DeRellas Add Dates!

The UK’s top glam-punks The DeRellas play a bunch of shows in the coming weeks around their appearance at Rebellion.

The band kick off the dates by headlining their own Rockaway Beach club night at London’s legendary Hope & Anchor on Friday 26 July, with MOTO VAMP in support. Next month they go on to play two shows at the 100 Club, opening for HEARTBREAKERS guitarist Walter Lure on the 10th and DAMNED and LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH legend Brian James on the 23rd.

Full dates are…

Fri 26 July – Hope & Anchor, London (w/ Moto Vamp)
Sat 27 July – Prince Albert, Brighton (w/ Scare Taxi & Young Francis)
Sat 3 Aug – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool
Fri 9 Aug – Rebellion Club, Manchester (w/ Walter Lure)
Sat 10 Aug – 100 Club, London (w/ Walter Lure)
Fri 23 Aug – 100 Club, London (w/ Brian James & The Electrics)

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TOY’S OUT OF THE ATTIC!

Hot new London punk’n’roll trio SUZITOY have announced their debut single and a short UK tour to back it up.

The band, who feature former FLESH FOR LULU drummer Bish Bishop, alongside basist Ko-Chun Lee and guitarist Marlon Woods from WE BUY GOLD, unleash the download single ‘Gangs’ on 20 July, with a physical EP to follow in the autumn.

“’Gangs’ is our response to the corporate and corrupt powers that enslave the people,” says Bish of the new single. “It’s dark and dangerous, but at the same time you can dance to it. That’s a really potent mix and not for the faint of heart.”

The band head out on tour next week, kicking off in Edinburgh on the 18th and winding up in London on the 26th. Full dates are…

18 Jul – Edinburgh, Bannerman’s Bar
19 Jul – Newcastle, The Black Bull
20 Jul – Whitchurch, Percy’s Café Bar
21 Jul – Rotherham, The Trades
26 Jul – London, The Amersham Arms

More dates TBA

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REBELLION TALES!

It’s only three weeks ’til Rebellion. We asked some of the acts playing this year to give us some of their favourite Rebellion memories…

Alex – Wonk Unit
Nothing particularly glamorous or rock n roll but a couple of years back when we were playing that amazing slot in the Empress Ballroom between Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes and Slaves, we’d got all set up on time and I was twiddling my thumbs with 15 minutes to go before show time. I hate waiting around so as our hotel was only 5 minutes around the corner, I decided to just walk back to kill time. So, check this, I opened the door, went in, cracked open a can of Coke and I shit my pants??? Like literally no warning, no feeling, I didn’t fart, I didn’t sneeze or do anything, just suddenly I found I just shit my fuckin pants??? Like WTF??? I guess I was lucky to be in our hotel room, but it was a pretty traumatic few minutes of cleaning up and changing my shorts before running back to the Ballroom to a packed 3000 strong crowd. Was a wicked gig! Xx

Fat Bob – Hard Skin
Rebellion 2016 – It’s Sunday early afternoon and I’ve had enough. I’m just fucking leaving, and I hear some winging American voice on the outside stage and the missus’ asks who that is. Some geezer in the street suggests it’s Jelly Biafra or something but I’ve no fucking idea and I don’t care.

Walk a bit further down the road and bump into Daryl from Cock Sparrer. We are chatting on – usual Bollocks and then these fat balding middle-aged German geezers stop the conversation – getting excited they’ve met a legend. They are all over me like most balding middle-aged men who try to chat to me on Grinder. Anyway, they want a selfie with the legend that is Fat Bob. Both of them are wearing Cock Sparrer T-Shirts and ask Daryl without a clue who he is, if he minds taking a picture of them with me.

Being an Oi! celebrity is hard but it’s about time Cock Sparrer swapped their pay check with Hard Skin.

TV Smith
The first time I was invited to perform at Rebellion was 1996. I’d never played a solo set at a punk festival before, and Rebellion had never had a solo artist before either, so I was a little nervous to say the least. Festivals being what they are, there was no opportunity for a soundcheck so when I walked on stage, I knew it was ‘now or never’. For a moment it looked like it would be “never”: I looked over to the mixing desk halfway down the hall – past the crowds of people in the audience waiting to see what I would come up with – and saw there was no one manning it. I plugged in. No sound. Was this going to be a truly acoustic gig, in front of nearly a thousand people? I’d expected it to be nerve-wracking – but not this nerve-wracking. Time stretched out before me and after what seemed like the longest couple of minutes, I had ever experienced a figure appeared behind the desk and I had sound. Not a good sound, to tell the truth – through the monitors on the stage, my guitar sounded like a distant tinny wasp, and I played it so hard to compensate that I almost immediately broke a string and the gig came to an abrupt stop. I didn’t have a spare guitar with me, so to the audience’s bemusement I had to put a new string on the guitar on stage. I then attempted to play ‘Bombsite Boy’ for the first time since the Adverts – I’d promised an acoustic Adverts set and that was what I was bloody well going to play – only to find out the song was far too complicated for acoustic guitar, and twenty years after my youthful former self wrote it, also too high to sing. Bizarrely, the audience loved it, and after a (for me) tortuous 40 minutes I left the stage to resounding applause and demands for encores.

It was a trial by fire, but I’m happy to say that I’ve played solo every year since then, and the acoustic scene at Rebellion has grown so popular that artists and audiences queue up to play, and get into the Almost Acoustic venue over the entire three days of the event. In fact, I’ve had so many complaints over the past few years from people who couldn’t actually squeeze into the room while I was playing that this year, I’m doing my solo show in the Opera House. Classy or wot?

Segs – Ruts DC
It’s a strange phenomenon at Rebellion festival that whatever time you intend on going to bed, you always seem to be coming back to the hotel as the sun’s coming up, you miss breakfast (again) after not eating properly the day before.

After 5/6 years of this routine, I decided last year to get home while the night was relatively young. Still, gig done I did need to chill out with a beer or something, somewhere. “Come around to our hotel.” said Tom, singer of The Professionals. So off we went. So, there I was, sitting outside chatting to one Paul Cook (I have to mention, yes, he of The Sex Pistols fame, about our upcoming Crack 40 tour and other things).

“Last orders,” shouted one of the barmen – it was 3.30 am. “I’ve managed it!”, I thought. A relatively early night…but … “Rambo’s on the phone”, said Chris McCormack, the Proffs’ guitarist. “John wants a few people back to his hotel, he needs cheering up, don’t bring any idiots!” So, Chris said to me and girlfriend Tara Rez, “Come on you two, you’re not idiots”.

“Jesus!”, I said. Was he talking about John Lydon? -Yes, he was! Cookie said that he wasn’t gonna go and I said that there was no way I was going to meet JL, pissed, at 3.30 in the morning! I’m just about ready for my early night.

So, Cookie left and then , as we were starting off on our walk back to our safe haven, I got a text with hotel address. “Maybe we’ll just go for a little while …hmm.” So, we jumped a cab, the hotel was a way away and we had to get met at the gates by a security man who escorted us in.

We walk into the outside area and there was Mr Lydon, and a few friends/band members and Cookie had turned up in the end, so I walk up to introduce myself to John Lydon: “Hello Mr Lydon, I’m Segs from the Ruts – last time I saw you was in 1979 – you were looking at our album cover (The Crack). “We had just entered the press room at Virgin Records that day and proudly seen (the) Johnny Rotten holding up our up first LP .” Then I told him with a smile on my face, “You said ‘bunch of faggots’!”

He just said, “I deny it! I deny anything that I’ve ever been accused of.” He shook my hand warmly and told us that the bar was open “Get yourselves a drink and come and join us.”

So, there I was chatting away to John Lydon, he was actually really friendly to everyone. We rolled him a joint and sat down, the conversations were pretty deep and I even had the dutch courage to sing him a couple of lyrics from Music Must Destroy! What was happening? After an hour or so the evening drew naturally to a close, he said he had to go and take care of a few things and next minute he was gone. We said our goodbyes and got in a taxi —you guessed it —as our driver transported us along the Blackpool’s well-trodden promenade, the sky was well into its morning. The land of the rising sun indeed.

Sound good? There’s still time to get tickets!!

Day and weekend tickets available here: http://www.rebellionfestivals.com/tickets

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PREHISTORIC SOUNDS!

DINOSAUR JR are to have four classic albums reissued in expanded form on CD and vinyl.

Green Mind, Where You Been, Without A Sound and Hand It Over were originally released by the legendary Massachusetts band between 1991 and ’97 when they were signed to Warner Bros, and were seen as a second wind for the band following their implosion after their UK breakthrough album Bug in 1998.

Each of the releases, curated with full input from band founder J Mascis, and including new sleevenotes from noted journalist Keith Cameron, will be available on double vinyl and double CD from 27 September through Cherry Red.

Green Mind surfaced in 1991 and featured Mascis playing most instruments on most songs, with contributions from original drummer Murph, along with briefly recruited bassist Don Fleming and drummer Dan Spiegel from the band Gumball.

The rerelease features copious bonus tracks, including the Whatever’s Cool With Me EP, while the CD version also has a previously unreleased live set from Hollywood Palladium.

Where You Been, released in ’93, was a major commercial success, reaching the UK Top 10, with the accompanying single ‘Start Choppin’ making the Top 20. It saw a return of Murph to fulltime duties and the arrival of bassist Mike Johnson, as well as the unlikely presence of a string quartet.

Bonus tracks include a version of The Flying Burrito Brothers’ ‘Hot Burrito #2’ and a selection of Peel Session tracks. The CD also includes a previously unreleased live set from St Paul Civic Centre.

Released in ’94, Without A Sound was the first Dinosaur J not to feature Murph, with Mascis handling the drums himself. It yielded the hit single ‘Feel The Pain’. Bonus tracks on this edition include tracks recorded live in London, with the CD adding instrumental versions of album tracks.

Their last album for a decade, although ’97’s Hand It Over sold poorly, offering no radio hits, it’s apparently regarded by Mascis as his favourite album from the Warner period. Opening track ‘I Don’t Think’ featured vocals from My Bloody Valentine’s Bilinda Butcher and Kevin Shields, who produced the track.

Bonus tracks include an EP of songs recorded for the Matt Dillon movie Grace Of My Heart and tracks from an Australian TV broadcast, with the CD adding an unreleased set from a show in Stockholm.

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LOS FASTIDIOS ANNOUNCE DATES!

Italian anti-fascist ska-punks LOS FASTIDIOS have unveiled a new video ahead of a bunch of summer tour dates.

‘Radio Babylon’ is a re-recording of a track from their 2017 album The Sound Of Revolution, this time featuring the vocals of the band’s tour manager Elisa Dixan. It’s taken from the 7″ Elisa Dixan Sings Los Fastidios, which is available now through Kob Records.

The band’s new album Joy Joy Joy is out this month and is available to order here.

Los Fastidios hit the UK at the end of July for a run of summer dates, including two performances at Rebellion and a headline show at London’s New Cross Inn. Full dates are…

31.07.2019 – SHOREHAM BY SEA – DUKE OF WELLINGTON
01.08.2019 – WREXHAM – SEITH SEREN
02.08.2019 – BLACKPOOL – REBELLION (Almost Acoustic stage)
03.08.2019 – BLACKPOOL – REBELLION (Empress Ballroom stage)
06.08.2019 – GLASGOW – AUDIO
07.08.2019 – EDINBURGH – BANNERMANS BAR
08.08.2019 – DERBY – HAIRY DOG
09.08.2019 – MANCHESTER – STAR AND GARTER
10.08.2019 – YORK – THE FULFORD ARMS
11.08.2019 – LONDON – NEW CROSS INN

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BEVIS PATROL!

Brit-psych legends THE BEVIS FROND have announced a series of shows in the UK and Europe.

The increasingly active outfit, who’ve been releasing albums since the late-80s, most recently last year’s We’re Your Friends, Man, will plays gigs and festivals shows taking them through to the Autumn.

They kick off with a performance at the 17th Dream Of Dr Sardonicus festival in Cardigan, and take in shows in Manchester, Glasgow and Oxford. Full dates are…

2-4 Aug – The Cellar Bar, Cardigan (17th Dream of Dr Sardonicus)
10 Aug – Yellowstock Festival, Geel, Belgium
26 Sep – The Jericho Tavern, Oxford
27 Sep – The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow
28 Sep – Aatma, Manchester
10 Oct – Arena, Berlin, Germany

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TELEVISION ADDICTS!

DIY punk legends TELEVISION PERSONALITIES have an elaborate and comprehensive singles collection out this week.

Formed in Chesea in 1977 by Dan Treacy, later joined by SWELL MAPS’ Jowe Head, the band are perhaps best-know for their 1978 tracks ‘Where’s Bill Grundy Now?’ and ‘Part-Time Punks’ before turning towards psychedelia with ‘I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives’.

The double-CD hardback book-form package houses Some Kind Of Happening – Singles 1978-1989 and Some Kind Of Trip – Singles 1990-1994, the compilation contains numerous highpoints and rarities from a multitude of labels, including their debut 45 ’14th Floor’, a Creation Records flexi, their ultra-rare take on Mel & Kim’s ‘Respectable’ and 1989’s nearly-hit ‘Salvador Dali’s Garden Party’…

Set for release on 12 July through Fire Records, the anthology is available to pre-order here.

Jowe Head, meanwhile, has his new double solo album Widdershins – in which he tackles weird folk, post-punk and Krautrock – out through Easy Action Records on the same day. It’s available to pre-order here.

Jowe plays The Stag’s Head, Hoxton, London on 27 July.

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ANY ROAD HOME!

Newly minted Celtic folk-punks THE WALKER ROADERS have unveiled a lyric video for their first single.

‘Will You Go Lassie Go’ is taken from the band’s self-titled debut album, out on 23 August.

Led by THE POGUES co-founder and accordionist James Fearnley, the band also features former DROPKICK MURPHYS multi-instrumentalist Marc Orrell, and FLOGGING MOLLY co-founder Ted Hutt. They’re joined on the album by bassist Brad Wood, fiddler Kieran Mulroney and drummer Bryan Head. Based in L.A., the band take their name from a notorious street gang in Fearnley’s fome city of Manchester.

“I’d come across Ted loads since arriving in Los Angeles years ago,” explains Fearnley. “Socially, gastronomically, not least musically, beginning with Brad Wood suggesting me to play accordion on an album Ted was producing. It developed from there. Marc, I knew from Dropkick Murphys opening for The Pogues one Christmas. And then he surfaced in L.A. It was an opportunity too good to pass up to bring us together with others I’d played with that had talent, an instrument and an ear.”

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NEW LOUDER THAN WAR!

Ahead of the release of their new album, PIXIES are on the cover of the new edition of our sister mag Louder Than War.

Inside we chat to the band are about their long and illustrious history, including the 30th Anniversary of their classic album Doolittle, and the making of their seventh full-length Beneath The Eyrie, which is out on 13 September, the same day they kick off a major UK tour.

Also this issue, we talk psych with TEMPLES, shoegaze with RIDE, post-punk with THE MURDER CAPITAL and the new wave of psychedelic folk-rock with Cornish mavericks HANTERHIR.

Elsewhere we’ve got NEW MODEL ARMY, FUTUREHEADS, FAT WHITE FAMILY, MANIC STREET PREACHERS, BLACK FUTURES, THE NATIONAL, MIKE PATTON, GOODBYE MISTER MACKENZIE, UTAH SAINTS and loads more…

The new edition of Louder Than War is on sale now here and in all good newsagents!

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CATS IN THE BOX!

STRAY CATS fever continues to sweep the world with the announcement of a major new box set from the Long Island rockabilly legends.

In celebration of the trio’s 40th Anniversary, Runaway Boys brings together their first three classic albums – Stray Cats, Gonna Ball and Rant’n’Rave – released on Arista between 1981 and 1983, newly half-speed remastered and given the 180g deluxe vinyl treatment.

A fourth vinyl disc brings together eleven b-sides and assorted rarities.

On top of that, there’s a 40-page book compiling classic interviews down the years alongside rare and unseen photos and memorabilia.

Best of all is the Rumble In Brighton board game, where players are invited to race from London’s Ace Cafe to Brighton seafront for a dust-up on the beach.

Also available are 25-track double-vinyl and 36-track double-CD anthologies.

Set for release on 27 September through BMG, the box set and anthologies are available to pre-order here.

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MORROCCAN ROLL SOLDIER!

Current Michael Monroe and former New York Dolls guitarist STEVE CONTE has unveiled a video for a track from his Steve Conte NYC album.

The song ‘What Would I Do If I Were Me’ features guest appearances from Ginger Wildheart and Hellacopter and Backyard Babies guitarist Dregen and was originally released in 2014.

It was filmed entirely in Morocco by Jacoba Cornelisse and Salah Ait Oukdim.

Steve Conte NYC is available now from CD Baby.

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DANNY KUSTOW TRIBUTE!

The original members of the TOM ROBINSON BAND are coming together to celebrate the life of Danny Kustow next month.

The guitarist, who joined the band in 1976, passed away in March after a short illness.

Signing to EMI, TRB were instantly successful with their debut single ‘2-4-6-8 Motorway’ and debut album Power In The Darkness both soaring into the Top 5. One of the most politically motivated bands of the era, they played regular shows supporting Rock Against Racism and the Anti-Nazi League.

Following the break-up of the band in October ’79, Kustow contributed to Generation X’s third album Kiss Me Deadly, going on to play in The Spectres with Glen Matlock and The Planets with members of The Blockheads. He would later play on Robinson’s 1983 hit ‘War Baby’, rejoining the briefly reformed TRB at the end of the decade. More recently, he joined Robinson onstage for ‘…Motorway’ at the 100 Club in 2017.

The gig at The Scala in London’s Kings Cross on Monday 29 July will feature Robinson plus original members, keyboard-player Mark Ambler and drummer Dolphin Taylor, who also played in Stiff Little Fingers and Spear Of Destiny before relocating to L.A.

Also featuring members of Robinson’s current band and special guests, the night will include video screenings of Danny at his best.

Tickets for the show are now on sale here. All profits from the gig will go to NHS Critical Care Unit in Bath, who cared for Danny during his final days.

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CHATS BACK FOR MORE!

Aussie idlers THE CHATS return to the UK at the end of the year for a major tour.

The teenage Queensland mullet-punks, scored YouTube hit with ‘Smoko’ – 7.2 million views and counting – a few years back will be giving a taster of what to expect when they appear at Reading and Leeds festivals at the end of August.

The band return at the end of November for a string of dates culminating in a London show at Kentish Town Forum. Full dates are…

Nov 30th Brighton, Concorde 2
Dec 1st Oxford, 02 Academy
Dec 2nd Norwich, Waterfront
Dec 3rd Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Dec 4th Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Dec 5th Newcastle, Riverside
Dec 6th Edinburgh, Summerhall
Dec 7th Aberdeen, Lemon Tree
Dec 9th Glasgow, Garage
Dec 10th Manchester, 02 Ritz
Dec 11th Birmingham, 02 Institute
Dec 12th Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
Dec 13th Bristol, 02 Academy
Dec 14th London, 02 Forum

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IT’S HAMMER TIME!

THE DAMNED have announced a new ‘greatest hits’ collection along with a very special London show.

Black Is The Night is the most comprehensive and far-reaching Damned compilation ever, featuring 39 classics from their back catalogue, handpicked by the band themselves, as well as one new song.

Set for release on double-CD and quadruple-vinyl on 25 October through BMG, it’s available to pre-order here.

On 28 October, the band will take to the stage of the legendary London Palladium, partnering with Hammer House Of Horror in A Night Of A Thousand Vampires, their biggest headline show this year.

The event is planned as an immersive theatrical experience, featuring cabaret and a supporting cast from Circus Of Horrors, promising “shock, awe and gore!” Audience members are encouraged to dress appropriately!

Tickets for the event go on sale this Friday here.

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CHILDREN OF THE BEVOLUTION!

East Anglia’s leading melodic punks BEVERLEY KILLS venture forth from their Cambridge base for a handful of dates next month.

The much-loved quartet have kept a relatively low profile in recent years – save for a track on a flexi from Repeat Fanzine in 2017 and a very special 10th Anniversary show in their hometown last year.

The band now break cover for a trio of shows in Norwich, Newcastle and London, where they play this year’s Wonkfest.

Full dates are…

Fri 26 July – Gringo’s, Norwich (w/Goober Patrol & Project Mork)
Sat 27 July – The Dome, Tufnell Park, London (Wonk Fest 7)
Sat 31 Aug – The Cluny, Newcastle (w/China Drum)

In other news, Bevs guitarist Kate Fleet has just published her first children’s book. Monty Mouse of Cambridge Town was written by Kate and illustrated by Angela Cogo and is available here.

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RISKEE BUSINESS!

Fast-rising grime-punks RISKEE AND THE RIDICULE have unveiled a new video from their imminent new album.

Following on from’Kaboom!’ earlier this month, the broodingly anthemic ‘In The Dark We Dwell’ is taken from the Kent quartet’s third album Body Bag Your Scene, their debut for Bomber Music.

“‘In The Dark We Dwell’ is about gravitating towards self destruction,” explains frontman Scott Picking. “It’s an insight in to the past. It’s about who we used to be and who we are now.”

Directed by the band themselves, the video “is a respectful nod to Keith Flint and anyone suffering from their own internal darkness.”

The band have several UK dates lined up, including appearances at Rebellion and Booze & Glory’s 10th Anniversary bash at Camden’s Electric Ballroom in November. Full dates are…

29 Jun – Crowley’s Bar, Hastings
13 Jul – 1 In 12 Club Bradford
26 Jul – The Lab, Northampton
1-4 Aug – Rebellion, Blackpool
17 Aug – Esquires, Bedford
20 Sep – Ramsgate Music Hall
5 Oct – Rich Mix, London
18 Oct – Exchange, Bristol
2 Nov – Electric Ballroom, London (w/Booze & Glory)

Body Bag Your Scene is out on 28 June and is available to pre-order here.

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NEW MODEL SINGLE!

NEW MODEL ARMY have unveiled a lyric video for the first single from their new album.

The urgent, dystopian ‘End Of Days’ is taken from From Here, which follows on from 2016’s Winter and is set for release through EARmusic on 23 August. The album is available to order in various formats and bundles here.

The band will follow the release with a UK tour kicking off in Southampton on 8 October and taking in a London date at the Electric Ballroom, Camden on 14 November. Full dates are…

08/10 – 1865, Southampton
13/11 – SWX, Bristol
14/11 – Electric Ballroom, London
15/11 – Junction, Cambridge
16/11 – Stylus, Leeds
17/11 – Tramshed, Cardiff
19/11 – Live Rooms, Chester
20/11 – Boiler Shop, Newcastle
21/11 – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
22/11 – O2 Ritz, Manchester
23/11 – O2 Institute, Birmingham
12/12 – Concorde 2, Brighton
21/12 – Rock City, Nottingham

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UP WITH THE ROOSTER!

Now in its fifth year, the Red Rooster Festival has shaped up from humble beginnings to be THE go-to weekend for rock’n’roll, blues and roots music . Vive Le Rock donned its dungarees to check it out….

RED ROOSTER FESTIVAL
EUSTON HALL, SUFFOLK

With a track record of good weather, Red Rooster is something of a rarity in the UK calendar. Better not jinx it! It’s also one of the easiest on the eye, when it comes to locations, situated in the grounds of Euston Hall on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, by wood and river. Moreover, it’s compactness means you don’t waste time and energy slogging everywhere, can easily find your mates and are generally in with a good chance of making it back to your tent before passing out.

Kicking off on the Thursday evening, just as most people are arriving, the mainstage offers a low-key bill of mellow country rock, headlined by Philadelphia’s Low Cut Connie, trading in a weird concoction of garage rock through a Queen filter.

The following morning, though, the fest sets off in earnest with London’s long-serving Cajun aces Joli Blon, who do an amazing job of shaking the masses out of their torpor. The day takes shape approvingly via the many-headed Cash-style country-punk of The Johnsons, ZZ Top-channelling newcomer Sam Morrow and Texan golden boy Jarrod Dickinson, who takes time to salute homestate legend Doug Sahm with a terrific cover of ‘I’m Glad For Your Sake’.

After a Prosecco-and-veggie-burrito break, Vive Le Rock returns to the mainstage for another of Texas’s finest sons, Dale Watson. Single-handedly saving country music one truckin’ song at a time, Dale’s on fine form, the crowd quickly getting into singalong mode on ‘I Lie When I Drink’ (“…and I drink a lot!”). Ever the consummate pro, Dale takes some beating, although Nick Lowe gives it a good go. Since teaming up with LA’s masked instrumental surf band Los Straightjackets, the Godfather of Pub has been reinvigorated: delivering an elementary ‘greatest hits’ set, rockin’ recent single ‘Tokyo Bay’ is as good as anything the great man’s ever done.

By Saturday both stages – and the sun’s rays – are getting into their stride, so we slap on the lotion to enjoy sets on the Little Red Rooster acoustic stage from fast-rising skateboarder-cum-country-blues-picker, Yorkshire’s own Serious Sam Barrett – drawing one of the biggest crowds of the weekend – and the country’n’rockabilly of The Haystingers, unphased by a mid-set power failure.

Over on the mainstage, it’s Euro-tastic with youthful French rockabillies Howlin’ Jaws delivering a blistering set, closely followed by Switzerland’s Powersolo and the homegrown Oh! Gunquit, featuring the finest hula-hooping, trumpet-blowing frontwoman of the festival.

East Londoner Errol Linton has been a reliable draw on the London scene for many years, so it’s great to watch him deliver a crowd-pleasing mid-afternoon set of his reggae-infused blues. He’s definitely deserving of bigger things. So too, Cedric Burnside: grandson of the legendary R.L. who kickstarted the noughties punk-blues scene, he delivered a blistering set, backed only by a hard-hitting drummer with an infectious beat. The two even swapped places at one point!

For the final act of the weekend, Vive was in a bit of a quandary, but sorely tempted by the soul-inspired space-rock of The Budos Band, we opted for the tried’n’tested Legendary Shackshakers on the Little Red Rooster stage. One of the most dynamic acts of the festival, it’s a shame they’re relegated to the smaller stage, but their fiery gothic-country-punk has zero airs and graces, quickly creating the atmosphere of the moshpit, frontman J.D. Wilkes risking life and limb (his, the band’s, the crowd’s) with his cavalier mic-stand antics. A brilliant punk-rock frontman, and quite possibly the only one armed with a banjo, Wilkes is a force of nature who deserves much wider fame.

The party kept rockin’ well into the night over on the Howlin’ Woods DJ stage, but totally spent from the Shackshakers, Vive (dis)gracefully retired. Out first Red Rooster successfully completed, we’ll definitely be back next year.

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