Rebellion 2017 TV Smith Adverts

TV Smith plays the Adverts TV Smith is always a complete and total highlight of Rebellion for me. Tonight he doesn't disappoint even though he is playing the outdoor stage where naturally the sound is not as condensed as the indoor venues. I completely love the first Adverts album. Funnily enough, it reminds me of … Continue reading Rebellion 2017 TV Smith Adverts

Rebellion 2017 – Day 1

Rebellion 2017 day 1 And so we return. A little greyer, mostly a little bigger but no less enthusiastic. Blackpool 2017 for this first weekend of August is less kiss me quick and donkey rides and more punk rock nostalgia as the home of the 80s political conferences is taken over by the punks. 7 … Continue reading Rebellion 2017 – Day 1

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

Rebellion Festival 2015 Review Day 4

Rebellion Day 4 Another day of highlights New Model Army Probably the band that I have seen the most, as well as a band whose albums and songs I have looked to for inspiration for almost 30 years. At Rebellion a snippet of a documentary about the band as shown, followed by a Q&A with … Continue reading Rebellion Festival 2015 Review Day 4

Rebellion 2015 – day 4. The end is nigh

Rebellion 2015 - Day 4 it ain't over til it's over Maggie Byrne was in We've Got a Fuzzbox and We're Gonna Use It and it was a nice start to the day to hear what she had to say of her time in the band and that they were talking about what was going … Continue reading Rebellion 2015 – day 4. The end is nigh

TV Smith – Book Of The Year

TV SMith Book Of The Year Punk Rock TOur Diaries; Volume Five So when the Stranglers wrote about No More Heroes they didn't really want us not to have heroes it was more a statement that there are none to worship. Of course, when Glen Friedman brought out his book Fuck you Heroes it was … Continue reading TV Smith – Book Of The Year

Rebellion 2015 – day 2. Phew

Rebellion 2015 day 2 And so it continues, the streets around the Winter Gardens have been magically cleaned and the seagulls had some treats for breakfast, It all kicks off just after midday with Max Splodge the MC for a game of bingo, when in rome and all that. First bit of music for me … Continue reading Rebellion 2015 – day 2. Phew

Rebellion Day 1 – the wild hearted outsiders view

Rebellion 2015 day 1 I don't look like a punk, so perhaps I am not a real punk in the sense of living and looking the part. Yet punk has had a profound impact on the way I see the world, and even on the decisions that I make. If I am not a punk...punk … Continue reading Rebellion Day 1 – the wild hearted outsiders view

Rebellion 2015 – Day 1 a marathon, not a sprint

rebellion 2015 day 1 Time is mystifying, I try and live in the moment and have crystal clear memories of the finish of rebellion festival last year. The empty winter gardens strewn with litter where people filled that space over the previous four days. I vowed straight away to return, picked out a plastic glass … Continue reading Rebellion 2015 – Day 1 a marathon, not a sprint

Do you (need) to remember when?

I had a good chat with el presidente yesterday. He was up for the tv smith gig as we reminisced and discussed world affairs as we prepared to our ears for the sounds of TV Smith playing some Adverts songs. That first Adverts album is an absolute classic. Crossing the Red Sea with The Adverts. … Continue reading Do you (need) to remember when?