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40 Years of Disco 2019: The Village People and Odyssey among line-up

40 Years of Disco 2019

Story by Jack Foley

FOLLOWING the huge success of this year’s 40 Years Of Disco tour, Tony Denton Promotions has announced the line up for 2019 that once more brings together disco legends for this unique arena concert.

The Village People, The Trammps, Imagination featuring Leee John, The Gibson Brothers, The Three Degrees and The Real Thing have all been confirmed to appear, along with Odyssey, who will be making a return due to overwhelming demand.

The new tour takes in four arenas across the country, starting on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the Brighton Centre and culminating on March 24, at Birmingham’s Genting Arena. There will also be a stop at London’s Wembley Arena on Friday, March 22, 2019.

Disco started in the early 70’s in the clubs of New York with Studio 54, which opened in 1977, being the most famous. The same year the Disco Fever album spent six weeks at No.1 and was still there at Christmas.

About the line-up

Village People – One of the biggest Disco acts of all time with the classic hits In The Navy, Go West, Can’t Stop The Music, San Francisco, Macho Man and the worldwide No. 1 anthem YMCA, which has sold over 12 million copies to date. On their 40th anniversary, Willis, the original lead singer, returned. With his powerful and distinctive voice, the party continues with the original ‘Hot Cop’ back at the helm!

The Trammps – Have two of the most iconic Disco songs – Disco Inferno, for which they won a Grammy Award, and Hold Back The Night, other hits include That’s Where The Happy People Go and Zing Went The Strings To My Heart.

Imagination featuring Leee John: Over the past three decades the multi award winning British soul group have brought us such classic hits such as Body Talk, Just An illusion, Music and Lights, Flashback and In & Out of Love, which helped secure their power and dominance over the charts with their genre defying music not only in the UK but across the world with sales in excess of over 30 million albums.

The Gibson Brothers: Throughout the 70’s The Gibson Brothers dominated the charts and the dance floors and in 1978 released Cuba/Better Do It Salsa with a catchy tune that propelled them to Number 1 in several countries, earning them four gold records. Other hits include Ooh, What A Life, Mariana and Que Sera Mi Vida, which sold 5 million copies worldwide.

The Three Degrees – The trio had a string of hits including Giving Up, Giving In, The Runner, Take Good Care Of Yourself, My Simple Heart, Year Of Decision, Woman In Love and the No. 1 When Will I See You Again. They are the longest running female vocal group in history as confirmed by Guinness Book of Records. Today, the line-up consists of Valerie Holiday, Helen Scott and Freddie Pool.

The Real Thing: The multi-million selling soul band features their two original vocalists Chris Amoo and Dave Smith who have just celebrated the 40th anniversary of their debut hit single You To Me Are Everything. The single reached No 1 in the UK. They have sold over 3 million singles that also includes the hits Can’t Get By Without You, Whenever You Want My Love and Can You Feel The Force.

Odyssey: One of the most successful soul/disco acts of their era that culminated in the early 1980’s when they topped the UK charts with Use It Up And Wear It Out. They scored several other Top Ten hits in Britain and throughout the world. From their debut album emerged their first smash single – Native New Yorker, an international hit late in 1977.

The tour dates are (all March 2019)

21 – Brighton Centre
22 – London The SSE Arena, Wembley
23 – Liverpool Echo Arena
24 – Birmingham Genting Arena