Rebellion 2017 April

Rebellion Festival (Saturday)

Blackpool Winter Gardens

Saturday 5th August 2017

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 Ramonas To Release Debut Album ‘First World Problems’

Ramonas LPThe follow-up to The Ramonas 2016 debut EP of original material, You Asked for It, will be officially released on September 10th 2017. First World Problems will be available on CD and download as well a limited edition run of vinyl, that will be available from November 2017. The band, who are more widely know as the world’s most popular female tribute to iconic punk pioneers The Ramones, are set to move into the originals world with their eagerly anticipated self released debut album. First World Problems blends raw, dirty punk riffs with melodic vocal and guitar lines alongside punk screams and a good helping of gang vocals.
You can read more about First World Problems and view the tracklist below

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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

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Loaded 44 EP

Loaded 44

Get Ready!

Shotgun Records

Rating: 4.5/5




Loaded 44 are a punk band from the north east of the UK who have now been around for two decades, they make the kind of glorious punk rock that carries the attitude of the first wave of punk bands, but also has a distinct influence from the poppier new wave bands that followed the first punk explosion. What they deliver is a energetic, irresistible and contemporary hybrid of punk styles that manages to incorporate all of the finest elements of punk rock.

Beki Straughn 1The title track opens the Get Ready! EP, straight away you’re pulled in by this infectious high tempo buzzsaw guitar punk anthem, this is Loaded 44‘s trademark style and it’s never sounded better. Tell Me is a slightly heavier and more frantic number that keeps the momentum going, Lonely is another winner, and probably my favourite from this impressive EP. It’s a catchy and defiant number that carries Beki Straughan‘s trademark vocal delivery, with a chorus you can’t help but sing along to. I Want It All closes the EP and brings ten perfect minutes of punk rock to a close. I’ve been playing Get Ready! on repeat since it arrived, I guarantee anyone who gets hold of a copy of Get Ready! will do exactly the same. Loaded 44 are an example of the grassroots DIY attitude at it’s finest, this is an EP that anyone with a love of punk rock should buy.

The four songs on Get Ready! are a natural progression from their first two albums, 2011’s Wasted On You and 2014’s Come On!, but the everything seems to have been raised up a notch from those two fine albums. The result is that this is Loaded 44‘s best release to date. Sadly this EP, and their appearance at this year’s Rebellion Festival, will be Stephen Straughan‘s swansong with the band, as he’s now playing guitar for the legendary UK Subs, but this a hell of a way to bow out and I look forward to hearing what the next incarnation of Loaded 44 will produce.

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Loaded 44 are appearing at the Rebellion Festival on Friday 5th August at 2.40pm on the Pavilion Stage

Get Ready! will be available from the band’s merchandise stall at Rebellion Festival

You can order Get Ready! direct from Loaded 44, their Facebook page is here and their website is here

Live Photo courtesy of Dave Uglypunk

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Chaos 8, Hi-Fi Spitfires, Loaded 44 & UK Subs

Beki And Steve Straughan

Angelic Upstarts, Chaos 8, Hi-Fi Spitfires, Loaded 44, UK Subs, Holy Racket, Symbient, The Last Gang
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Beki and Stephen Straughan are possibly the hardest working couple in punk rock at the moment, Beki is active in Chaos 8, Stephen, also known as Steve Racket, is active in Hi Fi Spitfires and the Angelic Upstarts, and has recently become the guitarist for the UK Subs, as if that wasn’t enough both of them are in Loaded 44. I managed to catch them in a rare quiet moment to get an insight into what the future has in store for us from this industrious couple.

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Louise Distras Announces New EP, Video & Touring Band

LDBandYorkshire, UK acoustic punk artist Louise Distras has made a number of announcements to kick off 2015. The first is that her next release will be an EP titled Bullets, featuring 4 tracks from her debut album Dreams From The Factory Floord as well as 4 previously unreleased unplugged tracks including an exclusive live song recorded at London’s Roundhouse. The EP is due for release on January 26th via Street Revolution Records. Pre-orders are available here.

Louise also recently announced a new touring band, including Chema Zurita formerly of The Skeptix, Fangs on Fur and Texas Terri Bomb on guitar and Jamie Oliver of the legendary UK Subs on drums. They will be backing Louise on her 2015 dates, which can be checked out below.

Finally, she also recently played a gig at London’s 100 club, known to some as punk’s spiritual home with UK Subs and an official live video for her song Bullets has now been released.

Check out the live video for Bullets and her 2015 tour dates below.

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Video: Clan Bastardo – ‘Ancora Brucia’

IMG_6714Italian street punks Clan Bastardo have posted a new video for their track Ancora Brucia. The song is taken from their new album of the same name due out later this year via This is Core /Fusa Records and features a guest appearance  from UK Subs drummer Jamie Oliver (not the chef..obviously)! 

Check out the video and cover art below.

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