Any bands out there fancy the chance to support LESS THAN JAKE, THE SKINTS and MARIACHI EL BRONX?

Academy Events in association with Fireball whisky liqueur are looking for local bands to open their respective hometown dates on the forthcoming Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour this October.

The tour kicks off in Bristol on 3 October and winds up in Bournemouth on 11 October, stopping off midway at London’s prestigious Brixton Academy.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply go here and say why your band should open their local date. All band members must be over 18 and the competition closes at 11.59pm on Sunday 14 August.

Full dates are…..

Monday 3 October – O2 Academy Bristol *
Tuesday 4 October – O2 Academy Sheffield *
Wednesday 5 October – O2 Academy Birmingham *
Thursday 6 October – O2 Academy Brixton *
Saturday 8 October – O2 Academy Newcastle ^
Sunday 9 October – O2 Academy Glasgow ^
Monday 10 October – O2 Ritz Manchester ^
Tuesday 11 October – O2 Academy Bournemouth ^


Tickets priced £10 are available here.



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Punk’s 40th Anniversary continues apace with the publication of a new edition JOHN LYDON’s acclaimed first autobiography.

Originally published in 1994, Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs was written by Lydon with Keith and Kent Zimmerman and charts his early life in North London, through years at the forefront of punk and as a figurehead of popular culture. As much social commentary as music autobiography, it’s been listed as one of Rolling Stone magazine’s top 25 music memoirs.

Published by Plexus, it’s available to order now from Amazon.

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London garage-blues trio MIRACULOUS MULE prepare for the release of a new album this autumn, with a single and video they’re launching exclusively through Vive Le Rock!

‘Sound Of The Summer’, which takes a well-worn musical cliché and turns it on its head, is half of a new double A-side single with ‘Where Monsters Lead’, written as a response to the rise of the far-right throughout the UK and Europe.

The single is due for release on 29 July through Bronze Rat/Muletone. It’s available to pre-order now through iTunes.

Formed in 2011 by singer, songwriter and guitarist Michael J Sheehy of DREAM CITY FILM CLUB fame, Miraculous Mule are completed by bassist Patrick McCarthy and drummer Ian Burns. They released their debut album Deep Fried in 2013 and the mini-album Blues Uzi the following year.

The band release their second full-length album Two Tonne Testimony on 4 November.

Catch Miraculous Mule live at….

Sat 6 August     Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire
Sun 7 August    Sebright Arms, London


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Hertfordshire second-wavers CHRON GEN are back with their first new album in 32 years!

Having reformed to play Rebellion in 2013 and still featuring long-serving members Glyn Barber, John ‘JJ’ Johnson and Roy Horner, the band have recently returned from successful dates in California and Las Vegas. Now signed to Westworld Recordings, they’re set to issue This Is The Age on 16 September.

Storming out of Letchworth at the tail-end of the 70s, Chron Gen made instant headway when their Puppets Of War EP reached the Indie Chart top five. The next two singles on Step Forward and Secret did the same, with their 1982 debut album reaching a respectable 53 on the national Albums Chart. Selling out London’s Lyceum under their own steam, they were also included on the now legendary Apocalypse Now Tour alongside THE EXPLOITED, DISCHARGE, ANTI-PASTI and THE ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE.

Chron Gen play the following dates….

Sun 10 July    Club 85, Hitchin

Sat 16 July      Hairy Dog, Derby (Punks Against Cancer)

Tue 2 Aug       Gibus Club, Paris

Sat 6 Aug         Rebellion, Blackpool


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Vive Le Rock is pleased and proud to be teaming up with punky-reggae posse JAYA THE CAT on a series of U.K. dates next month.

The Boston/Amsterdam collective breeze in for five dates, kicking off at Rebellion on 6 August. Full dates are….

6 Aug    Rebellion Festival, Blackpool
7 Aug    T. Chances, London
9 Aug    The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich
10 Aug  Talking Heads, Southampton
11 Aug   Boomtown Fair, Winchester

Go here for tickets.

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Revitalised mod label Well Suspect Records is issuing a compilation of bands from the punkier end of the modernist spectrum.

Dirty Mod – Selected Finds For Filthy Minds features 13 tracks from some of the UK’s finest garage rock bands, including a brand new track from Southenders EIGHT ROUNDS RAPID (pictured), plus cuts from THE FALLEN LEAVES, KING MOJO, THE OUTCROWD, THE BEATNIKS, THE GET-GO, THE THIRD DEGREE, THE MONKEY GLAND BLUES BAND and more.

Due for release on Friday 8 July, Dirty Mod available to order on vinyl, CD and download from the Well Suspect website.

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Originally established in 1984 by mod maven and Acid Jazz founder Eddie Piller, for the purpose of releasing records by such mod revivalists as PURPLE HEARTS, SMALL HOURS and LONG TALL SHORTY, the Well Suspect label was revived this spring by former DOCTOR & THE MEDICS, BOYS WONDER and CORDUROY bassist Richard Searle, with a mission to release “music inspired by mod, beat and psychedelia.”

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Watford mods THE SPITFIRES have unveiled a new video for a another single from their forthcoming second album.

‘On My Mind’ is taken from A Thousand Times, which is out through Catch 22 Records on 26 August. It follows their No.1 Vinyl Chart single ‘So Long’ and is available as an immediate download with pre-orders of the digital album through iTunes.

There is also a choice of exclusive pre-order physical bundles available from the band’s store.

Spitfires frontman Billy Sullivan says of the single, “This track was one of the first songs to be written for the album. In fact it was written just before our debut album came out. It’s been getting a fantastic response live, with people singing the chorus back before it’s even been released. The recording has a great ‘live’ feel to it, which is why we chose to do a very simple music video in a rehearsal room, which to me captures the essence of the song.”


The Spitfires will be undertaking a full UK tour in support of the album, kicking off in Brighton on Saturday 27 August. Full dates are….

Saturday 27th August – The Haunt Brighton
Friday 9th September – Audio, Glasgow
Saturday 10th September – Bodega, Nottingham
Friday 16th September – O2 Islington Academy, London
Saturday 17th September – O2 Academy2, Newcastle
Saturday 24th September – Ruby Lounge, Manchester
Saturday 1st October – Joiners, Southampton
Friday 7th October – O2 Academy3, Birmingham
Friday 11th November – Chinnerys, Southend
Saturday 12th November – Boileroom, Guildford
Friday 18th November – Zanzibar, Liverpool
Saturday 19th November – The Scholar, Leicester

Tickets are available here.

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Second wave UK punk stalwarts ANTI-PASTI return next month with their first new album in 35 years!

First formed in 1978, the Derbyshire quartet rose quickly, earning a front cover of Sounds magazine, supporting UK SUBS on their Diminished Responsibility tour and the now legendary Apocalypse Now tour with THE EXPLOITED, DISCHARGE, VICE SQUAD, CHRON GEN and ANTI-NOWHERE LEAGUE, helping to kickstart the UK82 scene. Their tracks ‘Another Dead Soldier’ and ‘No Government’ are rightly considered late period punk classics.

Blessed with a constantly shifting line-up, the band split in 1983 but returned in 2012 to play Rebellion. Now signed to Westworld Recordings, the band – featuring long-serving drummer Kevin Nixon and guitarist Ollie Hoon, along with bassist Ben Hanson and frontman Gez Addictive – are set to release Rise Up on 5 August, coinciding with another Rebellion appearance.

Says Nixon, “We are thrilled to be invited into the Westworld stable, home to such pedigree as CHELSEA, THE RUTS and CHRON GEN. Our new album has the spirit and intensity of the eighties balanced with a more experienced attitude…..without doubt our best to date, and there`s more to come.”


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Enigmatic psych-rock boffins THE BEVIS FROND celebrate the re-release of three classic albums with a special one-off London show this weekend.

Formed in Walthamstow, north-east London in the late-80s and revolving around songwriter guitarist Nick Saloman, The Bevis Frond have generated numerous off-radar albums, becoming hugely respected in their field despite not being particularly high profile. A move to the South Coast combined with the release of The Leaving Of London in 2011 has heralded a new burst of activity, with the band signing to Fire Records for a comprehensive reissue programme leading up to their 30th Anniversary next year.

The Record Store Day reissue of the albums Miasma and Inner Marshland is now followed by 1990’s Any Gas Faster, New River Head from ’91 and lost masterpiece London Stone from ’92.

Set for release on Friday 29 July on double-vinyl and CD, replete with bonus tracks, Any Gas Faster, New River Head and London Stone are available to pre-order now.

Now solidified with a line-up featuring drummer Dave Pearce, guitarist Paul Simmons (also with THE CRAVATS) and former HAWKWIND bassist Adrian Shaw, the Frond play a rare London show at Birthdays in Dalston on Sunday 10 July. Support comes from JACK ELLISTER and tickets are available here.

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Tickets are now on sale for Punk Rock Pins & Pin-Ups, Vive Le Rock‘s very own two-day bowling weekender!

Taking place at Brooklyn Bowl at the O2, London on 8 and 9 October, you can catch some of our favourite bands, including COCKNEY REJECTS, RUTS DC, GIUDA, H20, ARGY BARGY and loads more still to be announced.

There’ll also be food and clothing stalls, hot-rod, biker and rock’n’roll films, prizes for best bowling teams and Vive Le Rock and Down For Life DJs all weekend.

Tickets are available here.


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Goth icons THE MISSION have announced that BAUHAUS frontman PETER MURPHY and Finnish goth-rockers punks THE 69 EYES will join them as special guests on their 30th Anniversary Tour.

The 11-date tour takes place this autumn in two parts. The first part kicks off in Dublin on Saturday 1 November, winding up at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Saturday 8 October. It will then resume on Thursday 3 November in the band’s home city of Leeds, culminating with a performance at Whitby Goth Weekend on Saturday 5 November and a show at Birmingham Institute on Sunday 6 November.

Peter Murphy will be appearing on the October dates, while The 69 Eyes will join the tour in November.

Mission frontman Wayne Hussey exclaims, “It’s with absolute honour and delight that I am able to tell you that Peter Murphy has agreed to play these 30th Anniversary UK shows as very special guest of The Mission in October. Peter’s appearance will help make these shows the special events that we always wanted and hoped they’d be. And it’ll be great to reacquaint myself with an old friend……….”

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Meanwhile, The 69 Eyes’ singer Jyrki 69 says, “I remember the first time seeing the ‘Wasteland’ video on TV. It hit me hard, I even got the issue of Smash Hits with Wayne on the cover. God’s Own Medicine is still one of my favourite albums and without no doubt, The 69 Eyes wouldn’t sound like we do without The Mission. Can’t wait to get back to play in the UK.”


The dates will coincide with the release of a brand new studio from The Mission – their 14th – which can be pre-ordered here.

The full tour dates are….

Sat 1st Dublin O2 Academy
Sun 2nd Belfast Limelight
Mon 3rd Glasgow O2 ABC w/ Pete Murphy
Wed 5th Manchester O2 Ritz w/ Pete Murphy
Thu 6th Nottingham Rock City w/ Pete Murphy
Fri 7th Bristol O2 Academy w/ Pete Murphy
Sat 8th London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire w/ Pete Murphy
Thu 3rd Leeds O2 Academy w/ The 69 Eyes
Fri 4th London O2 Forum Kentish Town w/ The 69 Eyes
Sat 5th Whitby Goth Weekend
Sun 6 Birmingham O2 Institute w/ The 69 Eyes

Tickets are available here.

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Rejuvenated New Wave Of New Wave stars S*M*A*S*H are to play a one-off show in London next month.

The Welwyn Garden City tearaways play a special Rockaway Beach night at legendary venue The Hope & Anchor, Islington on Friday 29 July. THE DeRELLAS and KNOX from THE VIBRATORS are special guests.

The gig will also benefit the London charity Food For All, with those attending asked to bring a bag of rice or pasta.

Advance tickets priced £10 are available here.

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