– LONDON CORONET THEATRE, 21st DECEMBER
Spizzenergi and Steve White & The Protest Family join Glen Matlock, The Bermondsey Joyriders, Louise Distras and Taurus Trakker to pay tribute to the late Clash frontman
Two more acts have been added to the bill for December 21st’s Firefighters’ Benefit gig in memory of Joe Strummer. The event at London’s Coronet Theatre will see several prominent punk rockers and a few of scene’s most promising rising stars pay tribute to the iconic Clash frontman as they raise cash for a cause close to his heart.
The latest performers to join the party are acclaimed east London folk-punk collective Steve White & The Protest Family, and notorious new wave pranksters Spizzenergi, who will be best known to many as the first band to top the newly created UK Indie Chart in 1980 with their single ’Where’s Captain Kirk?’ – a song which Mojo magazine named as “one of the best punk rock singles of all time”, and which John Peel described as “the best Star Trek associated song”. Frontman Spizz and co have maintained a relentless touring schedule into the 21st century, and are currently writing and demoing new material for a 2014 album release.
They join headliner Glen Matlock on a spectacular bill, which is completed by radical punk-blooze trio The Bermondsey Joyriders, west London rockers and Mick Jones collaborators Taurus Trakker, and hotly-tipped newcomer Louise Distras.
In addition to the live music, there will be DJ sets from Dreadzone and Ray Gange, and visual projections by Gordon McHarg, curator of the Subway Gallery on Edgware Road, which is hosting an exhibition raising funds for the Strummerville charity until December 22nd.
Joe Strummer played his final London gig with The Mescaleros at Acton Town Hall in support of striking firefighters just six weeks before his premature death in December 2002. His former bandmate Mick Jones was in the audience that night and felt “compelled” to join the band onstage mid-encore, performing Clash songs with Strummer for the first time in 20 years. A historic moment for Clash fans, the gig also established a link between Strummer and The Fire Brigade’s Union, which remains strong some 11 years after his death. The union provided a guard of honour at Strummer’s funeral, and joined forces with Strummerville in 2012 to host a memorial concert marking the 10th anniversary of his passing. This year’s benefit at The Coronet will keep up the tradition by raising funds to support firefighters taking industrial action against unfair employment and pension changes.
Firefighters Benefit in memory of Joe Strummer
Sat 21st December, 7pm til late at The Coronet Theatre (28 New Kent Road, SE1 6TJ)
Tickets – £8 advance at https://thecoronet.ticketabc.com/events/fire-brigade-benefit/