Eddie and the Hotrods Retire Premiere

It’s official, Essex pub-rock legends, Eddie and the Hotrods have announced 2018 will be their last year performing.

Fittingly, the band will be performing at Harlow’s new venue, Club Foot, on February 2 – the one year anniversary of the closing of Hotrods’ guitarist, Richard Holgarth’s venue, The Square.

Eddie and the Hotrods were the last band to grace the stage of The Square before it’s closing. Additionally, Adam Smith, the manager of Club Foot, was a co-owner of the Square alongside Holgarth, making it seem like this event just might be the perfect recipe for Harlow-area Hotrods fans.

“We are trying to keep live music going in the town,” said Holgarth, a longtime Harlow resident. “Club Foot is the nearest thing we have to a venue, which can afford artistically to put music on in the town, which does not follow the usual format of cover bands.”

Club Foot was launched by Holgarth’s alma mater, Burnt Mill Academy Trust, to fill the void left in Harlow by the closure of The Square. The new venue has even been kitted out with it’s predecessor’s PA and lighting system.

“It’s quite a gamble for pubs to put on original music and that’s what The Square was all about, and we hope Club Foot will be about.”

In regards to 2018 being the final year for us to enjoy Eddie and the Hotrods live and in person, the band said they have received plenty of ‘wonderful’ messages from supportive fans.

If you’ve been putting off seeing the band, for whatever reason, now’s the time to jump at the opportunity.

The gig starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are available for £10 to patrons 16 and over at www.independentvenueweek.com

-Linsey McFadden

Photos courtesy of Adam Smith