Wednesday, 11 July 2012

OK people so there's a fair bit coming your way so check it out:

First off a one off Club WEIRDSVILLE this Friday 13th July with The Gravemen (SWEDEN) and The Creeping Ivies (GLASGOW)

Then Saturday 14th July Metal Mayhem with HUNDRED, OTHROS & PHYREXIA

AND then 3 days of big name comedy kicking off with Stephen K Amos on Monday the 16th July then Tim Vine's chat show 17th & 18th.

AND THEN..Punk rock legends Thursday the 19th July with THE STRAPS, THE PESTS & THE BLANKS

If your liver's not bleeding by then try CROWNS FOR FOOLS and the return of the mighty QTONE + guests.

Then rest. X


I'm enamoured....with a pub in Kingston! Yes I went to a land far far away (for a north londoner that is) to a magical place called The Fighting Cocks. Where Stowford Press cider is £3.60! (I kid you not) & the bar staff were so very lovely (I kid you not). The atmosphere was bustling & lively, relaxed & welcoming.

Oh my gosh...even the bouncers were polite... in fact, I regret the word bouncer...let's call them guardians. On entering one gave me a gentle look as much to say..."now you're not going to make any trouble are you?" No sir." Look into my eyes & do what I say". ahhh it was grand really....

And of course we all got our rock n roll asses thoroughly thrashed with the two most lightning hot shot bands to be contained in a wee dark room. Voodoo & religion bouncing off the walls & into our souuuullllsssss! It was a first time look-hear of Thee Vicars for me & impressed ain't in it. And WD cracking that whip....oh how we scream for more!

Seriously if the pub served breakfast...I would have stayed all night. I want to live there.


Saturday, 30 June 2012



Starts at 2pm. Edinburgh Preview shows from...

MAREK LARWOOD (as seen in BBC2's Fast and Loose and BBC 3'w We are Klang)


MAFF BROWN (as seen on BBC2's Lead Balloon and writer of Shooting Stars / Mock the Week)

All you have to do to get tickets is email and say how many you want! Simples!

Friday, 29 June 2012

now then! as of sunday were going to be hitting you hard with some seriously boozy cocktails whilst you sit and watch your favorite trilogies. Yep, thats right all the Jurassic Park's all the Back to the futures and all the Batman's. Just all the big names, really.

That friday feeling!

Morning campers! What a fun time has been had here today! Cocktail training, which is basically getting half cut on fruity tasting things and pretending it's work. And .... get ready for this!! New door matts!! Hell yes!! Red carpet treatment for all our favorite alkies!

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Tim Smith Benefit, Saturday 30th!

For those that don't know, Tim Smith from the Cardiacs had a devastating heart attack and stroke a few years ago and is still on the road to recovery. Since then, hundreds of musicians and fans have gone all out in a show of support and put out albums and shows in tribute, and to raise money for his treatment.

This weekend, we have an amazing show lined up:

Mr Smith and the Big Ships
Redbus Noface
The Trudy

Monday, 25 June 2012


You know how I told you a few months ago about when Anti-Flag coming to visit? Well I don't think I mentioned that Edgar from Old London Road ended up tattooing Chris #2 from Anti-Flag did I?

Well, here is a video of that happening:

Upcoming Banquet Shows:

These folks at Banquet Records are bloody good to you lot. Here is some of the stuff they're making happen over the next few months:

25/06 - Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room/ Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds/ Sam Russo. facebook|tickets (6 TICKETS LEFT)
02/07 - Defeater/ Former Thieves/ Polar facebook|tickets (70 TICKETS LEFT)
02/08 - Vinnie Caruana facebook|tickets (80 TICKETS LEFT)
03/08 - The Choking Victim Show/ Stza/ Left Alone/ Chewing on Tinfoil facebook|tickets (145 TICKETS LEFT)
14/08 - Mixtapes/ Slingshot Dakota/ The Static Age/ Starters facebook|tickets
23/08 - SPECIAL GUEST (ANNOUNCED 20/08!) (waheyyyyyy!)
29/08 - Everyone Everywhere/ Chalk Talk facebook|tickets
31/08 - The Flatliners/ Ok Pilot/ Divided Heaven facebook|tickets
22/09 - Joyce Manor/ Apologies, I Have None/ Bangers facebook|tickets (99 TICKETS LEFT)


Sunday, 24 June 2012


Comedy's off, but the nice folks at Banquet Records have got a treat for you. The legendary Dan Andriano and Brendan Kelly, bassists and vocalists from Alkaline Trio and The Lawrence Arms, will be playing their solo stuff (Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room/ Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds) and a few classics separately, together and all for you! I am so excited for this, you have no idea. We've been looking forward to this one for months! Oh, and there is a grand total of 6 tickets left. That's right, 6. You can purchase one of the 6 here. And by here, I mean where it says here, but back there. You get the idea?


Rotterdam's finest punks Accelerators and The Bat Bites are crashing the venue tonight and it's all for free, you lucky boys and girls. Support from locals Emergency Bitter and Gallows Humour who never disappoint! So, get your backsides down here, pronto to a) reserve a seat for the football, b) get the beers in and c) see some of the best live music you're likely to see FOR FREE ever! Plus, it looks like it's about to rain. You don't want to get wet and we've got everything you could possibly need in here!

England V Italy! Tonight!

We're showing it on our massive new cinema screen in the main bar! We've also got Dutch punk's Accelerators and The Bat Bites, with Emergency Bitter and Gallows Humour FOR FREE in the venue! We're currently trying to work out door times so that you can watch as much of the football as possible, if that's what you fancy of course! More on that when we know!

Friday, 22 June 2012

This week's dodgy search award

is definitely a tie between:

"cocks in uniforms" (oooh, kinky!), "gentlemensgirls" (LOL)  and "hit the cocks" (HA! wait...what?!)


22/06 - Germany vs Greece K.O @ 7.45pm
23/06 - Spain vs France K.O @ 7.45pm
24/06 - England vs Italy K.O @ 7.45pm


We've got a new cinema screen! Oh yes, in the main bar and everything! It's bloody massive, we've got a brand new projector and everything. So, that means we've got a few new treats in store for you lot in the form of themed movie nights, trilogies and series' sessions, bigger, better live sport and a whole bunch more.

We're also launching our brand new cocktail list featuring a few old favourites and some new takes on the classics, but we'll let you know more on that when we have a specific date!

The next few weeks go a little something like this:

24/06 - Accelerators/ The Bat Bites/ Emergency Bitter/ Gallows Humour. Two of the finest,  fast paced street punk bands from Rotterdam supported by locals Emergency Bitter and Gallows Humour. FREE ENTRY! facebook
25/06 - Banquet Records: Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room/ Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds/ Sam Russo. Dan Andriano of Alkaline Trio and Brendan Kelly of the Lawrence Arms playing their solo stuff, together and seperately, in our back room. I AM EXCITEEEEEEED. facebook|tickets
30/06 - Tim Smith Benefit: Mr Smith and the Big Ships/ Redbus Noface/ The Trudy/ Stuntdog.
02/07 - Banquet Records: Defeater/ Former Thieves/ Polar facebook|tickets
05/07 - Tonight We Fly/ Pacific/ Daffydd Evans/
06/07 - Bangers/ Gnarwolves/ Shortcuts/ Forrest/ The Winter Passing facebook
07/07 - Weirdsville: Thee Vicars/ Witchdoktors FREE ENTRY! facebook
13/07 - Weirdsville: Thee Gravemen/ One Man Destruction Show facebook
14/07 - Hundred/ Phyrexia/ Othros facebook

So I reckon there's a little something for everyone there right?

Wednesday, 20 June 2012


Crows/ Lich/ Dashwood/ Self Loathing  facebook event £5 on the door.

I literally can't wait for this. Definitely not one to miss.

Greg Davies - September 18/19!

The awesome Greg Davies has just confirmed he will be doing two shows for us in September! They will both be little tour previews as part of a bunch of dates he's doing with Outside The Box Comedy Club! Click on the link's below for tickets!

Tues 18/09 - Greg Davies/ Maff Brown tickets
Wed 19/09 - Greg Davies/ Maff Brown tickets

Sunday, 17 June 2012


So the weather's got better, which means only one thing... BEER. NICE, COLD BEER.

Luckily for you guys, we have plenty of it! And yes, we're showing the football later too! Everyone's a winner. Unless you don't like beer, or football. In which case, we've got a shit load of spirits and we'll put a movie on in the Hen House or something.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Tonight's Football:



Czech Republic
K.O @ 5PM.




K.O @ 7.45PM.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Gigs, Gigs, Gigs!

15/06 - Think Like Valencia/ Jackal/ Robin Henderson facebook
16/06 - Sigil & Friends FREE ENTRY facebook
19/06 - No Consequence/ Floods/ When Victory Falls/ Fel Fiasco
20/06 - Crows/ Self Loathing/ Lich/ Dashwood facebook
24/06 - Accelerators/ Emergency Bitter/ Gallows Humour facebook
25/06 - Banquet Records Presents: Dan Andriano/ Brendon Kelly/ Sam Russo facebook
30/06 - Tim Smith Benefit (Ex-Cardiacs) - Mr Smith & The Big Ships/ Redbus Noface tickets

02/07 - Banquet Records Presents: Defeater/ Former Thieves/ Polar facebook
05/07 - Today We Fly/ Dafydd Evans/ Pacific tickets
06/07 - Bangers/ Gnarwolves/ Shortcuts/ Forrest/ The Winter Passing facebook
07/07 - WEIRDSVILLE: Thee Vicars/ Witchdoktors FREE ENTRY facebook

Comedy CANCELLED tonight/ England v France

Sorry guys, but due to the England game being on so early, comedy is cancelled this week!

We are showing the match, it kicks off at 5, so just in time for happy hour! Get down early if you want a seat!

Sunday, 10 June 2012


You know what, I'm totally happy to hear that you guys enjoyed last night as much as we did! We even got this:

awesome bar, awesome atmosphere. had a wicked night last night with the ladies behind the bar (10/10 ladies!). bit pricey but nothing you wouldn't expect from a decent bar these days. shame the jukebox is a bit moody.
on beer in the evening! I'm a smug little bunny today.

Ladies Night.

I'm not going to lie, we had SO much fun last night. It's nights like that, that make me realise why I bloody love my job. There's literally nothing better than being able to have a decent conversation and a laugh with almost every single person in the bar!

Saturday, 9 June 2012


As a fair few of you have asked about it, yes, we are showing all of the football. ALL OF THE FOOTBALL.

Accelerators - Sunday 24th June

Sunday 24th, we have a free show for you from Dutch punks Accelerators! Support comes from locals Emergency Bitter and Gallows Humour. FREE ENTRY from 8pm.

Banquet's Big Day Out, Bank Holidays and Rain.

Hello Ladies and Gent's, I hope you've all recovered nicely after from the sounds of it, a pretty mental bank holiday weekend all round! We've just about got ourselves back to normal, I apologise I haven't updated you on it sooner.

Weirdsville was awesome, as per usual. I was totally impressed with Juke Jonah & the All Drunk Orchestra, they were absolutely incredible, it's the first Weirdsville I'd been working out the back for and it took a lot of self control not to just join in with all the dancing. And believe me, none of you have seen me dance, nobody would want to see that.

Banquet's Big Day Out. WELL. That was bloody incredible. Jon and the team pulled off something pretty fucking special, let's put it that way. They even managed to pull in a special favour with the weather by the looks of it!
For those of you that don't know, we had an acoustic tent right by the main entrance, and for an acoustic tent, it was pretty bloody loud. And our sound man looked scarily like Cliff Richard. I wish I'd taken a photo of him, but at that point we were too busy trying to figure out why there was a laminated cut out of Michael Jordan's face, stuck to a ruler next to our tent. Unfortunately I think that it's just going to have to be put down as one of life's mysteries and we lost him soon after. I would like to think he's been given a good home.

Tall Ships opened the entire event at about midday on the Etnies/ New Slang tent stage, and then shortly after, Scholars played the main stage. From the bits I heard while I was wandering to and from the coffee stall, they were both very good. I would have liked to have seen more, but Cliff was getting a bit grumpy and Michael Jordan was still confusing Jake. Luckily for us though, Banquet lent us Chris to keep it all on track back at the tent while we wandered around flyering and he was an absolute star so big thank you-s to you, Chris.
Luke Leighfield kicked off the proceedings for us at about 1pm, it was a bit drizzly so as a nice "thank you for standing in the rain watching me" he shared his sweets with everyone. How nice is that! Next up on our stage was an entire band acoustic performance by Kid Champion, so we had a little dance. We managed to catch some of MC Lars', then we had another full band set from Terrible Eyes and there was the most adorable kid on his Dad's shoulders partying away. It was so good to see that there was a proper family feel to the whole day. Sharks were awesome, the sun came out for Wheatus and then it was time for our awesome friends in The Lagan who had an entire tent dancing in seconds!

The rest gets a bit hazy and I basically only just remember sitting outside a tent bum shuffling to David Rodigan but I know myself and everyone I have spoken to about it thoroughly enjoyed themselves, ROLL ON NEXT YEAR ;).

But seriously, MASSIVE thank you to Banquet for having us and I reckon if you were there, pop into the shop and tell them how much you loved it!

We had The Lagan play again for FREE last night. If you missed it, the only real excuse is that you were stuck in a muddy puddle at Download. Don't do it again. I definitely recommend trying to catch them at some point soon.

Saturday, 2 June 2012


WEIRDSVILLE TONIGHT! Free entry all night, two live bands, movies with boobies and a killer DJ. What else are you going to do now the weather's turned shit?

...That's what I thought.

Tonight's live bands are -

MFC Chicken - 

"MFC Chicken are a band that plays the real rock and roll music with the saxophone, singin' about fast food and broken hearts."

BiographyFormed on top of a dirty chicken shop on Holloway Road, MFC Chicken play raw, sax-         fueled rock and roll tunes about fast food and broken hearts.
Come on down, all you hip hens and rockin' roosters, and shake it on out with us.
Descriptiongreasy fingers, ribbons, fowl, roslie, amos milburn, a bass, geetar, sex maniac/sax, ludwig acrolite, da moon, that fucking rock n roll..always there, always.

"DescriptionThe primtive All-Drunk Orchestra bringing killer jives and forbidden pleasures to venues near and far!"

Well, aren't they mysterious! I guess if you want to know more, you'll have to come down tonight and find out for yourself!

Friday, 1 June 2012

Banquet's Big Day Out - Monday 4th June!

We are sponsoring the acoustic stage, so Jake and I will be attending, representing the bar and that. Come and say hello, I'll make Jake dance for you or something in return. Oh, and we will be flyering - check your flyer, a select few have a free shot promotion hidden on them! Don't litter kids, bring them back to the bar and get your shots!

People are funny.

Some of the stuff you guys search to find us are HILARIOUS. Keep it up, it entertains me greatly. I do realise that I haven't had a ramble in a while, so I'll try and update you on the last few weeks events - if I can remember them correctly. Right... I'm struggling already...

Death of An Artist, Palm Reader and Housefires were awesome. I enjoyed myself anyway. It's a shame there wasn't a better turn out but unfortunately, it happens sometimes. We still had fun either way.
Direct Hit were good fun, I remember that much. And although we didn't have the biggest crowd ever for them, they seemed to enjoy themselves. Nice guys. So were The Price Duifkes and of course Anonymous Tip.

I have no idea how the gigs over the weekend were, I was not here as I went to I'll Be Your Mirror(the tiny bit I saw of YOB, Melvins and Sleep fucking ruled, Slayer, not so much. Also any customers I may have bumped in to, my apologies, I was a state.) on Friday, came back here and drank a fair bit of JD Honey and then spent Saturday in a sunburnt, drunken state of hibernation. (I am never, ever walking up the hill to Alexandra Palace ever again, by the way. Don't even suggest it. I will inflict serious amounts of pain on anyone who does. That amount of totally unexpected exercise was NOT appreciated.) 

Sunday provided a rare opportunity for the majority of us. We all had the night off so went and had a lovely picnic by the riverside with a few good friends. It started off fairly civilised, (we even had olives and fancy crisps...) then we lost a rather drunk Jake for a while, Brendan was insulted by some pretty angry looking swans, I stepped in what could have, in hindsight possibly been human poo, we had to make an emergency visit to the chip shop and Joe drank a litre of gin and Lilt. You can probably piece the rest together yourselves really... And then Jake and I went out and basically did it all again on Monday. Which wasn't the best idea in the world. I don't know what hurt more, my bank account or my head. Ouch, either way!

Anyways, boys and girls, this week brings many an opportunity for history to repeat itself, in true, Kingston fashion. Stay tuned for more information!


Earthtide, The Red and The Black and Other Eyes Wise, from 7.30 tonight, for FREE. WITH FREE JAGER. Isn't that nice of them!


Sorry guys, but due to another cancellation on this tour, 999 can't make it down on Tuesday :(! We're pretty gutted but obviously if they are down this way anytime soon, we'll sort something out! If you guys have got tickets, a full refund will be issued, I'll give you more details on that when I have them!


Tuesday, 29 May 2012


By stuff, I mean shows. And we have a fair few free ones for you over the next few weeks!

Friday 01/06 - EARTHTIDE/ The Red and The Black/ Other Eyes Wise.
Saturday 02/06 - Weirdsville.
Friday 08/06 - The Lagan/ Rattlesnake
Saturday 16/06 - Headbangers/ Hostile Dawn/ Sigil
Sunday 24/06 - Accelerators/ Emergency Bitter/ Gallows Humour.

AND THEY ARE ALL FREE. ALL OF THEM. So, you have more beer moneys to spend, right?


Weirdsville is back! YEAH! Still loud, still full of boobs, still free. Vintage rock n' roll is the theme and this month's live sets are from:



I can't find a video of them, so have a lovely photo instead...! 



There's literally like 30 tickets left for this one guys!

999 Advance tickets!

Guys, the 999 show is a week today! Make sure you get advance tickets for £7 from Banquet Records here: otherwise it's £10 on the door!

Thursday, 24 May 2012


The Lagan are back, again, with another free show for you! If you've never seen them before, this is what you are missing out on:

So don't be silly, cancel your plans and get your backside down here early, because it is always busy when these boys are here! 

Support from Rattlesnake & more TBA! 

England vs Norway - Saturday 26/05

Yes, that's right we will be showing the pre-euro 2012 friendly on Saturday!

Kick off is at 7.45pm, so get down and get a couple of beers in you beforehand!

In the venue, we've also got:

GRIM CITY KIDS - London street punk!
UKID - hip-hop meets drum 'n' bass, meets rock.
BAD HABIT - Melodic skate punk.

Which starts at 8pm and costs a mere £3 a ticket!

I don't know about you guys, but there is really nothing better than listening to punk when the weather is like this!


DIRECT HIT! - punk rock from Milwaukee.
THE PRICE DUIFKES - "pingpongpussypornopunk" (yes, that's a direct quote from their facebook) From Belgium.
ANONYMOUS TIP - local punks.

Lots of punk. And it's free. And the beer is cold. 

punk + cold beer + free show = BEST WAY TO SPEND A WEDNESDAY EVENING.


Monday, 21 May 2012




It's been almost a week since I bored you to death. My apologies. It's been a good week though!

By all accounts, the Bridge and Tunnel/ Gnarwolves/ Great Ancestors show last Sunday was awesome. I, in true "it's my day off and the sun is out..." fashion, went to the river, got drunk and not only missed the show, but the gaps in my memory tell me that I missed the majority of events that took place that evening. Which seems to be quickly becoming the story of my life. Because I am a moron. Whoops.

Saturday. Champions League Final day... Well, let's just say it hasn't quite sunk in yet...

Last night was The Skint's fundraiser show. For those of you that don't know, they had their van and all their gear stolen from basically outside one of their houses. It's not been a good couple of weeks for punk bands and their equipment, but you lovely people didn't disappoint with the amount of support you gave both The Skints and The Menzingers. It was awesome to see so many people come out and sing, dance, drink, buy merch, donate money and all sorts. Let's just say that we're pretty proud to be part of such a strong a community that looks after it's own, so thank you all for that.

This week it's all about this:

Mon 21: Outside The Box Comedy - Zoe Lyons/ Nick Wilty/ Barry Castagnola/ Maff Brown.
Tues 22: Take Me Home/ Our Lost Infantry/ Automated/ Guests Like Ghosts
Wed 23: Death of an Artist/ Palm Reader/ Housefires - (we had a blast last time these guys were here...check 'em out...)
Thurs 24: Direct Hit! (USA)/ The Price Duifkes (BE)/ Anonymous Tip - FREE ENTRY!
Fri 25: No gig, but we'll just be hanging out... being rad... you should join us...
Sat 26: Grim City Kids/ UKID/ Bad Habit.

So there's a little bit of something for everyone this week it seems!

Tuesday, 15 May 2012


FREE, INDIE-POP in the form of:





Dutch punks The Accelerators, Kingston's very own Emergency Bitter and Gallows Humour will be here to entertain you on Sunday 24th June - for FREE.

That's right, we have a fair few, fucking awesome and totally free shows coming up for you guys over the next couple of weeks and months. It's going to be incredible!


That's right, it's the Punk Rock Jubilee, celebrating 35 years of punk rock, (cheekily coinciding with the Queen's diamond jubilee but somehow, I think ours wins!) for a grand total of £7/ 700 pennies in advance, or £10 on the door. You can get your tickets from Banquet Records by clicking this little link here - 

Oh, I guess you want to know who's playing and stuff now too...

We have, 999. Yes that is THE 999. As in the - 999. (we've had a lot of disbelieving phonecalls. It's honestly them. I promise.) For those of you that don't know what they sound like, first of all shame on you! and second of all, watch this:

Then, there is The Lurkers (who had their first record released by Beggar's Banquet!)


Refuse/All are the product of Riot/Clone - An anarcho-punk band formed in the late 70s-early 80s. I am a fan. I am a fan because they are good. They sound like this:

And finally, we have Wonk Unit. I don't need to say too much about them, because they have this very informative video for those who don't know who they are:

so GET A BLOODY TICKET EARLY and come down. It'll be a good'un.


So, we've got these guys - Direct Hit!

And these guys - The Priceduifkes

And some other people that we will announce shortly, playing for FREE next Thursday (24th May!)

So that's awesome, you definitely don't want to miss this!

Friday, 11 May 2012

We're feeling generous...

So we're giving you a few extra days to enter our Download 2012 competition!

The rules are pretty simple:

1. Come to the pub.

There we are!
2. Buy a jagermeister... or few.
3. Each jager you buy, you will receive a raffle ticket which you need to hold on to!
4. Be here on Wednesday 16th May at 10pm for the draw.
5. And if you're number comes up, you and a friend could be on your way to Download on us!

Now, that's easy right! Unfortunately the passes don't include camping, but that's not the hardest thing in the world to sort out, is it?


Yes, it's THE 999.

Cobra Skulls/ Uniforms/ Everything We Left Behind.

Tonight we have:

Cobra Skulls


Everything We Left Behind

You can grab your tickets from Banquet Records as per usual! And then tomorrow night, we have WEIRDSVILLE! Which I know you are all totally prepared for, right? ;)

Monday, 7 May 2012

Dodgy search of the week award goes to:

whoever found this site by typing "cocks" into google. You, sir or madam, are my new favourite blog viewer. I'm not entirely sure you got what you were looking for, but I honestly hope you did. Have a lovely day.

Outside the Box comedy tonight!

Even though it's a bank holiday, Outside the Box is definitely on tonight! We have no idea who's performing but your best bet is to ring their ticket line on: 07791439363!

Ready for round 3?

That's right, weird-o's, WEIRDSVILLE IS BACK THIS SATURDAY. Get your lovely behinds down before 9am to catch The Dynamite Pussy Club and the MojoKings playing live and down right naughty rock 'n' roll followed by some insane Dj's and weird and wonderful imagery. It's all free and if you don't believe me, you'll just have to a) refer to the official flyer above or b) come and find out for yourselves, won't you!

I'll chuck a couple of videos below to get you in the mood and we all know that there is nothing better than some sleazy rock n' roll to brighten up this rainy Monday!

Sunday, 6 May 2012


So all in all we've had a pretty sweaty week in the venue. Two mental Anti-Flag shows, then The Menzingers last night. SO WARM but SO GOOD. It's been an absolute blast, we can only hope that you guys enjoyed it as much as we did!

On that note, anyone who saw the post about The Menzingers getting robbed, they posted this the other day:

"We have incredible news. Eric, Greg and Dave March have all been able to sort out new passports in time for us to leave the UK. We have to extend our deepest and lifelong gratitude to the folks at Banquet Records. Through donations to our PayPal and the fundraiser set up by Banquet Records we are able to take care of our loses. We’ve closed all fundraising!

We’ve never felt such a sense of overwhelming gratitude, support, and community in our lives. There truly has never been such a strong affirmation of our life choices and the outstanding character of our friends and the people who listen to our music and care for us. From our friends at home to our friends abroad, the names popping up of people who have helped us have brought tears to our eyes. We love you all so much.

There will never be a way to thank everyone enough. Money and possessions will come and go throughout our entire lives. The memory and feelings of being a part of and embraced by such an incredible community during a time like this will absolutely last forever.

With Love,

So that's awesome news! 

This week, for your delectation and delight:

Monday 07/05 - Outside the Box Comedy!
Thursday 10/05 - Bury the Gun
Friday 11/05 - Banquet Records: Cobra Skulls/ Uniforms/ Everything We Left Behind. tickets|facebook
Saturday 12/05 - Weirdsville: Mojo Kings/ Dynamite Pussy Club -FREE ENTRY- facebook

Pretty good eh? 

(edit: I forgot to add that The Menzingers left us doughnuts, so we like them quite a lot. The doughnuts weren't great but it's the thought that counts!)

Friday, 4 May 2012


"I AM SO EXCITED. THIS IS GOING TO BE AMAZING. I WILL PROBABLY CRY." - thats a direct quote from me.

As Cities Burn playing a London EXCLUSIVE, here at The Fighting Cocks courtesy of Are You Proud Promotions. For anyone in the know, these guys split up in 2009 and it was announced last summer that they were doing a reunion show, playing Son I Loved You at Your Darkest. Then they announced that they were doing a reunion tour of the USA. And now, they are coming here. This is going to be incredible. So far, Housefires have been announced as support, but I'm sure there'll be more news to come on this one!

You can get your tickets here:
And you can find the facebook event here:

Bridge and Tunnel

13/05/12 - Bridge and Tunnel/ Gnarwolves/ Great Ancestors - £6 entry

"The Long Island natives, who include former members of Latterman and Slingshot Dakota, are in town for their first show for us in support of their really rather awesome second album 'Rebuilding Year'!

Support from Kent's Great Ancestors who play post-punk in the vein of Hot Snakes and Gruff pop punkers Gnarwolves from Brighton

Tickets priced at £6"

Silver Days/ Jamie Thorn/ Young Romance

15/05/12- Silver DaysJamie Thorn/ Young Romance - FREE ENTRY!

Silver Days come to the cocks to celebrate the release of their new E.P. Their bitter-sweet songs of layered indie-folk are a perfect mix of  Real Estate and Bon Iver. You can download the new E.P from the band's facebook page as of May 7th 

With support from Jamie Thorn and the Mystery Pacific with his story telling folk-rock, kinda like a male version of Laura Marling and cutsey indie-pop duoYoung RomanceFree entry!

Anti-Flag day 2:


Considering the massive lack of sleep courtesy of many, many after work beverages with Justin Sane and the guys from Versus the World and the intense hangovers experienced by ALL that followed, Wednesday may have been even better? I don't even know how that's possible. After getting the pub back into shape, de-sweating the venue and consuming copious amounts of paracetamol and spicy food, round 2 was in full swing.

It was really good to see so many of the same faces from the night before, it literally felt like one massive party, which is ALWAYS a good thing. And then, to follow it up, New Noise at Bacchus was actually good fun! Now, New Noise is normally good, but fuck. I don't know what happened this week but it was mental. So good. SO DRUNK. Not bad considering the general consensus was "we'll go for one..." famous last words and all that!

So you should totally go and check out all of the bands, they were all fucking awesome guys and we had the best time!

Radio Alcatraz
Such Gold
Versus the World

And as always, check out the people that made it happen at Banquet Records. Don't know what we'd do without 'em!

Speaking of Banquet, this weekend see's the return of The Menzingers. I'm pretty excited about this, which made the story I read the other day pretty fucking gutting:

"So.. We were robbed in Manchester last night…

Ok so here’s what happened…

We played a sold out show at The Moho last night in Manchester which ended up being the absolute best show of tour. Seriously! Stagedives, singalongs, shots of mystery liquors.. It was one for the books. An afterparty started to form at a bar down the street. In the great moods we were in we decided to partake and spent the night singing and dancing to  The Cure and Springsteen with The Souls, Red City Radio, Leagues Apart, and tons of friends. 
Dave March (our driver/front of house/lifemate/best friend), Eric (bass player/ good looking one) and I decided to only have a beer and then hit the road. Tom and Joe were going to take a cab back to the house. Ok cool. Everything’s going great. We walk around the block To the van and I hear Dave give a quiet “oh fuck”. The driver side window was smashed out and 3 personal bags were stolen. Unfortunately my bag was stolen with all of our tour money inside it. To top it off, we brought around $2000 in US cash with us in case of an emergency. So let’s see €5000 Euros, an iPad, 3 iPods, 3 passports, 2 pairs of raybans (I know, I know they’re super expensive but they make you look pretty cool), my personal tour journals from the last year and a half which included all of my “On the Impossible Past” lyrics and all of my god damn memories, a digital camera, prescriptions, blah blah blah.

This sucks. It really fucking sucks because it’s not your fault and so many, in fact an absurd amount of you want to help out. It’s pretty surreal and heartwarming to know we’re not alone in this situation. Thanks, thanks, thanks. Cant tell you how much it means. 
The absolutely wonderful folks at  Banquet Records have set up a donation drive for us. They really are the best. If you live in the UK and care to help you can donate there. I hear they’re matching donations which is just too nice. Too nice.

While we’re extremely apprehensive about this we’re going to open up our paypal account if you care to donate. We don’t expect much and we feel extremely uncomfortable putting our hats out like this but here’s our paypal account if you care to help:
Tom made the account name up years ago. Sounds about right.
We’ll find a way to make it up to you by way of acoustic demos, new songs, free shows. Whatever. Thanks for the help. Love you all. 

That really does suck. So yeah, please guys, if you can spare anything at all for 'em, I'm sure it'd be appreciated, Banquet have set up a donation page and stuff and the link is here:

Just further proof that these guys really are pretty nice. If you are at the show on Saturday, it's more important than ever to actually show some real support for the band you're there to see!

See you later boys and girls! xo

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Anti-Flag Day 1:

Last night was absolutely mental. Sweaty and mental. We went to bed at 5am. A massive thank you to Banquet Records, Anti-Flag, Versus the World, Radio Alcatraz, you were all amazingly lovely!

Round two tonight, Such Gold are playing in the place of Versus the World and Radio Alcatraz return for the second night of mayhem (although I will DEFINITELY not be drinking anything ever again) you can still get tickets from Banquet Records if you haven't got them already. Such Gold are also playing "New Noise" at Bacchus afterwards. I'm pretty sure you get in free if you have a wristband from tonight's show as well!

We've also got a couple of ridiculously good shows to share with you guys, courtesy of our favourites at Banquet:

Tues 15/05 - Silver Days/ Jamie Thorn/ Young Romance - Indie/ Folk Rock.
Mon 25/06 - Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room/ Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds - Dan Andriano of Alkaline Trio and Brendan Kelly of The Lawrence Arms playing their new/old solo material!

Fuck yeaaaaaaaah.

I'm off to nurse this horrific hangover.