This is an upbeat festival band that thrills audiences at all of Europe’s biggest shindigs, including Glastonbury, WOMAD, and Montreux Jazz Festival.
Most people remember Tankus the Henge for its wild showmanship; frontman Jaz Delorean occupies the stage with jagger-esque aplomb, leaping from on top of a smoking piano and launching into the audience like an athlete, whenever the moment takes him.
One of the band’s great strengths is its musical agility, that allows Tankus the Henge to incorporate a vast range of genres. Rock, funk, blues, ska, and gypsy music are all there, always underpinned by an infectious energy that contrasts with lyrics that tell stories of wonder and woe.
Since the release of a first album, the band has toured extensively across Europe, playing at the London Olympics, and was even named by Metro as one of its “Top 10 Acts To See” at Glastonbury Festival.
Support comes from Rivermouth; he’s the lead singer of Cavemouth, the swamp-blues outfit that has featured on BBc 6music’s Introducing and played at events such as HowTheLightGetsIn.
“It reminds me of a mixture of early Kinks, Squeeze and a bit of Blur mashed in… I love it.” Dave Davies, The Kinks
“a virtual carnival of sound that’s high on energy and deep on soul….an exciting mélange.” The Guardian
MUSIC: Tankus the Henge, with support from Rivermouth
Friday 4 May
£10 advance, £12.50 on the door, £9 Theatre Friends
Doors open 7:30 P.M., starts 8 P.M.
Online: from above
In person: from Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres
By phone: 01297 442138
Booking fee may apply