The 4th annual ‘No More Heroes’ punk festival takes place in High Wycombe on Saturday 23rd June 2018. There is a change of venue this year, with the slightly bigger ‘Wycombe Arts Centre’ in Desborough Road, taking over from The Phoenix Bar in Bridge Street.
The event kicks-off at 11am and runs right through until midnight, with close to 20 bands expected to take to the stage throughout the day.
Entry is £20, with tickets available in advance or on the door.
The running order is expected to be the following but please check the event links at the foot of this post for the current information.
Posh Birds Productions were proud to present a three-day music festival at The Dashwood Arms, Piddington, to raise much needed funds for the residents at Animal SOS Sri Lanka. The event took place on Friday 4th May 2018, Saturday 5th May 2018 and Sunday 6th May 2018.
Running order (all bands are provided their services for free)
High Wycombe annual FREE street festival – FROGFEST – took place on Sunday 27th May 2018 in the High Street and surrounding venues. The family-friendly event featured a variety of musicians, food stalls and street entertainers. 2018 saw Frogfest celebrate its sixth birthday, and the event was the biggest to date.
FROGFEST LINEUP 2018 MAY 27th from 11.25am.
11.25 – 11.45 – Everyone can sing 11.45 – 12.15 -Main Stage – Hartbeats Vitae Drummers 12.15 -12.40 – Squirrel Stage – The Bailey Sisters 12.40 – 13.10 – Main Stage – The Brightside 13.10 – 13.35 – Squirrel Stage – The Apricot Hounds 13.35 – 14.10 – Main Stage – 3rd Lung 14.10 – 14.35 – Squirrel Stage – 91 Nights 14.35 – 15.10 – Main Stage -Tinlin 15.10 – 15.35 – Squirrel Stage – Maz Manzini Band 15.35 – 16.10 – Main Stage – Dury Service 16.10 – 16.35 – Squirrel Stage – Other Sons 16.35 – 17.15 – Main Stage – Sir Walter J Wallis 17.15 – 17.45 – Squirrel Stage – Steph Willis 17.45 – 18.25 – Main Stage – The Hot House Four 18.25 – 19.05 – Squirrel Stage – AmiR 19.05 – 19.45 – Main Stage – These Certain People 19.45 – 20.30 – Squirrel Stage – Georgia and the Vintage Youth 20.30 – 21.30 – Main Stage – The Defekters
Notice also that The Antelope hosted a FREE live music from 1.30pm to 10.30pm, including headliners – The Sex Pistols Experience.
A quick post to document another guest appearance by yours truly on Andy Chalk’s Punkarolla radio show on Wycombe Sound on Friday 13th April 2018. This time around I was given almost free rein to play several Fall tracks in memory of Mark E Smith. There was also time for Andy and myself to look back on the 40th anniversary of the first few months of 1978 – this time looking back on gigs and playing music by Generation X, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Skids, Ruts, Penetration and Rich Kids.
Another enjoyable evening in Andy’s company and a chance to hear music new and old.
A reminder that it is possible to listen live in the High Wycombe area via 106.6 FM, via the internet and mobile app. Shows are also available to ‘Listen Again’ for four weeks via www.wycombesound.org.uk
The direct link to the Punkarolla ‘Listen Again’ page is:
Not put off by my guest appearance on 21st February 2018, Andy Aliffe invited me back on to his ‘Emperor’s Bits’ show on Wycombe Sound on 4th April 2018 – this time talking about the early days of the ‘punk’ scene in High Wycombe.
This was another hugely enjoyable hour were I was joined and helped out by friend and Wycombe Sound’s Punkarolla host, Andy Chalk.
Highlight of the show for me was hearing former Bucks Free Press junior reporter Janice Raycroft talking about the iconic Sex Pistols at High Wycombe college in February 1976. Janice, now editor of Buckinghamshire Life magazine, recalled in vivid detail her interview with Johnny Rotten, seeing Sid Viscous wielding a knife and the mixed reaction of the audience.
The Mad Squirrel Tap and Bottle Shop in High Wycombe are hosted a photographic exhibition from Friday 23rd March 2018 until Sunday 25th March 2018. The event displayed photos from local photographer Mark Page, featuring over 160 distinctive monochrome images under the banner of the ‘Faces of Wycombe’.
Mark, a resident of High Wycombe for more than 50 years, began taking the photos during the summer of 2017 at open sessions at The Belle Vue pub. Interest in the photos snowballed, resulting in four sessions and over 160 people and several pet dogs, taking part.
The opening night also featured live music from Maz Manzini Music (from around 7.30pm).
The Phoenix Bar in Bridge Street High Wycombe hosted a four band FREE event on Saturday 24th March 2018.
Details of the bands – taken from The Phoenix website, read as follows:
Parisian Lead singer Nina Courson met British guitarist Phil Honey-Jones in 2009 in the now defunct venue Punk in Soho. Both of them were in separate bands at the time, but it wasn’t long before ideas of their own and a new-found mutual volatility raised its wretched head and they started to write songs together. The shared influences of the likes of Iggy Pop, Nirvana, Blondie, Killing Joke,Sonic Youth, Bauhaus and Bowie played a big part and Inspiration for lyrics came from far and wide, blurring the lines between autobiography and fiction. They played their first gig together at an all day punk festival in Brighton in September 2010 where the promoter ran off with the money and Healthy Junkies only got to play for 15 mins before the festival shut down. Since then the band have played all over the U.K. including several appearances at the mighty Rebellion Punk Festival and their self-hosted monthly night at The Unicorn, Camden, London, called Punk’n’roll rendezvous – and have toured Europe regularly. Healthy Junkies were featured on a New York radio station and talk show in October and are laying the groundwork for an East coast US tour next year. On stage Nina interacts with the other band members and entices her audience in a way that has become the trademark of their live shows. Record releases include their debut album Sick Note in 2011, The Lost Refuge and Box of Chaos (STP Records) and the E.P. ‘Hair of the dog’.
PollyPikPocketz are a double-vocalist rock band from London. The two front girls Ally and Myura formed as a songwriting harmony duo in 2014. Frog joined to help produce their tracks and soon they were churning out songs like lyrical machines, developing songs that were metaphorical, humorous, full of fun and sung with angst. A year and a half later Pollypikpocketz evolved dramatically when Mat joined as the guitarist, bringing an improv-style that chose “awesome sounding ” over technical. Frog, previously a singer, found a new direction playing bass for PollyPikPocketz. The group today have a take-no-prisoners punk-rock feel. Their live sound has been described as “an intense, passionate performance that is in your face but with genuine emotion and laughter. Flowing harmonies and unique lyrics, that are tongue in cheek but always written from the heart. Incomparable to a single genre.”
AReading-based high-energy original punk/post-punk band with a growing reputation as an incendiary live act, Who Killed Nancy Johnson? formed in 2015 and began gigging in 2016. Their 2017 EP Cops and Robbers was followed in 2018 by Flat Earth Theory, and an album is in the works for later in the year. They have played in Europe and have radio appearances and support slots for name bands under their belts.
A four-piece punk band from Surrey, Freakouts formed with the idea of inspiring carnage. Their raucous live shows make them ones to watch as they are beginning to break out of the hills and take the rest of the UK by storm. They’re loud, fast, and in your face.
A FREE entry five band ‘punk’ spectacular took place at The Phoenix, High Wycombe on Saturday 10th March 2018.
To give you an idea of what to expect the following was posted before the gig – in no particular order and with descriptions as quoted from their respective websites/social media outputs – here’s a list of the bands:
“Hard hitting biting lyrics with a driving yet understated beat that lets you scream at the worlds faults while dancing ya arse off.”
They impressed at The Phoenix on their previous appearance in November 2017.
“Woking’s favourite rebel sons Carter Daze’s DIY approach mixes a punk ethos with rock ‘n’ roll storytelling to create a diverse sound that’s somewhere between ‘Blue Album’ Weezer and ‘Up The Bracket’ Libertines, with a socio-political twist. With a whole host of gigs coming up across Surrey and London this spring, their live show is always intense, chaotic and not to be missed!”
I was again honoured to be asked to guest on local radio station Wycombe Sound – this time by Andy Aliffe for his ‘Emperor’s Bits’ show broadcast on Wednesday 21st February 2018.
Andy, assisted by his friend Stevyn Colgan, launched the show earlier in 2018, with the website description claiming : ‘The Emperor’s Bits’ is an eclectic mix of music and chat and looks at the quirkier side of Wycombe history. It is not wrong!
I was extremely grateful to be called in to promote the wycombegigs.co.uk website and also give from some background to High Wycombe appearances by a few of the iconic artists featured to date – including The Rolling Stones, The Who, David Bowie and The Move.
It was also amazing to share the studio with fellow guest Barbara Arucci. Barbara attended The Rolling Stones gig at Wycombe Town Hall in December 1963 aged just 13 and was lucky enough, through a family connection, to be allowed backstage with members of the group. A photo of this meeting appeared in the Bucks Free Press and an original survives as a prize possession of Barbara until this day.
Back in 1999, Barbara and her friends were invited to attend a re-launch of Wycombe Museum in Priory Road, where a blown –up version of the photo was proudly displayed.
It was fantastic to hear from somebody who was actually at these great moments in the history of the town and her recollections of other music venues. Barbara also brought along another picture of The Rolling Stones, with a complete set of autographs on the rear – including the sadly departed Brian Jones.
An enjoyable hour or so in the company of Andy and Stevyn. Both gentlemen can boast an fascinating history of working in all manner of walks of life – Andy spent 20 years with the BBC, Stevyn spent 30 years working for the Police in Cornwall but has more recently worked as researcher on the QI TV show and also written several books. You can read more via the link at the foot of this page.
They warned me I might be invited back to track through memorable music moments from the 1970’s, 1980’s and beyond. So keep an eye and ear out for that and tune in for an hour of random fun.
You can use the ‘listen again’ feature on the Wycombe Sound website to hear the show again for up to a month after the original broadcast date.