South Coast folk-punks THE LEVELLERS have announced the release of a special 25th Anniversary edition of their classic Levelling The Land album.

The Brighton band’s second full-length album, Levelling The Land was released in 1991 and features the fan favourites ‘One Way’, ‘15 Years’, ‘Far From Home’, ‘Riverflow’, ‘Boatman’ and ‘Battle Of The Beanfield’.

The new two-CD edition features a recording of the band performing the album live at Brixton Academy plus a DVD of that performance. Also available on limited edition double-vinyl, it’s set for release on 18 November through On The Fiddle Recordings.

As previously announced, The Levellers set out on a Levelling The Land 25th Anniversary Tour in November and December, featuring their fifteenth performance at the iconic London venue. Support for the tour comes from FEROCIOUS DOG and  GAZ BROOKFIELD. Prior to the tour they play their annual Beautiful Days Festival on Saunday 21 August and Hastings Pier on Sunday 18 September. Full dates are below….

Sunday 21st   Beautiful Days Festival

Sunday 18th   Hastings Pier

Wednesday 23rd   Cardiff TramShed – SOLD OUT
Thursday 24th   Bristol O2 Academy – SOLD OUT
Friday 25th   Plymouth Pavilions
Saturday 26th   Manchester Academy – SOLD OUT
Sunday 27th   Nottingham Rock City – SOLD OUT
Tuesday 29th   Newcastle O2 Academy
Wednesday 30th   Glasgow Barrowland

Thursday 1st   Leeds O2 Academy
Friday 2nd   Portsmouth Guildhall
Saturday 3rd   London O2 Academy Brixton
Tuesday 6th   Liverpool O2 Academy
Wednesday 7th   Norwich UEA – SOLD OUT
Thursday 8th   Lincoln Engine Shed
Friday 9th   Bournemouth O2 Academy – SOLD OUT
Saturday 10th   Birmingham O2 Academy – SOLD OUT

Tickets for the shows are available here.


Watch ‘One Way’ live at Brixton on YouTube.

Read a new interview with Ferocious Dog in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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Orange County rockabilly kings BIG SANDY & HIS FLY-RITE BOYS land in the UK next week for four shows.

Over a career of more than 25 years, the Anaheim band have released fourteen albums of shit-kickin’ rock’n’roll and country, supporting the likes of JOHNNY CASH, GEORGE JONES and MORRISSEY along the way. Their latest album What A Dream It’s Been is out now through Razor & Tie.

Catch them at….

Mon 22 Aug   Arts Centre, Norwich
Wed 24 Aug   Mono, Glasgow
Thur 25 Aug  The Haunt, Brighton
Fri 26 Aug      The MOTH Club, London (w/ SISTER COOKIE)

Tickets are on sale now here.

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THE MISSION have announced the release of their brand new album with a video for the first single from it.

‘Met-Amor-Phosis’ is taken from Another Fall From Grace, which was produced by Wayne Hussey with Tom Palmer, who worked with the band on the classic God’s Own Medicine and Carved In Sand albums. Following 2013’s The Brightest Light, it features guest backing vocals from Gary Numan, Martin Gore (Depeche Mode), Ville Valo (HIM), Julianne Regan (All About Eve) and Evi Vine.

Speaking about the album, Hussey says, “For me, this new Mission album is the long lost missing link between the Sisters Of Mercy’s First & Last & Always and The Mission’s God’s Own Medicine, both albums of course that I was heavily involved in making. I set out this time with the intention of making an album that sounds like 1985. The fact that I feel this has largely been achieved is down to my renewed love for the jingle jangle shimmer of the electric 12-string guitar which featured heavily on those two previously mentioned albums and now the new Mission album.
This is a dark album although I didn’t set out with that intention, it’s just the way things unfolded. I know I did go a little crazy and even a little paranoid during the recording of this album, certainly my mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual well being all suffered during the course of it. And I think that has informed both the music and the lyrics. So much of this was done in isolation – from the world, from my family, from my friends, and even from my band mates. I can’t say it’s an album I enjoyed making but it is an album I NEEDED to make. It is with huge relief that I can now say it is finished and maybe it’s like an acute pain that you have that once it’s gone you can’t remember how it felt. I hope so as I would like one day to feel the fondness for this record that it maybe deserves.”

Another Fall From Grace is set for release on 30 September on vinyl and a deluxe double-CD version, which also features a 93-minute DVD including footage from 1987 supporting U2 at Elland Road, and from 1989 shows at Aston Villa Leisure Centre, Birmingham and a Hillsborough benefit gig at Licerpool’s Royal Court. It’s available to pre-order here.  The album will be preceded by ‘Met-Amor-Phosis’ on 2 September.

As previously announced The Mission are on tour during October and November with guests PETER MURPHY and THE 69 EYES. Full details here.


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Colorado country-noir and gothabilly favourites SLIM CESSNA’S AUTO CLUB hit the UK next month for five dates as part of a major European Tour.

Formerly with Alternative Tentacles, the 29-date tour will follow the release of a brand new album The Commandments According To SCAC through SCAC Unincorporated / Glitterhouse on 2 September. It’s available to pre-order now here.

Also landing in Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Austria, Croatia and Serbia, the tour is set to include dates in London, Glasgow, Newcastle and Leeds as well as an appearance at Leek Blues & Americana Festival in Staffordshire. Full dates are….

Sep 15   Paradiso Upstairs, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sep 16   Forum, Bielefeld, Germany
Sep 17   Studenterhuset, Aalborg, Denmark
Sep 19   Knust, Hamburg, Germany
Sep 20  Roadrunner’s Paradise, Berlin, Germany
Sep 21  Scheune, Dresden, Germany
Sep 23  Asymmetry Festival, Wrocław, Poland
Sep 25  Kabinet Múz, Brno, Czech Republic
Sep 26  Tabacka Kulturfabrik, Kosice, Slovakia
Sep 28  Chelsea Club, Vienna, Austria
Sep 29  A38 Ship Exhibition Space, Budapest, Hungary
Sep 30  Dom Omladine, Belgrade, Serbia
Oct 01  Tvornica Kulture, Zagreb, Croatia
Oct 02  Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Oct 04  Rote Fabrik Ziegel oh Lac, Zurich, Switzerland
Oct 06  El Sol Madrid, Spain
Oct 07  Kafe Antzokia, Valle De Arana, Spain
Oct 08  Loco Club, Valencia, Spain
Oct 09  Rocksound Music Bar, Barcelona, Spain
Oct 11  La Centrifugeuse, Pau, France
Oct 13  JK ‘t Hoekske, Lille, Belgium
Oct 14  Oslo, London, United Kingdom
Oct 15  Leek Blues & Americana Festival, Leek, United Kingdom
Oct 16  Broadcast, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Oct 17  Cluny, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Oct 18  The Brudenell, Leeds, United Kingdom
Oct 20 Vera, Groningen, Netherlands
Oct 21  Burgerweeshuis, Deventer, Netherlands
Oct 22  Tivolivredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands

Tickets are available here.

Check out ‘Commandment 4’ on YouTube.


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Spanish blues deconstructionists GUADALUPE PLATA return to the UK next month for their most extensive run of dates yet!

The tour follows on from sell-out dates at The Shacklewell Arms in December and The MOTH Club in April. This time around the two-week trek takes in the UK’s major cities, stopping off at Liverpool Psych Fest and the small but increasingly happening StowFest in Walthamstow, London where they play Ye Olde Rose & Crown. They also squeeze in their first BBC session for Marc Riley.

Full dates are as follows….

Sep 14 The Crypt below Bedfords, Norwich
Sep 15 The Castle, Manchester
Sep 16 Rainbow, Birmingham
Sep 17 StowFest, London
Sep 18 The Phoenix, Exeter
Sep 20 Start The Bus, Bristol
Sep 21 Broadcast, Glasgow
Sep 22 Cluny, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Sep 23 The Moong, Cardiff
Sep 24 Liverpool Psych Fest, Liverpool
Sep 25 The Hope & Ruin, Brighton

Get your tickets here!

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Fast-rising heavy psych duo BLACK DOLDRUMS play a special EP launch in London this week.

Having spent six months gigging solidly across London, Manchester, Glasgow, Paris and San Francisco, the pair recorded the self-titled EP with producer Boz Boorer of POLECATS and MORRISSEY fame, and it’s now set for release on Blue Moon Records.

Catch Black Doldrums at The Dublin Castle, Camden Parkway on Friday 12 August. Support comes from BIRDYHOP, AFTER EMPIRES and SIRACUSE.

Black Doldrums also have two Musicians Against Homelessness gigs lined up at….

30 Sept     Mau Mau Bar, London
2 Oct         Gullivers NQ, Manchester

Check out ‘Dreamcatcher’ on YouTube.

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Brighton plays host to a Bank Holiday Weekend of shenanigans for mods, soulsters and freaks from 26 to 28 August.

Taking over two of the South Coast town’s clubs – the Volks and the Komedia – ace promoters New Untouchables will be staging mod and psych weekenders and a soul allnighter.

The mod weekender from 26-28 August features live music from MARTA REN & THE GROOVELETS and THE BEATNIKS, plus a dozen DJs, record and clothes market and scooter run.

The garage and psych weekender over 27-28 August includes sets by WOLF PEOPLE (pictured), GRAHAM DAY & THE FOREFATHERS, STRANGE CAGES and SUPER LUNGS at the Volks. Ticketholders also get admission to a secret aftershow party at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar.


Then the soul allnighter at the Komedia has two rooms of Northern and rare soul, R&B and 60s club sounds.

For full details and tickets go here.


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Two former pub rockers return next month with a brand new album.

PROUDFOOT feature Michael Proudfoot of THE HIGHBURY HOTDOGS and Duncan Kerr of Stiff Records signees PLUMMET AIRLINES. The line-up is completed by bassist Wayne Worrell and drummer Joe Malone.

Flower Of London follows on from the band’s debut Lincolnshire which was released in 2009 and produced by fellow pub rocker BJ Cole of COCHISE, HANK WANGFORD and THE VERVE fame.

Formed at Nottingham Art School in the mid-70s, Plummet Airlines headed for London where, living at legendary Islington venue The Hope & Anchor, they became regulars on the pub circuit, signing to Stiff for the classic ‘Silver Shirt’ single, then to State/Polydor for ‘It’s Hard’. Bassist Darryl Hunt would find fame and fortune with THE POGUES, while Kerr went on to play with powerpoppers THE FAVOURITES, chart-bothering doo-woppers DARTS and latterly reformed psych-punks THE BRAINIAC 5. Meanwhile, Proudfoot, also from Nottingham, joined the fertile Islington scene later with country-rockers The Highbury Hotdogs.

Flower Of London is set for release through Reckless Records on 12 September, but is available to order now through Bandcamp.

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Check out more pub rock action in the current edition of Vive Le Rock!

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Heavy-duty punk’n’roll trio BLACK BOMBERS have announced a pair of dates this month.

The gigs, a hometown show in Birmingham and their third ever show in London, follow on from the release of their lauded self-titled debut album this Spring.

On Saturday 13 August they play their first ever headline show at The Hare & Hounds, Birmingham. Support comes from THE DREGS and BALSALL HEATHENS. Tickets priced £5 are available here.

Then on Friday 26 August, they play a Rockaway Beach night at the legendary Hope & Anchor in Islington, London as special guests to HONEST JOHN PLAIN from THE BOYS. Opening the night are punk-blues duo STASH. Tickets priced £7.50 are for sale here.

Upholding a fine West Midlands tradition of punk and rock, Black Bombers family tree has roots in such iconic Birmingham bands as THE PREFECTS, THE TENDERHOOKS, TV EYE, THE SUBTERRANEAN HAWKS and GUNFIRE DANCE as well as stints with WALTER LURE of THE HEARTBREAKERS, BRIAN JAMES and THE GODFATHERS.

Black Bombers is available now on CD and deluxe limited edition vinyl from Easy Action Records and as a download through iTunes.


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Ace Devon duo MORIATY are back with a brand new EP and a video which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Eighteen months on from their single ‘Bones’, Jordan West and Mathew Partridge are set to release the four-track Pure Filth, the first fruits of a year’s intensive rehearsals.

The video for the title track was shot on location at Harlington Garage, Newton Abbot and was directed by West and Elliot Montello.

Moriaty are currently arranging dates for the autumn. Watch this space!

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Vive Le Rock can refute the recent rumours that Anne Pigalle, The Last Chanteuse, was dead!

The Last Chanteuse – who grew up with punk in Paris, came to the UK, released a revolutionary European album of torch songs, and created some of the most exciting soirées in London in the 80s – seemed to have vanished from the public eye.

But far from it. While all culture has slowly been crushed and erased and cultural buildings closed or destroyed, Anne Pigalle has certainly been more than active.

Coming back from LA, where she spent most of the 90s working on a visual and musical concept with the likes of Donald Cammell (Performance), Anne returned to London and unleashed her bag of new found ammunition.

From experimental amérotic poetry filled soirées (âme means soul in French) to exhibitions such as her influential and infamous self-portrait polaroids ‘Amérotica’at the prestigious Michael Hoppen Gallery, as well as painting shows with the Aquarium gallery (home of Jimmy Cauty and Jamie Reid), she also added her own brand of art performance.

Anne Pigalle has been more alive than alive, and influenced a new London cabaret scene by creating a fresh market promoting freedom and eroticism. A lot of her visual work is reminiscent of religious ex votos with an esoteric and sensual take, often decorated with objets trouvés. People in the know have compared Anne’s work as somewhere between a surrealist Claude Cahun with a mix of Toulouse Lautrec and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

This period was followed by the release of the Madame Sex Art CD, a collection of erotic and surrealist poetic vignettes, where each CD cover was painted individually.

In the last couple of years Anne has also been very active as an activist in terms of her involvement with the slow demolition of Soho, participating in demo protestations and films, lecturing and explaining how Soho was built with the knowledge of the Huguenots immigrants and organizing multiple events with Soho related performers.

NOT DEAD is an exhibition about our spirit – the spirit of the people who believe in, and stand for, a worthwhile sentiment of a civilized society, the spirit to fight and save our right to a human life.

Anne Pigalle dead? No. NOT DEAD.
 Come and see for yourselves…
The Last Chanteuse is Dead, Vive The Last Chanteuse!


Exhibition open: 13 – 14 August 2016 from 12 – 8pm

G511ERY, 511 Seven Sisters Road N15 6EP

Seven Sisters tube (White Hart Lane Exit)

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Legendary producer CLIVE LANGER heralds the release of the debut album by his new band with a video.

‘Acre Lane’ is the first track to be aired from the album Practice by THE CLANG GROUP.

A founding member of influential Liverpool art-school proto-punks DEAF SCHOOL, Langer went on to become an in-demand producer, working with the likes of ELVIS COSTELLO, MADNESS, DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS, THE TEARDROP EXPLODES, MORRISSEY, THE ROCKINGBIRDS and many more.

Having reunited with Deaf School in 2006, Langer formed The Clang Group two years ago on turning 60. He recorded Practice at Iguana Studio in Brixton, with various musical friends including Suggs from Madness and Andy Mackay from ROXY MUSIC. Due for release on 30 September, Practice is available to pre-order as a limited signed vinyl edition from Domino Records.

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London’s Regent Street Cinema is to host the Uptown Rockers Reggae Film Festival next month.

In collaboration with Flipside London Tours and Music Film Network, over the weekend of 17-18 September, the festival will screen iconic features and documentaries from Jamaica and the UK.

Highlights include Perry Henzell’s Jamaican gangster classic The Harder They Come, starring JIMMY CLIFF; I Am The Gorgon, a documentary about legendary producer Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee and the growth of reggae throughout the world; Pressure, set in 70s West London and hailed as Britain’s first black feature film; and Babylon, the 80s sound system feature starring ASWAD’s Brinsley Forde.


Screenings will be accompanied by Q&As with some of the leading players.

The full festival schedule is as follows….

5.00 pm: I Am The Gorgon: Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee And The Roots Of Reggae (Documentary/85 mins)
7.00 pm: Rockers (Feature/100 mins)
9.00 pm: The Harder They Come (Feature/103 mins)

3.30 pm: Reggae In A Babylon (Documentary/48 mins) + Reggae (Documentary/60 mins)
5.30 pm: Pressure (Feature/120 mins) + Wilf Walker Q&A
8.30 pm: Babylon (Feature/94 mins) + Trevor Laird Q&A

Tickets are on sale now here.


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Yet more names have been added to Vive Le Rock’s Punk Rock Pins’n’Pin-Ups weekend at London’s Brooklyn Bowl!

Headliners THE BRONX, COCKNEY REJECTS and H20 have already been announced for the three-day event on 7-9 October at the venue inside the O2.

Today we’re pleased and proud to announce the addition of the NEWTOWN NEUROTICS (pictured), MING CITY ROCKERS, CRIMINAL MIND, HIGHER POWER and DROPSET. They join previously announced acts G.B.H., RUTS DC, GIUDA, ARGY BARGY and POUNDED BY THE SURF.

As well as the live music, there’ll be Vive Le Rock and Down For Life DJs, record and clothing stalls, hot-rod, biker and rock’n’roll films, and prizes for best bowling teams!

Tickets priced £20 a day or £50 for the whole weekend are available here.

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