Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Cityscape Presents - 18 April line up confirmed

Breaking news jsut in. I have had confirmation of the line up for the next Cityscape Presents night and it looks pretty sweet. Here are a few reasons why...

Reason 1: Jon Gomm
(hear him here)

There are more than a million reasons why you should catch cult singer-songwriter Jon Gomm on Saturday 18 April. Such is the buzz around his amazing talent with an acoustic guitar that his online videos have been watched by more than a million people and he has won a big European following, playing festivals in cities such as Athens and Rome. The good news for Bolton gig-goers is that they can see what all the fuss is about as he headlines the latest Cityscape Presents showcase night in the intimate surroundings of our Bill Naughton Studio.

Gomm has been playing guitar since the age of two – actually, it was a ukele as his parents couldn’t find a guitar small enough – and it shows. His ability to wrench all sorts of sounds out ofan acoustic guitar – from snare drum, bass drum and bongo sounds to synthesiser-style effects – has had fellow musicians salivating. Blues Matters went as far as to describe him as “the future of acoustic guitar playing” and Acoustic magazine said he was simply “one of the world’smost gifted and inspirational guitar players.” Not bad for a lad from Blackpool. Allied with sparkling melodies and influences from Robert Johnson to Radiohead, it’s no surprise Gomm’s debut album Hypertension has sold thousands of copies by word of mouth alone.

Reason 2: Viva Superlux
(hear them here)

Support comes from upbeat pop act Viva Superlux. Founder members and lifelong buddies John A Stewart and Jim Smith have a history gigging together stretching back two decades, playing on the Manchester scene with bands such as Schmod and Frantik. Their latest band Viva Superlux show that their musical chemistry remains. With the addition of talented drummerMatt Maher, the three-piece produce quirky pop which has been compared to everyone from The Lightning Seeds, Dodgy and the Housemartins to The Beatles and The Foo Fighters. Both Stewart and Maher form the backline of Merchandise, another Cityscape band, and whose latest single Listen Up! has recently earned airplay on Radio One.

Reason 3: Emily Cooke
(hear her here)

The line-up is completed by Emily Cooke, a rising talent on the Bolton acoustic circuit whose songwriting has drawn comparisons with Joni Mitchell.

Reason 4: Lou Conran

Cityscape Presents favourite comedienne Lou Conran is back by popular demand to perform compere duties for the third time.

Brad B Wood, founder of Cityscape Records, said:

“The response to previous Cityscape Presents nights has shown that there’s a real appetite in Bolton and beyond for top quality live music. These evenings offer a chance to see some of the north’s brightest talents in intimate surroundings. The last event sold out quickly so if you like the sound of it, I’d advise you to get your tickets before it’s too late.”

Thanks to an Arts Council fiunded scheme, there are a limited number of free tickets available to under 26s - contact the Octagon Ticket Office for details. Or click here for more information.

Future Cityscape Presents nights will take place on 9th May and 20th June.


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