The island Return of Dingus Khan

Dingus Khan - complete with inflatable swan - will cross The Minch once again to perform in the Jager Room, Era, on Saturday night.

Dingus Khan - complete with inflatable swan - will cross The Minch once again to perform in the Jager Room, Era, on Saturday night.

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BACK for a second Lewis gig, tonight (Saturday, April 27th) at the Jager Room, Era, Stornoway, are Essex boys ‘Dingus Khan’, bringing their unique brand of rock to the Western Isles.

“Last time we came up was at Halloween and there was a sign above the venue door saying ‘Welcome to Hell’,” recalls band front-man Ben.

“We rocked up and played surrounded by people dressed up in all sorts of costumes so it was like coming to a completely different world, not just a different island,” he laughed, adding: “We can’t wait to come back and hopefully it’s a little bit warmer this time!”

Having enjoyed their 2012 Lewis show, the boys were determined to return and made Stornoway one of the 15 gigs which form ‘The Return of Dingus Khan’ UK wide tour following on the back of début album ‘Support Mistley Swans’.

And speaking to the Gazette from the tour van, Ben revealed all was going well: “It feels now like we’re getting into the meat of the tour – now we’re all in the van and driving considerable distances to shows.

“We haven’t been played live as much as we’d like recently, taking time off for Christmas and that, so it’s brilliant to be back on the road. We’re bringing up a couple new songs as well, and it’ll be interesting to see how they go down.”

Dingus Khan will also be bringing over their latest touring member – a giant inflatable swan, as Ben chuckled: “We got them from America and have used it at gigs, although at one show someone took a bite at it and burst it.

“We fixed it with a puncture repair kit though, although our pump has now broken so we have to blow it up, not by hand, but by mouth!”

Yet with three drummers, three bass players, a guitarist and electric ukulele player joining Ben, there’s sure to be no shortage of puff!

Dingus Khan is a band once seen never forgotten and Saturday certainly looks like a gig not to be missed, so make a night of it as the Jäger Room will be open from 7pm for those who want to get there early and enjoy some Chili Chili Cocktails.

Entry is free until 10pm. Support will be increasingly popular Lewis band The Broken Ravens who will be on stage from 10.30pm with the Dingus boys finishing off the night in their own fantastic and unique style.