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UK Tour Dates Announced – March/April 2014

New Studio Album, “No Going Back”, Set For April 2014 Release


Punk rock legends Stiff Little Fingers are set to tour the UK in March 2014. The tour is a precursor to new a new studio album entitled “No Going Back” – due out in April 2014.


The band have launched a Pledge music campaign for the album which already over 300% over it’s target total


Stiff Little Fingers were formed in 1977 in Belfast, Ireland.  Along with the likes of the Clash, Sex Pistols, The Jam, Buzzcocks, Undertones, Sham 69, Stranglers, et al – Stiff Little Fingers were at the forefront of the punk movement. They wrote initially about their own lives, growing up at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, in songs like "Suspect Device" and "Wasted Life".


In November of ’77, they released those two songs on their own Rigid Digits label, and sent a copy to BBC Radio One DJ John Peel, who started playing it every night.


These were the first of what became SLF’s signature style: lyrics that meld the personal and political, music that combines the energy of punk with infectious hooks, and delivery that rings of honesty and commitment. In 1979 they became the first band ever to hit the UK top 20 album charts on an independent label with their debut Inflammable Material. The album chronicles the band’s anger and frustration at "the Troubles" in Northern Ireland, and calls on youth to create their own reality. Their live shows continued to be special events of energy and power. The Go For It LP in ’81 revealed more sophisticated song writing and musicianship, and another step in the shift from punk to power pop. The Now Then album of ’82 alienated many of SLF’s punk followers with its pop sound, and despite some glowing critical reviews, never got the recognition it deserved.


The band split in early ’83. During the five years they spent apart, each member pursued musical projects. But none were as satisfying, or as successful, as Stiff Little Fingers.


In ’87, Jake and Ali decided to do a few reunion shows. The audience response to the reunion shows was overwhelming; with sell-out crowds larger than any that SLF had played in their original incarnation. The response to the shows across the world surprised and delighted the band and their following continued to grow, with younger "new" fans alongside the old diehards. In ’94 they released the Get a Life LP.  The album helped renew interest in SLF just as newer bands that sited them as a major influence, such as Bad Religion, Sugar, Rancid and Therapy, were coming to prominence. In August 2003, Stiff Little Fingers released their ninth studio album, the critically acclaimed Guitar and Drum on the EMI Label, their most successful album since their reformation, which includes a moving tribute to Joe Strummer, entitled "Strummerville".


After many studio albums and countless tours, Stiff Little Fingers find themselves more in demand than ever. Using the band’s rich musical foundation as a building block, the time has come to bring the newest chapter of the band’s music to the world.  The new songs, penned over the last decade, show a definite musical growth in the band.  Album set to be released in April 2014


UK tour dates are as follows:


Wed 12th Mar 2014          Leeds, O2 Academy

Thu 13th Mar                       Dublin, The Academy

Fri 14th Mar                         Belfast, Ulster Hall

Sat 15th Mar                        Newcastle, O2 Academy

Mon 17th Mar                     Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom

Tue 18th Mar                       Liverpool, O2 Academy

Wed 19th Mar                     Nottingham, Rock City

Fri 21st Mar                          Wolverhampton, Wulfrun Hall

Sat 22nd Mar                       Manchester, The Ritz

Sun 23rd Mar                      Leamington Spa, The Assembly

Mon 24th Mar                     Peterborough, The Cresset

Wed 26th Mar                     Norwich, The Waterfront

Thu 27th Mar                       Ipswich, Corn Exchange

Fri 28th Mar                         London, The Forum

Sat 29th Mar                        Bristol, O2 Academy

Mon 31st Mar                     Exeter, Phoenix

Tue 1st Apr                          Portsmouth, Pyramide Centre


Tickets are priced £18.50 (£20.00 London) subject to booking fee. They are available from box offices and

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8 More new names for Groezrock.

Did you like that new 7” by GAMEFACE as much as we did? This Southern California-based band combines elements of punk, hardcore, emo and pop and has been doing so since 1990. To call them a staple in the post-hardcore scene is something of an understatement. Another post-hardcore band that has been causing waves – or even parting entire seas –is TOUCHE AMORE. If you haven’t heard their third album “Is Survived By” yet, you are missing out.

Whereas we will most likely spend the Sunday following Groezrock recovering, this next band is all about taking back that day. Yes, this is a very lame way of telling you that TAKING BACK SUNDAY will be playing at Groezrock this year. They have a new album coming out on Hopeless Records called “Happiness”. It will be out next month, just in time for you to memorize the lyrics.

When these Florida natives aren’t out saving the world disguised as the International Superheroes of Hardcore, they are simply known as NEW FOUND GLORY. Labelled by some as the godfathers of pop-punk, these guys have been a mainstay since the early nineties.

Google PUP and you’ll see a whole lot of cute pictures of little dogs. There is however nothing cute about this Canadian band who play riff-heavy, slap-you-in-the-face songs that drip with energy. Sounds nice, eh?

Equally un-cute and energetic is THE SETUP. They have been around for over a decade and show no signs of slowing down. They released “This Thing Of Ours” last year, an album that came with extra speed and melody. We are happy to have them but hope they won’t show that thing of theirs in the backstage area.

Finally, we would also like to announce two of the acts that will be playing on the Macbeth stage. CHUNK! NO, CAPTAIN CHUNK! is a French band who have been self-diagnosed as being bi-polar and who like to throw pop, punk and hardcore in the mix. Ooh la la! Oui oui! BLITZ KIDS come from the other side of the Channel and have just released their new album on Red Bull Records. They’re poppy, punky and rock-y  all at once and should have you bouncing along in no time.

That’s it for now… we still have a couple of surprises up our sleeves though so check back later!

Pup – Reservoir

Touché Amoré – Harbor

Taking Back Sunday – Flicker, Fade

Gameface – Come on Down

Blitz Kids – Sometimes

Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! – Haters Gonna Hate

New Found Glory – Connect The Dots

The Setup – Trapped under the weight


We would be very happy if you keep spreading the GROEZROCK word around and place our flyer on as much as possible on facebook, twitter, personal websites, e-zines, …. with a link to our website

End this month our press accreditation form will be online.

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Friday : 70 euro / Entrance : 80 euro

Saturday : 80 euro / Entrance : 90 euro

Combi : 110 euro / Entrance : 125 euro

Camping : 15 euro (camping tickets are not sold separately)



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Concrete Blonde singer/ songwriter to embark on acoustic tour

Johnette Napolitano, the charismatic singer/songwriter/ founder of Concrete Blonde, will make her first visit to the UK in nearly a decade, performing a series of acoustic shows that will feature songs from her entire career and showcasing her incredible voice.

 Concrete Blonde came howling out the chute in 1986 and knocked out three classic albums by 1990: Concrete Blonde, Freeand Bloodletting. latter begat the hit single “Joey” – a sobbing love song to a dying alcoholic – perfect rock balladry. Napolitano was born in Hollywood – the belly of the beast – and her songs were (and remain) cinematic – feature films compressed into three-minute rock ‘n’ roll: “Still In Hollywood,” “God Is A Bullet,” “True.” Walking In London, Mexican Moon, and a collabo with Chicano punk-rockers Los Illegals followed. “Ghost Of A Texas Ladies Man” and “Heal It Up” – among others — hail from that period. She is also one of the great song interpreters of our time, as proven by the way she turned James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s World” , Leonard Cohen’s “Everybody Knows” and Coldplay’s “The Scientist” into Johnette songs.
 The 21stCentury brought the gorgeous, solo album Scarred, various Concrete Blonde reunions and her book Rough Mix – a collection of short stories, lyrics and drawings. She’s now touring on her own – just an acoustic guitar and her songs, passages read from Rough Mixagainst projected backdrops of original and found art – and that voice.

JOHNETTE comments, “’m looking forward to finally get back to the UK and seeing a lot of old friends”.
  This will be a long awaited chance for UK fans to see a truly inspiring artist deliver heartfelt versions of some amazing songs in an intimate environment. Something not to be missed.

April 07- Norwich @ Waterfront Studio
April 08- Cardiff @ The Globe
April 09- London @ Jazz Café
April 10- Manchester @ Manchester Academy 3

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The UK screening of "Cosmic Psychos: Blokes You Can Trust"
Saturday 15 March 11.30 pm, Rio Cinema, 107 Kingsland High St, London E8 2PB

(Australia 2013) dir. Matt Weston. 100m. Digital.

Ross Knight, Bill Walsh, Butch Vig, Eddie Vedder, Mark Arm.

For 30 years, the Cosmic Psychos have blazed a trail of empty beer
cans and busted ear drums around the globe with their quintessential
Australian drawl and pounding punk rock songs – a unique sound and
image that has resonated with punk rock fans worldwide. If you’ve
never heard of them, Matt Weston’s documentary is never less than
entertainingly enlightening as it follows the highs and lows of the
band’s colourful history, whilst for fans his portrait of enigmatic
founder member Ross Knight is a more than worthy tribute to one of
rock and roll’s great, if unlikely, originals.

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