EastEnders star joins Herts group on stage at rock night

PUBLISHED: 14:08 08 November 2015 | UPDATED: 14:08 08 November 2015

EastEnders' Nasty Nick Cotton, aka John Altman, and Herts all-girl rockers JOANovARC will be playing a gig together at Club 85 in Hitchin

EastEnders' Nasty Nick Cotton, aka John Altman, and Herts all-girl rockers JOANovARC will be playing a gig together at Club 85 in Hitchin


A rock ‘n’ roll fright night featuring a former EastEnders star will be summoning up the spooky spirit of Hallowe’en a week late.

Actor and singer John Altman will be appearing at Hitchin’s Club 85 tonight (Sunday) along with Herts all-girl rockers JOANovARC.

John is probably best known as ‘Nasty’ Nick Cotton from BBC One soap EastEnders, but his career and his life have always been linked to music.

In his early days he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Motörhead’s Lemmy, guitar genius Jimi Hendrix and Who legend Pete Townshend.

He had a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ part in the film version of The Who’s classic rock opera Quadrophenia back in 1979.

In the same year he joined the Fab Four – playing George Harrison in Birth Of The Beatles, which told the story of the band’s formative Hamburg years before they struck fame.

It was during a cruise ship gig that he first crossed paths with Herts-based rockers and Club 85 favourites JOANovARC.

Band guitarist Shelley Walker said: “We hung out together in Norway and we had a rock ‘n’ roll connection straight away, so last year we invited John to perform with us at the Balstock festival.

“We had a great vibe on stage and Right Track/Universal records saw a video on YouTube, and they wanted us to release a joint Christmas single.

“Wild One was a fun feelgood song and, while it didn’t beat X-Factor to the number one spot, it still had great local support.

“Due to busy schedules, this is the first time that we will be performing a gig with John as a five-piece.

“This is a special one-off event, featuring support acts hand-picked by the band.”

The set list will feature popular rock covers, as well as a couple of John’s own songs.

Community radio station SG1 Radio is hosting and there will be a collection on the night for the Helping Sick Children charity.

Doors to the Whinbush Road venue will open at 6.30pm and the music kicks off from 7pm.

Also on the bill will be rockabilly trio Guido & The Hellcats, punk ‘n’ roll icon and Balstock main man G La Roche, and magician Martin Cox.

Tickets are £8 in advance from local outlets and online, or £10 on the door.

You will have to be 16 or older to get in, and photo ID will be required.

You can find out more about the gig and other events planned at the Whinbush Road venue online at www.club-85.co.uk

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