2010 Music in the Park Festival - St Albans - 4th July 2010
24 Carat Purple must truly be the best Deep Purple tribute on the planet – a great show that rocked our Music in the Parks gig and had the crowds singing, clapping and dancing along – I’d definitely recommend them!
Arts Development Officer
St Albans Arts, Sport & Health Development Team
BMAD Bike Festival 2010, 30th Apil 2010
Eight months ago I was asked to produce the music event at the BMAD bike festival in Paignton,Devon. I had been to the previous bike festivals and took on the challenge of putting together a programme of acts that would appeal not only to the biking fraternity but to the general public of Torbay and the surrounding areas. I decided that, for 2010 we would headline each night with a tribute band and set about finding the best acts that would be in keeping with my ideas. I came across 24 Carat Purple during my research and was struck by the power and professionalism which was evident when listening to their live tracks that were available.
From the first contact with these guys to the after show wind-down they were superb in all aspects, easy to deal with, honest and hard working muso's who gave the crowd in the music marquee (and there were hundreds and hundreds of them despite the poor weather) a night to remember. Full of power and passion they re-create the memories I have of Purple when I were nowt but a lad. Hard driving bass guitar, thunderous drums, wonderful Fender Strat riffs and the quite haunting sound of a beautifully played Hammond organ, couple this with outstanding lead vocals and great stage craft you get a band that instantly transports you back to the late sixties and early to mid seventies.
The set they played for me at the Bike Festival just got better and better and earned them deserved encores not just from the hundreds of Purple fans in the audience but also from the musicians from other bands that had stayed on to watch them from the wings. There is no finer tribute than to be held in high regard by your peers and these guys impressed all the other musicians who saw them on the night. If you are looking for a Deep Purple tribute band then you are visiting the right site. Get them booked, sit back and let the memories flow.
BMAD Bike Festival
Private Rock Function, Coventry, 20th March 2010
Please thank the guys from 24 Carat Purple once again for a fantastic night. Not only did they put on an outstanding show, but were really professional and also went the extra mile in terms of their interaction with the crowd and with us. The sound crew were great (and balance was fantastic) and everyone coped with the logistics of the situation tremendously. The band are a sound bunch of guys and all superb musicians - everyone was so nice to us - for which we thank them once again. I hope they enjoyed it as much as we did.
(Our Clients Peter & Sarah By Email)
Esquires, Bedford, 18th September 2009
"As I am sure you are aware, I have never been too enamoured with the concept of tribute acts, especially for bands that are still in existence. That said, as far as
Purple is concerned, without Blackmore and Lord the current band is certainly a different kettle of fish. Furthermore the internal politics invariably means that
certain albums or indeed eras get overlooked. Let's face it, Purple is never going to do any MKIII material while Ian Gillan is at the helm, so at least with a tribute
band you can get a mix of material that the bona fide group isn't going to provide. Although on this showing 24 Carat Purple generally focus on the 68-76 era,
it does mean the chance to hear some of those classics such as Burn, Mistreated and Stormbringer. Although the focus is on the MKII material, much of which Purple still do, 24 Carat do play the songs more in keeping with the seventies feel rather than the contemporary approach from Purple itself.
What impresses me most about the band is that they understand the essence of Purple's music and don't merely try to copy improvisation but provide
their own variations. They also have in vocalist Kevin McGillian, someone who is capable of handling the songs from all eras, especially the most difficult stuff
like Child In Time, which he performed admirably. Organist Rob Poynton and guitarist Rob Sas, who lives and breathes Blackmore, really do provide a feeling
of the good old days. Their lengthy work out in Space Truckin' was wonderful with bassist and drummer Gary Randall keeping the pulsating beat going
throughout the twenty or so minutes. I came away from this gig with my view on tribute bands in general; par se, but these chaps definitely deliver an evening of
great entertainment and really are worth spending a night in the company of. "
(Jerry Bloom - More Black than Purple Magazine - November 2009)