Celebrating Five Years of Subversion & Organisation.
Thatcher is still in power, the miners have been crushed, industry in general is falling apart, unemployment is at another all-time high, the previous summer saw rioting in Birmingham, Liverpool, London: the largest mass arrest ever in the UK had been last June, when the Stonehenge festival was uncompromisingly smashed
before it started, at the 'Battle of the Beanfield'. Soon to come- prison riots, Chernobyl, the M25, the USA bombing Libya, the exploding space shuttle, and
Meanwhile, 30 miles from Stonehenge in the Wiltshire town of Warminster, the local punk scene was going through a wobbly patch, with Subhumans, AHeads and Organised Chaos all calling it a day between October '85 and Jan '86. One member of each- Dick, singer from Subhumans, Nige, bassist from the AHeads [who now
turned to guitar], and Bill, drummer for Organised Chaos- joined up with Paul on bass, with whom Nige had been jamming reggae tunes, and began building those tunes into songs....that were of a style none of us punks had ever played with before, a refreshing blend of reggae-driven bass, roller-coasting drums, and punked-
up ska guitar. It felt like we'd found a new way to express ourselves, and the songs poured out.
Shock Culture sounded 'too punk rockish', but Culture Shock, that would be a shock to the culture rather than a culture of shocking people, and a shock to all sorts of musical cultures cos we were mixing them up, and, it just sounded good! Unfortunately there are or have been a total of about seven Culture Shocks....There's one that plays Bhangra music; there's one in Arnhem in Holland who do Jimi Hendrix covers- we had a gig there and when we started
playing half the crowd got up and left cos we weren't playing Hendrix covers!- There was one spelt with a 'K', an old punk band from Scotland, a thrash one in Indianapolis, and a reggae one up in Leeds...and there's us!
An electro-psych-dub-spacerock-krautrock musical collective from teesside / hartlepool, North East of England - Silver Trees will take you on a trippy aural journey, get ready for the ride.
Damidge was formed by frontman Al Damidge in South London in 1987. In the band's 1990's peak, members included guitarist Alex Pym (Dream Machine/Zub Zub) bassist Roly Wynne (Ozric Tentacles co-founder) and Drummer Conrad Prince & Keyboardist Christopher "Seaweed" Lennox-Smith.
Amongst their playing history was The Astoria & Brixton Academy (both supporting Ozric Tentacles) as well as a UK tour in 1994 supporting the Ozrics and Zion Train.
Damidge recorded their debut album, 'Fax of Life' in 1994 at Foel Studios, North Wales. However the album was never released due to the band's breakup after Prince and Seaweed left to play with the Ozrics on their US tour.
The demise of the band left its frontman in deep depression and Wynne to a tragic suicide in 1999.
In 2013 Al reformed the band with Pym back on guitar, Mitch Lapute on bass and Cosmo on drums.
Plus special guests NUKLI
NUKLI are veterans of the golden age of free festivals. A time when bands were free to experiment with long flowing improvisations, developing a sound that matched the state of mind of the audience: spaced out!
They started as a space punk band PSi seen on many stages at the Stonehenge festival, mutating over the years, first into PSi NUKLI, with NUKLI eventually spinning off to follow a path that led to the landmark Time Factory release on Delerium records.
Live, NUKLI established themselves as firm favourites on the psychedelic circuit, appearing many times at Club Dog and the Sonic Relief gigs, as well as playing at many a squat party and benefit gig.
The band took a sabbatical throughout most of the nineties, to work on the Hex Projekta ambient dub act, producing two albums and playing live at clubs Luv'd Up and Deliverance and on the bill with luminaries such as Alex Paterson and Zion Train.
Now NUKLI are back, and sounding better than ever. With full-on psychedelic grooves, and soaring guitar, they take you on a trip back to the Pyramid Stage, the Tibetan's and Club Dog all rolled into one cosmic jam.
plus ROOTS REGGAE SOUNDS by DUB BUS KREW