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Fatboy Slim supports indie venues with return to roots

25 September 2019

FATBOY SLIM (aka Norman Cook) has lent his support to Independent Venue Week (IVW) by playing an intimate show at the 200-capacity New Adelphi club in Hull on 18 October.

Cook first played the venue 35 years ago as a member of The Housemartins, when the band made their live 3 November 1984 debut.

The New Adelphi show marks the 35th anniversary of the club’s launch as a live music venue.

“I first met Norman in what must have been 1984, when he was delegated to give me £5 to hold a Housemartins rehearsal at The Adelphi,” says owner and programmer Paul Jackson. Since opening, he says the club has presented more than 30,000 performances and a combined attendance of around one million people.

IVW founder Sybil Bell comments, “What a way for one total legend to honour another.”

She goes on to say that IVW would love to see more artistes who are well established going back to venues that supported them on their way up. While there is some during IVW, Bell says that more would always be very welcome.

IVW’s next seven-day celebration of small music venues and the people that operate them will run from 27 January to 2 February. IVW is also a supporter of the LIVE UK Summit on 30 October, with a discount registration offered to IVW participants.

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