Rebellion 2010

Into the Wintergardens on Friday night, we’ve been given a nice late set time, though on the echo chamber that is OlympiaII stage….

We set up as Chelsea finishes up next door and away we go! We keep checking our watches, as we wanna jump off stage and get in line to see Stiff Little Fingers, so it’s a hot short set!

We finish up and meet up with a bunch of great people still hangin the rail:

...either they're stickin around for autographs, or they wanna be up front for Varukers!

We’re always speechless when meeting the folks who come to this global event, and they tell us they traveled from Finland or Budapest just to see us!!
Of course, I hear them next go up to the Lurkers and say the same thing….

Arturo and Kimm lurk about the backstage bar

And then we shift into fanboy mode, and navigate the backstage maze of the Wintergardens like resident rats, highlighted programs in hand!

GBH

Church of Confidence


999

Cockney Rejects

Friday blends into Saturday, which we thankfully have off. It’s time to investigate the jolly streets of Blackpool, and soak up all the cultural highlights!


hmm...I can see where the artist is trying to go here, but what does it mean?!


If anyone gets lost, Scruffy Murphy's on the hour, yeah?


Authentic Mexican Food, Blackpool style!

Kimm finally gets his duet with Spandau Ballet!

We’re at the Merrie England Bar at North Pier, when we suddenly realize we are not surrounded by punkers, but a surreal tableaux of human primitivism!

At the Merrie England Bar, North Pier: No, those nurses aren't women. Trust us.


The Hen and Stag parties are getting rowdier as evening darkens the Irish Sea: These Brits, when they drink, they drink!
And in costume no less!

I see a bachelorette party dressed as naughty school girls get into a switchblade fight with a menopausal group of naughty flight attendants.
At the urinals, a trio of lads dressed as Charlie’s Angels bemoan Chelsea’s afternoon loss. A gent dressed as Randy Macho Man Savage vomits precariously close to my All Stars.

...looks harmless, but these bitches will cut a man!

It is time to get back to the relative safety and calm of five thousand punk rockers in the Wintergardens!

Jamie UK Subs

Sylvain Sylvain


Vice Squad

Jet Storm, UK Subs

Food Daredevil Gardener preps the RebellionDog!

Once again, Rebellion is Punk Rock High School reunion for the vet set. Though we’ve met them each a dozen times, it doesn’t stop us from asking for yet another autograph from Nick and Charlie!

Nick Cash

Chris Valdez, Charlie Harper

Saturday night and we are exhausted, blissed out on sets of punk rock and pints of Strongbow Cider.
We take to the bar in the Empress Ballroom and get ready for our farewell to Rebellion, the New York fuckin Dolls!

New York Dolls

After uproarious sets by the Subs and Slaughter and the Dogs, the crowd huddles in the darkened ballroom, ready to worship the Godfathers of Sleaze. The band comes out, the crowd goes nuts, David Johansen looks fab!

Soon enough we’re back in the night air, having said goodbye to friends and bands, promises made to meet again in a year.
We walk back to the Gresham as the Wintergardens still pulses with live music.

A new batch of tour buses have pulled up on Adelaide St, and we tenatively knock on a few windows, hoping to shake a few more hands before calling it a night.
Just fans out after a day of music, after all.

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~ by CH3 on August 21, 2010.

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