Mod band The Circles to play in Chesterfield

The Circles at Real Time Live on June 17.
The Circles at Real Time Live on June 17.
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Mod band The Circles will play in Chesterfield for the first time in their history along with Ireland’s RTE radio presenter and DJ Jacqui Carroll from the Ready Steady GO! show on the decks.

The Circles are a band from Wolverhampton who were formed from the ashes of punk outfit The Injectors in 1979.

After a number of sold out gigs, the band were signed, along with another local act called UB40, to Graduate Records who released the band’s first single Opening Up/Billy. The single reached number three in the indie charts during which time the band embarked on a national tour to promote the release.This song regularly features on Mod compilation albums and is covered by bands to this day.

Following the success of the debut single the band moved to the Vertigo label who promptly released the second single Angry Voices/Summer Nights in 1980, a football inspired number complete with anthemic chorus and frantic guitar riffs. The single was well received and went on to sell over 20,000 copies, spawning another tour.

It was during the Angry Voices tour that cracks began to appear within the band and by 1981 the band, who were on the cusp of fame with Chrysalis, had split citing musical and financial differences.

Fast forward to 1999 and the 20th anniversary of the Mod revival and there was renewed interest in The Circles.

In March 1999 Detour Records released the album Private World, a live gig recorded at Norbrek Castle in Blackpool in 1980 and the comeback was on.

The call went out for The Circles to perform at the Mods MayDay reunion gig in London in 1999 alongside fellow revivalists The Chords, Purple Hearts, Squire, Small World, The Killermeters and Rosko.The Circles went down a storm, winning a new army of fans.

Such interest spurred The Circles on to get back in the recording studio and in 2000 Looking Back was released by Detour Records.

In 2015 after many requests including those from Japan and Spain, The Circles reassembled to perform the songs that have been loved and never forgotten by a generation.

The Circles will be supported by The Cycle Paths and DJ Jacqui Carroll playing the best in Northern Soul and ska at Real Time Live. Tickets £15, available in advance by visiting www.WeGotTickets.com.