Its just over a month until the second Undercover Festival takes place at the Bisley Pavilion, Bisley Camp nr Woking Surrey and here at ATV Today we take a look at what’s in store – or in pavilion if you like – at the event.
Organisers have put together multi genre festival featuring sixty bands and DJs ranging in style from Punk and Reggae to Glam and Acoustic. The listings bring together a festival of many established acts plus a rich array of talent that is getting noticed on the live circuit today or will be soon. The Undercover Festival is named so as its not an open air festival – the gigs all take place within the rooms of the Bisley Pavilion.
Set in and around the unique setting of Bisley Pavilion, Bisley Camp nr Woking Surrey, a festival venue and experience that defies all other conventions and festival templates. We are looking forward to the 2nd Undercover Festival which will be bigger and better than 2013. We are pleased that like last year the festival is packed with local talent including several emerging bands that are under 18; watch and wonder. – Undercover Festival PR
Friday the 19th of September boasts a line up packed with talent across both stages. Perennial Punk Rockers Chelsea will close proceedings on stage II, while Gentleman’s Dub Club close the main stage for the evening. Preceding them are another lively 9 piece band New Town Kings a Ska – Rocksteady – Reggae outfit. Along with many other acts including punk legends Menace and the TV Smith. Day one at Undercover Festival is packed with bands of all ages and genres – many local – including bands ready to breakthrough to entertain and delight.
Saturday 20th sees joint headliners – Penetration / Spear Of Destiny / UK Subs / The Men They Couldn’t Hang all backed up with Penetration. Nothing saucy missus. Penetration is of course one of THE original 1976 punk bands; still fronted by Pauline Murray their first single Don’t Dictate became an instant hit and set the standard that other New Wave bands had to follow.
Spear of Destiny established in 1983 by singer and songwriter Kirk Brandon also are set to perform. Their stage show is considered to be one of the best on the scene today. The event is also home to UK SUBS now in their 5th decade in which they have continually graced the Punk Rock scene. Led by the indefatigable Charlie Harper, the band formed, late in 1976 has continued and thrived. 2014 is The Men They Couldn’t Hang’s 30th anniversary. That’s a long time since Green Fields of France, their epic debut recording, went to number 1 in the Independent Music Chart. It’s also 30 years since the Miner’s strike; encapsulated so poignantly in the band’s ‘Shirt of Blue’, its meaning always subtly shifting with the times. With the exception of a long list of drummers, the line-up has remained the same since 1986.
The Talks are a cracking young ska outfit from Hull with a huge reputation while 999 formed in 1976 and are one of the longest going punk bands on the scene today. Department S never fail to give a 110% performance and Stone Foundation are steeped in the traditions of Northern Soul but with a pleasing twist all the way from the Midlands (via Detriot and back again).
Some of the highlights for Sunday 21st of September include Ska & Reggae favourites The Dualers. From being an unknown act in 2004 they became the first street performers ever to achieve a chart position, selling more records that week than some internationally well-known artists. With no backing or publicity, the key to this success was The Dualers’ ever-growing, increasingly dedicated fan-base and impressive shows; the group will close the main stage on Sunday night.
Closing stage II for the weekend are XSLF (X Stiff Little Fingers) and they’re backed up by a very strong line up on both stages including the likes of ubiquitous punksters Spizzenergi with many a tune dear to the heart including Wheres Captain Kirk which topped the inaugural indie chart back in 1980. Goldblade have played festivals all over the world and toured everywhere from Europe to the USA to Russia and even places like Algeria, they have supported the Prodigy, The Stranglers, The Damned, Rancid, Offspring, Steve Ignorent’s Crass on the US tour, New Modal Army, Stiff Little Fingers, Ian Brown, The Fall and many others as well constanlty doing their own headline tours.
Please note: For the avoidance of any doubt nr Woking Surrey – undercover by nature of the music policy of this festival and undercover – well because it is….
Full line up information, ticket sales and more details can be found at: http://www.undercoverfest.com