pbp presents the first ever Lewes show for '76 U.K. punk legends - CHELSEA + Special Guests from Brighton & London Pogo Punk Rockers...THE DeRELLAS

It was in August 1976 that Gene October placed an advert in Melody Maker which led to replies from guitarist William Broad, bassist Tony James and drummer John Towe. On October 18th they made their live debut as Chelsea supporting Throbbing Gristle at London's ICA. It was at this time that Gene convinced the manager of gay London nightclub in Covent Garden called Shageramas, to convert the club into London's first live punk rock venue called The Roxy - a fact for which he is given little credit. The band split in November 1976 where Gene briefly recruited guitarist Marty Stacey & bassist Bob Jessie. The other three former members formed Generation X. When Gene was asked about his former band colleagues he said "Generation X? Oh yeah they used to be in Chelsea."

The classic Chelsea line up featuring Gene October, James Stevenson, Dave Martin, Geoff Myles and Chris Bashford reformed for the Social Chaos tour across America in 1999. These were their first shows together since 1980.

The line-up of October/Stevenson/Bashford/Myles did sporadic gigs including; Holidays In The Sun festival 2001, Punk Aid at The Garage in London in September 2000 and the 100 Club in London in September 2001. Bassist Tony Barber, borrowed from the Buzzcocks, stood in as bass player for tours of Germany, France, Czech republic and UK appearances. Stevenson joined Mike Peter's revamped 'The Alarm' although he continued playing in Chelsea.

2005 saw the release of a new Chelsea album; ' Faster, Cheaper And Better Looking'. The Chelsea Anthology; 'Urban Kids' was also released in January 2005 on Sanctuary, containing a wide cross section of the band's essential recordings made between 1977 and 1983 as well as some bonus Gene October solo tracks including his never before released version of The Stooges 'Raw Power'.

October 2011 saw the return of Mat Sargent & Nic Austin to the Chelsea fold after 18 years, joining Gene October & James Stevenson. The release of the 10th Chelsea studio album 'Saturday Night Sunday Morning' in April 2015 brought writing collaborations spanning musicians throughout Chelsea's 40-year history. The 2015 'Urban UK tour' followed promoting the new album also 'The singles album' which was released on collectors white vinyl on the bands new label - Westworld recordings.

2016 - Saw the Chelsea 40th anniversary tour and the release of the entire back catalog of albums in the 'Chelsea definitive anthology' volumes 1,2 & 3. Each volume includes 3 albums chronologically with a history of the band through the years. The album re-releases include lyrics, bonus tracks, demos and unreleased tracks never heard before. 'Traitors Gate' was finally released on collectors' clear vinyl, 'The Alternative' on red vinyl and 'Faster Cheaper Better Looking' on white vinyl.

2017 - The band recorded a new album 'Mission Impossible' in June and are set to tour Spain and France in September (see Gigs for further details). U.K. shows from spring 2018.

Bar from 4:30 - Doors 8:00

Advance tickets £12.50 from Resident Records, Union Records & Punker Bunker (no booking fee at P.B.) 
Or online
Or more on the door on the night.

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139 High Street
East Sussex
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Club Members can hire the function room for parties, meetings and other events, especially on Saturday evenings. Rates are very reasonable and we can provide all sorts of additional resources to make your evening go with a swing!

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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm*

3:00pm - 8:00pm*

* if no customers may close 1 hour earlier


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Q - Where are you?
A - We're located at 139 High Street in Lewes town centre. If you're coming by road from the Brighton direction we're on the left, just after Shelleys Hotel before the bottleneck and next door to Lewes Old Grammar School (see the map below).

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