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More for 2013.

20 Mar

Cheers to you all for your continued support. We’ve been busy this month.

Firstly it was Vivid Riot Records putting out the two-sided single by Scotland’s finest The Banter Thiefs. ‘Levi Toi’ and ‘Civic Cafe’ are available for free download  on our Bandcamp label page HERE.

Secondly, number 8 in the football Casual Podcast series has been released and already has listeners into the hundreds. Pop over to our Mixcloud page HERE and make sure you follow as a new one will be published in April 2013 and is one not to miss.

Thirdly, we are going to streamline the way we feature bands on the blog. Rather than lengthy reviews, we are going down the route of showcasing the music we like but just putting on videos, page links and biographies. This way, we give your more music less waffle and as you will know, this is the Vivid Riot ethos.

Lastly, I will leave you with video that coincides with a release from Cass Pennant’s book company and I am sure will be of interest to plenty of you.

Barrington Renford Patterson is a former kickboxer and Mixed Martial Arts fighter. The champion ‘King of the Ring’ is well-known to cage fighting devotees and is notorious as one of Britain’s ‘hard men’ — as testified by a full episode of the TV series Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men. The former football hooligan from the Birmingham Zulus firm also cuts a powerful figure in clubland, with a hard-earned reputation gained by running some of the roughest doors in the Midlands.For all his ferocious reputation, ONE-EYED BAZ reveals a character of great warmth and loyalty, a charismatic figure strong enough to turn his back on street violence. ONE-EYED BAZ will surely be lauded as a classic of the hardman genre . . . You can order the book today online with John Blake Publishing or Amazon etc or from Waterstones bookshops. ISBN: 978-1843588115

Click picture below for video trailer.

one-eyed-baz

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Casuals Live. Post gig feature and trailer.

28 Nov

On the 10/11/2012 The Garage Highbury, one of the Mean Fiddler’s most prestigious venues, played host to the Casuals Live event. To say there was expectation in the air is an understatement. Vivid Riot Promotions and best-selling author and award-winning documentary maker Cass Pennant spent six weeks planning, promoting and organising this event, which was the very first of its kind.

A page from the gig programme

Bringing together four bands from across the UK, with four different styles, everyone at this event had one thing in common – A connection to the football casual scene and a love of music. A scene where music, clothing and diversity are always in abundance, this was the perfect combination for a gig with a difference.

As soon as the doors opened, the beer was flowing and the conversations were buzzing. The expectancy was electric and as DJ Dan Nolan span the first tunes of his DJ set, the smiles on everyone’s’ faces told a thousand stories. There were people from different football clubs, different walks of life and with very differing tastes but with thing uniting everybody– A love for culture on many different levels.

The job of opening Casuals Live went to Southend’s Plastic Youth. “Animal Style’ fizzed from the PA system and from the offset PY had people swaying to their brand of powerful literate Shoegaze. It was only a short set from PY but with the three songs they played, they certainly left their mark on the crowd. ‘Death Row’ finished a set with well-honed perfection. Job done and the event was well under way.

When it came to picking a band that lived and breathed the Casual scene, second band on the night, Reading’s Violet Class were a perfect choice. These lads live and breathe football culture. Kitted out in all the right clobber and Reading season ticket holders, they certainly looked the part but would their music be as smart as they looked?

Violet Class – Sound Check

Any questions about this bands music were answered after the band’s opener charged into life. ‘Socks on Shoes’ had hints of Ride and The La’s but also made you think, fuck, these boys have something special. The dancing at the front of the stage also put to bed any doubts that people would be standing still tonight – I only say that, because I fancied a boogie myself.

As the first chords of ‘Six Penny Step’ were strummed on the guitar the crowd broke out into rabid applause, this was a song that a lot of people were familiar with and were waiting for. Violet Class delivered the perfect rendition of the song and did themselves and their fans proud, whilst winning over of a whole host of new admirers along the way. Smart and to the point, Violet Class are going places.

Cass, gig programme, Section 60 and a Blue Collar.

As the beer carried on flowing and the DJ Dan Nolan continued to spin the tracks, every single person in the audience was now in full motion and had their dancing shoes on. I spoke to people who had travelled from as far away as Scotland and Dorset and many other places that showed how much dedication interest this event had created.

By the time The Blue Collars took to the stage, the area in front of the stage was now packed. “Alright, we’re The Blue Collars, from Stoke.” I actually thought that the buzz in the air couldn’t get anymore electric but I was very wrong. ‘This Old Town’ has had over 6000 views on You Tube and the prospect of hearing this popular song first was the best way for TBC to kick off. As soon as the song ended, applause rang out across the whole venue and people started pushing even closer to the front of the stage. The audience just wanted to feel a part of everything that was going on and The Blue Collars were more than happy to welcome them with open arms.

The Blue Collars

Melodic, angry and thought provoking are some of the words I would use to describe TBC but seriously, you have to see this band live to get the full range of emotions and intensity. They have the songs, the banter and the confidence to go very far and by the time they finished an exhilarating version of ‘Agree to Disagree’ the crowd were going crazy. Cass Pennant took to the microphone, “That was heavy duty or what?” The roar from the crowd was deafening and the sound of the whole audience singing, “Blue, Blue Collars” was cue for an encore. The Blue Collars closed their set with ‘The Dance One’ and front stage was a mass of jumping and clapping bodies. They came, they conquered. Enough said. Not bad for a support band, eh?

I actually felt sorry for Sheffield’s Section 60. I thought, how the fuck are they going to follow what has gone before them. I have been a fan of this band for some time and could tell straight away that they were here to do the business. “They have to raise the bar after The Blue Collars”, announced Cass Pennant and the boys came out in fighting mood and looked as smart as fuck.

Section 60 live.

‘Gunslingers’ the first tack in S60’s set has a bass line that gets into the very soul of you and could make a snail on valium stand to attention. The boys were back in London town and this time they are taking no prisoners.

When it comes to anthems, S60 walk with the likes of The Verve, Puressence and Oasis and they stand just as tall. Having one band that can move a crowd would have been incredible butting having four is testament of the young talent that is emerging from all over the UK and S60 stand at the forefront of this.

Section 60 and a full house.

‘The North Will Rise Again’ saw S60 bring the roof down. Anthemic, poetic and fucking ballsy, this track represents S60 perfectly. A performance this good only comes from years of practice and bundles of talent. A perfect end to a perfect night.

Cass Pennant, looked moved as he took to the microphone and announced that the whole thing had blown him away. I have to echo this sentiment. If you ask anyone who was at Casuals Live they will tell you that it was “A very special night to remember.”

Cass Pennant bringing the evening to a close.

Here is a you tube video that captures Casuals Live in all its glory.

Before I end this piece I would like to say a few thanks to people that made the night happen and also made it very special.

Thanks to our sponsors 80’s Casuals Classics and Peaceful Hooligan. Also to the following people – Jeff, Dan Nolan, Helen T, Jake, Nick S, Dave R, Mick Habeshaw Robinson, Jim Benner, Gemma, Mean Fiddler, Alex T, Vicky, Casual Way of Life, Jela, Kul Britannia, Street Sounds magazine Distant Echo, Cal, Clarkie, Dave E, Kate, all the bands on the night, and everyone who shared our event online and of course to every single one of you that came to the gig on the night. This will not be the last of this… Vivid Riot Promotions and Cass Pennant.

Vivid Riot and Cass Pennant Present Casuals Live Gig. The Garage, Highbury, London 10/11/2012

28 Sep
CASUALS LIVE! Featuring Section 60 + The Blue Collars + Violet Class + Plastic Youth + DJ Dan Nolan + MC Cass Pennant Tickets

CASUALS LIVE! Featuring Section 60 + The Blue Collars + Violet Class + Plastic Youth + DJ Dan Nolan + MC Cass Pennant Tickets Nov 10 2012 6:30 pm iCal

Upstairs at The Garage

Online music site VIVID RIOT presents a night celebrating the culture of Casuals with live music.  Sheffield’s Section 60 top a bill of great young guitar bands sporting the swagger of Oasis, the bombast of Kasabian and the melodic finesse of The Verve.  Cass Pennant, best-selling author and eponymous hero of the British feature film Cass, will compere.

The ticket price includes a copy of the award winning feature film DVD “Casuals”, a documentary exploring the early 80s fashion movement instigated by young football supporters from the terraces of British stadiums.

Age restrictions – 18+  (Photographic ID required for entry)

PRESENTED BY VIVID RIOT

Tickets with lower booking fee available – Click Buy Now

Also buy tickets here: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/user/?region=gb_london&query=detail&event=532838&referral_id=mamagroup&interface=garage1

Vivid Riot – The Compilation FREE DOWNLOAD

10 Sep

That’s right – Yes, we know were are good people, and that’s why we are giving away our band spanking new compilation for nowt, nish, free. Just click away for 17 tracks of the finest new music.

The album is already causing a stir on-line, with listens into the thousands. 

Plain and simple, we want to highlight music that floats our boats and hopefully can sink the blues. It’s all good clean fun (Well most of it). 

To get your copy or to just have a nose/listen here’s the link –   http://vividriot.bandcamp.com/album/vivid-riot-the-compilation