After their successful inaugural year, the second ‘BADFEST’ will take place from 1-3 September 2006, at Twinwood Arena, Clapham, near Bedford, the site from where the legendary bandleader Glenn Miller, mysteriously disappeared in 1944.
The three day event is a feast of ska, reggae and punk music from the 1970’s – 1980’s era.
The name ‘Badfest’ was born after the band Bad Manners, featuring Buster Bloodvessel, played a gig at the venue in 2004, and he was so impressed by the festival site, that it was decided that this would be the ideal place for an annual retrospective festival of 1970’s alternative music.
His drive and enthusiasm paid off and last year saw the first festival which attracted artists such as The Beat, The Blockheads, Eddie Tenpole Tudor, Spear of Destiny, Chas and Dave, Musical Youth and of course Bad Manners!
This year, the weekend has been divided into "themed" days for the various types of music so you'll find that you can enjoy Punk Friday, Ska Saturday and Mod Sunday and enjoy the work of bands including Sham 69, UK Subs, Selecter, The Beat, The Animals and of course Bad Manners!
Here's the line-up!
FRIDAY PUNK NIGHT
6.00pm Itchy Tits
7.00pm Vice Squad
|Beki, Vice Squad|
Vice Squad formed in 1979 with lead singer Rebecca Bond (Beki Bondage) The original line up split in the 1980s, but the current line up has been together for seven years, and still has the striking Beki Bondage on lead vocals and guitar, with Paul Rooney, Michael Giaquinto and Tony Piper. Vice Squad are very successful in the states, and during their 2001 tour the band were outselling label mate Robbie Williams in the US. The band were also asked to contribute tracks for tribute albums to both Nirvana and Metallica.
8.00pm UK Subs
Formed around 1976, Charlie Harper and his original line up had many hits up to 1983 when the band split. However Charlie soon formed another band and continued playing, touring England, Europe, the world, etc, with their punk hits.
9.15pm The Ruts
After the Sex Pistols had split and The Clash had gone stateside, The Ruts gave hope that punk wasn’t dead! There's a bit of everything in their music. From the explosive punkery of 'Babylon's Burning' and thrash punk like 'I ain't Sofisticated' to the mesmeric tour de force of 'It Was Cold', the excellent tunes of 'Staring At The Rude Boys' and the reggae of 'Train In Vain' and 'Jah Wars'. They play fast numbers. They play slow numbers. And they are very punk.
10.30pm Sham 69
Formed 30 years ago, they broke up in the 80s and reformed in the 1990’s and now tour the world circuit. They are famous for their working class anthems such as ‘Hurry up Harry’ and ‘If the kids are united’. The line-up includes original lead vocalist Jimmy Pursey, Dave Parsons and Matt Sargeant.
2.30pm Attic Project
The Attic Project are an up and coming new band. This young, Leeds based group have already played at venues across the country, and have had one of their tracks used in an award winning independent film. They play their own material, which is a great mix of punk, rock and reggae. They have already won a prestigious new music award sponsored by the Performing Rights Society and Leeds City Council.
3.30pm Orange Street
4.30pm Fat Man
5.30pm The Selecter
The Selecter formed in 1979, spearheading the 2-tone movement along with The Specials. The band, fronted by lead singer Pauline Black enjoyed chart success with the singles, ‘Missing Words’, ‘Too Much Pressure’, ‘Three Minute Hero’, ‘The Whisper’ and the classic ‘On My Radio’. The band split in 1982 with Pauline pursuing a career in TV, theatre and film, as well as recording as a solo artist. The Selecter reformed in 1991 and went on to tour the world, and produce seven further albums, Their next album is due to be released in Spring 2006.
6.45pm Neville Staple, The Specials
Neville Staple is best known for writing and composing, and was one of the lead vocalists from the acclaimed 2-tone band - The Specials, who had a huge number of anthem hits including; ‘Ghost Town’, ‘Too Much Too Young’, ‘A message to your Rudy’, etc, etc. Neville was also founding member of Fun Boy 3. The original rude boy and one of the undisputed forerunners of the ska movement, Neville Staple returns as a solo artiste, keeping the spirit, attitude and style of his previous bands well and truly alive.
8.00pm The Beat
The Beat rushed onto the music scene in 1979 and crossed over fluidly between soul, reggae, pop and punk. Their first hit was ‘Tears of a Clown’, and this was followed by hit tunes such as ‘Mirror in the Bathroom’, ‘Save it for Later’, ‘I Confess’, ‘Stand Down Margaret’, ‘Can’t get used to Losing you’, etc. The current line up consists of original vocalist Rankin Roger, also now with Rankin Junior (Roger's son). In 2003 the band reunited, and they are in great demand as they continue to tour the UK with their Ska-ful rock steady beat.
10.00pm Bad Manners, featuring Buster Bloodvessel
The band formed around 1976 and by 1979 was well known as Buster Bloodvessel and his Bad Manners. Bad Manners developed a fabulous Latino/Soul/Stax fusion to give their Ska sound the edge, and they had hit after hit in the early 1980s. The outrageous stage antics of Buster and his band endeared them to their fans, and they developed a loyal cult following. Their many appearances on Top of the Pops during the early 1980’s were unforgettable, performing their chart hits, such as ‘Special Brew’ and ‘The Can Can!’ to name just a couple. The band has been playing, recording and gigging ever since through many ups and downs and are now as exuberant as ever.
1.15pm The Bresslaws
The band’s sound has been described as “Awesome power chords and a driving, thumping back beat which combine to create an electrifying mix of mid 60’s inspired guitar pop”. Their debut single “Time to Go” is the high point of Grasp’s career so far with the single released on 5 September 2005. The song reached no23 in the Radio1 indie chart. The follow-up single “Breaking Down The Walls” will be released in April 2006. The band’s current line up sees Andy Taylor on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, whilst Gary Weeks provides the main guitar with his powerful lead. With Spencer Taylor on bass and Mark Hines on drums.
3.30pm Ian Page and the Affair
|Ian Page, formerly with Secret Affair|
Ian Page started his career in a band called the New Hearts. He was spotted by Dave Cairns one day playing the piano and singing to himself in the college refectory. Ian and Dave then both left college, and with the New Hearts made a couple of singles on CBS, and after about a year and a half the band broke up. Ian and Dave were retained by CBS to continue their song writing careers and it was then they decided to form their own band. So it was that Secret Affair was born! Ian not only plays trumpet but also guitar, piano and keyboards. Today Ian Page and The Affair (with Dave Winthrop from the original line up on sax, Jel on guitar, Bob on drums and Ian Jones on bass) are still playing some of the original tracks penned by Page and Cairns but also offering up new material most notably the new single PROVE IT.
4.45pm The Animals
The Animals were part of the UK blues scene in the early 1960s whose breaking hit was the scorching rendition of the traditional folk song ‘House of The Rising Sun’. With the release of that song in 1964 The Animals became the first British group, after The Beatles to chart a number one single in America. Many other hits followed. Although Eric Burdon, the Animals original ‘gruff’ voiced vocalist is no longer with the current line up, The Animals are still able to deliver the ferocious attack of their ‘60s sound at any time.
6.00pm The Gift, featuring The Jam’s Rick Buckler
Not since Dec ’82 has any member of THE JAM toured with a full set of Jam classics .... until now! Rick Buckler was one of the finest drummers of his generation and his band THE JAM were arguably the most powerful outfit to emerge from the New Wave scene, voicing the hopes, dreams and aspirations of Britain’s post punk youth. After an interim of over 12 years, Buckler, inspired by the current crop of upstarts and buoyed by his loyal fan base returned to the stage in September 2005 with his band THE GIFT, the name of the final Jam album. The Gift will play a set of Jam songs, some of which have not been played live for a quarter of a century, including favourites such as ‘That’s Entertainment’, ‘Going Underground’ and ‘Down In The Tubestation At Midnight’ which live will feature Rick’s trademark drum solo.