ROCK band Amplifier will play Southampton's 1865 next Friday (March 9).

The Manchester four-piece are often cited as one of the most underrated bands of the UK's rock scene, although they retain a strong cult following around Europe.

They have countless gigs, 14 years and eight albums to their credit. The 2017 album Trippin With Dr Faustus was described by press as a “career highlight” and was listed in the top 50 albums of 2017 by Classic Rock, Visions and Prog magazines. Despite all of this, Amplifier are still one of the best kept rock secrets this country has.

March brings Amplifier out on a rare UK tour, and features a crowd sourced setlist from their 100+ titles back catalogue which fans have voted for over the past six months on the website.

Support for the tour comes from Sheffield’s Awooga who release their Titanic debut album “Conduit” on April 20 on Rockosmos. Having already received copious amounts of BBC support in the form of Daniel P Carter’s Rock Show and being basically the house band of BBC Sheffield’s Introducing Show, Awooga will provide the perfect dark counterpoint to Amplifier’s positive vibes.

Conduit is a culmination of a year’s work resulting in a deep, heavy, tranquil and visceral record. Inspirations Frank Zappa, Alice in Chains and Tool are immediately apparent, whilst Awooga also give a nod to Miles Davis, who was a champion of musical diversity and some of the world’s greatest artists.