Punk makes its return to Stamford

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A young promoter is bringing punk back to Stamford.

Ash Rawlinson, 28, of St George’s Avenue, Stamford, has been running rock shows since the days of the STAMA gigs at the old Newage Social Club in Blackfriar Street.

He started a new event, From A Dark Place (FADP), after an invitation from Mama Liz’s in 2008 and the night has been going from strength to strength.

The night returns to the Voodoo Lounge at Mama Liz’s tomorrow, with renowned Peterborough street punks The Black Marias topping a bill that also features Citizen Keyne, from Milton Keynes, and Leicester’s Firstwave.

Ash, who has also been heavily involved in booking the Marquee Stage at Stamford’s Riverside Festival since 2006, said: “From A Dark Place was started for fun, to see good local bands play Stamford and have fun with friends.

“Since the beginning it has grown steadily and I feel it has begun to build a name for itself as a good night to attend and for bands to play - so much so that bands from all across the Midlands are contacting me asking for gigs.

“I have a massive passion for local bands but I feel it’s important for all unsigned bands to be given a chance which is why I don’t refuse anyone a gig.

“Many promoters and local venues require bands to already have a solid following before they are put on a line up, but how is a band expected to gain a following without playing gigs?

“To illustrate this, by the end of the year there will have been 25 different bands play. Sixteen will have played an FADP night for the first time, with 13 of those playing the venue for the first time.

“For FADP in the future I don’t want it to just be a part of the local music scene but I want it to play a part in strengthening and expanding it, both with the amount of bands coming out the area and public support the bands get.”

Ash has worked with The Black Marias before and had booked them to play at this year’s Riverside Festival before it was cancelled after heavy rain.

Lead singer Mitch said: “It is brilliant what Ash is doing. We are looking forward to playing tomorrow, it is a great little venue.”

The Black Marias have been around for about eight years and have seen punk in Stamford and Peterborough grow from a few bands to a thriving scene.

Mitch added: “There seems to have been a resurgence. A lot of younger bands are coming through.

“People are discovering punk and putting their own stamp on it.

“A lot of the older bands were living off what they did in the eighties but the scene has developed a lot more since then.

“Bands are singing about what is happening now rather than what happened in the past.”

From A Dark Place comes to the Voodoo Lounge tomorrow. Doors open at 8.30pm and entry is £4. Visit www.mamaliz.co.uk or www.myspace.com/theblackmariasuk