CLOUD ATLAS ALBUM LAUNCH 'BEYOND THE VALE' + PLUMHALL
DUE TO SOME PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT RENT NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE LANDLORD THIS WEEK, FIBBERS IS STILL TEMPORARILY CLOSED SO THIS WEEKEND’S SHOWS ARE MOVING TO SISTER VENUE TOKYO ON TOFT GREEN (BEHIND MICKLEGATE).
THE GOOD NEWS IS IT’S STILL THE SAME SUPER-COOL LIVE MUSIC VENUE FEEL WITH A LARGE STAGE, BIG NOISY BOXES TO ASSAULT YOUR LUGS AND FLASHING LIGHTS TO MAKE IT LOOK ALL ROCK ‘N’ ROLL AND THAT. BUT BIGGER AND WITH MUCH BETTER VIEWING, LOTS OF SEATING, EASIER PARKING AND ACCESS FROM THE STATION AND STILL IN THE CITY CENTRE. RESULT, REALLY.
ALL YOU GOTTA DO IS MAKE YOUR WAY OVER OUSE BRIDGE, HANG A RIGHT AT POPWORLD DOWN GEORGE HUDSON STREET AND AFTER 100 METRES TAKE THE FIRST LEFT AT SALVATION TO GO UP TANNER ROW/TOFT GREEN; WE’RE NEAR THE TOP. FIVE MNINUTES. WHAT COULD BE EASIER.
Misused that phrase, ‘progressive rock’, isn’t it? To the uninformed or out-of-touch it conjures images of Rick Wakeman in a cape or Peter Gabriel with a flower round his head.
But it’s so much more than that, has moved with the times and is in good hands with the likes of Heidi Widdop and her new band CLOUD ATLAS.
From early days with Mostly Autumn and progression with ill-fated projects Breathing Space and Stolen Earth, our heroine has shown a steely determination to settle for nothing but the best. Not just the musicians surrounding her but also songwriting, arrangement and putting on a great show!
Inspired by a photograph of the sky one morning, the name Cloud Atlas seemed to be perfect, summing up the mystery and unpredictable nature of Heidi’s musical journey.
Sweeping soundscapes, sometimes dark but always intriguing and full to bursting with melody and atmosphere, this is ‘prog rock’ at its finest, it’s most up-to-date and, quite frankly, bloody fantastic.
PLUS ... HALF OF ALL OTHER TICKET SALES WILL ALSO BE DONATED TO LEEDS CHILDRENS TRANSPLANT TEAM.
And look who's on support duty, the brilliant PLUMHALL! Over to Michelle and Nick ...
"Michelle started her musical life as one half of the duo The Accidental Tourists, and went on to join Chumbawamba for their final 4 years as an electric pop band. She has supported Aimee Mann, Nerina Pallot, The Pogues and Texas to name but a few. Nick B Hall has been a member of the Hall Brothers for nearly all of his adult life, and has supported Fairport Convention, Hugh Cornwell, Show of Hands, Kate Rusby, Glenn Tilbrook plus many more.
Plumhall are an acoustic duo whose songs draw inspiration from many different styles of music, with a propensity towards pop, folk and Americana. Both Nick and Michelle play acoustic 6-string and 12-string with Nick swapping to electric guitar from time to time when the rock-demon takes hold!"