Influences from around the globe for Phil and band
Anglo-Dutch band The Relatives are certainly the sum of all their parts, bringing influences from across the world in an eclectic mix of sound and substance. Influences come from left-field pop heard from Robert Wyatt and Syd Barrett (to whom the Relatives are directly connected), jazz-rock and English folk. Formed in 1988, they were joined in 2011 by the guitarist Phil Miller, a seminal figure in English music as it developed out of 1960's blues into the Underground movement and beyond. Their music was described as "quirky and melodic yet still with that groove underneath". Touring their album Virtually, they play three Westcountry venues this weekend: St Austell Brewery Centre tonight, The Poly, Falmouth tomorrow and South Devon Arts Centre, Totnes, on Sunday.
Ghouls just want to have fun with Vampires Rock
At Plymouth Pavilions they will still be in a Halloween mood tonight with Vampires Rock making a triumphant return to Plymouth Pavilions for its ten-year anniversary. The show's star, Steve Steinman, leads the ghoulish cast in a spooktacular evening packed with Classic Rock anthems. A spectacular set with mind-blowing pyrotechnics, Vampires Rock is crammed with classic hits, including Bat Out Of Hell, Poison and Live and Let Die. Dress-up as ghouls and vampires is encouraged.
Michael moonwalks his way through the hits
Long-standing Michael Jackson fan Ben recreates the look and sound of the King of Pop in a dazzling show at the Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple, next Friday. Ben and his incredible band and dancers star in Jackson Live in Concert. His renditions of Thriller, Beat It and Billie Jean will remind audiences why Michael Jackson enjoyed nearly four decades in the pop charts. Jackson Live in Concert features all-live vocals and music, fabulous costumes, and of course all the signature dance moves including the famous moonwalk.
Jackson Live in Concert is at the Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple, next Friday.