WISHING YOU THE SICKEST OF SUMMERS!
COME JOIN AMBIT X SAVAGE PENCIL ACROSS THE UK!
7 July BRIGHTON The Albert
***NEW DATE ADDED*** 8 July HASTINGS The Piper
9 July MARGATE Tom Thumb Theatre
19 July LONDON Rough Trade East
POSTPONED *** BRISTOL Rough Trade Bristol
POSTPONED*** NOTTINGHAM Rough Trade Nottingham
Free magazine with £10 entry. Early arrivals receive our special edition tote bags, and more gore!
DOORS & DJ
CREATIVE SUMMONING WORKSHOP AT 7pm, with Edwin Pouncey (aka Savage Pencil) and Barbara Frost.
MAKE-YER-OWN-MERCH-WORKSHOPS, in Margate get a demo from the legend Mrs Jones, stylist to the stars…
FILM SCREENING (10 mins), followed by Q&A, in Brighton, we’re happy to welcome Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire, Wrangler)…
POETRY & DJ
VAGRANT LOVERS (debut release Das Wasteland Records, single coming with Blang Records, produced by Chestnutt), “mainstream oblivious, Patti-esque post-punk” **** Andrew Perry, Mojo magazine
The spoken word duo of Kirsty Allison (Ambit editor, and author of Psychomachia (Wrecking Ball Press) “brutal feminism…when fashion yin and rock n roll yang had a baby and called it Heroin Chic” Bad Seed, Jim Sclavunos…& enigmatic shaman musician Gil De Ray.
THE JONNY HALIFAX INVOCATION *** all shows except Hastings
“mutant slide guitarist…shivering slabs of droning blues transcendalism, with Spacemen 3 and Sunn O))) flagged as references, shronk builds, a burning junkyard of sheet metal” Joe Banks, ****Shindig magazine
The AMBIT POP TOUR celebrates everything Savage Pencil has brought to culture since programming punk shows at the Royal College, through to having his own bands, to designing Sounds magazine, interviewing heroes, and making artwork for the most avant-garde musicians of the 20th century (people such as Nick Cave, Lydia Lunch, Sonic Youth, Sunn O))), Mudhoney), this tour embraces and shares that spirit.
This tour honours Pouncey’s guest takeover of Ambit (the first ‘Ambit Pop’ came in 2021 under the direction of Kirsty Allison, and was guest edited by Lias Saoudi of Fat White Family). It is an invitation to mavericks in their own fields to re-work the framework of Ambit’s rebellion in Poems, Stories and Art since 1959, and continue publishing the finest names in British and international culture. Ambit x Savage Pencil is a de-facto publication on anti-celebrity which detourns the very idea of illustration. Each page is a visual assault.
Please join us to watch a short film in progress, made by Ambit fam, Lucia Tambini. We will have a special Q&A with Savage Pencil thereafter.
In the spirit of independence, we are very happy Rough Trade are hosting us at their UK venues and we’re pairing up with Fresh Lenins in Brighton and the Tom Thumb in Margate for a glorious tour ahead. There are rumours we will be heading North too…
In the special guest edited Ambit Pop, Savage Pencil interviews one of his heroes, Stanley Mouse, who is best known for creating The Grateful Dead artwork, and canonising the psychedelic-look of 60s counter-culture. In the magazine they speak about his early years, making T-shirts at hot rod shows across the US, and it’s inspired us to do a Make-Yer-Own-Merch workshop. We will be selling our own limited edition T-shirts designed by Savage Pencil with Stephen Barrett, our designer, for £10, and you can customise those, or bring your own.
We’re also asking local poets to get in touch – if they’d like to read a poem with us, and there’ll be live music from Jonny Halifax Invocation, Vagrant Lovers, and special guests, some from the magazine.
We promise an unusual happening that will be make this summer Pop with the kinda psych-sick gore we need right now.
Tickets are £10 now on Dice.fm (plus their commission). And a ticket includes a magazine, RRP £10. So it’s basically free…and we’re doing a special edition for the live events, and maybe Savage Pencil will sign it for you…
Please do order now to avoid disappointment.