SUN, 17th SEPT 2023

7.30pm - 11pm

£19.50 adv + bf


Red Guitars are vocalist Jeremy Kidd, lead guitarist Hallam Lewis, drummer Matt Higgins, rhythm guitarist John Rowley and Lou Duffy-Howard on bass. Initially cutting their teeth playing benefit shows for a series of left-wing causes in the early ’80s Red Guitars quickly built a loyal following before launching an assault on the charts with a series of singles via their own Self Drive Records label that would see them earn a nationally renowned status.

Proving an instant hit with their debut single, the quintet shifted an impressive 60,000 copies of their self-released “Good Technology” single, before going-on to top the Independent Charts with consecutive No.1s with the classic cuts “Marimba Jive” and “Steeltown”.

Forging their own sound with a unique mix of infectious rock and African rhythms, the band quickly earned support from the tastemaker titles of the time including cult 1980s Channel 4 music TV show The Tube and the BBC’s Whistle Test, through to a number of memorable sessions for BBC Radio legend John Peel. The band were notably enjoyed by thousands when supporting The Smiths on their breakthrough tour too.

Releasing their seminal debut album ‘Slow To Fade’ in 1984, frontman Jeremy Kidd announced his departure soon after and Red Guitars ultimately disbanded completely two years later.

Fast forward to 2022 and Red Guitars returned with their complete and original line-up for what was their first tour since their 80s prime. The tour was a great success, with sell out shows and the band’s loyal followers turning out in force.

June 24th 2023 marks 40 years since Good Technology was released. The band are issuing a limited edition red vinyl 12” extended and augmented remix to celebrate the anniversary. A radio edit and remix of second single “Fact” is included along with a digital download of the tracks. A new video accompanies the release and following a sell out album launch in the band’s hometown of Hull, the ‘Good Technology 2023 UK Tour’ starts in September.

Good Technology 2023 extended mix video:

Shedding light on why the time is now right for the return of Red Guitars and what fans can expect from the upcoming live shows, Lou Duffy-Howard of the band says: 

“We were contacted out of the blue by Steve Homer, CEO of worldwide events promotion company AEG Presents. He asked if we’d be up for a tour. We thought about it and the answer was … yes!…. We had such a great time with fantastic audiences that we’re doing it again. As well as all the singles and favourites from our first album we’ll be revealing one or two new songs before we start recording the new album. We’re delighted that our friends from Liverpool based band The Room will be our support for the tour. “