In place of the postponed live screening event for Kick Out! The Newtown Neurotics Story we took to the internet and held a virtual evening with the band, filmmaker and some very special guests.
2019 was a great year for Black Wax as we took on the challenge of our first ‘big gig’ in London. We also continued to provide quality live music for the people of Harlow, Essex.
Here’s a quick look back at what we got up to in 2019…
Saturday 26th January – The Chords UK + The Hurricanes.
The Punk edged Mod Revival band led by songwriter Chris Pope return to Harlow in support of their album Nowhere Land.
Friday 15th February – Murray Torkildsen + Paul Howard.
A post-Valentines double bill from 2 of Harlow’s finest singer songwriters.
Friday 22nd February – The Small Fakers.
Tribute bands may be frowned up by some, but the Small Fakers do such a good job, and when there’s no longer a chance to see the original band you just have to let yourself go and enjoy it! A great sold out night for our first event at Harlow Rugby Club.
Saturday 2nd March – Thee Dagger Debs + Special Guests (Eddie & The Hot Rods).
A secret warm up show for Eddie & The Hot Rods ahead of their UK tour as guests for Stiff Little Fingers. We advertised this with Thee Dagger Debs headlining – a great pub rock 3 piece with a big of stomping glam in their sound. They were a brilliant act to compliment the Hot Rods, both bands bringing back the vibe of the original pub rock days.
Saturday 13th April – Eddie & The Hot Rods – Done Everything We Wanna Do.
Lots has been written about this show elsewhere on the site, but I’ll add once more that this is one of the best things I’ve ever done as a live music promoter.
You can watch the full show here
Saturday 27th July – The Square’s Summer Reunion with King Prawn + Don’t Worry + Indian Queens + DJ Scissorkicks + Dwarf Antidote + Paul Howard Band + Antibodies + Thumpermonkey + Lost Without Cause + Medium Love + Depravity + Harry & The Chicks.
Black Wax booked, promoted and programmed a 2 stage all day event in memory of our much loved and lost local venue The Square.
Friday 18th October – Tommy And The Commies + Los Pepes
A last minute booking, but we were really chuffed to be able to host the Commies from Canada as they kicked off their European Tour. Their first even UK gig was in a pub in Harlow, Essex and they even played a Newtown Neurotics song without initially realising Harlow is the home of the Neurotics.
So, on to 2020 and we’re gearing up for the release of ‘Kick Out – The Newtown Neurotics Documentary’ which we are launching on April 25th at the Leytonstone Ballroom. We’ve also got plans for some more collaborative events with The Square, but before all of that I (Adam) will be spending half of January on tour with Los Pepes opening for The BellRays. Check the dates on Punk Rock Blues – maybe see you at a show?
Get down, and get with it x
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.
Coming very soon… Henri Herbert & The Fury ‘Live Bootlegs Vol. 1’ recorded live in October ’17 for Black Wax radio.
Our last Black Wax gig seems like a long time ago but that’s because so much has happened since. A warm up show for Rebellion Festival featuring the Newtown Neurotics, UnPunk’t and Cherry & Peesh, complimented by DJ Eddie O’Toole, and it couldn’t have been any warmer!
I’m not sure if I was caught up in the moment, or if I do really believe it – my ears are still ringing so it’s hard to be sure, but I did say that last Saturday’s Black Wax live show was the best yet. Definitely turn out wise, and volume wise it is at the top!
Opening band, More Kicks, were too tight for a band that has existed less than a year. They won over the audience with the high speed power pop, complete with harmony backing vocals, tight rhythm and at least one polka dot shirt. The only downside was a mix up with the delivery driver meaning there were no copies of their debut single available on the night, but it can be heard and ordered direct from the band here.
Black Wax is proud to present 2 upcoming shows in Harlow, Essex. The live music scene in Harlow has been in a funny situation since the closure of much loved venue The Square. Lots of people have been putting on events at alternative venues across the town, and more of this is encouraged. Whilst The Square was a massive part in the lives of many of us, it is no more. They’ve finally knocked the place down!
Black Wax has been working with Phoenix Live for well over a year, and we’ve hosted a number of live music events as part of our radio show. Now we’re working on some full on rock & roll gigs and here are the first 2 announced –
Yes – that’s right. Northern Ireland’s finest will be back in Harlow playing an intimate show at Phoenix Live.
You would have heard them regularly on the Black Wax radio shows (check out the archive) but right here right now you can watch their brand new video from the new album ‘Dirty Photographs’ (Alive Naturalsound)
After a bit of a break we’ll be back for a special Friday night show this week, Friday 9th March!
Tune in from 8pm on phoenixlive.online!
OR – if you’re local come on in to watch the show featuring a special live performance from Brandy Row!
How did that happen!?
Well, news is – the radio show is on hold for the time being. If you’ve been tuning in recently, that wasn’t me… Black Wax Radio will live for a while as 29 streamable shows via Mixcloud. Thanks to everyone for supporting that venture. It’s not over, it’s just on the shelf for a bit.
Reason being – I’ve got a few other bits I’m working on and time is always running out. So, here’s what’s happening…