Wed 21 Feb
The Sonic Jewels- Counterculturally cool, psychedelically sensational, glimmering rocknroll with a trippy undercurrent taking in Hendrix and the MC5… Thee Deadtime Philaharmonic– Influenced by Bowie,Velvet Underground,James Brown,Happy Mondays,Little Richard,The Clash,Tricky,Lee Perry,Small Faces,Sex Pistols,Dub Pistols, their militant working class stance caught the eye of Clash legend, Mick Jones who took Deadtime out as special guests. Since the tour Murdoch has recorded a single and album with The Tribunes on Honest Jons Records, containing Mick Jones rhythm section from Carbon/Silicon. The Clash connection continued when Strummerville (The Joe Strummer Foundation For New Music) invited Deadtime into the family by funding their first single, double a-side ‘Moths/Spine’ with producer Paul Tipler (Idlewild, 80s Matcbox, Dr Feelgood,Elastica) Strummerville also added ‘Spine (demo) to their prestigious DIY download page. Politically charged lyrics which gives it all an edge, they say soul/rock/electro but its more Britpop, like Stone Roses via a dark twisted electro vibe.  Ooberfuse–  Superb new single ‘Never Give Up’ inspired by meetings with North Korean Labour camp escapee Shin Dong Hyuk in the summer of 2016. Ooberfuse are Hal St John and Cherrie Anderson,  unafraid to deep-sea dive into the deepest oceans of human emotions to colour-up drab contemporary life.  Support for Ooberfuse has come from various credible music tastemakers such as Paul Oakenfold, Sister Bliss (Faithless), Ministry of Sound, BBC Introducing’s Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, Amazing Radio’s Jim Gellatly, Music Week and DJ Mag. Ooberfuse bring East and West together showcasing  Cherrie’s excellent clear as a bell vocal via progressive songcraft and tangential sweet electro dance pop. JVNR (pronounced Jooner) is a solo electronic pop artist from South Korea. Commercially astute, uplifting fare with ecstatic surges of electro drama and big, swooping vocal performances- kind of redolent of what Howard Jones was doing in the 1980s plus a funky, progressive undercurrent- I wonder if he has a Dancing Man In Chains- Little Rocket Man maybe?
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Thu 22 Feb
The Union Dolls-Spirited take on Runaways shaped punk pop, from this all female scouse outfit, atchy tunes played with plenty of verve Puppet Kings-Low slung grunge rock with a nod to yer poppier 80’s brit metal via Foo Fighters, rocks admirably and has the requisite hooks and melodys to hold the attention. International Diamond Thieves- Funky electro rock. L.S.D sound System meets Arctic Monkeys via The Clash … Really upbeat, catchy and energetic Rab 4- Soulful folk rock, sounds a bit like later period traffic, nicely rendered on acoustic guitars and swirling organ, on some tunes whilst others have a more classic rock sound somewhere between mid 70’s Who and The Tragically Hip.
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Fri 23 Feb
Actifed
 + The Satellites
 + Self Help + Twister
Actifed- spanning the posipunk pillars of gothic punkerness on the one hand and dubby post punk experimentation on the other Actifed star ‘reformed characters’ Stuart Hemphill , Mick White, Clinton Grace, Dave Rogers 2018 banging out dub punk reggae for our greater pleasure and enlightenmnet- plenty to enjoy here for fans of The Clash or Bauhaus or RDF…Great band. The Satellites- Punk and roll ramalama supreme that goes back all the way to the halcyon days of 1977 and The Roxy/Vortex circuit. Still sounding fabulous and kicking enough ass to teach bands a third their vintage a thing or ten. Punk proper. Self Help-Fizzing Garage punk pop outta Oxford, a little rough-hewn but that’s part of it’s charm and they’ve decent tunes played with conviction “Wacky garage pop of the highest lo-fi calibre, as if Plastic Bertrand and Jilted John had a love child that was brought up by The Modern Lovers” – Nightshift Magazine, May 2017 Twister- Not the Southern punk-pop stalwarts… This is more of an Emo informed act from the North West of England,  musically it’s pretty far-reaching and inventive, rocks admirably but is nicely melodic.  Gets Proggy in places but never loses sight of heavy hitting hooks.
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Sat 24 Feb
Those Naughty Lumps-  From Iggy Pop’s Jacket back in the Zoo Records/Erics days, the Lumps were the Scouse New Wave band too set on having fun to be worried about being as cool as Cope or as whack as Mac. OK they were never going to be Big In Japan, but they’re mahoosive in our hearts. These recently reformed mature gentlemen of punk pop know a thing or two about showmanship, smutty fun and top tunes. Fronted by a WW1 History Prof and a cricketer, you really couldn’t make this up. For fans of Deaf School, The Members, The Boys….Daddy Those Men Scare Me- More prosaically down to earth and utterly English in their punk rock approach, the deliriously good Daddies have been honing their Stranglers/Members/Squeeze informed crafted indeed crafty punk pop round these ‘ere parts for Buggerbear since oooooh 1994, wowsers. Better than ever too, ace band. The Benefit Cheats– Anthemic punk with a decidedly Clash feel bags of energy and conviction, hooky tunes too. Three From Above – ‘the rawness of Japanese clangorous trio Guitar Wolf to the wonderful sounds of David Bowie’s ‘Hunky Dory’, which is being played through on Jack White‘s very own heavily customised guitar amp’. ..this is 3FA’s summary of their sound and it’s bang on, clever, enduring and alluring rock and roll.
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Sun 25 Feb
The Other Ones
 + Saramona
 + Blind Fire + Killian Noise And The Friends Of The Dark
 + Jacknife + Not For Long
 + knock + Hurt Attack
It’s Punk Versus Grunge as Steel City Smokes The Smoke again. Sheff bands and London bands head to head for the sake of Rock and Roll…A special matinee show with a handpicked selection of the finest punk and grunge rocknroll outfits…From 2pm til late late and also featuring Stoneflies, Dirty Falcon, Vida Wasteman 
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Tue 27 Feb
Redrock Jam
Redrock Jam– Every Tuesday, music begins at 8pm. Sign up at 7.30pm but arrive early to ensure a slot. 15 minute slots, you can play whatever you like. Amps provided by Redrock and a full P.A, drumkit and 4 vocal mics provided by Bugbear. And it’s FREE. A different showcase band every week, get involved.
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Thu 1 Mar
L/M Rage– a bright and breezy take on glammed out rock with a Kasabian meets ’80s Cure indie rock feel, plenty of energy and as I say ‘glam’.The Flavells-  an emotionally intense scally rock experience…like an organic lofi early Verve,  a bit gothic, a bit noir,  formed just over a year ago in the Clifton Council estate in Nottingham. An increasing reputation landed them their recent support slot for Jake Bugg on his latest tour.  Following this appearance, they impressed enough to be offered the chance to record with Jake in the studio in the next few months. Their songs have lyrics that are written from the gut – hard-hitting, ‘pissed off and not ashamed of it’ lyrics about everyday things that we can all relate to.  But there is also a thought-provoking element to them that leaves them resonating with the listener long after the end of the gig.
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Fri 2 Mar
Blaney- with new album ‘The Severance’ turning a lot of heads all round Europa, Salford maker shaker, ex Fall guitarist and superb songwriter Ed Blaney and his excellent band return to the Dublin to demonstrate the new wave in spiritually inclined pop eyed rocknroll with grey matter attached.  Dr Rob & the Radi8ors-Indie with a hypnotic psych element but played in a post punk manner and featuring a pretty unique female vocal… sorta Deaf School via The Velvets...Lover – big and bold soul inflected pop rock…starring a great gutsy vocal from Sarah Bradbury , a techy ’80s crossover sound, big guitars, dance/hiphop textures and a chant along chorus perfect for radio – as they say ‘A cross between the song you can’t get out of your head, and something you’ve never heard before but are desperate to hear again, Lover will stimulate your aural senses with music from the depths of dark and twisted cognition’….The Reformers-Spritely twisty turny alterno guitar pop with a skanking punkinesss…in fact they’re a ska band (originals mind) but a very punky one- as if 1st album Clash were playing ska basically, neat.
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Sat 3 Mar
Roddy Radiation And The Skabilly Rebels
 + The Collective A.K.A
 + Steve Hookers Stripped Down Stompin Band
Roddy Radiation of The Specials fronts his ska tinged rockabilly/soul outing- the songwriting style is familiar to anyone who digs Concrete Jungle, Rat Race or Hey Little Rich Girl. Great stuff- ace guitars, pumping riddim, a bit of Clash like tood and rockabilly swing. The Collective AKA- Party time pleasures agogo from this Punk/New Wave/Mod/2 Tone tribute jamboree- so you get Specials, Jam, Madness, Clash– all done marvelously well. Playing for an extra long time so get your loafers resoled maybe, it’s gonna be Dance Crazetastic… Steve Hooker – super charged dirty Essex Delta rocknroll trio, get a reet good and grinding riffology going and take it to the dancefloor with a sleazy Link Wray twang, some rockabilly rebellion, bluesology and Diddley beat too…damn good.
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Sun 4 Mar
Rockin' For West Paupa (from 7.30 pm)
 + Emma & The Fragments
 + Carpetface + Useless Cities
 + Benny Wenda (Leader of FWP Campaign) + Xylaroo
A night of music to show support for the people of West Papua and their bid for freedom and self-determination. We are a peaceful, public campaign, whose aim is very simple: to give the people of West Papua the freedom to choose their own destiny through a fair and transparent referendum – a freedom they have always been denied. We work with politicians of all parties, and also with other NGOs and campaign groups, both national and international, towards this aim. www.freewestpapua.org
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Wed 7 Mar
The Dublin Castle Rock And Roll Book Club
 + Jeff Evans Rock And Pop On British TV
 + Classic Rock And Pop DJ Set With A Brit TV Theme
Julie Hamill and Tony Bugbear welcome Jeff Evans to March airing of our splendid Dublin Castle RocknRoll Book Club Interview, Q and A, book signing and musical appreciation experience. Jeff Evans’ ‘Rock And Pop On British TV’ is the first comprehensive history of rock and pop on British television, from the early days of Oh Boy and Ready Steady Go!, through the institution that was Top Of The Pops, global events like Live Aid right up to date with Jools Holland’s Later. Jeff Evans is author of The Penguin TV Companion (four editions), among more than 20 books. He has contributed to Radio Times and other entertainment magazines, as well as numerous radio and television programmes. A life-long pop trivia collector, he was a successful contestant in two music quiz series in the 1970s – Radio 1’s Quiz Kid and Yorkshire Television’s Pop Quest – and later compiled all the questions for special editions of the Channel 5 quiz show 100% on the subjects of Queen, Abba and Elvis Presley.
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Thu 8 Mar
Shacklefree- Righteously rambling bluesology with nicely narcotic nuances…cowboy folk and desert psych spanning a Brian Jonestown Massacre low slung rocknroll vibe and something of a Spirit or early Fleetwood Mac feel. Heartfelt and intense for sure with unplugged Hendrix vibes. The Wilde-Adrenalin fuelled hard rock with a nod to AC/DC and Zep, tight riffology and huge hooks all played with plenty of convictionRosen-  Five-piece cyberpunk band from London mixing rock, nu metal and hip-hop.’ young fellas playing crafted urban rap rock- like RATM but with a lot of the squally punk metal noise removed- still fairly intense tho and the singer/rapper dude has a way with it. The rawk guitar element is there for sure. Danny Reuben- Danny Reuben is an 18 year old solo artist from London who’s influences include Jon Hopkins, The Beatles and Bill Withers. With a lilt to the tunes that’s most agreeable, a reggae-ish tint at times and a bit of witty Steely Dan/10CC craft in here.
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Fri 9 Mar
The Pogue Traders are back…they who have been known to be endorsed by The Pogues themselves and that’s because these fellas and young lady play the Pogue Mahone back catalogue so remarkably well you’ll have tears welling up in that pair of brown eyes of yours. The whole gamut of Pogues material from right across the albums done with vim, guts and love. Really spiritual stuff ya know. And good for partying yer ass off to too…win/win, wonderful. Tinkers Lane– psych, pop and soulful rock with a ’60s/’70s inflection, played with lots of the all important lurv….Taxi Joe– Blues infused indie rock trio, Oasis could be an influence but there’s a bit more soul to this than mere Gallagher copyists, highly polished tunes executed with aplomb.
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Sat 10 Mar
The Trusted-Are a young 4 piece band originally from Leigh On Sea in Essex. Coming together with a host of influences ranging fromU2, The Clash,  Catfish and The Bottlemen, to The Strokes, Elvis Costello and Muse  they quickly discovered a shared passion for crafting intelligent, rocking indie tunes evolving into a fierce but melodic indie rock beast with a reputation for high-energy live shows Block 33- indie rock with punch, simple but effective riffs with a glam rockish vocal…all in all makes you think of The Sweet meets The Manics, fine work, then they totally confound by dropping the frantic rock and putting in a bit of sitaralike guitar and a sample of seagulls and some phasing etc! Well all right.Kid Harlequin-Gritty, energetic zippy  indie rock with good use of Light n shade and decent tunes, like a less introspective Placebo in places
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Sun 11 Mar
Shitsick
 + Anna Tosh
 + Secret Power + Brosephine
 + Resisdance + DJs Ginger Mick Robinson And Darren Bennett
NB MATINEE SHOW FROM 2PM All Female All Punk Rock Showcase For Your Sunday Afternoon Excitement…..Shitsick– Punk poets responding to todays corrupt governments and global turmoil. Living in a fascist country. Refusing to believe that punk and freedom are dead they fight on, tartan clad and ready for the revolution…right on… Anna Tosh- A stripped down taut and dynamic take on moody alt pop which recalls The Rapture and Throwing Muses, punktastically straightforward, to-the-point and has the requisite hooks, great stuff. Plus Brosephine, Secret Power and Resisdance.
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Wed 14 Mar
The Jacques- Hooky new wave pop with a sassy New York punk vibe via Brit post punk.
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Thu 15 Mar
Democratic Punk Rock Karaoke
 + (Punk, New Wave And Indie Classics Sung By You)
 + 5 Goal Thriller
Democratic Punk Rock Karaoke- Our specially appointed punk and new wave karaoke crack band The DPRK have honed so many classics just for you, so come along, pick some from the mahoosive book of punk joy and sing yer heart out. The third and final of our soft launch happenings ahead of Pay Day Punk Rock Karaoke kicking off monthly on the last Friday of the month from April, it’s about as much fun as you can have with your fishnet jumper, bondage trousers and bum flap on. 5 Goal Thriller– Truly, truly stalwarts of the post shambling indie rock school, with some U.S Of A slacker vibes in the Dinosaur Jr modein place too, legends of Bugbearian lore.
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Fri 16 Mar
Running With Wolves- female fronted hard rock/metal- grunge and groove rock with a raunchy vocal…comparable to  Grace Solero with Zep nuances. Kick it fine style. Kujara – Stoner rock with a crafted take on the genre…not an all out sonic assault from the get go (like others in the field) Kujara take a more measured approach with their tunes building before the noise kicks in, like a more atmospheric Melvins… Digital Criminals- Feisty female fronted rock/metal outta Wales with an electro interface which recalls Nine Inch Nails… Angel Spit- a spirited take on punky pop metal from this all girl 4 piece, and with only  the one gig under their bullet belts thus far these women show immense promise. The Survival Code – Guitar/drums duo rocking a hard ass Muse cum Royal Blood alterno rush…do.ething of Futureheads in their harmonic wall of vocals too.
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Sat 17 Mar
St Patrick's Day Skank!
 + King Hammond & The Rudeboy Mafia
 + Jennie Bellestar + Millie Manders & The Shut Up
 + DJs Til 2am + Special Guest Dave Barker
St Patrick’s Night with an irie skank, gotta be the greatest party in town for discerning punters of All Nations…starring Nick Welsh AKA King Hammond & The Rudeboy Mafia, it’s always a great night out with the former Bad Manners, Selecter and Skaville UK songsmith, troubadour and force of nature. An amazing body of work he has too. mazing body of work he has too. Starring a special guest appearance from reggae legend Dave ‘Double Barrel’ Barker. The vocal prowess behind the most magnificent rude boy reggae classic with organ whizz Ansell Collins hits the DC stage with King Hammond. Double Barrel niced up many a dance, and still does, and always sounded great blasting out of the sound system at the Fairground as you rode the Waltzers in yer Ben Sherman and monkey boots. It was a No.1 hit record such was the mass appeal, and Monkey Spanner followed it into the Top 10 too. Hear Dave Barker and the Rudeboy Mafia mash it up on these incredible dancehall classics and many many more tonight….. Add the amazing prescenece and vocal prowess of Jennie Bellestar to the mix and the Rudeboy Mafia are really gonna swing. And from a long established gorgeous Brit ska talent to a rapidly ascending new one- Millie Manders plays hard edged reggaematic pop and punky ska with remarkable amounts of energy and another top band in The Shut Up. Ska, reggae and soul sides til 2am and  a lickle irie Irish party music too.
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Sun 18 Mar
Imaginary Dreamers
 + Healthy Junkies
 + Yur Mum + Rough Stone
 + Minatore + Aylith's Flag
 + Dead Puppy + Luna Lacuna
Grunge Versus Punk All Dayer- bands as listed from 1.45pm and also featuring Sister Paul, Neverlanded, Strays, Red Cocks and Black Orkhid. https://www.facebook.com/events/335783980222783/?ti=cl
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Wed 21 Mar
Suspects- Shoegazing alt rock, with a bit of a yearning emo element, Death Cab For Cutie or Drop 19’s that sorta thing, there’s a whiff of something more post rock too, great stuff. Cloe Corpse- Blissful etherial dreampop, with a beguiling female vocal. quite sublime one tune reminds of latter period Cocteau Twins, though it’s not exactly shoegaze time, just has that vibe. Other material is a bit more rock-pop orientated, possible Garbage influence, fine work. Paracas Band–  Groove Armarda,  mutant post house disco, and something of mid 70’s Pink Floyd, and also not a million miles from one of those post baggy Manc acts like Interstella or Paris Angels.  
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Thu 22 Mar
Lunatics Lost
 + The Motion Poets
 + SUiT + tAngerinecAt
Lunatics Lost-Fronted by Welsh vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Iain Richards with Joanna Khoo on bass/vocals and Mono on drums. With influences from grunge, stoner rock, new wave and punk, the band blend big riffs with melodic hooks giving a powerful platform for lyrics full of bite and edge with clear reference to the social commentary of The Clash and the Manics . “Lunatics Lost reinvents and renews your faith in rock in a way that satisfies all the promise of post – punk to a level other bands can only aspire to. Full of edgy, exciting riffs that will leave you in awe of a band that is set to blow your mind in 2018”  – Pure music liveThe Motion Poets -Are a 4 piece alternative rock band based in Edinburgh, Scotland. They draw from influences such as Nirvana, Modest Mouse, Arctic Monkeys and the Cure to create a fresh blend of Grunge, Punk and Indie Rock. Suit-Stompin’ fuzz driven garagey, edgy indie rock from Amsterdam. which they promise “will make you want to get really high, have sex in a strangers car, set it on fire and run off into the woods laughing.” TangerineCat-Fierce yet tender vocals, provocatively honest lyrics, the huge many faceted sound of the hurdy-gurdy played with unparalleled virtuosity, mesmerizing whistles, massive drone bass, field recordings, loops, and electronic beats all come together in brilliant compositions which utterly captivate you in an image evoking, emotionally intense, hypnotic, healing and unforgettable live experience that is tAngerinecAt. Drawing from a vast range of influences, this hard to define act have been labelled with various genres from music theatre to electronic rock and psychedelic drone punk. Formed by London based multi-instrumentalists Eugene and Paul, they have released four albums to date
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Fri 23 Mar
Rats From A Sinking Ship– Vitreolic ‘ardcore street punk with political nous to reckon with, takes no prisoners whatsoever in fighting all very the best of the many good fights required to be battled out there. And fun fun fun, get it on. The Smokin Prophets– Swaggering punk n roll, like a high octane blend of Hanoi Rocks style style sleaze rock and the glam chops of NY Dolls, but very much underpinned with early U.S hardcore and street punk.
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Sat 24 Mar
Mantra– off kilter alt rock, like The Melvins via Shellac, pretty raw and raucous, in fact that’ll be the Mantra mantra. El Moono- Alternative rock heaviosity. ‘Sporting complex riffs and brash, harmonised vocals, they command a great reaction from the crowd’…yes indeedy…Purple Merlin– Coming on like Hawkwind in a funky groove rock wind tunnel full of hallucinogenics ,a counter-cultural blast of mystically enhanced psych rock goodness.
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Sun 25 Mar
Steel City Smokes The Smoke All Dayer
 + Faunshead
 + Stray Feathers + Project Noise
 + Alba Rosa + Paisley Sundae
 + Peak + Soars
Steel City Smokes The Smoke All Dayer- Sheffield comes to Camden again for an all day rocknroll dust off with some local bands and even acts from Germany and Scotland. With Faunshead, Stray Feathers, Project Noise, Alba Rosa, Paisley Sundae, Peak, Billy Sanders, Jack Pogson and Soars
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Wed 28 Mar
ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER & BARNSTORMER Preceded by a set of poetry from Attila and a very special guest Listen to some music at https://soundcloud.com/barnstormer1649 Attila the Stockbroker brings his new ‘1649’ Barnstormer to London for the first time, finally fulfilling a lifelong ambition.   It’s unique. A description not used lightly: they literally don’t sound like anyone else. Barnstormer aim to do with early music & punk what the Pogues did with Irish music & punk. Attila describes their sound as ‘Roundhead Renaissancecore and Baroque ‘n’ Roll’. Attila has always loved early music and plays a lot of the instruments – crumhorn, cornemuse, shawm, bombarde and five different recorders as well as violin, viola , mandola and mandocello. A lifelong socialist and activist, he has always been fascinated by  the radical movements which exploded at the end of the English Civil War and the execution of Charles 1 – radicals who can be described as the first English socialists. And his songs are inspired both musically and lyrically by the events of that tumultuous time. So instruments and ideas fit together: they are from the same period. The songs are mostly based around the time at the end of the war, after the King was executed and, in the words of a ballad of the time, the world turned upside down. Previously marginal ideas of social justice and equality spread across the land.  Barnstormer’s songs are about the Diggers, the Levellers, the Ranters and their leader Abiezer Coppe, the radical factions of the New Model Army and their confrontation with Cromwell’s grandees. There is an epic piece about the narrow escape of Charles 11 after the Battle of Worcester in 1651 in a coal boat which sailed from  the spot where Attila has fished all his life  in Shoreham Port, 400 yards from his front door.  (If Charles had been caught, we’d probably be spending more money on the NHS now instead of the Royal Family!) There are some earlier references to Wat Tyler and the Peasants’ Revolt as well. And all with an eye on what‘s happening now, which is essential. Attila has written a couple of very modern early music songs too. One’s about a visionary with a beard and the initials JC! History is mainly presented as the story of kings, queens and nobles but real history is about us and our battles for justice. As our country becomes more and more divided along class and generational lines, and the extremes of wealth and poverty become even more sharply defined, we can learn a lot from the events of the past. Although their politics are similar, there’s one very important difference between Barnstormer and the Roundheads though. Some Roundheads, apparently, thought drinking beer, dancing and having fun was evil. Attila and Barnstormer think it should be obligatory. And we are delighted to announce  a special guest spot from Attila’s erstwhile double act partner JOHN OTWAY – and they’ll be doing a couple of old favourites together..
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Thu 29 Mar
Martin Rafferty And The Northern City Lights-Fizzing powerfully wrought Bob Mould type anthemic punk/pop/grunge…heartfelt, impassioned all that…like a buzzsaw punky SLF informed Springsteen. Fab.Luna Neptune-‘Space Pop Folk Rock with additional trinkets thrown in’…samples, electronics and found sounds, an ethereal distant vocal and psychedelically strummed contemplative acoustic guitars…lead vocal is plaintive and warblesome and not a little bluesy, a little Grace Slick – could certainly make Airplane comparisons…a fair bit of love lorn desert psych going down.Austin Gold-Blusey heavy rock , pretty much the same components as Whitesnake, but a groove-rock version thereof.., blues wailin vox, Hammond etc, skillfully reworks Kashmir, a Booker T number and the recent career of Jo Bonnamassi in the space of one song. In Deed– commercial Swedish pop/indie kids, female fronted. Harmonies, soft sixties inflections (Turtles, Beach Boys, Byrds) via some harder femme rock pop alterno type leanings (The Cardigans, Katatonia). The Crow Family-Boy/girl alt experimentalists, this really taps into post punk experimntation like The Family Fodder, Young Marble Giants, The Slits…and also pre punk experimentation like Slap Happy, Henry Cow, Principal Edwards…great stuff…jazzy chords n all.
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Fri 30 Mar
Johnny Dysfunctional And The Sounds Bizarre- Comedic punk conceptualism that takes in Frank Sidebottom and Momus simultaneously, seemingly, so a strange place to be, but a highly entertaining one. Johnny takes his Sounds Bizarrre all over the shoppe and it’s a very joyful ride. Satirical art rocking showbiz shenanigans with songs critiquing the crappy modern age but feeling it’s own high end musicality and spreading out with it…Bonzos for the contemporary hipster? Cage of Crows– Musical goth/steampunk/cabaret performance duo, performing dark jazz/alt-folk/gothic blues in addition to hand picked covers of a similar genre. Previously also founders of the “Kane & Ible” collective, a (usually) four piece band/collective, covering some good rockin’ tunes from a wide range of musical styles, from jazz to blues to reggae to rock….. The Vaulted Skies– spookily rendered electropop with loud rock guitars so quite Numan/Ultravox! – as evinced on very perky single ‘Does Anyone Else Feel Strange’… a very catchy track. ‘Once described as the lovechild of Robert Smith and Boy George, the beard-afflicted, kohl-eyed songwriter James AJ Scott put The Vaulted Skies together to satisfy his urge to fuse edgy alternative pop and rock with danceable electronica.’
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Sat 31 Mar
Transmission Control
 + Acme Sewage Co
 + Karkosa
 Transmission Control- are  an homage [rather than a tribute band] by fans of old, to the urgent, chaotic, inspired, short journey that Joy Division took them on, taking care to present authentic versions of the original songs. For the connoisseur we often include musical and lyrical variations that were either performed, written or recorded.  It’s a testament to their history that New Order now fill out stadiums, but Transmission Control offer the street level experience of Joy Division back in the day… High energy, small halls, clubs and pubs,  it’s the kind of show that Joy Division spent much of their short but dynamic existence playing. Acme Sewage Co- With a lineage all the way back to 1976, super cool , super rocking filthy punk. Karkosa- Brum based indie rockers, driving tunes bristling with energy and actual choruses!! Nods to Catfish and The Bottlemen in places, class band.
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Sat 7 Apr
The Skapones
 + Lobster
 + DJ Darren Bennett
The Skapones– A reet skanking pleasure…a ska band who play sassy Specials/Beat influenced originals as well as a buncha classics..a punky reggae tease all the way from..The Tees…leading lights in the Specialized Project that raises money for Teenage cancer Trust & Youth Music UK– you can hear ace Skapones version time on ” Police On My Back” for the Specialized project album “ Combat cancer- A tribute to The Clash”, “Midnight Ravers” for the 2016 “One Heart – A tribute to Bob Marley” album and “Smithers Jones” for the 2017 Specialized tribute to The Jam. Support this band and have a brilliant night out in the Ancestral Seat Of British Ska into the bargain. Lobster– a six piece band from Birmingham, playing reggae and hip-hop influenced punk music…brass infused with a flourish of jazz and Marleyish commercial nous thru a punky party lens. DJ Darren Bennett-  reggae, ska and soul afficianado Darren ‘Chelsea Boy’ Bennett behind the decks means your pre gig and post show dancing feet are assured action.
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£10 on the door
£8 in advance
Thu 12 Apr
River Hounds-Highly polished indie rock a stadia-slaying melange of Classic Rock with searing guitar and 80’s Blue Collar U.S types like Petty and Springsteen, rousing choruses, big hooks, impressive stuff. JD Kelleher- The Irishman who took a cover of the Joy Division‘s’ classic ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ to No.1 in the charts of his native Ireland a couple of years ago. A nicely twangsome, moody crooner’s version it was too from the singer/ actor/director , now rocknroll maverick. His own songs are strident punky onslaughts on glam punk sensibilities: tons of great tunes and a rocknroll vision of the LGBT mindset.
Dublin Castle
Doors from 7.15
£6/£5 on the door
Sat 14 Apr
Reggae Shakedown Vibration
 + Dubvocaliza
 + Mystic Rockers + Stuart Wilson Band
REGGAE SHAKEDOWN VIBRATION is a new regular reggae club happening in The Dublin Castle, spearheaded monthly by the marvelous Dubvocaliza– Built on reggae and dub foundations with elements ofsoul (Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield) and rock (Pink Floyd, World Party) and a nod to the nineties crossova appeal of hiphop inspired turns like Massive Attack. Conscious songs delivered with a weighty, musical vibrancy.  Mystic Rockers- roots rockers with that edgy British twist and a penchant for dubwise excursions, this is  pure reggae joy for fans of The Twinkle Brothers, Misty In Roots and The Mad Professor… Stuart Wilson Band– Hailing from the Cayman Islands, the silky voiced Mr Wilson rocks a bright and breezy variation on reggae with a big upfront riddim and a modern sheen over old school dancehall vibes. Wonderful songs too.   .
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£8/£6 on the door
Sat 21 Apr
The Rocket Dolls- post grunge high energy punked up groove rock, Foo Fighters/Royal Blood/Muse/Sex Pistols…powerfully rendered high octane rock and roll. Leontas-Duo playing a pretty unique amalgam of Indie rock, heavy blues a-la Zep and moments of Prog that recall Muse, soaring, anthemic,  soulful tunes. Fab North Cape Lights– snappy indie rock with a nod to the ate 1990’s indie scene, Editors, early Muse, etc, lots of great hooky songs. Smokin’ Dogs– Garage punk n roll, like a very raw New York Dolls but with a Brit accent, taking in early proto punk a-la Jesse Hector and Billy Childish, good stuff…  Candidates– overdriven alt rock with a nicely laconic backbeat but vocally and attitude wise they’re coming from a bit of an Oasis/Kasabian/2nd Roses album Scally Brit rock area, though psychedelicized sweetly for greater enjoyment.
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£8/£6 on the door
Fri 4 May
QUADROPHENIA LIVE CLUB NIGHT feat THE ABSOLUTE KINKS– Playing 2 sets packed full of Kinks classics including Sunny Afternoon, All Day And All Of The Night, You Really Got Me, Dedicated Follower Of Fashion and Lola, our 1960’s era Kinks tribute will transport any audience back to the swinging sixties, creating the ultimate Carnabetian feel-good factor. + DJ Quadrophenia nightclub DREW STANSALL ex-THE SPECIALS/PRINCE BUSTER spinning the best in Mod, Ska, Soul, R&B + 2tone.
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£17.50 on the door
£14 in advance
Sun 6 May
The Bowie Contingent– From the sci-fi, rock androgyny of Ziggy Stardust to the slick, suave sophistication of a rock aristocrat, Bowie pushed boundaries and excited and amazed audiences around the world. The Bowie Contingent, with their electrifying tribute show, follow Bowie’s lead. The hits are all there, sometimes in original, unlikely arrangements. Album tracks, rarely played live by Bowie himself, also ensure that The Bowie Contingent stand out as a tribute act with a difference. Their show isn’t about costumes and impersonation…they just focus on playing some of the most important, innovative music of the last 50 years.
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£12 on the door
£10 in advance
Sat 12 May
The Bermondsey Joyriders
 + Nuffin
 + Craig Weir
The Bermondsey Joyriders– At long last Gary Lammin’s (Cock Sparrer/Little Roosters) punky garage rhythmn n blues trio come to The Dublin..“Anyone looking for a crash course in punk spirit should look no further” – Classic Rock “Loud, fast, cheekily confrontational and distinctly British. See ‘em at all costs” – Hugh Gulland, Vive Le Rock“A unique spin on punk blues” – Charles Shaar Murray“Extraordinary slide guitar … witty and original vocals” – Carol Clerk, Classic Rock. Blending a love of bottleneck Delta blues with a solid background in the London punk scene, but with their fingers on the pulse of contemporary society, The Bermondsey Joyriders are a band as accomplished as they are inventive. They have captured the imagination of crowds and critics alike with their blend of ’77 punk power, skillful playing, soulful slide blues, and razor-sharp social commentary, delivered with a distinctly British wit.Each a consummate player in their own right, frontman Gary Lammin is augmented magnificently by bassist Martin Stacey (Chelsea), and drummer Chris Musto (Johnny Thunders, Joe Strummer, Glen Matlock and The Philistines)  Darrell Bath- is a remarkably talented guitarist who can also deliver a song in a truly beautiful Stonesy cum Thunders poetic rock romantique manner. Has swung the axe for Dave Kusworth, Ian Hunter and The Vibrators amongst many others. Nuffin-  On 3rd August 1977, Nuffin’ turned up at the legendary Roxy Club to play ‘Audition Night’, only to find that Janet Street-Porter and a TV crew had taken over. Luckily, they were looking for an ‘undiscovered’ band as a counterpoint to all of the hype around at the time. And so a brief snap-shot of the the four Caterham teenagers, strutting their stuff and sharing their take on life, was captured for posterity
Dublin Castle
Doors from 7.15
£8/£6 on the door
Sat 26 May
Falling Red
 + Special Guests
 + Metral
Falling Red- Newcastle’s super shlock n roll heroes promo their new ‘We Escaped A Cult’ single tonite…. expect a suitably reclkess roustabout rocknroll set set to stun. Metril- schlock metal and filthy with it, supercool hard rock utterly living the RNR dream, I don’t think these boys do Dry January ya get me, and the lyrics are in French which somehow just underlines it’s raw, raucous nasty ass status.
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£8/£6 on the door
Sat 30 Jun
John Rossall's Glitter Band
 + The Priscillas
 + DJs We Got Killers
John Rossall is a founding member of The Glitterband, the silver clad powerhouse behind the disgraced one we don’t need to bother with anymore…it’s all about these guys. This is John Rossall’s glorious Glitterband…So prepare yourself for an uninhibited,  joyous journey through their amazing run of superb 1970s defining hit singles. And what a primal, mould breaking, magnificent pop noise they made in their 1970s heyday…check the record… Rock And Roll Part 2, I love You Love, Angel Face, Hello Hello I’m Back Again, Just For You…so many more!…loads of ace numbers…so here’s a reet treat for you all. The Glitterband playing all them fabulous numbers again, book early! Let’s Get Together Again… The Priscillas- long standing all girl trash n garage/punk n roll London institution with proper ballsy tood to the fore. Kerrang said it adroitly – ‘The Cramps, The Shangri Las and New York Dolls all rolled into one’…A perfect start to a brilliant party. DJs We Got Killers- The Glitterbeat, Northern Soul, punk classics, ’60s shimmy, exotica and beats to die for. Party ignition assured.
Dublin Castle

Doors from 7.15
£15 on the door
£12 in advance
Fri 13 Jul
Forget The Down-London band doing a feisty alt rock with a baggy swagger but a hard rocking riff monster edge. Dynamic stuff. Like Oasis go rawk The Froot- Psychedlicists supreme, ripe with youthful countercultural cool. The pithy taste of Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, the sweet tang of Arthur Lee’s Love and the refreshing juicy hit of The Allah Las. Great.  The Brazen-  in thrall to the epic end of The Verve and The Music and all that nicely narco enabling Northern monkey widesceen stuff….there’s some genuine quality to the performance, big emoting vocals, strings tweaking those emotions, considered playing and ace arrangements. Elbow meets Oasis at their more serious with a choirester quality to the vocal up front. Good work.
Dublin Castle
Doors from 7.15
£7/£5 on the door