PAULINE MURRAY UNVEILS SOLO VIDEO!

PAULINE MURRAY has revealed a video for her new solo single.

The presence of an acoustic guitar in the video belies the upbeat synth-pop of ‘Shadow In My Mind’, the second single to be taken from the PENETRATION and INVISIBLE GIRLS frontwoman’s third solo album Elemental.

“Shadow In My Mind’ has only ever been performed as part of my acoustic set,” explains Pauline. “The song is about the dialogue we constantly have with ourselves both positive and negative and how we can be our own best friend or our own worst enemy.”

The video was filmed at Polestar Studios, the recording and rehearsal space established by Pauline in 1990, based in Byker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

“I am rocking my new suit, which was bought just before lockdown, for the first time,” she adds. “It’s not the most groundbreaking video but was fun to do on a sweltering hot day (last Saturday). The song was originally performed acoustically so it’s nice to get back to that.”

The track features ROXY MUSIC legend Paul Thompson on drums, plus the Invisible Girls’ Steve Hopkins on keys and Penetration bassist Robert Blamire, who also produced the record.

Pauline will be performing tracks from Elemental, as well as revisiting material from the Invisible Girls era when she supports PSYCHEDELIC FURS on tour next spring. Dates are…

April 28 – Nottingham Rock City
April 29 – Bristol Academy
May 1 – Liverpool Academy
May 2 – Glasgow Barrowland
May 3 – Manchester Academy 2
May 5 – Cambridge Junction

Buy ‘Shadow In My Mind’ here.

Elemental is out through Polestar Records on 25 September. It’s available to pre-order here.

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CRASS REMIX PROJECT: STAGE 3

CRASS’ Feeding Of The Five Thousand Remix Project reaches its third stage with the 12″ Normal Never Was 3.

The release features a new remix of the Crass classic ‘Banned From The Roxy’ by Grammy-nominated DJ and producer Steve Aoki, and a new version of the controversial spoken-word piece ‘Asylum’ by Japanese outsider musician Mikado Koko, which is being premiered exclusively by Vive Le Rock!

With a background in theatre, music and dance Koko has spent the past few years as a club music producer, incorporating elements of Japanese traditional music. She now focuses on avant-garde poetry reading related to feminism and gender equality. She released album Ru I U Ta in 2019 and The Japanese Rimbaud in 2020.

The inclusion of ‘Asylum’ on The Feeding Of The Five Thousand originally led pressing plant workers to refuse to handle the album, forcing the track to be removed. The track was re-recorded as ‘Reality Asylum’ and released as a stand-alone single, drawing the attention of the Met Police’s vice squad and threats of prosecution.

Says Crass’ Penny Rimbaud, “Mikado Koko is a ground breaking Japanese artist and musician stretching the boundaries of feminism and the avant-garde, no wonder, then, that she was drawn to remixing ‘Reality Asylum’ and thereby proving the universality of the liberationist cause.”

“I have learned and discovered so many things from Crass,” says Koko. “DIY ethic, anarchism, feminism, graffiti, Rimbaud, Baudelaire, Cage, Stockhausen, and more. So I wanted to do a remix showing my respect. As I have been a fan of the iconic vocal of Eve Libertine, I selected ‘Asylum’ and made a poetry/glitch/impro style remix.”

As previously reported, late last year Crass made the original separate track stems of their seminal album The Feeding Of The Five Thousand available as free downloads with the intention that anyone interested could come up with new remixes of the tracks.

The 12″ Normal Never Was 3 will be released in a limited coloure vinyl edition on 21 August by Crass Records via One Little Independent. All proceeds will be donated to the domestic violence charity Refuge.

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SORRY, NOT SORRY!

Swiss alt-rockers THE BEAUTY OF GEMINA have just released their first ever UK single, despite having been around for fifteen years.

‘Apologise’ is the first single to be taken from the trio’s forthcoming new album Skeleton Dreams.

Well established in their homeland, and led by guitarist and singer Micahel Sele, The Beauty Of Gemina have released eight studio albums and two live albums and played in 25 countries around the world.

In the Spring of 2019, Sele unexpectedly had to undergo major heart surgery, which was followed by a lengthy period of recovery resulting in the songs for Skeleton Dreams.

‘Apologise’ is out now through TBOG Music and available on digital platforms including Spotify.

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MILLIE MANDERS SINGLE AIDS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARITY

Fast-rising ska-punks MILLIE MANDERS AND THE SHUTUP have unveiled a video for their new single.

‘Bitter’ is the third single to be taken from the band’s debut album Telling Truths, Breaking Ties, which is due out in October.

The single throws a spotlight on the realities of domestic violence and the resultant bitterness that can affect the survivors.

To tie in with the release, the band have created a limited edition vest and t-shirt, available from their website, with £5 from each sale going to The Survivors Trust – an umbrella charity for the survivors of rape and sexual abuse.

Set for release on 23 October, Telling Truths, Breaking Ties is available to pre-order here.

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RELY ON REGAL!

Dirty-blues three-wheeler JIMMY REGAL & THE ROYALS gear up for the release of their new album by premiering a new lyric video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘That’s All It Took’ is the first track to be unveiled from Late Night Chicken, the South-East London band’s second album, out through Lunaria Records on 25 September.

“‘That’s All It Took’ is about the vanishing distance between heaven and hell,” say the band. “Breaking up and falling in love are equally destructive, and each can happen within a heartbeat. One second you’re together on the dance floor, next she’s gone. Or just one glance at the right pair of eyes and boom – you’re in a situation. The main riff is a guitar’s interpretation of Ray Charles’ ‘What’d I Say?’. We’re influenced by piano rhythm’n’blues, honking horn sections and the like, as a way of making the guitar and harmonica do things they’re not used to. Reinterpretation is one way of moving forward.”

The enigmatic trio don’t give away much about themselves, except that they recorded the album with producer Simon Trought (Comet Gain, Television Personalities) at Soup Studio, situated in an old lightship at the mouth of the River Lea in East London. “When the tide was down, we played on a slight slope,” recalls guitarist CJ Williams. “Come evening time, the tide pops the boat back up and everything starts rocking.”

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GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO!

London post-punks GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS have unveiled another new video in the run-up to the release of their debut album.

‘They’re Not Listening’, a sharp commentary on government arrogance and inaction, is the third single to be taken from Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future, following on from ‘Pressure’ and ‘The Images Agree’.

The album has been delayed because of Covid-19, but is now set for release on 18 August via Harbinger Sound, the label that brought us Sleaford Mods.

The band still have four gigs lined up in the hope that they’ll be allowed to take place…

Thurs 15 Oct – Birmingham, Hare and Hounds
Fri 16 Oct – Nottingham, Chameleon Arts Cafe
Sat 17 Oct – Manchester, The Talleyrand
Fri 23 Oct – London, Shacklewell Arms

Read the Girls In Synthesis feature in the new edition of Vive Le Rock!

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TERRY EDWARDS AT 60!

In celebration of turning 60, semi-legendary musician TERRY EDWARDS has curated two new archive anthologies.

One of the UK’s most loved, trusted and sought-after multi-instrumentalists, arrangers and producers, Edwards is perhaps best-known as founder of punk-funk pioneers THE HIGSONS and his subsequent membership of GALLON DRUNK, PJ HARVEY’s HOPE SIX DEMOLITION PROJECT and his own bands THE SCAPEGOATS and more recently THE N.J.E.

He’s also loaned his considerable talents to Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Glen Matlock, Madness, Tindersticks, Julian Cope, Robyn Hitchcock, The Blockheads, Siouxsie Sioux, Spiritualized, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey’s Holy Holy and many more besides.

Set for release on Saturday 29 August, Stop Trying To Sell Me Back My Past (vol 1) is a Record Store Day exclusive, delayed by Covid-19 since 18 April. The limited edition double vinyl album comprises his 90s covers EPs, featuring his own interpretations of songs by The Fall, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Sex Pistols, The Damned and The Cure among others.

This will be followed on Friday 4 September by Very Terry Edwards, a three-CD collection featuring 60 of Edwards’ favourite works and collaborations from the past 40-plus years, including tracks by The Higsons, Gallon Drunk, The Scapegoats, Glen Matlock, Vic Godard, Rhoda Dakar, The Nightingales, Franz Ferdinand, The Blockheads, Snuff and 50 more.

As an exclusive Vive Le Rock! premiere, Edwards has unearthed a vintage previously unreleased video for his rendition of The Cure’s classic ‘Friday I’m In Love’, which features on both compilations.

“Who doesn’t love this Cure song?” he asks. “The video was shot in The Garage at Highbury Corner… a very long time ago! The eagle-eyed will notice the homage to the Talking Heads’ clip for ‘Once In A Lifetime’, but if anyone can tell me what the bit of plot is with the two Japanese ladies – whom I never met – please enlighten me! Enjoy.”

Released through Sartorial Records via Cargo, Very Terry Edwards is available to pre-order here.

The N.J.E.’s latest single ‘Tizita’ is available here.

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DEVILISH GOINGS ON!

Retooled post-punks FOLK DEVILS have just unveiled a creepy new video for the lead track from their new EP.

As previously reported, the three-track Forever EP represents the London band’s first new music in more than three decades.

Recorded at London’s legendary Konk studios with Grammy-winning producer Rik Simpson, the EP comprises new songs ‘Forever’ and ‘My Slum Soul’, plus a new version of live favourite ‘Ink Runs Dry’.

Originally existing from 1983 to ’87, the Notting Hill-formed band earned a reputation as an incendiary live act through shows with the likes of The Gun Club, The Fall and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.

The band reconvened in 2016 with founder members Kris Jozajtis and Mark Whiteley joined by Nick Clift and John Hamilton from a 1987 line-up plus new frontman Dave Hodgson in place of the late Ian Lowery.

Released through Optic Nerve on 18 September as a download, CD and limited edition clear red vinyl 10-inch, the Forever EP is available to pre-order here, while the title-track is now up on Spotify.

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PARANOID AT 50!

BLACK SABBATH’s classic second album Paranoid is being reissued in a new box-set in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

Released in September 1970, a mere seven months after their world-changing eponymous debut, the album was preceded that August by the single of the title-track, a Top 5 international hit and still Sabbath’s biggest hit single.

Produced once again by Rodger Bain, the album features several of the Brum legends’ best-known songs, such as ‘Fairies Wear Boots’, ‘Iron Man’, ‘Electric Funeral’ and ‘War Pigs’, the originally intended title for the album and inspiration for its iconic sleeve design.

The super deluxe 50th Anniversary box-set edition of Paranoid features five vinyl LPs plus a hardback book, poster and replica programme from the 1970 Paranoid Tour.

The five LPs comprise the original album; a rare quadraphonic mix, originally released on vinyl and 8-track cartridge in ’74; and two 1970 live recordings spread across three discs. Recorded in Montreux, Switzerland and Brussels for Belgian TV, they’ve never previously been officially released.

Also available as a 4-CD version, Paranoid: Super Deluxe Edition is set for release on 9 October through BMG. It’s available to pre-order here.

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BEAST FOOT FORWARD!

Hampshire punks PUSSYCAT AND THE DIRTY JOHNSONS have a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

A sardonic psychotic reaction to the social media age, ‘Knee Jerk’ is the first single to be taken from the Basingstoke trio’s fourth album Beast, their first under a new deal with ace German garage label Hound Gawd!

Says frontwoman Puss Johnson, “I wrote this song a couple of years ago after hearing about that white woman who called the police on a black family minding their own business having a barbeque, and then it grew into a song that was also about reactionary people on social media. Since then the rise of the ‘Karen’ has escalated and people in general seem to have a ridiculous sense of entitlement and violence in the ‘opinions’ they post online.”

One of the hardest working bands on the UK scene, Pussycat and The Dirty Johnsons tour widely and regularly, sharing stages with the likes of Jon Spencer, Thee Oh Sees, The Fuzztones, The Polecats, The Rezillos, Bow Wow Wow, Mad Sin and The Damned along the way. An incendiary set at last year’s Azkena Festival led to an invitation to tour Spain this spring. That obviously had to be cancelled but the band hope to be back on the prowl asap.

Recorded at Bear Bites Horse studio in East London with producer/engineer Wayne Adams, Beast is set for release on 28 August. It’s available to pre-order here.

Pussycat and The Dirty Johnsons

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WHEN PUB ROCK MET PUNK!

The early 70s pub rock explosion arguably helped pave the way for punk, with its small-amp just-get-up-and-do-it attitude. But within a couple of years, pub rock was on the ropes and the new kids had taken over. Check out these ten classic tracks from that brief but fertile period when two cultures clashed….

DR FEELGOOD – DOWN AT THE DOCTORS

THE GORILLAS – SHE’S MY GAL

THE FAVOURITES – FAVOURITE SHOES

ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS – WHAT’S SO FUNNY ABOUT PEACE, LOVE & UNDERSTANDING

THE 101ERS – KEYS TO YOUR HEART

KURSAAL FLYERS – TELEVISION GENERATION

IAN DURY – SEX & DRUGS & ROCK & ROLL

EDDIE & THE HOT RODS – TEENAGE DEPRESSION

THE INMATES – DIRTY WATER

THE COUNT BISHOPS – I WANT CANDY

Read our 8-page feature on what happened when pub rock met punk, including the full story of THE COUNT BISHOPS, in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock! out now!

The Inmates guitarist Peter Gunn currently hosts the weekly Gunn’s Grotto radio show on Trash Can Radio.

….and check out the Last Orders – When Pub Rock Met Punk playlist on Spotify!

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PAUL-RONNEY ANGEL VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

URBAN VOODOO MACHINE frontman Paul-Ronney Angel has been using his lockdown wisely, resulting in his debut solo single, which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Observing strict social distancing rules, ‘One Ghost Town’ was recorded with Alex McGowan at East London’s Space Eko Studio while the video was filmed on the empty streets of the capital, as well as Angel riding a horse with his guitar slung on his back somewhere on the outskirts of town!

“I hadn’t actually planned to release a solo single as when I write I do it for the UVM,” he explains. “But this came about as a necessity – there was no chance to get a 9-piece band together to record during Covid-19 lockdown. The song is very much a document of these strange times as well as a put-down of the Tory government – ‘the government fails yet again, they’re a joke you can trust’ .”

‘One Ghost Town’ is out today Friday 31 July on Gypsy Hotel Records/Cadiz Music and is available from all digital stores.

A limited-edition digipack CD EP, as well as facemasks and other merchandise, is available direct from the man and his horse.

While touring is off the cards for Paul-Ronney, he’s been playing live on Facebook from his living room every Saturday at 8pm UK time – this Saturday 1 August will be his 19th show. It’s free to tune in but tips are welcome via PayPal.com to theurbanvoodoomachine@hotmail.com

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CRASS REMIX PROJECT: STAGE 2

Following XL Recordings honcho Richard Russell’s remix of ‘Bomb’ a few weeks back, Crass Records have announced the second release in their Feeding Of The Five Thousand remix project.

This time, New York DJ, producer and promoter Johnny Dynell, well known for his 1983 cult hit ‘Jam Hot’ (remixed and sampled many times over, most famously by Fatboy Slim and his group Beats International for ‘Dub Be Good To Me’) has taken on ‘G’s Song’, written by Gee Vaucher, the band’s visual artist.

With roots in the 70s No Wave scene, Dynell’s connection and friendship with Crass goes back to the anarchist punk icons’ only US gigs in 1978 in NYC.

“I met Gee in 1977 when she came to live in NYC and we shared a loft space with another friend,” remembers Dynell. “I met CRASS in 1978 when they came to play and we became very close. Gee had her own place by then which is where the band stayed. After practically living with them all while they were in town, I quickly became aware of how bad things were in England and that bands like CRASS were really trying to make a difference. The difference between the New York Punk scene and the English scene at the time was striking. New York was nowhere near as political or as intense. CRASS were definitely not just interested in getting a record contract. Gee was and continues to be a role model and a positive influence on me.”

Speaking about the track, Dynell continues, “This track was a real challenge though because I wanted to do something totally different with it. I wanted it to sound more like the tracks that I DJ in clubs, but still have the power and drive of the punk original. I used Steve’s iconic vocals and a few bars of the punk guitar in the intro to show the song’s roots. The drums change at the end of the song to a more driving punk beat. I hoped that this would bring back some of the original live energy of the band I’d experienced.”

Check out the video for ‘G’s Song’

The 12” also includes a jarring, cut-up experimental remix of ‘Banned From The Roxy’ by by electronic composer and video artist Charles Webber who, has for many years collaborated closely with Crass vocalist Eve Libertine on such works as the chamber opera ‘Room of Worlds’, an arrangement of Wilhelm Reich’s ‘Listen Little Man’ and the Kernschmelze series devised by Crass founder Penny Rimbaud.

As previously reported, late last year Crass made the original separate track stems of their seminal album The Feeding of the Five Thousand available as free downloads with the intention that anyone interested could come up with new remixes of the tracks.

The 12″ Normal Never Was 2 will be released in a limited blue vinyl edition on 4 September by Crass Records via One Little Independent. All proceeds will be donated to the domestic violence charity Refuge.

Pre-order it here.

Pic by Tony Mottram

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SLADE UP HITZ STREET!

Can’t wait ’til Xmas? SLADE have a major singles compilation due in September.

One of the most impressive chart records of any British band, the Wolverhampton wanderers racked up no fewer than six Number Ones during their 70s golden period – when Number Ones still meant more than a pat on the back – with an unbroken and still unbeaten run of seventeen consecutive Top 20 single. They continued shaking up the charts well into the 80s, with twenty-four Top 40 hits in total in the UK alone

Cum On Feel The Hitz provides a comprehensive overview of Slade’s career in singles from 1971 to 1991. The 2-CD version brings together a whopping 43 tracks, while the double-vinyl package clocks in at 24 tracks.

The album features, naturally, all six of their UK Number one singles: ‘Coz I Luv You’, ‘Take Me Bak ‘Ome’, ‘Mama Weer All Crazee Now’, ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’, ‘Skweeze Me Pleeze Me’ and ‘Merry Xmas Everybody, and continues through the 80s following their triumphant rebirth at the 1980 Reading Festival with Top 10 big hitters ‘We’ll Bring The House Down’, ‘My Oh My’ and ‘Run Runaway’.

Set for release on 25 September, Cum On Feel The Hitz is available to pre-order here.

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RUDE GRL+C.C. VIDEO PREMIERE!

Here’s something a bit different!

Bassist-about-town Chris Constantinou of THE MUTANTS, LOU REED and ADAM ANT notoriety has hooked up with BASEMENT JAXX rapper Jenna Dickens alias RudeGRL and “international twerk of art” Bunni Morretto on a cover of ‘Brand New Cadillac’ and they’re premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Made famous by THE CLASH on their classic London Calling, the song actually started life as a 1959 b-side for leather-clad rock’n’roll maverick VINCE TAYLOR, the original inspiration for Ziggy Stardust.

RudeGRL+CC are currently putting the finishing touches to an album and at least two EPs, the first of which – Like Wow! – is set to drop on 4 September via Firefly Entertainment.

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V.I.P. IT UP AND START AGAIN!

Midlands Mod/powerpop band THE V.I.P.’S failed to break through in their late 70s heyday, but now thanks to a complete works compilation, they’re ripe for rediscovery.

Formed in 1978 at Warwick University in Coventry, the crucible of the Mod revival, the band gigged across the Midlands, often sharing stages with The Specials and Squire, stablemates on the Bust label.

Recording sessions with former Animals bassist and Hendrix and Slade manager Chas Chandler led to a deal with RCA’s Gem imprint. Substantial airplay and tour dates with Dexys Midnight Runners, Madness, The Beat and Secret Affair soon followed. Their Bolan-esque single ‘The Quarter Moon’, produced by Mike Leander, was a Radio 1 record of the week, rocketing to number 55 in the charts, but further success eluded them and they folded, eventually partially re-emerging as New Psychedelia band Mood Six.

Now the band’s complete studio recordings, including all their five singles, are to be compiled on one 17-track LP. Completely remastered and pressed on limited edition blue vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, Need Somebody To Love will be released by Optic Nerve Records on 30 October. It’s available to pre-order here.

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FOLK DEVILS UNVEIL NEW MUSIC!

Post-punks FOLK DEVILS are about to release a new EP and they’re sharing all three tracks with Vive Le Rock!

The Forever EP represents the band’s first new music in 33 years! The release features two new songs, ‘Forever’ and ‘My Slum Soul’ plus a new recording of the old live favourite ‘Ink Runs Dry’.

The tracks were recorded at the legendary Konk Studios, with Grammy-winning producer and engineer Rik Simpson.

Originally existing from 1983 to ’87, Folk Devils featured former The Wall and Ski Patrol frontman Ian Lowery and made a name for themselves with indie chart hits ‘Hank Turns Blue’ and ‘Beautiful Monster’, along with three John Peel sessions and shows with The Fall, The Gun Club, Screaming Blue Messiahs and Nick Cave.

With the release of the Beautiful Monsters anthology in 2016, founder members Kris Jozajtis and bassist Mark Whiteley decided to reform the band with late-period members Nick Clift and John Hamilton. Former Parting Shots singer Dave Hodgson takes the place of Lowery, who sadly passed away in 2001.

“I have known this band practically my whole adult life,” reflects Clift, who curated the anthology and also played with Lowery in Ski Patrol. “Back in 1984 when Ian Lowery was finally hitting his stride and making the music he was born to make, I thought they could have been one of the British post-punk greats. It wasn’t to last, Ian died in 2001, and then they were forgotten about until a few years ago when I decided to re-visit their legacy. We decided to do one reunion show in a sweaty basement in Stoke Newington and the response was incredible. Now we had two guitars and the old songs had a new swagger about them. More gigs around the UK followed and it was clear we needed to make new music in order to avoid becoming a mere nostalgia act. It would also give our new singer Dave Hodgson the chance to show he wasn’t just filling Ian’s boots, and he did a fantastic job. The whole band has found a new lease on life”.

Set for release on 18 September through Optic Nerve Recordings, Forever will be available as a digital download and on limited edition 10″ translucent red vinyl. Pre-order it through Bandcamp.

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WONKFEST 7: THE MOVIE – WORLD PREMIERE!

It’s here! The cinematic event of the year! Vive Le Rock! proudly presents the exclusive world premiere of director Mark Richards‘ document of 2019’s DIY punk spectacular, Wonkfest 7: Vive La Revolution!

Hey, it’s the weekend! There’s nothing much going on today, nowhere you’ve got to be so sit back, press play and let the likes of PIZZATRAMP, BEVERLEY KILLS, HARD SKIN, GUNS AND WANKERS, AERIAL SALAD, THE MURDERBURGERS, GOOBER PATROL, LASERCHIRST, MAID OF ACE and many more take you back to that amazing day last summer.

Oh, but before you do that, here’s Alex Wonk to give you the last word…

“Last years Wonkfest!! Oh man, where do I begin. By the evening, folk were genuinely beginning to shed tears. Band after band, legend after legend. In all honesty I don’t think we’ll ever see a line up like it, so specific to a particular time in history. It was my youth, a 14-year-old Alex sitting in my bedroom listing to records. Duncan Redmonds (Snuff), Frankie Stubbs (Leatherface), Sean Forbes (Wat Tyler), all absolute heroes to me. Peter and the fucking Test Tube Babies, I mean come on!! The Dopamines!!!! Jesus Christ!!! We are talking about what I consider to be the greatest punk bands on this rock we call home. In a way, I almost breathed a sigh of relief that this years Fest got cancelled due to Covid! Hopefully everyone will have forgotten how amazing last year was by 2021! No pressure xxx”

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