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When: 7.30pm on Saturday 3 February 2018
Where: The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE

We’re delighted to be working with Irma Vep again – this time, with dbh and The Capoeira Band!

“No stop signs, speed limit
Nobody’s gonna slow me down, innit
Like a wheel, gonna spin it
Nobody’s gonna mess me around, innit
Hey Satan, paid my dues,
Playing in a rocking band, need new shoes
Hey mama, look at me,
I’m on my way to the promised land, weeeeee!
I’m on the highway to hell
Highway to hell
I’m on…”

– Highway to Hell by The AC/DC

These lyrics by Australian rock ‘n’ roll gods AC/DC could well be applied to the 2017 that Edwin Stevens, AKA Irma Vep, has had.

Having released five award-winning records in various formats, including the Smash Hits album of the year nominee No Handshake Blues (Faux Discx/Comfortable on a Tightrope), he has toured the UK extensively and won the hearts of the masses by rocking the show with fully rocking bands like Jane Weaver, Jon Collin, Girl Ray and Wedding. If that isn’t enough ace stuff for you – he capped off the year with a full band transcendental rock tsunami at a sold out Band on The Wall supporting North East legend Richard Dawson in December.

You could say the sky is the limit for this obnoxious young man from Llanfairfechan, North Wales. He would not agree tho, no. He would say that the sky is black and full crying, dying birds and he doesn’t want none of it. The birds are in pain and he is sad, he would say. He is sad because he was exiled back to Wales from Manchester under dubious circumstances. He is sad because he forgot to get PRS and now he can’t afford it.

Hell bent on paying the rent, Edwin moved to Glasgow in September to study and hopefully find work but he hasn’t found any yet. He really likes it there but ‘it’s slim pickings for money’, he says. Maybe this is because he is unemployable, unemployable because all his energy has been spent selflessly crafting the sound of the summer, year after year and it’s a lot more hard when you have no GCSEs.

He had a thought the other day. He thought why not go play some gigs with his old pal dbh (dan bridgwood hill) and try and make a bit o’moolah along the way. Maybe they’d have fun and see some friends. He thinks that’s a good idea. Dan does too.

He made some calls and some lovely promoters obliged. This is where we’re at now. Three gigs. He hopes to see you there.

Local support also comes from The Capoeira Band.

This show is a co-promotion with Comfortable On A Tightrope.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from the bar (no booking fee), Piccadilly Records, Vinyl Exchange, WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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