From big band to boogie with September’s musical mix

Friday, 14th August 2015

ANYONE concerned about how to keep the post-summer blues at bay when the holidays come to an end in a few weeks needn’t worry as Tamworth Assembly Rooms has a packed line-up for September, with plenty of dates for music lovers to put in their diaries.

With a huge variety of musical entertainment on offer from big band to boogie, there’s sure to be something for everyone to look forward to.

After a great warm up with the annual Tamworth Beer Festival from September 3 to 5, the musical agenda kicks off in earnest with two shows to choose from every weekend throughout the month.

On Friday, September 11, the sounds of a bygone era will be recaptured as the Nick Ross Orchestra presents an evening dedicated to the classic big band sounds of the 1940s.

The special concert, called the Sounds of the Glenn Miller Era, has been put together to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Tickets are priced at £19.50 and £17.50 concessions.

The action continues on Saturday, September 12, with a Queen tribute show like no other. From numerous conventions to TV appearances, Ga Ga have consistently proved why they are so highly rated by audiences and critics alike.

No wigs, no make-up and no false moustaches, only a host of massive Queen hits played like they are supposed to be played. Tickets for Ga Ga are priced at £14/£13 concessions.

From one top tribute to another, T.Rextasy is back for an evening of jitterbug boogie and dancing for adults of all ages. The world’s only official live tribute band dedicated to Marc Bolan and T.Rex returns to the Assembly Rooms on Friday, September 18.

A firm favourite with Tamworth audiences, T.Rextasy have been gigging around the world for more than 20 years.

The band won the accolade of ‘Best Live Tribute Band in the UK’ on BBC1’s Battle of the Fantasy Bands and in 2012 had the honour of performing a commemorative concert for Marc Bolan with special guests including Boy George, Sandie Shaw, Noddy Holder, Alvin Stardust and more

Tickets are priced at £16 or £15 in advance for an evening of top hits including Ride a White Swan, Jeepster, Telegram Sam, I Love to Boggie, Get it On and 20th Century Boy.

If the 70s are your era then the entertainment continues on Saturday, September 19, with Rocking the 70sthe Original Jukebox Heroes, who bring a high octane show and a set list boasting some of the best glam rock tracks from the decade.

The super-group is made up of six members who each have an impressive 40 years of live music experience. They are Jeff Brown from Sweet and The Tremeloes, Slade front man Steve Whalley, Pete Phipps of The Glitter Band/The Eurythmics, Phil Hendriks of Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers and Paper Lace original lead singer and drummer Philip Wright. Prepare to rock till you drop for the price of £18.

The Fortunes

The Fortunes

The nostalgic vibe continues on Friday, September 25, when The Fortunes ‘Past and Present’ comes to the Tamworth stage. Celebrating 51 years in show business, the latest show from The Fortunes features new songs, new stories and new anecdotes, all brought together with narration and projection from the era.

The two-hour Past and Present 2015 show will bring back memories of the swinging 60s and 70s, plus a surprise or two, with hit songs from The Fortunes, as well as Marmalade, Billy J Kramer, Love Affair, Badfinger and many more.

Tickets for this performance are priced at £17.

Hot on the heels of The Fortunes, The Everly Brothers & Friends Tribute Show will be rolling into town on Saturday September 26.

Number one UK tribute to The Everly Brothers, The Temple Brothers bring their live acoustic guitars, flawless harmonies and brotherly love to the Assembly Rooms stage to pay homage to one of the greatest harmony duos of all time.


Audiences will be taken on a trip down memory lane with classic songs including Cathy’s Clown, Walk Right Back, Dream, Wake Up Little Suzie, When Will I Be Loved and many, many more.

The spectacular show also features special guest tributes to Hank Marvin, Neil Diamond and Jerry Lee Lewis. Get your tickets now at the price of £15, £14 concessions and £10 for children.

The Everly Brothers with Neil Diamond

The Everly Brothers with Neil Diamond

September’s musical mix ends on the 30th with one final trip down memory lane with Memories are Made of This. One of the biggest shows of its kind in the UK, Memories are Made of This will take audiences on a thrilling musical journey through the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.

Starring West End and international vocalists, stunning costumes and brilliant choreography, this sensational nostalgic afternoon show is not to be missed. Tickets are priced at £14/£12 concessions.

The non-stop entertainment doesn’t end there though, as there is plenty more lined up throughout October and the rest of the year, including drama from Tamworth Arts Club, dancing from Ballet Theatre UK and music from Jethro. Visit the Tamworth Assembly Rooms website at to find out what’s on.

Tickets for all shows are available online at , in person from Tamworth Tourist Information Centre in Corporation Street or by calling the Box Office on 01827 709618. A transaction fee of £1 is payable on all online and telephone bookings.