If you’re a band intending to make a return home with a dramatic statement, then look no further for your inspiration than the iconic post-punk band The Membranes.

It has been announced that the Blackpool-formed band will play an exclusive live set at the top of Blackpool Tower, entitled The Membranes 158 Live on Friday 8 August. Different perhaps and a little daring, but these boys certainly donโ€™t do things by halves. By lugging their rig, themselves and their instruments a full 518 feet to the top of the famous landmark, it will no doubt give those fans fortunate to squeeze into the limited space a special evening to remember. And if you have a fear for heights this one may not be for you!blackpool tower close up

The event, promoted by HMV Blackpool, who have done much to support local bands recently, will also feature Dysphonia, Crackousrocknroll and young band Jekyll, which should provide a great night of entertainment, mixing nostalgia with the new. There are more to be announced, so watch this space.

Also featured will be a DJ set from Ian Butterworth, spinning only Blackpool songs.

So, why choose any other resort venue to showcase the first album in 20 years, entitled Dark Matter, when the top of the Tower was the obvious choice? Well, it was a no-brainer really.

The news of 158 Live (The Tower’s height in metres) was first broken by founder front man, music journalist and commentator John Robb, via his Louder Than War website. Blackpool born and bred, the charismatic and highly influential musician will bring The Membranes and their brand new material back to the place where it started out for them back in 1977.

We can now also reveal that the event will be filmed as a documentary, which will no doubt make very interesting viewing.

John Robb has also added another juicy morsel to the proceedings. He said, โ€œWe plan to also make a video for a new Membranes song called Space Junk just before the gig, so we need some extras dressed in space outfits if anyone fancies it?โ€ย 

Obviously tickets will be limited for this special night and you can purchase tickets here and find out more information about the Tower gig here, via The Membranes official website.

Miss this one at your peril.


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