No matter what your musical preference, it’s hard to think of a British musician who has contributed more to our cultural landscape, or of a man who’s spirit is better remembered through the medium of a festival, than John Graham Mellor, AKA Joe Strummer. From his roots in the squat scene of 70’s London and his band the 101’ers, through the decade spent in The Clash, to his time as a BBC DJ, his embrace of the Free Techno movement and his later work in The Mescaleros, Strummer embodied the freedom and energy promised by the music he loved. Now in it’s eighth year, Strummercamp holds true to the ideals of it’s inspiration and namesake, as a totally D.I.Y. and not-for-profit enterprise.

Although the line-up is far from complete, so far it’s looking extremely strong with Clash contemporaries The Undertones, The Beat and Neville Staple (of The Specials fame) all down to appear. Aside from the classic Punk and Ska, the festival cleaves close to Joe Strummer’s eclectic tastes and philosophy in putting on a wide range of genres, from Reggae to Rockabilly. This year, we at JAM are very excited to see the inclusion of Sean McGowan, the charming, footstomping, gaelic tinged Emmott & The Folkestra, the straight-up sunshine vibes of Trevor Roots & The Collaborators and The Roughneck Riot; a Folk Punk powerhouse from Warrington. Local lunatics, the Punx Inna Jungle boys will also be putting on an after show party when the mainstage closes and if for some reason, you haven’t been to one of their events before, you really need the experience at least (probably just the) once.

Running over the May Bank Holiday weekend, from the 24th to the 26th of May, at Cheadle Hulme Rugby Club, just south of Manchester; a weekend early bird ticket will set you back just £55 with free camping. Considering the incredible array of talent on offer this is a ridiculously low price, a testament to the all inclusive nature of the event. We at JAM intend to be there with bells on and we hope you’ll come and get involved too. See you in the field!


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