Palma Violets bring chaos as they preview new material at tiny Scunthorpe gig

The south London band played an intimate show at The Lincoln Imp last night (January 30)

Palma Violets brought chaos to Scunthorpe last night as they played a tiny gig in the town as part of Independent Venues Week.

The south London quartet previewed new material at the show at The Lincoln Imp pub, where they performed in front of just 150 fans.

After support slots from Ming City Rockers and The Carnabys, Palma Violets took the stage, tearing into ‘Rattlesnake Highway’, from their 2013 debut album ‘180’. They followed it up with the first new song of the night, ‘On The Beach’, which boasted the rowdy, passionate punch of The Clash.


“Come on Scunthorpe!” teased drummer Will Doyle ahead of ‘All The Garden Birds’, with bassist and singer Chilli Jesson telling the excitable crowd to “look after each other”. After a chaotic ‘Tom The Drum’, which saw the crowd surge forward onto the stage, knocking over singer and guitarist Sam Fryer’s microphone, Jesson told fans: “We’re going to tone it down it a bit now”. The band then played their debut single, ‘Best Of Friends’.

“Thank you Scunthorpe, you’re fucking brilliant,” said Fryer afterwards, before introducing the second new song of the night, ‘Matador’ as a “slow one”. “Fuck me, I love it here,” exclaimed Jesson after ‘Step Up For The Cool Cats’. “This is a proper crowd.”

The band asked the crowd what they wanted to hear but then treated them to another new song in ‘Danger In The Club’. ‘Johnny Bagga Donuts’ followed ahead of the group leaving the stage for the first time. The audience, eager for more, chanted furiously until they returned, where they kicked things off again with a howling rendition of The Hot Nasties’ ‘The Invasion Of The Tribbles’. Finally, with a row of men roped in as makeshift security to keep the crowd back, Palma Violets finished things off with traditional closer ’14’.

Next month Palma Violets headline the NME Awards Tour 2015 with Austin, Texas along with a line-up which features Fat White Family, The Amazing Snakeheads and Slaves. It kicks off on 19 February, tickets are available now.

Palma Violets played:

‘Rattlesnake Highway’
‘On The Beach’
‘All The Garden Birds’
‘Tom The Drum’
‘Best Of Friends’
‘Step Up For The Cool Cats’
‘Danger In The Club’
‘Johnny Bagga Donuts’
‘The Invasion Of The Tribbles’


Palma Violets play the NME Awards Tour 2015 with Austin, Texas. The dates are:

Sheffield, Leadmill (February 19)
Leeds, O2 Academy (20)
Newcastle, O2 Academy (21)
Glasgow, O2 ABC (22)
Nottingham, Rock City (24)
Manchester, Ritz (26)
Oxford, O2 Academy (27)
Birmingham, Institute (28)
Bristol, O2 Academy (March 2)
Portsmouth, Pyramids (3)
London, Forum (4)


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