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Article: Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford to return to Guildford for charity rock concert

Mike was interviewed for Get Surrey ahead of Mike + the Mechanics’ appearance as a part of the Wintershall Charity Rock Concert. Article by Georgina Townshend.


Photo by Richard Heathcote

Lead guitarist of Genesis and rock phenomenon Mike Rutherford will return to his home town of Guildford for a charity rock concert next month.

The music icon will play at the Wintershall Charity Rock Concert, in the grounds of the Wintershall Estate in the Surrey Hills, on Saturday July 2.

Mr Rutherford, along with Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks and Anthony Phillips, founded Genesis 48 years ago when he was at Charterhouse public school in Godalming. The band has sold 150 million albums and their farewell gig at the Circus Maximus in Rome in 2007 attracted a crowd of 500,000.

In the meantime, Mike + the Mechanics, who he will be playing with at the concert, was set up in 1985 as a ‘bit of fun’, and has sold more than 10 million records.“There’s a nice history to the concert, which will be the sixth event in around 30 years,” he said. “It’s a nice local event, that raises a lot of money on the day in a special setting.”

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Upcoming Mike + the Mechanics Events in July

July is going to be another great month for festivals and appearances with a handful of items to choose from if you’ve not yet planned your summer holidays. As usual, here is your rundown of what will be going on and where you can buy your tickets.

On July 1 you will be able to catch the Mechanics at the LIFE Festival in Schaan, Liechtenstein. __5268586

July 2 the band will be contributing to the black-tie picnic evening of the Wintershall Charity Rock Concert in support of the James Wentworth-Stanley Memorial Fund and HASTE (the Heart and Stroke Trust Endeavour).

Saturday July 9 the band will be heading to Silverstone to take the main stage at the 2016 Formula 1 British Grand Prix.

Finally, on July 25 the band will be playing the Rock Legend Festival in Słupsk, Poland along with fellow rock legends Marillion.

That’s all we know about for now, but if we get word of anything else we will let you know. August is, so far, looking pretty clear so these could be your last chances before the German mini-tour in September.

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Article: Essential Surrey Interview – Mike Rutherford of Genesis and Mike + The Mechanics

Mike recently spoke with Essential Surrey magazine ahead of the Mechanics’ upcoming appearance at the Wintershall charity rock concert on July 2nd. Interview conducted by William Gadsby Peet.


For more information on the event, and to buy tickets, please visit the Wintershall Concerts website.

You can also find more information about this year’s charities by visiting and

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Isle of Wight Festival 2016


Photo via Absolute Radio

This past weekend saw the Mechanics play the main stage at the 2016 Isle of Wight festival. From where we were sitting (that is, by the radio) it sounded very strong, and the reviews we’ve seen so far seem to agree!

For those who were unable to get to the festival in person, Absolute Radio have posted some extended highlights from the set. There was also an interview, which we will post as soon as it’s available.

On the visual side, there is a video of “The Living Years” from the official festival YouTube channel.

While the Isle of Wight Radio site has shared a number of photos, a few of which we’ve included below. To see the rest (and there are a few!), please go to their website.

Finally, we have some photos of our own to add to the gallery, courtesy of Hannah Saunders.

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Upcoming Mike and Mechanics Events in June

June is set to be a relatively busy month for Mike + the Mechanics, with something happening almost every weekend. Here is a rundown of what will be going on, and where you can get tickets:

4 June: The band will be playing at the Esbjerg Rock Festival in Esbjerg, Denmark.

9-12 June: The band will be playing  The Isle of Wight Festival.

17 June: Mike will be speaking at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose.

18 June: Mike will be lending his talents to the Rock ‘n’ Horsepower event at the Hurtwood Park Polo Club in support of Prostate Cancer UK.

It sounds like a pretty great time, and as always we would love to hear about your experiences and see your photos if you make it out there!