‘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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2018 Round Up

2018 has been a great year for Black Wax. A conscious decision was made early on to concentrate on quality over quantity – working on the shows we wanted to do instead of trying to scramble something together week after week for the sake of it. We think we achieved that! Here’s a quick look back at what we got up to in 2018…

Friday 2nd February – Eddie & The Hot Rods
The legendary Essex pub rock band kicked off their 2018 Beginning Of The End tour here with us at the Club Foot pop up venue. Although early in the year this show provided one of the highlights of our year as, after a few years of trying, we brought Cyanide Pills to Harlow. Los Pepes opened the show and DJ Hey Paula! was spinning records.

Friday 9th March – Brandy Row
Rescheduled from a snowy day in 2017. Brandy Row played a live set in front of an audience at Phoenix Live as part of a one-off Black Wax radio show revival.

Thursday 29th March – Instrument Of Change Screening
Black Wax was responsible for the organisation and promotion of a screening of ‘Instrument of Change – Street Piano’ at pop up venue Club Foot, which was followed by live performances from Chas Hodges and Henri Herbert, both of whom feature in the film.

Friday 1st June – The Bonnevilles
On tour in support of their album Dirty Photographs, we were very pleased to bring Northern Ireland’s finest punk rock blues exports back to Harlow to blow the roof off of Phoenix Live. Support was from the brilliant Murray Torkildsen who debuted his guitar made from a piece of The Square’s bar top!

Saturday 14th July – The Len Price 3
Black Wax favourites The Len Price 3 hit the stage at Phoenix Live for what could possibly be the gig of the year! They put in over time and played pretty much every song they’ve ever released. Support was from London’s hottest new power pop trio More Kicks.

Friday 27th July – Newtown Neurotics
Local legends played a special intimate show at Pheonix Live as a warm up for the summer’s Rebellion Festival. The bill was complimented with other acts playing Rebellion Festival – the live debut of UnPunk’t, the new project from Dodgy frontman Nigel Clark, and punk poetry duo Cherry & Peesh. DJ Eddie O’Toole of The Filaments played punk rock 45s between and after the live music.

Friday 26th October – The Len Price 3
We took Black Wax down the pub to put on The Len Price 3 at The Herald. A special show to warm up for the Shiiiiine On Festival.

Saturday 1st December – Muck & The Mires
Boston USA’s premier garage rock n roll combo visited the UK for 2 special shows, one of which was with us at Phoenix Live. The put on a great show and won a lot of new fans. Opening the show was the ‘one gig only’ band (now with gigs 5, 6, 7 & 8 booked) The Speedways.

Black Wax also provided the soundtrack for the opening of a new vintage charity shop in Harlow Town Centre, as well as spinning records at their first in house fashion show.

We have big plans for 2019 and already have shows booked and on sale with Chords UK, Small Fakers and Eddie & The Hot Rods so make sure you keep an eye on our event listings – we don’t want you to miss out!

Thanks to everyone for the support we’ve received throughout 2018 – here’s to 2019! Happy New Year.