Attila the Stockbroker’s Barnstormer + Blyth Power + TV Smith + Thee Faction
Barnstormer is the Punk band formed in 1994 by socialist-punk poet, Attila The Stockbroker. From that piece of information you will be aware that 2014 is their 20th Anniversary. This is the official London gig. You may be aware that in addition to being a poet, Attila plays mandola, violin, bass guitar and a variety of early music instruments. Barnstormer offer a unique and energetic mix of punk and Early Music to cleanse the soul and refresh the conscience.
Blyth Power were formed in 1983 by singer and drummer Joseph Porter, ex-Zounds and The Mob. They are named after a locomotive. The band’s music is heavily influenced by folk and punk and their sound has been classified as a kind of mix of Steeleye Span, The Clash and The Rubettes.
TV Smith is a Punk legend and formed The Adverts way back in the 1870s. They were famous for the catchy hit, the Smith-penned ‘Gary Gilmore’s Eyes’. Since then TV has had more hits with bands The Explorers and Cheap and remains fiercely independent and determined, whilst touring the work in solo form. TV plays his marathon concerts without any form of setlist and so each one contains a different selection of songs specially chosen for the mood.
Who are Thee Faction? Described as “blistering, unpleasant Socialist R&B with an explicit political agenda”, they were formed in Reigate in the late 1970s. Seldom playing “proper” gigs, they built up a strong following of anarchists and other music lovers. As The Guardian proclaimed: Thee Faction are “…bringing down the Tories one song at a time!”
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