THE 2020 VIVE LE ROCK AWARDS JUST GOT BIGGER ON THE MAGAZINE’S
THE ONLY ONES, JIM JONES AND SIXTIES ICON ARTHUR BROWN CONFIRMED TO
JOIN THE EVENT!
Staking its reputation as an essential rock ‘n’ roll date
in the annual calendar, with two now fabled awards nights at the 02 Islington
Academy in 2018 and 2019 which saw a vast array of iconic artists performing
and rubbing shoulders, the 2020 Vive Le Rock Awards is confirmed to take
place this coming April 1st.
This time, however, the event has gone bigger and bolder,
moving to the 2000 capacity 02 Shepherds Bush Empire for the party of
the year that also celebrates Vive Le Rock’s tenth anniversary in print,
having published its first issue in 2010, it is now the world’s biggest rock ‘n’
roll and punk magazine, independently published by Big CheesePublishing
Ltd in London.
The two previous years have featured live appearances from The Damned, The Stranglers, Shakin’ Stevens, Suzi
Quatro, members of AC/DC, Sex Pistols, The Specials, Buzzcocks and even England football legend Stuart Pearce, and the event this
year continues to grow in stature and size!
This week, further icons of rock ‘n’ roll have been
confirmed to join the event and Vive Le Rock are very proud to welcome London
rockers The Only Ones onto the line-up. Frontman Peter Perrett returned in recent years to launch a
successful solo career with two fabulous albums in 2017 and 2019 and now
we celebrate The Only Ones legacy, who will be picking up a ‘Classic Song’
award for their timeless 1978 hit ‘Another Girl Another Planet’, which will be
performed on the night.
Also confirmed to join the melee is soul-brother Jim
Jones; Hypnotic, Righteous Mind and Revue, a man who IS rock ‘n’ roll
incarnate, who will bring his hand-clapping grooves to the night.
Then, just when you thought the evening couldn’t get any
hotter, along comes the crazy world of Arthur Brown with his red-hot 1968
hit ‘Fire’, bringing his wild show and worldwide number one smash hit to the
“I am the God of Hellfire and I bring ‘Fire’ to the Vive
Le Rock Awards 2020,” exclaims Arthur, now in his 57th year of
performance, he has launched his new immersive multi-media tour in the UK. One
review calls it “A lesson in psychedelic individuality, ingenuity and madness!”
Get ready to rock!
These join the previously announced artists, Original
Rudeboy – The Specials Neville Staple, along with a very special one-off
reformation of 80’s goth rockers The Lords of The New Church, fronted by
Finnish Hanoi Rocks legend Michael Monroe on vocals. The Vive
Le Rockers all-star band will once again back specially invited singers and
compere for the night which will see the return of Ed Tudor-Pole of Tenpole
Tudor fame (and also 80s T.V show, The Crystal Maze!). Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders are set to pick up an Icon Award and punk legend, The Damned’s Brian James will accept the Pioneer award.
There will be a special section for rockers we have lost
in 2019 including Gang Of Four’s Andy Gill, Eddie and The Hot Rods Barrie
Masters (who played the 2019 VLR awards) and surf guitar legend Dick
The audience will comprise of invited members of the
media, television, fashion and the music world as well as an allocation of
tickets for the general public. The VLR Awards are a truly unique, international
event celebrating the legends of our music scene. “This isn’t some chicken
in a basket awards show, this is a party with the coolest people in rock n’
roll” said Vive Le Rock editor Eugene Butcher.