So why a new announcement - there are already threads in respect of this Voxgate aren't there?
Yes there are. But we think this is something special that needs a new thread.
______________________________Official Extreme Voice 'Return to Eden Part II' Voxgate - London 2010
and Party Fears Three
Time: 3pm - 7pm
Advance Ticket: £9
For the pre-show Voxgate for the London Hammersmith concert on the 11th April, we’ve booked the prestigious music venue The 100 Club
in Central London from late afternoon to early evening, and we have two fantastic bands coming to help us with the day. Party Fears Three
and (virtual world mock drum roll
. What!? You’re kidding us, right!?
Nope, you read correctly. And we’re very pleased to finally be able to tell you about it here first. Why this venue and not somewhere closer to Hammersmith?
Last year was fun, but at the time we considered it a genuine one off and promised ourselves we’d never do one of these events again. But by a happy set of events, speculatively asking some questions, and the people we asked them to coming back quickly with such positive answers, we thought '‘Well, why not? Why not put on another last hurrah!?...
When we first discussed hosting another ‘Official Voxgate’ in December 2009, our intention was for it to be at the same venue as last year, but with Messengers
agreeing to come and play for us, we discussed the practicalities of going back to The Grove
. Although it’s a wonderful eatery and meeting place, we spoke to the members of Monument
who played last year and the consensus was that because this year is something special, a proper venue set up would work better for our plans. We organised last year without necessarily considering how it would be for a band upstairs. With the room so small, the sound levels were incredibly loud and as there was no proper staging, it limited the view that people actually had as it was a bit dependent on where they were able to stand. From our perspective, because the venue was on split levels and also had an outdoors area, it was difficult to know whether everyone was an EV-er or not, and to organise everyone at the right times to make sure they were taking the opportunity to see the band. This year, we think there will be huge interest when people learn of our plans and that many will want to see and hear these particular bands in a setting that befits proper music. Why the admission charge?
Last year, the three of us (and our respective partners) put up all the costs for the venue hire and the bands transport ourselves. It was a fair amount of money, and although we were happy to do so, we did so believing it would be a one off event. We run EV in our own time and, for the most part, our own resources; this much is known already and we’re not going to make a big issue of that here. However, for this year’s Voxgate, there are larger expenses needed to be paid to put the event on and we need to try and recoup as much of that as we can through your support of buying tickets. The 100 Club, unsurprisingly, has a lot of benefits against the hiring of a room over what is essentially a pub. It’s licensed to hold 300 people (so we believe there will be enough room to accommodate people wanting to attend), it’s located centrally and is easy for anyone to find who are visiting the capital that day. It also means people will be able to hear the music through a proper club speaker system. If Messengers
and Party Fears Three
are prepared to travel all the way from Scotland to play for us, we reason that we’d like them to have as enjoyable a day and experience playing in this venue as we believe everyone will all have watching.Why the need for ticketing?
It took lot of our time and effort trying to organise ticket allocations last year (and we learned valuable lessons of the 'no matter what you do for people or how helpful you try to be, some will always query your actions, complain or comment that your decisions are not fair
' variety). This time around the number of tickets available is precise and will be available online through We Got Tickets
from early next week, and entry to the event is strictly by ticket only. By taking this approach, people wanting to attend have the choice on purchase and whether or not to attend. It also means the three of us are not put in the very difficult position of having to choose one person over another as was the case last year.
'WeGotTickets' are based in Oxford and we believe them to one of the fairer ticket agencies, with only a standard booking fee of 10% additional to the face value of your tickets being applied. There are no other charges (visible or hidden), which makes for easier administration for us and the venue on event day.
In the event of an unsold online ticket allocation becoming available, on the day purchase will also be an option at the venue and we will notify people of this through a news item on the EV homepage on Saturday 10th April 2010.What if I’m dragging Auntie Gladys along and it seems a bit steep to make her pay when all she’s doing is humouring my obsession with music and giving me a bed for the night? And will my 11 year old quintuplets be safe waiting on Oxford Street while I go in to the event - I don’t want to have to pay fifty quid just to bring them in?
We are aware that people will have differing circumstances and arrangements for coming to London, and we don’t want anyone to be put off coming due to the ticket price. However, we do not think £10 is unreasonable for people to contribute and to make the event a success. However, if you think you may be a special case, please contact the email address email@example.com
and we’ll see what we can do for your relatives/kids/minders. But as we are bearing the entire financial risk of this personally, we do reserve the right to decide each case on its merits and our decision is final.Is there an age limit?
Yes, the club has a strict over 18s policy, although because the Voxgate is effectively a private event, they have agreed to allow some under 18s entry as long as they are accompanied by an adult and are supervised at all times. However, we do need to be aware of how many under 18s are attending, and so if you are planning on bringing someone who falls into this age category along, please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
so that we can keep a list and be aware of numbers. By letting us know in advance, it means we can make the venue aware of numbers on the day if tickets have been purchased in advance and ensure that people will not be turned away at the door. If you have any questions on this, please contact us at the e-mail address. From our perspective, we would welcome younger visitors attending - age should not be a barrier to experiencing good live music.Is there a dress code for the club?
Bad clothing should also not be a barrier to experiencing good live music. Everyone with a valid ticket is welcome and there is no dress code.If I choose to attend, will I need ID?
Because 'WeGotTickets' operates as a paperless ticket delivery, when booking you will be given a unique reference with an e-mail confirming this sent to you shortly after your order has gone through. This booking reference along with formal ID will need to be presented at the venue in order to gain entry to the event.
You will also need proof of age or concessionary status, where applicable.How do I get to the venue?
The 100 Club is located on Oxford Street
, a few minutes walk from Tottenham Court Road Underground station
and next to the Plaza shopping centre.
Bus routes that stop directly outside the Club are:
7 - Brunel Road, Acton to Russell Square Station
8 - Bow Church to Holles Street
25 - Hainault Street, Ilford, to Oxford Circus
55 - Lea Bridge Road / Bakers Arms, Leyton to Oxford Circus
98 - Pound Lane / Willesden Bus Garage to Red Lion Square, Bloomsbury
Buses that stop 30 metres away are:
10 - Hammersmith Bus Station to York Way/Kings Cross Station
73 - Seven Sisters Station to Victoria Station
176 - Pawleyne Arms, Penge to Tottenham Court Road Station
A map of the venue location can be found through this link. Map of The 100 Club location Will there be food available?
The club does have a kitchen that sells good quality, simple hot food. The daily changing menu can consist of; Lasagne, Chilli, Pasta, Sea food dishes, plus vegetarian meals all served with fresh salad and at a reasonable price. However, we are still talking to the venue about whether this can be open on the day. This will be confirmed early next week in the next news mailer to be sent.Are there bar facilities?
Yes. From our experience, the prices are reasonable and less than some pub prices in the West End in many instances.I’m attending the Ultravox evening Hammersmith Apollo show and am worried I will not be able to get to the venue before Showtime. What are the timings of the day going to be?
We have exclusive use of the club from 3pm until 7pm, which we believe will allow everyone attending time to reach the Apollo venue by the time the evening show starts. Timings at this stage are planned to be:
3pm - Doors Open
3.45pm - Party Fears Three
4.30pm - Interval
5pm - Messengers
6pm - (Music Finishes)
7pm - Curfew and exit from club
By tube, the journey from Tottenham Court Road to Hammersmith (District and Piccadilly lines) Station is approximately twenty five minutes. A projected travel timing for the day wil be sent with the news e-mailer next week confirming this.
All details will be confirmed by us through an EV mailer early next week, and we are looking forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.
All the best for now,
Cerise, Rob and Paul
A little more about our guests... Messengers
are comprised of Danny Mitchell
(Instrumentation) and Colin King
Formed from the ashes of Modern Man
in 1981, following the acclaimed album Concrete Scheme
(produced by Midge Ure
), the duo were to keep close to the Ultravox
machine for the next few years. After the recording of some demos, Messengers were offered the support slot for Ultravox, where they would not only open up unsuspecting Ultravox fans to their music but would also augment the live line-up of the main act. Midge Ure produced a further three singles for Messengers (I Turn In (To You)
, Great Institutions
), all of which are remembered fondly by fans. Sadly, the band lost momentum around 1984/1985 and an album deal never materialised, although this didn’t stop their Ultravox connection - Danny was incorporated into Midge Ure’s 1985 live band for his solo The Gift Tour
and Colin in 1986/87 on Ultravox’s U-Vox Tour
. Additionally, the pair have had writing partnerships with Midge Ure over many years, with Danny co-writing the hits If I Was
, That Certain Smile
and both members co-writing the song Call Of The Wild
In 2004, Messengers completed and recorded the album, It's Been Twenty Years, Let's Try Turning Up the Volume
which is available exclusively from www.ultravox.org.uk.
With Danny and Colin expressing their delight at being asked to perform at The 100 Club
as "a total bolt out of the blue!
", Extreme Voice is thrilled to host Messengers
first live appearance since 2002.
______________________________Party Fears Three
are a covers band with a subtle twist. Using a combination of modern technology, vintage instrumentation and repurposed sound sources, they provide authentic, yet updated, versions of some of the finest songs from the 80s genre.
Formed in Edinburgh in late 2008 by Steve Adam
(Keyboards, Vocals, Audio and Visual elements), Mike Lyden
(Guitars and Vocals) and Don Thomson
(Keyboards, and thankfully No Vocals), they have quickly developed an impressive reputation through performing a clutch of well received live shows, including support slots with established eighties acts The Beat
and Bad Manners
. As Steve Adam has commented, "Our aim is to produce shows that in terms of sound and visuals strongly evoke the bands whose work we cover but that are also stamped with our own identity. By doing this, we are hopefully making them an interesting and appealing prospect for anyone that has an affinity for the great music of this era and, at the same time, something a little different from what you might expect from conventional tribute bands
Extreme Voice is delighted to offer Party Fears Three
the opportunity to perform at the Official Extreme Voice 'Return to Eden Part II' London 2010 Voxgate. Party Fears Three - Official Website
About the 100 Club
Located discreetly on London’s famous Oxford Street, The 100 Club
is one of the most celebrated live music venues in in the world and has been promoting live music on the same premises since 1942. Originally a restaurant called Mack's, live music was first played here when British jazz drummer Victor Feldman's father hired the venue regularly on a Sunday night to showcase the talents of his jazz loving sons and their band. Its longevity is due to an open minded music policy which has seen many different musical styles performed at this venue over its long history.
The Clubs heritage is legendary and has seen performances from acts as diverse as Glen Miller, Louis Armstrong, Roxy Music, Youssou N’Dour, Georgie Fame, The Sex Pistols, Muddy Waters, Hugh Masekela, B. B. King, Bo Diddley, Jackie Wilson, The Jam, Oasis, Lonnie Donnegan, Jimmy McGriff, Travis, Muse, Sinead O'Conner, Nico, Chris Barber, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, The Animals, Stephane Grappelli, Metallica, The Who, The Kinks, The Pretty Things, The Spencer Davis Group, The Clash, The White Stripes and Beverly Knight to name but a few. Likewise, artists such as The The Rolling Stones, Joe Strummer, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Paul Weller, have performed here long after becoming established.
Extreme Voice is excited to have secured this iconic and prestigious venue for the Official Extreme Voice 'Return to Eden Part II' London Voxgate
. The 100 Club - Official Website