Tasty treat at the Pavilion

INDIE music legends Half Man Half Biscuit will be the guest performers when the Grand Pavilion in Matlock Bath’s doors open on April 26 for a gig there, starting at 7.30pm.

This will be prestigious performance by one of the most critically-revered British bands of the past 25 years.

In 1985, Half Man Half Biscuit sat comfortably at the top of the indie album chart. This may not seem so much of an achievement, unless you take a look back at the other contenders in the chart at that time: acts such as Depeche Mode, New Order and The Cult were all on the scene.

Recorded in a couple of days for £30, the album was Back In The DHSS and became an instant success after it was championed by the great, late John Peel, for whom they did a total of 12 sessions over the years. As soon as he heard the white label test pressing, he was smitten. In his words: “It came at a time when music in general was starting to get a little bit po-faced”.

With tracks such as I Hate Nerys Hughes and ‘I Love You Because (You Look Like Jim Reeves), HMHB could never be considered as po-faced. Even though this was their debut recording, it went on to sell over 200,000 copies. Since then, they have released a further 11 albums with Nigel Blackwell never taking the music business too seriously, turning down the chance to appear on The Tube, as Tranmere Rovers were playing that night, even though Channel Four offered to fly them by helicopter to the game.

Tickets are available online at www.wegottickets.com or from the Mining Museum at the Grand Pavilion priced £18, including support.