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Saturday 6th August 2022

JOHN OTWAY BIG BAND // Lonely Tourist

— The Thunderbolt
Otways big band are back! With support from Lonely Tourist
price: Headfirst Tickets



OTWAY returns to the Thunderbolt with the big band. Joining John on stage are Richard Holgarth on lead guitar, Seymour on bass guitar, songwriter Murray Torkildsen on guitar and drummer Adam Batterbee.

John first achieved notoriety with his eye-watering performance on Old Grey Whistle Test and subsequent hit single 'Really Free' in 1977. A heady mix of blind ambition and rank incompetence was to keep this microstar shining for almost two decades despite Otway's ability to turn any situation to his own disadvantage.

His autobiography 'Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure' out sold, by a factor of ten, all the records he had released since his hit, and now Otway is struggling to live up to this billing - selling out London Astoria for his 2000th gig in 1993, filling the Royal Albert Hall in 1998, and charting at number 9 with his 2002 single 'Bunsen Burner'. For John 'Two Hits' Otway, 'the future's bright; the future's Otway!


LONELY TOURIST: Lonely Tourist's music has been played on the radio a fair bit. Steve Lamacq had him in for a session in 2016. Gideon Coe, Radcliffe and Maconie and others have all played it as well as BBC Scotland (2017 single Luxury Coach was single of the week on Janice Forsyth's show on Radio Scotland) and BBC Intro West.He has supported Pete Doherty, Malcolm Middleton, Chas & Dave and numerous others


Doors Open: 7.30pm Admission:£18 on the Door

Tickets: £15 + BF from headfirstbristol.co.uk

Artist Videos:

John Otway - Bunsen Burner (Music Video)

Artist Audio:

John Otway & the Big Band
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