Vive Le Rock is proud to announce the first ever Vive Le Rock Awards!
The Awards, which are being brought to you in conjunction with our good friends at AEG Presents, will take place at the O2 Islington Academy in London on 28 March hosted by Ginger Wildheart and featuring performances from TV Smith and The Vive Le Rockers!
Tickets for the awards, including a special VIP ticket including access to the private backstage bar and aftershow party, allowing you to mingle with the bands and award-winners, are available here!
But before then, we need you to vote! Go here for full details!
Roman stompers GIUDA return with a brand new single at the end of March.
The band, who tore the roof off the O2 at Vive Le Rock‘s Punk Rock Pins festival back in 2016, are newly signed to UK rock label Rise Above for the aptly-named ‘Rock’n’Roll Music’, which was recorded live to harness the power of the onstage Giuda experience for which they are rightly renowned.
Back by ‘Born Under A Bad Sign’, the single will be released exclusively on 7″ vinyl on 30 March and will be celebrated with a special 2-night launch party at The Lexington in London on 6 and 7 April.
The release will also be heralded by a video shot on 35mm tape by top Italian director Nicola Piovesan.
The band are celebrating their 15th Anniversary this year and will release a best of/singles compilation in April called 15 Shots From The Urban Voodoo Machine with headline shows around the UK and Europe and appearances at Bearded Theory, Camden Rocks, Strummercamp, Boomtown and many more!
Full dates are….
Saturday 3 February, The Black Market, Warsop
Saturday 17 February, Talking Heads, Southampton
Saturday 24 February, Cutlers Arms, Rotherham
Friday 2 March, Castle & Falcon, Birmingham
Thursday 8 March, Sala Clamores, Madrid, Spain
Friday 9 March, Club Valentino, Leon, Spain
Saturday 10 March, Hell Dorado, Vitoria, Spain
Sunday 11 March, Rock & Blues, Zaragoza, Spain
Friday 16 March, Bedlam Breakout Festival, Northampshire
Saturday 17 March, P-Con Club, Lewes nr Brighton
Friday 30 March, Passpop, Holland
Sunday 1 April, The Globe, Cardiff
Saturday 7 April, Riverside, Newcastle
Friday 13 April. Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Saturday 14 April, St Lukes. Glasgow
Friday 20 April, West End Centre, Aldershot
Saturday 21 April, New Cross Inn, London
Friday 27 April, Tivoli, North Wales
Friday 4 May, Sin City, Swansea
Saturday 5 May, The Donkey, Leicester
Saturday 12 May, Spiegeltent, Brighton
Friday 18 May, Bullingdon Arms, Oxford
Saturday 19 May, The Railway, Winchester
Saturday 26 May, Bearded Theory
Sunday 27 May, Strummercamp
Saturday 2 June, Camden Rocks Festival
Friday 15 June, G-Spot Festival
Friday 22 June, Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival, Holland
Saturday 23 June, De Pul, Uden, Holland
Saturday 21 July, Festival 8, Lincolnshire
Sunday 12 August. Boomtown Fair
Sunday 26 August, Twinwood Festival
A first list of acts has been announced for this year’s CAMDEN ROCKS, once again proudly sponsored by Vive Le Rock!
Now in its seventh year, the one day festival will take over the North London rock’n’roll enclave on Saturday 2 June with the likes of MAXIMO PARK, PiL, THE PROFESSIONALS, POP WILL EAT ITSELF, RAGING SPEEDHORN, URBAN VOODOO MACHINE, SONIC BOOM SIX and German legends BEATSTEAKS.
“I’ve been trying to book Public Image Limited for years so it’s great to finally have them playing Camden Rocks this year,” enthuses event organiser Chris McCormack. “John Lydon and the Sex Pistols are the reason I got into music, easily the biggest influence personally and I’m sure for a lot of bands playing the festival. PiL at the Electric Ballroom on their 40th anniversary is going to be incredible.”
“As always, the festival is as much about the emerging talent out there as it is the more established bands so get down early to catch some of these great new artists before they go supernova.”
“I’m also super excited about having Beatsteaks over from Germany,” continues McCormack. “They’re a fantastic live band. Not many people know them in the UK which is crazy but hopefully we can help change that.”
Also confirmed are TWIN ATLANTIC, TOWERS OF LONDON, THE MAIN GRAINS, MASSIVE WAGONS, FREEZE THE ATLANTIC, DUCKING PUNCHES, ASYLUMS, HANDS OFF GRETEL, DUKE OF WOLVES, MOSES, PRESS TO MECO, CHILDCARE, JB CONSPIRACY, GOLD KEY, CANVAS, SCREECH BATS, NIGHTLORD, BLACK ORCHID EMPIRE and many more….
Venues participating this year include Koko, Electric Ballroom, The Underworld, Dingwalls, Proud, The Cuban, Monarch, The, Lyttelton Arms, Camden Assembly, Devonshire Arms, Roundhouse Studio, Dublin Castle, Blackheart, Fiddlers Elbow, Dingwalls Canalside, Camden Cavern @ Belushis, The Hawley Arms, Brewdog, Camden Market and The Crescent.
More names and tickets priced at a very reasonable £39.50 can be found on the Camden Rocks website.
Pub-based radio station BOOGALOO RADIO is holding a special launch-party this month!
Based at The Boogaloo on Archway Road in North London, it’s the world’s first and only 24/7 online radio station broadcasting inside a pub.
The storied boozer has been making a name for itself in rock’n’roll circles for the best part of two decades. Various Libertines worked behind the bar, Shane MacGowan lived upstairs and the likes of Nick Cave, Joe Strummer, The Streets, Sinead O’Connor, Primal Scream, Ken Kesey, Howard Marks and many more have been regulars over the years.
Boogaloo Radio was founded by DJ Jenn Crothers and Gerry O’Boyle, the landlord of The Boogaloo, and former owner of the infamous Filthy Mac Nasty’s pub.
Gerry says “Boogaloo Radio is the most exciting thing we have ever done. We are able to share the pub, its musical heritage, its amazing presenting talent and the chaos of operating an online radio station broadcasting to 227 countries from an old bin shed in the pub beer garden in true punk rock guerrilla style. If we were a book, we’d be Please Kill Me…”
Jenn adds, “Using the original 1960s American FM radio format where the presenter is also the curator, alongside modern technology we’ve built a direct bridge between host and listener, creating that feeling of listening to one of your good friends. It’s an old formula, brought to you by modern technology, and we’re doing it from the back of a pub. The aim is for listeners to feel like they are in on the excitement. The pub has become the station and vice versa. Our plan is to live stream everything that happens – gigs, debates, comedy, pub quizzes and DJ sets.”
Boogaloo Radio DJs include the likes of pub rock supremo and Stiff Records founder Dave Robinson (pictured), The Libertines, Bernard Butler, Jack White’s Third Man Books, Ace Records, The Magic Numbers, Shane MacGowan and David Morrissey, while so far guests have included Holly Johnson, Clem Burke, Blood Red Shoes, Bez from Happy Mondays, Irvine Welsh, Madness and Johnny Marr.
The launch night takes place at The Boogaloo – where else?! – on Thursday 25 January. You can listen live at booglaooradio.com.
ROLE MODELS have a new single out and they’re launching it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Manette Street’, taken from the band’s third album, tips a hat to the London thoroughfare containing legendary late night rock’n’roll haunt, The Crobar,
The four piece power pop/punk rock ‘n’ roll band born in the alleys of Denmark Street and Soho, releasing three full
length albums in as many years on Glunk Records, with the last, Dance Moves, hitting #25 in the Vive Le Rock Top 50 of 2017.
Undertaking UK tours with with SCOTT SORRY and MICHAEL MONROE, they resume live action in 2018 with gigs at The Lounge in London with co-headliners THE CRYBABYS on 3 February.
They then pay a Scott Sorry benefit concert on 17 February at The Parish in Huddersfield headlining the Scott Sorry Benefit Concert, with THE MAIN GRAINS, DRAMA CLUB REJECTS, THE EMPTY PAGE and more. Tickets are available here.
Aussie garage-punk legends THE SCIENTISTS have just announced a major European tour for the summer.
The band, who were initially put together by guitarist and singer Kim Salmon in 1978, recently convened in their classic ’86 line up featuring guitarist Tony Thewlis, bassist Boris Sujdovic and drummer Leanne Cowie to record their first tracks in 30 years, a cover of French 60s legend Jacques Dutronc’s ‘Mini Mini Mini’ coupled with the first ever officially released studio version of Scientists rarity ‘Perpetual Motion’.
The month-long tour kicks off at London’s Borderline on 31 May, taking in shows in Glasgow, Newcastle and Brighton, before heading to France, Germany and Scandinavia, culminating in a headline performance at Italy’s Festival Beat on 29 June.
Full dates are….
31/05/18: London @ The Borderline – UK
01/06/18: Glasgow @ Nice & Seazy – UK
02/06/18: Newcastle @ The Cluny – UK
03/06/18: Brighton @ The Albert – UK
06/06/18: Rennes @ Mondo Bizarro – FR
07/06/18: Paris @ Petit Bain – FR
08/06/18: Périgueux @ Le Sans Réserve – FR
13/06/18: Freiburg @ Café Atlantik – DE
14/06/18: Berlin @ The Roadrunner’s Paradise Club – DE
15/06/18: Copenhagen @ Loppen – DK
16/06/18: Oslo @ Krøsset – NO
29/06/18: Salsomaggiore Terme @ Festival BEAT #26 – IT
Essex folk-punks THE LUCKY STRIKES return in the New Year with a series of live dates.
The band made fleeting appearances during 2017, including dates with former GREEN ON RED man Chris Cacavas, as frontman M.G. Boulter committed time to his solo career.
Having returned to action with a hometown Christmas show last week, however, the Southend quartet have announced a run of shows taking them into the spring, before knuckling down to write material for their sixth album, the follow-up to 2016’s acclaimed The Motion And The Moving On.
Kicking off with their now traditional New Year show at East London’s What’s Cookin’ club on 6 January, they cross the North Sea for their first ever Swedish dates in February.
Full dates are…..
6 Jan – What’s Cookin’, Leytonstone, London
16 Feb – PSB, Stockholm, Sweden
17 Feb – HiJazz Klub, Uppsala, Sweden
24 Feb – The Alex, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
9 March – Chinnery’s, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
17 Mar – The Greystones, Sheffield
21 Apr – Le Pub, Newport, South Wales
SoCal punk legends U.S. BOMBS kick off their 25th Anniversary year with two new releases at the end of December.
Huge CLASH fans, the band have recorded the classics ‘Straight To Hell’ and ‘Death Or Glory’ for the aptly-titled Clash Tribute single.
The second release features ‘Hollywood Gong Show’ c/w ‘Midnight Run’ , the band’s first new recorded music in 12 years. Both releases were produced by MEAT PUPPETS bassist Cris Kirkwood.
Set for release on 29 December through Arizona’s Slope Records, they’re available on limited edition 7″ vinyl (white and blue respectively) as well as cassette and download. They can be pre-ordered now here, along with other U.S. Bombs merch.
Fast-rising Brummie garage trio TABLE SCRAPS have just unveiled a video for their new single.
‘Sick Of Me’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s debut album Autonomy which is set for release on 23 February through Zen Ten Records, the brand new label from Easy Action Music.
Propelled by an insistent two-note groove and a floorshakingly primal beat, ‘Sick Of Me’ conjures that same never-fails British Invasion magic that so inspired the kids of Detroit and certified Lenny Kaye’s Nuggets comp the high-school prom soundtrack at the end of the universe.
The 7″ of ‘Sick Of Me’ b/w ‘Mequinenza’ is available to buy here in a limited edition of 500 copies worldwide.
Table Scraps have a series of dates lined up around the album release, including a London date at The Shacklewell Arms on 28 February and a special launch party at The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham on 2 March. Full dates are….
23 Feb – Foodhall, Sheffield
28 Feb – Shacklewell Arms, London
1 Mar – 60MPC, Bournemouth
2 Mar – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
3 Mar – The Trap, Bristol
Chicago roots-rocker JAKE LA BOTZ make his UK headline debut this week in London.
Now based in Nashville, the songwriter recently released his sixth album, Sunnyside – his first new album in four years – recorded in Chicago with J.D. McPHERSON’s producer and bass-player Jimmy Sutton.
The album draws on La Botz’s life experiences as a teenage punk, juvenile delinquent, actor , drifter, apprentice to blues elders growing up in Chicago, self-educated reader, addict in Los Angeles, musician in a gospel church, Buddhist and meditation teacher. As if that hasn’t kept him busy enough, along the way he’s shared stages with such greats as Ray Charles, Dr. John, Mavis Staples, Etta James, The Blasters and Tony Joe White.
Presented by Punk Rock Blues, La Botz plays The Sebright Arms, Coate Street, Hackney on Wednesday 13 December. Support comes from BIG JOE LOUIS. Get your tickets here.
A first list of acts has been announced for next year’s Strummercamp Festival, which for the first time is proudly sponsored by Vive Le Rock magazine!
Taking place over the Bank Holiday Weekend of 25-27 May at its new venue, Oldham Rugby Union Club, the festival will be playing host to THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE, DESPERATE MEASURES, IL COMPLESSO, ROUGHNECK RIOT, MEDIA WHORES, MATILDA’S SCOUNDRELS, THE PAPASHANGOS, RUFF TRADE, STRAIGHTEN OUT, BLACK BALLED, THE CUT, VERBAL WARNING, WITCH FEVER, TIME FOR ACTION, TOXIC, FILF and loads more to be confirmed.
There’ll also be a stage from Manchester’s TNS Records and the Shangri La Acoustic Stage.
A year on from the release of their widely acclaimed album A Big Bad Beautiful Noise, THE GODFATHERS have announced a fresh bunch of UK dates.
The album, released in February 2017, saw the band back at the top of their game, its impact felt around the world, generating an intensive level of touring and sold out gigs across Europe.
This latest run of dates takes in their annual St Valentine’s Day Massacre show at London’s legendary 100 Club, with special guests TEN BENSON, plus three shows north of the border with fast-rising Scottish punks HEAVY DRAPES.
Full dates are….
02.02 – Southampton/Talking Heads
08.02 – Edinburgh/The Voodoo Rooms (w/ Heavy Drapes)
09.02 – Glasgow/Audio (w/ Heavy Drapes)
10.02 – Dundee/Beat Generator Live (w/Heavy Drapes)
16.02 – Manchester/Ruby Lounge
17.02 – London/100 Club (St Valentine’s Day Massacre – w/ Ten Benson)
18.02 – Bristol/The Fleece
23.02 – Birmingham/Hare & Hounds
24.02 – York/Victoria Vaults
25.02 – Middlesbrough/Westgarth Social Club
Original ’77 punks turned psych explorers, THE TELEVISION PERSONALITIES are to see a long-lost album finally released in the New Year.
Formed around mercurial frontman Dan Treacy, the band achieved a certain notoriety with now-classic songs like ‘Where’s Bill Grundy Now?’ and ‘Part-Time Punks’ before helping to spawn the early-80s psych revival with the album …And Don’t The Kids Just Love It.
The 15 previously unreleased tracks on Beautiful Despair was recorded during 1990 by Treacy and longtime Personality and former SWELL MAP Jowe Head at the latter’s flat in Stoke Newington, North London over a number of sessions to a 4-track portastudio.
“‘If You Fly Too High’ was based on an encounter with Evan Dando of The Lemonheads in Berlin,” explains Head. “We did a memorable gig with them at the Ecstasy Madhouse in December 1989, when the Berlin Wall was being torn down. Exciting times. We jammed with Evan on stage that night, playing some tunes by Jonathan Richman and Johnny Thunders, as I recall. That song also mentions Alan McGee, who was a great fan of the TVPS and Dan’s songs. Alan openly admits that he emulated Dan’s style of music, and influenced his decision to run a mod-psychedelic club, The Living Room, and to start his label, Creation.”
Set for release on 26 January through Fire Records, Beautiful Despair is available to pre-order on limited edition black-and-white splatter vinyl, regular vinyl, CD and download here.
More bands have been announced for Manchester Punk Festival which takes place in the city next spring.
As with previous years, the Festival will take over venues across Manchester city centre over the weekend on 19-21 April. Venues participating are Gorilla, Rebellion, The Bread Shed, Zombie Shack, Underdog, Font and The Thirsty Scholar.
Acts lined up so far include PROPAGANDHI, CULTURE SHOCK, RANDOM HAND, WONK UNIT, THE BENNIES, CHEWING ON TINFOIL, BEAT THE RED LIGHT, COUNTERPUNCH, THE TUTS, SVETLANAS, ANTILLECTUAL, MOBINA GALORE, ROUGHNECK RIOT, UNIFORMS, CHRISTMAS, RUSSO, SPOILERS, IN EVIL HOUR, THE MINOR DISCOMFORT BAND, PIZZATRAMP, NERVUS, FOREVER UNCLEAN, REBUKE, FRESH, NATTERERS, ROTTEN FOXES, HAPPY ACCIDENTS, ALL ABOARD, ATTERKOP, DARKO, EGOS AT THE DOOR, DRONES, REGRET, WOLFBEAST DESTROYER, SOUNDS OF SWAMI, CAPTAIN HOTKNIVES, FREDDY THUDD PUCKER, SHANKLAND, PMX, THE LAB RATS, FOXES FAUX, INCISIONS, AERIAL SALAD, DEAD DRUMMER, TOM AYLOTT and THROWING STUFF.
Propagandhi (pictured) just released their new album Victory Lap through Epitaph in September.
Our sister mag Louder Than War is teaming up with the good folk at Easy Action Records to help them launch a brand new label this week!
With its parent already leading the pack as one of Europe’s hottest reissue labels, Zen Ten Records with will specialise in physical releases from happening new acts.
With the likes of TABLE SCRAPS, GALANTS, VELVET HANDS and HYPOPHORA on their books, the label will take over The Black Heart in Camden on Wedensday 1 November with help from latest signings, MORIATY, LOCKS and AUCTION FOR THE PROMISE CLUB (pictured).
Admission is just a fiver and proceedings kick off at 7.30pm.
THE RAMONAS are back with a brand new video which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Poser’ is lifted from First World Problems, the band’s first album of original material. It’s available to buy on CD here and as a download from iTunes and all the usual download sites. A vinyl edition is set to follow in December.
The band have the following upcoming dates….
26 NOV – LEWES CON CLUB, LEWES (w/ UK SUBS)
2 DEC – CROYDON ROCKS FESTIVAL, CROYDON
7 DEC – BLACK MARKET VIP, HASTINGS
15 DEC – LOUISIANA, BRISTOL
23 DEC – FORUM, TUNBRIDGE WELLS (w/ ANTI NOWHERE LEAGUE)
Multinational gypsy-ska-punks THE PENNY BLACK REMEDY return next month with their first new album in four years.
Maintaining Dignity In Awkward Situations follows on from 2013’s acclaimed Inhale… Exhale… OK, Now You Can Panic! and was co-produced by MORRISSEY and POLECATS guitarist Boz Boorer at his Portugal studio and in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where the band nucleus of Keith M Thomson and Marijana Hajdarhodzic are now based.
The pair were joined on the sessions by former UK SUBS bassist Paul Slack, guitarist Jeremy Mendonca, violinist Basia Bartz and drummer Jamie Shaw, along with various special guests including Dave Ruffy and Segs Jennings from THE RUTS and ex-CANNIBALS guitarist Jeff Mead.
Originally formed in London in 2004, where they hosted the monthly Bam-A-Lam club nights at the legendary 12 Bar Club. They released their debut album No One’s Fault But Your Own in 2009. Says Thomson of the band’s music, “The fact that most of the songs are about death, lost love, living in a constant state of crippling paranoid fear and/or coping with the daily grind of everyday life is irrelevant. Encouraging people to sing loudly and out of tune about the absurdity of general existence seems to instil a sense of comfort and emotional unity…I think.”
Maintaining Dignity In Awkward Situations is set for release on mono del mundo through Cadiz on 24 November. It’s available to pre-order here.
The band play a special launch party on the day of the album’s release at The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle Street, London. Tickets are available here.