ELO Experience celebrate 40th anniversary of classic album in Carlisle

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THE music of 70s powerhouses ELO will be heard on stage in Carlisle this October, with the return of one of the UK's leading tribute acts.

The ELO Experience recreates the stadium sound of Jeff Lynne’s men at their best, recalling all the hits from their 1970s and 80s heyday.

They appear at the Sands Centre again on Friday October 13, having impressed at the venue last summer.

Electric Light Orchestra are best known for hits Sweet Talkin’ Woman, Mr Blue Sky and 1980 number one hit single Xanadu, which originally featured Olivia Newton-John.

Formed in Birmingham in 1970, they released their debut album the following year. Much of their success came in the US, where the band accumulated 27 Top 40 hit singles, gaining the record for having the most Billboard Top 40 hits of any band in US chart history without ever having a number one single.

In 2016 Jeff Lynne's ELO came back to prominence with the release of a brand new album, Alone In The Universe, and a UK and world tour. The ELO Experience 2017 tour will include some of the new material from the record, but will have many songs from the Out of The Blue album to celebrate its 40th Birthday year.

This tribute show features Andy Louis on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Steve Hemsley on keyboards, Jan Christiansen on lead guitar, bassist Pete Smith, and Tony Lawson on drums, as well as violinist Liz Stacey and a rotating line-up of cellists, including Clare Laughton, Alex Marshall and Lana Mocharenko.

Formed around 10 years ago, the ELO Experience are the world's foremost tribute to the band. With a stunning light show and large screen projection to further enhance the experience, they accurately reproduce the songs and sounds, and go on a musical journey through time. The talented musicians have performed around the world, including a residency in Las Vegas, and picked up the National UK Tribute Award in 2013.

The show at the Sands Centre on October 13 gets under way at 7.30pm, and tickets are available from the venue's box office.

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