Sad Café

at Eleven, Stoke On Trent

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From 1977-1981 Sad Café looked likely to have a long-term and highly successful career ahead of them. Reaching their height with the deluxe combo of the top 3 hit single “Everyday Hurts” and hugely popular album “Facades”, they weren’t bolted too closely to any of the dominant trends of New Wave, Post-Punk, what has become known as Classic Rock, or Progressive Rock and so they looked likely to survive as the waves and trends ascended and descended. However, record company and management difficulties took them increasingly out of the spotlight in the next five years and by 1990 they were gone. With the death of lead singer, Paul Young (also of Mike and the Mechanics) in 2000 and with the passing of ace keyboardist and soundscape-maker, Vic Emerson (who had also worked with 10CC), it very much seemed that their time had gone. Several attempted re-launches proved to be false starts and delivered little. But now in 2019, the band have been doing some warm-up gigs near their hometown of Manchester and the invited press and fans are liking what they see. With the rhythm section driven by the long-term pairing of drummer, Dave Irving and bassist, Des Tong and with the band led by founder Ian Wilson on guitars and vocals, this comeback seems very likely the real thing. Ian’s wife, Sue Wilson-Quin augments the vocal sound, which is filled out by new lead singer, Barry James Thomas. The seven-piece band is completed by Dave Day on lead guitars, Neil Shaw-Hulme on saxophones and Matt Steele on keyboards. An exciting band with a great past

Under 18's welcome with a parent, 1 under 18 per parent.


Sad Café

Sad Café appearing at this event

The long awaited return of one of the most successful rock bands from the late '70s and early '80s. Sad Cafe originated in Manchester and enjoyed six hit singles, including 'Every Day Hurts' which went to number 3 in the charts, and five hit albums with 'Misplaced Ideals' the highest at number 8 in 1979.

See 3 tour dates featuring Sad Café


  • 21a Newfields Industrial Estate
  • Sandyford
  • Stoke On Trent
  • ST6 5PD

07845 957271

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