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20 March, 2024


Doors 19:30 Event Start 20:00


£12 / £10

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His themes are topical, his words hard-hitting, his politics unashamedly radical, but Attila will make you roar with laughter as well as seethe with anger.

Punk poet, latterly dub poet, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Attila the Stockbroker exploded into public consciousness in 1982 via two John Peel sessions and a Melody Maker front cover and is now celebrating over forty years earning a living doing what he loves.

So far: nearly 4000 gigs in 24 countries, some 20 CD/s LPs, eight books of poems, his autobiography ‘Arguments Yard’ (Cherry Red Books, 2015) and his collected works  ‘Heart on my Sleeve’ (2021) His latest album, just out and endorsed by his old friend Ben Zephaniah, sadly now no longer with us, is a dub poetry collection ’40 Years In Rhyme’ with rhythms from Kingsley Salmon and What’s Left Dub, and his previous one, 2018’s ‘Restoration Tragedy’  combines early music and punk – a lifelong ambition – with tales of the English Revolution of 1649.

Attila has performed regularly in Belfast since the early 80s: most recently in a container at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and at the Black Box, at the legendary Errigle Inn, at the late lamented Warzone Centre – where he recorded a live album, imaginatively entitled ‘Live in Belfast’ in 2004 – at Queen’s University , the Rotterdam Bar and quite memorably at the pioneering  Lagan College. He’s looking forward to coming back. His current performance comprises fiery, satirical, political and personal spoken word, dub poetry with beats from KIngsley Salmon and What’s Left Dub, acoustic songs and early music punk on ancient instruments accompanied by his band Barnstormer.  He really doesn’t sound like anything else. And his material is very, very up to date.

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