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Gig-goers invited to share musical memories for outdoor Bangers and Mosh exhibition

Creative People and Places programme Appetite has teamed up with Hanley venue The Sugarmill to ask Stokie music lovers to share their memories, anecdotes, photos and memorabilia from local gigs and concerts for an upcoming outdoor exhibition.

The partnership pop-up project, Bangers and Mosh, supported by Stoke-on-Trent City Centre Business Improvement District (BID) and Stoke-on-Trent City Council, is set to be displayed in Stoke-on-Trent City Centre in August.

Members of the public are invited to submit images and memories via email, or can bring along physical memorabilia like photographs, posters, merchandise and ticket stubs to one of the drop-in sessions at Music Mania in Hanley, from 10am to 3pm on Saturday 19, Wednesday 23 and Saturday 26 June.

Email digital images and stories to stokemusicmemories@gmail.com before Friday 25 June, or bring your memorabilia to one of the Bangers & Mosh sessions at Music Mania on the dates above.

Appetite Director Gemma Thomas said:

“Music is part of the identity of Stoke! When asked about the area people shout about the potteries and then second about the music scene…whether northern soul, indie, rock, rave into dance or everything before and after. We’ve all got a story of someone we’ve seen, or those bands and musicians we love, or venues that we’ve danced and sung our hearts out in. We want to put those memories of good times back in the centre of peoples’ minds and celebrate reopening of local venues, like our partners The Sugarmill and many more. We’ll be creating an outdoor exhibition from what we manage to collect from everyones personal collections of stories, merch, ticket stubs, photos and more. We can’t wait to see and hear what you’ve got!”

Danni Brownsill, Head of Promotions at The Sugarmill said:

“People send us their gig memories all the time, items they have saved for years and years because they mean something special to them. Often, these are things we don’t even have archived! We want to share those images and stories more widely. Stoke has a rich history of iconic artists and gigs taking place in the city, but this project is not just about that. At my venue, we get to hear all the time of people who have had their lives changed by shows they’ve attended, and not just because of the artist on stage. They met their best friend or their partner at a gig. Babies have been born to couples who met here, and those babies are now old enough to be coming here themselves. This demonstrates how the music venues in this city aren’t simply about the music – they are an important part of the story of the city itself and its people.”

Richard Buxton, Stoke-On-Trent City Centre BID Manager said

“As a music lover myself, I can’t wait to see Bangers and Mosh in all its glory in August, and I certainly have more than a few stories relating to local bands and venues myself. I have way too many personal highlights to pick just one, but the friendship I have built with bands, technicians and promoters over the years has been amazing!

“At the BID, we have a keen focus on embracing and championing the city’s music scene too, and so live performances from world music acts and local bands will make up much of the programme for our Better World Festival, a free, family-friendly weekend event taking place in the city centre from 6-8 August – and we hope that many more wonderful memories and anecdotes will be created there!”

Councillor Lorraine Beardmore, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for culture, leisure and public health, said:

“Music is a hugely important part of Stoke-on-Trent’s creative spirit and its identity. We’ve produced huge stars such as Robbie Williams, Slash, and Lemmy from Motörhead, as well as playing a major role in the northern soul scene.

“Some of the biggest bands in history have played here – including The Beatles at our very own King’s Hall in 1963! From Stevie Wonder to Shirley Bassey, Queen to The Cure, and Oasis to The 1975, there have been so many amazing musicians who brought their incredible talents to our city. And today the music scene in Stoke-on-Trent continues to be really exciting, with our venues attracting some of the biggest names.

“One of my favourite memories is watching Jake Bugg at the Victoria Hall a few years back. He’s a favourite of mine, so I was thrilled when he came to play here in the city. I can’t wait to see this new exhibition and enjoy some of the other wonderful memories people have of fantastic live music in Stoke-on-Trent. We’re also really keen to support the return of gigs, in a safe way, over the coming months and we’re looking forward to more top acts playing at our wonderful, unique venues, creating amazing new memories for our residents and visitors.”

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SUGARMILL SHORTLISTED FOR MUSIC WEEK AWARD

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.

We’ve been overwhelmed by the support of our customers during this tough time, so thanks to you all!

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DITZ + Special Guests – 25th Nov

DITZ are best known by their steadily-growing following for delivering accomplished shows full of substance and organic excitement. Influenced by the hardcore punk and noise rock of the 80s and 90s, the band are set sharply apart from their peers in the UK post-punk scene. As a result, their music is taut and erratic, melodic and urgent, but always with an acute sense of dynamics. Vast arrays of guitar effects infuse their punk sound with a more experimental approach, which reaches its freeform apex at the end of the band’s thrilling live sets.

Attracting the attention of the UK’s independent press with features and praise coming from DIY, Loud & Quiet and So Young Magazine. As well as the media fuss, the band received plaudits from some of the UK’s premier new punk bands, including Slaves and IDLES—the latter of whom’s frontman, Joe Talbot, spun the band on BBC6 Music alongside further support from Steve Lamacq.

 

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

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ECHOBELLY + Special Guests – 30th Sept

ECHOBELLY, considered by many as one of the major players in the British BritPop scene, are about to embark on a “post lockdown” UK tour in September and October 2021.

Echobelly debuted in 1993 with their first EP, Bellyache, on the independent Pandemonium label. The favourable response including gushing press reviews and sold out gigs ensured the securing of a recording contract with Epic via their subsidiary, Rhythm King. Their first single from their debut album E.G.O, was Insomniac and the album reached number 8 in the Uk Album charts.

By the time they released their 2nd album “ON” in 1995, they were rising up the ranks of the British music scene, with regular press, tv and radio and two world tours under their belt. The album celebrated the endless possibilities of the human spirit. In “Great Things”, Madan sang “I want to do great things/I don’t want to compromise/I want to know what love is/I want to know everything.” The album’s mostly optimistic feel provides an intriguing contrast with its serious subject matter. As one journalist wrote, “Both music and lyrics examine the tension between order and liberty”. Listeners in the UK responded favourably to the album, driving three singles from the release into the Top 30 of the UK Singles Chart.

It was the response of the sold out Scala show in October 2016 that they decided to once more make a return into the live music field with a new band line up and the release of the album, Anarchy and Alchemy, released in 2017.

In 2019, Glenn and Sonya curated their first album of B-sides, live tracks and demos, the double sided “Black Heart Lullabies” and toured the UK with a pianist and bass player, as a paired down, more intimate live experience. Now they are back with a full band line-up, eager to re-connect with their fans in the live performance arena.

Tickets on sale Friday 4th June at 10am via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania  or Gigantic.

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VUKOVI + Press To Meco + Delaire The Liar – 13th Oct

VUKOVI return to The Sugarmill on 13th Oct.

The Scottish rock band released their second album ‘Fall Better’ in Jan 2020.

They will be supported by PRESS TO MECO and DELAIRE THE LIAR.

 

Tickets on sale Friday 4th June at 10am via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania  or Gigantic.

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DYLAN CARTLIDGE + Special Guests – 4th Nov

Our very own DYLAN CARTLIDGE returns to The Sugarmill on 4th November as part of his tour supporting his debut album ‘Hope Above Adversity’.

 

“This album, Hope Above Adversity, is my voice. It is an artistic statement of post traumatic growth and overcoming adversity through holding on to hope. It is a message to remind others that our lives do not necessarily have to be predetermined by the circumstances we are given. It is a reminder of the choice and control we have, not over what has happened to us, but what we do with that.

I finished most of the album during lockdown after hitting a brick wall creatively with demos and songs already released. I started to work with legendary songwriter, Eg White and reinvigorated some older demos that I had and brought a whole new sound based on Sly and The Family Stone and a lot of 70s influences mixed with my usual left field hip hop sound. This, combined with world class production & engineering from the likes of James Dring, Dan Parry and Ed from the Glass Animals has led to the creation of this album.

I truly hope that my first body of work can act as a beacon of hope for others who may also be struggling to find their voices or overcoming their own difficulties. I want that Hope Above Adversity can be a reminder for those who feel outcast from society and its expectations that they matter and with a bit of hope, they can achieve anything.”

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STRANGE BONES + CALVA LOUISE + Filth + Cheap Vodka – 4th Aug

**RESCHEDULED SHOW. ORIGINAL TICKETS STILL VALID**

 

Strange Bones hail from the murky depths of the British seaside town Blackpool, the Bentham brothers Bobby, Will and Jack, were raised on a diet of classic punk and have been playing music together since they were children.

They have toured the UK and Europe tirelessly, with highlights including supporting Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and performing at festivals such as Reading and Leeds, Download and The Great Escape. Their uniquely ferocious and adrenaline fuelled live shows are as experimental visually as they are sonically.

Based in Manchester, Calva Louise have been developing a sound that is entirely their own since Jess, Alizon and Ben formed the band in London at the end of 2016.

Their songs are strongly influenced by Latin Rock as well as British and American bands, showing ambitious songwriting and outright guitar riff hooks from Jess, futuristic fuzz bass from Alizon and crushing hybrid drums from Ben.

They performed sold out shows across the UK and the EU, supporting world-class artists like Highly Suspect on their European Tour (abruptly stopped in March 2020), and Albert Hammond Jr. who said about the band: “I was just blown away by their songs and the structure and the push and pull of their music in general”.

About the tour Strange Bones and Calva Louise say:

 

“We cannot wait to get back on the road, we are extremely happy to finally be able to play live and connect with everyone after so long. Calva Louise and Strange Bones decided to tour together as a show of strength that resides in the ethos and chosen family we have.”

 

Support From: Filth + Cheap Vodka

 

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

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DREADZONE + Special Guests – 27th Nov

Fast approaching their 30th anniversary, Dreadzone are an unstoppable force who have long been, and still are, one of the best live bands around with a loyal and ever growing fanbase due in part to their storming and energetic live shows. The core members Greg Dread and original bassmaster Leo Williams plus the unmistakable MC Spee and legendary reggae vocalist Earl 16 alongside Bazil on technology make up the current Dreadzone live line up.

Dreadzone opened the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 1994 and began to bring their unique blend of electro, dub and reggae to a wider audience, going on to chart several singles including their Top 20 hit ‘Little Britain’.

Their last studio album ‘Dread Times’, released on their own Dubwiser label, stormed into the Top 40 UK Official Album Charts on release – the first time the band have charted in over 20 years. Through the pandemic and lockdown Dubwiser released a remastered version of Dreadzone’s 2005 album ‘Once Upon A Time’ and then ‘Dreadone: Rare Mixes Vol 1’ which features forgotten Dreadzone gems taken from obscure compilations and DAT tapes remastered for 2020. The compilation of these hard-to-get tracks are now being released on Double Orange Vinyl for Record Store Day Drop 2 in July 2021.

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CHUBBY & THE GANG + Special Guests – 11th Nov

West London five-piece Chubby and the Gang are balanced by two energies – a casual “fuck it” on one side, an active “fuck off” on the other. For every moment of punk imperfection, there’s an intricate flurry of detail.

Made up of musicians from across the consistently thriving and criminally overlooked UK hardcore scene (ft. The Chisel, Big Cheese and more), Chubby and the Gang marinate its characteristic speed and sick-of-it-all energy in a mixture of 50s pop sounds. The result is a prickly take on the older, more melodic genres that punk derives from, chewing them up and spitting them out into something mangled but revitalised.

Through sheer force of strength, their debut album Speed Kills pummelled its way out of the local hardcore scene and across the Atlantic, where it was met with a landslide of critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork and Rolling Stone.

Tickets go on sale Friday 16th April at 10am now via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania  or Gigantic.

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GET CAPE. WEAR CAPE. FLY – Chronicles 15th Anniversary – 15th Sept

15 years is a long time when your band is called Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly a product of its time, as much you and I; The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager turns 15 on September 18th 2021. Straddling the gap between the CD and the download, Chronicles is the perfect soundtrack for those who fall in the generation gap between gen x and millennial. Pre introducing, pre Spotify and even pre iTunes, the seaside laptop folk from 20 year old Sam Duckworth, set the blueprint for the modern singer songwriter. 1000+ shows and 100,000+ sales later, Chronicles is still a relevant soundtrack to a country wrestling with issues of racial integration, supply chain, workforce and itself.

Returning in its original form, live for a 15 year celebration (rhythm & horn section) Sam Duckworth will be touring the album, in full. “It’s incredible to think that 15 years on, I’ll be returning to my favourite venues, playing this album. So much has changed and yet so much is still familiar. I’m looking forward to seeing how we’ve all grown and throwing it back to some myspace ’06 energy.” Sam Duckworth.

Tickets go on sale Friday 16th April at 10am now via  The Sugarmill  Music Mania  or Gigantic.

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