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Undercover Festival IV announces line up inc Spear Of Destiny, Sonic Boom Six…

The Undercover Festival 2016 has announced its line up, and have also confirmed the festivals new location…

Undercover Festival IV 9 & 10 September 2016
Brighton Racecourse

Bands so far announced include; Spear Of Destiny, Sonic Boom Six, Anti Pasti, Peter & The Test Tube Babies, X-SLF, The Cravats, 999, TV Smith, Radical Dance Faction, Pussycat & The Dirty Johnsons and many more – the headline acts for the Friday night will be announced in February, whailst the headline for the Saturday will be announced in early March.

We took the opportunity to speak to organiser Mick Moriarty “Undercover Festival is back bigger and better with more stages and bands than ever before at our new home Brighton Racecourse. We are pleased to be able to move to Brighton, a city that is renowned for its appreciation of alternative “outside the box” music, and we are proud to add our festival to Brighton’s rich and varied culture.

Undercover is a 2-day festival of alternative music including Punk / Ska / Dub / Reggae / Alt / Acoustic + so much more.

The festival is one that prides itself on taking an independent and grassroots approach to things, and is always determined to be different from mainstream events; as the name suggests, it’s an indoor event but with two days of alternative action from bands you’d be highly unlikely to see on many other festival line-ups.


Mick added “We believe the usual run-of-the-mill festivals tend to book bands that in the main are broadly similar – and way too safe! We try for a line up and experience that is something different and appeals to a crowd not catered for elsewhere…Being a small independent grassroots festival is tough because media attention is always on the big boys. But we’ve got through to our fourth year and we’re going strong because what we have created really has struck a chord with people who like their music raw and full of the passion and energy that only acts like ours generate.”

Early Bird Tickets are on sale now via the festival Shop

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Phil Newall is 47, 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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