TOOTING GALLERY!

Brit powerpop princes THE SPEEDWAYS are back with their second new video in a matter of weeks!

‘A Drop In The Ocean’ is the second track on a new double A-side single, also featuring the song ‘Shoulda Known’, the video for which was revealed a few weeks ago.

Their latest celluloid opus was shot by Jez Leather, in a perhaps unintentional homage to Hanoi Rocks, in Tooting Bec, south-west London.

Both tracks feature on the band’s long-awaited forthcoming third album Talk Of The Town, which sees the band branching out from their regular powerpop palette. “We wanted to go for a more cinematic / widescreen sound, for this to be a game-changer in the powerpop world,” says guitarist Mauro Venegas.

“We threw the kitchen sink dramas at this one,” adds singer/guitarist Matt Julian. “And turned up the guitars!”

‘A Drop In The Ocean’ and ‘Shoulda Known’ are both available digitally from today on all the usual platforms. A limited edition 7″ is available to pre-order here.

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DOMESTIC VACATION

East Anglian punk renaissance man JAMES DOMESTIC is back from his hols with a new single and video.

The aptly-titled ‘Holiday’ is the fifth single to be taken from THE DOMESTICS frontman’s widely acclaimed debut solo album Carrion Repeating released earlier in the year through Kibou Records.

The video features the alligator man who has become a bit of a feature of James’ videos.

There’s also a dub remix of the track by Berlin-based musician GMPMSK alias Dave Ellesmere of DISCHARGE, DR & THE CRIPPENS, DISGUST, FLUX OF PINK INDIANS etc. Check it out here.

‘Holiday’ is released through TNS (UK) and Amok (Germany) and is available digitally from Spotify and all the usual platforms.

Carrion Repeating is available here.

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GODFATHERS UNVEIL NEW E.P.

THE GODFATHERS are back with a brand new four-track EP.

Midnight Rider features two songs from their forthcoming album Alpha Beta Gamma Delta – ‘Midnight Rider’ and ‘OCD’ – plus two more new songs, ‘When The Cowards Fall’ and ‘Fade Away’, exclusive to this release.

The EP represents the long-running band’s first release since the ‘I’m Not Your Slave’/’Wild And Free’ double a-side single in 2020.

Alpha Beta Gamma Delta is due for release on 16 September.

Midnight Rider is available digitally from Spotify and all the usual platforms from today.

Both EP and album are available to order in physical form here.

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JAH WOBBLE UNVEILS NEW SINGLE AND DATES

Legendary bassist JAH WOBBLE has unveiled a new single and video with his band THE INVADERS OF THE HEART.

The track ‘Dim Sum’, featuring Anglo-Chinese rapper and musician GZ Tian (aka Charlie Wardle, Jah Wobble’s son) heralds THE PiL co-founder’s late summer tour, which features a special Vive Le Rock-promoted London show celebrating the 30th Anniversary of LA independent label Cleopatra Records at O2 Academy, Islington on 26 October.

Wobble and the Invaders will be performing the first ever live rendition of Metal Box Rebuilt In Dub. They’ll be joined by 999 and Eater performing their classic 1977 debut album. Tickets are available here.

Released through Dimple Discs, ‘Dim Sum’ is available here.

Full tour dates are…

Aug 27th We Out Here Festival, Abbots Ripton
Aug 28th Solfest, Cumbria
Sep 01st – The Black Prince, Northampton
Sep 02nd – John Peel Centre, Stowmarket
Sep 07th – Hare And Hounds, Birmingham
Sep 08th – The Lighthouse, Deal
Sep 09th – West End Centre, Aldershot
Sep 11th – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
Sep 16th – Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek
Sep 17th – Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda
Sep 18th – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Liverpool
Sep 21st – Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham
Sep 22nd – The Con Club, Lewes
Sep 23rd – Plough Arts Centre, Plough
Sep 24th – The Red Brick Building, Glastonbury
Oct 01st – The Arc, Stockton
Oct 02nd Mac Arts, Galashiels
Oct 26th 02 Academy, Islington, London

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MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR MUSICIANS

Mental health organisation SOUND SYSTEM SUPPORT have launched a new campaign encouraging those involved in music to share their thoughts about the impact of their experiences on their mental health.

Sound System Support is a custom-built therapy and wellbeing service for touring musicians and professionals, founded by therapist and ex-performer Katie Evans. They provide tailored support packages based on the artist’s needs while on the road, and on the return to home life. With specialists in psychotherapy, identity, sex, change work, loss, meditation, addiction, trauma, and complex mental health they can offer help for a wide range of issues

As part of their mission to shine a light on mental health in the music industry, Sound System Support are launching a new campaign, Sound Off (On Mental Health In Music), encouraging those involved in music to speak up about their experiences, concerns, tips, and thoughts around mental health. While Sound System Support focuses predominantly on time spent touring, this campaign wants to cover everything.

“We have decided to launch Sound Off because we know that mental health still comes with a degree of stigma and shame,” Evans explains. “In the music world particularly, it can feel tough to speak out about struggling when the job you do may feel like a privileged or fun position. Yet life in music can come with many specific issues. From years of experience, we know that to tackle shame we bring things into the light and connect through mutual experiences.”

The organisation is encouraging people to share short videos or pictures that they feel express their thoughts on mental health, using the hashtags #soundoffmh #soundsystemsupport and #mhim, so that they can get in touch and ask to add you to our campaign. They also plan to record video interviews and run live events featuring a mix of pre-booked performers and open mic, encouraging people to share in a group environment. This will include musicians, those working in the industry and therapists/experts; they are hoping to get people involved and open discussions.

They will be updating their website soon with more news and ways to get involved, but in the meantime encourage people to add them on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok.

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JANGLE RINEHEARTS!

Fast-rising Aussie powerpoppers RINEHEARTS have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Fizzing with irresistible pop energy, jangling guitars and tub-thumping drums, ‘Powerlines’ is drawn from the Perth trio’s forthcoming second album Full Bloom, which is set for release through Cheersquad Records & Tapes.

The album was produced by Aussie powerpop maven Dom Mariani (Stems, Someloves, DM3, etc) who says, “Rinehearts are that rare band that you come across from time to time, doing their thing without a lot of fuss but with a true dedication and knack for crafting perfect pop. ‘Powerlines’ is just a taster of what is about come.”

The band are set to support Hoodoo Gurus in Perth next month, and have recently been opening for the revitalised Hard-Ons, whose bassist Ray Ahn enthused, “I was struck by how beautiful the Rinehearts tunes are. All the members of the Hard-ons were, when we played with them recently. We are suckers for melody. There is something uplifting about great pop music. Rinehearts’ sound is simple and sophisticated at the same time. It’s wondrously catchy and well played. That is very hard to do.”

Formed in 2016, Rinehearts include guitarist/singer Ben Ward and bassist Mitch Long, both formerly of the Deniz Tek-endorsed Screwtop Detonators and drummer Ross Di Blasio of Snowman, who toured with the likes of The Drones and Wolfmother. Their debut self-titled EP was released in 2016 by UK label No Front Teeth followed by Can’t Do Nothing, their debut album for Cheersquad in 2019.

‘Powerlines’ is available to buy here.

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MURPHYS CHANNEL GUTHRIE

DROPKICK MURPHYS have dropped another video from their forthcoming new album.

‘Ten Times More’ is the second single to be lifted from This Machine Still Kills Fascists, and album of new recordings featuring the previously unpublished lyrics of legendary American folk and protest singer Woody Guthrie.

The music and melody for ‘Ten Times More’ were written, arranged and recorded on the spot, using nothing but the band’s voices, percussion and harmonica with the original demo take used for the finished recording.

‘Ten Times More’ is available to stream/download here.

Pre-order This Machine Still Kills Fascists here.

As previously announced, Dropkick Murphys’ UK and Ireland arena dates have been rescheduled for January 2023. Full dates are…

13 BELFAST Telegraph Building
14 DUBLIN 3Arena
16 NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 City Hall
17 GLASGOW OVO Hydro
18 MANCHESTER O2 Victoria Warehouse
20 CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena
21 LONDON SSE Arena Wembley
22 BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy Birmingham

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REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL!

Ohio punk legends TOXIC REASONS are to have their back catalogue plundered for reissue this autumn.

The extensive campaign by Audio Platter via Plastic Head Distribution will see the reissue of five of the Dayton quartet’s classic albums – three on CD for the first time ever. Plus an entry-level primer compilation for the previously uninitiated.

Up for reissue are their 1984 second album Kill By Remote Control; 1985 follow-up Within These Walls; their best-known album Bullets For You, originally released through Alternative Tentacles; In The House Of God, their ’93 debut for Bitzcore Records, and it’s follow-up – and the band’s swansong – ’95’s No Peace In Our Time. The set is completed by compilation God Bless America, a 17-track anthology comprising prime cuts and previously unreleased tunes.

Set for release on 21 October, all releases, plus other Toxic Reasons merch, are available to pre-order here.

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SHOUT IT OUT LOUD!

LOUD WOMEN FEST returns next month with its usual eclectic line-up.

This year’s event takes place at The Amersham Arms in South London over 2-3 September and features sets from the likes of I, DORIS (pictured), BUGEYE, CHARLEY STONE, CHROMA, DEUX FURIEUSES, DEUXES, DINOSAUR SKULL, FRAULEIN, GILAN, GIRLCRUSH, HANNAH ROSE KESSLER, HOTWAX , I AM HER and loads more.

“Loud Women has always campaigned for better representation of women in the music industry,” says founder Cassi Fox. “It’s all about building a strong platform and passing the mic to those who most need their voices amplified. There’s strength in numbers, so this year we’re using that platform also to amplify the voices of our sisters campaigning on important topics which are relevant to our audiences – e.g. access to abortion healthcare, keeping gigs safe from sexual assault, and protecting ourselves, our sisters (and not just our cisters) from state violence.”

This year they’re partnering with various organisations, including Level Up, running bystander intervention training and campaigning on behalf of pregnant women in prisons; Safe Gigs for Women, a team of volunteers creating a safer environment for women at gigs and festivals; Girls Against, a nonprofit organisation standing up against sexual assault and misogyny in the live music scene; and Alliance 4 Choice – a Northern Ireland abortion support campaign group.

Check out the trailer…

Further details and tickets can be found here.

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MOTHER’S PRIDE

London post-punks GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS herald their forthcoming second full-length with a new video this week.

‘Watch With Mother’ is taken from the album The Rest Is Distraction, set for release in October, which follows on from their debut album Now Here’s And Echo From Your Future which came out in 2020.

“‘Watch With Mother’, like the some of the rest of the album, takes a darker look at family dynamics and the way in which we’re shaped by them,” explains bassist/vocalist John. “The music is more expansive, too, and is the perfect match for the lyrics. We were trying to approach things differently this time round.”

“The video was created with long-time collaborators Soft Surface and brings the family message into sharp focus; singer John, seemingly an apparition, witnesses many seemingly innocent family scenes while addressing the camera directly, almost narratively,” adds guitarist Jim. “This is interspersed with intense band footage, creating a dark and atmospheric visual backdrop to the song. This track is like a calling card for the album. It retains the intensity of our previous releases but builds on it with some different sounds and structure. I don’t think anyone is sounding like this at the moment. No one is tackling the subjects featured on the album.”

The band’s line-up is completed by drummer Nicole, while the album features contributions from frequent collaborators funkcutter (horns) and Stanley Bad (violin), while former Fall keyboardist Eleni Poulou guests on two tracks. Like its predecessor, the album was mixed by Max Walker with stunning photography by Bea Dewhurst.

Released on 14 October through Own It/Cargo, The Rest Is Distraction is available to pre-order here.

The band head out on an extensive European tour next month which includes a headline show at London’s Lexington on 14 October and takes them right up to December. Full dates are…

10/09/22 – VIENNA – Pankahyttn
13/10/22 – NORTHAMPTON – Black Prince
14/10/22 – LONDON – The Lexington
15/10/22 – TUNBRIDGE WELLS – Sussex Arms
19/10/22 – BRISTOL – The Louisiana
20/10/22 – MANCHESTER – The Peer Hat
21/10/22 – NOTTINGHAM – Bodega
22/10/22 – BRIGHTON – Green Door Store
09/11/22 – GHENT – Bar Bricolage (w/Cocaine Piss)
10/11/22 – BRUSSELS – Magasin4
11/11/22 – TOURNAI – Water Moulin
12/11/22 – SIEGEN – Veb Siegen
13/11/22 – HAMBURG – Westwerk
14/11/22 – COPENHAGEN – Rahuset
15/11/22 – ODENSE – Posten
16/11/22 – BERLIN – Urban Spree
17/11/22 – FRIEBURG – Slow Club
18/11/22 – WURZBURG – Cafe Cairo
19/11/22 – NUREMBERG – Desi
20/11/22 – UTRECHT – Db’s
07/12/22 – GLASGOW – The Flying Duck
08/12/22 – NEWCASTLE – Zerox
09/12/22 – HULL – The Adelphi
10/12/22 – BIRMINGHAM – Dark Horse

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FIRST BANDS ANNOUNCED FOR MANCHESTER PUNK FEST!

A first list of bands has been announced for next year’s Manchester Punk Festival.

Now in its seventh edition, the event will see 130 bands performing across seven city venues over the weekend of 7-9 April 2023.

Hitting the stages of The Union, Gorilla, The Bread Shed, Rebellion, Zombie Shack, Yes and Sandbar, you can catch OFF WITH THEIR HEADS, BIG D & THE KIDS TABLE, WONK UNIT, DEATH BY STEREO, LIGHTYEAR, CATBITE, DIRECT HIT!, AFTER THE FALL, FAINTEST IDEA, SNIFF, YOUTH AVOIDERS, MILLIE MANDERS & THE SHUT UP, MOBINA GALORE, CALL ME MALCOLM, WADEYE, KNIFE CLUB, ALLDEEPENDS, CASUAL NAUSEA, BATWOLF,THE SEWER CATS, COMEBACK CLIT, ZERO AGAIN, ELECTRIC PRESS, THE DOMESTICS, BOSSMAGS, SPILLAGE, THE RED STAINS, SYD.31, JASON STIRLING, KADDISH, FOR I AM, PHINIUS GAGE, LAZLO BABY, HEATHCLIFF, GOING OFF, KRUPSKAYA, LAUGHING IN THE FACE OF, THE CRIPPENS, THE PETERLEES, MURDER CLUB, SUBORDINATE, THE HUMAN PROJECT ,SARAH CAREY, STONE LEEK, DEATH TRAILS, DEAD OBJECTIVES, THE LAB RATS, DISTRAL, GREEN EYED MONSTER, EPIC PROBLEM, PHANTOM BAY, PLASTICS, HIGH PRAISE, BINBOY, THE DEADITES, A GREAT NOTION, SHOOTING DAGGERS, STAY PUT, CHERYM, HONEY JOY, FORTITUDE VALLEY, RAT CAGE, CLAYFACE, CONSOLATION and CHEERBLEEDERZ, with many more still to be announced. There will also be comedy, poetry, live podcasts and much more.

Tickets are on sale here.

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CHATS ANNOUNCE DATES!

Aussie tearaways THE CHATS have announced their biggest European tour yet.

The eighteen-date tour is in support of Sunshine Coast trio’s long-awaited second album Get Fucked, which is due for release this Friday through their own Bargain Bin label.

To coincide, the band have released another new video, this time for the track ‘Out On The Street’…

The tour kicks off with two dates at Dublin’s O2 Academy on 16 and 17 May next year and takes in their largest ever UK headline show at London’s Brixton O2 Academy on 26 May. Full dates are…

16 May – Dublin, 02 Academy
17 May – Dublin, 02 Academy
18 May – Belfast, Limelight
19 May – Manchester, Academy
20 May – Glasgow, Barrowlands
21 May – Newcastle, NX
22 May – Cardiff, Tramshed
23 May – Bristol, Bristol 02 Academy
24 May – Birmingham, Institute
26 May – London, 02 Academy Brixton
29 May – Antwerp, Trix
30-May – Paris, Trabendo
31 May – Cologne, Live Music Hall
04 Jun – Netherlands, Amsterdam, Paradiso
06 Jun – Copenhagen, Loppen
07 Jun – Malmo, Debaser
08 Jun – Stockholm, Plan B
09 Jun – Oslo, John Dee

Get Fucked can be pre-saved digitally here.

For physical orders and gig tickets, go here.

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NOT FLAKIN’ IT!

Punk-pop duo VOODOO RADIO make the most of the long hot summer by launching a brand new video.

‘Ice Cream Man (Deluxe Double-Flake’n’Strawberry Sauce Mix)’ is a version of a track from the Cumbrian duo’s widely praised debut mini-album Pop Pills, remixed by Pete Hobbs of indie-pop duo The Boy Least Likely To.

Released through Holy Dotage, ‘Ice Cream Man’ is available to stream/download here.

Voodoo Radio have a string of gigs lined up. Catch them on the road at…

20 Aug – The Hive, Rotherham
27 Aug – Cellar Bar, Whitehaven
28 Aug – Crapfest, Liverpool (Jacaranda)
2 Sep – Hope & Anchor, London
24 Sep -Birds Nest, Deptford
25 Sep – Prince Albert, Brighton
8 Oct – Twisterella, Middlesbrough
11 Nov – Birds Nest, Deptford
12 Nov – The Pipe Line, Brighton
19 Nov – Facebar, Reading
17 Dec – Riverside Rebellion, Middlesbrough
26 Dec- The Welly, Dalton (Boxing Night)

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REBELLION GALLERY

Well, it took a while but some things are worth the wait, right? And this year’s Rebellion Festival in Blackpool was the BEST EVER! The new outdoor stage for R-FEST saw thousands watch great sets by Gary Numan, The Stranglers, Squeeze and much more, while inside the Winter Gardens, fans saw old favourites like Cock Sparrer and U.K Subs raise the roof like never before.
A huge thank you to Darren Russell, Jennie Russell, Daryl Smith and the whole Rebellion team for an incredible 4 days of punk n’ rock n’ roll.
Look out for our full coverage of Rebellion in next edition Vive Le Rock! out 26 August! In the meantime, check out our Rebellion Gallery brought to you by ace shooters Cris Watkins and Jason Miller…
Desperate Measures (Cris Watkins)
Paul Cook, The Professionals (Cris Watkins)
Harley Flanagan, Cro-Mags (Cris Watkins)
Angelic Upstarts (Cris Watkins)
Bob Vylan (Cris Watkins)
Tiger Sex (Cris Watkins)
Punks (Cris Watkins)
Suzi Moon (Cris Watkins)
Jimmy Pursey, Sham 69 (Jason Miller)
Keith Morris, Circle Jerks (Jason Miller)
Peter Hook (Jason Miller)
Punks (Jason Miller)

Olga Svetlanas pic by Chris Watkins

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THE DUEL VIDEO PREMIERE!

London punks THE DUEL are re-releasing their classic concept album The Soundtrack to The End of The World and are trailing it with a new video.

‘Less Every Day’ is taken from the album which was originally released back in 2012 and features Max Splodge as narrator. Subtitled The Zak Splash Story, the album tells the tale of a fictional pop-star who has a comeback hit in the new millennium.

Formed by singer Tara Rez and keyboardist Andy Thierum in 2001, the band was brought to a premature end when Thierum was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

There is no cure for MS, but a portion of the proceeds from sales of this reworked, remixed and remastered edition of the album will go to the MS Society who support those living with the condition, raise awareness and fund research to stop MS for good.

Soundtrack To The End Of The World (The Zak Splash Story) is set for release on 16 September. A new version of The Duel is currently arranging live dates in order to bring the band to a more fitting conclusion.

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EASY DOES IT!

The latest band the emerge from the thriving Melbourne punk scene, THE PRIZE have unveiled a second tracks from their forthcoming debut EP.

‘Easy Way Out’ follows on from the release of their debut digital single and also the title track of the EP, ‘Wrong Side Of Town’. The band will be celebrating the EPs physical release with a special launch show at Melbourne’s John Curtin Hotel on 1 October before heading out nationally with THE CHATS.

“‘Easy Way Out’ was the first song we wrote as a band,” says singing drummer Nadine Muller. “After finally hearing it recorded, I think we all found a new appreciation for the song that solidified us. You don’t have to ‘read between the lines’ to figure out what it’s about!”

Formed early last year, the band’s hybrid garage-rock/powerpop sound has been compared to The Nerves, Thin Lizzy, Flamin’ Groovies and homeland heroes The Divynyls. This is underlined by their stunning cover – also on the EP – of ‘Fighting My Way Back’ by Nuneaton powerpop legends, and Vive Le Rock faves, The Incredible Kidda Band.

Check out ‘Easy Way Out’…

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SUZI KEEPS IT IN THE FAMILY!

Hot from Rebellion, fast-rising punk sensation SUZI MOON has a new video which she’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Family Memories’ is taken from SoCal-raised now DC-based artist’s debut solo album Dumb & In Luv, which is due out in September through Pirates Press Records. The album follows on from two three-track EPs, Call The Shots and Animal.

“These songs are a bit warmer and power-pop than my previous releases,” she says of the album. “They’ve been baked in the California sunshine, like the song ’99 Miles To Pasadena’, which I wrote while running laps around the Rose Bowl. I picked songs that fit together nicely but also offer a lot of variation, so you’re getting more of a full ride with this album than you did with the EPs!

“The ten tracks on Dumb & In Luv represent growth and the human condition,” she continues. “Themes of love, loss, heartache, hope, and celebration are all ones that I have written about before and will certainly revisit again and again. My first EP, Call The Shots, had a straightforward punk’n’roll sound, my second EP, Animal, was a bit more melodic, and Dumb & In Luv is really a mix of those two styles, seeped in the influence of all those great California bands that influenced me while I was growing up, like Social Distortion, Rancid, Green Day and Sugarcult.”

Set for release on 9 September, Dumb & In Luv is available to pre-order here.

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Pic by Greg Gutbezahl

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LEGS AKIMBO!

NYC blues shakers DADDY LONG LEGS are back with a string of UK dates this autumn.

Returning for their first tour since the Covid pandemic, the band’s new four-piece line-up sees original members Brian Hurd (vocals/harp) Murat Aktürk (guitars/vocals) and Josh Styles (drums/maracas) joined by new member Dave Klein on piano.

The band have been working on the follow-up to 2019’s Lowdown Ways, which is slated for release in the new year. In the meantime, they play the following dates….

TUES 11 OCT – Manchester – Blues Kitchen
WED 12 OCT – Newcastle – Cluny C2
THURS 13 OCT – Edinburgh – Voodoo Rooms
FRID 14 OCT – Glasgow – Broadcast
SAT 15 OCT – Birkenhead – Future Yard
SUN 16 OCT – Hebden Bridge – Trades
TUES 18 OCT – Bristol – Exchange
WED 19 OCT – Norwich – NAC
THURS 20 OCT – Bedford – Esquires
FRIDAY 21 OCT – London – The Lexington
SAT 22 OCT – Brighton – The Albert
SUN 23 OCT – Folkestone – Chambers

Tickets are on sale here.

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