The Mayor of the City of Derby, Councillor John Whitby, will be revisiting his previous life as a rock star early next year, when he will be reuniting with his former band for a one-off fundraising gig.

The Beyond, who combine the innovation of jazz and fusion with the fury of metal and the fervour of funk, will take to the stage at The Venue, Abbey Street, on Friday 16 February.

The band are playing together for only the second time in two decades, after a successful career which saw them signed to EMI, touring in the US and supporting the likes of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Soundgarden.

For one night only, the pomp and ceremony of the Mayoralty will be put to one side, as Neil Cooper, Andy Gatford, Jim Kersey and John Whitby make a dramatic musical return to the city that made them famous. For fans of the band, the reunion is long overdue.

When asked what to expect from the night, Councillor Whitby said:

‘This may well be the most unconventional Mayoral event ever and it won’t feel like a fundraiser at all. It’s going to be a proper gig at a great venue.’

Councillor Whitby has set an ambitious fundraising target of £25,000 for the current municipal year.

The event has been sponsored by Mace Ltd, which means that proceeds from ticket sales will go straight to the Mayor’s chosen charities, which are the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre, Children First, Safe and Sound, the British Red Cross and the Derby Museums Trust.

Advanced tickets are available for £10 online or £15 on the door. Doors open from 7.30pm, with the event strictly limited to over 18s.

For more information about the gig, email Jody Shelton or call 01332 643652. For general enquiries about the Mayor of the City of Derby, email