What do you get when you disband Varukers, create an entirely new punk rock collective and blend in the total chaos of the early 1990's in Britain? Well, according to the band themselves, you get the UK's loudest punk band and we'd struggle to disagree. But it's not all about turning the guitars up past 11, although there is plenty of that, it's also about writing some cracking punk tunes which live on as classics in their own right.
'Tribute bands aren't cool', I hear you shout. 'Tribute bands don't belong at Rebellion Festival', I hear you yell, 'The only time tribute bands should grace a festival line-up is when there are lots of beered-up lads in a field in a small Northern town that doesn't get any proper gigs', I hear you reason. My only response, and thankfully that of Rebellion's organisers is, 'you've clearly never seen The Ramonas'. The UK's finest all-female Ramones trbute. This is where you'll find your anthems.
Neville Staple Band
A true legend of the music world, not just a specific genre. Neville Staple has recently indulged fans by returning to his Judge Roughneck character who many thought was lost to the passage of time. Ultimately, that's where Staple has always stood apart from some of his less legendary peers; he's able to indulge nostalgia, but with a constant eye on the future. With some of his best material still being recorded, his 'legends' slot is certainly not limited to a trip down memory lane.
Already part of Rebellion Festival history, Los Fastidios have numerous classic performances under their belt at the event. With Oi lineage dating all the way back to 1991 in a Verona somewhat different to Shakespeare's imagining, Los Fastidios also carry an important anti-fascist message through many of their anthems. Perhaps more important now than ever before, they also provide Italy's best shout-along.
Anti Nowhere League
When Tunbridge Wells met Anti Nowhere League in March 1980, nobody could have imagine that we'd be seeing them hurtling towards their fortieth anniversary at Rebellion Festival in 2018, yet here we are. One of the UK's most consistent punk outfits and one of the world's most compelling live acts, they're diving headfirst into a fourth decade of chaos.
Rebellion Festival is unleashed on Thursday 2nd August, before thrashing its way to an explosive conclusion on Sunday 5th August, Tickets are available from the website now.