Aussie legends THE CHURCH have announced a pair of London dates this Summer.

Following on from the success of their weekend event at Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush last June, the band return to the venue on Sat 8th and Sunday 9th June.

The event will see the band playing the albums Starfish and Seance in their entirety. The weekend will also feature band member solo sets and a screening of the Jean Cocteau film Wood Of The Poet with a live improvised soundtrack. There will also be a selection of tracks from Steve Kilbey’s 2008 solo album Painkiller, plus material from Jack Frost and Far Out Coporation, bands formed by Kilbey and Ian Haug (respectively) with The Go-Betweens’ Grant McLennan.

Tickets for the weekend event are on sale here.

The Steve Kilbey biopic Something Quite Peculiar is being screened at the Regent Street Cinema on Friday 22nd March as part of the Vive Le Rock-sponsored Soundscreen Festival. Kilbey plays a solo show at The Islington London on Saturday 23rd March.

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Stoke folk-punks HEADSTICKS head out on tour this month in support of their just released new album.

Kept In The Dark, the band’s third studio album, was released last week and is available on CD and double vinyl through STP Records.

The four-piece formed in 2012 out of the ashes of Cheshire’s TOWER STRUCK DOWN and Staffordshire’s JUGOPUNCH, developing their own brand of ‘revolutionary punk roots rock’n’roll’. Along the way they’ve shared stages with the likes of Spear Of Destiny, Buzzcocks, The Wildhearts and Ferocious Dog.

Check out the video fro ‘Peace Or War’…

This latest run of shows includes dates with STEVE IGNORANT’S SLICE OF LIFE and INTERROBANG, plus an appearance at Bearded Theory and a London date at The Bird’s Nest in Deptford. Full dates are…

23 Mar – MacStock, Black Market, Market Warsop.
6 Apr – White Hart, Ashby De La Zouch
7 Apr – Gigs For Digs, Eleven, Tunstall, Stoke On Trent
18 Apr – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (w/ Steve Ignorant’s Slice Of Life & Interrobang)
19 Apr – The Rigger, Newcastle Under Lyme (w/ Steve Ignorant’s Slice Of Life & Interrobang)
20 Apr – The Maze, Nottingham (w/ Steve Ignorant’s Slice Of Life & Interrobang)
27 Apr – Rock Off Fibro, Saddle Rock Bar, Chester.
4 May – Eh Up Mi Duck Festival, Newstead Village, Nottingham
11 May – Bird’s Nest, Deptford, London
25 May – Bearded Theory, Catton Hall, Derbyshire
26 May – Strummercamp, Oldham Rugby Club, Oldham

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A petition has been raised to erect a plaque in honour of the SEX PISTOLS’ final UK gig.

The gig took place at Huddersfield’s Ivanhoe’s nightclub on Christmas Day 1977, by which time the band was banned from playing in most of the UK. The event was organised as a benefit for the families of striking firemen, who’d been in dispute for nine weeks and were struggling to feed their families.

Unusually, the gig was open to all ages and footage shot by film-maker Julien Temple catches the unlikely sight of kids pogoing to ‘God Save The Queen’. The film footage would later see the light of day in the 2013 documentary Never Mind the Baubles: Xmas ’77 With the Pistols.

The petition, by fan Ian Lockwood and addressed to Kirklees Council, asks that a blue plaque to commemorate the event be erected on the facade of the former club, originally part of Huddersfield’s ornate Grand Picture Theatre and later incorporated into a supermarket.

You can sign the petition here.

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THE STRANGLERS have been announced as headliners for this year’s AEG Vive Le Rock Awards.

The Guildford punk legends will be interrupting their current tour to join the likes of Suzi Quatro, Glen Matlock, Barrie Masters and Steve Diggle at the O2 Academy, Islington, London for the event of the year on Wednesday 27 March.

Take note though: because we’ve got so much to squeeze in, they’ll be playing a shorter set than they usually do!

Tickets, including special VIP packages, are available here. But they’re going very fast, and with this announcement they’ll more than likely be gone in the blink of an eye, so don’t hang about!!!

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We’re super-chuffed to announce that Sex Pistol GLEN MATLOCK will be performing at the second VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS!

The legendary bassist and songwriter, who’s also served with the likes of The Rich Kids, International Swingers, Iggy Pop, Dead Men Walking and the Faces, is on top form following the release of his latest album Good To Go, featuring Chris Spedding, Earl Slick and Slim Jim Phantom. He’s also been nominated for the Best Roots Album Award.

The AEG Vive Le Rock Awards take place at the O2 Islington Academy, London on Wednesday 27 March.

Tickets, including exclusive VIP packages, are available here.

Book now, because they’re going fast!

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Fast-rising garage-punks SMALLTOWN TIGERS set out on their first ever tour.

The Rimini band are set to hit five Italian cities as special guests of BABY SNAKES, the NYC pop-punks who tore a strip off our Powerpop Weekender last summer.

The two bands play…

Wed 6 Mar – Titty Twister, Firenze
Wed 20 Mar – Starci, Bergamo
Thur 21 Mar – Jack The Ripper, Verona
Fri 22 Mar – Bronson Café, Ravenna
Sat 23 Mar – Novak, Venezia

Baby Shakes also play The 100 Club, London on 19 July. Tickets are on sale here. Get details of the rest of their tour dates here.

Smalltown Tigers are currently readying their debut mini-album and preparing for their first ever UK dates.

Watch this space for details of this year’s Powerpop Weekender!

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As previously announced, the second Vive Le Rock Awards take place on Wednesday 27 March at London’s Islington Academy!

And we’re giving YOU the chance to vote for the Best New Blood!


Which of these ace bands made you bang your head the most over the past year? To vote, go here!

Tickets for the event, which include standard and special VIP packages, are available here.

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THE STRAY CATS have revealed that their first new album in 26 years will be released this Spring, with UK dates set for the Summer.

The Massapequa, NY rockabilly legends resurfaced in 2018 for their first US dates in 10 years, followed by the announcement that they were working on a new album with producer Peter Collins, famed for his work with UK rockabilly rebels Matchbox, and Jack White’s engineer Vance Powell.

The album, succinctly titled 40, in honour of the trio’s 40th Anniversary, features a dozen new original tracks and is set for release in the Spring, exact date to be confirmed.

“Forty years ago, us three teenagers started a little band to play a musical style that had long since passed, and most folks had never heard of, this Rockabilly music,” revels singer and guitarist Brian Setzer. “Forty years later we stand together and still get that same thrill and exhilaration from the music. That feeling is what makes the fireworks go off and the sparks fly. It makes the world go around.”

The album release will be followed in the Summer by three dates, including a show at London’s Eventim Apollo which, as the fabled Hammersmith Odeon, has been the scene of some of the earliest Stray Cat victories. Full dates are…

Sun 23 June – Birmingham O2 Academy
Tues 25 June – Manchester O2 Apollo
Wed 26 June – London Eventim Apollo

Tickets go on sale here on Friday 1 February.

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Yorkshire punks TFG aka THE FUCKIN’ GLORIOUS have a new video out which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Staring At The Sun’ is the band’s second single since the release of their debut album Trite last year. An observation of the current onslaught of fake news and media bias, frontman Beaker says about the song, “This is a song about the general population believing what they read in the media as they have done for years. Not questioning what’s printed in the press, what they read online for example and just blindly believing it.”

Guitarist Jimbo adds, “We wanted to make a video which not only visions what many of us have now switched on to, but we also wanted to tease and poke at the dark comedy that is the laughable UK media show with an added element of Top Of The Pops and a dancing troupe of twats. How can the working class not realise its all a fucking joke on us?”

The clip is the second of the band’s videos to be written and directed by filmmaker Paul Shrimpton. As Jimbo explains, “Shrimp and us lot go back many years as mates from previous bands and projects. He has crazy ideas, as do TFG and we find he understands the direction of the band and working together has been both very creative, close to how I vision the ideas, and a lot fun!”

‘Staring At The Sun’ is available to download from Bandcamp, where the album is also available to buy. The album will also be available from gigs, including their forthcoming dates with NYC’s THE CASUALTIES and an appearance – their fourth! – at this year’s Rebellion in August. Dates are…

31 Jan – Warehouse23, Wakefield (w/ The Casualties)
1 Feb – Wharf Chambers, Leeds (w/ Matilda’s Scoundrels)
3 Feb – Redrum, Stafford (w/ The Casualties)
5 Feb – Rebellion, Manchester (w/ The Casualties)
27 Apr – Voodoo Lounge, Stamford (w/ Milloy)
1-4 Aug – Rebellion, Blackpool

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THE WILDHEARTS have announced the release of their first new alum in ten years. And they’ll be touring the UK in support of it.

The aptly-titled Renaissance Men is set for release on Friday 3 May, with the classic line-up of the band – Ginger, CJ, Ritchie and Danny – taking to the road that night, playing the first of eight shows in Manchester.

“Well fuck me it’s only been 10 years since our last release and we have a monster album on its way,” exclaims CJ. “Danny is back in the band and we hit the road in May, playing new tunes and all the old hits. Can’t wait and I know the boys are super bloody excited for this. ROCK!”

Fri 3 May Manchester Academy 2
Sat 4 May Edinburgh Liquid Room
Mon 6 May Cardiff Tramshed
Tue 7 May Bristol SWX
Thur 9 May London Brixton Electric
Fri 10 May Norwich Waterfront
Sat 11 May Leeds Stylus
Sun 12 May Newcastle Riverside

Tickets are available here.

You can pre-order the album and ticket/album bundles here.

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Texan powerpoppers FASTBALL return to the UK in March for their first London show in nearly twenty years!

The Austin trio play the O2 Academy, Islington on Wednesday 13 March as part of a European tour celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their breakthrough album All The Pain Money Can Buy.

Formed in 1995, the band signed to Disney’s Hollywood Records and scored international success for their second album in ’98, when the first single from it, ‘The Way’, became a worldwide hit, narrowly missing the UK Top 20.

The band made their UK debut with a sold out show at London’s Water Rats, returning two years later to play The Underworld in support of third album The Harsh Light Of Day. Although subsequent releases became fewer and further between, as the members worked on other projects, the trio of Miles Zuniga, Tony Scalzo and Joey Shuffield have regrouped periodically over he years, releasing their most recent album Step Into Light in 2017.

The 20th Anniversary edition of All The Pain Money Can Buy is available on CD and double-vinyl here.

Tickets for the Islington Academy show go on sale here from 10.00am on Friday 18 January.

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London powerpop rockers LOS PEPES have a new video to show off and they’re doing it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Positive Negative’ is the title track from the band’s fourth album, which is set for release this Spring through Wanda Records / Adrenalin Fix Music. The video was directed by Ryan Quarterman of Future Human Design Co.

“‘Positive Negative’ is the title track of our upcoming new album. Therefore as a song it represents the whole record’s concept of doing exactly what people say you shouldn’t do,” explains singer/guitarist Ben Perrier. “Wrong is normally right in our experience. To capture the energy of this unhealthy attitude of wrongdoing we made this short clip in which we fail to defuse a bomb. All set to a Beat Club TV-esqe backdrop of green screen explosions and non stop action. Enjoy it folks.”

Described as the Motörhead of powerpop, Los Pepes came together in 2013, sporting a truly international line-up, originating in the UK, Japan, Brazil and Poland. Tearing several strips off clubs, bars and festivals across the UK and Europe, they’ve shared stages with the likes of The Kids, Mudhoney, Guitar Wolf, The Detroit Cobras, The Stems, The Sonics and many many more…

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SUZI QUATRO has announced a new album and a major tour for 2019.

The glam rock legend has signed a worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer and will release No Control on 29 March. It will be preceded by the single ‘No Soul / No Control’ on 15 February.

Suzi and her band embark on an Australian Tour on 16 February, reaching the UK in April for a series of arena dates, including a show at London’s SSE Arena on 11 April.

The Detroit-born bassist has been releasing records since 1966, when she recorded her first sides with The Pleasure Seekers. Moving to the UK, she enjoyed her first No.1 with ‘Can The Can’ in May ’73, going on to achieve no fewer than eleven Top 40 hits. She’s continued releasing albums into the 21st Century with Back To The Drive in 2006, In The Spotlight in 2011 and Quatro, Scott & Powell – featuring Sweet’s Andy Scott and Don Powell from Slade – in 2016.

“These albums were thought about and planned out in great detail,” she says. “I’m proud of all three releases, very proud. But my new album No Control is its own animal.”

Speaking of her new record deal, she adds, “I am very pleased to be releasing my new album on SPV/Steamhammer. I am more than ready to rock n roll my way into 2019!”

Suzi’s full dates are…

Australian Tour
16.02. AUS-Barossa Valley – Seppeltsfield Wines
17.02. AUS-Hobart – Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
23.02. AUS-Bendigo – Bendigo Racecourse
24.02. AUS-Canberra – Stage 88 Commonwealth Park
02.03. AUS-Wodonga – Gateway Lakes
03.03. AUS-Kiama – Kiama Showground
09.03. AUS-Kariong – Mount Penang Parklands
10.03. AUS-Jacobs Well – Harrigans Drift Inn
16.03. AUS-Port Macquarie – Westport Park

UK Tour
04.04. UK-Manchester – O2 Apollo
05.04. UK-Leeds – First Direct Arena
06.04. UK-Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
07.04. UK-Brighton – Brighton Centre
09.04. UK-Newcastle – Metro Radio Arena
10.04. UK-Nottingham – Motorpoint Arena
11.04. UK-London – The SSE Arena
12.04. UK-Birmingham – Genting Arena
13.04. UK-Liverpool – Echo Arena
14.04. UK-Bournemouth – BIC

German Tour
24.04. DE-Berlin – Friedrichstadt Palast
30.04. DE-Schopfheim – Stadthalle
06.05. DE-Hamburg – Laeiszhalle
11.05. DE-Bremen – Metropol Theater
12.05. DE-Neuruppin – Kultur-Kirche
14.05. DE-Rostock – Stadthalle
15.05. DE-Hannover – Theater am Aegi
29.05. DE-Munich – Circus Krone
30.05. DE-Frankfurt – Alte Oper
30.08. DE-Plauen – Parktheater
31.08. DE-Thale – Bergtheater
01.09. DE-Kranichfeld – Freilichtbühne Niederburg
22.09. DE-Leipzig – Gewandhaus
28.09. DE-Dortmund – Westfallenhalle 3A
01.10. DE-Reutlingen – Stadthalle
02.10. DE-Kassel – Stadthalle
04.10. DE-Wuppertal – Stadthalle
05.10. DE-Osnabrück – Osnabrückhalle
07.12. DE-Heilbronn – Harmonie
13.12. DE-Dresden – Kulturpalast
14.12. DE-Jena – Sparkassen Arena
15.12. DE-Nürnberg – Löwensaal

European Tour
22.03. SLO-Trencin – Sportova Hala
23.03. SLO-Bratislava – Istropolis
24.03. CZ-Olomouc – Clarion Congress Hotel
27.07. CH-Fahrwangen – Open Air
14.09. DK- Knebel – Fuglsocentret

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Fast-rising Carlisle band HARDWICKE CIRCUS see in the New Year with a run of shows, including three dates in London.

Formed in the Cumbrian city a couple of years ago, the seven-piece band recently came to the attention of Pub Rock impressario and Stiff Records co-founder Dave Robinson, who quickly arranged for them to play a monthly residency at – where else? – the legendary Hope & Anchor in Islington, scene of so many Pub Rock triumphs.

The band play the final night of the residency tonight (Wed 2 Jan), followed by outer London shows in Walthamstow and Wimbledon, before heading back north. Full dates are…

WED 2 JAN – Hope & Anchor, Islington, London
FRI 4 JAN – Ye Olde Rose & Crown, Walthamstow, London
SAT 5 JAN – The Cavern Freehouse, Wimbledon, London
SAT 26 JAN – Big Burns Supper Festival, Dumfries
SUN 27 JAN – The Green Hotel, Kinross

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Hertfordshire psychobillies THE ZIPHEADS have a brand new video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Having taken inspiration from Mad Max in previous videos, the St Albans trio have gone back in time to the age of The Flintstones in the video for ‘Dinosaur Rock’.

“We had the idea for the video when the album Prehistoric Beat was originally released in 2013,” they say. “Our friend Tom Malins is an unbelievably talented animator so we were talking to him about this idea but at the time nobody had the money or the time to make it happen. But when Bomber Music re-released the album in July we got together and made it happen. The video is influenced by the Hannah-Barbera style cartoons of the 1960s with some Ren & Stimpy 90s influences chucked in.

Formed in 2006, The Zipheads releaed their debut album Prehistoric Beat on their own label, before signing to Bomber Music for the follow-up Z2: Rampage! in 2016. Their punk-infused rockabilly has earned them serious props on the international psychobilly scene, with the trio invited to play festivals in Spain, France, the Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands and the U.S.A, sharing stages with the likes of Tiger Army, Rev Horton Heat, The Meteors, Guana Batz, Demented Are Go, King Kurt, Mad Sin and many more.

Catch the band on the following dates…

Sat 22 Dec The Horn, St Albans
Fri 11 Jan The Kings Head, Cromer
Sat 12 Jan The New Adelphi, Hull
Fri 25 Jan Hope & Anchor, Islington, London
Thu 31 Jan Fulford Arms, York
Fri 1 Feb Black Bull, Gateshead
Sun 3 Feb The Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool
Fri 15 Feb Fish Fabrique Novelle, St. Petersburg, Russia
Sat 16 Feb Glastonberry Pub, Moscow, Russia
Fri 1 Mar Lewes Con Club, Lewes
Sun 3 Mar Bar 42, Worthing
Sat 23 Mar The Fighting Cocks, Kingston Upon Thames
Thu 28 Mar Gambrinus Music Club, Paris, France
Sat 6 Apr The Green Door Store, Brighton
Fri 19 Apr Harpenden Public Halls, Harpenden
Sun 5 May 2 Night Stand, Watford
Fri 24 May Black Heart, Camden, London
Sat 25 May Strummercamp Festival, Oldham
Fri 12 Jul Once Upon A Time in the West, Wiltshire
Sat 17 Aug Exchange, Bristol

The reissued Prehistoric Beat is out now through Bomber Music.

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The loose ends of 70s junk-shop glam and boot-boy rock are tied up on a new box set, out next month.

All The Young Droogs: 60 Juvenile Delinquent Wrecks follows on from previous compilations Velvet Tinmine, Glitterbest and Boobs, released on RPM through Cherry Red.

Compiled by junk-shop glam archivist and musician Phil King, the three CD set features a handful of well-known names, including MOTT THE HOOPLE, IGGY & THE STOOGES, BE BOP DELUXE, TASTE and THIRD WORLD WAR.

There’s also a smattering of Down Under gems from the likes of SUPERNAUT featuring Garry Twinn of Twenty Flight Rockers fame, Steve Kilbey’s pre-Church band BABY GRANDE and STEVIE WRIGHT ex of The Easybeats.

For the most part, though, the running order represents a refreshing roll-call of shouldabeens and also-rans like RAY OWEN’S MOON, MILK’N’COOKIES, THE BRATS, GLO MACARI, IRON VIRGIN, HECTOR, HOT ROD, REDHEAD, HUSTLER, BILBO BAGGINS, STUD LEATHER, BUSTER, BRETT SMILEY, JOHN HOWARD, HELTER SKELTER and loads more.

The whole set is illuminated by a glamorous 36-page booklet.

All The Young Droogs is set for release on 25 January. It’s available to pre-order here.

Check out Supernaut’s ‘I Like It Both Ways’….

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Legendary Hertfordshire psych-punks THE ASTRONAUTS are to play a super-rare London show next week.

Formed over forty years ago in Welwyn Garden City by frontman Mark Astronaut, the band released their debut EP in 1979 and have released numerous records on various labels over the years, notably The Mob’s All The Madmen label, to whom they returned in 2013 for the single ‘Typically English Day’ and career-spanning compilation Urban Planning 1979-2013.

Along the way, they’ve shared stages with the likes of Hawkwind, Crass, Psychic TV, John Cooper Clarke, The Redskins, Dire Straits and Duran Duran!

Appearing at a special one-off occurrence of author Martin Dowsing’s Dogfishtrombone nights at The Hope & Anchor in Islington on Wednesday 19 December, they’re joined by MUR-MAN, PROPERTY an SPINMASTER PLANTPOT. Admission is a very reasonable £6 on the door.

Check out ‘Survivors’ from The Astronauts EP.

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