Elvis Costello, The Selecter, Madness, Squeeze and Lene Lovich are among top acts lined up for an impressive series of summer concerts at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham, a city which has long been deprived of major rock shows.
The venue is being taken over for two months by ATV, who are filming all the gigs for a projected in-concert series to be networked in the autumn or early next year — but the shows will still be open to the public.
The line-up so far includes Elkie Brooks and Richard Digance (July 14 and 15), Matchbox and Johnny and The Jailbirds (16), The Denny Laine Band and The Sinceros (21), Sad Cafe (22), The Lambrettas and Billy Karloff & The Extremes (23), Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (28), Squeeze (29 and 30), Average White Band (August 4 and 5), Martha & The Muffins and Any Trouble (6), Madness (11 and 12), The Selecter (13), Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Dave Edmunds' Rockpile and Carlene Carter (18), Lene Lovich (19) and The Joe Jackson Band (27). Headliners for August 20, 25 and 26 have still to be
Tickets are on sale now at the box-office for the shows up to July 23, and they go on sale next week for the rest of the July dates — and subsequently at regular weekly intervals. Prices for the most part are £3, £2.50 and £2 — but the exceptions are Elkie Brooks and the Average Whites (£5, £4 and £3), Sad Cafe (£3.50, £3 and £2.50), The Lambrettas (all at £2), Orchestral Manoeuvres (£2.50, £2 and £1.50) and The Selecter and Elvis Costello (still undecided).