The Head Of Steam, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
eastside events present
Newcastle Head of Steam
Monday 24th September 2018
This event is for over 16s only - No refunds will be issued for under 16s.
It's curious that the mainstream pop industry should feel the need to dish out accolades like 'Hardest Working Band of the Year'; the likes of JLS seem to roll forward on the adoration of their teen fanbase and steady flow of hard cash into their bank accounts, and you'd hope that even they would be a little embarrassed by such a title. Stranger still that PRS for Music, an invaluable and respected aid to every hardworking musician out there, should be the ones who bestow this title. The 34 shows were qualified as being at major concert venues, but many musicians will tell you that such a factor is unlikely make it any more hard work. You might ask Dave McPherson, who in 2012 managed to clock up 200+ shows, ranging from London's Islington Academy to small rooms above pubs in the likes of Devizes, Burnley and Ipswich…
If any of the above sounds like bitterness, it's quite simply not - light amusement perhaps, as any award that can have Steps cruise in at third place should be taken with a pinch of salt. Dave himself has tasted the mainstream with his alternative rock band InMe a decade ago, playing major festival main stages and touring the world when he was just 19. It's a completely different world to the one that he currently - and happily it should be added - exists in. This self-confessed Star Trek obsessive is more than happy to embrace his inner geek and in truly modern style spends hours a day noting lyrical ideas in his iPhone, researching ideas and singing newly formed melodies to himself in the street. Dave is comfortable in his own skin; whether that is touring pubs, large venues with the likes of Charlie Simpson and Devin Townsend or festivals like Download and Beautiful Days in search of new listeners, fine ale and old friends on the road. Dave has been consistently touring, creating music, and putting smiles on the faces of his audience throughout the past decade, but only fairly recently has this been as a fully formed solo artist.