Music Event One returns to Medway with pioneering punk band Buzzcocks. Support comes from local garage pop hero and ex-The Prisoners front-man Graham Day (& The Forefathers), young contemporary upstarts Dexters, and one of the leading lights of the late 1970’s Mod revival, The Chords.
Buzzcocks – Harmony In My Head
Following performances last year from the likes of PiL, The Wedding Present & Subway Sect, the ME1 Music Festival returns with its one ticket entry / multi-venue annual event. This year the participating venues will include the Casino Rooms, The Royal Function Rooms & The Tap n Tin as well as a host of small venues in and around the ME1 postcode of Rochester, Medway in Kent.
ME One ticket gains entry to all venues priced £22.50.
Main stage: 4pm-10pm
Graham Day & The Forefathers
Chris Pope’s Chords UK
Up The Junction Stage: 10pm-3am
The Get Up
Dean Rudland (DJ)
Andy Lewis (DJ)
The Tap n Tin stage: 10pm-3am
Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs
Black Market Karma
Richard Norris (DJ)
More acts are still to be announced. For more information visit www.musiceventone.co.uk.
Buzzcocks – Everybody’s Happy Nowadays
There are hardly any bands performing today that genuinely deserve the adjective ‘legendary’. Buzzcocks are one of those very few. Their achievements are staggering: one of the original holy trinity of British punk (with the Sex Pistols and the Clash), innovators of the independent record scene and genuine punk rock superstars who have been cited as inspirational by bands as diverse as REM, Nirvana and Green Day.
Eight studio albums, over twenty singles and EPs, a constellation of compilations, covers by other bands and songs on film soundtracks and advertisements have put Buzzcocks among the top echelons of British recording artists.
Cranking out choice live cuts from four Graham Day-fronted bands, Graham Day & The Forefathers distil 30-odd years of high quality song writing, low-fi production and high energy performance to their stripped down garage-rock essence. This is how it started – and maybe how it will finish.
As a band, Dexters draw on a range of sounds and influences you wouldn’t necessarily associate with a young, blue collar band, formed in 2011. Captain Beefheart and Robert Johnson are name checked, while more contemporary influences can also be seen in songs like ‘Conscience Calls’ – which tips its hat to Jamie T – and their superb, flagship tune ‘Start To Run’, a song in homage to losing touch with an old friend, which has a pulsating, breakneck urgency in the style of a bastard child spawned from a threesome with the clash, Jamie T, and The Jam after a debauched night of cocktails and high octane fun.
Dexters – Recover
Fronted by singer/songwriter Chris Pope, The Chords were a leading light in the post-punk Mod revival between 1979-81. Their biggest commercial hit, and still a live favourite is 1980’s Maybe Tomorrow.
The Chords – Maybe Tomorrow