Rebellion Festival - Saturday - 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.
I'd enjoyed my previous two days at Rebellion, but had found at times there was just too much to take in, with several bands clashing at the same time!
Saturday brought the same predicament, with a Cock Sparrer, The Damned and Ruts DC clash. I was curious about "Sparrer" not really knowing much of their work, but had seen Dave and the good Captain at the tail end of last year, so was undecided for the majority of the day.
In the end I decided to stick with The Damned at the Tower St Arena until they'd played 'Love Song', as it's my fave, legging to the Opera House, for what I could catch of Ruts DC after. Luckily it was played third, so I got to sample a good chunk of the Ruts performance in the seated venue, but didn't get there in time to photograph them.
Although there were a few fans standing down the front, it took a bit of time for audience members to get out of their seats, but as the set went on, there were more and more people abandoning their comfy chairs to dance in the aisles!
The band were on great form, delivering exquisite versions of songs like 'West One (Shine On Me)', 'Staring At The Rude Boys', 'Babylon's Burning' and 'In A Rut', so I'm glad I made the right call.
Other Saturday stand outs included Detroit's Choking Susan, up and coming "Grrl Grunge" act - Hands Off Gretel, 999 and Cockney Rejects.
Just before I headed to The Damned I caught another highlight of my day, in the shape of Spizz, again at the Opera House.
To be honest, I was just killing time with a fellow photographer, and we were both clock watching, while waiting for the man in question to play 'Where's Captain Kirk?'!
He got there in the end, producing a phenomenal rendition, but I was surprised how much I enjoyed the songs and performance leading up to the "big" single. It was great to hear 'Soldier Soldier' and it's "B" side - the Roxy Music cover 'Virginia Plain live, and I'd had no idea I knew all the lyrics to his song 'Red And Black', a track I'd never even thought about for decades!
Hands Off Gretel