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Hard Rock Cafe's March On Stage unveils 2008 line-up

Ocean Colour Scene

Story by Jack Foley

HARD Rock International’s much anticipated March On Stage series returns in 2008 with a stellar line-up of artists – including Ocean Colour Scene and Jonathan Ansell – set to rock the UK, with all proceeds benefiting Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.

Now in its third year, March On Stage will see Ocean Colour Scene, James Fox, Jonathan Ansell and Chris Difford performing at Hard Rock Cafes in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Manchester.

After their sell out series of gigs in 2007, Ocean Colour Scene return to play Hard Rock Cafes at all four locations, while operatic Operatic sensation Jonathan Ansell joins the March On Stage series at Hard Rock London on March 4.

Wales’ finest James Fox will swap the West End Stage for the Hard Rock stage when he plays Hard Rock Cardiff on March 2.

While singer, songwriter and record producer Chris Difford closes the March on Stage series when he plays the London venue on April 8. A former member of Squeeze and Difford & Tillbrook, Difford has released a succession of hits including Tempted, Up The Junction and Annie Get Your Gun.

Last year, Jamelia and Ocean Colour Scene helped Hard Rock raise over £35,000 for Nordoff Robbins.

A spokesman for Hard Rock commented: “Nordoff-Robbins has been a long standing partner of Hard Rock’s and we are delighted to have the opportunity to host these fantastic shows for the second year. We hope this relationship continues for many years and are looking forward to this years March on Stage.”

In addition to the intimate live shows Hard Rock will be raffling off a limited edition March On Stage Epiphone Guitar signed by musical greats such as Paul Weller to further raise money for the charity. There will also be exclusive Hard Rock and Nordoff Robbins pins available to fans at each of the Cafes.

March On Stage Dates:

March 2, 2008
Hard Rock Cafe Cardiff – James Fox

March 4, 2008
Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh – Ocean Colour Scene
Hard Rock Cafe London – Jonathan Ansell

March 5, 2008
Hard Rock Cafe Manchester – Ocean Colour Scene

March 12, 2008
Hard Rock Cafe Cardiff – Ocean Colour Scene

March 13,2008
Hard Rock Cafe London – Ocean Colour Scene

April 8, 2008
Hard Rock Cafe London – Chris Difford