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THE CULT MANIAX.
After the successful return to London after nearly 30 years in March 2013, we are proud to be announce this legendary punk rock band from the depths of Devon are returning to London to launch their new album (well hopefully they say!)
The Maniax are most famous for releasing 'The Black Horse' EP of which the landlord of the said public house sued them, due to the content urging punks not to go there because they didn't like punks! (That's being polite!!)
This is a band not to be missed.
THE BUS STATION LOONIES
The Bus Station Loonies are a 'cabaret punk' band from Plymouth, England. They have been described as a cross between Splodgenessabounds and Crass. The band formed in 1995 in an attempt to put fun into the anarcho-punk movement. Original Loonies Tony Popkids (drums) and Chris "Felcher" Wheelchair (vocals, keyboards, kazoo; ex-drummer with Oi Polloi, Disorder, Riot/Clone and DIRT, among others), sharing a mutual love of such U.S. punk outfits such as The Dickies, still continue with the band today, having recruited approximately 30 other band members over 18 years.
The band was featured in the UK's Channel 4 documentary, 'Punx Picnic'.
The Bus Station Loonies were the first band to set the official world record for the most gigs performed in 12 hours (25 different shows) on 29 Sept 2001 in and around Plymouth, Devon, UK raising money to buy musical equipment for pupils of the Dame Hannah Rogers (special needs) school in Ivybridge, Devon.
This is a rare appearance in London for these boys.
Emerging from the swirling strobe-lit smoke of the early 90s, Whitstable's JESUS FIX have been lurking in the shadows of East Kent's music scene ever since. Their intense sound is a fusion of driving power and dark gothic melody.
Formed by Patrick, formerly bass player of 80's punk band Epidemic and Chris drummer of Kent based S.O.R.B. (now with The Warriors), Jesus Fix were pigeon-holed in the Goth genre, and half played many a show around the country and a short tour of France with Punish Yourself.
Jesus Fix are just an awesomely powerful 3 piece, and this is to be their first show in London after a short hiatus in which a new guitarist was recruited and they recorded their 3rd album which should be released in time for this show too.
For a long time, Part 1 seemed like perhaps the ultimate cult deathrock and punk band. From Milton Keynes, about 50 miles northwest of London, the band were part of the darker side of the early 80s UK anarcho-punk phenomenon that included Amebix, Rudimentary Peni, The Mob, Lack of Knowledge, Null and Void, The Dead, and others. Flangey and atmospheric postpunk guitars; echoing vocals that reminded of Rudimentary Peni; song titles like “The Corpse,” “The Tomb,” “Incest,” “Ghost,” and “Black Mass”; and creepy black and white artwork – it was easy to imagine the band as a coterie of fog-enshrouded ghouls banging out their particularly morbid take on punk in a dark tomb on England’s moors. Like Amebix, who – it is hard to believe now – languished in relative obscurity until the internet revived interest through viral file- and video-sharing, so lately Part 1 are on the verge of being given their proper due.
And after 30 years Part 1 played their first show in London with great success.
Try and find a Part 1 record nowadays.... good luck if you can find one for under a hundred quid!
SHOCKS OF MIGHTY
Shocks Of Mighty! are a London based Punk band still trying to make being a London based Punk band mean something!
This band are very underated as far as we are concerned.
THE SOPHIE LANCASTER FOUNDATION
Following the horrific murder of Sophie Lancaster, her family wanted to ensure a lasting legacy to their beautiful, bright creative daughter and so The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was established and it became a registered charity in 2009.
The aims and objectives of the Charity are as follows:
•To create a lasting legacy to Sophie.
•To provide educational group-works that will challenge the prejudice and intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures.
•To campaign to have the UK Hate Crime legislation extended to include people from alternative subcultures¯ or Lifestyle and Dress.
So far, to meet these aims and objectives we have promoted the Foundation nationally and internationally, ensuring Sophie is recognised in the media and elsewhere. This has involved Sylvia Lancaster being interviewed many times for TV, Newspapers and many magazines have included features on Sophie's death and the work of Sylvia in setting up the Foundation. Including a "Tonight With Trevor McDonald¯ special".
The partnership with Illamasqua and Propaganda has proved invaluable and The Foundation is proud to work with them. Their profile in the beauty and business world has carried the work of the Foundation into new areas and brought new supporters and collaborators to join us.
Their creation of Dark Angel to commemorate Sophie's 23rd birthday was inspirational. It is a profound, powerful animation that was premiered in Manchester city centre and on MTV.
Through Propaganda, the Foundation was introduced to Huthwaites, an international training company, and they have worked with Sylvia to develop educational group-works which will incorporate the Dark Angel film and a game that challenges the perceptions of young people and hopefully professionals about people who are from alternative subcultures. The SOPHIE educational resource is now being used in schools and we offer a training course for educational and youth workers. Please see the "Education" page for more information and dates of training sessions.
Other partners include The Anne Frank UK Trust, who include Sophie and Rob's attack and death in their touring exhibition and in January 2010, Sylvia was invited to light a candle in memory of Sophie at the Holocaust Memorial Commemoration Lunch at Park Lane Hilton. They correctly recognise that Sophie's death was a Hate Crime and represents the face of prejudice and intolerance in 2010.
Bizarre magazine have created a Proud to be Different page in their monthly magazine, dedicated to the work of the Foundation and they have supported our work from the onset. The political and social campaign to highlight the issue of the prejudice and hatred faced by alternatives has been very high profile and has led to Sylvia now being on the Hate Crime Advisory Board to the UK government and is working closely with the people responsible for writing the Police Association's Manual.
Having met with the Justice Minister, Jack Straw, at The Ministry of Justice in May 2009 to discuss the need to update the legislation, The Foundation was pointed to examples of good practice in Local Government who were addressing the issue. Bolton council had extended their definition of hate crimes to include life style and dress code¯ following Sophie's death. Sylvia is now working with various boards helping them shape their policies and procedures.
Socially, the S.O.P.H.I.E campaign has been very well supported and we work closely with musicians of all genres.
The Bloodstock Festival 2009 renamed one of their stages The Sophie Lancaster Stage and Beholder released their single "Never Take Us Down" all proceeds to the Foundation.
Many bands and in particular, Goldblade, The Damned, The King Blues and The Levellers have supported us by inviting us to speak from their stages during gigs and sell our wristbands from their stalls. Individual artists like Robin Ince, Attila The Stockbroker and Alun Parry have performed to support our work. Others wear our S.O.P.H.I.E. wristband as a show of support, like Gary Numan and the band on his latest tour, The Saturdays and actors from Coronation Street and Emmerdale.
We hope to build on this and have a bigger presence at festivals in the coming months and years.
We attended the Hole gig in London and met with Courtney Love who is a big supporter of the campaign. She proudly wore her S.O.P.H.I.E wristband when on Jonathan Ross, at The Brits and NME awards. All the photos from the gig show her wearing it. She got to know about the campaign through Illamasqua.
Obviously funding is crucial to the Foundation and we are grateful to everyone who has played their part in raising money for us, be it by holding gigs, tea-parties or doing marathons, it all helps greatly!
Funding has come from The Lancashire Criminal Justice Board, who awarded the Sophie Lancaster Foundation £30,000 in December 2009. This enabled the Foundation to prepare to and deliver the educational group-works and set up a small office.