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Join us for our XMAS XTRAVAGANZA on Sunday 1st December

Get the festive season off to a great start by coming along to our Xmas Xtravaganza at Fletchers on Sunday 1st December featuring some of the most popular musicians from our 2013 Lazy Sunday Afternoon Sessions.

Included in the line-up will be the very young and talented Harriet Harkcom who brought the audience to their feet at our Rolling Stones Fest with her version of "Wild Horses", the sensational SwiftBeat who performed a rousing set at our Rock 'n' Roll Revival event, the amazing 6-5 Specials skiffle band, the great Mr Apollo playing fantastic roots rock and the irrepressible Dave Diz so this should prove to be another really enjoyable afternoon in King's Heath.

The show will start at 3 p.m. and end at 6 p.m.

Advance tickets cost just £2.50 from the Kitchen Garden Cafe or www.wegottickets.com (plus 25p booking fee). Tickets on the door will cost £3.

Rock 'n' Roll Revival on Sunday 6 October will end Summer Series of Lazy Sunday Afternoon Sessions

Jerry Lee Lewis Image - Great Balls of Fire"Great Balls of Fire" will be one of the many classic songs sung at a special event to commemorate all the famous rock 'n' roll artists of the 1950's and 60's who played at the former Ritz Ballroom  gutted by fire earlier this year.

On Sunday 6 October top local groups including SwiftBeat rock 'n' roll band, The 6-5 Specials, Mr Apollo and World of Fox will perform their favourite rock 'n'roll songs in a 3 hour session starting at 3 p.m. at Fletchers Bar on York Road directly opposite the former ballroom.

Tickets cost just £2.50 in advance from the Kitchen Garden Cafe also on York Road or www.wegottickets.com or £3 on the door.

"Great Balls of Fire" was a number one hit for Jerry Lee Lewis. When he first performed at The Ritz Ballroom his chauffeur had to be shown the way to King's Heath from another Regan owned venue - The Plaza in Handsworth - by a fan travelling on his mate's motor bike.

When Gene Vincent played the Ritz Ballroom on 21 June 1963 he was supported by a band called The Outlaws" featuring Ritchie Blackmore later of Deep Purple and Rainbow fame.

Internationally famous Bill Haley is also known to have played at the Ritz Ballroom as well as up and coming British rock 'n' roll acts including the very young Joe Brown and Cliff Richard!

This event will be the last in the Walk of Fame's very popular summer series of Lazy Sunday Afternoon Sessions that kicked off on 7 July with "All Things Kinky" celebrating the music of The Kinks.

Local residents Bob Prew and Ken Whittaker said "We have been really delighted that so many people have come along to all the sessions to continue to celebrate King's Heath's amazing musical heritage. The name for the sessions was taken from a hit single by The Small Faces who also performed at the Ritz Ballroom. We will be having a short break in November before returning on 1st December with a Best of 2013 show".

Rolling Stones Fest on Satuday 14 September will celebrate 50th Anniversary of their Ritz Ballroom Concert

A new documentary and nearly 4 hours of live music will make up a special Rolling Stones Festival to be held in King's Heath on Saturday 14 September to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of their legendary performance at the former Ritz Ballroom on YorK Road.

Formed in London in 1962 when Brian Jones met up with childhood friends Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the Rolling Stones started out playing blues music taking their name from the title of a song by Muddy Waters. For the whole of 1962 they played exclusively in the London area. But all that began to change on 7 June 1963 with the release of their first single a cover of Chuck Berry's "Come On". Just a few months later on 14 September 1963 they played one of their first gigs outside London and their first ever in Birmingham at the Ritz Ballroom. Joining them on the tiny stage were Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts. Later the same night they went on to perform at The Plaza in Old Hill another of Ma and Pa Regan's clubs. The next evening they had to return to London to play at The Great Pop Prom in London at the Royal Albert Hall!

Centred around top local musicians performing their favourite Rolling Stones songs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m at Fletchers Bar on York Road directly opposite the former balllroom, the Festival will also include the screening at 1 p.m of a new documentary about the early days of the group plus recorded music and many specially invited guests.

Advance tickets costing only £4.00 are now on sale and can be purchased from the Kitchen Garden Cafe on York Road or £4.40  from www.wegotickets.com/event/237421

Space is limited for this historic event so it is really advisable to book in advance. Any remaining tickets will cost £5 on the day.

Local residents Bob Prew and Ken Whittaker who are organising the event said "The Rolling Stones are one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time and it is amazing to think that they once played in King's Heath. We are determined to keep the spirit of The Ritz alive despite the fire that destoyed the building in March. We have already held some great events this year to celebrate performances by The Beatles, The Kinks and Dusty Springfield but want as many Stones fans as possible to come to King's Heath on 14 Sept to make this the biggest and best so far".

An impressive line up of musicians has aleady been drawn up but any others interested in performing on Saturday 14 September should contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

To read Birmingham Mail reporter Mike Lockley's background article click below:-


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