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Nine Below Zero
Forty years since Nine Below Zero first took to the stage at The Hope And Anchor, Islington in 1979 and the band will be joining us at Time Off Festivals.
Commonly hailed as one of the best blues bands in the country, the history of Nine Below Zero actually starts with the formation of Stan’s Blues Band in 1977 and a number of blistering live shows at the Thomas A Beckett pub on the Old Kent Road where they were spotted by management and became Nine Below Zero after a Sonny Boy Williamson song of the same
In 1980 the band released their first album Live at the Marquee and sold out the Hammersmith Odeon. The band’s second album Don’t Point Your Finger, produced by the legendary Glyn Johns is released and enters the charts twice, remaining there for five weeks.
The band have played with The Who, The Kinks and made TV appearances on The South Bank Show with Dr Feelgood and The Blues Band.
In 1990 the band’s 10th Anniversary sold-out gig at London’s Town and Country Club and in the mid 90s the band were invited by Eric Clapton to join him for 12 nights at The Royal Albert Hall. Shortly after long-time fan Ray Davies booked the band for his UK tour, including a date at Wembley Arena, before playing with Brian May at six of his shows on his UK solo tour.
In the late 90s the band formed their own record label, Zed Records and in 2000 the band celebrated their 20th anniversary of Live at the Marquee with two stunning shows.
Since then, the band have opened for Chuck Berry, performed on the Jools Holland show, and celebrated their 35th anniversary playing a UK tour with The Stranglers.
In 2017 the band toured with Squeeze and released the album 13 Shades of Blue before embarking on a 30-date tour of the UK in support of it.
Over the next couple of months the band will be working on their first album of original songs since It’s Never Too Late (2011) and we can exclusively reveal that the working title of this new record is Avalanche.