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Festival season is far from over in November – Ilfracombe Rocks Festival in Devon is a must for every classic rock’n’roll fan who loves to dwell in nostalgia as well as discover what’s new in the magnificent world of rock these days.
After having been a massive success in 2015 the first 100 super early bird tickets for 2016 are already on sale at an extraordinary price of only £20 for the whole weekend and a very affordable £9 per head a night for accommodation –don’t miss out and grab yours now!
Having grown over the years, Ilfracombe Rocks will accommodate up to 1500 music lovers this November. The three-day event is held from 4th-6th November 2016. Brought to life by iconic radio presenter DJ John Forster, known for hosting the number one unsigned rock music show on the net called ‘Dr. John’s Unsigned Rock Surgery’ on Rockbandom Radio, this event is a true gem for admirers of handmade sonic bliss. Located in John Fowler’s Holiday Park in Devon the annual celebration of gritty guitars and amplified solos is a perfect way to spend a rock’n’roll weekend not only for hardcore bikers in leather jackets, but for the whole family!
This year’s headliners are some of the most excellent tribute bands in the scene. Thunderstruck, The ZZtops and Higher on Maiden will be bringing back the days of rock revolution. While there’s certainly a whiff of nostalgia in the air, the festival is also host to some of Europe’s finest new unsigned rock bands. This is a brilliant way to get to listen to potential stars on the rise and the stadium fillers of tomorrow!
Dr. John’s motto is simple – the DJ wants to promote good quality music and says: “the unsigned scene is possibly the most under-listened aspect of rock music. In many cases it is far superior to the mainstream and more honest. Many of them don’t get anywhere near the airplay and exposure they deserve.” That is why he decided to extend his work at the radio and give emerging artists an additional platform to get heard.
To get your super early bird ticket for the whole weekend just go to http://www.drjohnsunsignedrocksurgery.co.uk/the-surgery-live-2016/ !
To include accommodation please pay additionally:
One 4-bed-room per night: £36 for one person (£9 per head if four people share, £12 per head if three people share, £18 per head for two people)
Accomodation for the whole Weekend: £72 for one person per room(£18 per head if four people share, £24 per head if three people share, £36 for two people)
For the past 15 years director Volker Schaner has followed Perry on a spiritual and geographical journey taking in Jamaica, Ethiopia, Switzerland and London. Over this period Volker has earned Perry’s trust, resulting in a never-before-granted level of access and insight into Perrys’ fantastical, spiritual world. This classic-in-the-making tells a story of epic, magical proportions that’s not a biography, more fairytale documentary and art piece for itself, which is in turns funny, poetic and frequently mind blowing.
In addition to the filmed footage of the man himself, plus an all-star cast of dub and reggae-related musicians, Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision Of Paradise is illustrated by unique animated scenes. Using traditional painting techniques, the artist Maria Sargarodschi created imaginary characters of surprising contemporary style influenced by Ethiopian Christian Orthodox Church Art, Lee Perry’s imaginary cosmos and the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine.
The movie also serves as a unique documentation of Lee’s now infamous and already legendary “secret laboratory” in Switzerland, which despite its recent destruction by fire, is immortalised in celluloid. As well as being featured in the film, you can watch a specially-edited bonus tribute piece here.
The DVD extras also include a photo gallery of Lee’s creative space in all its chaotic and artistic pre-fire glory. Other DVD extras include a a 24 page book, a 30 minute ‘making of’ documentary, director’s comments and over 2 hours of additional unseen scenes.
Lee will also be performing the following live dates
Friday 11th March Whitstable Duke of Cumberland,
Saturday 12th March Brixton Electric
Sunday 13th March Brighton Concorde
Wednesday 16th March Brewery Arts Centre Kendal
Japanese Fighting Fish will be performing at The Barfly, Camden to celebrate new single release ‘U Ain’t Gonna Win This’!
Dedwardians + Nishe + Japanese Fighting Fish + The Paperboats
Strictly Over 18s (Photographic ID may be required to gain entry)
Indie rock ‘n’ roll club Jubilee takes place every Friday 10pm-3am at the Barfly
Join the Facebook page for more info at http://www.facebook.com/jubileeclubnight
Founded by Chris McCormack (ex 3 Colours Red/Gary Numan guitarist) and Carl Barat (Libertines/Dirty Pretty Things)
Jubilee is mix of upcoming and established bands, DJ’s and other offerings of spectacular variety every Friday night earning both a reputation as the most up and coming indie rock ‘n’ roll nights in the country
Doors open promptly at 10pm and close firmly at 3am, taking both floors of Barfly you can expect and crazy and unpredictable night with live acts playing upstairs and DJ”s downstairs with ALOT of surprises along the way
On the decks expect to hear: Kasabian – Arctic Monkeys – QOTSA – Foofighters – AC/DC – The Clash – Sex Pistols – The Libertines – Elvis – The Specials – Oasis – The Who – Muse – Biffy Clyro – The Kinks – Small Faces – White Stripes – Kings of Leon – Stone Roses – Weezer – RATM – MGMT – Pixies – Dirty Pretty Things – The Cure – Florence And The Machine and much more!
*Please note: Tickets guarantee entry to the club but do not guarantee entry to the live room upstairs if it is full to capacity, if there is a specific act you want to see early entry is advised
Corky’s shot – £1.80
House vodka/whisky/gin & mixer – £2.80
Can of Stella (4%) – £2.80
3 J-Bombs for £10
Japanese Fighting Fish – “U Ain’t Gonna Win This”
Japanese Fighting Fish, the Leeds born, London based outfit are returning with their hard hitting single ‘U Ain’t Gonna Win This’. The band are described as ‘an eclectic semi-genius, semi-ludicrous mix of metal, dance, pop, Latin/Cuban beats and more stuff that probably shouldn’t ever go together.’ The band have evolved from the South American rhythms of their debut album to their punk rock sophomore and now their latest offering draws on funk, fuzz and infectious hooks.
“U Ain’t Gonna Win This” is an evolving beast with psychedelic undertones and a distinct rocky edge. This is the first song the Fish have written collectively and it is evident that a little piece from every member is encapsulated in the song. The track explores the themes of split personalities and is also homage to boxing greats like Ali and Rocky. What began as guttural hum quickly became a fully fledged song and thus “U Ain’t Gonna Win This” was born. It is an angsty, aggressive, brooding and punchy funky space rock tune with post punk elements and nods to the likes of Q.O.T.S.A., and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.
Japanese Fighting Fish have an equally impressive live catalogue as well as fantastic releases. The outfit have supported Space Hog on their UK tour and played alongside Wild Beasts, The Stranglers, De La Soul and UB40 across their many festival appearances. They have also headlined legendary venues such as The 100 Club and The Barfly in London. With radio support from XFM, Planet Rock, Absolute, Amazing and Kerrang! and throngs of loyal fans, the group are on track for another huge release.
Japanese Fighting Fish are dedicated to the purveyance of fine music. In the process of recording their upcoming album which “U Ain’t Gonna Win This” features on, the Fish spent 12 hours a day for two weeks playing music. Music is in the very fabric of their beings and this magical time resulted in large quantities of laughter, tears, conflict, and light bulb moments.
“U Ain’t Gonna Win This” is out on 13th November 2015
Lola and her band the Lamours are a dynamic and interesting group influenced by the music of the 40s and the 50s such as Peggy Lee, Al Bowley and Sarah Vaughan. The glamorous big band era of the early 20th Century is very prevalent in all of Lola’s music and it is a true breath of fresh air for those tired of the conventional pop music of modern times.
It is clear that every element of the band work together in cohesive harmony. Lola, David Lowe, and Andy Dawson emulate the technical live sound of the era and add their own bespoke touches. Lola can easily be defined as the driving force behind the success of the outfit and under her leadership the good ship Lamour has been featured on the likes of The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and Radio 4.
‘Double Agent’ is the latest single off the fantastic EP ‘Looking for Love’ out now.
Lola is playing the following dates this November
November 14th – Northfield Center, Sheffield
November 21st – Checkley, Staffordshire
November 29th – Pinchbeck, Nr Spalding, Lincolnshire
A London based artist who is already making waves in the capital’s independent scene, Lucan Mills is a rapper who offers a unique style of hip-hop designed to thrive with a live band. His burgeoning career has already seen him rap with Ed Sheeran as well as supporting huge names in the genre such as Tinie Tempah, G Unit, Skepta and JME. He’s even shared Ibiza stages with Chipmunk and N Dubz.
His upward momentum makes this the perfect time to release his debut EP, titled ‘Level 1’. The title, chosen to reflect that Lucan is starting at ‘Level 1’ before working his way up, reflects on the fact that this hard working artist has his feet on the ground while harbouring big ambitions. And with his well-produced, accessible brand of urban song writing, those ambitions could be fulfilled sooner than later.
For a taste of his sound, here’s EP track ‘It’s Just Rap’:
Swiss native Bassman has returned with an electric new single entitled ‘Jamaican Grind’. This hard hitting urban pop song brings together a variety of different genres to create something bespoke and personal to Bassman. Bassman is a dynamic performer with an impressive back catalog. He is also an aspiring jeweler, fashion designer and graphics designer.
Watch the video for ‘Jamaican Grind’ Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCx32MIoECA
Check him out here: