Indie legends to play the Pav

Indie music legends Half Man Half Biscuit will be the guest performers when the Grand Pavilion in Matlock Bath’s doors open on April 26 for a gig there, starting at 7.30pm.
Half Man Half BiscuitHalf Man Half Biscuit
Half Man Half Biscuit

This will be a prestigious performance by one of the most critically-revered British bands of the last 30 years.

In 1985, Half Man Half Biscuit topped the indie album chart, seeing off the challenge of such big hitters as Depeche Mode, New Order and The Cult, who were on the scene at the time.

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Recorded in a couple of days for £30, the debut album was Back In The DHSS and it became an instant success after it was championed by John Peel, for whom they did a total of 12 Radio One sessions over the years.

With tracks such as I Hate Nerys Hughes and I Love You Because (You Look Like Jim Reeves), HMHB could never be considered as po-faced.

Even though this was their debut, it went on to sell over 200,000 copies.

Since then, they have released a further 11 albums and, after a hiatus in the late 80s, they came back refreshed and better than ever with Nigel Blackwell (pictured)never taking the music business too seriously, and finding plenty of material for lyrics and music in the foibles of modern living.

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They famously turned down the chance to appear on The Tube, as Tranmere Rovers were playing that night, even though Channel Four offered to fly them by helicopter to the game, and they’ve retained a devoted fanbase over the years.

Tickets are available online at or from the Mining Museum at the Grand Pavilion priced £18, including support.