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Rebellion Festival (Saturday)

Blackpool Winter Gardens

Saturday 5th August 2017
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 
The continues to shine on Blackpool and it’s already the penultimate day of Rebellion Festival, a day that tends to encourage greater levels of excess amongst those I have come to know at the festival, so my recollections may be hazy and I’m just glad I took notes. Its an early start as Wreck-Age are opening on the Introducing Stage and I manage to avoid the worst of the queues when the Winter Gardens opens to ensure I get in on time. Wreck-Age boast an impressive line up born of past and present members of First Wave, B-Movie Britz and Hi Fi Spitfires, despite one of their number being stuck in traffic they take to the stage regardless, maintaining their DIY and punk rock spirit to deliver an impressive semi improvised set.
 
Rebellion 17 Hands Off GretelOver on the Empress Ballroom The Kut are delivering a bruising set of punk rock inspired by the riot grrrrl scene, which makes them the perfect band to precede Hands Off Gretel who have catapulted themselves from the Introducing Stage to the Empress Ballroom in 12 months. Hands Off Gretel have expanded back to a four piece since I last saw them, their impressive set that is culled largely from their Burn The Beauty Queen album and sees the full rage of Hands Off Gretel restored, and we have an early contender for band of the day. Over on the Casbah Stage the Rhythmites are delivering a set of laid back ska in the blazing afternoon sunshine, and back inside on the acoustic stage I catch Fuzzwah being joined on stage by the legend that is Charlie Harper for an impromptu rendition of the classic UK Subs single, Warhead.
 
Rebellion 17 Chaos 8Chaos 8 deliver their intense industrial punk rock to am absolutely packed Introducing Stage, and you can see why as Beki Straughan is a formidable front woman, and she’s backed up by a powerful line up that hammers home the impact of their dystopian industrial punk rock to incredible effect, and this is another band that I would expect to see make the leap to one of the larger stages in the coming years. Former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock is playing acoustically and sharing anecdotes in the Pavillion Stage to an appreciative crowd, and over in the Opera House The Lurkers are sounding like it’s still 1977, but when they bemoan recording new material it strikes a slightly sour note with me, as it’s new bands and new material that keeps the punk scene vibrant and progressive, so it’s onward and upwards.
 
Rebellion 17 Dept SDepartment S are a band who have consistently moved on, rather than relying on their well known hit single, Is Vic There?, they’ve developed a loyal following and I owe a debt to the duo that convinced me to go and see them. The evening now has me stage hopping as Louise Distras is playing a set with her full band, her first after her crowdfunder successfully hit it’s target to make her sophomore album a reality, and as ever she plays with all the passion and fire that fuels her songwriting. The Anti Nowhere League are ploughing through their usual chaotic and offensive set over in the Empress Ballroom, and after all this time would we have them any other way? Their classic songs such as So What, Woman and For You are delivered to a booze fuelled audience who know every word and profanity.
 
Over on the Casbah Stage Neville Staples is bringing a distinctly mellower ska influence to the Rebellion Festival, tracks such as Monkey Man, and Message To You Rudy are perfect for the sun drenched evening, but the highlight is skanking version of The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum that sees the politicallly relevant chorus echoing across the Casbah Stage, and a closing trilogy of Gangsters, Guns Of Navarone and Ghost Town closes an incredible set of ska and two tone. The Ruts DC hit the Casbah Stage with the blend of dub and punk rock that carries a strong message of unity. Their set is culled mainly from the legendary debut, The Crack, and their last releases, Music Must Destroy, and the Ruts DC are an example of a band who are as good now as they ever were and are writing music that remains relevant, just as they did when they first emerged on the punk scene. They throw a few curve balls into the set, David Bowie‘s Suffragette City is delivered mid set and an excerpt from Pink Floyd‘s psychedelic jam, Interstellar Overdrive, creeps into In A Rut, and they close on with Psychic Attack rather than their classic single, Babylon’s Burning.
 
Rebellion 17 Louise DistrasFollowing two phenomenal sets on the Casbah Stage a dash inside means I go full circle and I catch the end of a triumphant acoustic set by Louise Distras who is playing to an absolutely packed Almost Acoustic Stage, afterwards she’s greeted by a enthusiastic fans old and new and speaking to a few of those who were present it’s clear that Louise Distras is an empowering figure in the modern punk scene. Finally it’s over to the Opera House to catch one of the original Northern Irish punk bands, The Defects, who are another of the first generation of punk bands who have returned for the Rebellion Festival and their charm and irreverent humour are as much an appeal as the chance to hear them play live. The evening ends with an appearance by The Vapors, a welcome return from a band who are known by most people for the classic Turning Japanese single, whilst it’s good to have them back when compared to the acts that preceded them their set seems a little flat, and the final day of this years Rebellion Festival beckons.
 
The review of the Sunday at the Rebellion Festival 2017 will follow shortly on The Punk Site.
 
The Rebellion Festival wesbsite is here
 
Unofficial live photography courtesy of Froggy, Lindsay Peebles and Eloise Coone
 
You can click on any of the photos to view a slide show of the images 
 

The Punk Site ‘Rebellion Festival 2017’ Preview, Part Three

Rebellion 2017 April2016 saw the Rebellion Festival celebrate its 20th year alongside the 40th anniversary of punk with a spectacular sold-out event. Over four days at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, iconic bands from every aspect of punk across the world shared stages with new and emerging talent, and the 2017 Rebellion Festival looks set to be no different. Returning to Winter Gardens in Blackpool from the 3rd to the 6th of August, the line-up is shaping up to be another punk genre defining event. The Punk Site is fortunate enough to be covering the Rebellion Festival again this year, as this is Europe’s largest punk festival and it boasts a bewildering array of bands, acts, art and temptations, we’re going to be looking ahead at what this years Rebellion Festival has to offer

The full line can be viewed here and tickets for the 2017 Rebellion Festival can be purchased here

The 2017 Rebellion Festival preview for Saturday 5th August can be viewed below Read More…

Hands Off Gretel Uk Tour July 2017

Hands Off Gretel / The Loved And Lost

Stalybridge Tavern, Manchester, UK

7th July 2017
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Hands Off Gretel ST July 17 IntroTonight’s show brings the unlikely duo of Hands Off Gretel and The Loved And Lost to the Stalybridge Tavern, a venue located on the Eastern outskirts of Greater Manchester that offers the enticement of free music and good beer to bring in the punters, the chance to see a band as impressive as Hands Off Gretel is one that would have seen me attending regardless, but when you add free entrance in a venue that is developing a reputation as being the grass roots home of punk and alternative music on this side of town, then you have an invitation that is too good to turn down, so we travel across Greater Manchester to another grass roots venue that is located on the ragged edge of the county.

Hands Off Gretel ST July 17 Loved And LostThe Stalybridge Tavern lies near an abandoned nightclub on the outskirts of Greater Manchester, its an intimate venue that hosts a constant stream of grass roots shows courtesy of Indigo Bravo Promotions, who are the determined flag wavers for the alternative and punk scenes on this side of town. But before we get to see Hands Off Gretel there is Worcester’s The Loved And Lost who are opening tonight’s show. The Loved And Lost bring a distinctly different element to the evening as they are closer to the gothic rock of Evanescence than the predicted punk or alternative support that is usually a feature of an Indigo Bravo promoted show, but I’ve never had an issue with a mix of genres in a show and a diversity of styles always keeps things interesting

Hands Off Gretel ST July 17 Loved And Lost 2The Loved And Lost start their set off with some dark anthemic alt rock that swiftly gives way to the more full blooded rock of Light Me Up, throughout their set their sound continues to veer across the rock spectrum, all the while maintaining the kind of stadium feel that the best bands of this nature possess. Whilst this isn’t really my kind of thing you can’t help but get the feeling that we’ll be hearing a lot more of The Loved And Lost in the future, throughout their set they engage the crowd and seem to win over much of the audience awaiting Hands Off Gretel and they deliver an accomplished set of atmospheric and melodic rock.

Hands Off Gretel ST July 17 2Hands Off Gretel are now stripped down to a trio following the departure of their bass player, with the multi talented Lauren Tate taking over bass duties for their latest tour. By the time they take to the stage the Stalybridge Tavern is standing room only for the long awaited return of Hands Off Gretel to Greater Manchester. Although Lauren Tate is slight figure clad in vintage chic the punk attitude and the defiant scream belies her slender frame, and she has twin counterparts in hyperactive guitarist Sean Bon And the powerhouse drummer Sam Hobbins. Its hard to believe that this is this is their first show without their original bass player, where many bands would have cancelled or delayed shows in these circumstances Hands Off Gretel have carried on as they didn’t want to disappoint any fans. 
 
Hands Off Gretel ST July 17 1Much of tonight’s set is culled from the impressive debut album, Burn The Beauty Queen, but earlier material such as Be Mine is included in a mesmerising and impressive set. I last caught Hands Off Gretel at last years Rebellion Festival, since then they’ve released their debut album and seem to have toured non stop regardless of what has befallen the band, and it must be said that their commitment and strictly DIY attitude seems to be serving them well. Lauren Tate is apologetic for tonight as she’s limited on movement following the departure of their bass player and her having to take on these duties, but she needn’t have been, as tracks a such One Eyed Girl are delivered with as much fury and energy as ever.
 
Hands Off Gretel ST July 17 3Bigger Than Me closes the set and brings the raw howl that characterises the darker elements of Hands Off Gretel‘s material, there have been obvious comparison to the likes of Babes In Toyland, Hole and L7 but these stand as influences on their sound and Hands Off Gretel are very much their own band, and one that you need to experience live. Sadly tonight sees a relatively short appearance as the band have had to rework their set to work as a trio, and Lauren Tate has had to learn the bass lines in less than a week, the fact this show took place is a testament to the independence and spirit, and despite everything that has befallen them recently they have delivered a triumphant and blistering set, this is all the more impressive when you realise that Lauren Tate had never played bass until earlier this week.
 

Hands Off Gretel ST July 17 4Hands Off Gretel‘s website and online shop is located here

The Punk Site review of Burn The Beauty Queen can be read here

The Loved And Lost‘s website is located here

Indigo Bravo Promotions Facebook page is here

Live photography is by Dean Unsworth, his Instagram account is located here

You can click on any of Dean’s photos to view a slide show of the images

The Punk Site ‘Rebellion Festival 2017’ Preview, Part Two

Rebellion 2017 April2016 saw the Rebellion Festival celebrate its 20th year alongside the 40th anniversary of punk with a spectacular sold-out event. Over four days at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, iconic bands from every aspect of punk across the world shared stages with new and emerging talent, and the 2017 Rebellion Festival looks set to be no different. Returning to Winter Gardens in Blackpool from the 3rd to the 6th of August, the line-up is shaping up to be another punk genre defining event. The Punk Site is fortunate enough to be covering the Rebellion Festival again this year, as this is Europe’s largest punk festival and it boasts a bewildering array of bands, acts, art and temptations, we’re going to be looking ahead at what this years Rebellion Festival has to offer

The full line can be viewed here and tickets for the 2017 Rebellion Festival can be purchased here

The 2017 Rebellion Festival preview for Friday 4th August can be viewed below Read More…

Hands Off Gretel Announce UK Tour With Skating Polly

Skating Polly Hands Off Gretel Tour July 17Alternative new wave grunge band Hands Off Gretel from South Yorkshire, will support US band Skating Polly on six dates of their headline UK tour this July. The two bands, both heavily influenced by riot grrrl bands of the 90’s, first met when Lauren Tate from Hands off Gretel watched Skating Polly supporting Babes in Toyland in 2015 in Manchester. Following an exchange of CD’s at this gig, Hands off Gretel were invited to support Skating Polly in London in 2016 and played a sold out gig at the Lock Tavern.  Skating Polly return to the UK in July, to support Kate Nash on her European tour, inbetween these dates they will play a series of headline dates and have asked Hands Off Gretel to join them as special guest on their headline UK tour.

You can view the tour dates for the Skating Polly and Hand Off Gretel tour below Read More…

Hands Off Gretel Release ‘Plasters’ Video

hands-off-gretel-btbq-jpgHands Off Gretel have released their latest music video for the track Plasters, the song is taken from their stunning debut album, Burn The Beauty Queen. As with everything that Hands Off Gretel do this is a completely DIY affair and they have also announced that they will be on tour in the UK throughout 2017, the latest tour dates can be found here

The Punk Site review of Burn The Beauty Queen can be found here and it can purchased here

The brand new video for Plasters can be viewed below Read More…

Hand Off Gretel Release Video For ‘Bad Egg’

hands-off-gretel-btbq-jpgHands Off Gretel have released their latest music video for the track Bad Egg, the song is taken from their stunning debut album, Burn The Beauty Queen. As with everything that Hands Off Gretel do this is a completely DIY affair and they will be on tour in the UK throughout 2017, the latest tour dates can be found here

The Punk Site review of Burn The Beauty Queen can be found here and it can purchased here

The brand new video for Bad Egg can be viewed below Read More…

Feeder To Headline Camden Rocks Festival 2017

Camden Rocks Feeder Mar 17The Camden Rocks Festival 2017 has announced Feeder as the headliners of this year’s festival, alongside another thirty bands today confirmed to join the line-up on June 3rd across 25 venues through Camden Town. The impressive line up already includes such punk luminaries as The Damned, The Ruts DC, The Professionals, Love Zombies, Louise Distras, Hands Off Gretel and the Anti Nowhere League

Tickets for the Camden Rocks Festival 2017 can be purchased here

The full list of bands for the Camden Rocks Festival 2017 can be viewed below Read More…

Camden Rocks Festival Announces Latest Additions To Line Up

Camden Rocks Mar 17Today Camden Rocks Festival confirmed Merseyside’s indie rock legends, The Coral, Sheffield’s Reverend and The Makers will join the 2017 festival line up. Also topping the line-up this year are The Damned, who will play a very special set list exclusively for the Camden Rocks Festival. Having also recently announced The Rifles, Milburn, Carl Barat And The Jackals, Orange Goblin, Ruts DC, The King Blues & many more, this year sees Camden Rocks Festival pushing boundaries further still, set to host 250 bands and artists across 25 of Camden Town’s revered music venues on June 3rd 2017.

Tickets for the Camden Rocks Festival can be purchased here

The Full Line up of bands and venues for the festival can be found below Read More…

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Camden Rocks Festival Annouces Line Up Additions

Camden Rocks Feb 17Having announced The Damned, Orange Goblin and Ruts DC amongst the first acts to be confirmed for Camden Rocks Festival 2017, today Sheffield’s recently reformed indie pioneers Milburn join the line-up, alongside Camden’s own Carl Barat & The Jackals, The Rifles, The King Blues, The Membranes and many more. Following a sold-out fifth year in 2016, this year will see Camden Rocks Festival up the stakes again, set to host a staggering 250 bands and artists across 25 of Camden Town’s venues on June 3rd 2017.

Tickets for the Camden Rocks Festival 2017 can be purchased here

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Hands Off Gretel Announce ‘World Against She’ UK Tour

Hands Off Gretel Feb 17 TourHands Off Gretel have announced  the dates for their World Against She tour in support of their stunning debut album, Burn The Beauty Queen. As with everything that Hands Off Gretel do this is a completely DIY affair and further tour dates will be confirmed throughout 2017

The Punk Site review of Burn The Beauty Queen can be found here and it can purchased here

Hands Off Gretel‘s website can be found here

You can view the tour dates by clicking on the tour flier

Hands Off Gretel Release Music Video For ‘World Against She’

hands-off-gretel-btbq-jpgHands Off Gretel have released their latest music video for the track World Against She, the song is taken from their stunning debut album, Burn The Beauty Queen. As with everything that Hands Off Gretel do this is a completely DIY affair and they have announced that they will be back on tour in the UK from February onwards, the latest tour dates can be found here

The Punk Site review of Burn The Beauty Queen can be found here and it can purchased here

The brand new video for World Against She can be viewed below Read More…

Camden Rocks Confirms The Damned And The Ruts DC For 2017

camden-rcoks-2017Following a sold out fifth year in June 2016, Camden Rocks Festival has today announced the first names for the 2017 line-up. Punk legends The Damned, stoner rock giants Orange Goblin, and The Ruts DC are the first to be revealed from the bill.

Set to host over 250 bands and artists across 25 of Camden Town’s revered venues this June 3rd 2017, Camden Rocks are also proud to announce that legendary Camden venue KOKO will join the 2017 festival.

Tickets for the Camden Rocks Festival are now available for £35 (subject to booking fees) here Read More…

Hands Off Gretel Confirm Remaining Tour Dates

hands-off-gretel-btbq-jpgFollowing the release of their debut album, Burn The Beauty Queen, Hands Off Gretel are now half way through their first ever album tour and they’ve released the following statement regarding the reception the album and the tour had received  

The support we have received has been amazing, seeing all your faces up close, sweaty and personal each night has been a middle finger to everyone that’s doubted us, everyone that under-estimated that we’d crowd fund the release of an entire album without a record label or a management team around us to help, never mind packaging over 800 pre-orders of our first album. It’s amazing that we’ve been able to achieve what we have all through the power of people, we thank you so much for that!  We have a few more November/December dates left on our tour and we ask you to join us, to support the live side of music and have the most fun in person! This is the most special part, to have been fans of us from our very first tour to wherever life takes us in the future… we love all of you so much!

You can order Burn The Beauty Queen directly from Hand Off Gretel here

You can view the remaining tour dates here and watch the Burn The Beauty Queen tour video below Read More…

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Hands Off Gretel

Burn The Beauty Queen

Self Released
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 

Hands Off Gretel were formed by Lauren Tate and Sean McAvinue prior to Hands Off Gretel bursting onto the UK alternative scene early last year when they released their debut EP, Be Mine. Their line up has been augmented with additions of Sam Hobbins, drums, and Joe Scotcher, bass, prior to Hands Off Gretel launching themselves into 2016 with unrestrained zeal. They have retained the DIY ethic and everything about Burn The Beauty Queen, from the artwork to the release of the album, has been done completely and uncompromisingly on their own terms.

Opening track Queen Of The Universe sends a serious message of intent and it builds you up ready for the punkier vibe of the single One Eyed Girl, the album continues to veer between slow burning dark menace and adrenalized numbers. For me Always Right is the stand out track from Burn The Beauty Queen, and is a serious contender for one of my favourite songs of the year, but that’s not to do the rest of the album a disservice, as there isn’t a single weak moment on Burn The Beauty Queen. This is a searing debut album and further proof that Hands Off Gretel are headed upwards and if this doesn’t happen then something is very wrong with the universe.

You can hear the incendiary tones of the likes of The Distillers and Hole in their DNA, along with the influence of the attitude from the riot grrrl movement and bands like L7 and Cay, a band that sadly lie largely forgotten in punks history. I was fortunate to catch Hands Off Gretel at this years Rebellion Festival and I was blown away by just how good they were live, Burn The Beauty Queen only serves to confirm my initial impression that Hands Off Gretel are one of the best new bands to have come from the UK in the last few years.

I can’t think of another debut album from 2016 that’s impressed me this much, Burn The Beauty Queen is an album that you need in your collection. It combines the attitude of punk and the riot grrrl movement but they have channelled that anger and energy to create a fuzz drenched classic that is quite simply one of the best albums I’ve heard this year.

Hands Off Gretel are on tour in the UK for the remainder of 2016 and their tour dates can be found here

You can purchase Burn The Beauty Queen directly from Hands Off Gretel here

Last Call For Hands Off Gretel Pre -Orders

Hands Off Gretel DeadlineThe time has finally come for Hands Off Gretel to send out all the pre-orders of their debut album Burn The Beauty Queen along with t-shirts, zines, photographs and everything else that people ordered to fund the making of their album. Hands Off Gretel are at 128% of their goal right now so tonight is the last chance to pre order the album before they end the campaign at 12pm BST.

If you hurry you can still pre-order the album here but the clock is ticking

Hands Off Gretel Announce UK Tour Dates

Hands Off Gretel BTBQHands Off Gretel have announced a full UK Tour in support of their forthcoming album, Burn The Beauty Queen, which can still be pre-ordered until September 2nd. The album has been recorded with a DIY ethic and pre orders can still be made, including limited edition formats of the album and exclusive merchandise. If you pre order the album it will be sent to you two weeks before the official release date.

You can pre-order Burn The Beauty Queen here

You can watch the preview video for the UK tour below and the tour dates can be found here Read More…

Hands Off Gretel Announce ‘Burn The Beauty Queen’ Tour

Hands Off Gretel John Hayhurst PhotographyHands Off Gretel have announced extensive UK tour dates in support of the forthcoming debut album, Burn The Beauty Queen. Pre orders can still be made, including limited edition formats of the album and exclusive merchandise. You can pre order Burn The Beauty Queen, prior to the 2nd September, here 

Details of Hands Off Gretel‘s UK tour dates can be found here

You can view the video for My Size below Read More…

Final Call For Pre-Orders of Hands Off Gretel’s Debut Album

Hands Off Gretel BTBQIn February Hands Off Gretel went off into Wales to record their debut album, Burn The Beauty Queen, and it is now finished. The album has been recorded with a DIY ethic and pre orders can still be made, including limited edition formats of the album and exclusive merchandise. If you pre order the album it will be sent to you two weeks before the official release date.

You can pre order Burn The Beauty Queen, prior to the 2nd September, here 

The video for the track One Eyed Girl can be viewed below Read More…

Rebellion 2016

Rebellion Festival (Saturday)

Winter Gardens, Blackpool, UK

6th August 2016
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 

For Saturday the sun has continued to shine and another full day of punk rock beckons, whilst waiting for the Winter Gardens to open it’s doors I enjoy a coffee whilst sat next to a lifesize mannequin of Elvis Presley and watch some morris dancers, who resemble nothing less than a pack of dysfunctional crows, this is pretty much the epitomy of Blackpool’s tackiness. Thankfully the Rebellion Festival offers a welcome alternative to the town’s traditional attractions. The only problem is that there is so much on over the weekend that you will continually be stuck with difficult choices throughout the event, immediately I am confronted with a choice between The Pukes and STP Records legends, Spunk Volcano And The Eruptions. I opt for the former purely on the basis that I caught Spunk Volcano at Manchester’s North West Calling festival earlier this year.

The Pukes are holding a ‘pop up’ event where the audience are encouraged to join the band to form a punk ukulele orchestra, word has clearly spread as a healthy crowd turns up. The workshop culminates in a bizarre cover of The Exploited‘s Sex And Violence, presumably chosen as it contains three chords and three words. I can happily declare I am now officially a part time puke and can claim to have played the Rebellion Festival, this marked a slightly surreal but highly enjoyable start to the day. The first band that I’m not a part of that I catch are Choking Susan, they provide a blistering hardcore barrage and possess a visually captivating vocalist. Hands Off Gretel, who are playing the Introducing Stage, have attracted a sizeable crowd and treat their audience to a raucous set that sounds like it’s informed by the riot grrrl movement and the finer female fronted punk bands. Their set leaves me wanting to hear more by them and I’d be surprised if they aren’t playing to a bigger crowd the next time they play the Rebellion Festival.

Interrobang play a set that combines ska and old school punk rock, uniquely with no bass player, that is a contemporary hybrid of punk styles to produces an intriguing sound that brings something unique to the weekend. Then it’s over the outdoor Tower Stage for something far more predictable, Gimp Fist are veterans of the punk festival scene, they play their rousing set of street punk with it’s infectious choruses that is very well received by a beer fuelled crowd who are enjoying the warm sunny afternoon. I return inside as I’ve been meaning to catch the Hi-Fi Spitfires ever since I heard Backfire, my favourite song from their sophomore album Nightraid, and they don’t disappoint. They deliver a set that mainlines the first wave of British punk, they play to a respectable crowd and down the front there is collection of hardcore fans pogoing for all they are worth. Hi-Fi Spitfires frontman, Steve Straughan seems to be an ever present over the course of the weekend, this is his second appearance after playing with Loaded 44 yesterday and he will be making his final appearance of the weekend when he appear with the UK Subs later today.

Rebellion 2016 bar stool preachers by dod morrison photographyBarstool Preachers are another band I’ve been meaning to see live since I reviewed their excellent debut album, Blatant Propaganda. Their ska fuelled set is played to a capacity crowd in a packed and sweaty Pavillion Stage. Inflatable footballs make their first appearance of the weekend and are frantically being batted round the stage by the ebullient crowd. Much to my surprise Barstool Preachers are actually better live than they are on record and I’d seriously recommend catching them live if you get the chance.

Rebellion 2016 Jilted John by Dod Morrison PhotographyJilted John, best known for their eponymous hit single, are playing the Empress Ballroom and I presume most of the crowd are here on the strength of hearing that live. They tease the audience by opening with the instantly recognisable riff before stopping dead, and heading into a set of lovelorn poppy punk,  which inevitably ends with their classic single. Vince Ray And The Boneshakers are paying their mutated take on rock ‘n roll, the distorted guitar riffs blend rockabilly with a jagged punk edge and inject a little rock ‘n roll into the weekend.

Louise Distras is playing the Almost Acoustic Stage, the first of her two sets this weekend, the and the venue is rammed front to back, she plays her heartfelt songs with her customary passion. She plays songs that is centred around alienation, unity and defiance that can only come straight from the heart, each number receives a deservedly rousing reception. I return outdoors to the Tower Stage to catch GBH playing a highly charged set of their UK82 hardcore that warms the audience up nicely for tonight’s headline act. The Damned occupy the prestigious Saturday night headline slot. In this 40th anniversary of punk who better than the band who released the first punk single and album, were the first to split up, the first to reform and now they are one of the few from the first wave of punk who are still in existence.

Rebellion 2016 The Damned by Dod Morrison PhotographyThe current line up of The Damned, the most stable in their turbulent forty year history, are better live than they’ve ever been and the stars have aligned for their appearance at Rebellion Festival. Tonight’s show for me was even more impressive than their triumphant fortieth anniversary show at the Royal Albert Hall. They play an energetic set culled largely from their first five albums, and although there are no songs from their eagerly anticipated new album, no one is complaining. Their deliver an energetic crowd pleasing set, the sound is perfect, the weather is perfect and even after all this time they clearly love playing together.

By now I’m limping quite badly so my decision for one of the later sets is made, Jello Biafra is being interviewed by John Robb, well I say interviewed, he rarely gets a word in as Jello Biafra is an animated and entertaining speaker. Of course politics are discussed, the candidacy of Donald Trump was never going to be the elephant in the room, but there also insights into origins of the American Punk scene and the early days of the Dead Kennedys. This is the end of the Saturday for me, although there are still events going on late into the night. My planned early night goes west as my taxi driver turns out to be an old punk and we spend a good thirty minutes outside the hotel discussing our favourite bands and songs, it’s been the kind of weekend.

The Punk Site review of the Friday at Rebellion Festival can be found here

Photography by Dod Morrison

Indiegogo Project Launched For ‘GRRRL: 25 Years Of Riot Grrrl’

GRRRLAs of yet, there has not been a comprehensive film on the riot grrrl movement, over the past 25 years riot grrrl has cultivated a vibrant culture that has created music, film, zines, and a political stir, director Vega Darling‘s GRRRL: 25 Years of Riot Grrrl is a story about riot grrrl, told by riot grrrls. The Indiegogo campaign for the film features rewards including a multimedia zine, video, and music compilation with tracks from Frightwig, Hand Off Gretel, Husbands N Knives, The Potential Lunatics, Louise Distras and many more. So far, interviews recorded for the film include Bratmobile, Bikini Kill, Jack Off Jill, Louise Distras, Red Aunts and The Lunachicks amongst the comprehensive list of bands and contributors who have been interviewed for this project, with dozens more planned .

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