Too hot to handle! Eddie and the Hot Rods to set Burnt Mill Academy alight with performance in February

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LEGENDARY ‘pub rock’ phenomenon Eddie and the Hot Rods are set to perform an intimate gig in Harlow at Burnt Mill Academy’s new music venue, ‘Club Foot’.

The band, originally from Canvey Island in Essex formed in 1975, and have reformed several times since. They are best known for their 1977 UK top ten hit ‘Do anything you wanna do.’

Supported in the 1970s by infamous punk band ‘Sex Pistols’ – Eddie and the Hot Rods are no strangers to links with the musical greats, but will always return back to their roots of Essex.

Eddie and the Hot Rods


‘Club Foot’ situated at Burnt Mill Academy in Harlow was launched last year by Absolute Radio’s Breakfast Show, and has featured performances from bands such as Kasabian, whose 2004 smash hit ‘Club Foot’ was the inspiration for the venue’s name.

Their performance, set to be on February 2, will mark a year since the band performed at the now closed ‘Square’ in Harlow, which was co-owned by Hot Rods member Richard Holgarth.

Richard said: ‘We are trying to keep live music going in the town. Club Foot is the nearest thing we have to a venue, which can afford artistically to put music on in the town, which does not follow the usual format of cover bands. Its quite a gamble for pubs to put on original music and that’s what The Square was all about and we hope Club Foot will be about.’

Kasabian performing at Burnt Mill’s ‘Club Foot’ in May 2017


The new venue has been kitted out with the Squares PA and lighting system to bring the professional experience from its predecessor. Club Foot is set to become one of the small venues across the Country taking part in Independent Venue Week.

Club Foot manager and former co-owner of The Square Adam Smith said: ‘It’s been a great year for us. A suggestion in passing has turned into a reality, which was given a massive boost thanks to the Christian O’Connell Breakfast show. Since then, we have been working hard behind the scenes and have hosted some great events, having the honour of working with Steve White and Al Murray on the tribute to Bob Armstrong; hosting the Harlow is 70 Scooter Ride and watching young people rock at the Battle of the Bands.’

The event starts at 7:30pm and is strictly only over 16s. Tickets, costing £10, are available from

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