Newtown Neurotics – Kick Out screening and gig.

Black Wax and Vive Le Rock present:

KICK OUT – The Newtown Neurotics Story

Documentary Screening with live performances from Newtown Neurotics, Attila the Stockbroker and more, hosted by Steve Lamacq.

Saturday 25th April 2020 Leytonstone Ballroom, The Red Lion, Leytonstone High Road, E11 3AA Doors 7pm

On sale Thursday 31st October 9am

Bored of new town life and inspired by the first wave of punk, Steve Drewett, Colin Dredd and Tiggy Barber (later Simon Lomond) formed the Newtown Neurotics.

Kick Out is the story of that journey, from the concrete slabs of Harlow, Essex, to the bombed-out streets of East Germany. Along with the likes of Billy Bragg and Attila the Stockbroker, the band became the voice of the disenfranchised and the social conscience of a country in flux.

The aim of Kick Out is to capture the essence of the time, explore the events which molded the band’s worldview and examine their place in British music history.

With the current backdrop of austerity and Brexit, The Neurotics are as relevant as ever. With their impending fortieth anniversary, now seems the perfect opportunity to both reflect and look forward.

Despite their initial run being relatively short, the band’s reach and influence are apparent, not just in the UK but across the globe. Like for so many bands of that era, the emergence of the internet has given a new lease of life to the words and music, striking a chord and inspiring a new and angry generation.

Like all good ideas, the premise of the film began at a bar, specifically The Square in Harlow. The Square, which closed in January 2017, was the cultural beacon of Harlow and was a second home to the town’s outcasts and creatives. The venue played a big part in the band’s history as well as Baker’s own creative endeavours so it’s highly fitting that the film’s seeds were sowed within the walls of The Square.

“What started as a simple video idea quickly grew into something much bigger. What struck me during our initial meetings was how relevant the lyrics Steve wrote over thirty years ago were still today.

While mainstream success alluded them, they have quite the pedigree in terms of their fan base, their historic shows behind the iron curtain and Steve’s solo shows in North Korea and Cuba. On one hand, you could say it’s a film about a band that has continuously evolved with the political and social changes around them. On the other, it’s a film about how many of the issues and problems tacked in the band’s lyrics still resonate today as much as they did back then.”

Kick Out! The Newtown Neurotics Story features contributions from: Billy Bragg – Singer, songwriter and left-wing activist. Attila The Stockbroker – Poet, musician and songwriter, long time associate of the band and Steve Drewett’s best friend. Phill Jupitus – Stand-up and improv comedian, actor, performance poet, cartoonist, and podcaster, also known as Porky the Poet. Steve Lamacq – English disc jockey, BBC Radio 6 Music. Garry Bushell – Newspaper columnist, music journalist, television presenter, author and political activist.


The film screening will be accompanied by a full bill of live music and poetry headlined by the Newtown Neurotics themselves. Performing a one off special set delving deep into the bands back catalogue, the Neurotics will be joined on the evening by some guests and friends to make this a must attend event for all punk rock fans.

The event, hosted by Steve Lamacq, will include a Q&A session with film maker Luke Baker, ranting poetry from Attila The Stockbroker and some special guest acoustic performances TBA.

This is a predominantly standing event with limited seated tickets available.

‘The Neurotics are back, and they’re angry… and they’re looking for ya!’ – B. Bragg.

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‘The Square’s Summer’

Black Wax was tasked with programming and promoting an event to celebrate and reunite the ethos and people that made a small local venue so special.

The brief was to showcase the best of what Harlow (Essex) has been missing out on since the closure of The Square in January 2017. Some rules were to be followed:

  • No Covers/Tribute bands (they still have plenty of opportunities to play in town).
  • At least one act that has never had the opportunity to play in Harlow because of lack of music venue supporting new original music.
  • One band reformed especially for this event.
  • At least one band who have recently released brand new material.

A decision was taken early on to not promote the event under the Black Wax name. BW would take care of everything behind the scenes, but everything publicly was promoted as The Square. The Square name represents a lot more musical diversity than BW, and the acts were booked to appeal to a wide ranging audience across generations and genres.

The Square’s name and reputation are still strong, so much so that the event fully sold out (640 tickets) in the equivalent of 3 days before any acts had been announced!

A number of bands were contacted and names from the ‘hit list’ were being crossed off or ticked off accordingly, in line with the rules above.

BW worked with Doug Hunt Sound & Light to provide audio and visual support for the event. Harlow Rugby Club and The Ram’s Kitchen provided all of the catering. A team of volunteers helped stage manage and production manage the event, with security provided by local legend Paul Brown.

The event ran smoothly and to time, and the audience were a real representation of what the venue was all about. Inclusivity and fun.

Here’s to next year….

Full line up on the poster –
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Sold Out! Eddie & The Hot Rods, Done Everything We Wanna Do

We’re really pleased to announce that our celebration of Eddie & The Hot Rods, taking place on Saturday 13th April 2019 at the o2 Academy Islington, is sold out!

It’s going to be a great night with both the current and original line ups along with a host of special guests including Duncan ‘Kid’ Reid (The Boys), JC Carroll (The Members), Dennis Greaves & Mark Feltham (Nine Below Zero) and more to be announced on the night.

If you’ve got a ticket, see you there!

First special guests announced for Hot Rods celebration

We are very pleased to announce that Graeme Douglas, Paul Gray and Steve Nicol will all be joining the show in London on the 13th April. This will be the first time the 1977 line up will have performed together since the two 40th anniversary shows in 2015. More special guests are confirmed and we will be announcing them as we get closer to the show.

Tickets are available here.

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