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LOST VOICE GUY UK tour starts 2 February

Geordie comedian Lost Voice Guy (Lee Ridley) won over audiences across the UK with his unique stand up routine and took the title as last year’s Britain’s Got Talent winner.

He is kindly supporting Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 and appears at Southend’s Palace Theatre on February 8.

Lost Voice Guy is known for his one of a kind stand up routine in which his speech synthesiser delivers sharp jokes covering everything from his disability to popular culture, providing major belly laughs and ‘oh no he didn’t!’ moments.

After his debut in 2012 Lee has gone on to win the BBC New Comedy Award and appeared on a host of TV and radio shows such as The One Show, BBC at the Edinburgh Festival and Voice of the People.

Lost Voice Guy recently had his hit BBC Radio 4 series Ability, co-written by Lee with Katherine Jakeways, renewed for a second season.


Lost Voice Guy UK tour dates Spring 2019:
Sat 2 Feb – Civic, Barnsley
Wed 6 Feb – Norwich Playhouse, Norwich
Thu 7 Feb – Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester
Fri 8 Feb – Palace Theatre, Southend on Sea
Sat 9 Feb – The Deco, Northampton
Thu 14 Feb – Memorial Court, Northwich
Fri 15 Feb – The Lowry (Quays), Salford
Sat 16 Feb – Middleton Hall, Uni of Hull, Hull
Sun 17 Feb – Tyne Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne
Wed 20 Feb – Glee, Cardiff
Thu 21 Feb – Ffwrnes Llanelli, Wales
Fri 22 Feb – Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
Sat 23 Feb – Sue Townsend Theatre, Leicester
Sat 2 Mar – Leadmill, Sheffield
Sun 3 Mar – Little Theatre, Chorley
Mon 4 Mar – Glee, Birmingham
Wed 6 Mar – Theatre Royal, Wakefield
Fri 8 Mar – William Astor Hall, Wrexham
Sat 9 Mar – The Theatre, Chipping Norton
Sun 10 Mar – Tobacco Factory, Bristol
Mon 11 Mar – Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
Wed 13 Mar – Corn Exchange, Exeter
Fri 15 Mar – Playhouse, Nottingham
Sat 16 Mar – Broadway, Peterborough
Mon 18 Mar – Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham
Weds 20 Mar – Theatre Royal, Lincoln
Fri 22 Mar – Camberley Theatre,Camberley
Sat 23 Mar – The Stables, Milton Keynes
Sun 24 Mar – Harlow Playhouse, Harlow
Mon 25 Mar – Quarry House Theatre, Bedford
Wed 27 Mar – Grove Theatre, Dunstable
Mon 1 Apr – Rotunda, Glasgow
Tue 2 Apr – Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
Fri 5 Apr – Arc, Stockton on Tees
Sat 6 Apr – Carnegie Theatre, Cumbria
Tues 16 Apr – Komedia, Brighton
Weds 17 Apr – Komedia, Brighton

NINEBARROW upcoming gigs

Date Venue City
Sat 02 Feb 2019 Tetbury Goods Shed Arts Centre Tetbury, UK Tickets
Sun 03 Feb 2019 Hitchin Folk Club Hitchin, UK Tickets
Wed 06 Feb 2019 The Willows Folk Club, Kirkham Preston, UK Tickets
Thu 07 Feb 2019 Black Swan Folk Club York, UK Tickets
Fri 08 Feb 2019 North Ferriby Village Hall North Ferriby, UK Tickets
Sat 09 Feb 2019 St Alkmund’s Church Whitchurch, UK Tickets
Fri 08 Mar 2019 Hinton Martell Village Hall Wimborne, UK Tickets
Sat 09 Mar 2019 Melbury Osmond Village Hall Dorchester, UK Tickets
Sun 10 Mar 2019 Milborne St Andrew Village Hall Blandford, UK Tickets
Fri 15 Mar 2019 North Nibley Village Hall Gloucester, UK Tickets
Wed 20 Mar 2019 Dorking Folk Club at Dorking Golf Club Dorking, UK Tickets
Thu 21 Mar 2019 Stowe School Buckingham, UK Tickets
Fri 22 Mar 2019 St Nicholas’ Church, Ringwould Deal, UK Tickets
Sat 23 Mar 2019 Dunsden Village Hall Reading, UK Tickets
Sun 24 Mar 2019 Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre Walton-on-Thames, UK Tickets
Thu 04 Apr 2019 West End Centre Aldershot, UK Tickets
Fri 05 Apr 2019 St Hilda’s Church Hall, Griffithstown Pontypool, UK Tickets
Sat 06 Apr 2019 Wychwood Folk Club, Tiddy Hall Shipton Under Wychwood, UK Tickets
Sun 07 Apr 2019 Kingskerswell Parish Church (St Mary’s) Newton Abbot, UK Tickets
Wed 24 Apr 2019 South Luffenham Village Hall Stamford, UK Tickets
Thu 25 Apr 2019 Coddington Village Hall Grantham, UK Tickets
Fri 26 Apr 2019 St Martin’s Church,welton-le-wold Louth, UK Tickets
Sat 27 Apr 2019 St Francis’ Church Tamworth, UK Tickets
Sun 28 Apr 2019 The Old School Nottingham, UK Tickets
Sat 04 May 2019 St James’ Church Poole, UK Tickets
Wed 15 May 2019 Ely Folk Club Ely, UK Tickets
Thu 16 May 2019 St Peter’s Church, Dunchurch Rugby, UK Tickets
Fri 17 May 2019 The Ram Club Thames Ditton, UK Tickets
Sat 18 May 2019 St Andrew’s Church, Letcombe Regis Wantage, UK Tickets
Wed 22 May 2019 Cottingham the Backroom Hull, UK Tickets
Thu 23 May 2019 The Place Theatre Bedford, UK Tickets
Fri 24 May 2019 —
Sat 25 May 2019
Ireby Festival 2019 Ireby, UK Tickets
Sun 26 May 2019 Chester Folk Festival 2019 Chester, UK Tickets
Fri 07 Jun 2019 St Michael the Archangel Chagford, UK Tickets
Sat 08 Jun 2019 Bickerton Village Hall Bickerton, UK Tickets
Sun 09 Jun 2019 Wimborne Minster Folk Festival 2019 Wimborne, UK Tickets
Sat 15 Jun 2019 St John the Baptist Church, Stanton-St-John Oxford, UK Tickets
Thu 20 Jun 2019 The Atkinson Southport, UK Tickets
Fri 21 Jun 2019 St Andrews United Reformed Church Sheffield, UK Tickets


DODGY ‘Celebrating 25 years of Homegrown’ tour starts tonight

DODGY start their tour ‘Celebrating 25 years of Homegrown‘, playing the album in its entirety, plus other hits. They play Newcastle Riverside on the 8 February and are kindly supporting Fifty Gigs In A Day. Two good supports in Babybird and Terrorvision’s Tony Wright.


FAIRPORT CONVENTION’s winter UK tour starts tonight

Fairport Convention kindly supported last year’s Fifty Gigs In A Day and they are doping so again this year. They start their 23 date winter tour tonight with a sold out show in Twekesbury.
30 Jan 2019
Roses Theatre SOLD OUT!!
01684 295074
31 Jan 2019
Lyceum Theatre
01270 368 242
01 Feb 2019
The Atkinson LAST FEW SEATS!
01704 533333
02 Feb 2019
RNCM Concert Hall
0161 907 5555
03 Feb 2019
01522 873894
05 Feb 2019
Key Theatre
01733 207239
06 Feb 2019
01302 303 959
07 Feb 2019
01642 525199
08 Feb 2019
Sage Gateshead SELLING FAST!
0191 443 4661
09 Feb 2019
City Varieties Music Hall
0113 243 0808
10 Feb 2019
Town Hall
01509 231914
12 Feb 2019
Bury St Edmunds
01284 758000
13 Feb 2019
Milton Keynes
The Stables
01908 280800
14 Feb 2019
Basingstoke (with Saving Grace)
The Anvil
01256 844244
15 Feb 2019
The Corn Exchange
01392 665866
16 Feb 2019
Bath (with Saving Grace)
The Forum
0844 888 9991
17 Feb 2019
01527 577330
19 Feb 2019
The Gulbenkian LAST FEW SEATS!
01227 769075
20 Feb 2019
The Gulbenkian LAST FEW SEATS!
01227 769075
21 Feb 2019
Connaught Theatre SELLING FAST!
01903 206206
22 Feb 2019
St Albans (with Saving Grace)
01727 844488
23 Feb 2019
Union Chapel
020 7734 8932
24 Feb 2019
Trades and Labour Club

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 – FM

Melodic rock giants FM are kindly taking part in this year’s Fifty Gigs In A Day. They play at the Guild Hall, Preston on the 8 February and have created a QR code linking to the Just Giving page which they will place on the merch stand at the show. What a fantastic gesture by the band.

They will playing songs from last year’s ‘Atomic Generation’ album along with classics from their long career.

08.02.19 PRESTON Guild Hall

16.02.19 HOLMFIRTH Picturedrome

01.03.19 READING Sub 89

02.03.19 LEAMINGTON SPA The Assembly

01.04.19 NOTTINGHAM Rock City *

02.04.19 CARDIFF The Tramshed *

04.04.19 WAKEFIELD Warehouse 23 *

06.04.19 SHEFFIELD Corporation *

07.04.19 MANCHESTER O2 Ritz *

08.04.19 GLASGOW Garage *

09.04.19 WOLVERHAMPTON Steel Mill *
* with The Quireboys and Vega

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 – MARK STAY book launch for ‘The End of Magic’

Facebook event page

Friday, February 15, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM at Harbour Books, 21 Harbour Street, CT5 1AQ Whitstable

A very exciting event indeed! On the 15th February we’ll be celebrating the publication of ‘The End of Magic’ by Mark Stay! We’ve been expanding our sci-fi and fantasy section in the last year or so, and with this we’ve seen new faces, found some fabulous new titles, and now we get to host our first fantasy event with a fantastic author!

You know the drill, right? But this time we’re switching it up a little bit, because The End of Magic takes you back to a time when magic collapsed, and to celebrate this book the right way we’re encouraging all guests to give it their best shot and get into their magic-inspired costumes! Mark himself will be greeted by a special visitor (which you will not want to miss), and for every copy purchased on the night Mark will be donating £1 to Nordoff Robbins – a brilliant charity changing lives through music. We’ll be kicking off the evening at 6.30pm, and it’s all completely free as always! Be there, be in costume, and be ready for a truly magical evening!

‘There are epic fantasies where magic is a thing of the past, spoken of in hushed tones until some kid pulls a sword from a stone and it all kicks off again…

This is not one of those stories.

The End of Magic will take you back to a time when magic collapsed, when the world went mad, chaos reigned, and we’ll get to see it through the eyes of three people who have everything to lose…

Sander Bree is a royal mage. The personification of privilege, he lives a cushy life advising the king on matters of court and politics, yet still finds plenty of time to complain that he’s stuck in a rut.

Rosheen Katell is an immigrant freelancer and, with Anzu her griffin, she’s worked hard to build a reputation as a trustworthy truth seer. She never lies, never kills.

Oskar is Rosheen’s younger brother. Mute from birth he is a moonchild. Alone and vulnerable, he will endure more change than anyone.

Both Sander and Rosheen are entirely dependent on magic. The source of their power is the Lapis Moon in orbit above. Very soon, that magic will be gone, changing their lives and their world forever.

Sander must keep a promise that would have been difficult enough with magic, but is a suicide mission without it. Rosheen is forced to side with a murderous warlord, and her once-solid principles are tested and found wanting. Oskar needs to survive unthinkable terror and find his sister. All are set against one another in a war unlike anything the world has seen before.

The End of Magic is an exhilarating wild ride, by turns epic and intimate, funny and dark, and perfect for fans of Jen Williams, Joe Abercrombie and Scott Lynch.’

DANDELION CHARM perform free-entry acoustic gig in support of music therapy charity

Venue: The Brunswick, 1 Holland Rd, Hove BN3 1JF

Date: Friday February 8th 2019, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm. Free entry.


Prog folk duo Dandelion Charm will be performing a free-entry acoustic gig as part of Fifty Gigs In A Day, which is taking place world-wide on 8th February 2019 to support the work of the Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity. They will be joined by singer-songwriter duo Milton Hide.

Newhaven-based Dandelion Charm are John and Clare Fowler. They combine prog, folk and rock influences into a luxurious blend of intricate harmonies, soaring melodies, superb musicianship and heartfelt lyrics. Dandelion Charm’s debut album ‘Tiny Drop’ was released in 2015. This was followed by a five-track EP ‘Riding The Flood’ in February 2018. The duo’s exquisite studio work has received plaudits from across a range of genres – from prog to hard-rock to folk. Clare and John will be joined on stage by guitarist/vocalist Bob Burke.

We are absolutely passionate about the power of music and this gig is a wonderful opportunity to support the work of Nordoff Robbins. Their music therapy work can be life-changing for so many people,“ says Dandelion Charm’s Clare Fowler.

Opening the evening will be Milton Hide who are husband and wife team, Jim and Josie Tipler. Natural storytellers with material that is rooted in folk traditions, they write and perform songs that are strong in melody and full of hooks. Sometimes personal, sometimes amusing, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes making a point – but always memorable.

Fifty Gigs In A Day is the brain-child of Jason Ritchie. “The idea was to create a whole host of gigs, events and social media posts mentioning Nordoff Robbins on and around the 8 February. As it was such a success last year I thought why not make it an annual event. This year it will be hopefully 51 gigs and the focus this time will be on up-and-coming bands, artists, comedians and authors – all supporting and plugging the work of Nordoff Robbins,” says Jason.

Nordoff Robins are the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people. They support thousands of people in their own centres as well as care homes, schools and hospitals. When delivered by a trained practitioner, music therapy can be used to support people living with a wide range of needs.

Donations – for those wishing to support the work of Nordoff Robbins through Fifty Gigs In A Day a Just Giving page has been set up here

Find out more here about Fifty Gigs In A Day here:

Find out more about Nordoff Robbins here:

Media enquiries to: Darren Johnson




Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019

For my fiftieth birthday this year (Feb 8th) I had fifty gigs/events (music, comedy, book readings) on that day (or near about) to plug the work of the Nordoff Robbins charity. That was gigs already taking place, not me arranging fifty gigs! Most simply sent a Tweet and/or Facebook post on the day giving a link and plug to the charity, whilst some had leaflets from Nordoff Robbins on their merchandise stands. The idea being to create a whole host of gigs/events and social media posts mentioning Nordoff Robbins on and around the 8 February.

As it was such a success I thought why not make it an annual event to plug the Nordoff Robbins charity and their work in musical therapy which benefits people of all ages. Like this year’s event, the idea is to create a whole host of gigs/events and social media posts mentioning Nordoff Robbins on and around the 8 February 2019. Plus this year it will be hopefully 51 gigs and the focus this time will be on up and coming bands/artists/comedians/authors who may not be performing on or around the 8 February 2019, however they will be supporting and plugging the work of Nordoff Robbins.

From Ingrid Stone, Community Fundraiser at the Nordoff Robbins charity on this year’s Fifty Gigs…

“I would like to thank each of the artists, bands, musicians and production companies who have supported the Fifty Gigs In A Day fundraising initiative in aid of Nordoff Robbins music therapy. Above all, thank you to Jason Ritchie, who founded this wonderful initiative. As a charity and organisation, your support is so valued – both on the fundraising front and in terms of awareness, and the £202 that you have raised is equivalent to 10 x group-based Nordoff Robbins music therapy sessions or 4 x one-to-one Nordoff Robbins music therapy sessions, which is brilliant.”

Nordoff Robbins do lots of wonderful work helping people of all ages with musical therapy and music has always been a big part of my life.


Below are the artists kindly taking part in this and do support them in any way possible…

ANDREW W.K. is the patron of Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019. His positive attitude to music is a perfect fit.

ADRIAN BELEW who has worked with the likes of Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking Headsand King Crimson, appears with his Power Trio at the Cruise to the Edge 4-9 February 2019

BROKEN WITT REBELS supporting Reef in Nov/Dec and their debut album is released on November 24 via Snakefarm Records.

PAUL CARRACK plays Bournemouth Pavillion Theatre on 8 February

DANDELION CHARM will be playing a gig in support of Nordoff Robbins at the Brunswick, Hove on Feb 8

JARROD DICKENSON, the well dressed singer songwriter, will be playing Birmingham on February 8

BARBARA DICKSON who plays a show at Eden Court, Inverness on Feb 8

DODGY  play Newcastle Riverside on Feb 8

FAIRPORT CONVENTION play the Sage Gateshead on 8 Feb and they kindly supported Fifty Gigs In A Day last year

THE FIERCE AND THE DEAD progressive instrumentalists supporting via social media on the day

FROST* who will be appearing on Cruise to the Edge 2019 between the 4 and 9 February 2019

FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS play Nottingham Rock City on Feb 8

STEVE HACKETT took part last year and he has kindly agreed again to do so next year as he takes part in the Yes Cruise to the Edge between 4-9 February 2019

HANSON ASIEDU is kindly taking part and has a number of tour dates lined-up for the early part of next year

ROBB JOHNSON is kindly hosting a gig on February 6th at the Railway Roots Night at the Railway Inn, Portslade

KAISER CHIEFS play London’s Brixton Academy on February 8

KING KING play Bournemouth O2 Old Fire Station on Feb 8

LETZ ZEP play Vitoria in Spain on Feb 8

LITTLE RED KINGS are planning to be playing live TBA on or around the 8 February next year.

LOST VOICE GUY winner of this year’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, will be performing at the Palace Theatre, Southend on February 8

NINEBARROW play North Ferriby Village Hall on February 8

THE SMYTHS play in Adelaide on Feb 8

SPACE ELEVATOR their second album ‘II’ is out now and will be supporting via social media on the day

MARK STAY author and screenwriter will donate £1 for every book signed or sold to Nordoff Robbins at his book launch on February 15 at Harbour Books

STONE BROKEN play Unit 51 in Aberdeen on February 8

TAX THE HEAT making a name for themselves and will be supporting via social media on the day

THOSE DAMN CROWS the band will be kindly donating signed merchandise for an eBay auction nearer the time, plus they support STONE BROKEN at Unit 51 in Aberdeen on February 8

THUNDER play in Glasgow on February 8 and have a new album ‘Please Remain Seated’ out in January

YES are involved again as they headline their own cruise Cruise to the Edge 2019 between 4-9 February 2019

THE YOUNG ‘UNS play Middlesbrough on February 8

Just Giving page is here if you’d kindly like to donate and support the work of Nordoff Robbins

We’re delighted to share that last year we delivered 29,725 music therapy sessions to 7,916 beneficiaries – reaching more people in more places than ever before.

We have just published our new 2017 Annual Review, and you can read more about this and our other milestones inside, including the opening of our newly refurbished, world-leading music therapy centre in London, and our new centre in Newcastle.

We also explored the impact of our music therapy services on beneficiaries, their family members, carers and staff at a cross-section of our partner organisations and open access centres, and were so pleased to see an increase on last year’s already very positive impact figures.

95% people said music therapy helped improve their interaction, communication and relationships
91% said it improved their quality of life and wellbeing

You can also find out more about the beneficiaries who are the heart of our music therapy work – including Betsy, Robert, Esther and Laura – and read about their journeys with music. As Betsy’s mum Rochelle says, “Music therapy has boosted Betsy’s self-esteem and encouraged her passion for music. This makes us so happy because Betsy has such a wonderful imagination and vocabulary – and music therapy is helping her to thrive.”

We support thousands of people in our own centres and by working in partnership with a wide range of organisations, including care homes, schools and hospitals. Music therapy can help a child with autism to communicate, enable someone with dementia to regain their sense of identity, or provide comfort to someone facing terminal illness.