July 14, 2018 – July 15, 2018
COURTESY GROUP – Think Birthday Party meets Captain Beefheart and you won’t be far off. In town to launch their long awaited follow up to the acclaimed Tradesman’s Entrance album their second LP is entitled Second City Liquor and contains all the usual sonic bluster and acerbic wit you’ve come to expect.
“Here’s Hutchins, the howling faggot and pea-fuelled visionary, vindicated at last, and at his finest where precipitous and sluggardly guitars fabricate a kind of psychedelic drizzle, a dying sun glimpsed through an industrial smog.” Stewart Lee/ THE SUNDAY TIMES****
“Blue-collar Brummie Beefheart, mighty mangled tunes and riffage, great lyrics and attitude, a fine name: what more do you want from a group ?!” John Cooper Clarke.
THE DRIFT – Garage punk ensemble with a hint of Pixie-esque grit back on home turf to push their new CD of fiercely digested garage punk nuggets. Ex Deptford Beach Babes & Probing Cranks.
LOFE – Wholegrain and far from seeded and rising fast in the south yeast. Avant beats, elastic band bass and a lavish dollop of Quobble & speak. Ex Brain Of Morbius & One True Dog well and truly off the leash
DJ Hemming Tong until 2am punk/post-punk/charity shop finds
FREE before 9pm £5 after
June 29, 2018 – June 30, 2018
Proudly presented by The Fighting Cocks Bar & Live Music Venue and Bangers Embrace Presents
No strangers to the dingy, damp and dark back room of the Fighting Cocks, the Skinny Milk double come to deliver another blast of psychedelic, fuzzed up freak out garage rock!
And they’re joined once again by our Southend two man squad, Suspects on Cool Thing Records. If you need a refresher course… imagine if QOTSA released stuff in the early 90s.
And we welcome first timers GLOO to Kingston. Bratty Britrock from the southern coast. These guys are not to be missed… take our word for it. You’ve been warned.
Doors at 8pm
Late bar open til 1am
The Fighting Cocks is an 18+ bar and venue so please bring ID to avoid disappointment.
Sponsored by Fireball UK
June 15, 2018 – June 16, 2018
Dog of Man bring the sound of the filth stricken basement, fizzing electric accordion and angular guitar together in a glorious cacophony of bitcrushed, ambient and melodic acid-punk that will leave your jaw hanging beside your pasty white ankles. https://dogofman.bandcamp.com/
Ham Legion play a collision of beaming up beat power pop, with grinding grungy outbursts, dramatic changes of mood, tonnes of vocals, sudden passages of twistingly epic prog then moments of restrained delivery and somber reflection. https://ham-legion.bandcamp.com
Crystal Piss: Local band playing garage punk. Piss to the wall, fuck em all! https://crystalpiss.bandcamp.com/releases
Hemming Tong: Bromley contingent reject plays garage punk/punk rock/post punk/new wave on vinyl!
Free before 9pm, £3 after
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April 13, 2018 – April 15, 2018
Undercover Festival back at Margate for 2018
“See You Down The (Sea) Front”
Undercover Festival VI @ Dreamland Margate
13 & 14 April 2018
UNDERCOVER FESTIVAL VI a 2 day celebration of alternative music including Punk / Ska / Alt / Acoustic + so much more.
Undercover Festival is returning in 2018 to the unique setting of Dreamland Margate in Kent a venue and experience that defies all other conventions and festival templates. Not only do we have a cracking line up but festival goers can experience many retro rides and amusements plus it is once again held undercover i.e. not outdoors so if it’s peeing down come April it’s not a problem and your beer won’t get diluted. Leave your wellies at home, and enjoy one of the best small alternative festivals the South has to offer in APRIL 2018.
The 2 day line-up includes some cracking local bands and so much more over two stages is shaping up to be an unmissable event. We believe we have most bases covered.
The festival is one that prides itself on taking an independent and grassroots approach to things, and is always determined to be different from mainstream events, with two days of alternative action from bands you’d be highly unlikely to see on many other festival line-ups.
Friday 13th April 2018
EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS
RODDY RADIATION AND THE SKABILLIY REBELS
SONIC BOOM SIX
SEX PISTOLS EXPERIENCE
CHURCH OF EON
See Ya Down The (Sea) Front!!
Sat 14th April 2018
SHAM 69 (PURSEY, PARSONS, TREGUNNA)
PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES
KIRK BRANDON AKOUSTIC WITH SAM SANSBURY (CELLO)
BIG BOY TOMATO
EAST TOWN PIRATES
PUSSYCAT AND THE DIRTY JOHNSONS
ANDY BLADE (EATER)
RED (RELIGION EQUALS DECAY
SURGERY WITHOUT RESEARCH
+ MUCH more
April 6, 2018 – April 7, 2018
The Fighting Cocks finally presents unto you an evening of duos, couples and twosomes, if you will.
It seems less is more these days and we’re going to let these three bands prove it.
We excitedly welcome back SKiNNY MiLK from Brighton. These two fuzzy psychonauts have played for us on various occasions including last years NYE party. Since then they have played and blasted every watering hole and venue in the UK, including being the backing band for Castle Face Records’ Male Gaze on their UK and Euro tour last month. Be sure to have your ear plugs in deep and your mouth guards in. You’ve been warned.
Support comes from Kingstons finest, Model Citizens. Beating you down with desert rock vibes, uncompromising charm and good looks.
And doubly excited to introduce Southends partners in crime, Suspects. We don’t know how these two have managed to stay under the radar for so long… But we’re glad they finally surfaced. Get down early to witness their shear power of punk and grunge rock.
March 24, 2018
Let us take you back to March 2000: We had just entered the new Millenium awaiting flying cars and hover boards, Bill Clinton was President of the USA and Blink 182s All The Small Things was kept off the Number 1 spot by Geri Halliwell. It was also the same year we opened the doors to you ‘orrible lot at The Fighting Cocks and so finally, the day has come… Our 18th year at The Fighting Cocks… so what better way to celebrate than with one of our good ol’ fashioned bottle breaking tear up!
We’ve smashed ourselves to get this little shindig together and we cant wait to celebrate this milestone with each and every one of you.
So whats on the agenda we hear you ask. Well…
Taking the stage we’ve got the one and only Henri Herbert And The Fury. The former Jim Jones Revue pianist has been busting pianos all over the world in recent years and we’re utterly honored to have him and his crew don our grubby little stage. Lets boogie woogie!
In support we welcome back the rock n roll drum and guitar duo The Love Me Tenders. They seem to be playing relentlessly recently and we’re stoked they’ve taken time out of their busy schedule to party with us.
And if that’s not enough… we also have BBC Music Introducing darlings KIT TRIGG to kick you into shape with some cool as all hell blues rock.
Thirsty for more? Well, to keep you warm we’ll be throwing around some free shots from our sponsors Fireball UK Whisky!
Late bar till 1am
Bring ID to avoid disappointment.
January 28, 2018
POLITE RIOT PRESENTS… A nine band garage rock’n'roll all-day extravaganza!! Featuring…
The Go Go Cult ! 50′s Psychedelic Punk
Love L.U.V. ! Garage pop sugar kick
The Bronsons ! Pub & garage rock rhythm & blues
The Love Me Tenders! Girls, drinking, parties, getting Boogie Loose, being high and shaking our asses
Trash Culture ! Playing music because we have to, for if we don’t we will kill our work colleagues
Scare Taxi ! Garage Punk Indie Bang Tidy (ex- These Animal Men!)
Kid Slug ! Vicious, filthy garage-blues-rock’n’roll
The Noir Mates . ! Blues, Jazz, Soundtrack, Punks
NoS Trees ! Garage rock, Psych, Gypsy, Blues Rock n Roll
Advance tickets only FIVE POUNDS! http://www.wegottickets.com/event/422697 (£7 on the door)
January 5, 2018 – January 6, 2018
The Fighting Cocks and Bangers Embrace invite you to the first gig of 2018 and its a cracker! FREE ENTRY FREE ENTRY FREE ENTRY with late bar till 1am!
Raw power injected rock ‘n’ roll fronted by Los Angeles blues punk siren, Lily Marlene featuring JD KickDrum on the drums, the elusive Jared Fisher on lead guitar and garage rock stylings from James Meynell on bass. Expect a lethal dose of Russ Meyer-moto babe-psychedelic-garage-punk-madness!
Buddha Blood formed at a New Year’s Eve party in 2012. Realising that they all shared a passion for psychedelic fuzz and dreamy melodies, they locked themselves away in a countryside cabin for nine months to develop a sound influenced by collective favourites such as Stone Roses, Brian Jonestown Massacre and Tame Impala. September 2013 saw them burst onto the Brighton scene supporting Night Beats, Cosmonauts and Holy Wave. Expect driving yet melodic riffs as well as whirling, spacey vocals.
The Get Rids
The Get Rids are a garage rock band from Brighton, formed a year ago through a shared desire to play live music and slowly ruin our hearing by playing too loud at band practice. With a shared love of bands such as Devo, Hot Snakes and Michael Jackson, they met when they were playing in various bands in the Brighton punk and hardcore scene. Once formed they spent a year rehearsing, telling everyone that they were honing their set, but in reality were too busy drinking. Having already had their first track ‘Smile’ played on BBC Introducing South and by Tom Robinson on BBC radio 6; they have a video for their title track ‘Smile’ made by a friend in the business and and Two EP’s out called ‘Move Juice’ and Mood Juice. The Album is Recorded and ready for release soon. Here’s a taste https://youtu.be/ZizRysJWMEA
The Insights are a London based 3 piece garage rock band with strong 60’s influences, great rhythms and banging tunes. Working on new album out soon. Not to be missed!
December 31, 2017 – January 1, 2018
We PARTY til the bell tolls!!! NYE 2017 Fuckers!!!
Here at The Fighting Cocks we pride ourselves on throwing the best parties all year round but nothing says celebration like NYE!! The beer will flow like wine and the whiskey flows like beer.
We’ll have live carnage from…..
The Blue Carpet Band
They havent stopped for the whole of 2017, playing every nook and cranny, bar and toilet venue of the UK. So were pleased as punch to have them play their last show of the year with us!
A powerhouse five-piece garage/ dirty rock’n'roll band. Classic blues-rock proponents such as The Yardbirds and early Rolling Stones mixing it up with New York punk and late 60′s protopunk. Think big riffs, 12-bar boogie and unstoppable energy.
The band so nice we let them play twice (in 2 months!) After they played their last show we had several punters left with a hankering for this Brighton duo… dont let the name fool you, theres nothing skinny about these two noise makers… this is full fat psyched out fuzzed up garage punk.
These guys may aswell become the FC resident band. We just fucking love them. Gutter garage rockers, sleazy n greasy with crackin hooks that’ll stick in your tiny mind till next year… hehe!
A FREE Sailor Jerry and mixer for each and everyone of you who ventures into venue… believe us, youre gonna need it with this lot.
All of this festivity for only a £5, bought in advance www.wegottickets.com/event/424985
***LAST ENTRY 11PM***
NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED.
YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.
Sponsored by Sailor Jerry
November 25, 2017 – November 26, 2017
The Fighting Cocks & Bangers Embrace Presents:
A KICKASS line up of DIRTY A.F Garage infused Punk Rock N Roll. FREE ENTRY!
Tearing their way down the country from Leeds we’re pleased as punch to finally have Nosebleed with us.
Los Pepes are bringing their powerpop to the Cocks and theyre bringing loud and catchy, youll be begging for more before their time is out.
Born in Las Vegas and brought back to Birmigham, The Violent Hearts play their cool as fuck rock n roll sprinkled with 80s goth and indie pop.
Opening the evening are power duo The Love Me Tenders. Smashing your lugs with 60′s Punk, Detroit Swamp Rock, Memphis Blues and Goddamn RocknRoll. Fuck yes!
Been gagging to get this bill happening and now its coming!!
Bar open till 1am. FREE ENTRY all night!
The Fighting Cocks Bar & Live Music Venue
56 Old London Road
Kingston upon Thames