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!

Tickets priced £7 are available here.


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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.

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Camberley’s finest THE MEMBERS are to celebrate their 40th Anniversary with a special one-day festival in July.

The Sound Of The Suburbs Festival is to take place on Saturday 29 July at the Fiery Bird venue in Woking, Surrey, a new enterprise for the town, which has not had a music venue for years.

The band will be joined by special guests THE RUTS DC and more bands to be announced. The event also promises an exhibition of punk artwork, record stalls and an aftershow party.

Tickets priced £25 are on sale here.


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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


Check out the video for ‘Radio Babylon’.

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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


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ONLY ONES founder PETER PERRETT has unveiled another new video, along with four UK shows.

‘An Epic Story’ is the second song to be revealed from his debut solo album How The West Was Won and celebrates his relationship with his beloved wife Zena, which began in 1969.

The video was directed by former JESUS AND MARY CHAIN bassist, and Peter’s long-term friend, Douglas Hart.

Peter an his band, which features his sons Jamie and Peter Jr, have lined up four dates this autumn. They are….

30 October – King Tuts, Glasgow
2 November – Gorilla, Manchester
4 November – Electric Ballroom, London
7 November – Concorde 2, Brighton

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 24 May.

How The West Was Won is released through Domino on 30 June. It’s available to pre-order here.

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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.


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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.


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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.

Check out the video for ‘Dead, Jail or Rock’n’Roll’.


The current issue of Vive Le Rock magazine, featuring our mammoth 10-page Hanoi Rocks feature, is still available here!

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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


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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….


Check out the video for ‘My Heart Is A Graveyard’.

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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.

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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.


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THE GODFATHERS are to release a new EP next month, just as they are about to play a very special one-off London show.

The band returned earlier in the year with their first album in four years, the critically acclaimed A Big Bad Beautiful Noise and a highly successful tour of the UK and Europe which found them completely revitalised and, according to some reports, better than ever.

The limited edition 10-inch vinyl A Big Bad Beautiful EP features the title track from the album as well as a special High Voltage remix of the album cut and live favourite ‘Defibrillator’. It’s rounded out with two exclusive, previously unavailable tracks ‘You’re So Slow’ and ‘Human Zo0’.

Set for release through their own Godfathers Recordings on 16 June, it’s available to pre-order from their website.

As previously announced, The Godfathers play a special show at The Lexington in London on Saturday 24 June. Titled, naturally, A Big Bad Beautiful Night, the show will feature two sets by the band: one with them performing the latest album in its entirety, and a second, much longer, set, featuring Godfathers classics and treasures, many of which have not been played live in years.

The show will also feature special guests LOS PEPES, plus Godfathers band members DJing until 4am.

Tickets priced £14.00 plus booking fee are available now here.


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Punk-blues fans delight as keyboard maestro JAMES LEG and triumphant Northern Irish guitar/drums duo THE BONNEVILLES continue their UK headline tour this month.

The tour kicked off on 3 May in Belfast, but there are still 10 more shows to got, including Leeds’ Brudenell Socail Club tonight (10 May) and a London show at the newly refurbished Borderline on next Wednesday 17 May.

The onetime John Wesley Myers of BLACK DIAMOND HEAVIES and THE IMMORTAL LEE COUNTY KILLERS released his second solo album Below The Belt to great acclaim in 2015. He’s recently followed it up with the supercharged, and appropriately titled, Blood On The Keys through Alive Naturalsound.

Check out ‘Human Lawn Dart’.

Hailing from Lurgan, fellow Alive-wires The Bonnevilles turned heads on their arrival with their fusion of humid Mississippi blues and stripped back Down By the Jetty malevolence. They’ve just followed up their head-turning Arrow Pierce My Heart with the vinyl-only early-recordings comp Listen For Tone.

Listen to ‘The Whiskey Lingers’.

Full dates below. Tickets available here.

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It’s been announced that THE DAMNED have signed a new record deal with Search And Destroy records, in a joint venture with Spinefarm.

The new deal will see the punk legends release their first new album in nearly a decade. Due to be recorded this summer, it’ll be the belated follow-up to 2008’s Who’s Paranoid?

The news comes as the band resume their hugely successful 40th anniversary trek through the USA and Canada, briefly curtailed after Captain Sensible fell offstage in Toronto, breaking a rib. Forced to postpone 3 shows, they resumed the tour at the legendary Stone Pony club in Asbury Park, New Jersey with a the Captain seated on a toilet throne throughout.

The following day he said, “As movement is a bit awkward currently, I played last night seated, but it all went swimmingly and this epic 40th Anniversary tour is now firmly back on the road. We’ve played some great venues on the trip… and Asbury Park’s Stone Pony is up there with the best of ’em. But I have to say I wish I’d waited till here before backflipping off the stage, as this one was only 3 feet high. D’oh!”

The tour, with THE BELLRAYS in support, continues ’til the end of May, before the band return to Europe for a string of festival dates at….

1 June    Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain tickets
3 June   Camden Rocks, London, UK tickets
16 June  Hellfest, Clisson, France tickets
1 July     British Summer Time, London, UK tickets
7 July    Exit Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia tickets

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Class of ’77 LA punks THE DICKIES hit the UK and Ireland on their 40th Anniversary Tour this summer!

The 14 dates throughout July include two shows at The Underworld in London, where they will perform their first two career-defining albums The Incredible Shrinking Dickies and Dawn Of The Dickies plus hits on consecutive nights.

Formed in the San Fernando Valley after guitarist Stan Lee and bassist Billy Club witnessed THE DAMNED on their maiden US tour, they were the first California punk band to strike a major deal. Their comedy amphetamine buzzsaw covers, such as BLACK SABBATH’s ‘Paranoid’, made them an instant hit in the UK, where their version of the Banana Splits theme took them to a highly respectable Number 7 in the charts.

Full tour dates are…..

6th July, BRISTOL, Fleece
7th July, LONDON, Underworld
8th July, LONDON, Underworld
9th July, NORWICH, Waterfront
11th July, LEICESTER, Musician
12th July, YORK, Fibbers
13th July, MANCHESTER, Sound Central
14th July, DUBLIN, Thomas House
15th July, BELFAST, Voodoo
16th July, EDINBURGH, Studio 24
17th July, GLASGOW, Audio
19th July, NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy 2
20th July, LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club
21st July, NOTTINGHAM, Rescue Rooms
22nd July, WOLVERHAMPTON, Slade Rooms
23rd July, BRIGHTON, Lewes Con Club



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Post-punk neo-psychedelicists TELEVISION PERSONALITIES are having their first four albums reissued this summer.

Formed in 1978 by Dan Treacy, the band caused a stir with the Where’s Bill Grundy Now EP and its indie dancefloor classic ‘Part Time Punks’, but it wasn’t until 1981 that they managed a full album. And Don’t The Kids Just Love It fused twee mod pop through a DIY post-punk blender and featured the track ‘I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives’, saddling them to the bubbling psychedelic revival.

Transitional second album Mummy Your Not Watching Me appeared in 1982 on Treacy’s own Whaam! label. Arguably an influence on the Medway Sound, it features the single ‘Painting By Numbers’.

They Could Have Been Bigger Than The Beatles is a collection of singles, outtakes and unreleased tracks which features ‘David Hockney’s Diary’ and ‘The Boy In The Paisley Shirt’ along with renditions of THE CREATION’s ‘Painter Man’ and ‘Making Time’.

After a brief hiatus, Treacy convened a new line-up for 1984’s altogether darker The Painted Word. Check out the video for the title track.

Having received a limited edition release for Record Store Day, all four albums will be reissued through Fire Records on 14 July on vinyl, CD and download. They’re available to pre-order here.

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