Three more top acts are at the Flowerpot

John Illsley
John Illsley

The acclaimed Coldplay tribute band Coldplace are the visitors to The Flowerpot in Derby for a gig on Friday, September 26.

Coldplace have been performing since 2004, always striving to give the audience the closest experience to seeing Coldplay themselves.

The band all come from Grimsby and their reputation is spreading worldwide.

Then, on Saturday, September 27, there’s a visit to the King Street venue by Dire Straits founder member John Illsley, and his own band.

Performing songs from his solo career together with classic Dire Straits tracks, John Illsley is an English musician who rose to fame as the bass guitarist of the critically acclaimed band.

With Dire Straits, John has been the recipient of multiple BRIT and Grammy Awards and a Heritage Award. As one of the founding band members, with Mark Knopfler, his brother David and drummer Pick Withers, John played a major role in the development of the Dire Straits’ sound.

Throughout it all, John and Mark were the only founding members to remain in the line-up of Dire Straits right through from 1977 until they decided to call it a day in 1995. They still remain close friends and recently produced a programme Guitar Stories for Sky Arts.

During their time together as Dire Straits they sold over 120 million albums and toured extensively across the world. When Dire Straits took a couple of well-earned breaks John released two albums; Never Told a Soul (1984) and Glass (1988). Both featured Mark Knopfler as a guest musician.

May 2010 saw the release of John’s most recent album, Streets of Heaven, with appearances from Mark Knopfler and a host of other world-class musicians. The album was recorded at British Grove studios and produced by John and Guy Fletcher.

Finally, US blues legend Larry McCray is on tour with his band and drops in at the Flowerpot on Thursday, October 2.

He is currently on a short European tour to promote his brand new studio album.

Larry McCray is one of a handful of talented young blues performers leading the genre across boundaries and into the new century.

McCray’s savage blues-rock guitar and warm, soulful vocals have drawn attention worldwide.

Doors open at 8pm for all three gigs. Admission is £8 for Coldplace, £15 for John Illsley and his Band, and £12 for The Larry McCray Band.

Advance tickets are available from The Flowerpot and RAW Promotions, as well as online at