Mike and The Mechanics have sold over 10 million records worldwide. Genesis founding member Mike Rutherford (guitar) returns with the same new generation Mike and The Mechanics.
The line-up includes one of the UK’s most prolific R&B singers, Andrew Roachford (lead and backing vocals), whose previous hits include 'Cuddly Toy' and 'Family Man'. and Canadian-born singer Tim Howar (lead and backing vocals), who toured with his band Vantramp, with Rod Stewart and Paulo Nutini. Tim shares vocal duties with Roachford and they both add a new soulful dimension to the band’s already established sound.
Following on from their recent sold-out tour in the US, the Looking Back Over My Shoulder Tour in 2019, will include tracks from their highly acclaimed latest album Let Me Fly, and their other classic hits such as 'The Living Years', 'Silent Running', 'All I Need Is A Miracle', 'Word Of Mouth', 'Another Cup of Coffee', and the unforgettable 'Over My Shoulder'.
The Anvil is a concert hall and a performing arts centre in the town of Basingstoke in Hampshire, UK.
Built on a site originally set aside for the third phase of Basingstoke's shopping centre, The Anvil was built to tackle what was then seen as a 'cultural desert' in the Basingstoke area. The aim of the project was to raise the profile of the Borough and to establish it as a major regional centre with a range of first class facilities. Twenty years since its opening, it is still not exactly clear how effectively these aims have been fulfilled, but the Hall seems quite popular within the local area. The building's name reflects its unusual shape, particularly when seen from the western approach as it vaguely resembles the horn end of a traditional blacksmith's anvil. It has also been likened to the bow of a ship.
The hall plays host to a variety of touring productions, stand up comedians, live bands, opera, and most famously classical music. The hall is designed to be multi purpose, and has multiple stage formats that fit shows according to their needs, plus a removable proscenium to cater for more theatrical performances that require more than a standard 'black box' stage, notably opera and pantomime. The auditorium has adjustable seating and considered some of the finest acoustics of any concert hall in Europe. The acoustic design was by Richard Cowell of Arup Acoustics.
There is a small second auditorium, The Forge, which primarily plays host to acoustic and folk acts.