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Rising music star Nick Aslam is coming home to play in Burton

By PamPearce  |  Posted: March 17, 2017

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Nick Aslam is coming home to Burton for a gig at the National Brewery Centre

Nick Aslam is coming home to Burton for a gig at the National Brewery Centre

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Nik Aslam is near the end of a gruelling 16-date UK tour and getting ready for the last show.

It is a crucial one for he will play in his home town of Burton tomorrow at the National Brewery Centre. I speak to him as he recovers from his latest Rebel City Revival gig at Dublin Castle in London.

The working class Horninglow-born lad who admits he was the "class clown" at school is pleased to be back home." We have been playing to packed houses so we are all chuffed at that," he said. "I have been out of town for a long time and not really played a lot in Burton. I gigged at the Wetmore Whistle two or three years ago when I was full at it.


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"It is brilliant to headline in my home town. He is still in touch with pals from school but like many people, he relies on Facebook to keep in touch."

He went to Holy Trinity Primary in Wetmore Road and a trio of secondaries: John Port, John Taylor and de Ferrers before moving to Lincolnshire in Year 9. "The area I grew up in in Burton was a bit rough and ready in those days."I grew up in the pub culture and have always put my energy into music.

"It is a real shame the Wetmore Whistle has closed. At one time it was the only place in Burton you could go to for live music. It has definitely lost some of its charm but all this could change with this gig. This show could be the start of something.


"The reason why things are getting exciting for Nick are twofold. His first album is coming out this August, preceded by three EPs. He has also been getting plenty of airplay and support from the BBC across its platforms, both nationally and locally.

He said: "The BBC support us a lot. We have played on the BBC stage at a festival and get heard on 6Music which is really good." His band in the Rebel City Revival is drummer Daniel Alton from Stapenhill, lead guitarist Jack Thorp and James Dixon on bass.Nick admits his influences come from across the spectrum of music – Bobbie Vee, Bjork, glam rock and popular 90s bands.


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Nick's mentor Martin Glover who produced The Verve, had some top tips for him when he was an up and coming artist. He said: "He told me to get myself reading the greats of literature so I am now a big fan of Hardy and Hemingway. My world changed when I got those books from charity shops." And it allowed him to hone his songwriting skills.

His band in the Rebel City Revival is drummer Daniel Alton from Stapenhill, lead guitarist Jack Thorp and James Dixon on bass.

So what is Nick's style of music? "Interesting indie rock 'n' roll," he tells me. He has written songs about The Foresters pub which was in Horninglow Road and also The World' End.

Nick said: "I am excited about this gig and I hope it will be good for the town. This could be part of a revival in music fans enjoying live shows. It is going to be a magical night."



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