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REGULAR classic rock nights are coming to Hertford with Curved Air opening the season this week.

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After running for five years in Cheshunt, The Classic Rock Club is moving closer to Welwyn Hatfield at the Hertford Corn Exchange.

The opening concert at the Fore Street venue on Thursday features 70s band Curved Air, fronted by original singer Sonja Kristina.

Something of a sex symbol in the 70s, she is perhaps best known for marrying drummer Stewart Copeland, who was in one early incarnation of Curved Air before later forming The Police with Sting.

Curved Air first emerged in the early 70s as one of England’s most distinctive prog-rockers, with vocalist Sonja having previously appeared on stage in the rock musical Hair.

The band’s music combined classical and rock flavours, with Darryl Way’s violin adding a signature sound, but there was also a bit of a Jefferson Airplane-tinge to some of their work that helped set them apart from their peers.

The current line-up is touring the UK to promote the recent double CD release Retrospective (Anthology 1970 - 2009).

Classic Rock Club organiser DJ Chilli says fans are in for a treat.

He said: “I recently saw Curved Air at the High Voltage Festival in July and they were on top form.

“The music was performed faithfully by a group of virtuoso musicians fronted by original singer Sonja Kristina, whose voice is amazingly just as superb as it was in the 70s.”

Tickets for the October 13 gig cost £15 in advance or on the door, while Classic Rock Club members get a £5 discount.

Rock fans can join the club on the night of the Curved Air show free of charge and will then get entry to all future concerts at the discounted price of £10.

Following the opening rock show, the UK’s premier Thin Lizzy tribute, Limehouse Lizzy, play the Hertford venue on October 20.

Ian Dury’s backing band The Blockheads are in town on November 12, while The Hamsters will be bringing the curtain down on their career with their final gig at the Corn Exchange on December 2.

On December 9, Nine Below Zero, one of the UK’s top blues outfits, take the stage.

Absolute Bowie, a top-notch David Bowie tribute covering from Ziggy Stardust onwards, play the following night.

December 16 will see a Christmas special with Whole Lotta Led, one of Britain’s finest Led Zeppelin shows, returning to the county.

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