2015 marks the 40th Anniversary of the birth of punk rock – the cultural explosion that changed music forever! This three CD collection features 60 punk and new wave classics, including the Ramones’ ‘Sheena is a Punk Rocker’, The Jam’s ‘Going Underground’, the Stranglers’ ‘No More Heroes’, Sham 69’s ‘If the Kids Are United’ and John Peel’s all-time favourite song ‘Teenage Kicks’ by the Undertones. There’s also new wave/post-punk hits such as Blondie’s ‘Hanging on the Telephone’, Echo and the Bunnymen’s ‘The Killing Moon’ and the Psychedelic Furs’ ‘Pretty in Pink’.

Release on June 8th through Union Square Music, this box set is packed with some of punk and new wave’s best songs ever, perfect to blast over the upcoming summer weeks!

Order your copy now from Amazon or iTunes.



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Much-loved Sunderland punks LEATHERFACE are celebrated with a new box-set from Fire Records, compiling their three albums for the label’s Roughneck imprint.

Following on from the release of their debut album in 1989, Razor Blades And Aspirin 1990-1993 features the subsequent albums Fill Your Boots, Minx and the stonecold punk classic Mush, plus a wealth of bonus material, including tracks from EPs released during this period. Completely remastered, the set is completed with extensive liner notes and interviews.

Listen to ‘I Want the Moon’.

Known for the distinctive gravelly voice and thoughtful, emotive songwriting of inimitable frontman Frankie Stubbs, Leatherface took the influence of Hüsker Dü and ran with it, becoming themselves an influence on a new generation of bands, including Hot Water Music and Dillinger Four. Although they initially split in 1994, with Stubbs going on to the bands Jesse and Pope and a solo career, he and guitarist Dickie Hammond have since reformed the band. Gigging sporadically, their most recent album was 2010’s The Stormy Petrel on Big Ugly Fish.

Razor Blades And Aspirin is out on 10 July but you can pre-order it here.

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SLEAFORD MODS have announced a major headline tour for the Autumn. The dates follow on from the release of their third album in July and a run round the Summer festivals, including Glastonbury and Hyde Park with The Who.

The tour is the electro-rant double-acts biggest to date and sees them supported on most dates by legendary CRASS frontman STEVE IGNORANT and his SLICE OF LIFE. It kicks off in Manchester on 23 September

“This is our first ‘posh’ tour; big bus, everything,” states frontman Jason Williamson. “It’s a big deal. Sleaford Mods at Rock City, The Forum, Manchester Ritz etc. Who would of thought it? Not f***ing me.”

The duo’s new album Key Markets is released through abstract punk label Harbinger Sound on 10 July, but they’re giving away a track ‘Face To Faces’, available now when you pre-order the album online. The download album is available via iTunes, or if you’d prefer vinyl, you can get that through Cargo.

Full dates are below. MARK WYNN is second support on all dates. Tickets are available here….


4th Sheffield, The Leadmill

5th London, Koko

24th – 28th Pilton, Glastonbury

26th Hyde Park, London (with The Who)



4th – 6th Salisbury, End Of The Road Festival

10th – 13th Isle Of Wight, Bestival



23rd Manchester, Ritz

24th Carlisle, Brickyard

25th Newcastle, Northumbria Uni

28th Leeds, Irish Centre

29th Birmingham, Institute



1st Cardiff, Y-Plan

2nd London, Forum

4th Bristol, Bierkeller

5th Bournemouth, Fire Station

6th Brighton, The Old Market

8th Cambridge, Junction

9th Nottingham, Rock City


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Filmmaker Wes Orshoski’s documentary THE DAMNED: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead gets its long-awaited European premiere next week.

The film, charting the career of Croydon’s finest, will screen at the Prince Charles Cinema in London’s Leicester Square at 6pm and 9pm on Wednesday 3 June. Rat Scabies and Brian James will join Orshoski at both screenings for Q&As.

The film will then tour the UK, with Scabies partaking in a Q&A at the Arthouse in Crouch End, London on 4 June. Former Damned bassists Paul Gray and Bryn Merrick will appear in the post-film chat at Chapter Arts, Cardiff on 8 June. Brian James and current Damned keyboardist Monty Oxymoron will answer questions at Duke’s at Komedia, Brighton on 10 June.

The follow-up to Orshoski’s acclaimed documentary LEMMY, THE DAMNED: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead received its world premiere at SXSW in Austin in March. Shot over three years, it covers the band’s complex and volatile history, from the early days to their 35th anniversary Tour.

The film features appearances by the Motorhead legend himself, plus Chrissie Hynde, Mick Jones, Duff McKagan, Ian MacKaye, Jello Biafra and members of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Melvins, T.S.O.L., Buzzcocks, Adverts and Offspring, and not forgetting Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, unlikely producer of The Damned’s Music For Pleasure album.

Watch the trailer here!

Full screening dates are below. You can book tickets here.

June 3, London, Prince Charles Cinema, 6 p.m. & 9 p.m.

June 4, London, Arthouse at Crouch End, 8:30 p.m.

June 5, Leeds, Hyde Park Picture House, 8:00 p.m.

June 6, Manchester, HOME, 8:10 p.m.

June 7, Leicester, Phoenix Square, 1 p.m.

June 7, Sheffield, Odeon 8/Sheffield Doc Fest, 8:30 p.m.

June 8, Cardiff, Chapter Arts, 8:15 p.m.

June 9, Liverpool, Picturehouse at FACT, 8:15 p.m.

June 10, Brighton, Duke’s at Komedia, 5:45 p.m., 8:40 p.m.

June 11, Newcastle, Tyneside Cinema, 5:45 p.m.

June 12, Edinburgh, Filmhouse, 8:30 p.m.

June 13, Glasgow, Glasgow Film Theatre, 8 p.m.

June 14, Birmingham, The Electric Cinema, 8:30 p.m.

June 15-18, Dundee, DCA, TBD

June 19, Lancaster, Duke’s Lancaster, 8:15 p.m.

June 20, Lancaster, Duke’s Lancaster, 5:45 p.m.

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Swedish rock’n’roll institution BACKYARD BABIES return this Summer after a five-year lay-off with a new single and a whole load of festival dates, followed by a new album in August.

The single ‘Th1rt3en Or Nothing’ is out now and you can listen to it here.

A brand new album Four By Four – their eighth – follows on 28 August through Gain.

Between times, they’ll hit the European festival circuit, kicking off with Sweden Rock on 5 June plus an appearance in the UK at Download on 14 June. Full dates are below.

Formed in 1989 in the small town of Nässjö, the band still features its original line-up of Peder Carlsson, Johan Blomquist, Dregen and Nicke Borg. Involved in various projects over the years, Dregen formed Hellacopters in 1994 and more recently played alongside Michael Monroe.

Tour dates…

05 Jun            Sweden Rock Festival – Sweden

11 Jun            Greenfield Festival  – Switzerland

12 Jun            Nova Rock Festival – Austria

13 Jun            Fishbait Rock Festival – Åland Islands

14 Jun            Download Festival – UK

18 Jun            Tons of Rock Festival – Norway

19 Jun            Hurricane Festival – Germany

20 Jun            Hellfest – France

21 Jun            Southside Festival – Germany

27 Jun            Bråvalla Festival – Sweden

03 Jul             Ruisrock Festival – Finland

12 Jul             Sjock Festival – Belgium

17 Jul             Resurrection Fest – Spain

06 Aug            Leyendas Del Rock – Spain

07 Aug            Getaway Rock – Sweden

08 Aug            Kubana Festival – Russia

10 Oct             Loud Park 15 – Japan



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As the bill for WONKFEST 2015 is announced VIVE LE ROCK is proud to present the premiere of  WONKFEST 2: THE MOVIE!!

Hosted by the band WONK UNIT, Wonkfest 2014 was the last ever punk gig to be held at legendary pub venue The Grosvenor in Stockwell, South London. Featuring sets from Hardskin, Maid Of Ace, The Restarts, MurderBurgers, The Reverends and loads more, it was captured on film by renowned BMX filmmaker Mark Richards, and we present it for you here today!

Wonkfest 2015 is now scheduled for The Dome in Tufnell Park on 25 July, with an incredible line-up including Culture Shock, the Roughneck Riot, Ming City Rockers, Waco, The Dead Class, Maid Of Ace, Murderburgers and many, many more…. And not forgetting Wonk Unit themselves.

Tickets are available now at an unbeatable £15 from here.

They’ll also be collecting for the local food bank so please don’t forget to take a tin of something tasty!

Check out the Wonk Unit Facebook page.

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Rising from the wreckage of the Jim Jones Revue, JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND have announced their first London show.

They play Hoxton Bar & Grill on Tuesday 30 June as a celebration of their debut single ‘Boil Yer Blood’, due for release in August.  Jim Sclavunos, producer and Bad Seeds / Grinderman drummer, will perform DJ duties on the night. Tickets are £10 and are available here.

The Righteous Mind include JJR bassist Gavin Jay, alongside ex-Tokyo Dragons drummer Phil Martini, Joe Glossop on keys and David Page on pedal-steel. Jim corralled them into the studio for the single sessions a mere five days after the JJR’s landmark farewell show at London’s Forum last October.

The band have made a stunning video for the song ’1000 Miles From The Sure’ which you can check out here.

The band will now see out the rest of May playing shows in France. Full dates below….

23rd May Avaterium Festival, St Etienne

24th May Café Charbonne, Nevers

25th May Le Bombshell, Clermont Ferrand

26th May Open Air, Bordeaux

27th May Drinkshop, Perpignan

28th May Secret Place, Montpellier

29th May Club Poste a Galene, Marseille

30th June London, Hoxton Bar & Grill

2nd July La Defense Festival, Paris

3rd July Club Gallion, Laurent

5th July EHZ Festival, Biarritz


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PUBLIC IMAGE LTD return later this year with a new album – their tenth – and a new single. What The World Needs Now… is out on 4 September, preceded on 21 August by the single ‘Double Trouble’ on 10″ vinyl. Both releases will be on their own Pil Official label distributed by Cargo. They’ll be followed by an extensive tour of the UK, Europe and the US.

The eleven-track album features the same line-up – John Lydon, Lu Edmonds, Bruce Smith and Scott Firth – that made 2012’s This Is PiL and was recorded last year at Steve Winwood’s Wincraft studio in the Cotswolds.

Formed by Lydon when he quit the Sex Pistols in 1978, Pil released eight albums (including the classics Metal Box and album) before splitting in 1992. They returned in 2009 with Lydon reuniting with former members Edmonds and Smith, and recruiting new boy Firth.

UK and European tour dates are below. Tickets go on general sale on Thursday 21 May. Further info is available from

UK Tour Dates
Glasgow, 02 ABC, Scotland, Friday, September 18th 2015
Manchester Academy, UK, Saturday, September 19th 2015
Newcastle, Riverside, Sunday, September 20th 2015
York, Fibbers, UK, Tuesday, September 22nd 2015
Coventry, The Copper Rooms @ Warwick University, UK, Wednesday, September 23rd 2015
Bristol, 02 Academy, UK, Friday, September 25th 2015
Buckley, Tivoli, Wales, Saturday, September 26th 2015
Reading, Sub 89, UK, Sunday, September 27th 2015
Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion, UK, Tuesday, September 29th 2015
Norwich, UEA, UK, Wednesday, September 30th 2015
London, 02 Shepherds Bush Empire, UK, Friday, October 2nd 2015
Frome, Cheese and Grain, UK, Saturday, October 3rd 2015
Southampton, Engine Rooms, UK, Sunday, October 4th 2015

Europe Tour Dates
Paris, Le Trianon, France, Tuesday, October 6th 2015
Amsterdam, Paradiso, Netherlands, Wednesday, October 7th 2015
Lausanne, Les Docks, Switzerland, Friday, October 9th 2015
Venice, Rivolta, Italy, Saturday, October 10th 2015
Milan, Magazzini Generali, Italy, Sunday, October 11th 2015
Mannheim, Alte Seilerei, Germany, Tuesday, October 13th 2015
Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik, Germany, Wednesday, October 14th 2015
Berlin, Columbia Theatre, Germany, Thursday, October 15th 2015
Bochum, Zeche, Germany, Saturday, October 17th 2015
Antwerp, Trix, Belgium, Sunday, October 18th 2015


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ALKALINE TRIO frontman MATT SKIBA and his other band THE SEKRETS return next month with a band new album. Kuts is out via Superball Music on 1 June. Featuring ten all new… err… cuts, you can hear the new single ‘Krazy’ right here.

Fronting Alkaline Trio since 1996, Matt hooked up with The Sekrets (bassist Hunter Burgan and drummer Jarrod Alexander) to release their first album Babylon in 2012. You can follow Matt Skiba & The Sekrets on Facebook.

Alkaline Trio arrive in the UK for a series of dates in June and July. Full details here.

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Punky-reggae upstarts JAYA THE CAT return to the UK this week for a short series of dates, culminating in a performance at the Bearded Theory Festival in Derbyshire.

Originating in Boston in the late 90s and currently dwelling in Amsterdam, the band’s most recent album The New International Sound Of Hedonism is available now through Bomber Music.

Catch the band live at….

15.05.2015 DORSET (UK) Cursus Festival

16.05.2015 NORWICH (UK) The Owl Sanctuary
!!! SOLD OUT !!!

18.05.2015 LONDON (UK) Jazz Cafe

19.05.2015 MANCHESTER (UK) The Ruby Lounge

20.05.2015 NEWCASTLE (UK) Think Tank

21.05.2015 HARLOW (UK) The Square

22.05.2015 WALTON UPON TRENT (UK) Bearded Theory Festival

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Vive Le Rock presents the video premiere for Cornwall’s premier freebooters Pirate Copy!

The video for the song ‘Going Down A Storm’, shot by can be seen below. It is the title track of the quintet’s swashbuckling new three track EP, which also features the songs ‘Whirlpool’ and ‘Lure of the Sea’.

The EP is out now and is the follow-up to their ‘Shape of Piracy to Come’ disc.

Catch Pirate Copy on tour:

May 29th – Driftwood Spars, St Agnes
July 4th – Royal Standard Gwinear, w/Honey, Mister Postman & Bastard
July 25th – Studio Bar, Penzance w/Bastard
Aug 9th – Boardmasters, Newquay
Aug 29th – Penwithick Caribbean Day, Penwithick

Find out more about Pirate Copy at

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Vive Le Rock presents the premiere for Kirk Brandon and co.’s shocking new video for ‘Fascinations’ single, released today! (Monday 27th April)

For the CD + download & t-shirt bundle CLICK HERE.

For the download only CLICK HERE

SPEAR OF DESTINY tour the UK in April/May with special guest SpizzEnergi.

29 Brighton The Haunt
30 Leeds Brudenell Social Club

1 Middlesbrough Westgarth Social Club
2 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
3 London 100 Club

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Neal X (Sigue Sigue Sputnik guitarist) has just hit the road with his new band The Montecristos.

The band are touring in support of their new LP and lead single Born To Rock ‘n’ Roll.

The Montecristos – Born To Rock ‘n’ Roll

Neal is doubling up on this tour as guitarist for Marc Almond’s Velvet Trail tour over 13 nights across the UK, with The Montecristos supporting the key dates.


25 April – Manchester Bridgewater Hall

30 April – Basingstoke Anvil

1 May – London Shepherds Bush Empire

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