Rebellion 2012 – Sort of Review

Well here we go again, another year gone, another fantastic event passed by. Hats off to the organisers, the bands, the staff and even the security as the festival passed by smoothly and without any trouble.Β As with last years review I am only going to talk about the bands I liked – but if there is one I have not mentioned it could be that I didn’t get round to seeing them, not that I didn’t like them.

Once again me and my BIL FatBoyTim got there on the Wednesday and went to the Rose and Crown for the pre-festival gig. Unfortunately by the time we’d eaten, had a few beers and met up with some German Cock Sparrer fans we met last year, we didn’t actually go into the gig. Old and tired non-handlers I’m afraid πŸ™‚

Thurday 1st August

The first day of the Festival brought with it a new stage – the New Band stage. The concept being that for one day only a stage would be put by for bands that are just starting on the road to fame and glory :-). What a great idea with the only problem being it started at 11.20am, which was a bit of a shame because hundreds of people weren’t even in the venue by that time.

We popped in and out of this stage all day and were happily surprised by some of the bands we saw…its great to see some young (and not so young) bands that love Punk. Stand out for me were Chemical Threat (from Southampton :-)), In Evil Hour, Science Made Us Robots and Drones…not to be confused with The Drones from back in the day. I particularly liked the way Drones guitarist played in the middle of the audience, nice touch.

I really hope this concept continues for the Festival going forwards as I am sure that those that tried it really enjoyed it…we certainly did

Videos below….

From the other stages I really enjoyed Roughneck RiotΒ (Folk Punk), andΒ Fire ExitΒ (’77 Punks) for completely differing styles of punk. However the Filaments andΒ Snuff in the Empress Ballroom were the absolute bollocks on the day…loved ’em both.

Friday 3rd August

Friday was Conflict day, not only the band but who to see. First up for me was Loaded 44, a band I had been dying to see since I saw Beki touring with Steve Ignorant in 2010. I was not dissapointed, good melodic Punk Rock, love it.

We then spent a couple of hours seeing 10 – 15 minutes of various bands before heading into the Bizarre Bazaar to see the Mob. They were a massive surprise to me as being a ‘depressing’ band lyrically they really nailed their set and I came away feeling rather pleased and not as suicidal as I expected πŸ™‚

Sick on the Bus always make me smile and this was no exception, and Zero Boys did quite a good set but my next must see band was the Restarts. For the first time I was really unhappy as the acoustics in the Olympia did nothing to help what is really an excellent band…not a lot that can be done about that but it didn’t make for great listening.

The Headline band was Social Distortion and they were tight, probably the best American band of the Festival. I also enjoyed the Boys who played an excellent set and as one of my all time favourite bands they did not disappoint.

BIL really wanted to see Conflict as his band of the Festival and they were excellent. He would have gone home happy after them if he had to πŸ™‚

Saturday 4th August

Got there early on Saturday in time to see the Fuckwits, a great start to the day and they were followed by Cyanide Pills who despite appearances (I hate white leather jackets – trivial I know) played a great set.

BIL listens to Kerrang Radio so we had to go and see Police Bastard who were 100 times better than I expected. I wanted to see a bit of Ska so we watched the Slackers then back to Punk with the Varukers via the full set from Ruts DC. I didn’t really know what to expect from them especially as they had a female vocalist but it was a great mix of Punk and Reggae and the fact the vocals were not Malcolm Owens did not detract from a great set.

But the moment of the day, and possibly the Festival for me, was the Subhumans playing all 17 minutes of From the Cradle to the Grave in the Olympia. Absolutely Fuckin Awesome…hair standing up on the back of the neck greatness.

Β Sunday 5th August

Today brought me the band of the festival, a band I couldn’t understand a word of but I heard the greatest noise, saw the the perfect attitude (they gave away their latest album), and exhibited tons and tons of energy…Segismundo Toxicamano. All I know about them is that they are from Spain…and I will be making it my mission to see them again. As second band in the Empress they deserved a bigger audience…hopefully they’ll get it next time. What a start to the day.

The next person you really must make some time to see is Captain Hotknives. One man and a guitar has never made me laugh so much singing about Anarchist Squat Punk bands, Benefits and Drugs….hilarious.

My third must see live band is Random Hand, Ska/Punk at its very best. But its the live experience that sets these guys apart. Robin Leitch is one of the best frontmen I’ve seen and he is the only one who’s managed to get the crowd doing a Wall of Death, a Circle and a Chicken Fight in one set. When they first came on stage and I noticed there were only two security at the front of the stage I smiled…by the first three songs this had been quadrupled. They were simply superb as a band and as a show.

Sunday also brought with it Rat City Riot, Neville Staples (plays the Specials), the UK Subs and Stiff Little Fingers. Easily the best day of the four. SLF even played Johnny Was and I’d never seen them do that before. The only downside was that we couldn’t get in to see Rancid as the venue was full but they are over again later in the year so you never know…

Rebellion 2010

I’ve got my ticket for this years festival and I can’t wait…once again there are over 200 bands so there’s something for everyone.

Personal favourites this year for me will be Stiff Little Fingers, The Rabble, The Restarts, Subhumans, UK Subs, G.B.H, Discharge, Blitzkreig and Goeffrey Oicott.Β  There’s loads of bands I haven’t seen too, and last year I was surprised at how great the scene is, and what great bands there are out there.

If you are thinking of going but not really sure if its for you, I urge you to buy a ticket…its only four days and I guarantee you will have a great time and carry a smile on your face for four days solid. Tickets can be bought by following this link for details. Rebellion takes place from 5th to 8th August at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.

If there is anyone out there from the Southampton area who wants a lift, I will be travelling up on the Thursday Morning and coming back on the Monday morning. I have two seats available in my car, just reply to me on this thread or email me through skull@punkgrandad.com

Gig Guide – Feb 2010

Sham 69

Feb 4th – Cavern Club, Exeter

Buzzcocks

Feb 13th – Brickyard, Carlisle

Feb 14th – Central Uni, Preston

Feb 15th – Opera House, Buxton

Feb 16th – Duchess, York

Varukers

Jan 16 – Redhill FC, Surrey

Vice Squad

Feb 26th – Sawyers, Kettering

Stranglers

Feb 26th – O2 Academy, Glagow

Feb 27th – Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline

Feb 28th – Forum, Aberdeen

Drongo’s For Europe

Feb 13th – Bridge House, London

Undertones

Feb 26th – Fat Sams, Dundee

Feb 27th – King Tuts, Glasgow

999

Feb 19th – CafΓ© Drummonds, Aberdeen

Sat 20th Ivory Blacks, Glasgow

Sun 21st 3 Tuns, Gateshead

Thu 25th Champions, Bournemouth

Fri 26th The Brass Monkey, Hastings

Sat 27th The Fire Station for Arts & Culture,

Anti Nowhere League

4th – Champions, Bournemouth

5th – Old bell, Derby

6th – Engine Rooms, Brighton

11th – Trillians, Newcastle

12th – Fibbers, York

13th – Citrus Club, Edinburgh

14th – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow

Blitzkrieg

Feb 5th – Haygate, Telford

Geoffrey Oicott

Feb 25th – Fenton, Leeds

All Dayer (thanks Gilly)

INNER TERRESTRIALS,POUNDAFLESH,

SICK ON THE BUS,

CERTIFIED,PAUL CARTER,CRYO-GENICS,

ADDICTIVE PHILOSOPHY

THE OLD BELL

DERBY..20TH FEB..5PM START…3AM BAR….

UK Subs – Time and Matter…new site

I have come across a new site launched 1st December and if you are a Subs fan you’ll love it.

You can see its a proper fan site and the guys who run it have obviously done their homework. There is a complete Discography, Fan Club archive, Gigography, Links to ex members…theres loads of them, photo’s and videos.

Dont take my word for it, try it out yourself. www.uksubstimeandmatter.net

Gig Guide – December 2009

UK Subs

Dec 03 – The Old Bell, Derby
Dec 04 – TBC, Hastings
Dec 05 – Garage, London
Dec 10 – Stafford Arms, Wakefield
Dec 11 – Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
Dec 12 – Studio 24, Edinburgh
Dec 13 – Barfly, Liverpool
Dec 17 – Engine Room, Brighton
Dec 18 – Talking Heads, Southampton
Dec 19 – The Shed, Leicester

Stranglers

Dec 18 – Assembly, Leamington Spa

Sham 69

Dec 21 – The Venue, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Dec 22 – Oran Mor, Glasgow
Dec 23 – H2O, Galashiels

Buzzcocks

Dec 02 – Sub89, Reading
Dec 11 – Manchester Central, Manchester

Lurkers

Dec 17 – Talking Heads, Southampton

 

Vice Squad

Dec 04 – Champions, Bournemouth
Dec 05 – Gaff Club, London
Dec 17 – Talking Heads, Southampton

Vibrators

Dec 17 – Talking Heads, Southampton

Splodgenessabounds

Dec 05 – Corporation, Sheffield
Dec 31 – Doghouse, Dundee

Peter and the Test Tube Babies

Dec 05 – The Crypt, Hastings

Subhumans

Dec 12 – Thatched House, Stockport
Dec 16 – Sawyers, Kettering
Dec 17 – Old Bell, Derby
Dec 18 – Casbah, Sheffield
Dec 19 – Luminaire, London

Restarts

Dec 05 – Garage, London
Dec 17 – Old Bell, Derby
Dec 18 – Casbah, Sheffield
Dec 19 – Prince Madocs, Colwyn Bay
Dec 27 – Asylum, Birmingham

Drongo’s for Europe

Dec 27 – Asylum, Birmingham

Anti Nowhere League

Dec 19 – Forum, Tunbridge Wells

Cockney Rejects

Dec 19 – Circus Tavern, Purfleet

Newtown Nuerotics

Dec 04 – Albany, Deptford

Punks Not Dad

Dec 17 – Hope and Anchor, London

The above are gigs as advertised by the bands themselves or sent to me by email. If you are in a band and want to be included in future gig guides please contact me at skull @ punkgrandad . com – but remove the spaces from the address, (its to stop spammers).