Monday, 14 April 2014

Pig Ignerents to play at Kendal Calling

The Pig Ignerents have been booked to play at the marvellous and lovely Kendal Calling Festival in Cumbria on August 2nd - playing on the Woodland Stage on what is hopefully a lovely late Saturday summers afternoon.  The Pigs will hopefully be rested after their European adventure and it's going to be a blast! And we are on just after Colt 45 - a great Cumbrian band - right before Red Corner - another punk rock band - and Evil Blizzard (think 'Hawkwind on ketamine' - expect an explosive couple of hours!

Headliners in 2014 include Suede, Miles Kane, Example, Frank Turner, Newton Faulkner, Tom Odell, 2ManyDJs, BIRD and Happy Mondays. Kendal won the Best Small Festival Award at the UK Festival Awards in 2010 and 2011 and Best Medium Festival for last year's amazing event. August 1st - 3rd, Lowther Deer Park, Penrith, Cumbria

Monday, 31 March 2014


The Pig Ignerents - now Ben, Jonah, Jord and new drummer James - are off to two amazing festivals this summer - POHODA in Slovakia, and the EXIT FESTIVAL in Serbia. Watch these pages for more details.

At Pohoda bands include Disclosure, Suede, Kraftwerk, Tricky, Tame Impala, Mogwai, Bachtale Apsa, Moderat, Azealia Banks, Autumnist and Goldfrapp - and we are honoured to be performing. Its a brilliant festival much admired across Europe. We are hoping organiser Michal might just come and join us on stage for a punk blast. Watch out for a free download for Pohoda fans of a new live recording of Black Dr Martens - coming soon!  We will be there FRIDAY 11TH JULY.

The Exit Festival is the award winning summer music festival which is held at the Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia. It was officially proclaimed as the 'Best Major European festival' at the EU Festival Awards which were held in Groningen in January 2014 - and Ben was the host of that! The EU Festival Award is considered one of the most prestigious festival awards in the world. This year performers include Damon Albarn, Skrillex, Rudimental, Disclosure, Carl Craig vs Green Velvet, Dusky vs Paul Woolford, Jackmaster, Oneman, Koven and Dub FX  - many many more to be announced. And the Pig Ignerents will be there - SATURDAY 12TH JULY - and Exit fans get a free download too - a brand new recording of 'Radio Interference' recorded live in Manchester on March 29th 2014.

Jord, Jonah, James and Ben

Sunday, 1 July 2012


Your chance to see our exclusive London date  ON SATURDAY JULY 14TH before our trip to Guilfest

with In Isolation, Union Jackals, Duck and Weave and Flying Kangaroo Alliance

AT THE GOOD SHIP, Kilburn     just £5 on the door

Onstage 9.15 pm - GET THERE AT 8!

289 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR. Kilburn tube and Brondesbury BR are both really close.

all aboard...


its by Andie - two and a half minutes of 'Harbour Street'

Bus routes 98 and 16 (from Central London), 31 (from Camden), 31 and 328 (West Lond0n) and 32 and 189 and 328 (North Lond0n)

Friday, 8 June 2012

Pig Ignerents for Guilfest

Pig Ignerents (Ben, Jonah, Jord and Heather)  are playing on the Viva le Rock stage at Guilfest on Sunday July 15th - on nice and early at 12.00 ! The Stage is headlined by The Undertones and other acts playing that day include Sharks, Chords UK and Levi Roots - Ash and Dodgy on the Good Time stage, and Bryan Ferry on the Main stage! Other bands featured over the weekend on Vive Le Rock include BuzzcocksThe Beat and TV Smith.

More at

Our track listing for Guilfest 2012 is this, all classic Ignerents' songs


Thursday, 31 May 2012

Last Jubilee cancelled at last minute

The Last Jubilee festival, due to be held at Bath Racecourse this weekend and featuring a host of punk bands including The Damned, Buzzcocks, Eddie & The Hot Rods, 999, Menace, The Rezillos, UK subs, Chelsea, Ruts DC, Glen Matlock and The Vibrators. On the official website ( organisers blame the local council and the venue "Dark Establishment Figures put brakes on alternative Jubilee Event" saying "The spirit of 1977 has shown it’s ugly side with Bath Council putting a cancellation notice on the Last Jubilee event being held at Bath racecourse 2,3,4 June 2012. Using spurious health & safety legislation and by delaying their decision until today (31-5-2012) has meant that their ridiculous claims and pathetic demands could The miniscule issues that the venue and the local council had could easily have been dealt with if their notice of cancellation had been delivered in time. They chose to wait until today to do this, giving the organisers no time to put right the minor issues that were raised." However Bath Racecourse posted their own press release online ( ) saying "The racecourse had agreed to provide the venue for the event, entitled The Last Jubilee. The Last Jubilee was an external event, organised and managed by a company in no way affiliated to the racecourse. Unfortunately, the organisers have failed to fulfil their contractual obligations and the racecourse has taken the difficult decision to withdraw the use of the venue due to breach of contract and health and safety concerns".   Bath and Somerset North East Somerset Council has issued a separate statement saying  (according to reports) " it has not been involved with the cancellation of the event and that it has not expressed any concerns about its nature" and a spokesman added: "The council has spent a significant amount of time with the police and other local stakeholders to help facilitate the event and give it every chance of success."  There also seems to have been noise issues resulting from a dance music event also held at Bath Racecourse two weeks ago. Four children's charities were meant to have benefited from the event. It is not clear of the event will be rescheduled with organisers Jamonit Events Ltd saying "The promoters and organisers of The Last Jubilee have asked for patience and understanding from the ticket holders and performers as they try and rearrange this event as soon as possible".

Sunday, 19 February 2012

The Last Jubilee

Wow - I've been offered the chance to play a few Ignerents tunes at the recently launched 'Last Jubilee' Festival at Bath Racecourse on June 2nd-4th - headlined by the Damned, Eddie & The Hot Rods and Buzzcocks along with 999, Menace, UK Subs, TV Smith, Glen Matlock, Chelsea, Ruts DC, Spizz 77, The Vibrators and the Lurkers.

Now I just have to think of a name - as it's only me - and my mates from a great band called The GRIP, so I am thinking PIG INGERENTS at the moment as a fitting tribute to the original name. Any better suggestions would be much appreciated. It just can't be The Ignerents I think. Oh, yes, we need to practice! The boys are learning Radio Interfernce as I type - I am sure I can remember the lyrics!

Now I need to email Steve ........ and I recently found a review of Steve's restaurant written by none other than Simon Terry, ex-lead singer of the Names, and now writing in the Guardian!



Thursday, 9 February 2012

The Ignerents formed in Whitstable, Kent, in 1977 with Steve Harris on guitar, Chris Harris on bass, Stan Gretsch on drums and Mark Leighton on guitar. Ben Challis joined the band as vocalist three days before their first gig which was in a local church hall on April 16th 1977. Mark Leighton didn’t last that long and the band continued to play live and record and produced demos for Step Forward Records and the band recorded and released their first single Radio Interference b/w Wrong Place Wrong Time on Ace Records in 1979. Stan died in 1981 and the band released a single (Platform 5 b/w The Trouble With You) as the Beekeepers with Nick Appleton joining as a second guitarist. Chris died in 1994 and the remaining band members performed a tribute concert that year and Ben and Steve compiled a full album (Woodbines, Tears & Jealousy) in 1997 featuring 14 Ignerents’ tracks, many unreleased.

See Punk 77 for more at