Soulfish and Quartet at the Alban Arena

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SOULFISH will be swimming upstream to the Alban Arena next Friday, February 12.

It follows the success of the soul band at the civic disco in December.

Soulfish are a 10-piece band who for the past 15 years have bossed the North London soul scene. They’ve opened Proms in the Park and The Queen’s Silver Jubilee party, been the house band on Channel 5’s Night Fever backing Suggs and Kim Mazell and twice played the Everyman Testicular Cancer balls.

The line-up includes members of The Selecter, Supertramp, The Cuban Brothers, Secret Affair and Chicken Shack, as well as cast members of the West End’s shows Dancin’ In The Streets, Mamma Mia and Sweeney Todd.

Soulfish provide two one-hour sets including hits from James Brown, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder to name but a few.

The evening begins at 8pm and Soulfish are supported by 2Tone.

Tickets are £15, available from the Arena box office on 01727 844488 or go to

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