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seem to really appreciate original tunes and more venues are picking up on this. We have played extensively in Cumbria, from Carlisle down to Millom and across to Penrith.
are lots of venues we enjoy playing, including the Union Jack club in Workington, The White Star at Maryport, The White Horse at Scales and the Fletcher Christian at Cockermouth.
have definitely stepped it up a level this year, says Neil.
recalls: playing a gig in a rural pub, coins which had been stuck into the ancient beams for years rained down on us as we rocked out our first song.
There also Beck Fest at the White Mare Hotel in Beckermet in August and Valentine Rock at Workington cricket ground in September.
also love playing out of the county at places like Newcastle, Manchester, Derby and Nottingham.
Every rock band dreams of having money rain down on them. West Cumbrians Colt 45 have been together for just two years and their drummer is still at school. But the cascade of cash has already happened.
it. The crowd went wild so we are delighted to have been asked back to play the main stage this year. sounds as if Colt 45 love playing anywhere. But you need only hear their songs to realise that.
we love playing festivals. The atmosphere is fantastic and the crowds go mad for live music. We played at CockRock last year and loved Adidas Long Sleeve Dress
In May the three piece won a Battle of the Bands competition to headline Workington new music festival Slagfest.
bunch of bikers once held us until we played more songs for them. At a beer festival, an old woman thought we should turn the drums down and when we didn comply she yanked the power cable out of the PA system and had to be restrained by the bouncers. who hear Colt 45 are inclined to react more like the bikers than the cable pulling woman.
A shorter tour ends with a headlining gig at Legends in Newcastle on August 21.
band were approached by Raz White Management and we signed to him in April. Our aim is to break through into the mainstream market and hopefully get signed to a label. band have a dozen songs, all written by Neil and developed with bass player Gareth Jenkins and drummer Owen Scott.
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The future could be a thrilling place if the buzz surrounding Colt 45 is anything to go by.
And this weekend Colt 45 are at CockRock, appropriately enough on the Rapid Fire stage.
Nightlife readers are invited to visit the site and push the song even higher.
Neil works at Sellafield, Gareth at the Rural Payments Agency, and Owen is a student at Netherhall School sixth form.
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Even without the festivals, Neil feels the live scene in Cumbria is improving.
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Neil and Gareth are in their mid 20s and from Workington. Owen is from Maryport.
and has attracted plenty of interest.
Accolades are pouring down like those pub ceiling coins.
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