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DIY Festival: Bill Blood, Simon Wells, Carol Hodge, Ed Wenn, The Objectorz – The Workman’s Club, October 9th

Hope Collective & State.ie are teaming for an all ages DIY Festival in The Workman’s Club on October 9th

20 Years after the first DIY festival in Dublins City Arts Centre, Hope Collective are teaming up with State.ie to resurrect this statement of intent. With a line up of people spanning the times back then and now with one thing in common: They play music, not for a record deal, but a love of what they are doing.

Uk punk / hardcore legends Snuff were supposed to visit ireland for the first time with Fugazi, in McGonagles in November 1989. Personal circumstances meant they had to delay their debut until the following year when they played the New Inn. Simon Wells was one of the founding members of the band. As guitarist many of those legendary riffs from the early records originiated on his guitar. Simon has continued to play and tour throughout the world with Your Mum, Southport and many others. he now thrashes out acoustic versions of those songs


Carol Hodge has released music under the name Crystal Grenade which has been described as “Shakespeares Sister fighting Amanda Palmer and Tori Amos in a dimly lit Victorian pub. With hand deformities.” She now performs as herself. A 7 fingered pianist, she is probably best known for her singing work with Steve Ignorant (co-founder of punk legends CRASS) on his Last Supper world tour. She continues to perform with Steve in the acoustic project Slice Of Life, who themselves are over later in the month for some gigs with Sleaford mods


Bill Blood
Bill Blood

Bill Blood – Bill Blood has been involved in the independent music scene for many years. As one of the founders of flexihead, jackbeast and redneck manifesto his guitar playing has graced many diy stages in this country and beyond. Whilst redneck manifesto are still very much a working band Bill has released a solo album and brings his wisdom to the stage. As he quite bluntly puts it himself “I play guitar and sing”


Ed Wenn – Ed Wenn first visited Ireland as guitarist of Sink in 1992. They did a tour and have many fond memories since. Ed’s first band was the Stupids where his Ed Shred persona blasted out some early UK skatecore riffs. He has also been the main songwriter behind Bad Dress Sense, Big Ray, K-Line and tons more with the most recent being Dealing With Damage


the objectorZ
the objectorZ

The Objectorz are a Dublin based punk rock and roll band. Spoonful of Tar described them better than most when saying “Cheap Trick or AC/DC crossed with Pegboy/Naked Raygun? Somewhere between hard rock (& roll) stuff and punk rock flittering around the heavier end of power pop .Some twin guitar action occasionally (you know they like a bit of Status Quo and Thin Lizzy) but staying under the 3 minute punk mark.”


The Hope Collective put on gigs in Dublin mainly in the decade on 1989 – 1999. Bands they put on include Fugazi, Nomeansno, the ex, babes in toyland, bikini kill, nofx, chumbawamba, the refused, neurosis, frank sidebottom and oh yeah Green day’s first gig in Dublin – all on a non profit basis. Sporadic events have popped up since and this is one of these. Dublin has a blosslming independent music scene and this aims to promote this.

Hope Collective & State.ie Present a DIY Festival
Bill Blood
Simon Wells
Carol Hodge
Ed Wenn
the objectorz
+ more

The Workman’s Club
4pm-9pm, Sunday October 9th

In keeping with the spirit of these gigs this event will have no age restrictions and therefore will be on from 4pm – 9pm

Hope DIY Festival 2016
Hope DIY Festival 2016
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