Weird Tales 2011 gig with The Mob, Zounds, The Astronauts and The Hamsters

After a gap of thirty one years, some of the bands that performed on the original Jonathan Barnett inspired Weird Tales tours from 1979 and 1980 are back together to perform again on 18th November 2011.

The Mob. Anyone that was lucky enough to get a ticket for Bristol reunion performance in April or be placed on the guest list for the surprise shindig  in London’s Hoxton will know that The Mob in 2011 are a must see. If you were not lucky enough to be in attendance for those performances then get a ticket or two for this Weird Tales 2011. 

For a measly £12.00 you get The Mob, and the other Weird Tales veterans, Zounds, The Astronauts (performing tracks from the first two albums I am led to believe), and The Hamsters from Manchester (a certified favorite band of Mark E Smith from The Fall back in those days).

Also on the Weird Tales 2011 bill are bands and poets that did not perform on the original Weird Tales tours but as individuals did witness some of the gigs during that era. Rubella Ballet, Idiot Strength and Andy T. 

I am hoping that original Weird Tales sound man Grant Showbiz will be on the sound desk during the night at the Weird Tales 2011 event. I think this is being discussed at the moment with him so fingers crossed.

Four hundred and fifty capacity in this Brixton venue that used to be called The White Horse a long time ago, so get the tickets quick or miss out!

You can get a ticket online or posted from HERE or direct from the JAMM venue.

Address details for the venue and text about the club HERE

Both the previous two 2011 performances by The Mob, recorded off the sound desk, are exclusively available for download on this KYPP site if you search for them.

  1. dan i
    dan i
    June 25, 2011 at 10:14 am

    all this and the Ballet too, fantastic!

  2. BRUNO
    June 25, 2011 at 4:01 pm


    where I get discography and history of hamsters?


  3. Carl
    June 27, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Penguin/Mark…I seem to recall there was an ebay page selling Mob T shirts..

    Is it ok and can you post me a link..

    Ta !

  4. Carl
    July 8, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Thanks Penguin…I shall head over there.

  5. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    September 7, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    The Mob will be performing with Idiot Strength on Friday 14th October at the Quicksilver Mail pub in Yeovil. This event is in turn to celebrate the works of Wilf who along with Steve Batty (as Cracked Image Graffix) supplied the artwork to all The Mob’s records during the original lifetime of the band.
    The Wilf exhibition is being shown in Yeovil at the Octogan Theatre between 3rd to 17th October so the most perfect idea is to go to both events over that weekend.
    Ticket details will be available shortly.

  6. dan i
    dan i
    October 19, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Is Brixton Jamm what used to be The Old White Horse?

  7. chas
    October 31, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    yes junction of Brixton Rd and Loughborough Rd

  8. Kev.
    November 3, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Hi. I´m coming from Vienna especially for the gig (well, gigs including Steve Ignorant´s) and wondered what the accomodation situalion is like around the Brixton Road area? I would be really grateful for any info. Cheers.

  9. dan i
    dan i
    November 3, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Cheers Chas, i thought so. Any one have any idea about show times?

  10. mark critchell
    mark critchell
    November 4, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Is there anyone travelling up from the Dorset area that would like someone to share petrol money as i have a ticket but a dead car at the moment.
    If anyone can help please give me a shout

  11. Gray
    November 14, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Also interested in band /start times etc….deciding wether to drive up from Kent or battle my way back to East London and stay round my mums! Anybody know yet??

  12. sonny
    November 15, 2011 at 10:54 am

    I would like to know the band times too. Gonna be a great weekend.

  13. dan i
    dan i
    November 15, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Lots of folks travelling to this one, times would really help…

  14. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    November 15, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    What I have been informed of is that all bands will be off stage by midnight so folk who need to will be able to catch tubes and other connecting trains. The idea is that between the two rooms in the venue, one band will perform in one room and when that band has finished the set then the next band will perform in the second room and the night will continue between each room for the whole night. This is to avoid long delays between bands I understand.

  15. sonny
    November 16, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I quite like the 2 stages idea. I have low patience so it cuts out all the change overs etc. Gonna be the weekend of the year I think.

  16. chas
    November 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    good job we never tried anything as efficient as this 30 years ago I can just see how that would have gone…

  17. dan i
    dan i
    November 16, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    quite Chas 🙂

  18. dan i
    dan i
    November 16, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    and thanks Penguin, will try to meet up with you there

  19. Gray
    November 18, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Dont get to excited Chas, could still all go wrong 30 years on 🙂 …….. Although im sure it wont! Can I just ask, what time is the first band on and is it the same running order as the flyer? Oh and what time does it all kick off..7 or 8??

  20. Gray
    November 18, 2011 at 1:44 am

    Im like a kid on xmas eve at the mo and feel 16 again!

  21. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    November 18, 2011 at 10:40 am

    7.30 doors open, Idiot Strength first on at 7.45.

  22. chas
    November 18, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    see you there – just found my flowers t shirt. It’s a bit tight and a bit smelly and has some suspicious stains on it. I may still wear it….

  23. chas
    November 19, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Had my doubts beforehand, but the Mob were great. It’s been a while since I came home dripping in sweat

  24. dan i
    dan i
    November 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    What a night! The Mob, Rubella Ballet and Zounds all excellent and their songs sadly still all too relevant. Great to see Sid smacking seven shades of **** out of a drum kit again, and Tony returned to the Rubella fold after all this time. The Mob must have played all the songs I know by them and you could tell they were in no hurry to get offstage. Thanks to all the bands and organisers for bringing us such a great package.

    An enormous thank you to Mark Wilson and friends for helping us get medical help for our friend who collapsed outside after the gig. He was ok apart from dehydration, oxygen deprivation, low blood sugar and i expect emotional exhaustion after dancing to The Mob for the first time since 1984!

    As for getting home, that is a Weird Tale all of its own, but it included following an ambulance, being stopped by the old bill by Hyde Park Corner, a car breakdown and a failure to turn up by the AA. I finally made it home at 8am. All The Madmen indeed…

  25. Chris L
    Chris L
    November 20, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Penguin: over the next coupla hours i’ll try to email you the photies and video clips I took.

    Yes, a fantastic night in every respect and muchos gracias to all the bands who played and everyone who made it happen.

    And a good slapping to the crowd-surfing dork who kept getting on the stage during The Mob and knocked the image projector over. Grrrrrrr….

    Now i’m gonna spend the next week hearing of all the old friends and faces who were there that I didn’t recogise and have a chance to catch up with. Next time I think you should distribute name badges 😀

    But great to see everyone I did meet – in particular original Napalm Death drummer Miles who I have just dscovered I last saw in April 1983!!

  26. DavidM
    November 21, 2011 at 2:35 am

    The Mob’s performance exceeded all my expectations. What can I say ‘cept amazing. Congratulations to them and to everyone involved in putting together such a terrific evening’s entertainment. Top marks too to Andy T and Zounds.

  27. dan i
    dan i
    November 21, 2011 at 7:34 am

    “Next time I think you should distribute name badges ”

    Over at (a forum and site for sound systems) the same has been suggested for some events.

  28. Ernie Turdwurzel
    Ernie Turdwurzel
    November 21, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    The Mob and Zounds were fantastic but Idiot Strength and The Hamsters were also pretty damn good.
    Not sure about the two separate rooms /stages though!

  29. richpassivity
    November 23, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Whilst I thought THE MOB, ZOUNDS & RUBELLA BALLET were great, it was a shame the gig over-ran so much ( i heard THE MOB finished at 1 when it was meant to be done by midnight) & I had to miss the last half hour of THE MOB to get back to Clapham junction for the 01:15 train to Southampton which we did only because the train was 4 minutes late.
    Also I would have been hacked off if I’d paid to see THE MOB & not been allowed in the gig room by bouncers as it was too full.

  30. ASanders
    November 23, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Awesome night.Please more of the same. Truly awesome.

  31. Miles R@ttus
    Miles R@ttus
    November 23, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Fantastic gig. Great to see so many Mob fans crammed into one place. A worthy reception for the band we`ve waited so long for, – glad for you Graham, Curtis and Mark that with our support we have made it worth your while reforming.All gratitude.
    Brilliant to see old faces, especially Spike (Chris Lowe) of Guilty of What fanzine and the Apostles. I lost my voice after gig, what with all that singing, so I couldn`t talk only smile . And did plenty of that.
    I`m looking forward to another London gig sometime but please not during the Olympics !

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