Live music hits the Lancaster district this weekend and next in the form of rock, soul, punk, folk, house and jazz.
First of all though, and as promised in this column a few weeks ago, I have four tickets to give away for the Maiden United – acoustic Iron Maiden – gig on Sunday April 7 at The Yorkshire House.
The band features musicians from well known rock bands Within Temptation, Iced Earth, Threshold, Paradise Lost and Dearworld.
Support on the night comes from Lancaster metal rock band Massive Waggons, who perform after Maiden United.
To be in with the chance of winning one of two pairs of tickets, all you have to know is this: What is the name of Iron Maiden’s ghoulish mascot?
Email me with your answer and a postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll pick out the winners next week and send out the tickets.
Entry to the gig is pay on the door only on a first come first served basis, and is priced at £8 before 8pm and £10 after 8pm. On Saturday night at The Yorkshire House, the infamous Captain Hotknives makes a return to Lancaster, with support from Manchester’s Jezebellezza and Lancaster’s The Cosmic Fingers.
Guaranteed to crack you up laughing he also has a very astute take on life, love, drugs, babies and anti-racism.
Jezabellezza is one woman, a keyboard, and what she describes as “punk rock nursery rhymes”...Check her out on You Tube. Kicking things off is Lancaster duo The Cosmic Fingers. Doors open at 8.30pm and entry is £5.
Check out the gig guide on this page for all the other musical happenings going on in the Lancaster area over the next week.
Next Thursday, and also at The Yorkshire House, Stephen Hudson and The Fiat Pandas launch their new album Sleep For Railway Dreamers, with handmade copies of the album available on the night. Support comes from Songs For Walter and new Lancaster band Shadow Factories. Entry is £3.
On Friday night, Lancaster dance music promoters Stylus team up with 118Audio and their Funktion One soundsystem, to bring underground house to Lancaster city centre. The line up includes Southport based DJ duo Steve Froggatt and Josef Lawler, Lancaster DJ Ginny Koppenhol, Nick Dagger and Marlon. The event takes place at V-Bar in Church Street between 9pm and 4am and is free entry.
Next Saturday at the Yorkshire House, funk/rock/rap outfit Carpe will be performing alongside “three of Lancaster’s best and brightest bands”, with an entry price of £4.
Having released the album Risk It All at the end of 2012, Carpe are looking forward to another great year of fun and frolics. Joining Carpe are T-Shirts For Americans, a post-grunge band from Lancaster. The group consists of The Bobbin landlord Dominic Leighton, as well as Ben Macfarlane, Neil Wearing and Laurie Ibbs.
They aim to be following up some recent gigs with a bit of studio recording.
MiniKing, who weave original soul, pop and jazz “so filthy it will make your blood curdle” are also on the bill, and Lake Komo, who are fresh from a Battle of the Bands victory at Lancaster University, and are currently working on their Pyramids EP, complete the line up.