Rebellion Festival - Friday - The Winter Gardens, Blackpool

The iconic and now legendary Rebellion Festival celebrated it's 20th year, and the 40th anniversary of Punk, with four days of music, over seven stages, at it's regular home - Blackpool's Winter Gardens.

Steve Ignorant's Slice Of Life set at the Opera House was a perfect start to my Rebellion Friday. It was my first introduction to Steve's acoustic project, with the music slightly more laid back than his output with Crass, and with a slightly softer spoken singing style.

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As each track was new to me, the song that made the biggest impression, was the band's cover of David Bowie's 'Sweet Things', possibly as it's my favourite song from the Diamond Dog, with Steve and co certainly doing it justice.

I haven't got round to checking their Love And A Lamp Post album out yet, but I'm sure I will in the near future.

Other band's that shined throughout the event included Detroit's Glitter Trash, Vice Squad, Dictators NYC, and a set from Punk veteran Charlie Harper's UK Subs, featuring a selection of singles, including 'Warhead', 'Stranglehold' and 'Tomorrow's Girls'.

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A horde of hits were also performed by the band that followed The Subs at the Tower St Arena, with Messrs Diggle and Shelley running through Buzzcocks 7"'s like 'What Do I Get', "Harmony In My Head', 'Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've' and 'Boredom', reminding fans just how many classics they have up their sleeves.

Slice Of Life
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Pauline Murray
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Subhumans
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Wattie Buchan
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Vice Squad
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Argy Bargy
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Dictators NYC
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Brix Smith
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Anti Nowhere League
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UK Subs
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Buzzcocks
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