Putting a cap on what has already been an amazing year for the band, THE DAMNED have announced a series of UK headline shows for November and December.

Last month the punk legends picked up the Band Of The Year award at the inaugural Vive Le Rock Awards, tearing the roof off our ceremony at Islington Academy in the process.

Two weeks later, they released their first new album in a decade, the Tony Visconti-produced Evil Spirits, which rocketed to No.7 in the UK album chart, their highest ever chart placing.

The band have now announced a series of dated kicking off at Brighton Dome on 19 November and including a London show at Shepherds Bush Empire on 23 November. Full dates below….

Tickets go on sale this Friday 27 April here.

As previously announced, the band have four shows in June as support to HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES….

June 16th Birmingham Genting Arena
June 17th Manchester Arena
June 19th Glasgow The SSE Hydro
June 20th London The SSE Arena, Wembley

…followed by four headline dates at….

August 22nd Southampton, O2 Guildhall
August 23rd Holmfirth, Holmfirth Picture House
August 24th Warrington, Warrington Parr Hall
August 25th Belfast, Belsonic Festival

Evil Spirits is available to buy here.

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Read all about our wild and debauched awards night in the new edition of Vive Le Rock! OUT NOW!

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Extradition Books, the book publishing sister company of Vive Le Rock, is proud to reissue the classic book Pin-Ups 1972-82: Ten Years Of Classic Posters From The Punk, New Wave And Glam Era in a softcover coffee-table format.

Bolstered by dozens of new images and new insights from those who were there, this collection of over 200 posters  – featuring iconic images of timeless artists like Bowie, Blondie, Ramones, The Damned, Adam Ant, Motörhead, Suicide, Iggy Pop, Tom Robinson Band and Lou Reed – celebrates a decade’s music and design.

Drawing on scores of personal interviews with stars, artists, photographers and fly-posting mafiosi, Alwyn Turner and Roger Crimlis tell the stories behind the pictures from a golden age of rock & roll.  Adam Ant – eminently qualified as both art student and popstar – has provided a brand new and insightful foreword to this edition.

Due for publication on 11 May, Pin-Ups is available for pre-order now from Viveleshop.com.

The book will be launched at a pair of events in London next week at…

Daunt’s, Marylebone
Tuesday 24th April 6:30-8:00 pm

The Flood Gallery, Greenwich
Thursday 26th April 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Admission is free by guestlist only. Contact Chris Hewlett at chris@chrishewlett.com to arrange admission.

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NIKKI SUDDEN is to have a collection of rare recordings reissued for Record Store Day.

Originally released on the Irish label Hotwire in 1986, The Last Bandits In The World was recorded in Dublin the previous year, following the initial demise of Sudden and Dave Kusworth’s band, The Jacobites. For the recording, Sudden hooked up with guitarist Johnny Fean of Irish folk-rock legends HORSLIPS and Simon Carmody from garage-psychers THE GOLDEN HORDE for sessions produced by Horslips drummer Eamon Carr.

The Last Bandits In The World – Complete sees the original 10-track release expanded with the addition of the rare ‘Christmas Morning’ single – with Sudden and Carmody joined by sometime WINGS and DR FEELGOOD guitarist Henry McCullough, future Supernatural actor Mark Sheppard and Sam Steiger and John Connors from The Golden Horde  – and the 1989 12″ ‘The Angels Are Calling’, recorded with members of THE WATERBOYS. The set is completed by the inclusion of one previously unreleased studio outtake, ‘Tell Me’.

Fully remastered at Woodbine Studios, Leamington Spa by Carmody with longtime Sudden producer/engineer John A Rivers, The Last Bandits In The World – Complete is being released through Seventeen Records as a limited edition deluxe gatefold 18-track double-album for Record Store Day (21 April), followed in May by a CD release, available to pre-order here.

Listen to ‘Winter’.

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Aussie legends RADIO BIRDMAN have announced another string of European dates for the autumn.

First formed in 1974, the band have been increasingly active in the live stakes, having last played the UK in 2016.

These latest dates follow on from the success of Descent Into The Maelstrom: The Radio Birdman Story, a full length documentary by Jonathan J Sequeira. The film recently made its UK debut as part of the Vive Le Rock sponsored Soundscreen Film Festival, where Sequeira and the band’s original drummer Ron Keeley were grilled in a Q&A by Vive Le Rock‘s esteemed editor Eugene Butcher.

Inclduding one UK at their regular haunt of The Dome, Tufnell Park, London, Radio Birdman play the following dates….

10 Oct – Patronaat Haarlem, Harlem (ND)
11 Oct – Het Burgerweeshuis, Deventer (ND)
12 Oct – Paard, Den Haag (ND)
13 Oct – Het Bos, Antwerp (BE)
14 Oct – Wilde Westen, Kortrijk (BE)
16 Oct – The Dome, Tufnell Park, London (UK)
17 Oct – Alhambra, Paris (FR)
18 Oct – tba, France
19 Oct – Carnavalorock, St Brieuc (FR)
20 Oct – tba, France
22 Oct – Molotow, Hamburg (DE)
23 Oct – Lido Berlin, Berlin (DE)
25 Oct – Fuzz Live Music Club, Athens (GR)
26 Oct – Locomotiv Club, Bologna (IT)
27 Oct – Otis Tours B-Day at Druso, Bergamo (IT)
28 Oct – Spazio 211, Turin (IT)
30 Oct – Hell Dorado, Vitoria-Gasteiz (SP)
31 Oct – Caracol, Madrid (SP)
1 Nov – Sala Planta Baja, Granada (SP)
2 Nov – Funstastic Dracula, Benidorm (SP)
3 Nov – Sala Zero, Tarragona (SP)

Watch a trailer for Descent Into The Maelstrom.


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Following a hugely successful UK tour, THE DAMNED returned last month with a double A-side single culled from their forthcoming Evil Spirits album – their first new album in 10 years – which is released on 13 April via Search And Destroy/Spinefarm Records. The single featured the tracks ‘Look Left’ and ‘Devil In Disguise’, two songs that perfectly represent the album’s many shifting moods and styles.

Last week the band put a cap on the first quarter of the year when they headlined the inaugural Vive Le Rock Awards, tearing to the roof of the O2 Academy, Islington and picking up the award for Band Of The Year into the bargain.

They now take a bit of a breather before heading off round Europe in May, returning in June to play a series of UK arena shows as special guests to Alice Cooper’s HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES.

In the meantime, read on for a track-by-track run-down of Evil Spirits….


‘Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow’ (watch video)

Up-to-the-minute garage psychedelia that gallops like Scott Walker’s ‘The Seventh Seal’, amid ominous ‘dies irae’ chorale and mucho post-millennial frustration. Vanian: “An optimistic song even though it is about a dark subject. In a world obsessed by ‘self’, this is a cry for humanity to recognize its humanity, before it’s too late. There is a strong influence of Joe Meek here: ‘Telstar’ was a glorious song about the opportunities of the future. I’d like to think that ‘SOTEOT’ reflects a similar sentiment.”

‘The Devil In Disguise’ (listen)

Another energetic garage-punk monster, replete with Monty Oxy Moron’s era-specific Farfisa organ. Pinch: “People gravitate towards blaming individuals rather than the systems they are part of. Figureheads are only puppets. It’s the puppet masters we should be concerned about. The enemy of our enemy is our friend, apparently.”

‘We’re So Nice’

“Where there’s dispute you’ll find us there…” Sensible’s broadside against Anglo-American imperialist meddling around the world bops along gleefully on a Motown beat amid a deluge of melodic excellence. Sensible: “With all that we know about the Iraq war, and its consequences, does anyone still think we were the ‘heroes’?”

‘Look Left’ (listen)

Sugar coated mind grenade, addressing post-millennial society’s “media-induced coma” Vanian: “The weird thing about Pinch is, he listens to the most obnoxious music a lot of the time – all the real hardcore punk stuff – and he a very loud drummer, too, but then he goes and writes this great big show tune – like a massive ensemble cast coming on to sing at the end of the play!” Pinch: “While everybody’s looking left, what the hell is happening right? Tough subject matter is easier to digest when coated in honey rather than vinegar and the message in this song is so important, I couldn’t risk it being a throw away aggro punk tune that was immediately overlooked. I see it more as a love song to the human race. The future is here, and until you awaken your mind, I’ll wait for you.”

‘Evil Spirits’

Fantastically searching, in the best sense ‘progressive’, rocker, with vague echoes of The Who’s ‘Magic Bus’ and The Rolling Stones’ ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’, and some commensurately exploratory soloing from Sensible. An urgently free-spirited riposte to today’s political stasis. Sensible: “Whoever you vote for, nothing changes. Labour or Tory, two cheeks of same bum.” Vanian: “The Who are never far away from The Damned’s sound. We’ve had some big noses in this band, too. I suppose there are some parallels between us, because they were a high-energy band, too, but then Pete started writing his rock-opera stuff, stretching out, looking for different ways of writing. Queen did the same sort of thing as well – we’re one of those bands whose music can cover different genres of music, within one song.”

‘Shadow Evocation’

Quintessential Vanianism, about espousing the night and finding a better way forward than “chasing ghosts of the past”. Features acrobatic backing vocals from American singer-songwriter Kristeen Young. Vanian: ”Kristeen has a remarkable vocal range reminiscent of Yma Sumac [1950’s Peruvian-American soprano]. Her singing at the end of the song was originally played on a Theramin but once Kristeen sang the part, there was no need for the instrument anymore.”

‘Sonar Deceit’

Another garage-psych belter, propelled by a jaunty His Latest Flame-style bassline. “What makes a fish desert the sea?” ponders the Captain in this hard-hitting critique of whales and dolphins being driven insane by bombardment by deafening sonar.

Sensible: “What could it possibly be that drives whales and dolphins to prostrate themselves on beaches around the world?”


Noel Coward-esque study of creative deferral, with more mid-’60s Farfisa from Mr Oxy Moron. Sensible: “One of Monty’s, this one. A bit of self-analysis here: what could be the reason that this band’s last album was recorded back in 2008? It’s good to be able to laugh at yourself – well, at least I think he’s talking about himself there… Isn’t he? Or is it me? Blimey!”

‘Daily Liar’

Co-written by Sensible (tune) and Vanian (lyric), another anger-fuelled barnstormer, with a Kinksian introductory fanfare, a driving beat, and a stirring melodic ascent. All together now: say “no, no, no…no-no” to media misinformation! Sensible: “For his own selfish reasons, Trump started a discussion about ‘fake news’, but it’s one that some might say has been long overdue. Not a pinch of salt required – you need a whole cellar of the stuff these days.”

‘I Don’t Care’

Punk heedlessness rebooted as a triptych of political disaffection, spanning moody piano balladry, Who-y explosiveness, and nocturnal jazz

Vanian: “This should have been a short song, perhaps only a minute long, written on a rainy afternoon in my study. Demoing the song, I almost forgot that there were two more sections, turning it into a three-part epic in about the same amount of minutes, which seems longer because of the differing moods.”

Evil Spirits is available on digital download via Spotify and i-Tunes, on CD and 180g vinyl available to pre-order HERE

Catch The Damned live at….


May 17 – Frankfurt – Batschkapp
May 19 – Lausanne – Les Docks
May 20 – Milan – Magnolia
May 22 – Munich – Strom
May 23 – Berlin – SO36

May 25 – Hamburg – Fabrik
May 26 – Oberhausen – Turbinenhalle
May 27 – Amsterdam – Melkweg Oude Zaal

May 29 – Paris – Petit Bain


June 16 – Birmingham – Genting Arena *

June 17 – Manchester – Arena *

June 19 – Glasgow – The SSE Hydro *

June 20 – London – The SSE Arena, Wembley *

July 1 – Oakland – Burger Boogaloo Festival

July 5 – Vancouver – Commodore Ballroom (on sale 4/6 10am PST)
July 6 – Portland – Crystal Ballroom (on sale 4/6 10am PST)
July 7 – Seattle – Showbox at the Market (on sale 4/6 10am PST)


August 22 – Southampton – 02 Guildhall

August 23 – Holmfirth – Holmfirth Picture House

August 24 – Warrington – Warrington Parr Hall

August 25 – Belfast – Belsonic Festival (main support to Stiff Little Fingers)

* supporting the Hollywood Vampires

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KILLING JOKE have announced a string of UK dates for the autumn.

Announced via the band’s Gathering newsletter the UK leg of the Laugh At Your Peril tour, which celebrates the band’s 40th Anniversary, kicks off in Nottingham on 2 November and culminates with a show at London’s legendary Roundhouse on 17 November.

Full dates are…

Fri 2 Nov – Rock City, Nottingham
Sat 3 Nov – O2 Academy, Leeds
Sun 4 Nov – Northumbria University, Newcastle
Tue 6 Nov – Barrowland, Glasgow
Wed 7 Nov – Manchester Academy, Manchester
Fri 9 Nov – The Institute (The O2), Birmingham
Sat 10 Nov – O2 Academy, Bristol
Sun 11 Nov – Guildhall, Southampton
Tues 13 Nov – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
Wed 14 Nov – UEA, Norwich
Fri 16 Nov – O2 Academy, Oxford
Sat 17 Nov – Roundhouse, London

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Purveyor of Gothic-Americana and desert-blues, TRENT MILLER returns with his long-awaited fourth album next week.

Time Between Us is trailed by the video for the track ‘How Soon Is Never’ by film-maker Trevor Moss.

Hailing from Northern Italy, Miller has been resident in London for some years, gigging solidly both solo and with his band The Skeleton Jive. He released his debut album Cerberus on his own label, before signing to Bucketfull Of Brains for Welcome To Inferno Valley and Burnt Offerings.

Earning a reputation for leaning towards the dark side, Miller cites various influences from infamous post-punk neo-industrialists DEATH IN JUNE, through JOHNNY CASH and GENE CLARK, to THE GUN CLUB and THIN WHITE ROPE, contributing to a tribute album to the latter, Hidden Desert.

Time Between Us is set for release on 6 April through Bucketfull Of Brains. It’s available to pre-order here.

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WIRE are to have their first three classic albums reissued in expanded deluxe form this spring.

Pink Flag, Chairs Missing and 154 – released in 1977, ’78 and ’79 respectively – are the foundation stones on which the band’s reputation is built. Originally issued on EMI’s ‘prog’ label, the albums caused a few raised eyebrows at the time and weren’t huge sellers, but went on to become hugely influential, particularly on U.S. bands like R.E.M, Hüsker Dü, Minutemen, Minor Threat and Spoon.

Reissued through the band’s own Pinkflag label, the albums will be available in ‘book’ format, featuring a wealth of unreleased and rare material. Pink Flag will be expanded over 2 CDs, while Chairs Missing and 154 will cover 3 CDs each.

Set for release on Friday 18 May, the reissues will be launched with a special Q&A/singing session at Rough Trade East, London on Saturday 19 May. Full tracklistings and pre-orders can be had here.

The deluxe reissues will be followed by standard CD and LP editions on 22 June.


As previously announced, the band are to release a special 7″ vinyl box set on Record Store Day, 21 April.

Nine Sevens features the replica editions of the band’s first six singles for Harvest, the rare 4-track EP given away with initial editions of 154, a single previously released on Rough Trade and a single recorded in 1980 but never released on 7″.

The singles will be released digitally after Record Store Day, but will not be compiled onto a singles or greatest hits album.

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In the new issue of Vive Le Rock we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of some of the great records that surfaced during 1978. And as usual, we had so much good stuff, there was no way we could squeeze it all in!
So here, as a taster, are 60 of the greatest sounds from the year when punk and power-pop got pally….
Elvis Costello – ‘Radio Radio’
The Jam – ‘Down In The Tube Station At Midnight’
Stranglers – ‘5 Minutes’
Chelsea – ‘Urban Kids’
The Motors  – ‘Airport’
The Clash – ‘(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais’
Blondie – ‘(I’m Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear’
The Undertones – ‘Teenage Kicks’
Only Ones – ‘Another Girl, Another Planet’
Ramones – ‘Don’t Come Close’
The Dickies – ‘Paranoid’
The Records – ‘Starry Eyes’
Buzzcocks – ‘Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t Have’)
XTC – ‘Statue Of Liberty’
Penetration – ‘Life’s A Gamble’
Adam and the Ants – ‘Young Parisians’
Generation X – ‘Ready Steady Go’
Tom Robinson Band – ‘Up Against The Wall’
The Depressions – ‘Messing With Your Heart’
The Fall – ‘Bingo Master’s Break Out’
The Saints – ‘Know Your Product’
The Flys – ‘Waikiki Beach Refugees’
Desperate Bicycles – ‘New Cross, New Cross’
Alternative TV – ‘Action Time Vision’
Automatics – ‘When The Tanks Roll Over Poland Again’
The Boys – ‘Brickfield Nights’
Devo – ‘Come Back Jonee’
Public Image Ltd – ‘Public Image’
Vibrators – ‘Automatic Lover’
Bethnal – ‘ Nothing New’
Thin Lizzy – ‘Rosalie/Cowgirl’s Song (Medley)’
AC/DC – ‘Rock’n’Roll Damnation’
Siouxsie & The Banshees – ‘Hong Kong Garden’
Wire – ‘Dot Dash’
Magazine – ‘Shot By Both Sides’
Mekons – ‘Never Been In A Riot’
Suburban Reptiles – ‘Megaton’
Swell Maps – ‘Read About Seymour’
Throbbing Gristle – ‘United’
Nick Lowe – ‘I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass’
Metal Urbain – ‘Paris Marquis’
Johnny Moped – ‘Darling, Let’s Have Another Baby’
Last Words – ‘Animal World’
Stiff Little Fingers – ‘Suspect Device’
Subway Sect – ‘Nobody’s Scared’
The Cramps – ‘Surfin’ Bird’
The Normal – ‘TVOD’
Television Personalities – ’14th Floor’
Rudi – ‘Big Time’
Victim – ‘Strange Thing By Night’
Germs – ‘Lexicon Devil’
Plastic Bertrand – ‘Ca Plane Pour Moi’
Nipple Erectors – ‘King Of The Bop’
Teenage Jesus and the Jerks – ‘Orphans’
O Level – ‘East Sheen’
Spizz Oil – ‘6000 Crazy’
Kleenex – ‘Ain’t You’
Read our mammoth 16-page feature on 1978 in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock available here!
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The untimely deaths of BRIAN JONES, JIMI HENDRIX, AMY WINEHOUSE, KURT COBAIN and others are the focus of a new documentary film to be released this month. And Vive Le Rock is trailing it with this exclusive clip.

Directed by music industry legend, Simon Napier-Bell, 27: Gone Too Soon examines the circumstances of the demise of these musicians who all checked out at this coincidental yet significant age, drawing on rare and unseen footage and interviews with a host of musicians, journalists, industry figures and broadcasters, including Gary Numan, Tom Robinson, Keith Cameron, Barney Hoskyns, Paul Gambaccini. Peter Jenner and more.

The film is being screened at Regent Street Cinema, London on Monday 26 March – tickets – and will be released on DVD the same day.

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MONSTER MAGNET are back with a brand new video which they’re launching today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Ejection’ is the second single from the New Jersey rockers’ 11th album Mindfucker which is due out through Napalm Records on 23 March. You can pre-order it here.

The single is a great version of a track by the late HAWKWIND genius Robert Calvert, and originally featured on his first solo album Captain Lockheed & The Starfighters in 1974.

Monster Magnet are set to return to Europe in May with a mammoth tour kicking off in Wiesbaden Germany on 3 May and including a headlining performance alongside Hawkwind at the Roundhouse, London on 6 May as part of Desertfest. Full dates are….

03.05.18 DE – Wiesbaden / Schlachthof
04.05.18 DE – Berlin / Desertfest Berlin
05.05.18 NL – Nijmeden / Doornroosje
06.05.18 UK – London / Desertfest London
08.05.18 DE – Cologne / Live Music Hall
09.05.18 DE – Saarbrucken / Garage
11.05.18 ES – Bilbao / Santana 27
12.05.18 ES – Madrid / Sala Riviera
14.05.18 CH – Pratteln / Z7
15.05.18 IT – Milan / Alcatraz Club
16.05.18 DE – Bochum / Zeche
18.05.18 DE – Nuremburg / Hirsch
19.05.18 NL – Groningen / Vera
21.05.18 DK – Copenhagen / Pumpehuset
22.05.18 SE – Stockholm / Debaser Strand
23.05.18 NO – Oslo / Blâ
24.05.18 SE – Malmö / Kulturbolaget (KB)
26.05.18 DE – Bremen / Schlachthof
28.05.18 BE – Leuven / Het Depot
29.05.18 BE – Ghent / Vooriut
31.05.18 UK – Manchester / Gorilla
01.06.18 UK – Glasgow / The Garage
02.06.18 UK – Belfast / Limelight
03.06.18 IR – Dublin / The Tivoli

Support on most dates comes from fast-rising Birmingham psych-rockers TABLE SCRAPS.

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THE VIBRATORS’ original line-up is to reunite for one final gig together.

Having first come together in 1976, Knox, John Ellis, Pat Collier and Eddie will take to the stage one more time for a show at London’s Islington Assembly Hall (just down the road from The Hope & Anchor, scene of so many Vibrators victories) on Saturday 26 May, sponsored by Vive Le Rock!

The original line-up remained together for the band’s classic debut Pure Mania, before bassist Collier jumped ship to be replaced on their ’78 second album V2 by Gary Tibbs, who’ll also be putting in an appearance on the night.

The show will also feature Phil Ram, Nick Peckham and Pete and Nigel Bennett from the current Vibrators line-up.

Support on the night comes from fellow first-wave punks MENACE.

Tickets priced £22.00 are on sale here.

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Vive Le Rock is proud to announce the first ever Vive Le Rock Awards!

The Awards, which are being brought to you in conjunction with our good friends at AEG Presents, will take place at the O2 Islington Academy in London on 28 March hosted by Ginger Wildheart and featuring performances from TV Smith and The Vive Le Rockers!

Tickets for the awards, including a special VIP ticket including access to the private backstage bar and aftershow party, allowing you to mingle with the bands and award-winners, are available here!

But before then, we need you to vote! Go here for full details!


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Roman stompers GIUDA return with a brand new single at the end of March.

The band, who tore the roof off the O2 at Vive Le Rock‘s Punk Rock Pins festival back in 2016, are newly signed to UK rock label Rise Above for the aptly-named ‘Rock’n’Roll Music’, which was recorded live to harness the power of the onstage Giuda experience for which they are rightly renowned.

Back by ‘Born Under A Bad Sign’, the single will be released exclusively on 7″ vinyl on 30 March and will be celebrated with a special 2-night launch party at The Lexington in London on 6 and 7 April.

The release will also be heralded by a video shot on 35mm tape by top Italian director Nicola Piovesan.

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London’s bourbon-soaked gypsy blues bop’n’stroll orchestra THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE reveal a new video  exclusively with Vive Le Rock.

‘January Blues’ was written by Paul-Ronney Angel and is part melancholic folk ballad and part punk protest song, sparing no emotions and hitting the truth hard!

Download the single now from Amazon.

The band are celebrating their 15th Anniversary this year and will release a best of/singles compilation in April called 15 Shots From The Urban Voodoo Machine with headline shows around the UK and Europe and appearances at Bearded Theory, Camden Rocks, Strummercamp, Boomtown and many more!

Full dates are….

Saturday 3 February, The Black Market, Warsop
Saturday 17 February, Talking Heads, Southampton
Saturday 24 February, Cutlers Arms, Rotherham
Friday 2 March, Castle & Falcon, Birmingham
Thursday 8 March, Sala Clamores, Madrid, Spain
Friday 9 March, Club Valentino, Leon, Spain
Saturday 10 March, Hell Dorado, Vitoria, Spain
Sunday 11 March, Rock & Blues, Zaragoza, Spain
Friday 16 March, Bedlam Breakout Festival, Northampshire
Saturday 17 March, P-Con Club, Lewes nr Brighton
Friday 30 March, Passpop, Holland
Sunday 1 April, The Globe, Cardiff
Saturday 7 April, Riverside, Newcastle
Friday 13 April. Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
Saturday 14 April, St Lukes. Glasgow
Friday 20 April, West End Centre, Aldershot
Saturday 21 April, New Cross Inn, London
Friday 27 April, Tivoli, North Wales
Friday 4 May, Sin City, Swansea
Saturday 5 May, The Donkey, Leicester
Saturday 12 May, Spiegeltent, Brighton
Friday 18 May, Bullingdon Arms, Oxford
Saturday 19 May, The Railway, Winchester
Saturday 26 May, Bearded Theory
Sunday 27 May, Strummercamp
Saturday 2 June, Camden Rocks Festival
Friday 15 June, G-Spot Festival
Friday 22 June, Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival, Holland
Saturday 23 June, De Pul, Uden, Holland
Saturday 21 July, Festival 8, Lincolnshire
Sunday 12 August. Boomtown Fair
Sunday 26 August, Twinwood Festival

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A first list of acts has been announced for this year’s CAMDEN ROCKS, once again proudly sponsored by Vive Le Rock!

Now in its seventh year, the one day festival will take over the North London rock’n’roll enclave on Saturday 2 June with the likes of MAXIMO PARK, PiL, THE PROFESSIONALS, POP WILL EAT ITSELF, RAGING SPEEDHORN, URBAN VOODOO MACHINE, SONIC BOOM SIX and German legends BEATSTEAKS.

“I’ve been trying to book Public Image Limited for years so it’s great to finally have them playing Camden Rocks this year,” enthuses event organiser Chris McCormack. “John Lydon and the Sex Pistols are the reason I got into music, easily the biggest influence personally and I’m sure for a lot of bands playing the festival. PiL at the Electric Ballroom on their 40th anniversary is going to be incredible.”

“As always, the festival is as much about the emerging talent out there as it is the more established bands so get down early to catch some of these great new artists before they go supernova.”

“I’m also super excited about having Beatsteaks over from Germany,” continues McCormack. “They’re a fantastic live band. Not many people know them in the UK which is crazy but hopefully we can help change that.”


Venues participating this year include Koko, Electric Ballroom, The Underworld, Dingwalls, Proud, The Cuban, Monarch, The, Lyttelton Arms, Camden Assembly, Devonshire Arms, Roundhouse Studio, Dublin Castle, Blackheart, Fiddlers Elbow, Dingwalls Canalside, Camden Cavern @ Belushis, The Hawley Arms, Brewdog, Camden Market and The Crescent.

More names and tickets priced at a very reasonable £39.50 can be found on the Camden Rocks website.

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Pub-based radio station BOOGALOO RADIO is holding a special launch-party this month!

Based at The Boogaloo on Archway Road in North London, it’s the world’s first and only 24/7 online radio station broadcasting inside a pub.

The storied boozer has been making a name for itself in rock’n’roll circles for the best part of two decades. Various Libertines worked behind the bar, Shane MacGowan lived upstairs and the likes of Nick Cave, Joe Strummer, The Streets, Sinead O’Connor, Primal Scream, Ken Kesey, Howard Marks and many more have been regulars over the years.

Boogaloo Radio was founded by DJ Jenn Crothers and Gerry O’Boyle, the landlord of The Boogaloo, and former owner of the infamous Filthy Mac Nasty’s pub.

Gerry says “Boogaloo Radio is the most exciting thing we have ever done. We are able to share the pub, its musical heritage, its amazing presenting talent and the chaos of operating an online radio station broadcasting to 227 countries from an old bin shed in the pub beer garden in true punk rock guerrilla style. If we were a book, we’d be Please Kill Me…

Jenn adds, “Using the original 1960s American FM radio format where the presenter is also the curator, alongside modern technology we’ve built a direct bridge between host and listener, creating that feeling of listening to one of your good friends. It’s an old formula, brought to you by modern technology, and we’re doing it from the back of a pub. The aim is for listeners to feel like they are in on the excitement. The pub has become the station and vice versa. Our plan is to live stream everything that happens – gigs, debates, comedy, pub quizzes and DJ sets.”

Boogaloo Radio DJs include the likes of pub rock supremo and Stiff Records founder Dave Robinson (pictured),  The Libertines, Bernard Butler, Jack White’s Third Man Books, Ace Records, The Magic Numbers, Shane MacGowan and David Morrissey, while so far guests have included Holly Johnson, Clem Burke, Blood Red Shoes, Bez from Happy Mondays,  Irvine Welsh, Madness and Johnny Marr.

The launch night takes place at The Boogaloo – where else?! – on Thursday 25 January. You can listen live at booglaooradio.com.

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ROLE MODELS have a new single out and they’re launching it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Manette Street’, taken from the band’s third album, tips a hat to the London thoroughfare containing legendary late night rock’n’roll haunt, The Crobar,

The four piece power pop/punk rock ‘n’ roll band born in the alleys of Denmark Street and Soho, releasing three full
length albums in as many years on Glunk Records, with the last, Dance Moves, hitting #25 in the Vive Le Rock Top 50 of 2017.

Undertaking UK tours with with SCOTT SORRY and MICHAEL MONROE, they resume live action in 2018 with gigs at The Lounge in London with co-headliners THE CRYBABYS on 3 February.

They then pay a Scott Sorry benefit concert on 17 February at The Parish in Huddersfield headlining the Scott Sorry Benefit Concert, with THE MAIN GRAINS, DRAMA CLUB REJECTS, THE EMPTY PAGE and more. Tickets are available here.

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