Rebellion 2018 – Day 2

Rebellion 2018 - day 2 After losing the battle against the seagulls during the night (do seagulls never sleep??) and an incident in the room next door to me involving a lot of screaming I still was ready to tackle this second day refreshed. Excited to see some bands that still bring back happy memories … Continue reading Rebellion 2018 – Day 2

Rebellion 2018 – Day 1

Rebellion 2018 - Day 1 Airports intrigue me. A large airport like Dublin is a city in itself. Huge amount of daily visitors and it does seem like a city that doesn’t sleep. As I descended from my slumber at 4am in a suburb that was quiet and dark I arrived into a thriving hectic … Continue reading Rebellion 2018 – Day 1

Paranoid Visions talk about Rebellion festival

One of the most-talked about events at the Rebellion festival this year was the collaboration between Steve Ignorant from Crass and Dublin’s punk stalwarts, Paranoid Visions. They took to the stage in front of one of the biggest crowds of the festival. For anyone who has been following Paranoid Visions since their early days this … Continue reading Paranoid Visions talk about Rebellion festival

Rebellion 2017 Protex

https://youtu.be/Vj2I-Z0B-oQ The pioneering punk/new wave bands of Northern Ireland including the Undertones, Stiff Little Fingers and Rudi didn't just write great songs, they wrote great pop songs. Of course we didn't appreciate it at the time but they didn't just write pop songs for the moment, they wrote songs that stood the test of time. … Continue reading Rebellion 2017 Protex

Rebellion 2017 Petrol Girls

Petrol Girls The reason why a festival like Rebellion is such a goldmine for me is that you can discover fantastic new bands that deliver on every level. And so it was with the mighty Petrol Girls. In fact this afternoon's trio, the Membranes, Interrobang, and Petrol Girls indicate why punk is so interesting, even … Continue reading Rebellion 2017 Petrol Girls

Rebellion 2017 Heavy Drapes

Heavy Drapes Another band I hadn't seen before, Heavy Drapes had the '77 style with shades and Vivienne Westwood DIY designer punk gear. They also had infectious melodies, the sound that brought sixties dream pop/rock into the punk scene in the first place. The tunefulness and power of bands like the Small Faces, as well … Continue reading Rebellion 2017 Heavy Drapes

Rebellion 2017 The Membranes and the Choir of Choirs

The Membranes and the choir Just when you think that it's all been done, that punk/DIY/independent music can be placed into a nice, neat category alongside comes a 'happening' that is inspiring, creative, funny and life-affirming. I don't want to say too much about the Membranes and the choir...because if you missed it, well, you … Continue reading Rebellion 2017 The Membranes and the Choir of Choirs

Rebellion 2017 The Sophie Lancaster Conversation: Dead for Being Different

Some things in life are difficult to think about, you'd prefer they weren't there, that you could turn your head away. But life isn't simple, it isn't right, it certainly isn't fair. It might seem like an odd thing to have at a festival, but it says so much about the punk community that space … Continue reading Rebellion 2017 The Sophie Lancaster Conversation: Dead for Being Different

Rebellion 2017 Interrobang

Interrobang A plush theatre in the North West of England. A new band, an audience of punks in a room full of history. There is a sense of excitement. I certainly don't know what to expect, except that Dunstan from Chumbawamba is involved. Naturally, being creatures of habit, we look at the stage......then from behind … Continue reading Rebellion 2017 Interrobang

Rebellion 2017 Youth Man

Youth Man They were promoted, quite rightly, from new band stage last year. Youth Man are a Birmingham three-piece who play fast and furious rock with a mighty girl guitarist who trades vocals with a male vocalist who played bass and wore a Smiths t-shirt...how cool is that! An absolute highlight of the festival for … Continue reading Rebellion 2017 Youth Man