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Monday, March 10, 2014

Jon Ronson tells the real-life Frank Sidebottom Story

Author, journalist and documentary film maker Jon Ronson comes to The Met on Friday 28 March talking about his years as the keyboard player in the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band. Ahead of the release of ‘Frank’ the movie later this year, Jon tells the true story that inspired the fictionalised film.


Frank Sidebottom (played by Chris Sievey) was a cult comedy and music star who wore a papier-mache head. He made regular appearances on North West television, even becoming a reporter on ITV’s Granada Reports. Throughout the late 1980s and the 1990s his Oh Blimey Big Band, which also featured BBC Radio’s Mark Radcliffe, toured the country playing oompah versions of pop classics such as ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ and ‘Radio Ga Ga’. The band played Bury’s Derby Hall (now The Met) in the late 80s.


Now a best-selling and award-winning author (Them: Adventures with Extremists, The Men Who Stare At Goats, and The Psychopath Test), Jon Ronson’s new book, ‘Frank’ is an account of his years with the band. The film of the same name, which is due for release later this year, is a fictionalised re-telling of the book starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Donhnall Gleeson.


Tickets to see Jon Ronson’s return to The Met are £16. For more information or to book please phone 0161 761 2216 or go online at www.themet.biz.