10cc are to join the Quo

Rick Fenn, Graham Gouldman and Mick Wilson of 10cc performing live.
Rick Fenn, Graham Gouldman and Mick Wilson of 10cc performing live.

ONE of the most versatile and endearing bands of the 1970s will be joining rock legends in Alnwick this year.

After the Gazette revealed that Status Quo will be performing at Alnwick Castle on Saturday, August 20, we can now reveal the support act – 10cc.

The group ruled the pop world at a time when the charts were dominated by some of the most creative and colourful artists in pop history.

But unlike David Bowie, Queen, Elton John or Rod Stewart – all of whom they stood shoulder-to-shoulder with for a decade – 10cc worked not on image or celebrity status, but on the art of making highly-sophisticated rock masterworks into simple-sounding pop hits.

As founding member Graham Gouldman said: “Our main influences were The Beatles and the Beach Boys. Then there was all the other stuff.”

From their breakthrough number two hit Donna in 1972, to their final number one – Dreadlock Holiday – in 1978, via such landmark releases as I’m Not In Love, their worldwide smash in 1975, 10cc stood for the kind of heightened pop sensibility achieved only by the very greatest music practitioners.

In truth, they could have come from any era. 10cc would have been as at home in the dynamic early days of pop in the 1950s as they would have been in the instant-gratification download culture of today.

As Gouldman pointed out: “It was all about the songs. Not the image or who the singer was or who played which instrument.”

Their many other Top 10 hits include Rubber Bullets, Art For Art’s sake, Good Morning Judge, I’m Mandy Fly Me, Life is a Minestrone and The Things We Do For Love – a back catalogue of tunes found on the albums that have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.

The evening starts with gates opening at 5pm. There’s even a grand firework finale to round off what promises to be a magical night out.

Tickets are available through Alnwick Playhouse, Berwick Maltings and Newcastle TIC or call IML Concerts on 01603 660444 or visit www.imlconcerts.co.uk

Advance tickets cost £35 with a discount price for children aged five to 15 of just £15. Under fives are free.

Group bookings – book more than 10 adults at one time and get 10 per cent discount – are available only through IML Concerts box office.