When: Friday 20 January 2023
Where: Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, Swindon SN1 1QN
Charting the meteoric rise of Rock n Roll, Rave On is a brand-new show that promises a thrilling tour through music’s most revolutionary decades. Starring The Bluejays - the UK’s ultimate 50s and 60s band.
From the emergence of Rock n Roll at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee to the British Invasion and beyond, Rave On is a musical adventure presented in authentic concert style.
Featuring West End performers, Rave On presents iconic hits of the 1950s and 60s - Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Beatles, Connie Francis, Eddie Cochran to Little Richard, Roy Orbison, Lulu, Cliff Richard and so many more.
Formed in 2012, The Bluejays began performing the greatest hits of the 1950s at weddings and private events. With a rapidly growing reputation, the band were soon on an international stage where a particular highlight was being asked to play at Buddy Holly’s birthday celebration in Lubbock, Texas in front of Buddy’s family, his widow Maria Elena and guitar legend Duane Eddy, who described the band as “Fantastic” and the “Real Deal”.
In 2017, The Bluejays embarked on their first ever theatre tour, playing across the UK to thousands of fans until the pandemic hit in early 2020.
Show creators and band members Dan Graham and Oliver Seymour Marsh have spent the last two years writing and refining this new show alongside keeping fans entertained and filming weekly lockdown tracks. Shot from musicians’ homes, from Billericay, Essex to Eugene, Oregon, The Bluejays’ isolation videos were a light in the darkness, earning huge support and amassing over 50,000 views on YouTube.
Since the end of lockdowns, the show has been touring all over the country – 50+ venues throughout the UK to date...
Speaking about their brand new show Rave On, which dives into the 1960s as well as the 1950s, Oliver says,
“We’ve had the chance to explore material we’ve not covered before and create a show which moves into an exciting new decade. We didn’t want to lose sight of the 1950s and of course, the story of rock n roll starts here, but we started to ask ourselves how could we explore the way the music travelled globally throughout the next decade? We stop around 1966 just before psychedelia turns up. Who knows, maybe that’ll be our next show”.
“We are so excited to be back onstage in front of a live audience again, we started up again in July and every show has been a joy! Every note of Rave On is played live on stage with as much faith to the original recordings as we could find. We love these songs as much as the audiences do and hope to play a part in keeping them alive for new generations to discover!”
Tickets are £27.50 and can be purchased from swindontheatres.co.uk or by contacting the Wyvern box office 0343 310 0040.