Aural Sculptors - The Stranglers Live 1976 to the Present

Welcome to Aural Sculptors, a blog aimed at bringing the music of The Stranglers to as wide an audience as possible. Whilst all of the various members of the band that have passed through the ranks since 1974 are accomplished studio musicians, it is on stage where the band have for me had their biggest impact.

As a collector of their live recordings for many years I want to share some of the better quality material with other fans. By selecting the higher quality recordings I hope to present The Stranglers in the best possible light for the benefit of those less familiar with their material than the hardcore fan.

Needless to say, this site will steer well clear of any officially released material. As well as live gigs, I will post demos, radio interviews and anything else that I feel may be of interest.

In addition, occasionally I will post material by other bands, related or otherwise, that mean a lot to me.

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Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Rebellion Festival Blackpool 1st to 4th August 2019

Well, it has been an age since I have done this kind of thing. I am certainly not against festivals, I guess its just the investment of time that has been the problem. For this and other reasons, the last time I participated in a Darren Russel event (with the exception of a couple of associated London all-dayers) was Holidays in The Sun way back in 1998. Back then it was hosted in Morecambe.

Just look at he ticket price! Since the Morecambe events, the rechristened annual Rebellion event has relocated to the larger resort of Blackpool and evolved into the largest punk festival in the world. Our daughter Mo picked her moment (i.e when Mum and Dad had consumed a quantity of wine) to persuade us to go to Rebellion in 2019..... she has a habit of doing this that had resulted in all manner of purchases that in circumstances of sobriety we would have been spared!

Anyway tickets were purchased and out good friends Owen and Jacquie found some very convenient accommodation for the long weekend.

To describe all  that happened over the four days would be to much, but I will over the next few days share some thoughts on what were for me highlights of a brilliant gathering.

1 comment:

  1. Best 2 were Blackpool 96 & Morecambe 97 last one I went to was Morecambe 2001