Northern Irish garage-blues duo THE BONNEVILLES are today premiering a brand new track exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Don’t Curse The Darkness’ is from the Lurgan pair’s new studio album Dirty Photographs, which is out this Friday 16 March through Alive Naturalsound. It’s available as a CD, download limited edition vinyl and t-shirt bundle here.

Says guitarist/singer Andrew McGibbon Jr, “I love this song, one of my favourite Bonnevilles tracks. This song has taken about 10 years to write, believe it or not. One of the million jobs I’ve had in my life, I delivered and removed pianos. After the last economic crash in 2008 I was sent to this guy’s house in the country to remove his piano. He had lost absolutely everything to the banks but the one thing he wouldn’t let go was the piano. We took the piano from his very nice house, which he had just given up and took them into town. He was such a lovely guy, very chipper, especially considering what he was going through, so I asked him why he seemed to be okay with everything that was happening to him and he said back to me, ‘Don’t curse the darkness, light a candle.’ That blew me away. I wrote it down in my notebook. A few years later I wrote the song and we played it out a few times. We even recorded it for our last album (Arrow Pierce My Heart) but the recording didn’t do the song justice, so I pulled it. We rearranged it a bit and tried again on these sessions and it turned out great, I would never allow a crap version of it to go out as I always felt the song has the potential to be meaningful to someone. It might end up being ‘that’ song for some soul out there that needs it.

“We dedicated it to our friend Audrey Extraordinary Fraser, she was in the room the first time we played it at a gig in Montrose in Scotland. She was going through some difficult stuff at the time and it made her cry. We took that as a good sign.”

The Bonnevilles tour mainland Europe this April, before returning to the UK to play Red Rooster Festival, Euston, Suffolk on 31 May and Mandela Hall, Belfast on 15 June.


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With just a few weeks to go until the release of their brand new album, THE DAMNED have unveiled a double-A-side single.

The reflective, haunting ‘Look Left’ and the more psych-rocking ‘Devil In Disguise’ are both taken the from the Tony Visconti-produced Evil Spirits, which is released through Search & Destroy/Spinefarm on Friday 13 April. Both tracks were written by drummer Pinch.

The band play four arena dates in June as support to the Alice Cooper-fronted LA supergroup HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES. Catch them at….

June 16th Birmingham Genting Arena
June 17th Manchester Arena
June 19th Glasgow The SSE Hydro
June 20th London The SSE Arena, Wembley

They then play three headline dates and a festival show in August at….

August 22nd Southampton, 02 Guildhall
August 23rd Holmfirth, Holmfirth Picture House
August 24th Warrington, Warrington Parr Hall
August 25th Belfast, Belsonic Festival (main support to Still Little Fingers)

Evil Spirits is available to pre-order here.

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Last month’s Vive Le Rock Damned special is still available…. get it here!

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In the new issue of Vive Le Rock we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of some of the great records that surfaced during 1978. And as usual, we had so much good stuff, there was no way we could squeeze it all in!
So here, as a taster, are 60 of the greatest sounds from the year when punk and power-pop got pally….
Elvis Costello – ‘Radio Radio’
The Jam – ‘Down In The Tube Station At Midnight’
Stranglers – ‘5 Minutes’
Chelsea – ‘Urban Kids’
The Motors  – ‘Airport’
The Clash – ‘(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais’
Blondie – ‘(I’m Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear’
The Undertones – ‘Teenage Kicks’
Only Ones – ‘Another Girl, Another Planet’
Ramones – ‘Don’t Come Close’
The Dickies – ‘Paranoid’
The Records – ‘Starry Eyes’
Buzzcocks – ‘Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t Have’)
XTC – ‘Statue Of Liberty’
Penetration – ‘Life’s A Gamble’
Adam and the Ants – ‘Young Parisians’
Generation X – ‘Ready Steady Go’
Tom Robinson Band – ‘Up Against The Wall’
The Depressions – ‘Messing With Your Heart’
The Fall – ‘Bingo Master’s Break Out’
The Saints – ‘Know Your Product’
The Flys – ‘Waikiki Beach Refugees’
Desperate Bicycles – ‘New Cross, New Cross’
Alternative TV – ‘Action Time Vision’
Automatics – ‘When The Tanks Roll Over Poland Again’
The Boys – ‘Brickfield Nights’
Devo – ‘Come Back Jonee’
Public Image Ltd – ‘Public Image’
Vibrators – ‘Automatic Lover’
Bethnal – ‘ Nothing New’
Thin Lizzy – ‘Rosalie/Cowgirl’s Song (Medley)’
AC/DC – ‘Rock’n’Roll Damnation’
Siouxsie & The Banshees – ‘Hong Kong Garden’
Wire – ‘Dot Dash’
Magazine – ‘Shot By Both Sides’
Mekons – ‘Never Been In A Riot’
Suburban Reptiles – ‘Megaton’
Swell Maps – ‘Read About Seymour’
Throbbing Gristle – ‘United’
Nick Lowe – ‘I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass’
Metal Urbain – ‘Paris Marquis’
Johnny Moped – ‘Darling, Let’s Have Another Baby’
Last Words – ‘Animal World’
Stiff Little Fingers – ‘Suspect Device’
Subway Sect – ‘Nobody’s Scared’
The Cramps – ‘Surfin’ Bird’
The Normal – ‘TVOD’
Television Personalities – ’14th Floor’
Rudi – ‘Big Time’
Victim – ‘Strange Thing By Night’
Germs – ‘Lexicon Devil’
Plastic Bertrand – ‘Ca Plane Pour Moi’
Nipple Erectors – ‘King Of The Bop’
Teenage Jesus and the Jerks – ‘Orphans’
O Level – ‘East Sheen’
Spizz Oil – ‘6000 Crazy’
Kleenex – ‘Ain’t You’
Read our mammoth 16-page feature on 1978 in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock available here!
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The untimely deaths of BRIAN JONES, JIMI HENDRIX, AMY WINEHOUSE, KURT COBAIN and others are the focus of a new documentary film to be released this month. And Vive Le Rock is trailing it with this exclusive clip.

Directed by music industry legend, Simon Napier-Bell, 27: Gone Too Soon examines the circumstances of the demise of these musicians who all checked out at this coincidental yet significant age, drawing on rare and unseen footage and interviews with a host of musicians, journalists, industry figures and broadcasters, including Gary Numan, Tom Robinson, Keith Cameron, Barney Hoskyns, Paul Gambaccini. Peter Jenner and more.

The film is being screened at Regent Street Cinema, London on Monday 26 March – tickets – and will be released on DVD the same day.

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The LONDON INTERNATIONAL SKA FESTIVAL returns over the Easter Weekend, celebrating its 30th Anniversary with an impressive selection of ska and reggae in North London.

And if you buy this month’s issue of Vive Le Rock, you can find out how to get half-price tickets!


There’ll also be the usual array of DJs and sound systems including DON LETTS, CLIVE CHIN, GLADDY WAX, TESSA BASSIE (THE SLITS), WRONGTOM, RAS DIGBY, ASHER G, AXIS VALV-A-TRON valve sound system

Full show details and tickets – including weekend wristband and individual events – are available via But get in quick as shows are already selling out!

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MONSTER MAGNET are back with a brand new video which they’re launching today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Ejection’ is the second single from the New Jersey rockers’ 11th album Mindfucker which is due out through Napalm Records on 23 March. You can pre-order it here.

The single is a great version of a track by the late HAWKWIND genius Robert Calvert, and originally featured on his first solo album Captain Lockheed & The Starfighters in 1974.

Monster Magnet are set to return to Europe in May with a mammoth tour kicking off in Wiesbaden Germany on 3 May and including a headlining performance alongside Hawkwind at the Roundhouse, London on 6 May as part of Desertfest. Full dates are….

03.05.18 DE – Wiesbaden / Schlachthof
04.05.18 DE – Berlin / Desertfest Berlin
05.05.18 NL – Nijmeden / Doornroosje
06.05.18 UK – London / Desertfest London
08.05.18 DE – Cologne / Live Music Hall
09.05.18 DE – Saarbrucken / Garage
11.05.18 ES – Bilbao / Santana 27
12.05.18 ES – Madrid / Sala Riviera
14.05.18 CH – Pratteln / Z7
15.05.18 IT – Milan / Alcatraz Club
16.05.18 DE – Bochum / Zeche
18.05.18 DE – Nuremburg / Hirsch
19.05.18 NL – Groningen / Vera
21.05.18 DK – Copenhagen / Pumpehuset
22.05.18 SE – Stockholm / Debaser Strand
23.05.18 NO – Oslo / Blâ
24.05.18 SE – Malmö / Kulturbolaget (KB)
26.05.18 DE – Bremen / Schlachthof
28.05.18 BE – Leuven / Het Depot
29.05.18 BE – Ghent / Vooriut
31.05.18 UK – Manchester / Gorilla
01.06.18 UK – Glasgow / The Garage
02.06.18 UK – Belfast / Limelight
03.06.18 IR – Dublin / The Tivoli

Support on most dates comes from fast-rising Birmingham psych-rockers TABLE SCRAPS.

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More names have been added to the Vive Le Rock Awards which is shaping up to be the rock’n’roll event of the year!

One of the bands confirmed to perform on the night will be post-Sex Pistols legends THE PROFESSIONAS, who returned last year with a critically-acclaimed new album (voted ‘Album Of The Year’ by Vive Le Rock last December) and have been thrilling audiences with their high-octane rock n’roll ever since.

“I can’t wait for this!,” exclaimed frontman Tom Spencer. “I’ve already put a big black cross the day after in my diary. It’s gonna be loud, proud and messy”.

“Viva Le Rock? Didn’t I see that on a t-shirt somewhere?” remarked ex-Pistols drummer Paul Cook. “Who’d have thought, 40 years later it’s the awards to be at!”

If anyone truly deserves an award, it’s U.K. Subs frontman Charlie Harper, who exudes the true spirit of a lifetime in rock n’ roll more than any other. He’ll be picking up his King Rocker/Icon Award, a prize truly deserving for a man that was ‘born a rocker…’

“It’s a good excuse for a free drink,” confessed Charlie. “I can’t wait for the awards party. It will be great to meet up with so many old friends. Let’s hope it’s supported really well and see you all there. ”

“It’s a great honour to be holding the First Annual Vive Le Rock Awards and saluting the legends who ruled the world but often get overlooked when it comes to acknowledging their greatness,” stated publisher Eugene Butcher. “We’re planning a lot of surprises for a wild night where the audience, the bands, the winners and presenters can come together as one to rock the O2 Islington Academy like it’s never been rocked before! ”

Held over the two rooms of the O2 Islington Academy (main room and the smaller room – acting as the V.I.P/photo room/aftershow party), 300 carefully invited guests and 200 paying punters will witness a sensational show with unique collaboration’s and 11 awards given away by famous presenters and our compere.

The Awards will be hosted by GINGER WILDHEART, alongside awards presenters Steve Diggle from the BUZZCOCKS and the biggest selling singles artist of the 80s, SHAKIN STEVENS.

Former frontman of punk legends THE ADVERTS, TV Smith, is also confirmed to play live with many more live performers and presenters to be announced yet. Are you ready to Vive Le Rock?

Tickets are on sale now here!

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This month’s Soundscreen Festival, London’s new music and film festival brought to you by Vive Le Rock in conjunction with Rock’n’Roll Cinema and Cadiz Music, will see the world premiere of Uncaged, the story of Brix Smith and The Extricated, the band put together by ex-members of The Fall.

The screening, at London’s Legendary 100 Club on 21 March, will be followed by a special performance by the band themselves.

Taking place at venues across the city from 21 to 27 March, Soundcreen promised an exciting programme of music on film, including the UK premieres of the Radio Birdman story Descent Into The Maelstrom and The Go-Betweens film Right Here, the acclaimed Slits documentary Here To Be Heard, and Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision Of Paradise, accompanied by a performance by the man himself.

With new events being added all the time, full details and tickets can be found at

The festival will be followed immediately by the first ever Vive le Rock Awards at the O2 Academy, Islington on Wednesday 28 March. Featuring a string of guest presenters and live performances by the likes of Ginger Wildheart, The Professionals and Charlie Harper, it’s not to be missed. Tickets are available here.

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More names have been added to the bill for the Pump It Up! power-pop special!

As previously announced, Vive Le Rock has hooked up with ace London club promoters Some Weird Sin to host a weekend of A-grade power-pop aT The Finsbury Pub, North London on 28 and 29 July, headlined by London legends THE BARRACUDAS and happening NYC band DIRTY FENCES.

Just added to the bill for the Sunday night are long-serving Italian trio FAZ WALTZ, playing their first London date in 5 years, and fast-rising Londoners MORE KICKS.

They join the likes of PROTEX, ROLE MODELS, LOS PEPES and TV CRIME playing across the weekend.

Day and weekend tickets are selling fast but they should still be available here.

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GANG OF FOUR return with their first new material in three years.

‘Lucky’ is the first song to be revealed from a new EP entitled Complicit, which is set for release on Friday 13 April.

The new track captures producer and founding member Andy Gill advancing his writing partnership with frontman John ‘Gaoler’ Sterry, aided by the production nous of Ben Hillier (Blur, Depeche Mode). Gill’s instantly indentifiable guitar shards and Gaoler’s urgent vocals are underpinned by bassist Thomas McNiece and drummer Tobias Humble’s aggressive and unrelentingly funky groove.

Speaking about ‘Lucky’, Gill says, “This track itself is a product of chance. I’d been watching a serious debate on one of those financial news channels – six white men in suits arguing about the stock markets – and it set me thinking about how limited luck can be. America’s demented ringmaster-clown claims to have bestowed fortune on the markets. He believes himself the master of luck. In reality, they are casinos. A lot of trading is anyway now done by algorithms to try to eliminate the element of chance, but luck isn’t capable of fundamentally changing the system. Even if you believe market crashes are the result of bad luck rather than layer upon layer of human and machine error, the system shudders, restarts and goes on as before.”

Formed in Leeds amid punk’s first flowering in 1977, Gang Of Four unashamedly grabbed the red hot poker of funk, inadvertently writing the rulebook for post-punk with their game-changing debut Entertainment! in ’79. Existing in various forms into the noughties, the departure of original singer Jon King allowed Gill to rebuild the band from the ground up, releasing the acclaimed What Happens Next in 2015.

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MIRACULOUS MULE return next week with a special garage-blues extravaganza in East London.

The trio’s most recent album Two Tonne Testimony was a standout release of 2017, making Vive Le Rock‘s Top 10 albums of the year, and they recently tore the roof of the legendary 100 Club while opening for BOG BOY BLOATER.

The band are already plotting their follow-up release with new material being broken in at live shows during the year. The first of these is set to take place at hip clothes shop-cum-venue, Paper Dress Vintage, Hackney Central, on Friday 9 March.

Check out ‘Shave ‘Em Dry’.

Joining Miraculous Mule on the night are long-serving South Coast punk rock blues practitioners MUDLOW, who are preparing for the release of their restrospective compilation Waiting For The Tide To Rise, due out in April.

Check out ‘Mad Mary Lou’.

Opening the night are happening  duo J.D. HANGOVER – featuring members of legendary Italian punk-blues maestros STIV CANTARELLI & THE SILENT STRANGERS – whose harsh Delta blues channels SUICIDE by way of an ancient Bentley Rhythm Ace drum machine.

Check out ‘Mr Williamson’.

Throughout the night and afterwards, DJs from Stag-o-Lee Records will be manning the decks.


“We’re hoping to get our next album recorded before the end of the year and we’re using upcoming London shows to try out new songs,” says Miraculous Mule’s Michael J Sheehy. “It always adds a little spice as does having a great opening band and we’ve got two at Paper Dress. Too often we’ve found ourselves playing with bands with egos and bad attitudes which far outweigh their ability, passion or tunes, Mudlow and JD Hangover are exceptional, both bands know how to bring it and will light a fire under Miraculous Mule’s arse so expect a night of full on mutated rocking fiery garage blues!”

Tickets for the show, priced at a very reasonable £5, are available here.

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