Rave On: The Rise of Rock and Roll to visit Swindon this March

By Jessica Durston - 23 December 2021

Arts and Culture

Members of the public are invited to get their rock and roll rave on this spring at the Wyvern Theatre.

Saturday, 19 March will see the rock and roll show Rave On hit Swindon's Wyvern Theatre stage. 

The show will take place at 7.30pm.

The Bluejays will be touring their brand-new show this year, and aim to bring hits from pop music’s golden eras to life, in authentic style.

A spokesperson for the show said: "Charting the meteoric rise of rock ‘n’ roll, Rave On is a thrilling tour through music’s most revolutionary decades. The show features the greatest hits of the 1950s and ‘60s, from the likes of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Beatles, Connie Francis, Eddie Cochran to Little Richard, Roy Orbison, Lulu, Cliff Richard and many more."

The Bluejays formed in 2012, where they began performing the greatest hits of the 1950s at weddings and private events.

Over the next few years, the band’s following grew rapidly and soon they were ready for an international stage; a particular highlight being asked to play at Buddy Holly’s birthday celebration in Lubbock, Texas in front of Buddy’s family, his widow Maria Elena and guitar legend Duane Eddy, who described the band as “fantastic” and the “real deal”.

In 2017, The Bluejays embarked on their first theatre tour, playing up and down the UK to thousands of fans until the pandemic hit in early 2020.

Show creators and Bluejays band members Dan Graham and Oliver Seymour Marsh say they have spent the last year writing and refining this new show, as well as keeping fans entertained by filming weekly lockdown tracks.

Speaking about their brand-new show Rave On, Oliver said: “We’ve had the chance to explore material we’ve not covered before and create a show which moves into an exciting new decade – the 1960s.

"We didn’t want to lose sight of the 1950s and of course, the story of rock ‘n’ roll starts there, but we started to ask ourselves how could we explore the way the music travelled globally throughout the next decade? We stop around 1966 just before psychedelia turns up. Who knows, maybe that’ll be our next show”.

Dan added: “We are so excited to be back onstage in front of a live audience again, we started up again in July and every show has been a joy! Every note of Rave On is played live on stage with as much faith to the original recordings as we could find.

"We love these songs as much as the audiences do and hope to play a very small part in keeping them alive for new generations to discover!”

Tickets can be booked now at swindontheatres.co.uk or by calling the Ticket Office on 0343 310 0040.

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