We had lots of people saying last year that they’d really like to see WONK UNIT on Teesside . That’s easier said than done as they’re always on tour , just finished a sell out with Slaves as we speak then off to Europe . But we’ve got them at The Westgarth on Friday July 8th. and it’s your chance to see them up close & personal in the downstairs room AKA Westgarth 2 .
Joining Wonk Unit on the bill are York’s & TNS recording artistes The Franceens, one of the best live bands on the circuit these days . If you’ve been lucky enough to catch them before you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about . If you haven’t , make sure you don’t miss them .
“Ferocious and precise, the York trio have a penchant for ripping the roof off the venue. One the best live shows in the UK currently.” – Antipop “An intense thunderbolt of incredible garage melody many bands can only dream of.” – Dave Fungalpunk HT “The favourite garage band here at Louder Than War towers.” – Louder Than War “These two guys and bass-playing gal have done something few British bands manage – make a really convincing Garage sound that is vital and modern but fuse it with greaser Rock ‘n’ Roll.” – Scanner Zine
Weld are no strangers to the local Teesside scene , with their own take on the sounds from the heyday of American Hardcore & with the new drummer on board things are really taking off for them . Alien8 are a melodic power trio with a nice line in Hawaiian shirts from Middlesbrough.
Wonkfest is here again. The happiest, friendly party in the UK punk rock calendar. All the Wonk Fam, all the movers and shakers from the underground scene and beyond in one place to celebrate our scene. Coz we should be proud of it. This is 21st century punk, our scene our way, looking to the future, celebrating diversity, tolerance and acceptance. This is about love, not anger, a break from the rage and hate that surrounds us. 2 Stages, short 20 minute sets (the perfect length – all killer, no filler).
The amazing world famous Wonkfest buffet – please bring a tray of food – Deeeeeelicious! Hooray, it’s my fav.Bring Meat,bring veggie, bring vegan.Tables and tables of wonder!
Amazing bbq – we kick off lunch time with a rad free bbq. We done 500 cheeseburgers and 300 veggie burgers in a couple hous last year!!
Breakfast!!! Yay! We’ll be serving free bacon sandwichs from 11.15! 300 last year in an hour!! Weeeeeeeeeeee!
Foodbank – We’ll be collecting for the local foodbank again.Filled a van last time coz you are lovely! Thank you!
That’s Wonkfest, please buy an advance ticket and support the cause. They are ridiculously cheap for 30 of the best bands in the world. Like stupidly cheap. But we are stupid and punk like that and parties should be cheap init! We aint doing this to get rich.
SET TIMES (final)
Nosebleed 11.35 – 11.55 down Werecats 12 – 12.20 up Crashmats 12.25 – 12.45 down Muertos 12.50 – 1.10 up Uber yoo 1.15 – 135 down Mummy 1.40 -2 up The Apostates 2.05 – 2.25 down Riggots 2.30 – 2.50 up The Dead Class 2.55 – 3.15 down Damger!man 3.20 – 3.40 up The Franceens 3.45 – 4.05 down Nova Twins 4.10 – 4.30 up Spoilers 4.35 – 4.55 down Faintest Idea 5 – 5.20 up Midway Still 5.25 – 5.45 down ROTPM 5.50 – 6.10 up 2 peas 6.15 – 6.35 down Honour Louise 6.40 – 7 up Ducking Punches 7.05 – 7.25 down Pizza Tramp 7.30 – 7.50 up Ming City Rockers 7.55 – 8.15 down Bangers 8.20 – 8.40 up Bad Breeding 8.45 – 9.05 down The Murderburgers 9.05 – 9.25 up The Restarts 9.30 – 9.50 down The Roughneck riot 9.55 – 10.15 up Consumed 10.20 – 10.40 down Wonk Unit 10.45 – End up
Manchester punk fest- the northern Wonkfest. Our scene, our punk. Killer gig!!!
Huge big two day festival in Manchester.
Over 60 bands will be playing MPF. Here are the bands that we have announced so far:
OI POLLOI Anarcho Punk/Oi legends from Edinburgh. FFO: Crass Facebook
SICK ON THE BUS Fast paced, in your face old school punk rock from London. FFO: UK Subs, hard drinking, The Damned Facebook
REVENGE OF THE PSYCHOTRONIC MAN Stupidly fast punk rock from Manchester. Revenge have been relentlessly gigging all over Europe for the past decade. Things are likely to get silly. FFO: Zeke, Kid Dynamite, The Steal Facebook
FAINTEST IDEA Two-tone fuelled ska-punk from Alan Partridge country, on TNSrecords. FFO: Filaments, Inner Terrestrials, Rancid Facebook
BANGERS Bangers have been a stalwart of the underground DIY scene for years now, consistently releasing record after record of anthemic songs you can’t help but relate and sing along to. FFO: Off With Their Heads, The Menzingers, Joyce Manor Facebook
BRASSICK Birmingham’s finest, playing a blend of hardcore mixed with old school punk rock with big choruses. FFO: Discharge, The Distillers, Reagan Youth Facebook
THE CUT-UPS Exeter based five piece, first time in Manchester for a long while with their socially aware Bragg-inspired punk rock. FFO: Billy Bragg, Fugazi, Jawbreaker Facebook
DARKO Melodic short man beardy hardcore from the surrounding areas of Guildford. FFO: A Wilhelm Scream, Rise Against, Propagandhi Facebook
DUCKING PUNCHES Folk-punk from Norwich, heartbreaking songs and boozey singalongs. Last seen supporting Frank Turner and playing Reading/Leeds Festivals. FFO: The Smith Street Band, Frank Turner, Flogging Molly Facebook
GREAT CYNICS A Manchester favourite, Great Cynics are a wonderful indie-punk band that are infectiously catchy. FFO: Superchunk, Muncie Girls, The Sidekicks Facebook
KILL THE PRESIDENT Melodic Hardcore from Valencia, Spain. The prince is coming for you. FFO: Fair Do’s, Belvedere and Dead Neck Facebook
SOMBULANCE Fat Wreck influenced skate punk from Portsmouth. FFO: Darko, A Wilhelm Scream and Strung Out. Facebook
WONK UNIT Arguably the most exciting band in the UK now. Catchy punk rock with a poetic vocal delivery. FFO: Slaves, Snuff, any kind of horse or pony.
HARKER Brighton 4-piece playing acoustic driven punk rock with anthemic gruff vocals. FFO: The Loved Ones, Hot Water Music, Beach Slang Facebook
LAUGHING IN THE FACE OF Fast and technical punk rock from Birmingham. FFO: Ten Foot Pole, Strung Out, Satanic Surfers Facebook
BLACK VOLVO Raucous punk n roll from The Netherlands. Black Volvo have played all over the UK and mainland Europe. FFO: Dangerfields, Zeke, The Dwarves Facebook
WOAHNOWS Indie-punk three piece from the South West, songs to make you dance. FFO: Having your mind blown. Facebook
CASUAL NAUSEA Catchy punk rock goodness from Ipswich. FFO: ICH, Minor Threat, Subhumans Facebook
LINEOUT Melodic skate punk from Italy FFO: Lagwagon, Atlas Losing Grip, Pulley Facebook
JAKE AND THE JELLYFISH Punky, folky reggae from Leeds. After releasing their impressive ‘Dead Weight’ album this year these guys continue to go from strength to strength. FFO: Bootscraper, The Skints, Firepit Collective
THE FRANCEENS Superbly delivered garage punk from York. FFO: The Hives, The Briefs, The Computers Facebook
MATILDA’S SCOUNDRELS Folk driven punk rock and boat enthusiasts from Hastings. Their debut EP is excellent and we are sure they will get MPF moving. FFO: Roughneck Riot, Bootscraper, Dropkick Murphy’s Facebook
NO CONTEST Melodic punk rock from Grimsby. FFO: No Trigger, Face To Face, NOFX Facebook
Please Note Venue and date change…Thats now Friday 7th August at Bad Apples, Leeds. 4 amazing bands for a bluey (suggested donation) and I suggest you pay more if you want, its all for the bands and Skatepal. WONK UNIT, The Franceens, The Krayons and Nosebleed You know how awesome this is going to be? MASSIVELY AWESOME We will also be trying to raise some funds for the charity SkatePal who build skateparks in Palestine dontcha know? So please come down and enjoy a summer evening of pleasure with all of these lovely “entertainers” Je ‘mappelle Alex and I thank you in advance.