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HOT RATS IN FRANCE

GIGS COMING UP

  • February 3rd and April 14th - Theatre Les Insolites

    Thursday 26th April - Un Singe en Hiver, Calais


    HOT RATS TOUR DE FRANCE - TOUR DE FORCE!!!

    In July they were back for the Dunkerque maritime festival - Citadelle en Bordees - which last year featured a 1am gig for an hour and a quarter to an enthusiastic audience.

    The officials in Dunkerque were pleased with the Rats' performance and they have invited them back this year.

    Another favourite gig in France is at the Monkey - Un Singe en Hiver - in Calais. Another sweltering night of music as the Hot Rats performed an hour and three quarter set on the beach stage at Gravelines.

    This, following The Hot Rats great success at Dunkerque's 2001 'La Citadelle en Bordees' festival. The band enjoyed a terrific three day tour with gigs at Un Singe en Hiver in Calais, the Theatre Les Insolites and the famed Epicerie des Dunes in Dunkerque in mid July.

    With thousands of people enjoying an evening of music, food and drinking the night before the Tour de France, Dunkerque was packed and an audience of thousands danced away till the early hours (the band came off stage at 2.20am).
    They kicked off the evening with a pub style gig at Le Coyote - a tex Mex resto run by a Chinese couple

    THE CITADELLE FESTIVAL AT DUNKERQUE

    A one night festival that crams a weekend's entertainment into five hours.

    It does seem like a weekend by the end of it. Superbly run, it kicks off with a reception where all the artists are asked to play a couple of numbers acoustically.

    The band were accosted by a 92 year old lady selling War Cry for the Salvation Army. Mick bought the French version and Ian the English.

    Whether they learn anything from this remains to be seen.


    After this all the musicians are taken for a meal where they are given wine, beer and even all their fee in cash BEFORE they play.

    One of the disadvantages of drinking and eating and then going to the loo can be that eternal problem that sometimes happens to men.

    Trying to get rid of nasty evidence can sometimes mean a struggle with the hot air blower in the loo.

    It's also not the sort of thing that you can do without any one else noticing.

    Or taking pictures.


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