The Station Sessions Festival is a six week long celebration of the UK’s emerging musical talent for a takeover of Kings Cross Station, with bands playing for free to London’s commuters.
In proud support of Prince’s Trust Music, the festival will run from the 15th of June to the 29th of July and will feature some of the most talked about emerging artists spanning genres from pop, rock and blues to classical and soul.
On Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th of July, following a storming Glastonbury, Strummerville will take over the Station Sessions. Featuring Live performances from The Joker and The Thief, The Barker Band, The Riff Raff and the hotly tipped Bastille – here are the times
6.00pm – The Joker and The Thief
6.30pm – Bastille
6.00pm – The Barker Band
6.30pm – The Riff Raff
Clash brought in five unique talents to the table – Pete and the Pirates, Summer Camp, Fyfe Dangerfield from the Guillemots, Cloud Control and The Pierces.
There was also an exclusive one off event featuring Guillemots, The Supernovas and The Pierces played a show on 17th of February at London’s Bath House, Liverpool St.
And here’s the reviews and photos…
“They don’t make them like The Supernovas any more. The four-piece cut a Holloway swagger right through the poshest precinct in town but arrived at the shop on time, pint of Gaymers, Sherman button-downs and Fred Perry.”
Sometimes music moves you to look back in the past. Philip Larkin, groping his way to bed after a piss, comes across the moon through the curtains: “The hardness and the brightness and the plain / Far-reaching singleness of that wide stare..
Clarks role within the history of music comes alive once more with bands playing at their pop-up shop at 101 Regents Street, London.
Clash has teamed up with Strummerville to bring the following unique, live and originals sets at 1pm and 6pm across five days of the project.
The shop will sell limited edition collaborations for SS11, including collaborations from Millerain and Laura Ashley. There is also a limited edition Festival Boot collaboration that comes in the Desert Boot, Wallabee and Natalie styles. £2 from every pair sold will be donated to Strummerville.
Tuesday 15th Feb
1pm: Pete and the Pirates
6pm: Real Fur
A delightful moment at Glastonbury this year was when I found the Strummerville camp fire (and it took a lot of searching – you would think a fire would be easy to spot in the darkness). The atmosphere was lovely, with a decent sized crowd scattered on sofas, rugs and the natural earth all gathered around a warming and roaring fire. It didn’t really matter what music was playing, but as it turned out there was a great collection of artists who performed low-key acoustic sets on possibly the smallest stage in the world.
This is the kind of thing that Strummerville promotes – good music being put in front of some attentive ears to hopefully try and gain a wider audience. Strummerville is a registered charity that, in true Joe Strummer style, aims to help new artists and bands record and get more exposure. It reflects Joe’s legacy to music, as The Clash continue to influence young bands everywhere. The charity helps young artists who otherwise would not have the means to normally progress their musical career. Strummerville is about doing things a bit differently, creating a community spirit within the music scene and allowing artists who actually have some things to say, to express them through the good old fashioned medium of rock ‘n’ roll.
This Sunday, Strummerville comes to the Inn on the Green to celebrate the start of the Carnival Weekend. While there may be many events on offer this weekend, this should provide some time to breathe whilst still enjoying the party atmosphere.
“Don Letts, the documentary-maker, DJ, former member of Big Audio Dynamite and an old mate of The Sex Pistols and The CLash, doesn’t do apethy. He has made a short film to highlight the efforts of young bands that are still carrying the flame of Joe Strummer, thanks to backing from the charity Strummerville, set up in memory of the punk visionary and supported by friends including Damien Hirst and Billy Bragg. Bands such as The Riff Raff and Nimmo & The Gauntletts have benefited from Strummerville’s network of live events and rehearsal spaces. The otherwise exasperated Letts found himself ‘really encouraged by the project’.”
Strummerville are fresh off our amazing trip to SXSW where we presented our take-over on the opening night of The British Music Embassy and our official showcase at Prague on 17 March.
Thanks to Supernovas, Smokey Angle Shades, Nat Jenkins, Beans On Toast and The Riff-Raff for making our debut at SXSW such a great experience. And thanks to Billy Bragg, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Chis Shiflett, The Good The Bad and Wayne Kramer for their support and awesome shows.
We were joined in Austin by Don Letts who presented his film also called Strummerville at the Paramount on 19 March. Big thanks also to Don for his wonderful support.
It truly was a positive and powerful experience for everyone involved.