For our last gig of the year, we want to go out with a bang, so on Friday 12th December, we -Alternative Barnsley – will host an evening of political punk at our regular home, The Barnsley Rock and Blues Venue (formerly The Polish Club). We have three Barnsley acts as well as two very special acts from further afield, including the fantastic Louise Distras. Expect to hear songs that are very relevant to the social and musical history of our town.
Bold, brainy and ballsy, LOUISE DISTRAS represents nothing less than the rebirth of British punk; reinvented for a new generation. Louise Distras has been called ‘”the new face of working class punk” and trumpeted as the natural successor to Billy Bragg and even Joe Strummer. But she insists, “I don’t view myself as a protest singer, I view myself as a young woman from Wakefield passing on the message for the next generation.”
She’s taking the UK, mainland Europe, Canada – and soon America – by storm. She has toured her acclaimed debut album ‘Dreams from the Factory Floor’ the world over, sharing stages with Dreadzone, Jah Wobble, Glen Matlock, U.K. Subs, The Mahones, TV Smith and many more. You might have even seen her at Glasto or Rebellion Festival
“I promote working class unity because our rulers operate by the time-honoured ruse of divide and rule… That’s the agenda of politicians and the media, because if we’re fighting against each other, then we’re not united and pointing the finger at those in power – holding them accountable for the crimes that the ruling class are committing against all of us.” Louise last played Barnsley in 2010 at the Lucorum. Since then her career has rocketed, with gigs and tours all over the world.
Supporting Louise are a handful of acts most definitely worthy of headlining in their own right.
THE HURRIERS are Barnsley’s foremost political punk band. Their song Truth and Justice became the unofficial anthem for the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign this year. They also made their Glastonbury debut on Billy Bragg’s Left Field Stage. Barnsley’s CAMBODIA add a celtic flavour and classic story telling to mix. Lincoln’s answer to Joe Strummer, the formidable BRUCE TALITY will also play, as will new Barnsley punk poet, DOLLAR IS CLINICALLY INSANE.
Jeff Platts, poet, artist and vocalist in Cambodia says, ‘Louise produced my favourite album of 2013. I along with t’other members of CAMBODIA, I saw Louise a few years ago at the Lucorum [Barnsley]. She did a short 20 minute or so set. It was enough to know that she was someone to keep tabs on. She has been grafting her dockers off this last 18 months or so and I’m made up she’s coming to Barnsley. I’m happy as a pig in s**t that CAMBODIA are supporting! It would be wreckless of you to mis it.’
Early-bird tickets for this gig are available from See Tickets for just £3.
Entry on the door will be £4.