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Punk elder statesmen: Resistance 77 are up for a bit of 2012 Rebellion in Blackpool
Punk elder statesmen: Resistance 77 are up for a bit of 2012 Rebellion in Blackpool
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PUNK rock has never had it so good –there’s no movement gets more creative in the midst of economic and political strife.

We’re now in the fourth year of recession and the country’s annual festival of anarchy and chaos is spitting back with the biggest Rebellion ever.

And our region is once again flying the punk rock flag of protest courtesy of three of the north’s finest outfits – two bands with histories of over three decades each and a relative newcomer to the movement making their debut.

Resistance 77 are elder statesmen of the punk rock world. They originally started in 1979 under the guise of the Anti-Heroes.

Their relentless gigging, backed up by a back catalogue, has seen them travel around the world, probably more popular now than ever before.

While many bands have come and gone down the decades, as the popularity of the movement has risen and fallen, vocalist Oddy and bassist Kieron have stuck to their guns throughout.

Though they had a few years off, the Septic Psychos have made up for lost time since they reformed a couple of years ago with an equally relentless workload which has seen gigs around Europe and a clutch of releases

Their frontman, Chiz, says: “If you told me in 1982 we’d be playing to bigger crowds nearly three decades later I’d be thinking you’re having a laugh. But it’s true.

“We’ve performed everywhere from Paris to Venice in the past couple of years and demand for our music has never been so strong.”

Sheffield’s F**kwits are making a well earned debut at Rebellion.

Originally formed in 2005, the quartet have been riding high since the release of a self-titled debut album through Punker Pages last year.

Their ’77-esque sound has had them sharing stages with everyone from Stiff Little Fingers to The Damned.

And what a weekend for them to join Rebellion, which boasts by far the strongest bill in the all-ages festival’s long history.

Promoters have finally tempted Sex Pistols front man John Lydon on to the Blackpool stage for the first time with Public Image Limited.

They’ve also landed a debut from one of the biggest punk acts on the planet, USA’s Rancid.

The four-day event contains the usual offering of newly-reformed outfits – Bow Wow Wow among them – plus scores of new and established acts and everything in between.

Rebellion happens at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens from today until Sunday.

Ticket and full line up: rebellionfestivals.com