Rebellion Festival – live update… Friday Pt 1

Blackpool is thronged with punks from across Europe, the sun is shining – it must be Rebellion!!

Its only the second day of The Rebellion Festival and already some of the bands have made their mark to be the outstanding band of the entire event…

Thursday saw Roughneck Riot deliver a blistering set to a capacity crowd in the Arena – and this was at 3pm!! The Riot effortlessly displayed quite why they deserve a bigger stage and better time slot, as they unleashed their ‘This Is Our Day’ album on the Blackpool faithful; Liverpool Vermin Suicides had already impressed greatly with their dub/punk, punk/dub as they launched their second album.

Rebellion Festival – live update… Friday Pt 1

Its only Friday and already Eastfield have livened up the Olympia Arena with the ‘rail punk’ – another Liverpool band, Pete Bentham & The Dinner Ladies delivered their ‘kitchen core’ to the Empress Ballroom.

I was impressed by Loaded 44, real tight as fuck in yer face punk…

Rebellion Festival – live update… Friday Pt 1
Loaded 44

LTW boss John Robb has been busy on the Literary Stage, interviews with author John King (Human Punk & The Football Factory), and also Dave Barbarsosa who takes to the main stage tonight as Bow Wow Wow headline the The Opera Room – not to be missed. Attila The Stockbroker has just entertained the faithful with anicdotes from his years on the road, and destroying my dreams of ever travelling to Newcastle, New South Wales!!

Just got time to mention Bite Back who have just stepped from the Olympia 2 stage; they are about to release their long over due debut album via Antipop Records..

Rebellion Festival – live update… Friday Pt 1
Bite Back

Next up is TV Smith & The Valentines…, will try to catch Drongo’s For Europe and the stunning Vince Ray & The Boneshakers, not forgetting Viv Albertine…

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Phil Newall is from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


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