Rebellion 2013 – the bands I loved

This year Rebellion had a new edge for me as I took my son. He’s grown up on Punk and he’s a bass player in a Ska covers band, so I knew there would be something that would float his boat. Unfortunately for me it wasn’t the greatest line up of bands so the whole music side of the festival was a little underwhelming. I still had a fantastic time and can’t wait to go again, but there was just something this year that made it a little lame.

Started in the usual style with a drive up on the Wednesday , pick up the BIL and his step daughter, and then off to the Rose and Crown for a curry and the pre-gig gig. We caught a couple of the bands but to be honest they were not very good so ended up back downstairs with a pint or two.

Day One

Once again there was a new band stage in the Bazaar but unlike last year I didn’t spend a lot of time in there. I did catch one all female band however that were really good, Maid of Ace. Its probably my age but they all looked about 12 but generated a fuckin awesome sound.

Surprise of the day for me was how good Argy Bargy were. I’ve never been a great OI! fan but this year I thought why not……and this band were fantastic. They had a great attitude and a superb sound. Love this tune…..

With the boy being there we were looking for Ska, and when we walked in half way through the Talks we were hit with that instant ‘why the fuck weren’t we here at the beginning of the set’ feeling. Energy, noise, talent, stompingly good…….best they play again next time and higher up the bill……

I had to go and see Leftover Crack based on the acoustic set STZA did a couple of years ago and they were really good, albeit with a line up change or two. I always love it when a singer launches himself into the pit because its what I would do :-) Great Punk with a hint of Ska.

I’m not sure if you know or not but Neville Staples has had a stroke. He still managed to pull off a cracking set and finishing with Ghost Town was ace. If I had one complaint it was that he seemed to be slagging of the Specials…the band that made him….didn’t detract from the music though. Video taken from last year…..

Other bands seen and liked day one….In Evil Hour, Loaded 44, Sick on the Bus, the Ramonas

Day Two

Today was going to be the day in my mind with a real old school feel….it didn’t quite turn out that way. We seemed to wander from stage to stage and not get that ‘wow’ feeling very much. However I did catch some good shit….

The Subhumans were fucking excellent and Dick announced that Culture Shock are reforming and doing a tour later in the year. And they are playing Southampton….I’ll be there mofo :-) Stand out tune for me was Subvert City…love that tune.

I watched the Skints for the third time, mainly because I wanted to catch something that would make me feel good…and they didn’t disappoint. Not sure we’ll get them at Rebellion again as they are probably off to bigger and better things, and deservedly so.

Best start to a set of the whole festival has to go to the Casualties. Jorge downed/wore a can of lager as the intro started and went straight into the vocals….impressive. What a sound they produced with energy, energy and more fuckin energy. It was great to see Jorge amongst the punters later in the day too. Theres not many ‘names’ that do that these days apart from Charlie, the Captain and John Robb…. it really is appreciated by the ‘fans’.

I’m sat looking through the set lists and the three bands above are the only ones I really enjoyed on the Friday…what a miserable fucker I am….

Day Three

Saturday turned out to be the best day but it had the biggest clash of the day for me. Random Hand, Ruts DC and Cock Sparrer all starting at the same time…. I went for Random Hand and despite them being in the Olympia they still put on a fantastic live set, finishing with the crowd singing ‘we are not a number’ as they walked off the stage…fuckin excellent. I cannot stress enough how much you should see this band live at any opportunity…

I saw the Mob last year but only caught half their set so I wanted to catch it all this year. They were just as good as I remember from last year, I even bought a T-shirt :-) Stand out track for me was ‘No Doves Fly Here’. If you like your Punk slightly depressing then these are for you….

As a massive Subhumans fan I had to see Citizen Fish who played the Bazaar stage. Another great set from Dick and the gang, skankin with political messages…

The day had started with one of the bands from the new bands stage last year, Science Made Us Robots. From the moment they started up I knew today was going to be a good day…they were lively, energetic and best of all they really seemed to be enjoying themselves…great noise too. Only gripe, I failed to get one of their CD’s. You can download there stuff from Bandcamp apparently though…..

What a revelation Anti Vigilante were. Why the fuck had I never seen them before????? As you’ve probably guessed I love bands with energy. And the guitarist was in Leftover Crack yesterday…..and he looks like John Arne Riise….. and they were amazing….why aren’t this band huge?

The prize for the most people in a band before it becomes and orchestra (not counting the Pukes who in my opinion are an orchestra), goes to Ska N Ska from Sweden. Its band like these, Random Hand and the Talks that is taking Ska to the next level….brilliant. The whole crowd was skankin…

Day Four

Got let down by a hero today. I don’t normally write negative stuff cos this is just my opinion, everyone else has there own, but Jimmy Pursey really fucked me off. As one of the must see bands for me Sham were at the top this year, but when he said ‘I’ve been singing the same cunting songs for 35 years’ in a miserable fuckin tirade at the crowd I thought fuck you……these people, your fans, at some stage in there life have idolised you and you don’t have the decency to respect that….wanker! ¬†And no, I didn’t hang around.

I thoroughly enjoyed Captain Hotknives however, and his brand of Punk humour and comic timing and lyrics always leave me with a smile on my face. He opened with ‘Anarchist Squat Punk Band’ and finished with ‘I Skanked Me Nanna’….hilarious.

The Pukes are the greatest ukulele band ever….official! I loved the way they held ukulele workshops and then got some of the guys on stage with them. Fun, fun, fun ….. Jimmy Pursey should take a lesson from these guys….

And thats it for another year….Although musically it was not as good as previous years for me it is still a place I feel at home, I had great company, met a couple of new friends and saw some of my T-shirts being worn……Cannot wait for next time.