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The Ghost Inside: Statement

As you may well be aware, The Ghost Inside were involved in a horrific accident recently involving a truck and their bus. The drivers of both vehicles didn't pull through, and all of the band suffered serious injuries. From everyone here at Rock City, we wish them a speedy recovery.

Their show scheduled for Saturday 20th February 2016 at Rock City has been cancelled.

Here is a statement from the band:

 

Hi friends.

 

I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend. Through the grace of our incredible host hotels and the community here in El Paso we were able to enjoy a great meal and have a couple hours of much needed relief away from the hospital. Our families that are here aren't used to being 'on the road' and although the circumstances couldn't be less ideal, this holiday will always be a special one for us, a genuine day of giving thanks for the gift of life we have been given. And while we are grateful for this gift, our hearts are heavy for the families of Greg Hoke and Steven Cunningham who are mourning the loss of a husband, brother, son, and father. I can't begin to imagine the loss they felt with an empty chair at their dinner table. 

I want to share a little bit more with you about how things are going here. The truth is, there are a lot of very serious injuries. We are dealing with badly broken legs and ankles, cracked pelvises, and fractured vertebrae that require screws, plates, rods, and careful surgery to repair. Over the last week most of these procedures have been completed very successfully, but there are still a couple more to go, and most of the guys are still in the hospital. It is yet another blessing that we are in a place with so many remarkable doctors and surgeons to make this possible.

It is going to be a long road for us to quite literally be back on our feet. We have many months of recovery, rehabilitation, and physical therapy ahead. For some of us, simply learning to walk again will be a monumental undertaking. For now, we must put all shows on hold and focus only on our health. 

As a band, we've always taken pride in our ability to make friends in the music industry. Across genres and stereotypes we have forged the most amazing bonds with other musicians, and with those that simply appreciate music. Never in a million years would we have imagined ourselves in this position where all those friends across the years and across the miles would have come to our side before we even had the chance to ask for help. I'm a man of many words and I frankly cannot find them to describe how your collective generosity has kept our spirits afloat for the last ten days. There are far too many people to thank right now, and no contribution, whether thoughts, prayers, socks, shirts, $5 or $5000 has gone unnoticed. I hope that in due time we can truly show you our gratitude. In the meantime there have been a few heroes here that need to be named. Ryan Bingham, Stacey Cornett, Andrew Barquero, and Tim Irons have been our hands and feet. They have done everything that we cannot, including looking after our families. Our team behind the scenes, John Youngman, Mark Mercado, Dave Shapiro, and everyone at Epitaph records, has made sure that everyone that needs to be here, is here, and that their essential needs are taken care of. Chelsea Coffey at Hilton and the staff of the Hampton Inn and Courtyard Marriott, as well as the city of El Paso, have accommodated our families and made them feel as close to home as possible during this impossibly difficult time. Delta Airlines has graciously helped with our travel to and from all corners and coasts of the country. And also a man that rarely gets the credit he deserves, Kevin Lyman, has put his countless resources into play to ease the burdens upon us and our loved ones. 

Now, more than ever, The Ghost Inside is not just 5 guys on stage, but everyone across the planet that has shared a moment with us, however large or small. Thank you for standing with us when we cannot stand on our own. 

Limitless and Unbreakable,

TGI.

35th Birthday Celebrations: The Definitive Gig List!

 

Our friends over at the Nottingham Post have put together a definitive list of every single gig to have ever taken place at Rock City. What a reaction it is getting! Check it out here, and head on over to our Facebook to share your memories!

http://www.nottinghampost.com/Rock-City-definitive-list-band-played-Nottingham/story-28232551-detail/story.html

Discounted Tram Travel To Gigs Across Nottingham

 

Live music fans will be raising a glass to celebrate a new partnership offering discounted tram travel to live music venues across Nottingham.

DHP Family, the music promoter which stages hundreds of gigs at its award winning city centre venues Rock City, Rescue Rooms, Stealth and The Bodega every year, has joined forces with tram operator NET to offer special discounts to its customers.

As the busy autumn gig season gets underway, the new partnership could benefit thousands of people each month who can now travel to and from city centre gigs for just £2 return under the NET Event Ticket offer.

Jamie Swift, NET Marketing Manager, explained: “The Event Ticket has proved extremely popular with sports fans, and we are delighted to be able to extend the offer to these music venues across Nottingham too.

“They can now enjoy even better value for money when taking the tram, as well as taking advantage of our free park and ride facilities. Of course, many people who go to gigs will not want to drive at all, and our late night services offer a reliable way to get home after viewing some of the world class bands that grace the stages at these fabulous venues.”

Gig Review: The Libertines

Well. The dust has finally settled on Rock City after what was one of the greatest shows we have EVER had the privilege to host.

Check out this review from James Blogs, we couldn't have put it better ourselves.

A decade ago - among a mess of drugs, arrests and one of music's greatest fallings out - one of the finest British bands in a generation, The Libertines went their separate ways. What a difference time can make, as following on from their triumphant Reading and Leeds headline sets, the likely lads are well and truly back and better than ever.

Kicking off their intimate pre-album show with a rollicking rendition of Horrorshow, Pete, Carl, Gary and John look like they've never been apart, marching on stage before the lights even go out, as the crowd go mental.

Given that the tour was only announced a week ago today, it is a testament to the band that they have completely sold out every venue they're visiting this week, but I don't think it would be possible to match the energy that was felt running through the veins of everyone in attendance at Rock City.

By the time they reach Can't Stand Me Now four tracks in you've barely taken a breath, bouncing so hard your feet feel like they might fall off, and your voice already becoming hoarse.

Every last minute is worth it though, as the sheer ground swell of support brings forth the feeling that this moment is something special. This band, which has been through so much to come out the other side, have found a peace that they can now share with everyone in the building.

"Everyone I spoke to outside told me the last time they saw me I was totally fucked up." muses Pete Doherty, "I don't remember what happened Rock City, but this time lets have fun and play beautiful music together" he continues, before running into one of the nights biggest sing alongs Music When the Lights Go Out. After the hardcore moshing going on, this is a welcome change of pace, as the crowd sway their arms back and forth, continuing into the bewitching and beautiful What Katie Did.

Never a band to exactly stick to the rules, both Pete and Carl light up cigarettes during the set to ovation from the crowd who at this point I'm pretty sure would explode if they just sat and read the phone book.

The sold out crowd didn't just know every word of every song, but they knew every song by its first chord. It would not be unfair to say that this was a party - nay a celebration even - of everything that made the band great to begin with all those years ago. Their sound is raw, and not completely polished, but its all the better for it.

You can hear the meaning in every word Pete and Carl sing, and as the band explode into their grand finale - Don't Look Back Into The Sun - the crowd become totally unglued. This was a crowd who have waited years for this tour, unsure if it was ever coming, or if the rare festival appearances would be their only chance to see the boys in all their glory.

Thankfully with new album Anthems for Doomed Youth out later this week, and this intimate tour selling out in seconds we can only hope that there will be more to come from the Boys in the Band.

Until then we will have the memories of one of the most raucous, exhilarating gigs to grace the Rock City stage in many years. And what memories they are. What Became of the Likely Lads you might ask? Well they're back! Thats what!


You can see more from James Blogs on his Blogger... Head on over to http://ntu-books.blogspot.co.uk/

Indiana joins the bill at Splendour

Splendour organisers have announced an exciting change to Nottingham’s favourite family festival at Wollaton Park on July 18. With Jess Glynne out of action as she recovers from surgery on her vocal cords, DHP Family has turned to Nottingham's own rising star Indiana to save the day.

Already booked to play several major festivals this summer and on the back of her recent Glastonbury set, Indiana is sure to be warmly received by her hometown crowd at Splendour.

The 20,000 strong audience can expect to hear hits such as Solo Dancing, one of the singles from her top 20 critically acclaimed album, No Romeo. It's full circle for the Long Eaton singer who first came to the public's attention after she took part in Splendour's Future Sound of Nottingham in 2012.

George Akins, DHP Family, said: "Sadly Jess Glynne has confirmed that due to throat surgery she will be unable to perform at the 2015 Splendour Festival. We wish her all the best for a speedy recovery and she will be much missed at Splendour, however we are delighted to announce that Nottingham’s very own star Indiana will be stepping into the breach to entertain what is certain to be a huge crowd. We can't wait to see her on the main stage where she truly belongs."

Indiana is a fitting addition to this year's Splendour line up - which has a notable history for showcasing the hottest local talent - following her major steps forward to national prominence with a huge show at Rock City earlier this year.

Full set times will be released next week with Indiana taking to the main stage before pop band Lawson, indie rockers James and two-tone legends The Specials who will bring the Festival to a close, while over on the Confetti Stage queens of pop Bananarama will be headlining.

Indiana said: "I played the Splendour main stage two years ago whilst I was 8 months pregnant with my daughter as my son watched from the crowd. My live shows have become bigger and better since then and I'm so excited to share that with Nottingham again on its biggest stage possible! Nothing better than a hometown crowd...and both of my children can watch this time!"

Tickets for Splendour start at just £22. To get the latest line-up announcements and festival updates go to www.splendourfestival.com or like www.facebook.com/splendourfestivalUK or follow @splendourfest

Rockingham FINAL lineup announced!

Oh yes! The moment is here! The final lineup for Rockingham is upon us!

Added to an already sensational lineup are:

Dokken

Care Of Night.

Serpentine.

Romeo's Daughter

Jim Peterik


Here are the day splits and final lineups. Get your tickets now, and do NOT miss out on what promises to be an amazing three days of music!

http://www.alt-tickets.co.uk/rockingham-tickets

Rockingham is coming!

We are so excited for this. This festival promises to be absolutely unreal! Make sure you get your tickets now and do not miss out. If you liked Firefest you'll love this!

Two Months of Festival Heaven Approaches!

Wow. We have two months of festival awesomeness coming up. We are hardly been able to contain ourselves here at Rock City towers, and it all starts this coming Sunday with...

 

DOT TO DOT


 

This year's Dot To Dot, coming to Nottingham on 24th May 2015 is Dot to Dot's TENTH birthday! 

With some killer acts lined up, venues across Nottingham are prepared for an INVASION of talent, sold out crowds and an unreal atmosphere across the city. Getting involved with this one are, of course, ourselves along with Rescue Rooms, Red Room, Stealth, Bodega, Nottingham Trent Student’s Union  Spanky Van Dykes. And if you thought that was pretty awesome in itself, wait until you hear just a tiny fraction of the lineup... are you ready?!

Saint Raymond, Rae Morris, The Wytches, Laura Doggett, Honeyblood, Hinds, Josef Salvat, April Towers and MANY MORE! You can get your tickets from Alt-Tickets

The full schedule can be found here: http://www.dottodotfestival.co.uk/times

 

 

NO TOMORROW


 

Following up from that 'POW' is a 'BOOOOOM!' with  No Tomorrow Festival @ Wollaton Park, Nottingham. People who went to last year's debut No Tomorrow can testify, it is definitely not to be missed.

Back and in its second year, the weekend of the 6th and 7th of June is one to put in your diaries! Platinum selling John Newman, as well as Mercury Prize nominee Jessie Ware has been confirmed for this one, along with James Bay and Bondex. Across No Tomorrow’s several stages the festival also boasts many more performances and a number of the finest international DJ talents. BondaxDJ EZ, and Eton Messy will be delivering epic DJ set across the dance music spectrum.

Also expect strong live performances from the enigmatic Bristol duo Blonde with full band, Grammy-nominated MNEK and Bondax guest vocalist KStewart, appearing in her own right with solo material. Go grab your tickets, available now from Alt-Tickets!

More info at http://www.notomorrowfestival.co.uk/

 

 

SPLENDOUR


 

Last, but definitely not least... We have Splendour. Set in the stunning grounds of Wollaton Hall, Splendour Festival has grown to become Nottingham’s largest outdoor music event, attracting over 20,000 people of all ages. Internationally-renowned artists will once again share the stage with local upcoming talents for this one-day family-friendly festival.

Hot on the heels of two sold out shows at Rock City last year, The Specials will be bringing their infectious blend of two-tone Jamaican ska and punk energy to the main stage at Splendour for the first time.

For those who missed out getting their hands on tickets for the fast selling shows last November and for all those who want to get their skank on again, Saturday 18 July 2015 will be another chance to see the band renowned for the energy of their live performance, but this time in the beautiful setting of Wollaton Park.

Widely credited with changing the face of pop in the late 70s, The Specials reformed in 2008 and have gone on to tour the world, playing to bigger audiences than ever before.

This summer the 20,000 Splendour Festival crowd can enjoy the two-tone revival with hits such as A Message to you Rudy, Too Much Too Young and Ghost Town sure to feature in the headlining set.

Not forgetting, they will be joined by very special guests James, Bananarama, Jess Glynne, Roots Manuva, Lawson and MANY MANY MORE ensuring there will be something for everyone!

More info at http://www.splendourfestival.com/

 

Everyone go go go and get your tickets @ http://www.alt-tickets.co.uk!

 

Beth Hart: Nottingham Evening Post Review


We had the amazing Beth Hart performing last night in a packed out Main Hall, and Nottingham Post's Kevin Cooper was there to see this stunning gig.

Having been in the music industry for over 25 years, it is hard to fathom out why Beth Hart is not up there with the greats. She has been through good times, bad times and everything in between and it all goes into her music, delivering songs that channel her turbulent past into deeply personal lyrics."

On the last night of her tour to promote her latest album, Better Than Home, Hart made the show all about her music as she started with Waterfalls and new track, Tell 'Em to Hold On, perched comfortably behind her piano, before her very talented band joined her for the rest of the set, which saw her foot stomping across this Rock City stage as she belted out versions of her hits, Delicious, Well Well and fans favourite, Bang Bang Boom Boom.

Up-tempo stormers like Monkey Back, a song she described as being about her battle with drug addiction, to the cover of Etta James' I'd Rather Go Blind, showcased Harts powerful and flawless vocals as this blues icon delivered her heart and soul to the crowd for a solid set of pure blues perfection. It was hard not to compare her to the legendary Janis Joplin.

New track Better Than Home and her moving performance of Sister Heroine showed her more gentle side that allowed us to see that underneath the hard, tattooed exterior, there is a wonderfully warm, talented and vulnerable artist. She brought the house down with a performance that blew us all away from the very first note to her closing chord.

For those that missed this gig at Rock City, they have probably missed the gig of the year up to now, because Beth Hart as a diva, certainly not, but blues icon; most definitely. Nottingham, you were lucky to have her.

Kevin Cooper

 

Read more: http://www.nottinghampost.com/Review-Beth-Hart-Rock-City/story-26501634-detail/story.html#ixzz3a7N1Gz4c

Rockingham To Rock Rock City!

If you haven't got your tickets yet, get them now. These tickets are not going to be around for much longer! Make sure you head on over to http://www.alt-tickets.co.uk to get yours now!