Vigo Thieves seal po­si­tion at front line

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - Ross Thom­son

Fresh from pen­ning Scot­land’s Euro 2016 an­them, Be­lieve, Wishaw band Vigo Thieves will have another date with the na­tional team later this month.

The five-piece group, led by front­man Ste­vie Jukes, will be per­form­ing at Ham­p­den Park on July 25 - the date of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qual­i­fy­ing draw in Rus­sia.

It’s the latest con­nec­tion with the Scot­land team and the Tar­tan Army which has in­cluded a pri­vate gig for man­ager Gor­don Stra­chan and the play­ers as well as per­form­ing in front of 60,000 fans at Celtic Park be­fore the Auld En­emy clash with Eng­land last year.

Ste­vie said: “It’s one we are look­ing for­ward to and it’s been great to link up with the guys.

“When we were asked to team up with Scot­land, we had the of­fi­cial launch at Mar Hall and we played a gig in front of the man­ager and the play­ers which was a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Play­ing in front of 60,000 was ab­so­lutely men­tal.

“When we play our own gigs we are play­ing in front of our own fans and you can get into a com­fort zone so play­ing at Celtic Park was a bit bizarre.

“We had played the ABC, Bar­row­lands and T in the Park be­fore, but this was some­thing else.

“We were talk­ing to guys like Jamie Car­ragher and Jamie Redknapp from Sky Sports as well, so it was dif­fer­ent class.”

The lads, Ste­vie, drum­mer brother Alan, bassist Gor­don Phipps, gui­tarist Barry Cowan and key­board player Chris Gor­man, to a year off from T this year to con­cen­trate on writ­ing and record­ing their new al­bum which is due to be fin­ished in Au­gust.

From hum­ble begin­nings, the band has or­gan­i­cally built up a loyal fan­base with more and more peo­ple be­com­ing ‘ Vigo Daft’ with ev­ery pass­ing month.

Ste­vie is hop­ing that the new al­bum and tour, set to be an­nounced over the next cou­ple of months, will at­tract even more fans to the band.

He added: “Apart from a show at King Tuts at the start of the year, the last few months has been taken up by writ­ing and record­ing the new al­bum.

“We’ve knuck­led down and em­braced the record­ing process.

“Ra­dio 1 played one of our new tunes a cou­ple of months ago so that gave fans a wee taster of what to ex­pect.

“I think the fans will no­tice a change from our pre­vi­ous records.

“It’s a bit dif­fer­ent to what they have heard be­fore.”

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