WIRRAL music legends Rob and Alan Fennah - aka Alternative Radio - return to the Floral Pavilion Blue Lounge later this year for two nights only in December.

The brothers have been a leading force in the music business since the early 1980s and are renowned for their ability to create a massive 'live' sound with just two people.

Looking forward to their shows - at the Floral Pavilion on December 10 and 11 - Rob told the Globe: "We formed in 1981 and I was reminded just the other day that it was four decades ago, so I guess it's a happy accident to be doing what could be deemed a 40th anniversary show.

"Of course the real reason is that both Alan and I have new solo albums to flog so doing a couple of gigs to promote them seemed like a good idea."

The Wallasey-based musician, writer and theatrical producer continued: "It's going to be fun getting back on stage to perform again.

"I'm just hoping we've still got the energy to play the fast ones like we used to.

"We will of course be doing all the old favourites with a smattering of new songs to keep it interesting."

Alan continued: "During the pandemic we wouldn't have been able to get on stage - even if we'd wanted to - so working on our respective solo albums while incarcerated kept us occupied and out of trouble.

"Rob and I discussed various release dates for the two albums and finally decided to put them out on the same day, December 1."

Rob added: "Alan has his own home studio to record in whereas I recorded mine at the Motor Museum studio in Lark Lane.

"It was good to go back there again; the last was to record the Anfield Rap in 1988, with Liverpool footballers Craig Johnston, John Barnes and the rest of the Red Machine."

Rob also has a message for fans and old chums. "Tickets are selling really well for the gigs so make sure you grab yours while you can."

Wirral Globe:

Rob and Alan Fennah - aka Alternative Radio

After leaving Hilbre School in 1975, Rob formed Buster with Pete Leay, Kevin Roberts and Les Brians.

Originally called The New Attraction, the group played the cabaret circuit in North Wales before signing a major recording contract with RCA Records and enjoying huge success in Germany and Japan.

The band split in 1981 and Rob went on to form Alternative Radio. They signed to EMI Parlophone Records in 1983.

Outside his work with the band, Rob has written two successful stage plays, based on Hoylake author Helen Forrester's best-selling books Twopence To Cross The Mersey and By The Waters Of Liverpool, together with a wholly original play called Lennon’s Banjo.

All three are scheduled to tour the UK in 2022 and 2023.

Rob also used lockdown to launch a guitar tutorial channel on YouTube – Fennah Rob - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdPrFOPBnDY9xsYxRoG9e3Q

The channel features more than 200 tutorials with Rob and all downloads to accompany the lessons are 100% FREE!

Tickets for the Alternative Radio gigs can be bought at: https://www.floralpavilion.com/en-GB/shows/alternative%20radio/events