A TRIBUTE to two legendary harmony bands from the Sixties is set to stop off in Braintree.

The music of the Hollies and the Searchers will be recreated during a night of top entertainment at the arts theatre in Notley Road.

Dubbed the ‘Searchers and Hollies Experience – the Best of Both Worlds’, the show will see more than 30 hits performed by the fantastic FOD band.

The team were handpicked by Tony Jackson himself – the original lead singer of the Searchers – to help back him up during his own solo tours.

The Searchers, who were from Liverpool, made their debut in the early Sixties with the rise of MerseyBeat.

Their very first recording, Sweets For My Sweet, made it to number one in the charts - and this was soon followed at number two by third single Sugar And Spice.

They went on to have many more memorable chart hits such as Needles And Pins and When You Walk In The Room, and became part of the British invasion of the American charts alongside the Beatles.

The Hollies were meanwhile from Manchester and were also pushed forward with the mercurial rise of MerseyBeat.

They are known as one of the most successful British singles bands ever, having had chart hits in every decade since the Sixties.

Catchy, melodic tunes are their trademark and they have had phenomenal chart success thanks to hits such as Stay, I Can’t Let Go, Bus Stop, Sorry Suzanne, He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother, Here I Go Again, Just One Look and the haunting Air That I Breathe.

FOD have been together since 1983 and have also appeared alongside Hollies bass guitarist, Eric Haydock during his own solo shows.

The two-hour show has proved a big hit around the country and is set to feature the best hits from the two bands.

Tickets cost £15 and concessions are available.

The show takes place on Saturday, February 29, and gets under way at 7.30pm.

To book tickets, contact the Braintree Arts Theatre box office on 01376 556354.