FROM THE SPECIALS – NEVILLE STAPLE BAND + TALISMAN

5 February

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FROM THE SPECIALS – NEVILLE STAPLE BAND + TALISMAN

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This show has been reschduled from 17th December 2020. All tickets remain valid and we will be in touch with customers shortly.

This show is both live at the venue and a stream – choose your ticket to either take a seat at Komedia or watch & dance from the comfort of your sofa.

Neville Staple, Legendary front man of The Specials, Fun Boy Three and Special Beat, also known as The Original Rude Boy, is credited with changing the face of pop music not only once but twice. His celebrates a super 40-year career in the music business which is well documented and started out from the early days with Ray King, Pete Waterman, The Coventry Automatics and his Jah Baddis Sound System, before taking to the stage with The Specials during the famous ‘Clash’ tour.

Neville’s 2-Tone legacy is huge. 2-Tone fused traditional ska music with punk rock attitude, energy and musical elements. The movement helped to transcend and defuse racial tensions in Thatcher-era Britain. The actual black and white chequered imagery of 2 Tone has become almost as famous as the music itself.

Neville Staple continues to write and produce music and along with his wife and manager, Christine Sugary Staple, he works with schools, charities, university and youth groups providing talks, performance tips, music lesson guest-tuition and fund-raising activities. In his hometown of Coventry (where 2Tone music was born), he is celebrated as a Living Legend. He worked with the Lord Mayor to support Coventry in winning the ‘City of Culture 2021’ bid and was recently presented with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award,’ during a special performance with the children of Foxford School. Now as patrons of the historic Albany Theatre, Neville and his wife continue to work with inner-city children on various creative projects. Neville’s work and performances are regularly screened on mainstream TV.

Talisman were one of the UK’s top Roots Reggae bands in the later 70’s and early 80’s. The band’s prowess earned them support slots with acts as diverse as Burning Spear, The Clash and The Rolling Stones. They reformed in 2011 with two of the original line up, after 30 years apart; to support the re-release of their classic roots single ‘Dole Age’ on the brand new compilation album ‘Dole Age – The 1981 Reggae Collection’. One of Bristol’s and the UK’s finest live acts were back and ready to party once again.

Originally formed in 1977 Talisman were consummate performers constantly vying for the title of one of the country’s most popular live reggae bands. They toured the UK building up a loyal following and leaving memories of gigs that are still discussed to this day.

Until 2011 the only way to hear Talisman had been to track down their two difficult to find singles from

1981, or their two later LPs, “Takin’ The Strain” from 1984 and “Jam Rock” from 1990. Now after nearly thirty years Bristol Archive Records lovingly compiled the compilation album of the band at their peak in 1981. Not only does the record contain the band’s two original 7” singles, but also eight carefully selected live cuts from classic shows at Glastonbury Festival’s main stage and other infamous shows.

The band have now gone to record three new albums ‘I-Surrection’ in 2013, ‘I-Surrection (Oldwah Deconstruction)’ in 2014 and the latest ‘Don’t Play with Fyah’ in 2017 – mixed by the Reggae heavyweight producer Dennis Bovell.

Talisman have gone on to play Reggae Festivals in Poland, Italy and Belgium and virtually all the UK festivals including Glastonbury, One Love, Beautiful Days to name but a few.

West Country based booking agency Midnight Mango has secured from Arts Council England National Lottery fund to deliver a series of four shows at Bath Komedia. The fund underwrites projects that support Grass Roots Live Music. This project presents eight bands from Midnight Mango’s artist roster in Bath Komedia. The shows deliver to a socially distanced live audience in the venue, they are then also live streamed to audiences at home and also broadcasted to partner venues around the country to increase the audience further still. The aim of the project is to spread musical culture to as wide an audience as possible, whilst at the same time providing employment for artists, promoters, venue, production crews and agents. On top of this the shows provide affordable content for the programming of partner venues. The funding from Arts Council England, allows the shows to be viable and yet affordable to the general public.


This is both a live event as well as a live-stream. Tickets are valid for one option only, please choose if you would like to attend the show at the venue or watch it from the comfort of your living room.

Please note, the streaming platform does not support chrome cast.

14+ (Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult) // DOORS 7:30pm // SHOW & LIVESTREAM STARTS 8:00pm

AUDITORIUM AND BALCONY SEATSSEATS are allocated on point of purchase. Groups can be a maximum of 6 people. If you would like purchase an uneven number of tickets or sit with a separate booking please get in contact with us 24 hours before the show. We will not be able to change group sizes on the day. 

Seated Event – Please contact us if you have specific access requirements.


COVID SAFETY MEASURES:
Komedia Bath will be operating at a reduced capacity in order to adhere to social distancing measures. Bookings may be made for a maximum of 6 people. During this event you will be asked to adhere to the following house rules to keep everyone at the venue safe: 

Please do not enter if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. 
Use hand sanitiser or wash your hands upon arrival & use regularly throughout your stay.
Please leave contact details for NHS Test and Trace when entering the venue.
Please respect the new one way system and use the Entrance and Exit as appropriate.
Please use allocated smoking areas outside the venue.
Please only leave your seat to go to the toilet and wear a mask whenever you are not seated.
ADDITIONAL STAFF/VENUE SAFETY MEASURES:

A new venue one way system has been put in place to reduce queueing and potential contact between customers and staff from different households.
Regular hand washing and cleaning tables between customers with sanitiser and disinfectant.
All staff will be wearing masks during your visit.
You will have full table service via an app-based ordering system, so please do not approach the bar. You can download the app in advance of your visit at: https://getbutlr.com

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FROM THE SPECIALS - NEVILLE STAPLE BAND + TALISMAN