Thee Faction at Cardiff Mindfest 24/11/13

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This is going to be beyond epic. You need to be there. Drop everything next weekend and make your way to the ‘diff.

Still need convincing? Here are all the bands playing, on a compilation album that will be exclusively available to those who turn up to the festival.

Get your tickets here.


Thee Faction return to Newport (18/10/13)

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On Friday the 18th October Thee Faction return to Newport, South Wales – just a few miles from Ebbw Vale, of At Ebbw Vale fame. There’s only one venue we play in Newport: Le Pub. Once again we team up with the comrades of Give Me Memphis – South Wales’s best kept secret (go and keep in touch with them on Facebook). It is going to be a fantastic evening. If you’re anywhere out West, get yourself down there. We reckon the catchment area for this one is from Swindon to Haverfordwest, and we’ve posted a lot of Thee Faction albums to comrades along that stretch, so we expect you all to be there. It’s going to be tremendous.

If you really can’t make this one, don’t worry – we’re back in South Wales on the 24th November at Cardiff MindFest. More details on this once Newport’s done.

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Oh, the other news is that the No Pasaran event in December is sold out. Sorry if you missed out. The only non-sold out chance to see us in England this year looks like the Buffalo Bar in Islington on the 28th November. So put that in your diary. In fact, given the tendency of things to sell out at the moment, order your tickets now.

Thee Faction to Headline No Pasaran

A Night to Remember for the 75th Anniversary of the Return of the International Brigade’s British Battalion

A guest post from the comrades at Philosophy Football.


The red hot socialist R n’ B of Thee Faction will headline a spectacular show ‘No Pasaran’ which marks on Saturday 7 December the 75th anniversary of the return of the International Brigade’s British Battalion from the Spanish Civil War. It will be a fantastic gig: if you are a fan of Thee Faction’s music don’t miss it.
The rest of a superb line-up includes Maxine Peake, Mark Steel, Paul Mason, Francesca Beard, PanditG and Salma Yaqoob. Spoken word, comedy, red-hot socialist r n b, ideas and a dancefloor-filling DJ set. All brought together to mark the 75th anniversary of 7 December 1938 when the men and women of the International Brigade’s British Battalion docked at Newhaven then travelled by train to Victoria to be met by a crowd of thousands to celebrate their heroic stand against Fascism. 75 years on, Saturday 7 December 2013, ‘No Pasaran!’ Will be a night to remember.
The venue is superb too, Rich Mix is East London’s premier arts centre, superbly equipped for an event of this ambition, just 10 minutes walk from Liverpool Street or Old Street underground stations, almost opposite Shoreditch High Street overground station.
A Philosophy Football event, presented in association with the International Brigade Memorial Trust and generously sponsored by Thompson’s Solicitors
Tickets, just £9.99 plus p&p, are going fast so snap yours up early to be sure of your place. On the night doors will open at 6pm, the show begins at 7pm.
Book here   or if you prefer call to book 01273 472 721.
A note from Thee Faction: This will be the second of Philosophy Football’s events we’ve played at, having guested at their tremendous Stalingrad anniversary event last year. These nights are always amazing. The kind of person who likes us will love this night. The perfect mix of music and laughing and politics and dancing and polemic and drama and drinking and catching up with old comrades. You must come to this. It will sell out, so if you’re planning to come, book now.

Thee Faction in Barnsley – 5th October



You don’t need us to tell you the significance of Orgreave. So you’ll understand why a night of music remembering that moment in the class war is vitally important, and why the injustices must not be forgotten. So you’ll want to be at this.

Comrades in the North East and North West are forever pointing out that we don’t visit them enough. So meet us half way. See you all in Barnsley.

NB The venue has changed. The gig is now at Club Retro (see poster above).

Can’t make this one? Then get yourself to Newport, South Wales for the 18th October. We return to Le Pub with the comrades of Give Me Memphis.

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Thee Faction at the Bubble Club – 18/09/13



On Wednesday night we will be helping the Bubble Club celebrate their 8th birthday, at the Backyard Bar in Bethnal Green, London. We’ll be bashing out some hits, introducing a couple of new ones, and even unleashing a one-off song (‘The Bubble Club’) we’ve written especially for the occasion. Get your phones out to record that one, because we won’t ever play it again.

Why should you come? Well, even if you don’t fancy seeing us, The Bubble Club is exactly the sort of organisation you should be supporting. Check this out, for example.

If you can’t make it, it’s going to be a while ’til we play London again. So you’ll have to console yourself with a copy of our new album, Good Politics. £7 including postage (to anywhere) and packing.

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Try before you buy? Here’s a trailer:

Have a look at all the press and whathaveyou here.




What are Thee Faction up to?

Time to update you on our movements, comrades.

First up is our appearance at the Walthamstow Festival, London, E17 (6/9/13):

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Then we’re off to Bethnal Green (18/9/13):


Then we’ll be in Barnsley (5/10/13):


We’re playing Le Pub in Newport (18/10/13)

Then we’ll be in Wales again (Cardiff this time, though the gig remains unconfirmed) to take part in Mindfest (24/11/13)

We’ll be launching a new single at the Buffalo Bar in London on 28/11/13

And then we’re back in London again (7/12/13):


In addition to all this we’re doing Le Pub in Newport on the 18th October, and there are not-quite-confirmed gigs in Cardiff and London in November, which we’ll update you on as soon as they’re inked in.

Meanwhile we have our latest album for sale. You need this:

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or go and check out all the multi-album packages available from Soviet Beret Records.

Not sure whether or not to buy? Check out what’s on it.

Here’s the single:

And here’s a sampler of the whole album:

Still not sure? Check out all the press it’s had.

Remember, if you want access to our constant political and economic commentary, you won’t tend to find it here. We do all our best work on facebook. Go and ‘like’ us over there. And keep an eye out for news of a new single.

See you at the gigs, comrades.

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What news from Thee Faction?

We’ve not been keeping you abreast of stuff. So here’s the news.

On Wednesday 22nd May we’re quietly playing the Buffalo Bar in Islington, to celebrate Billy Brentford’s birthday. Want to come? Just turn up and tell them on the door why you’re there. No charge, but it’s a party so keep it comradely. Joanne Joanne are playing too. They’re epic.

On Sunday 26th May we’re playing the Now We Are festival in  West Bromwich. Get your tickets here.

The next day we release our new single. Better Than Wages. It’ll be available for free, here on our website. In the meantime, here’s the video:

Then, on June 1st, we are playing our great friend and comrade Attila the Stockbroker’s Glastonwick Festival. We’re playing last, on the Saturday night. Which the bourgeois end of the music industry might call ‘headlining’. We call it ‘going on last on the Saturday night’. You have to come to this. And when you do make sure you catch Grace Petrie and Robin Ince and Attila and everyone else. But especially Steve White and the Protest Family.

Then on the 6th July Thee Faction, The Protest Family, Attila, and all sorts of others will be playing the Matchwomen’s Festival in London. It’s going to be free and ultra comradely. Come.

And then we release the new album.

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After which we all club together, bring down capitalism, and build something much better. Just as Marx and GDH Cole intended. But this only happens if everyone plays the game. So join us.

Victory at Stalingrad – The Movie


On 2nd February 2013 Thee Faction took part in a fantastic night, organised by the comrades at Philosophy Football, to celebrate the 70th anniversay of the Red Army smashing the Nazis at Stalingrad. It was one of the best thought-out and planned events we’ve ever been a part of. There were speakers (historian Geoffrey Roberts, Seamus Milne, Clare Solomon, Susan Richards), bands (Thee Faction and the Trans-Siberian March Band),  and a disco (with our own Billy Brentford spinning some floor-filling proletarian sexy club funk), all held together with rabble-rousing polemic from Philosophy Football’s Mark Perryman. It was sold-out, yet the move from seated lecture hall to vibrant dance hall was executed super-smoothly, and the whole event was a wonderful example of why socialism is always going to be more efficient than capitalism. Thee Faction had a tremendous time, and the comrades on the merch stall managed to sell record breaking quantities of our records, despite stiff competition from the Great Patriotic War memorial plates.

The whole thing is available as a movie (above). It’ll take up a quarter of an hour of your time to watch, but it gives a real flavour of how special this event was. We pop up in the middle doing ‘366’ and at the end stumbling through the harmonies on ‘Marx, My Main Man’. Watch, enjoy, and make sure you go to these comrades next event. Us? We’ve got our fingers crossed for an invite to perform at whatever they do in 2017. That’s a pretty big anniversarsary….

Oh, the comrades at Philosophy Football made some superb shirts to commemorate Stalingrad. Pop across and have a look. Buy them for all your family.