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John Otway Friday 6th February 2015 - JOHN OTWAY
John Otway is an English singer-songwriter who has built a sizeable cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona.
Despite the involvement of The Who’s Pete Townshend, he and Wild Willy Barrett remained on the fringes of the music scene, but continued to gain a live following with their frenetic, raucous and often chaotic performances in the pubs and clubs around the UK. In 1977 sales of Otway's sixth single, the half-spoken love song Really Free increased dramatically and reached number 27 in the UK Singles Chart to make him a pop star, but he appeared destined to become a ‘one hit wonder’.
Despite the lack of chart success, the live show remained as chaotic as ever and the possibility of physical injury meant that his audiences remained loyal. By the mid-1980s, Otway had appeared as a special guest in the final episode of the BBC comedy The Young Ones and constantly touring, clocking up around 150 shows a year.
In order to celebrate his 60th birthday in 2012, Otway booked the Odeon Leicester Square to show the documentary of his life. Titled Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure: Otway the Movie, the sell out screening saw cinematic history made with the final scenes of the movie being filmed from the red carpet on the morning of the film. Following the success of the producers' premiere, 2013 has seen Otway take the completed movie to the Cannes Film Festival and it has been screened in cinemas throughout the country. Unlike his albums, the film has been critically acclaimed - receiving a four star review from The Guardian newspaper - and has been put forward for several BAFTAs including "British Outstanding Debut".
Definitely a show not to be missed – buy early, it will sell out!
Venue: Poppy and Pint West Bridgford, Nottingham
Price : £15.00 plus booking


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