The Vapors

Date:Sat 08 Sep
Time:7pm (doors)
Venue:J2 (standing)
Price:£20 adv

The band reformed in 2016 after 35 years apart and were co-managed by Paul Weller's Father John and The Jam Bass player Bruce Foxton.

They were discovered by Foxton whilst playing in a pub in Guildford and invited to tour with Paul Weller and The Jam on the Setting Sons tour. The band hit the big time in 1980 when 'Turning Japanese' reached number 3 in the UK charts and also hit Number 1 in Australia, Canada and Billboard Top 40 in the USA. The song was used in hit films such as '16 Candles and Charlies Angels' and regularly features on Punk and New Wave compilation albums.

After a number of other single releases including 'News at Ten and Jimmie Jones' and  2 critically acclaimed albums 'New Clear Days' and 'Magnets' the band parted company. Guitarist Ed Bazalgette went on to become a successful BBC TV director with recent credits including ‘Poldark’ and ‘Dr Who’ whilst lead singer Dave Fenton became a Music Lawyer.

After reforming in 2016 for the successful ‘Waiting For the Weekend’ mini tour the band are back out in 2017 with a number of shows and festivals in the UK.

Plus support from:

The Face
The Face originated from Hornchurch in East London and were part of the 1979 Mod revival. They played the London gig circuit from August 1979 when they made their debut supporting Paul Jones and The Blues Band, through to February 1980 when they played their final gig of that era headlining at Ilford Town hall.

Their music resembles the 60s beat genre, but with a definite 70s new wave influence to give it a hard edge and high energy.

During their  7 months on the 1979 scene, The Face played alongside Mod legends, The Small Hours at a number of their London gigs, The Purple Hearts, Squire and The Little Roosters at iconic  venues such as The Bridge House, Canning Town,  Moonlight Club, The Windsor Castle,  Music Machine, Acklam Hall and Hastings Pier Ballroom.

As 1979 moved into 1980 the band got their own headline slots at The Bridge House and other venues and signed a record deal with RSR Entertainment (Roland Rennie, who launched The Beatles in the U.S). However, the London Mod scene was starting to give way to New Romantics and the planned single was never released.

The Face reformed for Mods Mayday Cambridge in 2014 and have played selective gigs since including supporting From the Jam and  Secret Affair at The Junction.

Opening the show:

The Keepers - a brilliant young band from Northampton.

DJ support comes from none other than ex Yeh-Yeh and The Frantics main man Darren Squires from Ipswich.

Photo credit Derek D'Souza.

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All under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

Bar and Box Office open 1 hour before show start time.

All prices shown include booking fees.


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