JAMIE BARRIER, frontman of US folk-punk legends THE PINE HILL HAINTS has lined up a UK tour this September.

The Haints, based in Auburn, Alabama and steeped in folk, bluegrass and hardcore punk, were formed in 1998 by Barrier aka James The Fang, also a onetime member of infamous Southern trash rockers THE QUADRAJETS alongside future IMMORTAL LEE COUNTY KILLERS founder Chet Weise.

Active since 1998, they’ve toured widely – frequently alongside the likes of J.D. WILKES and TH’ LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS – and have released numerous singles, EPs and albums on CD and vinyl, mostly through their own Arkam label. Their most recent new album was 2017’s Smoke, followed by a deluxe reissue of their 2007 classic Ghost Dance last year.

Barrier toured the UK last summer together with Yorkshire musician SERIOUS SAM BARRETT with whom he’s released two joint album, North Country Steed and The Dime Horseshoe.

The pair reconnect to play the following dates…

15 Sept – Coach & Horses, Dronfield
16 Sept – Harry’s Bar, Wakefield
17 Sept – The New Inn, Canterbury
18 Sept – Green Note, Camden, London
19 Sept – Topic Folk Club, Bradford.
20 Sept – Bloomfield Square, Otley
21 Sept – The Flying Duck, Ilkley
22 Sept – The Cricketers Arms, Horbury
23 Sept – Caledonia, Liverpool
24 Sept – Kwas, Huddersfield
25 Sept – Major Tom’s Social, Harrogate
26 Sept – TBC
27 Sept – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
28 Sept – Roman Lakes, Marple
29 Sept – The Lantern, Halifax
30 Sept – Chip n Ern, Bingley
1st Oct – The Waiting Room, Eaglescliffe

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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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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…

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
08.08.2019 – DERBY – HAIRY DOG
10.08.2019 – YORK – THE FULFORD ARMS
11.08.2019 – LONDON – NEW CROSS INN

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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.


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

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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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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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Punk rock ukulele band THE PUKES are back with a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘One In A Million’ is taken from the band’s first full album of all-original material, Never Mind The Buffet, which is due out in September though their own Hoo Har label. The video is the work of renowned film-maker Mark Richards.

The Pukes have built a reliable reputation for riotous gigs, featuring ukulele-based renditions of punk classics from the likes of Buzzcocks, Dead Kennedys, Cock Sparrer, Ramones and Discharge, releasing the album Too Drunk To Pluck in 2014.

The band now return with a slimmed-down line-up and an album of self-penned songs, produced by ex-Vibrator Pat Collier at Perry Vale Studios in South London.

The band have a handful of dates coming up, including a special album launch at The Dublin Castle, Camden on 13 September. Full dates are…

Thu 1 Aug – Rebellion Festival
Fri 13 Sept – London – Dublin Castle tickets
Sat 14 Sept – Bristol Ukulele Festival

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PETER PERRETT and friends have been announced as headliner for this year’s Somers Town Festival.

Now in its 21st year, this lively community event takes place annually in the Somers Town area of London between St Pancras and Euston Stations and Camden to the north. This year’s festival on Saturday 13 July has been invited onto the British Library Piazza adjacent the traditional event on Chalton Street.

Artists confirmed to appear alongside the Only Ones frontman Peter Perrett & ‘Special Guests’ over four stages are former Loft and Weather Prophets frontman Pete Astor, Knox from The Vibrators, Oh! Gunquit, Imaginary Millions, The Speedways, The Mighty Caretakers and more to be announced.

There’ll also be film screenings – including The Parkinsons documentary A Long Road To Nowhere – poetry, comedy, street theatre, city gardening, a rock’n’roll market, a pop-up Somers Town museum, numerous stalls from local vendors and loads more.

Completely free of admission and open to all, the organisers have set up a Go Fund Me page, offering various incentives, to invite voluntary donations to help make the event the best it can be.

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Writer, actor, broadcaster and musician RICHARD STRANGE is to celebrate the music of LOU REED on tour this Autumn.

The DOCTORS OF MADNESS frontman will be performing a selection of the New York legend’s songs – including classics intermingled with some obscure gems – in six cities during September, backed by a world class band.

With legendary musician, producer and arranger Terry Edwards of Gallon Drunk, PJ Harvey and The NJE acting as musical director, the line-up features guitarists Kevin Armstrong (David Bowie, Iggy Pop) and Paul Cuddeford (Ian Hunter, Trent Miller), keyboardist Florence Sabeva (Earl Slick) and drummer Dave Imby (Kid Creole).

You can catch Richard Strange and co on the following dates…

Sat 21 Sept – Jubilee Church, Hull
Sun 22 Sept – Zanzibar, Liverpool
Mon 23 Sept – Arts Centre, Norwich
Tues 24 Sept – O2 Islington Academy, London
Weds 25 Sept – Arts Centre, Colchester
Thurs 26 Sept – O2 Academy 2, Birmingham

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Scots punks MURDERBURGERS have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Turning 30 Was An Eye Opener’ is the opening track from the band’s latest album What A Mess released last March.

The video was made by and stars Kyle from Lovers Turn To Monsters. For fans of going apeshit in a room on your own.

Frontman Fraser heads out for solo dates during June, followed by full band shows around Europe with FLAMINGO NOSEBLEED, followed by appearances at Wonkfest and Rebellion. Full dates are…

8/06/19 – Dunfermline – Monty’s (Fraser solo)
19/06/19 – Inverness – The Market Bar (Fraser solo)
20/06/19 – Aberdeen – The Cellar (Fraser solo)
21/06/19 – Dundee – Conroy’s Basement w/ Nelson Savage + more (Fraser solo)
24/06/19 – Bristol – The Exchange w/ Ogikubo Station (Fraser solo)
25/06/19 – London – New Cross Inn w/ Ogikubo Station (Fraser solo)
26/06/19 – Leicester – The Soundhouse w/ Ogikubo Station (Fraser solo)
27/06/19 – Stafford – Redrum w/ Ogikubo Station (Fraser solo)
28/06/19 – Manchester – Gullivers w/ Ogikubo Station (Fraser solo)
29/06/19 – Glasgow – TBC w/ Ogikubo Station (Fraser solo)
30/06/19 – Edinburgh – Banshee Labyrinth w/ Ogikubo Station (full band)
02/07/19 – Vorselaar, Belgium – Den Tip w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
03/07/19 – Osnabruck, Germany – Substanz Haus w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
04/07/19 – Luneburg, Germany – Asta Wohnzimmer w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
05/07/19 – Berlin, Germany – Trickster w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
06/07/19 – Altenburg, Germany – Finnegans Irish Pub w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
07/07/19 – Prague, Czech Rep – Cafe Na Pul Cesty w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
08/07/19 – Vienna, Austria – Cafe Carina w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
09/07/19 – Linz, Austria – Sputnik Rock Cafe w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
10/07/19 – TBC w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
11/07/19 – Ravensburg, Germany – Cafe Balthes w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
12/07/19 – Savièse, Switzerland – Cage2Faraday w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
13/07/19 – Thun, Switzerland – AKuT w/ Flamingo Nosebleed
14/07/19 – Bergamo, Italy – Punk Rock Raduno
16/07/19 – Chamonix, France – Le Monkey (full band acoustic show)
17/07/19 – TBC
18/07/19 – Saarbrucken, Germany – Nilles Bar
19/07/19 – Den Bosch, Holland – Brouwpodium Bossche Brouwers aan de Vaart
20/07/19 – Hastings – Crowleys
27/07/19 – London – Wonkfest
01/08/19 – Blackpool – Rebellion Festival

What A Mess is available now from Asian Man (US), Brassneck (UK/EU), Umlaut (UK/EU) and Waterslide (Japan).

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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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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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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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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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A brand new festival is set to bring full-on rock sounds to the East of England next month. And we have 3 x VIP ticktes plus exclusive merch to give away!

Headlined by THE VIRGINMARYS, THE WILDHEARTS and HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, Call Of The Wild Festival takes place over the weekend of 24-26 May at Lincolnshire Showground, Grange De Lings, Lincoln.


Full details and day and weekend tickets are available here.

To be in with a chance of winning one of three VIP tickets plus exclsuive merch, all you’ve got to do is send an email to with ‘VLR Ticket Giveaway’ in the subject box, completing the following sentence…

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What a night it was! Packed full of all of the legends of rock‘n’roll, punk, 2-Tone and new wave, the AEG Vive Le Rock Awards 2019 at London’s O2 Academy Islington was a night to remember! Featuring live sets from the likes of The Stranglers, Steve Diggle of Buzzcocks and the surprise reformation of The Rich Kids, for the full run down of what occurred plus exclusive interviews with the winners, pick up the latest issue of Vive Le Rock! out now!

Knox, Pauline Murray & Segs Jennings
Jackie Chambers & Kim McAuliffe from Girlschool with Vive editor Eugene Butcher
Neville & Sugary Staple
Glen Matlock
Ed Tudor Pole
JJ Burnel
The Professionals’ Chris McCormack & Tom Spencer with Rat Scabies

Photos © Tina Korhonen and Dave Cox

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Upholding the banner for oldtime country and rockabilly, DALE WATSON returns to the UK this Spring.

The Texan musician will play a series of dates in May and June, including an appearance at this year’s Red Rooster Festival in Norfolk.

Originally based in Austin, Watson is spending an increasing amount of time in Memphis where he is in the process of reopening legendary bar Hernando’s Hideaway, a onetime haunt of Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.

A prolific artist since the mid-90s with around thirty albums to his credit, and secialising in songs about drinking, trucking and cheating, Watson’s latest release, Call Me Lucky, came out in February through Red House Records.

Check out his latest video…

Catch Dale and his band The Lone Stars on the road at…

Wed 29 May – London Jazz Café
Thur 30 May – Oxford Bullingdon
Fri 31 May – Euston Red Rooster Festival
Sat 1 May – Newcastle The Cluny
Sun 2 May – Liverpool Netherley Sports & Social Club
Mon 3 May – Glasgow St Lukes
Tues 4 May – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Wed 5 May – Sheffield Greystones
Thur 6 May – Bristol Exchange

Tickets for all shows are available here.

Tickets for Red Rooster – which takes place at Euston Hall, near Thetford, Norfolk from 30 May to 1 June and also features sets from NICK LOWE, LOW CUT CONNIE, CEDRIC BURNSIDE, JESSE DAYTON, OH! GUNQUIT, POWERSOLO, JAMES & THE ULTRASOUNDS and more – are available here.

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The Vive Le Rock-sponsored Strummercamp Festival returns to Oldham this Spring for the second year running.

Now in its 13th year, the festival, which is run entirely by volunteers in the spirit of the legendary CLASH frontman is back at Oldham Rugby Club over the weekend of 24-26 May.

Headlining this year are Vive Award-winners RUTS DC and THE BAR STOOL PREACHERS. Other acts confirmed over three stages include DUNCAN REID & THE BIG HEADS, INTERROBANG, HEADSTICKS, former STONE ROSES guitarist AZIZ IBRAHAM, THE ZIPHEADS, BUFFALO SOLDIERS, DIRT BOX DISCO, SKAPONES and loads more, with more acts to be confirmed.

Tickets are on sale here.

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