Gosport Punk Fest 2015
Friday & Saturday Aug 14th-15th
It’s indoors, it’s cheap & it’s Punk as Fuck.
Blackpools Rebellion is of course the Granddaddy of Punk Festivals but Gosport is a cheap and cheerful. fast and loud, punk and proud alternative option for those down South.
Now in its 10th year its run by the indomitable Pinky from Night of Treason – who celebrates his 50th birthday on the Saturday – this years selection of acts include a couple of legendary punk figureheads topping the bill.
TV Smith (whippet-like former Advert in his bleach-splattered trousers armed with acoustic and fire in his belly) and X-SLF (a band who include two key members from Stiff Little Fingers classic line-up, Henry Cluney and Jim Reilly. Henry being Punks answer to Frank ‘Its a cracker ‘ Carson.)
Two of the best Trash Punk Rock’n’Roll bands in the UK, irrespective of the fact they are both fronted by striking females, Dragster and Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons are second on the bill.
Foreign Legion are the great long-running Welsh Oi! band.
Archive 45 a fantastic bunch of lunatic rock’n’roll veterans from nearby Portsmouth.
A M I feature Charlie Harpers grandson Marley on vocals and sound like a lot of punk rock fun.
And there’s many more… ( who you obviously know fuck-all about Ged)
Unlike most other horrible outdoor Festivals, Gosport PunkFest has no trade stalls. no over-priced food, acoustic tent, crusty jugglers, art or comedy distractions – its basically just Punk Rock and Beer. Its not even really a Festival its just two multi-band gigs two days in a row – its just easier to call it a Festie. Pinky has made vague promises about some hot-dogs possibly being available …. Vegetarians can fuck off to the nearest chip-shop.
Between bands there are three great DJ’s – Vinnie Void, Paul Groovy and Briggsy.
The Full Line Up is;
Friday; TV Smith, Pussycat and the Dirt Johnsons, Morgellons, Archive 45, Pain Razor, Sim Williams
Saturday X-SLF, Dragster, Foreign Legion, Charred Hearts, A M I , On Trial UK, Sweet Jonny, Smokin’ Prophets, John Lamb. Night of Treason, 5 Go Mad.
Weekend Ticket £15 in advance £20 on the door. £10 per day on the door.
The venue is ;
Gosport & Fareham Rugby Club
Facebook Event Page is here – contact Pinky for any more info.
Tickets available from Reflex Records in Gosport
Any profits from the festival go to local charities and Pinky has agreed to let me wander round rattling my collection bucket to raise money for Jess Hensford, daughter of a local punk rock geezer. Huge thanks to attendees of Gabefest and the Outcasts at Talking Heads and the Old Age Punktioners @ the Joiners who have donated as well as many anonymous others. Keep ’em coming.