Chris Difford is a rare breed. As a member of one of London’s best-loved bands, the Squeeze co-founder has made a lasting contribution to English music with hits such as ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Up The Junction’, ‘Labelled With Love’, ‘Hourglass’ and ‘Tempted’. Despite the fact that Chris has helped soundtrack so many fans’ lives since his first release in 1977, the passion for innovation and love of playing still drives him to carry on writing rather than sit back and admire his handiwork. Chris recently celebrated his 60th birthday and for 41 of those years he has been writing with Glenn Tilbrook, very much the Odd Couple. When Squeeze take a break from the road, Glenn and Chris have been touring their ‘At Odds Couple Tour’ both in the UK and the US.
Chris and Glenn wrote a new Squeeze album based on the life of Danny Baker, it was the soundtrack for a BBC2 production called ‘Cradle To Grave’ staring Peter Kay. All original music, it became the first Squeeze record in 15 years. ‘From The Cradle To The Grave’ was a very exciting project for all concerned and it was so good to be back in the charts and on the radio again.
Squeeze remains his main focus with a 2016 summer of festival and a US tour planned for October 2016 with another new Squeeze album for 2017. Its not busy at all!
Melissa Bel has been captivating audiences and listeners her whole life with her powerful and soulful voice. The Toronto-bred, UK-based artist already has three albums under her belt and her fourth, 'In the Light', was released November 4th of this years and debuted at #64 on the iTunes Canada Top 200 pop chart. The record follows the remarkable story of how the girl from Canada found the love of her life in Las Vegas, which unexpectedly led to her uprooting and relocating across the Globe, to rural Devon.
Mark Olver is one of the country's top comedians, comperes and TV warm ups. He reguarly performs at The Comedy Store in London and has supported acts such as Sean Lock and Russell Howard on national tours. He also does TV warm up for many shows including Jonathon Ross, 8 out of 10 Cats, The Last Leg and Pointless.
Spend time in Andy Burrows’ company and you’ll find your faith in music rapidly restored. Admittedly that’s a lofty claim, but it’s true. An artist who seemingly mainlines from music’s wellspring, Burrows is that rarest of breeds – a non-cynical true believer in the redemptive power of the song.
If his name sounds familiar, Andy rose to public prominence drumming for both Razorlight and We Are Scientists but the highlight of his solo career to date is scoring The Snowman and the Snowdog for Channel 4
Brother From Another are an acoustic funk/soul guitar duo made up of Adam Frost & Benji Clements. They have become popular from playing quirky covers of songs from the 1960’s to the present day, from the likes of Bob Marley, George Benson, Snoop Dogg, Jess Glynn, Al Green, Calvin Harris & more. Friends for over 10 years, they spend every weekend gigging all over the UK…..don’t miss these guys!
"Rigden is the result of a genetic mash-up between Mitch Benn and Tim Key, perhaps with a few strands of Ricky Gervais's DNA thrown in...Very Funny Stuff." - Steve Bennett, Chortle
“Rigden’s musical comedy is deliciously dark...he is very good at working the crowd and of all tonight’s acts he probably made the biggest impression." - Bruce Dessau
“George Rigden had the audience in his hands thanks to some great comedic timing, a little help from his guitar and a hint of David Mitchell in Peep Show' - Leicester Mercury
Combining a wealth of influences ranging from the wry storytelling of The Kinks, the off-kilter new wave sensibilities of Talking Heads, and the lyrically incisive optimism of the best mid-90’s British bands, Flyte’s songs are always driven by a sharp ear for melody and laden with hooks.
We have a special guest supporting Flyte on the night.
Gordon Southern is the international word clown. He is one of the busiest comics in the UK playing everywhere worth playing. He is a regular at the world famous London Comedy Store, a resident MC at Edinburgh's notorious Late N Live and a fixture on the global festival circuit.
A talented actor and award winning writer with critical acclaim for numerous projects, Southern has written for some of the most memorable comedy shows of the last decade.