Manics, Slaves, R*E*P*E*A*T and more releases planned for Record Store Day 2017

Numbered Limited Edition 12″ vinyl – Record Store Day Exclusive

Side A
1  Your Love Alone Is Not Enough (featuring Nina Persson) 03:56
2  Your Love Alone Is Not Enough (DEMO – 60’s Jangle, Faster Studios) 04:04

Side B
1  Your Love Alone Is Not Enough (JAMES SOLO HOME ACOUSTIC CASSETTE DEMO) 03:41

We are excited to reveal the limited edition releases available next month to celebrate Record Store Day’s 10th anniversary. This is the start of all the fun!

The full list of over 500 records, which can be found HERE, will be making their way exclusively into independent record shops across the UK on Saturday 22nd April. The record labels have once again given us a set of special releases to work with. From this generous selection shops will each curate their own unique Record Store Day offerings. As always, there is a massive range of music on offer, across all genres, enticing more shops (and hopefully customers) than ever to get involved.

R*E*P*E*A*T’s contribution can exclusively be previewed here

Natasha Youngs of Resident Music in Brighton said “Shops all over the country will be supporting the releases with an array of events (live music, raffles, quizzes, giveaways and more), offering a day that truly celebrates the record shop culture that we all live and breathe every day. The UK’s independent record shops are a fiercely diverse set of businesses but this event brings us together to celebrate our differences.”

To mark the milestone of 10 years of Record Store Day, we have enlisted for the first time five official UK champions: Slaves, Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre), Kate Tempest, Kate Nash and Izzy Bizu.  They each have a very special release and video message to share ahead of the event which can be found HERE.

Moreover, as a birthday gift to record store fans, the first 20 people in each store queue will receive a limited edition Fred Perry collaboration record bag for the releases they find on the day. The bags have been designed for Fred Perry by UK based artists Suzi Kemp, Melvin Galapon, Jack Kimberley and David Sparshott for the 10th anniversary.

The party atmosphere will continue on the 22nd April when this year’s Record Store Day takes place.

A Rum Old Do – R*E*P*E*A*Tster’s new release raises money for National Autistic Society

A Rum Old Do – R*E*P*E*A*Tster’s new release raises money for National Autistic Society

A Rum Old Do is a new EP featuring regular R*E*P*E*A*Tster Ricky Boom-Boom in collaboration with wizard slide guitarist Tom Colborn.

The 4 song EP is available through Bandcamp 17th March 2017 with 90% of each download sale going to the National Autistic Society.

(The remaining 10% goes to Bandcamp, server costs and stuff)

It is available from today March 17th from

About Ricky Ricky Boom-Boom

Ricky Boom-Boom is a folk-blues guitarist and singer and long-standing performer in the Cambridge area. His previous, rather different, bands have had airtime on John Peel’s Radio 1 show and BBC 6Music and made several appearances at the Cambridge Folk Festival. He will be familiar to regular readers of and attenders at R*E*P*E*A*T events.

In his spare time, Ricky is also a writer for both legendary Cambridge-based music ‘zine REPEAT and the great feminist rock e-zine Loud Women.

His new EP ‘A Rum Old Do’ is a collaboration with slide-guitar wizard Tom Colborn and is available to download through Bandcamp now. This offering is very different from Ricky’s other output, but just as listenable and very touching. And all the monies from download sales not snaffled by Bandcamp will go to the National Autistic Society.


“The rage, urgency, wit and shattering of complacency usually found only in grime.”


Watch video for new single ‘Mother’ here, taken from debut album “Brutalism” out now

Idles mother single video brutalism album march april tour england scotland wales

No.1 on Spotify Viral charts with “Well Done”
Record Of The Week – Huw Stephens | #NewMusic with Annie Mac

Guardian’s Ones To Watch 06/01/17

IDLES are hard to capture, because they’re not Fat White Family, they’re not Sleaford Mods, they are very much their own incarnation of uncompromising rhythmical punk rock. Lyrically, a mixture of dry obsessional humour and poetic slogans.
Steve Lamacq BBC6 Music

“(Brutalism) A rare rock record with the rage, urgency, wit and shattering of complacency usually found only in grime.”

Blunt and to the point…(Well Done) is a visceral anthem that’s timed weirdly well for 2016’s madness
New Music Of The Day – NME


Monday 20th – Oxford – The Bullingdon

Tuesday 21st – Sheffield – The Plug

Wednesday 22nd – Newcastle Upon Tyne – Think Tank

Thursday 23rd – Aberdeen – Tunnels

Friday 24th – Dundee – Buskers

Saturday 25th – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete

Monday 27th – York – Fulford Arms

Tuesday 28th – Hull – The Adelphi

Wednesday 29th – Nottingham – The Bodega

Thursday 30th – Liverpool – O2 Academy 2

Friday 31st – Wakefield – Unity Hall

Monday 3rd – Stoke-On-Trent – The Sugarmill

Tuesday 4th – Preston – Guildhall

Wednesday 5th – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach

Monday 1st – Liverpool – Punk Holiday Monday

Cambridge Calling – new Cambridge compilation released this week

Cambridge Calling

A series of compilations of emerging artists from Cambridge which has been curated by Dave Hammond whose fortnightly show on Cambridge 105 Radio, The Smelly Flowerpot, is a mainstay of the cities music scene. The first compilation will be released on 17th March 2017 by German Shepherd Records and such is the current scene in the Cambridge area, there are already enough tracks donated for a second compilation, which will follow in the summer of 2017.

What started out as a vague idea to pull a few tracks together soon snowballed into the current multi genre epic, fired by the enthusiasm of the artists involved. The more the perpetrator scratched at the surface of the local music scene, the more it became apparent how much excellent music was out there.

Aside from putting some superb music out there, the aim is also to raise money for deserving charities.

Volume 1

For volume 1, the participating bands have nominated the Arthur Rank Hospice, which is dedicated to providing specialist palliative care and support to adult patients and their family, friends and carers.

The diversity of the music on this first volume is impressive, covering rock, hip hop, folk, indie, punk, psychedelia, pop, jazz, Americana, garage and electronica with nods to all eras of popular and contemporary music. Artists range from those in the first flush of youth and already developing sounds that bode well for the future to more experienced souls continually developing their craft. Acts R*E*P*E*A*T readers may recognise include  Broadway Danny Rose, Gavin Chappell-Bates, The Scissors, Bouquet of Dead Crows with many more (including Beverley Kills) pencilled in for Volume 2.

17203041_1448763635168359_7368641482723490754_nThe rather incredible Broadway Danny Rose

For around the price of a couple of pints you can have a lasting legacy of the flourishing scene in a City as diverse and thrilling as the music it has inspired, while at the same time providing some much needed funds for a very deserving local charity.

For more info and to order Cambridge Calling, go to

Bury Fringe line up and more in Rock City

Bury Fringe Festival takes place each year during April and early May, in the run-up to the Bury St Edmunds Festival, and is organised by Washing Machine, Toonteen Industries and The Hunter Club’s open mic promoter James Green.  Operating on a low-budget, DIY basis, the aim of the festival is to act as a showcase for, and celebration of, the amazing range of homegrown contemporary musical and spoken word talent our local area has to offer.
This year’s headline acts include absolute local indie-rock heroes SUPERGLU (fresh from representing BBC Introducing at SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas), BurySOUND 2016 winners SUBURBAN MINDS, hard-touring theatrical steampunk five-piece METROPOLIS, fast-rising garage-rock trio GAFFA TAPE SANDY, Cambridge-based ambient guitar pop four-piece DEEP CITY, festival-slaying gonzo rock lunatics DINGUS KHAN and the last-ever performance by HORSE PARTY.  All events take place at The Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds.  Advance tickets for all events are onsale now priced between £4 and £6 from
Here are the full listings:
Saturday 1st April, 6-11pm at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
METROPOLIS + The Thinking Men + Druids + Final Transmission + The Lobster Smack
Saturday 15th April, 6-11pm at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
GAFFA TAPE SANDY + Cheap Heat + Fightmilk + Tundra + Dexy
Saturday 29th April, 6-11pm at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
DINGUS KHAN + HORSE PARTY (last ever gig) + Keys + Huckleberry Harrison
Saturday 6th May, 1pm-1am at The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
+ Asbestos + Blue Mean Eyes + Goldblume + Jack Rundell + Kyanos + Pet Needs + Saltfen + Siah + Sun Scream + The Wilsons + The Naked French + War Waves + Hoo Ha DJs + more to be announced!
And here are some videos by some of our headliners:




Released 7th April 2017 on Soft Belly Records

Stream ‘Jelly Legs’ HERE

“Bright, bold and playful. It’s a potent introduction, sonically and graphically.” The 405

“Pop that will soothe your soul and help your heart rise above the daily travails.” – Clash Magazine

Hot on the heels of their last release, London three-piece Playing House return with their brand new EP, ‘Jocelyn’, released on Soft Belly Records on April 7th.  This concise output features 3 intelligent and refreshingly bold alt-pop earworms that tell the story of a relationship through various stages.

“It’s centred around the push and pull of what it is to learn to be with someone whilst learning to be yourself” singer Mel Patman tells us, “It also signifies us going into the next stage as a band, exploring the complex feelings of all being together and adjusting to increasing pressures”. It’s a message conveyed beautifully across these tracks, with an audibly more polished production quality, bringing the pop element of their sound to the forefront and allowing Patman’s song writing to take the listener on a personal journey.

It’s the bands ability to write such infectious pop melodies to contrast with their often brutally honest lyrics that earn them their retrocentric comparisons such as Talking Heads, David Bowie and A Flock Of Seagulls. Produced by Richard Formby (Wild Beasts, Ghostpoet, Spacemen 3), ‘Jocelyn’ explores a much more synth-lead sound to Playing House than their previous cuts. For this, the band had chosen the perfect partner in Formby, a man well-known for his collection of synths and a passion for creating experimental, quirky pop music.

The EPs lead single, ‘Jelly Legs’, is a playfully upbeat love song which showcases the bands anthemic song writing and tight, competent musical arrangement. Guitarist Killian McCorley fills the space with a more refrained picking style that weaves its way in and out of the song effortlessly, drawing inspiration from the likes of Simple Minds and Echo & the Bunnymen. Exquisitely delicate backing vocals from bassist Izzy Cox provide a stark contrast to Patman’s powerful and emotive lead. With themes of unexplored love, anxiety and the discovery of new feelings, it’s a track immediately relatable to any listener, and is squarely in the band’s sweet spot. This is what they do best.

Stemming from the vibrant East London queer community, Playing House first unleashed their sound on the London live circuit in September 2015 and have continued with shows at the likes of Servant Jazz Quarters, The Lexington, Birthdays, Old Blue Last (BBC Introducing) and Lock Tavern and have supported artists such as Beverly, Kimberly Anne, Palm Honey, Catholic Action, False-Heads and many more.

Their debut EP, ‘New Haircut’ was received well by fans and industry alike, and was championed by BBC Radio 6’s Tom Robinson and even made his ‘Best of 2016’ mixtape. They’re now also supported by PRS for Music Foundation who have already been vital to the success of countless upcoming acts across the country.

The Band:


Mel Patman – Vocals, guitar

Killian McCorley – Guitar

Izzy Cox – Bass, backing vocals


Live Dates:


Apr 4th – Old Blue Last, London (EP launch)

Apr 21st – The Full Moon, Cardiff

Apr 26th – The Hi-Fi Ont Sofa Presents, Leeds

Apr 29th – Smithdown Road Festival, Liverpool

May 29th – The Victoria, London



  1. Jelly Legs
  2. Missing
  3. Penmere







The 5 Mistakes Musicians Keep Making With Their Website

Having the tech tools at your disposal is only one step in making a great website.
How you design it, how you organize the content, and the content itself are key to building a site that will convert potential fans, engage your current fans, and impress industry gatekeepers.
Over the last few years we’ve reviewed thousands of musician websites. We often see the same issues come up over and over again. Here are some of the biggest mistakes we still see musicians making with their websites that you should avoid:
When it comes to your website, we cannot overstate the importance of using professional photos. Great photos help create a positive first impression for potential new fans, as well as for industry and media.
However, if the images on your website are low-resolution, badly cropped, poorly lit, or simply don’t fit your brand, chances are, people won’t take you or your music seriously. This might seem extreme, but when landing on your website for the first time, the photos are going to give people their first impression of your music.
Be sure that your header and background images look great, and always have plenty of high-res options for industry and media in your digital press kit.


 It’s a mobile world. Mobile digital media time is now higher compared to desktop. You not only need a mobile-friendly website, the mobile experience must be seamless.

This means your site must load quickly, and be easy to navigate (no pinching the screen to zoom in!). Your content needs to be easy to find, music must be easy to listen to, and any e-commerce tools must work perfectly on mobile devices.
Maybe most importantly, Google actually punishes sites in search that aren’t mobile-friendly. On the plus side, this change to Google’s mobile search rankings actually boosts mobile-friendly pages. You can test the mobile-friendliness of your site here:


If someone lands on your website and the last update was for your 2014 summer tour, it’s going to give the impression that you’re no longer active. This can have a real negative impact for potential fans, and especially industry and media.
Be sure to always have your latest news visible right on the Homepage. You can use a blog for this, but again, you’ll have to keep it up to date. Other elements you should look to update regularly would be your concert calendar, photos, videos, and of course, your music.
One simple solution to make sure that you’re always showing your band’s latest activity is by embedding your Twitter and Instagram feeds on your website. While other elements of your site may not be totally up to date, at least people landing on your site will see that you’re still active on social media.
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A website, earlier today…
 If there is anywhere that fans should be able to find your entire discography of music, it’s on your own website. Don’t simply offer a taste of your music then send fans away to iTunes or Spotify.
Be sure to have all of your music available to stream, and offer some free downloads in exchange for an email address to help build your mailing list. There should also be direct-to-fan purchase options, where you keep most of the money (100% with Bandzoogle, 85% with Bandcamp), and also collect valuable email addresses.
Once you have those elements in place, you can then provide links to outside store options and streaming services. Just remember that those services will not share their customer emails with you, so you won’t be able to follow up directly with those fans about future albums, tours, or merch offerings.


Speaking of email, far too many band websites don’t have a mailing list signup. Or if they do have one, it’s buried in the content. Be sure to have a mailing list signup right at the top of your Homepage, with a clear-call-to-action offering an incentive for fans to join (for a great example, check out what Bandzoogle members Sonic Boom Six – pictured above – have done here).
Why is this so important? Simply put: you own your mailing list. No matter what happens to your favorite social media platform, you will always own that database of emails. With social media, those platforms own that fan database and can disappear (MySpace), or change the rules at anytime (like Facebook has done many times). As Benji Rogers, Founder of PledgeMusic has said:
“If email is not the biggest part of your social strategy, then you are giving the power of communication with your fans to companies who will gladly take them and whose advertisers will thank you to no end for providing them with eyeballs.”
Email marketing has also been found to be 40 times as effective as Facebook and Twitter combined. So if you’re looking to sell music and merch, or if you’re crowdfunding your next album, you’ll get much better results with a dedicated email blast to your fan list.
Dave Cool (yes, that’s his real name) is the Director of Artist & Industry Outreach at Bandzoogle. Built for musicians by musicians, Bandzoogle intends to make it easy to build a beautiful mobile-friendly website, and sell music, merch & tickets commission-free. Dave is a recovering punk rock drummer, comedy nerd, wine snob, and loves to connect on Twitter. Follow him at @dave_cool

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Guru (ex Pale Fires), The Virtues and more at BSE

On Saturday 18th March at The Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds, we’re very excited to welcome skyscraping psychedelic rock visionaries GURU! (formerly known as Pale Fires), who’ll be making their hometown live debut.
Support comes from grunge-shoegaze kings THE VIRTUES, indie-psych upstarts KYANOS, and new bands THE CATCH and BLUE MEAN EYES, who both turned in magnificent sets at this year’s BurySOUND.
Doors open at 6pm on the day and tickets are £4 in advance from
Check out Guru’s new song ‘Wild, I’ right here on the modern internet:
Guru! – Wild, I






Today Camden Rocks Festival confirm Merseyside’s indie rock legends, The Coral, Sheffield’s Reverend and The Makers, and more will join the 2017 festival line-up.

Dubbed simply “amazing” by the NME in a glowing four star review for their triumphant seventh album ‘Distance Inbetween’ in 2016, The Coral will make their only London performance of this year exclusively at Camden Rocks Festival 2017 with a set spanning their platinum-selling back catalogue.


Speaking ahead of their performance Reverend and The Makers frontman Jon McClure says: “We are looking forward to Camden Rocks! We played it before and it was mega. There’s so many great bands this year, and Camden is always lairy and brilliant. Let’s have it!”

Also topping the line-up this year are punk rock legends, The Damned.  Who, following the 40th anniversary of their debut single ‘New Rose’, thus marking the 40th birthday of punk itself as the first British band to release a punk single in 1976, will play a very special set list exclusively for Camden Rocks 2017 spanning their earliest material, celebrating Camden Town’s central role through punk history. “Never mind the Sex Pistols… it was The Damned who pioneered UK punk”, Noisey reported recently.

Having also recently announced The Rifles, Milburn, Carl Barat and the Jackals, Orange Goblin, Ruts DC, The King Blues & many more, this year sees Camden Rocks Festival pushing boundaries further still, set to host 250 bands and artists across 25 of Camden Town’s revered music venues on June 3rd 2017.

The current festival line-up is detailed below with today’s new additions noted first in bold.

The Coral, Reverend and The Makers, Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction, Love Zombies, Asylums, BRAWLERS, Desert Storm, SKARLETT RIOT, Flight Brigade, REWS, Duncan Reid and the Big Heads, Empire, Massive Waggons, Gold Key, LAST GREAT DREAMERS, THECITYISOURS, Daxx & Roxane, Rival Karma, The SoapGirls, Blackwaters, Only Sun, Toffees, Willow Robinson, IAMWARFACE, BEXATRON, Harker Moon, Mama Moonshine, The Muffin Heads, Cavalcade, Will O’Donnell, GØSPEL, Sykes, Sugarmen, Antares and Desperate Measures.

The Damned, Milburn, The Rifles, Carl Barat & The Jackals, Orange Goblin, The Ruts DC, The King Blues, The Professionals, Hey! Hello!, Anti Nowhere League, Andy Cairns (Therapy?), The Urban Voodoo Machine, The Membranes, The RainBand, Young Kato, Stone Broken, Big Boy Bloater and the Limits, MOSES, Screaming Eagles, Imperial Leisure, Habitats, The Main Grains, Napoleon, Slydigs, Max Raptor, Losers, Cortes, Colour Of Noise, Courage My Love, Black Orchid Empire, Jasmine Rodgers, Straight Lines, Yonaka, Exist Immortal, The Anita Chellamah Band, Dirty Thrills, The Blinders, Inklings, MassMatiks, Hands Off Gretel, Fizzy Blood, Broken Witt Rebels, Louise Distras, Millie Manders & The ShutUp, Forte, Stereo Juggernaut, Black Sixteen, Lucie Barat & The Au Revoirs, HVMM, Halflives, Weirds, Frauds, Holding Absence, When We Were Wolves, Bare Knuckle Parade, Lupus-Dei, Liines, Tigress, Divides, Single By Sunday, John, Desert Planes, Happy Accidents, Brandy Row, Role Models, Tim Muddiman & The Strange, Chinese Missy, Itamar, Oxygen Thief, The Franklys, CUTE CUTE DEΔTH, Heel, The Kut, Secret Cameras, Yungblud, Kidbrother & Veridian.

Camden Rocks Festival 2017 venues include: Koko, Electric Ballroom, Underworld, Camden Market Amphitheatre, Dingwalls, Proud, Camden Assembly, The Black Heart, The Monarch, The Forge, The Crowndale, Dublin Castle, Devonshire Arms, Irish Centre, Dingwalls Canal side, Bloc Bar, Hawley Arms, Good Mixer, Brew Dog, Fifty Five, Be At One & Winnicott.

All tickets to the fifth year event in 2016 sold out and 2017 looks set to be no different. Early-bird tickets for Camden Rocks Festival 2017 are now sold out. £39.50 tickets are now available from the link below subject to booking / transaction fees.

Rump-shaking folk punks Skinny Lister tour including Cambridge Junction

Skinny Lister



“…a visceral and deafening experience.”  5/5 Independent


Hot off the heels of a sold out UK tour in support of current album ‘The Devil, The Heart & The Fight’ – out on Xtra Mile Recordings –Skinny Lister announce a run of even bigger venues for Spring 2017. Having just played to a packed out London, Garage, Skinny Lister will return to the capital to conquer the famous Scala venue in Kings Cross as well as their biggest ever venues across the country. Dates are as follows:



27 Sheffield Leadmill

28 Manchester Gorilla

29 Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms


3 Nottingham Rescue Rooms

4 Cambridge, The Junction

5 Birmingham Hare & Hounds

6 Bristol, The Fleece

9 Southampton Talking Heads

10 Brighton, The Haunt

11 London Scala

The tour followed a support slot on the enormous European arena tour with American punk/folk legends Dropkick Murphys which includes shows at London Brixton Academy, Munich’s Zenith venue and the 7000 capacity hall in Dusseldorf


These two tours show the massive projection Skinny Lister are on and the formidable year 2016 has been for them. The year has seen them support Frank Turner across Germany, Austria and Switzerland before joining Flogging Molly’s festival Salty Dog Cruise around the Bahamas. They then headed out on their own East Coast headline tour with label pals Beans On Toast and Will Varley in tow where many of the shows were sold out well in advance and signalled a big step up for the band Stateside, with an ever-increasing fanbase begging for more!

September saw the release of third album ‘The Devil, The Heart & The Fight’ which has received critical acclaim, including picking up support from 6Music’s Steve Lamacq, and reaching the Top 40 Indie Album Chart in the UK and the US Americana/Folk Chart at No.38.  And rounding off the year, the band head back to the US in November for their biggest headline tour to date; the show in Charlotte, NC is already sold out and Boston (550 capacity Middle East) is looking likely to sell out very soon.

With 2017 already looking like yet another incredible year – there’s seemingly no end to what this hard-working, hard-partying, fun-filled band can achieve.

“…considerably upped their game.” 4/5 Q Magazine
“(a) kaleidoscope of high octane folk punk via Dexy’s and The Pogues.” Louder Than War