Hi Folks Here we are again, the sun is shining and the summer is looking good with only five weeks to go until Rebellion Blackpool. Now you all know about yer Bad Religion, New York Dolls, Stiff Little Fingers and all the other great bands that are on over the weekend but I thought I would take this opportunity to tell you about the other great things that are happening over the festival weekend. AMAZING EXCLUSIVES! Firstly, as if the headlining of Bizarre Bazaar on Saturday wasn’t hot enough to have yer Magnums’ melting, Peter Murphy the seminal Bauhaus frontman is going to do two things he never ever does! One, he will appear on Saturday at the Literary Festival (see further down for more news on this) and be interviewed by our very own John Robb and then take questions from the audience. Second, he has agreed to meet 50 people at an exclusive ‘meet and greet’ whereby fans will get the chance to meet the man personally and get a signed Rebellion poster. In order to select the 50 lucky people we have decided to have an email competition – basically tell us in 100 words or less why you think you should get to meet Peter and we will choose the 50 worthiest/funniest/genuine to meet him, email Oh and I forgot as if this wasn’t enough, he will be playing a Bauhaus song just for Rebellion that he never does and won’t be doing on the rest of the dates. LITERARY FESTIVAL – new for 2010 and the wonderful idea of John Robb, never mind Hay on Wye here is the first Rebellion Literary Festival hosted by John Robb! From 1pm until 3pm each day in the Pavilion Theatre there will be talks, interviews, spoken word sets, question and answer sessions, book signings and more. We are really really excited to announce that PENNY RIMBAUD and STEVE IGNORANT will appear together in conversation with John Robb and may even do questions and answers. John Joseph from The Cro-Mags spoken word set, Neville Luxury from Punishment of Luxury – Poetry, Brian Young (Rudi, Shame Academy) and Sean O’Neil on the history of the Punk scene in Northern Ireland and of course Peter Murphy plus a lot more exciting stuff to be confirmed. BIZARRE BAZAAR – Got some really great stuff this year including Viv Albertine from the Slits with her new band, her songs are wonderful, check her out on myspace. Chas is back with his new band now that Dave is doing other stuff. As well as Peter Murphy on Saturday we also have special guests UK Decay, also Friday, back by popular demand are The Cravats. Sunday sees the return of Ed Tudorpole who’ll be compereing as well as doing his own set. There will be Burlesque every night and some great DJ’s too as well as the usual visuals and what nots. Thursday’s BB is also going to be a bit of a summer party night – for all the gossip on this see below (after Almost Acoustic) ALMOST ACOUSTIC – After the success of last year we are once again having AA in the Theatre Bar, the intimate atmosphere in there was just amazing last year and the sound was awesome. Highlights for this year include – Atilla the Stockbroker, Vic Rugerrio from The Slackers, Kevin Seconds (7 Seconds), Tom Hingley from Inspiral Carpets, Mick Crudge (The Fits), Neck acoustic, Chas Palmer Williams from Lightyear, Wakey (English Dogs/Wernt) plus loads more – check the website out for full details. Of course as is tradition and it would be churlish to miss it out, there is the unmissable Punk Rock BINGO with our very own Max Splodge. FANCY DRESS PARTY IN BIZARRE BAZAAR THURSDAY! What a cracking line up – come in 70’s or 80’s fancy dress, win a prize (first prize two tickets for Rebellion 2011) and boogie on down to T-REX, ABBA SENSATION, THE GLITTER BAND (full band not acoustic), Barbieshop (all girl acapella group) and back for one night only the outrageous MONGEY CREW!!!! Plus Burlesque with Lucy Longlegs and Scarlet the Harlot. Also just hot off the press – Darren says he will give a large bottle of Vodka to the first person that dances worse than him through the Abba Sensation set. Cor blimey gov I’m getting knackered just typing all this, when will you fit it all in and still go watch Punk Rock bands –argggggh! Ok quickly to finish – PunkArt exhibition – now in its fourth year, bigger and better than ever and moved to the Ballroom Balcony Bar, up the stairs in the Ballroom Foyer – follow the signs, there will be tea and coffee available in there this year – for the latest. Finally and I mean it – the third annual hairdo competition, each year two lucky people (one male and one female) win a pair of tickets to the following year’s festival simply by letting my good friend Colm get a good mug shot of them, leaving their mobile number so we can get hold of them and wait till Charlie Harper, John Robb and myself have judged the best ones on Sunday afternoon. Couldn’t be simpler really!!! For all info and more visit and get your tickets soon, understandably they are selling like cold beer at the moment (and a lot faster than England Shirts!!!) Jennie xxx
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