“Its like growing up with a tear in your eye and a storm brewing in your heart..” muses frontman Frankie McLaughlin on the musical heritage of the group. “We were raised on the Scottish & Irish music in our parents record collection, before colliding head-on with Punk Rock as we grew older & thought we knew everything.”

These two immovable pillars define The Rumjacks above all else, as they continue to cut their own path through the tangled musical landscape before them. Their own brand of Celtic Punk has seen them release two EP’s – ‘Hung, Drawn & Portered’ & ‘Sound as a Pound’ (’09), as well as three powerful full length albums – ‘Gangs of New Holland’ (’10), ‘Sober & Godless’ (’15), & ‘Sleepin’ Rough’ (’16).

Their incendiary live performances and seemingly endless touring regime has seen them share the stage with acts as diverse as Dropkick Murphys, The Interrupters, Anti Flag, CJ Ramone, The Real McKenzies, Gogol Bordello, Ruts DC, Guttermouth, GBH, UK Subs and The Aggrolites. “We’re at home on any lineup in front of any crowd, I think there are elements of what we do that must appeal to just about anyone.”

Indeed there are – from their heavy Celtic roots to the driving punk rock or even ska/reggae rhythms, well-oiled sing-alongs & choking ballads. “We draw on so many influences, but still it’s important for us to force the bounds of what we already do, play good solid Punk rock with a fat smear of Celtic folk right through it, Hopefully contributing something fresh & substantial that’ll stick around in people’s hearts long after the party’s over..”

The Rumjacks

Monday 6th August
Tickets £8 ADV
Supports TBC



Your Friday night JOINT headliners are:

David Hillyard & The Rocksteady Seven

David Hillyard & the The Rocksteady 7 is a shifting collective of musicians featuring some of the best players in New York City.
Through his diverse experience, Dave has developed an unique style, which is reflected in the music and composition of the Rocksteady 7. A mix of the warm island tonalities of Roland Alphonso and Tommy McCook, the strident cries of John Coltrane, the smears of Sidney Bechet, the otherworldliness of Pharaoh Saunders, the honking blues of King Curtis, and the swing of Ben Webster, Lester Young, and Coleman Hawkins. As Jazziz magazine put it succinctly, “HILLYARD CAN PLAY”
The band has experience playing with everyone from Sting to the Skatalites. Senior among them is veteran percussionist, Larry McDonald. Larry began his career back at the inception of ska music with Carlos Malcolm’s Afro Jamaicans. He went on to perform on several classic reggae tracks such as Cherry Oh Baby, Funky Kingston, and Rivers of Babylon. Then he left Jamaica and played long stints with Taj Mahal and Gil Scott-Heron.
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The Toasters

The Toasters, are “Ska Pioneers” (Billboard magazine) and boldly go where no ska band has gone before. 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. Their lean, mean ska machine has galvanized audiences and musicians alike with their embrace of the Jamaica-born pop music style that overwhelmed England in the 1960’s, migrated to America in the early 1980s, and went global in the 1990s. The hallmark Toasters sound sits at the nexus of Reggae, Jazz, Punk and Soul and is the musical equivalent of a brass knuckle-duster.

Formed in New York City by British guitarist/frontman Rob “Bucket” Hingley in 1981, the Toasters exploded onto the Lower East Side scene. Cutting their teeth with a residency at legendary clubs like CBGB and Danceteria, the band has defied gravity and industry skeptics alike by staying true to their original 2-Tone ska roots, whilst logging over 4000 globe-trotting live appearances.

Longtime fans and critics agree, the current “International All-Stars” posse (featuring members of some of the world’s greatest ska bands) is one of the most formidable in The Toasters’ long and chequered history. Along with the irrepressible Bucket on lead vocals and guitar, The Beat’s Andy Pearson is featured on bass. Expect to see Neil Johnson (Planet Smashers) and Tommy Quartulli on saxophone (The Allstonians), Greg Robinson (Mephiskapheles) on trombone and Jesse Hayes (Westbound Train) on drums. Special appearances by Arjen Bijleveld (Rotterdam Ska-Jazz Foundation) and Buford O’Sullivan (Easy Star All-Stars) are also to be expected in 2009. Legendary keyboardist Dave Barry rounds out the posse.

As the founder of Megalith Records (and former boss of the legendary Moon Ska Records, the most influential ska label of the 1990s) the Toasters’ leader, Rob “Bucket” Hingley has a ska resume that trumps virtually anyone else in the business. With the aid and support of likeminded musicians such as producer Joe Jackson, who has worked with the band over the years, he has been able to compile a recorded legacy and a songwriting catalog. Among the many ska classics Hingley has penned: “Weekend In L.A.,” “Matt Davis,” “2-Tone Army,” “Social Security,” “Dub 56″—and the list goes on and on.

In the commercial realm, the Toasters have recorded jingles for AOL, Cisco Systems, Miller, Anheuser-Busch, and Coca-Cola, and have contributed to movie and television scores (Bleached, Bang!, MTV’s Wildboyz, Mission Hill, Kablam!, Showtime’s Brotherhood, etc.). Where Bucket and The Toasters truly excel, and live up to their reputation as one of the greatest bands of all time, however, is on the road. Averaging more than 200 performances a year, the band is well on its way to playing its 5,000th gig, a milestone they should achieve by the end of the decade.
Toasters fans from all over the world have known for a long time that their favourite ska band is the coolest group around, a true classic. Now, it’s time for everyone else to catch up, and get hip to The Toasters!

If you can only make one night (we don’t need your excuses), then choose wisely… Day tickets now on sale
Friday – David Hillyard & The Rocksteady Seven & The Toasters
Saturday – Random Hand
Sunday – Lightyear Official



Australia’s best ever Psychedelic Reggae Ska Doom Metal Punk Rock band are coming to New Cross and we’re PSYCHED

Most recently seen in the UK on tours with The Smith Street Band and Less Than Jake, as well as every festival in Europe, the Party Machine is rolling in for a rare headline show

TWITTER: @TheBennies420


King Punch

King Punch are a lively 7-piece ska-punk band hailing from London, England. Known for their energetic live shows, they are equally at home smashing together a blend of ska, punk, hard rock and swing in crushed London clubs or up on big festival stages – either way, everyone’s going to be going home sweaty and happy

Just Say Nay

Horny sixteen-legged skanking machine and logistical nightmare with more members than you can shake a stick at. Cooking up a tasty up-beat ska-punk stew, seasoned with hefty brass hooks, hectic basslines, blistering guitar solos and sweet sweet vox. We’ll melt your fucking face off and open our spitvalves down your neck

Paul The Kid

High energy to laid back tunes, the frontman and songwriter of Kiwi ska//rap outfit Night Gaunts has decided to set out and explore a land of new offbeat rhythms. A land where house meets ska, where reggae meets space and where time stops as your body rocks.

£5 advance/ 7pm doors:


The band is the brainchild of Mark Manning, a former graphic artist and art editor of the now defunct Flexipop! magazine. The magazine folded back in 1982 but the hedonistic lifestyle of the frequenting rock and pop stars to the magazine’ offices fueled his desire to experience the debauchery of life as a decadent rock star. He joined another music publication called Metal Fury as a graphic designer but would assume the alter ego Zodiac Mindwarp at night. Zodiac soon left Metal Fury and formed the Love Reaction in 1985 with Jimmy Cauty, who later formed The Orb, The JAMS (Justified Ancients of Mu Mu), and The KLF on guitar, Kid Chaos (real name Stephen Harris) on bass and Boom Boom Kaboomski on drums.

Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction play a sleazy style of commercial hard rock featuring big riffs and choruses, as was the trend in the band’s heyday of the mid-to-late 1980s and early 1990s. The camp lyrics are intended as self-parody, and can be seen as either humorous, or offensive by those who take them at face value, for their often lascivious and misogynist tone. Song titles like “Back Seat Education”, “Feed My Frankenstein”, “High Heeled Heaven”, and “Trash Madonna” illustrate Mindwarp’s tongue-in-cheek approach. Lyrical content also exhibits a send up of cult worship, often of Zodiac Mindwarp’s self-proclaimed raging libido, with Mindwarp claiming the titles sex fuhrer, love dictator, and high priest of love.

With Support From:

Burnt Out Wreck
Gary Moat – the man at the back is now at the front! The Heavy Pettin’ drummer is now the driving force of BURNT OUT WRECK and very much in control of the fire that’s burning.
“There is no doubt the band takes their groovy Hard Rock very seriously though, because they are really good at what they do! Think Bon Scott era ACDC with a bit of Sleaze Metal thrown in and you have a pretty good idea as to what to expect in respect to Burnt Out Wreck’s style”.

The Black Bullets
Devil’s children are hard to find. Music walks amongst the mist, hearing the damned and demonic, where only the living fall.
In the night walk the Strangers, an admission of nocturnal salvation. The Black Bullets are five bastard children from hell, locked together to produce the most filthy Rock n Roll to penetrate human ears.
“They drink, live, eat, throw up, sleep, breathe and drink Rock n Roll” – Sleaze Roxx

Formed in April 2013 with the sole ambition of creating an uncompromising, hard hitting heavy rock band. They fused their influences from old classic sounds of ACDC, Led Zeppelin and Guns n roses through to more modern styles of Cadillac Three, Joe Bonamassa and The Answer.
They have toured relentlessly up and down the UK, and as far a field as Estonia through to Spain igniting stages along the way with their explosive live show.

Trident Waters
Formed in 2014 after meeting at Blues jams in the capital. Soon after starting their own jam, that lasted for several months, came the formation of the band.
Serving up highly charged, hard-edged rock tracks, this is a band to watch out for.

Stone Heroes
Female fronted post punk band having a laugh and keeping it real. Currently gigging in South east England and London and writing our debut album.

Doors 4pm
£12 ADV / £15 OTD


Whatever preconceptions you have of Towers Of London, they will all change within seconds of listening to their new single ‘Shot In The Dark’. The opening guitar riff is the driving force behind a vocal that paints a thousand pictures of aspiration and hope. With a chorus that wouldn’t sound out of place being sung in stadiums all around the world, the Towers have finally gained a bite to their bark. But more importantly, they’ve got heart and are not afraid to show it. There isn’t a more timely need for a song that unites people in an age where building walls is favoured over building bridges. And yes…Towers may have to rebuild a few bridges of their own as a result of their destructive past, but ‘Shot In The Dark’ will go a long way towards doing that.

It’s been 10 years since the Towers first crashed onto the scene with their raucous punk rock anthems and fever pitch stage shows. Now under the guidance of legendary music manager Alan McGee and Creation Management, their forthcoming album ‘Super Sounds Of K-Town’ has nods to their past but open arms to their future as a global rock band.

Recorded in LA’s Korea Town ‘Super Sounds Of K-Town’ is released in 2018, with the video for the first single ‘Shot in the Dark’ being premiered by the motivational and positivity Facebook page ‘Bright Vibes’ on November 17th 2017.

Support from:
More Kicks
The Kult 45s
The Road Atlas

Tickets: £10 ADV

14th February 2018


Dr Syntax (MC) and Pete Cannon (producer/DJ/MC) have been making music and touring together since 2010. They are well renowned for smashing shows all over the UK, and at festivals such as Boomtown Fair (UK) and Outlook (Croatia).

Both reputed solo artists in their own right, their collaborative releases ‘Killer Combo’, ‘Elaborate Anoraks’ and ‘The Tonic’ combine witty, insightful lyricism and gob-smackingly banging beats to great effect. While their sound is rooted in hip hop for the most part, their riotous live performances showcase their versatility with ventures into bass music, old skool hardcore and jungle.

Dr Syntax has been a well-known name in the UK Hip Hop scene since he appeared on Foreign Beggars’ ‘Asylum Speakers’ album in 2004. Since then he has released numerous albums including his classic 2007 debut ‘Self Taught’, and ‘Scene Stealers’, his 2008 collaboration with Ed Skrein (Deadpool/Game Of Thrones) as Skreintax. More recently, his name has been synonymous with acclaimed Manchester band The Mouse Outfit. He appeared on their albums ‘Escape Music’ and ‘Step Steadier’, and has toured with them relentlessly across the UK and Europe since 2012.

Pete Cannon is an incredibly prolific and versatile producer, having collaborated with Action Bronson, Guilty Simpson, Del The Funky Homosapien, Rizzle Kicks and Lunar C to name a few. He has worked extensively with UK hip hop’s best known label, High Focus, notably producing tracks for Dirty Dike, Jam Baxter and Verb T, and entirely producing the ‘High Focus Remixes’ album. As versatile and skilled behind the decks as in the studio, his jungle sets at High Focus events have become the stuff of legend.

Plus very special guests Verb T & Pitch 92

3rd February 2018

£10 adv tickets

Doors 7pm


Be Sharp Promotions, Fishlock Promotions and El Topo Bookings present…

After a successful 2017 with bands such as Big D and the Kids Table, King Prawn, The Filaments The JB Conspiracy, Popes of Chillitown and tons more, we are very happy to announce that LEVEL UP FEST will return to the New Cross Inn for a second year.
Watch our after-movie from 2017:

Line Up:
RANDOM HAND – British ska band, formed in Keighley in 2002. Their sound fuses influences from many genres, including ska, reggae, punk rock, metal, hip hop and dub. The band is typically associated with the punk subculture, due to its ethics and lyrical content. Their lyrical themes are mostly of a sociopolitical nature, however recent albums ‘Inhale/Exhale’ and ‘Seething Is Believing’ feature more personal lyrics and subject matter. After a 2 year hiatus, they are back to play New Cross Inn in July 2018!

LIGHTYEAR – The band formed in 1997, with their first gig in their hometown of Derby in 1998. Lightyear released their debut album Call of the Weasel Clan in October 2001. In 2002 they appeared at the Carling Weekend Festivals with Sick Of It All and Alkaline Trio. They were part of a UK music scene that mixed ska punk with other genres including funk, indie-rock and hip-hop. The band signed to Household Name Records in 2001, and released two full-length albums before splitting in 2003. Since 2006 the band have had a number of reunions. The band are known for their feel good vibes and exuberant mosh-pits.

Loads more TBC

Super limited early bird tickets – £30 *SOLD OUT*
Tier 2 weekend tickets – £35 *AVAILABLE*
Day Tickets – £TBC *COMING SOON*

Level Up Festival is dedicated to our friend, Mike Crampton, who will always be there in spirit!

All enquiries to – please be aware that we have a lot of bands already in mind and that it’s currently early days, last year we had far more requests than we have available slots.

The Peacocks

The Peacocks are a Swiss rockabilly influenced, upright bass driven punk rock band from Winterthur founded in 1990. The trio consists of Hasu Langhart on the guitar/vocals, Jürg Luder on drums, and Simon Langhard on the double bass

The Peacocks, from Switzerland, are great at what they do. They’re cool. They look good. And they love what they do (well, almost always). They rock and roll, struggle and suffer, laugh and cry. They’re on the run and on the road. They’ve been around the globe a couple of times through Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Finland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Holland, Spain, Slovenia, Hungary, UK and the Czech Republic, USA, Canada and Japan. Playing over 400 shows in the last three years.

The Peacocks have sold thousands of albums in their 16 year career on their European label, Leech Records, Household Name Records, Crazy Love and Elmo Records; Asian Man Records, Jump Up and Hairball 8 Records in North America; and TV Freak in Japan. They’ve kicked everybody’s ass from Bad Religion, No Means No, Rancid, No FX, Toasters, Demented Are Go…But they’re still hungry (even though their backs hurt’ cause floors suck to sleep on). So, after consuming too much coffee and cigarettes, they continue to tour like crazy and win over hearts everywhere with thier explosive stand up bass driving sound. Punk, Rockabilly, great songs, cool beats, pop but good.They’re moving on and up. Probably one day with nice shirts. And with a new old van. Pedal to the metal!

Saturday 14th April 2018

Doors 2pm / £10 adv
Supports & more info to follow


Be Sharp Promotions, Umlaut Records & Kick The Crutches join forces once more, in association with New Cross Inn and Destiny Tourbooking

Great Collapse

Usually when a band pulls the “All Star” card it means that a bunch of washed up punks come together and bang out a few songs that are not good enough for their main bands.
Those “All Star” projects usually release a few songs that tend to be
overlooked by the public and quickly fade away as fast as they were

Luckily for us GREAT COLLAPSE have nothing to do with that kind of sad scene:

Founded by STRIKE ANYWHERE singer Thomas Barnett when moving to the west
coast (while his Richmond, VA based band took a well deserved break from recording and constant touring) GREAT COLLAPSE quickly took on a life of its own.

Barnett teamed up with former RISE AGAINST guitarist Chris Chasse, SET YOUR GOALS bass player Joe Saucedo and COMEBACK KID drummer Kyle Profeta.

The result is a self-produced and self-released debut album called ‘Holy War’
that perfectly combines catchy hardcore punk with Barnett`s
radical anarchist politics.

Pushed by this project’s epic hardcore song writing and focused bright classic punk hooks, Lyrically Thomas is touching on a more story driven and conceptual field of ideas, a gauntlet thrown down to challenge the
post modern ecological and spiritual apocalypse we are all living through.
So no matter if you look for the perfect hook or some inspiring lyrics
that will get you through the day in this sometimes bleak and depressing world:
GREAT COLLAPSE are one of the few bands in our time that has both – the music AND the message.

Right now GREAT COLLAPSE added former DEATH BY STEREO/NATIONS A FIRE member Todd Henning and second guitarist Tom Arnott (AT RISK/LOVE EQUALS DEATH) to their ranks and are currently working on their first full
length album.


£8 Advance


New Cross Inn are delighted to bring you The Chords UK, one of the forerunners of the mod revival scene.

The Chords UK
Formed in south east London in 1978, making the cover of Time Out magazine and featuring on John Peel sessions early on. Signed to Polydor Records who released numerous successful singles and their debut album “So Far Away” before splitting up in 1981 as music trends shifted only to reform in 2010 with the album “Another Thing Coming”, they have been playing/touring ever since.

With Support From:

The Theme
Mod rock band hailing from South East London, The Theme formed in late 2011. For most of 2012 and 2013 the band gigged extensively all over London and beyond, including sell out gigs at the 100 Club and Clapham Grand, also supporting OCS and Weller guitarist Steve Craddock and with one gig in Canning town being described as ‘the gig of the year’.

Phoenix Chroi
“The music riffs are reminiscent of The Stooges and early Who with cutting guitar chords, pounding bass and drums keeping a brilliantly tight rhythm section. The vocals move between the poetry of Patti Smith and the post punk of Siouxsie Sioux. Throw in group harmonies on specific tunes and you have one of the most diverse and explosive live bands around. Swing of the Shovel Productions Ltd”

Rollin’ Machine
A raw 3 piece mod/punk rock n roll band from Southend on sea. Dan fisher guitar/vocals, Evan Evans drums/vocals, Peter Kennedy on bass. Influences include Oasis, Stone Roses, Kasabian, The Small Faces, The Who, The Jam, punk and more!!! We are a wall of sound.

DJ Mabbs
Spinning the mod, ska & northern soul tunes between bands and the aftershow.

From 7pm
£10 ADV / £12 OTD

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