The Spice of Life
6 Moor Street
London WD1 5NA
The Spice of Life is a Soho landmark, historic music venue and is in the heart of London's West End.
Renowned for having a great live sound The Spice of Life and Substance have worked together for over 10 years to bring the very best new music to the heart of the capital.
Steve Diggle attended the Sex Pistols gig at Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall, in June 1976. Their manager Malcolm McLaren introduced him to guitarist Pete Shelley and vocalist Howard Devoto, who were looking for a bassist for their band, Buzzcocks. John Maher joined as drummer and six weeks later,
Buzzcocks played their first concert. Steve played bass at several concerts and on the Spiral Scratch EP. Howard Devoto left Buzzcocks shortly after the EP was released, which prompted the band to reshuffle – Pete Shelley becoming lead vocalist as well as guitarist and Diggle switching from bass to guitar. Steve Diggle onstage with Buzzcocks in Holmfirth, 2011
Steve Diggle wrote several songs for Buzzcocks, including "Autonomy", "Fast Cars" (co-written with Howard Devoto and Pete Shelley), "Love Is Lies" (perhaps the first Buzzcocks song featuring an acoustic guitar), "Sitting Round At Home", "You Know You Can't Help It", "Mad Mad Judy", "Airwaves Dream", and, perhaps his most famous song, "Harmony in My Head", a Top 40 hit in 1979.
After Buzzcocks split in 1981, Diggle was briefly a solo artist, releasing the 50 Years of Comparative Wealth EP (with the guest participations of fellow-Buzzcocks Steve Garvey and John Maher) the same year. In 1982, he formed a new band, Flag of Convenience with ex-Buzzcock John Maher. Ex-Easterhouse drummer Gary Rostock played on Diggle's 2000 release Some Reality. In 2013, Diggle also appeared in the British punk-pop comedy Vinyl, playing himself.
Mr prolific' STEVE DIGGLE seems to have so much enthusiasm for his music these days you could swear he was still 25. He leads the Buzzcocks from the front these days, but has still found time to release his fourth solo album and as usual, he doesn't disappoint. coming across more introspective than the Buzzcocks, its the sound of this Manchester songsmith , branching out and not standing still
More Kicks arrived from nowhere – seemingly fully formed – at the end of 2017 on London’s garage scene. They immediately stood out a mile thanks to their unique mix of explosive pop melodies, jet-fuelled guitar riffs and shifting, sinewy rhythms.
Hidden away making loud music in tiny rooms, the trio (Sulli – vox/guitar; Paolo – bass/vox; Kris – drums) had been busy cooking up a rare alchemy. The result: a two-and-a-half-minute More Kicks song can touch on classic 60s garage, 70s NYC rock and roll, convulsing 80s powerpop and jagged 90s guitar pop – all wrapped in a razor sharp bundle. A sweet surface masking a bitter core.
Having toured in Spain, Germany, France and the Netherlands over the last few months, releasing two 7” singles, this gig will be a special acoustic performance.
“I do like acoustic gigs,” says Sulli “but the pressure is really on to connect with people on a different level – out of the comfort zone. That’s quite hard when you’re armed with only an acoustic guitar. Am I good under pressure? No idea – come find out.”