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Punk rockers Goldblade at Redhill Football Club

By This is Surrey  |  Posted: April 01, 2010

HEADLINERS: Goldblade. Photo: Katia Porter

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The lead singer of punk band Goldblade, John Robb, formed The Membranes back in the 80s having been inspired by the punk DIY attitude.

He went on to write for music paper Sounds, where in 1989 he coined the term 'Britpop' and was the first to interview Nirvana and write about the Manchester scene with its bands such as The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays.

He has had eight books published, has also worked for Melody Maker and Zig Zag and now writes for national broadsheet newspapers, The Big Issue, websites and foreign publications as well as appearing on various documentary and music programmes.

In 2008 Robb was appointed visiting fellow and professor of popular culture at Salford University and is in regular demand as a chair on music and media conference panels worldwide.

He has produced several bands including Therapy and Cornershop who he co-managed and this year he has become a partner in new music label Modern English.

Since Manchester-based Goldblade were formed in 1995 they have released eight singles plus another split with the band Argy Bargy, six albums and a live DVD and have toured the world several times.

They are being supported on their tour by Templeton Pek, while further local support at Redhill Football Club comes from Oxted and Reigate based band The Wot Nots.

The Wot Nots have themselves been together for six years, notching up more than 50 gigs and numerous airplays on local and internet radio as well as being featured on Sky TV.

Goldblade, supported by Templeton Pek and The Wot Nots, presented by Redhill Punk Rock, Redhill Football Club, Saturday, April 3, doors 7.30pm, first band 8.30pm, £10 on the door, £8 in advance from www.redhillpunkrock.co.uk

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