The Specials very own Original Rudeboy-Neville Staple will make an appearance to sign his book at the Vans stores  on-

Wed 6th May Vans, Westfield store, White City, and Vans Carnaby st store-Friday 8th May-both at 1pm. the Specials are on tour now.

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80s hardcore punks GBH are half way through recording their new album, their first for Rancids’ Tim Armstrongs Hellcat label. And by the sound of it its going to be a good one with the band describing it as sounding ‘Wicked’!!! The new GBH album will be released later this year. No Survivors!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The biggest band in the world-Greenday will play a secret show in London on Monday. Vive Le Punk is invited-but we dont know where it is yet!! Greenday will releasetheir 21st Century Breakdown album on may 22nd.

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23 May 2009

Mike Peters Unplugged/The Damned/Henry Cluney @ Liverpool Sound City Liverpool
24 May 2009 19:00
The Alarm Strummercamp Cheadle Hulme
28 May 2009 19:00
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney @ The Assembly Leamington Spa
30 May 2009 19:00
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney @ 02 Academy Leeds Leeds
3 Jun 2009 19:00
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney @ Rock City Nottingham
4 Jun 2009 19:00
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney @ 02 Newcastle Academy Newcastle
5 Jun 2009 19:00
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney @ ABC Glasgow
6 Jun 2009 18:30
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney @ The Picturehouse Edinburgh
7 Jun 2009 20:00
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney @ The Ironworks Inverness
8 Jun 2009 20:00
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney @ The Canteen Barrow-In-Furness
10 Jun 2009 19:00
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney @ 02 Academy Oxford Oxford
11 Jun 2009 19:00
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney@ 02 Academy Bristol Bristol
12 Jun 2009 19:00
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney@ 02 Academy Shepherd’s Bush Empire London
13 Jun 2009 19:00
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney @ The Corn Exchange Brighton, East Sussex
14 Jun 2009 19:00
The Alarm/The Damned/Henry Cluney @ The Opera House Bournemouth
27 Jun 2009 8:00
Rhondda Rocks  
4 Jul 2009 8:00
Snowdon Rocks 3  
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The new issdue of Big Cheese magazine is onsale now with coverstars Gallows who talk about their Punk as F**k new album, Grey Britain. There are also features on the Grit, King Blues, Greenday, No Doubt, Rebellion festival , Sonic Boom Six , Thin Lizzy-plus a FREE GRIT cd!!Its onsale in your local newsagent now-or buy it online at 

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Gypsy Hotel @ Hackney Empire Friday 3 July 2009

Hey People!
We are very happy to announce that we will be checking in to the Hackney Empire this summer for a one-off show featuring the biggest and the best performers we have had at Gypsy Hotel so far.
The Hackney Empire is a beautiful 1300 capacity theatre built in 1901, with 3 floors of seated and standing viewing (all close to the bar!) and most importantly, a huge stage which will allow us to have motorcycles, firewhips, hanging chandeliers and 12 piece bands with no problems!
(This does not mean we are moving out of Bardens Boudoir, we will still be in our favourite sleazy speakeasy basement every 3rd Saturday of the month)

Here’s the confirmed line-up of what is guaranteed to be THE party of the summer:

The Urban Voodoo Machine
–These red’n’black hellraisers wll be celebrating the release of their very fucking long awaited debut album “Bourbon Soaked Gypsy Blues Bop’n’Stroll”

The Fire Tusk Pain Proof Circus
-Fire, motorbikes, straitjackets, chainsaws, whips, knives and flying usherettes: The Fire Tusk Pain Proof Circus drags circus, kicking and screaming into the 21st century on an unstoppable, rock ‘n’ roll rollercoaster ride to Hell!

-Elepant Man Elvis, Norma Guntz and more freakshow cartoon fun!

The Cesarians
-Not since The Birthday Party crashed and burned in Berlin, have the twisted sounds of old style decadence been pumped so intensely through distorted amplifiers. London scenesters looking for a scene free of recycled rock, have found expression in The Cesarians cabaret world.

Empress Stah
-Trapeze Artist, Neo Burlesque Starlet, Fetish Freak & Twisted Cabaret Performer will be doing her signature performance "Hanging From The Chandelier"!

Lady Ane Angel
-The Fire-Breathing Snake-Charmin’ Beauty from the land of ice!

dj Scratchy
-Our resident wax-spinner who has toured with the Clash, The Pogues and Gogol Bordello amongst others!

Frank Sanazi
– The Ubermeister of Lounge brings a NEW ORDER and discipline to the usually more relaxed swing style. He has embraced the modern idiom by singing about and reflecting on the world around him. As his music and style originate from his homeland he has preferred to call the whole movement ‘Fatherlounge’ Frank has been accused of racism, an accusation he strongly rebuffs by pointing out that he is on tour with two gentleman from the middle east and another who is both black and Jewish.

Texas Chainsaw Orchestra
-From the people who brought you "The Texas Chainsaw Travelling Horror Picture Show" and original gothabilly band "Texas Chainsaw" comes the all new hard-hitting 13-piece "Texas Chainsaw Orchestra": a hell-raising horror swing ensemble that explodes with big band versions of their spooky rock-n-roll songs, obscure and twisted covers and bizarre tales of the unknown. With a line-up that includes beautiful “corpse-bride” backup singers, an undead brass section, and a cast of Edwardian ghouls, they’re guaranteed to put on one hell of a show!

Lalla Morte
-The Parisian baguette bashing burlesque brunette!

Missy Macabre
-Burlesque gone bad in a bathtub full of broken glass!

“If you only have 12 hours to live, spend it at Gypsy Hotel”


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An insurance TV advert featuring Iggy Pop has been ordered not to be broadcast in future, after being judged "misleading" by advertising authorities.

The Swiftcover advert sees Pop state: "I got it Swiftcovered. I got insurance on my insurance!"

 bUT Swiftcover doesn’t actually provide car insurance to entertainers.

Following complaints by 12 people about the clip, the Advertising Standards Authority has now ruled that the advert was misleading.

A report published on ruled that the advert was deceptive.

"Because the policy was promoted by a well-known musician, which might lead some viewers to believe the policy covered those who worked in entertainment, when it did not, and because Iggy Pop did not have a policy with Swiftcover, we concluded the ad was misleading."

The report said that the advert "must not be broadcast again in its current form".


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What: Budweiser presents CBGB

Where: Proud Camden

When: Wednesday 24th June

Cost: Free

Budweiser is recreating Rock’s most infamous club at London’s iconic
Proud Camden.  New York club, CBGB, will be brought to life for one
night only on Wednesday 24th June, when Zane Lowe will play host
alongside images of the legendary club.

In a photographic exhibition marking 40 years since Hilly Kristal
launched his first club on the CBGB site, Proud Camden pays homage to
the venue that spawned a new era of Punk, a movement that was to
irreversibly change the course of music history.

But it’s the sounds of the club that made it famous.  DJ Zane Lowe,
famed for his dedication to hunting out the most exciting music from
across the World, will be resurrecting music from the era in dedication
to the birthplace of the American punk
<>  movement, CBGB.


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We can finally confirm the other band for the monthly Vive Le Punk club at South of The Border, 350-356 Old St, EC1  next Wed from 8pm.

So full line up now is



plus djs Huge Gadgit and El Prez. Print off the flyer on the site for £5 admission. see you there!!

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Tribute to STEPHEN MARSDEN …with the Androidss

Stephen Marsden, anarchic singer for late 70s Christchurch punk rock new wave rock and roll band The Androidss sadly departed this mortal coil in early March. Stephen wrote the anthemic  Auckland Tonight and is fondly remembered by family, friends and fans with smiles and quite often an extraordinary tale or two! .
We remember Stephen in an appropriate manner with a rock and roll send off this Saturday night at the Bacco Room (under the Monte Cristo Room 51-53 Nelson Street City) with …
The Androidss 
The Spelling Mistakes 
The Newmatics 
Chris Matthews (and his Robot Monkey Orchestra) 

Admission is free, though donations gladly received , and doors at 8pm ˆ with first band on at 9pm

Mark Wilson formed the Androidss with Stephen and remembers him accordingly –
    Raging at the Gresham Tavern with The Basket Cases  when Zephyrs and Cortinas were polluting the atmosphere was cool but nothing compared to The Androidss! In 1978 the party hit the road! Stephen and Eric Marsden(identical twins),  Mark and Neil Spence, Aurthur Manawatu, Frank Stenjes, and myself  threw  together some tunes. Armed with pot, alcohol, guitars and attitude we created a repertiore of Iggy, Bowie, Mick Jagger , Lou Reed ,Blondie,Magazine covers mixed with my eclectic soul searching  originals.  Aurthur left  so Steve and I fronted the band. Playing around Christchurch to small audiences  soon lead to us play support for NZ touring bands such as the Dudes , Toy Love and The Swingers. Iggy Pop(James Osterburg) himself saw us perform his songs at the British Hotel in Lyttelton. Stephen and I sat with him and drank  whisky .The press quoted him to say" They’re tough as bitches but they’re beautiful"!
       Next we headed for Auckland . Androidss suck! was the cry from  local punks, skinheads and bootboys,fagends  flicked in our faces  as we forged our way into the Auckland scene . Shaving off  to create a new image, we fitted into the  punk scene and the arty new wave culture. This inspired Stephen to write Auckland Tonight! Packing out the "Rhumba Bar", photos in magazines and  posters catapulted our popularity and after  touring back to Christchurch headlining  gigs we recorded our one and only record.  Stephens "Auckland Tonight" and my song  "Getting Jumpy" went  to NO 18 on NZ charts! Steves song was put to video for the popular show "Droppa Kulcha"! We had sort of made it!                                                                                                 Lliving  the Rock’nRoll lifestyle took its toll and we disbanded! The party was over! Mark split to London,  I got married and the others stayed in Auckland eventually coming back to Christchurch, except Steve whom lived the rest of his days devoted  to his wife Andrea.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     I am grateful to have had these experiences with Steve. His incredible enthusiasm and energy coupled with his  humour gave me something to hang off; flanking him on his right with my guitar while he sang and I played my solos. I will never forget those times. Last year Stephen got up and sang with the new millenium Androidss.  LiberateThe Androidss!

                                                 For Stephen May God Bless him.
                                                                                                                         Mark Wilson
The Androidss were one of New Zealands greatest punk/new wave bands. If you can -check them out on you tube or hunt out their record.Eugene Vive Le Punk

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Right now Big Cheese magazine is giving you the chance to interview Greenday!!! Simply go to and click on the ‘Interview Greenday’ section and send us your question. all published questions will receive a free cd too!!

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Comsat Angels / UK Mini Tour October 2009
GLASGOW – ABC – Thursday-22-Oct
LONDON – ACADEMY – Saturday-24-Oct
The Comsat Angels return…
Following the massive success of the band’s reunion at Sheffield’s Sensoria festival in April,  The Comsat Angels have announced a further 3 UK dates in October.
Three major recording contracts, no hit singles, legal complications – and yet the Comsat Angels survived to make thoughtful, expressive guitar music for more than 15 years. Formed in Sheffield, England, at the end of the 70s as Radio Earth, they initially merged the zest of punk with a mature songwriting approach, using strong keyboard elements. The line-up of Stephen Fellows (guitar, vocals), Mik Glaisher (drums), Kevin Bacon (bass) and Andy Peake (keyboards) was to remain constant throughout their early career. ‘Sleep No More’ was their highest UK chart placing at number 51 but after ‘Fiction’ only skimmed the lower reaches of the Top 100, Polydor Records lost patience and the band moved to the CBS Records subsidiary Jive.
The Comsat Angels invested heavily in their recording studio in Sheffield, which subsequently became a focus for the city’s musical creativity. Early in 1990, they announced they were changing their name to Dream Command in the hope that it would bring about a change of fortune, and released the album ‘Fire On The Moon’. Bacon quit the band only to join up again when they reverted to their original name, signing to RPM Records for the release of a new album, ‘My Minds Eye’, in addition to two compilations of radio sessions. ‘The Glamour’, with new members Terry Todd (bass) and Simon Anderson (guitar), saw the Comsat Angels story end in familiar fashion – their superbly crafted, wry rock pop heard only by their existing clutch of die-hard European and American fans.
Active from 1978 to 1995, Comsat Angels have been credited as an inspiration to current bands such as Editors, Interpol and White Lies and have been lovingly championed by film critic Mark Kermode as “the band Joy Division should have been.”
The band will be performing songs from their first three albums only.

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Charlie ‘Chalo’ Quintana has announced he is leaving SOCIAL DISTORTION. Filling his space on the drum stool will be Atom Willard, who has played with the likes of Rocket From The Crypt, The Offspring and Angels & Airwaves over the years.

Social D stated,

"After ten amazing years behind the drum kit for Social Distortion, Charlie “Chalo” Quintana has announced he’s moving on to explore other musical opportunities. Charlie had this to say about his departure, “Playing with Social D for ten years was a good time in my life. I was lucky to play on two Social D records and the second solo album, and I am proud to have been part of the band. We hit some spectacular heights which I will never forget – adios amigos!"


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THE CIRCLE JERKS are set to record a new album in June, despite Greg Hetson dismissing the idea of a new record just last year. Recently he announced,

"We have been working hard with Producer Dimitri Coats from the Burning Brides and are close to our goal of recording in June. We are all excited and think we have a classic sounding record that you will all enjoy. .Check out his band too…they rock!"

This will be the first new album from the Circle Jerks since 1995’s ‘Oddities, Abnormalities, and Curiosities’.


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The first Vive Le Punk festival is on this Sunday at Leamington Spa, The Assembley. Anti Nowhere League, the Members, UK Subs, The Lurkers , 999 , Varukers, Vice Squad and Section 13 all paly from 3pm till 11pm. Ticket info call the box office 01926 523001

See you there!!!!

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The New York Doll and Heartbreaker Johnny Thunders died 18 years ago on Thursday in a New Orleans hotel room. Altho passed off by the authorities at the time as drug-related, the cause of death has never been satisfactorily established. A pioneer of punk rock guitar, Thunders oozed both style and attitude, and was a life-changing performer if you could catch him on a good night. Rest easy, Johnny.

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Madness are joined by the Pogues , the Aggrolites and many more in Londons Victoria park on July 17th for their annual Madstock festival. More details at

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 ON 18 MAY 2009

FremantleMedia Enterprises are set to release SIOUXSIE FINALE: THE LAST MANTARAY AND MORE SHOW on DVD on 18 May 2009.

SIOUXSIE “FINALE” was the last show of the Mantaray and More Tour which took place on 29 September 2008 at London’s legendary KOKO club. (Siouxsie played the venue when it was the Music Machine several times between 1977 and 1980). The DVD features the entire concert performance, clocking in at just under two hours, from one of the UK’s most pioneering and iconic musicians : Siouxsie Sioux.

Resplendent with some wonderful costumes and costume changes the show features a great mix of Siouxsie’s new solo songs plus a selection of classics from her mind blowing 30 year career, a truly electrifying and striking performance, this DVD is a true must-see for any Siouxsie fan! The DVD also features an exclusive 30min interview between Siouxsie and artistic director Harvey Bertram-Brown.

The concert kicks off with ’They Follow You’ from her critically acclaimed debut solo album ‘Mantaray’, with Siouxsie glimmering on stage in a silver shroud, before moving into ‘About To Happen’, a guitar riff-tastic stomper also off ‘Mantaray’ The set then twists and turns through Siouxsie’s classics new and old such as ‘Hong Kong Garden’, ‘Here Comes That Day’, ‘Christine’, ‘Happy House”, ‘Into A Swan’, Spellbound’ and ‘Dear Prudence’, in there are also new covers only done on the tour of the The Doors’ ‘Hello I Love You’ and Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’. The concert climaxes with exhilarating performance of ‘Swansway/Reprise’, complete with a dramatic with a black-feathered headdress. Gold and silver catsuits, parasols and tutus are just a few of the moments that enhance this special performance and truly reflect the style and vision that has led to Siouxsie being one of Britain’s foremost performers with a three-decade spanning career.

One of the most influential British females of the rock era, Siouxsie Sioux’s career started with a live performance at the first ever Punk Festival at London’s 100 Club in 1976, she then appeared on the infamous Bill Grundy TV show with the Sex Pistols. Her first single in 1978 with the Banshees, ‘Hong Kong Garden’ immediately went into the UK Top 10. In total Siouxsie has released an astounding 16 studio albums and 41 singles in the UK alone (including 21 top 40 singles), and enjoyed chart success all over the world with the Banshees and as The Creatures before deciding in 2006 to record her first solo album.

Since the Banshee’s split in 1996 Siouxsie has also collaborated with Angelo Badalamenti on the film ‘Edge of Love’, Suede, Morrissey, John Cale, and recently with Basement Jaxx for the track ‘Cish Cash’ featured on the DVD. Her first solo album, ‘Mantaray’, was released in September 2007. Many outstanding artists such as Jeff Buckley, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Massive Attack and Tricky have covered or sampled her work.

SIOUXSIE FINALE: THE LAST MANTARAY AND MORE SHOW is released on 18 May 2009 on FremantleMedia Enterprises


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