Rebellion 2019 – Day 3

Rebellion 2019 - day 3 This is my final day and the penultimate for most. I could only journey for three days of punk this year. The life and world many bands sing about changing still goes on and family life calls me this year. I decide to go for something different this year. When … Continue reading Rebellion 2019 – Day 3

Rebellion 2019 – Day 2

Rebellion 2019 - Day 2 Rebellion is a mix of 7 stages with bands playing from noon right through to midnight and beyond.  It goes form the small intimate room that is the Introducing stage, for bands who haven’t played before to the 2,800 capacity Empress Ballroom. Club Casbah isn’t far behind with 2,000 capacity … Continue reading Rebellion 2019 – Day 2

Rebellion 2019 – Day 1

Rebellion 2019  - Day 1 My son volunteered in Ethiopia earlier this Summer. Him and a handful of his school mates travelled over and helped out in a school in Ambo. Three weeks after he departed he arrived back with stories of electricity rationing, broadband being cut off, real hunger, poverty and a joy in … Continue reading Rebellion 2019 – Day 1

Rebellion 2018 – Day 4

Rebellion 2018 - Day 4 After some of yesterday’s highlights like ruts dc, blyth power, lovely eggs and menstrual cramps - never mind wonk unit, murderburgers and pizzatramp it could be hard to get motivated for another day of it. However this is what we are here for and Dealing With Damage on the introducing … Continue reading Rebellion 2018 – Day 4

The Future of Punk: Heavy Drapes Interview

Has punk lost its energy and direction after 40 years? Has it become a formula? Can you combine influences as diverse as Crass, the Damned, Hanoi Rocks and Morrissey? The new Scottish rockers, Heavy Drapes, combine a punky energy and style with a brash attitude and songs that pack a mighty punch. Live, as I … Continue reading The Future of Punk: Heavy Drapes Interview

Rebellion 2017 – Day 2

Before every trip to Blackpool I sit down, pore through the lineup and pick out the must see and the nice to see. I have a problem today. 34 bands are on the list. That may not have been an issue for 18 year old self but it is a problem. It will sort itself … Continue reading Rebellion 2017 – Day 2

Rebellion 2016 – Day 4

Rebellion 2016 - Day 4 There's always a certain nostalgia to the last day. Like the last day of a Christmas holiday as you prepare to return to work or revert to a life you had escaped for the week. The stalls that had been a hive of activity for four days are, in some … Continue reading Rebellion 2016 – Day 4

Rebellion 2016 – Day 3

The ruts take the opera house by storm Rebellion 2016 - day 3 Nothing like a bit or raucous punk folk to start the day. I didn't make it to black pitts but will catch them in Dublin soon I hope. Matilda's Scoundrel were on the introducing stage and judging by the receptive crowd they … Continue reading Rebellion 2016 – Day 3

Rebellion 2016 – Day 2

  Rebellion 2016 - day 2 Dublins I am a car crash provide the starting point today. Atmospheric rhythmic noise rock and sharing a drummer with paranoid visions which gets my head moving along nicely at this lunchtime. I had to cut them short to go and see slice of life who certainly aren't atmospheric … Continue reading Rebellion 2016 – Day 2

Rebellion 2016 – Day 1

Rebellion 2016. Day 1   It's not quite premiership weekend in Dublin airport but the punks have replaced football fans on the Manchester flights. There is a sense of excitement as we wait to board the myriad of plans descending on the north west of England this weekend. It's early morning but there are legions … Continue reading Rebellion 2016 – Day 1