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TV Live / Re: Rebellion 2021
« on: July 11, 2021, 11:58:36 AM »
TV has been confirmed for the Saturday mini Rebellion.

TV Live / Re: TV Gigs 2021
« on: May 30, 2021, 11:10:32 PM »
You Lucky Ones, to have gigs again.

A great start to TV's return to live gigs yesterday in Ashburton. There was no sign of "ring rust" with Tim being on top form both vocally and instrumentally - all those live streams have really paid off! The secret venue was a barn in a farmer's field up a bloody big hill - I've posted a few pictures on the Tim Smith Facebook page. A warm late afternoon meant that we could laze about in the sun whilst we waited to ascertain that Attila would actually manage to get to the gig - an 8 hour drive due to manic Bank Holiday traffic (it took me nearly that long too and I set off before the birds were awake).
The Lucky Ones
Lockdown Holiday
Send In The Clown
Bounce Back
No Time To Be 21
Bored Teenagers
Generation Y
Expensive Being Poor
Immortal Rich
No Hope Street
Tomahawk Cruise (dedicated to Colin Stoner's daughter who was in the audience)
Good Old Days
I Surf The Second Wave
Land Of The Overdose
Gary Gilmore's Eyes
Lion And The Lamb
Runaway Train Driver
One Chord Wonders
TV was joined by Attila on fiddle for the last 3 numbers before he performed his own set.

TV Live / Re: TV Gigs 2021
« on: May 28, 2021, 09:12:15 PM »
Just advertised on See Tickets:

NE Volume Music Bar, Stockton-on-Tees. Sunday, 19 Dec 2021

World Chat / Re: Iggy Pop
« on: May 16, 2021, 12:10:30 PM »
•   Extensive 4CD set documenting the final years of The Stooges. A companion set to 2020’s well- received ‘You Think Your Bad, Man?’.
•   Featuring studio sessions and rehearsal recordings made in London, New York, Detroit, L.A. and Michigan as the band prepared to record and tour their ‘Raw Power’ masterpiece.
•   Includes seminal Stooges classics – ‘Search And Destroy’, ‘Raw Power’, ‘Gimme Danger’ – alongside countless lesser known tracks and material which was never recorded professionally.
•   Sleevenotes from Iggy aficionado, the legendary Kris Needs and produced in association with MainMan
•   An intimate study of a band on the edge, captured as The Stooges began their final descent into rock ‘n roll immortality.

World Chat / Re: Alvin Gibbs (feat. Leigh Heggarty, Brian James...)
« on: May 16, 2021, 09:41:17 AM »
Another single release from Alvin, Leigh & Jamie - due out at the end of August and available to pre-order:

Alvin Gibbs & the Disobedient Servants
15h  ·
For those of you who didn’t get to see a recent post of mine regarding the release of the new Alvin Gibbs and the Disobedient Servants’ 3 track vinyl ‘State of Grace’ single, here’s a briefer version for your perusal:
Time & Matter Records will be receiving the vinyl for the single from the manufacturers in August. These vinyl records will definitely arrive from the manufacturers at that time (we have received a fixed contracted shipping date from them), and thereafter will be swiftly posted out to everyone who pre-orders ahead of time. Meanwhile, as a means of enjoying these songs prior to receipt of the physical product, T&M are offering a free download of all three tracks from the single – ‘State of Grace’, ‘Too Bad She’s in Love’ and ‘Brother, Sister’ – to everybody who purchases one now, thus not only guaranteeing you a limited edition coloured splattered vinyl record with stunning sleeve artwork by Gaye Black (aka Gaye Advert) in a couple of months, but also allowing you instant access to the music it contains for your immediate listening pleasure. The link for pre-ordering the vinyl single and your immediate receipt of a download is:
I’m certain that you’re really going to like these new musical offering from the Disobedient Servants and wish to thank you all in advance for supporting Jamie Oliver, Leigh Heggarty and I by pre-ordering our latest release. We will certainly be adding this material to our set when we gig again next year… now back to the FA Cup Final! A X

TV Live / Rebellion 2021
« on: May 06, 2021, 10:06:58 PM »
Not a massive surprise but Rebellion has been postponed:
This time last year we were forced to make the heart-breaking decision to cancel Rebellion. A year on and we are absolutely devastated to confirm that yet again we are not able to go ahead on our advertised dates. Despite the intention, desire and willingness of ourselves, the venue, the bands and the local businesses for this year to go ahead, it has become increasingly clear that due to circumstances beyond our control, we can’t.
We’ve been open and transparent with you throughout this pandemic and have been humbled by the responses to our posts. We were hopeful (but cautious) about this year but require a few essential things to be confirmed for us to start putting the event on, and in all honesty, we’re just not getting the information that we need to proceed. The feeling is that music festivals are being ‘timed out’. No one is saying we CAN’T go ahead, but nothing is in place yet than means we CAN either. That is why the last few weeks have seen many many independent festivals take the tough decision to cancel and we know there are many more that will soon be making their announcements too.
This is a long post as we always want to communicate as much detail to our Rebellion family as possible. But if you want the punchline, Rebellion 2021 has been moved to 2022. Keep hold of your tickets. Both 2020 and 2021 tickets will roll over to 2022. You do not have to do anything. Just turn up next year with a valid ticket from 2020 / 2021 or 2022. For those of you wanting a refund, visit our website where full details are published. All day tickets will be refunded automatically.
REBELLION 2022 is 4th – 7th August.
So put that in your diary! We’ve already confirmed some surprise headliners plus reconfirmed a bunch that were due to play this year and we also have some exciting news about a new outdoor area. Keep reading for more info!
Don’t get rid of your hotel or B&B bookings for this year just yet as we are hoping that we can stage some kind of scaled back event this year. Read on…..
The main factor in making the decision to postpone again is the fact that we have been unable to secure insurance for this year’s event.
Despite continuous calls from our industry over the past six months, the Government have refused to provide us with protection via a Government-backed insurance scheme. They clearly do not believe in their own roadmap, or certainly not where live music is concerned. After much publicity surrounding the UK Governments announcement that (subject to criteria being met), life would return to normal after June 21st with no restrictions, we were all led to believe that a summer of events would be possible. If this is true, then such a scheme would cost the Government next to nothing as no-one would be making a claim! The fact that they have yet to offer such a scheme indicates that there is still uncertainty regarding festivals being able to proceed.
If the last year has taught us anything, it’s that nothing is certain, and things can change at the 11th hour. The roadmap could change, additional restrictions could be introduced at any time or there could be local lockdowns. We accept this. We’re in the middle of a pandemic. However, without COVID cancellation insurance in place it’s simply too much of a risk and could spell the end of Rebellion forever if we were on site, building stages and then told we couldn’t go ahead.
Not having insurance is too much of a gamble. We might as well flip a coin and we are not prepared to do that to ourselves or our community.
Insurance aside, there are several other issues. As of today, we still don’t know what we have to do in order to legally operate an event of this size. There are rumours of getting covid tests on site, having them in advance, vaccine passports, reduced attendances, social distancing etc etc. But equally there could be no restrictions. But that’s too vague this late in the day for us to start planning things operationally. There are currently test events and pilot schemes running. The outcome of those will determine what we must put in place. All these schemes have some form of Lateral Flow Testing in place before entrance is allowed. So, it’s fair to assume that will form part of the criteria for entering events. The problem for REBELLION is that unlike a festival in a field where you pitch up and stay for 4 days, we are based in a highly populated town centre and our event allows re-entry. As much as we love the Winter Gardens, we can’t keep everyone on site for 14 hours a day with no re-entry! Therefore a negative test is pointless if everyone is then in / out and mixing with non-festival attendees in bars / restaurants etc.
So on balance, we are not going to be able to return to a full capacity, non restricted, re-entry event this year. We are still planning our event but ensuring the date is moved accordingly so that it will finally be business as usual.
Further, the Rebellion family is GLOBAL. Around a third of people that attend are from overseas. With travel restrictions still an issue, we are aware that many people will not be able to attend and therefore refunding a third of all tickets would put us in an extremely difficult position if we then had the same costs in staging the event. We think it’s best to stage a full scale Rebellion at a time where we can host ALL our ticket holders.
Finally, the last week has seen many agents and bands from overseas pull their European tours and reschedule them for 2022. So it wouldn’t be the festival we wanted to stage anyway.
Whilst we were desperate for Rebellion to take place this year, we are also mindful that we bring thousands of people to a residential area and until the data on mass gatherings is complete, we have a social responsibility to Blackpool, the town and its residents to ensure that our event is not a cause for any increase in the disease. We were hopeful that with the vaccine programme and the test events there would be clarification that an indoor event such as ours would be safe. But we will not get that report until the middle of June by which time it will be too late to put on a festival of this size anyway.
We’re now coming off the back of 2 years of cancellations and 2 years of operational costs. Last time over 95% of you rolled your tickets over and that is why we’re still here. We were humbled and incredibly grateful. We love our Rebellion family and we know you love Rebellion too. There’s been some tough times for many of us and we understand that not everyone will be in a position to roll over again. However, if you can and if we can minimise refunds then you are making a massive difference to YOUR event.
For those of you that neither want to come next year or are not in a position financially to support us then of course REFUNDS are available for both 2020 and 2021 ticket holders, and the information regarding how that works can be found in detail on our WEBSITE –
The good news is that despite the Treasury blocking the insurance scheme, the Department of Culture, Media & Sport have been doing their bit to support the arts and recently allocated grants and loans and our bid was successful. Therefore, whilst we’re hanging on by the skin of our teeth having cancelled 2 years running, we are SAFE for the time being and can guarantee a return to Blackpool in 2022. That funding is paying our deposits so we’re ready to go when we can truly open up again. With no other sponsorship or backers, the only other funding that enables us to put on the festival is ticket sales. Your support is essential.
Tickets for 2022 will go on sale on Monday August 9th.
We’ve already booked a couple of exciting NEW headliners for 2022 and are in the process of re-booking many of the bands from this and last years event. Please be patient. It’s a long process and we’ll announce the first batch in the coming weeks.
The RETURN OF REBELLION 2022 is going to be massive! The exciting news is the council have agreed for us to have the area of the promenade right in front of Blackpool Tower (Tower Headland, on the ‘comedy carpet’). This is an amazing space for an outdoor stage. A straight walk down from the Winter Gardens. We can double our capacity with this area and have some fantastic plans to make both sites amazing. Of course, you’re also getting in at 2020 and 2021 prices if you keep your tickets!
We know that this news will disappoint so many of you and trust us, we’re as gutted as you are. We don’t do anything else. This is our life. We’re also gutted for all our crew, the hoteliers and B&B owners, the bands, the Winter Gardens and everyone that benefits from Rebellion each year.
We also know that many of you will have seen this as inevitable. There’s always so much opinion on the internet but we’re blessed with a supportive crowd who generally ‘get it’ and understand that all we want to do is put on a punk show and give everyone a good time. So whilst we’re sure there’s going to be a deluge of comments, please go easy on us. We’ve got the task of managing this postponement now and it’s a going to be draining, so please forgive us if we’re not responding to individual comments.
If you’ve got a 2020 or 2021 ticket, KEEP IT SAFE. That will get you in to 2022. It’s going to be the BEST. YEAR. EVER!
If you’ve got a 2020 or 2021 ticket and don’t want to come / can’t come to 2022 then you can apply for a refund from your point of purchase. Full details are on our website under the news item REFUND POLICY.
We’re sure they’ll be a summer of sporting events, some larger events and smaller gigs with reduced capacity but sadly for the independent festival circuit there’s too many barriers for us to go ahead and stage the festival as normal. Time is also against us.
However, many of us will be in Blackpool regardless as hotels etc are booked. So depending on the guidelines, it may be possible to stage something last minute. We are awaiting confirmation on how entry would have to work and any restrictions we’d have to adhere to. This would be a completely separate ticketed event, just putting on something for those that coming regardless.  We will of course let you know in due course if this happens.
For now, all we ask is that you all remain safe and healthy and we hope to see as many of you as possible in 2022. Your support as ever is appreciated and never taken for granted. We love you.
Team Rebellion xx

World Chat / Re: Sex Pistols (1976)
« on: April 27, 2021, 12:21:07 PM »

World Chat / Re: Obituaries
« on: April 18, 2021, 07:41:04 AM »
Lew Lewis - as well as his own brand of Canvey R & B, played on/with Wilko, Eddie & The Hot Rods, The Clash, The Stranglers etc.

World Chat / Re: Obituaries
« on: April 10, 2021, 10:29:22 PM »
Some Royal racist is dead apparently.
2 months short of his telegram.
Some people will do anything to avoid paying postage
Now, now, he was very keen on conserving animals although it was so that he could shoot them later!

TV Interviews / David Rovics Interview
« on: March 21, 2021, 12:36:33 PM »
Hour long interview with David Rovics and a couple of songs played here:

World Chat / Re: Obituaries
« on: March 11, 2021, 10:30:20 PM »
Lou Ottens without whom we wouldn't still have all those dodgy tapes lurking around the house.

Aged 94 very surprised to C90!

Thought you'd have supplied the punchline by now Fred.

World Chat / Re: Obituaries
« on: March 11, 2021, 01:43:23 PM »
Lou Ottens without whom we wouldn't still have all those dodgy tapes lurking around the house.

World Chat / Re: Poly Styrene documentary
« on: March 08, 2021, 07:27:38 PM »



Slow! I thought I'd accidently paused it at one point. Only got about half way through so far to be honest.

World Chat / Re: Things to cheer us up in these worrying times
« on: March 06, 2021, 08:38:45 PM »
Me too! Just waiting now for them to let me go home.

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