An energetic band from Leek will be performing at a gig which is being organised by a DJ from the same town.
Earthworm Jim will be at Level Two in Buxton on Friday (May 9) for the next installment of ‘RELEA53’ which is co-organised by Leek DJ Nick Sheldon with Dave Thompson.
Earthworm Jim is made up of Katie Frances on lead vocals, Rich Wheatley on keys / guitars / backing vocals, lead guitarist Luke, Bo on bass, and drummer Tom Moss.
The band are well supported by sound engineer Rich Ellis.
Earthworm Jim have helped to get the party started at many events including: a variety of the infamous mini-music festivals at The Wilkes Head in Leek, Summer Jam in Leek, and Granvilles Brasserie in Stone, to name but a few.
Having seen this band myself several times, I can certainly vouch that it is set to be a ‘bouncing’ gig at Level Two this weekend. Earthworm Jim sure do get the party started and have that knack of getting revellers straight on the dance floor with their up-beat performances.
Drummer Tom said: “Our set-list is currently covers only, ranging from dance classics of the 90’s such as Inner City – Goodlife.,Deee-Lite – Groove is in the Heart, Prodigy -Out of Space, Snap – Rhythm is a Dancer; to lates90’s and early 00’s dance anthems such as Spiller – GrooveJet, Moloko – Sing It Back, Basement Jaxx – Red Alert.
“Our set list also contains a number of modern-day pop, drum and bass such as Rudimental – Waiting All night, DJ Fresh – GoldDust, and Katie B – On a Mission.
“And then some recent chart-toppers such as Disclosure – White Noise and You & Me, to Clean Bandit – Rather Be.
“We take pride in maintaining a great back-catalogue of crowd-pleasing classics, while continually striving to be on top of the game when performing contemporary, chart-topping material.
“That’s kind of always been the band’s mantra, in a way.
“When I first discussed the band with Bo and Rich, in 2010, I approached them with a set-list that didn’t conform to the usual pub-rock band’s setlist...and since then we have continued to push ourselves.
“We have often been mistaken for a DJ playing the records we are covering – testament to our dedication.”
Earthworm Jim have performed at Level Two before with the Leek-based Anthemia crew, which also involves DJ Nick Sheldon.
Tom said of that gig: “Anthemia at Level Two was a great gig for Earthworm Jim. It is exactly the right setting for a band like us.
“There is a good mix of ‘older’ and younger generations, which means that we hopefully have something to please everybody – and if everybody is happy, then we leave the venue happy - having ultimately done what we came to do: “Have fun and make people dance.”
As for Friday’s gig, Tom added: “We re hoping RELEA53 will be just as special as Anthemia. It’s reassuring to be asked back to any event, especially one of such prestige, with hundreds of loyal supporters.
“Nick has always been a great advocate of Earthworm Jim and its nice to be able to support and promote each other and our events. We are really looking forward to it.”
DJ Nick said: “RELEA53 are very excited to have Earthworm Jim back at Level Two. We first teamed up as an Anthemia event, and the Buxton lot are always asking when they are coming back.
“I’m hopefully going to be playing alongside them at The Wilkes Head in Leek this year too.
“I like how Earthworm Jim is always throwing current songs into their repertoire. The new Disclosure cover is mint.”
Tickets for RELEA53 are priced at £8.50 and are available by calling 01298 23322, 07912 645867 or 07816 152546.
There is also a bus being put on from Leek. For further information find the event page on Facebook RELEA53 with EARTHWORM JIM or call Nick on 07912 645867.