May 11, 2012

Saved by her wardrobe: Elderly woman miraculously escapes gas blast that blew huge hole in house… after closet fell on her

  • Brave firefighters spent two hours rescuing the pensioners from her devastated home
  • A second dust covered young woman was led to safety after being found on top of the rubble
  • Neighbours described how they too cheated death, with one passing the house moments before the explosion


PUBLISHED: 10:02, 11 May 2012 | UPDATED: 14:56, 11 May 2012


A pensioner whose house was destroyed in a gas explosion miraculously survived the blast after a wardrobe fell on her and saved her life.

The blast last night was so powerful it blew out the windows of every house on the street in Cheltenham and could be heard half a mile away.

Neighbours of the woman, named locally as Betty Hodgkiss, said it was a miracle no one was seriously injured in the explosion.

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Obliterated: This aerial view of the house Cheltenham which blew up in a gas explosion shows the scale of the damageObliterated: This aerial view of the house Cheltenham which blew up in a gas explosion shows the scale of the damage

Destroyed: Wreckage from the blast settled where the house once stood, in the property's back garden and onto a car parked outside
Roof: The gas explosion also ripped part of the roof from one of the neighbouring terraced homes

Roof: Tiles were torn from one of the neighbouring terraced homes, but the roof of the second was untouched

The devastating blast ripped through the property in Rosehill Street sending debris shooting 50ft into the air.

The pensioner was buried under rubble and it took firefighters nearly two hours to rescue her from the rubble.

Amazingly she somehow avoided serious injury and was still conscious when she was finally pulled from the debris.


Witness Jules Annan said: ‘It’s almost unbelievable that no one was killed. The damage was so bad that anyone walking down the street at the time would likely be dead.

Household: A washing machine, circular dining table and other household goods are among the personal possessions left scattered in the property's back gardenHousehold: A washing machine, circular dining table and other household goods are among the personal possessions left scattered in the property’s back garden


‘Betty survived after a wardrobe fell on her and protected her from the worst of the blast. The street looks like the pictures you see of The Blitz.

‘The houses on either side and across the road have all been condemned and the windows have been blasted out for streets around.

‘I was having dinner with a friend who lives opposite at about 8pm last night when it happened. The noise was just incredible.

‘It’s amazing nobody was walking down the street at the time as the whole house was completely destroyed.’

Cold light of day: the house opposite is visible after a gas explosion totally destroyed a terraced home

Cold light of day: the house opposite is visible after a gas explosion totally destroyed a terraced home

Strewn: The house's contents left piled across the street and in the garden after being blown 50ft into the air
Remains: Neighbours survey the scene of the blast which remains behind police tape

Aftermath: Neighbours were left surveying the devastation which has affected every house in the street


Devastation: The whole street was covered in debris which emergency services spent the morning clearing awayDevastation: The whole street was covered in debris which emergency services spent the morning clearing away


Jumble: The remains of the woman's possessions are visible amongst the rubble of her Cheltenham homeJumble: The remains of the woman’s possessions are visible amongst the rubble of her Cheltenham home

The force of the blast blew Betty’s front door off its hinges and sent it flying through the window of a house across the street.

A bewildered young woman, believed to live next-door to the explosion, was found up perched on top of a pile of rubble.

She was led to safety by passers-by and is also believed to have avoided being seriously hurt.

Residents on Rosehill Street described today how they also cheated death as debris were hurled up the road.

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March 20, 2012
Tues 20th March 2012 


Parklife Weekender confirms 2012 will be its last year at Platt Fields Park as the festival heads towards its third consecutive sold out event  



Ambitions and appetite for the hugely successful festival outgrow its Fallowfield home


Parklife Weekender 
Only 12 weeks are left until what is set to become Parklife Weekender’s third consecutive sold out festival, seeing revellers fillPlatt Fields Park in Manchester on 9th and 10th June. Promoters have now confirmed that 2012 will be the festival’s final year at its current location as plans for ever more impressive production and next-level line-ups supersede the potential of the current venue.

Those wishing to join The Flaming LipsDizzee Rascal and many more of the best pop, indie, electronic and crossover bands, DJs, producers and artists are strongly advised to purchase their tickets as soon as possible. In both its first and second years Parklife Weekender has sold out many weeks in advance, all indications point toward a repeat of this ferocious demand in 2012.

Parklife Weekender co-promoter Sam Kandel comments:

“Platt Fields provided a great start for The Parklife Weekender and we’ve been really grateful. 

In 2010 when Parklife was just an idea, it was really an unknown as to whether it would work. If we had known only three years on we would be moving onto a new site to develop and grow the festival to meet demand – it would have saved many sleepless nights! 

The park hosted our launch year and last summer’s expansion to a full weekend festival and will always hold fond memories from ourselves and our customers alike. 

A new location is not yet confirmed but plans are in the pipeline. In the meantime we’re really looking forward to bidding farewell to Platt Fields in style. 

Goodbye Platt Fields.”

In addition to the spectacular talent and kaleidoscopic variety on offer at Parklife Weekender, tickets are quite possibly the best value for money offering across this summer’s festival season. At only £64.50 for a full weekend ticket Parklife Weekender offers a vastly more affordable option for cash-strapped festival-goers who are being charged up to £200 for other events.

Line up: Sat 9th June



The Flaming Lips
Noah & The Whale
The Cuban Brothers
DJ Yoda
Krysko & Greg Lord
+ special guests:
Chic ft. Nile Rogers


Nero (Live)
Pendulum (DJ Set)
Zane Lowe
Sub Focus (DJ Set)
Jaguar Skills
Tempa T
DJ Hype
16 Bit
North Base

Crosstown Rebels  

Damian Lazarus
Art Department
Maceo Plex
Clive Henry
Danny Daze

Now Wave 

Crystal Castles
Tom Vek
Django Django
Phenomenal Handclap Band
To Kill a King
Now Wave DJs
Will Tramp!
+ special guests:
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaus


Pearson Sound
presents Archimedes (Live)
Space Dimension Controller
B Traits


Fake Blood
James Zabiela
Simian Mobile Disco
Justin Robertson
James Rand


Marco Effe & James Mile
Romano & Luca Bear
Ellesse & Josef K
Us & Them
Pete Zorba



Line up: Sun 10th June



Dizzee Rascal
Azealia Banks
Delilah (Live)
Mista Jam
Juicy DJs
+ special guests
De La Soul


Justice (Live)
Annie Mac
Erol Alkan
Busy P
Will Tramp
+ special guest:
Jacques Lu Cont

Now Wave 

The Rapture
Mount Kimbie
Gold Panda
Twin Shadow
Other Lives
The Field 
Jessie Ware
Now Wave DJs
+ special guests:
Factory Floor


High Contrast
London Elektricity
Danny Byrd
Jessie Alan
Fred V & Graffix
MCs: Wrec, SP &
+ special guests:
Zinc (Jungle set)


Maya Jane-Coles
Claude Von Stroke
Julio Bashmore
Todd Edwards
Joy Orbison
Miguel Campbell
Eats Everything

Ape Carnival Sounds 

Fresh (Live)
Buraka Som Sistema (Live)
Shy FX
David Rodigan
Dam Funk & Master Blazter
Dot Rotten
Toddla T
DJ Derek
Rich Reason


Soul Clap
Wolf & Lamb
DJ Harvey
Floating Points
Drop The Mustard
Zutekh DJs



Ticket info:

Standard weekend ticket

Day ticket

Hospitality weekend ticket

Hospitality day ticket

Box Office info:

0161 832 1111

0844 884 2920

Venue info:

Platt Fields Park
Wilmslow Road
M14 6LA

Media Partners:

Editors notes:


From the same team behind The Warehouse Project, The Parklife Weekender is Manchester’s newest and most in demand summer event. Born as a one-day festival in 2010, the inaugural year was a sell out success and lead to an expansion in 2011 to a full weekend party. Year two also proved a big hit once again seeing all tickets flying off the shelves weeks in advance. The Parklife Weekender is Manchester’s official start to the summer and fast becoming the UK’s best value for money festival.


Website/Social Media



PR contacts


Sean Harwood
07912 756 444

Dan Walsh
07775 770 37


March 10, 2012


ImagenGloucester Guildhall Presents

‘High Ceilings & Collarbones’

BBC Radio 2 Album of the Week

Release date 16th April 2012

Juan Zelada will be the first musician ever to offer a money-back guarantee to the audiences on his 26 date tour of the UK.  Times are hard and people want to know they will get value for their money, few people are taking chances spending on the unfamiliar.  What’s an artist to do?  How about guaranteeing them a good time or they’ll get their money back in full. 

Hotly  tipped Juan is already a favourite at radio making it onto radio A-Lists throughout the country.  His sold out shows have built through rave reviews and word of mouth, the BBC have tipped him as one to watch. Juan’s fanbase was recently widened when he was the guest artist for Mumford & Sons nationwide tour, says Ben Lovett of M&S Juan Zelada is without question one of the most exciting live acts of 2012. We challenge you to leave without a smile on your face!”


Juan who played in Amy Winehouse’s band on her infamous Back in Black tour is serious about the money back guarantee.  Says Juan, “I think people are reluctant to spend money doing things they wouldn’t normally do, I love new people coming to my shows, this is a great way to encourage them, I know they will have a great time.  This way they have nothing to lose, I’m guaranteeing it.  Shops guarantee stuff you buy, people send back food in restaurants if it’s not good, why shouldn’t they be able to get their money back if they feel my show wasn’t good enough? 

Juan’s spreading his money back guarantee message through a national press ad in The Guardian on March 1st and social networking.

Juan, who can count Paul McCartney and Paloma Faith amongst his fans, transforms any room into a wild party. Throwing heart and soul into every performance, his joy is infectious, spread through a simple smile, a head-nod, or dancing with abandon. Nobody can remain seated during his gigs; Juan gets everyone on their feet, singing and dancing.


February 20, 2012



Earlier on there were rumours of us splitting up, but I mean – f*** ‘em – how can you split up when you have an audience like this.”  
Freddie Mercury. Knebworth Park, August 9, 1986

With a quarter of a century having since passed, rock legends Queen are to return to play a second concert at the venue that provided them with the setting for one of their biggest and most historic concerts.

Queen’ Brian May and Roger Taylor today confirmed the band will headline the second day of this year’s Sonisphere Festival appearing at the festival home ground Knebworth Park, Stevenage, on Saturday July 7.

Knebworth was the setting for Queen’s final concert with Freddie Mercury in August 1986.

May and Taylor also confirmed that for this special one-off concert they will be joined by US singer-songwriter Adam Lambert.

Since first encountering each other during American Idol Season 8 in May 2009 where Lambert joined the band to perform We Are the Champions the two have repeatedly hinted at a future collaboration, most recently with Taylor telling Billboard Magazine “He (Adam) has grown into a really great performer with an astonishing voice with a range that’s great. We would like to work with him again. There’s nothing signed just yet but …it could be very exciting.”

After their brief meeting on American Idol, the potent chemistry between Queen and Lambert finally broke the surface when at the invitation of Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor Lambert joined them for the closing showcase at the recent MTV Europe Awards where Queen were present to collect their Global Icon award.

Their eight minute MTVE set ignited an immediate reaction across the internet with social network sites buzzing with excitement and campaigning for a more formal union between Queen and Lambert. The Sonisphere 2012 Knebworth stage will at last provide an eager public the opportunity to see May, Taylor and Lambert delve deeper into exploring their very evident artistic appreciation of one another.

Says Brian May: “Judging by my incoming mail, this decision will make a lot of people very happy. It’s a worthy challenge for us, and I’m sure Adam would meet with Freddie’s approval! And what better place to revisit, and walk those emotional paths than Knebworth? It will be a rush.”

Lambert adds: “I’m completely in awe of the Queen phenomenon. The thought of sharing the stage for a full set is so beautifully surreal. I’m honoured to be able to pay my respects to Freddie’s memory. He’s a personal hero of mine and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band. I know the evening will be a huge milestone for me, and with the support of Brian, Roger and the rest of the band I know magic will be on display.”

Queen’s previous performance at Knebworth Park, close on twenty-six years ago ,  August 9, 1986, was set up to be the glorious last stop for the band’s monstrously successful Magic Tour which had spread out across Europe over eight weeks of that summer.  Over a million people had already paid to see them.

Now riding one of the highest crests in their career, Queen drew a record crowd of 120,000, their biggest ever UK audience.  Coming on the back of two stunning shows at Wembley Stadium – to this day regarded as among their finest performances – anticipation was high.

Queen delivered the goods, winding up the crowd by arriving above their heads in a custom decorated helicopter, and then going on to perform a Queen textbook set to a deliriously enthusiastic audience, winding up with an emotional ‘God Save the Queen’ and Freddie wishing his audience ‘sweet dreams’.

What no-one in that Knebworth Park audience, and as far as we know, not even the band could anticipate that day, was that a new chapter in Queen’s history was being written: after more than 700 concerts together, what was taking place was the very last live concert of Freddie Mercury with Queen.

With the exception of an appearance in 1988 with Spanish operatic soprano Montserrat Caballe to launch Barcelona’s successful bid for the 1992 Olympic Games performing their duet ‘Barcelona’, Mercury would never again be seen performing to a public audience.

On what will undoubtedly rate as one of this summer’s most highly anticipated and emotionally charged concerts Queen’s Roger Taylor says: “I remember Knebworth as being the most incredible gig, with the most amazing audience and the sound on stage was utterly perfect. It was a fitting last stand before a live audience for Freddie. It will be a real challenge to complete the circle by returning with Adam.”

Shooting rockets. Blood spitting. Face Paint. Shiny Boots and utterly jaw dropping triumphant live shows: SONISPHERE is proud to announceKISS as Friday’s headliner. With a reputation for being perhaps the most flamboyant and entertaining band on the planet, the American Kings will bring their stage extravaganza to SONISPHERE as their only European performance of 2012.

For the final, Sunday night, SONISPHERE KNEBWORTH is proud to announce the legendary FAITH NO MORE as the headline act on the APOLLO stage. Mike Bordin, Roddy Bottum, Bill Gould, Jon Hudson and Mike Patton are poised to set KNEBWORTH on fire when they close the last night at SONISPHERE with their only UK appearance in 2012. Of their set Gould comments:“It was over 2 years ago when we decided to reform and play those amazing UK shows. The good news is, we’ve had a couple of years to improve our skills; moving our song to error ratio down 3.5 full percentage points. Watch out UK, we’re going to do it right this time!!”  

Joining the three superb headliners are some of the biggest names from the world of rock and metal including:

WITHIN TEMPTATION – only UK show of 2012, EVANESCENCE – only UK show of 2012,THE DARKNESS,INCUBUS – only UK show of 2012, MARILYN MANSON – only UK show of 2012, ANDREW WK – only UK festival show of 2012, REFUSED – only UK show of 2012,MASTODON – only UK festival show of 2012, THE BLACKOUT and more.

As well as the exciting names from the world of rock, SONISPHERE once again shows it’s forward thinking nature, and invites musician/comedian TIM MINCHIN to headline the Saturday night on SATURN. Since his first appearance at SONISPHERE back in 2010 theTIM’s success has gone from strength to strength, resulting in his first UK arena tour, his first West End Musical (Matilda The Musical) and numerous high profile TV appearances. After the astounding success of Bill Bailey’s SATURN slot last year, TIM – with full backing band in tow – is bound to deliver a much talked about and highly memorable show atSONISPHERE.

Tickets on sale to the public from 9:00am Thursday 23rd February / 0844 871 8803priced at £145 for a weekend ticket (£180 with 4-day camping, £170 with 3-day camping), with a very limited number of day tickets available for £75.

To spread the cost of the festival customers can pay a non-refundable deposit of £50 to secure their weekend tickets and then pay the balance off anytime before 30th April 2011.


On top of the host of talent on offer at SONISPHERE KNEBWORTH, organisers are offering the first weekend ticket buyers a very limited number of tickets to SONISPHERE MADRID, which takes place 25th and 26th May. Headliners METALLICA – who play their Black album in its entirety – are joined by an impressive cast featuring the likes of SOUNDGARDEN, andSLAYER and many more. Two Sonisphere festivals for the price of one!

Headline sets from:

KISS (European Exclusive) – QUEEN (World Exclusive) – FAITH NO MORE (UK Exclusive)- TIM MINCHIN


*denotes exclusive festival appearance
**denotes only UK show of 2012

Ticket info:

Fan Club presale starts 8:00pm Monday 20thFebruary, tickets on sale to the public from 9:00am Thursday 23rd February 0844 871 8803 priced at £145 for a weekend ticket (£180 with 4-day camping, £170 with 3-day camping), with a very limited number of day tickets available for £75.

Venue info:

Knebworth Park

Contact info:

Music Press:
Adam Sagir
020 8202 4314
Music Radio/TV:
Nelly Liger
020 8202 4314
All news / mainstream media:
Sean Harwood
07912 756 444


February 7, 2012

Madonna World Tour 2012

Tour Starts May 29th In Tel Aviv

Two UK Dates: London Hyde Park July 17th
Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium July 21st

London, Tuesday 7th February – Madonna is having a huge party and everyone’s invited! The Madonna 2012 WorldTour begins May 29th 2012 in Tel Aviv, Israel, it was officially announced by Live Nation Entertainment, the tour’s international promoter. The shows will include arenas, stadiums and special outdoor sites including the Plains of Abraham in Quebec and a return visit to South America and Australia where she has not performed in 20 years. The tour will stop in 26 European cities including London, Edinburgh, Paris, Milan and Berlin.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday February 10th and will be available from


Tickets prices (subject to booking fee) are as follows:
London Hyde Park July 17th £125 and £70
Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium July 21st £125/£80/£75/£70/£60/£45

The announcement of Madonna’s 2012 World Tour follows an extraordinary week which along with Madonna’s Bridgestone Super Bowl halftime performance saw the release of Madonna’s new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin” from her highly anticipated new album MDNA on Live Nation/Interscope Records – scheduled to be released on March 26th. MDNA is already No. 1 on iTunes in many countries including the US, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Canada, Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands.

The single’s video which stars Nicki Minaj and MIA previewed last Friday on her YouTube channel. The Madonna directed Golden Globe Award winning film “W.E.” is on general release.

Madonna’s phenomenally successful “Sticky & Sweet” Tour reaffirmed her status as one of the most successful touring artists of all time. The historic tour included such incredible touring feats as a 70,000 seat sell-out in Werchter, Belgium, a 76,000 seat sell-out in Helsinki (the largest show ever in Finland by a solo artist), 40,000 tickets sell-out in Oslo, Norway, and 72,000 tickets sold out in one day in Tallinn Estonia. Other record breaking ticket sales around the globe include 650,000 tickets sold in her series of South American dates, 72,000 tickets at Zurich’s Dübendorf Airfield – the largest audience ever assembled for a show in Switzerland, 75,000 tickets in London and four sell outs in New York’s Madison Square Garden (60,364 tickets).

“Madonna’s track record as a world class entertainer and touring artist speaks for itself. Her artistry, talent and creative productions get bigger and better with each tour and Madonna 2012 will be no exception. We are thrilled to have her back on the road and know her fans feel the same,” commented Arthur Fogel, CEO Live Nation Entertainment Global Touring and Madonna tour promoter.

In the course of her phenomenal career, Madonna has a record breaking 37 Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Chart along with a record breaking 40 Number 1’s on Billboard’s Dance/Club Play Song Charts. No other act has more Top 10’s on the Hot 100 or Number 1’s on the Club Chart. Madonna has sold over 300 million albums and holds the record for the most successful tour by a solo artist in history. She is a seven time Grammy winning singer, songwriter, producer and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Her last CD “Hard Candy,” debuted at Number 1 in 37 countries including US, UK, Canada, France and Australia. Madonna 2012 World Tour is the Material Girl’s 9th Tour. Her first tour was the 1985 Virgin Tour.

Madonna’s recent Golden Globe winning song “Masterpiece” from The Weinstein Company film ”W.E.” as well as “W.E. Music From The Soundtrack “W.E.” film have both recently been released digitally on Universal’s Interscope Records. A physical release is to hit stores in the UK on February 13th.

Icon is Madonna’s official fan club. Lifetime Legacy members of Icon will receive first access to tickets and VIP Packages starting February 7, 2012. Registered free Icon members will have the opportunity to purchase an “Icon Live Pass,” which gives them access not only to ticket & VIP Package pre-sales, but also to a tour devoted forum and an exclusive tour gift. Sign up for a free Icon membership at today.

VIP packages will be available through Live Nation Experience.
For VIP Experiences and Hospitality buy online at or call 0207 009 3484

viagogo, Europe’s leading secondary ticketing company (, has been named as the Official Premium and Secondary Ticketing Partner for Madonna’s 2012 summer tour dates across Europe. viagogo will handle premium tickets for select Madonna European shows this summer, offering fans the chance to see one of the most anticipated concert tours of the year. Fans that can no longer use their tickets will be able to resell them to other fans through viagogo’s secure online platform, and, as always, all tickets are guaranteed.




Tue 29th Tel Aviv, Israel, Ramat Gam Stadium


Sun 3rd Abu Dhabi, Yas Arena
7-Jun Istanbul, Turkey Turk Telecom Arena On sale soon

Mon 11th Zagreb, Croatia, Maksimir Stadium
Thu 14th Milan, Italy, Stadio San Siro
Sat 16th Florence, Italy, Stadio Franchi
Wed 20th Barcelona, Spain, Palau Sant Jordi
Sun 24th Coimbra, Portugal, Estadio Cidade de Coimbra
Thu 28th Berlin, Germany, O2 Arena


Mon 2nd Copenhagen, Denmark, Parken Stadium
Wed 4th Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Ziggo Dome
Thu 12th Brussels, Belgium, Stade Roi-Baudouin
Sat 14th Paris, France, Stade De France
Tue 17th London, UK, Hyde Park
Sat 21st Edinburgh, UK, Murrayfield Stadium
Tue 24th Dublin, Ireland, Aviva Stadium
Sun 29th Vienna, Austria, Ernst-Happel-Stadion


Wed 1st Warsaw, Poland, National Stadium
7-Aug Moscow, Russia Olimpiski Arena On sale soon.
8-Aug St. Petersburg, Russia SKK Arena On sale soon

Sun 12th Helsinki, Finland, Olympic Stadium
Wed 15th Oslo, Norway, Telenor Arena
Sat 18th Zurich, Switzerland, Stadion Letzigrund
Tue 21st Nice, France, Stade Charles-Erhmann
Tue 28th Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
Thu 30th Montreal, QC, Bell Centre


Sat 1st Quebec City, QC, Plains of Abraham Site
Tue 4th Boston, MA, TD Garden
Thu 6th New York, NY, Yankee Stadium
Mon 10th Ottawa, ON, Scotiabank Place
Wed 12th Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
Sat 15th Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
Wed 19th Chicago, IL, United Center
Sun 23rd Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
Sat 29th Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena


Tue 2nd Seattle, WA, Key Arena
Sat 6th San Jose, CA, HP Pavilion
Wed 10th Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
Sat 13th Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand
Tue 16th Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
Sat 20th Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
Wed 24th Houston, TX, Toyota Center
Sat 27th New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Arena
Tue 30th Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center

Thu 1st St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
Sat 3rd St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
Sat 10th Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
Thu 15th Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable Arena
Sat 17th Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
TBC Miami, FL, To Be Confirmed

The tour will also visit South American and Australia.


Additional cities and venues to be announced. Itinerary subject to change.

Red Hot Chili Peppers return to the UK in 2012

November 1, 2011

Red Hot Chili Peppers return to the UK in 2012 for two massive shows next summer

Multi-platinum American rock band to perform at Knebworth and Stadium of Light Sunderland in June 2012
Knebworth Park, Stevenage – Saturday 23rd June 2012

Stadium of Light, Sunderland – Sunday 24th June 2012

General sale tickets available from November 4th 2011

Following the recent release of their tenth studio album I’m With You earlier this year and a sold out UK arena tour, Kilimanjaro Live is proud to announce that Red Hot Chili Peppers will return to Britain in June to perform two massive open-air shows – their only UK dates of 2012. Red Hot Chili Peppers will take to the stage at Knebworth Park, Stevenage on Saturday 23rd June and Stadium of Light, Sunderland on Sunday 24th June 2012. Tickets go on sale from Friday 4th November 2011 from See Tickets

Set to occur just weeks before the launch of the 2012 Olympic Games in London these two very special shows will be the only opportunity for UK fans to see Red Hot Chili Peppers live in concert in 2012. Not only will the band play its first-ever major show in the North East of England (their only previous appearance being the 400 capacity Newcastle Riverside gig in 1990), Red Hot Chili Peppers will also join a list of such luminaries as Led Zeppelin, Queen, Robbie Williams and Genesis as headliners of the iconic Knebworth Park

Back in 2005, the band’s three-night headlining stint at London’s famous Hyde Park became the highest-grossing concerts at a single venue in history. These shows were bookended by the release of 2002’s By The Way and 2006’s Stadium Arcadium, which found Red Hot Chili Peppers at the height of its fame in the UK. Their current album I’m With You debuted at #1 on the UK album chart and has been critically acclaimed by British media.

One of the most successful acts in rock history, Red Hot Chili Peppers have sold more than 60 million albums, including five multi-platinum LPs and won six Grammy Awards, including ‘Best Rock Album’ for Stadium Arcadium, ‘Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group’ for Dani California, ‘Best Rock Song’ for Scar Tissue and ‘Best Hard Rock Performance with Vocal’ for Give It Away.

When asked if they’re looking forward to these headline shows, Red Hot Chili Peppers front man Anthony Keidis commented: “Our philosophy is we’ll play any day, any time and we’re coming to do Knebworth and Sunderland”. Outspoken bass player Flea also added “Hell yeah! I just wanna explode.”

Special guests joining Red Hot Chili Peppers at these two dates are to be announced in due course.

Ticket details – on sale Friday 4th November 9:00am

Standard tickets are £50 (Knebworth), £45 (Sunderland).

Tickets are available from 0844 871 8803, 0871 989 1601, KILILIVE.COM/RHCP, SEETICKETS.COM





Joe Bonamassa’s UK tour continues this week!!

October 18, 2011

On Saturday October 15th, Joe Bonamassa came down with the flu and was forced to re-schedule his Blackpool Opera House concert Saturday October 15th to the new date of Thursday April 5th 2012. Joe’s Nottingham Capital FM Arena concert on Sunday October 16th has now been re-scheduled to Monday April 2nd 2012.

The good news is that Joe has now fully recovered from the flu, and will perform the remaining dates on the current leg of his UK tour as follows:

Cardiff International Arena Tuesday October 18th

*Plymouth Pavilions Wednesday October 19th *Few tickets remaining

*London Hammersmith Apollo Friday October 21st *Few tickets remaining

*London Hammersmith Apollo Saturday October 22nd *Few tickets remaining

For further information about Joe’s UK October concerts, click here –

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