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EVIL SCARECROW + Witch Tripper – 29th Oct

Many uncounted years have passed since the world was consumed in fire and water. Now the lost tribes of humanity drift across the hot dunes, driven to despair and savagery in the battle for survival. But you seek something greater, a higher purpose.

Your quest takes you through the ravaged wastelands of hollowed-out cities, the endless deserts of civilisation’s demise, until at last you come upon a scrap metropolis, rising from the ground like a great metal god. The entrance is guarded by the huge effigy of a crucified Scarecrow, and a cloud of black crows scatters from its up-raised arms, cawing noisily to herald your approach. As you enter the city walls you begin to hear another sound, a tribal rhythm that calls to something deep inside you. You follow as it grows louder and louder.

You find yourself inside a vast amphitheatre. Thousands of people move in unison, their hands raised in horn symbols towards five figures who stand elevated on a dais before them. The gathered crowd are dressed in strange armour made from scavenged parts – here a robot crafted from an air conditioning unit, there a car door turned into a crab carapace. The music is so loud now that it fills your mind, blasting from the great black towers that stand on either side of the stage. As you watch and listen, you find you cannot help but dance, your body driven by an urge as ancient as time itself. You don’t understand what’s happening, but you feel something you haven’t felt for a long time. You’re having… fun…

“… as you’re headbanging to this majestic metal madness, be aware that you might be doing so in the presence of a band who could one day help British metal take over the world again!”

Planet-Loud

“Evil Scarecrow… find themselves on the brink of being a genuinely significant concern on the British scene…”

Dom Lawson, Metal Hammer

“We had the most people in the history of Bloodstock get up early especially to see Evil Scarecrow play! If that isn’t testimonial to how incredible this band is, I don’t know what is! Stunning live band…”

Vicky Hungerford, Bloodstock Open Air

“‘Scream for me Download!’ asks ingeniously monikered Evil Scarecrow (KKKKK) frontman Dr. Rabid Hell. The prop-heavy, self-declared ‘Blue Peter-Metallers’ veer between ‘zero-gravity’ moon-moshing’ and inexplicably getting the overspilling tent to chant ‘eggs’. World domination is only some sticky-backed plastic away”

Kerrang!

Evil Scarecrow’s live show has been captivating, delighting and surprising audiences for many years. From the local pub to the main stage at Bloodstock Festival, it has grown bigger, louder and sillier with each year of success. More than just a metal gig, an Evil Scarecrow show is a performance, a piece of bizarre rock theatre unlike any you’ve seen before.

Famous for their ‘Blue Peter’ props, gregarious characters and catchy metal anthems, the band have gone from strength to strength. As well as regularly touring big venues across the UK, they’ve entertained fans at HRH Road Trip in Ibiza, Wacken Festival in Germany, and Summer Breeze Festival in Bavaria.

Everywhere they play, their cult grows – and their fans are dedicated and enthusiastic. It’s not an Evil Scarecrow crowd without a few cardboard robots, foam crabs and other hilarious homemade props raised aloft. Crowd participation is just as important as what the band does on-stage, and the whole experience is a truly immersive one that will challenge even the most cynical to not join in.

In late 2018 the band released their 4th full-length album, Chapter IV: Antartarctica. This was followed by the Lost in Antartarctica Tour, which played to huge audiences all across the UK.

In 2020 the band will be touring with a new show, playing fan favourites from their full catalogue. In the meantime, rumours of a new album can neither be confirmed nor denied…

Tickets on sale on the 1st May at 10am via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

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THE SUGARMILL x ENTREPRENEURS NETWORK

We’ve teamed up with the exceptionally talented local gems over at Entrepreneurs Network to come up with something we know you’ll all love, that can support us both 🙌
 

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THE DEVOUT – Depeche Mode Tribute Act – 26th SEPT

Europe’s leading Depeche Mode experience, meticulously recreated and passionately performed by seasoned musicians and lifelong fans.

The Devout’ is the natural continuation of Speak and Spell, one of the World’s most infamous Depeche Mode tributes. Rebooted and reengineered for an even more accurate performance ‘The Devout’ includes Barclay Quarton (S&S’s new frontman), Keith Trigwell, the production engine behind both bands, Killing Joke’s Reza Udhin and Glen Wisbey from Modovar and Blue October. With refined productions, live delivery and a fresh line-up, The Devout are delivering classic Depeche Mode shows at parties, gigs and festivals.

www.depechemodetribute.co.uk

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

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THE HOWL & THE HUM + Special Guests – 13th Feb 2021

In 2020, there are more ways than ever to get your name out there. Stars are born on Soundcloud, or via Instagram; musicians can cultivate a whole following without having ever played a note outside of their bedrooms. It’s a new type of opportunity, but it’s also one that lacks the romance and community of a youth spent cutting your teeth around like-minded souls. And, as The Howl & The Hum’s chief singer and songwriter Sam Griffiths discovered over years embedded in York’s artistic open mic scene, it’s those experiences that really whip you into shape. After moving to York, Griffiths was hanging out at open mic and poetry nights, a strange Yorkshire version of Greenwich Village in the 60s, and it was through these nights that Sam would go on to meet bassist Bradley Blackwell, drummer Jack Williams and guitarist Conor Hirons.

With a magpie mentality they cut their teeth playing in and learning from local bands and busking, with a strong songwriting core and an inventive, progressive view on what place guitar music has in today’s culture. Their inspirations ranging from Leonard Cohen and Phoebe Bridgers to Lizzo and Kendrick Lamar, and have been likened to Massive Attack, Radiohead and Alt-J.

Having signed with Kobalt/AWAL, The Howl & the Hum are now gearing up for the release of their debut album in the Spring. The band have received strong support from Annie Mac and Huw Stephens on their BBC Radio 1 shows, on BBC 6 Music from Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson, and with press supporters including The Line Of Best Fit, DIY, Wonderland, Music Week, Dork, Clash and more. They have also performed at SXSW and The Great Escape, sold-out Omeara and The Scala in London, and now the signs are there for The Howl & Hum to have a breakthrough year in 2020.

Tickets on sale Fri 6th March at 9am!

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BC CAMPLIGHT + Special Guests – 30th September

**RESCHEDULED – ORIGINAL TICKETS REMAIN VALID**

 

Fired by his ongoing battle with mental illness, Shortly After Takeoff is the final, and finest, chapter of what Christinzio calls his “Manchester Trilogy”, following 2015’s “How To Die In The North” and 2018’s “Deportation Blues”. All three albums were created after the native Philadelphian had moved to Manchester. Like Deportation Blues, Shortly After Takeoff spans singer-songwriter classicism, gnarly synth-pop and ‘50s rock’n’roll, with Christinzio’s similarly distinctive, flexible vocal carrying a fearless approach to lyrical introspection, but the new album is a major leap forward in songwriting sophistication and lyrical communication.

The “heavy stuff” has come thick and fast for Christinzio. Just days before How To Die In The North was released, he was deported and banned from the UK because of visa issues. Estranged from his new home, his girlfriend and his dog, unable to promote his album and back home with his parents, Christinzio sunk deep into the dark. An Italian passport, care of his grandparents, eventually allowed him to re-settle in Manchester, but then just days before Deportation Blues was released, his father Angelo unexpectedly died.

“I went into a spiral that was worse than any time since my twenties,” he recalls. Hence the title Shortly After Takeoff: the feeling of being suddenly thwarted by what life throws at you. Making matters worse was a neurological disorder that returned after years in remission: “I see TV static, and it messes with how my brain interprets everything from sound to my own feelings.”

One way to process tragedy is comedy, which elevates Shortly After Takeoff to a heightened plateau, from grief-stricken vulnerability to armoured bravado, from the black dog of depression to gallows humour

“I’m pretty sure the BC Camplight live experience isn’t something you can find elsewhere,” he declares. “It is a journey every night. One moment, I’m basically doing a stand-up routine and the next, the band and I are playing like we plan on dying that evening, giving our everything. Then I’m on speakerphone to my Mom on stage before assaulting my piano. I’m very thankful that, after all this time, the audience is finally there.” One regret is that his father never saw Christinzio experience any level of success. “I wish he could have seen what I’ve started to do here,” he says. “I certainly gave that guy more grey hairs than he deserved. He would have liked to see this.”

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

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ASH + The Wood Burning Savages – 14th Sept

Having successfully outlasted their self-described ‘guaranteed real teenagers’ tagline when they first burst in earshot in 1994, ASH have released Teenage Wildlife: 25 Years Of Ash on 14th February 2020, and it has subsequently gone to number one in both the UK and Irish independent charts!

Teenage Wildlife traces the band’s recording career from exuberant debut Jack Names The Planets through to the likes of BuzzKill from 2018’s top twenty album Islands whilst also including a brand new offering Darkest Hour Of The Night alongside thirteen Top 40 singles such as Girl From Mars, Gold Finger, Oh Yeah amid an array of the band’s recorded history. Teenage Wildlife also comes in a limited lenticular three CD set that will include a nineteen-track collection of rarities including a version of The Buzzcocks’ classic Everybody’s Happy Nowadays (featuring Coldplay’s Chris Martin), the eternal Teenage Kicks and the collection’s infamous title track.

From their mini-album Trailer, a volley of intent with Jack Names The Planets, Uncle Pat and Petrol recorded whilst still at school debut album proper, 1996’s Number One album  1977, almost imploding with the follow-up Nu-Clear Sounds, the addition of teenage guitarist Charlotte Hatherley, 1998’s  historic Northern Irish Referendum show in Belfast before a return to the number one spot with the universally acclaimed Free All Angels seeing Tim Wheeler awarded with an Ivor Novello for Shining Light, consolidating a reputation for a run of extraordinary singles.

Whether the original trio or expanded four-piece with the multi-talented Hatherley, ASH have continually excelled both live and on record – an edited overview of reflection, Teenage Wildlfe encapsulates the past twenty-five years perfectly.

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

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SUGARMILL SHORTLISTED FOR MUSIC WEEK AWARD – VOTE FOR US!

We’ve been nominated for Music Week‘s ‘Grassroots Venue – Spirit of the Scene’ award for the third time.
We’re up against some really worthy competition, so it’s an honour to even be on this list.
For the first time, the winner will be decided by a public vote, so if you could take a minute to vote for us it’d mean the world to get our first win via a public vote.

VOTE HERE:

http://www.musicweekawards.com/grassrootsvote

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FLEETWOOD BAC – 11th Dec

FLEETWOOD BAC are the world’s first and best Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band, endorsed by Mick Fleetwood himself, the only Mac tribute to authentically replicate the classic ‘Rumours’ line-up. Over the last few years they have received rave reviews from ‘The Stage’ newspaper, the U.K.s leading Fleetwood Mac fansites, the official Stevie Nicks website; and from ecstatic audiences wherever the band played, wowing audiences as far afield as Dubai, St. Tropez, the Cayman Islands and Monte Carlo, and twice selling out the world-famous Minack Theatre in Cornwall.

Fleetwood Bac have also been rated by The Times newspaper as one of the U.K.’s top 5 tributes, alongside The Bootleg Beatles, Bjorn Again and the Counterfeit Stones.

Fans include original Mac bassist and biographer Bob Brunning, who joined the band several times on stage, and Peter Green’s official biographer Martin Celmins.

The sound, the look, the mystical atmosphere and on-stage chemistry are all portrayed with the passion and energy that got the seal of approval from ‘Big Daddy’ Mick, and built up an excellent reputation amongst Mac fans through numerous tours, festival appearances, corporate events and TV and radio slots all over the U.K. and Europe.

The Fleetwood Bac show focuses on the ‘Rumours’ era of the band (still the 5th biggest-selling album of all time). It also features several songs from the Peter Green days, plus some of Stevie’s biggest solo hits, in either a theatrical 2-hour show, including costume-changes and an acoustic section, or a one-hour Greatest Hits Show, specially tailored for corporate events.

Songs featured (all UK and US hit singles) include: Dreams, Don’t Stop, Go Your Own Way, You Make Loving Fun, Tusk, Gypsy, Everywhere, Oh Well, Rhiannon, Little Lies, Black Magic Woman, Seven Wonders, Say You Love Me, Big Love, Oh Diane, Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around, Albatross, Sara, Man Of The World, Hold Me, Green Manalishi, Need Your Love So Bad, The Chain etc…

What people have said about Fleetwood Bac:

‘ Keep up the good work! Much luck.’ Mick Fleetwood

‘Loved the show, really enjoyed playing with you.’ Bob Brunning, original Fleetwood Mac bass player, and author of ‘Fleetwood Mac: Rumours And Lies’

‘Stevie looks fabulous… Lindsey’s act is well sussed… Mick is entertaining to watch throughout… Christine is unbelievably accurate… first-rate.’ Martin Celmins, Peter Green’s official biographer

‘Musical archaeologists reconstruct their favourite rock mammoth with painstaking accuracy.’ The Times

‘Spot on. A thoroughly professional and entertaining evening. Fans of the real thing will certainly not be disappointed.’ The Stage

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

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SUGARMILL AWARDED ARTS COUNCIL GRANT TO UPGRADE PA SYSTEM

The Sugarmill are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant from Arts Council England’s ‘Supporting Grassroots Live Music’ fund to upgrade our 20 year old sound system for a new, modern PA system.

 

Our promoter, Danni Brownsill says –

 

“We at The Sugarmill are ecstatic to have been awarded this funding from Arts Council England. We believe we will be able to provide a better quality experience for artists and audiences. We’ll be able to diversify our programming and develop new audiences. We worked with Music Venues Trust, Whitelight and d&b audiotechnik  to come up with a rider-friendly audio solution best suited to our needs.

 

We’re also delighted to be partnering with local educators to allow students to come in and train to be the next generation of sound engineers, lighting techs and stage managers, now we’ll have a system that is more of an industry standard. This funding really will give our venue the tools it needs to continue to prosper and grow and to continue to support the Stoke music scene and the wider industry.”

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BAMBARA + Holy Motors + Special Guests – 20th Aug

Brooklyn post-punks BAMBARA make their Sugarmill debut.

Big support from 6Music, support slots with the likes of Idles and exhilarating live performances – do not miss this show!


Tickets on sale from 10am Fri 7th Feb via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania Skiddle or Gigantic.

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