Following the announcement of the release of the re-recorded version of ‘A Bit Of What You Fancy‘ – to celebrate its 30th Anniversary – The Quireboys will embark on a special UK tour from December 2020 to February 2021, where they will play the classic album in its entirety.

A 48-hour Planet Rock Ticket Pre-Sale will start on Wednesday 3rd June at 10am from www.planetrocktickets.co.uk.  Tickets will then go on general sale on Friday 5th June at 10am from www.thegigcartel.com.

Australian beer drinking rock n roll warriors MASSIVE, who are no strangers to the UK music scene, are returning as tour support for The Quireboys. The band are on the road promoting their 3rd studio album ‘Rebuild Destroy‘ out now through Off Yer Rocka Recordings.

The 13-date tour will kick off at the Bullingdon in Oxford on Thursday 10th December and will include dates in Bristol (11 Dec), Nottingham (13 Dec), Brighton (28 Jan), Birmingham (29 Jan), Leeds (4 Feb), Glasgow (5 Feb), Manchester (12 Feb) and Gateshead (13 Feb).

To mark the 30th Anniversary of ‘A Bit Of What You Fancy‘, The Quireboys are currently re-recording their iconic debut album with their current Gypsy Rock & Roll sound. Released on Friday 1st July, the album will be available on vinyl and CD both on limited edition runs. The CD will include bonus live tracks.

Pre-order the album at https://offyerrocka.com/product-category/artists/the-quireboys

A Bit of What You Fancy is where it all began for The Quireboys,” says the band’s frontman Spike. “It was an incredible album that launched our career. However, the way we sound and play now doesn’t do it justice. Henceforth, it has been a pleasure updating it to our modern-day Gypsy Rock & Roll Sound. I’m sure everyone will enjoy this new version in all its glory, marking its 30th Anniversary.

The Quireboys – December 2020 – February 2021 UK Tour
Tickets: www.planetrocktickets.co.uk & www.thegigcartel.com

Bullingdon, Oxford Thursday 10 December 2020
Thekla, Bristol Friday 11 December 2020
Chinnerys, Southend Saturday 12 December 2020
Rescue Rooms, Nottingham Sunday 13 December 2020
Concorde 2, Brighton Thursday 28 January 2021
O2 Institute 2, Birmingham Friday 29 January 2021
Sugarmill, Stoke Saturday 30 January 2021
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds Thursday 4 February 2021
The Garage, Glasgow Friday 5 February 2021
Lemon Tree, Aberdeen Saturday 6 February 2021
The Guildhall, Gloucester Thursday 11 February 2021
Gorilla, Manchester Friday 12 February 2021
Sage, Gateshead Saturday 13 February 2021

Heed ‘The Call’!

Call of the Wild Festival announce further additions to the line-up and it’s MASSIVE!

Organisers have sneaked a much loved addition in the shape of Aussie rockers Massive. The band have been added to the Kilmister Stage and will follow Bootyard Bandits.

COTW are also happy to announce that Thursday night will host a warm-up party in the Exhibition Hall & feature Stevie R. Pearce & The Hooligans. Two further support bands will also be added to the night. This is bolstered by the news of a FREE bar each day from 11am – 1pm in the VIP area, provided by Motörhead Beer!

What’s more, Call of the Wild lager & cider will be available from all bars. There will also be a pop-up off-sales shop to buy cases of beer, lager & cider, so folks won’t need to cart loads of extra weight in their cars to the festival – which will contribute to reduced carbon footprints.

After raising hell at last years festival, the rabble rousing sinners from Cloven Hoof Rum are back bigger and badder. Cloven Hoof are proud sponsors of the second stage, where many of the bands they endorse will be performing and quite literally raising Th Hoof! The main Hoof bar will be selling a fairly priced range of devilish rum cocktails and shots of Cloven Hoof 37.5% and Over Hoof 66.6%. The scary news is that the mixologists at Hoof HQ have concocted a wicked new flammable cocktail to launch at the festival. Aptly named ‘Wild Hoof’ and served exclusively in the VIP area and is guaranteed to blow your socks off and cause some carnage. The Hoof crew will also be bringing a few crazy surprises to get the party started.

N.B. Organisers are also trialling a new feature which will be called TUNDRA. This is an area of pitched tents with basic sleeping needs installed. Prices and availability will be posted on the website very soon.

They will also offer excellent Glamping & Hotel packages; also, a transfer bus from Lincoln Central, if the demand is there.

Call of the Wild Festival were not just nominated but shortlisted at the UK Festival Awards 2019 for the BEST NEW FESTIVAL of 2019 This festival is already becoming legend, featuring prominently in a new novel, which will be launched at Call of the Wild 2020!

The multi-talented Pete K Mally – rock compere/DJ/comedian and author -will be launching his brand-new novel ‘The Call’ at this year’s festival. It couldn’t be more apt as the novel – a comedy set in the world of rock and roll – follows Dom Young (frontman of classic rock band Raven Black Whiskey Stone) along the path to success, and features our very own festival in the last third of the tale!

As Pete puts it, “With the resurgence of British Rock and Rock festivals, we’re going through such exciting times so I thought these loyal music fans and musicians deserve a novel based in this world.

The Call’ is set in this ever-changing world of rock music and includes cameos from real bands riding the wave: star bands like Ryders Creed, The Rocket Dolls, Wayward Sons and Tomorrow is Lost all make an appearance, to name but a few.

Pete will be doing a special signing session each day of the festival. Pete K Mally is well-known on the gig circuit, having toured with Wayward Sons & Last Great Dreamers. Pete also hosts his own breakfast show on MMH  -The Home Of Rock Radio, who are also playing an important part in COTW as our official media partners.”

If you’ve ever wanted to meet your idol, MMH — The Home Of Rock Radio will be running a signing tent where they hope to have many bands down for signings & photographs!

“MMH – The Home Of Rock Radio are proud to be Call of the Wild’s official media partner for this festival!” says Adam Till — owner and director of MMH – The Home Of Rock Radio , “COTW is one of the rising stars in the UK festival scene. We see bright and amazing prospects for this festival and are delighted to bring MMH to the party! We’ll be running the signing tent all weekend. All of our team will be on site, bringing you the latest coverage, interviews from the bands, along with a chance to meet the stars, buy merch and get autographs.”

After its triumphant 2019 debut, Call of the Wild Festival will return in 2020, rising to new heights. COTW‘s next cycle takes place between 29th-31st May 2020 at the Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln LN2 2NA

N.B With the festival already outselling last year’s numbers, Call of the Wild Festival is expected to bring in large numbers from across the UK and Europe. Tickets already sold to both USA & Canada confirm that the word has spread internationally.

Check the website for further details and updates – a further 50 VIP upgrades to be released on Monday 27th January. Book soon to avoid disappointment!

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Hard Rock Hell announce HRH Road Trip XI – Ibiza 2020, which is being held on 6th to 13th May 2020. The line up includes: SKINDRED, Ted Poley (Danger Danger), REEF, Joe Lynn Turner, John Coghlan’s Quo, LA Guns, Jizzy Pearl’s Love/Hate, Ten Years After, Wayward Sos, Seething Akira, Massive, Midnite City, and more to be announced!

Bands – Bikes – Beers – Boats – Brotherhood: The 5 cornerstones of HRH Road Trips – the ultimate rock’n’roll holiday.

Held annually on the world-famous holiday island of Ibiza, the HRH RoadTrip has grown from its humble beginnings 10 years ago to become one of rock and metals most celebrated events.

The event attracts world famous rock and metal artists – such as Hawkwind, Whitesnake’s Bernie Marsden, Motorhead’s Phil Campbell, Reef, Rainbow’s Joe Lynn Turner, Skindred, Girlschool, LA Guns and The Quireboys – to play and soak up the sun and unique atmosphere of the Spanish leg of Hard Rock Hell.

Over 4000 rock fans attended this year’s event making it the biggest yet – and next year is shaping up to be even bigger and better.

Doesn’t matter if it’s lazing by the pool with banging tunes in the background, making shapes on the most famous dancefloors in the world such as Eden or taking in the spectacular sunsets on the beach … there’s something for everyone.

HRH Magazine’s Adam Kennedy had this to say about this year’s event “With the unpredictable nature of British summertime weather, a five-day hard rock festival located on the Balearic Island of Ibiza doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. You can leave those wellies at home, put your tent away, and comfortably enjoy the diverse bill of entertainment on display without worrying about having to dredge through muddy fields or being washed away by the rain.

As the White Isle awakens from its annual winter hibernation, flocks of revellers will arrive at the party capital of the world as HRH takes over San Antonio’s hotels, bars, and legendary night spots. The event itself once again offers a comprehensive bill of both established and emerging talent whilst encompassing acts that represent many of HRH festival’s different brands. There will also be the chance to take part in Ibiza traditions such as the customary HRH bike ride, pool and boat parties, or take the opportunity to experience the island’s world-famous sunsets with an early evening boat trip.

When Axl Rose penned the lyrics to Paradise City, he could well have been thinking about a location not too dissimilar to San Antonio. At the heart of Ibiza’s Rock n Roll paradise is one of the island’s most beloved super clubs “Eden”. Every year HRH Road Trip will take-over the famed night club and its many different rooms for the duration of the event. Nestled away between San Antonio Bay and the world-famous nightlife of San Antonio town, the 5,000 capacity club is the perfect spot to host an event such as HRH RTX.

Described by one festival punter as being like ‘Download with a pool’ HRH RTX entails several music filled days and plenty of sun, sea and San Miguel plus of course a healthy mix of rock, blues, metal, stoner and prog that will keep the party going until the wee hours during four music-filled club nights.”

HRH Road Trip XI is being held on 6th to 13th May 2020.  For all the details and packages visit www.hrhroadtrip.com or call 044+ 207 193 1164.

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British rock group Bad Touch have premiered the official video for their new single on YouTube. ‘99%‘ is taken from their new studio album ‘Truth Be Told‘ which is released on 2nd December 2016.

99%‘ is remixed by legendary Rolling Stones engineer, Chris Kimsey (Kimsey engineered the Rolling Stones albums – 1971’s ‘Sticky Fingers’, 1978’s ‘Some Girls’ and 1980’s ‘Emotional Rescue’, and co-produced ‘Undercover‘ and ‘Steel Wheels‘).

The band will be commencing a November tour with Australian rock band Massive.  The band also open for Whiskey Myers at the Boston Arms in London on December 1st, followed by a date at Planet Rockstock on Saturday December 3rd.

Bad Touch’s lead singer Stevie Westwood enthused, “We’re excited about getting back on the road and co-headlining with Massive. It’s going to be a great tour full of high energy.

The new album was recorded at Mwnci Studios in Wales. “99%‘ is a great song to ride around in cars and drink beer and smoke pot and listen to rock and roll on the radio,” says Chris Kimsey. “Not that I drink beer or smoke pot , but I remember the simplicity of music and life so it’s good to hear it is alive and kicking with Bad Touch. I heard something that evoked a good time melodic love song. It just needed some re arranging and mixing to get to the heart of the song.

The new album sees Bad Touch celebrating classic rock with Southern boogie influences, supported with heavy guitar riffs and an iron-clad, tight rhythm section, in the great tradition of Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin.

Track listing:

  1. One More Night
  2. *99%
  3. Waiting For This
  4. Under My Skin
  5. Heartbreakersoulshaker
  6. Take Your Time
  7. Let The Sun Shine
  8. My Mother Told Me
  9. Outlaw
  10. *Made To Break
  11. Healing Hand
  12. The Mountain

*Radio remix by Chris Kimsey

Tour Dates:

Book Online – www.ticketmaster.com // www.badtouchrocks.co.uk/gigs-tours 

Ebbw Vale, EVI                                                 Saturday 19 November
Cannock, The Station                                     Sunday 20 November
Bristol, The Exchange                                    Monday 21 November
Chester, The Live Rooms                              Tuesday 22 November
Manchester, Factory251                               Wednesday 23 November
Huddersfield, The Parish                             Thursday 24 November
Leicester, The Musician                                Friday 25 November
Sheffield, Corporation                                  Saturday 26 November
Bridgewater, Cobblestones                        Sunday 27 November
Basingstoke, Sanctuary Live                        Wednesday 30 November
London, The Dome                                         Thursday 1 December
Trecco Bay, Planet Rockstock                     Saturday 3 December
Lowestoft, The Flying Dutchman              Friday 9 December
Beccles, The Angel                                          Friday 23 December
Norwich, The Brickmakers                           Friday 30 December
Dereham, The Cherry Tree                          Saturday 31 December

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