Promoters: Jennie and Darren Russell-Smith Tickets: Dave Harris and Lesley Stokes Marketing /P.R./ Production: Daryl Smith Event Manager: Alan ‘Heavyweight’ Taylor Backstage Production: Jonny Sessions and Aussie Daz Website/Facebook: Daryl Smith Rebellion Mascot: Rat Boy!!! Stage Managers: Empress: ‘Leaky’ Jim Dyer Arena: Peter ‘Chin’ Bywaters Pavilion: Keith Curtis Casbah: Walnut Bizarre Bazaar: Del Greening Almost Acoustic: Huggy New Poetry Stage: Meriel Malone New Band Stage: Jonny Wah Wah Crew: Beano, Neil, Ross, Tinky, Danny, Dave H, Jock, Steo, Pedro, Jimmy, Paul H, Mass, Ross Hammond, Liam Greening, Jack Henrickson. New Band Stage Organiser: Jonny Wah Wah Box Office: Margaret Smith, Lora, Anne Marie, Mark, Krys, Steph & Deia Artist Hospitality: Dik, Clarence, Paula Frost, Tarky Backstage Café/Catering: Catrin Owen, Brian, Tom, Nikki & Sam, Sam Duncan, Lilly, Patch, Jack, Matt & Sarah, Nicole & John, Rachael, Laura, Sarah D & Lucy Wristband Exchange: Dave Mullet, Quim, Gerald, Viv, Graham, Connaugh, Meg, Emma, Lynn Photo Accreditation: Dod Morrison Rebellion Official Photographers: Dod, Phil Newall, Andy Thorn, Gutterpunks, Jana Chrzova, Fishbones, Ugly punk, Liz DJ’s: Dave Paranoia, Sav, Jello Biafra, Ali-P Runners: Tommy & Paul Sound Engineers: Empress – Djura Pavilion – Naff Dave Almost Acoustic – Huggy & Ross Hammond Punkart: Jennie Russell-Smith, Margaret Curwen, Carl Swinnerton, Chris Long, Stubsey, Jake. Literary/Poetry Festival: Dominic Warwick, John King, Jonny Wah Wah, Rhoda Dakar, Garry Bushell, Richie Rocker, Meriel Malone. Vintage Fair: Ruby ‘Dottie Delightful’ Stalls/Merch Coordinators: Paul Swinnerton & Stu ‘No Rules’ T-shirt/Merch design: Vince Ray, Daryl Smith T-shirt/Merch Printing: Mandie @ International Insignia Official Merch: Stu Taylor, Sam Mason, Babs & Loz Hotel Coordinator: Robbie Pendlebury-Wellings Bingo: Max Splodge & Stretch PA’s: ESS Lights/Stage Effects/Staging/Barriers/ Fencing: UK Events Group Empress Lighting Designer: Jack Sayer Security: Showsec Backline: STS Touring Printing: Martin @ People for Print Ltd Programme editor & Graphic Design: Chase the Ace Ltd - www.chasetheacedesign.com Programme Printing: Wyndeham Gait Programme Front Cover: Vince Ray Programme Contributors: Dominic Warwick, Richie Rocker, Jonny Wah Wah, John King
Welcome one and all to Rebellion 2014 We can hardly believe it’s been a whole year since we were last all gathered here in Blackpool. It has been a bit of a rollercoaster of a year for a number of reasons but we are all certainly glad to be back and to welcome you all. Where to begin, as many of you may already know we lost our great friend and Rebellion family member Sharky in June to lung cancer. He had been part of the family since the first weekend festival in 1996, looking after bands and everyone else so we’d like you all to raise a glass at some point over the weekend to him and we’ve renamed the Theatre Bar – Sharky’s Bar over the weekend in his honour! Well last year’s festival was certainly a huge success with many people emailing us afterwards to say it had been their favourite so far, we’re hoping that this year will be just as much fun with some of the amazing bands we have. We’ve also taken a lot on board this year in terms of feedback on sound/lighting/ venues etc and are very excited about the changes in the Empress Ballroom (not giving anything away here, you’ll have to wait and see) as well as the new ‘outdoor’ stage The Casbah which you’ll find located through the empress ballroom foyer. As usual we have loads of bands that have travelled far and wide to be with us this year so we hope that you’ll support not only the ones that make a welcome return – RUST (Australia) Choking Susan (USA) and Argies (Argentina) but also some new ones such as The Go Set and Local Resident Failure from Australia, Blest Mess and Glittertrash from the USA, Bishops Green from Canada and many from all corners of Europe. We would like to thank all of the advertisers, with special thanks to Jagermeister for continuing to contribute towards the high costs of making this programme. This means we can continue providing it for FREE to every person who purchases a weekend or day ticket. And don’t forget Saturday 22nd November we’ll be getting together again to celebrate Darren’s 30th Anniversary of putting gigs and festivals on – Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall and it’s 12 midday until 12 midnight. Tickets £15 (available from box office this weekend) - check the advert in here for the exciting line up. So all that’s left to say is have a wonderful weekend, look after each other and celebrate the fact that we are all part of the most amazing punk rock family in the world! With Love Jennie, Daz and Team Rebellion xxxxxxxxxxx THANKS in 2014 GO TO: Deia and Keir, Dave Harris and Lesley Stokes, Daryl & Amy Smith, Jonny Wah Wah, Margaret Curwen, Annemarie Fairbairn, Alan Taylor, Keith Curtis, Jim Dyer, Del Greening, Huggy, Ian Armstrong, Richie Tomlinson, Dominic Warwick, Meggie Gladwyn, Simon Brookes, Chris Monk, Carl Swinnerton, Paul Swinnerton, Stu Taylor, Catrin Owen, Darren@crucialtalent, Dave Pollack@destiny, Benny@ klownhouse, Jack@Satellite, Martin@peopleforprint, Phil Newall, Kath@Rockers England, Dod Morrison, John Robb, Robbie and John@The Trafford, Tony and Charlie @The Astoria, Gerry and Mo, Peter Jones, Jimmy Wren, Nick at All Ages Records, Christian Schaub, Ruby@Dottie Delightful, Rat Usher, Stuart Diggle, Paul Banyard and all the Dysphonia boys, Steve Perks, Tory and James, Richard John@ESS, Oonagh and Luke, Ben Green@Fever all at Blackpool tourism, Kathy, Carla, Michael and all the staff and crew at The Wintergardens, The 2014 Rebellion street team for their awesome work and to you lot - some of whom have been with us for 18 years!!!!!
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After a successful run last year, Rebellion Radio is back for its second year, it’s bigger better and according to the presenters, sexier than last year. We caught up with the presenters Del Strangefish and Jimmy Skurvi to get the inside information on this years Rebellion Radio.
Ok Guys so explain, for those who are unaware, what is Rebellion Radio? Jimmy: Rebellion Radio is a daily highlight show running every night from around midnight on Wednesday night through to Sunday night. The shows will contain interviews, tracks, news, guest performances, all the info and any changes to the festival. It will also be interactive. People will be able to get involved via the twitter and Facebook pages and send in requests for songs and questions to pose in interviews with performing artists. Who came up with the idea for Rebellion Radio? Del: I met with Jennie from Rebellion when she came down to Brighton for a night out/piss up. She mentioned she was looking at doing a festival radio station. I had been doing a punk show on a local Brighton radio station for about a year at that time, we put two and two together and Rebellion Radio was born. Why do you do it? Del: We both love the festival and I’ve been involved in it since the beginning. Everyone who joins in and takes part on the station seems to love being a part of it, so that’s enough for me.
Jimmy: As Del mentioned earlier, we run a weekly punk show on Radio Reverb in Brighton and it’s available on our podcast channel delstrangefish.podomatic.com We play classic punk as well as tracks from brand new bands interspersed with sketches and stupidity. Doing a live festival for four days seems a natural progression for us. Rebellion is more than just a festival, it’s an experience, it’s a meeting place for friends some who haven’t seen each other for years. For many people, including us, it’s the best weekend of the year and we wanted to capture that spirit on in a podcast to serve as a memento for those who go, as well as a chance for those who are unable to attend to still feel part of the Rebellion experience. What were your favourite moments from last year? Del: Captain Hotknives coming in and giving us a brand new song live on air, Maid of Ace taking part in our version of ‘Blind Date’ and the infamous Arturo Lurker interview. Jimmy: I know it’s cliché to say but for me it was the whole thing, you can listen to the shows from last year and get the full feeling of the festival, the fun, the laughs, the music and the stupidity!!! Del : …and the drinking (Hic !!!) What can we expect from this years Rebellion Radio and what do you have planned for the future? Jimmy: Exclusive interviews, all the latest goings on, competitions and the best punk music in the world!!! Del: Last year was great fun. We recorded continually during the day, playing artists that were performing plus interviews with them. We had our floating dosser reporters, Gemma and Jimmy, out and about at various stages, interviewing anyone they met, plus anyone who just fancied bursting in drunk with an acoustic and shouting down the mic. Then I’d edit it all together and podcast it all that evening. In the future we’d maybe like to have the show running 24 hours and bring in other DJ’s to host regular slots plus some live band broadcasts so people that can’t make the festival that year can listen in and get the feeling of actually being there!! And finally how do we listen in? Rebellion Radio’s Podcasts Are Available Every Night From Midnight During the Festival, Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th August 2014. Shows can be heard here: http://delstrangefish.podomatic.com Or Direct from the Rebellion Website and Facebook Sites www.rebellionfestivals.com facebook.com/RebellionPunkMuskFestival facebook.com/RebellionRadio Twitter: @rebellionradio1 @delfish2
Last year fans Cock Sparrer and other Rebellion Punk festival attendees helped the band make a donation of almost £2000 to local charity Streetlife, who work with the Blackpool’s vulnerable young people. The band raffled off the custom-made backdrop that they used on stage on the Saturday night, in the Empress Ballroom. This was the fourth time the band have headlined the festival, and wanted to use the opportunity to support a local organisation. Singer Colin McFaull said, “We are overwhelmed by the level of support we received for this and by the number of people who made donations without taking tickets! As a band we know how lucky we are to have the Rebellion festival and we wanted to give something back to the people of Blackpool” Tony Riley from Streetlife said “Many thanks for the fantastic donation the band have raised at the Rebellion Punk Festival in Blackpool. It was a real WOW moment when they told me the amount!” “The money raised will go a long way to maintaining the work we do in our emergency nightshelter for young vulnerable people in Blackpool. We recently extended the opening hours by opening at 7-00pm instead of 9-00pm as previously. The funding we received to do this was only for 12 months and the donation will help ensure that we can extend this period. Massive thanks to all
the fans who bought raffle tickets and made donations.” The backdrop was won by Cock Sparrer fan Colin Kennedy, who couldn’t stop grinning when he met the band to collect his prize. His wife said that she “had no idea where they were going to put it, but were really pleased they won”. We’re going to continue to support the charity. We’ve a number of ways of raising money this year including asking all those on the guest list and all the blaggers to make a contribution. If you’d like to donate anything, including tinned food, toiletries etc then just pop to the Box Office during a quite moment. Thanks. Streetlife is a local Blackpool charity which was established in 1882. They provide advice and support for young people who have drug, alcohol or mental health issues. They have an eight bed emergency nightshelter for young people aged 16-25. They operate a day centre on Buchanan St and a nightshelter next to St John’s church. In June 2010 Streetlife were honoured with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recognising the hard work they do helping those who need it most. Find out more by visiting http://www.streetlife-blackpool.co.uk
After the feedback from last year, we are pleased to announce the launch of the REBELLION APP for ANDROID phones now. Thanks to the Jager team for helping with this. Get your APP from the iTunes store or Google Play by searching for Rebellion Festivals. We also have a nice new website! Check out www.REBELLIONFESTIVALS.com With a great new way of searching for bands (A-Z, by Stage, by day etc). It’s responsive too which means it works great on your phone! Thanks to Ben Green and the Fever team working with Daryl to make this happen.
Dr. Martens are back this year with their customised 1984 Leyland DAF Sherpa and built in photobooth. Last year over 800 of you lot came away with a free photo from the DM’s team along with other giveaways.Due to popular demand they are bringing with them a pop-up store where you will be able to add to your DM’s collection. Check them out this year in their new location by the entrance to the Opera House in the Floral Hall, midway between the Empress Ballroom entrance and the Galeon Bar.
The crew T-Shirts have an extra special meaning this year.
There’s lots of things we “Stand For”, individually and collectively. But for all of the Rebellion family, this year will particularly be about remembering our friend Sharky. Yes the festival goes on but none of us will be on auto pilot. We’ll all be consciously thinking of him and we’re sure there will be times when he makes his presence known to us! A few of us wanted to share some thoughts. Rest In Peace mate x “For 18 years, Sharky supported us through the bad times and eventually the good, he always believed in the festival and that we were all family together. He laughed with us lots, loved our two kids like his own and was a total star the whole time I knew him. If there is one thing I’m really grateful for it was that he got to see Deia play onstage in Amsterdam - I know it meant a lot to him too. He may have gone but he most certainly will never be forgotten” Jennie Russell-Smith xxx
“It was Monday morning, Morecambe 1998, trying to get on the coach home that Sharky said “They don’t call him Leaky Jim for nothing”. Well, they do now. Thanks, mate! Rebellion will never be quite the same again for me. I’m going to miss travelling there with Sharky (though travelling back was never easy), sharing a room, our late-night chats putting Rebellion to rights and seeing his smiling face in the box office amongst a million other things. I won’t miss being woken up by his alarm though, because it’s time to meet Daz in the Wetherspoons! Thanks, Sharky, for being a fantastic friend and thanks for all the wonderful memories. Love you to bits” Leaky XXX
Sharky – The Quiet Man with a Big Heart.
“How many times over the last 15+ years and in many countries has Sharkey been my bodyguard, making sure I got back to the hotel after we closed the box office. Always a welcome hug, always a calming effect on those around him, Darren’s partner in crime. Yes I know about the sloping off for a swift one when they were supposed to be collecting the stall money. Sharkey was a special person with so much love for his friends, unassuming but strong. It’s an honour to say he was a dear friend, a special member of the extended family who leaves behind so many happy memories.”
Here’s the thing with promoting festivals – you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. If we
stick to the old school punk bands we’re accused of putting the ‘same old same old’ bands on. Each year we put on over 50 odd bands that have never played before but they get over looked by the moaners who just see a few of the regular names and then say that the line up is the same as last year! We bring in New Wave, Hardcore, Ska, Psychobilly, Oi Anarcho, UK 82, Glam and still people will say “why haven’t you put on this or that band?” But the beauty of it is we have 4 days with 6 stages running simultaneously – so if you don’t like something then you can watch something else. (This of course brings another set of problems with your favourite band X clashing with your other favourite band Y!) One of the things that we think has helped with bringing a new breed of Rebellion punter and keeping the festival fresh whilst others have gone to the wall or seen numbers decline during these hard times, is looking outside our usual British ‘retro’ scene. This year, as in years past, we have bands from all over the globe. However, it’s the crop of US punk bands that have played Rebellion in recent years that has established Rebellion as THE punk festival to come to. We’ve had Rancid, Bad Religion, Pennywise, Social Distortion to name a few. A band that have been on our and your ‘wants’ list for a long time is NOFX and we’re delighted that they will be closing the festival by headlining the Empress Ballroom on Sunday. The guys are not known for giving interviews but the programme would not be complete without profiling the band. We asked them to put it in their own words: I don’t how many times you’ve read a NOFX band bio, but this has got to be like the fourth time I’ve written the damn thing. Just wanted to put that out there to remind you that, ya know, we’re old friends by now. But enough about us, we’re talkin’ about NOFX here. And we’re talking about a band that has done it all: their own reality TV show, gold records, played China (China!), performed on late-night television, etc. Imagine a punk rock version of U2 that lived on planet Earth and actually had a ton of fun with their band. And fun is the operative term with NOFX. I mean, how else does a band last 28 years? NOFX formed in Los Angeles back in 1983, a helluva year for new bands and one that gave birth to Testament, The Cult, White Lion, and any number of bands that are completely defunct and irrelevant in this day and age. That alone says something about NOFX‘s enduring popularity. Maybe they lasted this long because they were forged in the same fiery furnaces of the L.A. hardcore scene that gave us Bad Religion, Suicidal Tendencies, The Germs, and Descendents. NOFX sharpened their teeth in that tumultuous talent pool until they joined forces with Epitaph Records in 1989 and went on to release a string of crucial skate-punk albums. Their first major breakthrough came in the form of 1990s Ribbed, still a fan favourite, they then followed up with now-classics White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean and Punk in Drublic , the latter selling well over a million copies. That was a wildly successful decade for NOFX as the band popularized the Warped Tour and was the flagship band for the skate/surf/snow culture of the 1990s.
Now with their own label, Fat Wreck Chords, their third decade was even more fruitful, which again speaks to NOFXs indomitable longevity. The band’s career-long ban on doing the mainstream press and media was lifted as they sought to actively share their dissent for the Bush Administration and speak out against the invasion of Iraq. And once the floodgates were open, NOFX and their “Rock Against Bush” movement were everywhere: Newsweek, Rolling Stone, New York Times, Howard Stern, and network television. All that high profile interest and hype was reflected in the success of their 2003 record, The War on Errorism, which was the #1 independent record in the country at the time if its release and topped Billboard’s indie chart. Everyone knows about the band’s irreverent onstage banter and wild antics that land them on TMZ, but if there’s anything someone should take away from this band bio it’s that NOFX is a genuine punk rock band who, despite their size and popularity, have managed after all these years to still adhere to DIY values like booking their own shows and releasing their own records. They still take out young bands on tour and they still employ the same road crew. They’re not only an anomaly in terms of their success via the underground, but also in how they choose to run their band and stay loyal to their roots. They’re currently in the midst of filming the second season of Backstage Passport, their reality TV show that takes the band all over the world and films them doing all the unspeakable, wackadoo things that you’d expect from these dudes. It’s more than your usual “sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll” Let’s give them a dose of British Punk and welcome them to the Rebellion experience!
Hailing from the North East of England, In Evil Hour
are an incendiary hardcore punk rock band who deliver high energy live performances and biting socio-political lyrics. Spending the last few years relentlessly touring the UK and snagging gigs with punk legends like The Misfits, U.S. Bombs and Leftover Crack along the way - they released their debut Album ‘The World Bleeds Out’ on Manchester’s STP Records at Rebellion Festival 2013. With shows booked all over the UK until the end of the year, and currently writing new material for their follow-up album, they plan to tour Europe in early 2015 as well as continue their Uk scheduling.. For more info, merch and tour dates check out www.facebook.com/inevilhour For label info,merch etc check out www.stprecords.co.uk
four bass players somehow all playing around eachother - one lays down heavy Killing Joke groove another makes noises that kronk like a bad tempered parrot whilst another rumbles the bass bin jive of Jah Wobble deep dub whilst the other stares impassively at the crowd through his plastic mask playing something sinewy and strange. the drummer lays down the backbeat and sings like John Lydon when he used to matter. The band are all wearing masks and look one part terrifying and one part like extras in the darkest vaudeville you could imagine. The audience has gone from shock to leaping about and the venue is in meltdown. Evil Blizzard are the best live band in the country. If anyone wants to argue with 5 freaks dressed in rubber bank robber masks and overalls doing smash and grab raid on the stage playing a powerful and hypnotic mix of Hawkwind and Public Image when they were great but with a punk rock edge then they can. But no-one will be listening because Evil Blizzard can back up their extraordinary live show with their music which is long hypnotic songs that I’ve seen turn venues into moshpits and create mini riots at gigs. This is about the spectacle and a freak show with a pulverising backbeat that has seen them go from being preston’s best kept secret to front page on the Guardian and Kerrang and not many bands can host that. Their debut album on louder Than War records has received 5 star reviews and is proof that rock is alive and well and still oozes a danger and dark humoured illicit thrill.
Epic Problem are a four piece punk rock band from New Mills, Derbyshire featureing Mackie from legendary Punk / Oi band Blitz on Guitar. We’ve seen this band live and believe us you will NOT be disappointed - make sure you check ‘em out!
“People, people, people, get involved. Play your guitar, do your fanzines, take photos BE INVOLVED. One day it could all be worth something because it’s not only history but the future too. So live it, don’t just be part of the audience, participate.” TIME & MATTER: The essential U.K. Subs website and specialist record label… The U.K. Subs’ official historical archive website www.uksubstimeandmatter.net is an absolutely stunning resource for all things U.K. Subs and Charlie Harper. Providing all the up to date stories concerning the band’s many activities, it also includes past members’ latest news and seeks to “provide as full as an historical archive of the U.K. Subs as possible…” You can revel in a mammoth amount of thorough, meticulous and mind-boggling information, including an incredibly detailed discography of every Subs release on every format worldwide, a comprehensive full band gigography, chronological archive, exclusive interviews, features and blogs, many fascinating articles by the likes of ex-members Nicky Garratt and Paul Slack, as well as Alvin Gibbs’ fascinating autobiography which is currently being exclusively serialised on the website at regular intervals. There are thousands of photos, many from the collections of band members as well as wideranging sections on Charlie’s solo output and his side project band Urban Dogs. www.uksubstimeandmatter.net is surely one of the best punk websites out there – go and wallow in it for a few weeks when you can folks! The U.K. Subs’ specialist record label ‘Time & Matter Records’ was initially set up as a partnership company by the two website editors as ‘Time & Matter Recordings’ in February 2010 as a ‘not for profit company’. It exists purely to put out previously un-released or no longer available U.K. Subs material with 100% of the profits made going to a charity personally chosen by Charlie Harper. Then, in 2012 the Time & Matter website decided to branch out from its charity releases and formed a brand new record label entitled ‘Time & Matter Records’. Operating as a commercial section under the Time & Matter Recordings’ ‘umbrella’, T&M Records’ releases also share the T&M prefix on their catalogue numbers. The label has so far released an official ‘bootleg’ CD, official live DVDs, old and new material by Charlie and the Subs on 7”, CD single and 10” mini LP, an album by a band featuring Charlie’s grandson, official U.K. Subs annual calendars, an official 2014 tour programme as well as a car sticker! Time & Matter has so far raised over £5,000 for various charities since 2010. The label’s webstore also carries other products involving ex-members of the Subs: http://timematterrecordings.bigcartel.com TIME DON’T MATTER AT ALL: APPRECIATING CHARLIE HARPER Upon the occasion of Charlie Harper turning 70 years of age earlier this year, the U.K. Subs’ ‘Time & Matter’ website and record label co-partners Rob Cook & Mark Chadderton assess the influence of the great man on themselves and the wider music community, revealing how they came to work with their hero.
An appreciation of Charlie Harper – by Mark Chadderton. Okay, okay, so those Subs nuts reading this will already have instantly recognised the rhyming riddle of this article’s title! Of course it is inspired by the name of the Subs’ last major label single ‘Keep on Running (til you burn)’ way back in 1981, but in essence it perfectly sums up a major character trait of Mr David Charles Perez (Harper’s real name), a quality that has motivated countless others to follow the ways of this unassuming, friendly and inspirational ‘legend’ of punk. Or as Charlie would self-deprecatingly point out to you himself, at yet another fabulous Subs gig, usually with a pint in his hand, chatting to all and sundry, beside the Subs’ merchandise desk - grinning and chuckling - that overused term ‘legend’ should be slightly amended to ‘Leg End’! You see, Charlie’s life in music has always been about looking forward, not back. He’s more interested in playing the next live gig than talking about what’s gone before and how he’s
been viewed and assessed in the pantheon of punk performers’ pecking order. Charlie was, always has been, and always will be, the man of the people from the street - an approachable artisan absorbing ideas and inspiring others through his indefatigable industry and never say die, never give up, all inclusive attitude that drives him ever forward seeking the next thrill, which he himself, more often than not will share with you - via his energetic and energising live performances. For Charlie, his biggest buzz remains playing live, giving a great show, having a laugh, but providing a professional performance that delivers. You can feed off this man’s enthusiasm, feel the joy, enjoy the vibe and draw wonderment as to how this olde street folk-blues singer is continuing his journey of punk discovery all these years down the old folksingers’ folklore’s allegorical railroad track! So would Charlie grimace or guffaw or do both if I described him as the punk Woody Guthrie? Well to paraphrase a recent Charlie lyric... I don’t care I’m having too much fun writing this piece of punk prose! The life story and songs of Woody Guthrie, the American folk legend continues to inspire to this day, and many of Guthrie’s songs are actually archived in the United States Library of Congress. Harper, like Guthrie, who is one of his musical heroes - has travelled extensively, writing and performing songs that have stood the test of time due to their gutsy portrayal of everyday life and his lyrical championing, ultimately of the underclass, underprivileged and the misunderstood. Of much more historical importance than the Library of Congress however, is the website www.uksubstimeandmatter.net which seeks to chronicle and archive anything and everything about Charlie Harper and the U.K. Subs from their formation in 1977 to the present day. I told you I was having too much fun! The actual idea for the website came about after I started to write a book on the U.K. Subs in 2007 entitled ‘Alphabet City – a U.K. Subs A to Z’. My intention was to document every Subs release, including songs, personnel and all other minutiae from the Subs’ extensive and convoluted discography and history in time for the band releasing their ‘Z’ album. Rob, my best friend and fellow Subs fan since we were snotty 12 year old school kids in 1979 was going to be the co-author on the project, but, after about six months of research and writing, I abandoned the idea of producing the book in favour of building a truly monumental and comprehensive historical archive website for fellow Subs fans. I recall vividly having a conversation with Charlie in 2009 about whether our new Subs website would be detrimental to the existing old official website, but he brushed aside my hesitance and apprehension and urged me on with his mischievous grin, simply encouraging my own DIY ethic and advising the “more the merrier – just get on with it, enjoy it and do it…” Typical of the man! Charlie’s inspirational advice and attitude is also perfectly summed up by a quote from him in a 1988 fanzine interview which we permanently have on our Subs website’s homepage: “People, people, people, get involved. Play your guitar, do your fanzines, take photos BE INVOLVED. One day it could all be worth something because it’s not only history but the future too. So live it, don’t just be part of the audience, participate.” Isn’t that just the best summation of Punk Rock? So when me and Rob came up with the idea of expanding the ‘Time & Matter’ website into a proper record label, our ethos was to mirror what Charlie had given us. His own driving force to continually do what he loves best – to play live – really did inspire us to do what we’d always wanted to do – release records by the U.K. Subs on our own record label. It really was a case of a boyhood dream coming true. Needless to say, Charlie gave us his time and encouragement and we decided that as Charlie had given us so much over the years by way of inspiration, then we should give something back to other Subs fans by putting out Subs stuff at decent affordable prices, but not only that – to give 100% of the profits to charities which we had Charlie personally choose. So here we are - the inspired working with the man who had inspired us. So Charlie I salute your truly inspirational attitude, you may always be looking forward but my biggest musical thrill is to have the honour to document the history of the U.K. Subs not only in the past, but in the present and the future – as you and the Subs go from strength to strength by being an inspiration to not only me but countless thousands young and old. Keep on Subbing – we have so much to learn! From you! Legend!
An appreciation of Charlie Harper – by Rob Cook. If you’d told me as a 12 year old kid growing up in a quiet Warwickshire town that one day I’d be working with what had just become my all-time favourite band then I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have believed you. As all teenage boys know, and let’s face it, we’re all still teenage boys deep down inside, the music that excites and inspires you in those formative years never leaves you, it carries you forward into your ‘adult’ life and keeps the teenager in you alive. I remember those days, it could be a beautiful summer’s day outside but we’d still be inside, playing the latest record one of us had just got at our local record shop, poring over the artwork, trying to decipher the lyrics and generally soaking up the whole visceral experience. Mark, who I’d met when we started at the same secondary school in 1979, already had a fair collection of punk singles and LPs; ‘Machine Gun Etiquette’ by The Damned, ‘Mission Accomplished’ by the Rezillos and a smattering of Sex Pistols 7 inchers. One LP though proved to be a turning point in my musical education. ‘Another Kind of Blues’ by the U.K. Subs was unlike anything else I’d heard before, the energy, the excitement, the raw power of it, but most of all the great tunes. This was no ordinary ‘punk’ band, this wasn’t the rama lama sound that the music press of the time was trying to tell us it was, these were well crafted arrangements and thought provoking lyrics delivered with guts and skill, sure they had a great sing-along appeal and had the sound of the pubs and football terraces infused into them but they were varied and well written and showed what we would later discover were the band’s musical roots. So that was it, I was hooked, and bought every subsequent record when it was released. But over the years my relationship with the band has changed and the more I discovered about its history, and more importantly, Charlie’s musical history, the more I came to appreciate the recordings and started to hear the sounds that influenced those early albums and continues to influence the U.K. Subs’ sound to this day. This, though, is really only part of the story as the songs don’t really amount to much unless the band get out there and play them to an audience, and play them to audiences they have! We will probably never know the final number but a rough estimate is that the U.K. Subs, in its many incarnations, have played between three and four thousand gigs around the world, in so many countries that it’s probably easier to list where they haven’t played, Party in Beijing anybody? This is what really inspires me about the man that is Charlie Harper, after 37 years of relentless gigging, not counting the bands he played in before the Subs, and he’s still going, averaging 100 gigs a year and still giving every show 100%. This is no mean feat in itself, and then to consider he’s just turned 70 and those figures take on a whole new meaning. The man has the kind of staying power that would put most of his now middle aged fan-base to shame. Couple that with his sheer generosity in terms of the time he’s prepared to take talking to fans, posing for photographs and autographing pretty much anything you ask him to, including body parts, and you have a truly inspirational figure. In 2008, nearly 30 years after we first met, Mark called me up and asked if I would like to co-edit a new Subs website documenting the bands history from its beginnings to the present day. I didn’t hesitate for a second, “Of course I will” I enthused, the rest is very much history. Charlie, you have been a huge influence and inspiration to me down the years, it has been a real privilege to get to work with you over the last four years and I still have to pinch myself sometimes to make sure it’s not a dream, thank you.
Left; Hugo, Rob, Mark and Charlie Right; Charlie, Jamie, Jet and Alvin. The most stable and powerful line up of the U.K. Subs. Following on from their excellent last 2 albums “Work In Progress” and “XXIV” the band have been in the studio prior to their Rebellion performance to record their next album - their 25th official album in the quest to release an album for every letter of the alphabet. Expect “Y” to appear later this year on CAPTAIN Oi! RECORDS
T&M Back Catalogue T&M 001 U.K. Subs – Dance & Travel In The Robot Age, CD album (Limited edition – 300). February 2010. T&M 002 U.K. Subs – Soft Lights And Loud Guitars, Live DVD (Limited edition – 100). May 2010. T&M 003 U.K. Subs – 2011 Calendar (Limited edition – 150). December 2010. T&M 004 U.K. Subs – Tour In Progress, Live double-DVD (Limited edition – 100). July 2011. T&M 005 U.K. Subs – Product Supply, 7” Vinyl (Limited edition – 250). October 2011. T&M 006 U.K. Subs – 2012 Calendar (Limited edition – 150). November 2011. T&M 007 Urban Dogs – Bonefield, CD album. August 2012 T&M 008 U.K. Subs – 2013 Calendar (Limited edition – 200). October 2012. T&M 009 Charlie Harper & Captain Sensible – Too Much Reality EP, CD & 7” Vinyl (Limited edition vinyl, 3 colours, 250 of each, 500 CDs). July 2013. T&M 010 U.K. Subs – 2014 Calendar (Limited edition – 150). November 2013. T&M 011 Time & Matter – ‘I Stick In A Car’ car sticker. February 2014. T&M 012 A.M.I – Anti Meathead Inc, CD album. April 2014. T&M 013 U.K. Subs – The Revolution’s Here, 10” Vinyl mini album (Limited edition – 500). July 2014. T&M 014 U.K. Subs – 2014 Tour Programme (Limited edition – 300). June 2014
One night in late 1978 I was at a mates house doing what most teens did back then, playing music. After umpteen plays of You’re a bore and I wanna be me, my mate informs me a mate of his is coming round later. This mate, Mark was his name duly arrived clutching a bag of 7 inch singles, after introductions were made I headed straight for the bag, and to my delight it contained many punk rock classics, some I had, some I’d heard of, and one on yellow vinyl that was new to me. Whoda fucker dese? I asked in my best punk rock scouse accent, ‘its a great single’ says Mark. Always keen to hear new music I put it on, bang! It got me straight away, the single was C.I.D, the band of course was UK SUBS, the song stayed in my head for weeks, until I bought my own copy (on orange, vinyl junkies). After this initial burst, the band seemed to vanish for a while, then one day in the summer of 79 I walked into my local record shop, a shop I would work in years later, and there among the new releases was a single called Stranglehold by the UK SUBS, on red vinyl no less, the summer just got better! I bought it without hearing it and played it as soon as I got home, another classic, a few weeks later Tomorrows Girls, (blue vinyl) this was my new fave band, I couldn’t wait for the album, and when it arrived it turned out to be well worth waiting for, and it was on blue vinyl too!! The rest as they say is history. I finally got to see the band in 1981, having bought everything they released up to that point, down the years I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve seen em, but it has to be 300 plus. Throughout the bands history one man has stood out, never giving up on the band, never giving up on punk, that man of course is Charlie Harper. Singer, frontman, and all round legend. One of the first times I spoke to Charlie was in 1983 at Morriseys in Manchester, we spoke about bands from 77 we both liked, ‘yeah but they quit’ says Charlie ‘I’m not a quitter’ This of course has proved
to be very true. I followed the band all through the 80’s and 90’s becoming friends with various members as they passed through, and also with Charlie, he always had time for a chat and would on occasion dish out bits of advice, I was playing in bands at this point and he was always encouraging. In 1993 I joined MDM, a band from Liverpool, we played alot of gigs with the Subs, indeed Charlie would invite us to be on some of the bills, one great nite at the Dublin Castle on new years eve 95 springs to mind, the help and advice we received from Charlie was instrumental in keeping us going for so long, all the time I was still watching the band play and wished that it could be me playing bass, ‘one day’ I thought. Then out of the blue, THAT DAY arrived, it was May 2000 and I was at home and the phone rang, it was Steve Harnett the bands agent at the time, ‘Charlie needs a bass player for a few dates, can you do it’? Now at this point there had been rumours that Nicky Garret was going to reunite with the band, so my first question was ‘is Nicky Garret doing it’? ‘Yes’ Steve replies, that was it I was in. ‘When do we start’? I asked Steve, ‘be in Sheffield tomorrow’ was his reply, no rehearsal, no sound check either as it turned out, just straight in at the deep end, and if I’m honest I was as nervous as hell, I don’t remember much about the gig, except I couldn’t take my eyes off Nicky, I was now sharing a stage with a guy I’d idolised on top of the pops, with a band I’d idolised for years and I couldn’t remember fuck all about it! Back stage after the gig Nicky congratulated me for doing well at such short notice, but pointed out, ‘Alvin would have done that bit different’ or ‘Alvin would have played such a song that way’ It was then I realised I was actually replacing Alvin Gibbs! I looked Nicky straight in the face and told him ‘If you expect me to play like Alvin, you must be fuckin mental’! Alvin Gibbs is without doubt the best bass player the band has ever had, and
I’d like to place on record that one of the great things to come out of my time as a Sub has been the friendship I have struck up with Alvin, a great guy, and a fellow Mott The Hoople fan to boot. After a few dates round the country, my part of the tour was finished and Alvin was able to re-join. I still followed the band and one day in December 2000 I found myself in London at one of Daz’s Dome gigs. I was with Steve Harnett and I had nowhere to stay, ‘I’m staying at Charlies, come back with me’ so with my bed, (floor actually) sorted I headed off to Crouch End with Steve. I was sitting in the kitchen the next morning when Charlie walks in, ‘Hello Richie’ not ‘what the fuck are you doin in my kitchen?’ just a simple hello, and a warning to get my bass out as Alvin may not be able to do the December tour. I was a Sub again a couple of days later as we headed for Newcastle, I did most of the dates on that tour, and it was chaos from start to finish, my fave memory was Hitchin, where I got a glimpse of the wicked sense of humour Charlie has, my leather jacket had gone missing from the dressing room, promoter and bar staff denied all knowledge of it, I went tearing through the club, telling anyone who would listen, ‘find my fuckin jacket or I will burn the place down’ Charlie stood watching with a smile on his face, making the odd comment about angry scousers and how I should calm down and look at him, it was then I realised he was wearing my leather and had let me make a complete cunt of meself for at least twenty minutes. Thanks Chas! And so into the present, Charlie turned 70 this year, he still has the Subs on the road with what is without doubt the best line up the band has ever had, check out the last two albums if you think I’m wrong. He still refuses to hide away in the dressing room, instead you will find him with his lovely wife Yuko on the merch stand, posing for pics, signing anything put in front of him, and speaking to anyone that wants to chat. Other so called punk stars take note! The Subs have played a large part in my life, and I could fill a book about my love for them, one day maybe someone will, in the meantime I would just like to say thanks Charlie,
you made it possible for me to play for one of my fave bands, you have entertained me with your stories, and you have inspired me more than you will ever know. THANK YOU! (Rebellion does not accept responsibility for that statement!)
“XXIV” - If you haven’t got the last U.K. SUBS album, pick it up now from www.CAPTAINOI.com
a five-piece band from Rome, Italy. Their mix of anthemic ‘70s glam hooks and the punchy delivery of early UK punk, has stunned listeners all across the globe. Their debut album “Racey Roller”, famously described by Robin Wills (The Barracudas) as “Cock Sparrer twinned with the Equals”, has quickly become an underground sensation, highly praised by publications as diverse as Mojo, Rolling Stone and Maximum Rock’n’Roll. “Racey Roller”, recorded with vintage all-analog studio equipment by studio sorcerers Ufo Hi-Fi, and graced with an iconic cover art courtesy of French designer and glam fanatic Tony CrazeeKid, was issued by US indie Dead Beat Records, TKO, UK Damaged Goods and the Italian Fungo Records for a total of 10.000 copies. Working from the same glammy three-chord blueprint as groups like Slade, T. Rex, Faces, Mud, Status Quo, and the Sweet, Giuda take you back to a monumental bygone era of rock’n’roll. Specifically the early 70′s pre-punk, glitter days when music was all about monstrous riffs, bousterous attitudes, high energy experimentation and fun. Giuda take that same glammy, protopunk foundation and fuse it with the grimy, tattered muck of bands like Third World War, Eddie And The Hot Rods and Cock Sparrer to create a timeless arsenal of glam injected, pub rock classics. The story of Giuda begins in 2007 and is inextricably connected with that of Rome’s punk rock integralists Taxi. When Taxi’s ca-
reer was cut short by the tragic passing of their drummer, singer Tenda and lead guitarist Lorenzo regrouped as Giuda. The current lineup is rounded out by guitarist Michele adding a second layer of boogie sparks to the mix, while bassist Danilo (himself from an early incarnation of Taxi) and drummer Daniele constitute the groovy yet solid rhythm bedrock without which no good R’n’R could ever be created. Self-confessed Giuda fan Phil King (Lush, Jesus And Mary Chain) wrote: “their performance transported me back to the heady days of watching punk groups play in the back rooms of dodgy London pubs in 1977″. Robin Wills agrees: “This is the most fun I have enjoyed watching a live band since The Fleshtones in their prime. This is no single minded retro trip, but pure energy, loud, tight and concise.” CLAP YOUR HANDS STOMP YOUR FEET... THE BOYS ARE BACK
LET’S DO IT AGAIN Out Now on DAMAGED GOODS www.damagedgoods.co.uk
KILLING JOKE return to the Empress Ballroom to headline SATURDAY night. They last played REBELLION in 2009, so are well due a return bringing their unique sound to the Winter Gardens. Hugely influential on the punk and alternative scene, they stand alone from many other bands that can be pigeon holed as â€˜punkâ€™ and their sound can be heard in many bands that have cited KJ as an influence such as The Cult, Pearl Jam, Faith No More, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica and Soundgarden to name a few. KJ Random Fact: Bassist Youth is a respected producer with credits including Marilyn Manson, Tom Jones, Bananarama, Blue Nile, James, Crowded House, PJ Harvey, The Verve, Nick Cave, U2, Axl Rose and Paul McCartney.
Photo by Dod Morrison
“We make music of this place as it is now, every song a story” Southend outfit Eight Rounds Rapid released their spiky debut album ‘LossLeader’ on 7 April, 2014 through Cadiz Music. Rooted in the famous Canvey Island R’n’B tradition, the band channel the fervour of Dr Feelgood, Wire, Gang of Four and Public Image Limited with their gritty tales of the Essex underworld. The band gained a national audience last year when they supported Wilko Johnson on his UK Farewell Tour, winning over BBC DJs, Artrocker magazine and a clutch of bloggers with their polarising performances at Camden’s Koko theatre. Their songs have been spun on air by Mark Radcliffe, Gary Crowley, Gideon Coe and Steve Lamacq. The band’s songs are rooted in traditional blues, but guitar from Simon Johnson (Wilko’s son) and singer David Alexander’s acerbic delivery make the act sound like Captain Beefheart, John Cooper Clarke and Mark E Smith jamming in a Southend bus depot. This uncompromising style, subversive like a Charles Bukowski novel, never fails to divide audiences and win the band devoted fans. Starting out with shows at Southend’s Railway Hotel and the Bird’s Nest Deptford, the band are used to their stage being steps from the bar. Last spring they proved themselves just as at home on a big stage, supporting Wilko Johnson’s Farewell Tour — they played to 2,500 people at a sold out Koko in Camden, and heaving venues in Glasgow, Yorkshire and Wolverhampton. But for Eight Rounds Rapid, it’s only ever been about music and storytelling.“We are from this place. We make music of this place as it is now, every song a story”, says singer David Alexander. “Cool is the death of interesting music; a straight and narrow path that leads directly to hell. We are anti-style.” Be that as it may, LossLeader is the sound of a band long on confidence and short on ego. The line-up, featuring David Alexander [vocals], Simon Johnson [guitar], Jules Cooper [bass] and Lee Watkins [drums], was formed in spring 2013. They’ve released a sell-out EP and a vinyl single that is stocked in shops including Rough Trade East. Simon’s unusual style of furiously thrashing his guitar with no plectrum allows him to hold down rhythm and lead simultaneously, often leaving his scratch plate splattered with blood after gigs, gaining the respect of fans and making for incendiary live performances which have won the band the support of influential voices in the music world, including the writer and comedian David Quantick and Football Factory author John King, who said: “The Eight Rounds Rapid sound cuts to the bone. Add quality lyrics delivered with pace and passion and they are the most exciting new band playing today. A class act. True originals” David’s dark social commentaries are delivered with a deadpan Essex accent — essentially, punk poetry delivered over English R’n’B. Being an exhibiting artist as well as a singer, David also creates the band’s artwork and illustrated cartoon storyboards for each of the band’s songs. Keeping creativity in the family, David’s brother filmed the band’s stylish debut video, Channel Swimmer, available on YouTube. The video was nominated for the The Smalls Music Video Awards. A surreal film for the song Talent is due for release, featuring Simon Cowell tied up in a basement by a disgruntled Britain’s Got Talent contestant. There’s currently a stand off with Southend Sticks of Rock battling for position with Blackpool Sticks of Rock. We welcome the chaps to Blackpool to sample our seaside punk rock adventure - the jury is out on the rock - we’ll stick to the beer....
Never really fitting in with most peoples idea of punk rock, Penetration were made special by the distinctive, soulful voice of singer Pauline Murray. Also the band displayed musical abilities far beyond the confines of early punk. the band lasted from 1976 to 1979, two albums and a handful of classic singles and it was all over. However, for those who loved the band back in the day, we never forgot that amazing voice, or those great records, and we jumped for joy in 2001 when the band announced they were returning to the stage. Its been a couple of years since the band last played the festival, and it’s great to have em back in 2014. Also make sure you check out Pauline’s debut on the Almost Acoustic stage. Massive thanks to Pauline for taking time to answer these questions posed by our roving nutter Richie Rocker. Lets get the introductions out of the way, who is in the band these days?Robert Blamire, bass, Steve Wallace, guitar, Paul Harvey, guitar, Kev Hodgson, drums and Pauline Murray singing. (this is the original re-formed line-up except for Kev on drums) You have just completed quite a large tour of the UK, how did it go? and are there any touring plans for the future, abroad etc? We have covered the UK and played Dublin in Ireland. The shows have been great! We are playing and performing better than ever and have had a fantastic response from the audiences. We would love to play abroad if someone could organise it! (We have no management, agent, no ties to the music machine and have to organise everything ourselves, which is difficult). We have been approached by promoters in Australia but would have to build our profile first- same goes for Europe. Speaking of future plans, what about recording? Is there an album on the way? The only way forward for the band is to write and record a new album. I always thought you were one of the more unique bands of the 70’s and without doubt one of the best, but you never seemed to get the kudos lesser bands did. Did this piss you off at all? We are a unique, original and very isolated band. We were always reviewed favourably by the London based media and had a large live following but never made it onto Top of the Pops, which seems to have made a difference. It’s all about perception. We always felt like outsiders and didn’t embrace the business. Perhaps someone should write an academic thesis on why Penetration have been undervalued!
What was your relationship with Virgin like? We were just another band on the Virgin roster and never a priority. Although you have been back playing again for a while now, you have kept quite a low profile. Has this been a deliberate ploy? And have experiences from the past played a part in this? We have been back playing on and off since 2001. Since quitting the business in 1990 to concentrate on running my rehearsal studios and bringing up children, I was very wary about returning to the band. It had to be enjoyable and fit with everyday life. We have been in no position to promote the band on a full time basis hence the low profile. I gave my life to the band first time round and was left broken and penniless so yes, past experiences have played a part. Pauline, you have recently been doing some solo acoustic stuff, how did that come about? A couple of years ago, Martin Stephenson asked me to do a short acoustic set in Gateshead with Viv Albertine (Slits), Gina Birch (Raincoats) and Helen McCookerybook (Chefs) and before I could squirm my way out of it, my name was on the poster. I had never performed on my own before and found it terrifying yet strangely liberating! The peace and quiet is very different to Penetration and I have no-one else to answer to. It’s a good vehicle for new songs and I see it as early days, work in progress and something to be developed. I seem to remember an interview from the dim and distant past were you said you were unhappy with the dayglo pressing of Moving Targets. What was the problem? Of course we were very disappointed with the day glo pressing of Moving Targets. Coloured vinyl was common-
place at the time and we had no reason to think that it would affect the sound. Static electricity? Do you still see any of the original band members? I see Rob every day as he is my partner in life as well as the band. I speak to Gary Smallman on the phone occasionally. He started back with the reformed band but was having health issues so couldn’t continue playing live. I see or speak to Fred every couple of years. He has a successful recording studio in Newcastle and is always very nice. I see Gary Chaplin on occasion and meet with his wife every few months. I only see Neales comments on Facebook and would not wish to meet such a bitter, ignorant and churlish individual. It was he and Gary Smallman who instigated the reforming of the band but he showed no com-
mitment to making it a reality and had no idea of the work it would entail. You have played Rebellion a few times now, do you enjoy it? (Apart from having a mad scouser invade your dressing room every time!) and what are your favourite memories from the festival? We have played Rebellion a few times now. I must admit we were a bit cynical at first, but each time we go, it just gets better and better! The Winter Gardens is an amazing location, it’s a social event and there’s never any trouble. Hats off to the organisers! My best memory was when we played a few years ago and on the last song “Shout Above the Noise”. I started to wave at the people at the front and when I looked up the whole place was a sea of waving hands! Special moment.
Living in this factory in darkness and dust dying like slaves, working class holocaust. We should battle for freedom and right no more slaves by day and slaves by night. Pulling the dying from their beds Sending the starving to the streets Listen, listen to my blood, it beats the same You stand corrupt with cold heart Your mercy is both deaf and blind You give neither love or pity Bring us voices of freedom We stand tearless, Our children lie on the battlefield, It’s the rich man’s way You work, You work, You work The human machine void of soul No feeling, No thought, No reason, No rest You dream of happiness Life without pain They say that dreams never come true well I say that they do So dream a dream when you walk through your factory door we share our dreams from our factory floor.
DREAMS FROM THE FACTORY FLOOR
is Louise’s debut album and a firm favourite on rotation here at Rebellion H.Q. Co-written and produced by ex-Business guitarist Steve Whale, featuring the Style Councils Mick Talbot on keys and the U.K. Subs Jamie Oliver on drums, if you’ve not heard this yet then you really need to get out more! Pick yourself up a copy here: www.louisedistras.co.uk
Goldblade are Rebellion perennials. They are part of the furniture- a trusty set of deckchairs to be brought in from Blackpool prom and placed on the main stage to then explode into a rock n roll show like no other- a blur of riffs, midriffs, anthemic choruses, guitar hooliganism, skyscraper quiffs, chainsaw vocals and live flesh in a celebration of the DIY revolution that sparked the best punk rock in the first place and a gonzoid adrenalised electric shock of punk rock. The band are an explosion of music and ideas with their own music website louderthanwar.com which has become one of the key music websites in the UK, whilst frontman John Robb is a TV and radio regular and has written ‘Punk Rock An Oral History’ - one of the key best selling books on punk rock in the world and is about to launch an interview based chat show on national British TV. Somehow, in-between all of this, the band still play live and release records and give it everything they’ve got- a Goldblade show is serious business - full of passion and entertainment and a communal celebration of the noise. Hello Goldblade how the devil are you? Very good sire. We are getting ready for a few festivals over the summer and also playing Rebellion - it’s always great to play the Empress Ballroom because it’s a perfect venue- it looks amazing and has an electric atmosphere and even if we play earlier and earlier like we have to every year it is still packed which we really appreciate. There was a time when we played at tea time on the Saturday and then we retreated to the Sunday to the really early afternoon slot like we were trying to avoid playing to anyone but people still turned up early even with hangovers and we really appreciated their effort- now everyone has got used to the Sunday we are now going to play the Thursday - that will test you all! Next year we hope to play the Tuesday when no-one is there at all! It’s a year now since our last album, ‘The Terror Of Modern Life’ came out and we are still bowled over by the reaction to the record- it got the best reviews of anything we have ever put outit even got played on BBC radio once - that’s not BBC Radio One but BBC Radio Once- which is what rock bands call their limited airtime on the radio- even one play is pretty stunning these days considering the almost complete unofficial ban on punkier music from the mainstream radio because it’s a bit ‘raw’ (laughs) and their ‘Fear Of Rock’. Goldblade is known for it’s high energy show… All the best musical is physical as well as mental. You don’t want to see a rock n roll band looking at its feet when it’s playing or being bored with a musical style that’s that thrilling to execute. Being cool is a such a media construct and created by people who are not cool. When Goldblade play the idea is to get feral, become a wild animal and get lost in the noise and the fury of the music but try and maintain the quiff from its high energy battering. Are Goldblade a punk rock band? Of course! but in our own way. You can be what you like in punk rock and people can go with that or not- some people think punk rock is one thing and some believe it’s something else and that’s fair enough because it’s not up to anyone to dictate what it is. We grew up with punk and its freedom of ideas- the cut and paste Xerox DIY culture- the world of John peel on the radio and reinventing music on your own terms. This is our version and we are sticking to it but it’s not the only version. Can punk rock still change the world? It already has! What’s going on with the acoustic stuff? I see you are doing an acoustic set at Rebellion on the Saturday… We started playing the occasional acoustic gig a couple of years
ago and then we got really into the idea again last year when we played the HMV shop in Blackpool during the Rebellion weekend. Loads of people came and CD’s were broken in the shop but they didn’t mind- in fact they encouraged us to ramp up the anarchy and break more stuff! We like the idea of playing totally acoustic - no amps - just acoustic guitars and the drums have to be a cardboard box that we find at the venue or in a skip outside- it’s a sort of blues hobo tradition thing. We like it when bands play semi acoustic but we thought lets strip this right down to the basic acoustic guitars, clapping hands, stomping feet and the cardboard box. The box has become the symbol of the whole thing really- so much so that when we recorded the acoustic album we put a cardboard box on the cover because it looks cooler than us! The acoustic album, which is called Acoustic Jukebox, is all stripped down versions of our, ha ha, hits and will be out for the Rebellion weekend.. There is even one track that is like a Moroccan desert music- a wild music called Gnawa which we love. We think that all these rebel music’s all over the world are like punk rock and the so called folk or world music’s are really the same kind of music - especially the stompier fuck you versions. Punk rock was, in a sense, electric British folk music of the late seventies. So, anyway, we will be playing an acoustic set at Rebellion of the Saturday - we might be on the stage or we might not be as we prefer playing in fields, on streets, on tables, on buses and trains to actually being on a stage - because even playing on a stage with mics is too conventional for what we are trying to do here.we may do another acoustic set by our T shirt stall and we are thinking of doing one on the beach as well. What do you like about Rebellion? It’s a great social- sitting on the T shirt stall we must bump into nearly everyone there- even the people who think the band are shite drop by for a chat - we like catching up with everyone and hanging out watching bands and sitting on the Merch Stall are great ways to see people we have not seen for ages. It’s great to be back in Blackpool where John Robb grew up- he gets a bit misty eyed and nostalgic for a few minutes before reality slaps him around the face like the swetting belly button of a stag party loon staggering up the prom. Rebellion also has many great bands on as well- bands that you really don’t get to see very much- lots of great musical nooks and grannies and long lost bands from the 70s with song you remember still sounding fab as well as proper legends from the scene. http://www.facebook.com/goldbladeband http://www.louderthanwar.com
Who are these kilted nutters that I can’t understand? A question on the lips of many people this weekend, and the answer is most likely The Cundeez! The band hailing from Dundee most famed for their working class songs in the Dundee dialect known as “Oary”. The Cundeez have been kicking up a fuss all over the UK the last couple of years we caught up with lead singer Gary Robertson and asked him to tell us a bit about the band, their time at last years Rebellion and “Oary”, here’s what he had to say: “The Cundeez began life in October 2007 as a result of putting together a punk song for Dundee United football club. Things then went a little crazy with some memorable gigs, at times playing to fanatical football audiences of 1000 people with re-writes of old punk classics. However, the plan was always to do our own material and so around 2010 we changed direction and Oary Rock was born. Oary is the name given to the local Dundee dialect and the band have unashamedly written nearly all their material in broad Dundonian lingo. This coupled with a strong sense of working class roots and values. The music is heavily influenced by Punk Rock but also includes a varied mixture of Ska, Celtic Folk and any other sounds which take our fancy. Occasional use of the bagpipes lends a healthy addition to the unique creativity on the lead, bass and drums.” The Cundeez have entertained audiences all over Scotland and England and also on Dutch soil but the highlight was playing three tremendous gigs in Houston, Texas 2013. Gary continues, “Headlining the New Band Stage at Rebellion 2013 was an unbelievable honour” and this year sees the boys going acoustic on Saturday then full tilt (or should that be kilt!) Sunday on the Casbah Stage. “To be invited back to play Rebellion is a huge honour and has helped spread the sound of Oary Rock on so many new fronts. Viva La Rebellion - see yiz at the front Oi Oi.” Catch The Cundeez unleash the oary rock: Almost Acoustic Saturday at 2.50pm Full Electric set The Casbah Sunday 5.25pm Plus Garys unique poetry - Poetry stage Sunday 6.50 pm
all this is the best name of any band to play Rebellion - ever. It’s made us smile everytime we’ve had to type it, add it to a flyer, update the website etc. But it’s no good just being a decent name, you’ve got to back it up and these boys deliver. We raided their Facebook profile to find out a bit more about them: Someone once said that DASD sounded like At-the Drive In or Fugazi had they been stupid wankers, they meant it in a nice way. DASD have been a band since March 2011, they are made up of bits of the bands Goonies Never Say Die, Kraul and The Day Man Lost and have merged these post-rock/punk/ hardcore influences with a unique and quirky take on the world. The 3/4 meat dodgers band are driven by a passion to have fun and laugh at things that most grown ups no longer find funny combined with an ability to actually play their instruments well and with timings other than 4/4 and no respect for traditional song structures they create ear worm music that will remain in your head for at least 2 weeks after you hear them. While most bands try to be something they’re not this Blackpool 4 piece are trying hard to not be something they are: socially-inept, culturally-handicapped genre cuckoos: pinching the best bits of a mixed bag of influences and inciting big dumb sing alongs across the North West with a barely contained energy that makes onlookers wonder if they’re trying to kill each other. Sure, it’s not big or clever or cool, but maybe that’s the Music Industry’s problem, maybe it should take a little break from its fancy haircuts and status updates and just have a bit of a laugh. So thats Dinosaurs Are Shit Dragons, maybe have a listen to them an form an opinion fo your own?
Stiff Little Fingers
were formed in 1977 in Belfast, Ireland. Along with the likes of the Clash, Sex Pistols, The Jam, Buzzcocks, Undertones, Sham 69, Stranglers, et al – Stiff Little Fingers were at the forefront of the punk movement. They wrote initially about their own lives, growing up at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, in songs like “Suspect Device” and “Wasted Life”. In November of ‘77, they released those two songs on their own Rigid Digits label, and sent a copy to BBC Radio One DJ John Peel, who started playing it every night. These were the first of what became SLF’s signature style: lyrics that meld the personal and political, music that combines the energy of punk with infectious hooks, and delivery that rings of honesty and commitment. In 1979 they became the first band ever to hit the UK top 20 album charts on an independent label with their debut Inflammable Material. The album chronicles the band’s anger and frustration at “the Troubles” in Northern Ireland, and calls on youth to create their own reality. Their live shows continued to be special events of energy and power. The Go For It LP in ‘81 revealed more sophisticated songwriting and musicianship, and another step in the shift from punk to power pop. The Now Then album of ‘82 alienated many of SLF’s punk followers with its pop sound, and despite some glowing critical reviews, never got the recognition it deserved. The band split in early ‘83. During the five years they spent apart, each member pursued musical projects. But none were as satisfying, or as successful, as Stiff Little Fingers. Said Ali, “It wasn’t until we got back together again did we realize this was the only thing we were ever completely happy with.” In ‘87, Jake and Ali decided to do a few reunion shows. The audience response to the reunion shows was overwhelming; with sell-out crowds larger than any that SLF had played in their original incarnation. The response to the shows across the world surprised and delighted the band and their following continued to grow, with younger “new” fans alongside the old diehards. In ‘94 they released the Get a Life LP. The album helped renew interest in SLF just as newer bands that sited them as a major influence, such as Bad Religion, Sugar, Rancid and Therapy, were coming to prominence. In August 2003, Stiff Little Fingers released their ninth studio album, Guitar and Drum, which includes a moving tribute to Joe Strummer, entitled “Strummerville”. In 2006, original bassist Ali McMordie returned to the fold, and the line-up has settled to the best ever; Jake Burns on lead vocals and guitar, Ali McMordie on bass, Ian McMallun on guitar, and Steve Grantley on drums. Though focused on their new material, they always play the old favourites at gigs. Jake said, “You have to strike a balance. The difficulty with a band like ourselves is to try not make it sound like a cabaret band. Obviously, it’d be very easy to go, ‘Hey, here’s another old one you may remember.’ A lot of the old songs the audience greet like old friends. I suppose it’s the same as any band that’s been around for any length of time. And yes, there are nights that we don’t particularly want to play “Alternative Ulster” or “Suspect Device” because we’ve heard them ‘til they’re coming out our ears. But there’s always the possibility that somebody out there has never seen the band before, never heard them.” Using the band’s rich musical legacy as a building block, the time has come to bring the newest chapter of the band’s music to the world. The new songs, penned over the last decade, show a definite musical growth in the band. The band have recorded a new studio album, No Going Back! This was funded by the fans via a Pledge campaign. The album is already going down a storm and has received critical acclaim. We’re delighted to have them back at Rebellion
WORDS courtesy of www.slf.com PICTURE courtesy of Dod Morrison
Rebellion wishes THE SELECTER a very Happy 35th Anniversary They will be celebrating in style. Thursday @ 11.40pm in the Empress Ballroom.
We caught up with man about town, round dodger and all round good egg Lee Wilson to see what’s going on in the world of INFA RIOT Can’t believe it’s been 3 years since the band reformed for Rebellion 2011. What are your memories from that first show? Nerves, hoping my memory for all the lyrics would hold up, the size of the crowd and relief when it was done, and loving every minute of it Since then you’ve been busy playing both UK and around the world. Where have you been? Most of Europe, the east side of the America and Canada and there’s still more to come yet What have been your highlights since reforming? The people, especially the variation in age of the audiences, we still are surprised when so many younger fans know all the songs and words. Playing with all the other bands from Cock Sparrer to rancid and some great local bands, there’s some fantastic ones around the world who can also deliver live, I always like to see them, a lot of the time you think, shit these are good, we have to follow them next on stage So, you’ve just recorded your first ‘new’ song for ages. Tell us about it. We were invited to do an album track for Pirates Press, nearly all our songs are of what we see and hear around us, I was outside a gig in London when a youngish punk told me I didn’t look punk enough to sing anymore, so I tried to explain that the music we love, punk & oi did not have to come with a uniform to enjoy it, I’ve always thought its equally about the attitude. Next year will be the 35th Anniversary of Infa Riot – anything special planned? A new album? A new album is our number one priority, people keep asking when? My answer to that is when its good and ready, we don’t want to record something just because it’s the time to do so. Personally I would rather do it when all the songs are the best we could have done at that time, it’s important to us to get it right and be completely 100% proud of what we
have written, it’s only fair for us and the people (if any) who may buy and listen to it As kids of the Eighties you had a lot to be angry about. What pisses you off now? Pretty much the same stuff, I think still now young people are being treated in a crap way, being used as underpaid workers,being from a council estate when growing up, I will always carry my working class chip on my shoulder for ever, and I’m happy now to accept it’s there, it’s a good inspiration for lyrics If you could play on the ultimate bill, what 5 other bands, living or dead, would you choose to share the stage with and why? That’s a difficult question but i will say SLADE, THE CLASH, JERRY LEE LEWIS, JOHNNY CASH, STRAY CATS when they first started. I could go on listing bands... MOTORHEAD, RAMONES sorry, I will stop now! Why is the internet and social media full of accusations that you never buy a round? I have no idea at all, I mean anyone that knows me, knows that I’m forever buying large rounds at the bar, you will see me here at rebellion always near a bar somewhere, it’s just that sometimes i get distracted and somebody else gets in there and buys the drinks before me, that so annoys me, especially when it’s my time to buy the drinks!!!!! Ha
by John King Spread over four days, with six stages and hundreds of performers, stage crew and helpers, Rebellion is a punk-rock rollercoaster, an explosion of energy that is more of a long sprint than a marathon – and it is one that has to be fuelled. You won’t find McDonald’s or KFC feeding the drummers and guitarists though, no locally butchered lips-balls-and-arseholes sausages for the singers either, as the backstage catering is a meat-free zone. If an army marches on its stomach, then Rebellion marches on some traditional punk-rock morals.
Rebellion changed its backstage catering in 2011. Organisers Darren and Jennie were fed up giving money to the meat industry and made the switch. The lie that ethical food is dull and tasteless is obvious when you see the amount scoffed in the dining area. Anyone who believes a vegan diet is bad for the health should look at two Rebellion favourites – John Robb of Goldblade and Beki Bondage of Vice Squad. Jimmy Pursey, who headlined last year with Sham 69 and was the figurehead for early boot-boy punk and Oi, is another vegan.
England, as Conflict’s classic EP points out, is a nation of animallovers, and yet every year over 900 million are murdered in the UK. The fish, egg and dairy industries push the total into the billions. Across Europe this carnage is repeated, while in the US the numbers are proportionately higher. Globally, the figures are staggering. Yet it is all unnecessary. For the vast majority, eating animals is no longer even remotely linked to survival. As former mod Paul McCartney says, if slaughterhouses had glass walls we would all be vegetarian. This is why the meat industry builds them thick and tall, lines its borders with wire and CCTV, transports its victims at night. Out of sight, out of mind.
Daryl Smith of Argy Bargy and Cock Sparrer, a meat-eater, says: ‘Years ago, if someone mentioned that the catering was vegetarian, a collective groan would go up from a band secretly wanting steak and chips. However, being on the road is far less glamorous and the reality is you eat what you can, when you can, and that usually means eating crap like crisps and chocolate out of motorway service stations or diving into a McDonald’s. However, the first tour of Germany I did with Cock Sparrer in 1994 was mainly squats and punk clubs and much of the catering was vegetarian. Europe seems to be far more accepting of this lifestyle choice and it’s quite common to only have veggie or vegan meals backstage.’
Perhaps drawing on Steve Ignorant’s near-spoken word Meat Means Murder track on the To A Nation Of Animal Lovers EP, a punk-inspired Morrissey took his Meat Is Murder album out into the mainstream, both Conflict and The Smiths doing their best to show people what happens behind those slaughterhouse walls. Lyrics can change minds. But according to the dictionary ‘murder’ only applies to human beings.
Having vegans working in the Rebellion kitchen obviously helps. With so many non-meat-eaters in the ranks of the festival workers and bands, and so few options beyond the doors of the Winter Gardens, it was clearly time to look after their own.
Non-human animals are so far off the scale when it comes to justice they aren’t even meant to share the same words when it comes to suffering. ‘Slaughtered’ makes it through the filter when linked to especially brutal deaths or massacres, while the slaughter of a lamb or piglet is deemed ‘humane’ if certain rules are applied. This manipulation of language is the same as that used by politicians trying to hide the horrors of war. ‘Collateral damage’ and ‘friendly fire’ are well-known favourites. But forget the so-called War On Terror. The real terror is all around us. The ranks of the earliest punk bands included plenty of vegetarians, among them most of The Clash and The Ruts, Joey Ramone, Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex, Chrissie Hynde, Captain Sensible, Manic Esso of The Lurkers, Billy Idol, TV Smith and Gaye of The Adverts, Adam Ant. Some wavered, most did not. Nicky Garratt of the UK Subs in now a respected vegetarian chef. Steve Ignorant’s involvement on To A Nation Of Animal Lovers was a natural collaboration given the importance of Crass and Penny Rimbaud when it comes to animal rights. The Crass stance has fed into all areas of punk, but especially the anarchist, traveller, hardcore, straightedge and folk-punk scenes. The awareness is widespread. Conscience isn’t restricted by sex, age, class or whether you prefer Sham to The Mob. Life was much harder for a vegetarian back in the late 1970s, never mind a vegan. Meat and some boiled veg was the norm, while takeaway food didn’t go much further than fish-and-chips. There is no shortage of vegan and vegetarian options today, although eating out can still be difficult. Dave Ruffy talks of how The Ruts could find little to eat when they were touring in the ’70s. Unable to cater for themselves, they became sick and were forced to eat meat. This has been a problem through the years.
Daryl continues: ‘We don’t play corporate clubs, we play punk gigs which are run by independent promoters, many of who became friends and are like extended family. So when the Rebellion family invite you into their home or into the Winter Gardens and offer to feed you, for free (as they do with all bands who play Rebellion), then you don’t moan about what’s on offer. You are thankful. And the punchline is that Darren and Jennie are staying true to themselves and a belief that they are passionate about and not changing their view for four days just to keep bands happy. They don’t want to have dead animals in a bun for “food” and many of us that eat what’s on offer realise that actually the alternative is really great. It’s their festival, their principles and I respect their punk-rock attitude.’ Rebellion is linking to the principles of earlier festivals, and to the likes of Punk And Disorderly in Germany. Look on Youtube for a nice clip of Joe Strummer explaining how he turned vegetarian at Glastonbury back in 1971, then compare it to TV footage of this year’s festival, where a shot from the stage showed a huge neon advertising ‘Hog Roast’. Like it or not, a chunk of punk’s ethics came out of the 1960s counterculture – the do-it-yourself approach, a willingness to consider issues openly, an ability to hold views that go against the group mentality. This in turn is part of a radical English tradition that has seen a series of free-thinkers preach animal-rights over the centuries. The reasoning that drove the slave trade has the same roots as that which allows the meat, dairy, egg and fishing industries to exist today. The link between the Jewish holocaust and our treatment of non-human animals is also plain. Those on the receiving end have to be belittled and demonised in order to allow the atrocities inflicted. Jews were branded subhuman, only a small step up from non-human. Wiltshire band The Subhumans make this connection in their name, values and lyrics. In Pigman they ask: ‘Farming is a living, killing is a crime, where do the meat men draw the line?’ The sad truth is that many of the sadists who abuse animals would do the
same to humans if it wasn’t for the law. Serial killers often start on small mammals. Fred West was introduced to farmyard sex by his father. Cro-Mags’ Death Camps: ‘Meat-hooked conveyor belts line the walls, don’t it remind you of Buchenwald?’ Some will question the comparison, but only if they hold supremacist views. Persuade the mass population that a group doesn’t experience pain or loss, that they are stupid, dirty, immoral, even dangerous, and the groundwork is done. More recently, it has allowed the butchering of a million people in Rwanda in a single month. Animal rights is part of a wider mentality and can’t be separated off. There is no ‘either/or’ about this, as the laziest meat-eater argument tries to make out. The most common flesh in the UK comes from sheep, pigs, cattle and chickens – or, to be more accurate, their young. Basically, the meat industry kills children. These creatures don’t magically appear out of thin air either. They are born to mothers and snatched away to be fattened and killed. Boys born to hens and dairy cows are killed within days, as they won’t turn a profit for the businessmen in charge. Mother and child are naturally traumatised by these separations. Sex drives the meat and dairy industries. Reproduction cycles are perverted. This is where you will find the sort of nonce who is happy to milk bulls of their sperm so it can be forced into tethered females, the mechanics involved including a double penetration that is left off the cheese packaging. The fact so many girls are raped and boys castrated is dismissed as ‘artificial insemination’ and ‘neutering’. We are told they don’t mind these sexual assaults. To achieve this sort of abuse, on such a scale, those on the receiving end aren’t just turned into objects, but objects of scorn. ‘Like sheep’ translates as stupid, while pigs are ‘dirty’ and ‘greedy’ and a coward is a ‘chicken’. ‘Smelly pig’ is a favourite, yet they are clean, social creatures. Women are branded ‘cows’ for all sorts of negative reasons. This reflects the sexism of dairy, where cows are kept pregnant and producing young until their wombs collapse and they die a quarter of the way through their natural lifespans. The expression ‘like an animal’ is used to condemn every form of human depravity, never mind the behaviour condemned rarely strays outside our own species. Deep down everyone knows that non-human animals suffer. They have emotions and they feel pain, so another part of the industry’s approach is to use cheerful images to hide their terror. The black-and-white outline of a fish grins from the glass of a supermarket counter... a cartoon Porky Pig beams from the window of Friendly Fred The Butcher... a happy lamb frolics ... two moo-cows smile over a gate as they advertise butter, green fields rolling into the distance where their children play. Sadly, John Lydon has advertised this product. His PIL set at Rebellion two years ago was truly brilliant, but the stick received in the punk world for that bit of business is not surprising given the clash of morals involved. The meat industry spends fortunes on advertising. It’s marketing is minutely planned. The message is clear – these creatures are content. There is no fear, pain, humiliation, torture. They have no memories and they do not grieve. That fish enjoys its slow suffocation. Those pigs don’t mind being born into crates so confined their mothers can’t move. The cows are pleased their children have been taken from them at two and three days old. This lamb will love her journey to the slaughterhouse. Specism is just another form of prejudice. The methods and
language used in the African slave trade are very similar to those of the meat industry. The Dreaded Comparison: Human And Animal Slavery by Marjorie Spiegel, with an introduction by Alice Walker, spells it out. Those making money from animal abuse know they will go out of business unless they can distort the truth. The wider population wants to believe these stories. It is easier that way. Punk is international, of course, and the scale of the slaughter in the US is even greater. With its resources, hunting culture and lack of restraints, meat-eating on a debauched level goes back to the settlers’ near-extinction of the buffalo. Add the strength of the corporations and gun lobby and the animal-rights opposition faces an uphill battle, and yet it is brave and confrontational, the punk connection at least as strong there as here. From Chrissie Hynde and her vegan restaurant in Ohio, through to Ian Mackaye of Minor Threat and Fugazi and into Travis Barker and Rise Against, animal-rights is at the heart of punk. This year’s headliners NOFX include vegan Fat Mike in their ranks. While Gary Clail asks ‘how low can we go’ on Beef, Goldfinger take on a heavy-metal hunter in Fuck Ted Nugent. Hunting and vivisection – like leather and the other stripped-skin industries – are part of the same money-spinner. Blitzkrieg’s Animals In Lipstick challenges the vivisection industry, while The Business condemn hunting in Sabotage The Hunt. Compilations such as This Is The ALF see bands raising funds for direct action. Punk has provided plenty of anti-vivisection activists and hunt saboteurs over the years, and these areas are also often challenged by those still eating meat. Daryl Smith again: ‘Because of the interviews I heard Beki Bondage give, when I was at school I caused havoc with the Violence-Free Science leaflets I used to give out. Hypocritical, I know.’ More like positive. Arguments are made, people listen and respond. Every vegan and vegetarian has listened to others before making the shift. Hunting goes right back, but vivisection isn’t that new either. Nor is the opposition. In 1906 there were riots in Central London after protests against the practice. When pro-vivisectionists marched on working-class Battersea, where a statue and drinking fountain had been erected to a dog tortured and killed by experimenters, they were given a good hiding by the locals. This story is told in The Brown Dog Affair, written by Peter Mason, a former editor of punk fanzine Two Sevens. This sort of cruelty is still rampant over a century later. For a look at anti-vivs today try the graphic-novel collection Liberator by Matt Miner, sponsored by Bad Religion, Propaghandi and Social Distortion. There are various justifications put forward for eating meat. ‘Humans need it to survive’... ‘it’s natural’... ‘traditional’... ‘they don’t have feelings’. Well, we don’t need meat to survive (and it is bad for the health, wasteful to produce)... it’s not traditional (read Neil Spencer’s excellent The Heretic’s Feast)... everything is natural, even evil... yes, these creatures do have feelings – why would numpties make jokes about their suffering if they did not? It is normal to want to hide from the horrors of life. It is also hard for many to empathise with creatures they have been taught to look down on, but as Propaghandi say in Nailing Descartes To The Walls: ‘Meat is still murder, dairy is still rape.’ Protests against wars and spending cuts rely on politicians to achieve a result, but ending animal cruelty is one of the fews areas where an individual can make a real, immediate difference. Stop eating meat and you have cut the death toll. If everyone did this, the meat industry would collapse and the slaughter would end. It really is that simple.
Interview by Richie Rocker
Without doubt one of the stars of the original festival in 1996, Slaughter are always a
welcome addition to the bill, their last three appearances have earned the band very high praise and I, like many others canâ€™t wait to see what their appearance in 2014 brings. As well as being a fan, I have been lucky enough to strike up a friendship with the band, and would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to the band for all their kindness down the years, its been an honour and pleasure knowing you. Iâ€™m grateful to Mick and Wayne for taking time out to answer these questions, and look forward to another great show on the Empress stage.
As we do this interview, you guys are a week away from starting a European tour, and then almost straight after the festival embark on a full scale American tour. What can the fans expect? Also does this burst of activity mean we can look forward to a new album? Wayne Barrett (WB): Mick & Myself Are Looking Forward To Doing This Tour As It’s Been A Little More Than 6 Years Now. We Did A Few Gigs In Europe Last Year But They Were Just One Offs Here And There & Also We Love Touring Because It Gives Us Inspiration To Wright Songs So Who Knows Maybe There’s A Album In The Mist Of This Long Tour Mick Rossi (MR): Slaughter & The Dogs fans can expect a balls to the walls no bullshit live show. We play with honesty, raw power & integrity & most importantly we feed off the crowd, without the fans there would be nothing at all. They are the ones that make the show. As for a new album, it’s something Wayne & I would really like to do, spending this time on tour & on the road together will really give us a chance to write & muse over new music. Ok lets go back to the start, we all know that you met each other at Sharston High School in Manchester, what was it that drew you to each other? The friendship has certainly lasted. (WB) I was playing classical double bass at school on my own & was looking for someone to play with. This is when a guy in my class called Hammy (famous Hammy Jacker Bugs & John my bootboy crew) said there was a kid a year younger than me who knew more about David Bowie than I did well that shook me up as I thought I was mister know it all on Bowie at sharston I met up with Mick that same day in the playground and we just hit it off - questions, answers, it was a great moment that I will cherish all my life someone who was on the same wave length as my self. I asked him if he wanted to play an instrument as I had started a group at school called Wayne Barrett & the Mime Troop as I loved theatre he said he’d love to play guitar like Mick Ronson so I said to myself I’m having that and took him on as the axe man. That I have shared more than 40 years of song writing I would not say it was friendship but more a brotherhood. I think Mick & me were cut from the same cloth (MR) You’re right, Sharston High School is where we first met & we’ve been friends ever since, in fact, we are brothers. I was first drawn to Wayne because he was a big Bowie/Roxy Music fan as I was. Wayne was very cool, he had a great charisma about him, even then and he makes me laugh! I know that you guys are very proud mancunians, and proud of the musical heritage the city has, but I always feel that the city seems to overlook you when discussing that heritage, would you agree? After all you must have been one of the first bands on the scene there. And if you are overlooked, why do you think that is? (WB) I don’t personally feel we’ve been overlooked as when we decided that we wanted to be ourselves, we were never members of the city slicker I love your arse Tony Wilson mob. That’s most probably why we didn’t get spoken about in the media and I wasn’t ready to give out filiation to the music scene in Manchester I just wanted to play music
(MR) We are very proud Mancunians & the heritage that comes along with that; and Yes, we were one of the first Manchester bands to release an independent single and we were right there at the beginning of the scene. Today, we have bands like the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, even Green Day that cite Slaughter & the Dogs as an influence. It’s really simple, if we had stayed together instead of breaking up after a short period of time...the history of SATD would be a very different story. As it is we are thrilled to be still playing together & to have had any influence at all on the Manchester music scene and more is an amazing legacy & honour that I’m very proud of. In fact, Oasis on their last British tour came on stage to “Where Have All The Boot Boys gone?” The band were also on the London scene very quickly, did you notice any difference between what was happening in London and Manchester? Away from the fashion scene in London alot of people cite Manchester as having the best musical pedigree from the early punk scene. It was certainly the most diverse. (WB) The advantage that the manc music had & will always have is the distance in the press machine world. Most bands that start in London are managed before they become a band whereby in Manchester you start out as friends from down the street or school that’s the edge that the mancs have over the cockneys they’re authentic. (MR) At first, Richie, London seemed elitist to us, anything coming from outside of London was deemed a little hick ville / Coronation Street etc etc. History proved to shut that fucking door. You just have to look at what great bands have come out of Manchester out of the last 30 years....Buzzcocks, Magazine, A Certain Ratio, Happy Mondays, Stone Roses, The Smiths, Oasis, The Verve., Slaughter & the Dogs ..oh...and Freddy & the Dreamers. You guys are now veterans of the festival, and always one of the highlights, in fact after your last three appearances you featured in many peoples top five’s, how much persuading did it take for you to agree to do the original festival in 96, and were you surprised that people were still interested in Slaughter? (WB) Mick called me up & said Darren & Jennie Russell were interested in us reforming & I said to mick yes in a New York minute, I love touring but the festivals are the best moment of the year as you get all true lovers of music congregated at the same moment it’s just perfect. (MR) Not a lot of persuasion, Richie. It was a simple phone call to Wayne, we discussed it & within a few days we were on board. Jennie & Daz, what I can say! They are family. It was a lovely surprise to find that there was such a diverse & huge audience for SATD out there. Ok, I’m going to ask about one of your (and mine) musical hero’s. Mick Ronson. You struck up a friendship with him didn’t you? How did that come about? Also I’m going to play devils advocate, I know this gets peoples backs up, but I genuinely believe it, if it wasn’t for Ronno, Bowie would have not had the success he did. Would you agree?
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(WB) In answer to your later question rRonno definately redefined Bowie’s ambitions with his capability of orchestrations. That Ronno was so good at doing this, you can also say that Ronno put Lou Reed back on the map with the fabulous works that he did on the Transformer album. I think the answer to the beginning of your question Mick was a profound influence on Mick, Muffet, Howard, & my self. To me he was the greatest axe man in the world (after r kid) (MR) I first met Mick Ronson as a young kid, I would follow his tour from town to town. He would spot me in the crowd again & again, then one night he invited me on to his tour bus & we became great friends. I miss him to this day. He had a huge influence on my playing & still does. I agree with you 100%, Richie, without Mick Ronson’s genius & arrangements David Bowie would not be the David Bowie we know today. Mick, you now live in LA and Wayne you live in France, how do you feel when you get back to Manchester? You must have noticed huge differences since you left. Coming from Liverpool, every place I remember from my childhood has been destroyed, is it the same for you as well? (WB) I’ve lived in france now for over 35 years but every night I say a prayer for the Wythenshawe people. Yes when I go back it’s a bit of a shock but city’s change as they get older just like people (MR) I love coming home to Manchester, it holds great memories for me. Yes, it has changed radically but the heart of the city, which, is the people itself still beats strong. What do you guys do outside of Slaughter? Mick I know you have been involved in films out in LA, and have a current musical project on the go. Wayne are you still involved in music as well? (WB) Yes I have a solo career & have a band called the Bulldogs. I play all around france. I also work for a company called Eldorado & co where I take care of the international artists that tour in France back lining. (MR) You just answered the question for me, Richie. I write screenplays & act in movies, acting is a major passion of mine, I’m currently setting up a TV show which I also wrote, it’s set on the mean streets of Manchester; and yes, I have several other musical projects I’m involved in too. I like to keep my hand in as much as possible, whether it’s working on music or shooting a movie or writing a script, its all creative to me & I love all aspects of it.
How is Noel after his accident? And does JP still talk too much? (WB) Noel is much better thank you for asking he’s up and ready to tour with the band but JP won’t be on tour with us. Replacing him will be another friend of mine Stephane Augagneur a musician that I have worked with on an album of a French band called Doctor Hell. He will be on board for the europe dates. (MR) Thank goodness, Noel has improved greatly & is back to full strength. We are very grateful to have our brilliant drummer back. JP remains very economical with words but a nicer man you could not meet, a sweetheart inside & out not to mention he’s a great fucking bass player. You have watched the festival grow from day one, also your friendship with Darren and Jennie has remained strong, are you surprised at how successful the festival has become? Also how instrumental do you think Daz and Jenn have been in reigniting the punk scene in the UK. In 1996 it was non existent. (WB) No, when you see all the love & devotion that Daz, Jennie & the rest of the team give it’s not one hundred per cent its one million per cent. We love them for all they have done for us over the years in two years’ time it will be our 20th anniversary of playing Rebellion H.I.T.S.Wasted festivals. To me they have given SATDa second breath and for that we thank them from the bottom of our hearts. (MR) I am not surprised that Rebellion has grown to be an iconic festival and the reason I’m not surprised is Daz & Jennie, together they are a rare breed, integrity springs to mind, as does passion, honesty & truth; And the balls to take on such a mammoth undertaking when really they had no idea what the outcome would be, no body did. I consider Daz & Jennie part of my extended family & single handedly they are responsible for breathing new life in to the punk rock scene. They are heroes! Much Love Mick Rossi x
Slaughter & the Dogs
ALL PHOTOS BY DOD MORRISON with thanks.
DOORS OPEN 11am BANDS / TIMES CORRECT AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT - SUBJECT TO CHANGE - THAT’S THE NATURE OF A FESTIVAL THIS SIZE. KEEP AN EYE ON THE NOTICE BOARDS FOR ANY CHANGES
THE DICKIES THE SELECTER STREET DOGS INFA RIOT LAST RESORT GOLDBLADE DEADLINE BISHOPS GREEN YES SIR I WILL
1.00am 11.40 10.30 9.25 8.20 7.15 6.10 5.10 3.50pm
RORY MCLEOD 10.40 ARTHUR KITCHENER 9.40 BILLY LIAR 8.45 JONA LEWIE 7.50 LENNY LASHLEY 6.55 AMITY 6.05 MICK ROSSI AND WAYNE BARRETT 5.20 JOHNNY ONE LUNG 4.35 MAX SPLODGE 3.50 TINA LEE 3.10 JIM SORROW 2.25 EFA SUPERTRAMP 1.45 VILLY RAZE 1.05 JON LAMB 12.25 BINGO WITH MAX 11.30 am
DEMENTED ARE GO THE KLINGONZ SUPERFAST GIRLIE SHOW CYANIDE PILLS BRASSICK SLAGERIJ ANTI SOCIAL FOREIGN LEGION CRIMINAL CLASS THE SMEARS THE NOISE AGENTS INDECENT ASSAULT BAR STOOL PREACHERS TOXIK EPHEX THE EXILES FASTER THAN BULLS
1.00am 12.00 11.00 10.00 9.05 8.10 7.15 6.20 5.30 4.35 3.45 2.55 2.05 1.20 12.35 11.50am
ALI-P D.J. SET JONA LEWIE THE RED PAINTINGS DYSPHONIA
11.00pm 9.50 8.30 7.30
UPSTAIRS IN THE SPANISH HALL AFTER THE LITERARY FESTIVAL CLOSES
ENTRANCE TO INDIVIDUAL VENUES CANNOT BE GUARANTEED ONCE LEGAL FIRE CAPACITY HAS BEEN REACHED
MORNING GLORY POLICE BASTARD THE DUEL MONKISH POTENTIAL VICTIMS BILLYCLUB ARMY OF SKANKS NO THRILLS BLEST MESS SPUNK VOLCANO & THE ERUPTIONS
12.00am 10.55 10.00 9.10 8.20 7.30 6.45 6.00 5.15
JELLO BIAFRA (DESERT ISLAND DISCS) ERIK PETTERSSON (SOME POETRY FROM ZOO PARTY VOCALIST) LEONARD GRAVES PHILLIPS/ STAN LEE (DICKIES) SPARKY (DEMENTED ARE GO) JONA LEWIE WATFORD JON/DARYL SMITH (ARGY BARGY) GARETH ASTON (AUTHOR)
TRAGEDY EVIL BLIZZARD THE MANC LADS
1.00AM 12.00 11.00
AUTOPSY BOYS STRENGTH IN BLUNDERS 4130’S SPIRIT BOMB HEADSTONE HORRORS THE DOMESTICS AMI CRETIN 77 GONE AND LOST IT THE ANTISEPTICS ANGRY ITCH SKACIETY CRISIS WARNING BORROWED TIME SKIZOFRENIK
10.15pm 9.30 8.45 8.00 7.15 6.30 5.45 5.00 4.15 3.30 2.45 2.00 1.15 12.30 11.45am
6.00pm 6.15 5.30 4.45 4.00 3.15 2.40
INTERVIEWS BY RICHIE ROCKER
DOORS OPEN 12 Midday BANDS / TIMES CORRECT AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT - SUBJECT TO CHANGE - THAT’S THE NATURE OF A FESTIVAL THIS SIZE. KEEP AN EYE ON THE NOTICE BOARDS FOR ANY CHANGES
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS 12.50am SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS 11.20 JELLO BIAFRA DJ SET 10.15 THE DICTATORS NYC 9.20 GBH 8.10 TV SMITH & THE BORED TEENAGERS 7.00 ARGY BARGY 5.50 GIUDA 4.45 THE FILAMENTS 3.40 THE TALKS 2.40 pm
PATRIK FITZGERALD 10.00pm ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER 9.05 DICKIE HAMMOND 8.15 TOM HINGLEY 7.25 PAULINE MURRAY 6.40 THE CROWS 5.50 NINA & PHIL (HEALTHY JUNKIES) 5.00 MEG AND MOG 4.15 CAFF 3.30 WOB 2.50 ED ACHE 2.10 MATTY JAMES 1.30 BINGO WITH MAX 12.40pm
ANTI PASTI REAGAN YOUTH THE EJECTED THE GONADS THE FITS CONTROL REAZIONE GLITTERTRASH IN EVIL HOUR RAZORS SECTION 5 THE UPPERCUTS BRAINS ALL GONE CITY SAINTS TOP BUZZER
1.00am 11.40 10.35 9.40 8.45 7.50 7.00 6.10 5.20 4.30 3.40 2.50 2.00 1.15 12.30pm
PETE BENTHAM & THE DINNER LADIES 1.05am DOCTOR & THE MEDICS 11.50 THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG 10.30 THE PUKES 9.20 HOBO JONES & THE JUNKYARD DOGS 8.20 HEALTHY JUNKIES 7.20 SKURVI 6.30pm UPSTAIRS IN THE SPANISH HALL AFTER THE LITERARY FESTIVAL CLOSES
ENTRANCE TO INDIVIDUAL VENUES CANNOT BE GUARANTEED ONCE LEGAL FIRE CAPACITY HAS BEEN REACHED
GEOFFREY OICOTT PARANOID VISIONS DEMOB THE DECKCHAIRS THE RAMONAS DRAGSTER FIRE EXIT OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE THE FUCKWITS SELF ABUSE NIGHT OF TREASON ROTUNDA HAZARD THE DEMENTIAS
ALEX OGG WITH RUSS BESTLEY (AUTHORS) NOEL MARTIN (MENACE) WOODY (RENOWN TATTOOIST) STEVE POTTINGER (POETRY/SPOKEN WORD) CLARA PUKE (INTRO TO UKULELE WORKSHOP) PETE MCKENNA (AUTHOR) PARANOID VISIONS (A CONVERSATION WITH)
12.40am 11.30 10.25 9.25 8.25 7.25 6.25 5.30 4.35 3.40 2.45 2.00 1.15 12.30pm
5.30pm 4.45 4.05 3.35 2.00 1.20 12:40
INTERVIEWS BY JONNY WAH WAH
THE TOASTERS 1.00am SKELETAL FAMILY 11.35 VIC GODDARD & THE SUBWAY SECT 10.25 CULTURE SHOCK 9.15 I, LUDICROUS 8.10 CASE 7.05 DEPARTMENT S 6.00 NOTSENSIBLES 4.55 SPLODGENESSABOUNDS 3.50 LEE HARVEYS 2.50 EASTOWN PIRATES 2.00 DYSPHONIA 1.15 THE MORGELLONS 12.30pm
PHIL OF HEALTHY JUNKIES LONGFELLA MAT SARGENT STEVE POTTINGER KATH READE DAVID SCHAAL WITH PAUL BIRTHILL JEFFARAMA MULLETPROOF POET GENEVIEVE WALSH GORDON ZOLA CAYN WHITE PHIL EVANS
7.10pm 6.10 6.00 5.30 5.00 4.30 4.00 3.30 3.00 2.30 2.10 2.00
DOORS OPEN 12 Midday BANDS / TIMES CORRECT AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT - SUBJECT TO CHANGE - THAT’S THE NATURE OF A FESTIVAL THIS SIZE. KEEP AN EYE ON THE NOTICE BOARDS FOR ANY CHANGES
KILLING JOKE 12.45am BIOHAZARD 11.15 UK SUBS 10.00 PENETRATION 8.50 PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES 7.40 EVIL CONDUCT 6.30 VICE SQUAD 5.20 999 4.15 MENACE 3.10 GIMPFIST 2.10 OCTOBER FILE 1.10 TRIOXIN CHERRY 12.20pm
TV SMITH RUTS DC VIC RUGGIERO GOLDBLADE ACOUSTIC NICK CASH MIKE SCOTT KELLY KEMP ON TRIAL UK THE FITS ACOUSTIC THE CUNDEEZ LOUIS RAW RED EYES ACOUSTIC BINGO WITH MAX
10.15pm 9.20 8.20 7.30 6.35 5.45 5.00 4.15 3.30 2.50 2.10 1.30 12.40pm
KING KURT 1.00am NEWTOWN KINGS 11.40 BLOOD OR WHISKEY 10.35 THE CRUNCH 9.35 IMPERIAL LEISURE 8.40 THE BRAINS 7.45 HARDSKIN 6.50 VINCE RAY & THE BONESHAKERS 5.55 CRASHED OUT 5.00 CHURCH OF CONFIDENCE 4.10 HANNAH RICKARD & THE RELATIVES 3.20 FORUM WALTERS 2.30 SAINTS AND SINNERS 1.40 DOGTOWN REBELS 12.50pm
SPIZZ ENERGI 12.10am UK DECAY 11.00 JOHN OTWAY 9.50 EIGHT ROUNDS RAPID 8.50 CADAVER CLUB 8.00 DINOSAURS ARE SHIT DRAGONS 7.10 UPSTAIRS IN THE SPANISH HALL AFTER THE LITERARY FESTIVAL CLOSES
ENTRANCE TO INDIVIDUAL VENUES CANNOT BE GUARANTEED ONCE LEGAL FIRE CAPACITY HAS BEEN REACHED
ENGLISH DOGS THE LURKERS DRONGOS FOR EUROPE SICK ON THE BUS RADICAL DANCE FACTION CULT MANIAX DIRTBOX DISCO ARGIES LOADED 44 DUN2DEF F UK CHOKING SUSAN 3CR THE GO SET GASOLINE THRILL
1.10am 12.05 11.05 10.05 9.05 8.10 7.15 6.25 5.35 4.45 3.55 3.05 2.15 1.25 12.35pm
Jello Biafra (Spoken word) Terry Chimes Mark Perry (ATV) Charlie Harper (Talking art + intro to art workshop) Louise Distras Ian Snowball (Author) Teddie Dahlin (Author)
5.15pm 4.30 3.50 2.30 3.10 1.50 1.10
INTERVIEWS BY RHODA DAKAR
JAYA THE CAT STEVE IGNORANT with PARANOID VISIONS SUBHUMANS A.T.V. THE CRAVATS RUBELLA BALLET EASTFIELD PART 1 LOST CHEREES THE CROWS A-HEADS CRESS ANDY T POG
JUN TZU STEVE POTTINGER LAURA TAYLOR KATH READE MIDNIGHT SHELLEY STEPH PIKE DAVID SCHAAL WITH PAUL BIRTHILL PUNK ART VIDEO SHOW ANDREW DARLINGTON MERIEL MALONE VANESSA FAY INTOXIKIE
1.00am 11.50 10.30 9.20 8.15 7.10 6.10 5.15 4.25 3.35 2.45 2.00 1.15 12.30pm
6.30 6.00 5.30 5.00 4.30 4.00 3.30 3.00 2.30 2.20 2.10 2.00
DOORS OPEN 12 Midday BANDS / TIMES CORRECT AT TIME OF GOING TO PRINT - SUBJECT TO CHANGE - THAT’S THE NATURE OF A FESTIVAL THIS SIZE. KEEP AN EYE ON THE NOTICE BOARDS FOR ANY CHANGES
NOFX 11.00pm DOA 9.30 ROY ELLIS & THE MOONSTOMPERS ft. RODDY RADIATION 8.10 AGNOSTIC FRONT 6.55 OLD FIRM CASUALS 5.50 SNFU 4.50 IMPLANTS 3.50 COUNTERPUNCH 2.50 USELESS ID 1.50pm
MIKE ONLY LOUISE DISTRAS PAUL CARTER CHAS PALMER WILLIAMS JOEY SHITHEAD BRAINS ALL GONE ARTURO LURKER CHRIS BUTLER WRECKS BRUCE TALITY OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE THE BALSALL HEATHENS BINGO WITH MAX
10.15pm 9.20 8.30 7.40 6.50 6.05 5.10 4.25 3.40 2.55 2.15 1.35 12.45pm
MAD SIN AGENT ORANGE TOTAL CHAOS THE AGITATORS AUTHORITY ZERO MONSTER JAW RUST RUNNIN RIOT ANGRY AGENDA MAID OF ACE 16 GUNS ADDICTIVE PHILOSOPHY
11.10pm 10.05 9.05 8.05 7.05 6.10 5.15 4.20 3.25 2.35 1.45 12.55pm
DEAFSCHOOL VIVA LAS VEGAS SLICE OF LIFE DIRTY FOLKERS RHODA DAKAR & BACK TO THE GARAGE KUNT AND THE GANG
10.30pm 9.20 8.00 7.00 5.50 4.55pm
UPSTAIRS IN THE SPANISH HALL AFTER THE LITERARY FESTIVAL CLOSES
ENTRANCE TO INDIVIDUAL VENUES CANNOT BE GUARANTEED ONCE LEGAL FIRE CAPACITY HAS BEEN REACHED
RESISTANCE 77 LEFTOVER CRACK LUNATIC FRINGE CHAOS UK CONTEMPT HOTWIRED THE CUNDEEZ BLATOIDEA PICTURE FRAME SEDUCTION HATEFUL EPIC PROBLEM CASUAL NAUSEA SYSTEM OF HATE
11.35pm 10.30 9.30 8.10 7.10 6.15 5.25 4.35 3.45 3.00 2.15 1.30 12.45pm
IRVINE WELSH (AUTHOR) GARRY BUSHELL (ROCK JOURNALISM) SEGGS/RUFFY (RUTS) BILL HILLMAN (AUTHOR) JOEY SHITHEAD (DOA) IAN GLASPER (AUTHOR) ESSO (AUTHOR)
4.00pm 3.35 3.00 2.40 1.40 1.00 12.20pm
INTERVIEWS BY GARRY BUSHELL
RUTS DC GLEN MATLOCK & THE PHILISTINES THE OUTCASTS ABRASIVE WHEELS THE DEFECTS CAPTAIN HOTKNIVES HAGAR THE WOMB 36 STRATEGIES LOCAL RESIDENT FAILURE SWAMP DELTA CHECKPOINT
11.30pm 10.20 9.10 8.05 7.00 6.00 5.00 4.05 3.10 2.15 1.20pm
SOMERSET WARD 6.50pm CAYN WHITE 6.20 ANDREW LAWSON 5.50 TREVOR MEANEY 5.40 TOM ROCKENROLLA STEVENS 5.30 GORDON ZOLA 5.00 DAVID SCHAALWITH PAUL BIRTHILL 4.30 IAN WHITELY 4.00 PHIL EVANS 3.40 KIEREN KING 3.30 JOSHUA JON WILLIAMS 3.00 JON BAMBOROUGH AND BEZ 2.30 MERIEL MALONE 2.00
A regular feature of the festival, the NEW BANDS STAGE is now in it’s 3rd year. With extended hours, the stage now hosts 15 bands that are new to Rebellion.
This is not just stocking filler stuff! Our roving dosser Jonny Wah Wah spends all year scouting for bands to put this stage together. Not just opting for the safe bets either. The bands are diverse in styles, ages and experience but all with a drive to prove that they can cut it alongside any band playing anywhere else in the festival. The majority of bands that played last years festival went down so well that they are appearing this year on the main stages. Showing that this is no novelty stage but a real chance for bands to showcase themselves at a big festival and then progress to being part of the action in future years. It’s also become one of the most important things about Rebellion for us too. We need to be looking for new blood, bringing bands through to feed the next generation their dose of Punk Rock, otherwise this is just a retro fest and that’s not what we’re about.... Autopsy Boys - 2011 saw these guys burst onto the scene. An interesting fusion of Post/Hardcore Punk with 80s synth pop led to the being described as “Disco for Psychopaths” ! Think Big Black mixed with the Dwarves and the Germs, a dark edgy sound but with some very catchy melodies and a notoriously outrageous stage show this crazy band from Leeds are a worthy band to bring to a close the New Band Stage for 2014..
Strength In Blunders - 3 young lads from Swindon who combine snot nosed punk rock with unfor-
gettable hooks and despondent satire. If there is a punk reference, it is from the tipping point where the original movement began to morph into New Wave/Post Punk. Forward looking and constantly evolving this band is one to keep an eye on.
4130’s - The 4130s are a melodic punk band from Ipswich. Since their inception in 2013 they have made a name for themselves as a fresh new sound to the UK scene which led to them signing to London / Brighton record label 13 Stitches earlier this year. Their debut album “Over the Bars” earned the band two songs in TBFM’s top 50 punk songs of 2013. Great reviews from all over the globe followed. They have announced a follow up record to come out around July 2014 on 13sx Records . Spirit Bomb - Formed in the late summer of 2013 in Birmingham by Dek from Drongos for Europe they wanted to make music with passion, power, spirit and that is rock ‘n’ roll with a punk rock soul. They recorded a 6 track EP in December of that year which certainly lived up to what they wanted. Live they also show the same commitment so definitely one to check out.
Headstone Horrors - Nottingham based Horror Punk who got together in 2012 and are fronted by ex Girlfixer’s Nat and ex Submerse’s Jimi on guitar. After releasing their own demo they signed to Headcheck Records and the future is looking a bit bright for the champions of the Horror genre. Supporting the likes of the Koffin Kats , The Creepshow and The Blood they are creating a buzz with their own brand of blood soaked , moon howling Street Punk. The Domestics - Proper straight-to-the-point shoutalong tunes but played fast, noisy and pissed off! This band from Ipswich are a no nonsense assault on the ear drums! Formed in 2011 they have been gigging constantly while also releasing many recordings over the period to now so it’s about time that we welcome them to the literally “hit” the New Band Stage.
A-M-I -A young 4 piece from Brighton who have Punk Royalty connections but stand up totally on their own merits having been steadily building up a reputation for high energy shows and quality songs. Ranging in age from 12 - 17 they really could be the future of Punk Rock! You might also catch one of the guys grandfathers on stage with them if he is not busy playing the main stage with his very famous Punk Band ...... Cretin 77 - Rock n Roll Punk from Corby the band have been around for a few years now and have played with most of the main Punk bands around so you might well have caught them already. But they are new and fresh to Rebellion so this is the place to check them out as we have only had glowing reviews of them from people that they have played with.
Gone and Lost It - Nottingham based ska-punk band ‘Gone and Lost It’ formed in early 2012.
The band is made up of musicians from former punk and ska outfits including Breadchasers, Girlfixer and Fat Lady Singh, each member bringing their own influences to the mix. Gone and Lost It play their own brand of ska-punk, the songs littered with brass hooks, catchy melodies, sing-a-long choruses and heavy breakdowns.
The Antiseptics - Mixing Punk /Oi/Reggae/ Metal and Ska influences together these guys are a full on assault to the senses .... Looking like an old school band from the 80’s with both Punks and Skinheads in the line up this by no way means that are a retro band or just trying to copy anything. The Young lads from Middlesbrough have a great attitude and are real Punk Rockers in the greatest sense of all things chaotic and very loud ! Angry Itch - Having been actively gigging since April 2013 they have been creating everything from destructive, minute long assaults to tension busting, moody screamers it’s now safe to say that they are a very interesting to catch live. Once described as “The bubbling cauldron of hearty punk, pungent grunge and the helping of straight up good shit that is Angry Itch is guaranteed to make you wince, smile and take another swig...... if the Dead Kennedys had a steamy night with Mudhoney you really wouldn’t be far off Angry Itch” !
Skaciety - This Kent based 5 piece Ska Punk band all met on a gap year when they were supposed
to be studying for their GSCEs. A love of American Ska / Punk music was the common bond but they soon found that they were creating a unique sound .... ripping up the rule book and just playing it as they wanted to! 2 years of honing their sound has resulted in their first UK tour and it’s great to welcome them to the New Band Stage as a part of it.
Crisis Warning - Crisis Warning are a young 4 piece (17/18) punk band from the South of England. The band take influence from old-school legends such as Black Flag, the Clash and the U.K Subs to more recent punk rock such as Rise Against and Green Day; this mixed with influences from rock, reggae/ ska and metal. Crisis Warning give a varied but firmly punk rock sound that has attracted Charlie Harper, Captain Sensible and Frank Turner amongst others to become fans of the band ..... Now it’s our chance! Borrowed Time - This Punk band from the Cheltenham/Gloucester area give you an upfront “old” school Punk Rock sound with a full on fresh Punk attitude. Formed just over a year ago they have just released their debut CD “Pushed to the Brink” and with the quality of this and their live shows you would have thought that they had around for years! The band can only go from strength to strength and we are very excited to get them on the New Band Stage this year. Skizofrenik - Skizofrenik are a four piece Punk/Skater Punk band from Aberdeenshire who grew up together soon realising they all had shared a love of music. This party band just love playing shows and writing songs and have a release out now. A perfect band to open the New Band Stage 2014 they will literally get the party going and beware anyone who isn’t prepared to hit the ground running or wants to just ease into the Rebellion festival experience .....
11.45am - 10.45pm
Words: Dom Warwick This year
we have given the literary stage a fresh look, taking on broader horizons and intertwining with the various arts and performances that Rebellion has become renown for. There is an exciting and eclectic mix of artists appearing, along with guest interviewers. We are delighted that so many diverse fields of both punk rock and the literary field have joined us this year. Times are available on the stage listing, please also check the chalkboard by the entrance to the Spanish Hall for any surprise guests or time changes.
Interviewers For starters, we have different interviewers each day, including special guests Rhoda Dakar (Saturday) and Garry Bushell (Sunday), joining Rebellion stalwarts (or should that be just warts), Richie Rocker (Thursday) and Jonny Wah Wah (Friday) Rhoda is best known as the vocalist from the Bodysnatchers and Special AKA, also having collaborated with Madness, amongst others. More recently she has released solo material and co-written an album with Nick Walsh (aka King Hammond), a departure from the Ska music with which she is associated, adopting a punkier/garage style. Garry has worked in journalism and the music press for around 40 years, most recently sharing the memories of his time with legendry Sounds magazine in the book ‘Riff-Raff, Rebels & Rock Gods: An Extreme Memoir From The Golden Years Of Rock’. He has also published several tomes on the ska and mod scenes, edits the down to earth Street Sounds music broadsheet and has written a trilogy of pulp fiction novels, centred around undercover cop Harry Tyler. For those budding authors out there, this will be an opportunity to ask Garry and our literary team (including John King), for any advice or pointers with writing, as Garry will also be discussing his experiences in rock journalism.
Workshop Introductions The Literary Stage will also be used as an introduction for this year’s workshops. Clara Puke and members of the Pukes will be conducting their popular ukulele workshops again, with Clara kicking this off by way of a quick chat with our interviewer. Workshops will take place on Friday and again on Sunday in the Renaissance Room, which is just behind the Spanish Hall. Workshops will take place from @ 14:30 on both Friday & Sunday Charlie Harper, obviously no introduction necessary, will be talking about his artwork as a precursor to Saturday’s art workshop. This will also take place in the Renaissance Room Also, don’t forget the poetry/spoken word stage. To compliment this we have various poets putting in an appearance on the literary stage, including Steve Pottinger and Erik Pattersson from Zoo party
We are extremely privileged to have so many esteemed guests this year, authors and songwriters alike. Amongst those appearing on the literary stage this year are the following:
Jello Biafra – wow, what an honour to have such an esteemed performer and US punk scene veteran appear on the Literary Stage. Since setting the scene alight with the Dead Kennedys, Jello has worked on numerous musical collaborations and released a series of spoken word LPs. Most recently he has returned to live action with his band, the Guantanamo School of Medicine. This weekend will be a real treat with some exclusive Rebellion appearances, including a spoken word set and Jello talking about his favourite albums in a Desert Island Discs slot.
Irvine Welsh – a real coup for Rebellion, the Scottish author has several novels to his name, including of course ‘Trainspotting’, which along with ‘Acid House’ and ‘Filth’ have all been made into films. He has also written several stage plays and the musical ‘Blackpool’ (very appropriate!), which featured original songs by Vic Godard of the Subway Sect. His latest book is ‘The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins’, described as a sado-masochistic folies à deux, which features murder, depravity and revenge (and enormous amounts of food and sex!). Bill Hillman
– an American author who has recently published his debit novel ‘The Old Neighborhood’, a gangland coming-of-age tale set on Chicago’s North Side, to much critical acclaim. Bill is an award-winning writer and storyteller from Chicago, who has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and broadcast on NPR (National Public Radio) in the US. He’s told stories around the world with his internationally acclaimed storytelling series the ‘Windy City Story Slam’.
Terry Chimes – has not only played in the Clash, but various other legends of punk and rock, including Gen X, The Heartbreakers, Black Sabbath and Hanoi Rocks. Terry is a doctor of chiropractic to boot and also an acupuncturist. He currently runs Europe’s largest consulting business in alternative medicine, lecturing all over Europe and the USA on health and life topics. Although inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003, he has only recently returned to playing music with power-pop combo The Crunch. His recently published book ‘The Strange Case of Dr Terry and Mr Chimes’ is indeed an apt title! Alas Smith & Jon – aka Daryl Smith and Watford Jon,
from Watford’s premier Streetpunk outfit, Argy Bargy, now considered one of the best bands on the scene and fast becoming veterans, having now been going for over 20 years. This is not only an opportunity to gain some useful tips about crochet and macramé, but also hear Daryl and Jon talk about how the band has grown with each album (musically that is), their influences and experiences. I’m sure there’s a tale or two to be told, let’s just hope they don’t have an angry agenda!
Sparky – lead singer for one of the oldest psychobilly bands on the scene, Demented Are Go, who often claims their name originated from the phrase ‘Demon teds are go!’ as an adaptation of the phrase ‘Thunderbirds are go!’. Sparky has been described as a true rock ‘n’ roller and a rare, sweet person with a deep and troubled personality. He is currently the subject of an independent film in the making ‘Bloodsong’. Jona Lewie – Jona’s musical career goes back to the 60’s although first came to prominence with Terry Dactyl and The Dinosaurs who had a hit in the early 70’s with the quirky ‘Seaside Shuffle’. Roll forward a few years and the emergence of punk and aspiring independent front runners Stiff records saw Jona having a further crack at the big time, with the hit records ‘You’ll Always Find Me in the Kitchen At Parties’ and ‘Stop the Cavalry’ (which was never intended as a Christmas hit, but a protest song) Leonard Graves Phillips & Stan Lee
– one of the first punk bands to emerge from Los Angeles, The Dickies have been pounding out their unique brand of humour since those heady days back in ’77. How many bands can knock one out about a talking penis, come up with song titles such as ‘Stuck in a Condo (with) Marlon Brando’ or have a squeaky truncheon solo??? Deaths, drugs, Stukas over Disneyland and Killer Klowns from Outer Space, the Dickies have seen it all!!!
Pete McKenna – the Northern Soul scene back in the 70’s
harks back to the legendary all-nighters at the Wigan Casino. Pete was a regular at these nights and has captured the spirit of the times in his book ‘Nightshift’, which has been described as ‘growing up in a world of Blackpool rock, gleaming scooters, and northern soul music moves along with all the amphetaminefuelled pace of a Casino dancer’. The book has recently been
re-issued to celebrate the 40th year anniversary (1973-2013) of the Wigan Casino Soul Club, and also includes a second book ‘All Souled Out’ which is a collection of short fictional Northern Soul stories written by Pete and Ian Snowball.
– author of the recently published book ‘The Kids Are All Square: Medway Punk and Beyond (1977-85)’, Ian has also been involved with books on The Jam ‘Thick as Thieves’, Oasis ‘Supersonic’ and Dexy’s Midnight Runners ‘The Team That Dreams in Caffs’, along with several works of fiction. He began writing in 2010 on pieces covering 60’s influenced punk garage bands from the Medway Delta, moving on to a play that became a 60’s crime fictional novel ‘In the Blood’, co-written with regular collaborator Pete McKenna. A further book, ‘Once Upon a Tribe’, has also been written by Ian and Pete, a collection of personal memoirs and interviews from those involved with the numerous youth culture sub-groups that have been borne out of the U.K since the 1950’s.
– possibly the most controversial and free-thinking tattooist in the world. You can find out more about Woody elsewhere in the programme
Noel Martin – another major inspiration on the punk/skinhead scene, Menace have often been afforded the moniker ‘the forefathers of Streetpunk/Oi’, due to their no nonsense approach and sing-a-long choruses. ‘GLC’ (Great London Council, for those youngsters amongst you) which will forever remain one of the top tunes to emerge from the late 70’s, was written as a protest against banning punk gigs. This has recently been covered by Street Dogs as GOP (Grand ‘Ole Party’ – another name for the Republicans). Menace themselves formed in August 1976, when singer, Morgan Webster, met school friends Noel Martin, Charlie Casey and Steve Tannett at the Hope and Anchor pub in Islington, playing their first gig at the now legendary Roxy. Having reformed in 1999, they have undergone a series of line-up changes, but continue to deliver high-octane live shows and great tunes. Check out the new album! Teddie Dahlin – since her initial foray into the world of publishing, Teddie released her first novel last November with crime fiction ‘Access All Areas’, centred around the death of Tiger Edwards, bass player for rock band The Sticks, through an overdose of heroin and alcohol. And from there the mystery begins, taking us through the sleazy side of the music business, introducing us to various colourful characters, including a punk rock granny! Currently working on her next novel, she initially came to prominence through publication of ‘A Vicious Love Story’ her memories following a brief romance with Sid Vicious when she was 16, whilst working as a translator on the Pistols Norwegian tour. Teddie has more recently written a book on the life of Gary Holton ‘Fast Living : Remembering the Real Gary Holton’. Mark Perry – well I guess I wouldn’t be writing this if it wasn’t for Mark (and I bet I’m not the first person to say that!). Part of the punk ethic has always been around DIY and with this in mind a young bank clerk inspired by the Ramones decided to make his own fanzine, Sniffin’ Glue (and Other Rock ‘n’ roll habits), thus inspiring a whole raft of similar publications which became essential reading for those that wanted to know about the latest bands, releases and gigs. His own band ATV took Johnny Rotten’s statement to form ‘bands like us’ in the true sense of its meaning, mixing the anger of punk with various influences, from the avant garde to reggae and beyond. Louise Distras – described by one reviewer as ‘the voice
of an angel from the gutter’, Louise is feisty angst ridden singer, who fights the causes of the downtrodden and oppressed, with her trusty guitar as her weapon of choice. She is being lauded as the ‘only new generation punk artist to catch the eye of the mainstream press since the Sex Pistols’. Constantly touring, Louise has played Glastonbury Festival, trading songs with Billy Bragg, many festivals across Europe and also toured North America.
Esso (aka Pete Haynes) – drummer and founder member of early punk band The Lurkers, Pete has swapped drums sticks
and snare for pen and paper. With several books already under his belt, ‘Gods Lonely Men’ about his time in the Lurkers, as well as works of fiction ‘An Unlikely Fooligan’ and ‘Malayan Swing’, his most recent book is entitled ‘Cool Water’. This is a story set in Belfast after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in the year 2000 and examines the relationship between the establishment and street criminals. And what of the music? Well, as per the book title, he’s one of God’s Lonely Men.
Joey Shithead (aka Joey Keithley)
– a true veteran of the Canadian punk scene, Joey has been playing with DOA since the 70’s. They are often referred to as the founders of hardcore punk, along with Black Flag, The Germs, Negative Trend, and Middle Class. They have maintained an uncompromising leftist political stance and are renown for their outspoken political opinions, performing for many causes and benefits, with their slogan ‘Talk minus Action equals Zero’. More recently Joey has decided to take up a political career, in 2012 announcing that he would be seeking nomination as an NDP (New Democratic Party) candidate in the British Columbia provincial. As a consequence DOA began their farewell tour in January 2013, also in celebration of the band’s thirtyfive year anniversary.
Alex Ogg (with Russ Bestley) – every generation has a band that epitomises their music scene and for much of the punk scene that band was the Dead Kennedys. Controversial in many ways, Alex has sought to capture the band’s evolution and essence of their legacy from the differing views of the band members in his book ‘Dead Kennedys, Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables, The Early Years’. A real labour of love (or a long hard slog!), this book has taken several years (two decades to be precise!) to put together. Between times he has been responsible for various sleeve notes and magazine articles, as well as having published several books, notably ‘No More Heroes: A Complete History of UK Punk 1976-1980’ and ‘Independence Day (The Story of UK Independent Record Labels). Joining Alex will be Russ Bestley, author of the ‘Art of Punk’, who some may remember from last years festival. Ian Glasper – has released a series of excellent books documenting various genres of the UK punk scene. ‘Burning Britain: The History of UK Punk 1980-1984’, ‘The Day the Country Died: A History of Anarcho Punk 1980-1984’ and ‘Trapped in a Scene: UK HARDCORE 1985-1989’, are self-explanatory, whilst ‘Armed with Anger’ explores how the UK punk and hardcore scene survived into the 90’s. Ian has also played for numerous bands, including Flux of Pink Indians and according to his profile ‘digs vegetarian food, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and gratuitously violent films’, so not to be messed with! Dave Ruffy/John ‘Segs’ Jennings – essentially the rhythm section and heartbeat of the seminal Ruts, Ruffy and Segs returned Ruts DC (D.C. standing for the Italian term da capo, meaning ‘back to the beginning’) to the live circuit after a sabbatical of nearly 25 years. Last year saw the release of ‘Rhythm Collision vol 2’, a series of dub numbers recorded in collaboration with Mad Professor, which they have been playing in their live set, along with punk classics. Segs is currently editing a book on the Ruts. Gareth Aston – author of ‘Hanging Around Musicians: The Life and Times of an Adequate Drummer’, Gareth discovered punk
and embarked on his own musical journey playing the skins. This led to supporting the Damned on a nationwide tour with his band The Irritators, going on to drum for a further two decades, playing various styles, from jazz funk to country and western. Having now retired, Gareth’s book is a reflection on the life of a semi-professional musician, a different world from the lives of rock stars and the entourages.
Paranoid Visions – Pete and Deko will be joining us for a chat to talk and about the life and crimes of Dublin’s Paranoid Visions. Formed in 1982, the band started the F.O.A.D. (Fuck Off And Die) label and kicked off the FOAD2U2 campaign, releasing the parody ‘I Will Wallow’. Having then broken up in ’92, several one-off shows led to a permanent reunion. Most recently they have combined talents with Steve Ignorant for several shows under the title ‘Slice of Life’ and released the LP ‘When’.
ENTRANCE TO INDIVIDUAL VENUES CANNOT BE GUARANTEED ONCE LEGAL FIRE CAPACITY HAS BEEN REACHED
Friday 8th August 2014. 2:00 PM: Phil Evans. Heralding from Burnley with Poetry which is Refreshing and Poignant. 2:10 PM: Cayn White. Hebden Bridge Punk Poet, an excellent Pe rformer and Writer. Previously supporting Sham 69 and Stiff Little Fingers among many others. 2:30 PM: Gordon Zola. Bolton’s most loveable Punk Poet. 3:00 PM: Genevieve Walsh. A Firm Of Poets’ token goth and the woman at the wheel of a rickety barge called Spoken Weird, Halifax. She writes to entertain, to confuse, to capture and to comfront. 3:30: PM Mulletproof Poet. Heralding from Nottingham, with performance poetry sooutrageous you’ll laugh and nod your head a lot in agreement. 4:00 PM: Jeffarama. Loud and proud Punk Performer from Bolton. Gaffer at 333 Halfevil Promotions, Jeff has a way with words and is a mustsee! 4:30 PM: David Schaal with Paul Birthill. Inbetweeners television series and ID film Actor with a delightful edge for punk poetry. Paul Birthill: Wirral Poet, sogritty: he is smooth to create fabulous and very real Poetry. 5:00 PM: Kath Reade. Sound Healer, Reiki Master, Singer – Songwriter, Witch of Words, Spell Writer and Story Teller. 5:30 PM: Steve Pottinger. Festival Favourite Steve is a most talented Writer and Performer of Spoken Word. 6:00 PM: Mat Sargent of Sham 69/Sex Drugs and HIV
6:10 PM: Longfella. Poet and Author of the book: Sex & Love & Rock&Roll . Poet in Residence at Glastonbury, on BBC6Music special with The Clash, tribute poem to John Peel on BBC, Longfella is the Cream of Performance Poetry. 7:10 PM: Phil of Healthy Junkies 7:20 PM: FINISH Saturday 9th August 2014. 2:00 PM Intoxikie. Salford Beat Poet who delivers witty and intelligent Observational Poetry. 2:10 PM: Vanessa Fay. Manchester Poet with interesting stories to tell. 2:20 PM: Meriel Malone. Yorkshire based songwriter and performance punk poet. Delivers edgy Neo-Punk to a diverse audience. 2:30 PM: Andrew Darlington. Top rated Writer and Performance Poet from Sheffield. 3:00 PM: Punk Art Video Show 3:30 PM: David Schaal with Paul Birthill 4:00 PM: Steph Pike. Manchester based, feminist performance poet. She runs two popular spoken word nights, Word Up and Loose Muse, in Manchester. Her poetry is lyrical, topical and urgent. 4:30 PM: Midnight Shelley. Currently living in Nottingham, who has been writing secrets into verses for as long as she can remember, Now she speaks her secrets to people instead of pages, summons storms, and knocks over the occasional mic stand. 5:00 PM: Kath Reade. Sound Healer, Reiki Master, Singer – Songwriter, Witch of Words, Spell Writer and Story Teller. 5:30 PM: Laura Taylor. Described as ‘strident yet curiously engaging’ by someone much kinder than her, she is a gobby Northerner with a penchant for upsetting apple carts. She used to get thrown out of pubs for ranting her opinions, but now she does it on a stage, calls it poetry, and some people seem to quite like it. Or at least, she doesn’t get barred anymore. Result! 6:00 PM: Steve Pottinger
6:30 PM: Jun Tzu. Salford based popular Beat Poet/Hip Hop Artist, an absolute Diamond Performer. 7:00 PM: FINISH Sunday 10th August 2014. 2:00 PM: Meriel Malone. 2:30 PM: Jon Bamborough and Bez. Happy Mondays favourite and Jon team up for an audience chat at Rebellion 3:00 PM: Joshua Jon Williams. From Manchester, where he is Organiser to Transdimensional Space Goats Open Mic. His Poetry and Delivery is an exploration of love and death, and a little on the peculiar. 3:30 PM: Kieren King 3:40 PM: Phil Evans 4:00 PM: Ian Whitely 4:30 PM: David Schaal with Paul Birthill 5:00 PM: Gordon Zola 5:30 PM: Tom Rockenrolla Stevens 5:40 PM: Trevor Meaney 5:50 PM: Andrew Lawson 6:20 PM: Cayn White 6:50 PM: Somerset Ward. His pedigree is indisputable from legendary iconic Sheffield industrial ad hoc funksters CLOCK DVA in the 1980’s to the present day as lyricist with RICHARD “PARROT “ BARRATT’S acclaimed No Wave House outfit CROOKED MAN. Recent activities include sell out poetry and stories with Gavin Friday ( Virgin Prunes) Reece Shearsmith, Jarvis Cocker and Mike Fielding ( Mighty Boosh) 7:20 PM: Finish
Join him 4.05pm Friday on the Literary Stage
Now in its 8th year, this year’s PunkArt exhibition is
bigger than ever! We are really excited about its new home in The Derham Suite (located where the old entrance to the smoking area/Inferno’s Bar used to be).
The Literary stage stays upstairs in The Spanish Hall (and has a great line up this year) and we have the new Performance Poetry Stage downstairs with us in the new room (also with a brilliant line up. So back to PunkArt….. old favourites Charlie Harper, Gaye Black, Knox, Carol Lynn Penny, Damned Fine Art and Ali-P make a welcome return alongside lots of new faces. There’ll be the increasingly popular craft market with lots of hand crafted goodies on offer, from soaps to jewellery! This year’s Vintage Fair organised by the amazing Dotty Delightful will be held in the Baseline shop on Victoria Street, really close to our main entrance so pop in and have a mooch at the lovely stalls there. This year Almost Acoustic celebrates its 10th Anniversary and I guess that was the beginning of all of the fringe things at the festival. And now At The Edge spreads its wings a little further around and about the venue too – we have the awesome Stone The Crows border morris side performing in and around the venue.
And on Saturday morning we are asking everyone to gather outside the venue at 10am to join a ‘Ring of Peace’ (which has a new facebook page) – basically it’s a peacefull demonstration of the unity of the global Punk Rock family standing together against the atrocities going on in the world at the moment….”Come together, stop wars forever” I hope to see enough people there to join hands and circle the whole Winter Gardens. xx
Twin bass and drum combo Super Fast Girlie Show are making their first appearance at the Rebellion Festival, the culmination of 12 months hard gigging across the UK, which included slots at the Liverpool Sound City Festival, Strummercamp 2014, and the Out Of The Ashes Festival. Renowned for their intense and powerful performances, Super Fast Girlie Show have been scoping up media plaudits including the choice lines “like being caressed by a monkey wrench” and the sound of “Motorhead getting it hard from Big Black” – many bands claim to bring something different to scene; Super Fast Girlie Show truly deliver – built around a molten punk and garage base augmented by wave upon wave of cavernous bass; with their unique sound the boys hit hard and always deliver an energetic performance. Not surprisingly they have been attracting industry interest, with approaches by a number of labels seeking to release their forthcoming full album; Super Fast knocked em’ all back preferring to stick with Liverpool’s Antipop Records who have already released the bands ‘All Hooves & Cucumber’ EP, a 10trk release available during Rebellion. 21st Century punk rock thrash at it’s finest… The Arena Thursday 7th August 2014 2300hrs
Three idiots from Nottingham have been given too much sugar and the keys to a tank. This is gleeful, spiteful fun wrapped up in screams and distortion pedals. Say hello to TRIOXIN CHERRY. Swiping influences with the mania of a small child in a Woolworths pick’n’mix ram raid, Rebecca, Pete and Nathan pen chainsaw ballads and heartfelt hymns of horror via a slash and burn diet of punk and garage and marathons of Ghostbusters and Godzilla. Rebecca commands the troops with a killer guitar and a powerful roar whilst Nathan hammers a confession from the drumkit and Pete prowls the audience with the nastiest sounding bass on the planet. Finally cornered in the studio, an opus of obnoxiousness was created and their debut album LET’S TAKE OFF AND NUKE THE SITE FROM SPACE has landed. So, what are people saying about LET’S TAKE OFF AND NUKE THE SITE FROM SPACE? “... confident musical maturity... good old fashioned shouty punk... great, spontaneous, unusual and impeccably entertaining... It’s, simply, another of the releases we can’t help but categorise as a ‘horrifically good debut.’ ... a band that are ploughing their own furrow, not idly following what has gone before... premier league status. In short it’s a potential band breaker, one to take the group to the next level... “ So far 2014 has been ill prepared for the three stooges of the apocalypse as they’ve torn across the UK and Europe leaving critical acclaim and busted noses in their wake. Be afraid. Be aware. TRIOXIN CHERRY are here and REBELLION Is NEXT! www.facebook.com/trioxincherry www.stprecords.co.uk
Lots of people will have seen flyers or things about punk for pam but don’t know exactly what it’s about, so……….. Pam Blyth the sister of Colin (Jock) Blyth the guitarist of GBH was a well known and loved member of the punk rock community in Edinburgh. She was diagnosed with HIV in the early 80’s and sadly lost her long battle with the disease in September 2011. Waverley Care based in Edinburgh is Scotland’s leading providers of support for HIV patients and also own and operate Milestone Hospice in Edinburgh. They provided extensive care and support to Pam and the whole Blyth family throughout the years of her Illness by providing both a safe haven staying in the hospice and lots of support and advice in the outside world. I (Gibby Bombjuice) was approached by Jock at a GBH show in Edinburgh in December 2011 and asked to help organize an event in memory of Pam and due to Waverley Care taking huge funding cuts due to the current Government/recession he believed we should make this a charity gig to raise money for them and give something back. We decided to do this gig on what would have been Pam’s birthday (24th march). We started with a GBH show on that date and due to a huge amount of interest from bands decided to make it over 2 nights, in a small venue in Edinburgh, we even managed to get The Swellbellys (an old well known Edinburgh band) to come out of retirement and play. The first event raised £800 for the charity and we decided to try go bigger the next year with an alldayer in a big venue, which was again a huge success and for 2014, the third event, we decided to do a double alldayer in a big venue which raised over £1500. For 2015 we have gone even bigger by running over 3 days and 2 venues STP records also put together a sister gig in Manchester for 2014 and are again planning a 2015 event, we decided this year to run Manchester and Edinburgh different weekends as lots of people wanted to attend both. We have regulars from all over the UK but there’s always room for more, we hope to continue to grow the event over the years. 2015’s event is due to take place from march 20th – 22nd and tickets are onsale now from www.RippingRecords.com 2015’s event is fully booked and tickets onsale now but We are looking for sponsors, traders and 2016 headliners (so if any big bands are reading….) You can contact us on email@example.com and find more information at facebook.com/punkforpam I’d like to thank Rebellion for helping spread the word, Danny Drongo for driving everyone around for next to nothing, all the bands who have played or showed interest in playing, anybody who has donated to the raffle, STP records, Andy Cochrane for the cheap t-shirts, my dad for doing the door, Damo/Greg for help with backline, Peter Bywaters for turning down paid work at rebellion Amsterdam to come and play, Billy Buzzbomb for helping get us charity grants this year and most of all the people who buy the tickets and travel from all over the UK to be there!
It was more or less an accident.
The success of City Saints debut album “Kicking Ass for the Working Class” took everyone by surprise. Even the band. In fact, the band itself was more or less an accident. For ten years or more singer Stefan and drummer Magnus talked about forming a side project, a street rock’n’roll band that blended Oi! with classic punk rock. With the aid of guitar player Gabriel the songs were quickly written and even more rapidly arranged as bass player Carl joined. The tunes were fleshed out during a couple of rehearsals and then recorded with the arrangements still being steaming hot.
CD in Europe and Rebel Sound Records will release the LP in the States. Then these working class rockers will perform wherever their mixture of classic rock’n’roll and high energy punk rock takes them. So far not only one but two European tours are in the making and the band will also perform at the prestigious Rebellion Festival in England in August as well as the Back on the Streets festival in Germany. As of 2014, Stefan, Gabriel and Carl has played their farewell show with their previous band Chillihounds and Magnus is after 20 years no longer part of Perkele. With “Blue Collar Sons”, City Saints is adjusting their focus. Sharpening their teeth. What you see is no longer an accident. It’s the dawn of a new era.
The new album “Blue Collar Sons” was done very much the same way – off the cuff. Ideas came flying and the songs seemed to write themselves as Stefan and Gabriel quickly demoed 50 tunes over the course of a couple of weekends. Within a month before the recording was about to take place – the band picked the best and ran through these songs during no more than three intense and alcohol fuelled rehearsals. The result is glowingly vibrant and nothing short of stunning. What you hear is almost as fresh for the listener as it was for the band recording them. It’s City Saints in the raw. Also, “Blue Collar Sons” shows a band that has honed its craft. “Having toured together for the first time and performed at open air festivals all over Europe we learned what kind of songs worked best”, bass player Carl explains. “I wouldn’t call the first album rushed, but we made up the direction of the band as we recorded it. Even though all the songs were great, “Kicking Ass “ was perhaps a bit fragmented. Now we have a clearer vision of what foundation we want to build City Saints upon. ‘Blue Collar Sons’ is more intense and to the point. It’s the cream of the crop; the catchy choruses are even catchier and the fast songs are even faster.” As for lyrical ideas, “Blue Collar Sons” stays within the same working class theme as previously. The title stems from one of Gabriel’s songs demoed for the album. “That song didn’t end up on the album”, says singer Stefan. “But we thought it was a good album title. When it comes to lyrics in general, I think it’s better to spread joy instead of anger. Therefore lyrics like ’Stay True’ and ’Working Class Rockers’ is about touring, playing rock’n’roll and hanging out with friends and fans. When I was younger I had so many demons, so there isn’t any room for rage anymore. I am not as angry as I used to be, but I still get pissed off at the lying pieces of shit that we call politicians and the rich bastards who think poor people are worth less.” “Blue Collar Sons” will be released by Spirit of the Streets on
Discography: “Kicking Ass for the Working Class” CD 2013 (Spirit of the Streets) “Spitting Blood” Single 2013 (Spirit of the Streets) “Strong & Proud” Single 2014 (Steeltown Records) “Kicking Ass for the Working Class” LP 2014 (Rebel Sound Records) “The Last Boys” Single 2014 (Spirit of the Streets) “Blue Collar Sons” CD 2014 (Spirit of the Streets)
Line up: Stefan Johansson – Lead vocals, harmonica Gabriel Aadland – Guitars, backing vocals Carl Linnaeus – Bass guitar Magnus Jonsson – Drums
Questions by Jak Hutchcraft (Vice Magazine) Jak: So tell us a bit about yourself, who are Viva Las Vegas? Barnet: Viva Las Vegas were formed about 10 years ago. After I saw a documentary on Elvis Impersonators, I saw all these people trying to be Elvis and playing music just the way he did, so I thought why not try and do it differently? That’s when Viva Las Vegas was born. The sound is influenced by The Clash, Iggy Pop and The Ramones, to name a few. The current line up includes; Noel from Menace on drums, Paul from King Kurt on lead guitar, the original King Kurt bassist Rob, Demented Are Go’s old Stand-up bassist on guitar, Suzi on backing vocals and myself on main vocals. Jeff our 3rd guitarist is sadly unable to make Rebellion. Jak: I’ve heard your live shows can be pretty crazy, what’s the wildest gig you’ve ever done? Barnet: There’s been a few but one that springs to mind was a couple of Christmases ago at The 12 Bar. A few people that came and see us decided to bombard us with fake snow, shaving foam, flour etc. The crowd and ourselves were covered! There are some videos on YouTube that make for some fun viewing. Over the years we’ve been bombarded with cakes, women’s underwear and we’ve even had the crowd turn up wearing homemade band member masks! Jak : Haha, brilliant. What’s the best thing about being in Viva Las Vegas? Barnet: Fun! We try and have a lot of fun, it’s just great to see people enjoying themselves, dancing and singing along with us!
Jak : If The King was alive what do you think he’d make of Viva Las Vegas? Barnet: I’m sure he’d enjoy it and be quite honoured by the way we have thrown our own twist on his music. Jak: Why should people come and see you and what should they expect? Barnet: Well, we’re easy on the eye! We want everyone to have as much fun as we are. They can dance, sing along and forget about serious stuff for a while! Viva Las Vegas Play The Bizarre Bizarre Stage on Sunday at 9:20pm
ESSENTIAL LISTENING Grab yourself a copy of If there’s one band sure to put a smile on your face whilst playing at 100MPH then The Dickies are that band. Hailing from the good ol’ USA they enjoyed a sustained period of National Chart success in the late 70’s with re-workings of classics like “Silent Night”, “Paranoid” , “Nights In White Satin” and of course, “Banana Splits” (all on coloured vinyl folks!). They could also pen a mean tune themselves as the likes of “Fan Mail”, “Where Did His Eye Go” (about Sammy Davis!) and “Bowling With Bedrock Barney” aptly show. They also bring a good sense of humour to their live shows with vocalist Leonard Graves Phillips often appearing in fancy dress – many Rebellion regulars will also remember seeing madcap Toy Dolls front man Olga touring with the band playing bass in the early 2000’s. Originally formed in Los Angeles in early 1977 they soon caught the attention of John Hewlett, the then manager of the Sparks, who told them they were the best thing he’d ever seen. He brought a copy of their 4 track demo to England and managed to secure them a deal with A&M records. February 1979 saw the release of the bands debut LP “Incredible Shrinking Dickies” - pressed in 4 different colours. It stayed in the UK charts for 5 months hitting number 18. “Banana Splits” was released off the back of the album and shot to number 7 in the UK Singles charts earning the band an appearance on Top Of The Pops! - Those were the days! A Rebellion favourite - they headline the EMPRESS BALLROOM on Thursday night. Photo by Dod Morrison
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CASBAH Saturday 9th 9:05pm - 9:50pm
All-girl all sister punk band from southcoast dirty Hast-
Spawned from the womb, brought up on rage picked up some instrumentâ€™s and started jamminn and a year later played their first gig in 2005 at the school they all attended and been making a racket ever since!
The Deckchairs are 5 blokes, 3 of whom met at school in the 70s and started writing songs in the 80s. From the town of Reading they became the top Punk band in the area amassing a large following with their raucous live shows and no holds barred songs. Playing with bands like 999 , The Lurkers and the UK Subs they threatened to take the scene by storm but like so many bands of the time never really got it together enough.... After a short 25 year break they returned to Cult Status in Reading and have now begun to write more dodgy songs as you will hear. All with a wry and irreverent look at life, the Deckchairs shouldnâ€™t be taken seriously and never on an empty stomach, inspired and fuelled by beer. The Fabulous Screaming Deckchairs Friday 9.25pm on the Casbah Stage
Established in 2011 Blest Mess Is A 3 Piece FemaleFronted Old School Punk/Hardcore Band From New York and New Jersey
We recently caught up with JJ, Beef and Mick of The Last Resort for a quick chinwag. We asked them each a couple of questions and this is what they had to say…
JJ…How did you join The Last Resort? Did you see them live back in the early 80’s, when they released the Skinhead Anthems album? Are you from Herne Bay as well? Yeah I did go to a couple of Last Resort gigs back in the early days. I was a skinhead, living in Ramsgate at the time (about 15 miles from Herne Bay) and I was mates with the guys from The Rivals. They were a local punk band and I used to go along with them to see lots of bands playing in London. I was only fifteen at the time and they kind of took me under their wing. Fast forward to 2002 when I had been playing bass for The Anti Nowhere League for a few years. Roi asked me if I would be interested in resurrecting The Last Resort with him and Beefy. I had played in a couple of bands with them both in the 90’s so I knew we’d all get on and I’d always loved the ‘Way of Life’ album, so I said yeah, let’s go for it, and the rest, as they… So, Beefy…What are your views on the new album? Yeah, we’re well pleased with the new album. In fact we should have put “This is My England” (the opening track) up for our World Cup song, I really reckon we would have gotten a lot further if our England players had listened to that before they went out and played. So you can partly blame us for their early exit. At least they would have an excuse then. As for the writing side of the album, we tried to keep an anthem theme with a lot of the tracks just by keeping them simple and not trying to vanish up ones own arse-hole. I feel they’re all pretty good tracks, which leaves us the hard task of picking which songs we should play for gigs...perhaps we should play them all. JJ…The band seems to be going from strength to strength, with three album releases (Resurrection, You’ll Never Take Us & This is My England) in a relatively short period. You’ve also been touring like you never did in the past. Please comment on this. Yeah we’re certainly proud of the last two albums. Resurrection, not so much. That album was thrown together and released on the quick, just to announce the bands return but in hindsight, I wish we’d have spent more time on the writing and production. To be honest, I think we’d be churning out a new album every year if it wasn’t for work and family commitments. I find it very hard to get into the zone for writing songs when I’m juggling three kids and a heavy work load in the day job. After we released Anthems 2 in 2009 we were really buzzing and we wanted to follow it up quickly with another album, so Beef and I got to work, writing again and we had written about a third of the next album by the end of that year. Unfortunately, life then got in the way, so it took another three years before we had written enough songs for Anthems 3. As for the touring? Yeah, we love it. To be able to connect with people face to face, all over the world like that is beyond comparison. 2011 was our busiest year to date. It was also our first time in the Far East. We toured so much that by the end of that year Beefy couldn’t afford to do it anymore and he was forced to retire from the band because contrary to popular belief, touring with an Oi! band is not very financially viable and it puts a strain on your life when you return home having not made any reasonable income. Fortunately for us Beef was able to return the following year and although we haven’t toured so much since, we have played a lot of one off shows and festivals. We even played a few shows in Russia this year, which was amazing. Mick, you’re the newest member of The Last Resort. How are you enjoying life in such a legendary band? Absolutely loving it! What started out as a short notice stand in job has turned into an amazing three years drumming for the boys. Roi and JJ have been mates for years so it was a really easy transition.
And what have been your highlights so far? So many to be honest, but two insane shows in Russia rank high; my first tour with the band, with Old Firm Casuals, my first Rebellion show, making the ‘This Is My England’ album, playing Punk & Disorderly and our recent appearance at Hellfest, which was amazing, are all high on the list. JJ…There’s an official video online of one of the songs from the new album. Could you tell us a bit about that? Yeah, the song is called “You’ll Never Get a Job”. There seems to have been a lot of confusion on the Youtube comments as to what the song is actually about. So let me clear that up for you. It’s basically having a moan about the benefit culture in the UK. There seems to be a growing number of scroungers and lazy cunts that have never done a days work in their lives. It has become a way of life for whole families. Some of them have never known any different. Their parents never worked and their kids will be exactly the same. Draining the system and letting the tax payer foot the bill for their Sky TV, drugs, Tenants Super and shit chavy clothes.
said that I got flashed by a speed camera the other day and still haven’t had the ticket, so don’t hold your breath just yet. I’m sure we could exploit the boys in blue again somehow, especially if I get that speeding ticket. And finally, Will there be any surprises for us from The Last Resort at Rebellion this year? Yeah, we’ve got a brand new track called “Fuck ‘Em All” that we’ll be putting in the set. It was recorded for a US compilation album called “Oi! This is Streetpunk”. Not a lot of people have heard it yet so we’re looking forward to playing that one. It’s a really up beat song, so get yourselves down the front of The Empress at 8.15 on Thursday night and have a jump around!!…
Beefy…Are the band considering writing a “Skinhead Anthems 4”? Well we most definitely will be doing another album but I don’t think we’re gonna be calling it Anthems 4. Up until now, me and JJ have had to use drum programmes on the computer to write and demo the songs, but now we have the added bonus of our drummer Mick, who’s getting involved in the writing process with us. Its hard sometimes when you starting from scratch, trying to think of new topics and genres to get your teeth into. I think we’re gonna leave the Old Bill alone for the next album, having
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D.I: I’m not sure Elton could cope with our tantrums and diva-like behaviour so we’d best stick to punk bands for now. Personally I’d love to see Crazy Arm come play Watford. Tell us a bit about the venue – how big, where is it, easy to get to, parking etc
How did the WPC come about? Introduce yourselves and tell us why you decided to start putting on gigs.
help spread the word of the gigs to a wider audience (Jon oi/punk streetpunk and me hardcore) so the gigs would be slightly better attended and we could have great PETE GALE (PG): I have night out 2 minutes from been putting on punk gigs where we live as opposed to for a few years (Gnger Pi- travelling into London. rate Promotions) really because I love the scene and What was your first gig wanted to get the bands I that you promoted and love playing near me. I was who have you had since? trying to book the Sex Pistols WJ: The first one we all Experience but the venue I played a part in was the Test used wouldn’t let me book Tube Babies but the first gig them as they are a “tribute as a collective was a festival act”. Watford Jon suggested / all dayer with The Angry I spoke to Dan Impossible Agenda and The Reverends who looked after bookings at amongst others. We’ve since The Flag in Watford. The gig had ARGY BARGY, THE BUSIwas a roaring success. It be- NESS, GBH, DEADLINE with came evident we all shared a lot more to come. the same enthusiasm for the music and after a few beers PG: The first gig as the colthe Watford Punk Collective lective was the “Just For The Sake Of It Festival” although was born. Ray will tell you that you DAN IMPOSSIBLE (D.I): I can’t have a festival with less was booking Punk bands at than 10 bands and we had 8. the Flag for the I.C.M since 2010. I met Watford Jon Obviously Watford is quite early on and we’d al- best known for being the ways talk about sticking Argy home of Argy Bargy and Bargy on... I met Pete by Elton John. We heard the chance after a venue had Argy Bargy concert sold let him down and we shared out in record time. Any a similar outlook. Ray just chance of an Elton John sort of appeared one day – I gig? If not, who is on can’t remember how or why your ‘wants’ list. but I think he may have been RB: We’re currently bashing wearing a gillet... around a few ideas but for WATFORD JON (WJ): Me me personally it would Madand Ray had been talking ball. about putting gigs on in Watford for ages then one WJ: I’m not sure Elton would day we met Peter and took fancy it but I would personthe idea further. For me, the ally like to get some Hardmain reasons were to give core bands in and some ska new bands a chance to play bands too. I think the Rejects to a wider audience, thus and Sparrer would probably hopefully progressing them. be on all of our wants list We also thought it would be though. great to have some of our favourite bands play in our PG: The Argy Bargy show was incredible. I can honesthome town. ly say it’s one of the best gigs RAY DUST (RD): I decided I’ve ever been to, let’s hope to get involved with Jon be- for more of the same when cause we thought we could we do it again at Xmas.
you need a break from the carnage it feels like a regulars pub the second you step out back into the bar. It’s the home of the WPC both literally and spiritually – as they have a fine selection of spirits. What’s your best Rebellion story?
PG, The Flag in Watford is a great place, 200 capacity venue on the side of a great pub, good food, cheap beer and genuinely nice people. Situated right next door to Watford junction station it’s very easy to get to (only 18mins from Euston) and has ample car parking round the back.
RB: I’ve been going to HITS, WASTED & REBELLION since I was a small child. My best story is that the sick patch I created on the carpet at the back of the Arena is still there and I’ve been told legends such as Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor and Jimmy Carr have stepped on it.
RB: The staff and management at the pub back us up on our requests for improvements. They’ve given us a backstage room with beer, food and water for the bands and upgraded the sound system. We’re now making upgrades to the acoustics in the room so we will have a perfect sounding venue.
WJ: I’ve got so many great Rebellion stories and memories. Most of them involve Ray and some sort of hideous bodily function though to be fair. Not really a story but two great memories for me are our gig in The Arena a few years back, which was full to capacity with the most amazing atmosphere and the night Cock Sparrer dedicated “Because You’re Young” to my late father. I had tears in my eyes then and I’ve got tears in my eyes as I type this now....
D.I: : I worked at the Flag for 4 years and, in spite of that, I love the place. It feels like a venue should do in the gig room and if
Originally formed in L*ton in early 1979, UK Decay were leaders of the then emerging post-punk scene and are widely credited (or derided) with coining the term ‘Goth’ in a music press interview in Sounds music paper that subsequently inspired a movement. Part of a musical lineage that saw them emerge after Siouxsie & The Banshees and pre-fame Adam & The Ants alongside the likes of Bauhaus and Killing Joke, their single/EP releases and debut studio album For Madmen Only were substantial Independent Chart topping records, while they were also session regulars on John Peel’s Radio 1 show. Extensive touring in the UK and mainland Europe led to tours of North America - including memorable treks supporting Dead Kennedys and then headlining above a new LA punk scene containing Circle Jerks, Black Flag, DOA , Social Unrest , The Subhumans, etc - while current iconic names such as Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor and Tool have all cited UK Decay’s music and incendiary live performances as influences on their own careers. The winter of 2012/2013 saw UK Decay enter the studio with renowned rock producer Chris Tsangarides to record the long awaited follow-up to For Madmen Only. The resulting album, entitled New Hope For The Dead, is a heavy sonic assault built upon the politics of dissent with contents that cover big issues such as the twin evils of extremism and bigotry, the fracturing nature of society, the lack of engagement by today’s generation and the attraction of things that ultimately harm us. Never driven by aspirations of commercial success and active and
outspoken on issues of racism and imperialism, singer Abbo grew up on the Farley Hill estate in Luton, “just one street away from the idiot that now fronts the English Defence League” (Abbo). In the late 70’s it reflected the social conflicts of the time; now, even more so, Luton finds itself riddled with racial tension, bigotry and violence that make it a potential blueprint of a future Britain . “We’re not here for a nostalgic reunion ,the band somehow came back together as we felt we had something to say about our times and put out music that is made of these times ” states Abbo. “There have been three or four generations of music since we originally split up, but there is a vacuum in music of any comment or action in kicking against a world of apathy, discrimination and totalitarianism.” “We are finding that our voice resonates with old and new alike,” adds guitarist Spon. “It’s a new time but the same problems exist. We’ve always been a political band, but one that’s able to reference human passions too. The new album encapsulates all of that and presents it with a sound that is the best we’ve ever achieved.” Retaining their original punk ethos, UK Decay remain impossible to easily categorise. Just as the original records pushed musical boundaries, the new songs defy convention. Heavy but sparse, angry yet poetic, they continue to function outside any recognisable comfort zone. UK Decay are proud to return to play Rebellion 2014
notice that we are not using the Olympia
Bizarre Bazaar has moved. It used to be in the Pavilion (in the middle of the horse-shoe where the main merch is) but it is now upstairs in the Spanish Hall and starts when the Literary fest ends each day. The Literary Stage is also upstairs in the Spanish Hall, which is was last year - so no change there! The Spanish Hall is accessible via 2 staircases at the entrance to the Galleon Bar. Punk Art has moved! It is now in the room to the left of the main entrance, just off the foyer. This used to be a bar - it’s now a wonderful space with Art. Don’t worry - there’s plenty of beer still available in the venue! The Performance Poetry will take place in the room that the Punk Art is in. The new stage is The Casbah. This is outside in the back carpark. It’s undercover and accessible by going through the Empress Ballroom foyer. Keep to the LEFT as you walk in the foyer. The New Band Stage is still in the Pavilion on Thursday
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Your Health & Safety is our primary concern at Rebellion. Please take note:
1. DRINK RESPONSIBLY We’re not going to lecture you on drinking, we know we’re all here to have a good time, however for your safety and the safety of others please know your limits and take responsibilty for your drinking and your actions. We’re a community too - so please take care of others. If you see anyone that you think could be a danger to themselves or others, please let a member of staff know. Our security are all trained and qualified / registered - they will be able to help. They are on our / your side to ensure that the festival is SAFE, so please do not hesitate in asking for help. We reserve the right to refuse entrance, evict and take away the wrist bands of anyone we think is intoxicated to the extent that they are a risk to themselves, others or the safety of the festival. 2. PUNK ROCK IS LOUD - PROTECT YOUR HEARING! Exposure to live music for long periods can damage your hearing. The event runs for around 14 hours a day. Either take regular breaks from constant noise or invest in some ear plugs / ear defenders. 3. KNOW YOUR VENUE Most people are here for 4 days. Take some time to make yourself familiar with your surroundings. Check out where the entrance / exits are. When you enter a venue for the first time, look to see where the FIRE EXITS are. 4. EVACUATION If the show needs to be stopped and the building evacuated, please follow the instructions from the security team. Even if the venue you’re in seems fine, there may be issues elsewhere in the building. Stay calm and follow instructions and evacuate in an orderly fashion