Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday (April 5) for the Mumford & Sons concert at Surrey's Holland Park. Judging by the amount of attention already given to the "invitation on-sale" of tickets via the band's website (invitation. mumfordandsons.com), the May 24 show by the U.K. folk-pop band will be a very hot ticket on a Friday night, with relative no-names Michael Kiwanuka and Mystery Jets also on the bill.
"Fans can register for an invitation to purchase early tickets for up to five shows along the tour (excluding festivals)," concert promoter Live Nation said in announcing the Holland Park date. "The invitation on-sale (which began March 25) is designed to give as many people as possible an equal chance to purchase tickets, and to ensure that as many tickets as possible end up in the hands of fans."
News of a "major international recording artist" playing Holland Park in May first broke in the Now in January, when Live Nation sought approval from Surrey city council to attract up to 25,000 fans to the site in Whalley. Given clues contained in a report to council - the performer "has won and/or been nominated for multiple Grammy, American Music, BRIT and MTV awards" - we in the Now newsroom first guessed Sting as the headliner, or possibly Adele or even Florence and the Machine. But then Now contributor Jacob Zinn went to work on Google to discover an opening on Mumford & Sons' tour route between Edmonton (on May 22) and the big Sasquatch Festival at The Gorge in Quincy, Wash. (May 26). And so, Zinn guessed it almost a week before Live Nation announced the Surrey date. Nice work, rookie.
BAD COMPANY TOURS WITH LOCAL TALENT
Part-time South Surrey resident Paul Rodgers will hit the road with Bad Company for a summer tour celebrating the band's 40th anniversary - but Vancouver isn't mentioned on the 22-date itinerary, announced March 11.
The tour will have three original Bad Company members - vocalist Rodgers, guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke - joined by guitarist Howard Leese and bassist Todd Ronning, who is the brother of ex-Canuck Cliff Ronning and is currently living in the Cloverdale area.
On 13 of the concert dates, Bad Company will be joined by co-headliner Lynyrd Skynyrd. Stated Rodgers: "The Skynyrds and I go back to the '70s and the days and nights at the Hyatt House on Sunset in L.A., aka the Riot House. In the '90s, the band introduced me to my wife, Cynthia, and that's why I'm so damned happy and healthy these years."
SIXTH BIRTHDAY FOR BLUES SOCIETY
White Rock Blues Society is billing its next concert/dance as its sixth anniversary event. The show, on Saturday, April 27, will have Harpdog Brown and the Bloodhounds and Jason Buie Band hitting the stage at The Rhumba Room bar, at the pink-hued Pacific Inn Hotel on King George Boulevard.
OTHER NOTABLE CONCERTS
In other concert news, Trooper has been added to the Rockin' River Music Festival lineup in Mission. The three-day fest will have headliners in the form of Trooper (on Thursday, Aug. 15), Brad Paisley (Friday, Aug. 16) and Big and Rich (Saturday, Aug. 17). For updates, visit rockinriver. com or call 604-733-2235.
For fans of the Fubar movies (of which I am one), Dean "Deaner" Murdoch hits B.C. later this month on tour with his Nightseeker band, blessed with a sound "somewhere between AC/DC, Motorhead, early Sabbath, with just a drop of Poison for the ladies." The four-date tour includes shows in Vancouver (at the Biltmore), Victoria, Kelowna and Kamloops.
METAL BANDS UNITE AT OLYMPIA PIZZA
Some local metal bands will hit the stage at Whalley's Olympia Pizza on Friday, April 19 for "Metal For Kids," a fundraiser for the music program at Directions Youth Services Centre. Admission is $10 for the gig, to feature Entropia, My Own Chaos, Terrifier and Metal Queen.
SINGERS SOUGHT FOR 'VALLEY VOICES'
Young singers are invited to audition for the yearly Valley Voices vocal competition, with auditions starting May 4 in Abbotsford. Fifteen contest finalists will compete live at Abbotsford Agrifair on Aug. 2. Recent winners of the contest include Bailey Alexis, Kiera Venter, Justine Davis and Emily Harder. To enter, visit www.valleyvoices vocalcompetition.com.
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