KILLING JOKE UNVEIL NEW VIDEO & SPECIAL LONDON SHOW!

KILLING JOKE have unveiled a brand new video and announced a special London headline show this autumn!

‘New Cold War’ is taken from the band’s latest album Pylon, which, on its release last year, gave the band their highest chart position in 21 years, and their third highest ever!

Killing Joke have announced that they’ll be headlining London’s Brixton Academy on Friday 4 November. The Great Gathering will feature a carefully selected supporting cast to be announced in due course. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 1 April here.

As previously announced, Killing Joke play the Bearded Theory Festival, Derbyshire on Friday 27 May and Rockaway Beach, Bognor Regis on Saturday 8 October.

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VICE SQUAD STAGE LONDON RAID!

Ace punk promoters ROCKAWAY BEACH celebrate a year of gigs with a rare London show by Bristol legends VICE SQUAD.

Beki Bondage and co will be descending on the legendary Hope & Anchor in Islington on Friday 29 April. Support comes from THE PHOBICS and THE LOVE ME TENDERS.

Tickets priced £9.50 are available here.

Formed in 1978, Vice Squad became one of the most successful of second wave UK punk bands, regularly hitting the Top 10 of the indie chart and, having signed to EMI imprint Zonophone, making a sizeable dent on the mainstream single and album charts as well. With Beki quitting mid-80s to front glam rockers LIGOTAGE and BEKI & THE BOMBSHELLS, she returned with a new Vice Squad in the late 90s.

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PETER MURPHY ANNOUNCES LONDON SHOW!

BAUHAUS frontman PETER MURPHY has announced a one-off London show.

The Northampton Goth Overlord plays the O2 Academy, Islington on Wednesday 18 May, where he’ll be performing music from across his four-decade career. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Thursday 31 March.

Peter’s last new studio album Lion – produced by KILLING JOKE bassist Youth – was released in 2014, while a live album Mr Moonlight Tour: 35 Years Of Bauhaus came out last autumn. This week he embarks on the Stripped acoustic tour of North America.

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CRIBS TO HEADLINE CAMDEN ROCKS!

Wakefield indie-punks THE CRIBS have been announced as headliners for this years CAMDEN ROCKS!

Closing the festival at the Electric Ballroom on Saturday 4 June, it will be the band’s first London show since they tore the roof off the Roundhouse has year.

They’re just the latest addition to the Vive Le Rock sponsored festival, which in its fifth year is set to feature more than 200 acts across 20 Camden venues!

The Cribs join a bill that already includes PENETRATION, YASHIN, SONIC BOOM SIX, JOHNNY FOREIGNER, THE ST PIERRE SNAKE INVASION, SYMMETRY, SKY VALLEY MISTRESS, GUMBLE BEE, DESPERATE MEASURES, BLURRED VISION, THE FALLEN STATE, DUCHESS, JOANOVARC, EMILY LEE, CARL BARAT & THE JACKALS, GLEN MATLOCK, GINGER WILDHEART, YOUNG GUNS, BILLY BRAGG, THE GODFATHERS, CREEPER, INME, JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND, THE VIRGINMARYS, WARRIOR SOUL, GUN, REIGNING DAYS, QUEEN KWONG, ROLE MODELS, LOUISE DISTRAS, THE TUTS, THE MEN THAT WILL NOT BE BLAMED FOR NOTHING, THE MAIN GRAINS, FATHOMS, LOUNGE KITTENS and loads more with still more bands to be announced!

Tickets priced £35 are available here.

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FLAMIN’ GROOVIES UNVEIL NEW SINGLE!

San Francisco legends the FLAMIN’ GROOVIES have unveiled their first new single in thirty years!!!

‘Crazy Macy’, a slice of classic Groovies, is set for release through Burger Records on 16 April. Available on 7″ vinyl and cassette, you can pre-order it here!

As previously announced, the Groovies are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year, with a new album and a documentary film in the pipeline, with an extensive tour of europe and the UK thoughout April and May. Full dates are….

11/04 MON – Stereo Club – Alicante (SP)
12/04 TUE – Loco Club – Valencia(SP)
14/04 THU – Sala Caracol – Madrid (SP)
15/04 FRI – Gijon Sound Festival c/o Albeniz Club – Gijon (SP)
16/04 SAT – Intxaurrondo K.E. – San Sebastian (SP)
17/04 SUN – tba Europe
19/04 TUE – Whelan’s – Dublin (Ireland)
20/04 WED – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds (UK)
21/04 THU – Center of Contemporary Arts – Glasgow (UK)
22/04 FRI – Club Academy – Manchester (UK)
23/04 SAT – ATP Festival – Prestatyn (UK)
24/04 SUN – ATP Festival – Prestatyn (UK)
25/04 MON – Scala – London (UK)
26/04 TUE – The Globe – Cardiff (UK)
28/04 THU – De Zwerver – Leffinge (BE)
29/04 FRI – Le Petit Baine – Paris (FR)
30/04 SAT – tba Europe

01/05 SUN – Hafenklang – Hamburg (DE)
03/05 TUE – tba Europe
04/05 WED – Folk & Rock – Malmo (SW)
05/05 THU – John Dee – Oslo (NO)
06/05 FRI – Pustervik – Gothenburg (SW)
07/05 SAT – Nobelberget – Stockholm (SW)

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JIM JONES VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND are releasing a brand new single next month and you can check out the ectoplasmic new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The video for ‘Aldecide’ was produced and directed by Mr Jones himself. Describing it as  “Sex and Violence; and Jealousy from Beyond the Grave”, he adds “Welcome to a Nightmare world of Flame Headed Temptresses & Seductive Green Eyed Monsters. Where Russ Mayer is Popeye Doyle, locked in a dark basement room by Dennis Wheatley, and sustained on a strict intravenous diet of Laudanum and Absinthe to the jugular!”

‘Aldecide’ is out on 1 April as a download and limited edition 10″ green vinyl.

The band play London’s 229 Club on Saturday 26 March as part of Le Beat Bespoke Weekender before heading out around the country. They play….

2 Apr  The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge   Buy Tickets

3 April  Broadcast, Glasgow    Buy Tickets

4 April  The Cluny, Newcastle Upon Tyne    Buy Tickets

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GRAVEYARD JOHNNYS ARE READY TO ROLL!

Welsh punkabillies GRAVEYARD JOHNNYS have revealed a brand new video, as they dash off on an extensive tour of Europe, which will see them playing a rockabilly cruise off the coast of Sweden, before heading in and out of the UK for a quick run of dates.

‘Ready To Roll’ is taken from their Dead Transmission album, which is available now through Bomber Music. The video was shot while the Chepstow trio were touring the album over the course of the past year.

The band’s tour kicks off this Friday in Spain, before taking in Sweden, the UK, Germany, the Czech Republic and France before winding its way back to the UK at the end of May. Full dates are as follows….

FRI 25TH MAR – KAFE ANTZOKIA, BILBAO (ES)
SAT 26TH MAR – SALA TELVA, ASTURIAS (ES)
SUN 27TH MAR – SALA BABYLON, LEON (ES)
MON 28TH MAR – SCANDALO CLUB, ZAMORA (ES)
WED 30TH MAR – KING CREOLE, ESTEPONA (ES)
THUR 31ST MAR – SALA HOLLANDER, SEVILLE (ES)
FRI 1ST APR – SALA REVOLVER, MURCIA (ES)
SAT 2ND APR – PUB RAGTIME, BORGES BLANQUES (ES)
THURS 7TH APR – CRAZY ROCKABILLY CRUISE, STOCKHOLM (SWE)
FRI 22ND APR – VOODOO LOUNGE, STAMFORD (UK)
SAT 23RD APR – THE ALMA, BOLTON (UK)
SUN 24TH APR – MOON CLUB, CARDIFF (UK)
THURS 28TH APR – THE UNDERGROUND, PLYMOUTH (UK)
FRI 29TH APR – WINCHESTER ARMS, TAUNTON (UK)
SAT 30TH APR – DR MARTENS INSTORE, BRISTOL (UK)
SUN 1ST MAY – WUNDERBAR, MIDSOMER NORTON (UK)
FRI 6TH MAY – JUZ, ESCHWEGE (DE)
SAT 7TH MAY – SUPAMOLLY, BERLIN (DE)
SUN 8TH MAY – CROSS CLUB, PRAGUE (CZ)
TUES 10TH MAY – MOHAWK, MANNHEIM (DE)
WEDS 11TH MAY – LE TIGRE, SELESTAT (FR)
THURS 12TH MAY – GOLDMARK’S, STUTTGART (DE)
FRI 13TH MAY – AZ, AACHEN (DE)
SAT 14TH MAY – EL DIABLO, LILLE (FR)
FRI 27TH MAY – FROG & FIDDLE, CHELTENHAM (UK)
SAT 28TH MAY – STICKEY MIKE’S, BRIGHTON (UK)

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MORE NAMES FOR CAMDEN ROCKS!

Yet more bands have been added to the bill of this year’s CAMDEN ROCKS festival, taking place on 4 June!

For its fifth year, the festival – proudly sponsored by Vive Le Rock! – brings more than 200 acts to 20 venues across London’s Camden Town!

Today’s additions include PENETRATION, YASHIN, SONIC BOOM SIX, JOHNNY FOREIGNER, THE ST PIERRE SNAKE INVASION, SYMMETRY, SKY VALLEY MISTRESS, GUMBLE BEE, DESPERATE MEASURES, BLURRED VISION, THE FALLEN STATE, DUCHESS, JOANOVARC and EMILY LEE.

They join a bill that already includes CARL BARAT & THE JACKALS, GLEN MATLOCK, GINGER WILDHEART, YOUNG GUNS, BILLY BRAGG, THE GODFATHERS, CREEPER, INME, JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND, THE VIRGINMARYS, WARRIOR SOUL, GUN, REIGNING DAYS, QUEEN KWONG, ROLE MODELS, LOUISE DISTRAS, THE TUTS, THE MEN THAT WILL NOT BE BLAMED FOR NOTHING, THE MAIN GRAINS, FATHOMS, LOUNGE KITTENS and loads more with still more than a hundred bands to be announced!

Tickets priced £35 are available here.

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RETURN OF THE SUPERSUCKERS!

Following Eddie Spaghetti’s dice with cancer, SUPERSUCKERS return to the U.K this Summer.

Spaghetti was diagnosed with stage 3 oropharynx cancer in June last year, forcing the band to cancel a series of European shows. However, after extensive surgery and radiation treatment, he was declared cancer-free in February and has been keen to get back onstage.

The Supersuckers are currently touring the southern and Midwestern U.S.A., promoting their current country album Holdin’ The Bag, before heading to Australia at the end of April. They arrive in the U.K. in June for a show at London’s Islington Academy on 17 June, with more UK shows to be announced.

Support at the Islington show comes from the DERELLAS. Tickets are available here.

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ANARCHO-PUNKS COMBINE FORCES!

Two legends of 80s anarcho-punk have joined forces on a limited edition split single!

ANTHRAX (UK) and HAGAR THE WOMB have both contributed tracks to the release which is out now through Anthrax’s label Grow Your Own Records.

Anthrax perform ‘Fear’ and ‘Surprise Surprise’ while Hagar The Womb add ‘Hated By The Daily Mail’. It’s available as a download and limited edition orange “7 vinyl in a gatefold sleeve through Bandcamp.

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Anthrax play an anarcho-punk weekender at the Boston Arms, London on 29 April-1 May – tickets. A benefit for Love Sex / Hate Sexism and National Rape Crisis Helpline, they’re joined on the bill by THE MOB, DOOM, LIBERTY, ICONS OF FILTH, WARWOUND and more.

That same weekend, Hagar The Womb play Manchester’s 0161 Festival alongside BLAGGERS I.T.A., OPPRESSED, ANTI-SYSTEM, ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER, EASTFIELD, INNER TERRESTRIALS and more – tickets.

Both bands will be appearing at this year’s Rebellion Festival – tickets.

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FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM’S PROPHETIC NEW SINGLE!

Hertfordshire Goth legends FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM return today with their first new music in eleven years!

The new single ‘Prophecy’ breaks the drought in new recorded material following 2005’s Mourning Sun album, although Carl McCoy and co had debuted the track live in 2014. It’s available to download now from iTunes.

Hinting at a full album to follow, a statement on the band’s Facebook page offers, “As its title implies, ‘Prophecy’ is a taste of what’s to come, an early indication of the labours undertaken in the creation of a new Nephilim universe.”

A physical release on vinyl and CD with full artwork is promised “in due course”.

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COLT 45 BREAK OUT NEW E.P. & VIDEO!

Cumbrian punks COLT 45 have unveiled a video for a track from their brand new EP before heading off on a European headline tour.

‘All Hell Broke Loose’ is one of six tracks on the new Snakes & Ladders EP which is out on 29 April through Visible Noise Records. Pre-order the EP now through iTunes and you get this track as an instant download.

The trio head off for a sprint round Germany and the Czech Republic at the end of the month before returning for a hometown launch party at The Brickyard in Carlisle on the day of the EP’s release. Full dates are….

31.03.16 – Bielfeld – Desperado – DE
01.04.16 – Hamburg – Freundlich & Kompetent – DE
02.04.16 – Leipzig – Stoned – DE
04.04.16 – Halle – Brohmers – DE
05.04.16 – Fodebrady – Boss Bar – CZ
06.04.16 – Dresden – Zukunet – DE
07.04.16 – Berlin – Wild At Heart – DE
08.04.16 – Karlsruhe – Scruffys – DE (acoustic)
09.04.16 – Weinheim – Cafe Central – DE
29.04.16 – Carlisle – The Brickyard – UK

Speaking of the video, the band say, We worked on the video with our good friend Vincent Walden who did the artwork for our new EP, Snakes & Ladders. He’d never worked with video before and wanted a new challenge so we thought why not let him have a go?! We just wanted a fairly straightforward performance video, shot from different angles and quite dark & gritty to match the song. The emphasis is on the track and we like how it fits with the whole DIY aesthetic of COLT 45 and our new record.”

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FRANK CARTER AND MORE FOR GROEZROCK!

FRANK CARTER & THE RATTLESNAKES and a whole bunch of new names have been announced for this year’s GROEZROCK festival!

Bearing down on the Belgian town of Meerhout over the weekend of 29-30 April will be the likes of RANCID, MOOSE BLOOD, THE FALCON, BURY YOUR DEAD, THE BENNIES, CLOWNS, HELLIONS, HATEBREED, SUM 41, FACE TO FACE, ME FIRST AND THE GIMME GIMMES, THE DIRTY NIL, SICK OF IT ALL, KNOCKOUT KID, LESS THAN JAKE, EMMURE, FOUR YEAR STRONG, DILLINGER FOUR, JULIETTE & THE LICKS, IRON CHIC, DAG NASTY, TERRO, FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS, BROKEN TEETH, THE AGGROLITES, NO FUN AT ALL, YOUTH OF TODAY and loads more…. And still more to be announced!

Tickets and all other info are available here.

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THE CRAVATS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Redditch iconoclasts THE CRAVATS are back with their first new single in 31 years. And they’re launching their brand new single exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Originally extant from 1977 until the mid-80s, with releases on Small Wonder and Crass Records, The Cravats were stylistically at odds with with the UK punk scene, but were much loved nonetheless. Founder members The Shend and Svor Naan resurrected a live version of the band including drummer and fellow Redditcharian Rampton Garstang in 2009, but it wasn’t until the recent addition of guitarist Viscount Biscuits and bassist Joe 91 that they felt they had the right ingredients for new material.

The sharply observational ‘Jingo Bells’ plus ‘Batter House’ are available on limtied edition 7″ through Overground Records. A further 7″ and new album are promised before the end of the year.

The video was shot on a bus tour around Westminster by acclaimed director Mark Richards. Watch out for a cameo from CRASS founder Penny Rimbaud!

The Cravats play the Green Door Store, Brighton on 26 March with HAGAR THE WOMB, CULTURE SHOCK, BUS STATION LOONIES and more.

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ALAN McGEE LAUNCHES MUSICIANS AGAINST HOMELESSNESS

Creation records boss Alan McGee has launched a new nationwide campaign called Musicians Against Homelessness.

The campaign’s twin aims are to raise funds for the homeless charity Crisis and provide gig opportunities for new bands. Liverpool bands CAST and THE FARM will kick-start the campaign with a gig in Leeds this September. Scores of new bands are set to take part in similar live rock events all over the UK.

Cast singer John Power agreed to take part after being shocked by the UK’s homeless crisis. He says “Once you slip beneath the radar, it’s so hard to regain a foothold and so easy to find yourself living rough and becoming another anonymous casualty sleeping on the streets. It’s a massive modern problem and one we can’t just step over and ignore. That is why we’re supporting Crisis, to try and highlight the issue through music and try and raise awareness about the situation.

“Maybe it’s time for us to think about how this government is dismantling the safety net of the welfare system through cuts, and ask them to address the skyrocketing rents people are being asked to pay. They should also address the lack of affordable homes on offer to people. All of us need to question the stereotypical images we have of people on the streets. Falling on hard times or having a particular run of bad luck is something that could happen to anyone. And if you ain’t got any support when it hits you, you too could find yourself one rung of the ladder away from being homeless and living on the streets. Just a thought.”

McGee sees giving young bands a chance to gig as being just as important as the cause. He says “Due to the eternal gentrification of big cities, we are losing music venues all over the country, especially in London. Without these venues what chance will new bands, especially working-class bands, ever have of gaining the oxygen of experience and learning to refine their craft?

“Inner city redevelopment is killing the next generation of musicians, and very soon the working-class artists will be written out of the narrative of rock n roll music. Hopefully this project will give a lot of new bands a chance to play and to exist in a place where they can all shine on.”

Cast signed to McGee’s new Creation Management company in January and have recently started a  UK tour to support their latest album. The band notched up seven Top Ten singles in the 1990s.

They will launch the project at Leeds O2 on 18 September with fellow Liverpudlians The Farm.  ‘Very Special Guests’ will be joining them on the bill that night and proceeds will be donated to Crisis.

Musicians Against Homelessness shows will be set up and promoted independently all over the UK with the aim of becoming an annual event. The shows are endorsed by Alan McGee and will be open to ALL bands and venues who’d like to get involved in their local area.

Ed Tait, Director of Fundraising for Crisis, said “The support of Musicians Against Homelessness comes at an important time. Homelessness is devastating, leaving people vulnerable and isolated. With rough sleeping rising steeply across England, unfortunately our services are all the more important.”

Gigs will take place over a two-week period between 18 September and 2 October and will be co-ordinated by Emma Rule, a keen supporter and regular volunteer for Crisis who works with unsigned bands.

McGee says “We are trying to build a new wave of opportunities for young bands.”

To apply to play, manage or host an event in your local area contact mahgigs@gmail.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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BLACK BOMBERS SET FOR TAKE-OFF!

Fast-rising Midlands rockers BLACK BOMBERS have announced a handful of shows taking them up to the release of their long-awaited debut album at the end of May.

The three dates, starting this weekend, culminate in a London album launch on the day of the record’s release, Friday 27 May.

Featuring members of seminal Birmingham punks THE PREFECTS and much-loved Island Records sleaze-rockers GUNFIRE DANCE, the trio have racked up an impressive CV that has seen them rubbing shoulders with the likes of THE DAMNED, THE JACOBITES, LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH and THE NIGHTINGALES. Most recently, bassist Darren Birch has been touring as a member of HEARTBREAKER Walter Lure’s backing band.

With their first single ‘Crazy’, released last Spring, selling out in under a week, their self-titled debut album for Easy Action Records will be preceded by a single/video ‘Break It Down’ in late April.

Catch Black Bombers at….

20 March     Friction Arts, Digbeth, Birmingham
12 April        Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham (w/THE BELLRAYS)
27 May         Nambucca, Holloway, London (album release show)

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RADIO BIRDMAN ADD MORE SHOWS!

Aussie legends RADIO BIRDMAN have added more UK dates to their Summer European Tour.

Having previously announced shows in Manchester and Leeds, they’ve now added gigs in London and, for the first time ever, Scotland.

Dates are as follows…..

23 June        Club Academy, Manchester tickets
24 June        The Brudenell, Leeds tickets
25 June        Warehouse, Falkirk tickets
26 June        The Dome, Tufnell Park, London tickets

The band have also announced an exclusive release of two previously unheard tracks for Record Store Day. Cover versions of THE MASTER’S APPRENTICES’ ‘Buried And Dead’ and ALICE COOPER’s ‘The Ballad Of Dwight Fry’ were originally recorded at Melbourne’s Hothouse Audio in 2004 and recently remixed and mastered for a limited edition 7″ available through Citadel Records.

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