If you want to savour some Smoke On The Water sensations next week, don’t even think about heading to Montreux

on the Lake Geneva shoreline – you want to be in Hitchin.

24 Carat Purple, formed by North Herts-based Garry Randall and billed as the UK’s leading Deep Purple tribute band, are only performing one gig this year – and it’s at Club 85 on Friday, October 10.

There will be support from Hitchin-based down and dirty blues band Sidewinder for a night of massive metal, with the headliners summoning up the spirit of one of the best live acts ever to fill a stadium.

You can be sure hits like Highway Star, Burn, Child In Time, Black Night and, of course, Smoke On The Water will be on the set list.

Doors open at the Whinbush Road venue at 7.45pm, tickets are £6 in advance and £8 on the door.

The gig is open to anyone aged 16 or over but photo ID will be needed.