13. THE HEADLINER HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT
“We’ve come to Rebellion Festival to do a little show,” Monkey grins as we bump into him at the mashed potato stand. “I think it’ll be alright – we’ve played before and were received quite favourably.”
Styled, onstage, after Clockwork Orange’s ‘droogs’, The Adicts’ legendary singer will be practically unrecognisable when he closes the festival to a crowd of thousands over come Club Casbah on Sunday night. In the meantime, mind, he’s just as happy to be milling around as any other punk in attendance.
“The camaraderie, kinship and friendship here is just real nice. That’s what brings people back more than anything else. Maybe it’s a little nostalgic, maybe even a little sentimental, but it’s cool. There’s nothing wrong with nostalgia. It’s a great venue, too: I love the juxtaposition of the punk rock and this Victorian, vaudeville venue which was built for [old-fashioned] entertainment. I just ran into [UK Subs bassist] Alvin Gibbs! It could’ve been [The Damned frontman] Captain Sensible or Charlie Harper or any of these people you’ve admired from afar who’ve come into this community of cool people. No-one’s angry any more,” he laughs, fondly, “we’re all just getting mellower and nicer to each other!”
Words: Sam Law
Photos: Dod Morrison