Scottish Stars Will Be Movin' On Up At Keele This December
Lee Barber || September 12th
Keele SU Entertainments have just announced that Primal Scream will be performing at Keele University on 3rd December in front of no more than 1,100 lucky people. The announcement comes after the team's string of big band bookings, including Shed Seven and Cast, along with The Fratellis, who play just two days after Primal Scream come to town.
Primal Scream are arguably one of the biggest music acts to visit Stoke-on-Trent & Newcastle under Lyme in recent years, after they have spent the summer performing on the stages of some of the UK's most well known festivals, REBEL asked event co-ordinator Mark Askew about the huge booking.
'I'm absolutely stoked to be announcing that Primal Scream are coming to Stoke on December 3rd, it's a massive deal for me and for Stoke. This will be one of the smallest shows they have played in the UK in the last 10 years, and the fact they have chosen Keele to be the venue shows how far we have come in such a short space of time. Primal Scream are a name we normally associate with headline shows at the worlds biggest festivals, but this December they will be on our stage at a 1,100 capacity venue.
Mark is new to the job at Keele, but his name is certainly not a strange one to those who have had anything to do with music in Stoke over the last ten years. Starting out as a DJ at The Underground, Mark has gone on to DJ at V Festival on numerous occasions, and has always had a flare for attracting bands into the town to perform at The Exchange with Shakedown Promotions.
'Wednesday is actually my 6 month appraisal here and hoping it will be positive. In just 6 months we have had a huge number of acts come and perform and we have a lot more planned. The whole ethos behind what we are trying to do here is to give Stoke and Staffordshire another great live music venue, and I feel we have taken steps towards this, but at the same time there is still loads to do. I love working here and the job satisfaction his huge, with some great offers in for other acts the next 6-12 months are very exciting indeed.'
Local music has always been at the forefront of Mark's work, and since taking on the job of event co-ordinator at Keele SU, he has continued his support of the local indie scene, offering bands the chance to perform on a big stage in front of a big crowd, supporting a big band.
'In terms of reintegrating the venue into the local music scene we are doing all we can to get at least one local act on each event and this is no different, and we are also currently in discussions about trying to get a local band on the scream show and The Fratellis show.'
'The Shed Seven event was a great showcase for what we are trying to do and also the local scene, both The Rivalry and Broken Flags smashed it and won over a lot of new fans from the event, which is what its all about. Tickets are currently on sale now for Cast on the 19th November, with local bands Psyence and Thieves Asylum supporting. The Fratellis will be here on 5th December, and Primal Scream tickets go on sale this Friday at 9am. We can't wait to see as many of you here as possible.'
The question REBEL are asking now though is, who will be the lucky local act chosen to support Primal Scream?