Entry Requirements: 16+ (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)
The Chesterfields + Rodney Allen + Dai-Nichi + DJ Rocker (The Flatmates)
35 years since they formed in Yeovil, Somerset, The Chesterfields are back for a short run of UK dates.
The Chesterfields came to prominence in 1986 as part of a thriving UK underground scene that had turned its back on over-produced 1980s chart music and was looking for back to basics pop music. Bands, independent record labels, gig promoters and fanzine editors were making their own entertainment, with The June Brides, The Wedding Present, Primal Scream and The Loft leading the way, supported by Radio One’s John Peel and Janice Long.
They released three albums, ‘Kettle’ (1987), ‘Westward Ho!’ (1987) and ‘Crocodile Tears’ (1988) before splitting in 1989. The group reformed to play New York Pop Fest in 2016, and now features Andy Strickland of The Loft and The Caretaker Race.
Rodney Allen was label-mates with The Chesterfields at the Subway Organisation, for whom he released one album ‘Happysad’ in 1987. He later joined the Blue Aeroplanes.
Tokyo-based Dai-Nichi are Seiko Nemoto (bass and vocals) and Yuko Yamazaki (guitar and vocals). Together they play a uniquely Japanese brand of art pop that nods sideways at English bands like Gang Of Four, XTC, Dr Feelgood and Buzzcocks.