2017 Round Up and New Dates for 2018 announced

Paul W2017 was a busy year for sure for Speak and Spell. We started the year off with a sell out show in January at St Paul’s Arts Centre in Worthing. Our first time in this town and we got to play a fabulous venue for an equally fabulous promoter. We debuted two new songs this night, “Pleasure Little Treasure” and “Route 66“.

March brought us tot he World Famous Half Moon in Putney, a venue which has for decades hosted some of the music industry’s biggest names.  Again we sold this venue out and even planned a matinee performance for the next day. This Sunday gig on the 26th March was even more Rock and Roll because Keith and Tony had both been successful in obtaining 4 rare tickets to see Depeche Mode in Glasgow for the BBC 6 Music Festival at the infamous Barrowlands. So had to leave the stage promptly, jump in a cab to Heathrow and board a plane to Glasgow where we met friends and went up together. A stunning weekend to play such a venue twice and then see an 80,000 capacity band play to 1,500 people at close quarters.

It was at Putney we debuted our new drum triggers, having retired (at least temporarily) our Black Celebration ‘Spook-a-phones’. Although they worked perfectly, three years of being thrashed ‘nuebauten’ style had taken their toll and they need some tlc, plus we had plans for new ”Masses” pads.

We then moved on the Bedford Esquires for our 10th appearance and delivered another cracking show to a very appreciative audience. Support was from Erasure support act ‘Shelter’ who utterly impressed us with their show, professionalism and company. It was at Bedford we wowed the crowd with “Strangelove”

22047460_10155599909491153_2011546586_oSaturday 17th June and we hit the Flowerpot in Derby. What can we say.  One of the most enthusiastic audiences ever and the band agreed it is very unusual to have a crowd singing back to you for two hours.

Then the big one. Glastonbury 2017. We had been selected to play and had to keep this under wraps until only a few weeks before. The setlist was a shrunk down performance (obviously) and we managed to sound check, perform and get off entirely within schedule, then of course enjoyed the festival.

Glastonbury Set List
1.) Strangelove : 4:57
2.) Everything Counts : 4:52
3.) Stripped : 6:15
4.) Walking : 6:25
5.) Personal Jesus : 5:49
6.) Just Can’t Get Enough : 4:56
7.) Enjoy the Silence : 6:24
Total 39:38… (22 seconds inside our 40 minute set limit)

Then it was operation time as one of us went under the knife for a prosthetic joint “installation”. The band used this as a period for planning for the special show we had been working on all year to celebrate the 30th anniversary of “Music for the Masses”.

Depeche Mode Facebook Takeover - Keith Depeche Mode Facebook Takeover - KeithBoth Keith and Tony then independently won an opportunity to “takeover” Depeche Mode’s Facebook page for a day.  Keith did his from a beach on Poland talking about production, B Sides, imagery and more and Tony going extra mile with 5 x very entertaining videos including one about his ownership of Alan Wilder’s classic Jupiter 8. Every DM fan knows this synthesizer.

Saturday 9th September and the Band hit Sound Control in Manchester for the first of 2 ‘Music for the Masses’ boutique shows. Again the Manchester crowd never fail to deliver and the band we as entertained by the audience as the audience were by the band.

23rd September and the band hit the O2 Academy in Islington, London and wowed the crowd with the Masses show, slightly extended with three singles. Again, this evening was another first with what seemed, sounded and looked like the entire audience singing back code at the end of Enjoy the Silence.

So thats it for 2017 but the band, only 2 days later, announced the first 4 new dates for 2018 to be arranged so far.

27th January 2018 : St Pauls Arts Centre, Worthing
7th April 2018 : Esquires, Bedford
30th June 2018 : The Flowerpot, Derby
6th October 2018 : The Fleece, Bristol

Here’s some videos from 2017

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_weWD9CoVhPZ43amwSlK8g

 

 

Depeche Mode Tribute Play Glastonbury

Depeche Mode Tribute at Glastonbury

Depeche Mode Tribute at Glastonbury

Well it  came and went and Depeche Mode tribute Speak and Spell can now legitimately say “we have played Glastonbury“.

We were honoured to be asked last year and very aware we were unable to tell anyone until the end of May. Then the announcement and then the gig.  And what a gig. We were extremely happy with the reception we received.

The show was logistically interesting for us with the equipment having to be moved between car parks and transported up to the back of the stage by Glastonbury staff (we’ve seen this before at two different festivals previously, and it makes perfect sense.)

All in all  we had to overcome some challenges but we hit the show on time and with a confidence you can only get by being prepared and rehearsed. And working with real professionals was an absolute honour. Fantastic stage sound and really great sound, roadie and technical guys.

We were prepared for an empty stage first thing in the morning but were surprised to see a crowd forming during the line check. We came on on time to a welcoming cheer and delivered Strangelove, a mixture of the 101 version and the single. This went down very well and the crowd just got better as we marched into Everything Counts. Our new masses design Spook-a-Phones were well received with Stripped and the crowd got warmer and warmer until the end.

Exhausted from the whole experience we came off stage and were, shall we say, in trance for a fair while.

Depeche Mode tribute Glastonbury

Our final setlist (as passed to the lovely lady at the PRS) was

1.) Strangelove : 4:57
2.) Everything Counts : 4:52
3.) Stripped : 6:15
4.) Walking : 6:25
5.) Personal Jesus : 5:49
6.) Just Can’t Get Enough : 4:56
7.) Enjoy the Silence : 6:24
Total 39:38… (22 seconds inside our 40 minute set limit)

 

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Depeche Mode Tribute play Glastonbury : Press Release

Glasto2Depeche Mode Tribute ‘Speak & Spell’ to play Glastonbury 2017.

UK tribute band Speak and Spell have been chosen to play at this year”s Glastonbury Festival 2017 on Saturday (24th June), at the Williams Green Stage.

The band has played at gigs across the UK and Europe but this is the first time it has been invited to play at the world famous music festival, which is expected to host around 175,000 people this year.

The tribute band will play some of Depeche Mode’s most renowned songs including: Personal Jesus and Enjoy the Silence. Speak and Spell will play in the William’s Green tent, situated halfway between the most famous Pyramid Stage and the Acoustic Stage.

The band quoted: “Appearing at such a famous festival is an honour and a privilege. “We’ve played loads of shows, all of which we have loved, but this will be an entirely different experience. We can’t wait to give the performance of our lives and ensure everyone has a wonderful time.”

The band have worked hard to prepare the best show possible and will be accompanied by Ian Ferguson (Crew/Stage Manager) & Claire Whatley (Manager/Tour Manager).

Speak & Spell have several other dates this year including The Flowerpot in Derby on the 17th June and two Music for the Masses anniversary shows at Sound Control in Manchester on the 9th September and the O2 Islington on the 23rd September.

The current line up of the band was formed in 2015 and its members are Paul Wood, Keith Trigwell, Paul Boddy and Tony Clare. To arrange an interview with a member of the band please contact Claire Whatley at claire@depechemodetribute.co.uk

A Concert for the Masses – 30th Anniversary

Music for the Masses 30th Anniverary

Music for the Masses 30th Anniversary

Next Summer Depeche Mode embark on a new World Tour with what will no doubt be a fantastic new show and visual spectacle.

But if you would also want to relive classic Depeche Mode concerts of 30 years ago, come to the O2 Academy Islington on the 23rd September 2017.

Work is already well underway to deliver another cracking tribute to Depeche Mode with our usual focus on the glory days of the 80s and 90s, delivering Depeche Mode’s biggest hits in their original style.

Like our sell out ‘Speak and Spell’, ‘Violator’ and ‘Black Celebration” album shows, this one off UK gig will include ANOTHER no compromises tribute, this time to ‘Music for the Masses’, almost 30 years to the day after the original album’s release.

The evening will stay true to the ‘Concert for the Masses’ shows that followed with lots of surprises! Those who were there on that tour will have their memories jogged in the best of ways.

Keep the date free.

Details regarding tickets will be available soon.

The Wharf in Devon

Speak and Spell are to head back to the West Country for the first time im almost 8 years to play ‘The Wharf’ in Tavistock, Devon.

Being such a professional music venue the band couldn’t resist the opportunity to revisit this beautiful part of the England and play in such a glorious venue.

For ticket or event information please call The Wharf Box Office on 01822 611166.

http://www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2743_depeche_mode_tribute_speak_and_spell

Black Celebration Album – 30th Anniversary Tribute show

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Well it would seem our Black Celebration album show was a resounding success, played to a rammed out O2 Academy main hall. And yes we mean rammed out.

We were very nervous about this for some months, particularly with recent changes but if social media is anything to go by the show was VERY well received.

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We played the album in full and as you might expect as near perfect as you would reasonably want us to be.   After a short break we returned to the stage to do an hour long hits set from ‘World in my Eyes’ through to ‘Never Let me Down Again’, with a cheeky rendition of ‘Ice Machine’ for good measure.

We welcome our new members with open arms as they both exceeded all expectations and helped us deliver that show.  Thank you Tony and Paul.

Screen Shot 2016-03-14 at 06.42.56If you would like to discuss Speak and Spell performing at your venue, Depeche Mode Party or event, all technical rider information is on this web site plus how to book us flight and transport details.  To discuss dates and more speak to our Claire Whatley (manager)

We would also like to thank Carl at Islington, Glen Wisbey for Stage Management, Kevin May for his photography and, well just being his lovely self, Monika for support and Andy Goss for filming.

Special thank you to Keith Search for taking on and completely managing logistics.

See you next time

Speak and Spell

(photos by Kevin May, 2016)

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Apologies for emails

We’d just like to apologise to those  who tried to contact us over the last week

Our web domain had issues which caused our email and website to stop working.

As ever, if you need to speak to us, just email claire@depechemodetribute.co.uk.

Speak & Spell in Scotland

We’re taking the Speak & Spell machine north of the border to Scotland, playing at the Electric Circus in Edinburgh on Saturday 7th November 2015. We’ll be playing our sell-out Violator show that packed out the O2 Academy in London. It’s red hot mix of hits and fan favourites and tickets are going quickly, so be sure to grab yours soon.

Tickets are available from http://bit.do/electric-circus

Are you ready for a Black Celebration?

The Violator show at the O2 was such a success that we’re at it again… only this time with the seminal Black Celebration album – just in time for its 30th Anniversary.

This solid fan-favourite is getting the full treatment. We’re playing it live, in full, at the O2 Academy in Islington.

There’s a lot of work ahead and a lot of fun. Put the 12th March 2016 in your diaries now!

Tickets are already on-sale, get them from here:

http://bit.do/BlackCelebration

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