SHAKING CHAINS UNVEIL DEBUT SINGLE!

Happening new Manchester post-punks SHAKING CHAINS issue their debut AA-side single next month, and you can check it out here.

‘Midnight Oil’ is inspired by John Schlesinger’s classic 1969 film Midnight Cowboy while ‘Drunk No More’ takes its lead from Carol Batton, Poet Laureate for Mental Health Survivors. “’Drunk No More’ is the thirteenth step of a twelve-step programme – one foot into the abyss,” says lyricist Nathan Mcilroy. “When you get to the bottom but before you’re physically and mentally capable of going back to the top of the slide.”

Due for release on 7″ vinyl through Concrete Records on Friday 21 April, the single is available to pre-order here.

Shaking Chains are playing Manchester and London launch parties at….

25 April – The Eagle Inn, Salford TICKETS

29 April – The Islington, London TICKETS

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MEMBRANES, SPEAR FOR STRUMMERCAMP!

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Vive Le Rock is pleased and proud to sponsor Strummercamp Festival, which returns in May after a year’s lay-off.

Taking place at Manchester Rugby Club, Cheadle Hulme over the weekend of 26-28 May, the 11th Strummercamp continues the spirit and positive influence of Joe Strummer and The Clash, providing a mix of punk, ska, reggae, rock’n’roll and more on a not-for-profit and completely independent basis.

This year’s event features performances from THE MEMBRANES, SPEAR OF DESTINY, T.V. SMITH, NEWTOWN NEUROTICS, DEPARTMENT S, CHRON GEN, ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER, THE HURRIERS, NECK, THE WAKES, BEXATRON, RUFF TRADE, KLONK, HEADSTICKS, BUFFALO SOLDIERS, THE NORTHERN EMBEZZLERS, KOPEK MILLIONAIRES, NOSEBLEED, STATION 5 and loads more…

Tickets are being sold on a revolutionary ‘pay what you can afford’ basis, with adult weekend tickets ranging from £65 to £80 at increments of £5. They’re on sale here. Kids under 12 are FREE!!

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CHORDS U.K. SINGLE AND DATES!

CHRIS POPE and THE CHORDS UK have unveiled a new video and announced a series of UK dates for the year ahead.

‘Heart Of The Matter’ is a remixed version of a track from the band’s acclaimed album Take On Life, released last Autumn. The single is backed with an acoustic version of ‘Happy Families’. Single and album are available from the band’s website.

Chris and the band will be playing as special guests to THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG at Shepherds Bush Empire on Saturday 15 April. Tickets are available here.

They’ve also been added to the bill of this year’s Undercover Festival, taking place at its new home of Margate Dreamland on 8-9 September.

Full UK dates are….

Apr 15 – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
Apr 29 – The Raine Club, Hull
Apr 30 – The Longland Club, Middlesbrough
May 5 – 100 Club, London
Jun 23 – Bellfield Tavern, Kilmarnock
Jun 24 – Stone Valley Festival, Bishop Auckland
Aug 5 – Spring Meadows Club, Sandwell
Aug 6 – Music Mania, Worthing
Sep 9 – Undercover Festival, Margate
Sep 30 – Phoenix, Exeter
Oct 13 – Zombie Shack, Manchester

More dates to be confirmed….

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MAID OF ACE HIT THE ROAD!

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Sisterly south coast punks MAID OF ACE have announced a series of UK dates next month.

Kicking off in Canterbury on 18 April, the tour climaxes with a special Some Weird Sin night at Nambucca in London on 28 April. With BAD NERVES and WHITE WITCHES also on the bill, tickets at a very reasonable £6.00 are available here.

The Hastings quartet released their second album Maid In England to wide acclaim last year. It’s available now from their website.

Both the band’s album are also now available to download from iTunes.

Catch them on the road at….

April 18th – Lady Luck, Canterbury
April 19th – Sticky Mikes, Brighton
April 20th – Talking Heads, Southampton
April 21st – MPF – Sound Control, Manchester
April 22nd – Bannermans, Edinburgh
April 24th – Think Tank Underground, Newcastle
April 25th -The Parish, Huddersfield
April 27th – Winchester Arms,Taunton
April 28th – Nambucca, London (w/Bad Nerves & White Witches)

Read a new interview with Maid Of Ace in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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CLASH DEBUT CELEBRATED IN EAST LONDON!

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On the 40th Anniversary of its release, THE CLASH’s iconic debut album is being celebrated with a special event in London.

Clash Night ’77 brings together music, poetry and discussion in celebration of a landmark release in UK punk.

Taking place at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road on Satuday 8 April, the event has been put together by Philosophy Football in association with the RMT union.

The night is set to open with a panel discussion, featuring authors Daniel Rachel (The Walls Come Tumbling Down) and Dave Randall (Sound System: The Political Power Of Music); Rock Against Racism founders Red Saunders and Roger Huddle; writer, artist and sometime Clash manager Caroline Coon; ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION’s Pandit G, and former music journalist Ngaire Ruth of Loud Women.

Side 2 of The Clash will be performed ‘as was’ by 48 THRILLS – featuring Steve North from the stage play Meeting Joe Strummer – while Side 2 will be recreated by SEAN McGOWAN, NIA WYN, JOE SOLO, EMILY HARRISON and DREAM NAILS.

The night will be headlined by CAPTAIN SKA, with sets during the evening from ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER, JANINE BOOTH, COMRADE X and THE LONE GROOVER, ranting verse from POETRY ON THE PICKET LINE and the Rock Against Racism photography of Syd Shelton.

Tickets for the event are £9.99 with discounts for multiple bookings. They’re available here.

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We revisit The Clash in our series on classic ’77 albums in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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GARY LAMMIN ANNOUNCES INSTORE GIGS!

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BERMONDSEY JOYRIDERS mainman GARY LAMMIN has announced a pair of instore dates in support of his recently released debut solo album.

A veteran of the London punk scene, Lammin recorded Gary Guitar Lammin with legendary SEX PISTOLS producer Dave Goodman, but the recordings were shelved following Goodman’s death in 2005.

Lammin will be performing in solo acoustic mode at….

25 March – Raven Records,74 Bromley Road, Beckenham – 4pm

1 April – All Ages Records, 27 Pratt Street, Camden – 4pm

Both dates have some personal significance to Lammin, and to his close working relationship with Goodman. Raven Records is “literally a few streets down” from Goodman’s former Mandala Studios, where the bulk of the recording was completed more than a decade ago. Meanwhile, Lammin says of his appearance at All Ages in Camden, “I particularly wanted a gig for the album on April Fool’s day, as it was a day that me and Dave Goodman spoke about a bit”. He explains that the figure of the fool was often in their minds as these philosophical, dramatic, and dream-like songs took shape; “we both found it interesting that in a lot of Shakespearian plays, it is the court jester or the fool (who often is only pretending to be a fool), is the only person who is actually is privy to all information – because nobody takes him seriously”.

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SISTERAY EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE!

Walthamstow band SISTERAY are set to release a new EP next month and they’re premiering the lead track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Queen’s English’ is the opening cut from 15 Minutes, a title inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous quote about fame.

Formed in 2014, the quartet came together over a shared love of BUZZCOCKS, THE CLASH, THE KINKS and THE SMITHS. Since then they’ve been playing up and down the country, performing guerrilla gigs and organising their own club nights,  as well as appearing at Camden Rocks, Isle of Wight and Leeds festivals.

The EP was recorded at East London’s Lightship 95 studio with producer Rory Attwell of TEST ICICLES and VACCINES fame.

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Guitarist Dan Connolly says, “Now more than ever, people seem to be given 15 minutes and 15 minutes only. It’s not an album and it’s not a single. It’s simply a statement about the times we are living in.”

15 Minutes is available from 14 April through Vallance Records on vinyl and download. It’s available to pre-order here.

Catch the band live at….

Thur 16 Mar – Bleach, BRIGHTON
Fri 17 Mar – Guns & Smoke, LONDON
Fri 24 Mar – Firebug, LEICESTER
Fri 31 Mar – Black Heart, LONDON

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EXCLUSIVE! ANYONE FOR WEIRD SEX?

Garage punk supergroup WEIRD SEX are unveiling new music exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The eight songs featured here make up one side of a split cassette EP with fellow Roadkill Records signings BROKEN SOUNDTRACKS.

Fronted by charismatic singer Joey Ackland, and featuring members of SLY PERSUADERS, DEATHLINE and SUICIDE PARTY, Weird Sex’s buzzsaw guitars, skittering synths and basic pop hooks have seen them compared to the seminal NYC punk sounds of SUICIDE and the RAMONES.

Weird Sex and Broken Soundtracks play a special FREE launch party at The Lock Tavern, Camden on Friday 17 March, with SECRET TONGUES and AVERAGE SEX.

Featuring a great value 14 tracks, the EP is available to pre-order on cassette and download for a very reasonable fiver here.

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DOCTORS OF MADNESS BOX SET!

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Cult 70s art-rock band DOCTORS OF MADNESS have their output compiled in a new box set.

Formed in Brixton in 1974 and fronted by charismatic vocalist Richard ‘Kid’ Strange, the Doctors were a huge influence on punk, counting the likes of the SEX PISTOLS and THE JAM as their support bands and Dave Vanian and T.V. Smith as collaborators.

The 3-CD Perfect Past: The Complete Doctors Of Madness brings together their three albums for Polydor, plus previously unreleased studio material, live tracks featuring Smith and a prospective ’78 single with Vanian.

Set for release on 5 May though Cherry Red, it’s available to pre-order here.

A reformed Doctors Of Madness play a very special one-off show at a secret London location on Tuesday 16 May, with special guests BAND OF HOLY JOY and LILY BUD. Tickets priced £12.00 are available here.

More dates to be confirmed.

Check out ‘Waiting’ from their ’76 debut Late Night Movies, All Night Brainstorms.

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EIGHT ROUNDS RAPID HIT THE TARGET!

Suit-wearing South Essex roustabouts EIGHT ROUNDS RAPID have released a first video from their new album.

‘I Like It’ is taken from Objet D’Art, the band’s second album, which follows on from their highly-rated 2014 debut Loss Leader.

The video was directed by Tony Burke and features actor Ewen MacIntosh of The Office fame.

The Southend band, who feature Wilko’s son Simon Johnson on guitar, plus frontman David Alexander, bassist Jules Cooper and drummer Lee Watkins, have three dates lined up for the coming weeks catch them at….

31 March – St Moritz Club, London
1 April – The Railway Hotel, Southend
7 April – St Moritz Club, London

Objet D’Art is out now through Cadiz. Buy it here.

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We talk to Dave Alexander from the band for our Gob Rock feature in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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ROCKAWAY BEACH’S BIRTHDAY BOMB!

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Ace London punk and rock’n’roll club ROCKAWAY BEACH celebrates its second birthday next month!

Hosted by Timmy from glam-punks THE DeRELLAS, once a month for the past two years, the club has taken over the basement of the legendary Hope & Anchor for sell-out gigs from the likes of THE VIBRATORS, BRIAN JAMES, URBAN DOGS, S*M*A*S*H, HONEST JOHN PLAIN, VICE SQUAD, BLACK BOMBERS, WITCHDOKTORS, DIRTY STRANGERS, THE PECKHAM COWBOYS and more.

Headlining the 2nd Anniversary Party on Friday 28 April are THE ANITA CHELLAMAH BAND, featuring the frontwoman of HANOI ROCKS spin-off THE CHERRY BOMBZ plus members of SHAM 69, LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH and CHEAP AND NASTY. Support comes from THE PHOBICS and Rich Rags from THE ROLE MODELS.

Tickets priced £8 are on sale now here.

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JIM JONES UNVEILS RIGHTEOUS DEBUT!

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JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND have announced the release of their long-awaited debut album.

The band, formed by Jones and bassist Gavin Jay following the demise of THE JIM JONES REVUE in 2014, are set to release Super Natural on 12 May through MaSonic Records.

The 10-track album features the singles ‘Boil Yer Blood’ and ‘Aldecide’ and comes wrapped in ornate artwork by French illustrator and tattoo artist Jean-Luc Navette.

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The band have a series UK and European club and festival dates lined up for the coming months. Catch them on the road at….

April 4 Mondo Bizzaro, Rennes, FR
April 5 Le Pt’it Minou, Brest, FR
April 6 Jam Session, Vannes, FR
April 7 Bombshell, Clermont Ferrand, FR
April 8 Rock This Town Festival, Pau, FR
April 9 Le Molotov, Marseille, FR
April 30 Smithdown Festival, Liverpool
May 10 Petit Bain, Paris, FR
May 13 The Plug, Sheffield
May 17 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
May 18 Fruit, Hull
May 19 The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne
May 20 The Lexington, London
May 21 Waterfront, Norwich
May 25 Cinetol, Amsterdam NL
May 26 Sniester Festival, Den Haag NL
May 27 Get Mad Festival, Madrid ES
July 21 Le Sable Festival, Trouville, FR
August 12 Boomtown Festival, Winchester

Fans also now have the opportunity to own some of Gavin Jay’s original art, which is on sale now from his website.

Check out the video for ‘Aldecide’.

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WONKFEST VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

It’s that time again! With tickets selling fast for Wonkfest 5, Vive Le Rock is pleased to present this exclusive taster for Wonkfest 4: The Movie.

Shot as ever by photographer and filmmaker Mark Richards, this clip catches Wonkfest head honchos WONK UNIT in full flight.

The full film features the cream of the UK’s DIY punk scene, including THE RESTARTS, THE MURDERBURGERS, ROUGHNECK RIOT, MING CITY ROCKERS, PIZZATRAMP, NOVA TWINS and many more. It will be upon us very soon….

Wonkfest 5 – The Omen takes pace at The Dome, Tufnell Park, London on Saturday 1 July and promises sets from THE PARKINSONS, THE CRAVATS, The MurderBurgers, MAID OF ACE, PETE BENTHAM & THE DINNER LADIES, SPRING KING, CAPTAIN HOTKNIVES, BAD BREEDING, THE KIMBERLEY STEAKS, CALVALOUISE, GREAT CYNICS, SIMON WELLS, SHEEPY, SHOT, THE CUT UPS, Nova Twins, AERIAL SALAD, THE RAGING NATHANS, FUCK YOU IDIOT, MATILDA’S SCOUNDRELS, SPUNK VOLCANO & THE ERUPTIONS, Pizzatramp, DOMT and of course Wonk Unit.

Tickets at a ridiculous reasonable £22.00 are available here.  As usual, you’re invited to bring food for the buffet and/or a donation to local food banks.

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CRAZYHEAD RETURN FOR INDIE DAZE!

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East Midlands grebo legends CRAZYHEAD are to reform!

The ‘What Gives You The Idea That You’re So Amazing Baby’ hitmakers will return to the stage at the fourth Indie Daze alldayer at the O2 Forum in London on Saturday 7 October, alongside THE HOUSE OF LOVE, VOICE OF THE BEEHIVE,  Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls of THE WONDERSTUFF, THOUSAND YARD STARE, SALAD, BIS and APOLLO 440.

The event will see four of the eight acts playing London for the first time in more than a decade.

Tickets priced £32.50 are on sale now here.

Darlings of the late ’80s grebo scene, Crazyhead released two highly sought-after singles before signing to Parlophone, and enjoying worldwide success. The Leicester band nearly reformed a few years ago, but in the end frontman Anderson, bassist Porkbeast and drummer Vom settled for a partial reunion in the widely acclaimed SWAMP DELTA alongside GAYE BYKERS ON ACID bassist Robber.

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In an exclusive chat with Vive Le Rock, Porkbeast explained why now….

All the stars were in place. Gaye Bykers On Acid reformed and played the Indie Daze festival last year and I was backstage. There I met the lovely Grant Holby of Mute Elephant who promoted the event. The offer was made for a spot on next year’s event so it just all fell into place. I put it to everyone else and we were all up for it except original guitarist Fast Dick. However, we got a yes from Pete Creed who replaced Dick when he left in the early 1990s. So it all made sense.

Why didn’t it happen last time?

The Rock Gods of Spinal Tap decreed “too much perspective” and it fell through. Just could not make it work. It was this and the lack of a GBOA reform that gave myself and Robber the impetus to form Swamp Delta.

Had you all remained in touch?

Me and Dick were out of the loop until 2014 . Dick still is. I was reconnected with everyone when Vom looked me up on the electoral role to find me!

Are you going to be doing any other gigs?

We have plans. We want to get playing together again first. The future will look after itself.

What have you got to prove?

That we can still rock like bastards.

Crazyhead’s reissued second album Some Kind Of Fever and a DVD of their Reading ’89 set are available here.

Check out Crazyhead playing ‘That Kind Of Love’ at London’s Town & Country (now the Forum) in ’89.

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GARRY BUSHELL’S RANCID SOUNDS!

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Legendary journalist and Oi supremo GARRY BUSHELL returns with another episode of his Rancid Sounds podcast.

This month’s edition features studio guest Nick Welsh of KING HAMMOND, plus tracks from THE GODFATHERS, BOOZE & GLORY, NEVILLE STAPLE, DUFFY’S CUT, OXLEY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS, NO!SE, THE GONADS, ASSAULT & BATTERY and HARD EVIDENCE.

It’s available to stream now on Mixcloud.

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LONDON INTERNATIONAL SKA FESTIVAL RETURNS!

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The world-renowned LONDON INTERNATIONAL SKA FESTIVAL returns to the capital over the Easter Weekend.

From 13 to 16 April, ska and reggae fans will be able to catch more than 100 bands, DJs, films and sound systems, including a world exclusives, river cruises, a free family day and events hosted by Trojan and Greensleeves Records.

Highlights include…

MISTY IN ROOTS and PAMA INTERNATIONAL and more at Islington Assembly Hall – Thursday 13 April

2 TONE Thames Cruise – Friday 14 April

Trojan Reggae Chartbusters featuring DAVE & ANSEL COLLINS, THE PIONEERS and more at Islington Assembly Hall – Saturday 15 April

Greensleeves 40th Anniversary with FREDDIE McGREGOR, KING JAMMY, YELLOWMAN and more at Kentish Town Forum – Saturday 15 April

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1,000 Volts Of Holt – a tribute to JOHN HOLT and his classic album, featuring BRINSLEY FORDE (ASWAD), CARROLL THOMPSON, CHRISTOPHER ELLIS and  JEWELS VASS (PAMA INTERNATIONAL) backed by CIYO BROWN & HIS ROCKSTEADY-ITES at The Jazz Cafe – Sunday 16 April

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Dance Craze film plus RHODA DAKAR, THE EQUATORS, NEW TOWN KINGS and more at Islington Assembly Hall – Sunday 16 April.

Still more shows to be announced.

Full details and tickets are are available from the festival website.

 

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GODFATHERS ANNOUNCE SPECIAL LONDON SHOW!

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Following the successful release of their latest album and UK tour, THE GODFATHERS have announced a special one-off date in London in June.

A Big Bad Beautiful Noise was released in February to wide acclaim from critics and fans alike, with many judging it to be a career best.

In celebration of this, the band have announced A Big Bad Beautiful Night at The Lexington in London on Saturday 24 June, when they will play two very different sets – the first comprising every track from A Big Bad Beautiful Noise in sequence, followed by a second set of Godfathers classics and treasures.

Between sets and afterwards, the band themselves will cover DJ duties until 4am.

Tickets priced £14.00 (plus booking fee) are on sale here now.

The Godfathers his the road this month for dates across Europe, visiting France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and Austria. Catch them on the road at….

9 March L’escale – LE HAVRE (FR)
10 Marc…h YAP – LEOPOLDSBURG (BE)
11 March Den Trap – KORTRIJK (BE)
12 March Het Bolwerk – SNEEK (NL)
13 March Privatclub – BERLIN (D)
14 March Lila Eule – BREMEN (D)
15 March Sonic Ballroom – COLOGNE (D)
16 March Moritzbastei – LEIPZIG (D)
17 March Glad House – COTTBUS (D)
18 March Monkeys Music Club – HAMBURG (D)
30 March The Great Rang Teng Teng – FREIBURG (D)
31 March Chelsea – VIENNA (AT)
1 April Kulturhaus Roda – STEYR (AT)

Ticket details are on the band’s website.

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LOUD WOMEN LAUNCH COMPILATION ALBUM!

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LOUD WOMEN, the London-based club night/movement dedicated to supporting loud live music by women, have announced the release of their first compilation album.

Founded by Cassie Fox of THE WIMMINS’ INSTITUTE and THEE FACTION, over the past they’ve staged several gigs, held their first one-day festival and launched a regular eZine.

LOUD WOMEN – Volume One features tracks from some of the UK’s most hotly-tipped female and female-fronted bands, including THE WIMMINS’ INSTITUTE, PETROL GIRLS, IDESTROY, GUTTFULL, NERVOUS TWITCH, DREAM NAILS, BRATAKUS, DOLLS, THE EMPTY PAGE, THE ETHICAL DEBATING SOCIETY, THE POTENTIALS, BUGEYE, ARGONAUT and more.

͞Says Cassie, “It’s 2017 and women are still struggling to get their voices heard in all arenas. LOUD WOMEN is about putting women centre-stage and turning up the volume. There are hordes of massively talented female artists out there, hopefully this CD can bring a few of them to a wider audience

Due for release on 18 March, LOUD WOMEN – Volume One is available to pre-order now here. All profits from the sale of the CD got to domestic violence charity Women’s Aid.

They’ll be having a special launch party with 13 of the acts on the album at The Sound Lounge, Tooting on 18 March from 2.30pm.

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