Music lovers are in for a big treat as one of the country’s top tribute bands, Spandau Too, will soon be appearing at the Players Theatre, Lowestoft.
The original Spandau Ballet rose to fame in the early 1980s with 23 hit singles to their credit. The band have been described as one of the most successful groups of the New Romantic era of British pop. As well as their fantastic catalogue of songs including the ballads True and Gold ,they were also famous for their flamboyant and eccentric fashion of the time.
Lead singer of Spandau Too, Ian Pont said “We don’t look much like Spandau Ballet, we definitely won’t be wearing white frilly shirts, but many have said that the sound we create is uncannily similar to the original Spandau.”
We have a fantastic show lined up with no less than 26 songs which we’ll be playing completely live – there’ll be no backing tracks for us!”
Spandau Too with Ian Pont, lead singer centre stage.
Credit: Spotlight Photographic
Spandau Too, a seven piece band, with five vocalists, formed in October 2021 after Ian Pont was talent spotted at an audition for a production of the musical Half A Sixpence. He was invited to record some songs. It was during the recording process that the producer commented that his voice and vocal range was not dissimilar to Tony Hadley, the exceptionally talented lead singer of Spandau Ballet.
Ian Pont, a Spandau fan (he owned all of their albums in the 80s) then set about auditioning vocalists and musicians to form Spandau Too. It wasn’t long before news of this new tribute band travelled to Tony Hadley. After listening to Spandau Too Tony Hadley invited Ian Pont to a sound check for his own tour.
“Tony Hadley was very generous and very supportive. He even gave me some great sound tips” added Ian.
Although Spandau Too are based in the south of England, Ian Pont is no stranger to East Anglia. He previously played cricket for Essex travelling on many occasions to Suffolk for matches. He has often visited Lowestoft also, enjoying many a pleasant stroll along the South Beach promenade.
When not recreating the sound of Spandau Ballet, Ian works as an international sports coach, a role which brings him immense satisfaction.
We asked Ian Pont what is his favourite Spandau song? Without hesitation he replied “Through the Barricades, although it’s a very emotional song to sing.”
Whether you are a lover of tribute bands or not, this is definitely a show not to miss. Spandau Too will be performing at the Players Theatre on Saturday 10 September. Doors and bar open from 7.30pm. Live music from eight. To book tickets please visit www.playerstheatre.info or call the Box Office on 01502 770020.