Our next gig: SCROOGEONOMICS

Scroogeonomics flyerNext Thee Faction show in London is Scroogeonomics at Rich Mix. (£10 – get your ticket in advance. It will sell out)

Scroogeonomics is a Seasonal Night Out Against Austerity mixing comedy, live music, poetry, ideas and photography to rewrite Dickens’ story of Scrooge for the twenty first century.

Bridget Christie headlines the evening with her riotously funny comedy and an exclusive in-conversation with Guardian columnist Zoe Wiliams.

Salena Godden is one of the stars of both the spoken-word circuit and summer festivals from Lovebox to Edinburgh. Prepare to be entertained and challenged in equal measure.

Providing the musical soundtrack to a night of spirits past, present and future Thee Faction play the kind of anthems to dance, or march to. We close the night with the unstoppable beat of 9-piece South Coast Ska legends, The Meow Meows.

A unique night out also featuring an ideas roundtable with the renowned writer on inequality Danny Dorling joined by Marina Prentoulis of Syriza, Sirio Canos of Podemos and Shelly Asquith one of the leading figures in this year’s victorious Corbyn4Leader campaign.

Original poetry, by Matt Abbott and music, from Nia, has been specially commissioned to open the show with new versions of A Christmas Carol. While on the decks Melstars provides an upbeat indie DJ set for musical nostalgists, young and old.

Scroogeonomics is presented by Philosophy Football in association with the RMT trade union, supported by the firefighters’ FBU and in partnership with the Peoples’ Assembly Against Austerity. A night out with a difference and to make a difference all ticket holders are asked to bring a non-perishable donation to the Tower Hamlets Food Bank. Humbug? Bah!

Next gig: 29 Nov – LONDONWICK

Our next gig is punker than punk – an all-dayer curated by Attila the Stockbroker himself. Look at this for a line-up!

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3-30-4pm: JANINE BOOTH
she was a good ranting poet 30 years ago…now she’s FANTASTIC

4.15 – 5pm: BARNSTORMER
Attila the Stockbroker with his ‘renaissancecore’ band – medieval music meets punk

5.15 – 6pm THE PIRANHAS
Brighton’s legendary pioneering punks

6.15 – 6.30 pm
The WORLD PREMIERE of Farouq Suleiman’s short documentary film about Attila the Stockbroker’s 35 years as a ranting rebel poet

6.30 – 7.00pm ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER
With poems and excerpts from his autobiography ‘Arguments Yard’

7.15 – 8.00pm THE TUTS
Brill new all-woman punk band from West London

8.15 – 9.00pm TV SMITH
once simply an Advert, now an entire and magnificent songwriting industry

9.15 – 10.00pm
THEE FACTION
Described by Attila as “The Feelgoods meet The Redskins at a beer festival in Highgate Cemetery”

‘Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people’ (Adrian Mitchell) ‘Mine doesn’t!’ (Attila the Stockbroker)

Join us for an afternoon and evening of punk poetry and live music curated, hosted and headlined by Attila the Stockbroker who will also be reading from his new autobiography Arguments Yard.

£10 ADV | Doors 3pm

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Coming to a town near you

If you live in either Leeds or London, we are coming to a town near you soon!

Our next show is 7 November at Wharf Chambers, with our staunchies Interrobang.


Can’t get to Leeds? Tell your comrades who can.

Then on 29 November we join a line-up of punk royalty for Attila the Stockbroker’s Londonwick, in New Cross.

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Then our final show of the year is Scroogenomics on 19 December at Rich Mix, with a Philosophy Football Christmas spectacular. Get your tickets in early – these shows always sell out.

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Thee Faction at Camden’s Blues Kitchen 6th Oct

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Tuesday night (6/10/15) we play at the Blues Kitchen in Camden. The food is lush beyond. We’re playing the Balling the Jack night, and it’s free to get in. So come down. Don’t race down. We start at about 21.45, so wander down, eat stuff and watch us sing and play. We’re on fire at the moment, so don’t miss us.

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We Shall Overcome – Nambucca, Holloway Rd – Friday Oct 2nd

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Thee Faction, Interrobang and Keith Top of the Pops and his Minor UK Indie Celebrity All-Star Backing Band. Friday October 2nd. Nambucca, N7 6LB. Free entry (but suggested £5 minimum donation on door).

You know all about We Shall Overcome by now. The biggest network of simultaneous gigs this country has ever seen. Organised by a group of left-wing musicians,many of whom have never met each other, with minimal support from the media or the mainstream. Just shy of 250 events, across three nights.

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Your role is to turn up to one. Preferably one a night. And if you’re in or near London, we recommend our one. Featuring Thee Faction, Interrobang?! and Keith Top Of The Pops & His Minor UK Indie Celebrity All-Star Backing Band, it’s all happening at Nambucca on Holloway Road, N7 6LB. Free to get in, but we are asking for a suggested minimum donation of £5 to help people at the sharp end of the ruling class’s gruesome austerity programme.*

You don’t often get to see us for a fiver in London. But to get Interrobang and Keith TOTP thrown in too is phenomenal. Make sure this gig is packed. Bring everyone you know. Let’s celebrate our movement, stick two fingers up to austerity, and help those who are screwed by it.

See you at Nambucca. First band on at 20.00.

And if you’re looking for other We Shall Overcome gigs on Saturday and Sunday, we recommend Loud Women at the Silver Bullet in Finsbury Park on Saturday night (featuring Red Scare and Kassandra Krossing off of out of Thee Faction playing in their other band The Wimmins’ Insitute, as well as Blindness, Argonaut, Janine Booth and others), and getting yourself to Newport, South Wales on Sunday to see us play at Le Pub with Burning Ferns, Helen Love and local legends The Darling Buds. But if you’re staying in London, check what Steve White and the Protest Family are up to. We think they’re playing constantly across the weekend.

*for ‘austerity’ read ‘class war’

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We Shall Overcome Weekend October 2nd-4th

Thee Faction’s next gigs are part of the nationwide We Shall Overcome weekend. Baby Face explains what it’s all about.

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This year we’ve done some big gigs: Glastonbury, Tolpuddle, the Corbyn fundraiser. But our next is the biggest. Because on the first weekend in October we are taking part in the We Shall Overcome weekend.

The weekend acknowledges two things. First, it acknowledges the horrendous dismantling of society that the Tories have been pursuing. We have never been so socially insecure since before 1945. There is no safety net we can reliably fall back on. Everything is precarious. So everyone is a failed pay cheque or two away from absolute destitution. And that means that an enormous number of us are already there. Secondly, it acknowledges that every night socially and politically conscious musicians are busy, in ones, twos, threes, fours, playing in pubs and clubs across the land, doing their bit and making a little bit of noise to a relatively small number of people.

So let’s throw these two things together. Let’s get all of those musicians to play, across the same weekend, to make a noise about austerity. To stand up to and, yes, overcome austerity. Let’s play for free, where possible, and let’s take donations for carefully chosen charities that will do their bit to alleviate the social destruction of austerity.

Of course, the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader has been a huge boon to the spirit of anti-austerity. But this is not a party political weekend. It’s fair to say that the vast majority of the UK’s left-wing musicians are involved in this, and we suspect the involvement of the right will be non-existent. But it is being organised under a single banner: We Shall Overcome.

Comrade Joe Solo has done phenomenal work to piece this whole thing together. There are well over 200 events happening, under one fist. We would honestly recommend that you turn up to the one nearest you. It’s not really about travelling miles to see your favourites. Go local. Meet like-minded people. Discuss how to keep the momentum up. Organise the next one. Share ideas. Make more stuff happen.

But if you do want to see us, we’re playing twice. On Friday the 2nd October we will be playing at Nambucca in Holloway – deep in the heart of Corbyn country. It’s an amazing line-up: Keith Top Of The Pops & His Minor UK Indie Celebrity All-Star Backing Band will be kicking the evening off. Interrobang!? (pretty much our favourite band of the moment) are on next. And then us. You’ll recognise lots of people in the other bands. Keith TOTP’s band includes all sorts of minor celebrities, from bands like Carter USM, Gay Dad, and even Thee Faction. Interrobang!? feature two members of Chumbawamba (Harry and Dunstan) and one of Regular Fries.

We’ve not done enough of this kind of thing this year. It’ll be really lovely to play with a load of good friends, in a pub in London, with a lot of friends in the audience. We’ve not done it since the pre-election gig at the 100 Club. So come. We’ll be asking for a suggested minimum donation of a fiver.

On the Saturday members of Thee Faction are doing other We Shall Overcome gigs in London with their other bands. We’ll tell you more about that nearer the time.

On the Sunday we’re off to our second home: Newport, South Wales, to play at our favourite venue Le Pub. Sam, the woman in charge of the place, has been tireless in her commitment to WSO, and Le Pub is hosting an entire weekend of stuff. We’re slotting into the final bit, warming the crowd up for local heroes, and very old friends of Thee Faction, The Darling Buds. Also on are the Burning Ferns and Helen Love. Again, an amazing night. If you’re local to Newport, get down there for as much of the weekend as you can.

In its own way the We Shall Overcome weekend will be one of the most important cultural events of 2015. Austerity can only be countered en masse, with huge gestures of solidarity. We have to be seen to have numbers. So do your bit. Get to as many events as you can. And, if you’re near ours, get to ours. We’d love to see you.

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RALLY AND FUNDRAISER – feat. JEREMY CORBYN, Thee Faction, Owen Jones, Robb Johnson, Phyll Opoku, Janine Booth

21st August – come and hear Jeremy Corbyn speak in the run up to the Labour leadership election, at the beautiful venue of Islington’s Union Chapel .

Thee Faction are hosting this fundraising event, and all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Corbyn’s campaign.

Jeremy Corbyn’s speech will be, of course, the pinacle of the evening. Before that, you can enjoy music and speech from:

Tickets for the event are only available in advance, through this Eventbrite link. The event is likely to sell out, so don’t wait before securing your tickets.

If you’re unable to come to the event yourself, show solidarity with Corbyn’s campaign and help support this important fundraising event by sharing this blog, and the Facebook event.

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Book Your Tickets for a Jeremy Corbyn Campaign Fundraiser at Union Chapel

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WE SHALL OVERCOME – 2 October, Nambucca

We’re very proud to be taking part in the We Shall Overcome weekend.

All over the UK (and beyond) people are showing solidarity with those at the sharp end of the austerity cuts by putting on a series of live events. Money will be raised for charities, and donations will be given to food banks. But most importantly, we’ll stand shoulder to shoulder and send a message to those who would seek to oppress the most vulnerable in our society that we shall overcome.

On Friday 2nd October we will be playing at Nambucca on Holloway Road, alongside our staunchies Interrobang, and other special guests TBA. It will be a night to remember – register your attendance here.

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Chumbawamba to Interrofaction?!

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There are just a few days left for our staunch comrade Dunstan Bruce to reach his Kickstarter target so he can get on with making what we know will be a flipping excellent film, revealing the true story behind Chumbawamba, “from DIY squat gigs to Madison Square Gardens, and back again”.

This film must get made – get involved and chip in what you can, here!

Thee Faction and Dunstan Bruce’s new band, Interrobang?!, are teaming up for an awesome autumn tour. Dates now confirmed include:

2 October – The Pipeline, London

7 November – Wharf Chambers, Leeds

***** WATCH THIS SPACE TOO FOR EXCLUSIVE NEWS OF AN INTERROFACTION?! COLLABORATION SINGLE?!?! *****

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