Ipswich band prepares for major tour

IPSWICH indie-pop band Rosalita has today announced 12 more dates as part of their UK-wide tour. The band, which opened the V-Festival at Chelmsford in 2007, will perform in a number of venues throughout March and April including Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Brighton, Liverpool and Dundee.

IPSWICH indie-pop band Rosalita has today announced 12 more dates as part of their UK-wide tour.

The band, which opened the V-Festival at Chelmsford in 2007, will perform in a number of venues throughout March and April including Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Brighton, Liverpool and Dundee.

Keyboards player Ben Groom said the five strong band are looking forward to their first national tour.

He said the band had originally planned a one month tour but had been persuaded to spend a second month on the road.

Ben added: “There's a lot of dates and there will be a lot of driving but we are looking forward to getting on the road and performing to new audiences.

“We are a bit nervous and we are hoping it all goes ok but if someone had said to us 18 months ago that we would be doing a tour like this we wouldn't have believed it.”

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With a set of their songs prepared and under rehearsal, the band are also releasing a three track Extended Play (EP) CD to coincide with the tour.

The EP includes the band's songs “What would your mother say?” “If You Can't Dance” and “Way Past Bedtime”.

Ben, 25, added: “Hopefully the EP will do well and the tour and EP will compliment each other.

“We are looking forward to it and looking forward to going to all the different places. Most of us have never been to Scotland before so that should be interesting.”

On March 28 the band will play to a home crowd at Ipswich Caribbean Club in Woodbridge Road.

Ben added: “It will be the biggest venue and biggest show we have done in Ipswich so we are very excited about being back in the town for that gig.”

For more information about the band and to buy tickets visit their website

www.myspace.com/rosalitaband. Tickets for the Ipswich performance are £5 and available on 01473 252700.

Are you a fan of Rosalita? Who is your favourite Ipswich band? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

March

12 King Tut's Wah Wah Hut (18+) Glasgow

13 The Ark (18+) Edinburgh

14 Academy 2 (18+) Newcastle

15 Dry Bar (18+) Manchester

16 Bar Academy (14+) Birmingham

17 Freebutt (16+) Brighton

18 Joiners (14+) Southampton

19 Arts Centre (14+) Norwich

20 Bar Academy (14+) London

21 Barfly (15+) Cambridge

22 Trashy @ Carling Academy (18+) Oxford

28 Caribbean Club (All Ages) Ipswich

April

5 Esquires (16+) Bedford

17 Buffalo Bar (18+) London

21 The Beat Club (18+) Glasgow

22 The Ark (18+) Edinburgh

23 The Doghouse (14+) Dundee

25 Escobar (18+) Hartlepool

26 Georgian Theatre (all ages) Stockton on Tees

27 Barfly (14+) Liverpool

28 The Sugarmill (14+) Stoke on Trent

29 Little Civic (14+) Wolverhampton

30 The Leopard (14+) Doncaster

Band Members

Kris Andrew - vocals

Jay Goodrich - bass

Ben Groom - keyboards

John Randall - drums

Influences - new wave/post punk

Debut single - 'Manga Girl' was released in Nov 2007.