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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SENSELESS THINGS UNVEIL NEW TRACK!

SENSELESS THINGS have unveiled a new single ahead of their Shepherd’s Bush Empire reunion show.

‘Lost Honey’ is the band’s first new recording for 22 years.

A limited edition of 100 copies on baby blue swirl vinyl will be followed by a standard release available at Shepherd’s Bush on 25 March and their sold out warm-up at the New Adelphi in Hull on 19 March.

Sleeve art for the single is the work of legendary comic artist Jamie Hewlett – creator of Tank Girl and later GORILLAZ – a long-term collaborator, who provided the art and images for the first two Senseless Things albums and most single releases.

Tickets for the Shepherd’s Bush show – which features support from SKINNY GIRL DIET and THE TUTS – are almost sold out, but you can get them here if you’re very quick.

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Read a new feature on Senseless Things in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock, out this week!

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OBSCURE AUSSIES UNEARTHED!

Seminal Aussie rockers THE 31ST have their fabled 4-track EP released at last.

Formed in Brisbane in 1979, The 31st brought together four musicians who would all go on to make a much bigger dent the the Australian rock and punk scenes of the 80s and 90s. Vocalist Ron Peno and Chris Welsh would go on to form major label international chart stars DIED PRETTY; guitarist Mick Medew would enjoy a lengthy career with THE SCREAMING TRIBESMEN, and bassist Tony Robertson would later hold down the low end in legendary bands THE NEW CHRISTS and THE HITMEN.

Two songs written by Peno and Medew – ‘Igloo’ and ‘A Stand Alone’ – would, in the hands of the Tribesmen, become card-carrying Aussie garage classics.

Alongside ‘Time Moves Fast’, previously included on the 2007 compilation Do The Pop! Redux Part One, and ‘Real Gone’, which surfaced on Easy Action’s Let Me Turn You On in 2013, the EP also includes the original of ‘A Stand Alone’ and ‘It’s So Hard’, both previously unreleased.

Presented by Zeus Entertainment Group and digitally distributed by Laneway Music, the EP is available to download now from iTunes and other digital stockists.

A 12″ vinyl edition is set to follow through LCMR.

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KNOCK OFF EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE!

Ace Watford street punks KNOCK OFF have a new video which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Tooled Up For The Job’ is taken from the trio’s second album This Is Who We Are, This Is What We Do which came out last year. It’s now been reissued on vinyl though German label Randale Records. It’s also still available on CD from the band’s website.

The band have a busy gigging schedule up until June, when they’ll record their third album, before heading off for dates in Germany, returning for a slot at Rebellion in August.

Catch them on the road at….

18 Mar – Boars Head – Kidderminster
24 Mar – Hat Factory – Luton
1 Apr – Old Star – Uttoxeter (w/Spunk Volcano & The Eruptions)
8 Apr – Rock City – Nottingham (w/Dirt Box Disco & Loaded 44)
20 Apr -The Fleece – Bristol
21 Apr – 100 Club – London
22 Apr – The Hairy Dog – Derby
28 Apr – The Black Bull – Gateshead
6 May – The Bear – Northampton
27 May – Holditch Club – Newcastle under Lyme
28 May – The King Billy – Northampton
30 June – Chinnerys – Southend (w/The Parkinsons)

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DEPARTMENT S VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Post-punk legends DEPARTMENT S unveil their new video today, and they’re launching it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘When All Is Said And Done’ is the title track from the band’s acclaimed latest album which was released last year through Westworld Recordings.

Department S will be spending much of 2017 on their Looking For Vic tour, including shows in Belgium and Germany and an appearance at this year’s Rebellion.

Catch the band on the road at….

24th Feb – Kingston – The Fighting Cocks Bar & Live Music Venue
4th March – Ramsgate – Elephant and Castle
22nd March – Hameln Germany – MAD Music Club
23rd March – Köln Germany – Sonic Ballroom
24th March – München Germany – Glocke
25th March – Berlin Germany – Cortina Bob Berlin
1st April – London – Nambucca
21st April – Woking – Phoenix Festival
13th May – Herentals Belgium – Hertals RockCity
27th/28th May – Manchester Rugby Club – Strummercamp Festival
3rd June – Dorset – Alice’s Wicked Tea Party Alternative Festival
10th June – London – The Underworld Camden
24th June – London – New Cross Inn
7th July – Leicester – The Unholy Messtival
21st July – Fleckney – Mayhem at Mick`s
3-6th August – Blackpool – Rebellion Punk Music Festival
16th Sept – Oxford – Detectival Weekender
23rd Sept – Corby – The Kingfisher Function Lounge (w/The Ruts DC)

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LIL’ LOST LOU CASTS HER SPELL!

Rising country and rockabilly star LIL’ LOST LOU unveils a video for her new single this week.

The voodoo-gothic ‘He Put A Hook In Me’ is taken from her self-titled debut album, which is out on Friday 7 April through Bully Records.

A regular on the London pub and club circuit for a few years, Lou has shared stages with the likes of Wanda Jackson, Billy Childish, Wilko Johnson, The Urban Voodoo Machine and more. She travelled to Nashville to record the album at the analogue Welcome To 1979 Studios with noted producer Billy Livsey and a host of Music City session men, who between them have worked with the likes of Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins, Glen Campbell, The Pretenders and many others.

“Well in case you haven’t noticed, this song is a bit of a tribute to Warren Zevon,” explains Lou. “There is an undeniably obvious werewolf howl in it, but there is also a stolen lyric from his song too… see if you can find it! I love Warren Zevon, he’s such a great lyricist and I like to give credit to the people who have inspired my own writing.  I’ve also been a fan of tongue twisters when I was a kid … I thought it was cool to write something that is like a chant… ‘Bones, feathers, black book, rabbit foot…’  It’s the ingredients of a magic spell… Like Johnny Kidd and the Pirates’ ‘Casting My Spell.’ I shamelessly stole the idea… But they do say that good artists borrow, great artists steal!”

Lil’ Lost Lou will be launching the album with a special show on the album’s release date at Underbelly, Hoxton Square, London N1.

Lil’ Lost Lou is available to pre-order now on vinyl with free CD and download code from her website and also includes admission to the album launch.

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BRAINIAC 5 BACK IN THE SADDLE!

Reconvened Cornish psych-punks THE BRAINIAC 5 return with a new single and video.

‘Laura Riding’ is taken from Journey To X, the band’s third album released last month. The track is available to download here.  The album is available on CD and deluxe gatefold vinyl from Amazon and download from iTunes.

The video is by Martin James Gee.

Formed in Cornwall, The Brainiac 5 gravitated to London, recruiting members from Stiff-signed pub-rockers PLUMMET AIRLINES, and joining the nascent psych scene.  Recording their debut album with HAWKWIND’s Martin Griffin in the producer’s chair, they split in 1980, only to reform in 2012, releasing their comeback album Exploding Universe in 2015.

The band were recently featured on Cherry Red’s 80s psych box set Another Splash Of Colour, and are already working on the follow-up to Journey To X.

In between sessions, they have the following dates lined up….

Fri 14 April    The Gunners, London
Sat 22 April   The Railway Hotel, Southend
Fri 12 May      The Betsey Trotwood, London

You can read a new interview with The Brainiac 5 in the current issue of Vive Le Rock!

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JILTED JOHN PLAYS LONDON SHOW!

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Punk-pop chart star JILTED JOHN returns for a super-rare London show next month.

John enjoyed a solitary Top 5 hit with the Martin Hannett-produced single ‘Jilted John’ in August 1978, following it up with the album True Love Stories.

After a lengthy hiatus, he returned to live action with a performance at last year’s Rebellion Festival.

Jilted John will play a full band show at the 100 Club on Wednesday 29 March with support from ED TENPOLE and madcap London punks MONKISH.

Tickets priced £15 are available here.

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AT THE DRIVE IN REVEAL NEW MUSIC!

Texan prog-punks AT THE DRIVE IN have unveiled a track from their forthcoming new album, their first in 17 years!

‘Incurably Innocent’ – which vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala describes as “a song about sexual abuse and being able to finally speak out” – is taken from in • ter a • li • a which is scheduled for release on 5 May through Rise Records.

Formed in 1993, the El Paso quintet made a huge impact at the turn of the century with Relationship Of Command through the BEASTIE BOYS Grand Royal label. Splintering soon afterwards, Bixler-Zavala and guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez went on to significant success with THE MARS VOLTA. Reuniting briefly in 2012 they reconvened early last year with the promise of new music.

Produced at Hollywood’s Sound Factory studio by Rodriguez-Lopez and Rich Costey, the 11-track in • ter a • li • a is said to pick up where Relationship Of Command left off.

The release of the album will be accompanied by a mammoth US tour, followed by European festival dates including Reading and Leeds over August Bank Holiday weekend.

in • ter a • li • a is available to pre-order here.

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