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Roachford

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Friday 1st December

Academy 3

Ever since bulldozing his way onto the scene with unforgettable tracks like ‘Cuddly Toy’ and ‘Family Man’ in the late 80s, Andrew Roachford’s maverick take on music has spread far and wide. As the first artist to sign a staggering seven-album deal with Columbia Records, it heralded the beginning of something big. “Getting signed and being a black British artist gave me a sense of pride” enthuses Andrew.

Like any artist worth their salt, Andrew Roachford’s music is the result of many things. Raised in south London to West Indian parents, as a child of the 70s and 80s, it’s no wonder that his music sounds the way it does. Influenced by everyone from Al Green, Michael Jackson to David Bowie Andrew’s formative years were also spent listening to Radio One, reggae and jazz. Pinpointing the beginning of his musical career as a child he vividly remembers being mysteriously drawn from his bed to play the piano in his living room. “There was always a piano in the house and I just got up and started playing even though I’d never played before. There was something quite surreal and magical about it.” Looking at Andrew Roachford’s family history, though, it shouldn’t come as any surprise.

Born into a musical dynasty, his uncle Bill Roachford was a virtuoso saxophonist. The musical ball really started to roll however, when Andrew hit the road with his uncle. Playing gigs on the jazz circuit in those days, gave him a good grounding for things to come. “I got lucky enough to start gigging when I was about 14.  I was in the middle of that whole jazz scene which was an interesting education. It taught me musically, how to listen and how to entertain. My uncle always told me that you had to give people a show.”

Andrew was Columbia’s biggest selling domestic act for over ten years. As if any more proof were needed, the fact that Andrew Roachford has been approached by such luminaries as Michael Jackson and Chaka Khan to write songs, speaks volumes.

Andrew’s trademark has become his rare ability to put into words, feelings you didn’t even know you had, “It’s one of the reasons why I make music; to bring out those things that people feel, but haven’t always got a voice for. I like to bring the inner person to the forefront”. And over the year’s, anthems like ‘Lay Your Love Out On Me’, ‘Naked Without You’ and ‘Complicated’ to name but a few have done just that.

“I’m always pushing myself as an artist.  When it comes to songwriting, I naturally gravitate to digging deep.  That’s how it works for me”.  With Platinum and Gold selling albums, a career that spans two decades, and the last five years seeing him writing and singing on everything from top-five selling international dance tracks to co-writing and touring with Mike and the Mechanics, Andrew is undeniably a prolific and unique talent.

With his latest offering Andrew delivers a deeply honest and powerful album.  He is back doing what he does best – taking the daily challenges of life and love and helping the rest of us make sense of it all.  “You start off being what you’re not in life and then the path has this uncanny way of bringing you back to who you really are.  Life is really just a journey back home”.

 

Pearl Jam UK

Saturday 9th December

Academy 3

Pearl Jam UK:
The World's Greatest Pearl Jam Tribute.
Pearl Jam UK are a Liverpool based tributeto Pearl Jam consisting of five friends who all share agenuine love and respect for one of the greatest and  most influential American rock bands of all time.  Driven by an attention to detail that is second to none, the band spend hours on end listening to recordings by Pearl Jam, discovering the most minute of details contained within the music, watching hour­ after hour of live footage to ensure that the Pearl Jam experience is recreated with 100% accuracy – and no compromise. The band also perfectly recreates that distinctive 90’s era “grunge” look that became synonymous with Pearl Jam, with
 corduroy jackets, flannel shirts,shorts and doc martens aplenty. A combination of the most accurate performance of Pearl Jam’s music being played today (maybe even more accurate than the band themselves?) alongside genuine era clothing, all being performed with that typical Pearl Jam passion that made them stand out from their peers, thus culminates in a tribute band that almost becomes more than a tribute… In short, Pearl Jam UK makes you feel like you are watching Pearl Jam. Pearl Jam UK have firmly established themselves as the definitive tribute, having completed a “sold out” UK Tour and headlining major festivals along the way playing to thousands of dedicated fans. Performing songs from the entire Pearl Jam catalogue, and some of the covers they play (from artists such as Neil Young and The Who) – fans both old and new will find the songs they
 know and love in Pearl Jam UK's set.

Shed Seven

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Friday 22nd December

Academy


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