The BellRays Rock Around The Hops!

WE ARE SUPER EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE MIGHTY BELLRAYS WILL BE PLAYING A VERY SPECIAL SHOW IN HARLOW THIS NOVEMBER!

Rock Around The Hops at Redchurch Brewery

California’s Punk Funk Rock and Rollers will be playing live in the heart of a working brewery on Thursday 3rd November and you need to be there.

 It’s all about emotion and energy, experience and raw talent, spirit and intellect. Exciting things happen when these things collide.

Bob Vennum and Lisa Kekaula made the BellRays happen in 1991 in East LA but they weren’t really thinking about any of this then. They wanted to play music and they wanted it to feel good. They wanted people to WANT to get up, to NEED to get up and check out what was going on. Form an opinion. React.

So they took everything they knew about; the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, the Who, the Ramones, Billie Holiday, Lou Rawls, Hank Williams, the DB’s, Jimmy Reed, Led Zeppelin, to name a very few and pressed it into service.

It was never about coming up with a ‘sound’, or fitting in with a scene. It was about the energy that made all that music so irresistible.

PRB and Black Wax present
THE BELLRAYS
Thursday 3rd November
Redchurch Brewery – Harlow

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The Len Price 3 back in Harlow

Black Wax favourites The Len Price 3 return to Harlow. The Medway trio tour in support of their brand new album Ip Dip Do and play Burnt Mill Snooker & Social Club on Friday 15th July.

Support on the night from The Vera’s making their Harlow debut – you’ll recognise them as The Small Fakers but playing their own material.

TICKETS ON SALE HERE

GIGS!

The first gigs of our Spring / Summer 2022 programme have been announced!


Friday 25th March
Burnt Mill Snooker & Social Club – Edinburgh Way – Harlow CM20 2DQ

The Sweeney + Romeo Spy

The Kings of Harlow Town are back!

A special homecoming warm up show ahead of their London reunion for John Otway’s 5000th gig celebrations.

One of British music’s best kept pop secrets, The Sweeney have consistently turned the heads of discerning music listeners since their first year together. Having released five albums, the band matured into a force to be reckoned with, showcasing the songwriting brilliance of singer Murray Torkildsen.

Support from London’s Romeo Spy

Friday 6th May
Burnt Mill Snooker & Social Club – Edinburgh Way – Harlow CM20 2DQ

King Salami & The Cumberland 3 + The Mandelbrot Shakes

London’s greatest and most sensational Rhythm’n’Blues-Punk band. A band that truly represents London, being a mongrel mix of Caribbean, France, Japan and Spain. With a repertoire influenced by many of the great songs of the ’50s and ’60s made to sound fresh and new to modern ears, you won’t be able to help but move your feet when the Cumberland Three are blasting out of the speakers. The King howls like Screaming Jay Hawkins with Bo Diddley chasing his coat-tail whilst Andre Williams tries to offer up some of his bacon fat, and the Trashmen do the Surfin’ Bird behind him. This is a man that never stops shakin’ and twistin’ and groovin’.

Support from Brighton’s The Mandelbrot Shakes

Friday 15th July
Burnt Mill Snooker & Social Club – Edinburgh Way – Harlow CM20 2DQ

The Len Price 3 + The Veras

Black Wax favourites The Len Price 3 return to Harlow. The Medway trio tour in support of their brand new album Ip Dip Do.

Support on the night from The Vera’s making their Harlow debut – you’ll recognise them as The Small Fakers but playing their own material.

The Snooker & Social club in Harlow is a real gem – it’s location right next to Harlow Town train station means its easily accessible for people across Herts & Essex. It’s 5 years this month since The Square closed, and following the last couple of years without much social activity we’re really excited to be putting these shows on.
We’ve pulled in some favours from some bands We’ve worked with previously, but also have some bands who will be making their Harlow debuts.
If ever there was a time for a coming together of live music fans, wanting to see more original and new bands in town, this is it – we’ve a couple more gigs to announce and there’s life in the town yet!

Tickets for all Harlow shows go on sale 9am Monday 17th January available from https://www.wegottickets.com/blackwax

The venue is right next to Harlow Town train station – the video above shows how to find it!

Los Pepes to headline Black Wax Noise Division Launch Night

Finally, following delay after delay we are pleased to announce the official launch party for our record label, the Black Wax Noise Division!

Saturday 27th November at The Herald, Harlow, Essex (CM19 5RD)

Headlining are London based Los Pepes, celebrating the release of I Want You Back/Never Get It Right, the second release from the Black Wax Noise Division.

Special Guests on the evening are Martin Savage & The Jiggerz (feat 2 of King Salami’s Cumberland 3) and Romeo Spy.

Keep an eye out for more live acts and DJs to be announced soon!

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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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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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Eddie & The Hot Rods – Done Everything We Wanna Do

Black Wax and Vive Le Rock present

DONE EVERYTHING WE WANNA DO
A celebration of Eddie & The Hot Rods

Featuring Rods past & present and special guests

Saturday 13th April 2019
O2 Academy Islington
Doors 7pm

Tickets
O2 Presale Monday 3rd Sept
General Sale Wednesday 5th Sept
www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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Next Black Wax Live Gig!

Black Wax kicked off June in style with The Bonnevilles and Murray Torkildsen playing live. Both put in brilliant sets. A special mention has to go to Murray for bringing out a guitar made from the bar of our beloved lost venue The Square – a touch of pure class. The Bonnevilles set was a chance to hear tracks from the new album ‘Dirty Photographs’ live alongside firm Black Wax favourites ‘My Dark Heart’ and ‘No Law In Lurgan.’ Summed up perfectly by one punter’s comment – ‘Its been too long since I left a venue with my ears ringing.’

Well, the good news is there’s a chance to do it all again in July when The Len Price 3 return to Harlow!

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Live gigs announced!

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 –

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