PREVIEW: The Hamsters, The Boardwalk, Friday

THEY'VE heard all the pet jokes and seemingly played just about every venue in the country - as the Essex bluesmen chalk up their 21st anniversary that adds up to around 4000 gigs.

Sheffield's Snig Hill stage is a regular stop for the band who will major on the music of Jimi Hendrix and ZZ Top this time "instead of being ourselves", say the lads whose version of Voodoo Chile was used in an edition of BBC TV's Top Gear.

As well as the album Open All Hours, this year has seen The Hamsters release a new three-hour live double DVD - named Curse Of the Killer Hamsters! - and the title track to the album Route 666 feature in a comedy-horror movie called Stag Night Of The Dead...

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