Formed in 1978 in Blackpool, England, The Membranes played classic bass-driven northern post-punk and were part of the same world that produced groups like Joy Division, Bauhaus, The Fall, Sisters Of Mercy, and Cabaret Voltaire, all inspired by the punk explosion of 1977 to launch their own idiosyncratic journeys.
The band released a remarkable series of records throughout the 80s that combined their small town frustration with a love of heavy bass and distortion. This ultimately became a prime influence on such American noiseniks as Steve Albini, Swans and Sonic Youth.
The group reformed in 2010 at the request of My Bloody Valentine to play the All Tomorrow's Parties festival, and have since made two highly acclaimed albums, 2015's Dark Matter/Dark Energy and 2019's What Nature GivesNature Takes Away, inspired by newer bands like Godspeed You Black Emperor, Mogwai, Ulver and Wardruna, bands who mess with the rock music template to create an personalized atmosphere and mood.
Big favourites at the Westgarth hailing from Leeds, Klammer draws from the members' shared love for all things angular, dark, loud and melodic. Previously described as the love child of XTC and Gang Of Four, Klammer offer an enticing contemporary twist on the post-punk attitude, blending elements of goth rock, punk rock and dark wave, all with dark pop sensibilities. You'll find plenty of hooks and a dark and edgy broodiness coursing through their sound.
Formed by Saltburn born UK Producer Steve Whitfield (The Cure/The Mission/Jane Weaver) in 2014, they have already released 3 albums to great critical acclaim, with last years You Have Been Processed receiving fantastic reviews across the board. The singles Modern God and Spiral Girl both from the album, received airplay on 6 Music.
Having consistently played up and down the country both as a headline act and in support of some big name bands (including The Skids, The Undertones, Richie Ramone, Chameleons Vox, Penetration and The Membranes), they have also played at Rebellion for the last two years and The Great British Alternative festival. Klammer are intent on consolidating their position as one of the country's finest live Post Punk acts.
Formed in the UK's Northwest, Dead Objectives have been making their definitive brand of fiercely melodic anarcho-punk since 2013, carrying the flag for a proud tradition of socially responsible musical resistance to a corrupt society. For many, the standout act of 2019's Rebellion festival's Introducing Stage, the band released their acclaimed debut full length album Human Symptom in December 2018 and have been in demand steadily since in the UK and Europe.
Musically adept and complex, lyrically intelligent and politically focused, Dead Objectives are a force of nature. Twin guitars, fluid melodic bass and rock steady but intricate drums underpin a passionate vocal delivery full of precisely targeted venom. Music from the heart you can enjoy with your head or your feet. Vitriol has never sounded so vital.
The White Ribbons
The White Ribbons are a four-piece punk band from Bradford/Manchester who were formed in mid-2017 when a jam session turned into something more permanent. They take their name and actively support the global White Ribbon movement, which campaigns to end male violence against women.
Their first show was at the Morecambe Nice n Sleazy Punk/Ska Festival, where they play every year, and they have appeared twice at Rebellion Punk Festival in Blackpool.
The band have a close affiliation with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. The White Ribbons have only released half a dozen or so songs, but the good news is that a debut full-length is in the offing for 2021.
Debut British punk-rock band, The Vile Assembly from Liverpool was conceived solely to be the whistle-blowers on the unjust society; their purpose to say what needs to be said through the universally understood medium of music. The band was created following a fortuitous meeting between three lifelong friends in a New York café, who decided that enough was enough and the troubles of the world needed to be voiced.
Although the friends, Paul Mason, Mark Webb and Mark Wainwright, had owned a music studio in Liverpool for two-decades, theyd never even contemplated making music of their own until that fateful day, until the avid conversation between them spurred on the conception of The Vile Assembly.
The seeds of The Vile Assembly's ethos were planted over two decades ago, but lay dormant, waiting for the right time and agenda for their opinions to find a voice. A vocation to be a poet, Paul Mason (the band's lyricist and vocalist) found everything that happened in the world as vile. Out of choice, he opted to live on the streets of Liverpool for a month so that he could experience destitution first hand. With no gap or respite, he repeated the experience in San Diego. The result was horrendous, but he inspired a batch of poems, the main being The Lonely Tramp In Liverpool.
"The royal pardon, is for these regal brutes, but our vengeance will burn their flag and melt their pot of jewels"
Teesside band making their live debut but with some familiar face who have played in previous bands well known and some not so well known.
Sunderland band who played Riverside Rebellion back in 2019. An incendiary mix of explosive guitars, juggernaut drums and politically-fuelled lyrics. A relentless onslaught of controlled chaos and sinew-stretching harmonies, Slalom D capture the essence of 77, chew it up and spit it out in the face of complacency, bigotry and intolerance: Slalom D are a punk rock band.
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