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Chuck Berry heads Empire’s Spice Fest

PUBLISHED: 16:16 20 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:23 05 October 2010

Chuck... heading the Spice Fest

Chuck... heading the Spice Fest

THE godfather of rock’n’roll, Chuck Berry, is headlining the month-long Spice Festival which is back at the Hackney Empire to add flavour to the long summer nights, writes Eleanore Robinson. The festival in his only London shows this year. Kicking off proceedings on Tuesday (June 24) is Madness, the original nutty boys

THE godfather of rock'n'roll, Chuck Berry, is headlining the month-long Spice Festival which is back at the Hackney Empire to add flavour to the long summer nights, writes Eleanore Robinson.

The festival in his only London shows this year.

The man who inspired generations of guitar bands may be 81, but he has not lost an ounce of the energy and talent that has electrified audiences for more than half-a-century.

Kicking off proceedings on Tuesday (June 24) is Madness, the original nutty boys.

For three nights they play tracks from their new album, The Liberty of Norton Folgate, referring to an ancient independent liberty between Shoreditch and Bishopsgate in The City.

But Baggy Trousers, House of Fun and other classic hits and general musical mayhem are also promised from Suggs and company.

More ska comes courtesy of David Barker and Freetown band on June 28.

It will be bulges and baby oil galore at the 'Mr Titan' bodybuilding spectacular on July 6.

As well as pumped-up bodies, the focus of the show is 'fun, spectacle and theatrical'.

Beautiful bodies of a different kind are on display on July 8 at the UK Bollywood dance championships.

All dance styles featured in the Indian films will be on show, including belly dancing, bhangra and hip hop.

Empire stalwart Steven Berkoff is back for a special run of two of his one-man shows, Tell Tale Heart and Dog, on July 9 and 10.

Also returning to the Mare-street venue are Steve Weiner, Andi Osho, Imran Yousef, Liz Carr and other top turns from the Empire's 'New Act of the Year' competition.

More festival details online:

www.hackneyempire.co.uk


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