Manning and Jump are both bands that have been features of the UK progressive rock scene for many a year and we're delighted to be taking part in this triple-header. Jump will be opening proceedings, Manning up next, with Also Eden rounding off the evening in our usual style. Those of you who attended the previous triple-bill with Crimson Sky and Mr So & So will know that this will be an event well worth attending.
The last time Rich supported Red Jasper was with his band, Sane, at the Bristol Bierkeller, in 1992! Like Also Eden, they've had a few line-up changes over the years and we were very interested to be invited to open up this show and check them out. To make things sensible from a timing and logistics perspective, this will be an outing for Si & Rich, now under the new moniker, Neo Deals (yes, that's right, it is). Our friends Crimson Sky will be second on.
We're looking forward to this trip oop North for a double-header with our F2 label-mates, Manning.
We're excited to have been asked to appear at this new festival, which takes place in what sounds like a very interesting environment (a former steel works - see the website for further details). As with YProg the previous month, the line-up is excellent and we're looking forward to seeing many of the other acts.
We very much enjoyed the gig we did at The Globe with Sankara and Howard Sinclair in July, so we're doing it again, with the rather wonderful Matt Stevens supporting. Ticket details to follow shortly.
Danny Mayo, organiser of Danfest, where we recently had such a great time, is having a 50th Birthday Bash in March and has invited us to open up the show. The headline act is The Watch, who are an apparently very good early Genesis Tribute, so I'm sure Si will spend the whole evening studying guitar tunings and chords!
They normally sell out, so if you fancy coming, get over here and Buy A Ticket!
Marillion's Steve Rothery has previously guested on Sugar Mice with the Norwegian Marillion tribute, Misplaced Neighbourhood, for whom Rich sings. Rich, Steve and Mr So & So also played some old Marillion tracks at The Peel, back in February 2012. This time, Steve and Misplaced are getting together to play a number of old tracks, some of which Steve hasn't played since the 80s and we've been invited to open the show. Tickets are selling fast, so get over here if you want one!
We're very pleased to have been asked by Danny to play and are now playing second in the evening session, followed by headliners Galahad. If you want a ticket and you don't have one yet, I believe it's close to selling out.
As a warm-up for Danfest the following night, we're playing The Peel with our friends Mr So & So. It's the 49th anniversaries of both the Kennedy Assassination (well, a day out) and the first broadcast of Dr Who, so expect some surprises.
It's Sankara's Guided By Degress album launch, and they've invited Si and Rich to open up for them - we'll be playing a selection of Also Eden tracks, including some not normally heard in the full electric set, plus maybe a cover or two.
Very excited about this short-notice support gig at a relatively new Bristol venue (which has had previous guises, the most recent being Castro's). We can sell you tickets directly for £8 - instead of £12.50 (Adv) / £15 (Door). (Contact us via the usual channels.)
Please note that it's an early start, as the venue has a curfew - be there by 7PM.
We're delighted to be playing a headline set at the Robin2, one of our favourite venues, along with the brilliant Mr So & So and the wonderful Crimson Sky. It promises to be a wonderful evening of contemporary progressive rock, so come on down! Tickets are £8 advance, £10 on the door, doors open 7pm, show kick-off 7:30pm!
This is our first time at the Globe, Cardiff, and we're especially pleased to be working with Sankara. It should be a great night! Tickets are £8 advance, available from EventBrite (booking fee £1.13), or £10 on the door, doors open 730pm, show kick-off 8pm!
The second gig of the mini-tour is at De Kade in Zaandam (an easy walk from the train station), just north of Amsterdam. Tickets are again only EUR 10 in advance (plus EUR 1.50 booking fee), from TicketScript or EUR 12.50 on the door.
We're off to The Netherlands with Maschine (formerly known as Concrete Lake), winners of both the CRPP and CRS Best Newcomer awards for 2011. The first gig is at Starsound in Utrecht, where the band last played three years ago, and where Rich often rehearses with Lords of the Backstage. Tickets are only EUR 10 in advance (plus EUR 1.50 booking fee), from TicketScript or EUR 12.50 on the door.
This is the second of two double-headers with the most excellent Leatherat, who are a very well-established "progressive folk" band from Banbury. Both bands will be playing full sets - Also Eden on second this time - but don't be late, or you'll kick yourselves for missing Leatherat. As with the 12 Bar double-header, tickets are only £8 in advance or £10 on the door (from The Fleece directly or usual Bristol ticket outlets).
It's, obviously, an absolute disgrace that the band haven't played in Wales, seeing as we're half Welsh, so we're going to rectify that! We're hoping to get in a decent audience, so it's only three pounds on the door. This date was going to be a week later, but it'd be rather silly having two prog gigs in Porth on the same night! Support from local outfit The Hounds Of Justice.
A first outing for Also Eden at a Bristol venue that Rich last played with Midnight Rambler in about 1997. Support band is Dark Energy, who last played with us at The Louisiana, back in August. This gig is Free Entry!
A swift return to one of the Think Of The Children! album launch venues, this time as a double-header with the most excellent Leatherat, who are a very well-established "progressive folk" band from Banbury. Both bands will be playing full sets, so don't be late. Probably a good idea to get a ticket in advance too, not just because they're only £8 (£10 on the door), but also because just over the border in Oxfordshire Leatherat gigs often sell out.
It'd be rude to come "oop north" and not take the opportunity to play more than one gig, so we've secured a slot a The Avenue's 7th Xmas Festival - in aid of The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. We're playing at 5.30pm, so come along, say hello, and stay for the evening (there are bands on before us too).
A first trip up North for us, "returning the favour" to Morpheus Rising. Door tax: £6.
Short-notice gig - supporting the excellent Godsticks.
We'll be rounding off album launch weekend with this support slot at the Robin 2.
This will be the second of two gigs to launch our new album, Think of the Children! The 12 Bar is an excellent venue and we're very much looking forward to playing it for the first time.
This will be the first of two gigs to launch our new album, Think of the Children. We'll be playing a good proportion - indeed maybe all - of the album.
Please do come along to this one, which we've booked at short-notice as a bit of a warm-up - it's only 4 quid in advance, 5 quid on the door.
We've been invited to headline at this bijou little venue that's quite well known as a regular stop on the up-and-coming band scene. Support band is Dark Energy, featuring a very old friend of Rich's on guitar and vocals.
We're delighted to have been asked to play at this four-day festival, with other acts on the Friday including Godsticks, Morpheus Rising, Heather Findlay, John Otway and Manning.
A home town gig for Rich, albeit that he now lives back in the land of his fathers. Should be good!
We're delighted to be playing at the inaugral outing of the Electric Garden Festival in Blackpool. We'll be there on the Thursday night playing 845pm and supporting Credo. Hope to see you there!
Another night out on the town with our Tinyfish friends, this time at the wonderful Peel - a favourite venue of ours!
We're delighted to be supporting the excellent Tinyfish as they promote their wonderful album "The Big Red Spark". This will be our first outing of 2011 - and the first gig since Rich's accident in July 2010.
Guitars and Backing Vocals