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Scared To Get Happy: The Primitives + BMX Bandits + The Brilliant Corners + The Popguns + Blue Orchids + Mighty Mighty + 14 Iced Bears + The Wolfhounds + Yeah Yeah Noh
This event takes place at 229 The Venue, which has achieved Bronze Status for disabled access from Attitude Is Everything.
Probably best known for their 1988 top 5 hit 'Crash', The Primitives reunited in their hometown of Coventry at the end of 2009, to pay homage to Steve Dullaghan, the group's original bassist. The success of their performance and the public's positive response after more than 17 years away from the spotlight led them to do a UK tour in April 2010 and to play a few shows in Europe and the US. Fast forward to 2012 and their new album, 'Echoes and Rhymes', ranges from garage to psychedelia, with touches of soul and sunshine pop, multiple styles come together in a special compilation of obscure female-fronted songs from the sixties, revisited with all the love and affection and energy of The Primitives.
The Primitives tour dates
Indie legends who split to form Teenage Fanclub. But they have been known to reform for special occasions, so if they have a gig booked, get along because it might be a long time before another comes along!
BMX Bandits tour dates
Indie band who had a number of chart successes in the 90s including single 'Star' and album 'Snog'.
The Popguns tour dates
Manchester's legendary Blue Orchids are back! Christened the Blue Orchids by John Cooper Clarke, they formed in 1979 when Martin Bramah left The Fall after recording the debut album Live At The Witch Trials. They signed to Rough Trade Records in 1980 and were championed by the late great John Peel, before touring with Echo & The Bunnymen and then The Velvet Underground's Nico, serving as both backing group and support act. Over the years Blue Orchids have included in their line up members of The Smiths, The Durutti Column, The Fall and Buzzcocks. Martin Bramah reformed the band in 2012 for John Peel Day events in London, Liverpool and Manchester and it's the classic Rough Trade era recordings that the band is now playing at their live shows, to great acclaim. 'It's been great to breathe new life into these songs again after so long - they're sounding so fresh and original, I could have written them all yesterday!' - Martin Bramah 2012."
Blue Orchids tour dates
Brighton-based indie band who came through the C86 wave and then took a more psychedelic route from 1985-92. Reformed in 2010, toured the States and played London.
14 Iced Bears tour dates
Legendary indie garage-rock band from London reactivated for the 21st Century. Originally formed as teenagers in 1984, the band released four critically acclaimed LPs before initially disbanding in 1990, after appearing on the legendary and influential C86 cassette, and touring the UK and Continent extensively.
The band reformed properly in 2006 at the request of St Etienne’s Bob Stanley to celebrate 20 years since the release of C86, and inflicted a severe guitar noisefest on an unsuspecting indiepop crowd at London’s ICA. Since 2012 they have been recording and releasing new material.
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“Yeah Yeah Noh were my favourite mix of sneery post-punk and swooshy psychedelia. And now they’re back” … Stewart Lee
Yeah Yeah Noh were a post-punk group formed in Leicester, England in 1984. They released two albums and five singles while still together, and have had two compilation albums issued since they split in 1986. As of summer 2012, Yeah Yeah Noh are back together and are playing live.
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