ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES have announced that their ATP 2.0 festival next April will be curated by comedian and writer STEWART LEE.

Lee, who was spotted this week at RADIO BIRDMAN’s London show, is well renowned for having superb musical taste, and while acts have yet to be announced, we can hopefully expect a decent supply of punk and rock’n’roll.

ATP 2.0 takes place at Pontin’s in Prestatyn, North Wales from 15 to 17 April and discounted earlybird tickets can be bought here.

Founded in 2001, ATP has hosted festivals in the UK, USA, Australia and Iceland. Past events have been curated by NICK CAVE, SONIC YOUTH, MUDHONEY, DINOSAUR JR and MY BLOODY VALENTINE among others.

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Original psych-punks THE BRAINIAC 5 prepare for the release of their first new album in thirty years with a special London show this week.

The band, who reunited in 2012 after initially splitting in 1980, release Exploding Universe on 24 July on Reckless Records through Shellshock. It follows on from last year’s When Silence Was Sound career retrospective and their 2013 comeback release, the Space Is The Place 10” EP.

Their only previous studio album was World Inside, recorded in 1979 but not released until 1988.

They celebrate the momentous occasion with an all-dayer at The Betsey Trotwood, Farringdon Road, London on Saturday 27 June. Kicking off at 2pm, the event also features sets from Jowe Head (of Swell Maps and Television Personalities), Mark & The Clouds, Richard Booth and more.

Originally born out of the mid-70s Cornish festival scene, The Brainiac 5 arrived in London at the advent of punk, recruiting guitarist Richard Booth from Stiff Records favourites Plummet Airlines along the way. Working with producer – and future Hawkwind drummer – Martin Griffin, they received praise from the NME for their Mushy Doubt EP, gaining the attention of John Peel and Alex Chilton and sharing bills with The Soft Boys and The Barracudas.

Listen to ‘Haphazard!’.

B5 cover lo-res

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The Summer of THE DAMNED continues with news of two album releases from Westworld Recordings, following on from the reissue of their late-period return to form So, Who’s Paranoid?.

Fiendish Shadows is a live recording from the Phantasmagoria era, while Punk Oddities & Rare Tracks does what it says on the tin and covers the years ’77 to ’82.

fiendish shadows

Recorded in California in 1985, Fiendish Shadows features the Vanian, Scabies, Merrick, Jugg line-up at the peak of their commercial career and includes the hit single ‘Grimly Fiendish’ as well as classics ‘Smash It Up’, ‘Wait For The Blackout’ and ‘Love Song’. It also includes covers of Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust For Life’ and the Electric Prunes ‘I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night’, a song drawn from the set of their psych alter egos Naz Nomad & The Nightmares.

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Punk Oddities & Rare Tracks features a clutch of live tracks from ’77, ‘79 and ’82, including ‘Curtain Call’, ‘Happy Talk’ and the Stooges’ ‘No Fun’, plus early demos of ‘Love Song’ and ‘I Just Can’t Be Happy Today’ and more besides.

Both titles will be available in September but you can order them now here.

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This August Bank Holiday, punks from across the country will descend on Cornwall, invading the beautiful Trereife Estate in Penzance, to bare witness to some of the most revered bands on the scene.  Beauty and chaos!

Spanning the full punk rock genre, 3 CHORDS offers up some of the best UK bands with its most eclectic and exciting lineup yet, including The Restarts, Vice Squad, The Lurkers, Goldblade, TV Smith, Dirtbox Disco, Control, Dragster, Eastfield and loads more.

TWENTY-FOUR bands and ONE stage means you won’t miss a thing. Tickets are £55 including 3 days camping, with children’s tickets (5-15) at just £5. Head over to the 3 Chords website for more information.

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The UNDERCOVER FESTIVAL returns to Surrey in September with three days of punk, post-punk, ska, dub and more.

Headliners THE DAMNED, UK SUBS, PENETRATION and PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES will be topping the bill at Bisley Pavilion, Woking over the weekend of 18-20 September.

Now in its third year, the indoor event will also be playing host to sets from Chelsea, Spizzenergi, Menace, XSLF, TV Smith, Department S, Witchdoktors, Dragster, The Defects, The Piranhas, Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons, The Talks, The Barstool Preachers and loads more.

Evolving out of a small tent at nearby Guilfest, Undercover prides itself on taking an independent and grassroots approach. Says organiser Mick Moriarty: “We’ve got through to our third year and we’re going strong because what we have created really has struck a chord with people who like their music raw and full of the passion and energy that only acts like ours generate.”

The full line-up and tickets – £25 per day or £75 for the whole weekend – can be found at the Undercover website.


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Theatrical rockers THE TUBES have announced a string of UK dates on their 40th Anniversary Tour.

The legendary band – featuring original members Roger Steen, Rick Anderson, Prairie Prince and inimitable frontman Fee Waybill, plus David Medd – are celebrating forty years since the release of their classic eponymous debut, which featured standout tracks ‘White Punks On Dope’, ‘Boy Crazy’ and ‘What Do You Want From Life’.

Formed in San Francisco, The Tubes caused a furore from the off with their outrageous, borderline pornographic stage-shows and their bitingly satirical songs parodying consumerism and politics.

Check out the Tubes on The Old Grey Whistle Test.


The media uproar on their debut UK tour in 1977 resulted in a series of banned performances, but they returned to headline Knebworth the following year. Since then they’ve grazed the charts a few times with singles such ‘Prime Time’ and ‘She’s A Beauty’.

Catch them at….

Aug 03  The Fleece                          Bristol

Aug 04  Concorde 2                         Brighton

Aug 06  Brook                                   Southampton

Aug 07  Clapham Grand                 London

Aug 08  Club Academy                   Manchester

Aug 09 The Art School                   Glasgow

Aug 11  Brudenell Social Club       Leeds

Aug 12 Liquid Rooms                      Edinburgh

Aug 13  Robin 2                                Wolverhampton

Band pic by Janice Kang.

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Fresh from supporting old muckers The Damned at The Roundhouse, JOHNNY MOPED are about to release their first 7” single since 1978!

The limited edition double A-side ‘Ain’t No Rock N Roll Rookie’ and ‘Super Woofa’ is out on 31 July but you can pre-order it now from Damaged Goods.

The band are currently in the studio preparing their long-awaited new album for release later in the year, but before that they’ll be making their first ever appearance at the Rebellion Festival in August.

Originally coming together in Croydon in 1974 and at one time or another featuring Captain Sensible and Chrissie Hynde in their line-up, Johnny Moped were one of the first bands to play London’s legendary punk venue, The Roxy, their classic ‘Hard Lovin’ Man’ featuring on the Live At The Roxy WC2 compilation.

Releasing one album, Cycledelic, on Chiswick before splitting up, they returned in 1990 with The Search For Xerxes. They were the subject of a documentary film Basically Johnny Moped by director Fred Burns in 2013. Watch the trailer for the film here.

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Surrey Socialist R’n’B collective THEE FACTION release their new album next week, together with a batch of festival dates and a brand new video, premiered by Vive Le Rock today!

Reading Writing Revolution is the band’s fifth album since the original 80s line-up were spurred into reforming by the discovery of the tapes of their Live At Ebbw Vale album and follows 2013’s Good Politics.

Subtitled The Tendency Of The Rate Of Profit To Fall and released through Soviet Beret, the album features eleven brand new tracks, including the new download single ‘(You’ve Got The) Numbers (Why Don’t You Use It?)’ – check out the video here!

The band will be playing three festival shows this Summer, including the Left Field Stage at Glastonbury at the personal invitation of Billy Bragg. The dates are…

Sat 27 June: Left Field Stage, Glastonbury (6pm)

Sat 4 July: Matchwomen’s Festival, London

Sun19 July: Tolpuddle Festival, Dorset

You can buy Reading Writing Revolution here.


Pic: Robin Boot


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Goth-rockers NFD are back with a stunning new video for the track ‘Return To Dust’ from current album Waking The Dead.

Now domiciled in the California desert, frontman Peter ‘Bob’ White was joined for the shoot by guitarist Chris Milden and drummer Mazzucconi.

NFD – an abbreviation of Noise For Destruction – were formed in 2002 out of the ashes of The Nefilim and Sensorium, originally featuring Fields Of The Nephilim founder member Tony Pettitt. The current line-up is completed by Cradle Of Filth’s James McIlroy on lead guitar. Waking The Dead is their first full album since 2006 and is out now via Jungle.

Check out their Facebook page.


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PROUD GALLERIES in Camden are hosting a major exhibition of photographs by punk photographer ANDY ROSEN.

THE END OF GENERATION X – Rosen’s first exhibition in more than 20 years – features a wealth of recently rediscovered shots that have been hidden away in storage since the early 80s. Casting a new light on London’s original punk era, the exhibition includes outtakes from The Jam’s album cover sessions, intimate portraits of Johnny Rotten, unseen live shots of The Clash and a pre-Culture Club Boy George, working the cloakroom at the Blitz club.

The End Of Generation X runs from 11 June to 19 July. Further details can be found on the Proud website.

Image © Andy Rosen

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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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Possibly the originators of the ‘gypsy-punk’ genre, 80s band ONE THE JUGGLER are reuniting for two London gigs next month to celebrate the CD reissue of their debut album Nearly A Sin.

You can catch them at The Pelton Arms, Greenwich on Friday 12 June and The Dublin Castle, Camden on Friday 19 June.

Formed out of the ashes of Southeast London punks The Reptiles, One The Juggler quickly signed to RCA, being voted best new band at the Reading Festival in 1983 and releasing their debut album later that year.

In their short lifespan, their line-up included, at one time or another, members of Eddie & The Hot Rods, Splodgenessabounds, Burlesque, Ligotage, Slaughter & The Dogs AND Mick Ronson!

Following the 1985 release of the Ronson-produced second album Some Strange Fashion, the band fell out of favour with RCA and splintered.

Frontman Rokko (aka Ray ‘Sham’ Morris) relocated to Woodstock, USA where he formed the band Spiv UK. Bassist Lushi (aka Jerry T Jones) and guitarist Lin (aka Colin Minchin) now play in Kent band Glamweazel, who’ll also be supporting on the reunion dates.

Check out the video for One The Juggler’s debut single ‘Passion Killer’.

They have a new Facebook page here.

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Get ready for some serious primal rock’n’roll action as seminal Detroit trio THE GORIES pay a super-rare visit to the UK at the end of July.

They play…

28 July                   Birthdays, Dalston, London

29 July                   The Ruby Lounge, Manchester

30 July                   ABC, Glasgow

Get your tickets here!

Originally around in the late 80s and early 90s, the 2 guitars/drums line-up of Mick Collins, Dan Kroha and Peggy O’Neill released the classic albums Houserockin’, I Know You Fine, But How You Doin’ (produced by the legendary Alex Chilton) and Outta Here before splitting in ’92. A massive influence on Jack White and the rest of the Detroit garage scene, Collins and Kroha went on to form The Dirtbombs and Demolition Doll Rods respectively. The three of them have reconvened for reunion shows since 2009.

Check out their Facebook page.


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GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR have lined up a short UK tour for October.  The dates follow the release this week of Mystery Glue, the follow-up to 2012’s Three Chords Good, the pub rock veterans’ first new album in thirty years.

Mystery Glue was recorded at London’s legendary RAK studios and is released through Universal on Cadet Concept, formerly a 70s imprint of Chess Records.

Graham Parker & The Rumour play…

OCT 11 / Bristol / O2 Academy

OCT 12 / Southampton / The Brook

OCT 14 / Holmfirth / Picturedome

OCT 15 / Leamington Spa / Assembly

OCT 17 / London / The Forum

Tickets go on general sale this Friday 22 May at 9am.

Touted as the ‘English Springsteen’, Graham Parker came together with The Rumour when Stiff Records founder Dave Robinson backed the former Surrey petrol-pump attendant with ex-members of pub rockers Brinsley Schwarz, Ducks Deluxe and Les Bontemps Roulez.

Gaining critical acclaim and minor hits, Parker struck out for a solo career in 1980. Domiciled in the US for years, Parker reformed The Rumour in 2011, coinciding with the release of the documentary film Don’t Ask Me Questions.

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Original punks CHELSEA return this month with a brand new album and a bunch of UK dates throughout the Summer.

Saturday Night Sunday Morning is the band’s tenth album and sees Gene October and James Stevenson reunited with former members Nic Austin and Matt Sargent, alongside drummer Lee Morrell.

This new flurry of activity recently saw the release of Right To Work – The Singles on white vinyl, while a further studio album is planned for later in the year.

Check out ‘About Time’ from Saturday Night Sunday Morning here, and catch the band on the road at…

100 Club – London – 5th June
Brooklands – Batley, Yorkshire – 26th June
Ivory Black – Glasgow – 27th June
The Hop – Wakefield – 28th June
Derby Hairy Dog – Derby – 10th July
New Cross Inn – London – 11th July
Rebellion Festival – Blackpool – 8th August
Undercover Festival – Bisley, Surrey – 19th September
GBA Festival – Skegness – 8th October

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GARY NUMAN returns to Manchester Academy on Saturday 24 October for a very special performance as part of the venue’s year-long series of 25th Anniversary shows.

Having performed more than ten headline shows at the Academy during the past sixteen years, Numan has built up a strong affinity with the venue and his loyal Manchester fanbase.

The electro-pioneer and his band will use this occasion to present an all-new show, following on from his last appearance there, on the epic World Tour for 2013’s Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind) album.

Pre-sale tickets can be had via the Academy Facebook page from 5.25pm on Wednesday 20 May. They go on general sale from Friday 22 May at 9am.

The Academy 25 series of Anniversary shows kicks off on Saturday 10 October with BUZZCOCKS and continues through 2016. Shows so far are as follows…

BUZZCOCKS – Saturday 10th October 2015

Plus a selection of Very Special Guests still TBA


GARY NUMAN – Saturday 24th October 2015

Plus special announcements still to come


PETER HOOK & THE LIGHT – Friday 30th October 2015

A “Joy Division” Celebration – Performing Unknown Pleasures & Closer

And featuring an opening set of ‘New Order’ material



Saturday 31st October 2015


THE WEDDING PRESENT – Plus support from artists personally chosen by David Gedge:


Saturday 14th November 2015



plus special announcements still to come

Friday 20th November 2015




Saturday 21st November 2015



With live performances from System 7, Dreadzone and Eat Static

Saturday 21st November 2015



Saturday 5th December 2015

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The election result may not have been what they wanted but agitating supergroup THEE CEE CEES’ belt and braces approach to rock’n’politics saw them release their debut single and album during the same week.

Thee Cee Cees aka THEE CONCERNED CITIZENS feature an all-star line-up of DIY music maven and Xtra Mile signing Chris T-T, Bluetones guitarist Adam Devlin, Thee Faction’s Billy Brentford, Paul Weller bassist Andy Lewis and drummer Steve ‘Smiley’ Barnard of Joe Strummer’s Mescaleros and The Alarm.

Their debut album Solution Songs, recorded under the radar at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios, is available through Blang Records.

Their debut single ‘Have An Analysis’, which was launched last week with a special show at Wilko Johnson’s local The Railway Hotel in Southend-on-Sea, is available as a limited edition 7-inch from Podrophenia Records. Check out the video here.


Pic by Stephen Dowling

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The Mods will be returning to Margate over the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend of 22-25 May for a celebration of Mod culture.

Fifty years on from the notorious Mods vs Rockers seafront battles with headlines like Wild Ones Beat Up Margate, the Kent town will host live bands, DJs, a scooter show, record fair, dance competition and more over three nights and two days.

Promoters Great British Media & Culture – a partnership of Eli Thompson of Margate Soul Weekend and Rob Bailey of New Untouchables – have put together an excellent programme, including live headline sets from Medway acts The James Taylor Quartet and Graham Day & The Forefathers, plus tribute band The Small Fakers.

Nighttime events take place at the Westcoast Club on the town’s King Street, with the daytime events, including a Battle Of The Bands stage, in the piazza opposite.

Tickets – either for the whole weekend or for individual events – can be purchased here.


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