A LEGENDARY musician is heading to Hartlepool for what promises to be a popular gig.
Steve Cradock, a founding member and guitarist with Britpop group Ocean Colour Scene, will be performing at The Showroom, in Victoria Road, Hartlepool, next month.
It is a real coup for the town, which has many fans of the band, which has had anthemic hits including The Riverboat Song, The Day We Caught The Train, You’ve Got It Bad, Profit In Peace and The Circle.
Singer/songwriter Steve, who has been playing the guitar in Paul Weller’s band since 1992, has also collaborated with Oasis and Beady Eye frontman Liam Gallagher and The Specials.
He was last in Hartlepool when Ocean Colour Scene played at The Tall Ships Races in 2010.
Steve told the Mail: “I’ve been there once before, for the Tall Ships Races, I thought it was great.
“I’m looking forward to coming back.”
Steve, who has had three solo albums, Kundalini Target, Peace City West and Travel Wild, Travel Free, added: “At the Showroom gig, we are going to be playing all my solo stuff.
“It’s an acoustic, psychedelic, folky sort of vibe.
“We call it acid folk.”
Steve’s visit to town is being made possible by Al Devon, co-founder of Hartlepool band The Jar Family.
Al has been running music nights at The Showroom, called The Showroom LIVE, since February.
Al, who runs booking agent and artist management company Peng Music, said he messaged Steve’s management’s Facebook page after noticing he was performing in Leeds and Glasgow but had free dates in between.
“I contacted him and sold the town to him,” said Al.
“I said the town loved the performance at the Tall Ships Races and it would be really cool if we could get him to Hartlepool to do a gig.
“I got a phone call that night and it was sorted.
“It’s a real coup for the venue and the town as there’s a lot of Ocean Colour Scene fans here.”
Al, who is also organising an all-day music festival in aid of Alzheimer’s Research at The Showroom, on November 29, said it had been a “difficult first year to crack” at the venue, in the current economic climate, and with not many people knowing it as a music venue.
But he added: “With this one, we are expecting it to be really busy.
“We’ve had lots and lots of interest.
“I don’t know how long the tickets will last - I’ve had people asking for six, 10 and 15 tickets.”
He said more gigs are planned for next year at the venue and it’s “getting better and better”.
Steve will be joined on the bill by up-and-coming Billingham duo Mouses and town singer Danny Devon.
The gig takes place at 8.30pm on Tuesday, December 9.
Tickets are £6 and will be available from the Showroom bar later this week or from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/297899.