Festival serves up eclectic music mix

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POPULAR indie band The Lightning Seeds and former Genesis lead guitarist Steve Hackett are among the big names coming to Buxton for the town’s annual festival of live music next month.

Four Four Time 2012, now in its 10th year, is set to serve up an eclectic mix of music for audiences at Buxton Opera House and the Pavilion Arts Centre during the festival, which takes place from Saturday February 18 until Saturday February 25.

The Lightning Seeds

The Lightning Seeds

Events already lined-up at the Opera House include 90s indie band The Lightning Seeds, made famous by their album Jolification which spawned the national anthems Lucky You, Change and Perfect and Marvellous, and co-founder of the post-punk band Joy Division, Peter Hook.

Known for his melodic and rhythmic style, Hook will delve into the Joy Division/ New Order legacy (Love Will Tear Us Apart, Blue Monday) as well as perform some of his more recent material.

Lead guitarist of Genesis’ star-strewn line-up of the 1970s, Steve Hackett, will also perform at the Water Street venue.

Renowned as an immensely talented and innovative rock musician, Hackett’s work with Genesis made an indelible impression on the fabric of classic rock, demonstrating an unparalleled emotional and technical range that spanned the delicacy of Horizons and the masterful solo of Firth of Fifth.

Other events in the Opera House include one of the most influential bands of the 80s, Echo & The Bunnymen. The Beat & The Selecter will recreate the British ska explosion of 1979, Celtic music ambassadors Capercaillie will perform, The James Taylor Quartet will play at the Arts Centre and Folk heroine Kate Rusby makes a welcome return.

Over at the Arts Centre, The Mandolinquents will show why the mandolin is Italy’s greatest export alongside Sinatra and pizza, while there will be performances by Irish jazz singer Mary Coughlan and up and coming indie and blues singer Scott Matthews.

Other Arts Centre events include Kit Homes Trio, Woody Mann & Gordon Giltrap, Monica Vasconcelos & The Hih Quartet, The John Otway Big Band and Claire Martin & Richard Rodney Bennett.