Music and Poetry at Hyde Park Book Club on 16 December

Skint & Demoralised,  a West Yorkshire post-punk band, returns to Hyde Park Book Club for what will be their last gig of the decade.

Earlier this year, they made their first appearance in 6 years with their comeback single ‘Boro Kitchen 4am’.  It was released on 29 March, the original date for the UK’s divorce from the EU and captures a conversation about Brexit at a house party in Teesside.  Steve Lamacq featured the track on the BBC Radio 6 Music Show.  More recently, the follow up single #RefugeesWelcome was released, followed by Superheroes.  We Are Humans’ is the latest album, with lyrics which make no apology for being political and reflect the times in which we live; the issues we all face.

Matt Abbott, S & D lyricist and frontman, wrote a poem for Jeremy Corbyn’s social media channels, which was voiced by Michael Sheen.  If you’ve been to any of the Nymphs & Thugs’ ‘LIVEwire’ events, you will already appreciate the role art has to play as our antidote to difficult times.

Louise Distras, Fighting Rhythm and Toria Garbutt will be joining S & D.

Louise Distras is gaining a following internationally, and her fist-pumping ‘Street Revolution’ provides an anthem for the rebellious and the disenchanted. 

Fighting Rhythm, a post-punk outfit, has delivered the raucous and catchy début single ‘The Milkshake Party’, whilst Toria Garbutt, Wakefield-born poet, has been touring since early 2016 with Dr John Cooper Clarke.  She featured alongside Matt Abbott in a Guardian article this year, covering the rise and rise of the new poets.

The night should provide good company if you’re feeling at all down and in need of some escapism.  At £8 a ticket, it promises to be well worth it.  It’s for 14 years and over and there is some accessibility at the Book Club.  8 p.m. start.  

Tickets are available here via Eventbrite.

Feature photograph by Kerry Harrison.

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