14 Mar 2007
Spring tour for John Metcalfe and The Bays 
Confirmed dates are:

March

31 - The Zodiac, Oxford

April

1 - KOKO, London
3 - Junction, Cambridge
4 - Trinity, Bristol
5 - Phoenix, Exeter
6 - The Sage , Gateshead
7 - Sankeys Soap , Manchester
8 - Audio , Brighton

John Metcalfe, on john-metcalfe.co.uk, explains the format for the gigs:

"During the week performances will take place in seated venues and will feature performances from me, Digitonal and The Bays. It will also include the DJ talents of Big Chill resident AJ. The weekend gigs will have much more of a club atmosphere.

There will be two classic all dayers on Sunday April 1st at London’s KOKO and on the 8th in Brighton at Audio. These two Sundays will come closest to evoking the spirit of the Bay's Bestival tent, including several floors of live and DJ based music running throughout the day.

Among the many live acts confirmed for these two special shows are Tom Middleton’s live project AMBA, Max Richter, Jon Hopkins and Digitonal. DJs confirmed so far include Mixmaster Morris, Plaid, AJ, Nick Luscombe, Ben Eshmade and Big Chill founder Pete Lawrence. As the hosts and organisers the Bays will also be playing live, as well as providing turntable sets from their own deck maestros Jimpster and Palmskin."

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