“Freesia” film screening with Director joining Q&A in Cambridge

“Freesia” film screening with Director joining Q&A in Cambridge
Monday 25th September, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, 9pm

The multi narrative film, “Freesia”, tackling issues of far right radicalisation and Islamophobia was first shown in August this year and has since won numerous awards* including Canadian “Best New Film” and Auckland’s “Best First Time Filmmaker”.

Originally conceived as three separate short films, Freesia soon became a full length feature film interweaving the lives of the three families under the skillful direction of writer/producer Conor Ibrahiem. Filming in West Yorkshire and securing Aqib Khan from British Asian film ‘West is West’ in a leading role, Conor has managed to bring this independent British film to main stream audiences.

By depicting the challenges faced by Muslims in the UK and the conditions that lead to far right extremism, “Freesia” hopes to build better understanding between these groups. Islamophobia is hatred towards Muslims and sadly is reported daily in our media either as attacks on individuals or policies rolled out like President Trump’s “Muslim Ban” making it difficult for Muslims from 5 Muslim majority countries to travel to America.

As the tagline says: “Hate is easy…to understand takes courage”.
Conor will be joined by Ex EDL organiser Ivan Humble at the Q&A at Arts Picturehouse after the film showing 9pm Monday 25th September.
“The hardest thing for me was taking myself out of that bubble of hate and moving away from the negativity. For every negative story there’s ten positives that you never see because they don’t sell papers,” says Ivan.

But Ivan did manage to see outside the bubble of hate once he actually began interacting with Muslims rather than just reading or hearing negative things about them.


Although tackling difficult issues, Conor aims to shine a positive light on Muslims and their faith “and encourage humanity towards positive change.”The Freesia film is a 12A and will be screened at Arts Picturehouse on Monday 25th September at 9pm followed by a Q&A with Director Conor Ibrahiem and Ex EDL organiser Ivan Humble.

The screening is supported by Cambridge Stop The War and Cambridge Stand Up To Racism




BurySOUND returns for its 20th year!

Amazingly, it’s nearly BurySOUND time again, and we’re already taking applications from local bands, duos and solo artists for our 20th Anniversary.  The BurySOUND 2017 had the biggest reaction in terms of entries in the competition’s history, and it’d be amazing to top that for 2018!
Early 2018 sees the return of the legendary and enduringly popular BurySOUND Music Competition for its 20th Anniversary.  Five heats – each containing five competing bands – will take place during January and February at The Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill Arts Centre, and the Grand Final will be held at The Apex on Friday 9th March.
Originally launched in 1998 by St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Jackie Smith and local promoter Paul Johnson in the hope that it would instigate a DIY, grass roots contemporary music scene in Bury St Edmunds, BurySOUND is now one of East Anglia’s best-known and longest-running band competitions, endeavouring each year to discover, nurture and promote up and coming musical talent.
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Over the years, BurySOUND has showcased more than 200 local artists.  Previous winners include HUNTAR (aka Lewis Mokler, currently enjoying huge success with The 1975 and Biffy Clyro’s label Good Soldier Songs) and MISS BLACK AMERICA (who subsequently recorded four sessions for hugely influential Radio One DJ John Peel and were championed by NME, Drownedinsound.com and Rolling Stone magazine).
Bands are judged by a panel of music industry experts; however, the competition aspect is secondary to the thrill of discovering incredible new music in a positive and supportive atmosphere.
Bands can enter BurySOUND 2018 via the official website at http://www.burysound.com/enter   East Anglian artists of all ages and genres are welcome to apply. The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 3rd November.
The dates for BurySOUND 2018 are:
Heat One – Friday 26th January at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
Heat Two – Friday 2nd February at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
Heat Three – Friday 9th February at Haverhill Arts Centre
Heat Four – Friday 16th February at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
Heat Five – Friday 23rd February at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
GRAND FINAL – Friday 9th March at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
The Grand Final will be headlined by last year’s winners, grunge-surf-punk trio TUNDRA.
Twitter: @BurySOUND

Winds of October – Alan Gibbons’ novel set in the Russian Revolution

Winds of October 

is the first novel in Alan Gibbons’ 

Revolution trilogy

published 25th September 2017

To follow in spring 2018:

Reason in Revolt  and Spurn the Dust

‘Don’t be scared, my sister. This is it. 

This is the revolution.’

As if to give physical form to the momentous events, an armoured car came racing down the road, twin red flags fluttering. It was welcomed with roars and cheering…

A fight to the death, a desperate robbery, a search for home amongst mounted Cossacks chasing down protestors. Raisa is coming of age in Petrograd in the rapids of revolution. So begins an odyssey through the climactic events in Russia between February and October 1917.

 “Winds of October” charts the hopes, dreams and loves of five young participants in one of the greatest moments in history.


Order Winds of October here

About the Author

Alan Gibbons has been writing children’s and Young Adult fiction for 26 years. He is the winner of The Blue Peter Book Award 2000 ‘The book I couldn’t put down’ for his best-selling book Shadow of the Minotaur and has won seventeen other awards.

Before becoming an author Alan was a teacher for 16 years. Alan is a full time writer and independent educational consultant. He is the organiser of the Campaign for the Book, which promotes libraries and the culture of reading for pleasure. Alan visits 150-180 schools and libraries a year in the UK and abroad, working with young people to encourage their interest in reading and writing.


Alan Gibbons accepts the NUT’s Fred & Anne Jarvis Award at the Union’s 2016 conference

The Underdog Art Gallery V The Losers Custom Show

Losers v Underdogs Custom Show

The Underdog Art Gallery Featuring The Losers MCC Old Kent Road.

A Weekend Celebrating Motorbikes And Biker Art And Much More – 22-24th September 2017

Losers MCC verses Underdogs Custom Show – is a FREE entry weekend event celebrating the culture of motorbikes and biker art. Featuring an array of biker art, bike start-ups, unusual motorbikes, live music, djs, craft beer, delicious food, and of course, the Losers biker tea stall serving up good times from the 22-24th September at the Underdog Art Gallery, Se1.

The show features an exhibition of biker art curated by The Underdog Gallery with bikes and biker culture provided by Losers MCC- mild mannered bikers from The Old Kent Road, London.

Expect to witness custom bikes, hourly motorbike start-ups, cult films, rare screen printed posters, tanks and lids.

The exhibition includes art from noted artists such as Ryan Roadkill, Rhys Whootan, Schoph, Peanut Butter Customs and Peter John De-Villiers


The weekend kicks starts on Friday 22nd September, with Losers MCC DJs Mad Dog and Brother of Pearl playing garage, biker/motor related tunes, glam, punk and rock n roll. Followed by high octane blues infested punkabilly from Eastbourne rockabilly trio, Knocksville and support.

On Saturday 23rd September, things rev up in the evening with classic rock, blues, heavy rock from Dead Angels, grease rock behemoths Gorilla, followed by Blind River and DJ sets from DJ Grizz.


Sunday 24th September is a more laid back affair with classic cult bike movies served along with a hearty biker brunch. DJ Repro Man spinning R&B, Rockabilly, garage surf tunes and 60’s.

The exhibition is open from 11am Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Losers MCC –will be displaying their 1950;s mini Trojan bikes and a collection of unique bikes. Along with the Loser MCC Tea stall – which has graced many biker events from Bike Shed and MCN show -serving a range of hot tea and biscuits to thirsty riders throughout the weekend.

Full bar service is also provided at the gallery.

The full throttle line up as follows:

Evening Running Order:-

  • The Underdog Art Gallery will be open each day at 11am to view the art and displays.
  • Friday 22th September: Knocksville and support. Loser MCC DJ’s Mad Dog and Brother of Pearl playing garage, biker/motor related tunes, glam, punk and rock n roll – 7pm until 1am.
  • Saturday 23rd September: Evening 8pm with primal rock n roll attack from Dead Angels followed Blind River – classic rock, blues, heavy rock and all that makes Rock n Roll music good. . DJ sets from DJ Grizz 7- 1am. Exhibition open from 11am onwards.
  • Sunday 24th September : Biker Brunch from 11am, Steak n Eggs with DJ Repro Man – Rockabilly, Surf, Blues, 60’s Garage 11am until 10.30pm.

Artists Exhibiting :-

  • Ryan Roadkill – artist, illustrator, printer. All things two wheeled & demon ridden,
  • Rhys Whootan -artist specializing poster, pop art and merchandise designer for bands.
  • Schoph – artist who first came to prominence in the international snowboarding scene with his dynamic, detailed and brooding paintings.
  • Peanut Butter Customs – Born too late with a magpie like attraction to shiny things, especially metal flake, Jack paints choppers, classics, helmets and anything that stays still for too long. He takes a lot of influence from the pioneers of chop/hot rod painting but tries to give everything his own unique spin.
  • Peter John De-VilliersSouth African artist with an iconic style that has become an integrated part of the international art scene as well as musicians, the snowboard and skate industry.

The Underdog Gallery is located at ARCH 6, Crucifix Lane, London Bridge, SE1 3JW – five minute walk from London Bridge station at the top of Bermondsey Street.



Goldblume release new single “Fawning”

Following on from January’s Go Figure EP, Cambridge three-piece Goldblume are back with new single Fawning, recorded at Bury St Edmunds’ Hunter Club Studios.
Fawning sees Goldblume somewhat dial back the math-rock influences in favour of 2000s “Brit Rock” – the sound associated with bands like Hundred Reasons, Hell Is For Heroes and Reuben.


In addition to releasing Go Figure, 2017 has seen Goldblume carry on the momentum they built up in 2016, with more gigs – alongside the likes of Gaffa Tape Sandy,
Ragweed and Bellevue Days – more radio airplay and live sessions.

Fawning – and associated B-side, an acoustic rendition of new track Tomorrow – is released on iTunes, Spotify (and all other digital services) on Friday 22 nd September, the day before Goldblume play Cambridge’s inaugural Subterranean Festival with Ducking Punches, Dave
McPherson and PINS; before embarking on various dates across the country.

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The Wedding Present re-record their album “George Best” with Steve Albini

The Wedding Present debut GB30 version of  “Shatner”  while also announcing the pre-order of their classic album “George Best” as re-recorded by Steve Albini “GB30” released September 22nd on HHBTM Records.

RELEASE DATE: September 22nd, 2017

It was early 2008, The Wedding Present had recently finished a twentieth anniversary tour for George Best and, having played the entire album dozens of times, it was fresh under their fingers. So after they had wrapped up recording the ‘El Rey’ album, David suggested they record a ‘live’ version of it in the same studio.Steve Albini, who they were recording with, wasn’t too keen on the idea, but David assured him it would be quick and easy, so he reluctantly caved. David was right; it was quick, done live, more like a Beatles recording than a drawn out modern one with lots of overdubs and multi-track layering.

I imagine this version of George Best is what David would have liked to record in 1987. It is just so well recorded, which you’d expect from Steve Albini. You can feel David’s 20 years older self guiding the new recording in the same direction, but with more experience and warmth. Everything is bigger… the drums on the original recording were played live, but on a Simmons electronic drum kit. The combination of Albini’s recording and the ultra-talented Graeme Ramsay on drums brings the songs to life. However, the real difference comes out in the recording of those ever fast, ever jangly guitars… they’re warmer, bigger and more modern, more… Albini!

Just to round everything off with a contemporary twist, award-winning mixer/producer Andrew Scheps happily agreed to mix these recordings, having heard the original for the first time in his living room in Los Angeles in 2012, when he was mixing The Wedding Present’s eighth studio album, Valentina.


PRE-ORDER LINK (deluxe LP versions come with a screen-printed inner sleeve poster, a screen-printed tote bag, a square album artwork button and color vinyl.





Lonely The Brave have been deliberately quiet these last few months, working on new material and reassessing what has come before. This has been all the more noticeable because before then, they had never stopped: last year alone saw them secure a no.1 on the rock chart with their second LP “Things Will Matter”, sell-out a headline tour and play main support on a hugely successful European tour with Biffy Clyro, followed with a thematically linked series of EP’s which have shown the sheer depth of strong material that was available to them around that second record.

But despite their successes, Lonely The Brave have never been like their peers, never calculated the game in quite the same way they have, never shot from the same angle. From their stage dynamics, to their influences, to covering the likes of Bjork, Pink Floyd and Antony & The Johnsons, they have always been proud of their differences and in what has staunchly set them apart from the others who have now fallen by the wayside. They followed the release of their critically acclaimed debut “The Day’s War” with an extended version including several Redux tracks that reinvented material rather than simply stripping it back and they follow this theme of insular reinvention again now on a full Redux album version of “Things Will Matter”. Melody and heart will always be at the centre of what they do, but Lonely The Brave are here to prove once again that they will always continue to do things that other bands can’t.

Opening with the extremely personal title track “Things Will Matter”, a live favourite which was not featured on the album of the same name, frontman David Jakes tackles his relationship with his father and addresses mortality in an emotive song that finally sees a studio version. And from here the band revisit material from the last album, this time pushing an electronic influence to the forefront – the likes of Brainfeeder’s Lorn, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Mogwai and more inform a sound that now incorporates synths, programming and atmospherics in a way they haven’t before. David is also pushed further to the front here, just as he has managed to do in recent live shows, reminding you exactly why he is one of the most gifted vocalists in recent memory.

The likes of “What If You Fall In” trade in some of the expanse of the full record for intimacy and beauty instead, and the album’s singles are given second life – especially the haunting harmonies that now envelope “Radar” and the piano-led “Rattlesnakes”. Elsewhere, the major chords and bombast of “Strange Like I” are replaced with something otherworldly and obtuse instead – and this follows through into the score-like “Jaws Of Hell” which somehow takes the original and expands on its ambition further, feeling like it would be as fitting an end to a film as it is an album.

At their most anthemic, or at their most vulnerable, Lonely The Brave remain an inarguably important act. Where they head for the next album remains to be seen, but you know that if they can keep their heads we will be rewarded with another record on their own terms that will always stand proudly apart from the rest.

POWERMAN 5000 New Album and ‘Sid Vicious in a Dress’ single

POWERMAN 5000 New Album and ‘Sid Vicious in a Dress’ single

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Powerman 5000 have inked a worldwide deal with Pavement Entertainment. The new album “New Wave” marks the next chapter in the world of PM5K and the follow up to 2014’s highly successful “Builders of the Future.”

Powerman 5000’s legacy continues to push the boundaries of rock, metal, industrial, rap, and punk to create innovative and groundbreaking releases time and time again. Their upcoming highly anticipated album, New Wave , hits shelves on October 27, 2017, in digital and retail outlets worldwide. New Wave is PM5K’s eleventh official release since forming in 1992 and continues the strides and success from their platinum-selling album Tonight the Stars Revolt! to their most recent chart-topping single in 2014, “How to Be a Human.”

While fans await  New Wave , PM5K is releasing the single “Sid Vicious in a Dress” via iTunes. Fans who pre-order New Wave digitally will receive an instant download of “Sid Vicious in a Dress” to get a taste of what’s to come.

In addition to the iTunes pre-order, Pavement Entertainment will launch a special Powerman 5000 New Wave Bundle. The bundle will include a hand-signed copy of the album, as well as an exclusive PM5K limited edition t-shirt. Supplies are limited to 500 and are available only with the pre-order bundle.

Vocalist Spider One puts it best when he discusses the new single “Sid Vicious in a Dress”: “I suppose at its simplest it’s a twisted love song, but really it’s about loving what hurts you, what is bad for you. Staying when you should run. Over the years, Sid Vicious has become the poster child for chaos and self-destruction. I just took that and put it in the form of a beautiful girl. The title of the song kind of says it all.”

The track is one you’ll want to put on repeat, assuredly becoming an anthem for twisted love, mayhem, and rock and roll anarchy. It will leave everyone who hears it singing along to its unapologetic refrain, “You’re a mess! Sid Vicious in a dress!” Keeping true to the very spirit of Sid himself, Powerman 5000 once again delivers an album on their own terms.

New Wave available worldwide October 27, 2017.

Track Listing:
1. Footsteps and Voices
2. Hostage
3. Sid Vicious in a Dress
4. David F**king Bowie
5. Cult Leader
6. No White Flags
7. Thank God
8. Die on Your Feet
9. Get a Life
10. Run for Your Life

Pre-order here:
iTunes: https://goo.gl/s41op4
Apple Music: https://goo.gl/1SsqDG
Amazon: https://goo.gl/MvEmrw
PM5K New Wave Bundle: https://goo.gl/yosNF8

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The Lovely Eggs Announce Oct/Nov 2017 UK Tour including Cambridge

The Lovely Eggs
Announce Oct/Nov 2017 UK Tour
Thur 26 Oct – Unity Works, Wakefield
Fri 27 Oct – Gorilla, Manchester
Sat 28 Oct – The Soundhouse, Leicester
Sun 29 Oct – The Actress and Bishop, Birmingham
Mon 30 Oct – The Portland Arms, Cambridge
Tues 31 Oct – Open Norwich, Norwich
Weds 1 Nov – Oslo, London
Thurs 2 Nov – Talking Heads, Southampton
Fri 3 Nov – The Haunt, Brighton
Sat 4 Nov – The Exchange, Bristol
Surreal punk rockers The Lovely Eggs are back on the road in October, bringing their raucous live shows to audiences throughout the UK. This will be their first full-length UK tour in more than a year, after being hauled up in the studio working on a new album with Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann.
The DIY duo, comprising of married couple Holly Ross (guitar/vocals) and David Blackwell (drums), have been selling out venues across the countrywithout the help of management, booking agent or record label support. Described by the NME as “one of the country’s most beloved underground bands”, the pair combine punk rock abandon with splatterings of psychedelia, carving out their own very peculiar niche and a growing army of fans.
With much support from Radio One and 6 Music, they have a staggering six BBC 6 music sessions under their belt with DJ Marc Riley declaring their last two singles Goofin’ Around (in Lancashire) and Drug Braggin‘” among his official top tracks of 2015 and 2016.

Their songs are beloved anthems of absurdity, truly unique and set apart from the mainstream music industry. Live, singles such as the fuzzed-out psych of Magic Onion and Goofin’ Around (In Lancashire) (from their most recent album This Is Our Nowhere) sit alongside classics such as  Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It) and their philosophical mantra Fuck It.”

This tour The Lovely Eggs will also be debuting new material from their forthcoming album due for release in early 2018. Titled This Is Eggland, the album was produced by legendary engineer Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev), flinging the resolutely DIY Eggs into a whole new world. The result is far more ambitious and raucous than their previous work. The first single from the album “I Shouldn’t Have Said That” will be released in November and will be available for preview soon.

The Lovely Eggs are one of the most exciting, innovative and genuine bands on the British Underground Music Scene.  Welcome to Eggland. Welcome to their world!

The Slits Here to be Heard: The Story of The Slits film & DVD