Featuring blasting horns, soulful gospel singers and hard-hitting lyrics, Hightown Pirates creates a wall of sound that evokes the euphoria of festivals and packed arenas.
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Featuring blasting horns, soulful gospel singers and hard-hitting lyrics, Hightown Pirates creates a wall of sound that evokes the euphoria of festivals and packed arenas. The celebrated alt rock band promises to “break your heart and fix it again” with their anthemic songs of love, loss and redemption.
Hightown Pirates is the brainchild of Simon Mason, one of the Britpop era’s most notorious drug dealers. Having supplied substances to the biggest stars of the 90s, Mason struggled with his own spiral of addiction before kicking the habit 15 years ago and carving a space to celebrate sobriety within the Rock & Roll industry.
The various musicians that have contributed to the project have previously worked with the likes of Primal Scream, Gang of Four, The Coral, Super Furry Animals, Van Morrison, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller and The Rolling Stones.
Connecting them all is their shared experiences of addiction and the long and arduous journey they’ve had to take to reach recovery.
Prior to forming the band, Mason authored the critically acclaimed Rock & Roll memoir, Too High, Too Far, Too Soon: Tales from a Dubious Past. Published in 2013, the book offers a candid glimpse into the highs and lows of Mason’s life as the ‘Chemist’ for the Madchester movement and his descent into heroin addiction that almost took his life.
Two years later, the concept of Hightown Pirates was born thanks to a meeting in Liverpool between Mason and Shack frontman, Mick Head who was in the midst of his own battle with addiction.
It remained an ‘idea’ until Mason was asked to tour with The Libertines and Pete Dohorty in 2016 where he read from his memoir and performed some of his original music. Backed by some of indie rock’s most influential names and an anonymous donor, Hightown Pirates released their debut album “Dry and High” in 2017. It was met with a rapturous response from both critics and music fans, kicking off a new era in Mason’s life and career.
Simon Mason added: “Music has been the one constant in my life. I saw my first gig, The Jam, aged 12 and life would never be the same again.
“I write about people; some who are still here and some who are sadly no longer with us. Sometimes I write about myself, but mostly I’m an observational songwriter.
“When people ask what ‘we’ sound like, I always answer, ‘this is the sound of redemption’.”
Approx. Stage times:
Support TBA: 8:30 – 21:10
Hightown Pirates: 21:30 -22:30
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Performance Time: 8:30pm
Age Suitability & Warning: Age Guidance: 14+ with Adult
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