A former church in Sudbury is to become the venue for a rock concert as part of ambitious plans to get big names into the town.
The Indie Sermon is coming to St Peter’s in December and is bringing with it some of the biggest names from the 1990s Britpop era.
Nigel Clarke, from Dodgy, and indie legend Chris Helme, from The Seahorses, will perform on December 19, with organisers hoping it will be the first in a series of concerts at the venue.
Edd Keogh, who is organising the event alongside Andy Piper, said: “Sudbury takes a bit of a bashing for its lack of nightlife so we wanted to bring big artists to an exciting venue on a regular basis.”
The pair manage the White Horse pub in North Street and Mr Keogh added: “This is something that doesn’t happen in Sudbury every day, but there’s no reason why it shouldn’t.
“We’re immensely proud of Sudbury so it’s a real honour to bring Nigel and Chris – two amazing artists from the Britpop era – to our market town.”
Nigel Clark was lead singer with Dodgy, a pop rock trio that rose to prominence during the mid-1990s.
During a six-year rise to fame, the band released three albums and 12 top 40 singles, including the top 10 hit Staying Out for the Summer and Good Enough, while also headlining on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury.
Chris Helme, singer-songwriter and former frontman of John Squire’s post-Stone Roses band The Seahorses, was a major part of the indie-rock explosion dubbed Britpop.
Helme went on to front The Yards before building a solo career in 2009 and releasing two solo albums.
Support will come from Michael John McGlone and local artist Alan Bonner.
Tickets for the event are £7 and can be purchased from the White Horse, North Street, Stag & Doe Jewellers, North Street, or online at www.skiddle.com.