14 January 2013

Sham 69, Bibelots, Where's Strutter, The Din - Playhard at Dingwalls

Playhard at Dingwalls

Sham 69, Bibelots, Where's Strutter, The Din - Playhard at Dingwalls

Playhard is the perfect vehicle for Dingwalls to celebrate its 40th anniversary as the venue of legends - past, present and future.  We will be presenting 2013 shows streamed LIVE from London to share the UK’s brilliant musical culture around the world. "If you wanna go to the best gig in the UK.. its PLAYHARD”  (GotSeen TV)

Since 1973 an eclectic array of talents including The Strokes, Coldplay, The Drifters,  Gilles Peterson, The Stranglers, Gallows, Ellie Goulding and most recently Noel Gallagher, Foo Fighters and Mumford & Sons have graced the Dingwalls stage. Trend setters such as Blondie, The Clash and The Sex Pistols have all played and hung out there, and are part of the firmament. Playhard will be celebrating this illustrious past with special celebrity guest appearances / performances and the new upstarts who are carrying the torch from the different musical genres. Expect  amazing high-energy shows! “We are very excited to be working with Playhard. They are the ideal curators for this year of events, putting on a great show each month honoring Dingwalls history and the stars of the future. Life begins at 40.”  (David Messer – Dingwalls)

Playhard was launched at the International Live Music Conference in March 2012, this multi media, live streamed event has become the monthly gathering place for music movers and shakers both in the venue and online - by putting on great headline names along with showcasing ones to watch. Playhard has represented at Edinburgh Festival, City Showcase and hosted Soccer Six VIP bars at Leyton Orient FC and the London Soccer Dome. "Playhard gives the opportunity for new bands to become successful and meet new people." (Jon Brookes, The Charlatans)

In the Yplan Top Ten Picks on more than one occasion and with artists from every bill raising their profile, Playhard is organically growing with over 3/4 million website hits so far and the digital stream attracting an average live audience of over 16,000 music fans around the globe, for under the radar artists, alone. “Perfect night out for those who like their beer cold, their music loud, and their tights laddered. I discovered one of my favourite new bands at Playhard." Music Vice

Thursday 17th January 2013

Sham 69; Quite simply one of THE top punk bands. Led by the charismatic and irrepressible Jimmy Pursey they produced a stream of catchy, populist, short and sweet punk rock anthems including 'If The Kids Are United', 'Hurry Up Harry' and 'Angels With Dirty Faces' that made the British charts. What makes Sham 69 even more interesting though is their arrival on the scene when Punk began to move from the more elitist fashion driven art scene to a rougher, more working class ethic. Above all - a fantastic, full on punk band with a dynamic live presences, a top singer and great tunes.

With the Sex Pistols splitting, the Clash obfuscating over their second album and a host of bands changing from punk to New Wave or Powerpop to get airplay and publicity enabled a band like Sham 69 who solidly proclaimed themselves PUNK and for the people to and with such an engaging and likeable singer to get publicity and strike a chord across the land. Sham 69 were the band genuinely doing it for the kids. This was punk rock for a lot of people and their street punk leadership would soon be swelled by the likes of the UK Subs, Ruts and Angelic Upstarts in the charts as punk caught a second wind that continues to be a huge inspiration on the next wave of musicians with something to say.“We're in a punk band that's it. If the bands gonna die it's gonna die as a punk band, not as a fuckin' pop group." (Jimmy Pursey) - *source punk77uk

Rioutous live fun, Jimmy Pursey and the gang are the original street punk legends, a huge musical, lyrical and cultural influence on the international music scene. This band started off mattering, and haven't stopped.

Bibelots. “Drenched in swagger, groove and cascading guitar, Bibelots pull off that almost impossible trick of marrying dance beats to rock and roll, and impressively, too.” Geoff Lloyd, Absolute Radio. 2012 included supports Reverend and the Makers and The Rifles at Shepherds Bush Empire, HMV Next Big Thing series, plays on Amazing Radio, Absolute Radio & Kerrang! plus a live TV performance on ESPN’s Talk Of The Terrace then a triumphant summer of festivals culminating in a series of performances at the Olympics. After a breakthrough year, Bibelots are ready for the next stage...

Where's Strutter?
have quickly established themselves as one of Manchester’s hottest new bands. They became the first unsigned band to headline Club Academy, Academy 3 and Academy 2 in under 12 months - no mean feat considering that Lee, Paddy and Danny are all 20 and Max has just turned 18. Learning their craft on national tours, they have supported the likes of Buzzcocks, Twisted Wheel, The View, Ocean Colour Scene and Peter Doherty, who also sang guest vocals for the band. They spent their Summer building their reputation as ones to watch with triumphant gigs at Kendal Calling, Cockrock and Friends of Mine Festival. Their music is something of a driving force, finding acute satisfaction in extreme dynamics and a wavy euphonious guitar sound.

The Din; A Camden trio from Newcastle and Barcelona. The Din play blend a heady mix of influences and responsible for The Immaculate Consumption, which is their album, and out now! They have been turning heads and pricking up ears. Now further attention beckons..

PLAYHARD is very proud to present the 2013 celebrations for Dingwalls 40th yearEvents launch Thursday, January 17thPunk legends Sham 69 with very special guests Bibelots, Where's Strutter, The Din and Playhard DJ Jean Genie
Advance tickets £10.00 via or £12 on door 
Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB

Doors 7pm (live stream 8-11.30pm GMT) via and

Stay in free for the DJs/bar after party until 3am (£5 entry for those arriving after midnight).

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