The Devil’s Advocates

This month sees a series of cracking gigs at Peak Cavern – more commonly and affectionately referred to as the Devil’s Arse.


Leading the charge is city leg-end John Reilly, who’ll be rocking the rocks on August 10. We caught up with him to find out more…


The Devil's Arse is an amazing location. It's not the first time you've played it though. How was the previous gig?


The reason we’re returning is because we had such a blast on our first visit. It’s a stunning setting – with a unique atmosphere and amazing acoustics. It has a strangely spiritual ambiance – and when you connect this with live music it can evoke a very special feeling for the musicians and the audience. Hats off to the PA company though because it’s a logistical nightmare getting a full PA and lights up there!


And what can we expect from the August show this time around?


I’ll be playing songs with my full band (John Reilly Band) from the latest album Zebulon & Tea Cozy Hat, as well as favourites from my band Boy On A Dolphin, plus a couple of brand new songs written with the setting in mind. We also have one or two very special surprise guests.



Have you played any other unusual gigs during your career?


I’ve played The House of Commons four times with an audience of Cabinet Ministers and MP’s – and that’s hilarious when they’ve had a few. Some weird and wonderful festivals, some serious dives and palaces, on boats, on a train, on the backs of wagons… but I guess The Devil’s Arse has to take the biscuit.


What's coming up for the John Reilly Band after the Devil's Arse?


It’s an exciting time. We’re writing new material and will be releasing a brand new single ‘Berlin’ soon after the gig. We’ve dates all over the country and Europe and hope to squeeze a North American trip in – which will include a few acoustic gigs with just me and Lewis Nitikman and some serious songwriting on the beautiful Salt Spring Island.


Catch the John Reilly Band at the Devil’s Arse on August 10. Tickets are £15 seated/£12.50 standing, see their website for more details.


Also at the Devil’s Arse this month…


Carmen Ghia and The Hotrods

August 17 

This high energy seven piece come straight from the 50s – offering classic rock n roll of the very highest calibre. Fronted by Miss Carmen Ghia, with band members playing dog house, um bongos, belly fiddle, gob iron and strum box, ivories, u-tube and down-pipe, it’s as authentic as it gets. As they say themselves, why don’t you “let Miss Carmen Ghia and the Hotrods take you all the way to Kicksville!” Gates open at 7pm, tickets adult standing £10, seated £12.50



The Gutterband

August 24

This 70s tribute band, formed in 1986, have been through a lot. Twice they’ve called it a day, suffered near fatal accidents (one including a car crash, the other an electric shock at a gig) and had multiple line-up changes – but in spite of it all they’re still wowing crowds with their comedy and brilliance. Alvin Tardis, Joe Widdywaddywaddy, Aladdin Pain, Roy Wouldn’t & Malice Pooper plus two drummers, the Dr Who Tardis and the “Incredible spinning band” will leave you lost for words as they play the best hits of the 70s.  Gates open at 7pm, tickets adult standing £10, seated £12.50



The Bootleggers

August 31

A talented bunch, this brilliant covers band have seen and done it all. Something of a Sheffield super-group, all members have at some stage been part of famous line-ups and played with the industry’s biggest names. They’re all session players and instructors, not to mention great vocalists – making for a night of sing-a-long anthems and stunning harmonies. If they don’t get you dancing, you’re probably dead. Gates open at 7pm, tickets adult standing £10, seated £12.50



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