Fast-rising South London punks WERECATS are heading off four a joint tour with Cali trio CITY MOUSE.

Comprising members of The Pukes, The Zatopeks,The Blankheads and Soon The Darkness, Werecats have become a reliable draw at punk gatherings including Rebellion and Wonkfest, thrilling crowds up and down the land with their infectious Ramones-meets-Ronnettes powerpop-punk, scooping up wide-eyed acclaim for their debut full-length Destined For The Outside.

Werecats’ co-headlining tour with City Mouse kicks off in Deal, Kent on 27 June, climaxing in Ipswich on 6 July, with both bands stooping off in London for the Polite Riot Festival at New Cross Inn on 28 June with The Adolescents, In Evil Hour and more.

Before the tour they join Sick On The Bus, Lost Cherrees and Slow Faction at Camden Unicorn on June. When they return they have appearances lined up at Punk Rock Raduno, Italy; Boomtown Fair, Winchester; Punx Picnic, Bristol; and Fest 18, Florida.

Full dates are…

Sat 8 June – The Unicorn, Camden (w/Sick On The Bus etc)

Thurs 27 June – The Lighthouse, Deal
Fri 28 June – Le Pub, Newport
Sat 29 June – TBA, Birmingham
Sun 30 June – New Cross Inn, London (Polite Riot)
Tues 2 July – Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh
Wed 3 July – Eagle Inn, Manchester
Thurs 4 July – TBA, Liverpool
Fri 5 July – The Skerries, Bangor, Wales
Sat 6 July – The Smokehouse, Ipswich

Thurs 11 July – Punk Rock Raduno 4, Bergamo, Italy
Sun 28 July – Wedgwood Rooms, Portsmouth (w/The Dopamines etc)
Wed 7 Aug – Shacklewell Arms, London (w/The Violent Hearts etc)
Wed-Mon 7-13 Aug – Boomtown Fair, Winchester
Sat 31 Aug – Punx Picnic, The Exchange, Bristol (w/Pizzatramp, Anthrax etc)
Fri-Sun 1-3 Nov – Fest 18, Gainsville FLA, USA

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Aussie heavyweights MIDNIGHT OIL land in Europe next month for a series of gigs and festival dates.

The shows mark a prompt return for the environmental rockers who broke a 15-year hiatus with their worldwide Big Circle Tour in 2017. At that time, the band played two sold-out shows at London’s Eventim Apollo.

The Sydney band, who enjoyed an international hit with the song ‘Beds Are Burning’ in 1987, first came together in 1972, adopting the name Midnight Oil in 1976. Since then they’ve released eleven studio albums and four live albums, all the while campaigning tirelessly on environmental and other issues. The band called a halt in 2002, when frontman Peter Garrett decided to devote his time to politics, eventually serving as a government minister.

The band have just released a live album and DVD – Armistice Day – recorded in their hometown at the culmination of the Big Circle tour in November 2017.

This year also sees the 40th Anniversary of the band’s breakthrough album Head Injuries, produced by Leszek Karski of Brit band Supercharge, which saw the band play the UK for the first time, which they may or may not be celebrating on the current dates.

“It’s one of those things you can’t believe has happened,” says Garrett. “You can’t believe you’re doing an interview and talking about it. You can’t believe you’re still walking around and making music. So maybe we should celebrate it. That’s a very good idea.”

While the band are playing a lot of dates across the UK and Europe, homeland shows are being kept to a minimum to provide a space for the possible recording of a new album. The only Australian show currently booked is the Big Red Bash festival in Queensland.

“We were going to do some more, there’s a lot of demand for us to play but in some ways we want to finish what we started,” he says. “We’re playing back in London, which we’re looking forward to, and Manchester as well, and some of the European dates are essentially continuing where we were before, and I think we can sort of play around and see what music emerges.

“There’s no reason why bands who create rock can’t do it as well as they did, but a lot of them struggle with it. They rarely make records as good as they did in the early part of their career, and there’s a bunch of different reasons for that, and if we’re going to record, that’s the challenge we’ve got to set ourselves and see whether we can get over the first hurdle or not.”

Kicking off the tour at Manchester’s O2 Apollo, the band play Dublin Olympia and Brixton Academy before heading round Switzerland, Germany, France and Belgium. Full dates are…

SUN 9 JUNE O2 Apollo | Manchester, UK
TUE 11 JUNE Olympia | Dublin, Ireland
THU 13 JUNE O2 Brixton Academy | London, UK
SAT 15 JUNE Festi’neuch Openair Festival | Neuchatel, Switzerland
MON 17 JUNE Stadtpark | Hamburg, Germany
WED 19 JUNE Porta Nigra | Trier, Germany
FRI 21 JUNE Zeltfestival | Mannheim, Germany
SAT 22 JUNE Rock the Ring | Hinwil, Switzerland
THU 27 JUNE Grand Rex | Paris, France
SAT 29 JUNE Festival Retro C Trop | Tilloloy, France
MON 1 JULY Tollwood Festival | Munich, Germany
WED 3 JULY Killesberg | Stuttgart, Germany
FRI 5 JULY Rock Zottegem | Zottegem, Belgium
SAT 6 JULY Zitadelle | Mainz, Germany
TUE 9 JULY Les Nuits De Fourviere Festival | Lyon, France
THU 11 JULY Guitare en Scene Festival | Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, France
SAT 13 JULY Amphitheatre | Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Tickets are available here.

Armistice Day: Live At The Domain, Sydney is available on CD, DVD, Blu-Ray and limited edition red vinyl here.

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San Francisco rockers FLIPPER are celebrating their 40th Anniversary with a European tour.

Flipper debuted in 1979 on the SF Underground 7” compilation EP with the track ‘Earthworm’. This was followed by the singles ‘Love Canal’ c/w ‘Ha Ha Ha’ and the classic ‘Sex Bomb’ c/w ‘Brainwash’ in 1981, a song that has now been covered countless times over the years. The band’s debut album Generic Flipper (released in 1982) is considered a classic, and remains Flipper’s most acclaimed album of their prolific career, which includes four studio albums and five live releases.

“They were just heavy,” wrote Henry Rollins in his essential memoir Get In The Van. “Heavier than you. Heavier than anything…When they played they were amazing.”

For their 40th Anniversary Tour, founding members Ted Falconi and Steve DePace are joined by Scratch Acid and Jesus Lizard frontman David Yow and Minutemen and fIREHOSE bassist Mike Watt.

Kicking off on 30 July in Nottingham and climaxing in Berlin on 20 August, the tour includes an appearance at Rebellion on 1 August and a London show at The Garage on 4 August. Full dates are…

30-Jul – Nottingham UK Rescue Rooms
31-Jul – Bristol UK The Exchange
1-Aug – Blackpool UK Rebellion Festival
2-Aug – Glasgow UK CCA
3-Aug – Leeds UK Brudenell
4-Aug – London UK Garage
5-Aug – Gent Belgium DOK
6-Aug – Amsterdam The Netherlands Paradiso Noord
8-Aug – Aachen Germany Musikbunker
9-Aug – Karlsruhe Germany Hackerei
10-Aug – Bologa Italy Freakout
11-Aug – Milan Italy Magnolia Open Air
12-Aug – Padova Italy Anfiteatro del Venda
13-Aug – Vienna Austria Chelsea
15-Aug – Bielefeld Germany Forum
16-Aug – Hamburg Germany Hafenklang
17-Aug – Helsinki Finland Kuudes Linja
20-Aug – Berlin Bi Nuu

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Young Kent roustabouts RISKEE & THE RIDICULE have signed to Bomber Music and have just unveiled a new single and video.

‘Kaboom!’, fusing urgent, incisive lyricism with hardcore punk and hip-hop influences, is the first single to be taken from the band’s third album Body Bag Your Scene, which is out at the end of June.

“Our song is about the blatant scare tactics used by the right-wing media to give the illusion of danger,” states frontman Scott Picking. “This illusion creates the fear of being attacked, which naturally creates hostility. ‘We attack each other to the sound of their applause because their assets are safe if we’re coming for yours’. We chose the word ‘Kaboom’ because of its use in comic books ‘to indicate a large explosion’. Comic books can print what they like, and people know its fiction. Newspapers do the same and people take it as the truth.”

Set for release on 28 June, you can pre-order the album here.

Riskee & The Ridicule are lined up to join BOOZE & GLORY at their 10th Anniversary show at London’s Electric Ballroom on Saturday 2 November.

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Spanish garage-blues trio GUADALUPE PLATA return to the UK for a series of dates next month.

A band that seemingly has trouble in coming up with album titles, the band have the latest in a long line of self-titled releases out on 2 June through Everlasting Records.

Kicking off in Londonon 6 June, where they play the legendary Dingwalls as part of the Future Juke Festival, the 10-date tour culminates in Brighton at The Prince Albert on 16 June.

THU 6 JUNE – London – Dingwalls – Future Juke Festival
FRI 7 JUNE – Haverfordwest – The Druidstone
SAT 8 JUNE – Exeter – The Phoenix
SUN 9 JUNE – Leeds – The Brudenell Social Club
TUE 11 JUNE – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s
WED 12 JUNE – Glasgow – Broadcast
THU 13 JUNE – Newcastle – The Cluny
FRI 14 JUNE – Manchester – Night n Day
SAT 15 JUNE – Norwich – Norwich Arts Centre
SUN 16 JUNE – Brighton – The Prince Albert

Tickets for all shows are available here.

Check out the video for ‘Duermo Con Serpientes’ (I Sleep With Snakes)….

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Hertfordshire Goth legends FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM are to play a handful of UK dates next month.

The four dates in Glasgow, Leeds, Nottingham and Newcastle represent a relatively speedy return to homeland touring following on from their three dates last Autumn in London, Manchester and Birmingham.

Full dates are…

27 June – Glasgow Barrowland
28 June – Leeds Stylus
29 June – Nottingham Rock City
30 June – Newcastle O2 Academy

Tickets are available here.

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Chris Cheney, guitar ace with Aussie rockers THE LIVING END, speaks to Vive Le Rock ahead of their dates with the STRAY CATS next month!

We last saw the Living End at Green Day’s Hyde Park concert in 2017. What have you been up to?

Lots! Since then we recorded and released our eighth album called Wunderbar. We recorded it in Berlin, Germany with a producer called Tobias Kuhn and it’s hands down our favourite album. We’ve toured Australia a couple of times and done a bunch of shows in Europe. Unfortunately we haven’t been back to the UK since the Hyde park gig. Apologies up front.

Haven’t you also been touring with Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes?

We did a tour over here called the ‘Red Hot Summer’ which Jimmy headlined. Joan Jett was also on the bill and killed it every day. Crowd size ranges between 10 and 15,000 people and it’s outdoors in the blaring Aussie heat, super fun though. Gotta keep hydrated if you know what I mean!

Do you still live in Los Angeles? How’s life out there?

Back and forth a bit at moment. LA is fantastic, always warm, the place is buzzing with energy and I’ve made some dear friends there. I find it a very inspiring place creatively, everyone’s on top of their game and it kind of brings the best out in you.

Supporting the Stray Cats in June must be quite a bit of a dream come true. Didn’t the Living End start out playing Stray Cats covers?

Yep. We were called The Runaway Boys when we were still at school and pretty much knew how to play every Stray Cats song there is. We came from the rockabilly scene where they were undoubtedly the most successful band from that genre. To me, they were the best band I’d ever heard or seen so to be playing with them in the town where they first broke is very surreal. We feel incredibly blessed to have had the career we have and they are partly responsible for that. Their influence on us made us stand out from every other band and they really inspired us to want to be the best musicians we could be.

Have you played with them before?

Yes, in Australia in 2009. I got to play a few songs onstage with them which was quite mental. 15-year-old me was kind of freaking out. They’re all really nice down-to=earth guys though.

Got any surprises lined up for fans on these shows?

Nope! And yep! Just to be playing these UK shows is super exciting. We don’t leave any fuel left in the tank, it’s all or nothing.

What do you like about coming to the U.K?

The pubs! The history! Not so much the weather, haha! No, I love it all. There’s an incredible energy there that I like. Probably for me the historical aspect is so interesting. From the 100 Club to Buckingham Palace to Camden Market, it’s so cool. I’m sounding like a tourist aren’t I? I can not wait!!!

The new Stray Cats special edition of Vive Le Rock is out now!!

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Mysterious equine garage-rocker ONE HORSE BAND has just released a new album.

Straight from the stable floor, Keep On Dancing fuses intense, dirty, lo-fi punk-blues with hip-shaking rock’n’roll and infectious beat-group melodies. One Horse Band’s second album if follows on from 2017’s opening salvo Let’s Gallop!

Based in Milan, Italy, One Horse Band followed his debut album with a canter round the clubs and festivals of mainland Europe before spending the summer of last year at Outside Inside Studio in Montebelluna near Venice, with legendary Detroit knob-twiddler Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Sonics, Dirtbombs etc) in the producer’s chair.

Released through fast-growing rock’n’roll label Area Pirata, Keep On Dancing is accompanied by a video for the track ‘Dirty Leaves On The Ground’.

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RICH RAGANY AND THE DIGRESSIONS have a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The ROLE MODELS frontman has brought together some incredible musicians from bands such as The Dedwardians, The Men They Couldn’t Hang and The Scott Sorry Band to form The Digressions. The last few months have found them as BBC’s Band Of The Month and on many stages including a show at the Kentish Town Forum as support for The Lemonheads.

The video for ‘Your Distance’ was filmed, directed and edited by Craig Temple of Racketeer Productions.

Rich Ragany and The Digressions play this year’s Camden Rocks Festival, appearing at The Lounge on Saturday 1 June at 7.00pm.

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BUZZCOCKS have unveiled some of the guests who’ll be joining them for their show at London’s Royal Albert Hall next month.

As previously announced, the show at the prestigious London venue on 21 June had already been arranged, but following the tragic death of Pete Shelley in December last year, the band decided to turn the show into a celebration of their singer.

THE SKIDS’ Richard Jobson and PENETRATION’s Pauline Murray – who memorably sang ‘What Do I Get?’ with Steve Diggle at this year’s Vive Le Rock Awards – were already booked to support on the night.

Other names lined up to contribute are Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible from THE DAMNED, Peter Perrett from THE ONLY ONES, SONIC YOUTH’s Thurston Moore and THE CHARLATANS’ Tim Burgess. Original Buzzcocks John Maher and Steve Garvey will also be appearing. Music journalist, author and broadcaster Paul Morley will compere the evening. More names will be announced soon.

“I’m looking forward to an amazing show at London’s Royal Albert Hall,” says Diggle. “It’s going to be the perfect setting for us and our fans to pay tribute to Pete Shelley.”

Tickets for the show are on sale here.

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Long-serving South London post-punks BAND OF HOLY JOY do their bit to counteract the rise of the far-right with a series of anti-racism gigs in the run-up to the release of their new album.

The three shows, benefits for the organisation Hope Not Hate, will take place this month in Newcastle, Leicester and London under the banner Pop Not Hate. Each of the shows will feature a full supporting cast, with musician and author HELEN McCOOKERYBOOK as main support on all dates.

Full dates are…

Sat 18 May – Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle tickets
Sun 19 May – The Musician, Leicester tickets
Sun 26 May – The Lexington, London tickets

Formed in a New Cross squat in 1984 and fronted by charismatic Newcastle émigré Johny Brown, the Band Of Holy Joy reached their commercial peak while signed to Rough Trade during the late 80s. The past decade has seen a renewed and highly prolific period of activity for the band, with numerous releases, international touring and other projects, including the hugely successful weekly Resonance FM radio show Bad Punk.

Following on from 2017’s widely acclaimed Funambulist We Love You, the band will issue a new album Neon Primitives through Tiny Global Records on 7 June. It’s available to pre-order here.

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We spoke to Andy ‘Tez’ Turner of Dewsbury’s UKHC legends INSTIGATORS for our Where Are They Now? column in the April edition of Vive Le Rock! He had a lot to say for himself, but due to space restrictions we couldn’t fit it all in. Now, in all its glory, you can read the full unexpurgated interview….

In 1980 Britain was a desolate place for a generation of dismayed working class youth, unemployed and angry. As the first wave of punk fell and gave way to the anarcho punk movement of the 80s, a new voice of protest rose.

The Instigators formed in West Yorkshire and influenced by Crass and UK Subs, they played their first show in 1982 and were soon supporting bands like Subhumans and Flux of Pink Indians. Instigators went on to tour Europe and America many times and no doubt made a big impact on the punk scene. Frontman Andy Turner, also formerly of XPOZES, caught up with Vive Le Rock to talk about then and now.

You were brought up in Huddersfield. What was it like growing up there? What school did you go to and what was your first job?

I went to Honley High School and finished there in the summer of 1979. People now call it graduating but there was nothing really to ‘graduate’ to, as through the 70s and 80s there was mass unemployment, not just across West Yorkshire but whole sways of the country. And this meant areas like Huddersfield were choc full of angry young people which made it quite violent times. The only ‘real’ job I ever had was a few months after leaving school at a basketware importers but by then we’d started a band called Xpozez and what I was earning went into getting that off the ground. By 1980 we were up and running and not long after that we had recorded and released the first Xpozez EP, Systems Kill on our own Retaliation Records.

How did you first get into music? What venues and record shops did you go to and name a few bands you got in to?

Like most kids around that time pre-teen it was all about the radio and Top Of The Pops so when I heard / saw bands like Slade, The Sweet, T Rex and Bowie, that blew my tiny mind although it wasn’t until I started reading about punk and pre-punk bands that I started really getting interested and when those bands actually got stuff recorded it was just as I thought it was gonna be and I got into it big time. My second ever gig was The Clash, TRB, X-Ray Spex, Steel Pulse and more at Victoria Park, London (30.04.78 – and in case you wondered the first was Siouxsie & The Banshees at Huddersfield Polytechnic eight days earlier). I bought every single (it was mostly singles back then) I could get my hands on. There were decent shops in town like Bradley’s Records, Woods, Boston Records (for ex jukebox 7”s) plus even Boots, Woolworth’s and WH Smith’s had record sections. Then there were trips to Leeds, Bradford, and Manchester. We also set up a mail order back in the early 80s and started importing a lot of hard-to-get overseas stuff (Dischord Records etc) and got to hook up with loads of good people doing what we were all over the world. Venues came and went as they do now but initially there were loads of bands doing the college circuit so we got to see tons, plus in late ’79 Cleopatra’s reggae club started putting on punk shows starting with Slaughter And The Dogs (I think it was Mick Rossi’s brother who was booking) and besides a few of the first wave that were still around at the start of the 80s, we got to see the second wave like Cockney Rejects, Exploited, Discharge, Crass even. There was only really a couple of pubs (The Albion, West Riding) and one club (Coach House) you’d be safe in back then. Both put bands on too. Later we’d be making trips to places like The F Club in Leeds and various venues in Bradford, especially when Nick Toczek started booking in regular Gory Details, Fatal Shocks and Natural Disasters shows from around 1982-83.

How did you become part of Instigators and what was your first rehearsal and first gig like?

Xpozez put out a bunch of singles and EP’s and did patches of touring until they ground to a halt in 1985. We’d booked Instigators to play in Huddersfield (November 5, 1982 with Flux Of Pink Indians) and they made an impression on us. Between then and when the first album (Nobody Listens Anymore) came out we played quite a few shows together heading out in a big old bread van together. They started rehearsing at our place and not long after they’d released that record their singer quit and they asked me to join. There was lots of gigs coming in including a European tour but two of the others guys decided to bow out which left things up in the air, but (Simon) Mooney – founder and guitarist – was determined to carry on now things were starting to happen so we got Andrew Turnbull (bass) and Steve Curran (drums) in and rehearsed like crazy right up until we set off on tour. I’m not sure if this was the first show but one of the first I did with Instigators was at the 100 Club, London with Urban Dogs.

You were known as an anarcho punk band – what was the scene all about for you – what bands did you admire and how did you become a vegetarian?

Instigators’ initial releases, including the album we came in on PHOENIX (1986), were released on Bluurg Records (Dick Lucas from Subhumans’ label) and prior to that both Instigators and Xpozez had played a load of shows with a load of bands you’d class as anarcho but also a load of other bands and were a constant on compilation tapes and fanzines around at the time. There really was an alternative underground in the 80s and for a while things looked quite positive outside the old-school-tie mainstream. The vegetarian thing started for me in a massive squat in Milan in 1984 when we are on tour with Xpozez. The people there let us stay a few days and said we could do anything we wanted except no meat. I should say thanks to those folks as I’m still not tempted by gourmet burgers or pulled fucking whatever.

What was the peak of the Instigators like? You toured America – what bands did you tour with and how far did you take the band?

From that first jaunt on the continent at the end of 1985 things just snowballed. We were out on tour virtually non-stop over the next few years only taking time off to record. The Hypegopromo 1&2 double CD that’s just come out on Sanctus Propaganda is a snapshot of what we were about between ’85 and ’88. Back in the day we compiled two C60 cassettes that featured live stuff recorded across Europe and the USA and spliced it together with tons of radio stuff like interviews (including one with Tim Yohannan on Maximum Rock N Roll Radio when we were in San Francisco), radio sessions, adverts for shows and DJs who were playing our stuff. I hadn’t heard it in years and it was a great reminder of just a little of what we were up to back then.

How did the band end?

The final tour was in 1992. We ended in Milan in front of one of the biggest crowds we’d played to as a headliner. It was a bit weird knowing that this would be the last time but was also good knowing what we’d achieved not only as a band but also in growing up and experiencing so much. Most of which we all still carry with us today.

What have you been up to since and what are you doing now?

I’ve been lucky that I’ve managed to do stuff involving music since I was 16 years old and I’m still not cynical and jaded. I’m privileged to have learned at the feet of many masters and mistresses in their field and hopefully taken in what they were teaching me and been able to use that in a positive way. My fellow travellers from that period are all doing things they wanted to do – Simon Mooney is a well respected photographer, Steve Curran is drum teching and tour managing around the world and Andrew Turnbull is a man of mystery. He’s always flying off to exotic places under the guise of fixing stuff. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he was a spy!

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NEW MODEL ARMY have announced the release of a new album and a major tour of the UK and Europe.

From Here follows on from their successful studio albums Between Dog And Wolf (2013) and Winter (2016), which have seen a revival of fortunes for the longserving Bradford band.

The new album was recorded earlier this year at Ocean Sound Recordings studio on the tiny Norwegian island of Giske.

“We all have different lives and different tastes in almost everything, including music”, they say. “One thing we have in common is the love of bleak, open, cold, rugged landscapes – water, snow, rock. So this was the perfect place for us to work on something collectively – at all times while we were working, we could look up and see the sky, the sea and melting snow on the mountains, all in a constant state of change. So this album has a feel that is different to our other albums, but it still contains all the elements that characterise our peculiarly unidentifiable music – perhaps even more than ever. And From Here was an obvious title. The record belongs to a very special place and a particular time – what is happening in the world, where we are as a band and where we are as people.”

From Here is set for release on 23 August through EarMusic, and is available to pre-order in various bundles here.

The album release will be followed in October, kicking off in Southampton on the 8th, winding up in Nottingham on 21 December and taking in a London date at the Electric Ballroom on 14 November, as well as shows in France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, the Netherlands and Istanbul. Full dates are…

08 Oct SOUTHAMPTON 1865 // UK
09 Oct PARIS Maroquinerie // France
10 Oct DORTMUND FZW // Germany
11 Oct HAMBURG Markthalle // Germany
12 Oct BERLIN Huxleys // Germany
13 Oct POZNAN Tama // Poland
15 Oct GDYNIA Ucho // Poland
16 Oct WARSAW Proxima // Poland
17 Oct WROCLAW Stary Klasztor // Poland
18 Oct KRAKOW Kwadrat // Poland
19 Oct BUDAPEST A38 // Hungary
22 Oct WINTERTHUR Salzhaus // Switzerland
23 Oct FRIBOURG Fri-Son // Switzerland
24 Oct FREIBURG Jazzhaus // Germany
25 Oct MUNCHEN Backstage // Germany
26 Oct STUTTGART LKA // Germany
27 Oct NURNBERG Hirsh // Germany
29 Oct DRESDEN Beatpol // Germany
30 Oct FRANKFURT Batschkapp // Germany
31 Oct LOSHEIM Eisenbahnhalle // Germany

01 Nov RIJKEVORSEL De Singer // Belgium
02 Nov STRASBOURG La Laiterie // France
14 Nov LONDON Electric Ballroom // UK
15 Nov CAMBRIDGE Junction // UK
16 Nov LEEDS Stylus // UK
17 Nov CARDIFF Tramshed // UK
19 Nov CHESTER Live Rooms // UK
20 Nov NEWCASTLE Boiler Shop // UK
21 Nov EDINBURGH Liquid Rooms // UK
22 Nov MANCHESTER o2 Ritz // UK
23 Nov BIRMINGHAM o2 Institute // UK
30 Nov ISTANBUL Zorlu PSM Studio // Turkey

12 Dec BRIGHTON Concorde 2 // UK
13 Dec AMSTERDAM Melkweg // Netherlands
14 Dec COLOGNE Palladium // Germany
21 Dec NOTTINGHAM Rock City // UK

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Punks will be descending on the Clyde estuary for a five-day festival this Summer.

Punk On The Peninsula will take place from 4-8 July at various venues in the town of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula at the mouth of the Clyde.

Headlined by COCKNEY REJECTS and RUTS DC, they’ll be joined by numerous other acts inclduding T.V. SMITH, KNOCK-OFF, ONE WAY SYSTEM, FECKIN’ EJITS, RUST, FIRE EXIT, BOOTS N ALL, THE ANGRY AGENDA, KICKBACK GENERATION, THE TUAREGS and more to be announced.

The event will also feature a screening of the Rejects’ film East End Babylon, a coach trip to a brewery, a beach BBQ, a curry night and punk karaoke!

Full details and day and weekend tickets are available here.

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A new box set will bring together a wealth of classic, rare and obscure tracks from punk’s glory year of 1977.

Following on from punk’s year zero in ’76 which saw legendary festivals at Mont de Marsan in France and London’s 100 Club and the Sex Pistols tossing a cultural lighted match into a box of dynamite when they squared up to Bill Grundy on primetime TV that December, punk went seriously overground in 1977, with a boom in bands and independent releases.


The 3-disc 1977 – The Year Punk Broke features classic tracks from the stars of the first wave, including BUZZCOCKS, X-RAY SPEX, THE STRANGLERS, THE DAMNED, THE VIBRATORS, THE JAM, GENERATION X etc plus more from those who started off well but quickly faded, like EATER, THE STUKAS, THE USERS, MENACE, THE MODELS and THE CORTINAS.


Then there are counter-cultural freaks that weren’t really punk, but tuned into what was in the air, bands like MOTORHEAD, BRAINIAC 5, LARRY WALLIS and THE RINGS; pub rockers TYLA GANG, GRAHAM PARKER, COUNT BISHOPS, EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS and SPIDER. And let’s not forget the art school crowd with the likes of DEAF SCHOOL, DOCTORS OF MADNESS and ULTRAVOX!

Brainiac 5

Rounded out with dozens of obscure tiny label sides, this 87-track trip down memory lane comes with an expansive booklet with hoards of rare and unseen photos and a new 15,000 word essay.

Set for release on 28 June through Cherry Red, The Year Punk Broke is available to pre-order here.

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Vive Le Rock visited Stupido Records 30th Anniversary party at Tavastia Club, Helsinki in late April to find out what makes this great Finnish record label tick.

Stupido Records was founded in 1988, and since then their empire has grown to include a record shop, a mail order service and a publishing company. They’ve signed 37 legendary Finnish  bands including Pelle Miljoona (pictured), Waltari, Tumppi Varonen (from Problems and Pelle Miljoona) and Villu Tamme / J.M.K.E.

This event was over two days and various Stupido Records artists performed, including  Finnish punk rock legends like Pelle Miljoona (Pelle Miljoona – singing and drums,  Tumppi Varonen, Veli-Pekka ‘Puka’ Oinonen – guitar). Pelle Miljoona is a pioneer in the Finnish punk rock scene. He recorded his first album in 1977 and the band line-up has changed over the years, hence most recognised names who played for the band over the years are Hanoi Rocks legends Andy McCoy on guitar and Sam Yaffa on bass.

On the night Pelle Miljoona played his hits like ‘Moottoritie On Kuuma’ (‘The Freeway Is Hot’), ‘Tahdon Rakastella Sinua’ (‘I Want To Make Love To You’).

Tumppi Varonen & Problems (Tumppi Varonen – singing, Heikki Hiekkasalmi – bass, Saska Ketonen – drums, Petri Peevo – guitar). Tumppi Vuorinen is a musician, writer and former municipal politician. Varonen made his first recording for Problems in the late 1970s.  Since then, he has been playing  on and off with Problems and Pelle Miljona’s bands. Tumppi Varonen &  Problems played ‘Katupoikia’ (‘Street Boys’), ‘Tiina On Punkkari’ (‘Tina Is Punk’) and the new single ‘Ihan Sama’ (‘What Ever’).

Tumppi Varonen & Problems

Pää Kii is a punk band founded in 2012. Soundi and Rumba magazines chose the band’s first album to be their 2012 album of the year. Pää Kii has also has been awarded in the Femma and Emma Gala. (Teemu Bergman – singing and guitar, Antti Leppäniemi – guitar, Vekku Vartiainen – bass, Heikki Laaksomies – drums) They played ‘Paskahousun Paluu’ (‘Return Of The Shitpants’), ‘Apinoiden Planeetalla’ (‘Planet Of Apes’) and ‘Sweet Home Kouvola’.

Pää Kii

All bands were really energetic and Stupido records can be proud of their long success in the music business as a independent record label.

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Photos by Jari Flinck

Text by Kati Brugnoli

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NYC rockers THE SWEET THINGS have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Liquor Lightning’ is taken from the band’s debut album In Borrowed Shoes, On Borrowed Time which is out through Wendigo Productions/Spaghetty Town on 24 May, ahead of their first ever UK tour, which kicks off with an appearance at Camden Rocks.

Catch the band at…

June 1 – London – Kolis (Camden Rocks)
June 2 – London – Hard Rock Cafe
June 3 – London – Live on Air, Boogaloo Radio
June 4 – Birmingham – The Dark Horse
June 5 – Nottingham – The Chameleon
June 6 – Sheffield – West Street Live
June 7 – Manchester – TBA
June 8 – Liverpool – TBA

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MICHAEL MONROE has announced a European tour in support of his new album.

“I am very excited to announce that me and my band will be heading out for a full European tour this winter in support of our brilliant new album One Man Gang which is going to be released this fall,” says Monroe. “It’s an ‘all killers, no fillers’ album and I can’t wait for you to hear it. I also can’t wait to see you down the road!”

The eagerly anticipated One Man Gang is the first new album from the former HANOI ROCKS frontman since 2015’s Blackout States and features his regular band, guitarists Steve Conte and Rich Jones, drummer Karl Rockfist and Monroe’s former Hanoi Rocks colleague, bassist Sami Yaffa.

Label details and release date for the album will be announced shortly.

The tour is set to kick off in Oslo on 22 October and features a London show at the O2 Academy, Islington on 30 October as well as a headline performance at the Hard Rock Hell festival in Great Yarmouth on 9 November. Full dates are…

Oct 22: Oslo, NO John Dee
Oct 23: Gothenburg, SE Pustervik
Oct 24: Stockholm, SE Fryhuset Klubben
Oct 25: Copenhagen, DK High Voltage
Oct 26: Hamburg, DE Headcrash
Oct 27: Berlin, DE Frannz
Oct 29: Paris, FR La Maroquinerie
Oct 30: London, UK O2 Academy Islington
Nov 01: Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club
Nov 02: Milton Keynes, UK Crauford Arms
Nov 03: Southampton, UK Engine Room
Nov 04: Birmingham, UK The Mill
Nov 05: Glasgow, UK Garage
Nov 06: Manchester UK, Club Academy
Nov 07: Bristol, UK Fleece
Nov 08: Stoke, UK Sugarmill
Nov 09: Great Yarmouth, UK, Hard Rock Hell Festival

More shows are likely to be added. Tickets are available here.

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