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‘King of the Mountain’ band to play first TT gig

Promotional image of UK rock band Redline, who are playing a gig at the Villa Marina on the eve of the 2014 Senior TT race

Promotional image of UK rock band Redline, who are playing a gig at the Villa Marina on the eve of the 2014 Senior TT race

  • by Dave Kneale
 

Rock band Redline, whose track ‘King of the Mountain’ has provided the soundtrack to ITV4’s TT races coverage for five years, will play their first gig in the island next month.

The five-piece outfit will play in the Villa Marina on the evening of Thursday, June 5, the night before the 2014 Senior TT race.

Birmingham-based Redline formed in 2006 and became immediately known in the island for their TT-inspired anthem, which namechecks Bray Hill, Quarterbridge and other landmarks on the mountain course.

Since 2009 the song has closed each of the TT’s daily highlights and review programmes produced by North One Television and broadcast on ITV4, becoming an unofficial anthem for the TT in the process.

The band’s drummer Mike Biddiscombe said that the gig came as a complete surprise to the band:

‘We were gigging in Newcastle last year and a crowd of Manx guys flew over to see us play. They were all waving TT and Manx flags down at the front of the stage when we did ‘King Of The Mountain’, it was great fun! Unbeknownst to us they started a bit of campaign to get us over to the TT races.

‘Then the Isle of Man Department for Economic Development got in touch and invited us to play at the Villa Marina.

‘We are over the moon about this, its a dream come true for us.’

Doors open at 8pm on Thursday, June 5 in the Villa Marina’s Royal Hall. Tickets cost £5 each and include a free drink. They can be booked at www.villagaiety.com

 

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