A year after hosting the unique Dine With Dodgy event at Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall's River Cottage, Dodgy have decided it was high time to hit the road and will be heading to The apex on Saturday 27 October!
The first time round, Dodgy were only together for seven years but in that time they sold over a million records worldwide, released three albums and 12 Top 40 singles, with three Top 10s including the hits 'Good Enough' and 'Staying Out for the Summer', still staples of radio playlists; they sold out the Brixton Academy for three nights in a row and were awarded an unprecedented 90-minute Saturday evening slot on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival in 1997.
In a bittersweet twist of fate, it was the dying wish of the band's close friend and crewmember, Andy Moore that brought them back together in 2008 and they all agreed that life was too short and anyway, they had forgotten why they split up in the first place.
Live performance was always integral to the Dodgy experience; for many they are the perfect festival band and Summer 2012 was no exception, with Dodgy ripping it up at prestigious festivals such as BT London Live, Camp Bestival, V Festival and Kendal Calling, as well as various other boutique festivals around the UK.
Besides their hits, such as Staying Out For The Summer, So Let Me Go Far, Making The Most Of, If You're Thinkin Of Me, Melodies Haunt You, In A Room, and the epic Grassman, the boys started introducing new numbers into the set, slowly and surely building up enough songs for new album – 'Stand Upright in a Cool Place'.
"Dodgy's new album is a revelation" Guardian ****
Now they're paying homage to the Northern Soul movement, and tapping into their current, critically-acclaimed creative streak, they headed into the studio to record a brand new Northern Soul inspired track, as well as a cover of the classic "Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)", a firm favourite at their recent live shows.
"It's the best stuff they've ever done" Chris Hawkins, BBC 6Music
They are taking the live event to Wigan - right into the heart of the still-vibrant Northern Soul community – and embarking on a short UK tour surrounding this date, calling it the Northern Southern Octourber, they will be hitting towns they've unbelievably never played before, including Bury St Edmunds!
The show starts at approximately 8pm. Tickets are £15 from the box office on 01284 75800 or via the website - www.theapex.co.uk.