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EUGENE ANKOMAH photographed by ANDREI NEDELEA

ART BEAT ROCKLANDS new faves fest at City Showcase 6th-8th May & mini hollywood

THE SHILLS * KOOBA RADIO * JAZICA


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Practise random kindness and senseless acts of beauty. Visual and aural self expression have created an intangible international family for an age where geography has a parallel dimension in cyberspace. A virtual socialist republic spawned by hippyish creativity and positivity continues the punky reggae party of the 20th century like punk happened. This zine connects everybody on every page. City Showcase Rocklands makes the next chapter of Once Upon Another Time. Seminal, marketable cult faves and potential stars connected with industry and media contacts. New ideas meet new friends. "The Londontrotting Rocklands brand... an impeccable party vibe". (Pulse SLP). From staging early days Hatcham Social, Chris T-T, Bloc Party, Art Brut, Innercity Pirates etc, to early Ebony Bones/Lightspeed Champion, pre Skins You Love Her Coz She’s Dead, pre rock mag covers My Passion, pre-charts Daisy Dares You - a fraction of the continuous proven tips. Tinie Tempah was topping the UK charts at the last RAR! event. Uniqulture works. it’s not about taste making, this is anti-scene for the individually minded and fun making. The rest will come by chaos magic because that’s the ancient way of the arts. The Planet Water vibe. So add your self at The Apple Store (“Like Punk Happened” on May 8th), get involved with/support artists in this zine. Dance with dear friends and cheap booze at Deptford Army - London’s artyest and partiest. Start something. Exchange ideas. Weave in. Share The Joy....And to all the artists join this ethereal idea that is without sponsorship, finance, corporate structure etc, in the words of Slade, Look Wot You Dun! Artful Music Tourist Board, Planet Water http://artfulmtb.blogspot.com/


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Costa del Thames is the world‟s Time Zone. Per square foot, Deptford has the most creative industries on the planet - a miniature Hollywood. “Forget Buck Palace – get down to Deptford” (The London Paper). With the internationally acclaimed Laban Dance Academy, UK‟s Institute Of Music Technology, so many studios, galleries and major entertainment industry companies like Arc Sound all within walking distance, it‟s worth an alternative adventure to this boho. BBC 4 are about to screen TV on Goldsmiths, Justin Collins is on Channel 5 from The Rivoli Ballroom which recently hosted the Channel 4 screened Florence & The Machine gig but it will still remain pap free, residential and real blessed with green spaces for birdsong. South London got a third of last year‟s Mercury nominations and has many other positive tales to tell. “The rock n roll borough” (NME) of Lewisham is the simultaneously gritty and pretty locality cited as a “21st Century Haight Ashbury” where people and places are uniting to try something new on a low budget. Add the huge amount of acclaimed education with the next generation in the wings and there‟s more than meets the jaded eye from the main roads. But It‟s not about geography in an age of being everywhere virtually. A positive light is not a bad thing to shine, that‟s all. From Artful Festival, Nail The Cross, Deptford X and even the first Young & Lost DJ set, “Art Beat Central” is home of anti-scene and Uniqulture. A growing entertainment and exhibition economy inspiring hope for the community. “The Riotous Rocklands scene” (Time Out). On that wavelength, the often proven a&r suss of the world‟s only Music Tourist Board (collectives and individuals united for maverick positivity) presents marketable up and coming talents already attracting interest and critical acclaim. It started decades ago, blossomed at the end of the 20 th Century and ain‟t stopping (find Neil Gordon Orr‟s Deptford FunCity book!) For the first time, and during Artful‟s Bronze Year of setting up projects and talents to go for gold, this year‟s City Showcase Rocklands takes place at more than one venue. Quite a few cool places, fave spaces and ace faces. Photographs, film, words and ideas from these shows May will make future, as well as this year‟s Artful exhibitions. So come on board. Share the joy.


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6th-8th May 2010 - MUSIC + ART + DJs + MCs + parties + U! Free/cheap entry wristbands www.cityshowcase.co.uk www.myspace.com/artfulmtb bills/venues subject to updating Facebook network “City Showcase Rocklands” Master Shortie, Man Like Me, Officer Kicks, Stereo Decade, Conil, Ten City Nation, Glitches, The Futuristic, Robot Disaster Monsters In The Attic, Panama Kings, Donae‟o, Shiva, Lady Lykez, Nacional, Dexy, Model Society, DJ Dex Lutha, The Tutts, Anita Maj, MC Rhymes (RAR!), Conrad The Scoundral, Ceri James, Cojak, June Tabor, Edit/Select, Red Cable Sunday, Valve Control, Scott Raba & The Ace, Vienna Shilling, Deptford Army, Jean-Genie (Resonance FM), Daft Kunt, London Sunshine, Dave Riot, The Heartbreakers, Bump & Grind, 2bob, MC Slanky, Modern Love, Playhard, Kooba Radio, Minx Media, Painters Radio Show, Look At Me London, Pirate Riot, Propaganda @ 229 Great Portland St W1, The Albany SE8, The Apple Store W1, Amersham Arms SE14, British Music Experience / The O2 SE10, The Bunker SE8, Dirty South SE13, Fox & Firkin SE13, New Cross Inn SE14 Xtream East Radio

"...more than just another hyped-up musical movement. It’s a genuine artistic community, made up of bands, artists, filmmakers, comedians, performance artists, writers and anyone else who’s got an idea. In the last couple of years, an enclave of arty types has set up a self-sustaining network of parties, venues, spaces and events that isn’t dependent on record-company money or media attention. The

Rocklands scene doesn‟t have a signature sound, a central venue or a nominated leader, and it‟s all the better for that.". (Time Out Magazine) One postcode united; South East X


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Master Shortie, 8th May @ British Music Experience, The O2 Live on stage and celebrating his 21st birthday! http://www.mastershortie.com/


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thescreen.biz Hi there, Filmmakers / Independent Film Enthusiasts, our next fabulous sreening will be on 7 April at The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 with the gritty British crime drama DEAD MAN RUNNING. A huge cast of British talent including Danny Dyer, Ashley Walters, Tamer Hassan, Brenda Blethyn, Omid Djalili and from USA, 50 Cent. Be here, because Tamer Hassan and Ashley Walters will be coming for the Q&A. They are huge personalities and both originate from South East London. Also showing will be short films TOP GIRL by Rebecca Johnson, this Brixton talent is award winning, and presently developing her first feature film with the help of the UK Film Council. She has been through many stages of the film making process and will be available for the Q&A. Also on the bill is short film WE'RE NOT BLOOD which was directed by Ahmet Husseyin through the Eastern Edge Film Fund. Exciting, informative and inspiring for only ÂŁ5 tickets via www.thealbany.org.uk or 020 8692 4446. In March we screened the fabulous film LOOKING FOR ERIC, directed by Ken Loach. We were honoured to have Ken take part in a Q&A. The event was sold out with a line of people still wanting to get in and such an electric atmosphere that even Ken did not want to go home from Deptford. (Roman Rappak of Bretton, he of Kasms etc video fame also, managed to talk with Ken!, who stands for many qualities that are lacking today; political conviction, a devotion to social causes, attention to quality, anti celebrity culture). See www.thescreen.biz for the uncut Q+A.


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Chocolate lady by Chris Getliffe http://getliffe.blogspot.com/


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Thursday 6th May; 8pm-2am Art Beat/Electro. £5 Entry. £3 NUS/List. Free w/wristband.

Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Road, London SE14 6TY (opp. New Cross station). 020 8692 2047 http://www.amersham-arms.co.uk/

MODEL SOCIETY Danny Clare (vocalist and former frontman with art-rock terrorists / Fierce Panda favourites Le Neon who on releasing their debut „Luss‟, gained nationwide success). Joined by the fellow London based, Steve Kelly (Guitar) Steve MCcready (Bass) and Sam Wilkinson (Drums). Drawing on influences from Stranglers, The Teardrop Explodes and Public Image Ltd, live performances are simultaneously intense and melodic. Model Society are already eliciting approval; ” idiosyncratic and full of energy”. (Quentin Woolf - Xstream East Radio.) “intriguing ... insistent chorus and Modern Life-era Blur driven pop suss. “(John Earls – Teletext/News of the World.)”

http://www.myspace.com/modelsocietyband


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Thursday 6th May at Amersham Arms

ROBOT DISASTER

“ one for the dancefloor” ARTROCKER 'Awesome.' CMU DAILY “. A great sound.'

NME RADIO

Electrifying electropunk upstarts already with Radio 1, NME Radio, Xfm, 6Music support and the best of the new music blogs on their charismatic case. www.myspace.com/therobotdisaster


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GLITCHES – 6th May at Amersham Arms

Hitting Rocklands the weekend after they play Camden Crawl, their collective fate is woven together by a collective drive and commitment to creating music they can truly call their own. Visiting the squatty central London mansion they inhabit is a little like coming across a society house in Victorian England whose owners had an obsession with synthesisers from the '80s and a deep admiration of the Antonine age of the Roman Empire. Glitches live in each others' pockets writing music day and night. Influences come from all over the place; from music, from the video game Perfect Dark to Edward Gibbon, to the cherubs in the cornices of their ceilings. Their music blends unorthodox sources of inspiration with a heavy influence from late 80's/early 90's dance and hip-hop music. -, they come recommended as a truly eye catching live act, spread in a line formation across the front of a stage. http://www.myspace.com/getreadyfortheglitches THE POLYSIX – 6th May Amersham Arms


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Expansive new wave pop sound-scape with a young n modern take on early electronic dance. Now snapped up by USA management with clout.

"stacked with overlaid vocals, jagged guitar licks and a fistful of attitude" - BBC Wales www.myspace.com/thepolysixmusic Modern Love & London Sunshine bring the party on the decks 2nite!

LONDON SUNSHINE South East X’s best big fun house party! Foals, Dean Tynan, Man Like Me, Hatcham Social, Dead Kids and more have guested on the decks. Be here http://www.myspace.com/londonsunshine MODERN LOVE one of the city’s best loved underground promoters, evolved into management and some of the coolest nights outside of antartica! Gonna be some bash and up for starting something new, again. Art & photography invited. Throwing shapes on the dance floor positively encouraged!


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6th May - 8pm-1am

2bob @ City Showcase Rocklands Fox & Firkin, 316 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6JZ. 020 8690 8925 www.myspace.com/thefoxlewisham

JUNE MADRONA

USA quartet with lo fi laid back folk harmony described as “modern day campfire songs”. http://myspace.com/junemadrona

VIENNA SHILLING

Melancholic, introspective singer accompanied by sister Lydia on cello http://myspace.com/viennablue

DEXY Alternative country punk blues with a fantastic reputation deservedly earned. Tonight Dexy is without his Hand Me Downs live band, but is always in possession of his choons and charms. Come close. http://myspace.com/dexyspace

2BOB are purveyors of London‟s best independent new music festival, Foxfest. 1st and 2nd May - over 40 acts on two stages www.twobob.net/foxfest updates/previews www.koobaradio.co.uk


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Greetings from Planet Kooba. Here are some songs that we are currently enjoying… Maybe you will too… 'Crime of Love' by Comanechi – The raucous and raw new band from Akiko Matsuura of the bands Big Pink and Pre. 'Death Roll' from Lights Out Zoltar!, the hypnotic and multilayered 4th album from Gemma Ray (Bronze Rat Records). 'Gruntilda's Lair' by Neville's First Nintendo - A song composed entirely on two Nintendo Gameboys by a couple of clever so and sos from Coventry. Bo Ningen's 'Psychedelic Misemono Goya'. Androgynous, heavy as fuck, next-big-thing. All of these phrases have been used to describe the band we know as ”Bo”. Download the Jonny and Alex Show from www.KoobaRadio.co.uk to hear these tracks and others of a similar bent.

Kooba Radio – Your friendly neighbourhood unsigned / independent / underground / new music podcast.


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Monthly Planet May 010 18+ £7 / £5 NUS / dvance http://www.wegottickets.com/event/75579 Music Tourist Board‟s 2010 tips show 3/4 is an electro ho ho go go of dirty dancing, laffing www.myspace.com/artfulmtb

KUNT AND THE GANG

"Just when you thought all the great choruses had been used, Kunt and the Gang arrive to show Coldplay how it's done in jaw-dropping, potty mouthed style." (NME). "Life-affirmingly puerile stuff, set to one of the most infectious and upbeat melodies imaginable." (The Guardian).

Tonight is the central London tour stop. Are you ready for this?...

www.myspace.com/kuntandthegang

Strumstep ringleaders DON‟T WAIT ANIMATE were Recently Steve Lamacq‟s band of the week. Born on a dance floor and evolving into the uniqulture of dub, art rock, blues, dancehall, prog rock, folk, afro beat; "a genre all their own." (Dazed & Confused). An nfectious debut single „6174‟ and acclaimed remixes are the cherry on top. "Stunning" The London Paper. www.myspace.com/dontwaitanimate HEADS.HEARTS. Tight, funky and hooky electronic soul. Ed & Amber are inspired by Digitalism and Tina Turner, they‟ve been spotted by BBC 6Music, opened for Hot Chip, recorded synths for Groove Armada, have just graced Brighton Pride; club live set gold. www.myspace.com/headshearts DIZZY SPELLL & THE SIDE EFFECTS – come early and check this out. Dizzy Spell‟s story is woven into that of Rocklands @ 229 in more than one way, and attending the first event is responsible for the pictures of Eugene Ankomah that Andrei Nedelea took elsewhere in this issue. Planet Water magic. TOY TOY DJ set. Demelza on the decks! 'Thrillingly filthy electrooppers' (Time Out). www.myspace.com/toytoyuk


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Friday 7th May – 8pm-2am Rock n Roll Friday night. The Heartbreakers @ City Showcase Rocklands £4 Entry after 9pm. £2 list/NUS. Free all night with wristband. New Cross Inn, 323 New Cross Road, London SE14 3AS. Tel; 020 8692 1866

“Fearsome” (Metal Hammer) - They‟ve topped Total Rock accolades and won fans across the rock n roll media with their blisteringly monstrous live set. Monsters In The Attic play at the Wrangler Store on Carnaby Street during the day then head up the road from their rehearsal space to raise the roof in Rocklands town! www.myspace.com/monstersintheattic


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ANITA MAJ


Monthly Planet May 010 ANITA MAJ New Cross Inn 7th May An unashamed Joplin & Hendrix inspired rock chick mixing pop, blues „n‟ soul. New single Out Of Control, and trips to LA where interest in Anita‟s potential is growing. At home in UK Music Week are tipping a ballsier female talent. www.myspace.com/anitamaj

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THE FUTURISTIC New Cross Inn 7th May The Futuristic play a high-energy rock, mixed with electronica that makes you want to dance. With a brace of gigs over three months at seminal star breaking venues like Dublin Castle, Proud and 93 Feet East, they are carving their way up the London underground music scene. Comparisons suggest a mash-up of Primal Scream, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Klaxons and The Prodigy, while making good on their ambition to become a central, important rock‟n‟roll band of the future.

www.myspace.com/thefuturistic


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Newer wave pop charm and pro-active creation getting amazing gigs through their inspiringly insistent inventiveness. “They‟re rather good” (Xfm‟s John Kennedy) and recently played the Red Stripe Awards at 93 Feet East. That‟s not the half of it. Shows so far include Astoria II, Franz Ferdinand / Towers Of London support and running their own nights. With exciting and ambitious new material in the bag, Edit/Select are a band on a mission. http://www.myspace.com/editselectband


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"Frenetic new wave with doses of punk and Britpop" (Tourdates) with Teen NX quintet

major industry interest already, and high profile champions. Monthly Planet have been fans for a while and love seeing Shiva organically grow into another musical force from London South East X. “Ones to watch” is an understatement.

"This band is electric! They'll make you wonder just what the hell you've been doing with your life." Alex Zane http://www.shiva.org.uk/ (Special early doors set (8pm) of the miss and weep variety). Hosted by vanguard Rocklands DJs THE HEARTBREAKERS From Leeds Festival to London Fashion Week via the most rock n roll clubs and parties; http://www.myspace.com/theheartbreakersmusic


Monthly Planet May 010 Saturday 10th April indoor boutique festival rock n roll circus spectacular launch 9pm www.enterthegame.co.uk


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ART BEAT Central Just a few of the playing class friends weaved into the once upon another time tale. Every page of this zine is connected to this family tree in some way or other. Yeeha! Al De Perez www.al-de-perez.com his finger is on both the pulse and the shutter. Andrei Nedelea . Recommended by Dizzy Spell, one of the original 453 gang, to photograph Eugene Ankomah, now woven into this rich tapestry that is Rocklands. Ann-Marie Mullarkey Photography documentation of life in Costa del Thames and official photographer at RAR!, NX Boutique model and Deptford Army raver. Artmongers They make Deptford happy with their beautiful landmarks like His n Hers in Griffin Square, images next to Deptford Train Station and the New York Times featured Deptford Marbles on New Cross Road/Deptford Broadway. ASU – Arts Services Unincorporated. Anita McKeown, love pirate, and friends stage events all over, give the people‟s cinema. Making positive future for the local community. Creator of the wonderful Deptford 45s and local artist in resident. Chew Lips. First gig? ANew Cross Kitchen. Next was a Dead Planet Records night. At theRocklands Midsummer Dream (with fellow locally connected talents Kids Love Lies, The Skuzzies, they ere filmed by Loose Belt. It‟s ace to see their sparky live show and electroskuzzed pop getting great reactions. Chris Getliffe. Visualises with images of Artful, Dirty South, Deptford Arms and increasingly in demand, work for various cool publications, Tate Modern etc. Too right.


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Monthly Planet May 010 Cockpit Arts. Wonderful arts and crafts skills, check for the open studios, it‟s a wow. Creekside, Deptford. Conrad The Scoudral City Showcase and Midi Music recommended and developed, Conrad recently played RAR! (with Bashy) and is live at City Showcase Rocklands on Saturday 8th May at the British Music Experience. Cool album by Conrad – Hypenosis – is out now. Creekside Centre. London‟s mini grand canyon, check the moon and come see rare birds at this amazing wetlands centre. Creekside Studios, SE8 Some of the biggest names in the land call into the studios at the ancient creek that was home to Henry VIII‟s ship yards. Recording, rehearsals, equipment and more. Digital Sneakers Film makers that created a new rebel base for London with their films “Rocklands – Live In New Crossand music videos/docs/shorts embraced by MTV2, Channel 4 (regularly), The National Film Theatre and even a Digital Sneakers night at The ICA. From those early days they‟ve just become so in demand from Eurostar and Tinie Tempah to Pendulum and Bashy. Whatever they do next is worth watching. Literally.

Eugene Ankomah A self taught visual artist, Eugene has a diverse range of techniques. He has the added edge of giving something back to the community, setting a platform for others to follow. Eugene‟s enthusiasm and imagination mark him as a natural playing class friend. Believe in the limitless healing power of positive self expression. Eugene has well deserved acclaim for his dramatic images leaving an impression on your retina and mind alike. For fingers on the pulse, an inspiration in ascendancy. http://www.myspace.com/eugeneankomah


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Monthly Planet May 010 The Fairies. Art‟s most exhibited punk band roots collective and purveyors of Pushing Pussy Records and cool events. The Fairies Band are part of the original Paradise Bar posse at the root of Music Tourist Board and any other mavaerick mayhem that can be dreamt up for the future. Search for Tinsel Edwards and Twinkle Troughton. Recently exhibited (along with Chris Getliffe and more) by Who‟s Jack Magazine and in demand at sussed galleries. Karen Toftera. DJ with deadly decks duo The Heartbreakers, photographer for various music publications, promoter and all round rock n roll lady. www.shotonstage.co.uk Mad Cap Coalition The best events in Deptford. Parties on the estates. Community uniting positivity for children aged 0 to 100. Matt Sargent is one of Planet Water‟s uppest and comingest artists, being courted by the coolest collectors. His Planet Water alter ego, DJ Dex Lutha is a lord of the dance, hosting Deptford Army nights the arty, punky dub n dance bass in the place raves at The Bunker. Polstar Photography - Photography runs through Polly Harvey‟s veins. She has also documented much of the local events and been the subject of various exhibitioins including her own, „First 3 Songs, No Flash‟ at The Albany. The Old Police Station DIY Art Centre favourite haunt of students, contemporary artists and the local community alike. The place rocks. With it‟s original features, welcoming attitude and in-house “knitting factory” of creative and performing family this is where magic happens. Amersham Vale SE14 Creative Process creative network that glues the Mini Hollywood. art & crafts events at Deptford Project. London‟s art powered love train on Deptford High Street is home to a cafe, a throne for the king and all manner of events.


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Monthly Planet May 010 Jim Arofish Responsible for the legendary painting of the cutty sark that adorned New Cross Inn during Kate & Tristan days and art around the locality including the beer garden of Deptford Arms. Kate Tempest / Sound Of Rum fresh from supporting dan le sac vs. scroobius pip on their UK tour are recording an album. Get involved with the studio diary at www.soundofrum.com (also recently featured in The Independent). My Tiger My Timing – Championed early by Earwax DJs (Propagands Radio) band got involved with Artful‟s roots. Nowadays everybody from NME to MTV ia checking out their exotica electrica. O2 Complex –location of Michael Jackson‟s last public appearance and the world‟s officially favourite venue. This was once a dream on a Paradise Bar beer mat (the original Rocklands business cards) as “The Peace Dome”, but hey, the dream came true and like in Wayne‟s World, they DID come.

The t-shirt worn by both Squeeze and The Flying Pickets on Top Of The Pops read „Today Deptford, Tomorrow The World‟. More Costa del Thames www.myspace.com/southeastx

“New Cross and Deptford attract the hip” (New York

“The capital’s new capital of underground arts, culture and getting on down” (Time Out), “Slankin’” (Deptford Army), “The new Montmartre” (Italian Vogue), “You gotta be kidding!”(Daily Mail)

Times)

WHAT’S ON IN COSTA DEL THAMES? The top publication for all things South East X is TRANSPONTINE http://transpont.blogspot.com/


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Friday 7th May = Foxy Music 7.30pm-1am £4/Free with City Showcase wristband Fox & Firkin, 316 Lewisham High St, SE13 6JZ. Tel; 020 8690 8925 www.myspace.com/thefoxlewisham CONIL

Q Magazine, Xfm, 6Music and more tipped rising star. Heat‟s 2010 Hot Artists and Top 3 USA Alternative Radio, to boot. Conil‟s raw, growl sounds like he chews gravel and gargles bourbon before smoking breakfast. One for absolute music LOVERS. www.myspace.com/conilmusic


Monthly Planet May 010 STEREO DECADE – Friday 7th May, Fox & Firkin Quite simply one of the hottest 18 year old quartets in the land. Radio playlists, sell out shows. A mix of The Kooks, The Who and fresh faced, sun drenched power pop. www.stereodecade.com CERI JAMES – Friday 7th May, Fox & Firkin

“a depth of songwriting that is all too rare at the moment.” (Mojo). Local anti-scene leader celebrates the powerful pop of his new LP Win, Lose & Some You Can‟t Tell www.myspace.com/cerijames


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Friday 7th May - Deptford Army host

City Headcase Rocklands Party - 10pm-3am. £3 entry. £2 with wristband. The Bunker, 46 Deptford Broadway, SE8 4PH. Cheap booze, dear friends.

Lethal shizzle: This is the late-nite wild after party in the bonkersest arty space to end off this Friday night until the early hours. (the monthly Deptford Army rave often ends up being until the early hours of Sunday!). Entertainment in the house from the mad’n’great of SE8! Including

DJ Dex Lutha (Feat. MC Rhymes), DJ Daft Kunt (Twisted Sisters), DJ Bump & Grind (Spam Fritta), MC Slanky (Bad Sex) Some of Deptfords best DJS, Beat Boxers, MCs, Artists in one of Deptfords Best Venues and Deptfords Best party minded wreck up maniacs and a bar. PARTY!!!! £1.50 ALL SINGLE SPIRITS & MIXER! / £2.50 -ALL DOUBLE SPIRITS & MIXER! / £2.50 - ALL BOTTLED LAGER & CIDERS! + DEPTFORD ARMY MERCH ON SALE!!!


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Saturday 8th May Pirate Riot @ City Showcase Rocklands 8pm-2am. £5 adv./More on door without wristband. Dirty South, 162 Lee High Rd, SE13 5PR. Tel: 020 8852 1267 www.dirtysouthlondon.com

MAN LIKE ME :

Pushing their unique grime-

ska and alternative sounds into new territory. Their brazen revel in the realities, perks and calamities of being a young Londoner. http://www.myspace.com/manlikeme

VALVE CONTROL

: Fresh and timely

bluesy classic rock outfit from South East London currently writing songs, demoing and gearing up for live outings. Worth catching early. http://www.myspace.com/valvecontrol

COJAK

: Brand new alternative band with simply

seriously good songs and vocal ability spotted early by the renowned cool as fug Pirate Riot http://www.myspace.com/valvecontrol

DAVE RIOT

: London‟s most swashbuckling DJ in

demand in clubs like 93 Feet East and Koko and purveyor of South East X‟s most electric electro pirot riot of star guests and dance fests! http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&gid=38775462746


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Thursday

6th May Stars With Guitars. 7.30pm

£7 (£5 adv). Wristbands; free before 8.30pm, £3 after 229 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5PN www.229thevenue.co.uk/ (next to Gt.Portland St. Tube station)

OFFICER KICKS

Ami Barwell www.musicphotographer.co.uk

“No-nonsense killer tunes” (Clash Magazine). Always an entertaining bluesy rock‟n‟roll SHOW, Officer Kicks celebrate their passionate new album, „Citywide Curfew‟ heralding a new wave of Classic Rock. “Imagine Razorlight with the swagger of Motley Crue. (Subba Cultcha) www.myspace.com/officerkicks


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PANAMA KINGS “Heading up the Belfast scene right now” – NME Fresh from supporting Ash‟s AZ tour, Maccabees on NME tour etc and too hot to miss on this trip, Panama Kings are actually heading up the electro tinged rock charge not just regionally, but nationally, in Music Tourist Board‟s humble opinion. www.myspace.com/panamakings

TEN CITY NATION

"Fast, violent and utterly compelling". (BBC Music). “A very exciting prospect indeed.” (Rock Sound). Ten City Nation are a full on intense and punky live blast of brilliance. Download their entire catalogue for free from www.tencitynation.com


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NACIONAL

Hailed as “the up-beat Joy Division with Wedding Present comparisons” An epic sound with soaring riffs and punching rhythm and lovelorn, poetic diatribe. www.myspace.com/wearenacional JEAN-GENIE (Resonance FM) on the decks: a one woman powerhouse, presenter of Panda Power and an instigator of The Game events at The Scala, as well as vanguard Rocklands family member. http://www.myspace.com/jeangeniegraham PLAYHARD presents Rocklands @ 229. Rock n roll parties hosted by Heather Minx (director of the forthcoming film „Meet Me In The Keith Moon Bar‟ - the story of The Astoria and hard partying rock chick queen of London). www.facebook.com/Heathertheminx Doors 7.30pm £7 (£5 advance from We Got Tickets – search “City Showcase Rocklands 229”) City Showcase Wristbands are free entry before 8.30pm then £3 subject to space. 229 Great Portland Street (opposite the tube station) London W1. Camden / Oxford Street 10 mins walk.


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8th May O2 Complex / British Music Experience SE10 – 12-9pm.

Master Shortie with Lady Lykez, Scott Raba & The Ace, Donaeo, The Morning Orchestra, KOF, The Tutts, Conrad The Scoundral and more to be announced. Headlining at the British Music Experience is

RAR! / Midi Music / City Showcase connection; Conrad The Scoundral The O2 will host a day of music and dance with a rolling programme of new talent. Events happen at British Music Experience, the permanent high-tech interactive music exhibition whose stage has hosted Bon Jovi, Jamie Cullum, Jeff Beck and more. Participating businesses giving discounts at The O2 include Gaucho, Union Square, the O2 Store, Slug & Lettuce, S&M, Frankie & Bennyâ€&#x;s, Las Iguanas, Thai Silk, Spur, Water Margin and the Ha Ha Bar. Now in its 9th year, City Showcase has enjoyed major success in music innovation and collaboration - discovering and showcasing many UK and International acts, such as Keane, Razorlight, N-Dubz, Sway and Amy Winehouse. Wristbands www.cityshowcase.co.uk


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Jazica are doing alright, to say the very least. Gigs with Everything Everything, Chew Lips and Delphic There’s something fresh about their bright pop dance that adds more to the electro-indie genre, it could be the innocently jail baiting vocals or the up of their beats. They deservedly find themselves being tipped on a regular basis since forming a few years ago. Monthly Planet grabbed them for their word from the street. Like what talents are currently rocking their boat...

“We love bands with lots of colour and energy. Listening to and loving Friendly Fires, Yeasayer, Vampire Weekend and Gorillaz. Their sounds and beats have definitely influenced our music. As for new underground music we recommend Muchuu, Kid Adift, Three Trapped Tigers and Victoria and Jacob.” ...and asked Jazica to recommend a venue for the Music Tourist Board.

“Love the Bedford in Balham for its free acoustic nights and fantastic comedy shows. We have to be loyal to our local venue Hamptons (Southampton) which puts on Log Jam once a month. It's a brilliant jam night bringing artists and musicians together in a cosy bundle of multiple instruments and plenty of mics. The outcome is pretty special. Each night is recorded resulting in a often hilarious podcast.” One to keep as many eyes and ears as you have on, www.myspace.com/jazicamusic


“We want to put some intelligence and fervour back into rock'n'roll. We

wear our influences on our sleeve and we make no apologies for that fact. We hate the insipid music that is the soundtrack to modern life. We stand against the evil that is banality. Every member of our band is as important as the last. Our band is a gang and that's exactly how all bands should be. For this reason we can say in all sincerity we are...

The Shills

new EP ‘Sweet Inertia’ (CD / iTunes download) Monday 17th May (R*E*P*E*A*T Records).

Incendiary tunes that demand your attention, throbbing with the fervour, intelligence and frustration forged from lives in a dead end satellite town; ‘Sweet Inertia’, ‘Real Poltik’ , ‘Tell me what I really want’ , ‘Long, Still Night’. This EP is a defiant statement of intent. A vital mix of post-punk intelligence and rock n roll swagger that vocalises your disaffection. A shot at an apathetic music industry, it’s a rallying cry to get your feet and mind moving. "A hint of old fashioned Rock 'n' Roll genius" BBC Radio Childhood friends Ed Bateson (drums), Dickon Collinson (bass), Rob D’Ath (guitar), brothers Olly Yates (guitar) and Tom Yates (vocals) formed in Cambridge. They released debut single, ‘Raison d’être’, with Cambridge independent R*E*P*E*A*T in 2008. Shortly after . they were discovered by Strummerville (The Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music), who gave them Artist Of The Week and posted the single on-line. ‘It went on to become one of the most downloaded songs in Strummerville’s history. Then they toured with acts such as Yeti, Tom Hingley, Five O’Clock Heroes and Patrick Jones before being approached by music producer Roger Fife, (Cyndi Lauper, Tricky, Manic Street Preachers, Anthony and the Johnsons), to record the second single, ‘Apparition’.


Monthly Planet May 010 Released March 2009 on ‘Globalnet Records’ it achieved plaudits from BBC Radio, NME, Artrocker, Organ magazine and caught the attention of former Verve/Beta Band manager, Dave Halliwell who noted "The Shills have one of the most distinctive and original voices around." After the success of ‘Apparition’, Strummerville asked The Shills to perform as part of Mick Jones’ Rock’n’Roll Public Library exhibition under London’s infamous West Way, before heading to Manchester to appear at ‘In the City’, in the shadow of Granada Studios. Winter 2009 was spent recording with Roger Fife creating ’Sweet Inertia’. 2010 is shaping into the biggest year for The Shils to date...

SWEET INERTIA TOUR

17 Apr Wrestlingworth Chequers - 29 Apr Cambridge Soul Tree 8 May Cornerhouse Cambridge - 15 May Cavendish Arms Stockwell, London SW9 26 May – Sweet Inertia Launch at Rocklands, Camden Monarch 3 Jun – Camden Dublin Castle 19 Jun Livestock Festival www.myspace.com/theshillsuk

THE PALACE RIGHT ROYAL VENUE LAUNCH 30th April Within easy commute of London/ Portsmouth etc, The Palace in 1912. Now restored to it's former glory, this 700 capacity auditorium has a fully glass fronted circle overlooking the stage, with a VIP bar and leather sofas for those that want a bit more luxury on their concert night out. 30th April, stars legend Bruce Foxton & From The Jam playing classic Jam tracks. Pretty much a homecoming!. 7th May, alternative rockers, Young Knives, take to the stage for the first time in nearly a year, then Mark E Smith & The Fall, who are debuting their new album Your Future Our Clutter. The Beat + Neville Staples Band plus Brand New Heavies are coming. Events will be followed by an excusive after show party, book early to avoid disappointment! The biggest club nights happen after the shows with top DJ‟s and amazing sound and lighting. Top names will be performing on selected nights with acts like K-Klass + D:Ream. The Palace, 35 Station Rd, Aldershot. Most shows start 7.30pm and finish by 10.45pm so plenty of time to get the last train home! Fullest listings / info www.thepalacevenue.com / 0844 477 1000


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Uniqulture in action

Like Punk Happened Sat 8th May

12.45-2.15pm, Apple Store, 235 Regent St., London, W1B 2ET (Oxford Circus tube) Free. Book via www.cityshowcase.co.uk The world capital of Night Life & Alternatives is swinging more than ever, with art-and-music-powered results. Rocklands presents speakers, visuals, and an invitation to participate, exchange or just find out more. Eddy Lawrence : Being Music Editor of the city’s biggest publication,

Time Out, is anything but dull. Since their “Rocklands” article in 2007, London’s “miniature Hollywood” has become such a reality that last year New York Times was writing about it. Eddy has experienced the power of punky art power on the capital. www.timeout.com/london/

Denis Fernando Long term antiracist campaigner who has been active in the National Union of Students.

Denis worked with former Mayor, Ken Livingstone on Rise, Europe's largest unity festival before it was abolished. As Red Cable Sunday he continues that movement. The single Prelude To The Nocturne has been played live at landmarks and housing estates across London for the video. A grand musical antidote to the poisonous idea that blackness and darkness are evil. Acclaim is building . Live at City Showcase Roots n Flutes event at The O2 on Sunday 9th May. www.myspace.com/redcablesunday

With more panellists to be announced. Chair; Caffy St Luce : One time music PR at Hall Or Nothing, turned member of the Music Tourist Board of Rocklands. http://artfulmtb.blogspot.com/


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City Showcase Rocklands and more. Front cover; Eugene Ankomah photographed by Andrei Nedelea.

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City Showcase Rocklands and more. Front cover; Eugene Ankomah photographed by Andrei Nedelea.