We are sorry to announce that next years rescheduled tour will be much shorter than planned. Many dates will not be rescheduled. As so many tours are being rescheduled for next year by many artists it’s a lack of venues and it's just not possible to get some of the venues we want at the right time; we are finding it hard to make a big tour work. It’s been a very frustrating time for artists and audiences alike and the road is still rocky.
We will announce which dates are going ahead, which will include The Roundhouse, after the weekend. If you are on the mailing list you will be notified as soon as the information is confirmed and for those dates that are now not happening there will, of course, be a full refund. For those that are happening, your ticket will still be valid. Full info after the weekend. Marc hopes to put in more British dates once things have calmed down. Hope you all have a great Easter.
Marc’s Torch Song Trilogy programme for BBC Radio 2 is being repeated over the next three weeks, starting tonight at 9pm.
Joined by his friend and record producer Tris Penna this programme explains what a torch song is and traces the origins of the classic torch singers. They celebrate the work of some of the great female torch singers of the 20th Century with tracks from Marlene Dietrich, Edif Piaf and Billie Holiday. Marc delves through his record collection to unearth some rarely played torch songs including the powerful Trouble Man sung by Lotte Lenya. There is reference to Dinah Washington's influence on contemporary artistes, an appearance from Eartha Kitt and, inevitably, Judy Garland who is forever associated with the torch song genre.
Torch Song Trilogy, BBC Radio 2, tonight at 9pm. For further information, to listen online or catch up later, visit the programmes page at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bdl1lf
It was a year ago today that Marc performed a concert at the Royal Festival Hall with co writer, musician and producer Chris Braide. From today you can hear the show, Chaos And The Hits, on Spotify. Marc and Chris perform all of the Chaos And A Dancing Star album as well as a selection from The Velvet Trail, a number of big hits and Chris features with a couple of his own solo songs. Almost three hours of music. Hook it up to your speakers and play loud!
A great band that consists of Ash Soan on drums, Andy Hodge on bass, Chris Braide on keyboards and guitar, Neal X on guitar and Louise Marshall, Kelly Barnes, Bryan Chambers and Simon King are on backing vocals. A very special guest is Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson adding flute to a selection of songs.
At some point the album will be issued in hard copy formats but right now is just not possible due to contractual agreements with BMG. This was the last ‘real’ concert Marc performed before the world went dark. He hopes one day, when light returns, he can perform the show again in some fashion.
As a bonus, a video of the full show may be watched for one week from today at https://vimeo.com/407086182
The Loveless will be performing at the Vive Le Rockdown 2 global online festival on 20 February. The event takes place on the Vive Le Rock YouTube Channel and features a fantastic line up including, of course, The Loveless. The event starts at 8.30pm GMT. For updates check the Vive le Rock Facebook Page. All proceeds go to the Roadies/Crew Fund.
The album DBA: Halcyon Hymns from Chris Braide is out now as a CD/DVD package with a white vinyl version being released on 26 March. The album features the track Warm Summer Sun which is a duet with Marc. The song was recently performed at the intimate online show from Dean Street Studios. A video of that performance is below.
Halcyon Hymns has been receiving fantastic reviews. A selection are:
An early contender for album of the year. Stately, haunting melodies and beautiful phrasing. Superior - Louder Sound
Marc Almond adds his his considerable and distinctive vocal talents to Warm Summer Sun. The interplay between his parts and Braide's is MAGNIFICENT! One of 2021's musical highlights - The Progressive Aspect
The velvet tones of Marc Almond on Warm Summer Sun are a brilliant addition - Prog radar
When Marc Almond appears on Warm Summer Sun, it's a bit like bumping into a friend you didn't expect to see at a party - Classic Rock Present Prog
Bitter-sweet chamber pop visions like Warm Summer Sun. Four stars - Classic Rock magazine
Who would have imagined that, one day, Marc Almond would be the catalyst for this fine prog album, made by Downes with Almond's collaborator Chris Braide?' - Prog magazine
A reflective and moving portrait of some golden times - Spirit Rocks
Another excellent chapter in the discography of Downes and his partner Braide - Prog Rock Journal
Experts in songcraft, a quality emphasised by Braide's arrangements - Get Ready To Rock
Glorious and undeniable melodies that make this such a joy to listen to repeatedly - The Prog Report
Perfectly captures feelings and memories of a time and a place when everything seemed so much simpler - Red Guitar Music
This is a truly sensational album - Prog Radar
Masterpiece - Northern Life Magazine
Downes and Braide have come up trumps yet again with this album, goosebumps - Progressive Aspect
Love Among The Ruins is a delightful and uplifting love song - Total Entertainment
Excellent new DBA album - Yes Music Podcast
Final verdict - Excellent Album - AlbumOfTheYear.org
This is another of the best albums of the year - Progressive Rock Central
We’re hugely disappointed to announce that due to the Coronavirus Lockdown we’ve had to postpone The Loveless shows yet again.
They are now rescheduled for Saturday 1 May 2021 - “A Loveless May Day” - same time, same place: Islington Assembly Hall, 5pm and 8pm. All existing tickets are still valid.
We’re really hoping things will be different by then and you can all make the new date.
For tickets please visit https://dice.fm/artist/the-loveless-6d2q2
If you have tickets and are unable to make the new dates, please contact https://dice.fm/
HAPPY(IER) NEW YEAR
We'd like to announce that Marc has signed a new studio album deal with the label BMG for release in 2022.
This will be his most ambitious project to date with the label and he would like to say thank you for their continued belief in him as an artist.
You have a chance to own this original pen and ink drawing of Marc by London based artist John Lee Bird. It is being put up for sale by auction from the personal art collection of Martin McCarrick with all proceeds going to support John Lee Bird through chronic health conditions. Signed by Marc with authentication photographs, this is from John Lee Birds 2020 Icons exhibition.
John Lee Bird is a London based artist who has exhibited widely in the UK, Europe, USA and Mexico. As well as John's work adorning the homes of many celebrities and art collectors, he has collaborated with clothing designer Paul Smith and is a featured artist on the Saatchi website. More about Johns work can be found at www.johnleebird.com
Sold framed with conservation quality 45 degree cut mount. An extremely low reserve has been placed upon this original artwork. The auction ends at 1900 GMT on 3 January 2021. Full auction details available from www.ebay.co.uk
Due to London going into a Tier 4 with stricter restrictions we had to gather everyone together at short notice last night to pre-record the Yuletide/Christmas show before Tier 4 started. We were determined not to cancel. There are a couple of tech issues to sort out so the show will now go out a day later on Wednesday 23 December, still at 6.30pm and will stream over Christmas and New Year. Thank you to everyone involved for getting this together. It’s always more exciting to go live, even online, but we hope you will still enjoy our show with a selection of hits and Yule/Christmas songs.
The show will be free to watch but any donations to help cover the costs will be greatly appreciated.
Wednesday 23 December at 6.30pm on the front page of this website. See you there!
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Due to London being placed into Tier 3, The Loveless show this Saturday can no longer go ahead. Obviously, we are all extremely disappointed by this news but, unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about it.
However, we have been able to reschedule the shows to Saturday 13 February so now you can have a Loveless Valentine! Same place and times and tickets will remain valid for theses rescheduled shows but refunds are available for any that wish it.
For tickets, enquiries or refunds, please visit https://dice.fm/artist/the-loveless-6d2q2
The Loveless album is available to pre-order now from www.theloveless.uk
Available as a limited edition of 500 individually numbered copies on coloured 12" vinyl and CD formats. It will not be available on streaming services.
CDs are due on Monday 14 December and will be posted immediately so they should arrive before Christmas. The vinyl is in production and is due in mid-February 2021.
Out now - Cruelty Without Beauty 2020.
Available on 31 track double CD book format, double gatefold cerise 180g vinyl, 12" white vinyl with 6 new extended mixes, and 75 track USB stick. Fully remastered with brand new artwork and notes from Marc and Dave, plus an essay from Adrian Thrills and all the lyrics printed together for the first time.
Features the singles Monoculture and The Night, plus Divided Soul, God Shaped Hole and Somebody, Somewhere, Sometime on this album for the first time.
“Turns a respectable reunion record into a mighty comeback - Cruelty Without Beauty finally stands strong next to the 80s Soft Cell albums.” **** Classic Pop
"This exemplary reissue is a belated reminder of the duo’s intoxicating chemistry - neatly mixing their early synthpop skills with the goth melodrama of the first incarnation's later recordings" **** Record Collector
Available now from www.softcell.co.uk/cruelty-without-beauty
Released on 22 January 2021, Marc Almond's 1988 solo album The Stars We Are gets its first expanded reissue as both a 2CD/1DVD set with bonus tracks, b-sides, remixes and promo videos, and a Limited Edition double Vinyl LP!
All those who pre-order the LP will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a rare vinyl test pressing. Pre-order now at http://cherryred.co/MarcAlmond
Yuletide Christmas Show
Goodbye 2020 (and good riddance!). The last of the online shows will be a Yuletide Christmas Show to end the year. Hits and Christmas songs beamed absolutely live from Dean Street Studios. Improved cameras and sound set up so this will be the best one yet!
Once again the show will be totally free as we know that many of you are short of cash but if you have any spare, a donation or tip, however small, to help pay studio costs and cash strapped musicians would be totally appreciated. You have been so generous with these shows and thank you from us all. As you know, musicians have had very little work this year and there probably won’t be a return to real live shows with full venues until late Spring at least. I won’t be doing any more online shows for the remainder of this pandemic period but it’s a format I’ve enjoyed and in the future may from time to time do something special for what has been a Worldwide audience.
So join me and the band for a Christmas bash as we sing, dance and say farewell to a bloody awful 2020!
You will be able to watch the show on the front of this website at 6.30pm (GMT) on Tuesday 22 December. See you there!
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Marc has collaborated with Hedkayse and the amazing charity Headway UK by designing this fantastic cycle helmet, with artwork of the The Loveless. The helmet is live at auction with all proceeds going to Headway. Headway works with people who have experienced brain injury, which can challenge every aspect of someone’s life.
If you would live to bid on this helmet, visit the Jumblebee website.
The recent live show from Marc Almond and Chris Braide will remain online until Friday 4 December. It is available to view on the front of this website.
The previous three live shows and episode two of Marc Life which are currently available to download will also only be available until Friday. After that they will be removed as we will then focus on the Christmas Special we are planning.
So, if you want to watch the Marc and Chris show and purchase the downloads of the previous shows you only have until this Friday to do so.
The Marc Almond and Chris Briade show is free to watch on the front of this website
Downloads of previous shows are available to purchase from the links further down this page
Marc Almond and Chris Braide - live online concert
Marc Almond with song writing and production collaborator Chris Braide will play an intimate set of songs from their song writing and recording repertoire as well as some favourites. Piano and voice only. Join us from around the world - the set will be streamed live on this website and will remain online afterwards for one week to allow those in time zones that make it difficult to watch live to catch up. As with earlier Lockdown Live shows, this will be free to watch but donations will be much appreciated to help cover costs and support the recording studios. Enjoy the set and please support studios, musicians and music technicians in this difficult time.
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A “Loveless” Christmas 2020
Shake off the lockdown blues and winter cold with a couple of special, socially distanced shows of blistering Rock 'n' Roll at Islington Assembly Hall on Saturday 19 December 2020.
2 performances - Matinee at 5.00pm. Evening performance 8.00pm.
Marc Almond and long-term guitarist/sideman Neal X have recruited Punk icon Iggy Pop's stupendous rhythm section, Ben Ellis and Mat Hector, to form "The Loveless" - described by Louder Than War as “Britain’s best garage rock band”. Drawing material from Marc's immense back catalogue with nods to T. Rex, Iggy, David Bowie, 60s R&B and garage rock it's a thunderous return to their primeval rock roots.
Plus - The legendary "Readers Wifes" DJ set
Tickets strictly limited to 150 per show @ £30 plus booking fee. Max 4 tickets per applicant.
On sale Friday 6 November 2020 at 10.00am from: https://dice.fm/artist/the-loveless-6d2q2
For a limited time, all three shows in their entirety are available to download individually or as a bundle at the low price of £7 each or £17 for all three. Chaos And The Hits, Acoustic Cornucopia and Electro Retro Hits Party were all streamed live from Dean Street Studios and received fantastic reactions and feedback.
As the shows were streamed live on the internet, the quality has experienced essential compression. Whilst still very good, please do not expect a high definition cinema quality video! However, shows one and two have also been enhanced with the superior audio direct from the mixing desk.
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As you may have noticed, since lockdown relaxed I have been doing a series of online shows with various London based Musicians I have the pleasure of working with. Most of these shows have been free with a choice of donating to pay musicians, studio and costs. So many of you around the world have been generous and supportive and participated in these unique events for our time; for which I and the people I work with have been so grateful for. Especially as I know that for some of you current finances can be a worrying situation so it’s all the more appreciated.
The past two Marc Life shows have been ticketed shows. This is because the shows involved a lot of work and many people taking part, many who currently have no or not much work. Costs have been high. I hoped the shows would have done better and, once again, many of you put your hand in your pocket to buy a ticket. Sadly, viewing figures were far less than the previous live shows for maybe a number of reasons; people not trusting the technology, not able to reach a wider audience with one set time showing and as shows couldn’t be streamed it missed a lot of people who I’m sure would have tuned in. It’s a shame as the Bolan show in particular involved a lot of work. I hoped it would do better but it ended up covering nowhere near the costs. The same with the first Marc Life featuring an exclusive Soft Cell performance. Sadly, I now have to abandon this format all together as in this time it’s hard for me to make such losses. I’ve tried through these shows to do something a little different every time; new songs, new themes with not much time to rehearse. As you can imagine, it’s hard at the moment to find good rehearsal space. The regular place I rehearsed, The Joint, sadly had to close because of the pandemic. Thankfully Dean Street is still going but who knows, with threats of lockdown, if this is just temporary.
I keep hearing “why should we pay for online shows” as if everything in these times should be free. Well, you don’t have to pay for online shows, you don’t have to watch them. Musicians, performers, actors are going through a very difficult time. Depression is high, performers and musicians are looking for other jobs of which there are very few, many are just giving up, retiring, despondent. Talent going down the drain, young musicians and performers dreams shattered. There is very little help if at all from the Government who seem to treat the Arts as a pastime hobby but it’s as valuable as anything else. The Arts and Music has its place in this world, that’s why we rush to buy tickets for our favourite Artists as soon as they announce a tour and are prepared to pay a lot for a prime seat. I know it’s hardly the same but a tenner isn’t that much in the grand scheme of things, a bottle of beer and a packet of fags. Online shows are a shadow of real live gigs but they can be exciting in their way and it’s all we performers can do to make a living at present. Despite what you may read or believe, live work is mostly my living. Only the top tier artists can live off record sales and can afford to take a year or two out which is why I continue to tour and work solidly. I’m not fortunate enough to take a year off. I’m ok and am still able to live a fairly comfortable life, I get not a thing from the Government and that’s right I think, but a lot of the people I work with are really having a very hard time and I can’t work well without them. I know people in all walks of life are suffering but music is my profession so it’s the flag I fly. When people think that all music should be for free they’re living in a dream world. I wish a lot of things could be free but they’re not and why should they be? It’s a profession, a great one, not exactly grafting 9.00-5.00 on the factory floor but a profession none the less like everything else. That’s why you buy a ticket to an online show.
I have a couple of online shows planned before Christmas if we aren’t all locked in our houses. Possibly a voice and piano show with Chris Braide in November when he’s in London and a Christmas show in December. We’re also investigating socially distanced venues for A Loveless Christmas. Fingers crossed. These will be back to the previous format of absolutely live and streamed with donations if you are able to and free if you are not. There is, I feel, a sense of apathy about online shows, maybe that will change as winter kicks in. After Christmas there will be no more online shows from me and you won’t see me again performing until I am back on a real stage. I’ve continued throughout the Pandemic to keep singing, performing and hopefully entertaining, even through illness (26 Instagram songs through lockdown as well as online concerts), yes and much of it for free. I’ve learnt that Instagram followers don’t translate into ticket support though your lovely comments have been welcome and very uplifting. Support musicians and performers if you see them trying to do something on line or in a socially distanced environment. I hope that all will be ok with my tours in the spring. We can only be but optimistic.
The recent broadcast of Marc Life Episode 2 – Marc Bolan & T Rex Birthday Special has received incredible feedback. We have received many requests for it to be made available as a download and have decided to do so. The show is available in its entirety – that’s nearly two hours of glam rock awesomeness!
As well as a considerable amount of live music from Marc and his band, with special guest Danielz from T Rextasy, the show features a host of special guests including Toyah, Tony Visconti, Bill Legend, Glen Matlock, Nona Hendryx, Simon Napier Bell, Andy Ellison, Andy Scott and more.
The download costs £12.50 and payment is processed through PayPal. You can purchase by clicking the button below.
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We are all extremely proud of this show and are delighted with the sensational feedback it has received. We hope you will enjoy watching it again.
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Marc Bolan and T Rex Birthday Special
Another chance to catch the Marc Bolan Birthday Special show that has received fantastic reviews.
The show will be broadcast at 4pm (UK time) this Saturday, 3 October
The show is jam packed with live music from Marc Almond and his band as well as special guests such as Danielz, Toyah, Bill Legend, Nona Hendryx, Glen Matlock, Andy Ellison, BP Fallon, Simon Napier Bell, Vicki Wickham, Neal X and many more.
Grab a drink, maybe some snacks and get ready for two hours of Glam Rock awesomeness!!
Tickets are just £10 and are available now from OutSavvy.com
The feedback for this show has been incredible. If you missed it first time round, this is the last chance to see it. Many who saw it first time round and going to be watching it again, that's how good it is!
The show will only be available at the time of broadcast and will not be available as a ‘catch up’. OutSavvy is our chosen booking agency as it supports LGBTQ+ charities and helps raise money for the great work these charities do around the UK.
Marc Life Episode 2 will be broadcast on 30 September 2020 at 8pm (UK time) and will be a Marc Bolan and T Rex Birthday Special.
The show will be jam packed with live music and special guests such as Danielz, Toyah, Nona Hendryx, Glen Matlock, Andy Ellison, BP Fallon, Simon Napier Bell, Vicki Wickham, Neal X and more.
Tickets are just £10 and are available now from www.OutSavvy.com.
Marc Life will only be available at the time of broadcast and will not be available as a ‘catch up’. OutSavvy is our chosen booking agency as it supports LGBTQ+ charities and helps raise money for the great work these charities do around the UK.
Marc Life Episode 1 will be repeated at 2am UK time this coming Sunday (20 September) for the benefit of those in other time zones to the UK. This will make it mid Sunday morning in Australia and early Saturday evening in USA.
Marc Life is a series of magazine shows from the legendary Dean Street Studios that will feature exclusive music performances, special guests, clips, features and chat. It’s Marc’s very own online TV show!
Episode 1 lasts for two hours and features live music from Marc and his band, some fantastic guests and an exclusive live performance from Soft Cell.
Ticket holders will be emailed one hour before the show starts with details of how to login to watch so please keep an eye on your email and check your spam folders if necessary. You will need your ticket number to enter.
Marc Life will only be available at the time of broadcast, it will not be available as a ‘catch up’.
Tickets for this online show are just £10 and are available now from www.outsavvy.com
OutSavvy is our chosen booking agency as it supports LGBTQ+ charities and helps raise money for the great work these charities do around the UK.
Well, the cat is out of the bag!! The first episode of Marc Life does, indeed, contain an exclusive live set from Soft Cell.
Marc and Dave will be chatting about all things Soft Cell as well as performing an exclusive live set in the studio.
There will also be two live sets from Marc with his band as well as Marc performing with and chatting to many other guests.
Essentially, two live concerts for less than the price of one!
These performances are exclusive to Marc Life and not available anywhere else. The show will only be available at the time of broadcast so, just like any concert, you need to see it live. It will be broadcast one more time at a later date for those in different time zones (or those that want to watch it again!). The date and time for the second showing will be confirmed and a ticket link made available in the near future.
Marc Life will be broadcast on Monday 14 September at 8pm UK time. Tickets are just £10 and available from www.outsavvy.com
This is going to be special, if you have any interest in Marc Almond or Soft Cell you do not want to miss this!
In September I’ll be presenting a series of magazine shows from Dean St Studio that will feature exclusive music performances, special guests, clips, features and chat. It’ll be my own online TV show.
I’d love you to send in some questions that I can answer or messages I can read out. If you have a question or a message you'd like to submit to be answered or read out please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject as Marc Life. I was so thrilled that people tuned into my online concerts from all over the world, from the furthest corners, it was a great feeling of bringing people together in these challenging and difficult times. Thank you for your support and I hope you will enjoy my Marc Life show as we try to bring you something different.
I can’t give much away but the first show will feature a Soft Cell exclusive!
Tickets for this online show are just £10 and are available now from www.outsavvy.com
Marc appeared on the Steve Wright Show on BBC Radio 2 this afternoon to talk about his new tour next year, the online shows that have recently happened, the forthcoming Soft Cell album and to announce a new online show that will be launched next month. To listen to the interview visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000lp1p , Marc is on from 2 hours 40 minutes in.
Thank you so much and a big thank you to all of you around the world for watching our three Summer shows and a big special thank you to all those who tipped and donated. You have generated funds for the studio and given everyone a much needed boost. Much needed for those in my band and team in these times.
Here are just some of the places around the World that were looking into the shows: UK, USA, Spain, France, Poland, Russia, Netherlands, Argentina, South Africa, Ukraine, Denmark, New Zealand, Peru, Bulgaria, Malaysia, Malta, Hong Kong, Philippines, Lithuania, Estonia.
This is fantastic! The shows have been available for a while but have been taken down today. We will be putting together a best of compilation.
Your messages have been wonderful and it’s great to know that many of you say it felt it was as much like a real concert as is possible at the moment for an online show in these times. We certainly felt you were watching and got such a buzz that you were watching from places all over the world.
We’ve got to think outside the box and think of new ways of bringing you live music. I hope I’ll be back next year with a real bona fide tour but until then... thank you.
I hope to return in the Autumn for something different online.
Look after yourselves and stay safe and responsible.
Thanks and virtual hugs
Marc presents the last of his summer shows, absolutely live from Dean Street Studios, on Saturday 1 August 2020 at 9pm BST. The theme for this show is Electro Retro Hits Party so be ready to sing and dance along from the comfort of your own homes and gardens, living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, sheds or wherever you want to watch from.
As with the last two, there is no ticket required but we do request that you make a donation if at all possible to help cover the costs of the musicians, technicians, studio hire, etc and help keep this historic recording studio going.
The last two shows have been wonderfully successful with people tuning in from all over the world. We hope you will join us again for a wild celebration - all following social distancing rules, of course.Available on the front page of this website at 9pm on 1 August. See you there!
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Marc presents the second of three summer live online concerts at 7pm on Thursday 25 June. The first one was a fantastic success with people tuning in from across the world. Marc thanks you all and hopes he can join you intimately in your homes and gardens, living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms or wherever you watch your devices. As was the first show, this will be presented live from Dean Street Studios and will observe social distancing rules.
This show is called Acoustic Cornucopia, a mix of acoustic hits, favourites and surprises; a different selection of songs from the last show. Special guests Martin and Kimberlee McCarrick, known as The McCarricks, will be popping by to add some fiery violin and joyful Accordion.
Marc’s final show of the Summer will be on 1 August and details will be announced nearer the time.
Donations to help the studio and musicians will once again be welcomed and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did last time.
We look forward to virtually seeing you there and feeling your presence from across the World.
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31 May 2020
Thank you so, so much everyone who looked into our live show from Dean Street Studios on Friday night. It seems it was a huge success from your overwhelming reactions from all over the World as far as New Zealand and Mexico. I’m happy you enjoyed it and made an event out of it. We all need something that breaks the monotony of our current situations and I can’t express enough how much we enjoyed it, only the in between song pauses seemed strange without hearing the sound of an audience but we knew you were there and we felt the spirit. Thank you again and for all your generosity, everyone involved who had worked so hard to put the show on was over the moon with your responses. I think we were one of, if not the first, group of musicians to be able to do a live show like this in this crisis without being in separate locations.
I won’t bore you with all the technical jargon but to get the feed through the mixing desk to go live through a mobile phone (yes, a phone turned out to have the best picture though we had limited battery time) was not an easy task but so many commented how good the sound was. Thank you to Katherine Rhodes and Jonny Solway who made it work. It was nerve shredding at times!
We are thinking of doing a show at the end of the month for the next couple of months, different shows with many different songs. Hopefully things will relax a little more, providing we don’t have another spike, and there is talk of relaxing distancing to a metre in the near future which would be great, though it’s important not to forget the virus is still out there and to always be sensible. Through careful sense and choreography we were able to keep to rules.
I was thinking of next doing an acoustic / semi-acoustic favourites show with the same line up and location. We would like to hear from you what songs you would maybe like to hear, keeping it to my catalogue, songs I’ve previously performed and being populist as we only have limited time and want to appeal to a good cross section of people tuning in.
Even if things go back to a kind of semi-normality over the next couple of months, live music most likely won’t. I think that will be further off. That’s a lot of out of work musicians and all the tech people that make a show work losing their livelihood.
Look after yourselves and please be careful because we want to see you back next year in the venues enjoying yourselves.
Thank you all once again from me and my musicians and tech and a big, big thank you to all at Dean Street Studios for making it possible.
29 May 2020
Today's the day! Marc Almond In Concert - Live Online will be happening at 7pm BST today.
The live stream will appear on the front page of the website (not this page as previously mentioned) a couple of minutes before the concert starts. If you are not seeing it at 7pm BST, please refresh the page to load it. If you experience any problems with page loading the live stream will also be appearing on Marc's YouTube channel and you can watch it from there.
28 May 2020
Marc will be appearing on BBC Breakfast tomorrow morning at 8.50am to talk about lockdown and also the online concert taking place tomorrow.
16 May 2020
Whilst observing all social distancing measures, I’m excited to bring you my first ever online concert coming live from a recording studio location. The concert will be available for everyone to watch live on 29 May at 7pm BST here, on this very page. We will be ‘tipping the cap’ in the form of PayPal, for donations (or tips!) of any kind, no matter how big or small - it would be wonderful if everyone who helped put this together musically or technically get some payment for it.
Recording studios are struggling, sound engineers may not have jobs to go back to if the studios close, there is very little government assistance for musicians, studios, and the arts in general. Concerts have been cancelled, projects placed on hold and we don’t have an end in sight at the moment. It’s a nail biting time for our industry (and many others) and I hope that through concerts like these we can spread some joy, bring everyone together through music and give a little back to the people behind it all.
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A personal Message from Marc:
It would be lovely of you to support a studio which is weeks away from closing, as are many studies in London, despite the fact that it’s possible to observe social distancing measures in a studio with musicians spaced apart in a live room or using recording booths, the sound engineer separated in a control room. The Music industry is in terrible trouble. Not so much for the very successful artists, many who have their own home studios, who don't rely on touring all year whist many other artists do, myself included. A lot of artists can't rely on record sales and streaming has diminished income even more, they need the income that concerts generate which, after costs, don't always amount to a lot. Of course, you aren't obliged to pay and we hope you all enjoy it but a donation, however small, is extremely generous and shows your support. We all love live music and want it to continue to flourish until regular concerts can come back.
We can't at this point name the studio simply because we are worried that people with good intention might come to the venue and jeopardise social distance. We will announce it on the night.
I hope the success of this will enable me to do a series of very different concerts over the coming months. Thank you and take care.
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