28 Mar 2007
Billy Mackenzie Tribute gig tonight @ Shepherd's Bush Empire 
Tickets are still available for 'A Tribute to Billy Mackenzie' in aid of Sound Seekers at the Shepherd's Bush Empire tonight. Billy would have been 50 today - read more at irkthepurists.com - and tonight will be a fitting tribute to him.

Line-up includes:

Paul Haig
British Electric Foundation (world first live appearance as B.E.F.)
Electric Soft Parade
OneTwo feat. Claudia Brucken and Paul Humphreys
Subterraneans - joined by Paul Haig for a one-off performance

SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE
WED 28 MARCH 2007 7:00PM

Tickets £19.75 from www.ticketweb.co.uk / 0870 771 2000

* See myspace.com/soundseekers for further details and up to date news on line-up

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