Rebellion Festival Dublin, Voodoo Lounge 27th & 28th Oct.
The Rebellion Festival brings its all encompassing Punk Rock experience to the Voodoo Lounge in Dublin, the 27th & 28th of October will see 2 days of quality noise culminating in a headline act of non other than legendary shock troops Cock Sparrer. The clamour for tickets seemed to taken people by surprise, selling out in only 6 days with a lot of unhappy people not able to attend, as the rest of the line up is enough to make the ears salivate in anticipation for this one. There is a good mix of both UK and Irish talent on show, from established bands and also those making an impact coming through kicking and screaming.
It’s not by any means an exaggeration to say Cock Sparrer are up there with the very best of them, you only need to look at the animated crowds they command in huge venues around the world, testimony to the songs that leave you croaking after singing every word. They undoubtedly did it the hard way as the record press avoided them like a rabid dog, but the songs they produced lifted them to these heights through the fans love of the music starting with the classic album “Shock Troops”. With the new album “Forever” following the same no holds barred assault with word and melody, they have lost none of the talent that manifest itself in their early school days.
One of the great things about Rebellion Festivals they are never thrown together with whoever is available, they always seem to cater for everyone with a great mix of sounds and ages with the bands desperate to get a slot on the bill. Delivering the established tried and trusted sounds this time are Vice Squad fronted by Beki Bondage who although formed in the late 70s came to attention in the early 80s, songs like “Last Rockers”, “Resurrection” and “Stand Strong Stand Proud” gave them the tunes to back up the image. Although they have a less traditional Punk sound today and more of a Punk metal feel, they still get a crowd off their feet and fists in the air. Also in the vintage category are The Outcasts who have jumped over the border from Belfast with an array of songs that would bring back memories to the undoubtedly knowledgeable crowd, “Just Another Teenage Rebel”, “Cops are Coming” and the glorious “Self Conscious Over you” are just some of the known and not so well known music from their history. A Rebellion Festival would be lacking something if the TV was not on at some point, TV Smith is in a category of his own when describing artists. He has been around since the initial explosion of Punk, shared a stage with living and dead legends, penned some of the classic tunes we hold so dear and is still tearing it up around the world either with a band or as a one man riot act with his guitar. There is no doubting the admiration this man has around any punk discussion, but sometimes it doesn’t seem to be projected at a higher level in the same way as say Charlie Harper for his contribution to Punk Music and his undoubted talent as a writer. Another slice of Belfast noise comes from The Defects who came out of the 80s having created “Defective Breakdown” album, full of rasping Punk Rock N Roll to be resurrected in the Voodoo Lounge, we may even sing along to the Elvis classic “Suspicious Minds”
For those of you living in a world of pop punk, beards and shorts you may not have heard the next few bands new assault on the world, but they are the one’s turning heads and selling tickets with songs that are as exciting as those years gone by. Scotland’s Heavy Drapes are one such band who although don’t have a huge armoury of songs, what they do have can blow the bloody doors off big style. They have grabbed attention over a short space of time, turning up and stealing audiences meant for headliners or topping their own bill with growing admiration. Playing a hometown Rebellion gig will no doubt be a pleasure for the Lee Harveys another band who are building a reputation for the music they deliver, It’s not 100mph its powerful melodic well crafted tunes with lyrics that tell you something straight no beating about the bush. Paranoid Visions are not adverse to experimentation or controversy, from the early days of owning their own label to collaborating with Steve Ignorant they are anything but run of the mill. Creating a sound of their own that can punch you in the face, or caressed your ears they have the ability to do both in equal measures. If you really want to reminisce about the early days but still want to get down and dirty, I’d recommend a Dublin three some called the Black Pitts who’s debut album “B Movie Extra” gives more than a nudge and a wink to Johnny Thunders with all the gory detail of hooks and choruses. The festival is completed with bands who are all pulling up trees and pulling in attention, with either live shows or releases its worth looking them up for when they next visit your neck of the woods.
As always with Rebellion the most disappointing part of the 2 days will be who not to see, with quality throughout there is always someone missed on the agenda because of clashes. But the festival will create a moment in time and years from now there will be more people than possible claiming the famous words “I was there when Cock Sparrer lifted the roof off Dublin”.
FULL LINE UP:
Play: COCK SPARRER
Play: VICE SQUAD
Play: THE OUTCASTS
Play: THE DEFECTS
Play: TV SMITH
BLOOD OR WHISKEY
Play: THE LEE HARVEYS
Play: THE HEAVY DRAPES
Play: BLACK PITTS
TAKERS & USERS