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IN FLAMES + Special Guests – 1st May

Sweden’s leading metal band has never stopped moving forward during the more than 20 years they’ve been performing. The melodic death metal of the band’s early days has since evolved into a unique expression, manifested in 13 albums like ‘A Sense of Purpose’, ‘Sounds of a Playground Fading’, ‘Siren Charms’ and their latest release, ‘I, The Mask’ recorded in Los Angeles with multi Grammy-nominated producer, Howard Benson. 2019’s ‘I, The Mask’ charted #1 in Sweden and Austria, #2 in Germany and #1 in US Top Rock and Metal Albums. The globally-demanded act have toured worldwide with acts such as Judas Priest, Avenged Sevenfold and Disturbed while inspiring many of our favourite rock and metal artists today. In Flames is a band that fans around the world can rely on, inspiring their fans, the Jesterheads, to live by the phrase “In Flames We Trust”.

Tickets on sale Fri 24th Jan 10am via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania or Gigantic.

THE WENDY JAMES BAND (ex Transvision Vamp) + Special Guests – 9th May

We’re pleased to welcome the iconic WENDY JAMES to The Sugarmill.

She is most recognised as the front-woman of iconic 80s alternative rock band Transvision Vamp, which enjoyed chart success in the late 1980s with a string of hits including Baby I Don’t Care, I Want Your Love and Revolution Baby.

Her sexually charged and rebellious image won her a huge following of devoted fans, including Miley Cyrus who stated she loved James’ look and sound.

Following the band’s split in 1991, James went on to collaborate with a number of music legends including Elvis Costello who wrote a full album’s worth of material for her, which formed her first solo album “Now Ain’t the Time for Your Tears” in 1993.

Her 2nd solo album “The Price of the Ticket” was released in 2016 and her band at the time comprised of rock royalty such as James Williamson (Iggy and the Stooges), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith) and James Sclavunos (Nick Cave and the Badseeds, Sonic Youth and the Cramps)

A new album will be, available, released just prior to this tour.
Armed with a catalogue of new material, the audacious vamp will be rocking The Sugarmill with a full live band where she will sing a host of old favourites as well as tracks from her latest and previous solo albums.

Tickets on sale now via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

WHITECHAPEL + Special Guests – 29th April 20

Since their 2007 debut, The Somatic Defilement, Whitechapel‘s output has been mired in darkness, but they have never inhabited blacker territory than where we find them on 7th full-length, The Valley. “Lyrically, emotionally, melody wise, there are not many ‘happy’ sounding parts on this record,” states guitarist Alex Wade. “Our last album, ‘Mark of the Blade’ (2016) did not sound exactly ‘happy’ either, but the majority of those songs did not have much emotion or vibe behind them, they were just straightforward metal songs. These songs have a darker, more melancholic presentation to them.” With vocalist Phil Bozeman having never held back when it comes to speaking his mind, and delivering lyrics as uncompromising as his decimating vocals, this time around he gets even more personal, and in looking to the hardships of his childhood the music needed to fit the tone. “It’s all about me as a child, and some of it is me looking back on that time from the perspective of now,” he explains. “Also, it’s my interpretation of my mom’s struggles and her different personalities. She had a journal that contained very disturbing and sometimes evil writings, and some of her quotes and a lot of that journal is in the lyrics.”

 

The Knoxville metal titans will of course be hitting the road hard again now that they have a new collection of songs under their collective belt. For Wade, every record the band drops is an important stepping stone as they continue to build Whitechapel‘s legacy, and The Valley is no exception. “We have expanded on the sound we created on ‘Mark Of The Blade’ and created a more cohesive work of art overall. I believe our fans will be able to hear and appreciate the overall mood and vibe that we created with this record, which applies to every aspect of it, including the artwork. Moreover, we are stronger now as a band than we have been in the past few years, and I hope that we are able to look back on this album and see it as a major transitioning period of our career, in a positive way.” Bozeman concurs, but makes it very much clear that ultimately, however anyone else reacts to it, The Valley is absolutely the record Whitechapel wanted to make, with no exceptions or limitations. “We write what we want, and no matter if it’s music, architecture, drawing or whatever, you should be able to create whatever you want. We make music for ourselves first and foremost, and if fans like it, great. If they hate it, great. That’s the beauty of art. You do it for yourself and if you’re lucky, make a living off of it.”

Tickets on sale from 10am Weds 18th Dec via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

DANCING ON TABLES + Special Guests – 18th March 20

Dancing On Tables are a five-piece pop-rock band from Dunfermline, a small town just outside Edinburgh.

Alongside sound-tracking national campaigns for Scottish Water and Schuh x Adidas, the boys’ live game continues to impress. UK tour support of the likes of Cassia have come alongside festivals such as Latitude, The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City, as well as a number of their own sold-out tour dates across the country.

The band pride themselves on their energetic and engaging live performance, using a variety of influences in curating their sound – think if The 1975 met Blossoms at a Future Islands show.

American chart-topping writers Liz Rose and Seth Ennis are amongst the list of stars involved in new material as Dancing On Tables’ sound continues to evolve. Their infectious blend of UK Indie-Pop, is complimented by the anthemic, story telling influence from across the Atlantic. You can understand why one of Variety Magazine’s “10 Brits to Watch” are ready to make the world dance.

Tickets on sale now via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

THE HARA + Special Guests – 3rd April 20

THE HARA are a high-energy three-piece alt rock/pop band, with a stage presence likened to that of legendary classics Queen, AC/DC and Guns N Roses with an amped up sound taking influences from a wide range of popular artists such as Bring Me the Horizon, Royal Blood, Arctic Monkeys, The 1975, Panic! At The Disco, Lower Than Atlantis, The Hunna, Nothing But Thieves, Muse, Twenty One Pilots and Yungblud which combines Josh’s stunning vocals, Zack’s gritty riffs with Jack’s punchy drum beats.

Although comprising just three live instruments, THE HARA give a full live sound through the use of pads, triggers and stems, emulating thirty instruments whilst on stage.

Show Times:

6pm (Approx) – VIP Doors
7pm – Main Doors
9:10pm – Show ends
9:20pm – 10:30pm – M&G
10:30pm – Show curfew

Ticket prices:
£35 – VIP (includes a M&G session before the show, first to barrier, first to merchandise, mingle with the band, plus your ticket into the show)
£25 – M&G (includes a M&G session after the show, plus your ticket into the show)
£12.50 – Standard (entry only into the show)

Age limit:
14+

Please note: VIP doors are subject to change, we ask that if you a VIP ticket holder you’re at the venue ready for 6pm.

 

Tickets on sale Fri 13th Dec via  The Sugarmill

WORKING MEN’S CLUB + Lazarus Kane – 22nd Feb 20

Madding crowds may have found their bounce to the beat of ‘Bad Blood’s post-punk groove but Working Men’s Club will defy all expectation with their eagerly anticipated follow-up. Forcing backs off the wall and deeper onto the dancefloor, electric stomper ‘Teeth’ possesses enough bite to set pearly whites on edge and induce a wildly ecstatic feeling that’s anything but comfortable.

Capturing moments to write, whether walking through woods, splitting crisp packets open at the local pubs around their northern hometowns or between chapters of reading Hunter S. Thompson and Sylvia Plath, Working Men’s Club put the groove first, unafraid to rear the wise heads on their younger shoulders. Aspiring to the lyrical greats John Cooper Clarke, Lou Reed, Ian Curtis, Glen Campbell and Townes Van Zandt, the band first bonded over back catalogues rather than passing trends.

 Shows with Fat White Family and The Brian Jonestown Massacre, a triumphant appearance at Independent Venue Week and a packed-out Great Escape appearance have paved the way for the band as they hone their rhythm. After ‘Bad Blood’ received early support from Steve Lamacq, demand brought about a third repressing of their debut 7”, and it topped the vinyl charts; giving rise to a band subconsciously making us all slaves to the rave. “We do this because we love it.” says Syd. “But it’s not about us, we’re just faces. Working Men’s Club is about the music, the vibe, and that feeling, forcing you to move. Anyone can join.”

Tickets on sale now via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

THE ACADEMIC + Special Guests – 22nd April 20

Forming in their early teens, The Academic are Craig Fitzgerald, Dean Gavin and brothers Matt and Stephen Murtagh. In late 2014 word started spreading throughout the flatlands of Westmeath, a small county in the middle of Ireland about these 4 young kids who played really fast and short sets that sometimes just fell apart but sometimes was pure magic to witness. No frills just short, sweet and straight to the point.

Ireland’s newest indie-rock sensation have had an incredible 18 months. From playing a ‘Battle of The Bands’ competition at their local school the band have emerged as one of the most exciting live acts on the music scene. With an already impressive live resume which includes a long list of sold out headline shows, appearances at some of Europe’s most high profile festivals as well as opening slots for acts like Twenty One Pilots, The Strokes, Catfish And The Bottlemen, The Academic have also been a firm favourite with the online blogosphere reaching No.3 on Hype Machine, amassed millions of streams online and have also had widespread international radio play including support from BBC Radio 1 in the UK (Annie Mac, Huw Stephens,Phil Taggart).

“Irish band The Academic don’t write songs – they write anthems” – Clash Music

“killer hooks once in your brain, will probably refuse to leave” – DIY Magazine

“The Academic show an anthemic wisdom well beyond their years” Uproxx Magazine

“it’s time to jump on the bandwagon, these guys are going to be big” – Lauren Murphy, The Irish Times

Tickets on sale now via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

IVW 20 – WARMDUSCHER + Psyence + Filth + Lysander – 29th Jan

A little something to get you through the week. There’s enough to go around. Revenge is a dish best served bold. Melt in the mouth disco basslines on a fragrant bed of feedback. Try it with the boom bap tapenade. Here for a good time, not a long time.

 

 

 

“It’s like they took the best vibes of the coolest bands that got right to the edge of the atmosphere of earth in the 60s and went that extra step fifty years later – so God bless Warmduscher”  Iggy Pop

 

“Pure filth”  Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music

 

“A mutant hybrid of Butthole Surfers and Funkadelic”  Noisey

 

“Warmduscher, a Paranoid London side project who sound like a Captain Beefheart LP played at 45RPM”  Loud and Quiet

 

“They really do exist in their own word, and I’m glad that world exists”  Matt Wilkinson, Beats 1

 

“Never boring, never dull, this is a glowing, fire-breathin’, thunder-clappin’ ghost train of a record”  Clash

 

“The best band on the planet”  Marc Riley, BBC 6 Music

Tickets on sale now via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

BLACKWATERS + Rocky Ostrich + Look Busy – 5th Feb 2020

Indie punks BLACKWATERS return to The Sugarmill for another raucous headline show.

Tickets on sale now via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

STRANGE BONES + Calva Louise + Filth + Feedbacc – 8th Feb 2020

Strange Bones come from Blackpool, and Blackpool is Strange Bones. A town in Lancashire but a town not ‘part’ of Lancashire. This is a town of total political autonomy, fiercely independent of mind, body and spirit. Not ‘part’ of anything except itself. Strange Bones could come from nowhere else.

In 2014 Bob, Jack and Will Bentham teamed up with lifelong friend Stuart Newburn and formed Strange Bones. Just mates, playing punk rock music together in this most independent of British towns.

First came ‘Sick of it All’ (SOIA) a powerful slab of Blackpool Rock, followed by the anthem ‘God Save The Teen’, which have both had continuous plays and heavy support by Annie Mac, Dan P Carter, Phil Taggart, and Abbie McCarthy on BBC Radio 1, as well as Julie Adenuga on Beats1, Alex Baker on Kerrang Radio, and Ian Camfield on XS Radio.

They are putting loud music out again, it’s worth listening to because it has a purpose. With a sold out ‘Jack Daniels’ residency in Blackpool and festivals appearances at Download UK and France, Live at Leeds, The Great Escape, and Reading And Leeds.

Their mum and dad are proud of them.

Tickets on sale now via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

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