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Acoustic Wildhearts Tour

This December, Ginger and CJ will head out on a small, intimate tour of the UK, where they will play a selection of Wildhearts songs in an acoustic setting!

Tickets for these shows will likely sell out quickly, so don’t delay in getting yours from www.omerch.eu/shop/thewildhearts!

They will be visiting the following towns:

09th December 2017 – Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool
10th December 2017 – Bar Metro, Bolton
11th December 2017 – Fulford Arms, York (SOLD OUT!)
12th December 2017 – Plug, Sheffield
13th December 2017 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
14th December 2017 – Bannermans, Edinburgh (SOLD OUT!)
18th December 2017 – The Globe, Cardiff
19th December 2017 – Cavern Club, Exeter
20th December 2017 – Engine Rooms, Southampton
21st December 2017 – The Live Rooms, Chester

UPDATE: The Edinburgh and York shows have already sold out, so don’t delay getting your tickets for other shows!

Mutation Tour Dates

In only a few short weeks, Mutation kicks off its tour of the UK, Ireland and Japan.

Mutation, the extreme metal project from Ginger, features Scott Lee Andrews (Exit_International) and Denzel (Ginger Wildheart Band) among their ranks. They will be touring their recently released third album, Dark Black, around the following towns and cities:

UK
Fri 27th October – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Sat 28th October – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms (Hallowe’en Hooteanny)
Sun 29th October – Manchester, Deaf Institute
Mon 30th October – Glasgow, Stereo
Tue 31st October – Newcastle, Riverside
Wed 1st November – London, Underworld
Thu 2nd November – Cardiff, Globe
Fri 3rd November – Brighton, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
Sat 4th November – Leeds, University Union (Damnation Festival)
Wed 22nd November – Belfast, Empire

Japan
Mon 13th November – Osaka, Shinsaibashi FANJ Twice
Tue 14th November – Nagoya, Sakae TIGHT ROPE
Wed 15th November – Tokyo, Shibuya TSUTAYA O-NEST
Thu 16th November – Tokyo, Shibuya TSUTAYA O-NEST

Tickets for UK shows are available from mutation.seetickets.com, and tickets for the Hallowe’en Hootenanny are available from The Ticket Factory.
Tickets for Japan dates are available from www.creativeman.co.jp/event/mutation2017.

Following Ginger’s recent mental health issues, he has this to say of the tour:

I am fully committed to the Mutation tour in October, and all other Mutation activity to come. I consider this music a catharsis, a way of channeling the aggression and desperation that I’m currently experiencing.
These shows will act as essential therapy in keeping me focused and providing a goal to strive for in my mental health well-being. I’m maintaining my fitness and keeping my eye on the prize.
When I say that we will rid ourselves of our demons on every date of this tour in mean it 100 per cent. This will not be a drill.

Let’s join Ginger, Scott and Denzel for some much needed live music therapy.

Manchester Show Rescheduled + Fishing For Luckies in Nottingham / Toyko

The Wildhearts were sorry to have to cancel the final show of the tour in Manchester, as Ginger was suffering from a serious stomach bug. He soldiered on through the previous show in London, but had to throw in the towel after 20 minutes of the Manchester Hey! Hello! set. See the video below for Ginger’s on-stage apology at the time.

The Manchester show was immediately rescheduled for 26th January. Original tickets are still valid, additional tickets are on-sale at: https://thewildhearts.probitymerch.com/listings/. Refunds are available until 10th January from point of purchase for anyone who cannot make it to the rescheduled show.

For people travelling significant distance to the rescheduled show, the kind folks in Ginger’s Associated Secret Society are collecting donations to help people with travel costs, and to link people up with floors to crash on etc. See Moshville for full details.

An additional ‘Fishing For Luckies’ show has been announced for Friday 27th January at Nottingham Rock City, prior to a Japanese ‘Fishing For Luckies’ show on 31st January at Tsutaya O-East in Tokyo.

The Wildhearts announce December Tour

The Wildhearts set out on a 5 date UK tour this December, including Ginger’s Annual Birthday Bash at the O2 Forum in London on December 17th.

The Wildhearts, with the line up of Ginger and CJ on guitars and vocals, bassist Jon Poole and Ritch Battersby on drums, are supported by Danny McCormack’s new band The Main Grains and Dirt Box Disco for the first 3 shows. The Manchester show will see Hey! Hello! in place of Dirt Box Disco and Ginger’s Annual Birthday Bash in London features a formidable seven bands.

On top of this Danny will be joining The Wildhearts each night for a few songs on the encore.

Full dates are:
Wed 14th – Glasgow O2 ABC – w/ Dirt Box Disco & The Main Grains
Thur 15th – Newcastle Riverside – w/ Dirt Box Disco & The Main Grains
Fri 16th – Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall – w/ Dirt Box Disco & The Main Grains
Sat 17th – London O2 Forum – w/ 7 band bill inc. Dirt Box Disco, Hey! Hello! and The Main Grains
Sun 18th – Manchester Ritz – w/ Hey! Hello! & The Main Grains

Tickets go on general sale on Friday 23rd at 9.00am.

These shows have led Ginger to exclaim…

“It’s going to be another very messy Xmas, with me and the lads playing non-stop party songs from throughout our career. And I’m especially looking forward to sharing a stage with Danny again. These shows will be a celebration of life, and it brings together two people who should be dead by now. The Birthday Bash is particularly insane this year, featuring a seven band bill.

All in all, it’s gonna be a cool yule.
Gx”

Ginger Wildheart Band Tour 2016 – Day 11 Ramblin’ Man

RAMBLING’ MAN FESTIVAL, 23rd July – Day 11

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Ginger Wildheart Band Photo by Trudi Knight

So here we are, the final date of the Ginger Wildheart Band tour. The show that served as the very reason for doing this tour in the first place.

I wanted to get the band as tight as a cod’s shit portal, and boy has that happened. It’s hard to believe that at the beginning of the month we hadn’t played together as a unit, and now we enjoy an on-stage chemistry that reeks of respect and authenticity. Who’da thunk it?

Well, we did, as it happens. Conny, Toshi and Denzel waltzed into this agreement fully in the knowledge that this tour had only one outcome, and that’s to perform as a devastating rock machine.

Climbing onto the Ramblin’ Man main stage today, as the sun beams down overhead, felt like the goal that we’ve worked to achieve. It felt comfortable and classic, like the old California Jam footage of Aerosmith from 70’s.

A slick musical entity… check.

Baking audience, smiling in alcohol induced joy… check.

One of Dead Daisies staggers off the stage after their performance.

“Man, it’s hot up there”. They tell us.

After the tiny furnace shows we’ve been playing, this is the only show of the tour that has a steady wave of oxygen pumping across the stage. It feels effortless.

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Ginger Wildheart Photo by Adrian Hextall

The show is amazing, with audience sing-a-longs, cheering and general bonhomie. The band click like the engine of a Porsche being fired up, and crank up the energy throughout the set until we’re done, spent, baked, finished and empty.

With every morsel of fight poured onto the stage, we head back to the dressing room area, where I find myself surrounded by friends from through the years. Ricky Warwick and I regale the growing throng with tales of 90’s debauchery. Agents past and present arrive to offer collective congratulations on a great set. And the bus celebrate in victorious glory.

Rambling’ Man offers an astounding vibe much like the smaller festivals I used to attend as a kid. Great service, great food and and genuine love for music that permeates the very core of the event.

I’m left hoping that I get invited to next years Ramblin’ Man, such is the lasting memory of this amazing end-of-tour party.

Thank you to my incredible band for this tour, to Toshi, Conny and Denzel. Men that I hope to play with again.
Special thanks to our awesome crew of Jane, Dunc, Izzy, Oli, Matt and Tim.
And thanks to the bands that have played with us, Massive Wagons, Ryan Hamilton and the Traitors and The Main Grains. And special thanks to our new crew mate, Pam.
And a final thanks to everyone who has attended the shows on this tour.

Tonight we travel with a full bus of musicians and guests, drinking heavily into the night, and I’m fairly sure that tours don’t get better than this one.

Ginger Wildheart Band Tour 2016 – Day 10 London

LONDON, Brooklyn Bowl – 22nd July – Day 10

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Hey! Hello! Photo by Trudi Knight

A fully rested tour party arrive at the palatial Brooklyn Bowl, to be greeted by my old buddy Jake Szufnarowski, who runs the venue. His warm smile is accompanied by endless jugs of beer and cider. Hey! Hello! are here to open the show. Sean Hill has turned up to tattoo people. Delicious food is being served. Today couldn’t be less typical and more welcome.

After soundcheck, with good company and a fresh tattoo of the new Hey! Hello! logo (in a very painful part of the ribs) eating up the hours and it’s time for Hey! Hello! take to the stage for the first gig in a few weeks. It is a lovely feeling to be with the band and, with sound gremlins aside, it’s a well greeted and fun set.

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Ryan Hamilton and Ginger Photo by Trudi Knight

I get to jump up onstage with Ryan and the boys again, for another run through of ‘Take It On The Run’ by REO Speedwagon. Bittersweet feelings envelop me as I finally realise this will be the final show with Ryan. We have become great friends with him and his wonderful pack, and seeing them all leave later will sting with a familiar parting stab. The best thing about touring is making new friends, the worst is saying goodbye to them at the end.

The headline set welcomes my good friend Micko, from Courtney Love’s band, up onstage for a run through of ‘If You Find Yourself In London Town’, which has just been released today. It’s a passionate rendition that conveys the emotions that everyone is feeling.

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Ginger Wildhearrt Band Photo by Trudi Knight

My in-ear gizmo finally shits the bed, so I rip it out of my ear and get to play the final half of the set with the full, onstage bombardment of Marshall mayhem. It’s a great send off as we retire to the comfortable dressing room to say goodbye to friends new and old.

Someone offers me a line of coke. Hey, it’s the last show, why not? What could be more fitting?

The next day I will find out it was, in fact, MDMA, and I will lose hours of time evidently microwaving anything that will fit into the microwave, and generally behaving in an uncontainable and jolly yet distinctly out of character fashion. Of course I remember nothing other than I woke up in my clothes and the bus was full of different people.

As painful goodbye’s go, it was an agony free transition.

Bye Ryan, travel safe and hope to see you soon.

Ginger Wildheart Band Tour 2016 – Day 9 Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE, The Portland Arms – 20th July – Day 9

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Ginger Wildheart Band Photo by Trudi Knight

We wake up outside Cambridge Junction, where the bus is parked and hooked up to power. We’re using their toilets and showers. I can’t help but wish we were using their venue, as we wait for over an hour for a taxi to take us to the Portland Arms.

We needn’t have worried about keeping people waiting as the PA guy is over two hours late anyway, and when he finally arrives it’s obvious we’re going to have problems. For the first time on the tour the PA system is a mess of cross wiring that takes an hour to unscramble and rewire. The audience are beginning to file into the outside bar area when we are asked to soundcheck. We opt for a quick line check (playing songs from the set while people wait outside feels a bit lame) and retire to what is without doubt the hottest, most uncomfortable backstage area in the country.

We have traveled the length of Great Britain to find the worst backstage area and have struck gold. The only tiny window opens out to a heating system below, which ensures that the toasty dressing area is fully baked. People are sitting in pools of sweat. It’s not much fun.
The hottest room of the tour, however, is waiting for us downstairs. It is painfully obvious that The Portland Arms is unsuitable for a three band rock bill in a heatwave. A steady flow of sweat drips from my wrist before a note is played. This wasn’t going to be a hot gig. this was going to be an endurance test.

As photographers with zoom-in lenses are jostled about from their two foot vantage point, my concerns are focused on audience welfare. There isn’t a security guard in the building, and this tiny venue begins to look like a threat to public safety. Especially when the fire doors are flung open, which sees even more people squash into the minuscule venue.

An hour of breathing in sweat steam, and with one look at Conny, I can see we are in some kind of trouble. The room begins to spin and it’s all we can do to keep breathing, keep singing, keep playing. There is no side-stage so we plough through the set and into the encores while struggling to keep our heads up and legs from buckling. The audience forms a very uncomfortable mosh pit which forces the front row towards to stage. The sight of people having their shins crushed is all I need to call it quits for the night.

Once back in the mini sauna upstairs I’m greeted to the sight of Ryan being dragged into the room by crew girl Pam. He has passed out downstairs, and with the severe heat exhaustion he is currently in a state of body shock. Pam has to also be taken outside for a breather as the conditions worsen. This is the first time on this tour that she has left her position at the merch table. She is mortified.

When we finally make our way to the bus, conversation obviously points to tomorrow’s show, in the same venue, in the same conditions. The smart money is to protect people’s health, so the decision is made to cancel tomorrow’s show. With the final weekend of gigs on the horizon, risking people’s health and safety would be idiotic.

The Portland Arms is probably a great acoustic venue, but a dangerous and disorganised sweat pit for sold out rock gigs in hot weather. I’m sure that some bands might see this as a punk rock bonus. Until someone is eventually seriously hurt this should not serve as any kind of credential.

Band and crew will get a much deserved day off tomorrow. We will finish this tour in style.

Ginger Wildheart Band Tour 2016 – Day 8 Wolverhampton

WOLVERHAMPTON, Slade Rooms – 19th July – Day 8

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This tour diary entry, being written by Ginger. Photo by Kris Coverdale

Another marathon sleep that kills most of the daylight hours. I hate missing out on a day, but with a run of dates this intense (and not a day off in sight), rest is more important than tourism. Plus, it’s so insanely hot that shopping seems a bit of a chore.

So it’s straight into the Slade rooms backstage area, a familiar sight, what with the annual Halloween Hootenanny being held at this very venue, only today the dressing room seems a very sedate affair in comparison.

Tattooist, Brendan O’Mahoney, sets up shop backstage, for today’s inking sessions. Ryan’s crew angel, Pam, is first under the needle, being as she was stuck with load-in when Ryan and I were tattooed in Newcastle. She goes for a Stormtrooper’s helmet on the forearm, while I opt for the Cheap Trick logo on my calf.

I’m still having ink drilled into my leg as the crew frantically inform me that we are due onstage…then five minutes late…then ten minutes late. Finally Brendan is finished and I gun myself into my stage gear and run straight onstage.

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The latest addition to GInger’s tattoo collection. Photo by Toshi

With such a manic start to the show, it is with typical irony that everything seems not to be working. The monitors are off, my amp is half the volume of sound check and Conny’s guitar strap suddenly refuses to cling onto his guitar. No-one is quite sure why the gear has chosen the first song in which to rebel, but by the third song we’ve righted all technical wrongs, got shot of a photographer scuttling around below us and managed to get some house lights switched so we can actually see the audience.

Guess I’ve got so used to really intimate shows that the fairly modest Slade Rooms seems like an arena. But by half-time, normal service has been fully restored and the band slam through the gears until the now traditional heat sends the room spinning in a threat to gravity. With balance maintained the band fight the dizziness and finish in devastating form.
Even Vix Fuzzbox sings a few songs with us, rounding off a very satisfying set.

Showers and cold drinks are a godsend after the show, as Denzel readies himself for his tattoo.
Sadly the Gods of time are against the decision, and Slade Rooms informs us that we will be charged for staying after midnight. Denzel’s tattoo will have to wait for another day.

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Denzil’s almost-tattoo. Photo by Toshi

The bus leaves at 3am, so we hang out in the cool street with Ryan and the Traitors, drinking beer and eating pizza.

A classic end to a hectic day. I can’t believe the end of the tour is only three shows away.

Gx

The Ginger Wildheart Band has just one final show to go on this tour, and that is at the Brooklyn Bowl in London on Friday. Tickets are still available at thewildhearts.probitymerch.com/listings:

– Fri 22nd July, London Brooklyn Bowl (support from Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors and Hey! Hello!)

CANCELLED: 2nd Cambridge Show (21st July)

Unfortunately, it is with great sadness that we have to announce that the Cambridge Portland Arms show tonight (Thursday 21st July) has been cancelled.

It was clear from last night’s show at the Portland Arms that the heat in such a compact venue, coupled with a packed crowd of enthusiastic audience members, was not a good mix for the band or crew. We have to put the health and welfare of the bands first… several band and crew members were struggling last night and have been ill due to the intense heat, and we don’t want to take that chance again.

The Portland Arms is a fab venue but in the current temperatures it’s just not possible to take to the stage without endangering the health of band and audience.

We really are sorry to anyone who bought tickets, and obviously we will ensure you receive full ticket refunds.

Customers who bought tickets through the Wildhearts webstore and MusicGlue will receive automatic refunds and will be emailed later today. For tickets bought from the Portland Arms, please contact them directly.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Ginger Wildheart Band team
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Ginger Wildheart Band Tour 2016 – Day 7 Manchester

MANCHESTER, The Deaf Institute – 18th July – Day 7

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Manchester Deaf Institute. Photo by Jack Kirwin

While maybe not the hottest gig of the tour (that accolade is unlikely to be beaten by Glasgow), the amazing Manchester Deaf Institute wins hottest dressing room, by an intergalactic mile. Air is more precious than money is the dizzying heat of the backstage area, and people swelter in pure carbon dioxide stickiness.

The venue itself, however, is as cool as Fonzie’s fridge magnet collection, with an amazing array of speakers staring handsomely out from behind the bar and giant air conditioner fans bringing the heat of the main room down to a comfortable level. Apparently these massive air blowers will be turned off for the show, presumably to encourage the punters to buy drinks. Not that my supporters have any problem being parted with their drinking cash. Still, the staff seem intent on grabbing every penny tonight, as they cheerlessly charge me £2:50 for water during soundcheck.

The ice cold beverage is more than happily paid for, and I wish I had such easy access to the bar during the show, which is a scorcher and a half. And a heaving great stonker of a party to boot.

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A (very) warm reception. Photo by Jack Kirwin

I get up to sing harmonies with Ryan, on REO Speedwagon’s ‘Take It On The Run’, dripping like a leaky tap throughout. Jesus, if this is how hot I’m getting during one song with another band, how dangerous is it gonna get for the 90 minutes of our set?

The heat is a challenge to everyone’s health, but nothing compared to the leaping crowd, which threatens to cause a stage collapse on a few occasions during the set. Yet the heat poses little concern to the cheering mass as the sold out Manchester crowd stay agile for all three bands, and still yell for more when our set is done.

Such an amazing crowd… such an amazing show…such a close shave with actually passing out during the show. Conny and Denzel have similar reactions.
Toshi, on the other hand, is way too cool for such nonsense and goes back to wearing his bike jacket on leaving the stage.

Saying goodbye to Taylor sucks though. He’s been such great company for the last few days of this tour. I’ve no doubt that the touring bug has already started to nibble at his toes, and he’s building plans for the future. Me and his Mum are visibly more saddened by his goodbyes.

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Conny in action. Photo by Jack Kirwin

Still, it’s an amazing evening, with all three bands on absolute top form. Reinforcing just how much fun this tour has been so far, and how much we’re all gonna miss it once it’s done.

But for now the bands rock on and the good times roll.

Gx

The Ginger Wildheart Band is still out on tour for the following remaining shows:

– Wed 20th July, Cambridge Portland Arms – SOLD OUT! (support from Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors and Massive Wagons)
– Thu 21st July, Cambridge Portland Arms (support from Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors and The Main Grains)
– Fri 22nd July, London Brooklyn Bowl (support from Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors and Hey! Hello!)

Tickets for all shows are available from thewildhearts.probitymerch.com/listings