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A Hot Summer Lineup for Swindon Bowl

There’s a Heatwave coming... and we're not talking about the weather! The Swindon Bowl Concerts are back!

Kickstarting the summer Bowl Concert season is Silent Disco on Saturday 25th May. Silent Disco, Headphone Disco, Headphone Party… whatever you call them, it’s a pretty simple idea.  Take some DJs, add wireless headphones and then watch everyone sing and dance in silence - almost!

Replacing the traditional speakers found in nightclubs or festivals, everyone gets wireless headphones and two live DJs play to the crowd with individuals deciding which they listen to.

- Advance tickets are £10.00 and on the gate £12.00 - book online here

The organisers are beyond excited to welcome Billy Ocean (plus Support) to the Bowl on Saturday 15th June. Billy is the biggest black recording star Britain has ever produced, and has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime.

From his 70s hits such as Love Really Hurts and Red Light to the 80s mega hits of Caribbean Queen and When The Going Gets Tough, he has blessed the charts with many timeless songs.  After taking a break to spend time with his family, Billy went back on the road in 2007 and released a new album ‘Because I Love You’ in 2008.

He recently went into the studio with old collaborator Barry Eastmond to record a new album due to be released next year and will be playing more live dates round the globe. 

- Advance tickets are £20.00 and £25.00 on the gate, child tickets are £5.00 - book online here.

And if that isn’t exciting enough, on Saturday 13th July Ali Campbell’s UB40 (plus Support) will be taking to the stage. Ali Campbell, ex-UB40 frontman, comes to Swindon with his new band.  Following his departure from UB40 in 2008, Ali and his band have toured across the world in countries ranging from Australia to Europe and Africa, to the UK.

As well as having one of the UK’s most distinctive and recognisable voices, and selling over 60 million records worldwide and touring across the globe, a whole generation has grown up listening to Ali’s infectious vocals on classics such as One in Ten, Red Red Wine, Don’t Break My Heart, and Can’t Help Falling In Love.  His albums Flying High and Great British Songs, released in 2009 and 2010, have both been in the top twenty albums and have given Ali the best critical reviews of his career.

- Advance tickets are £20.00 and £25.00 on the gate, child tickets are £5.00 - book online here.

Are you ready for Retro Fever?  On Saturday 3rd August, the Old Town Bowl will welcome The Real Thing, Alvin Stardust and Heatwave

The Real Thing…Britain’s No.1 Soul band celebrates an incredible 40 years in the business.  The three original vocalists, Chris and Eddie Amoo and Dave Smith perform with their own 5 piece band in a performance that features their million selling hits, including You to Me Are Everything, Can’t Get By Without You and Can You Feel The Force?

Alvin Stardust…The Rolling Stones Keith Richards called Alvin “The Godfather of British rock and roll” and, today, Alvin continues to be at the cutting edge of his profession.  A superb live performer, Alvin’s renowned stage act won him Music Weeks Best Live Male Performer Award.  Alvin had numerous chart hits including My Coo Ca Choo, Jealous Mind (UK No.1), You, You, You and Red Dress.  If you’re ready to rock, you’ll love Alvin Stardust!

Heatwave… was formed by the Wilder Brothers, Johnnie and Keith, on their discharge from the US Army.  An advert in a music paper yielded Hull’s England born songwriter Rod Temperton.  With hits like Mind Blowing Decisions, Boogie Nights and the all-time class Always and Forever, Heatwave are no strangers to chart success with foot stomping Boogie Nights climbing all the way to No.1 in 1977.

- Advance tickets are £15.00 and £17.50 on the gate, child tickets are £5.00 - book online here.

You can see all of these fab acts at the Swindon Bowl in the Old Town Gardens on Quarry Road.  This beautiful venue will have a reasonably priced bar (no alcohol is to be brought into the Bowl venue.  Any alcohol found will be confiscated).  Concert goers can bring their own food and soft drinks in sealed bottles/cans, but you will also be able to buy refreshments in the Bowl. 

Don’t forget that the Bowl concerts are unseated but please do bring your own folding chairs, blankets, rugs and cushions.  No dogs (except for Guide Dogs) are permitted into the Bowl venue.

For more info on the Bowl Concerts, contact the Swindon Arts Centre Box Office on 01793 614837 between 12.00pm and 5.00pm Monday to Friday and 10.00am and 1.00pm on Saturdays.

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