Bury Fringe instalment of carnage and chaos at The Hunter Club,

For this year’s now-customary Fringe instalment of carnage and chaos at The Hunter Club, we’re hugely excited to welcome five of the most brutal, explosive and exciting East Anglian bands you could ever wish to see: disgustingly intense, recently-reformed sludgecore legends A HORSE CALLED WAR, riff-bludgeoning stoner-doomsters BRACKEN, Latitude festival-slaying hardcore heroes RAD PITT, fast-rising, righteous heavy-groove post-hardcore foursome CLOWN SMASH EVERYTHING and crushing hardcore trio ALL WE KNOW.
Date & Time: Saturday 21st April 2018, 6-11pm
Venue: The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
Tickets: £5 on the door, £4.40 advance from www.wegottickets.com/event/431515
All ages welcome (under-14s must be accompanied by a parent/carer)
Full details of all Bury Fringe events can be found on our website at www.buryfringe.co.uk 

Powderhead release party for their debut album ‘Don’t Let Them Win’

Powderhead release party for their debut album ‘Don’t Let Them Win’

With special guest support from:
The Wicked Jackals
Dirty Little Rebel
False Hearts


“It’s loud. It’s dirty. It smashes you over the head’ – heavy classic rock at its best! Powderhead are a new face on a classic scene, belting out raw, old-school rock that will get your head banging, your body moving and leave you screaming for more!

This Cambridge band began in February 2015 fuelled by guitarist Si Mortlock and vocalist Helen Johnson’s mutual interest in 80s and 90s rock and metal. When in December 2015, drummer Ollie Wallace brought his energetic, thrash inspired beats and bassist James Miller added his no nonsense, stoner rock minded bass lines, the band’s unique style of heavy classic rock emerged. The addition of lead guitarist Jack Lawson in April 2017 with his soaring epic solos, complementing Si’s solid, heavy riffs and Helen’s melodic, soulful vocals, has nicely completed this 5-piece rock act.

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In 2017 they won the Thetford Battle of the Bands and supported the likes of Chris Holmes (ex WASP), Santa Cruz and Attica Rage in some of the UK’s most iconic venues including The Camden Underworld, London and The Robin 2, Wolverhampton. With their debut album due to be released in April 2018, Powderhead are set to bring in next year with a bang! Check out their brand new single here


A Green Mind Gigs and Camblast Promotions presentation

#SpiceUpLondon – The Spice Girls Exhibition

Music and Fashion fans alike are poised to unleash their inner Spice Girl this July and August at #SpiceUpLondon – The Spice Girls Exhibition. A celebration of, and tribute to, the biggest girl-group of all time, #SpiceUpLondon – The Spice Girls Exhibition promises to be the biggest exhibition of its kind in history.

Taking place at the Business Design Centre in Angel Islington, London from 28th July – 20th August, #SpiceUpLondon will be showcasing thousands of items of memorabilia, alongside hundreds of the Fab Five’s iconic stage costumes, some of which have not been publicly displayed since they were first worn by the Spice Girls in the 90’s.


In addition to displaying merchandise from around the globe – ranging from the rare and unseen to the peculiar and unusual – the exhibition will be showcasing just how significantly and successfully the Spice Girls went from band to brand on a scale that truly took over the world!

The exhibition will be the centrepiece of a whole host of events that aim to do exactly what the hashtag says; Spice up London! From dance classes to bus tours #SpiceUpLondon plan to pay the biggest tribute to the most exciting girl group phenomenon the world has ever seen.

Alan Smith-Allison, the event organiser and curator said: “I have joined together with other Spice Girls collectors and designers from around the world, including the Guinness World Record holder, Liz West. It’s been amazing to be able to share this passion with others, but above all it has allowed me to create this collection of iconic Spice Girls history. #SpiceUpLondon has been a long time in the making, but it has grown beyond even my hopes for it. The interest in the exhibition has been massive and I can’t wait to show off what we are achieving. The London exhibition looks set to be the biggest music exhibition ever and it continues to grow with new events and exhibits being added every day.”

Mega fans travelling up to London have the opportunity to make a day of it and travel to the exhibition in style as #SpiceUpLondon have teamed up with the Big Bus Company to offer a unique two-hour panoramic tour of London. Leaving and returning from the venue twice daily, fans will be whisked around the city on a special Union Jack-emblazoned open top bus bringing together the iconic landmarks of London and highlighting particular areas of interest for Spice Girls enthusiasts. Featuring a tour guide clued up on all things Spice Girls, fans will feel like they have been transported onto the ‘Spice Bus’.


And speaking of the ‘Spice Bus’ itself, in what is sure to be a highlight of the event, the original ‘Spice Bus’ which appeared in the smash hit 1999 Spice Girls blockbuster ‘Spice World: The Movie’ will be making an extra special appearance, proudly on display as an iconic landmark outside the #SpiceUpLondon Exhibition.

After filming on the movie finished, the bus suffered years of neglect and is currently situated at the Island Harbour Marina on the Isle of Wight. The current owners of the bus are undertaking restoration work to restore the bus to its former glory, bringing it back in its prime to take pride of place outside the exhibition, and are inviting fans to become part of Spice Girls history by donating to #RefurbTheBus and having their name adorned on a plaque within the Spice Bus.
You can donate to the restoration project here.

Other ways that fans can get involved with the big refurb will be announced shortly, including an auction to take place between 30th March and 6th April.

It’s time to let your inner Spice Girl run wild and dance your way into Spice World for a cheesy, glittery, fun-filled trip down Girl Power memory lane.

Tickets for the #SpiceUpLondon Exhibition are on sale now through the exhibition’s website here and can be purchased for £10 per ticket with student/OAP concessions available. Add-ons, such as guided tours and exhibition programmes, are also available to pre-order now.

Tickets for the #SpiceUpLondon bus tour are priced at £25 for adults and £18 for children under 16. Tickets for the bus tour can be bought here.

Children under 12 are completely free, with the exhibition offering superb family value in the height of the 2018 school holidays.

PETROL GIRLS release new single ‘Survivor’ plus tour inc Cambridge with Baby Seals

PETROL GIRLS release new single ‘Survivor’ with music video:

UK Tour this month + Festival Appearances

PETROL GIRLS have revealed their rallying and emotive new single ‘Survivor’, which is inspired by the growing movement against sexual violence. Vocalist Ren Aldridge explains their motivation — “The people who’ve spoken up so courageously about their experiences have broken the silence that has protected abusers in the past, often at massive risk to their own safety and well being. I hope that their bravery inspires the cultural shift in attitudes that is so desperately needed.”

The track is accompanied my an evocative music video, which Ren herself produced. For the video I set up a collaboration between Andrew Northrop who I’ve really enjoyed making music videos with previously, and painter Mariah Pearl,” she says. “The way that Mariah’s paintings play with the surface of the canvas gives me a really strong feeling of a clandestine power that refuses to be captured or identified. For me, this reflects whisper networks and the erupting movement against sexual violence. It’s like the tree roots that push up through the tarmac.”

Petrol Girls recently signed to UK-based independent label Hassle Records and the band also head off on tour this very month. See below for dates. The band released their explosive debut album ‘Talk of Violence’ in 2016 and have toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe since, empowering and enthusing crowds in every corner their music touches.

Apr 20 – Glasgow @ St. Lukes w/ Propagandhi 
Apr 21 – Edinburgh @ Girls To The Front Fest
Apr 22 – Liverpool @ Sound 
Apr 23 – Sheffield @ Picture House Social 
Apr 24 – Nottingham @ The Bodega 
Apr 25 – London @ The Shacklewell Arms 
Apr 26 – Cambridge @ The Portland Arms
Apr 27 – Bradford @ 1 In 12 Club 
Apr 28 – Newport @ Le Public Space
Aug 24 – Reading Festival
Aug 25 – Leeds Festival


Manic Street Preachers Share Final Track Before Album Release Next Week

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Manic Street Preachers Share Final Track Before Album Release Next Week 

Manic Street Preachers – Resistance Is Futile – New Album – Out April 13th

Has it ever struck you that life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quick you hardly catch it going?” – Tennessee Williams

The title ‘Resistance is Futile’ and the cover image just fit together perfectly. The sleeve is a vintage photograph of one of the last samurai warriors; someone who knows his time is over thanks to the coming of the gun. There’s such an intense melancholia in his eyes that the picture seems to visualise the phrase itself. There’s another reason the title is so appropriate too and that’s because the whole thing is so obsessively melodic. Resistance to the actual record itself is futile.” – Nicky Wire, January 2018

In interviews prior to the release of their 2010 album ‘Postcards From A Young Man’, Manic Street Preachers’ Nicky Wire stated that the record represented “one last shot at mass communication”. Twenty years on from their incendiary debut for Heavenly (‘Motown Junk’), it seemed like the biggest cult band in the country were readying to stand aside to let the any number of young upstarts attempt to scale their pedestal.

Recorded concurrently, the twin albums that followed saw the band explore previously uncharted territory. On ‘Rewind the Film’ (2013), the band channelled their Welsh heritage as never before in a series of raw acoustic paeans; released a few months later, 2014’s ‘Futurology’ presented a gleaming, panoramic vision of ‘Europe Endless’. Following those releases, Manic Street Preachers toured two of their peerless albums – 1994’s ‘The Holy Bible’ and its follow-up, 1996’s ‘Everything Must Go’. Maybe Wire’s pre-Postcards prediction was right; perhaps this was time for the band to fade out gracefully?

Unexpectedly lyrically open, ‘Resistance is Futile’ finds the band working from an emotional palette they are not immediately associated with. From the cascading opening of ‘People Give In’ to the scattered resonance of ‘The Left Behind’, the album is very much the work of a band demanding to be heard and joined, at full volume. These are Manic Street Preachers songs written for the stage; songs to be sung against sunsets and shared in full-throated union.

The first Manics album to be recorded at their new Door to the River studio (situated at the head of a valley just outside Newport) with long-term Manics collaborators (producer Dave Eringa and mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge), ‘Resistance is Futile’ finds the Manic Street Preachers completely reinvigorated, clearly revelling in the change of scenery. The songs play to wide-vistas and open roads, nodding to the band’s past (with echoes of ‘Generation Terrorists’ chaotic ambition of and the unrelenting melodies that run right through ‘This Is My Truth…’) while drawing a route map for the future.

Watch James Dean Bradfield discuss the track here

While not overly fixated by the current news cycle, the album does obliquely confront subjects such as predatory tech companies, the impact of the 2016 referendum on personal relationships, and the nagging ennui inspired by modern party politics. Inspiration across the record comes from the deep vastness of Yves Klein’s International Klein Blue, the deaths of both the famous and the anonymous (David Bowie and Vivian Maier), the city of Liverpool and Dylan and Caitlin Thomas’ intoxicating relationship. As Wire says of the record, “In such a fractured and dysfunctional world, we found it impossible to avoid the idea of art as a hiding place and a weapon. Memory, loss and a sense of grace loom large over the record. To quote Phil Ochs, ‘In such ugly times the only true protest is beauty.'”

Cambridge post-punk band Paint Nothing release debut ‘You Can’t See Me’

Paint Nothing release debut single ‘You Can’t See Me’

Available on: Soundcloud and Bandcamp and all major digital outlets

Watch the video: YouTube

Cambridge post-punk band Paint Nothing release their debut single ‘You Can’t See Me’. A two minute, high-volume trip through our voyeuristic society and the unhealthy relationship between the people on either side of the screen.

Frontman Jack shares his frustrations using a shouted delivery last heard in xBomb Factory, who chalked up an album on German label Nois-o-lution, and gigs with the likes of The Fall and Half Man Half Biscuit.

Accompanying the stabbing guitars and drums is a video shot in a claustrophobically-tight space in Cambridge.

To support the release, Paint Nothing will be playing live:

Thursday 22nd March 2018
The Fulford Arms, York (w/ Weekend Recovery and Brooders)

Friday 6th April 2018
The Blue Moon, Cambridge (w/ The Furious Sleep and The British IBM)

Free download cards for ‘You Can’t See Me’ will be available at the gigs.

An album has been recorded at Cambridge’s Half-ton Studios and is due for release later this year.

For more, visit www.paintnothing.co.uk

LAST GREAT DREAMERS – 13th Floor Renegades

LAST GREAT DREAMERS – 13th Floor Renegades

RIYL Cheap Trick, Mott The Hoople, Red Kross, Hanoi Rocks

First Single – ‘No Sunshine’

The past is a foreign country, or so they say. No doubt Last Great Dreamers would agree with that. Barely 18 months has passed since their last album – their first all new full-length since their 2014 rebirth – and now the UK power-pop rockers step up with a freshness and fire that would put many new bands to shame.

Holed up in Oxfordshire’s Henwood Studios with producer Pete Brown (son of Joe, brother of Sam), original Dreamers Marc Valentine and Slyder, together with drummer Denley Slade and bassist Steve Fielding, have laid down their most complete and accomplished album yet. 13th Floor Renegades comprises eleven infectious punk-pop floorshakers, replete with dynamic shoutalong choruses and more hooks than audition day for a particularly piratical panto season. Power-pop crunch and effortlessly melodic riffing rule the roost, letting up only occasionally for the twinkling mandolin of folky Faces-ness.

“Everything fell into place at the right time,” explains Marc. “We started a Pledge campaign for the album, which had a fantastic response. The fans’ involvement was truly incredible and their generosity never ceases to amaze us. Hopefully with this album we get to repay their faith. It’s really been an organic process from start to finish, with a few twists and turns along the way, but we’re really proud of what we’ve managed to achieve in a short space of time.”


Originally coming together in London during the early 90s, Last Great Dreamers quickly became darlings of the glam-punk scene centred around Soho. Gaining props for debut albumRetrosexual, earning a nomination for Best New Band in the prestigious Kerrang! awards, and supporting major US touring bands, they couldn’t face off the juggernaut of Britpop and went on hiatus.

Since their return, they’ve released two albums – the rarities set Crash Landing In Teenage Heaven and the all new Transmissions From Oblivion – and toured widely, both as headliners and support to the likes of Cherie Currie, Bernie Tormé and The Quireboys.

13th Floor Renegades will be preceded by a single ‘No Sunshine’ and accompanied by a full UK tour….

Sat 7 April BIRMINGHAM Asylum 2 (Album Launch)

Thu 12 April             LONDON The Black Heart

Fri 13 April              CANNOCK The Station

Sat 14 April              BRIDGEND Hobos

Sun 15 April             CAMBRIDGE Portland Arms

Wed 18 April            WAKEFIELD Black Mass

Thu 19 April             GRIMSBY Yardbirds

Fri 20 April               CARLISLE Embers

Sat 21 April              GLASGOW Nice’n’Sleazy

Sun 22 April           NEWCASTLE Trillians








March 28th London O2 Islington Academy


This month sees the ‘First Annual Vive Le Rock Awards’ set to take place at London’s 02 Islington Academy on Wednesday March 28th.


Since launching in 2010, the magazine recently celebrated its 50th issue and has consistently championed the true spirit of rock n’roll, from the legends that conquered the world in the 1970’s and 80’s, to the new acts who keep the spirit fresh and alive. ‘The First Annual Vive Le Rock Awards’ is a chance to celebrate the music and lifestyle and give credit to those that are long overdue.


Today we can announce that British punk legends The Damned, ahead of the release of their new album ‘Evil Spirits’ (out April 13th on Search And Destroy/Spinefarm Records), will pick up a ‘Band Of The Year’ award on the night. On top of that, select members will close the event with a special performance with the house band. This follows an extremely successful tour earlier this year that saw The Damned play to over 23,000 fans across the UK, showing just how deserving they are of this award.


This exclusive performance will join a set by former Hanoi Rocks (and The Voice and X Factor Finland judge) Michael Monroe, who will fly in from Helsinki to play at the awards, alongside a show by the one and only Shakin’ Stevens, the biggest selling artist of the 80s.


These, together with the previously announced sets by post-Sex Pistols rockers The Professionals, who returned last year with a critically-acclaimed new album (voted ‘Album Of The Year’ by Vive Le Rock last December) and Adverts frontman TV Smith, make the ‘First Annual Vive Le Rock Awards’ a night not to be missed.


Held over the two rooms of the O2 Islington Academy (main room and the smaller room- acting as the V.I.P/photo room/aftershow party), 300 carefully invited guests and 200 paying punters will witness a sensational show with unique collaboration’s and 11 awards given away by famous presenters and our compere.


The Awards will be hosted by guest performer Ginger Wildheart, alongside awards presenters Steve Diggle from the Buzzcocks with many more yet to be announced.

Tickets available from: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F005438F64EDFDA



People talk about lifelong ambitions realised but sometimes there are things that even in your wildest dreams you couldn’t have hoped for or imagined to come true.

As many of you know, the Manic Street Preachers shaped and changed the course of my early life in so many ways and I’m looking for words in my hefty thesaurus to accommodate the feeling of being asked to duet with them on their forthcoming album. There are none.


So I’m thrilled to be able to announce that my duet with the Manic Street Preachers ‘Dylan & Caitlin’ is out now. The track is taken from the Manics’ forthcoming 13th studio album Resistance Is Futile and documents the stormy relationship between poet Dylan Thomas and his wife Caitlin, with The Anchoress (myself) taking vocal duties alongside James Dean Bradfield.

You can stream & buy ‘Dylan & Caitlin’ on your preferred service now, or download when you preorder the album:

Stream on Spotify
Buy on iTunes

The NME have reported on the new single release where you can also watch us perform a special live acoustic version of the track.

Watch the official lyric video for ‘Dylan & Caitlin’ here by Evan Jones

here: https://youtu.be/y2fGHPbkCj0

‘Dylan & Caitlin’ – Manic Street Preachers featuring The Anchoress

In the second installment of exciting news, I was truly honoured to receive a letter from Robert Smith inviting me to play at this year’s Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre. I will be playing a full band show at the Royal Festival Hall in London on the 19th June 2018.

The line-up that he has curated for this very special bill includes an incredible array of bands and artists that have left an indelible mark on my life – Nine Inch Nails, Manic Street Preachers, Deftones and many more… I’m thrilled to be playing alongside such legends.

Tickets go on general sale from the Southbank Centre website today!


If you’ve not yet got your hands on the stunning 2 CD and 2LP version of the album – including 5 new tracks, there are a handful of signed copies remaining now, with limited edition signed artwork postcard.  This expanded, second edition of the album has been lovingly remastered by Jon Astley, and includes 5 brand new acoustic versions of songs from the album, featuring stunning string arrangements from Gillian Wood.

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DINGUS KHAN return to The Hunter Club

We’re hugely excited to welcome back the amazing DINGUS KHAN to The Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds this Saturday, 17th March, ahead of the release of their long-awaited sophomore album ‘Dunce Kap’.  Veterans of countless UK festivals (including legendary, celebratory packed-out annual performances at Latitude Festival), Dingus Khan are hands-down one of the finest live rock bands ever to emerge from East Anglia.  Also, this show will feature the Hunter Club debut shows by two bands formed through Queens Road Studio Rock School (SUBSTATION and THE DAZE), who run workshops for children aged 6 upwards who’re interested in making music. 


Here’s some blurb:

Roaring back to Bury St Edmunds Rock City on the eve of the release of their hugely anticipated second album ‘Dunce Kap’, Manningtree’s always-astonishing DINGUS KHAN will bring shouty hits both old and new for your flail-limbed pleasure. Supporting are anthem-purveying alt-rock trio BLUE MEAN EYES, skewed indie masters SAM EAGLE AND THE LEMON LIZARDS, Ipswich-based “shoepop” quintet RADIO ORWELL and the Hunter Club debuts by future rock sensations SUBSTATION and THE DAZE.

Date & Time: Saturday 17th March 2018, 6-11pm

Venue: The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds


Tickets: £5 on the door, £4.40 advance from www.wegottickets.com

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1675762655778256/

All ages welcome (under-14s must be accompanied by a parent/carer)