• It’s Bootsy… Baby

    By Chris Wells on March 23, 2017
    Making his first visit to the UK in five years, the one and only Mr. Bootsy Collins, a.k.a. Casper The Friendly Ghost, is to play a single headline date in London this summer. Catch him twanging that funky rubber band at the Kentish Town Forum on Friday, June 23. Tickets are sale now from: Expect to pay between £35-£45 […]
  • Chuck Berry: On A Roll

    By Chris Wells on March 22, 2017
    Echoes Deputy Ed., Kevin Le Gendre has some thoughts on the passing of one of the all-time greats. The steady stream of tributes to Chuck Berry has swollen into an ocean of praise over the last few days, the common theme running through the eulogies being, of course, that the guitarist-singer was one of the progenitors of rock & roll. […]
  • R&B Kings Triple Threat

    By Chris Wells on March 21, 2017
    Marking two clear decades in the music business, US R&B superstars 112, Dru Hill featuring Sisqo and Ginuwine will come together on a UK stage for the first time this October for a double-show triple-header. Catch them at London, IndigO2 on Friday, October 6 and Birmingham’s O2 Academy on Sunday, October 8. Tickets start from £32.50 and will be available […]
  • Bev Goes To Soulsville

    By Chris Wells on March 21, 2017
    West End theatre star Beverley Knight returns to her first love of soul singing this summer when she takes her Soulsville tour out across the nation. So far the itinerary is: Northampton, Derngate [June 16]; Southend, Cliffs Pavilion [17]; Reading, Hexagon [18]; Nottingham, Theatre Royal [20]; Southampton, Guildhall [21]; Cardiff, St. David’s Hall [22]; Woking, New Victoria Theatre [24]; London, […]
  • Jacksons/Alex For Greenwich

    By Chris Wells on March 21, 2017
    Currently celebrating their milestone 50th anniversary with a world tour, The Jacksons have just been announced as one of the headliners at this summer’s Greenwich Music Time festival. They’ll be joined at the eight-day event by soulman Alexander O’Neal. Other acts at the bash, which takes place at the World Heritage-listed, 5000-capacity Old Royal Naval College from June 30-July 7, include […]
  • En Vogue Shows

    By Chris Wells on March 16, 2017
    These days consisting of Cindy Herron, Terry Ellis and Rhona Bennett, long-standing US vocal trio En Vogue have lined up three shows on this side of the Atlantic. Catch those funky divas at: Dublin, Vicar Street [April 6]; London, KoKo [7]; and Manchester, Academy 2 [8]. Tickets are priced between £30-£36.40. Hit:
  • Sisters Love/Gwen McCrae Reissues

    By Chris Wells on March 10, 2017
    Coming on March 24 from P&C/Reel Music are two cracking seventies soul albums. First up is Sisters Love’s With Love, the long, lost album of Motown soul and funk the glorious vocal quartet recorded for the label after its move out to California. Fans of the known singles, Give Me Your Love, Mr. Fix-It Man and their only UK release […]
  • Fairground Attraction

    By Chris Wells on February 28, 2017
    This year’s amazing Boomtown Fair, Chapter 9: Behind The Mask, is due to take place August 10-13 at its usual home on the Matterley Estate near Winchester. Loads of different themed areas on show, of course, and a mega line-up of acts. Those of direct an dimmediate interest to Echoes readers include Ziggy Marley, Jah 9, Toots & The Maytals, […]
  • Heritage Site

    By Chris Wells on February 28, 2017
    The Royal Family of Reggae, the one and only Morgan Heritage, are heading our way for a quartet of live dates as the nights draw out. Strictly roots all the way at: Oxford, O2 Academy [May 4]; Manchester, O2 Ritz [5]; Birmingham, O2 Academy [6]; and London, O2 Forum [7]. Tickets are priced from £27.50-£35.25. For more info and to […]
  • Chronixx Afire

    By Chris Wells on February 28, 2017
    The man Jamar McNaughton, better known to the world as Chronixx, is bringing his Chronology tour to the UK during the late spring. Once again he will be accompanied by Zincfence Redemption Band. Catch him at: Leeds, Academy 2 & Underground [May 19]; Bristol, O2 Academy [20]; Manchester, O2 Ritz [21]; Bournemouth, O2 Academy [26]; Birmingham, O2 Academy [27]; London, […]