The Coral
The Coral. L to R: James Skelly, Ian Skelly and Paul Duffy

The Coral lost over ‎£40,000 of their own cash in order to stage their Midsummer Night’s Scream homecoming show last weekend.

The Coral decided to absorb the loss because they were so desperate to stage the gig in New Brighton.

“We’re spending loads of our own money but it’s not about the money, it’s about putting on a special day, something to remember”, keyboardist Nick Power told just before the show.

The outlay came because The Coral had to erect a purpose-built tent and ferry in every last stage bolt and screw. Despite a sell-out audience of 6,000, this wasn’t enough to make up the cash shortfall.

“They were told to do it over two days to cover costs”, manager Alan Wills said. “But they didn’t want to do that. They wanted to make it special, a one-off in their hometown”.

He added that The Coral would play a series of secret shows throught the summer in order to make up the short fall. These will be announced with a day’s notice in the local press around the venue they choose.

The Coral are an English rock band, formed in 1996 in Hoylake on the Wirral Peninsula, Merseyside. The band first emerged during the early 2000s (decade) and found success with their debut album The Coral (2002) and follow up Magic and Medicine (2003). Their self-titled debut album was nominated for the 2002 Mercury Music Prize and later voted the fourth best album of the year by NME Magazine.

The Coral Background information

Origin: Hoylake, Merseyside, England
Genres: Indie rock, psychedelic folk, neo-psychedelia, jangle pop
Years active: 1996–present
Labels: Deltasonic, Skeleton Key
Associated acts: Serpent Power, James Skelly & the Intenders, The Viper Kings, The Sundowners

James Skelly
Paul Duffy
Nick Power
Ian Skelly
Paul Molloy

Past members
Bill Ryder-Jones
Lee Southall

© NME 28 June 2003

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