The Louisiana, Bristol, GB

Entry Requirements: 16+ (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)


Halo, are a rock band from Bristol, UK. The band’s journey began in 1999 when brothers Graeme and Iain Moncrieff joined forces with Jim Davey and then Stevie Yeomans. They quickly developed a unique sound comprising raw energy, soaring guitars, an unswerving rhythm section, epic songs and rich three-part vocal harmony.

Halo quickly gained a reputation for their electrifying live shows and soon found themselves on the radar of publishing giants Windswept Pacific, who snapped them up immediately after watching the band perform at The Astoria, London. Shortly afterwards Sony’s S2 label became favourites to sign them and the band promptly put pen to paper with Muff Winwood, head of Sony Europe, to sign a six album deal.

Halo’s first release, the ‘Still Here’ EP, was given away free to their rapidly expanding fan base with rave reviews. Kerrang urged readers not to ‘look this gift stallion in the mouth’ and to join Halo’s mailing list pronto.

After a string of festivals and a heavy stint on the road touring with The Strokes, Wheatus, The Cooper Temple Clause, Ocean Colour Scene and Pink, Halo teamed up with Stereophonics producer Al Clay at ICP studios in Brussels and recorded their debut album ‘Lunatic Ride’, released in 2002

The album generated three singles. The first ‘Cold Light Of Day’ reached 44 in the UK charts, ‘Never Ending’ went to 56 and ‘Sanctimonious’ which they re-recorded with legendary producer Gil Norton (Pixies, Foofighters) went to number 41. Mark Radcliffe also made it Radio 1’s record of the week.

After a major shake-up of Sony Music, Halo were released from their contract alongside 40% of the labels roster, including chart giants Reef and Toploader, Halo, as a band, ceased soon afterwards.

In 2011, the band decided to do a one off show in their hometown of Bristol, the show sold out and it was agreed they continue to play occasionally when it felt right… This show will be as part of the Louisiana’s 30th year anniversary, and the band will be playing their debut album Lunatic Ride in its entirety.

As soon as we were asked to do this we jumped at it. All the old songs sound massive and we've barely aged a day, there's a fire still burning which has never gone out - now's the time to pour some petrol on it.

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