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The second Rockaway Beach is at Butlins Bognor  on  Friday 7th- Sunday 9th October.

Headliners are St Etienne, Suede and Killing Joke, with a ridiculously strong supporting vast including Wire, the Wedding Present, Membranes, Cats Eyes. Luna, Jah Wobble and loads more ( see below).

Although nothing at all to do with ATP, it has a similar line up of established and relatively unknown artists who are ‘cult heroes’, ‘cutting edge’ yet outside of marketed trends. Noisy post-punk guitars, cerebral electronica, stubborn outsiders and talented oddballs make for a varied and interesting line up.

And as I said before – no mud, tents or dressing up – and you sleep in a bed with crisp, clean sheets – its the festival for people who like home comforts.

Weekend tickets from £89 are still available in increasingly limited numbers – from here

As well as playing top of the bill Killing Joke are showing their film …

Suede’s Night Thoughts film is also being screened alongside a Q&A with the film’s director Roger Sargent.

Saint Etienne  will play their “Foxbase Alpha” set for the last time  and music aside there’s the usual Butlins activities including go-karting, a swimming pool and spa, and bowling arcade.
Final tickets are available from £89pp including a three day music pass and accommodation at the resort.

And here are the running times and a few selected videos by artists which interest me. It looks like being a great weekend.  See you there…


Centre Stage
18:00 – Kagoule

19:15 – Bill Ryder-Jones

20.45 – We Are Scientists
22.30 – Saint Etienne
00:15 – Don Letts (DJ)

Red Stage
17:15 – Eliza Shaddad
18.30 – Girl Friend
20:00 – Black Honey
21:30 – Wedding Present

23:30 – Multibird


Centre Stage
15:45 – Gang
17:00 – Bloody Knees
18:30 – Luna
20:30 – Eagulls

22:30 – Suede

Reds Stage

13:15 – Eyre Llew
14:30 – Clinic
16:00 – Desert Mountain Tribe
17:30 – Jah Wobble
19:15 – Wire

21:30 – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
00:15 – Batuk
01:45 – Yuck


Centre Stage
15:15 – Man Made
16.30 – Jane Weaver

18:00 – Membranes

20:00 – Killing Joke
22:00 – Chris Geddes DJ

Reds Stage
14:30 – TVAM
16:00 – Joanna Gruesome
17:30 – Fews
19:00 – Damo Suzuki’s network featuring St. Deluxe
21:30 – Cat’s Eyes
23:15 – Blanck Mass

00:45 – Man Of Moon
[Stage times subject to change]

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All words by Ged Babey

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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


  1. Excellent line up, just a shame it clashes with the Great British Alternative Music Festival at Butlins, Skegness the same weekend!!


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