Punks will be descending on North Devon in the Autumn, for this year’s Ilfracombe Punk Festival.
The 3-day event which takes place at Ilfracombe Holiday Park from 17 to 19 November will be headlined by SUBHUMANS, THE RUTS DC and THE REZILLOS.
Other confirmed acts include DISCHARGE, 999, CHRON GEN, SLAUGHTER UK, TV SMITH, THE LURKERS, KNOCK OFF, TARA REZ, SUPER FAST GIRLIE SHOW, THE BUS STATION LOONIES, CHURCH OF EON, RESISTANCE 77 plus more to be confirmed.
Tickets, including accommodation, at a special earlybird price of £119 (based on 2-4 people sharing) or £145 (single occupancy) are available here.
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS head a line-up of punk bands contributing to a new compilation album raising money for people with mental health problems.
Proceeds from the 16-track Top Of The Punks Volume 1 album will go to mental health charity Mind.
Other acts contributing tracks to the project include ANGELIC UPSTARTS, THE DEFECTS, THE FILAMENTS, KNOCK OFF, SUBCULTURE, RT-ZED, 5 GO MAD, APPLE SHIFT SEVEN, WRECK-AGE, WAKE THE CITY, BORN TO DESTRUCT, JOHNNY & THE MENTAL BREAKDOWNS, HAZARD, UK VOMIT and SPRING PARK.
Put together by Simon Turner, a longtime sufferer of depression, the project hopes to raise £5,000 for Mind. He says, “Mental health issues are all around us. I don’t know a single person who hasn’t been touched by its effects. This is my modest way of supporting an amazing charity that helps those who need it.”
The specially designed album artwork emulates the the classic Top Of The Pops compilation series of the 70s.
Set for release on 17 June, the album will receive a special live launch at The Bear, Northampton that night. Confirmed acts appearing are Subculture, 5 Go Mad, Jonny & The Mental Breakdowns, Apple Shift Seven, Wreck-Age, Wake The City, Born To Destruct, Spring Park and UK Vomit. Admission is £5 on the night.
The album is available as a CD limited to 400 copies and download. It’s available to pre-order here.
It’s that time again as we unveil the exclusive premiere of last year’s Wonkfest 4: The Movie, documenting last year’s instalment of the annual celebration of all things DIY punk in North London!
Directed once again by Mark Richards, the film features 28 bands including MING CITY ROCKERS, THE FRANCEENS, NOSEBLEED, MIDWAY STILL, MURDERBURGERS, REVENGE OF THE PSYCHOTRONIC MAN, THE RESTARTS, ROUGHNECK RIOT and of course DIY punk ringleaders WONK UNIT.
This year’s Wonkfest 5: The Omen takes place at The Dome, Tufnell Park on Saturday 1 July and promises the usual 12 hours of mayhem from the cream of underground punk, including sets by MAID OF ACE, THE PARKINSONS, THE CRAVATS, PET BENTHAM & THE DINNER LADIES, CAPTAIN HOTKNIVES, BAD BREEDING, THE KIMBERLEY STEAKS, GREAT CYNICS, CALVA LOUISE, SPUNK VOLCANO & THE ERUPTIONS, SHEEPY, MATILDA’S SCOUNDRELS, PIZZATRAMP and more…
Tickets priced £22 are available here and they’re selling fast!
Don’t forget to bring a tray of food for the buffet and a few items for local charities.
PLUS! This year, there’s also a pre-Wonkfest party at The Blackheart, Camden on Friday 30 June, with Ming City Rockers, BILLY LIAR, THE DECLINE, THE DUB RIGHTERS, ANGRY SOMETIMES plus special guests!
Hot young psych-rockers MUERTOS have a new single out next month, and they’ve given Vive Le Rock and exclusive preview!
Following on from the London trio’s debut EP last year, ‘Spin’ is set for release through Roadkill Records on Friday 9 June. The day after, they play a special launch party at The Lock Tavern, Camden Town, London with THE SLY PERSUADERS, ELEPHANT and PULASKI.
Featuring the boy/girl guitar and vocals partnership of DeAnna Avis from Tequila and Marc Crane from Basildon, Muertos are completed by drummer Tom Lewis, citing influences such as THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN, BLACK ANGELS and THE KILLS.
Ace Italian antifa streetpunks LOS FASTIDIOS hit the UK next month for the first in a series of summer dates.
Fronted by charismatic frontman Enrico, the band formed in northern Italy in 1991, and have been touring Europe solidly ever since. Their most recent album The Sound Of Revolution was released in march through Kob Records.
The band head over for an appearance at Manchester’s 0161 Festival at the end of June, going on to play Rebellion and BoomTown during August. Full dates are….
24.06 Manchester – 0161 Festival
02.08 Shoreham – Duke of Wellington
03.08 Wrexham – Saith Seren
04.08 Blackpool – Rebellion (Acoustic stage)
05.08 Blackpool – Rebellion
06.08 Glasgow – Stereo Cafe Bar w/The Wakes
07.08 Aberdeen – Vulture Lounge
08.08 Edinburgh – Bannermans Bar w/Oi Polloi
09.08 Hereford – The Booth Hall
10.08 Derby – The Hairy Dog
11.08 London – AWOD – Boston Arms
12.08 Winchester – BoomTown Fair
Brotherly garage outfit ARCHIE & THE BUNKERS return with a brand new video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘You’re My Pacemaker’ is the first track to be revealed from the duo’s as yet untitled second album, due for release in the Autumn. They’re releasing it now as an appetite-whetter for a five week Euro tour kicking off next week in Rouen, France.
The hi-fi organ punk partnership of teenage brothers Cullen and Emmett O’Connor have been causing a ruckus since they came storming out of Cleveland, Ohio in 2013. They released their debut album through Dirty Water Records to much fuss in 2015.
They’re missing out on the UK this time around, but mainland Europeans can catch them at….
08/06/17 – FR – Rouen – Le 106
09/06/17 – FR – Bordeaux – Relâche Festival
10/06/17 – FR – Nîmes – This Is Not A Love Song Festival
12/06/17 – PORTUGAL – Porto – Cave 45
13/06/17 – SPAIN – Sevilla – Sala X
14/06/17 – PORTUGAL – Lisbon – Club Sabotage
15/06/17 – SPAIN – Madrid – Wurlitzer Ballroom
16/06/17 – SPAIN – Alicante – Stereo
17/06/17 – SPAIN – Zaragoza – Slap Festival
20/06/17 – FR – Rennes – Le Bar de la Cité
21/06/17 – FR – Nantes – Chien Stupide
22/06/17 – FR – Paris – Mécanique Ondulatoire
23/06/17 – FR – Redange – Cry Baby Car Show
24/06/17 – NL – Groningen – Vera
25/06/17 – NL – Utrecht – DB’s
27/06/17 – GERMANY – Hamburg – Hafenklang
28/06/17 – GERMANY – Munster – Gleiss 22
29/06/17 – CH – TBA
30/06/17 – ITALY – Salsomaggiore – Beat Festival
01/07/17 – ITALY – Ravenna – Hana Bi
02/07/17 – ITALY – Perrugia – T. Trane
05/07/17 – ITALY – Torino – Blah Blah Club
06/07/17 – FR – Belfort – Eurockéennes Festival
07/07/17 – TBA
08/07/17 – NL – Helmond – Cocoa
Dates have been announced for the second annual Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour. And this year’s event promises a host of ska-punk shenanigans!
Headlining October’s run of dates are Huntingdon Beach ska heroes REEL BIG FISH (pictured) with support from Pittsburgh punks ANTI-FLAG (pictured), Solvang CA ska-punks MAD CADDIES and Fireball’s Hottest Band competition winners SWEET LITTLE MACHINE.
The tour kicks off in Manchester on 11 October and takes in two shows at the Forum in London’s Kentish Town. Full dates are as follows….
11.10.17 O2 Ritz Manchester
12.10.17 O2 Academy Bristol
13.10.17 O2 Academy Leicester
14.10.17 O2 Academy Leeds
16.10.17 O2 Forum Kentish Town
17.10.17 O2 Forum Kentish Town
18.10.17 O2 Academy Newcastle
19.10.17 O2 Academy Glasgow
20.10.17 O2 Academy Liverpool*
21.10 17 O2 Academy Sheffield*
*Anti-Flag not appearing on these dates.
Tickets, priced at an austerity-busting £10, go on sale here on Friday 26 May.
Aussie rock legends RADIO BIRDMAN are to have their amazing story told in a new documentary film. You can watch the trailer here….
Inspired by the Detroit sounds of THE STOOGES and THE MC5, took Sydney by storm when they formed in 1974, going on to make two albums before splitting during a UK tour in ’78. Becoming a huge influence on Aussie punk and rock during the 80s and 90s, they reformed in the late 90s and have remained active since, even releasing a new album Zeno Beach in 2006, and visiting the UK several times.
Filmed and directed by Jonathan J Sequeira, Descent Into The Maelstrom tells the story of the band and the scene they created around their Funhouse club, with help from all the original members plus various Oz rock luminaries.
Says Sequeira, “Descent Into The Maelstrom isn’t just the story of Radio Birdman, it’s the story of a scene, a movement, in Australia, started by the band. It’s about doing your music, and your art without compromise, when everyone tries to shut you down. Radio Birdman inspired the outsiders in Australian society to do their own thing. Like the band, the film is a completely independent production – the band’s take no-prisoners attitude fed into the making of it. The intensity of the music and the individuals is still there, coming off the screen, and it insists that you too settle for nothing less than the best.”
The film’s cinematic release has yet to be confirmed, but it will be preceded by the release of a soundtrack album featuring Birdman classics as well as their precursors THE RATS and TV JONES, contemporaries THE SAINTS, homegrown influences THE MASTERS APPRENTICES and THE EASYBEATS plus THE RAMONES, FLAMIN’ GROOVIES and RICHARD HELL.
Descent Into The Maelstrom – Funhouse Jukebox Soundtrack is set for release on 9 June on vinyl with free download. It’s available to pre-order here.
Legendary HANOI ROCKS frontman MICHAEL MONROE has his first career-spanning compilation out next month.
Simply titled The Best, the 29-track double disc set brings together key tracks from Michael’s 30-year post-Hanoi career, plus a selection of rarities and previously unreleased songs.
As well as tracks from his solo albums, the comp includes four songs from the Little Steven-produced Demolition 23 album, unavailable for more than 20 years. There are also two outtakes from 2015’s Blackout States album plus the brand new single ‘One Foot Outta The Grave’.
“There’s a couple of extra special tracks,” says Michael. “Like ‘It’s A Lie’, sung as a duet with Stiv Bators (Dead Boys, Lords Of The New Church) back in 1985, and a never-before-released second version of the Steppenwolf cover ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ featuring Slash, left over from the Coneheads soundtrack project that Slash did with me in 1993. And since Slash has the biggest heart of gold in Rock‘n’Roll, he was kind enough to allow me to use it on this album. God bless him!”
The Best is released through Spinefarm on 9 June. It’s available to pre-order here.
In the run-up to the release of their new album, RANCID have unveiled another new video.
The autobiographical, political anthem ‘Telegraph Avenue’ is taken from Trouble Maker, the band’s ninth album which is released through Hellcat/Epitaph on Friday 9 June. It’s available to pre-order here.
As previously announced, Rancid will be joining GREEN DAY on their dates around the UK and Ireland….
6/28/17 Belfast, Ormeau Park
6/29/17 Dublin, Royal Hospital Kilmainham
7/1/17 London, Hyde Park
7/3/17 Sheffield Arena
7/4/17 Glasgow, Bellahouston Park
Pioneering post-punk supergroup SHRIEKBACK return with their first live show in 25 years! And Vive Le Rock has 10 PAIRS OF TICKETS TO GIVE AWAY!!!
Formed in 1981 by former XTC keyboard player Barry Andrews and ex-GANG OF FOUR bassist Dave Allen, Shriekback recruited guitarist Carl Marsh and drummer Martyn Barker, embarking on the exploration of the outer reaches of punk-infused dance music with infectious singles like ‘Lined Up’, ‘My Spine (Is The Bassline)’ and ‘Nemesis’ and the indie-dance crossover classic Oil & Gold album.
For their show at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire on Saturday 3 June, Andrews, Marsh and Barker will be joined by PiL bassist Scott Firth, plus sometime live collaborators Steve Halliwell, Mike Cozzie and Wendy and Sarah Partridge.
To win a pair of tickets to the show, all you have to do is email email@example.com with ‘SHRIEKBACK’ in the subject box, telling us the title of the band’s 1983 debut full-length album, and we’ll pick ten winners at random!
US garage supergroup THE DARTS – not to be confused with Brit doowop chart-toppers DARTS – step up to the oche for two UK shows this month.
Hailing from LA and Phoenix, the band, who comprise members of THE LOVE ME NOTS, BRAINSPOON, ZERO ZERO, THE DOLLYROTS and others, recently signed to Dirty Water Records, who released their two US EPs as a digital album at the start of the year. You can buy it here.
The Darts make their UK debut at The Finsbury, Manor House, London on Thursday 25 May, with THE PRISCILLAS and SUICIDE GENERATION. Tickets are £8.50 and you can get them here.
They then head down to Brighton, where they play Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar on Friday 26 May alongside LA’s DEATH VALLEY GIRLS at a Bitchcraft club night. Admission for that one is FREE!
The Darts then head off to Europe for a week of dates in France and Italy – see below….
Hot new Brighton psych-rockers CLEVER THING have a new single out and they’re premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The lurching, primal ‘Fixer Upper’ follows on from last year’s ‘In A Tissy’. Released through Be Pacific Records, it’s available now through iTunes.
Bringing together Rich Fownes of BAD FOR LAZARUS and THE EIGHTIES MATCHBOX B-LINE DISASTER and Daisy Coburn of PINK LIZARDS, Clever Thing are completed by bassist Charlie Buttons and drummer James Drohan.
Fort Wayne’s finest, LEFT LANE CRUISER return with a brand new album next week and they’re premiering a track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
In fact, ‘Liquor Store’ is so exclusive, you’ll only find it on the CD version of Claw Machine Wizard and not on the vinyl or digital versions.
After sporting a three-piece line-up on 2015’s Dirty Spliff Blues, band founder Freddy J Evans IV has returned Left Lane Cruiser to a duo format for Claw Machine Wizard, retaining the services of drummer Pete Dio. Having said that, sonically seaking, they’re still pushing forward….
“There’s still a lot of signature LLC gut-bucket blues on the new record,” Freddy explains, “but we’re constantly trying to expand the sound. I’ve always kept our foundation in blues and classic rock, but after a decade of making albums, eventually new flavors creep in. On the road we listen to a lot of James Brown, Funkadelic, Parliament, Charles Bradley and other soulful artists. Also been jammin’ MF Doom’s Special Herbs, which are his instrumental tracks. Those kinds of sounds had a big influence on this record. I think in general this record is a huge departure from the previous LLC albums. We kinda refer to it as our soul record. There’s a lot of different flavors on this one.”
Speaking of influences, the artwork for Claw Machine Wizard takes its lead from the iconic sleeve designs of the MC5’s Back In The USA and DR FEELGOOD’s Down By The Jetty.
Talking about ‘Liquor Store’, Freddy says, “This a tune about partying on the road and how much trouble it brings us with our ladies back home. My wife is my goddess, my queen, my moon and stars, but she keeps a tight leash on me when it comes to partying. And when you play rock’n’roll, partying is your business, and business is good.”
Set for release on 19 May through Alive Naturalsound, Claw Machine Wizard is available to pre-order here.
THE MEKONS celebrate their 40th Anniversary with their own festival this summer.
Set in rural Suffolk, Mekonville will bring together, for the first time ever, the current and original line-ups of the band.
Taking place from 28 to 29 July in the village of Pettaugh between Ipswich and Stowmarket, the festival will also feature BONNIE PRINCE BILLY, TILLY MOSES, CHRIS MILLS, ESPER SCOUT, CALVA LOUISE, LES TRIABOLIQUES, JON LANGFORD & HIS MEN OF GWENT, THE HILL BANDITS THE 4DGS, INTERROBANG, ETON CROP, LITTLE SPARTA, SALLY TIMMS and more.
The weekend also promises DJs, spoken word and poetry, comedy, arts and crafts and local food and drink.
Mekons founder Andy Corrigan says, “Mekonville will be more than a celebration of a band. We will be creating a family-friendly celebration of the enthusiastic immersion in all art forms which took a bunch of teenage art students from painting, to film-making, to performance art, to recording John Peel sessions.”
Jon Langford adds, “As teenage art students we formed a band. Who’d have thought we would have still been going all these years later? Mekonville will feature every element of the performing arts we can cram into a weekend.”
Staged in collaboration with PettaFiesta, tickets for Mekonville can be bought here.