TOMORROW – Wednesday 2nd August – MDC (Millions of Dead Cops) w/support from MAID of ACE, BKS, Abandon Cause

MDC (Millions of Dead Cops) is an American punk rock band formed in Austin, Texas in 1981. The band was subsequently based in San Francisco, California, and are currently based in Portland, Oregon. Originally formed as The Stains before changing their name, the band also changed their name to a different initialism of MDC with every new record released. They play fast hardcore punk music espousing far-left sociopolitical ideals, with singer Dave Dictor expressing his animal rights and anti-capitalist convictions.

Tickets £8 ADV // £10 ON THE DOOR


Friday 4th August – PEARS w/support from Great Cynics, Darko, On A Hiding To Nothing, Cereal Box Heroes, Eat Dirt

The story of PEARS is not exactly an incredibly long one: The hardcore punk band came together just over a year ago, in early 2014, after its members had kicked around the New Orleans punk scene for long enough before finally wising up and realizing they were meant for each other. However, it is a story that is remarkably fast-paced: The band’s first demo, …In Diapers, was released days after their first practice. The band’s 10-song debut album, the absolutely electrifying Go To Prison, was written over the course of 14 hours and recorded a mere five weeks after the band formed. Really, there’s no way PEARS should be as good as they are—something frontman Zach Quinn fully realizes. “The big secret is that me and a couple of the guys were in a band called the Lollies for a few years,” Quinn says. “That band broke up, we took some time away from each other and then just tried to do it right this time. I guess we really kind of lucked out. We didn’t make the same mistakes—the same mistakes being really too fuckin’ drunk to do anything.”
Of course, coming out of the NOLA scene, it’s tough to be anything but debaucherous. “The city is so decadent, it’s a great place to be a piece of shit,” Quinn says. “There’s plenty of punk rock. Not a lot of it is very good, but everybody’s having fun.” It’s that anything-goes attitude that informs Go To Prison, an album that straddles the line between in-your-face hardcore and sugar-sweet traditional pop-punk that’s surprisingly lighthearted. It’s evident in their logo (some might call it an homage to Fear; “I haven’t heard from Lee Ving’s lawyers yet,” chuckles Quinn), all the musical easter eggs scattered throughout the record (including references to Descendents and Suicidal Tendencies), plus an absolutely ripping cover of the Ramones’ “Judy Is A Punk” that is one whole second shorter than the original (a feat we didn’t even think possible). But just because the album comes off as humorous at times doesn’t mean PEARS don’t take themselves seriously. “I definitely take what we do very seriously, but it doesn’t mean it ain’t funny,” Quinn explains. “Humor is an aspect of everything. People without a sense of humor are either dead or lying. There’s humor in everything if you know where to look.” Take, for example, the band name. “The name ‘PEARS’ came from this really terrible mushroom trip I had,” he admits. “I ate way too many mushrooms and things just got really bizarre. Pears and bananas became archetypes for everything that is good and pure and everything that is terrible and shitty—pears are the terrible and shitty things. After that bad trip, pears became slang between me and my friends for bullshit: ‘That shit’s pears.’ I suggested the band name, and everybody thought that was dumb, but I talked ‘em into it.” The band were lucky enough to befriend Off With Their Heads frontman Ryan Young, who loved the band so much he put out Go To Prison on vinyl on his own label, Anxious And Angry, last year. Since then, PEARS have been on the road nonstop, supporting the likes of the Dwarves, the Queers, Teenage Bottlerocket and Strung Out, all leading to the re-release of Go To Prison on Fat Wreck Chords on July 24th. That’s no excuse to stop working, though: While their first album might finally be hitting a record store near you this July, the band will be back in the studio recording its follow-up with none other than Fat Mike in the producer’s chair. (“I never thought anything like that would ever happen,” Quinn says of Mike’s interest in his band. “I remember buying The Decline when I was 12—it’s really weird that I have anydegree of separation from that.”) While 2015 might be the busiest year of PEARS’ short existence thus far, it’s clear 2016 has potential to be even bigger.
“Honestly, what we have done up to now, I hadn’t even dreamed of,” Quinn admits. “I’m not gonna stop climbing. I wanna see how insane this can get. We’ve always said the last thing we’ll do as a band is play North Korea. Then we’ll be done. That’s the ultimate goal—even if we sneak in and play to nobody. I don’t care. I can’t wait to see what I get to do.”



Wednesday 9th August – The Resignators w/support from King Punch and Just Say Nay

Korweinguboora, Australia, based Ska Punk Rock band, The Resignators, have been bringing their brand of ‘Aussie’ Ska Punk to the universe for the past eleven years.

The Resignators sound is defined from the past where members honed their craft learning from voodoo princess in the Caribbean and playing in local and international bands, GWAR, Addiction 64, The Vals, whilst searching for what has become The Resignators sound.

It’s a sound of melodic horns and floating keyboards fuelled by a tight, hard hitting rhythm section powered by a Jamaican inspired back beat that has sometimes been compared to The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Less Than Jake and Suicide Machines that has developed The Resignators own sound.

The Resignators sound is by no means what defines The Resignators as a band. Fun and lots of it, good vibes spread from town to town, city to city, country to country, the pursuit of shared good times and good vibes with each other, with friends new and old, even with total strangers, is what drives these eight individuals collectively known as The Resignators.

No strangers to the road, The Resignators, have toured extensively throughout Australia, Europe and North America including some of the world’s largest festivals, Open Flair (Germany), Ottawa Blues Festival (Canada), Train to Skaville (Croatia), Mighty Sounds (Czech Republic), Victoria Ska Fest (Canada), Pod Paru (Czech Republic) and many others whilst continuing to grow their sound and spread good vibes worldwide.

In November 2016 The Resignators will be taking a new batch of original tunes including one classic Aussie cover (it is a secret, but truly epic) into Sing Sing Studios and will be working with producer Marcel Fernandez out of Los Angeles (by way of Venezuela). Marcel is currently working with ZZ Top, but has also worked with Foo Fighters, AFI, RX Bandits, NOFX, Voodoo Glow Skulls, and more.



Sunday 13th August – The Generators w/support from Slutdrop, The Venomers, Insane Society, Foreign Flag, Scandal-streetpunk, LaFlamme

The origin of Los Angeles’ influential punk band The Generators dates back to 1997, just a few miles from the skyscrapers of downtown. In the early days, the band hung out and wrote music in an old vacant pizza oven factory, churning out their first batch of songs, which echoed the sentiments of the 1977 Punk spirit. They quickly got attention from the owners of the infamous Triple X Records, who were known best for their 1980’s roster that included Social Distortion, The Vandals, GBH and Jane’s Addiction. Without haste, the indie punk label put The Generators into the recording studio where they produced their first album ironically titled Welcome To The End.

Vocalist Doug Kane and guitarist Mike Snow’s friendship goes way back to their early teens, growing up in Pasadena, CA. They both played in bands during Los Angeles’ early punk explosion and would share the same stages at punk dives around town. In 1983, Kane fronted one of America’s very first Oi! punk bands, Doug & The Slugz, while Snow played guitar for one of California’s foremost Mod revival bands The Way. Years later they were members of the Southern California Punk band Schleprock, which spent the better half of the late 1980’s and mid 1990’s supporting acts like The Specials, Rancid, NOFX, Face to Face, Sublime and Bad Religion among others. In 1995, Schleprock signed to Warner Bros Records, but by the following year the band called it quits due to drug addictions and internal fighting.

Between 1998 and 2002, The Generators went on to release another two full-length albums, one 10” EP and a 7” single, and just like wayward children, they found themselves on the doorstep of San Francisco’s street punk based label TKO Records. Over the next few years the band kept evolving, but always remained true to their early punk rock roots. As their music continued to resonate with fans, companies like Corona Beer and sports teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and the California Angels were also picking it up for commercial use. With scores of tours behind them and a full catalog of songs to fall back on, The Generators trudged their way through the next decade, releasing another four records with various labels along the way.

By 2012, the band had come full circle and was touring in support of a wide range of bands like The Damned, Megadeth, The Dead Kennedys and The Offspring. Their list of accomplishments continued to grow, and later that year one of the country’s largest news publications, US News, mentioned The Generators as “one of America’s most underrated punk bands.”

Now, almost eighteen years since the days of making punk songs in the old pizza oven factory, The Generators still carry on strong. In 2014, the band will release their tenth full-length album titled Life Gives-Life Takes on their new record label Randale Records. They’ll also be showcased on the main stage at Punk rock Bowling Music Festival in Las Vegas, NV and are already confirmed for large festivals dates and a tour throughout Europe this summer.



Monday 14th August – The Creepshow w/support from Danny & The Moonlighters, The Sin Kings, Deathcaps

Formed in dirty back alleys and dive bars in 2005, THE CREEPSHOW has redefined the saying “No Rest For The Wicked”. Since their inception, the band has brought their genre-defying blend of country-tinged, psycho punk rock n’ roll to over 25 countries worldwide with plans to conquer many more as soon as possible. Fronted by the vivacious Kenda (guitar/vox) and backed by the swarthy Sean “Sick Boy” McNab (stand-up bass/vox), The Reverend McGinty (sermons/organ/vox) and the righteous Sandro (skins), THE CREEPSHOW is an explosion of live energy that is a tasty treat for the ears and eyes alike… Whatever you do though, don’t write THE CREEPSHOW off as just another psychobilly band. While their lyrics draw inspiration from b-movies and early horror films, they’re also full of personal insight and personal stories dealing with everything from addiction to mental health to tales of love gone horribly wrong.

***Named as “One of the top bands you need to know about” by Alternative Press.

THE CREEPSHOW’s passion for touring is borderline obsessive-compulsive. They have an incredibly personal dedication to their fans and their live show that is nothing short of astounding. Watching their set is a full frontal assault on all your senses and you definitely have to stay on your toes when you’re at one of their shows. You never know when they might rush into the crowd for a scream-along with fans or launch their band mates across the stage from the neck of the stand up bass. THE CREEPSHOW have shared the stage with countless awesome bands including Rancid, Tiger Army, The Buzzcocks, The Unseen, Agnostic Front, Mad Sin, Demented Are Go and have appeared on killer touring fests like Warped Tour, Ink n’ Iron, Festival Of Fear, Mighty Sounds, Rebellion, Japan Punk Spring and Australia’s Soundwave Fest.



Wednesday 16th August – The Undercover Hippy w/support from Smiley & The Underclass, Salute, Horatio James

Drum and Bass MC turned singer songwriter Billy Rowan, aka The Undercover Hippy, is definitely not your average singer songwriter. His music brings together soulful vocals, infectious reggae rhythms, and the lyrical delivery of a skilled mc. Starting out as a solo act in 2007, he has since teamed up with some fantastic musicians and performs as a four piece, mixing guitars, keys, drums, bass, and backing vocals to create a high energy, interactive and highly entertaining live show. Combining intelligent, provocative lyrics with dangerously catchy hooks and a feel good groove, this is music for the thinking man to shake his arse to. Think Natty meets Eminem…on a protest march…at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Renowned for the electric atmosphere of their live shows, Billy and his band have performed at some of the UK’s best festivals, including Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, Shambala, Green Man, The Secret Garden Party, Ireland’s Electric Picnic, and many more. As their last album Monkey Suit, released in late 2014, continues to clock up over a million streams and sales, the band have been touring relentlessly, with over 80 shows and festival appearances across the UK and Europe each year. Highlights have included headlining alongside The Cat Empire, Grandmaster Flash and The Skints at Eden Festival in Scotland, playing to 1000’s of festival goers at Buskers Bern in Austria, and making a much anticipated debut appearance to a 2000 strong crowd at Boomtown Fair near Winchester.

At the end of 2016 the band took a step back from touring to focus on recording the new album “Truth & Fiction”. Working with producer and engineer Dean Forrest (Backbeat Soundsystem, Easy Star Records) at Cube Studios in Cornwall, they laid down the groundwork for what they consider to be their most accomplished piece of work to date. Billy then worked with grammy nominated mix engineer Dean Barratt (Natty, Shy FX, Anoushkar Shankar) to refine and finally mix the tracks at the Dairy Studios in Brixton, and the album was released in May 2017. Since then it has received a fantastic response from both fans and critics alike. Tracks from the album have received airplay on David Rodigan’s show on BBC 1Xtra, and Tom Robinson has played tracks on both the BBC Introducing Mixtape and the Tom Robinson Show on 6Music. One of Billy’s biggest strengths is the way he manages to pack his songs full of political and social commentary, whilst at the same time remaining playful and uplifting, and in this respect the new album does not disappoint. Covering topics from fake news, internet privacy and the U.S. election, to nappy wearing barristers and best friends trying to snog your mum, this album once again takes you on a rollercoaster of storytelling and thought provoking protest pieces.



Red Tape Riot are coming to New Cross Inn!

We are excited to announce that Red Tape Riot will be joining us all the way from South Africa on their UK Tour on the 27th July!

Red Tape Riot has been earmarked as one of the most exciting additions to the South African music industry since forming in 2012. Over the last 4 years they have cemented themselves into the South African live performance scene, and have created a loyal and steadily growing fan base. And now they are taking on London!

They produce music with a cutting contrast between heartfelt melodies and strong party grooves. Influenced by the Post-Punk sounds of the 80’s, modern Indie Rock, Brit Pop, Drum n’ Bass and Electro dance scenes, the result is a highly danceable and catchy sound.

Also joining us are Human in Bloom: a brand new indie-alt-rock 4 piece from East London. Psych-alt-rock-indie-electronic-experimental-folk-pop at it’s very best.

And of course Sacre Noir: a female fronted, Scottish based three piece, centred around vocalist / producer Carrie Beattie.

Make sure you bag yourself a ticket at a very reasonable £5 advance price !

New Cross Inn & Sedate Bookings Present: Bob Wayne

New Cross Inn and Sedate Bookings are very happy to announce that Bob Wayne will be playing on our stage on Wednesday 19th July!

facebook_event_1825664141024601BOB WAYNE – Rock & Outlaw Country from Seattle/Nashville
Singer – Songwriter – Storyteller – Nomad
After a long hard run, down the roads across this land. Bob Wayne gathered up some outlaws, and they formed themselves a band. Now every day is different, every player every show. Will you see a bearded lady? Unless you go, you’ll never know. So come one, yeah, come all. When this ho down comes around. Who knows, you could be an outlaw too! Lettin’ out that carnie sound.

Support acts to be announced soon. 

Important info:
Doors – 7pm
Happy hour 6-7pm
Tickets – £7 in advance – get yours now!

Our Very Special Announcement

We were very excited to announce that Dog Eat Dog will be headlining for us on Sunday the 11th November 2017! It is guaranteed to be a sell-out show so grab your tic

kets now while you can!

@dogeatdog.official, a ‘hardcore punk, rap metal, hip-hop’ infused band have been around since the 1990s and have made a household name for themselves. They’ve definitely come a long way since cramming 50 people into a basement for their first “official” show.

In 2003, it looked as though DED might have to pull out of their tour and it might all be over. But they were then approached by VIBRA who promised to get them back on track and that is exactly what they did. The following year, they came back strong with over 50 gigs played in Europe that year. 2005 was the real year of their rejuvenation, recording 12 songs over the summer and performed over 75 shows. They proved that they were here to stay and that is what they’ve done.

And now, in 2017, they will be adding New Cross Inn to their extensive list of venues they’ve played at and we are honoured.  This year is promised to be a very exciting year for DED as it is the first time they have brought out new mate

rial in 10 years!

“The tour will celebrate all the music of the band from Allboro Kings to the new tracks. Expect a high energy, party atmosphere that we are known for. There will be a support act sharing the stage and the nightliner. Find out what most cities in EU already know, Dog Eat Dog is one of the best live acts in hard edge music. Big beats, chunky guitars, sing along choruses and tight raps with a touch of soulful saxophone. Get ready for a Brand New Breed!!”

Supporting… we have…

@BrokenChakraBand! This Hardcore Punk / Hip-Hop Fusion band has gone from strength to strength since forming.

“4 Guys making honest, real authentic music designed to make you jump around and to think.”

There are more announcements and acts to be released as we draw closer to the event, so keep an eye on the event page and we will keep you posted!


June 11th: Bringing You an All Dayer of Pop-Punk

What better way to spend your Sunday and pretend we don’t have work tomorrow. That’s why we didn’t think our usual 7pm start would be long enough so our doors open at 2pm! And we’ve got some great bands joining us…

Headlining we have @alltheseyearsuk: a fun loving (yes, you’ve guessed it) pop-punk band. If they’re not performing you can finding them working on new releases.

“High energy full of the hooks and sing-along choruses”

Supporting is @asthesunsleeps: a British 4 piece pop-punk band have the ability to diversify their sound. The band’s sound is warm and decidedly catchy.

“We think there is a couple of things that make an “As The Sun Sleeps” song different, we have very defined lead and rhythm guitar lines, at no point in any of our songs are they doing the same thing. Also we have a metal drummer who loves math rock, Tshrimp comes up with some pretty funky stuff you don’t hear on most pop-punk records.”

We also have @callingallcaptains: All the way from Canada, this 5 piece band has a unique sound with multiple influences from each of the band members.

Not to mention @chiefstate: Joining Calling all Captains on their UK tour, the two troops of Canadian Pop Punkers will be playing here at New Cross Inn. They have come a long way since forming in their East Vancouver Garage!

@penelopetreeuk will also be playing, aiming to capture the mature side of Pop-Punk that is both meaningful and relatable. Since forming in late 2015 the band have since worked tirelessly to create songs that en-capture what it really means to be young but getting older.

“Life isn’t always as easy as we hope, but thankfully for us there are bands that just create a world of escapism, a realm where emotions can be broken down and rebuilt. Penelope Tree maybe new, but it is clear to see it is just that kind of band.” Mike Morris

We have @TheAdventuresOfLightspeed too! The 4 piece rock band are not shy of a little bit of humour when describing themselves in their biography. According to them the band consists of a “Frontman, guitarist and by far the best looking”, a “Bass player, backing vocals, definitely the poshest”, a Portuguese drummer who thought he was trying out for a metal band and a “Guitarist…ish.” And they are promised to bring an energetic performance.

And last but not least…@theyoungheartsuk.

“Being inventive and original in the alternative rock scene these days is rare. They’re many acts that try to be the next big thing, but fail at the first hurdle. But, we do get some acts that have honed and developed their sound beyond the norm. The Young Hearts are one of those components that fit the gap, controlling their destiny through the music that they wholesomely create”. [Punkanormal Activity]

Tickets are available at our advanced price so don’t let that discount pass you by!! (Just £3)

April has arrived and so has another great month of gigs!

We are working hard here at New Cross Inn to make sure you always have some new talent to check out and a variety of bands to discover. Not only that but we have some great headliners coming your way, so watch this space!

I hope you’ve got this Friday (April 7th) free because @porterinmusic are headlining with their London Album Launch Show! The west country based prog-rock/jazz release their new album “Ocean Grey” feat. Pete Judge (Get The Blessing). The past decade has seen them extensively tour the U.K. performing over 600 shows at some of of the U.K.’s most prestigious venues. They have made appearances at many festivals including; Glastonbury Festival

”Very smart and fleet-footed – a modern math-rock vibe… very evolved but still rocking out as well”   David Sinclair (The Times, The Guardian, Kerrang!)

With support from… @futuresoundcartel a South East London Indie Rock and New Wave band, @manistoneband Alt indie pop rock from London and more!!

Doors 7pm // £6 Tickets in advance

More of a Punk Rocker? 

First wave U.K. Punk Rock since 1976. Still touring and recording. The Vibrators. 8th April. Make sure you get your tickets in advance because these are flying out!

“I’ve been dancing lately, and it’s because of The Vibrators” Ben Jimenez

If that’s not enough, this is an all day event starting at 3pm with some great supporters. Some of which include: @slow.faction a 1st generation-influenced punk band with a real London 77 sound, @Snidepunk a female fronted punk rock straight out of Maidstone. Chugging beats, singalongs with illicit choruses, @JunkoFuse your tonic in the ever-growing monotony of modern music… and that’s only taking you to 7pm so make sure you check out our Facebook or Events page for full line up details and tickets!

Doors 3pm // £8 Tickets – no booking fee from the website

If we weren’t spoiling you enough over the past two days we have “Ska Pioneers” joining us on the 9th… THE TOASTERS! Having been compared to the Ramones, due to their longevity and adherence to core principles, the Toasters are held to be one of most influential ska bands out there. They’re a lean, mean ska machine.

PLUS… a very special guest… @captainaccident

Captain Accident is a reggae/ska/soul artist who creates a unique blend of soulful lovers rock, roots reggae, ska, dub and rocksteady at his home studio in Cardiff. This sound is then brought to life on stage with the help of a collective of musicians known as “The Disasters.”

PLUS… MORE… The PisdicablesOperation OffbeatPokémon Liberation ArmyFor I AmCodename ColinThe BobonboboffsTiefenrausch and BarCreeps.

With first released tickets already sold out, don’t miss your chance to save yourself some money and buy in advance! Only £8!!

Doors 2pm // £10 on the door

So as you can see, with our first week looking like that, this month is going to be a rager!

You can find all information about our upcoming gigs on our events page or Facebook page, you’ll be spoilt for choice!!


New Cross Inn Presents : King Solomon, Kado and more.

On April 13th we have some very special guests joining us at New Cross Inn. We are delighted to announce that King Solomon Band will be headlining with @kadoband supporting.

King Solomon are a heavyweight Roots-Reggae band from southwest England. The 10 strong collective have been causing a stir in the live-music scene since 2013. To top off an action packed 2016, the band was chosen to be the backing band for the legendary founder of Aswad, Brinsley Forde for a number of UK shows. The band have gained momentum across the UK with an ever-growing fan-base who are intrigued by the diverse mix of Blues, Funk and World music sitting on top of Roots-Reggae bass-lines. Influenced by Roots-Reggae of the 70’s & 80’s yet original in style. King Solomon captures the essence of a genre whilst breaking new ground. Staring drum & bass lines pin down a blend of jazz and soul melodies as vocals bring about stark reminders of conflict.

The King Solomon Band bring their own vibe to the world of reggae music and their vibes truly hit the spot every time. This is portrayed on their album Ceasefire which is certainly is my album of the year 2016 – Andy V – The Random Reggae Show – Swindon 105.5 (fm)

Why don’t you give them a listen:

KADO are a 9 piece JazzFunk band from North London and are currently #3 in the Funk band chart on Reverbnation! They’ll be a ‘Jazz-Funk Spectacular.’ See for yourself with videos of the band playing shown on their Facebook page.

Further acts to be announced soon…

Important Information: 

Doors 7pm

£3 ADV tickets


Polite Riot & BeSharp Present: CHIEF, Drones & more

Polite Riot & BeSharp Promotions are very excited to announce that the brilliant CHIEF are coming back to London after being away for far too long! 

Apr 20th Chief

 – This will be their first London show in 5 years, which makes it a very exciting night already!
Melodic Hardcore Punk from Liverpool, signed under Household Name Records.


Drones – Hardcore Punk Rock from the South East

Local Mad Man – South London Hardcore lovelies

COPE – 5-piece Hardcore/Punk band from London

Reviens – French Hardcore Punks

Important information:
Doors 7pm
Happy hour 6-7pm
Tickets – £5 entry – get yours before they’re all gone!

New Cross Inn Presents: Noble Jacks

We are very happy to announce that Noble Jacks will be playing at the New Cross Inn on Easter Sunday for a day of the best Folk/Country/Bluegrass from London and the South East!


Noble Jacks
 are a rip-roaring Alt-Folk band with roof raising energy, whose warm electro-acoustic interactions fuse together a mixture of folky foot stompin’ rhythms and engaging lyricism. The band encompasses heartfelt, yet uptempo songs showcasing fiddle, blues harmonica and big anthem top-lines. Noble Jacks have a relentless gigging schedule around the British Folk scene and have recorded their forthcoming debut album with Union Music Store at The Metway studio in Brighton. 2017 promises to be an incredible year for this new and aspiring band!



With support from:

That Hillbilly Palace – Indie Rock & Blues influienced Folk/Roots music.

Zach Johnson Music – Singer/Songwriter and his band from Berkshire.

Important info:
Doors – 4pm
First Act – 5pm 
Cheap deals on drinks before 8pm
Tickets – £7 in advance – get yours now!


We are very excited to be hosting the first annual edition of Dugstock Music Festival at the New Cross Inn! The event is organised by Umlaut Record, a record collective/record label that launched back in April 2016.

The line-up

Friday 14th April:
Headliner TBC
Spoilers (Medolic Punk goodness from Kent)
Darko (Fast Hardcore Punk from West London)
Captain Trips (Skate Punk fastness from Portsmouth)
On A Hiding To Nothing (Fast Pop-Punk from London)

Apr 14 15 DugstockSaturday 15th April:
Goober Patrol (Old School punky goodness from the East)
The Murderburgers (Scottish Pop-Punk)
Pizza Tramp (Raw Hardcore Punk from Wales)
Coral Springs (Awesome Pop-Punk from the Netherlands)
Maxwell’s Dead (Uplifting Punk Rock/Ska)
Müg (London based melodic Punk)
No Matter (Irish Pop-Punk aceness)
Eat Defeat (Northern fast Pop-Punk lovelyness)
Sink Alaska (Scottish Melodic Punk Creamy Goodness)
Burnt Tapes (Greek/London Gruff punk)
Launch Control (Ace Melodic Pop-Punk)
Tragical History Tour (Scottish Acoustic Punk heartfeltiness)


Here’s the story behind the festival and Umlaut Records:

As a band, we’ve always been quite proud of our DIY credentials. We’ve written, recorded and toured material off our own back, at our own cost and under our own initiative. We wanted the label to represent this attitude of self-sufficiency. Punk rock does not have to be a niche market or the exclusive haunt of either teenagers or adults who wish they were still teenagers.

When we first started off as a band, and we were less confident in our writing and our ability to maintain the attention of an audience, we occasionally relied on onstage props. One of the early props was a lilo that we inflated and hastily painted the band name on it. This didn’t last long. We also had a blow-up doll (named Poppy) at one point, but she also didn’t stick around.

One fellow that did stick with us, was Dug, a foam skull. He came with us everywhere, would get flung around the crowds when we played, would have various alcoholic liquids poured into his eye sockets and distributed to eager punk rock patrons. He got battered, bruised, lost (and replaced by Dug II) and then lost again (only to be found again, hand painted with the union jack.) He became something of a symbol of the band – he even has his own instagram account.

So when we, as a band, decided to start our own label, there was never any question that he would be the figurehead.

We’d discussed forming a label for some time. We’d flirted with labels ourselves as a band, and although we’d never been treated badly, we wanted to see whether we could go it alone. The label began as a vehicle for our own music but also as an opportunity to discover and work with some other excellent bands. We had no ethos so to speak, and no agenda at that point, other than we only wanted to put out bands that we loved and that we thought other people would love. It wasn’t a money making scheme, it was a way of throwing our collective weight behind a scene that we loved and that had been so good to us over the years.

After much discussion, we decided to launch Umlaut Records (so called because of the jokingly placed, rarely pronounced, umlauts we have over the U in Mug.)

In early 2016 we invited a band called Maxwell’s Dead to record two tracks for a split with Mug which would form the first official Umlaut release. We met these guys while playing a show in Scotland for Make That a Take Records (another label that is highly, highly recommended.) They agreed and the game was on.

We designed the artwork, recorded two tracks of our own and added them together with the tracks from Maxwell’s Dead and the first release was born – set for release in April 2016.

Now, all we needed was a good, old-fashioned launch party.

We wanted it to be an amazing show. We were after all launching both the record, as well as the label itself. We were thrilled when Consumed agreed to headline for us. We played, and Maxwell’s Dead travelled from Scotland. The Unicorn in Camden was jammed to the rafters, the split record flew off the shelves, people danced, drank and had an excellent night.

Reflecting on the success of that night made us think that we could actually make a success of this label. It was the single most inspiring night of our lives in terms of seeing the fruits of our labour. It became the official birth of the label, and in the almost year since then, we’ve gone from strength to strength, hosting some excellent bands who have travelled through London (and beyond,) meeting and promoting some shamefully undiscovered gems, releasing a further six records from across the UK, Europe and the USA, and the culmination of our first year of operation is the first annual Dugstock event.

It’s being unofficially billed as our birthday party, and an opportunity to reflect on the successes of the last year. The fact that our first show as Umlaut had five bands, and our one year anniversary show has over twenty bands over two days will give some idea of how far we’ve come.

We’re very excited to welcome bands from up and down the UK to join us for this weekend. A notable highlight would obviously be our headline acts: Roughneck Riot on the Friday night and on the Saturday, Goober Patrol, a band that most of us grew up listening to. As well as this we see No Matter travelling from Ireland, Pizza Tramp from Wales, Billy Liar, Tragical History Tour and The Murderburgers from Scotland. We’ll also see Dowzer coming over from Holland as well as more local bands like Darko, Spoilers and On a Hiding to Nothing. There is something to like for everyone across both days, and we’ve purposely kept ticket prices super cheap to get as many people down as possible.

Some of the bands that are playing are bands that we’ve released and we welcome them to celebrate with us. Each and every one of them are bands that we know, have played with, have watched, and are thrilled to have them come along.

We truly hope that we can use April every year as an opportunity to reflect on an increasingly growing momentum and while preparation continues for our first birthday, we’re already planning and considering our second.


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