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Big Lix Rock On

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 08, 2013

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ASHBOURNE rockers, Big Lix have been named the Best of 2012/13 by a magazine dedicated to music in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire area.

Moonshine Magazine awarded Big Lix their Best Of award for the second year running, with Mick Moonshine saying: “As a classic rock band Big Lix are miles ahead in their game, professional and the musicianship is second to none.”

All Ashbourne men, Big Lix features guitarist and vocalist, Jon Bigland, Andy Smith on lead guitar, Rich Mellor on bass guitar and vocals as well as drummer, Rip Hurst.

Reviewer Roy Goodall from Matlock went along to a Big Lix gig at Derby and his write-up of the event was featured in the magazine to illustrate the reaction of music-lovers to a Big Lix performance. Mr Goodall said: “Playing large arenas can be the ultimate high for many bands. All that noise, energy, and thousands of people hanging onto every note. And then there’s the money. Headlining your own pub gig isn’t too shabby either, as Ashbourne gang Big Lix packed out Derby’s Horse and Groom.

“Having done what they do now for 20 years we all knew what we’re getting as the lads did cracking versions of Free’s The Hunter, Neil Young’s Rockin’ In The Free World and a smattering of Pink Floyd stuff to name but a few. With the intermission over we had more tunes from Free and a great version of Mott The Hoople’s All The Young Dudes which seamlessly morphed into Deep Purple’s Highway Star. Big Lix had by now got the crowd in the palm of their hands with frontman Jon Bigland playing his guitar with complete natural flair.

“With Rip on drums, Rich on five string bass and vocals and Andy on guitar they ploughed on with a fantastic version of Status Quo’s Big Fat Mama. This worked well, as most people know the Quo but the track itself is a bit of a rarity. With their next trump card we had the Tom Jones classic Delilah which was another good move as it bonded well with the audience as the Derby crowd, who all gave back huge vocal support, also had massive smiles on their collective faces.

“It’s called having fun which Big Lix do without embarrassment. Saying Big Lix are a rock covers band that play the pub and club circuit actually does them a disservice as they really do put huge effort into their shows with sound, lighting and overall production being top draw. As I’ve mentioned to the lads before a smattering of newer stuff wouldn’t have gone amiss but I won’t hold that against them as for my money they are one of the nicest and most hard-working bands on the circuit. And believe me, I’ve seen plenty.”

Big Lix are back on the circuit on Saturday, January 12 at the Wyggeston Hotel, Burton.

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