Come on, come on, hurry up Harry come on, we’re going to Hard Rock Hell Punk! Or as HRH Mag Editor Toby would say, come on, come on, hurry up Simon get this article done!
Punk is definitely not dead! As Hard Rock Hell’s first punk event hits the O2 in Sheffield on the 5th and 6th of October expect Mohawks, Harrington’s, and plenty of pogoing! And an excellent weekend, especially with the phenomenal line-up that’s been put together which includes punk legends Sham 69, Cockney Rejects, Anti Nowhere League, Penetration, Peter and the Test Tube Babies and Discharge.
Saturday headliners East End legends and Oi pioneers Cockney Rejects have been around since 1978 and their first two albums, both released in 1980 were brilliantly titled Greatest Hits Vol I and Vol II. The bands biggest single was 1980’s ‘The Greatest Cockney Rip-Off’ and was a parody of Sham 69’ song ‘Hersham Boys’. Most Cockney Rejects songs were less commercial and were picked up by football fans especially ‘I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles’ and ‘We are the Firm’. The band have released 9 studio albums between 1980 and 2012, with 2012’s release being ‘East End Babylon’ which accompanied their movie of the same name released in 2013. Anti Nowhere League will be bringing their brand of hardcore punk to the stage. The band have regularly released albums from 1982’s ‘We Are … The League’ to 2017’s cover album of classic reggae covers called ‘League Style’. Hopefully we will see the classic ‘So What’ played which was famously covered by Metallica on their ‘Garage Days’ EP. Fellow hardcore punks Discharge will also grace the stage on Saturday, formed in Stoke on Trent in 1977 Discharge have been a major influence on the metal genre with their 1982 album ‘Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing’. They had a big impact on thrash with bands like Metallica, Sepultura, and Anthrax covering Discharge’s songs and being inspired by the band’s speed and brutality – something that Discharge have continued throughout their career and which is still as potent on their 2016 album ‘End of Days’.
Saturday’s line up also includes the brilliantly named Dirt Box Disco who will be bringing their crazy live show to the HRH Punk stage. Since forming in 2010 and as their bio says ‘they weren’t a serious band’ and admittedly were just doing it for a laugh, so how on earth, in just eight years, have they now released SIX critically acclaimed albums?! (And one EP!) And just how have they managed to become a fixture of the Rebellion Festival’ Well I guess we are all going to find out!
Also on Saturday are Camberly’s The Members formed in 1976 (the famous ground zero year of punk) releasing three albums before splitting in 1983. Since reforming in 2007 the band have been on a roll and are sure to give us a great show!
Also on the first day of the HRH Punk event you can see The Vibrators, Chron Gen, Ed Tudor-Pole (are we allowed to mention crystals?), Dragster and many more great bands. Make sure you download the HRH Bible App (on Android and iOS) to make sure you get the stage times and other festival information, you don’t want to miss any of this line up now do you?
With that for Saturday, can you handle another day? Of course you can, here’s what’s in store for Sunday…
The Sunday headliner needs no introduction – the brilliant Sham 69. Formed in Hersham in 1975 Sham 69 are one of the UK’s most successful punk bands. The original line up split in 1979 with singer and frontman Jimmy Pursey forging a solo career. Luckily for us Jimmy and guitarist David Parsons reformed the band in 1987 and have remained active ever since and have since released ten albums. Hopefully, we will be hearing all the classic tunes such as ‘Borstal Breakout’, ‘Hersham Boys’ and of course ‘Hurry Up Harry’
Sunday’s main stage also brings us Penetration with original singer Pauline Murray as she has been since 1976 and again from the band reformation in 2001. Hopefully, we get to hear their punk rock classic debut single ‘Don’t Dictate’. The brilliant Peter and the Test Tube Babies will also be bringing their tongue in cheek classics to the stage from their fourteen albums released during their 41-year career. Expect tracks from the classic (and classically named) albums ‘Mating Sounds of South American Frogs’ and ‘Alien Pubduction’ definitely not one to miss.
My recommendation is not to miss the brilliant Skaciety whose brand of ska and punk will have you dancing like a loon and having the best time! Also, don’t miss up-and-coming band Face Up who always put on a great show and who are making quite a name for themselves.
Included in the lineup, on the Sunday are Anti Pasti, Neck, Vice Squad, Chelsea, Dukes of Bordello and Sinful Maggie. You will also have HRH Radio DJ’s spinning the decks between sets so what’s not to love.
Get yourself a ticket and I’ll be seeing you there! Oi Oi!