news archive-sep 2010
From our North-East correspondent
As a stalwart of the North East music scene, Baz was approached by the BBC to take part in a programme about music in Sunderland. The documentary, featuring local acts like the Futureheads, is called Inside Out which is a regional version of the One Show. It is being shown on Monday 1st November at 7.30pm on BBC North East and will also be available through BBC iPlayer for a week afterwards. BBC NE is available on SKY channel 975 too.
Baz has also been interviewed recently for independent Sunderland FC fanzine A Love Supreme about his childhood and his long time passion for the Sunderland football club. The fanzine is on sale on matchdays around the ground and in Sunderland in various retail outlets. More details can be found on their website here This interview follows on from an interesting Baz Q&A on the Floatation Suite site which can be found here
Baz Triumph pic courtesy of Mark Hill
More ticket booking fee info
We have just had an update on the booking fees for the Scottish gigs and Portsmouth. Fees for both Scottish gigs have been reduced in line with English dates on Seetickets/Gigs and Tours. Ticketmaster have also reduced their fees slightly for Glasgow. Edinburgh Picture House has too. Portsmouth ticket fees have been reduced by Ticketmaster as well.
Please shop around prior to purchase to ensure you pay the lowest transaction charges.
Q&A: The Management
We caught up with long time band acquaintance and manager Sil Willcox to find out about all things business related in the world of The Stranglers. Subjects range from setlists to record companies, TV coverage to the effect of the internet plus many others.
Ticket booking fees
We have just received the following statement from the band's management relating to gig ticket booking fees & other charges:
"We are aware that if you do not want to personally purchase the tickets in advance from the Box Office at the venues there are many ticket agencies offering to sell you concert tickets with extra fees attached. Today we have put pressure on www.gigandtours.com to lower their total transaction charges to £2 with booking fees at £2.30 (£2.50 London Show), please note these are the lowest we can find. Management are still negotiating with Ticketmaster in regards to the Portsmouth show and will keep you updated with their response. We will look into the Scottish shows too.
Please note: The band have no vested interest whatsoever in these ticket agencies and would always recommend that you purchase your tickets at the venue box office at the face value of the ticket. Tickets for all O2 Academy venues can be purchased at any of their Academy venues."
Triumph Live stage times
This Saturday sees the band headline the live music at the Triumph Live event in Hinckley. The band are scheduled to appear onstage at 10pm and are playing a full length set. Further details of the day's events, plus directions and other info, can be found in the excellent downloadable visitors pack here.
Stranglers to turn Britain Black and Blue
We are proud to announce the Stranglers' first dates of 2011. Dubbed Black and Blue, in reference to the battering they take on the road, the tour takes in 17 cities in England and Scotland. . .
Special anniversary feature
Today is a special day in The Stranglers' historical calendar. On this day, in the autumn of 1974, the band registered their name at Companies House in London. Now, thirty six years on, they are still going strong, having outlasted many of their contemporaries and with a vast catalogue of diverse music to their name. Founder Jet (pictured right at the Nashville in summer '76) has written a piece for the occasion.
Photo courtesy of Garry Coward-Williams