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Dr and the Medics were created almost at the dawn of the 80’s, in 1982 by The Rev Dr. Clive Thomas Jackson.
The band has had a very colourful and successful career as both recording artists and performers. Undoubtedly they are been best known for their massive 1986 No 1 “Spirit in the Sky,” which sold over 24 Million copies world wide and was number 1 in 23 countries!! They are also recognized as a great live act, in 1985 the NME referred to them as “THE live band of the year.”
Often promoted as 1 hit wonders, the band claim to be the only 1 hit wonder to have had 2 hits as their next single “Burn,” got to number 21!! But as they don’t make documentaries or publish books about one and a half hit wonders, the Doctor keeps quiet about “The other hit,” and wears his “One Hit Wonder” badge with pride!!!
The band’s last chart entry was “Waterloo” which they recorded with Roy Wood, In addition the band have recorded 5 albums, the latest being a live album featuring the current line up which is due out this year. This line up has been together since 1999 and has developed a unique and sensationally flamboyant live show. The current show features many hits from the 80’s, All given the Medics unique treatment!! Such is the power of their performance that they produced the shock result of the TV show “Hit Me Baby One More Time,” when they won the studio vote for best act against Jackie Graham, Belinda Carlisle and………………….. SHAKIN STEVENS!!!
In 2008 The Doctor was acknowledged by his home town when he was invited to perform to 8,000 people in the Liverpool Arena alongside Atomic Kitten, The lightening Seeds, The Christians, The Scaffold, The Farm, Gerry and the Pacemakers and many more for the “Number 1 Project.”
In 2015 the band are as busy as ever with a hectic festival schedule and shows throughout the year
In May they have also released a radical re-treatment of Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Right Round”.
In 2015 the band released Spirit In The Sky (29th Anniversary Remix Package) because the Medics wouldn’t wait for it’s 30th Anniversary. The song hit #1 in the United States.
In 2016 Doctor and the Medics teamed up with Julian Marsh with their first dance tune and first original song in over 20 years
As a city style venue in the heart of a South Wales town, we offer you something that’s both special and memorable.
We’ve always had a huge and lucrative audience for live music. (Wales isn’t called ‘the land of song’ for nothing.)
However, touring musicians have been caught in a kind of limbo. There have been few places that can bridge the gap between a large theatre and the back of a pub. Jac’s aims to fill that gap: it’s a mid-sized custom music venue with affordable prices and a great atmosphere.
It’s a fully accessible building in the centre of Aberdare, within easy reach of the M4 and M5, and a few minutes’ walk from the town’s rail and bus stations. It’s based in the former home of a doctor, which served for many years as the United Services Club (known locally as ‘the Shot and Shell’).
Since then, it’s been transformed into a venue suitable for audiences of up to 300, with an integrated bar, plenty of seating and a large dance floor. You can chill out in the bar, and there’s ample car parking a short walk away.
Our function room can cater for private parties, and we’ll be offering meals and Sunday lunches. We’ve established a reputation for an eclectic mix of live music every Friday and Saturday, our occasional ‘theme’ nights and weekends, and our Pleasant Valley Sundays showcasing the best in acoustic music. We’re proud to host the Blowout indie/alternative nights in Aberdare, and we hope to build a reputation as the ‘go to’ place for musicians and fans alike. Our 8.5 kW PA and 24-channel mixing desk allow us to tailor your sound, while our state-of-the-art lighting rig will show you off at your best. Our Blackstar cabs and drumkit are available as standard – of course, if you’d rather use your own gear, that’s fine
Our extensive network means that we can arrange suitable support acts and provide a DJ to fill in between sets. Our team covers all bases, from hospitality and catering, promotion and networking, social media and online marketing, and (of course) technical support.
Jac’s is the one-stop shop for touring musicians in Wales. Further down the line we’ll be able to offer accommodation and something to soak up the previous night’s beer. The days of living out of the van are long gone (fortunately). We hope you’ll take advantage of the free time to explore our historic town and enjoy the spectacular scenery at the southern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.
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