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Big Takeover celebrating 30 years @ The Bell House (lineup)

by Bill Pearis

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One of NYC most esteemed musical institutions, fanzine-gone-legit The Big Takeover turns 30 this year, and is having a two-day birthday party in Brooklyn at the Bell House on July 30-31. Founder and editor Jack Rabid has put together quite a line-up for this 30th Anniversary Festival, including rare NYC performances from Visqueen, For Against (!), a reformed Flower, Chameleons singer Mark Burgess, onetime Mutton Birds frontman Don McGlashan, Libertines U.S. and Jack’s own band Springhouse.

Tickets are $25 for individual days (Friday 7/30 and Saturday 7/31)  or you can buy a 2-day pass for $40. Here’s the full rundown:


THE AVENGERS: reformed S.F. ’70s punk legends, with original members, singer Penelope Houston and guitar Greg Ingraham

CHANNEL 3: early ’80s L.A. punks!

VISQUEEN: female-led Seattle post-punk rockers’ first east coast shows in 5 years

SPRINGHOUSE: first show with original lineup in 8 years, doing normal set

LIBERTINES U.S.: reformed Cincinnati’s ’80s greats first ever NYC show

FLOWER: New York postpunk band’s reunion gig, first show in 16 years! Later split into two bands, Versus and French!

…plus special guests EDP (New York’s hard-hitting, Jam-like, mod revival band).


MARK BURGESS: England’s Chameleons star, backed by Boston’s The Curtain Society

FOR AGAINST: Lincoln, NE post-punk legends’ first east coast show in 15 years

SPRINGHOUSE : playing second LP Postcards From the Arctic start-to-finish for the first time ever; first shows with original lineup in 8 years

SLEEPOVER DISASTER: Fresno’s shoegaze wonders’ first ever east coast appearances

DON MCGLASHAN: New Zealand’s ex-Mutton Birds leader, in his only U.S. appearance

JON AUER: Seattle’s Posies star and Big Star member

…plus very special guests:

ASTRID WILLIAMSON (England singer-songwriter extraordinaire)

THE SHARP THINGS (New York’s orchestral poppers!)

PAUL COLLINS (of The Nerves of “Hanging on the Telephone” fame pre-Blondie’s cover, and of Paul Collins’ Beat)

THE CURTAIN SOCIETY (veteran Boston shoegazers, also backing Burgess for part of his set).

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