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LondonEdge will once again take London Olympia by storm this weekend with the biggest and best show of its kind in the world.

Presenting the biggest exhibition of alternative merchandise anywhere on the planet, LondonEdge celebrates the world’s most creative and exciting ‘niches’ in fashion, footwear and accessories.

With a reputation for attracting a high percentage of overseas buyers, this unique global show is dedicated to short order merchandise and is one of the most successful and enduring trade shows on the circuit.

Split into two notional areas, Original & Fashion, LondonEdge Original represents over 200 hard-edged, punk, rock, goth and tattoo inspired brands where as LondonEdge Fashion houses over 150 rock n roll, vintage, retro, pin up, burlesque and rockabilly collections. With both areas heaving with clothing, accessories and beauty brands, there truly is something for everyone.

Although in its 14th year, Londonedge is still breaking barriers & this September 2013 show welcomes the highest number of new, first time exhibitors for years.

Along with the usual array of brands available, visitors can expect to see over 30 new, never seen before companies showing as many as 50 collections from all corners of the planet. New exhibitors to keep an eye out for include Bettie Page, Faux Real, Hello Margo, Isabelle Batz, Jubly Umph, Music Legs, Time City and Dark Candles to name a few.

Elsewhere on the bustling trade show floor, Hell Bunny, Sourpuss, Iron Fist, Loungefly, Alchemy, Too Fast, One Direction, Banned, Collectif, Dead Threads, New Rock and TUK return once again to wow buyers and attendees with their one-of-a-kind and eye catching collections.

Once again the plethora of entertainment on offer will not disappoint, with a unique blend of specialist acts and fashion shows taking to the main stage as well as Fashion Show Scenes.

Themed lounges are scattered around the floor, with complimentary hairstyling, free liquor shots & energising music all contributing to the shows great atmosphere. When it comes to the more serious stuff, this is a show that is very well known to generate onsite business as well as substantial new business contacts. It delivers results.

Always with the exhibitors needs at the forefront, this September, LondonEdge have a dedicated Buyer Liaison Manager on board inviting attendees from all over the planet. A particular focus this season is on exhibitor nominated, VIP buyers from countries with a strong or growing economies including Australia, Scandinavia, USA and Germany.

Last season saw an overall increase in buyer attendance of 14% against September 2012 with 14% increase in the UK attendance & 13% increase in overseas attendees. With these new additions, this September 2013 will no doubt see a further increase.

Continually developing and improving September’s show has returned to its usual Sunday, Monday, Tuesday format.

1st-3rd September 2013, The National Hall, Olympia, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX Web:

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Dr Feelgood legend Wilko Johnson will hand his R&B crown to teenage band The 45s, when he plans to join them onstage at a sell-out gig in his hometown of Canvey Island on Thursday, 19thSeptember.


The gig, which takes place at the island’s Oysterfleet Hotel, will see Johnson join the Carlisle-based group to play some classic Dr Feelgood songs, before The 45s headline the show.


Johnson, who is terminally ill with pancreatic cancer, believes The 45s – who are all 16 years-old – are the next generation of R&B sensations, saying, "The 45s are my favourite band. When I first heard them I thought my manager was playing a version of a Dr Feelgood song I hadn’t heard for years. When I asked him, “Where were we when that was recorded?”, he told me it was a young band from Carlisle called The 45s. I thought it was us!”


Johnson and The 45s guitarist Tom Hamilton-Hughes first met two years ago when the then 14 year-old blagged his way backstage at a gig in Kendal. After Johnson had given the aspiring rocker his autograph, he then asked Johnson about his playing technique. Wilko handed Tom his famous Fender Telecaster and said, “Show me how you do it?” The pair then jammed together, with Hamilton-Hughes receiving a guitar master class from the R&B icon in the process.


Encouraged by this encounter with one of his heroes, Hamilton-Hughes then sent Johnson a demo The 45s had recorded, which impressed him so much he gave the band the support slot for his date in their hometown. However, with the gig scheduled for November 2012, the announcement of Johnson’s terminal illness led to the cancellation of the show.


With The 45s believing their chance to perform with Johnson had gone forever, when his farewell tour was announced Johnson’s management contacted The 45s and invited them to open for him at his date in Glasgow, which they did to a fantastic reception from the crowd.


Then, at the Great British R&B Festival at Colne, Lancashire, on 26th August, Johnson joined The 45s onstage to perform the Dr Feelgood favourite ‘Roxette’, before presenting one of his signature Fender Telecasters to Hamilton-Hughes.


The 45’s guitarist said, “It was such a thrill to play with Wilko at Colne. I never believed it would actually happen! And now we are going to play with him in his hometown of Canvey. This is what dreams are made of, ours anyway.”



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 Thursday 29th August 2013 – Alkaline Trio

O2 Academy Islington is 10!

Did you know…?


2003 – 2013

Thursday 1st August 2013; Gearing up to O2 Academy Islington’s big 10th birthday party this month, Thursday 29th August will see an explosion of musical history, nostalgia and unforgettable music memories resurrected.

When US Punk Rockers Alkaline Trio opened the 800 capacity North London venue a decade ago in September 2003, no-one could have predicted the trio would be back, in the same year as the venue’s tenth anniversary, with a brand new studio album ‘My Shame Is True’ and once again find themselves headlining the stage of the very London venue they opened.

In celebration of 10 glorious years, here are just 10 of our favourite goings-on over the last decade in N1…

  1. A plethora of some of the best and biggest artists have played Academy Music Group’s most intimate London venue, O2 Academy Islington. Unforgettable performances from the likes of Kings Of Leon (2004), KISS (2010), Def Leppard (2008), Eminem (2004), Biffy Clyro (2004), D12 (2009 + 2011), Muse (2003) the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (2013) and even the Arctic Monkeys played O2 Academy2 to just a couple of hundred people back in 2005!
  2. In December 2010, Lady Gaga made a surprise performance with Semi Precious Weapons at the 250 capacity O2 Academy2, dressed in just her bra and leather trousers! She sang on two songs and played drums, before stage driving into the crowd!
  3. Sparks hold the record for the ‘most played’ artists, performing 20 consecutive shows in May 2008 – a different album each night! Not many artists can claim to have that many albums in their repertoire!
  4. O2 Academy Islington was formerly the short-lived Marquee in the N1 Centre, a music and dining venue backed by Dave Stewart of Eurythmics.
  5. My Chemical Romance filmed their video for the single ‘Planetary (Go!)’ in March 2011 in front of a live audience of just 600 fans, invited the day before the show; and wer encouraged to wear dayglo colours to capture the full Killjoys visual theme.
  6. The legendary, Sir Tom Jones unexpectedly appeared on stage to perform ‘Stoned In Love’ with Chicane in 2006!
  7. Former Rich Kids members Glen Matlock and Midge Ure came together with original Rich Kids members, Steve New (guitar) and Rusty Egan (drums) for a celebratory benefit concert in January 2010 with a host of VIP guests!
  8. In January 2013, Flux Pavilion streamed his entire live show with special guest Example also performing, watched by millions around the globe.
  9. Paramore played their first ever London show at O2 Academy Islington as part of the Give It A Name tour in 2006, also adding graffiti to the backstage wall! 
  10. Over 1.5 million customers have passed through O2 Academy Islington’s doors to date between 2003 and 2013… Phew!

In honour of Alkaline Trio returning to play the 10th birthday party, check out our ‘Best of Punk Rock Royalty’ from O2 Academy Islington 2013 – 2013 on our Spotify account here: 

O2 Academy Islington – A Decade of Punk Rock – 2003 – 2013

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The University of Surrey Students’ Union has announced a brand new campaign to bring back Guilfest, the music festival that has been a part of Surrey’s social calendar for the past 21 years. The independently run and community focused event started life back in 1992 as ‘The Guilford Festival of Folk and Blues’ and has been held for most of its history at Stoke Park, Guilford, hosting everyone from Status Quo to N-Dubz.

The festival came to an end last year, citing competition from other larger festivals and 2012’s rainy summer which led to lower than average ticket sales. In July 2013 the festival was replaced by Magic FM’s ‘Summer Live,’ which has been regarded by many as lacking the community spirit of its predecessor.

Many who preferred ‘Guilfest’s dedication to supporting local businesses and active involvement in the local community have put together the ‘Bring Back Guilfest’ grass roots campaign, which is seeking to get the original festival re-instated for 2014. The University of Surrey’s Students’ Union have publicly shown their support for the campaign due to the close links that the Union has forged with ‘Guilfest’ over its 21 year history, with students not only making it a part of their social calendar, but also regularly volunteering and performing at the festival.  

‘Guilfest’ has always provided opportunities for students at Surrey University to engage with the community and become involved in the festival itself, offering students volunteer positions as stewards, crew members and performers. As such there has always been a strong bond between the students and ‘Guilfest,’ which many feel is missing from ‘Summer Live,’ run by festival giant Live Nation.

President of the Students’ Union, Em Bollon, said “’Summer Live’ was perceived as purely a commercial operation which brought little benefit to Guildford. Surrey students have had a high level of involvement in our beloved Guilfest and would like to see its return in 2014.”

The University of Surrey Students’ Union is encouraging students to sign the online petitions which have already received thousands of signatures from local people who are unhappy with how Magic Summer Live was held.

The ‘Bring Back Guilfest’ campaign already has more than 4000 supporting signatures and will be discussed at a full Guildford Borough Council meeting on 10 October. The campaign hopes to attract the support of local businesses that have been affected by the absence of the independently run festival in place of the more corporately run ‘Summer Live.’

To sign the petition visit

For more information about The University of Surrey Students Union and to back the campaign visit <>   

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 musicfilmnetwork and Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London W6 are proud to present 


Tuesday 17- Friday 20 September 2013

Whether you are looking to delve down and tear up the roots of punk with The Birth Of Anarchy – Punk ’76 or get lost in Bert Jansch’s sublime interpretations of raw blues in Acoustic Routes, this September sees Riverside Studios Cinema, Hammersmith, London W6 host four days of eclectic music documentaries with accompanying Q&As that are sure to strike a chord.

Tuesday 17 September, 8.00 pm:  THE BLUEBLACK HUSSAR (18)

After a sell out preview screening in June, we are delighted to welcome back The Blueblack Hussar, the long awaited Adam Ant documentary.  In the 1980s the iconic pop star, Adam Ant, was at the height of his fame, easily recognised by the white stripe painted across his face and his striking imagery of Prince Charming and the Dandy Highwayman. Twenty years later, after a mental breakdown, he was locked up and forcibly sedated, putting him in a state of artistic oblivion. Jack Bond’s film follows him on his first tour for fifteen years as he plays small London clubs, culminating in a performance before 55,000 at Hyde Park.  The film features the actress Charlotte Rampling who inspired his first album Dirk Wears White Sox, the producer Mark Ronson and the artist who was his mentor, Allen Jones.  The screening will be followed by a Q & A with director, Jack Bond.


Wednesday 18 September, 8.00 pm:  THE BIRTH OF ANARCHY – PUNK ’76 (18)

A brand new documentary tracing punk from the Kings Road SEX shop of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood featuring contributions from Tony James, Gene October, Jon Savage, Glen Matlock, Caroline Coon, Jah Wobble, Steve Severin and archive performances, this is story of one of the greatest music explosions of 20th Century Britain. The screening will be followed by a Q & A which will feature the ‘Professor of Punk’ Don Boyds (was also the Executive Producer of The Great Rock ’n’ Roll Swindle) and Rat Scabies who was the drummer of The Damned.


Thursday 19th September, 8.00 pm:  ACOUSTIC ROUTES (12a)

With Billy Connolly at the helm and an amazing cast, including Brownie McGhee, Davey Graham, Anne Briggs, Ralph McTell, Martin Carthy, John Renbourn, Hamish Imlach, Jacqui McShee and Al Stewart, Acoustic Routes is the story of one of world’s most influential musicians, Bert Jansch.  Influenced by raw blues and with a bewildering technique, Jansch fashioned sublime interpretations of traditional and blues music on the acoustic guitar, a technique that set him apart from his contemporaries and established him as a pivotal innovator of the new acoustic guitar movement. The result was music that had a profound influence on generations of musicians including Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Jimmy Page, and continues to inspire today’s musicians. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with Wizz Jones, acclaimed guitarist and one of the stars of the film.


Friday 20th September, 8.00 pm:  ART WILL SAVE THE WORLD (18)

Art Will Save the World is a film about Luke Haines. Singer. Musician. Author. Artist………Singer/songwriter, Luke Haines, flies back to his homeland to discuss his life on film. Wary of the idea of a film about his life and weary from the long plane ride home from Buenos Aires. While left waiting to go on set, he attempts to piece together his life. Through fragments of his existence thus far, comments from his contemporaries and friends including, musician Jarvis Cocker, novelist David Peace and Arthur Matthews we will discuss the work, legacy, struggles, battles and future of the perennial outsider the British Music Scene. Singer. Songwriter. Novelist. Artist. Luke Haines is not dead. He is alive and well and back in London … This is his story. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with Luke Haines.



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Canadian Celtic punk rockers The Stanfields (FFO: The Dropkick Murphys, Street Dogs) bring their raucous live show to London (upstairs at the Garage) on 23rd September and we’re offering you the chance to win a pair of tickets to check out this stunning band.

First, here’s a bit more info on the band and their new album.

The Stanfields attract fans of all classes and creeds with their rhythm-fueled hard rock laced with traditional roots sounds. There are no glamorous motives – just five working class Canadians with an honest desire to entertain. With the help of iconic producer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica, Aerosmith) The Stanfields better capture the intensity of their riotous live show on their new album ‘Death & Taxes’ with harder, faster and full-on thunderous waves of rhythm and roaring harmonies behind menacing leads.

“We’ve grown to be louder, faster versions of ourselves. Many thousands of road and air miles, and all the trappings therein, tend to have that kind of effect on a band like ours,” Jon explains. “Where ‘Vanguard’ is all over the place stylistically, ‘Death & Taxes’ is more focused on our rock and roll influences.”

To be in with a chance of winning simply email with your full name and ‘I WANNA SEE THE STANFIELDS’ as the email subject.

Check out the band’s video for ‘Death & Taxes’ below.

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Talking exclusively to Kris Needs in the latest issue of Vive Le Rock about CBGB’s, here’s some extra food for thought from Walter Lure of The Heartbreakers/The Waldos…

Downtown Manhattan and The Bowery: then & now…
“The Bowery consisted of a few block stretches of restaurant supply stores and a few blocks of lighting stores before it became the middle spine of Chinatown down below Canal Street. There were multiple transient hotels for homeless people strewn in between, which were little more than big rooms with a hundred bunk beds or mattresses thrown about for people to sleep on for $1 a night as well as a few bleak, dirty bars for drunks to feed their habits when they begged a few dollars on the streets. The rest of downtown Manhattan wasn’t much better with all the slums in the East Village headed east on Avenues A through D. That’s where all the drug dealers were and where everyone went to pick up their poisons of choice. Danger lurked as well with shootings and murders being reported on a regular basis. Today it all looks like a sunny day up on Oxford Street in London or Madison Ave in New York, a complete reversal of fortune, as it were. Apartment and housing prices have gone into the stratosphere where only rich trust fund babies can afford to live there and galleries and boutiques with equally absurd price tags have replaced all the old derelict bars and seedy businesses. While it may be safer and look a lot nicer, it has lost all the character that made it so attractive in the past. We used to feel that we were on an adventure and putting lives at risk just by hanging out down there. That gave the whole scene the edge that made it feel exciting.”

First band watched at CBGB’s…

“Not quite sure but it was probably Television, Patti Smith or maybe my friends, The Marbles. It could have been the Ramones as well but I can’t remember exactly.”

The CB’s scene…

“Well, we all thought we were the centre of the universe back then, but it took a few years before anything significant started happening. We were little tempests in a teapot as far as the American music scene was concerned. The only recording deals being signed were these predatory ones by hustlers parading themselves as music moguls who would sign the band to these deals where they would lose almost all their rights to the songs. Later, it took off much further than we thought back then but it wasn’t just New York anymore – all the other cities, especially London, became their own centres of the universe.”


“Hilly was an incredible character to have been able to sit through all that stuff year after year. I have no idea how he actually got involved in the club in the first place, although he was there for a long as I remember until he died. He was there sitting at the bar, usually inebriated to some extent, literally almost every night during that 10-20 year period. They actually served food in the early days – gruesome stuff and the best bit was his dog, which used to wander through the club all night leaving droppings for unsuspecting aspiring punk rockers to plough their feet into, bringing them back down to earth a little.”

Wildest CB’s gig…

“I haven’t a clue. There were some howlers – Wayne County breaking Dick Manitoba’s collar bone with a mike stand, various drug-addled bands vomiting on stage, bathrooms full of heroin addicts shooting up their stuff in the stalls right next to some others having sex in the next stall, me meeting Ace Frehley without his makeup and not having a clue who he was until Johnny T. told me (no wonder he wore makeup on stage!)… A veritable orgy of pleasurable pursuits. I can’t really name a wildest gig though so I’ll have to abstain.”

The benefits of hanging out at CB’s…

“Well, we got to meet just about everyone in the music scene who was anyone at the time, as well as tons of other notables. People seeing us play there would spread the word and that’s probably how we got hooked up with Malcolm McLaren and the Sex Pistols’ Anarchy tour. Lee Childers met us there and a host of others. It was definitely good for business as well as on a personal level – I can’t remember how many liaisons I made there and woke up in the morning in bed with them. I’ll not name any names in order to protect their reputations and my own sometimes drink and drug addled choices that many times left me bewildered the next morning trying to figure out how I ended up in whatever situation I was in (and most of all how to get out of it graciously!).”


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Tuesday 17 to Friday 20 September 

Whether you are looking to delve down and tear up the roots of punk with The Birth of Anarchy or get lost in Bert Jansch’s sublime acoustic interpretations of raw blues in Acoustic Routes, this September we have four days of eclectic music documentaries with accompanying Q & As that are sure to strike a chord.


£9.50 (£8.50 concs.) per film
£30 for all four films (020 8237 1111 and counter only)





>> View a Calendar of this Season
>> View This List In Alphabetical Order

Tue 17 Sep
Musicology Single Bill:
The Blueblack Hussar (18) 8.00pm
After a sell out preview screening in June, we are delighted to welcome back The Blueblack Hussar, the long awaited Adam Ant documentary.

Wed 18 Sep
Musicology Single Bill:
The Birth of Anarchy (18) 8.00pm
This new documentary explores the key personalities, events and cultural vacuum that led to punk’s inception.

Thu 19 Sep
Musicology Single Bill:
Acoustic Routes (12A) 8.00pm
With Billy Connolly at the helm and an amazing cast including Brownie McGhee, Davey Graham and Ralph McTell, Acoustic Routes is the story of one of world’s most influential musicians, Bert Jansch.

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(New York, NY – August 19, 2013) –  After the exciting announcement of the return of the multi-platinum pop rock band THE CALLING last week, the band hit the road to play a couple of spot dates in Atlantic City and Lapeer, Michigan.   After a heavily attended Lapeer Days Festival the singer was abducted after the show during a trip to the local mini mart.  Alex was grabbed by his shirt and hit from behind and lost his footing. He was beaten with a police baton with a gun pointed to his face demanding Band’s “Hollywood money.”   After Band fought back he was cornered in the van with gun to his face and Band told the assailants “Don’t kill me as I am about to be a dad.”  After more beating the assailants responded with “We don’t kill fathers” and then left him for dead at a local railroad track in Lapeer.  

Band was left with a fractured lower spine, 15 stiches to lower chin, 3 broken teeth and is bruised on his side and stomach from the baton beating.  “I never thought my unborn child would be my savior.  I am grateful to be alive and I know that I am destined for bringing my music back to my fans,” states Alex.   He is jumping back into finishing the record to help in the healing process and is resting for optimal healing.   Police and detectives were called to the scene and are undergoing an investigation with the local authorities. Despite rumors of this being a drug related situation it is clearly NOT the case and there was NO abuse of alcohol also backed by medical examination.   “I take my rehabilitation very seriously I was near death due to this unbelievable situation and the rumors are categorically false and not a hoax as reported.” says Alex Band.

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“Potentially the worst rock ‘n’ roll band

in the whole world. They’re that good!” 

Sounds Magazine

‘Livin’ Out Rock ‘n’ Roll’ is the story of The Babysitters (and The Last of the Teenage Idols), arguably the best “worst rock ‘n’ roll band in the world.” Lovingly hand-made, in true Punk rock style by Paolo Sedazarri, the film brings to life the chaos and the humour in a series of hilarious laugh-out-loud anecdotes told by the former band members, some 30 years on. Featuring interviews with well-known music journalists and cleverly intercut with film footage, stills and the music itself, this is a brand new ‘rockumentary’ not unlike ‘Anvil – The Story of Anvil’ and with as many belly laughs as ‘This is Spinal Tap’.   Kate Thompson

The rockumentary Livin’ Out Rock’n’Roll plays the Portobello Film Festival on Friday the 30th August at the Pop Up Cinema, 3 Acklam Road, London W10 5TY.

(Where the Westway crosses the Portobello Road.)

At 7.45 pm. Admission is free.

Running Time: 61 minutes.

 The US premiere will be in New York City at the CBGB Music and Film Festival in October.

Livin’ Out Rock’n’Roll is about the dirty disregarded history of the London 80s rock scene, the story of the Babysitters and The Last of the Teenage Idols as told by the people who have somehow managed to survive it. 

This is a scene that began and revolved around the legendary rock’n’roll table – the epicentre of the London rock scene below the offices of the Melody Maker in Holborn.

Among the interviewees are Shuff, Vom Ritchie (Die Toten Hosen) and journalists Ben Marshall and David Stubbs. Charlie Harper, Captain Sensible and Mike Read also make cameo appearances.


Here’s the film trailer :-


Classic Rock recently gave the film a glowing review and there is also a jolly good one in this month’s Vive Le Rock – the one with Debbie Harry/CBGB on the cover.


Here’s another nice review :-


Maybe see you on the 30th?


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Aussie hard rockers kick out the jams on album three.

If you’re curious as to who will keep Aussie rock alive and kicking once AC/DC and Rose Tattoo are gone then Airbourne are the answer. Imbued with that true gang mentality that makes their influences so exhilarating, they’re the real deal. They live for rock, booze, women and cars, with opener ‘Ready To Rock’ setting the tone. Foot stomping riffs, massive guitar solos and a truly relentless tempo give the record punch and passion. Highlights include the anthemic ‘Firepower’, ‘Live It Up’ and building ‘Back In The Game’, with choruses as big as the riffs. The title track has a darker, underdog edge, while the sleazy ‘Woman Like That’ and Metallica-esque ‘Hungry’ show some slight changes from the winning formula. But overall, ‘Black Dog Barking’ is straight-up, good time, beer and sweat-soaked rock music, in true Aussie style. Play very loud.
John Truman
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UK SUBS’ frontman Charlie Harper talks about playing Hilly’s legendary venue.

“From the first time we played CB’s, gatecrashing a Fall gig in 1979, to the last time when Hilly was very ill and his son took over the place, we played CB’s a good twenty times, probably more than most. Hilly loved the UK Subs and would let me have a pick of all the new t-shirt designs, and we had certain other privileges too, like the use of the staff loo!
“Anyone who has been to CB’s will know all about that basement hell of a toilet – once down, it was a struggle to get up. There was no respect for fire regulations in the Bowery, it was a lawless strip and a club which we in Blighty would put three hundred heads in, CBs would often double. In 1980, Patti Smith held the house record of around seven hundred and fifty, and the Subs had eight hundred and twenty in but this was almost immediately taken over by The Jam the same year. There must have been three hundred people stuck in the bogs but there was never a place with a more intense atmosphere and character along with great light and sound.”


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FLAMIN’ GROOVIES live review

Flamin Groovies in their 1976 ‘Shake Some Action’ days.

Scala, London, 2nd July 2013

We’re a good long distance now from the post-‘Jumpin’ In The Night’ pseudo-line ups, and up until a few months ago the prospect of any sort of Groovies reunion was the stuff of wishful conjecture. Yet somehow, through whatever bridge-building processes may have gone on behind the scenes, a coalition of ‘Shake Some Action’ period members is back on the boards. As they take the stage at a heaving Scala – an expectant crowd already stoked from the Bermondsey Joyriders’ fine supporting set – it’s at once clear that the current-format Groovies are on intimidatingly good form. Leading off with a formidable take on 1973’s ‘Let Me Rock’, Chris Wilson and Cyril Jordan’s chiming fretwork strikes immediate sparks over the V8-powered rumble of George Alexander and new kid drummer Victor Penalosa, while veteran Procol Harum keyboardsman Matthew Fisher adds his tasty Hammond wash to the mix. Sounding together and almost supernaturally tight from their recent far eastern tour and stadium-sized bash with Springsteen, the Groovies execute a slam-bang rundown of career highlights – ‘You Tore Me Down’, ‘I Can’t Hide’, ‘Between The Lines’, their definitive cover of The Byrds’ ‘Feel A Whole Lot Better’, and the delirious two-punch set closer of the all-time classics ‘Slow Death’ and ‘Shake Some Action’ in rapid succession. With a capacity crowd baying for more, the Groovies encore with ‘Yeah My Baby’, a thunderously debauched ‘Teenage Head’ and close with a jubilant romp through Chuck Berry’s ‘Roll Over Beethoven’. The Flamin’ Groovies rollicked home with the Scala in their back pocket tonight; surely a Roundhouse date now beckons?

Hugh Gulland


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 Cock Sparrer give back to Blackpool youth

 >  > Fans of punk legends Cock Sparrer and other Rebellion Punk festival attendees have helped the band make a donation of almost $2000 to local charity Streetlife, who work with the town's vulnerable young people. >  > The band raffled off the custom-made backdrop that they used on stage on Saturday night, in the Empress Ballroom of the legendary Blackpool Winter Gardens. This was the fourth time the band have headlined the festival, and wanted to use the opportunity to support a local organisation. >  > Singer Colin McFaull said, "We are overwhelmed by the level of support we received for this and by the number of people who made donations without taking tickets! As a band we know how lucky we are to have the Rebellion festival and we wanted to give something back to the people of Blackpool" >  > Tony Riley from Streetlife said "Many thanks for the fantastic donation the band have raised at the Rebellion Punk Festival in Blackpool. It was a real WOW moment when they told me the amount!"  >  > "The money raised will go a long way to maintaining the work we do in our emergency nightshelter for young vulnerable people in Blackpool. We recently extended the opening hours by opening at 7-00pm instead of 9-00pm as previously. The funding we received to do this was only for 12 months and the donation will help ensure that we can extend this period. Massive thanks to all the fans who bought raffle tickets and made donations." >  > The backdrop was won by Cock Sparrer fan Colin Kennedy, who couldn't stop grinning when he met the band to collect his prize. His wife said that she "had no idea where they were going to put it, but were really pleased they won". >  > Notes for Editor:  >  > The Rebellion Festival is the world's biggest (and best!) punk festival, taking place at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th August, 2013. Find out more by visiting >  > Cock Sparrer are one of the oldest and most well respected punk bands, celebrating 41 years playing together this year. They are known around the world for their songs about working class life and community, and have played gigs all over Europe, America, Brazil, Argentina and more. You can find out more by visiting their Facebook page >  > Streetlife is a local Blackpool charity which was established in 1882. They provide advice and support for young people who have drug, alcohol or mental health issues. They have an eight bed emergency nightshelter for young people aged 16-25. They operate a day centre on Buchanan St and a nightshelter next to St John’s church. In June 2010 Streetlife were honoured with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recognising the hard work they do helping those who need it most. Find out more by visiting > 
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 Seen supporting Wilko Johnson on his March Farewell tour – Eight Rounds Rapid release their new single and vinyl debut ‘Writeabout’ / ‘Steve’- the first release on Podrophenia Records

  Writeabout has been getting repeat plays on 6 Music and getting glowing nods and noises from Gideon Coe and Steve Lamacq, with Lamacq describing the song as 'venomous'   This the only format that Writeabout will ever be available on, and just 500 copies have been pressed - 100 of those were sold within the first few days of release. So grab one before they're gone.   Flip side 'Steve' is long-haul live crowd pleaser and fan favourite. Have a listen here...  The single is available to buy via Eight Rounds Rapid and Podrophenia Facebook pages and Norman's Records...
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re-release cult film after 32 years 
‘Take It Or Leave It’ 
Released 7th October
Madness have today announced plans to re-release their 1981 silver screen debut, the autobiographical ‘Take It Or Leave It’, thirty-two years after its initial release. Released on October 7th the package will include a DVD of the film and an audio CD of the soundtrack, which has never previously been officially released. 
Directed and produced by Dave Robinson, head of Madness’ original label Stiff Records, ‘Take It Or Leave It’ provides a down-to-earth narrative of the trials and tribulations of the early career of one of Britain’s most iconic bands. With the backdrop of Camden Town, the film depicts the cult band’s epic rise from their humble start as a pub band to their first glimpse of fame. 
The film illustrates the gritty reality of the turbulent music industry of the 1980s in comparison to the glamorous perception of the industry today. ‘Take It Or Leave It’ features live and studio recordings of hits from Madness’s first three albums including ‘The Prince’, ‘One Step Beyond’ and ‘Baggy Trousers’. 
The accompanying CD soundtrack album provides an interesting perspective on the band’s early work and features 26 songs including singles, b-sides and album tracks. Two of the songs aren’t by Madness: Fats Domino’s ‘I’m Walkin’ and The Four Tops’ ‘Reach Out I’ll Be There’, both of which can be heard in the film.
Take It Or Leave It – full soundtrack list:
  1. Don’t Quote Me On That
  2. The Business
  3. I’m Walkin’ (Fats Domino)
  4. On The Beat Pete
  5. Don’t Look Back
  6. Reach Out I’ll Be There (The Four Tops)
  7. Embarrassment
  8. Mistakes
  9. That’s The Way To Do It
  10. Rocking In Ab 
  11. Day On The Town
  12. Swan Lake
  13. In The Middle Of The Night
  14. Razor Blade Alley
  15. Madness
  16. Steppin’ Into Line
  17. Night Boat To Cairo
  18. Sign Of The Times
  19. Solid Gone
  20. One Step Beyond…
  21. Bed & Breakfast Man
  22. The Prince
  23. Baggy Trousers
  24. Grey Day
  25. My Girl
  26. Take It or Leave It
2013 is proving to be an incredible year for the band, highlighting that their success is as strong now as it was thirty-two years ago! The band have played a number of shows over the summer and are gearing up for their biggest headline show of the year at London’s Alexandra Palace on September 28th. The legendary House Of Fun Weekender has also been confirmed for November 22nd-25th.  
Madness released a Special Edition of their tenth studio album ‘Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da’ earlier this year. The repacked album is full of bonus content, new tracks, a live DVD and legendary artist Sir Peter Blake dressed as Moses on the cover! For more info please click here

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