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Hendrix Museum opens in London
A new museum occupying the Hendrix residence in the late-1960s and celebrating a previous neighbour – classical colossus Handel – opened in London on 10 February.
DONOVAN’S 70TH BIRTHDAY PARTY CONCERT IN ‘BEAT CAFÉ’ AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM ON 6th MAY 2016
Donovan, ‘60s legend, icon, poet and one of our most enduring singer-songwriters, celebrates his 70th birthday with a special concert at The London Palladium on 6th May 2016.
Fans will be treated to Donovan’s history of all his hits, including ‘Sunshine Superman’, ‘Mellow Yellow’, ‘The Hurdy Gurdy Man’ and ‘Jenifer Juniper’, plus his legendary storytelling and cult songs, all in the glorious splendour of the historic London Palladium.
Everybody is invited to come to the party and experience Donovan’s early bohemian roots, where he will perform on stage in a theatrical ‘Beat Café’ with his band, Danny Thompson (bass), John Cameron (Piano) and Gavin Harrison (drums) and a soon-to-be-announced special guest.
Donovan says, “I am delighted to be having my party at The London Palladium to thank all who have followed my work from the beginning, and to all who have just discovered me. Come in shades and berets. Be cool, be there!”
Tickets for sale on Monday, 1st February, available from www.rutlive.co.uk/event/donovan
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Donovan’s 70th birthday party concert also continues a celebration of his 50th year in the music business, which saw the recent release of ‘Donovan Retrospective’, a 2CD anthology of hits and album tracks chosen by Donovan himself, plus the brand new track ‘One English Summer’.
This most auspicious anniversary marks a major renaissance for the man whose fingerprints can be seen throughout the last half century of popular music.
Donovan headlined the acoustic stage at Glastonbury 2015 before completing an extensive thirty-two date city tour of the UK.
Donovan was 18 years-old when he had his first hit, ‘Catch The Wind’, for which he received the prestigious Ivor Novello Award. Since then, the man born Donovan Leitch in Glasgow, Scotland in 1946 has been a pop star and folk troubadour, a flag bearer for all things psychedelic, and one of the early adopters (and subsequent promoters) of transcendental meditation, now one of the most recognised, and practiced, meditation techniques in the world.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Songwriters Hall of Fame, Folk Music Lifetime Achievement Award, Mojo Maverick Award and many more awards honour Donovan.
It’s all a long way from that heady decade that birthed him, but celebrating fifty years in the music industry has confirm Donovan as so much more than a mere heritage act. He is the history of British rock and pop distilled into one man. He is an institution, and his legacy and influence will ensure that he is part of its future, too. Come and hear why. Don’t miss out …
Archive review (Beat Cafe, 2004)
DEVON ALLMAN -
UK TOUR 16-29 FEBRUARY
Devon Allman is the son of legendary Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band and with whom he occasionally appears as a guest musician.
He formed his own band Devon Allman’s Honeytribe and he was also a member of blues-rock supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood. His first solo album “Turquoise” was released in February 2013 followed by “Ragged & Dirty” (2014) with The Devon Allman Band.
16 Chislehurst Beaverwood
17 Aldershot West End Centre
18 Evesham Iron Door
19 Warrington True Blues
20 Newcastle The Cluny
21 Aberdeen The Tunnels
22 Edinburgh The Caves
24 Sutton Boom Boom Club
25 Milton Keynes The Stables
26 Derby Flower Pot
27 Devizes Long Street Blues
28 Ilminster Square & Compass
29 Wolverhampton Robin 2
Here’s a quick round-up of some key 2016 festival events – for more information about tours/festivals see our upcoming section
Great British Rock & Blues Festival, Skegness 22-24 January
Download, Donington Park, 10-12 June
RAMMSTEIN, BLACK SABBATH, IRON MAIDEN, NIGHTWISH and more
Stone Free, The O2, London 18-19 June
ALICE COOPER, THE DARKNESS, BLACKBERRY SMOKE, RICK WAKEMAN, MARILLION, STEVE HACKETT and more to be announced.
Be Prog! My Friend, Poble Espanyol, Barcelona, Spain 1-2 July
STEVEN WILSON, OPETH, MAGMA, BETWEEN THE BURIED & ME, ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN, THE PINEAPPLE THIEF and more
Cornbury Music Festival, Oxfordshire 8-10 July
WILKO JOHNSON, THE DUNWELLS and more
SOS Festival, Prestwich, Manchester 15-17 July
ABSOLVA, ATTICA RAGE, KNOCK OUT KAINE, MASSIVE WAGONS and more
Ramblin’ Man Fair, Mote Park, Maidstone, 23-24 July
WHITESNAKE, EUROPE, WALTER TROUT, KING KING, BLACK STONE CHERRY, AIRBOURNE and more to be announced.
Cropredy, Oxfordshire, 11-13 August
FAIRPORT CONVENTION, STEELEYE SPAN, RALPH McTELL, GRYPHON, HAYSEED DIXIE and more to be announced.
Down To The Woods, Hardwick Hall Hotel, County Durham, 13 August
PRIMAL SCREAM, ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN and more to be announced.
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