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June 02, 2011
01 June 2011.Went to two good events today.First was The Ringo Starr Press Conference and then later Kings Of Leon gig.First was 12.30 to 7pm. Ringo Starr And His All Starr Band press conference.Meet 12.30 at Embankment tube station. 1pm bus leaves for secret location.(a bit of a Magical Mystery Tour as such).Only 30 people on the bus from major news folks inc BBC ,The Sun and er raysgigs.com.We used a Greyhound Bus who have started up in the UK the past couple of years.We got given a press release by them stating an incredible list of songs that the term Greyhound Bus has been used in.See their website www.greyhounduk.com to book some great value coach travel.Its a full 2 hours on the bus through South London deep into the lovely Surrey countryside where we arrive at Dunsfold Aerodrome,Godalming,Surrey.Inside Hanger 86 there is around 100 media folks from all over Europe.Loads of tv crews.We have some freebie sarnies,pastries and coffees.Ringo Starr And His All Starr Band come out one by one.They play a four song 20 mins set."Boys" sung by Ringo."Free Ride" sung by Edgar Winter."Broken Wings" sung by Mister Mister singer Richard Page and finally "With A Little Help From My Friends" sung by Ringo.We then had a 25 mins Q and A session.Ringo was professional and relaxed with his answers.Only around 150 here in total so a very nice exclusive event.View the event on www.muzu.tv.The 28 date European Tour starts on June 04 and includes Hampton Court on 17 June.See www.livenation.co.uk for tickets. Two hours to get back but as Live Nation are the promoters of Ringo Starr and Kings Of Leon half the bus was going to Kings Of Leon so we stopped off at the 02 on the way back which was a good result and got off .......then Kings Of Leon + The Whigs live at The 02 Arena,London.This was the replacement show for the one in Dec 2010 when their tour bus caught fire at the venue.Up first we have The Whigs who play a decent 30 mins set.They seem to be good mates of K.O.L.Then to the headliners Kings Of Leon who play for 1 hour 50 mins.I cannot really understand how massive K.O.L. are in the UK.They have just played to 80,000 over the weekend in Dublin and play massive two shows in Hyde Park on June 22 and 23.The first half half ticks along nicely then things get better with tracks like "Closer","Mollys Chambers","On Call" and "Use Somebody".Good encores of "Crawl" and for "Sex On Fire" the place went mental and last song "Black Thumbnail".Lots of lasers,lights and dry ice.So a good show overall................... 31 May 2011.Sade + The Jolly Boys live at The 02 Arena,London.Got to the venue early as i was really looking forward to seeing the support act The Jolly Boys.I sneaked down the front and watched all of their 40 mins set from the front row and for Sade i was around ten rows from the stage on the floor.The Jolly Boys are a bunch of old guys from Jamaica who play mento music from the 1950s which predeced ska,rocksteady and reggae.They have an album out called "Great Expection" which is full of cover versions so a bit of a gimmick really but good fun.The singer winds his waist like some of the rum drinking guys i see at The Notting Hill Carnival.Set inc their own material and covers of "Golden Brown", "Perfect Day","Rehab" and "The Passenger".Their website www.jollyboysmusic.com has a great eight minute video introduction to the band.......then Sade for her first London show in 18 years.Now aged 52 she looks amazing.Just how she looked in her 1980s heyday when i saw her at Hammersmith Odeon,Wembley Arena and when she was one of the opening acts for Live Aid.Sade is nearly as reclusive as Kate Bush but has quietly sold multi millions around the world and this world tour is arenas all over the place.The production had three big video screens that were used well even though the lightshow was pretty basic.Four costume changes.A full two hour show that ended at a far too late 11.20pm.Sade is more understated elegance rather than excitement or passion.Her slow pop soul means the crowd stay seated for most of the show.Some goodies included "Soldier Of Love","Your Love Is King","Smooth Operator","Is It A Crime?","The Sweetest Taboo","No Ordinary Love","By Your Side" and encore "Cherish The Day" was up high on a plinth.An enjoyable show 28 May 2011.Rod Stewart live at Newbury Racecourse,Berkshire.Opening night of Rods UK tour of outdoor venues.A big crowd here of 18,000 seats and standing.Acts playing racecourses are getting more and more popular after a days racing but this was a "stand alone" show were there was no horseracing in the afternoon.I get a great view in the Block A floor seating area. Rod arrives on stage at 8.30pm for a 1 hour 55 mins set.There are elements of The 02 Arena shows i saw last year but there are a few changes in the songs played and some of the images used on the big screen are different.Rod looks amazing as usual for his age.Lots of Rod classics mixed in with crowd pleasing soul cover versions.The crowd are up dancing and singing from the start and thankfully the possible rain showers stay away.Set inc "Tonights The Night", "You Wear It Well","Baby Jane","Downtown Train", "Handbags And Gladrags","Some Guys Have All The Luck","Have I Told You Lately","Rhythm Of My Heart",a rare outing of "Every Picture Tells A Story" and all the crowd singing along for "Maggie May" and "I Dont Want To Talk About It".Also good was "Youre In My Heart".Rod kicked out some footballs to the crowd for "Hot Legs" and "Do Ya Think Im Sexy?" was another goodie.Encore had arms swaying for "Sailing".A great show.I spotted footie manager Gordon Strachan here.A full fireworks display at the end was a nice touch ......... 26 May 2011.7pm to 9pm.Paul Raymond Publications Annual Party at Platinum Lace,Coventry Street,London W1.A very busy lively crowd here at this lapdancing club to celebrate this adult magazine publisher whose titles include Escort,Razzle,Men Only etc.Lots of girls in the crowd with their male work chums and partners.Lots of free champers for all.Lots of different dancers doing topless dances.Good fun ..... 25 May 2011.Rush live at The 02 Arena,London. Back again to see Rush three days after going up to see them play in Birmingham.Its the same show with again a 99% male crowd.Band come on five minutes later than Birmingham.Their briliant opening track "The Sprit Of Radio" is my fave.I have been playing it and humming it nonstop in the last week.Its a full house here even though Rush now charge a whopping £75 for Block A seats in front of the stage.I have a fantastic view tonight.At most gigs a ten minute drum solo would create a stampede to the bars and toilets but for a Rush crowd its a highlight.Neil Peart is just superb and his drum kit has to go down as one of the most beautiful ever seen.Another great show ................... 24 May 2011.Marianne Faithfull live at The Barbican,London.Now aged 64 Marianne Faithfull plays a rare London show.Her early work in pop and rock music in the 1960s was overshadowed by her struggle with drug abuse in the 1970s. During the first two thirds of that decade, she produced only two little noticed studio albums. After a long commercial absence, she returned late in 1979 with the highly acclaimed landmark album, Broken English. Faithfull's subsequent solo work, often critically acclaimed, has at times been overshadowed by her personal history. From 1966 to 1970, she had a highly-publicised romantic relationship with Rolling Stones' lead singer, Mick Jagger. She also co-wrote "Sister Morphine", which is featured on the Stones' Sticky Fingers album.On stage prompt at 8pm for a 1 hour 50 mins set with a great band who included MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer.She is promoting her recent album "Horses And High Heels".A nice selection of songs played written by the likes of Jagger,Richards,Nick Cave,Roger Waters,Tom Waits,John Lennon etc and some written by herself.Some nice relaxed stage banter.Set inc "Why Did We Have To Part?","There Is A Ghost","Going Back".She wished Bob Dylan a Happy 70th Birthday."Sister Morphine" was really good as she lit up a fag on stage and "Broken English" and "As Tears Go By" were also both really good."Working Class Hero" went down well.Encores of "The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan" and "Strange Weather" got her a full standing ovation.Her husky voice held up well and Marianne was at the end very happy with how the gig had gone.Enjoyable stuff . 23 May 2011.Eric Clapton + Andy Fairweather Low live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.Erics fifth show of six at this famous venue.Up first we have AFL who is a mate of Erics from the late 1960s.He had some hit singles with Amen Corner and a couple of solo hit singles as well as loads of session work.His decent 40 mins set inc good versions of Amen Corners 1969 hit "If Paradise Is Half As Nice" and his mid 70s solo hit "Wide Eyed And Legless".The crowd like it.It may only be a Monday night but the venue is totally rammed with gallery standing and seats behind the stage all sold.Eric on stage for 1 hour 50 mins.A great band with two keyboard players and two female backing vocalists.He has a decent stage show for once with stripped lighting and a sceen showing images.Although the screen images looked basic compared to recent Roger Waters and Rush shows.Some things never change with an Eric show.He still plays on a huge rug and barely says a word to the crowd all night.Even when he played a great version of Gary Moores "Still Got The Blues".No doubt it was a tribute to Gary who passed away earlier in the year but Eric should really have announced it but he said nothing.The tone and guitar playing is still fantastic though.Classics like "Layla","Badge" and "Wonderful Tonight" were all great.For last song of the main set "Cocaine" the crowd rushed the stage which they always do for that song.Encore of "Crossroads" was another goodie.Eric never really breaks sweat on stage but just lets his guitar do the talking ........ 22 May 2011.Rush live at The LG Arena, Birmingham.Another classic rock band i have a lot of history with.I have seen them at least once on every UK tour dating back to their first London show at Hammersmith Odeon in 1977.Tonight was an 11,500 sell out.Rush on stage for around 2 hours 40 mins over two sets.Excellent stage production with great use of a big screen with mixed footage of live and wacky pre-recorded items.A moveable robot arms like lightshow,flames and pyros.The show started with the classic "The Spirit Of Radio".Also "Time Stood Still" and "Working Them Angels".They are incredible musicians even though some songs go into muso self indulgence at times. Their equipment is amazing as its all jazzed up antique bronze looking.The drummers kit is of course always massive buts its not often i mention guitar and bass amps as a must see.Second half started with all of their biggest selling album "Moving Pictures" which came out in 1980.Goodies inc "Tom Sawyer","Red Barchetta" and "Limelight".We had a full drum solo with a kit that spun around to become an electronic one.Then "Closer To The Heart" and encores inc "Working Man" and the throwing out of a dozen tshirts.A great show overall from these Canadian classic rock legends who first started playing way back in 1974 .............. 21 May 2011.World Championship Boxing at The 02 Arena,London.Boxing megafight where the main bout is between two West London fighters James DeGale(Harlesden) and my man George Groves(Shepherds Bush/Hammersmith) who both trained at the same West London gym in their early days.I get there to watch the last four fights and like a gig half the crowd stay drinking in the bars until the main bouts arrive.A few blocks in Level 4 are empty but still well over 10,000 here.The atmosphere gets better and better and is electric for the main event.I end up 15 rows from the ring with a great view.American actor Mickey Rourke is in the fourth row.Tickets cost £500 in the ringside five rows.Most of the seating tonight costs £100 or £80.The famous MC is Jimmy Lennon Jr.Nathan Cleverly stops his replacement boxer with a broken nose and too much blood.The crowd are fun to watch.At least half a dozen fights break out in the crowd as security are running all over the place.The main fight starts around 10.45pm.The first couple of rounds are a bit cagey then then its all fists a go go as they start slugging it out.It went to a full 12 rounds and my man George Groves won on majority points.It was such a great close fight i thought it could have gone either way.An excellent event ............. 19 May 2011.Had an excellent full day out at three events.First was The 56th Ivor Novello Awards then Mount Street 325th Birthday Party then The Monkees gig.First was noon to 5pm for The Ivor Novello Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel,Park Lane,London W1.This is the main UK awards for songwriters.Always a good bunch of acts old and new.Drinks reception then three course lunch for 1100 downstairs and we are part of the 100 strong media up in the balcony. Dj Paul Gambaccini as usual was the host.The main winner was Plan B who picked up three awards.Others here inc Island Records legend Chris Blackwell presenting to Paul Rodgers.Jimmy Page was a guest of Paul Rodgers.Muff Winwood presenting to Steve Winwood.Other winners here to collect were Muse,Tinie Tempah,Dizzee Rascal,Villagers and Michael Nyman.Others presenting or just hanging out were Elton John,Lily Allen,Chris Rea,Feargal Sharkey,Martin Fry,Scouting For Girls,Beverley Knight,Gaz Coombes,Graham Gouldman,Tom Robinson,Rolf Harris,Trevor Horn,Gary Kemp,Katy B,The XX,Everything Everything and no doubt a few more.BBC Radio djs here inc Chris Evans,Jo Whiley,Pete Tong and Edith Bowman.A decent goodie bag of a Ivor Novello book and a bottle of Taittenger Rose champers.A good event....then just a couple of minutes walk to the next event. 5.15pm to 7.30pm i was at Mount Street 325th Birthday Party.Historic Mayfair street holds a street party where over a dozen of its designer stores are giving out freebie champers,other drinks and canapes to all.There are a couple of jazz bands,street magicians and other stuff going on.Those stores taking part inc Stephen Webster,Marc Jacobs and my fave was Purdey who have been making guns and cartridges for nearly 200 years and have been on the current site since 1882.Some lovely items in there.......then over to see The Monkees live at The Royal Albert Hall,London.The original boy band from the 1960s playing a 45th anniversary tour.First UK shows for around 10 years or so i think.Its sold out tonight.Three of the four original members are here.It a two hour show over two sets.The band are in their late 60s now so they have a second drummer and a backing band who pitch in with the vocals.The opener "I'm A Believer" is good.They play it again at the end.The next hour or so is pretty average.Great use of old clips from The Monkees tv shows all the way through the show that everyone my age watched in the old days.Loads of nice and easy stage banter.The second half was much better with the crowd up and dancing for classics inc "Last Train To Clarksville","Steppin Stone"(The Sex Pistols played this all the time in their 1976 shows) and "Daydream Believer".Great encores of "Pleasant Valley Sunday" and a reprise of "I'm A Believer" which was much more rowdier than the version at the start of the show.Really good to see them again ....... 18 May 2011.6.30pm to 9pm.Spears "Design For Living Awards" at The Jack Barclay Showroom,Berkeley Square,London W1.Hosted by style guru Peter York.Over 300 upmarket folks here at this Bentley Car Showroom inc rock n roll jeweller Stephen Webster and designer and man about town Nicky Haslam.Lots of freebie Taittnger champers,Purity Vodka cocktails and canapes here.A dozen awards given out to influential figures and iconic brands. Nice to see the folks from www.winkball.com interviewing folks in the venue rather than outside.Check out their website for video interviews from the party.For more info see www.spearswms.com.A nice event................... 17 May 2011.A full day out today.First was 12.15 to 2.15pm.I used £100 worth of gift vouchers here that i got in The Boux Avenue launch goodie bag that was held at Sketch a few weeks ago.Its upstairs in the super posh 5 star Lecture Room And Library.The staff and food are just superb here.A three course lunch with drinks for two just under the £100 vouchers limit....then 4.30pm to 6pm was preview of Tracey Emins huge new exhibition at The Hayward Gallery,Sounthank Centre,London SE1.Mon night was the main VIP evening with a few faces inc Jerry Hall.Tonight its another big crowd of 500 plus arty folks.Freebie wines and beers here for all.She has a lot of punk rock spirit in her very talked about art.They are expecting big crowds for it. Its £12 to get in and runs until 29 Aug.....then off to see Roger Waters live at The 02 Arena, London.This was Rogers fifth show of six at this venue and the third time i had seen it. First of all see my afterparty page for what happened at the pre show here.Again its another full house that again started at 8.15pm.Such a mind blowing visual show.I have been to around 60 gigs in 2011 and this show and Kylie Minogue are the best so far ......... 15 May 2011.Roger Waters live at The 02 Arena, London.Back again to see this amazing show. Rogers fourth gig here and my second.We have great seats right of stage.I bump into producer Jim Lowe who has popped back to London for 24 hours to see this show inbetween producing the new Stereophonics album in Belgium.All the crowd are in early to catch the first song that has the dive bomber plane crash into the wall and burst into flames.The show again starts at 8.15pm and its the same two sets of 60 mins.Roger Waters still looking good for age 67.This show must have taken months to put together.Total visual quality from start to finish.Roger Waters sings "Comfortably Numb" in front of a fully built wall and the backing singer does a spot on the top of the wall as does the guitarist.If only all rock shows were as good as this one.So many accents here from all over the UK and overseas.A full Pink Floyd reunion like a full Led Zeppelin reunion would sell out stadiums worldwide but looks like both will never happen ............ 14 May 2011.Roger Waters live at at The 02 Arena,London.Show number three of six at The 02 Arena for RW and my first.We have fantastic seats that are 15 rows from stage on the floor centre.In the same row as us is Roger Waters daughter India.This is "The Wall" tour that was first performed around 30 years ago.I saw two mega Roger Waters shows at The 02 Arena in 2008 so really looking forward to these shows.David Gilmour and Nick Mason joined him on stage on Thurs 12th show.Part of a massive 100 plus arena dates tour of America and Europe.On stage for just over two hours over two sets.Its a mad concept really as they build a wall through the first set and play behind it and then knock it down at the end of the second set.Its 240ft wide and 35ft high so streches into the side blocks and Level One boxes.The building blocks are white so this comes in handy as a perfect screen for the eye-popping visuals of animation,anti-war etc.Sixteen young children from Tower Hamlets join him on stage for "Another Brick In The Wall".Also good in the first half were "Mother" and "Empty Spaces".We had four giant inflatables and fantastic sound quality as speakers all around the venue for "Quad" sound so you could hear the helicopters landing behind you.The second half had goodies inc "Is There Anybody Out There?","Vera" and "Bring The Boys Back Home".Then the two really big highlights as "Comfortably Numb" and "Run Like Hell" that were both breathtaking.Finale of "Outside The Wall" with red poppies falling from the ceiling was also good.A stunning show 12 May 2011.A bit of a mad night where i went to four events and ended up seeing Lady Gaga play a midnight secret gig in a posh West End club. First it was 6.30pm to 8pm at the relaunch of Eclipse,158 Old Brompton Road,London SW5.This late night stylish bar oozes glamour.Downstairs has a dark nightclub feel with a dj booth.Choice of four freebie cccktails tonight and some tasty food.A very nice vibe here.See www.eclipse-ventures.com....then 8.10pm to 9pm was the launch of Bluebird Restaurant Summer Party Space,350 Kings Road,Chelsea.I came here a lot when i lived in Lots Road.Lovely outdoor space in the sunshine.Freebie champers and canapes flowing for all tonight.See www.bluebird-restaurant.co.uk..... then 9.30pm to 10.30pm i was at Apsley Wardrobe Launch,13 Pall Mall, London SW1.Quality bespoke tailors who started up in 1889.Lots of guys in smart suits here.A good fashion show and freebie champers and cocktails.Got a goodie bag with one of their ties in and a bottle of wine from sponsors Sumaridge.See www.apsleytailors.com......then Lady Gaga.One of the hottest popstars on the planet plays a secret gig in probably Londons poshest club Annabels in Berkeley Square.Free vodka cocktails all night from sponsors Belvedere Vodka.She played a four song set.Just her and a piano.She came on stage at 12.15 as she had just come from recording The Graham Norton show.Only 200 people here. 150 posh folks at tables who had paid for dinner earlier and 50 press and guests inc Kate Moss, Geri Halliwell,Nick Grimshaw,Will.iam from Black Eyed Peas,Florence Welch and Stephen Fry.Its totally rammed in here and not the best place to see a gig as lots of columns.I get a decent view. Set inc "Born this Way","You And I" and "Speechless".I had only been here a couple of times to this famous haunt before so stayed here until 2.30am and made the most of it as the dj played some dancefloor classics............... 11 May 2011.8.30pm to 11.30pm.Alice Cooper 4D + King Blues at Battersea Power Station,London. Around 800 oomp winners here at this iconic building for this "Jagermeister Ice Cold Event". This indoors and outdoors space within the decaying walls is very impressive.We get lots of free booze and 7 inch pizza from the sponsors. Up first we have King Blues who play a decent 30 mins of ska rock.Then we get an excellent light and laser show against the walls of the venue. Dj Zane Lowe is here spinning some tracks. Then its Alice Cooper and members of his 1970s band on the big screen in 3D recorded a couple of weeks ago in Los Angeles.We have a full light show and confetti shower in the venue to make it appear we are at a real gig ie 4D.A seven song 30 mins hits set which was "Eighteen","Under My Wheels","No More Mr Nice Guy","Is It My Body","Billion Dollar Babies","Elected" and of course "Schools Out".Alice Cooper box set "Old School 1964-1974" comes out 20 June 2011 and he will return to play another special Halloween event in London but i am sworn not to reveal full details.Overall a good event................ 10 May 2011.Went to two events related to the same hotel launch.First 6.45pm to 9.15pm was the preview of 10 Trinity Square,London EC3.Goldfrapp played a short set here.This very impressive historic venue has been bought by super rich developers from Singapore who by 2014 will have apartments,hotel rooms,luxury spa etc on the site.Stunning views over The River Thames and The Tower Of London.Its mainly suits here but model Erin OConnor is here with some fashion chums to support their mate Alison Goldfrapp who does a four song set.Its a backing tape instead of the band.Stripped lighting,wind machine,dry ice and Alison fully glammed up was just right for the occasion.20 mins set was "Strict Machine","Number 1","Believer" and "Ooh La La".Lots of free booze flowing here.Indeed for the first hour we had Dom Perignon which is pretty rare before they gave us a lesser known brand.Also nice cocktails and canapes given out by the army of waiters.We got a goodie bag of posh teas in a presentation case.A very nice party.See www.10trinity.com.....then 10pm to midnight.A casual chat to the hotel owners earlier on and they invited me to the after event private dinner at The Dorchester Hotel,Park Lane,London W1.Each table of ten had four plates of each of the ten different superb dishes and so you just helped yourself and red wine at the very nice China Tang restaurant.The hospitality shown by Reignwood Group and KOP Properties tonight really was fantastic ......... 09 May 2011.6.15pm to 9.45pm was PJs 21st Birthday and Start Of The Polo Season Party at PJs 52 Fulham Road,London SW3.Over 300 upmarket folks here in this popular hangout for Sloane types.Lots of freebie champers,mojitos and tasty food flowing.A nice buzzy atmosphere.A couple of well known Polo faces here inc model Jodie Kidd who plays and rock drummer Kenney Jones who is with The Faces at the moment who owns a polo club in the countryside.A nice event.Then 10pm to 10.30pm was afterparty at Kitts,Sloane Square.Freebie rum cocktails here but only had the one as not many people turned up here after the main event ............... 08 May 2011.Brother + The Quotes live at The West Wing Arts Centre,Slough.Up first we have The Quotes who play a really good 30 mins set of 70s style rock with a hint of blues.A great Robert Plant type vocalist.They played their new single "Gypsy Man".Only problem was i thought their crap band name sounds too like a new wave band rather than a rock band.The 300 capacity venue is pretty full for this hometown show by one of the most hyped new bands of 2011.Signed to Geffen for a megabucks deal the band have been tagged as the new Oasis.Indeed they have the same promoter and booking agent as Oasis and Beady Eye.The bands second single "Still Here" is out this week but the band have already played shows in America and mainland Europe.They play a confident,cocky and brisk 40 mins of "Gritpop".A short set as their debut album "Famous Last Words" that is out on 04 July only has ten tracks.They play the new single also their great debut single "Darling Buds Of May" and others like "New Years Day" and "Time Machine".A good show and no doubt their album will go top 10 when it comes out................. 07 May 2011.QPR 1 LEEDS 2.Last game of the season.QPR promoted to The Premier League last week so an amazing atmosphere here.Leeds did well to win the game.I watched the second half and the on stage pitch celebrations after from the Directors box.Nearby were punk legends Glen Matlock and Mick Jones.Also rock n roll jeweller Stephen Webster and Eddie Lock who is Goldies manager.Today was all about QPR being presented the Championship Trophy and a parade around the ground by all the team,the staff and families.Manager Neil Warnock gave a nice speech at the end from the Directors box to all the fans on the pitch below and i was right next to him.After 15 years QPR are back with the big boys .....
June 19, 2011
18 June 2011.Punk By The Sea Festival at South Parade Pier,Portsmouth.Featuring Buzzcocks + 999 + Night Of Treason + others.
Its easier and easier to go and see bands in different cities these days so i got a nice comfy
coach from Victoria to Portsmoth with Greyhound.
Met up with me old mucker Lewis.
Leather seating,free wi-fi,power sockets,air con and free newspapers.
Lots of leg room too as they have less seats on a coach than their rivals.
They also name their coaches after womens names taken from popular American songs.
So you have Billy Jean,Jolene,Peggy Sue and others.A nice touch.I was on Proud Mary.
For routes and cheap tickets check out........ www.greyhounduk.com
Its a sunny but very windy day down by the Portsmouth waterfront.
The venue has seen better days but it is perfect for this gathering of over 600 punk fans.
First band i see are Goldblade who are really good.Singer John Robb does a great job.
Their set included "Fighting In The Dancehall" and "Jukebox Generation " as well as
a cover of "Oh Bondage Up Yours" dedicated to Poly Styrene.
Next up are Vice Squad with singer Beki Bondage still looking good.
Then Splodgenessabounds who did a fun set which included "Two Little Boys"
and "Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps Please".
Then it is Peter And The Test Tube Babies who play a set full of rude lyrics.
Then over to see second stage headliners Night Of Treason.
They have dropped all the cover versions and its an excellent set of their own
material that will be on the album "Gentleman And Hooligans".
The crowd by the stage are really enjoying it.Lots of dancing.
Then back to main stage for 999 who play a great set inc
"Inside Out","Hit Me","Emergency","Nasty Nasty","Homicide" and "Im Alive".
Then its headliners the legendary Buzzcocks.
A full 70 mins of punk gems one of the other.
Loud,fast and furious.Lots of jumping around in front of the stage.
Set inc "Boredom","Fast Cars","Autonomy","Breakdown","Promises",
"Love You More","What Do i Get?" and encores "Harmony In My Head",
"Ever Fallen In Love" and "Orgasm Addict".A fantastic set.
This was a brilliant little festival with a great atmosphere and no trouble.
Credit goes to the first time promoter of this event who is a normal punk fan who put on a festival
with some help from family and friends for the music he really loves.
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