THE LUNATICS ARE IN BENN HALL

Paraphrasing a line from Pink Floyd’s most successful album, we’re back at The Benn Hall in Rugby on Saturday 24th June for our first show for 4 months, following the Derby gig way back in February!

This year has seen us have to reduce the amount of shows we play due to other commitments and individual band member availability. However, our annual appearance in Rugby has always been a highlight of every year so it was a “no-brainer” to ensure we still did a show there.

We’re working hard in the rehearsal room throughout June to make sure we’re ready for the 24th and after talking to Abstract Audio (our regular lighting crew these days), this year’s show promises to be visually more spectacular than ever so we simply can’t wait to get back on stage again.

As most of you will know by now, Sofia has reluctantly had to leave the band to pursue her dream of a professional singing career. Her and Louise’s rendition of ‘The Great Gig In The Sky’ has always been a set highlight over recent years and we’ve had to lose it from the set for the last three shows. However, the good news is that Lou has been working on her own solo version and she’ll be debuting that this time out. Having heard her do it in rehearsal we know you’re in for a treat!

Advance tickets can be obtained from the Benn Hall Venue by calling in or ringing 01788 533719, or via their website at www.bennhall.com. There will also be a ‘pay on the door’ option available on the night.

Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the 24th!

Shine On

DSOTW

New year news

Firstly, a belated happy new year to everyone!

We kick off 2017 with a return to The Queens Hall in Nuneaton on Saturday 28th January. Always a good night at this venue so hopefully we’ll see you there! We then follow that up with a return to Derby and fingers crossed yet another sell-out at The Flowerpot. That’s on Saturday 18th February.

See our ‘live’ page for details.

As things stand those two shows are the only ones confirmed in the early part of the year before we play the Benn Hall in June. We have deliberately kept our diary light in the short term due to us needing to be certain about various band member’s availability before committing to shows with our venues. We’re all busy people and getting us the same room at the same time is no easy task! Please bear with us as 2017 might well be a bit of a transitional year but rest assured, we remain fully committed to continuing DSOTW’s considerable journey.

Finally, we are sad to say “goodbye” to Sofia who has had to take the decision to stand down from her 5 year long role as one of our backing singers. Her contribution since her debut in 2011 has been massive and she will be missed by us all, none more so than her fellow band members. However, the positive in all this is that she is now embarking on a career as a full-time professional singer, and whilst that makes her unavailable for our shows, this is her dream job and we sincerely wish her every success in everything she achieves in future. She will always be welcome and will always be one of the DSOTW family. In the short term Louise and Andy, with a little extra help from Jon, will make sure the backing vocals still shine on!

We look forward to seeing everyone in Nuneaton at the end of the month!

Shine On
DSOTW

Every Year Is Getting Shorter (or so it seems!)

Hi everyone.

So, here we are heading fast towards the end of yet another year that’s gone by so quickly. DSOTW’s 20th anniversary is now behind us and this coming Saturday (17th December) we aim to close out 2016 with a ‘bang’ as we head over to Birmingham for The Roadhouse’s coveted ‘Last-Saturday-before-xmas-gig’! We had a sell-out last time we did this slot a couple of years ago so here’s hoping we get the place rammed again with fellow Floydies looking for a great night out. It’s always a brilliant atmosphere at The Roadhouse. Nice and cosy – nice and noisy!

THE ROADHOUSE
Wharfside Leisure Complex, Lifford Lane, Strichley, Birmingham B30 3DZ
Box Office Tel: 0121 246 2273 or online via www.theroadhousebirmingham.com

Doors open from 7.30 and we’re on around 8.45pm. The show lasts until 11.30pm with the bar closing at midnight. Not only that, it’s an absolute bargain £8 advance – or just a tenner on the door!

An early heads up is that we kick off 2017 on Saturday 28 January with a return to The Queens Hall in Nuneaton, followed by our annual trip over to The Flowerpot in Derby on Saturday 18th February (another one that usually sells out so make sure you get your advance tickets!). The only other 2017 show scheduled so far is at The Benn Hall in June but there will be others added in due course as we confirm availability with people and places – never an easy task with so many of us!

If for any unfathomable reason you can’t make it to Birmingham on Saturday we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you so much for all your support and wish everyone a great xmas and a very happy new year.

Shine on!
DSOTW

Pink Floyd and Pork Pies!

Hi everyone

Next weekend we visit the home of the best Pork Pies known to man….

Now that we’re working with Melton Mowbray based sound and light specialists Abstract Audio, a show in Melton has been on the agenda since the turn of the year – and next Saturday (15th OCTOBER) we roll up in the town for our first show there in several years when we take to the stage at the Market Tavern Banqueting Suite (at Melton Market), Scalfold Road, Melton Mowbray LE13 1JY.

We’ve had some great shows in Melton in the past and Norman at Abstract Audio has been instrumental in getting us back. Big thanks to him for all the local leg work! The Market Tavern venue is perfect for our full show and as usual we promise a spectacular night of live music accompanied by a fantastic Floyd-style light show. Norman and his crew want to pull out the stops on this one!

It’s a huge room so tickets are still available. They can be obtained by any of FOUR different ways!

If you’re local to Melton and would like advance tickets for just £10 each, simply call Norman on 07525 627684 and he’ll deliver tickets to your door! Secondly, they can also be purchased at Icon Music, 58 King Street, Melton.

Thirdly, you can buy them online via PayPal by emailing us at band@pinkfloydtribute.co.uk in the first instance. These tickets will be £11 each to cover p&p.

Finally, you can simply buy a ticket on the door on the night at £12 each.

Hope you can make what promises to be a great night – Pink Floyd and Pork Pies… what a combination!

Shine On
DSOTW

Ticking away… not long now until our 20th Anniversary Show

Hi everyone.

Hope you’re all well and enjoying the summer, sporadic as it is.

We have just a few days left until the good ship DSOTW celebrates it’s 20th anniversary year with a special one off show at The Empire here in Coventry, the band’s home city, this coming Saturday – 3rd September.

Tickets are available in advance via www.coventryempire.co.uk or alternatively, you can simply pay on the door on the night (which also avoids the booking fee!). If you’ve never been to The Empire before, and it only opened earlier this year, we think you’ll find it’s easily Coventry’s best live music venue, and definitely the best we’ve performed at across our two decades of performing Pink Floyd music.

By the way, this week we’re featured on the Coventry Telegraph’s website… check out the article here:
http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/dark-side-wall-announce-coventry-11763185

Regardless of whether it’s been a while since you saw our live show, or whether you still follow us regularly, we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Saturday night to help mark this milestone occasion. Doors open at 7.30pm and the show starts at 8.30pm.

Shine on!

DSOTW

20th Anniversary and beyond….

Hi everyone.

You may or may not be aware that this band was originally formed in Coventry way back in 1996 by founder members John Wall, Barry Page and Stuart ‘Cossy’ Cosgrove. To consider that we’re still around after 20 years of performing Pink Floyd music on stages up and down the many corners of the UK is a considerable achievement, one which everyone who’s sailed on the good ship DSOTW are immensely proud of.

That being the case we started 2016 thinking about how best to mark this special occasion. We agreed it HAD to be in Coventry. After all, it’s the band’s birthplace. But to be honest, we’ve struggled to find a venue in our home city where we could put on the full stage show that we perform in other venues around the UK. This has a been something of a frustration until now…we checked out the newly opened EMPIRE on Far Gosford Street a few months back. What an incredible venue for live music! It soon became apparent that it was a no-brainer that our 20th Anniversary show should take place there. The venue is specially set up for live music, and this is no surprise given that it’s been opened and run by the guys from the well-respected and quite superb Coventry band The Enemy. They were only too pleased to have us at their place on SATURDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER and it will be the first time we’ve been able to bring our full light show, circle and video projections to Coventry. We simply can’t wait for that and really hope that many people who have seen the band over those two decades will come and support the occasion. Will be great to see all the Floydies and followers of DSOTW – old and new!

Full venue details are:

SATURDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER  THE EMPIRE

Far Gosford Street, Coventry CV1 5DU

www.coventryempire.co.uk

Tickets can be purchased online via The Empire’s website HERE

You can keep in touch with all info ahead of the show via our Facebook page where we hope to post news of ‘special guests’ on the night.
For those people looking beyond the Anniversary show we have a very busy Autumn schedule coming up – thank goodness after the long summer lay off! Here’s the dates to look for:

Sat 1st October
Swan Theatre, Worcester: We’ve been playing The Swan annually since 2004 and each year we have a brilliant show there. Simply love this place!

Sat 15th October
Melton Tavern Banqueting Suite, Melton Mowbray: A brand new venue for us. We’re co-promoting our own show in this fabulous room based at the Melton Mowbray Cattle Market in conjunction with Abstract Audio, our new lighting guys that are local to the area. Tickets are available via email from us (band@pinkfloydtribute.co.uk) or can be purchased on the door on the night.

Sat 29th October
Norden Farm Centre For The Arts, Maidenhead: We made our debut at this fabulous venue last summer and can’t wait to build on that show. An amazing theatre!

Sat 19th November
The Musician, Leicester: Always a great atmosphere in this brilliant small live music venue.

Sat 17th December
The Roadhouse, Birmingham: The same applies here. It’s why we keep going back. Always such a brilliant night and we’re thrilled to get a pre-xmas gig again. Sold out last time!

We already have a few shows booked in for 2017 too so check out the ‘LIVE’ page on our website for details on those.

Hope to see you at The Empire on Saturday 3rd September for a proper Floydie knees-up!

DSOTW

Lutterworth return

Hi everyone.

We make a welcome return to one of our long-standing locations with our next show taking place in Lutterworth.

Some of you may recall we played shows between 1999 and 2000 at what used to be ‘The Moorbarns’ on the A5. When that place changed ownership to become a Swingers Club(!) we decided that a night of Pink Floyd music was probably not appropriate! As such we re-located to Lutterworth Town FC’s old club house building for three gigs between 2001-2002. This was followed by a bit of a gap before we did our first show at The Wycliffe Rooms back in 2006. We subsequently performed 6 more at this venue and have always enjoyed a loyal Floyd-loving support in Lutterworth. This essentially brought about the approach this year by a new venue, The Piano Room, a first floor function room in the new Training Academy building at Hall Park (the home of Lutterworth Athletic FC).

This will be our first show there and hopefully it will help the venue launch itself as a home for live music as well as the various other events they hold, such as regular comedy evenings and private functions.

Advance tickets can be obtained from the venue by using the contact details below. There will also be a pay on the door option available on the night.

Saturday 23rd April 2016
The Piano Room
Hall Park, Bitteswell, Lutterworth, Leicester LE17 4LN
Tel: 07854 414345
Email: thepianoroom2010@aol.com
www.thepianoroom.net
Doors: 7.30pm. Show start: 8.30pm
Advance tickets £10 or door admission £12

After Lutterworth our next live appearance will be as the Sunday night headliners at The Mello Festival at Throckmorton Airfield near Evesham on 29th May. We’re thrilled to get the opportunity to play a 90 minute set to close the whole 3-day festival, especially as excellent bands such as The Levellers and The Blockheads are also on the bill! More about this, and our special 20th Anniversary Show at The Coventry Empire on Saturday 3rd September in the comning weeks!

See you in Lutterworth.
Shine On!

3 upcoming gigs, 2 decades of DSOTW and 1 great video!

Lots to tell you about in this latest blog post!

This Saturday (20th February) sees us head back to Derby for another gig at The Flowerpot, an atmospheric venue if ever there was one! The capacity is 250 and we achieved a sell-out crowd here last year. What a brilliant night that was so we’re really looking forward to coming back. Hopefully see a few of you there!

The Flowerpot.
King Street, Derby DE1 3DZ.
8.45pm start.
Tel: 01332 834438.
www.rawpromo.co.uk

We have also just announced on social media that we will be staging a major show in the band’s home city of Coventry to celebrate our 20th Anniversary Year! We’re beyond thrilled that this show will be at a fantastic new venue called The Empire on Far Gosford Street on Saturday 3rd September. The Empire is the perfect place for us to put on our full spectacular show and we hope everyone who has helped us reach this particular milestone will come along and join the fun. It’s quite a feat for Coventry’s own Pink Floyd tribute band and we couldn’t have done it without the support of all the musicians, crew and most importantly, everyone who has come to the shows over the years. We’d love to see as many of you there as possible.
http://www.coventryempire.co.uk/welcome

More details on tickets/timings etc will be announced in due course but in the meantime… make sure you put Sat 3rd Sept in your diary!!!!

And in case you haven’t seen it yet. Take a look at our new promo video on YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h88Td5wE2r4

Filmed by Howling Mad Productions and lovingly edited together by our own Keyboard Pete, the end result is a compilation of clips from several songs, all performed live at The Benn Hall in Rugby, to capture the essence of a DSOTW show. Hope you like it!

It’s also less than month to go til our annual visit to The Benn Hall in Rugby, always one of our favourites. We’re there again on SATURDAY 12th MARCH. We’ve been coming to this venue since 2002 and it’s always a brilliant place to stage our full show. We also have a brand new lighting crew, who are working on a different visual approach to our shows, especially as the guys involved are all Floydies too… something we’ve never previously had from our lighting crews over the years. Advance tickets are already on sale and we will be running the usual pay on the door option too.

The Benn Hall.
Newbold Road, Rugby CV21 2LN.
8.30pm start.
Tel: 01788 533719.
https://bennbookings.rugby.gov.uk/showInfo.php?showid=418&target=

Finally, we have a brand new venue to perform at in Lutterworth when we make our first visit to The Piano Room. This is a large function room based at Hall Park, the home of Lutterworth Athletic FC. Having not played in the area since our Wycliffe Room shows we’ve been looking for somewhere suitable to come back to and we’re delighted to support what is a new venue run by enthusiatic people. We’re there on SATURDAY 23rd APRIL and look forward to seeing many people who have supported the band locally over the years, be it at the old Moorbarns, the old football club club house or the aforementioned Wycliffe Rooms. Always great to play somewhere new!

The Piano Room.
Hall Park, Hall Lane, Bitteswell, Lutterworth, Leics LE17 4LN.
8.30pm start.
Ticket hotline: 07854 414345.

Look forward to seeing you in Derby, Rugby or Lutterworth!

DSOTW

2016 here we come!

After what seems like an excessively long break for xmas and new year we’re chomping at the bit to get back on stage and play some Floyd with the first gig of 2016 now looming on the horizon!

Saturday 30th January sees us back in The Queens Hall in Nuneaton where we’ve always had cracking nights. Great atmosphere and a proper ‘rock venue’ if ever there was one!

We’ve been in the rehearsal room this month (and it has to be said it’s been a freezing cold one!) and will be changing and adding some things around in our set so we’re looking forward to kicking the year off in style!

All the show details are below and it’d be great to see you there!

Saturday 30th January
THE QUEEN’S HALL
75-77 Queen’s Road • Nuneaton • CV11 5LA
Advance £10 OR Door £11
Tel: 02476 347402
Tickets available online via: www.thecrewrock.co.uk
8.00pm doors • 8.30pm start

In other news… some of you may be aware that DSOTW played it’s first ever gig in Coventry back in 1996! So, with that in mind, we are planning a BIG show in the heart of the city to mark the band’s 20th anniversary later on the year, probably around September time. We look forward to making the announcement very soon and we hope to be able to see many faces who have been part of the band’s two decades of live performances there on the night. It’s an amazing feat for a non-professional band to have this kind of longevity and we know that what we’re planning will be a very special night. We have the venue all sorted and as soon as we have the date confirmed we’ll be letting people know.

See you in Nuneaton!

DSOTW

Last gig of the year!

Hi everyone

Well, it’s here, the last gig of yet another year! Where does the time go? Racing around, to come up behind you again… probably.

We hit the stage at The Musician in Leicester on Friday 27th November (and following the sad demise of Stoney Stanton Club where we’ve traditionally played our last one most years) we intend to make sure next Friday is a case of seeing 2015 out with a bang! It’s certainly that kind of venue. Unlike some other Floyd tribute bands we’ve always enjoyed playing a variety of different types of shows and never stick to one kind. The Musician (like the Flowerpot and the Roadhouse) is the kind of place where you get to let your hair down (well, not Big Mick obviously) and let rip in the atmosphere of a proper rock gig.

You can buy advance tickets via http://www.wegottickets.com/event/330044 or simply turn up on the night and pay on the door, which opens at 8pm. We’re due on stage around 8.45pm. Venue details are:

The Musician Pub
Crafton Street West
Leicester LE1 2DE
Tel: 0116 251 0800

Hopefully we’ll see a great turn out, especially now the Leicester contingent within the band is up to three! Steve has for many years been the sole ‘Les-tah’ representative in what has always been a Coventry-based band. However, with Louise and Tony hailing from Thurcaston it would seem we’re more of an M69 fusion band these days!

See you in Leicester folks… but if not, we hope you have lots of festive fun and we’ll see you in 2016 – which is DSOTW’s 20th anniversary! Like I say, where does the time go?

Shine On!
DSOTW