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Poly Styrene dies aged 53

Posted on April 26, 2011
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London-born former punk star Poly Styrene - who fronted X-Ray Spex - has died after a battle with cancer.

The singer, whose real name was Marianne Elliot Said, released a new album, Generation Indigo, only last month.

Styrene - who notably appeared on TV and in publicity shots with braces on her teeth - scored hits with tracks such as Germ Free Adolescents and Oh Bondage Up Yours.

The singer died on Monday at the age of 53. A statement announcing her death said: "We can confirm that the beautiful Poly Styrene, who has been a true fighter, won her battle on Monday evening to go to higher places."

She revealed she was battling breast cancer earlier this year in an interview about her relationship with daughter Celeste, timed to promote her new album.

Styrene spent her final days in a hospice in St Leonards-On-Sea, East Sussex. Her breast cancer had spread to her spine and lungs before it was diagnosed.

Styrene disappeared from the spotlight for many years after becoming a Hare Krishna devotee in 1983, although she had made occasional returns to performance.

Born in Bromley, south-east London, which became a crucible for many of punk's movers and shakers, the half-Somali star ran away from home when she was 15 to hitch between music festivals.

In her recent 6 Music interview she had spoken optimistically about her battle with the disease. "I'm doing everything I can to fight it. I'm taking herbal medicines, and I'm also taking homeopathy and conventional medicines. So I'm attacking it from all angles. Touch wood, I'll make it."

Bug Sponge T-Shirts

Posted on April 22, 2011
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There's a new T-shirt design company that I'd like to draw your attention to Bug Sponge who do Retro Cheesecake/Pin Up, Pulp Novel & Sci-Fi Magazine Tees.

They're very nice and a bit different and fairly priceds at £12 for high quality shirts. As the site says: Big, Bold and Beautiful Art on Top Quality T-Shirts! And there’s no sting in the tail with our prices!

Solfest 2011

Posted on April 20, 2011
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THE STRANGLERS

THE DAMNED / THE SAW DOCTORS / CAST

KATE RUSBY / WILKO JOHNSON / CAMILLE O' SULLIVAN

LAU / UK SUBS / BOMBSKARE / KANDA BONGO MAN / PO’ GIRL
THE TRAVELLING BAND / SAD SOCIETY / MOSTLY AUTUMN / 3 DAFT MONKEYS
WASHINGTON IRVING / THE RAY SUMMERS / BIKINI BEACH BAND / PIKEY BEATZ
ROOM FULL OF OWLS / FALLING RED / COLT 45 / WITH LIGHTS OUT
I AM SPARTACUS / MINUS 27 / RED PERSONA

+ MORE ACTS STILL TO ANNOUNCE, INCLUDING DANCE LINE-UP

The first acts have been announced for Solfest 2011. Punk icons The Stranglers will be joined by fellow genre legends The Damned, cult Irish band The Saw Doctors and classic 90’s Britpop outfit Cast.

The Damned have specially chosen Solfest to celebrate 35 years since the release of their debut single ‘New Rose’, which landed in 1976.

Folk songstress Kate Rusby, Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson, and a host of other folk, pop and rock bands will appear across the weekend, due to take place over August Bank Holiday Weekend in an idyllic setting near the Lake District.

Solfest is also very happy to welcome singer, actress, and all-round alternative entertainer Camille O’ Sullivan, who brings an element of burlesque to the festival for the first time.

Weekend Camping Tickets are now on sale for £89 via www.solfest.org.uk, following all 1,000 Early Bird tickets for this year’s festival selling out in record time.

Solfest is the definitive festival for music hungry families. Welcoming, inclusive, inventive and jam-packed with carefully selected chart-topping acts from across the decades; it’s one of North England’s best kept and beautiful festival secrets with a stunning family area, workshops and five stages packed with music.

Its unique setting allows you to park right next to your tent for the most effortless camping experience, while wood for campfires is provided free of charge for those wanting a classic outdoors adventure. Solfest also invites traders from around the world to sell goods, food and drinks around the site, so you’ll never be wanting for anything while on site.

The particularly family-friendly event, held between 26th – 29th August and located on the edge of the Lake District, is one of the more wonderful British music festivals, tucked between the Solway coast and the Cumbrian fells. It offers a very open-minded and all-welcoming atmosphere for fans of music and the great outdoors, with a quality music programme incorporating classic guitar noise, pleasing new beats and eclectically satisfying melodies that Solfest hope will be accessible to their entire audience.

This beautiful setting has been the host for the last seven years to a mix of both well-established and emerging artists from all over the world, as well as an interesting array of walkabout acts and local talent.

Previous acts to play the festival include punk, Britpop, dance and indie legends The Charlatans, James, The Wonderstuff, Supergrass, The Proclaimers, The Orb, Sham 69, The Bees, Buzzcocks, The Levellers, Utah Saints and The Magic Numbers. With more acts still to announce, 2011 looks to have the most diverse and exciting bill yet for Solfest.

Tickets are priced at £89. A young persons ticket (12-16) is £62. A Childs ticket (6-11) is £25, 5 and under tickets are priced at £1 (admin fee). No booking fee, P+P for internet sales apply.

Tarnside Farm, Tarns, Silloth, West Cumbria CA74NQ

Dates: 26th to 29th August 2011

Further Information: www.solfest.org.uk

 

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