Club Tropicana Live Cantina – Owen Paul Plus Special Guests 21 April 2018

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Relive the best music of the 80s with Club Tropicana Live. Owen Paul, the charismatic Scottish singer, producer and co-writer of the 1986 UK and European smash summer hit My Favourite Waste of Time, together with Nathan Moore from Brother Beyond and Worlds Apart. With International acclaim he was part of the famed Stock Aitken Waterman era.
Owen and Nathan are bringing the sensational Club Tropicana Live 80s Show to David Lloyd Bolton.
Featuring some of the best-known hits of the 80s. Owen and his band will be performing, My Favourite Waste of Time, Simple Minds rock anthems Alive and Kicking, Don’t You Forget About Me, The Living Years by Mike and the Mechanics, Weather with You, Fergus Sings the Blues, Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, Is this Love.
This is an upbeat singalong feel good show including tales of the musical era from two artists who lived and breathed 80s success.

X-Factor Winner ‘Ben Haenow’ Special Guest for ‘Twelve24’ Manchester Show

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Ben Haenow is a British singer from Croydon, London. Starting his music career in 2014, he won the 11th series of ‘The X-Factor’.

His debut single was a cover of OneRepublic’s, Something I Need, and was Christmas #1 in the UK Singles Chart in 2014. He signed to Simon Cowell’s label, Syco Music, in early 2015, and released his second single, Second Hand Heart, a duet with Kelly Clarkson and his debut self-titled album. He headed out on his One Night Tour in April 2016. He returned in 2017 with his latest single Alive.

Ben Haenow head out across the UK on his The Rising Tour in December and January.


He is the special guest of ‘Twelve24’ for their show at Manchester Academy.


Los Pacaminos at David Lloyd Review

Back in the we had the immense pleasure to interview Paul Young, who will forever be a vital part of my Christmas, as well as that of many millions around the world, for his role as the first voice in, ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’. As I discovered when speaking to him however, Paul Young is a many-faceted person, and one of his many facets is his Tex-Mex band, Los Pacaminos, who played at David Lloyd Bolton Cantina venue on this past Sunday night.

A lot of the members and attendees had no real clue what they were letting themselves in for when they bought ticket s a few weeks back, but Ia bit of investigation some had a good idea, just going by their album names (the second one in particular, ‘A Fistful Of Statins’), that the evening was going to be a lot of fun. We certainly wasn’t wrong.

Los Pacaminos was formed in November 1992, in their words, “as an antidote to the bleak English winter.” The band comprises seven members, some of the best known names in the music industry, from a wide range of backgrounds, the best known of course is frontman Paul Young. The band have all played with some of Paul’s other bands in the 80s and 90s, and they came together over a shared passion for Border, Tex-Mex, and Americana music.

The evening opened with support from Jaimi Faulkner  The Australian based artist, who performed a blistering set with songs from his albums ‘Turn  Me Around’ and ‘Back Road’. Jaimi had his own fan base there as well as the rest of us who were there for Los Pacaminos,  His  show was definitely fun and put on a fabulous performance.




After some setting up of the stage, which took a while, as there’s seven band members to accommodate – we saw some white hats in the shadows over by the stage door. Finally, walking on to some very appropriate western music, came Los Pacaminos, who broke into the instrumental track, ‘Razor Wire’, from their second album, ‘A Fistful of Statins’. This was followed up by ‘Highway Patrol’, a very raucous and loud song which features a great slide guitar siren sound. Written by Jamie and Drew Barfield it’s from their eponymous first album.

The audience was a mixed bunch, a lot of whom had seen the band many times in the past – and special mention must go to the Scottish and Newcastle families whose visit to Bolton was planned to coincide with this concert, the family being big Paul Young fans who had seen him perform live many times over the years, and who had seen Los Pacaminos a numerous times also.


The first set was composed of ten songs, including a beautiful cover of Ry Cooder’s ‘Little Sister’, ‘The Girl From Tennessee’, and the audience interactive, ‘Saved’ – every time the band sang “saved” everybody raised their hands. Much fun being had by all!

The band went off for a short interval. There is great musical history in the group, apart from Paul Young, the band features Drew Barfield, who shares lead vocals with Paul and Jamie Moses, and plays guitar. Drew shares writing duties with Paul and Jamie, and has additionally written songs for Go West, Joe Jackson, Level 42, and of course, Paul Young. Jamie Moses, who’s on guitar and mandolin (the subject during the night of a quip from Paul that it didn’t cover much), is an accomplished session player, and has worked with Sir Tom Jones, Queen, The Pretenders, Mike & The Mechanics, Chaka Khan, Gary Barlow, Tony Hadley, Pete Townshend, and Dave Stewart….oh and Paul Young. Other regular members include Melvin Duffy on steel guitar, Mark Pinder on drums, Steve Greetham on bass, and  an amazing keyboardist and accordion player whose talents I was tremendously impressed with.

After their break, the band continued in fine form and started set two with ‘Jump Back Baby’, the second track from ‘A Fist Full Of Statins’. With lead vocals by Drew it’s a laid back track and the perfect opener.

Los Pacaminos played somewhere in the vicinity of 22 songs over a space of a hugely energetic 2 hours, including the encore, ‘La Bamba’. which had the Cantina going wild  by the end. With the bar staff having a good dance to close the night.

Keep a watch on Los Pacaminos’ official website, for further details of when they’re performing near you. They’re also on Twitter and Facebook. You can buy their albums, ‘Los Pacaminos’ and ‘A Fistful Of Statins’, as well as other merchandise, from their store.

They will be back at David Lloyd Bolton December 15th 2018, don’t miss it, this will be SOLD OUT. Tickets go on Sale soon keep checking back for details.


Los Pacaminos Featuring Paul Young New Date Announcement

Los Pacaminos & Paul Young | Sunday 3rd December 8pm – David Lloyd Club, Bolton.

Showtime: 7.30pm
All Tickets: £15 (TF discount applies)

Tickets Available from the following online stores

Los Pacaminos Website

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Running time: 1 hour 30minutes (approx.) plus interval
Originally formed as an opportunity to play their shared passion of the Border, Tex-Mex and Americana music that the members of the band love, they started as a practice band playing when other musical commitments allowed- top musicians just playing for fun. Word got around as word does and soon the band started playing gigs.
At least one member of this highly respected group will be very familiar. Los Pacaminos is fronted by one of the UK’s finest and best loved vocalists – Paul Young. However, Paul is not the only luminary in this seven piece band. Some of the best musicians in the business have teamed up to present an incendiary mix of classics and original material.
Paul says – “Los Pacaminos started out just for fun, playing simply for the pleasure of it, and it just took off from there. What’s really nice is that everyone else in the band can sing too, and they do, all in their own different styles. It’s real bar room stuff, foot stompers, not too many slow songs – a real party atmosphere.”
Tex-Mex music is somewhere between the Mariachi and Norteno styles of Mexico and the Country/Blues sounds of South-West America. The band empathises with Ry Cooder, Flaco Jimenez, The Texas Tornados and Los Lobos. Mix that together with blues, rock ‘n’ roll and a hint of South American music and you have Los Pacaminos. Their set includes songs like ‘Wooly Bully’, ‘La Bamba’ and sometimes, if enough tequila is flowing, even ‘Speedy Gonzales’.
The Band members are some of the best known names in the music industry, from a variety of backgrounds. They’ve covered all kinds of music, but the unifying factor is that they all have played in Paul Young’s bands through the 80’s and 90’s. Their friendships stretch back 20 to 30 years, and it’s these long-term connections that underpin the very special atmosphere generated at a Los Pacaminos show. Members of the audience are often invited onstage to join the guys in a slug of Tequila. You’ll be in good company, so put your blues on cruise and come join the Tex-Mex party…