March of The Mods at Blackpool Cricket Club with Cowbell Radio

Cowbell Radio‘s weekly show, Beat Generation, is hosting what is billed to be a ‘large’ event this Saturday. It is to support a local charity and has a stellar line up. Unfortunately, all the tickets are sold out! We were lucky enough to catch up with the organisers to find out what it is all about and how we can keep up to date with future events.

Tell me all about who you are and what you do.
Hi. We are Norman Haslam and Gaz Heckman. We run a radio show called Beat Generation on Cowbell Radio show every Tuesday 7pm till 9.30pm. It’s a good mix of music and silly banter. The music is Mod, Ska, Northern, Revival, R&B, Soul and 21st Century Mod. We have just had our first birthday and celebrated with a special show last week where we played the listeners their top ten tunes from our first year. Contributing to our show were a couple of amazing ‘friends of the show’; Paul Capper, who sends us rare 60s music, and a chap called Joey Barnes who recommends brand new bands, so we always have a really good mix. You can listen in on online.  To follow the show, hook up with us on Facebook on our page: Beat Generation On Cowbell Radio where you can join in the live chat and ask for requests.
What is the next big event you are doing?
The next big event we are doing is this Saturday, 1 March, called March Of The Mods, Blackpool. It is being held at Blackpool Cricket Club and is sold out! We are supporting the very worthy cause; the Teenage Cancer Trust. There are March Of The Mods events throughout the UK every weekend throughout March, you can find out more about the events online.
What should we expect from Saturday?
We have got three great bands on. The Jam Collective are from Lancaster and are a brilliant Jam tribute band, we saw them last year at the Clitheroe Mod Weekender and quickly asked them to play at our event. Then we have The Heavy Sol Band who come from Leicester. Their lead singer Daz Watt (originally from Blackpool) and guitarist John Shortland were at a gig we did last year. Heavy Sol are a great bunch of guys who play a great mix of mod music including songs by Paul Weller, The Who, The Kinks, Small Faces and also do some Northern Soul songs. Lastly, we have Blackpool’s finest and very own Ska Face.  They are a ten piece band who play Ska, incuding The Specials, Madness, The Beat and The Selecter to name a few.  They always put on an amazing show. DJs will be playing early on and in between bands, including Marsh Mallow Chris who regularly plays on the scooter scene and we are delighted to have his help and support. Finally for the last two hours, we, Norm and Gaz, will be spinning tunes into the wee hours.
What is your reasoning behind and aspirations for the event?
We hope to make as much money as we can for Teenage Cancer Trust on ticket sales but also on the raffle which we will be holding on the night. We have artwork from Davey Brown and David Healy up for raffle, a cravat from Munkey Spanner, T-shirts from Scooter Moda in Preston and shirts from Warrior Clothing. A T-shirt from Justin Bond at Hunter & Nelson and a large Ska Face poster which will be signed by Ska Face on the night.
Where can we keep up to date with your goings on?
You can keep up to date with what we are doing on our Facebook page Beat Generation On Cowbell Radio and also by listening to our show every Tuesday night 7pm till 9.30pm at online or on the TuneIn app on your smart phone.
Finally, during the daytime of the event on Saturday 1 March, we are getting some of the scooter lads to come down to Blackpool Cricket Club to show their scooters off and maybe take a ride out if the weather is OK. We would love it if people came down to look at the scooters, have a drink or a bite to eat and also pick up their tickets that they have already paid for online. The daytime event kicks off at around midday – see you there.
Keep your eyes peeled for a gallery on altblackpool following the event.
Images courtesy of CJGriffiths Photography
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