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Uncle Funk’s Disco Inferno streamed South Mill Arts concert gives fans a chance to see new look and new show

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Disco tribute band Uncle Funk are gearing up to return to the stage in 2021 with a new look and a new show – and fans will get a chance to see them this Christmas in the comfort of their own homes via a streamed concert in Bishop's Stortford.

And although disco is very much still at the heart, it's out with the afros – though the codpiece remains!

"Uncle Funk's Disco Inferno" has been performed and filmed without an audience at South Mill Arts, and will be aired exclusively to online ticket holders for 10 successive nights from next Wednesday (Dec 23) until New Year's Day (Fri Jan 1). The stream starts at 7.30pm.

Uncle Funk's Disco Inferno will be performing a livestreamed ticketed gig at South Mill Arts two days before Christmas (43420380)
Uncle Funk's Disco Inferno will be performing a livestreamed ticketed gig at South Mill Arts two days before Christmas (43420380)

The link bought with the £15 tickets is limited to one household and cannot be shared as multiple uses of it will lead to viewers being locked out of the stream.

Fans are encouraged to dress up for a "Disco In-Furlough" party at home. The band are offering prizes to those who share photos on social media using the hashtag #unclefunksdiscoinferno.

Billed as "The Most Explosive Disco Show on the Planet!" the new nine-piece line-up features award-winning singers, musicians, acrobats and circus performers who elevate the legendary disco band to an exciting new show.

One major difference audiences will notice is the change in costumes.

"It was time to make a change to the outdated look we've been using over the past 25 years," said Uncle Funk frontman and founder Simon Baker.

"We are very aware of, and respect, changing perspectives and the importance of recognising and putting a stop to appropriating cultures, so we wanted to ensure our new outfits, and particularly our headgear, was reflective of that."

Their new outfits feature fiery colours, disco flares and a lot of feathers – but Simon says his codpiece remains an important part of his look!

The new line-up features the “Sea Sisters” on lead vocals with Simon. Tanya Seifert – who also sings with hit theatre show Women in Rock – and sister Lauren are also circus performers.

Guitarist/singer Bobby Harrison was the guitarist for West End show We Will Rock You before joining the Australian Pink Floyd Show and most recently Cliff Richard.

Bassist/singer Mike Brooks has a lengthy CV including playing bass for Bonnie Tyler. James Beckwith is the touring keyboard player for jazz saxophonist Nubya Garcia and has two solo albums to his name.

Drummer Ajit Gill also plays for Bishop's Stortford-based nu-jazz artists Vertaal, who are releasing their debut album in 2021.

Finally, the female horn section features saxophonist Fiona Asbury, who plays with the celebrated Veya Saxophone Quartet and has toured the world with the all-female Marici Saxes and 15-piece all-female swing orchestra The Bombshellettes.

Trumpet player Rosanne Duckworth has performed in West End show Wicked, the UK official tours for Barnum and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the European production of Evita and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Uncle Funk Disco Inferno set features all the favourite disco hits alongside some more modern dance classics, so expect some surprises.

The band will also be playing at South Mill Arts on March 26, 2021, and at a string of festivals in the summer. Check the website www.unclefunk.co.uk for more details.

* Tickets for Uncle Funk's Disco Inferno cost £15 from www.southmillarts.co.uk. The SMA box office is open Mon-Fri, 12pm to 3pm, call 01279 710200 or email enquiries@southmillarts.co.uk.

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