What's on for 2014
Friday 11th April - It's 'Complete Madness' Party Night
Another great night guaranteed as one of the top UK tributes to Madness are back at the Arena and performing live on stage.
Complete Madnesswere formed in 1994 out of a band called 'Beat The System' which itself was born in 1989 with original members Mark Keegan and Derek Wood who are still with Complete Madness today. Mark was always into the original Punk and Ska scene while Derek was more of an old School Rock person, so finding a happy medium of music was always difficult but in 1990 they decided to settle on the New Wave type of stuff featuring bands such as The Clash, Alarm, U2, Nick Lowe, Big Country and Flock of Seagulls to name a few.
In 1992 they added a few Madness songs to their set such as Night boat to Cairo and Baggy Trousers. The band started doing showcases and signed to an agency and with their growing popularity began to add more Madness and Specials songs to the set.
In 1994 with the ever changing set becoming more Ska influenced they decided to change the name of the band from 'Beat The System' to 'Complete Madness'. As well a name change they also added Saxophonist and Pianist player Chris Halford to the line up and then in 1998 Keyboard/Organist Chris Collier also joined the band. It was at this point the band really began to become the band that it is today.
It was around this time the bands popularity really began to grow and they made the decision to quit their day jobs and go professional.
Complete Madness have performed in venues around the world including Army Bases both home and abroad, Butlins family and adult breaks, ferries and small cruises, Festivals: including the Cork Jazz Festival between 1996 and 2005 winning rave reviews and many other interesting and varying venues around the world.
Complete Madness also perform Theatre shows and have played over 60 theatres over the last few years (A big thanks to Sweeney Entertainments).
Complete Madness are now in their 20th year and each year go from strength to strength, adding new songs to the set such as a Ska version of Bruno Mars' 'The Lazy Song' and Paulo Nutini's ska hit '10 by 10'
Complete Madness are one the most sort after Tribute Bands in the UK today, don't miss this great night.
As ever backed by the awesome Pheonix Roadshow DJ's tickets are competitvely priced at only £6, doors open at 7pm through to 1am, please bring your own nibbles.
So for another great night's entertainment call 01909 480164 and purchase your ticket(s) www.completemadness.net
Friday 25th April - Sportperson's Evening feat ex England & Derbyshire player & former England selector Geoff Miller
Geoff Miller is an English former cricketer, who played in thirty four Tests and twenty five ODIs for England from 1976 to 1984. He played for Derbyshire from 1973 to 1986, captaining the side from 1979 to 1981 (following the sudden resignation of David Steele after six weeks in the role), and returned in 1990 after playing for Essex between 1987 and 1989.
The cricket writer, Colin Bateman, noted, "Geoff Miller concedes that he probably enjoyed cricket too much. He did not take it as seriously as some, And when it became a rigorous, grim-faced business, he was not sorry to bow out of an eight-year Test career that never reached the peaks many expected". Likewise Simon Hughes referred to Miller in 1990 as being "the only remaining player who unfailingly visited the opposing team's dressing room after play to thank them for the game...and the last man to field at slip with a whoopee cushion up his jumper"
Born 8 September 1952, Chesterfield, Miller was educated at Chesterfield Grammar School. From 1971 he was playing in Derbyshire Second XI and in young cricketer's teams. He made his first-class debut for Derbyshire in July 1973, in a match against Somerset, when he scored a duck in his only innings. He was the Cricket Writers' Club Young Cricketer of the Year in 1976. Miller became Derbyshire captain in 1979, and in the 1981 season, was a part of the Derbyshire side which won the National Westminster Bank Trophy. He ended the 1982 Boxing Day Test in Australia by catching Jeff Thomson - England winning by a mere three runs. Miller went to Essex in 1987, but returned to Derbyshire for his last first-class season in 1990. In 1991, he played Minor counties cricket for Cheshire.
Miller was a correct right-handed batsman and a reliable right-arm off-break bowler, taking 888 wickets in 283 first-class matches (1973-1990) and 278 wickets in 334 List A matches (1973-1994). He took 60 wickets in thirty four Tests and 25 wickets in twenty five ODIs for England. Unusually for a spin bowler, none of his 60 wickets were by a stumping. Remarkably, Miller never scored a test century despite twice coming extremely close scoring 98 against both Pakistan away in 1977/8 (not out) and India at home in 1982.
Miller was elected as National Selector by the England and Wales Cricket Board in January 2008. He led a panel, which then contained Ashley Giles, Peter Moores and James Whitaker. He previously served on the panel of his predecessor David Graveney since 2000.
Miller also ran Moss & Miller, a sporting goods emporium in Chesterfield, with Chesterfield F.C. footballer Ernie Moss, for a number of years.
Apart from cricket, Geoff's greatest attribute was the ability to keep his team mates amused with his hilarious dry northern humour, which he now brings to the after dinner speaking stage from his roots in Chesterfield. "I've always thought that both life and the game of cricket are taken far too seriously and it is necessary to see the funny side on occasions."
By virtue of the sport he was in, and the life he has led, Geoff now possesses a whole host of hilarious anecdotes and stories about himself and his colleagues that he relates in both, all-male or mixed company. Naturally, cricket is not the only subject to be put under the microscope in his search for amusement.
Geoff is now in popular demand as an after dinner speaker, up and down the country and overseas. He has found his new career just as stimulating facing Michael Holding and Dennis Lillee, or bowling at Viv Richards and Ian Botham (who he roomed with on tour for five years!) There must be a story or two somewhere from that - and indeed there is.
As you can see Geoff Miller is a much sought after speaker who has many tales to tell, on the evening Geoff will be supported by MC/Impressionist Steve Tandy, doors will open at 7pm for a 7.45pm start and will continue through to 11.30pm.
The ticket price is set at a very competitive £10, which includes table nibbles, please call 01909 480164 to purchase your ticket(s)
Something Old - Something New MS Charity Ball with a Difference
Friday 16th May - Don't miss this phenominal live music & top class showmanship as we raise money for a very worthy cause.
This unique charity fundraiser, with a wedding theme, is headlined by the awesome live band Heroes who will be supported throughout the evening by the brilliant Phoenix Roadshow DJ's.
Three local girls have got together and are raising monies for MS after the mother of one of the girls was diagnosed with the disease.
Anyway, a wedding theme is the desirable theme for the evening, so girls get those old wedding dresses out, bridesmaid's outfits & mother of the bride/groom and guys lets see plenty of morning suits, best guest outfits or smartest suit.
This will certainly be a night to remember doors open 7pm till late and tickets are only £15 which includes Pie & Pea supper.....www.heroeslive.co.uk
Saturday 7th June - Summer Ball feat The Supreme Divas of Motown
Come on girls get those posh frocks out and let's see some smart guys accompanying them as The Supreme Divas of Motown rock the Arena.The Divas are certainly one of the most prestigeous acts ever to appear at the Arena.
Direct from the USA, the show everyone is raving about celebrating the history of motown with all the classic hits of the Supremes, the Three Degrees, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Mary Wells, Arethra Franklin, Tina Turner, Sister Sledge and other soul and motown legends.
The DIVAS OF MOTOWN are Tammara La Shea, Maria Howell, Ernie Shelby and Sherita Murphy and together they bring to you all the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas taking you on a magical journey from the smooth classics of Burt Bacharach right through to the high energy music of yesterday.
With the DIVAS OF MOTOWN amazing vocals, slick dance routines and charismatic stage presence you will be dancing in the aisles as you soak up the atmosphere.
The genius behind he show, from Atlanta Georgia, is William Hicks of S&S Entertainments. As William says "It is not good enough to imitate Motown, you must be able to create it. The Supreme Divas of Motown will leave you breathless, don't miss them. www.soulsatisfaction.co.uk
As ever the excellent Phoenix Roadshow DJ's will be spinning tunes for the rest of the evening, tickets are on sale now at only £12 (inc food) with doors opening at 7pm through to 1am