2019 Round Up

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

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.


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.