"It can't be done!" exclaimed astonished onlookers as Phileas Fogg struck his wager at London's Reform Club in Jules Verne's classic novel about global circumnavigation.
A century and a quarter after the ink dried on Verne's 'Around the World in 80 Days', a Canadian band have set themselves the, admittedly, barely comparable task of playing six gigs in London in one day. Not that it is without its challenges.
With half a dozen gigs at five sites around the capital, Cancer Bats are launching their new record, 'Dead Set On Living', in spectacular fashion. Maybe they will use some of Boris' bikes to get around, or perhaps trademark black cabs? WHAT IF THERE'S A TUBE STRIKE??
Can it be done? Well, the Bats have already managed three gigs in a day and they seem confident that they'll have no trouble getting to six key appointments in the capital in one day. Given the raw energy and hardcore power of their live shows, unlike the mugs at the Reform Club, I wouldn't bet against it.
The 'tour' of six gigs at five venues in around 14 hours begins at the Old Blue Last in Shoreditch at 11.30AM on Saturday 21st April, followed by shows at the Notting Hill Arts Centre (2PM), Upstairs at The Garage in Highbury (4.30PM), the Brixton Windmill (7PM) and Camden's Barfly at 9.30PM.
The Cancer Bats then return to Shoreditch and the Old Blue Last for the final gig of the day at midnight, before going for a bit of a lie down. Their journey between the five venues during the day will have traced a pentagram. Spooky.
We have tickets available now for all dates, priced just £10 (per show).
At the time of writing (Sat 7th Jan), all of the shows have now sold out with the exception of the Notting Hill Arts Club gig at 2PM. No doubt they will also be snapped-up pretty soon...