Take That’s Mark Owen Plays A *Very* Secret Gig In Manchester To 20 People!

So… last night I met up with friends in The Castle Hotel for a drink because we had just announced that The Travelling Band are playing a surprise gig there next Monday night (which will be streamed online too).

It was pretty quiet and we were putting our coats on to go when we asked the bar staff who was playing that night – and were told Mark Owen! We didn’t believe them, and then I noticed Simon Moran (SJM Concerts, Take That‘s promoter) behind me, so I asked him, and he confirmed it.

Apparently, Mark had phoned The Castle Hotel (only a tiny venue) just a few hours beforehand to ask if they were free that evening to play a few tracks at 9pm. We quickly pulled our coats off and stayed – who wouldn’t!

The next thing we knew, Mark, a guitarist and pianist were playing in the pub’s tiny back room to about 20 surprised people! He was very cheerful, a tiny bit nervous, but came across confident and chatty.

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He opened his five song set with Take That’s ‘The Flood’, played his own songs “Clementine” and “Four Minute Warning” and a new song ‘Stars’ which sounds like a huge hit. He closed with Take That’s “Shine”. (I managed to grab video of the last two songs, above.)

There were smiles all round! He joked that if we wanted to hear more we would have to pay and come along to his gig at The Ritz Manchester in a few weeks…

The Travelling Band – Hands Up EP and new video

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Impact Date: 20th May 2013 

Label: Sideways Saloon

 

 

The Travelling Band return with a new EP, ‘Hands Up’ and it serves up a taste of what’s to come. Original ingredients are maintained, intricate guitar lines and infectious rhythms interact with expansive chord structures and subtle tempo changes.

The EP is available on a ‘pay what you want’ basis here: http://thetravellingband.bandcamp.com

Having spent the first half of 2012 writing followed by a summer of UK and European festival dates, the group successfully crowd-funded their new album  ‘The Big Defreeze’ via Pledge Music, and quickly hit their target thanks to their enthusiastic fan-base. The new album, was produced by multi platinum selling producer Iestyn Polson (David Gray, Patti Smith, David Bowie, Simple Kid), recorded at the turn of the year at The Church Studios in Crouch End, London.

The video is directed by Rudy Riveron Sanchez from AlmostFilm Productions. He said “The character is interacting with the natural elements each, fire, air, water and responding to the song…visually poetic and atmospheric

The guys are in the middle of a successful 24-date UK tour, which was preceded by a live session on Marc Riley’s BBC 6 Music show on Monday February 25th.

 

The Travelling Band are:
Jo Dudderidge (Vocals, Guitars, Keys)
Adam Gorman (Vocals, Guitars, Keys)
Steve Mullen (Lead Guitar, Vocals)
Chris Spencer (Bass)
Nick Vaal (Drums)

TOUR DATES – MARCH 2013

Wed 20: Oxford, Jericho Tavern
Thurs 21: Southampton, Cellar
Fri 22: Brighton, Green Door Store
Sat 23: Guildford, Boileroom
Sun 24: Tunbridge Wells, Forum
Tue 26: London, Lexington
Wed 27: Norwich, Arts Centre
Thurs 28: Cambridge, Portland Arms
Fri 29: Crewe, Box*
Sat 30: Hull, Adelphi

Support from Ellen & The Escapades except where indicated.
*THE TRAVELLING BAND ONLY

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