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Rizzle Kicks live

Rizzle Kicks live

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RIZZLE KICKS

One of the biggest pop acts in Britain, the Brighton pop-rap duo – Harley Alexander-Sule and Jordan Stephens – were unknown less than two years ago but have now sold more than one million singles in the UK, along with 300,000 albums.

The Mama Do The Hump pair appear at Southampton Guildhall tonight.

DUB PISTOLS

FROM their early singles for Concrete Records to their genre defying Six Million Ways To Live, the Dub Pistols have always added a much needed rock n roll swagger to the UK’s dance scene.

Chewing up hip-hop, dub, techno, ska & punk & spitting them out in a renegade futuristic skank they have consistently defied genres & exceeded the highest of expectations. The genre-mashers who have worked for the likes of Moby, Crystal Method, Limp Bizkit appear at the Talking Heads on Tuesday.

SAD CAFÉ

 One of the primary live bands of the 70s and 80s return for their first tour in many years.

Led by longtime members Ian Wilson, Dave Irving, Ashley Mulford and Des Tong and augmented by new lead vocalist, Steve Whalley (ex-Slade), this is the band that brought you the great hits Everyday Hurts, My Oh My, Strange Little Girl, Nothing Left Toulouse and I’m in Love Again along with the big U.S. hits La-Di-Da and Run Home Girl.

Sad Café formed in 1976 when Ian Wilson and Paul Young decided to join forces after working in separate projects in their home city of Manchester. They were signed in 1977 by RCA and released their debut album Fanx Ta ra that year.

It was the third album Facades which concreted their position as one of the top UK bands. Produced by 10cc’s Eric Stewart, it gave the band four hits in the UK and a top ten album place.

The band went their separate ways as Paul Young and Ashley Mulford concentrated on their roles in Mike and the Mechanics with Genesis’ Mike Rutherford.

The band reunited to work on the album Paul Young – Chronicles which marked the passing of their original lead singer by completing recordings that he had been working on at the time he was taken ill.

Rediscovering old friendships led the band to reform with a new vocalist and to tour the UK in 2012 before developing new projects.

They appear at The Brook in Southampton tonight.

JOOLS HOLLAND

BOOGIE-woogie piano master Jools Holland is taking his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra on the road once again for what has now become one of the UK's most popular annual tours.

The 34 date tour will bring Jools’ famous 'bigband'

sound and the ultimate party experience across the length and breadth of the country, with some very special guests to accompany him.

Jools will be at The Mayflower on Sunday.

Fine Young Cannibals frontman Roland Gift will be Jools' special guest in Southampton. The singer had huge success with the band during the 1980s with a No. 1 UK album (1988’s The Raw and The Cooked), and two No.1 hit singles 'She Drives Me Crazy' and 'Good Thing'.

Also featuring the astounding vocals of Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall and acclaimed trombonist Rico Rodriguez, Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra tour will provide audiences with a foot-stomping performance.

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