Thursday, 3 May 2012

Remember Joe in 2012!

Join us to remember Joe on Friday 16 November 2012!


It will be exactly 10 years since Joe played his last London show. It was a benefit for the Fire Brigade's Union and took place in Acton Town Hall. 500 fire fighters and a couple of hundred of Strummer's most loyal fans watched as Joe's former Clash comrade, Mick Jones, who was in the audience, felt "compelled" to join the band mid-encore. Joe and Mick performed Clash songs together for the first time in almost 20 years. We were arms aloft in Acton Town!

We planned to go back to Acton this November to mark the 10th anniversary of both the FBU dispute and the benefit gig where Joe, Mick and the Mescaleros generously gave their support. Sadly, however, Acton Town Hall is no longer available to hire. For those present in 2002, Acton Town Hall will always be the site of an amazing night - the last night London burned! But worry not - In 2012 there will be jive in West Eleven!

On Friday 16 November, Notting Hill's Tabernacle will open its doors for Strummer lovers to remember one of Joe's finest hours and to pay tribute to a true punk rock hero. Legendary cow punks, The Men They Couldn't Hang,will saddle up to headline and will be accompanied by sets from Strummer's mentor and sometime Mescalero, Tymon Dogg, New Town Neurotics frontman, Steve Drewett and dignified Clash tribute band, Take the 5th. Former Clash and Mescaleros DJ Barry 'Scratchy' Myers will punctuate the night with dubtastic sounds. Expect words from FBU activists and turns from very special guests! Tickets are on sale now.

Tickets are £20 or £15 for Trade Union members and for students and those on benefits. Tickets for kids (aged 10-17) are £12.50. Payment is via Pay Pal.

All proceeds will go to Jail Guitar Doors and the Strummerville Foundation for New Music. Be advised that the return to Acton in 2007 sold out fast so make sure you get in quick! See you on Friday 16 November...

Friday, 11 November 2011

Remembering Joe - December 2011

Arms Aloft in Acton Town are pleased to support a Jail Guitar Doors benefit taking place on Thursday 1st December 2011 at The Earl of Chatham, close to Woolwich Arsenal station. Quality punk tribute band, 48 Thrills will play a Clash-heavy set to mark the 35th anniversary of the start of the Anarchy Tour (the first important Clash tour); to remember Joe Strummer (close to the 9th anniversary of his passing) and celebrate the 50th birthdy of 48 Thrills frontman, Joe Williams. 'Rude Boy', Ray Gange will play a DJ set and former Clash road manager, Johnny Green will sign books.

Tickets are £10 from which proceeds will go to Jail Guitar Doors and can be purchased via Pay Pal by clicking the button below. In the spirit of back-to-basics punk rock you have to buy each ticket individually - apologies for the inconvenience! Please bring your e-mail confirmation to the venue where it will be swapped for a souvenir ticket. (We will also have a list of everyone who has bought tickets.)

Watch this space for future events