Set The Controls For The Heart of Leicester

Hey everyone.

After what’s seemed a very long summer break, we’re now all refreshed and setting the controls for the heart of Leicester this Saturday (10th August) when we make our annual appearance at The Musician.

A cracking music venue where we get to play a ‘gig’ more than a ‘perform a show’. We love these type of gigs… when it’s all about the music and the atmosphere.

Tickets are on sale on line at:

https://www.ticketweb.uk/event/dark-side-of-the-wall-the-musician-tickets/8811655?REFERRAL_ID=twukppcbrand

Or you can pay on the door on the night (subject to availability).

Doors open at 8 and we’ll be taking to the stage around 8.45pm.

After this we have a blank September but a busy October and November with long distance trips to Grimsby, Ripley in Yorkshire, Maidenhead and finally, a bit closer to home with the Benn Hall in Rugby. All our shows are listed on the LIVE page on this website.

Look forward to seeing you soon.

Shine On!

In The Flesh in Worcestershire

Hey everyone.

With well over 20 years of live performances behind us, the audience reaction we’ve been hearing at recent shows is that the band are performing better than ever. That’s always great to hear and it’s something we can attribute to a combination of two things. Firstly, Adrian is now no longer the ‘new boy’ and with several gigs under his belt his performances are ‘wow-ing’ everyone. He has proved to be a brilliant addition to the band and we’re absolutely delighted to have him on board following last year’s departure of our long-standing friend Andy Nixon, who’s wonderful musicianship brought so much to DSOTW over the years. Secondly, working regularly with our ever-willing and always professional crew, namely Norm and Russ of Abstract Audio, has become a massive part of what we do. These guys go to extraordinary lengths to provide us with the best sound and lights we’ve ever had. All the bricks in our wall are nicely in place right now!

Some show news…

Next Saturday sees us heading down to Worcester for the first of two trips to that fair county this month. These will be our last two live shows for a couple of months due to holidays and venue availability etc so here’s the details….

Saturday 11th May sees us back at the very wonderful Swan Theatre, right next to the racecourse. We’ve been playing this venue since 2004 but this year will be the first time we show off Adrian on lead guitar. This was of course the setting for Andy’s last gig with us this time last year so we’re looking forward to everyone seeing his replacement in full Floyd action! Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start and tickets can be bought by calling the theatre’s box office on 01905 611427 or via their website at http://worcesterlive.co.uk/events_review.asp?eid=453061338

Then at the end of the month we’re playing The Mello Festival that takes place over the bank holiday weekend at the Severn End Country Estate, Hanley Castle. We’re finishing the night on the Melomania Stage on Saturday 2th May and are last on at 11pm. Details on tickets, the campsite and all you need to know about the other acts appearing can be found here: https://www.mellofestival.co.uk/

If we don’t see you in Worcestershire this month we hope to see you in August in Leicester or at various other shows in the autumn.

Shine on
DSOTW

Another Ibstock Brick In The Wall

Hey everyone.

We’re heading for where the bricks come from this weekend when we play a show in Ibstock at the quaintly deco-era former cinema called The Palace. We’ve not been to this venue for over a decade now and it’s seen a few changes since then… as have we!

We’re going to squeeze our full show into the venue and look forward to yet another evening of classic Floyd, and making a few new acquaintances along the way. Though as tempting as it is, rest assured, we will not be using the local product to construct a wall across the stage. Not this time. 😉

This will of course be our first show since the dreadful news of our founder John Wall’s passing on 26th February. He was our own ‘Crazy Diamond’ and will be in our hearts as we perform on Saturday evening. Without him, DSOTW would never have been born and none of us would be doing any of this. Never will ‘Wish You Were Here’ have been more poignant.

SATURDAY 16th MARCH

The Palace • High Street, Ibstock, Leics LE67 2LG

All tickets £12.00 each • Advance tickets / reservations via enquiries@thepalaceibstock.co.uk or by calling 01530 262400.
Or simply pay on the door (subject to availability).

Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.

Shine on
DSOTW

 

‘In The Flesh’ this spring…

Hi folks.

Firstly, a belated ‘Happy New Year’ to all our fellow Floydies – and apologies for the lack of blog posts lately (it’s been a massively busy time for the admin people!). A huge thank you to everyone who came to see us in Nuneaton at the end of January as we kicked off our 2019 schedule, the band’s 23rd consecutive year of live shows! What an incredible atmosphere you created. The Queen’s Hall was pretty much full and the reaction coming back at us on stage was just amazing.

Rather than simply posting about just the next show, we have a number of exciting gigs we’re looking forward to in the coming months that we wanted to let you know about.

First up is a return to ‘The Pot’ when we head up to Derby on Saturday 16th February for our annual gig at The Flowerpot on King Stree. Always an amazing night – and one that usually sells out so make sure you get your tickets booked this week. Advance tickets are available from the promoter’s website at www.rawpromo.co.uk

Then exactly a month later on Saturday 16th March we play our first show in north west Leicestershire for many years. We’re excited to be bringing our full show to The Palace, High Street, Ibstock and tickets are now available to buy from the venue, or to reserve by calling 01530 262400 or emailing enquiries@thepalaceibstock.co.uk

April sees us return to The Village Hall in Marchington near Uttoxeter on Saturday 6th April. Our show sold out when we made our debut there back in December 2017, and we’re told tickets are moving quickly again already so we can’t wait to return. Contact the promoter for advance tickets via 01283 820394 or info@dogandpartridgemarchington.co.uk

The Swan Theatre in Worcester beckons in May. Saturday 11th to be precise. We’ve been playing this wonderful volunteer-run theatre since 2004 and it will always be a part of our annual diary for as long as we continue. We LOVE it there. The stage set and facilities are quite simply top notch, making it the best place to perform and watch our full show. Tickets are already on sale here.

Then at the end of May we’re back in Worcestershire to make a rare fesitval appearance when we go to the beautiful new location for the MELLO FESTIVAL, now based at Severn End Country Estate, Hanley Castle, Worcestershire. Mello is very much a family-orientated festival and takes place over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend. We’re due to play on the Saturday (25th), though our exact stage time is still to be confirmed as we write this.

All our shows are detailed on our ‘LIVE’ page so please check there for details, or you can always email us at band@pinkfloydtribute.co.uk with any queries. We always reply promptly!

Thank you for your continued support. Shine On!
DSOTW

Home, home again…

Hi folks.

Firstly, a big thank you for agreeing to opt in to our subscribers list. GDPR eh? What a ball ache!

Now that Adrian is all settled in we can’t wait to show him off in the band’s original home town of Coventry a week on Saturday… 11th August to be precise. And specifically at The Albany Club on Earlsdon Street.

This is our first local gig since we played The Empire in 2016 so it’s been a while coming and we hope to see many of you there. DSOTW has its roots in playing small venues in and around Coventry going back over 20 years now. Whilst those two decades have seen us play many fantastic shows all over the UK it’s always great to come ‘home’ again. So, why not come on down and see how the band has developed recently? And also say ‘hello’ to our new boy!

Advance tickets are available behind the bar at the venue, or simply give up a crisp tenner on the door! The concert room upstairs is where you’ll find us and that will be open to the public from 8pm. We’ll start making some noise at 8.45pm.

Shine on!

DSOTW

 

Adrian… In The Flesh

Hi there.

Next Saturday is a big occasion in the history of DSOTW when, despite the band having been in existence for 22 years, we see the debut of only our 3rd lead guitarist. Taking on that David Gilmour mantle, and following in the footsteps of firstly John Wall and more recently Andy Nixon, the extremely talented Adrian Stokes will make his debut with the band at Norden Farm Centre For The Arts on Saturday 2nd June. If we could have hand-picked somewhere for the occasion it could well have been this place… it’s an amazing venue with a beautiful and unique character all of it’s own. We’ve performed here twice previously and simply love the place. Tickets are available via the venue’s website:
https://norden.farm/events/dark-side-of-the-wall-43

This will be followed by our annual show at The Benn Hall Venue in Rugby on Saturday 30th June. Tickets are sale for that now. Check out our ‘Live’ page for details.

Look forward to seeing you at one of the shows soon!

DSOTW

 

Andy’s Pink Floyd Swansong

Hi everyone.

Here’s our latest press release ahead of our show in Worcester at the end of this month (28th April)…

The award-winning ‘Dark Side Of The Wall’ roll up at The Swan Theatre in Worcester on Saturday 28th April and this year’s show promises to be an emotional occasion as it will be the last appearance with the band of their long-serving lead guitarist, Andy Nixon.

The band’s manager and bass player Steve Chilton says, “Andy joined us in 2004 and having played nearly 200 DSOTW shows has decided the time has come to move on in order to take up a full-time career in the music industry. We’re going to miss him that’s for sure, as both a musician and a friend. However, it’s fitting that his final show with us will be at a theatre where we’ve all enjoyed so many great nights over the years. I’m sure the local people who support our annual Swan Theatre shows will take this opportunity to see us with Andy one last time.”

Steve continues, “This is not all bad news though… we auditioned new guitarists earlier this year following Andy’s decision, and we’re thrilled to announce we have the excellent Adrian Stokes joining us following the Swan Theatre show. Meantime, we’re determined to put everything into enjoying Andy’s swansong in front of our Worcester-based fans.”

Make sure you secure advance tickets by calling The Swan Theatre’s box office on 01905 611427 or visiting their website at www.worcesterlive.co.uk

Hope to see you in Worcester!

DSOTW

 

As one era ends – another one dawns

We’ve reached another one of those milestones in the band’s history… after more than 12 years as our lead guitarist, the legend that is Andy Nixon will shortly be standing down in order to pursue a professional career in music. Being not just our guitarist but also a great friend, Andy’s decision is not one he’s made lightly. However, it is one that he needs to make in order to fulfil professional opportunities within the music industry and the rest of us are not only fully supportive of him, but also wish our very good friend every success and will be forever grateful to Andy for not just his unbelievable talent but also for his brilliant company, be it in the rehearsal room, at the gigs, in the pub, on our trips away, or even just on the phone… Mr Nixon will always be “one of the band” to us and this will definitely not be the last we see of him.

Back in 2004 when our original guitarist John Wall said he was standing down we thought that was it, we’d have to finish. No-one could possibly replace John… Andy proved that not only could it be done, it could also move the band forward. We fully intend for that to happen again and after holding auditions in recent weeks (and we sincerely thank the incredible players who came along to play a few numbers with us!) we’re absolutely delighted to have recruited the extremely talented Adrian Stokes to take on the crucial David Gilmour duties!

Now for the ‘when’… Andy will play his last show with us at The Swan Theatre in Worcester on Saturday 28th April before he immerses himself in a UK tour with another production. That means his last ‘local’ gig will be the Queens Hall in Nuneaton on Saturday 17th March. So, all you fellow midlanders who have appreciated this special musician’s talents over the years, please come down and make his last ‘local’ gig one to remember. No doubt our audience down in Worcester will also make the show at The Swan an amazing and emotional occasion. Advance tickets are on sale now for both these shows. See our ‘Live’ page for details.

With no DSOTW show in May, Adrian will be making his live debut with us when we head down to Maidenhead on Saturday 2nd June, followed by our annual return to The Benn Hall in Rugby on Saturday 30th June. After yesterday’s rehearsal we’re all really excited about how Adrian is fitting in and we look forward to everyone welcoming him in the DSOTW family.

See you in Nuneaton & Worcester!
DSOTW

2018 up and running

Hi everyone.

A belated happy new year from all of us in DSOTW. Apologies for the gap between blog posts… we’ve been rather busy for reasons which will become apparent in the coming month or two.

As some of you will know, we were meant to have kicked off the year with a spot at the ‘Giants Of Rock’ festival at Butlins Minehead at the end of last month, but for reasons best known to the promoter, it never happened. So… that being the case, we make our 2018 bow at The Flowerpot in Derby this Saturday (17th Feb) in what’s become one of our favourite dates in the annual diary. Always such a brilliant atmosphere and an amazing turn out when we play this place. This will be our 5th time there, and on the back of previous sell-outs, we advise you make sure you book tickets in advance if you’re thinking of coming along.

http://www.rawpromo.co.uk/tickets.html

We follow this up with a return to The Queen’s Hall in Nuneaton exactly four weeks later on 17th March. Again, another venue that we’ve only been playing the last 4 years or so but is now a ‘must’ every time we plan our annual gig calendar. A proper rock gig with atmosphere to match.

Our spring schedule finishes with an old favourite of ours, the Swan Theatre in Worcester. We’ve been heading down to Worcester every year since 2000 and the brilliant stage and setting at the Swan affords us the opportunity to present the full theatre style show with projections so it’s always one we look forward to.

And this year, the Swan show will take on an extra special significance, which will become apparent in the coming weeks. A case of watch this space!

Full theatre style shows also follow in June with a trip down to the wonderful Norden Farm Centre For The Arts in Maidenhead (2nd) and then another perennial favourite, The Benn Hall in Rugby (30th). We hope to add a couple more to our present list of confirmed gigs so keep checking our ‘Live’ page for all show details and on how to get tickets.

See you soon!

DSOTW

A double header weekend to sign off 2017

Hi everyone.

It’s a busy weekend ahead with Saturday and Sunday night shows at TWO new venues for us. We haven’t done a ‘double-header’ weekend for some time so this will test the stamina but hey, what better way to spend a December weekend? Definitely way better than xmas shopping that’s for sure!

First up, on the Saturday evening (2nd Dec) we’re at Marchington Village Hall, near Uttoxeter.  We’re told it’s nearly sold out so please check with promoter Paul Needham on 01283 820374 to secure tickets if you fancy coming along. We’re on around 8.30pm.

Then on Sunday (3rd Dec) we return to Birmingham, but this time not to the Roadhouse but to the Hare & Hounds in King’s Heath, where we’ve been invited to headline the local celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s appearance there. As it’s a Sunday (and no doubt bearing in mind people getting up for work next morning!) we’re on stage at 7.30pm sharp. You should be able to pay on the door (£10) but advance tickets (£8) are available via this link:
https://www.skiddle.com/…/Pink-Floyd-Tribute-Dark…/13064574/

These will be our LAST shows of 2017 so make sure you get your fix this weekend! Look forward to seeing some faces old and new at both shows!

Before we sign off, an exciting 2018 lies ahead with our first gig of the year being a slot at the ‘Giants Of Rock’ festival at Butlins in Minehead… just check out the poster here for the names we’re sharing the bill with (Hawkwind, Uriah Hep, Nazareth, Slade, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band as well as the main guys from bands such as Toto, Boston, Wishbone Ash…… and so on!) We’re playing on the Sunday but will definitely be there the day before to take in some of these amazing bands…  it’s an honour to be invited to be a part of an event such as this. Can’t wait!

Then, after Minehead, we have returns to the Flowerpot in Derby in February, The Queen’s Hall in Nuneaton in March, The Swan Theatre in April and Norden Farm Centre For The Arts in Maidenhead and The Benn Hall in Rubgy in June. Loads to look forward to. All confirmed gigs/shows are on the ‘Live’ page of this website.

Right, that’s all for now… make sure you have a good one folks!
Shine On.