Royal Windsor Racecourse, Bucks, 23-24 July

DONOVAN, THE MANFREDS, GINGER BAKER, CHRIS FARLOWE, PP ARNOLD,
THE MOVE,  CLIFF BENNETT  and more.

Cambridge Rock Festival, Haggis Farm Polo Club, Barton, Cambridgeshire, 4-7 August

DON AIREY, JIM CREGAN, CARL PALMER, FOCUS, CURVED AIR and more.

A New Day Festival, Mt Ephraim Gardens, Faversham, Kent, 5-7 August

JETHRO TULL’S IAN ANDERSON, THE STRANGLERS, WILKO JOHNSON, STEELEYE SPAN, FOCUS, CURVED AIR, CARAVAN, MARTIN BARRE BAND and others

Cropredy, Oxfordshire, 11-13 August

FAIRPORT CONVENTION, STEELEYE SPAN, RALPH McTELL, GRYPHON, HAYSEED DIXIE and more to be announced.

Bloodstock Open Air, Catton Hall, South Derbyshire, 11-14 August

MASTODON, TWISTED SISTER, SLAYER, ANTHRAX, BEHEMOTH and more.

Down To The Woods, Hardwick Hall Hotel, County Durham, 13 August

PRIMAL SCREAM, ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN, CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMEN and more.

Watchet Live Festival, Somerset, 26-28 August

LEVELLERS, UB40, THE FEELING, PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT and more

Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, Colne, Lancs 26-29 August

WILKO JOHNSON, NINE BELOW ZERO, BERNIE MARSDEN and more.


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