Councillor John Whitby fronted The Beyond reunite for one off gig

Mayor of Derby, Councillor John Whitby will be returning to his rock days as The Beyond reunite for a one off gig next year.

The Beyond

The band, who enjoyed success at the end of the ’80s and in the early ’90s as they signed to major label EMI via subsidiary Harvest, toured heavily in the UK, Europe and the US including support for the likes of the Red Hot Chilli PeppersSoundgarden and Rush. When they play The Venue on 16 February 2018 it will be only their second live outing in two decades.

Alongside Councillor Whitby will be Neil Cooper (Cable, Gorilla, Therapy?), Andy Gatford (Gorilla, Leon, Eskimo Fires) and Jim Kersey (Leon, Eskimo Fires). A progressive metal band The Beyond’s sound had fury mixed with funk and jazz fusion and released albums Crawl (1991) and Chasm (1993) before re-emerging in 1995 as Gorilla. An important part of Derby’s local music scene the band were key players on the alternative scene nationally and internationally too.

Councillor John Whitby, who was elected as a Labour councillor to Derby City Council in 2010 and become Mayor of the city in 2017, said, “This may well be the most unconventional Mayoral event ever and it won’t feel like a fundraiser at all. It’s going to be a proper gig at a great venue.”

Councillor Whitby has set an ambitious fundraising target of £25,000 for the current municipal year and as the gig has been sponsored by Mace Ltd all proceeds from ticket sales will go to his chosen charities; Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre, Children First, Safe and Sound, the British Red Cross and the Derby Museums Trust.

Advanced tickets are available for £10 from or £15 on the door. Doors open from 7:30pm, with the event strictly limited to over 18s.

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