Spandex Ballet for Xmas No.1 – Simon Cowell: Shit For Ears

X-FACTOR. LOVE IT or hate it, you’ve really gotta hate it. 

While Simon Cowell’s overblown karaoke contest continues to be mistaken for “music today” by people who otherwise take absolutely fuck-all notice of music today outside of what they see on ITV while scarfing down gobfuls of Doritos on a Saturday night, there are those who also believe that the Christmas Number 1 spot is something sacrosanct that ought to be filled by something more festive, more tasteful, less obviously in-your-face – Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In The Name’ for example.

Messrs Chris Hollis and Leon Camfield aka Spandex Ballet are among the latter group, and this year they’ve gone one better and written their very own song for the winter season, festively titled ‘Simon Cowell: Shit For Ears’.

This could, of course, be a Machiavellian ploy to subvert us from voting for whoever the hell is involved with Cowell’s auto-tuned puppet show and to make Spandex Ballet very rich instead, but in this case we at Rogue are way behind it.

So do the world a favour – go out in your droves and buy this record and soon, SOON, we will see the waxy-faced nipple headed freak’s ego reduced to the size of a shrew:

Addendundumdum: Profits made from this single are actually going to Cancer Research – just one more reason to buy it. 


Crap Crab single launch w/ Sons Of Guns, Disco Zhivago + Beneath the Waves – this Fri 7th December at Club 85

INSTRUMENTAL post-punkers Crap Crab have teamed up with Anonymous Promotions for a special event at Club 85 to mark the launch of their debut single “Crab Riff”.

The bill features Hitchin electro-rockers Sons Of Guns who’ve been making huge waves with their new song and video for “I Slept In The Car”. Also supporting – two brand new bands who take to the stage for the first time: Stevenage pop-punks Beneath The Waves, and Hitchin-based odd-pop trio Disco Zhivago (featuring Rogue’s own Charlie Frame).


Skewed instrumental post rock party pop, like Devo but tighter and bouncier and funkier… Get yer pincers out!

Face-melting jumpalong electro-rock for fans of Crystal Castles, featuring members of Vanilla Nightmare and Frog Stupid
The Disco Zhivago boys unveil their weird-pop project. Start-stop-trip-you-up funky pop.
Another debut from Stevenage based five piece… Expect some punk, expect some pop, expect to be left out if you’re not down early!

Friday 7th December 2012
Doors 7:45, music from 8:15
16+ show (photo ID required)
Entry £5
Club 85, 74 Whinbush Road, Hitchin

Rogue presents: DEAD FAMOUS – Halloween Party at Club 85, Hitchin this Saturday 27th October

** Discounted Tickets: **

ROGUE presents our annual Halloween Party

Deceased Celebrity Ball
Club 85, Hitchin
Sat 27th October

CODA – Fangtastic Live Dubstep Band!

THE ZIPHEADS – Spookabilly Rot’n’Roll!

DYING INSIDE – with Felix, the Demon Barber of Hermitage Rd!

(no website, but are you surprised?)

VANILLA NIGHTMARE – Ice Cream, You Scream!

DJs: Dog Latin & Fee-Line

Roll out the blood red carpet… Rogue Music is proud to present our third annual Halloween Party, and this one looks set to be the most ghoulish yet.

Following last year’s Dia De Los Muertos extravaganza, we made a pact with the devil. In return for putting on some of the best live acts in the business we’ve accidentally awakened the cult of the celeb.

For one night only you will walk with the stars – Elvis LIVES!, his guts spilling out of his belly like so much raw mincemeat.

There’s Amy Winehouse – the only thing that’s gonna send her back to rehab this time is a shotgun and a silver bullet.

Steve Irwin is back, stalking guests from a watery grave – loving the new blowhole Stevo!

Expect games, thrills and spills, oh – and did we mention some awesome music while we’re at it? If you haven’t seen Coda yet, you really should – even if dubstep’s not your thing we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. And if it really REALLY isn’t your thing, we have the magnificent talents of The Zipheads, Dying Inside and Vanilla Nightmare – all of which are unmissable.

Doors: 8pm – 1am (don’t be late – we won’t wait)

Tickets: £6 advance, £7.50 on the door
tw: @rogue_music

Coda Dubstep

Vanilla Nightmare

New Sons Of Guns Video: I Slept In The Car

Woah! Check out this superb new video by Hitchin trio Sons Of Guns. 

The band said: “We are SUPER excited about this – our BRAND NEW song ‘I Slept in the Car’ with our new 100% handmade video. With a budget of £30 for magic markers and cheap paint, we spent blood, sweat and tears on this baby, so PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAASSSSE SHARE IT if you love it like we love you. All of you.”

ACOUSTIC GIG | Gideon Conn, Stuart O’Connor + Joe Ferris at the Vic Barn, Hitchin Saturday 13th October

ROGUE presents

an acoustic audience with…




Sat 13th October
8pm in the Vic Barn
The Victoria Pub, Hitchin, Herts

ROGUE PROMOTIONS are proud to welcome back the prodigious talents of singer, songwriter, rapper, entertainer and all-round nice bloke Gideon Conn to the Hitchin stage.

Having worked with the likes of Get Cape Wear Cape Fly and appearing at previous Rogue nights and Rhythms Of The World with his live band, Gideon returns to Hitchin for an intimate solo set. Those who have seen him before will know about the magic of the Gideon experience which hinges heavily on audience participation and some extremely funny and touching songs.

Joining him will be the legendary Hitchin acolyte Stuart O’Connor, erstwhile singer with My Pet Junkie, who is also on tour throughout the UK who is here to play a special homecoming gig. More than a simple strummer, Stu incorporates live loops and effects to transform his one man band into a full-on musical experience.

Supporting them will be Joe Ferris – self-styled anarchist, socialist, Buddhist and gobshite. Expect a ribald and irreverent set where politics meet parental-advisory. Songs include Chlamydia Blues and Pissing Out My Bumhole. Not for the faint hearted!

Facebook Event Page

£3 tickets available from the bar (coming soon)
£4 on the door

Click the flyer for the Facebook event


This is going to be a right HOOT!

This weekend heralds a barnstorming Saturday night at Club 85, Hitchin – a fundraiser for this year’s Rhythms Of The World festival.

England aren’t playing, so it’ll be well worth getting down early for the sublime funk-pop of Everyone Always Does. Rogue had a chance to catch the five members supporting Sons Of Guns and There Were Bears at the Letchworth Arena Tavern the other week, and we have to say they are mindblowing. Formed from the ashes of local faves Pilot the Fusion and Sodascream, each member is a technical powerhouse, mixing elements of funk, dub, soul and rock, with riffs stronger and catchier than the full-blown flu. Needless to say, we are big fans.

They’ll be followed by bleached-out blues rockers, Killing Fields Of Ontario, whose name and heady Americana style betrays the fact they’re from the Herts/Beds axis, but never mind. Their song ‘Cloud’ was recently played on Tom Robinson’s BBC Introducing mixtape.

Next up are hoedown heroes and Rogue faves CC Smugglers. Often described as a blues/roots band, the Smugglers’ unique style of skiffly upright bass shenanigans is transcends this narrow genre description – we just call it great, fun, irresistible music!

Rogue has to admit we haven’t yet caught Pirton’s oldest sons, Fruition, in their new guise, but fond memories of their days as staples of the local circuit are making us a little bit excited in our pants.

An unbeatable lineup and all for a good cause as proceeds go towards running this year’s Rhythms of the World festival. Ah yeah!

Rogue’s Halloween gig 2011

Shots from ROGUE presents Día de los Muertos – Day Of The Dead Mexican Halloween Party

I know it’s a little(!) late, but here are photos and videos from the Rogue gig back in October last year – missed out on getting any shots of BlackEye due to having to leave early (damn that train schedule). Featuring Mike Fallon + guests, Battery City, The Metatrons and Billy Skins Fifth.

James and Matt, pre-gig

The stage's Halloween decor, complete with projections

Gig goers getting into the spirit of things...

Mike Fallon’s set

Mike Fallon

Dan Nicholls, guesting with Mike Fallon

Grame from Billy Skins Fifth, guesting with Mike Fallon

Battery City

Battery City

Battery City

Bruce and Sam

James from BlackEye

The new BlackEye EP

The new BlackEye EP, released that night

The Metatrons

The Metatrons

Billy Skins Fifth

Billy Skins Fifth

Billy Skins Fifth