Northern Town

Friday 23 September, 9pm
Northern Town
A celebration of leading-light, home-grown talent. With live music from the sensational Pontefract 5-piece, Glass Caves, and stunning poetry from the rising star of the UK Performance Poetry scene, Knottler’s very own Toria Garbutt.

That summer someone organises a Rock Against Racism benefit at Pontefract Town Hall. Topping the bill are the Leeds Marxist intellectual rockers Gang of Four. Bottom of the bill are our local punk band, The Thrust, named after a chain of petrol stations. Every punk in Pontefract is present. The Thrust have Mick Griffiths on brand new Rickenbacker, swinging his arm like Pete Townshend, and Pete on vocals. He hangs off the microphone stand like a wounded scarecrow and spits out his songs with mighty venom: ‘I’m a victim of the system, a proper little twat. I’m an ordinary member of society, society, so…ciety!’ And the immortal ‘Northern Town’. ‘You’re living in a northern town. Pit stacks t’only scenery you’ve got.– Ian Clayton, Bringing It All Back Home

The sensationally talented Pontefract 5-piece Glass Caves are building a feverish and faithful following through busking original material and heavy gigging throughout the North of England. Their debut LP Alive, was released in 2014.

Toria Garbutt‘s unique blend of pure punk heritage and unapologetic spoken word confessions make her one of the most vital and visceral voices in the country. Her début album Hot Plastic Moon was released via Nymphs & Thugs in 2016. ‘Toria’s words are silk javelins. Frank explorations of self, outpourings of a joyfully pained mind. She means it. Cos she’s lived it. I love that girl.’ Mike Garry

Tickets £5. Available from behind the bar. Ticket includes a £5 book voucher to be exchanged at Route‘s book stall on the night of the event.

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