Here’s your call up as the Barron Knights return to perform for their Stevenage fans

Barron Knights will be appearing in Stevenage

Barron Knights will be appearing in Stevenage - Credit: Archant

Leighton Buzzard can’t really compare with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester as a hotbed of musical creativity.

Kajagoogoo came and went in the 1980s and even the long-forgotten band which took the name of the town actually hailed from Leyton in East London.

But there’s one band from Bedfordshire which pre-dates the legends of the 1960s and is still packing in the punters – and the Barron Knights will be back in Stevenage this weekend.

The Knights began as a mainstream rock and roll outfit way back in 1959, and Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman was famously inspired to invest in his first electric instrument after seeing them on stage in Aylesbury in 1961.

But they made their name as purveyors of tongue-in-cheek pop parodies that earned them chart success in the 1960s and 1970s.

They’ve played the London Palladium more than 300 times, and performed at Buckingham Palace, too – as well as touring with both The Beatles and the Stones back in the day.

Old favourites like Call Up the Groups, flamenco party piece Malaguana and their mickey-take on the William Tell overture are sure to feature in the set list of their latest show, dubbed Sountrack of Our Lives, as well as new tracks.

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In deference to the more mature years of their diehard fans – and, let’s be honest, the band too – Sunday’s show at the Gordon Craig Theatre starts at 5pm.

Tickets are £20, to find out more call the box office on 01438 363200 or visit the website at www.gordon-craig.co.uk.

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