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The Macc Lads Reunite For 2018 Rebellion Festival

Macc Lads Rebellion 18Guess who’s ‘going down Blackpool’ at last? The Macc Lads have reunited for the 2018 Rebellion Festival where the infamous lads from macc will be playing a full set of their classics. The band will join the likes of Buzzcocks, Chaos 8, Dirt Box Disco, The Exploited, Hands Off Gretel, Jaya The Cat, Lagwagon, Michael Monroe, Peter Hook & The Light, The Professionals, Public Image Ltd, The Queers, Ramonas, Ruts DC, Stiff Little Fingers, Svetlanas, UK Subs and The Vandals at Blackpool Winter Gardens between the 2nd and 5th August 2018.

The full line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival can be viewed here and tickets can be purchased here

Delinquents Release Free Single For ‘Valentines Day’

Delinquents VDScottish punk band the Delinquents have released a free single, Valentines Day, that is now available as a FREE download, the band been confirmed to appear at this years Rebellion and Nice N Sleazy Festival’s after a storming debut full year on the road. Their debut album, About Last Night is available via Spotify here, Apple Music here and on CD here

The Punk Site review of About Last Night can be read here

Valentines Day can be streamed and downloaded via Bandcamp here

Public Image Ltd & The Vandals Confirmed For Rebellion Festival

Rebellion Festival Flyer Feb 18It’s hard to name a more iconic and influential post-punk band than Public Image Limited who are confirmed to perform at the Rebellion Festival in 2018 for the first time since 2012. Joining them in this week’s announcements comes the welcome addition of Californian melodic punk legends The Vandals, who have been bringing humour and fun to the scene since they formed in 1980. They join a line-up that Rebellion Festival is known and respected for the world over, bringing together the best and most vital bands from the long and varied world of punk and alternative music.

The full line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival can be viewed here & tickets can be purchased here

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The Menzingers Confirmed For 2018 Rebellion Festival

Menzingers Rebellion The Menzingers have been confirmed to appear at the 2018 Rebellion Festival, the band will join the likes of Buzzcocks, Chaos 8, Dirt Box Disco, Hands Off Gretel, Jaya The Cat, Lagwagon, Peter Hook & The Light, The Queers, Ramonas, Ruts DC, Stiff Little Fingers, Svetlanas and UK Subs at Blackpool Winter Gardens between the 2nd and 5th August 2018.

The full line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival can be viewed here and tickets can be purchased here

The Kut Launch Pledge Music Campaign For Debut Album

Kut VOTThe Kut have signed a world wide record deal with Cargo Records for their debut album, Valley Of Thorns, that is due for release on Friday 13th April, ahead of the release The Kut have joined forces with Pledge Music, there are signed limited edition CD Digipacks, signed vinyl and plenty of exclusives and bundles that are now available for pre-order. The Kut will also appearing at Strummercamp, Nice N Sleazy and Rebellion Festivals across the summer.

You can pre-order Valley Of Thorns via Pledge Music here

The Kut‘s website can be found here

Rebellion Festival Confirms Additions For The Introducing Stage

Rebellion 18 RISThe Rebellion Festival has announced the first wave of bands to appear on the Introducing Stage, the festival has been seeking out new talent and bands from around the world that are new to Rebellion. The stage is now cemented as a favourite feature of the Rebellion Festival as it’s always great to still be exposed to new things rather than just rely on what’s in our record collections, as in previous years there will be over forty new bands to discover this year. The full line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival can be viewed here and tickets can be purchased here
 
The latest additions to the Introducing Stage can be viewed below

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The Class Assassins Confirmed For 2018 Rebellion Festival

Class Assassins Rebellion 18The Canadian anthemic street punk outfit The Class Assassins have been confirmed to appear at the 2018 Rebellion Festival, the band will join the likes of Buzzcocks, Chaos 8, Dirt Box Disco, Hands Off Gretel, Jaya The Cat, Lagwagon, Peter Hook & The Light, The Queers, Ramonas, Ruts DC, Stiff Little Fingers, Svetlanas and UK Subs at Blackpool Winter Gardens between the 2nd and 5th August 2018.

The full line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival can be viewed here and tickets can be purchased here

Michael Monroe Confirmed For 2018 Rebellion Festival

Michael Monroe RebellionMichael Monroe has been confirmed for the 2018 Rebellion Festival, as frontman of Finnish glam punks Hanoi Rocks he established himself firmly in the history of rock ‘n roll but as a solo artist he continues to release excellent music and entertain and he is sure to bring a bit of glamour to Blackpool! The Punk Site review of Michael Monroe live at Manchester’s Rebellion Bar last November can be read here

The full line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival can be viewed here and tickets can be purchased here

Mad Caddies Confirmed For 2018 Rebellion Festival

Mad Caddies Rebellion 18Mad Caddies have been added to the already impressive line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival, the band will join the likes of The Adolescents, Buzzcocks, Chaos 8, Dirt Box Disco, The Flatliners, Hands Off Gretel, Jaya The Cat, Lagwagon, Peter Hook & The Light, The Queers, Ramonas, Ruts DC, Stiff Little Fingers, Svetlanas and UK Subs at Blackpool Winter Gardens between the 2nd and 5th August 2018.

The full line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival can be viewed here and tickets can be purchased here

The Weirdos Confirmed For 2018 Rebellion Festival

Weirdos Rebellion 18Legendary ’77 LA Punks The Weirdos, arguably the first LA Punk band, are confirmed for the 2018 Rebellion Festival. The band will join the likes of The Adolescents, Buzzcocks, Chaos 8, Dirt Box Disco, The Flatliners, Hands Off Gretel, Jaya The Cat, Peter Hook & The Light, The Queers, Ramonas, Ruts DC, Svetlanas and UK Subs at Blackpool Winter Gardens between the 2nd and 5th August 2018.

The full line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival can be viewed here and tickets can be purchased here

Jaya The Cat Confirm February Tour Of UK And Ireland

Jaya The CatIn support of their recently released new album, A Good Day For The Damned, the Amsterdam based drunk reggae punk outfit Jaya The Cat will be heading back to the UK this February, as well as undertaking their first visit across the Irish Sea to Dublin and Belfast. Jaya The Cat will also return to the UK in August to play Boomtown and Rebellion Festival, along with a handful of select club shows.

A Good Day For The Damned can be purchased on all formats here

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The Wildhearts Confirmed For 2018 Rebellion Festival

wildhearts Rbellion 2018The Wildhearts have been added to the already impressive line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival, an addition that both the Rebellion Festival and it’s regulars have wanted to see for a long time. The Wildhearts have also reunited with original bass player Danny McCormack for this year’s event that will take place at the Blackpool Winter Gardens between the 2nd and 5th August 2018.

The full line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival can be viewed here and tickets can be purchased here

Svetlanas Announce European Tour Dates

Svetlanas Promo Oct 17Svetlanas have developed a reputation for being the most dangerous band in the world, and with good reason, they are considered enemies of the state in their native Russia, a status that has resulted in their exile in Milan, and anyone who has witnessed their confrontational live performances will testify that their reputation is more than deserved. Now they have announced tour dates that include Italy, Germany, Spain and the UK, including appearances at Manchester Punk Festival, Rebellion Festival and Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas.
 
The Punk Site Review of the stunning This Is Moscow Not LA LP can be read here
 
The Svetlanas tour dates can be viewed below

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Chaos 8 Issue ‘Cause And Effect’ Album On Ltd Vinyl Run

chaos-8-cause-and-effectChaos 8 released their critically acclaimed sophomore full length, Cause And Effect, last year, the album has now been released on a ltd red vinyl run of 300 and it can be purchased direct from Chaos 8 at their shows and via their Facebook page, the album is also available digitally via iTunes and Spotify. Chaos 8 are also set to headline an Indigo Bravo PromotionsPunk Sunday’ at the Stalybridge Tavern in Manchester on the 11th February, have been announced as the main support for The Skids at Newcastle Academy on the 16th June and are confirmed to appear at this years Rebellion Festival.

The Punk Site review of Cause & Effect is here and Chaos 8‘s Facebook page is here

You can purchase Cause and Effect from iTunes here and via Spotify here

The Adicts Confirmed For 2018 Rebellion Festival

Adicts Rebellion 18The Adicts have been added to the already impressive line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival, the band will join the likes of The Adolescents, Buzzcocks, Chaos 8, Dirt Box Disco, The Flatliners, Hands Off Gretel, Jaya The Cat, Lagwagon, Peter Hook & The Light, The Queers, Ramonas, Ruts DC, Stiff Little Fingers, Svetlanas and UK Subs at Blackpool Winter Gardens between the 2nd and 5th August 2018.

The full line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival can be viewed here and tickets can be purchased here

The Dickies Added To 2018 Rebellion Festival Line Up

Dickies Rebellion Festival 18Following the announcement of Stiff Little Fingers being added to the already impressive line up for next year’s Rebellion Festival, a further vintage outfit, this time from the other side of the Atlantic, has now been added in the shape of the clown princes of punk, The Dickies. The Rebellion Festival will take place at Blackpool Winter Gardens between the 2nd and 5th August 2018.

The full line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival can be viewed here and tickets can be purchased here

Stiff Little Fingers Confirmed For 2018 Rebellion Festival

SLF Rebellion 18Stiff Little Fingers have been added to the already impressive line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival, the band will join the likes of The Adolescents, Buzzcocks, Chaos 8, Dirt Box Disco, The Flatliners, Hands Off Gretel, Jaya The Cat, Lagwagon, Peter Hook & The Light, The Queers, Ramonas, Ruts DC, Svetlanas and UK Subs at Blackpool Winter Gardens between the 2nd and 5th August 2018.

The full line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival can be viewed here and tickets can be purchased here

The Professionals Confirmed For 2018 Rebellion Festival

Professionals Rebellion 18The Professionals have been added to the line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival, the band will join the likes of The Adolescents, Buzzcocks, Dirt Box Disco, The Flatliners, Hands Off Gretel, Jaya The Cat, Lagwagon, Peter Hook & The Light, The Queers, Ramonas, Ruts DC, Svetlanas and UK Subs at Blackpool Winter Gardens between the 2nd and 5th August 2018.

The full line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival can be viewed here and tickets can be purchased here

Jaya The Cat Confirmed For 2018 Rebellion Festival

Jaya The Cat Rebellion 18Jaya The Cat have been added to the line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival, the band will join the likes of The Adolescents, Buzzcocks, Dirt Box Disco, The Flatliners, Hands Off Gretel, Lagwagon, Peter Hook & The Light, The Queers, Ramonas, Ruts DC, Svetlanas and UK Subs at Blackpool Winter Gardens between the 2nd and 5th August 2018.

The full line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival can be viewed here and tickets can be purchased here

Svetlanas Announce 2018 Spanish Tour Dates

Svetlanas Promo Oct 17Svetlanas have developed a reputation for being the most dangerous band in the world, and with good reason, they are considered enemies of the state in their native Russia, a status that has resulted in their exile in Milan, and anyone who has witnessed their confrontational live performances will testify that their reputation is more than deserved. Now they have announced Spanish tour dates with further dates in the UK and Germany to follow, including appearances at Manchester Punk Festival and Rebellion Festival.
 
The Punk Site Review of the stunning This Is Moscow Not LA LP can be read here
 
The Svetlanas Spanish tour dates can be viewed below

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The Flatliners Confirmed For 2018 Rebellion Festival

Flatliners Rebellion 18The Flatliners have been added to the line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival, the band will join the likes of Buzzcocks, Lagwagon, Peter Hook And The Light, Ruts DC, UK Subs, Dirt Box Disco, Ramonas, Hands Off Gretel, Aerial Salad, The Queers, The Adolescents, DRI, Svetlanas and Chaos 8 at the Blackpool Winter Gardens between the 2nd and 5th August 2018.

The full line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival can be viewed here and tickets can be purchased here

Buzzcocks Confirmed For 2018 Rebellion Festival

Buzzcocks Rebellion 18UK punk legends Buzzcocks have been added to the line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival, the band will join the likes of Lagwagon, Peter Hook And The Light, Ruts DC, UK Subs, Dirt Box Disco, Ramonas, Hands Off Gretel, Aerial Salad, The Queers, The Adolescents, DRI, Svetlanas and Chaos 8 at the Blackpool Winter Gardens between the 2nd and 5th August 2018.

The full line up for the 2018 Rebellion Festival can be viewed here and tickets can be purchased here

Peter Hook & The Light Confirmed For 2018 Rebellion Festival

Rebellion 18 - Nov 17When Joy Division and New Order legend Peter Hook performed at Rebellion Festival in 2016 it was widely regarded to be one of the most memorable sets of the weekend. It is, then, with great pleasure that the Rebellion Festival can confirm that Peter Hook & The Light will return to play the festival in 2018 for a special ‘best of Joy Division’ set that will be guaranteed to thrill both newcomers and old fans of the band.

You can purchase tickets for the 2018 Rebellion Festival here

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Rebellion Festival (Sunday)

Blackpool Winter Gardens

Sunday 6th August 2017
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 

The final day of this years Rebellion Festival is upon us, and as with last year the Sunday sees the summery conditions of the last three days give way to more typically British damp weather conditions. There are several victims of the weather, and it’s not just a few wilted mohicans as whilst watching Propaghandi on the Casbah Stage my phone fell victim to the weather, losing all my notes, music and most of my photos, so the review of the final day is done from memory, thankfully the final day of the 2017 Rebellion Festival was another memorable day. The Headstone Horrors are opening on the Empress Ballroom, the impressive female fronted horror punk quartet deliver a full tilt set that kicks the afternoon off in fine style. For me The Headstone Horrors fill the void left by the hiatus of two of my favourite bands, The Spookshow and The Horrorpops, and they make the perfect start to the final day of the festival.

My plan to check out the intriguingly named Scumbrians on the Introducing Stage is hampered by the fact the you can’t actually fit into the venue, the crowd is spilling out of the doorway and into the foyer of the Blackpool Winter Gardens, but from what I can hear, and the glimpses I manage to catch, they deliver an impressive bare knuckle punk rock blast. As I’m now left with a few minutes to kill I finally get to check out the Punk Art Exhibition, which is celebrating it’s tenth anniversary and has expanded this year, this includes all manner of punk related art and photography, including a somewhat surprising display by Charlie Harper of the UK Subs, his portraits of cats makes me wish I’d decided to visit this exhibition earlier so I could have picked one up for myself, at next years Rebellion Festival the Punk Art Exhibition will definitely be one of my first ports of call as it appears that pretty much everything has been sold by the final day.

Rebellion 17 The CreepshowI catch Nothington hammering out a set of their impressive gruff punk in the Empress Ballroom, then it’s outside to catch The Ramonas on the Casbah Stage, the fact that it’s pouring down adds a degree of irony to tracks like Rockaway Beach, but there’s no mistaking the fact that The Ramonas invoke the spirit of da brudders like no one else. It’s back inside to dry off and to catch The Creepshow‘s return to the Rebellion Festival in the Empress Ballroom, the Canadian psychobilly outfit deliver a charged performance that blends devil may care rock ‘n roll with punk rock to incredible effect, and adds their new album, Death At My Door, to my shopping list for September. A quick sprint across the Winter Gardens affords me the chance to reacquaint myself with Criminal Mind, which I realise is my first visit to the Arena Stage of the weekend. Criminal Mind are one of the finest hardcore outfits out there, even when there is a lighting failure part way through their set they continue playing their hard edged politically motivated punk rock in the dark until the lights burst back into life, hopefully this is a political metaphor for the coming year and there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Rebellion 17 Dirt Box DiscoDirt Box Disco have become an essential part of the Rebellion Festival, and they bring the party atmosphere to the Empress Ballroom, during their set Dirt Box Disco impressively break the record for crowdsurfers at the festival, and their call to arms for the crowd to wake The Skids up, as they claimed the vintage punk band are having a nap in their tour bus, with a rousing singalong to their classic single, My Life Is Shit, is duly answered, and at the end of their set if you didn’t have a smile on your face then there is something very wrong with you. Two of the finest acts from yesterday, The Outcasts and Ruts DC, have returned to play mellower sets to an absolutely hammered Almost Acoustic Stage, and another regular act at the Rebellion Festival that I’ve meant to catch for a few years is the wonderfully eccentric Lene Lovich who is making an appearance in the Opera House. Whilst watching her captivating set I’m struck by just how many of her songs I know, and she and her band remain true to their new wave roots, but they bring something unique and undefinable to the festival that makes me glad I finally caught Lene Lovich live, and regret that I didn’t do this in previous years.

Propaghandi are closing the Casbah Stage in torrential rain, this has not deterred a healthy crowd from seeing the band on a rare visit to UK shores, and it doesn’t dampen their intense delivery either, but it’s back indoors before the end of the set to try and resurrect my phone and to close my weekend at the Rebellion Festival with The Primitves in the Opera House. I last saw The Primitives back in the late eighties when they were at the peak of their powers, and for me they’ve lost none of their sparkle, they deliver an hour long set that, despite the passing of nearly three decades from when I first saw them, seems as effortlessly effervescent as ever. The Primitives still contain the majority of their classic line up, and for me they deliver a perfect set that includes many of their much loved classics including Stop Killing Me, Through The Flowers and of course their best known single, Crash, that marks a perfect end to the Rebellion Festival.

The last four days have passed by in a blur, I’ve seen countless bands I love and discovered many to add to that ever growing list and I’ve been reunited with friends I met in previous years and made new friends. The Rebellion Festival remains one of the highlights of the year, and it will be returning to the Blackpool Winter Gardens between the 2nd and 5th August 2018, and you can guarantee that I’ll be there, as for the four days of this incredible festival there is nowhere else on earth I’d rather be. Tomorrow I return to Manchester for a few days recovery and for some much needed sleep before reality returns, although I suspect it’ll be a while longer before my feet and legs stop aching. See you next year.

The Rebellion Festival wesbsite is here 

Unofficial live photography courtesy of Froggy

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

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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 
 
Rebellion 2017 April

Rebellion Festival (Friday)

Blackpool Winter Gardens, UK

Friday 4th August 2017
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 
Rebellion 17 Heavy DrapesA meander from my hotel with twanging hamstrings and aching calves takes me through Blackpool’s faded glamour and back to the Winter Gardens where an enormous queue has formed to get in for Saturday’s impressive line up which means I’ve already missed Aerial Salad by the time I finally get in. My Friday opens with the Kenneths who blow away the cobwebs after last night excess on a sundrenched Casbah Stage, their set of high energy punk rock starts Friday off perfectly. The Heavy Drapes have made the leap from the introducing stage last year to the Empress Ballroom, and you can see why, they deliver an anthemic set of pulverising old school punk rock, that means Friday has kicked into gear early.
 
Rebellion 17 SvetlanasI catch the end of Sensa Yuma‘s heavyweight set as we head back outside to catch Maid Of Ace rocking the Casbah Stage, and they don’t disappoint the as the hyperactive all female quartet deliver a full tilt set of raucous punk rock, that I sadly have to cut short as Svetlanas are playing the Pavillion Stage, they are a must see as they have just released what looks like being my favourite album of 2017. Svetlanas are something to behold, carrying the energy of early Dead Kennedys and the Dwarves best recordings. Svetlanas lead singer Olga prowls the stage and the dance floor like a caged animal, her intense stage presence is matched by a frantic hardcore edged soundtrack, and all the expectations from their incredible new album, This Is Moscow Not LA, are exceeded. This is a band you need to see live as I doubt I’ll encounter a better live ever act this weekend, or this year, and I have to buy a new t shirt afterwards as the one I was wearing is now soaked as I was down the front throughout Svetlanas incredible set.
 
As I wander outside for a cigarette I catch John Robb, one of Manchester’s punk mainstays, playing an impressive set with The Membranes complete with a full choir, had it not clashed with Svetlanas this is something I’d have made a point of catching. Tagada Jones follow with a blast of hard edged Gallic street punk, to me bands like this are one of the joys of the Rebellion Festival. I would never have encountered these in my local punk scene, but the Rebellion Festival unites cultures and scenes in the punk community like no other festival, and along with Svetlanas I have encountered two incredible bands from mainland Europe. Behind me a moshpit forms of their hardcore fans who have made the journey across the channel and Tagada Jones are for me one of the best discoveries of the Rebellion Festival, and I recommend you investigate this band who prove that punk rock travels beyond the usual English and American borders.
 
Rebellion 17 TV SmithSeeing TV Smith is an essential part of rebellion, the former lead singer of The Adverts was there at the start and to see him playing with a full band,  The Bored Teenagers, is a temptation that is too good to resist. Tonight’s set with the Bored Teenagers is focused upon his post adverts solo material, and songs such as the Good Times Are Back and My String Will Snap sound as relevant as the day the day the day were written, if not more so. Further wandering finds another of punks old school, Vice Squad, sounding re-energised for the Rebellion Festival, and alongside their extensive back catalogue they close with the Motorhead classic, Ace Of Spades. A brief  break precedes a return to the Casbah Stage where The Real McKenzies are bringing their Celtic punk rock to Blackpool and they are celebrating 25 years together, another band I’ve intended to see for a number of years and however good you may think they are on record, live is where they are at their beer fuelled best and they bring a party atmosphere to the Friday night at the Rebellion Festival.
 
I’ve intended to see DOA ever since I bought 13 Flavours Of Doom a long long time ago, several farewell tours have meant that I thought it would never happen, but Friday night at the Rebellion Festival brings the legendary Canadian outfit to the Casbah Stage. There is nothing I can say about these Canadian punk legends that hasn’t already been said, but I’m going to say it anyway, the politically charged punk band deserves every accolade that’s thrown at them, they have been around for four decades and it’s been worth the wait to finally see them. Tonight the Casbah Stage has had a distinctly Northern exposure and when DOA play Already Dead, the first song I ever heard by them, I think I’ve peaked, but add to this songs such as General Strike, that’s dedicated to Theresa May, and Race Riot, then my day is utterly made. DOA return for an encore of Full Metal Jackoff, from their amazing album recorded with Jello Biafra, Last Scream Of The Missing Neighbours, and the inevitable ending of Fucked Up Donald, this marks an incredible end to an amazing day that has mainly been spent on the Casbah Stage, they leave with the words “together we can, together we will, make the world a better place’.
 
Sometimes the Rebellion Festival holds secrets, such as F.I.L.F., which turns out to be an unheralded and unpublicised Macc Lads reunion, with original members Stez Styx, Mutley McLadd, The Beater and Chorley The Hord, with new addition Bammy, who between them were banned from more venues than any other British punk band, in fact probably more than the rest of them put together. Tonight they are mainly covering classic punk songs and the band are clearly enjoying being back together, but they close with a final encore of the Macc Lads obscene classic Blackpool, and what else would they choose for the Rebellion Festival, that’s thrown in for good measure the venue erupts, and this is the welcome return of another band I never thought I would see again.
 
The review of the Saturday at the Rebellion Festival 2017 will follow shortly on The Punk Site.
 
The Rebellion Festival wesbsite is here
 
Unofficial live photography courtesy of Froggy and Eloise Coone
 
You can click on any of the photos to view a slide show of the images
 
 
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Rebellion Festival (Thursday)

Blackpool Winter Gardens

Thursday 3rd August 2017
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 
The Rebellion Festival is upon us once more, for me this involves a quick blast down the motorway from a rain soaked Manchester to a surprisingly breezy and sunny morning on the Lancashire coast for this annual celebration of all things punk. The initial hour is spent wandering the Winter Gardens, renewing friendships and making some difficult decisions about who to see from the bewildering line up of hundreds of bands that cover every element of the scenes spawned over forty years ago by punk. The first band I catch is The Fucking Glorious who present a welcome lunch time wake up call of bare knuckle punk rock, and whilst getting a much needed drink I hear the raw strains of Tim Holehouse drift over from the Almost Acoustic Stage like the ghost of a ragged Tom Waits.
 
Rebellion 17 CundeezOutside on the Casbah Stage The Cundeez are hammering out a distinctly Celtic punk variant, complete with bagpipes, on old school punk rock, their singer, clad only in a kilt, declares that they’re “sober as fuck”, something that most of their audience can’t claim despite the early hour, and this is the perfect antidote for those who arrived a day early and are still recovering from the night before. A quick stroll back into the Winter Gardens sees Viki Vortex And The Cumshots delivering their own brand of anarchy tinged and alcohol infused frantic punk rock in the Empress Ballroom, and there’s no point in moving as In Evil Hour follow. In Evil Hour bring a different vibe to what had largely been a DIY feel to the early hours of the Rebellion Festival, they bring a furious element of melodic hardcore, with a slight metalcore influence, and for me this is the band that truly kicked the Rebellion Festival into gear, it also saw the first circle put of the festival and my first, but not my last, CD purchase of the weekend.
 
It seems I’m in the Empress Ballroom for the duration, apart from essential breaks that involves braving the dive bombing seagulls for cigarettes, beer and food, as Pears are on next, on record, as with a fair few hardcore bands, they didn’t do it for me, but I said if they played live I’d catch them as good hardcore live is perfection, and trust me, Pears are as good as they get live, the short sharp intense hardcore blasts take on a different character when delivered live. Reno Divorce deliver a slice of socal inspired punk rock that recalls Social Distortion, and I catch Strung Out Nights delivering an acoustic version of NOFX‘s Linoleum, and it seems that wherever you wander there is someone playing, or something to distract you, and it’s clear the Rebellion Festival has picked up exactly where it left off last year.
 
Rebellion 17 Evil BlizzardIt’s back into the Empress Ballroom as 88 Fingers Louie are making a rare UK appearance in support of their comeback album, Thank You For Being A Friend, and tonight’s set builds on the impression that this isn’t one shot reunion, they’re back with a vengeance with a set that spans their three decade history. Over on the outdoor stage Evil Blizzard are blinking in the sunlight and delivering their bass heavy strangeness in the early evening sunlight to a packed Casbah Stage. They exemplify exactly what the Rebellion Festival is all about, Evil Blizzard are closer to the late 60’s and early 70’s roots of punk, but they deliver what will be one of the best sets of the weekend, and to emphasize this they close with a triumphant rendition of Are You Evil.
 
Rebellion 17 Teenage BottlerocketA brief wander, and a welcome sit down in the Opera House, reveals London, another of punks first wave that are still going strong despite the passing of the decades and they bring a touch of the authentic and untouched spirit of 77 to the Rebellion Festival, fittingly they close with The Stooges classic, I’m Loose. Face to Face hit the outdoor stage and bring their melodic hardcore to the Rebellion Festival, after last year’s Protection album these have been a band that I’ve wanted to catch live, and they don’t disappoint on any level. There’s not much point in moving as Teenage Bottlerocket are next up. With a swift 1234 they launch into their hyperactive Ramones inspired punk rock for a charged set. In between songs they seem obsessed with curious English phrases and habits, and who can blame them as we’re an odd bunch at the best of the times. This is the first time they have played the UK since the death of their drummer Brandon Carlisle and they deliver an emotionally charged number dedicated to him, and you can feel just how much his loss means to the band.
 
They are followed by the melodic hardcore of Good Riddance, making this corner of Lancashire briefly the best place in the world for the American punk scene, but now it’s time for a change of stage as choosing between bands as the night falls is almost impossible, but the decision is made so it’s a swift stage hop over to the Empress Ballroom. Pennywise are everything you’d hope for now Jim Lindberg is firmly back on board after his sabbatical, and they are back at their defiant best, and the they deliver a vocal fuck you to Donald Trump that is enthusiastically endorsed by the multinational crowd. Mid set they deliver Gimme Gimme Gimme by fellow Hermosa Beach veterans Black Flag, which is followed by a Minor Threat cover, fortunately they return to their own material, with their self titled track, and let’s face is we came to hear Pennywise, and you can’t really argue with tracks like Society, Fuck Authority and Homesick, and if the hairs on the back of your neck weren’t raised by the crowds reaction to Bro Hymn then I suspect you’re clinically dead, and the chorus carries on ringing round the arena long after they’ve left the stage.
 
Rebellion 17 Bad ReligionAny other year Pennywise would be headlining with that set, but we still have Bad Religion to go, I feel like I’ve been awake for for days and I’ve seen more bands than I normally see in a month but we’re not done yet. Bad Religion kick off with American Jesus and they deliver a four decade spanning best of including what I consider to be one of the finest songs ever written, Stranger Than Fiction, and you can’t ask for more than that to finish the first day of the Rebellion Festival, other than a few late night drinks before returning to my hotel for a brief sleep before doing it all again tomorrow.
 
The review of the Friday at the Rebellion Festival 2017 will follow shortly on The Punk Site.
 
The Rebellion Festival wesbsite is here
 
Unofficial live photography courtesy of Froggy 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 Four

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 the 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

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Grippers Addiction

Grippers

Addiction

STP Records / Potencial Hardcore
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Madrid’s Grippers formed just a few years ago and have been steadily building their following in the native Spain, but now they are looking to spread the word beyond their home turf. Grippers released their debut full length, Addiction, via Spain’s Potencial Hardcore in 2016, and now there’s a fresh pressing for the UK market courtesy of STP Records, Grippers will also be playing a few dates in the UK, including a set at the UK’s Rebellion Festival, and it must be said that with their debut full length they have unleashed a full blooded punk rock roar.

From the off it’s clear where Grippers take their cue from, this is the essence of the second wave of British punk and the UK82 scene, with a dash of Rancid thrown in for flavour, that’s been distilled into eleven shots that have now been served up in the UK courtesy of a limited edition pressing via STP Records. Addiction possesses all the relentless attack and aggression you’d expect, the machine gun drums, rasping vocals and distorted guitars are all present and correct and are delivered in a no frills style that is straight out of the DIY handbook. For me their stand out moments are the ones that hark back to old school punk rock, tracks such as Friday Night and Roots are a back to basics reminder of the bands that followed in the wake of the initial punk explosion.

If you were going to be critical then you could argue that there’s nothing new on Addiction, but for those who have a love of the roots of punk and hardcore then Grippers are a band that are well  worth checking out. At the time of writing only four copies were left in the STP Records online shop, but for those attending the Rebellion Festival the band will have a further fifty copies of this limited edition release of Addiction, Grippers will be playing the Introducing Stage at Rebellion Festival on Saturday 5th August at 5.00pm and if you’re there then I’ll see you down the front.

You can order Addiction from the STP Records limited edition store here

The vinyl edition of Addiction can be ordered from Spain’s Potencial Hardcore here

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…

88 Fingers Louie Confirm UK Tour Dates

88 Fingers Louie TYFBAF88 Fingers Louie hit the UK in two weeks time in support of the new album, Thank You For Being A Friend, that is out now via Bird Attack Records. The Chicago based skate punk legends, in their first trip to the UK since 1999, will visit Southampton, Birmingham, London, Rebellion Festival in Blackpool and Norwich. 

You can order Thank You For Being A Friend here

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