Sheffield Scenester Review: Strummerville presents Westway Round The UK Tour

When I entered the Boardwalk on the Sunday night I was instantly drawn to the stage. Behind the drum kit was a huge banner depicting the Strummerville logo but what caught my eye was the ribbon lighting draped along the front of the stage, as well as being wrapped around the huge speakers, it certainly looked set for a hell of a night!

Straight away it was obvious, with the cheeky grin and slight twinkle in his eye, this was no ordinary acoustic set, but Beans on Toast did keep his promise and start with a love song….of sorts. With chorus lines like “Last night I had a girl sucking on my……conversation!” or “sucking on my……dignity!” it was pretty obvious the sort of love he was going for here! The second song, ‘All I Want To Do Is Give You A Flower’ fared no better as it made constant references to prostitutes, paedophiles and gangrape!

The Supernovas had the unenviable task of following this, but these four guys from North London more than held their own. Exploding with drums and guitar, in a style not to dissimilar to The Clashes ‘white Riot’, they opened with their debut single ‘Ace Face’ before heading straight into ‘Shot Down By The Fuzz’, both these and the rest of the set were short sharp and extremely catchy punk.

Next up, in what I have to admit is turning into one hell of a night, was the five piece Rum Shebeen. With Dave Ashby on vocals the crowd really took to this band as he is a born showman, blissfully swinging his arms about in all directions with almost slapstick abandon he relished every moment on stage. Talking to Dave after the show he had this to say; “We’re from Camberwell, as in the Camberwell carrot; basically we got in touch with Strummerville and played a couple of tracks to them! They asked us what do we want to do and from there we’ve released a single, gone on a national tour, played festivals, all of which didn’t seem a feasible reality before”.

Now every leg of the Strummerville tour has a local band and in this case it is the Derby based lyrically alternative dispossessed of Thee Deadtime Philharmonic opening with a song that raises concerns of the senseless killing carried out by soldiers and police alike, singer Murdoch takes to the stage and just seems to spit venom at every syllable. Murdoch explained after the set; “We have been number 1 in the Strummerville download chart for six months now with an old demo version of the song ‘Spine’. But now we have been given help to record a proper version with producer Paul Tipler who worked with Dr Feelgood”.

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Westway Round The UK Tour

Big thanks to everyone who came out and supported our tour and to all the bands who provided such great shows every night.

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One love,

The Sheffield Star: Strum as you are for Boardwalk


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Accent: Strummerville Hits The Jukebox, Newcastle


STRUMMERVILLE – The Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music – is hosting its first ever new band tour, Westway Round The UK, and it tears into Newcastle this month. Up and coming bands Beans on Toast, Camden foursome The Supernovas and Rum Shebeen (dubbed as a tropical punk ensemble) will be playing, together with whats described as a s election of Newcastle’s local heroes, aka the Jukebox Allstars. All will be revealed on the night…

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Westway Round The UK Tour: Advance Tickets & Info

This autumn we are thrilled to present the Westway Round The UK Tour with Rum Shebeen, The Supernovas and Beans on Toast. Each night will be headlined by a local band we have been working with. We’re also delighted to have Don Letts DJ-ing for us in Bristol.

In Sheffield and Manchester we will be joined by Thee Deadtime Philharmonic, in Leeds by The Yalla Yallas, in Glasgow by Chomsky Allstars and Newcastle by the Jukebox Allstars.

Our home coming show will be an all-dayer at The Flowerpot in London where we will be joined The Riff Raff, Nimmo & The Gauntletts and Sound of Rum.

Lots of love,
Strummerville x

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10/10/10 The Boardwalk, Sheffield £5 Order Tickets Join Event
11/10/10 The Croft, Bristol £6 Order Tickets Join Event
12/10/10 Mine Venue, Leeds University £5 Order Tickets Join Event
13/10/10 King Tuts, Glasgow £5 Order Tickets Join Event
14/10/10 Moho Live (In the City), Manchester £8 - Join Event
15/10/10 Digital (JukeBox Club night), Newcastle £5 - Join Event
17/10/10 Flowerpot, London FREE - Join Event

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Music News: Strummerville announces first ever UK New Band tour

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“Over seven dates – from Sunday 10th October to Sunday 17th October – ‘Westway Round The UK’ will bring a selection of fast-rising bands, picked from this year’s Strummerville campfire sessions at Glastonbury, Lounge On The Farm, Secret Garden, Endorse It and the Goodwood Vintage Festival, to venues around the UK. As well as showcasing local Strummerville supported acts in each town.

The tour begins at The Boardwalk in Sheffield (formerly the Black Swan – where the Clash played their first ever live gig) and will rouse your musical palette every night until the tour culminates at The Flowerpot in Kentish town, with an all-dayer not to be missed. Get tickets for each event early to avoid disappointment.”

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Sheffield Scenester: Westway Round The UK Tour


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“The work of Strummerville includes funding for new musicians, providing a DIY platform for un-signed artists to showcase their music, The Rinse Academy, campfire sessions at UK festivals to showcase new talent, rehearsal space and so much more.

This year will see the first ever Strummervile national tour kicking off on October 10th with Rum Shebeen, The Supernovas and Beans On Toast all cramming into the Strummerville bus.”

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