LEADING tribute band Explosive Light Orchestra return to the Carnegie Theatre next month, having made a starring appearance at the venue last spring.

The internationally-acclaimed act - previous winners of the European Tribute band Award for Best Rock Tribute - appear in Workington on Saturday June 9.

The band are all professional, multi-talented musicians and singers, who have played thousands of dates all over the world.

Robin Myles, who takes on the Jeff Lynne role on lead vocals and guitars, is a composer for TV, radio and theatre, while the rest of the band, Dave Purkiss on drums, Aidan Thorne on bass, Jason Ball on guitar, Sarah Fowler on keys, Xenia Porteous on violin, and cellists Mel Sadie and Abigail Blackman have all toured with various bands or released solo material.

As an original band, they perform under the banner of Symphonika, playing music inspired by ELO. Their success in this capacity has also led to them working with ELO and Queen producer Reinhold Mack, and that sparked their side-project.

In this live show, Explosive Light Orchestra take on all the major hits, such as Mr Blue Sky, Living Thing, Turn to Stone, Telephone Line, Don't Bring me down, Evil Woman, Last Train to London, and many others.

ELO were a phenomenon and one of the forefront experimental bands of the 1970s and early 1980s, melding the sound of British rock music with classical strings.

The show in Workington on Saturday June 9 starts at 8pm, and tickets are available from the Carnegie Theatre box office.