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Legendary rock 'n' roll promoter Alan Goldsmith brings Lollypops & Moptops show to Rhodes Arts Complex in Bishop's Stortford

One of the last great rock 'n' roll promoters of our time, Alan Goldsmith, is bringing a retro musical show celebrating the sounds of the 50s and 60s to Rhodes Arts Complex tonight (Friday, February 14). The Lollypops & Moptops show coincides with a new display at Rhodes celebrating its remarkable musical history.

It wouldn't be the first time that Bishop's Stortford-born Alan has booked the Rhodes stage. Following its opening in 1963, the venue featured on the touring circuit for many of his clients and the stars of the Swinging Sixties from both the UK and America. Legends such as Lulu and Stevie Wonder as well as iconic acts including The Yardbirds, Gene Vincent, The Tornados, The Who, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders and The Moody Blues were just some of the many to play Rhodes at the start of their long careers.

The Lollypops & Moptops line-up includes The Original Dreamers, formerly Freddie and The Dreamers. The Dreamers remain one of the best-known bands on the 60s music circuit with band member of over 40 years Alan Mosca performing on the night.

Alan Goldsmith. Picture: Vikki Lince
Alan Goldsmith. Picture: Vikki Lince

Joining them are The Temple Brothers, featuring seasoned professionals Steve and Colin Temple, who have toured extensively with their Everly Brothers and Friends show, performing some of the most popular songs of the 50s rock 'n' roll days and the great songs of the 60s.

Completing the list is Buddy Walker, the top Buddy Holly tribute in the UK, with 20 years in the business and a multi award-winning legacy, performing all the magical hits from this legend.

The show accompanies the official opening of a new exhibition in the revamped Rhodes foyer, celebrating the 60s music legends who appeared at the venue and the importance of the venue in Bishop's Stortford and its musical heritage.

VIP guests expected on the evening include ex-Radio One DJ Andy Peebles, who attended Bishop's Stortford College in the 60s and for whom these gigs laid the foundation of his career in music, and Steve Ingless, whose book The Day Before Yesterday chronicling the music scene in Stortford in the 50s and 60s was a valuable reference source for the exhibition.

Operations Manager Paula Holland said: "We are thrilled to be welcoming Alan Goldsmith back and we're looking forward to celebrating our impressive music heritage and the local people that helped shape it. We are expecting a truly unforgettable, feel-good 50s and 60s musical night."

Lollypops & Moptops is tonight (February 14) from 7.30pm. Tickets, priced at £22.50, are available at rhodesartscomplex.co.uk or by calling the box office on 01279 710200.

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