Fri 1 May
Vice Squad – the female fronted UK Punk Rock band that delivers short sharp songs with incisive lyrics spat out over a thunderous rhythm and machine gun Rock ’n’ Roll guitars. Renowned for their high energy live shows the band deliver their set with passion and humour and have been touring and releasing successful albums since the1980s. The band’s new album ‘Battle of Britain’ is due any day now, and tonight will be the official alum launch party, so bring your party hearty good self intent on having a bloody good time (all of the time, natch). Their last album ‘Cardboard Country’ was released on their own Last Rockers label and  launched on the back of a very successful Pledge campaign raising funds for the Shelter homeless charity in line with the album title.    Vice Squad is fronted, as you’d wish, by raucous voiced singer/guitarist Beki Bondage,  who was featured on the front cover of ALL the influential music tabloids back in the day. The band is 100% DIY and has no record company or management backing. Since reforming Vice Squad in 1997 the band has released several albums with powerful punk songs that are very well received by fans and press. In keeping with the DIY ethic the albums were recorded in the front room of Beki’s South London flat. Bugbear are overjoyed to bring Vice Squad back to The Water Rats tonight… Dread Messiah – classic Hackney ‘ardcore outfit back on the road and in the Water Rats tonite to tear it a new one with their awesome, portentous punk/metal hybrid rifferama. With Big Grey up front, no doubt incorporating a bit of his infamous circus act talent (all seven foot plus of him) to help nail home just how good this band are. Those Naughty Lumps  – Original Liverpool punk/new wave band (‘Iggy Pop’s Jacket’ on Zoo Recs is a classic 45) , darlings of Eric’s from back in the as they say day when it was all Teardrops n Bunnymen n Wah and Pete Burns could safely be declared Alive. High comedy sax infused rip roaring social comment tweaked pop gems in dark glasses. The Legendary Too Drunk – Irreverent venal venting and boisterous bonhomie combine beautifully in the punk pop world of Leg Too Drunk, who span the punk rock worlds of U.S ’60s garage and U.K ’70s front room all with a jollied up world view that’s most endearing amidst the ramalama.
The Water Rats

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Sat 6 Jun
TV Smith (The Adverts)
 + Richard Strange (Doctors Of Madness)
 + Cosmic Ninja
TV Smith was founder member, singer and songwriter for the Adverts, who formed in late 1976, and became one of the leading bands in the first wave of British punk rock. In early 1977, they performed regularly at the newly-opened Roxy Club in London, and gained cult success with the Stiff Records single “One Chord Wonders.” Their next release, “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes” became a hit record, leading to many radio and TV appearances and extensive media interest. A further single, No Time To Be 21, also entered the charts, and the band spent the rest of the year playing live, including major tours with The Damned and Iggy Pop. The album that followed in early 1978, “Crossing the Red Sea with the Adverts,” is still considered a genuine classic of the era and is often cited as one of the twenty best punk albums ever released. The Adverts released one further album, Cast Of Thousands, before they split in 1979. Slammed by the critics at the time, the album was re-released recently to universal acclaim, and described by Mojo magazine as the long lost punk album that rivals The Clashs ‘London Calling.” Immediately after the break up of The Adverts, TV formed TV Smith’s Explorers, who achieved a U.K. hit in 1980 with the single Tomahawk Cruise and released one album, Last Words Of The Great Explorer” a year later. Lack of commercial success led to the band being dropped by their record label and their subsequent splitTV re-entered the live arena in 1986 with Cheap, before performing his first gigs as a solo artist in the early 90s. He has gone on to release a succession of great albums, and has also been involved in a number of collaborations with other bands, most notably with German superstars Die Toten Hosen, who performed as TV’s backing band on the album Useless. His latest album, titled “Land Of The Overdose” has been d escribed by Invicta magazine as “the album of his career,” and Fireworks magazine as “simply stunning,” “Land Of The Overdose” was voted 10th best album of the year in Vive Le Rock. Fiercely independent and determinedly embodying the original spirit of punk rock, TV continues to tour the world, bringing his epic solo show to ever-increasing audiences. Remarkably, he plays his concerts without a setlist and every performance contains a different selection of songs chosen on the night. He plays more than 100 gigs a year and has performed in 32 countries, including most of Europe, as well as the USA, Japan, Australia, South America, Russia – and even Heligoland. Not content with playing live, TV has also has written about his on-the-road experiences in five books of highly popular Tour Diaries, described by “Sandman” and “American Gods” author Neil Gaiman as, hilarious, honest and incredibly true.  In 2017 TV’s first ever book of lyrics was published by Foruli Codex. Exquisitely designed by Cure designer Andy Vella, and entitled “The Alternative Top 50,” the book comprises fifty of TV’s best lyrics. It is available as a conventional paperback, as well as an exclusive collectors’ hardback edition which includes a 10’ vinyl single recorded with Henry Rollins. A full-length BBC 4 documentary on TV Smith titled “We Who Wait: TV Smith & The Adverts” is still available for viewing on You Tube etc. TV’s very special guest tonight is Richard Strange, the Cabaret Futura./Doctors Of Madness ( “The missing link between David Bowie and The Sex Pistols…” –The Guardian) guy, a towering figure in a Post Velvets/Pre Punk/Post Punk world of poetically imbued and powerfully realized art rock. Writer, musician, composer, nightclub host, curator, actor and all round adventurer, performing with TV Smith and solo, with a wealth of old Doctorrs material to source, not to mention the Best Of Year Poll winning 2019 Doctors comeback album ‘Dark Times’, which is an absolute triumph of artful, emotive rock noir and a suitably jaundiced thermometer reading on today’s troubled world. Cosmic Ninja – Brizzle band doing doing fat/phat metallic rawk via nicely psychedelicized dreamo pop with rap-rocky elements too and a surging positivity amidst a little punk rock rancour …loving the nigh on happy hardcore keys. Oh and… ‘They like to shout about politics, equality and all things queer!’ Cool. Great presence in the shape of singer Tamsin upfront too. 
The Bell Inn, Bath

Doors from 7.15
£8/£6 on the door
Sat 11 Jul
SLADY
 + Special Guests TBA
 + Glam Rock DJs
SLADY – a crazee luv’d up skweeze me pleeze me fest to delight all fans of top drawer 1970s glam and classy Brit Rock. A celebration of one of the greatest bands of all time. At last SLADY! will Hit The North with a glam rock party that is simply not to be missed. Starring Gobby – Singer/Guitarist, Jem Lea – Bass, Donna Powell – Drummer, Davina Hill – Lead Guitar/Singer, SLADY! are of course an absolutely excellent all female Slade tribute band! What’s not to adore. With moral support from the actual Slade camp too, and quite right. Champers and pot noodles all round.
The Star And Garter, Manchester

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£12 on the door
£10 in advance
Fri 17 Jul
The Vibrators – From Pure Mania in 1977 onwards The Vibrators set out their stall as the accomplished but still utterly kick ass end of Romantic punk n roll, showing the upstarts how it’s done. Searing, scintillating speedin’ rock and roll that they pulse along at such a pace commanded brilliantly by long standing lynchpin Eddie at the drums, you can’t possibly relax for a second coz yer having such a good time. They don’t ease off the gas for a second.  With The Members’ Nigel Bennett on guitar and bass ace Pete chopping out the riddim. And original songsmith Knox may well put aside his good deeds at the esteemed  RNR Rescue in nearby Camden Town for 20 minutes and a bit of Baby Baby action too… Steve Hooker Stripped Down Stompin Band  – super charged dirty Essex Delta rocknroll trio fronted by long standing guitar guru Mr Hooker, a powerhouse who get a reet good and grinding riffology going and take it to the dancefloor with a sleazy Link Wray twang and a bulbous Bo Diddley beat…damn good. DamageUKNuffin‘s re-emergence on the UK punk scene after a nigh on 30 years absence has been a revelation, a joyful punk pop explosion of delight…and here’s what might have happened next if they hadn’t quit safety pins and gone off and got proper jobs…Brian Damage guitarist from Nuffin and bassist Paul Flynn have recruited some new chaps and in DamageUK explore some darker post punk terrain and a fair bit of Clash-ness. Some nice Joy Division-ish guitar figures and some prowling Ruts touches too. .
The Water Rats

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£13 on the door
£10 in advance
Sat 31 Oct
SLADY!
 + Special Guests TBA
 + Glam Rock DJ Action
SLADY– Yes, this was oiginally booked a ceebration of  Super Yob’s Birthday BashSlade guitar god and style guru (Hey..The Queen..when will he get a gong for his invaluable contributions to the bacofoil industry?!) Dave Hill was thingty thing years of age at the beginning of April when this show was originally meant to be happening, a fab reason to celebrate Slade’s remarkable cannon with the world’s only all girl Slade tribute band… the amazing SLADY.  As is Hallowe’en … there may have been some horrors in the TOTP studio back in the day, but this year’s October 31st is all about much needed fun fun fun…tonite let’s party like it’s 1972.
The Water Rats

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Fri 20 Nov
Cesarians
 + Starsha Lee
Cesarians always have as much a cerebral aspect to their remarkable outsider chanson as an intensely emotional one … intensity, songcraft, passion and raw emotions. Something dark, beautiful and inordinately powerful comes your way.  Nobody else does what they do, although there maybe some artful goodness to chew on for fans of Nick Cave, Jacques Bel, Scott WalkerBowie, and of late edgy electronica artists like Goldfrapp. New material is about to be launched in the form of a heart rending new album centred around some very harrowing and deeply personal subject matter,  as singer Charlie Finke says ‘Every word and every note is performed with utter passion and commitment’ …that’s certainly readily apparent when you watch this band perform live. And The Water Rats is a venue that fits them beautifully, don’t miss. Starsha Lee– Talking of passion and commitment, you most assuredly get that with bells on from a Starsha Lee show. Starsha Lee, the artist, singer, front person, gives it her absolute all, as Starsha Lee, the ferocious post grunge psych punk rocknroll band plug into some feral but psychologically pregnant primal wigging out. She screams, she thrashes, she disrobes, she convulses and gurgles and yes it is art. For fans of Yoko Ono, The Stooges, Diamanda Gallas, Nirvana.
The Water Rats

Doors from 7.15
£10 on the door
£8 in advance