Elbow support band have drum kit stolen days before their biggest gig

By Mel Hughes

An unsigned band who are due to support Elbow at their Manchester Cathedral gig tomorrow night have had their drum kit stolen.

The kit, belonging to Chris Hough, drummer in The Slow Show, was taken during a raid on a house in Northenden.

The Slow Show beat off hundreds of other unsigned bands for the chance to support Mercury Prize-winners Elbow at BBC Radio 2 gig tomorrow night.

Hough, said: “It makes me wonder if the house was being watched as we were out for such a short time – the very thought makes me worry about the safety of the children.

“People don’t think about the devastation it causes not only with material things but emotionally as well.

“The band and I have been working so hard towards the Radio 2 gig with Elbow for weeks and we are so excited to be part of it, I am hoping the thief realises the kit will be easily recognised if they try to sell it and dumps it somewhere soon.”

Between 6.15pm and 7.15pm on Monday, the house on Kemble Avenue, Northenden, was broken into.

A hole was smashed into patio doors at the back of the house and van keys stolen from the kitchen. Cash, a DVD player, a Nintendo DS and a black Barbour jacket were also taken from the house.

The van was stolen from the driveway. The Pearl drum kit, which is worth several thousand pounds, and an amplifier were in the back of the van.

The Peugeot Expert van, registration number S18 HUF, is white with the phrase ‘Keep on drumming’ written on the side.

Detective Inspector Lee Price, based at South Manchester Volume Crime Unit, said: “All burglaries are devastating – Chris has the added worry that his livelihood, his drum kit, was in the back of the stolen van.

Anyone with information is asked to call officers in South Manchester on 0161 856 6181 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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