If February fills you with fear, thinking of the dark nights and post Christmas blues, then fear not as Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre has the perfect feel-good antidote with its annual Four Four Time Festival of Live Music from Saturday February 16 to Sunday February 24.
As ever next year’s Festival offers a fun and eclectic mix, kicking off with Britpop stalwarts Cast (who have recently released a critically acclaimed album Time Bomb) on Saturday February 16.
The acclaimed ‘Elvis of the North’ Richard Hawley will be welcomed back to perform his swooning 50s style songs in the Opera House on Sunday February 17.
Monday February 18 sees rocker Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel perform the classics Judy Teen, Mr Soft, Here Comes The Sun and Make Me Smile.
Brand-new to the Opera House, The Zappatistas brings to life the greatest music of Frank Zappa on Tuesday February 19, with an energizing injection of jazz rock.
One of the most successful respected and flamboyant drummers of his generation Ginger Baker will be at the Opera House with his funk and jazz quartet – Jazz Confusion on Wednesday February 20.
Be prepared to return to the 80s for a night of slick synths, soaring vocals and art-school electronics from the spectacular Heaven 17, when the band return to the Opera House on Thursday February 21.
June Tabor & Oysterband (Friday February 22) bring together the immense, individual talent of English folk singer, June Tabor with the raucous roots rebels Oysterband.
Red Hot Chilli Pipers on Saturday February 23 will fill the Opera House with the sounds of blistering rock bag pipes covering everything from Amazing Grace to Smoke on the Water and Chasing Cars.
And to close the festival on Sunday February 24, catch Cannon, Campbell, Watchhorn and O’Connor of The Dubliners for some of their legendary folk music, playing hits known world over: Whiskey in The Jar, Dirty Old Town, The Irish Roverand many more.
Also during Four Four Time 2013 the Pavilion Arts Centre will play host to another seven diverse acts: Heidi Talbot (Sunday February 17), Michael Chapman (Monday February 18), The Juan Martin Ensemble(Tuesday February 19), The Men They Couldn’t Hang (Wednesday February 20), King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys (Thursday February 21), Dick Gaughan (Friday February 22), Ruby Turner (Saturday February 23).
For more information about Four Four Time 2013, pick up a brochure from Buxton Opera House box office. To buy tickets call the box office on 0845 127 2190 or buy online at http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.