Long-serving London garage rockers THE CANNIBALS are to bow out with a farewell gig this weekend.

Initially formed in 1976 by ex-COUNT BISHOPS singer Mike Spenser – who, according to author Jon Savage in his essential England’s Dreaming, had been briefly mooted as original frontman of the SEX PISTOLS – The Cannibals’ revolving door line-up has featured members of THE INMATES, THE POLECATS, THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN and many more along the way.

The Cannibals’ Last Stand will take place at The Dublin Castle, Camden Town, London on Saturday 30 September, featuring the band’s current line-up, plus a brief performance by by the classic ’78-’79 line-up. Kicking off at 7.45pm, support comes from JONAH GOLD & HIS SILVER APPLES. There’ll also be the screening of a video of archive Cannibals footage and a sale of band memorabilia.

Tickets priced £7.50 are on sale here.

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Birmingham’s finest post-punks THE NIGHTINGALES are back with a brand new video.

‘Drown’ was directed by Nick Small and is taken from their 6-track EP Become Not Becoming, which was released at the start of the year.

Robert Lloyd and co head out on a series of dates from this weekend with support at most shows from former Vinadaloo Records labelmate TED CHIPPINGTON. Catch them on the road at….

Fri 29 Sep – The Hairy Dog, Derby
Sat 30 Sep – Gullivers, Manchester
Thu 12 Oct – Rugby Club, Falmouth w/ Ted Chippington
Fri 13 Oct – The Thunderbolt, Bristol w/ Ted Chippington
Sat 14 Oct – Green Door Store, Brighton w/ The Cravats + Ted Chippington
Wed 18 Oct – Sebright Arms., London w/ Ted Chippington
Thu 19 Oct – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham w/ Fuzzbox + Ted Chippington
Sat 21 Oct – The Adelphi, Hull w/ Ted Chippington

Get tickets here.


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Got room for a bit more Bolan? Go on! You know you wanna!!

Then check into Generating Steam Heat‘s special glam rock radio show, brought to you by Vive Le Rock‘s very own Mark McStea.

Alongside the Boppin’ Elf, Mark selects an hour’s worth of stack-heeled stompers from the likes of  Suede Razors, Faz Waltz, Hello, Giuda, The Biters, Bauhaus, Suzi Quatro, Hobnail, Chunky, Geordie, Star Studded Sham, The Arrows and more…

Look out for the forthcoming issue of Vive Le Rock where Mark interviews Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, the team behind numerous glam rock hits, as well as Suzi Quatro and Suede Razors!

Don’t forget, Metal Guru, Paul Roland’s superb biography of Bolan is now available from Vive Le Shop!

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The Gangland London Film Festival takes place next month, bringing together some of the most iconic Brit crime flicks of the past 70 years.

All the greats are here, from Basil Dearden’s 1950 The Blue Lamp, which introduced us to PC George Dixon, through Donald Cammell and Nicholas Roeg’s Performance, with Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg, Michael Caine’s foray into the underworld of the North East in Get Carter and John Mckenzie’s 1980 East End classic, The Long Good Friday.

Taking place at the historic Regent Street Cinema over the weekend of 14-15 October, the screenings will be complemented by Q&As with film specialists, crime authors and historians.

The full running order is….



Starring Richard Burton, Ian McShane and Nigel Davenport

1971’s VILLAIN is the story murderous, sadistic London gang leader Vic Dakin, a mother-obsessed homosexual modeled on real-life gangster Ronnie Kray, is worried about potential stool pigeons that may bring down his criminal empire. The brutal Vic cuts the throat of one bloke who has been a little too loose-lipped, afraid that his gossiping may turn into a grand operatic performance for the coppers. Vic, who enjoys playing at rough trade with his sidekick Wolfe, plans a payroll robbery and directs the blackmailing of Members of Parliament with a taste for unorthodox sex. Scotland Yard Police Inspector Matthews, playing Javert to Vic’s Jean Valjean, is moving in on him and the gang. Gang-member Edgar is hospitalized for an ulcer, and Inspector Matthews might be able to make him sing. Will Edgar spill the beans to the coppers before Vic can silence him?


Starring Edward Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg

Chas, a violent and psychotic East London gangster needs a place to lie low after a hit that should never have been carried out. He finds the perfect cover in the form of guest house run by the mysterious Mr. Turner, a one-time rock superstar, who is looking for the right spark to rekindle his faded talent.

+ Q&A with Kieron Pim author of the award winning Jumpin’ Jack Flash: David Litvinoff and the Rock,n,Roll Underworld – the biography of David Litvinoff – an extraordinary man who connected the worlds of art, rock’n’roll and criminality in Fifties and Sixties London.


Starring Malcolm McDowell, David Thewlis, Paul Bettany
A middle-aged crime boss smugly reflects back from 1999, narrating the brutality which made him triumphant – and feared. As an unnamed young hood in Swinging 60’s London, he aped his mod boss Freddie Mays, and seemed to do anything for him. But his narration exposes all-consuming envy: of Freddie’s supremacy, and especially his tall bird. The baby shark develops his viciousness and backstabbing, scheming to be Gangster No. 1.
+ Q&A with crime novelist, writer and editor, Cathi Unsworth and Andrew Hulme, the editor of Gangster No.1 (and a string of other major films….).



Starring Jack Warner, Dirk Bogarde, Jimmy Hanley
New London police officer Andy Mitchell (Jimmy Hanley) is paired with seasoned cop George Dixon (Jack Warner) to work the night shift. Meanwhile, criminals Tom Riley (Dirk Bogarde) and Spud (Patric Doonan) plan a series of robberies with Tom’s girl Diana, a discontented beauty, as inside worker. But in their second crime, they are caught robbing a local cinema, George meets Tom in a face-off. While trying to coax the thief into making a peaceful surrender, George is shot, setting off a citywide manhunt. The killer is clever, but will he outsmart himself?
+ Q&A with Paul Willetts, author of ‘North Soho 999’, the true story of gangs and gun crime in 1940’s London and of the crime wave that inspired The Blue Lamp.


Starring Michael Caine, Britt Ekland, John Osborne
A vicious London gangster, Jack Carter (Michael Caine), travels to Newcastle for his brother’s funeral. He begins to suspect that his brother’s death was not an accident and sets out to follow a complex trail of lies, deceit, cover-ups and backhanders through Newcastle’s underworld, leading, he hopes, to the man who ordered his brother killed.
+ Q&A with Nick Triplow, author of Getting Carter a meticulously researched and riveting account of the career of a doomed genius, Ted Lewis, one of the most important writers you’ve never heard of – the writer behind the book on which Get Carter was based, Jack’s Return Home – a book which many commentators agree launched contemporary British crime writing.


Starring Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Paul Freeman
Harold, a prosperous English gangster, is about to close a lucrative new deal when bombs start showing up in very inconvenient places. A mysterious syndicate is trying to muscle in on his action, and Harold wants to know who they are. He finds out soon enough, and bloody mayhem ensues.
+ Q&A with Trevor Laird. Appearing in The Long Good Friday as ‘boy under car’, Trevor has many a hilarious tale from the set of the film.


Tickets and further info can be found here.

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Woking’s finest THE JAM are to be celebrated with a 40th Anniversary box set.

Messrs Weller, Foxton and Buckler burst onto the scene in the spring of 1977 with ‘In The City’, the first of an impressive run 18 Top 40 singles, taking Dr Feelgood’s skinny-tied proto-punk blueprint and going on to inspire the post-punk Mod Revival.

The succinctly-named 1977 covers that golden year for the band, bringing together remastered albums, demos, live recordings and TV appearances over 5 discs….

Disc 1 features their classic debut – also In The City – from May ’77, followed by a second disc of album demos, six of which are previously unreleased.

Second album This Is The Modern World, released in November of that year in its iconic Gered Mankowitz sleeve, makes up the third disc.

Disc 4 features a previously unreleased live recording from legendary London pub, The Nashville from 10 September 1977. It also includes a brace of John Peel sessions.

The fifth disc is a DVD comprising a selection of TV appearances from Top Of The Pops and So It Goes, plus promo videos and includes performances of stand-alone single ‘All Around The World’.

The box set is completed by a 144-page book, featuring new liner notes, period photos and a wealth of cuttings, reviews and memorabilia, along with a set of 5 postcards.

Set for release on 20 October through USM/Polydor, 1977 is available to pre-order here.

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Rejuvenated West Texans AT THE DRIVE IN have announced a series of headline dates for the New Year.

The dates in March, which form part of a full European tour, will be the band’s first UK headline tour since the release of their acclaimed comeback album in • ter a • li •a earlier this year.

Support on all five dates comes from DEATH FROM ABOVE and LE BUTCHERETTES, the Mexican garage band that ATDI guitarist Oscar Rodriguez recently produced, who also join them in Australia this month.

The band also have their own limited edition skateboard decks available, made by Pocket Pistols Skateboards. They’re available through the band’s merch store.

Full tour dates are….

Friday 9th March – London, UK Brixton Academy
Saturday 10th March – Newcastle, UK O2 Academy
Monday 12th March – Birmingham, UK Academy 2
Tuesday 13th March – Manchester, UK O2 Apollo
Thursday 15th March – Glasgow, UK O2 Academy

Tickets for the shows will go on sale at 9am on Friday 22 September here.

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Ace Essex pop-punks MR HAPPY CHAINSAW have unveiled another new video from their current comeback EP, It’s Not My Ball.

‘Charlie’ is a completely reworked classic by the band, who split up in 2009, only to reform last summer. The video was created after a call out on social media inviting fans to send in 10-second clips.

The band have a bunch of dates lined-up, kicking off with a Musicians Against Homelessness gig on Friday 29 September. Taking place at Essex’s leading punk venue, The Asylum in Chelmsford, the gig will also feature sets from KOOPA, SHOOTING GALE and WOLFE SUNDAY. Tickets priced £4 are available here, and £5 on the door if available. Donations will also be collected on the night.

Full dates are….

Sep 29 – Asylum, Chelmsford
Oct 28 – The George, Witham
Nov 24 – Three Wise Monkeys, Colchester
Dec 2 – Punch & Judy, Ipswich
Dec 15 – Asylum, Chelmsford

It’s Not My Ball is available to buy here.


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Rejuvenated London rockers LAST GREAT DREAMERS have just announced that they are returning to the studio this November to record their fourth album.

The album, yet to be titled, follows on from their highly acclaimed Transmissions From Oblivion released in 2016. It will be crowdfunded through Pledgemusic and is scheduled for release through their own Ray Records in March 2018.

The pledge campaign was launched at the weekend to coincide with a string of dates supporting THE QUIREBOYS. You can pre-order the album at as well as purchasing lots of other exclusives.

Catch Last Great Dreamers on the road with The Quireboys from tonight at….

Thursday 14 September Derby – The Venue
Friday 15 September Wakefield – Warehouse 23
Saturday 16 September Wolverhampton – Slade Rooms

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Have you bought your copy of Metal Guru – The Life & Music Of Marc Bolan, the new biography from Vive Le Rock‘s sister company Extradition Books, yet?

Author Paul Roland is interviewee and narrator on a new BBC documentary Marc Bolan: Cosmic Dancer, which is being screened on BBC4 this Friday 15 September at 9.00pm here.

Featuring previously UNSEEN footage of Bolan and T. Rex, the film will be available into October on BBC iPlayer AND will also be screened in other European countries in the following days and weeks.

Metal Guru is available to buy here now!

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Last weekend, Vive Le Rock went north of the border to co-promote a show at Broadcast in Glasgow featuring three of Scotland’s finest up’n’coming punk bands. Neil Hodge was there to review the proceedings….

Take a Saturday night in Glasgow, a NYC record label, add three of Scotland’s premier punk bands, an intimate venue full of enthusiastic punters and you have the recipe for a superb night out. This was a hotly anticipated sold-out gig, with people travelling some distances to attend (Dublin, England, North of Scotland). They were most definitely not disappointed.

Tarbeach Records label-mates ReAction, Heavy Drapes and The Zips came together to provide a high octane, hundred-mile-an-hour punk rock romp. The running order had been kept under wraps beforehand to ensure maximum attendance for all bands and the ploy worked. The venue was rammed and the atmosphere was palpable as Airdrie’s peerless ReAction kicked things off in vigorous style with a selection of tracks from their debut album and recent EP. Opening up with ‘Dead Boy Racer’ the pace started at break-neck speed and didn’t let up throughout the set. The now familiar songs in the set were bolstered by some raucous new material including ‘Kamikaze Baby’, a song about Debbie Juvenile from the original Bromley Contingent, and closed with audience choice, their energetic version of External Menace’s ‘Someday’. By the time they left the stage packed-out venue was now a veritable sweatbox.

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There was no time wasted between bands and shortly after ReAction exited stage left it was the turn of Edinburgh’s Heavy Drapes. The band took to the stage with frontman De Liberate making his now familiar declaration “We’re Heavy Drapes and we are punk rock,” before launching into their musical manifesto with ‘Number 1’. Fresh from a triumphant gig on Rebellion’s main stage, this was the first gig for ex-Scars guitarist, Paul Research. He has certainly brought a new vibrancy to the band who were on blistering form. It was a colossal assault on the senses from start to finish. The set included all the now standard Drapes tracks – ‘Into the Blue’, ‘Janie’ – with the crowd in great voice too, especially on tracks like ‘Let’s Free The Working Class’ and set closer ‘(I Wanna Be) Maladjusted’, every song going down a storm with the partisan crowd.

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It was down to seminal Glasgow punk legends The Zips to close proceedings. We were treated to a career-spanning set starting with the topical ‘Hear, Hear’ and ‘Thin Blue Line’ from the latest album. The tempo of the evening was kept up with the likes of the high-spirited celebration of ’40 Years of Punk Rock’ and the first live outing for older song ‘Take Me Down’, which features on Gary Crowley’s upcoming punk and new wave compilation, through to set closer, early single ‘Don’t Get Pushed Around’, The Zips jolted the already exuberant crowd into another level of euphoria, the resultant jubilation saw the night ending with a stage invasion.

With new songs, imminent albums and forthcoming gigs a-plenty from all three bands, the future looks dazzling for Scottish punk. If you haven’t already done so, seek them all out – or stay at home staring at your navel, the choice is yours.

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Minnesota punk legends HÜSKER DÜ are to be celebrated with a new box set this autumn.

Released by US archive label The Numero Group, also responsible for last year’s spectacular SCIENTISTS box set, Savage Young Dü chronicles the St Paul trio’s early years from 1979 to ’83 across four LPs or 3 CDs.

Sourced from original analogue demos, board tapes, and session masters, the collection comprises 69 tracks, 47 of them previously unreleased. Included are historic documents of the band’s earliest shows, first singles ‘Statues’ c/w ‘Amusement’ and ‘In A Free Land’, as well as 1983’s full-length debut studio album Everything Falls Apart and an alternate version of 1982’s seminal live recording Land Speed Record, all newly remastered.

The recordings are accompanied by a hardback book including a band history created with full participation from Grant Hart, Greg Norton, and Bob Mould, plus numerous never-before seen photos, a collection of rare flyers and a detailed sessionography.

Limited editions will also be accompanied by a 7″ EP Extra Circus, featuring 5 previously unissued tracks from the sessions for the classic 1983 SST mini-album Metal Circus.

Set for release on 10 November, Savage Young Dü is available to pre-order here.  You can stream it here now.


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THE STRANGLERS have announced a full UK tour for the New Year.

Branded as The Definitive Tour, the dates will feature the band presenting, as you might’ve guessed, what they consider their definitive set.  Kicking off in Liverpool on 6 March and climaxing in Manchester on 31 March, the tour will include a London show at Brixton Academy on 24 March.

The shows are set to coincide with the reissue of the band’s first seven albums, originally released on the United Artists and Liberty Labels, from their 1977 debut Rattus Norvegicus to 1981’s La Folie and including their first live album Live (X Cert) from 1979, all of which graced the UK Top 10, excepting La Folie which stumbled at a respectable No.11.

The band will be supported on all dates by THERAPY? who you may recall once recorded a version of The Stranglers’ ‘Nice’n’Sleazy’, produced by none other than Vive Le Rock contributor and MEMBRANES boss John Robb.

Full dates are….

6 March – LIVERPOOL O2 Academy
8 March – GLASGOW O2 Academy
9 March – INVERNESS Ironworks
10 March – KILMARNOCK Grand Hall
12 March – NOTTINGHAM Rock City
13 March – PORTSMOUTH Guildhall
15 March – BRISTOL O2 Academy
16 March – CARDIFF Tramshed
17 March – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy
19 March – NORWICH The Nick Rayns LCR
20 March – SOUTHEND Cliffs Pavilion
22 March – LEEDS O2 Academy
23 March – LINCOLN Engine Shed
24 March – LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
26 March – GUILDFORD G Live
27 March – READING Hexagon
29 March – NEWCASTLE O2 Academy
30 March – CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
31 March – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo

Tickets go on sale on Friday 15 September at 9.00am here.

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There’s still time to get your hands on the current edition of Vive Le Rock‘s sister mag Louder Than War!

With THE SMITHS on the cover, inside you’ll find 22 pages on Salford’s finest and the secret history of Manchester inside, including THE FALL, BUZZCOCKS, INSPIRAL CARPETS, HAPPY MONDAYS, DURUTTI COLUMN, JOY DIVISION, MAGAZINE, RUTHLESS RAP ASSASSINS and more….


We also talk to fast-rising new bands GIRL RAY, BITE THE BUFFALO and FUTURE WAR BRIDE.

All this and more than 20 pages of record, gig, book, film and DVD reviews….

Still available for a meagre £4.99 from all good newsagents and online here! But not for long!



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The latest in a long line of barnstorming Aussie rock’n’rollers JAMES McCANN & THE NEW VINDICTIVES head to Europe for dates next next month.

Western Australian McCann had been a member of Sydney garage-rockers HARPOON before returning to Perth to hook up with Gareth Liddiard in the fledgling DRONES. Eventually ending up in Melbourne, he eventually formed the New Vindictives, along the way finding time to collaborate with the likes of Spencer P Jones and Brian Hooper (BEASTS OF BORBON), Damo Suzuki (CAN), Ray Ahn and Peter Black (HARD-ONS) and more.



The latest album from the New Vindictives, Gotta Lott Move – BOOM!, which features the latest single ‘Sheena Says’, has just been released on vinyl through Beast Records and on CD – with three extra tracks! – through Off The Hip.

The band – featuring Tim Deane (guitar), Chris Taranto (bass) and Jackson Kite (drums) will be playing dates in France and Spain throughout October. See below….



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Burmese punk band THE REBEL RIOT are set to hit the UK! And a crowdfunding page has been set up to help them do it.

The band will be familiar to anyone who caught the film My Buddha Is Punk by director Andreas Hartmann at last year’s Doc’n’Roll Film Festival.

Formed in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma), formed in 2007 after the Saffron Revolution, over the past ten years The Rebel Riot have captured the world’s attention with their outspoken music that mixes anarchist-punk politics with their own take on Buddhist philosophy, and they’ve put their ideals into action forming the Yangon chapter of Food Not Bombs, feeding the city’s homeless.

Now the Punk Ethics collective, who promote the progressive elements of the global punk scene, have set up a crowdfunding campaign to raise £5,000 bring the band to the UK to tour alongside screenings of the film. Visit the page and donate here.

Watch the My Buddha Is Punk trailer.


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Vive Le Rock is proud to present an exclusive premiere of the new video and single from Amsterdam based reggae punks JAYA THE CAT! ‘Sweet Eurotrash’ is the first single from the forthcoming album “A Good Day For The Damned” which will be released on November 17th by Bomber Music.

Sweet Eurotrash is a story about a night of sin, madness and questionable life decisions made in bathroom stalls and bedroom closets. A tale of overly jealous hotel maids and unreasonably early check out times. Basically, this is more general confusion from the reggae punk ensemble known as Jaya The Cat. When you and a handful of friends stay out all night and then stumble home together at dawn anything can happen. Tried and tested for you – the confusion, the madness, the swan, taking a bath in a dirty Amsterdam canal and the mess two relatively small pillows can make.

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METALLICA are to reissue their classic third album as a box set.
Master Of Puppets, widely regarded as a highpoint of the San Francisco band’s career, was originally released in the spring of 1986 through Elektra in the US – their first for a major – and Music For Nations in the UK, where it rocketed to a princely 41 on the album chart. It was the last album to feature bassist Cliff Burton who was killed in a tourbus accident in Sweden in September of that year.
The reissue will be available physically as a standard LP, standard CD, 3 CD expanded edition, and limited edition deluxe box set. It will also be available digitally as a standard CD (available to stream and download), a 3 CD expanded edition (available for download only), and a digital deluxe box set (available for streaming and download).
The expanded edition will include previously unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews, live tracks, and a 28-page booklet. The limited edition deluxe box set will include a 108-page hardcover book including never before seen photos, outtakes and previously unreleased interviews, three LPs, ten CDs, a cassette, two DVDs, a lithograph, a folder with handwritten lyrics, and a set of six buttons.
Released through the band’s own Blackened label on 10 November, it’s available to pre-order here.


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Class of ’77 punks THE CRAVATS return this month with their first new album in 37 years.

Dustbin Of Sound follows on the from last year’s pair of singles ‘Jingo Bells’ and ‘Blurred’ and is the first album to feature the reconvened line-up of The Shend, Svor Naan, Joe 91, Rampton Garstang and Viscount Biscuits.

Formed in Redditch in ’77, The Cravats released several records on the legendary Small Wonder label, including the classic The Cravats In Toytown album. They split in 1982, spawning The Very Things. The Shend and Naan got together in 2009 to play Rebellion, and they’ve continued to perform since.

An expanded reissue of In Toytown appeared on CD in 2012.

Dustbin Of Sound is due for release on 29 September through Overground Records. It’s available to pre-order here.

The Cravats play the following dates….

17 Sept – Star & Garter, Manchester (w/ Dead Objectives)
18 Sept – Marc Riley Show, BBC 6 Music
14 Oct – The Green Door Store, Brighton (w/ The Nightingales & Ted Chippington)
21 Oct – The Lexington, London (w/ Interrobang & The Astronauts)
4 Nov – The Flapper, Birmingham (w/ The Membranes & The Astronauts)
1 Dec – Wharf Chambers, Leeds (w/ Flies On You)
2 Dec – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesborough (w/ Turning Black Like Lizards & Pellethead)

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Check out the video for ‘Blurred’

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