Rave On at King’s Hall, Ilkley

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AFTER what seemed like an endless eighteen-month hiatus, the Bluejays are thrilled to be back on the road, touring with their brand new show Rave On: The Rise of Rock and Roll, the band bring hits from the golden eras live pop music.

Tracing the meteoric rise of rock and roll, Rave On is an exciting tour through music’s most groundbreaking decades. The show features the greatest hits of the 50s and 60s, like Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Beatles, Connie Francis, Eddie Cochran, Little Richard, Roy Orbison, Lulu, Cliff Richard and many more.

The Bluejays formed in 2012 when they began performing the greatest hits of the 1950s at weddings and private events. Over the next few years the band’s audience grew rapidly and soon they were ready for an international stage. A particular highlight was being invited to play at Buddy Holly’s birthday party in Lubbock, Texas, in front of Buddy’s family, his widow Maria Elena and guitar legend Duane Eddy, who described the band as “fantastic” and the “real deal”. In 2017, the Bluejays embarked on their first-ever theatrical tour, playing across the UK in front of thousands of fans until the pandemic hit in early 2020.

Show creators and The Bluejays bandmates Dan Graham and Oliver Seymour Marsh have spent the last year writing and refining this new show, as well as entertaining fans, by filming lockdown tracks weekly. Shot amid the pandemic among musicians, from Billericay, Essex to Eugene, Oregon The Bluejays’ isolation videos were a light in the dark; some of the videos getting over 50,000 views on YouTube.

Speaking about their brand new show Rave On, which dives into the 1960s as well as the 1950s, Oliver says, “We’ve had the chance to explore elements that we haven’t covered before and create a show that enters an exciting new decade. . We didn’t want to lose sight of the 1950s and of course the history of rock and roll begins here, but we began to wonder how could we explore the way music traveled the world during the next decade? We stop around 1966 just before psychedelia appeared. Who knows, maybe this will be our next show.

Dan adds, “We are so excited to be back on stage in front of a live audience, we started again in July and every show has been a joy! Every note of ‘Rave On’ is played live on stage with as much faith as possible in the original recordings. We love these songs as much as the public and hope to play a very small role in bringing them to life for new generations!

Rave On: The Rise of Rock and Roll arrives at King’s Hall, Ilkley on Sunday 25th September 2022 at 7.30pm. Tickets £26, Boxes (seat 4) £104, Call the box office on 01274 432000 or visit bradford-theatres.co.uk

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