MUSIC: Chart-toppers set to play city

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A CHART-TOPPING indie band is set to play the city - quashing the theory that Peterborough doesn't have what it takes to play host to top class acts.

A CHART-TOPPING indie band is set to play the city - quashing the theory that Peterborough doesn't have what it takes to play host to top class acts.A CHART-TOPPING indie band is set to play the city - quashing the theory that Peterborough doesn't have what it takes to play host to top class acts.

Wheatus - who rocked the British charts with hit singles such as Teenage Dirtbag and the Erasure cover A Little Respect - have played to crowds of millions across the world.

But now the American guitar band is set to play at the Club With No Name, The Park, Park Road, Peterborough, on Wednesday, March 26.

The event was organised by Evening Telegraph columnist Chris Lovell, from The Club With No Name, after he was contacted by the group's management.

Chris said: "We've put on a lot of acts from America and the band's management had heard about The Club With No Name.

"They contacted me last month. Wheatus wanted to tour small clubs in the UK and they wanted to play here.

"It has been very difficult to keep quiet about it, and such a relief when they confirmed they would be playing.

"It's a really good thing for the Peterborough music scene. Things are getting better in the city and we're hoping to keep it going forward."

Del Singh, co-owner of The Park, said: "We're delighted to be the venue hosting an act of this size. All credit must go to Chris.

"It's been his perseverance in bringing in bands to play in Peterborough, opening the eyes of music agencies and promoters to the potential of Peterborough as a venue for big bands.

"It's amazing to think of the tour promoters in America discussing putting a date on in a club in Peterborough.

"And it's great to see that a band of this size is playing dates - not in Birmingham and Manchester - but in Peterborough.

"It's a testament to The Club With No Name and The Park."

>> Tickets are still available for the concert, but selling fast. For more information, call 01733 555883.

Club plays major part in city music scene

The Club With No Name was set up by Chris Lovell and friends to fill a gap in the Peterborough music scene - a venue for national and international touring bands - from indie to metal and rising rock acts to living punk legends.

The club also makes sure to provide plenty of opportunities for local acts to play prestigious support slots.

The club first met in 1999 at The Boy's Head in Woodston, but it soon outgrew the pub and moved to the newly-opened, purpose-built music venue, The Park, in January 2000.

The Club With No Name is now a regular stop on many a national tour, and attracts audiences from all across East Anglia and the East Midlands.

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