Jan Akkerman gained international fame with Focus from 1969 to 1976, recording a number of breakout albums and being voted world’s best guitarist by Melody Maker in 1973 (ahead of both Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page!). His music has being featured on endless Films and TV shows including Hot Fuzz (2007), Robocop (2014), Baby Driver (2017) and Nike adverts.
With Focus he toured with Frank Zappa and Yes, and is lauded by his peers:
"How can you forget a guy like Jan….the nights we played together were great, I wish I could play the things that he did" - B.B King
"An almost perfectly formed musician" - Peter Banks (YES)
"He’s totally a hero of mine, there are some people in life that no matter how old you are, you feel nervous if you meet someone, he’s one of those, a real role model" - Brian May
In October 2019 Akkerman released ‘Close Beauty’, considered as one of his most varied works incorporating acoustic and electric compositions, solo or performed with his band. It is his first studio album since 2011 and his first on vinyl for 30 years.
Dining tickets include a table reservation for the evening and a delicious two course dinner. Upon arrival you will be shown to your table where you can enjoy dinner & drinks before kicking back to enjoy the show. There are always vegetarian/vegan options on the menu and we are happy to cater for any other dietary requirements - although we kindly ask (in the case of major allegies) that guest notify us in advance where possible.
Premium booths require a minumum of 4 persons and there is a small additional surcharge for booking. Contact our showroom on 01825 790 200 to learn more and make a reservation. All guest are welcome to explore the showrooms (which are open all evening) before and after dinner and our friendly staff will be on hand to assist with any questions you have or purchases you may wish to make. Please follow social distancing guidelines at all times and pay attention to any one way systems arranged around the venue.
Although we recommend dining tickets as the best way to experience our events, we also have limited room for standing guests at most shows. Due to the nature of our restaurant, standing guests are invited to use our bar and shopping areas until 30 minutes before the event. Standing guests are welcome to browse the Roger Dean Gallery, make use of the heated decking area and browse our showrooms until shortly before the show begins.
Please note our doors open at 7pm. Tickets are non refundable however in the unlikely event a concert is cancelled, a refund will be offered or a credit note issued.
Unless otherwise stated all concerts will begin around 9pm and generally finish between 11.15pm and midnight.
Shows will usually consist of two 45 minute sets with a short 20 minute interval although this may vary between events. Please check the event specific information on your tickets after purchase.
For the safety of all our guests and staff please read the following safety policy. We are extending the below measures during the winter months for all of our upcoming events between 1st October and 31st December.
We have spent the past few weeks discussing becoming 'vaccine only' with both concert-goers and bands and have had overwhelming support for our approach, so we hope you will find our announcement a relief, and for those of you who do not agree with our policy we hope you understand that our decision has been made in the spirit of safety.
We very much look forward to the time when things can return to normal and that we can welcome everybody back without these precautions.
If the above works for you...we look forward to seeing you at the show!
Rescheduled for three completely EXCLUSIVE evenings to celebrate Jan's 75th Birthday!
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