VIVE STAGE AT GUILFEST!

Vive Le Rock will have our very own stage at this years Guilfest!! Bands are being booked now. In the meantime-check out some of those already confirmed! Latest acts include-THE WHO’S ROGER DALTRY, ADAM ANT AND GALLOWS!!!

PLUS…..

 Public Image Ltd, the English post-punk outfit fronted by John Lydon, AKA Johnny Rotten, are confirmed to headline the Good Time Guide Stage on Sunday 17th July.  Formed following the break up of the Sex Pistols in 1978, PiL are regarded as producing some of the most diverse music of the post-punk era, and are cited as one of the most innovative and influential bands in music history with their 1979 album ŒMetal Box¹ being ranked in Rolling Stone Magazines¹ greatest albums of all time.  Their experimental sound fuses Rock, Dance, Folk, Ballet, Pop and Dub, and recent concerts have earned the band great critical and public acclaim.  PiL are certain to provide a rocking end to the Good Time Guide Stage at GuilFest this year.   Erasure, the definitive synth-pop superstars, will be supporting James Blunt on the Main Stage at GuilFest on Sunday 17th July. Having sold a total of over 25 million albums worldwide, achieving twenty-four consecutive UK top 20 hits including seventeen UK top tens such as ³Sometimes², ³Blue Savannah², and ³A Little Respect², Erasure have established themselves as one of the most successful bands of their genre.  With a brand new album planned for release this summer, Erasures¹ debut performance at Stoke Park will definitely not be one to miss!  In the coming months, the GuilFest line up will continue to grow  with over 200 live acts and DJs performing on 7 stages across the festival site, including the now legendary Rock Cave, the Funky End Dance Tent, Acoustic Lounge and our two unsigned LiveClub stages.   Regular patrons will be well aware that it is not just about the music at GuilFest! All over the site you can find excellent entertainment such as the brilliant Man In The Moon Theatre Tent, featuring a wealth of diverse theatrical productions all weekend long.  The eFestivals Cosmic Comedy Tent also returns this year with a fabulous yet to be announced line up of some of the best comedians in the business.   For the night owls amongst you, Farmer Giles' Barn Dance, the 70s disco, and The Ceroc Dance tent will keep you revelling Œtil the early hours. All this, as well as our massive 150ft beer tent, cocktail bars, food and drink from around the world, craft and clothes stalls, impromptu street theatre performances and much more besides!   Consistently nominated as the UK's Best Family Festival, GuilFest has, as you would expect, a fabulous Kidzone for your young ones to enjoy - featuring a brilliant children's theatre, face painting, fun rides, games, and costume making, culminating in a wonderful procession across the festival site on Sunday. Last year, there was even a special guest appearance by Peppa Pig and Barney the dinosaur!  Don't forget, the festival even has Guildford Lido right next door for anyone wishing to shower or cool off in the Olympic sized swimming pool.  GuilFest 2011 really does looks set to be the biggest and best festival yet and tickets are selling very fast ­ So get your tickets quickly ­ you don't want to miss out!   Tickets are on sale now and are available online from http://www.GuilFest.co.uk <http://www.guilfest.co.uk/> , or by calling Seetickets on 0871 2301106.  
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KING BLUES 4 ROUNDHOUSE

 EXCLUSIVE LONDON SHOW ANNOUNCED: The Roundhouse ­ Wednesday 2nd November 2011   THE NEW ALBUM: ³PUNK & POETRY² OUT NOW   'KING BLUES ON THE COVER OF THIS MONTHS BIG CHEESE MAGAZINE-WWW,BIGCHEESEMAGAZINE.COM   THE KING BLUES ARE: Johnny 'Itch' Fox - Vocals / Uke Jamie Jazz - Guitar / Vocals Dean Ashton - Guitar / Vocals Jack Usher - Drums Kat Marsh - Bass / Vocals Josie Dobson - Keys / Vocals     The King Blues are excited to announce their biggest headlining show to date ­ a one-off show at The Roundhouse in their spiritual hometown of Camden, London after just completing a hugely successful, sold out UK tour.   The bands¹ highly anticipated latest album ³Punk & Poetry² was released last week to both critical acclaim and a chart entry of 31 (their highest charting to date!).   Tickets are priced at £15 and go on sale at 9am on Thursday 28th April.  They are available from www.gigsandtours.com <http://www.gigsandtours.com/>   or by phoning 0844 811 0051.     
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JIM JONES EMPIRE!

 THE JIM JONES REVUE Shepherds Bush Empire Show 27th October 2011  ³The Jim Jones Revue feel like the most vital and of the moment thing you could possibly go see right nowŠ Completely and utter brilliant² ­ The Independent   ³If you think all the spontaneity, fun and excitement¹s gone out of rock music, then think again: think Jim Jones Revue.² ­ Artrocker  ³As thrilling as The Strokes think they are.² ­ The Evening Standard  ³For God¹s sake, see this band! ² ­ Mark Ellen, editor, WORD  The Jim Jones Revue will play London¹s Shepherds Bush Empire on 27th October 2011. This date follows their thrilling sold-out show at London¹s KOKO. The Empire show will be the band¹s sole stand-alone show outside of a rescheduled gig in Birmingham on 16th June.  Tickets for the Shepherds Bush Empire show are now on sale: www.seetickets.com/Venue/O2-Shepherds-Bush-Empire  Supporting their critically acclaimed album Burning Your House Down, The Jim Jones Revue will be dipping into the British countryside for festival appearances throughout the summer, with various continental European dates in between.  For a full list of European dates, please visit www.thejimjonesrevue.com  UK Dates:  11th June Rockness http://www.rockness.co.uk/ 16th June Birmingham, O2 25th June  Glastonbury ­ http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/information/tickets/ 1st July Blissfields http://www.blissfields.co.uk/ 22nd July  Port Elliot http://www.porteliotfestival.com/ 24th July Secret Garden Party http://www.secretgardenparty.com/2011/  For further information please contact Sarah Lowe @ Fifth Avenue PR Tel: 020 8960 5802 or email: fifthavenuepr@googlemail.com www.jimjonesrevue.com    www.facebook.com/thejimjonesrevue www.myspace.com/thejimjonesrevue 
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POLY STYRENE DEAD

With sadness, we can now confirm rumors of the passing of Poly Styrene, punk rock icon & lead singer of U.K. band X-Ray Spex. According to a posting on her official Facebook page by her long-time friend Symond Lawes, “i just spoke to her mother and its very true, she passed away quietly last night, her mother and daughter were with her, bless you marianne. symond xxx”. She was 54.

Often considered the original “riot grrrl” (stemming from her band’s first 1977 single, “Oh Bondage, Up Yours!”), her musical evolution found her wavering between the proto-punk that she pioneered, jazzy experimentation and, more recently, daring power pop and electro-punk. The artists she has influenced reference a who’s who of popular music over the past 30 years — most recently, Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Santigold and The Gossip count among them.

Aside from her status as a punk rock icon, Poly Styrene (born Marian Joan Elliott-Said) had long been an outspoken counterculture figure, willing to engage in protest to make her point & was a tireless advocate for the rights of women. Never one to consider herself a protest singer, Styrene simply wanted to make a difference in the world. “You don’t think you’re doing anything groundbreaking,” she recently told Sinead Gleeson in an interview. “I just made music because I wanted to put good energy out there. I was young and optimistic and you feel you can do anything. Once I got beer thrown over me, but mostly we had really lovely audiences. No one knew us when we started out but then we built up this following of loyal fans. I loved it.”

In recent times, Poly partnered with producer Youth of Killing Joke to create a new album, Generation Indigo (which was officially released stateside today, 26 April). 

 

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KING BLUES ON BIG CHEESE

King Blues are on the cover of Big Cheese this month-in stores from Saturday. This issue also includes a Worlwide Ska feature on ska-all over the world!! check it all out or buy online at www.bigcheesemagazine.com

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ENGLISH BEAT-WALK TOUR

 THE  ENGLISH BEAT  TWISTS N' CRAWLS DOWN THE 2-TONE TRAIL  Dave Wakeling to Lead a Guided Tour  Through Ska's Early Days in Coventry, England  Proceeds Benefit the 2-Tone Museum                       <http://www.reybee.com/beat/411/2tone_trail.pdf>     The English Beat hosts The 2-Tone Trail  Click to embiggen PDF      Coventry,  UK - Ever wanted to take a walk down Memory Lane with your favorite artist and hear first-person stories about the exciting  birth of the band and a scene? On April 30th, a  very lucky group of fans will be able to experience that when English  Beat¹s Dave Wakeling returns to Coventry, England for a sponsored walk down the 2-Tone  Trail, a nostalgic guided tour through the city¹s  streets that birthed UK Ska. Devised by 2-Tone Museum director  Pete Chambers, the 2-Tone Trail will take  a group of fans along on this step backward into the history of  this glorious multicultural music. Accompanied by Chambers and Trail  organizer Carole Quinney, Wakeling will reminisce  back to a time where ska and punk beats were being fused to create  a brand of music that not only had infectious rhythms but also had  a unique social conscience too, effectively becoming a defining  and reassuring soundtrack to many fans who were living through a troubled decade.      Proceeds collected  by fans who sponsor the walk will go directly to the 2-Tone  Museum which collects historical pieces from the 2-Tone heritage spanning seminal bands including Madness, The Selecter,  The Specials, and, of course, The English Beat.  ³The 2-Tone Museum has done a marvelous job starting  to collect and display artifacts from the 2-Tone period and I¹d love to see it continue,² says Wakeling. ³So, I¹m  asking fans around the world to sponsor me $10 or £5 UK by  visiting the link on the 2-Tone Central <http://www.2tonecentral.co.uk>  website to help develop the program even further.²    Already many  American fans who can¹t make the trail have sponsored Wakeling to the tune of almost $800, and the sponsorship money continues  to come in. ³We are thrilled to have Dave here in Coventry  and love the enthusiasm he has shown for both the 2-Tone Trail  and 2-Tone Central,² said Quinney. ³Many  of us in Coventry are lucky to have these sites on our doorstep  but for many people, visiting them is still a dream².    Sites to be visited along the way are Coventry University  (where The English Beat met The Specials founder Jerry Dammers  and signed to 2-Tone Records), Central  Library (once the site of Tiffany¹s  Nightclub where The English Beat once played) and 51  Albany Road (The Birthplace of 2-Tone). A stop-over  is also arranged in the recently re-opened Albany Pub  on Albany Road.    The sponsored 2-Tone Trail-Twist and Crawl, begins at 2-Tone  Central at 1:00pm, but you must have sponsorship to take part  in the Trail. Some lucky "Trailers" have been  promised a chance of attending the band¹s soundcheck at the  venue. ³I¹m excited to take this trip down memory lane  with friends new and old,² says Wakeling.    For more information, go to www.2tonecentral.co.uk <http://www.2tonecentral.co.uk> .      THE  ENGLISH BEAT  on Tour     Apr  23 Clapham Grand Theatre London, UK  Apr 30 2-Tone Central Coventry Univ.  Priory Street, UK  May 06 Wingfield Park Reno, NV  May 07 Bimbo¹s 365 Club San Francisco, CA  May 13 House of Blues Anaheim, CA  May 14 T. Boyle Tavern Pasadena, CA  May 20 T. Boyle Tavern Pasadena, CA   May 21 Brixton Redondo Beach, CA  May 27 Wiens Family Cellars Temecula, CA  May 28 Lake Arrowhead Resort (FREE) Lake Arrowhead, CA  Jun 10 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA  Jun 11 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA  Jun 18 Power House Pub Folsom, CA  Jul 8 Reed Keppler Park (FREE) W. Chicago,  IL    About The English Beat:  The English Beat's irresistible blend of ska, reggae,  and punk has made them undeniable stars throughout the last three  decades and, in fact, this year marks the 30th Anniversary of their  1980 debut I Just Can¹t Stop It. As a testament of their longetivity, their music has been heard  recently in Hot Tub Time Machine ("Save It  for Later"), Shrek Forever After ("Click Click"), television shows (TBS's Glory Daze),  and even in Target commercials ("Tenderness"  as their post-English Beat break up band, General Public). Among the other uber-memorable hits include  ³Mirror In The Bathroom², ³I Confess²,  "Doors of Your Heart", and "Tears  of a Clown" among many others.   www.myspace.com/officialbeatspace  www.twitter.com/EnglishBeatFans  www.facebook.com/EnglishBeatFans 
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STRUMMERCAMP NEWS

STRUMMERCAMP FESTIVAL 2011 > Strummercamp returns for the sixth year this May bank holiday weekend > (27/28/29). Once again Manchester Rugby Club in Cheadle Hulme plays host what > has been described as being the'friendliest festival on the circuit' > (efestivals review). This is an event which is as DIY as it gets, with ticket > buyers and bands enjoying the unique atmosphere created every year. As always > the festival remains completely independent and not-for-profit. If you weren¹t > aware Strummercamp was set up initially as an idea to pay tribute to the late > great Joe Strummer and the Clash, reflecting Joe's positive spirit and > influence, the organisers mix the acts from many musical backgrounds, from > classic punk to ska, reggae to rockabilly, folk to rhythm and blues, with the > odd soul legend thrown in! And this year is no exception, with over 50 bands > for your listening pleasure http://www.strummercamp.co.uk > <http://t.ymlp8.net/ueatahebavauewaraesq/click.php> > JOE STRUMMER STAGE > This years line up includes soul, r'n'b legend Geno Washington and the Ram Jam > Band, (yes, that Geno that Dexys paid tribute to) promising a lively energetic > performance to get everyone dancing on a Saturday night. We also have on board > the one and only Captain Sensible with his band - taking a break till later > this year from guitar duties with The Damned, the Captain will be bringing his > unique mayhem and fun, no doubt enjoying himself as he did two years ago when > The Damned provided a fantastic end to our weekend. Pauline Black brings her > Two Tone Ska giants The Selecter to have the place bouncing on Sunday night. > Prepare for some wild Irish folk rock from The Popes (formerly Shane Macgowans > band). A special appearance from Manchester¹s Chameleons Vox (Mark Burgess and > band playing timeless classic Chameleons tunes). The main stage will also see > sets from hard rocking punk from German band Radio Dead Ones. Authentic good > time rockabilly from The Black Cat Trio. Country and Eastern from the > brilliant Bootscraper. One of the most exciting hip hop crews Surreal Knowlege > from the north west whotake influence from various elements of rock, jazz, > funk, electro and soul will be something to watch out for. Wales longest > serving punk band Foreign Legion are looking forward to joining us alongside > loads of other acts such as Supajamma, China Shop Bull, Rasta Four Eyes, > Jackie O, The Roughneck Riot, Cheapskates and Rebel Truce. > TNSrecords STAGE  > Manchester¹s independent label TNSrecords once again present their own stage > at this years festival, bringing the best underground up and coming bands from > across the country. This yearSonic Boom Six and Chief headline the stage, with > support coming from Stand Out Riot, Down and Outs, Revenge of the Psychotronic > Man, Black Star Dub Collective, X Ray Cat Trio and Acid Drop amongst others. > TNSrecords support underground punk and ska in Manchester a further a field, > through their label, fanzine and regular gigs. So it is great to have them on > board. You can find out more about them on http://www.tnsrecords.co.uk/ > <http://t.ymlp8.net/umalahebapauewadaesq/click.php> The full TNS stage line-up > is;  > SONIC BOOM SIX, DOWN  OUTS, CHIEF, THE DEAD CLASS, ACID DROP, ZAPIAIN, STAND > OUT RIOT, FAINTEST IDEA, SOUNDS OF SWAMI, REVENGE OF THE PSYCHOTRONIC MAN,DEAD > SUBVERTS, PENIS GOES WHERE?, LEAGUES APART, X RAY CAT TRIO, BLACK STAR DUB > COLLECTIVE, JOHN PLAYER SPECIALS, JIMMY THE SQUIRREL, ED ACHE, BARNYARD > MASTURBATOR  > THE HEMPEN JIG ACOUSTIC STAGE > This year we also introducing the Hempen Jig Acoustic stage bring the best > acts from their regular night in Leeds and alongside some from further a > field. The Hempen Jig, like TNSrecords, support some amazing underground > artists so we thought this was an amazing opportunity to show case some of the > best UK bands to the Strummercamp crowd. The full acoustic stage line-up is; > LEON WALKER, SPEED DINOSAURS, TROY FAID, BANDITOS, MATTHEW MCGURTY, FUTURE > PRIMATIVES, BILLY LIAR, JASON LOCKETT, ANDREW CREAM, DARREN POYZER, TESSA > HUNT, PERKIE, CRACKTOWN, THROW ROCKS AT COPS, LOUISE DISTRAS, DON MERCY > RUGBY CLUB STAGE  > As a very special treat for all weekend ticket holders, our Friday night party > in the club house will welcome the UK SUBS back, with support from Clash > tribute Rebel Truce to kick off this year¹s festival. This year we will also > have bands and DJs on the Rugby Club after the bands have finished on the main > stage to keep the party going into the early hours. There will be sets from > The Roughneck Riot and Faintest Idea amongst others. >   > EVERYTHING ELSE  > The hosts offer real value for money prices on drinks and food. There is > excellent catering, including a vegetarian café, and a great selection of real > ale and draft beer. All of this is provided at great prices with the > determination not to be a rip off; appreciating peoples budget whilst adding > to the enjoyment of being there. Alongside the bands there will also be the > legendary 5-a-side competition, some kid¹s entertainment in the mornings and > an amazing atmosphere. As always there will be free camping and secure > parking.  > TICKETS ON SALE NOW > So what are you waiting for, head over to the Strummercamp website > http://www.strummercamp.co.uk and pick up your ticket. Remember Strummercamp > is 100% not-for-profit festival which is run by volunteers. As well as the > website you can also pick up a ticket at TNS gigs, from Rockers in Manchester > and online at Ticketline or seetickets.com Weekend Tickets (FRI/SAT/SUN) > £65.50 - Day Tickets £37.50 > Child Weekend Ticket (under 16) £20 ­ Day Ticket £10 > Children under 10 FREE > Manchester Rugby Club, Grove Lane, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, SK8 7NB > Strummercamp Festival has also been nominated several times into the top ten > categories asŒbest grass roots festival¹, Œbest small festival¹ at the UK > Festival awards. LOS AMIGOS AND ALL THE STRUMMERCAMP COMPADRES........... >   >   >   >   > Festival Info ­ enquiries@strummercamp.co.uk Press ­ > phil_fitzpatrick@tiscali.co.uk Festival Website ­ > http://www.strummercamp.co.uk/ > <http://t.ymlp8.net/ueatahebavauewaraesq/click.php> TNSrecords ­ > info@tnsrecords.co.uk / http://www.tnsrecords.co.uk/ > <http://t.ymlp8.net/umalahebapauewadaesq/click.php> If you don¹t want to > receive this newsletter any more, please drop us an email telling us to stop > and we will go away. >     
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3 DAYS TO LONDON SKA FEST

 3 DAYS TO GO - To the biggest celebration of Ska ever! <<<   www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk   >>>   THE LONDON INTL SKA FESTIVAL Only 3 days to go until The London Intl Ska Festival kicks off on 21st April 2011 and runs until 24th April 2011.  What promises to be the finest celebration of Ska the world has seen features 38 bands and DJs from 11 countries taking part.  Tickets have been sold to Brazil, Argentina, Qatar, Australia, Japan, USA, Russia, all over Europe and the UK.  Press and radio the world over have been previewing the festival making this a truly International event.  Doors open every night at 6pm and close 3am (2am on Sunday).  Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths, Dave & Ansel Collins, The English Beat starring Dave Wakeling, The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra (ft.Lee & Bedders from Madness), Owen Grey, James Hunter, Dub Pistols, Giuliano Palma & The Bluebeaters, The Trojans, one off reformations from The Loafers and Hotknives, Bim Skala Bim, DJs Clive Chin (Randys), Lynval Golding (The Specials), Gaz Mayall, Mark Lamarr, Rhoda Dakar (The Bodysnatchers/ Special AKA) and many many more.  GRAB YOUR TICKETS NOW AT www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk Please note tickets bought now will now be allocated for collection on the door   |||||||||||||||||   BBC 6 MUSIC CELEBRATE THE LONDON INTL SKA FESTIVAL ALL WEEK All this week BBC6 Music are celebrating The London Intl Ska Festival with 'Ska Week' on the Chris Hawkins radio show. Monday's show has now been broadcast and featured an interview with Dave Barker (voice of the legendary Dave & Ansel Collins).  You can listen again to it on the BBC iPlayer for a week here http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b010m162/Chris_Hawkins_Ska_Week_Dave_Barker/  Chris' show runs from 5-7am every morning.  For the rest of this coming week listen out for a heap of classic ska & reggae being spun and interviews with Lynval Golding (The Specials) on Tuesday and Wednesday, foundation singer Owen Grey on Thursday and an hour long special in the company of Madness' Lee Thompson on Friday!!  Listen all week on DAB,  Sky 0120, Freeview 707, Virgin 909 or online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0072l8y   |||||||||||||||||   BOB ANDY We are very sad to say Bob Andy will no longer be appearing at the London Intl Ska Festival with Marcia Griffiths.  Marcia will still be appearing and headlining Day 4 of the festival.  Bob was admitted to hospital, and has undergone surgery.  We are pleased to say he is currently doing much better and is out of intensive care, but has not yet left hospital and naturally unable to fly.  We hope you will join us in wishing him a very speeding recovering, and look forward to having him at the London Intl Ska Festival 2012.  For refunds please contact point of purchase.   |||||||||||||||||   GUEST LIST ENQUIRIES For press/radio guest list email  enquiries@rockersrevolt.com   |||||||||||||||||   TICKETS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE In person from - Dub Vendor, Lavender Hill, Clapham Junction, London SW11 - All Ages Records, 27 Pratt St, Camden Town, London NW1 - Stargreen, Argyll St, (off Oxford St), London W1 - The Barber Lounge, The Arcade, Newbury, Berkshire.  Or online at - www.ticketweb.co.uk/user?query=search&region=xxx&category=misc&search=ska+festival&x=0&y=0 - www.seetickets.com/Search?q=ska+festival&search.x=0&search.y=0&search=Search - http://www.eventim.co.uk/  On the door each night - A limited supply of tickets each night will be available on the door, but we thoroughly recommend buying in advance   |||||||||||||||||   Please forward this flier onto anyone you think might be interested / repost on your facebook.  This is a 100% DIY event, so any support you can give us would be massively appreciated.  
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LONDON INT. SKA FEST PODCAST

 

The fantastic London International Ska Festival is back for its second outing!

This April London welcomes the best iconic Ska talent from all over the world over 4 days, featuring 22 bands, worldwide exclusives and 10 world
renowned Ska DJ’s, all at London’s beautiful Clapham Grand Theatre.

For a taste of who will be playing, check out the podcast below from DJ Greedy G.

4 DAYS // 22 BANDS // 10 DJ¹S
WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVES
And much more..

21-24 April 2011
The Clapham Grand Theatre ­ London

Day tickets £39.50 // full 4 day ticket £129.99
Royal box¹s available

www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk

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B.A.D. ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL

Big Audio Dynamite have confirmed a Royal Festival Hall show on 23rd July.

The headline appearance forms part of the Southbank¹s 60th anniversary celebration of the Festival of Britain. The band, who recently completed a sold out UK tour, will perform at Coachella this weekend.

Sat 23rd July London Royal Festival Hall

Tickets (on sale Thurs 14th April) priced £30.00/£27.50/£25.00
Box office www.southbankcentre.co.uk <http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk>

 

For Jones, this reunion represents unfinished business; carrying on the creative spirit of the Clash, whose frontman Joe Strummer co-wrote and
produced B.A.D¹s second album ŒNo. 10 Upping Street¹. The album is scheduled for a deluxe re-issue this year and will include several previously unreleased Strummer/Jones songs.

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IGGY VS CANADIAN CLUBBERS

Iggy Pop has joined pop muppet Ke$ha for ‘Canada’s Club Scene Sucks’ PETA ad targeting the seal slaughter in eastern Canada.

The campaign aims to combat the Canadian government’s attempts to market baby seal fur internationally in order to prop up the dying seal fur trade. "Clubbing baby seals is sick and gives Canada a black eye", says Iggy . "Don’t let the greed of a few tarnish the image of the whole country."

There’s also a video interview with Iggy about the campaign HERE (warning – it’s pretty unpleasant viewing).
 

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CUTE LEPERS TOUR

THE CUTE LEPERS ADVENTURE TIME (Damaged Goods Records) www.THECUTELEPERS.com Since their arrival on the scene in 2007, they’ve toured the US and Europe extensively, released two critically acclaimed LP’s (“Can’t Stand Modern Music” & “Smart Accessories”), as well as numerous limited 7” singles, most of which have been on trademark coloured vinyl! With their Motown-esque girl pop harmonies and dance moves,  flipped fingers to what’s supposedly hip and happening, and love of the Rolling Stones, they have distilled their influences to create something exceptionally fresh, rude and absolutely worthy of damaging your ears. The new album Adventure Time is due for an April 18th release , and is a continuation of where they left off: striving for a killer pop song while keeping both feet ankle deep in the dirt of first wave punk. Three LP’s in, the Cute Lepers continue to enjoy playing shows around the world,  meeting new cool people and hanging out with old friends.  As well as bonafide heroes of ours that we get to talk about guitars and various stupid to absurd topics with… and then watch them tear it up on stage.  Actually, I think we’re in it for the gigs with the Adicts and The Boys and the Swinging Utters and the UK Subs and the Buzzcocks when you get down to it.  Really really love punk rock, want to contribute, and want to be where the action is! –Steve E. Nix See The band live at the following dates: May 3rd Hope & Anchor – London May 4th Bristol May 5th Old Bell – Derby May 6th Night & Day Café – Manchester May 7th Bannermans – Edinburgh May 8th  The Lamo – Hull

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POLY STYRENE RECORD STORE DAY

Poly Styrene New album ‘Generation Indigo’ out now Announces limited coloured vinyl release for Record Store Day “A record both defiant and full of grace” NME 7/10 “Terrific solo recordPoly Styrene shines brighter than ever” Telegraph 4**** “A fizzy, funny triumph” Uncut “Return to form” The Sun “a Technicolour blend of electrified electropop, disco, rock & reggaeflavoursome treat” Q “brilliant satirist of consumer culture.a provocative comeback” Mojo “A damned good record” Record Collector “Continues to be an inspiration” i-D “‘Generation Indigo’ reveals Poly Styrene to be as politically and culturally engaged as ever” Artrocker 5***** “Hugely enjoyable album” Independent on Sunday “an atom-sharp array of digital dance rock, reggae” Spin 8/10 After releasing her first proper solo album Generation Indigo in 30 years to rave reviews, Poly Styrene – the unforgettable frontwoman and iconic face of the seminal band X-ray Spex – has announced she will be releasing a limited edition coloured vinyl in honour of Record Store Day. The single ‘Virtual Boyfriend’ will be released as an individually numbered red 10” vinyl, limited to 300 copies and exclusively available for Record Store Day ‘Virtual Boyfriend’ highlights Poly’s talent for mighty, power-pop melodies. The upbeat tempo and bouncing synths make the track perfect for the indie/electro dancefloor and are offset by tongue in cheek lyrics: “You’re like a MySpace friend, that’s all / Just a text or a missed call / I never knew but I lost control / That you loved your Blackberry phone”. The B-side features a remix from red-hot Brooklyn female production duo CREEP, who twist the track into a deep, brooding spaced out version that builds hypnotically with cinematic strings and sparse echoing beats. ‘Generation Indigo’ – out now on Future Noise Music – is a remarkable showcase of how Poly’s never-failing ability to connect with her audience keeps her as relevant as ever, and her contemporary sound cements her as a pioneer of cutting-edge alternative pop. www.poly-styrene.com www.twitter.com/poly_styrene www.facebook.com/polystyrenemusic

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CHARLIE SHEEN 4 DEVO!

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Devo offer Charlie Sheen a position in the band

 

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Gerald Casale from Devo wants Charlie Sheen to join his band.

In an interview with Gordon Downs from sandiego.com Casale explained that Devo rarely tour because of founding member Mark Mothersbaugh’s reluctance to go out on the road but he would love to get Charlie Sheen in the band.

‘Would you take this moment and officially extend an invitation to Charlie Sheen to become a member of Devo and go on this upcoming tour?’ Downs asked Casale.

”We’d be honored. Any of our songs that he wanted to sing,’ Casale answered. ‘Well actually now I realize what I have to do today, which is since Mark doesn’t want to tour, I need to ask Charlie Sheen if he’d be our lead singer.’

Casale sounds like a huge Charlie Sheen fan. ‘This guy’s brilliant, he’s a philosopher of our devolved culture,’ he said. ‘He impresses me with the shit he says, it’s unbelievable>’

Check out the Gerald Casale interview with Gordon Downs from sandiego.com here

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THE MONKEES UK TOUR

The Monkees have reformed and are set to embark on their first UK tour in 12 years.

The 60s group, whose hits include ‘Daydream Believer’ and ‘Last Train To Clarksville’, will play eleven dates in May.

The tour kicks off at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on May 12 and includes shows in Newcastle (15) and Birmingham (21), before concluding at Nottingham’s Royal Centre on May 25.

Tickets go on sale on Friday (February 25) at 9am. For more details and to buy The Monkees tickets, check out Gigwise Gig Tickets.

The Monkees UK tour dates are:

Liverpool Echo Arena – May 12
Manchester Apollo – 14
Newcastle City Hall – 15
Glasgow Clyde Auditorium – 16
London Royal Albert Hall – 19
Sheffield City Hall – 20
Birmingham NIA Academy – 21
Plymouth Pavillions – 23
Cardiff CIAgoodma – 24
Nottingham Royal Centre – 25

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