Category: Vive Le Rock awards

Review: VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS 2018 by Cristina M…

[Photo credit: Cristina Massei]

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Does the world really need any more music awards? Normally I’d answer with a firm thumb down. However, tonight is a welcome exception: in the world of punk, public recognition has been lacking way too long. Well done then to Vive Le Rock, a printed music magazine that keeps flourishing when the likes of the NME are shutting down shop.

From Cock Sparrer to Charlie Harper to The Damned and Michael Monroe, the recurring theme is clear – the recipients of these Vive Le Rock awards won’t struggle to find them a spot on their mantelpiece. Hard to believe when in attendance are some of the most influencing legends of rock.

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Tonight’s host is an institution of the London live scene, Mr Ginger Wildheart, who took a break from the first Wildhearts’ original line up reunion and a billion other projects to be here. After a 4 track set from TV Smith, Ginger presents the first award – the Pioneer Award – to the Cure, with Kirk Brandon collecting. Best New Band is Booze & Glory,while the Roots Award goes to The Selecter and Film of the Year to Rebellion: A Punk Movie. Finally Gary Crowley bags the prize for Best Reissue before The Professionals take stage to the crowd’s cheers. It’s a brief set bursting with energy and camaraderie, everyone seemingly having a whale of a time. Paul Cook is loving it and we’re loving his enthusiasm – ageless.

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They’re awarded Album of The Year, presented by none other than… Shakin’ Stevens! There’s also a Rock in Peace Award to remember Malcolm Young, and the International Award that prompt a meeting and a hug between two old band mates: it’s Michael Monroe, theatrical as always, treating us later to a taster of his explosive live performance. It’s Cock Sparrer however who bag the Live Award, with a heartfelt thank you to their loyal fan base.

Icon Award? Who else but Charlie Harper! And the legend that he is, he spent the night at the bar chatting to people and posing for selfies. True f***ing rockstar you are sir. Captain Sensible presenting him with the award is the cherry on the cake of this climax moment at the Vive Le Rock punk-star-studded do.

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Band of the year, of course, The Damned, with the audience’s loud approval. The banter between Vanian and Sensible tells the story of two older, more mature men who have no time for petty feuds but still know how to have fun and most of all how to entertain a crowd. Young, old, man or woman, if you haven’t seen the Damned live yet please do and be grateful for still having them around…

Before heading back home we’re treated to few more tunes from Shakin Stevens, Michael Monroe and Mr Harper, before a collective jam of Ace of Spades and a fantastic closing for the Band of the Year themselves. See you all next year I hope…

Full photo gallery from the event can be seen here: http://www.cristinamassei.com/MUSIC/VIVE-LE-ROCK-AWARDS

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This month sees the ‘First Annual Vive Le Rock…

This month sees the ‘First Annual Vive Le Rock Awards’ set to take place at London’s 02 Islington Academy on Wednesday March 28th.

Since launching in 2010, the magazine recently celebrated its 50th issue and has consistently championed the true spirit of rock n’roll, from the legends that conquered the world in the 1970’s and 80’s, to the new acts who keep the spirit fresh and alive. ‘The First Annual Vive Le Rock Awards’ is a chance to celebrate the music and lifestyle and give credit to those that are long overdue.

Today we can announce that British punk legends The Damned, ahead of the release of their new album ‘Evil Spirits’ (out April 13th on Search And Destroy/Spinefarm Records), will pick up a ‘Band Of The Year’ award on the night. On top of that, select members will close the event with a special performance with the house band. This follows an extremely successful tour earlier this year that saw The Damned play to over 23,000 fans across the UK, showing just how deserving they are of this award.

This exclusive performance will join a set by former Hanoi Rocks (and The Voice and X Factor Finland judge) Michael Monroe, who will fly in from Helsinki to play at the awards, alongside a show by the one and only Shakin’ Stevens, the biggest selling artist of the 80s.

These, together with the previously announced sets by post-Sex Pistols rockers The Professionals, who returned last year with a critically-acclaimed new album (voted ‘Album Of The Year’ by Vive Le Rock last December) and Adverts frontman TV Smith,make the ‘First Annual Vive Le Rock Awards’ a night not to be missed.

Held over the two rooms of the O2 Islington Academy (main room and the smaller room- acting as the V.I.P/photo room/aftershow party), 300 carefully invited guests and 200 paying punters will witness a sensational show with unique collaboration’s and 11 awards given away by famous presenters and our compere.

The Awards will be hosted by guest performer Ginger Wildheart, alongside awards presenters Steve Diggle from the Buzzcocks with many more yet to be announced.

Tickets available from: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F005438F64EDFDA

This month sees the ‘First Annual Vive Le Rock…

This month sees the ‘First Annual Vive Le Rock Awards’, confirmed to take place at London’s 02 Islington Academy on Wednesday March 28th. Since launching in 2010, the magazine recently celebrated it’s 50th issue and has consistently championed the true spirit of rock n’roll, from the legends that conquered the world in the 1970’s and 80’s, to the new acts who keep the spirit fresh and alive. ‘The First Annual Vive Le Rock Awards’ is a chance to celebrate the music and lifestyle and give credit to those that are long overdue.This star-studded affair will feature an awards presentation, live performances by award winners, guest performers, and the awards house band; The Vive Le Rockers, who will host the winners songs in a ‘Late Night’ chat show style.  

Alongside that, the ‘Legends’ award will see the winner ‘toasted’ in a comedy style by their friends and peers culminating in an All Star Jam.Today we can announce that one of the bands confirmed to perform on the night will be post-Sex Pistolslegends The Professionals, who returned last year with a critically-acclaimed new album (voted ‘Album Of The Year’ by Vive Le Rock last December) and have been thrilling audiences with their high-octane rock n’roll ever since.

If anyone truly deserved an award, it’s U.K. Subs frontman Charlie Harper, who excels the true spirit of a lifetime in rock n’ roll more than any other. He’ll be picking up his King Rocker/Icon Award, a prize truly deserving for a man that was ‘born a rocker…

 Held over the two rooms of the O2 Islington Academy (main room and the smaller room- acting as the V.I.P/photo room/aftershow party), 300 carefully invited guests and 200 paying punters will witness a sensational show with unique collaboration’s and 11 awards given away by famous presenters and our compere. The Awards will be hosted by Ginger Wildheart, alongside awards presenters Steve Diggle from the Buzzcocks and the biggest selling singles artist of the 80s, Shakin Stevens.

Former frontman of punk legends The Adverts, TV Smith, is also confirmed to play live with many more live performers and presenters to be announced yet. Are you ready to Vive Le Rock?
Tickets available from: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F005438F64EDFDA