Jun 1st: Matt Nicholson, Dean Wilson, John Marriot, Ichabod Wolf, Matt McAteer

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We’re back with the first of 3 fantastic events through June 2019! We start the month with 2 top poets from Humberside and a returning favourite from Nottingham.

Matt Nicholson’s poetry is sometimes dark and intense, sometimes heartfelt and funny, always honest. His second collection, We Are Not all Blessed With a Hat-Shaped Head was released in March 2018 on the Staring Owl imprint and he capped off the year with a nationwide tour with Matt Abbott.

Dean Wilson suffers from Poetry Tourettes, a condition that affects one in every ten people in Kingston Upon Hull. But being Hull’s Fourth Best Poet is not without complications. Sometimes Dean gets overcome with the emotion of it all, and has to escape to the seaside. Sometimes Dean gets sad, but he doesn’t mind too much, because at least he’ll get a poem out of it. Most of the time, though, Dean is a happy soul. And sometimes he’s so happy he’s not safe on the streets, which is the title of his magnificent debut poetry collection: “Every bit as brilliant as Larkin, but a million times funnier” (Dave Lee, The Guardian)

Joining the poets will be Nottingham’s returning master of witty deadpan malevolence John Marriott, who has previously taken the roof off the Labour Club with songs drenched in laid back misanthropy and Chesterfield Labour Club’s resident genius Ichabod Wolf.

All this plus the friendliest and cheapest bar in town, all for a fiver. See you there

Apr 27th: Helen Mort, Georgina Hardcastle, Rachel Bower, Ichabod Wolf, Matt McAteer

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We’re back! With another fantastic line up of music and poetry!

It’s a privilege to welcome back a legend of both the local and national poetry scene. Helen Mort has published two poetry collections with Chatto & Windus, ‘Division Street’ and ‘No Map Could Show Them’. Her first novel ‘Black Car Burning’ was published in April 2019. She was Derbyshire Poet Laureate from 2013 – 2015. She lives in Sheffield

We also welcome the very wonderful Georgina Hardcastle, a solo folk musician hailing from Holmfirth. Georgina’s latest album, Wishbone, was released by Dark Room Records on Hallowe’en 2018

Rachel Bower is founder of Sheffield feminist art collective Verse Matters. A stunning poetry performer, Rachel has had work published widely and her most recent collection, Moon Milk, was published by Valley Press in 2018

Joining Helen, Georgina and Rachel will be Chesterfield Labour Club’s mild-mannered, maverick genius Ichabod Wolf

All this, plus all female playlist, cheapest and best-stocked bar in town and for the ridiculous price of a mere fiver. See you there

Mar 30th: Del Scott Miller, Jim Higo, Jeff Jethro Platts, Ichabod, Matt McAteer

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The 2nd IEG March event brings another fantastic line-up, with East vs South Yorkshire going toe to toe.
Straight outta East Yorkshire comes Jim Higo, host of Away with Words, the longest running poetry night in Hull and a brilliant, incendiary poetry performer.

From South Yorkshire, the knockout one-two of Del Scott Miller and Jeff Jethro Platts. Del was most recently seen getting commissioned to write the fantastic Little Blinder for the campaign for a statue of Billy Casper in Barnsley town centre in memory of Barry Hines. Hopefully, it will be on his imminent new lp, last year’s The Pen, The Sword and the Song was an absolute winner.

Jeff Jethro Platts stormed the Labour Club last year with a great poetry set and has been a leading voice in Barnsley’s newest poetry night Spoken Voices.

Refereeing on the night will be Chesterfield’s finest songsmith, the mighty Ichabod Wolf. Having come to terms with Radio 6 adulation in 2018, he is facing 2019 with his usual mixture of joie de vivre, love for all men and philanthropy. Or at least an Elvis-style curled lip and a witty disregard for his adoring audience.

Cracking line up, friendliest bar staff in town with the cheapest bar and only a fiver to get in.

Mar 3rd: Matt McAteer & Cornucopia Radio – FUTURE SHOCK

IEG RFM Artwork - FutureShockOn February 19th 2019, Radio Free Matlock broadcast a special show, created by Matt McAteer and Pete Beeston from Cornucopia Radio. It was introduced as follows:

“The following show is a Future Shock. A Requiem for a Lost Boy. Music and poetry for a precious life and the ones he left behind. This may be for for you if you can see past a person’s failing mental health and addictions. There was always so much more to him. This is his requiem”

Words and narration – Matt McAteer
Production – Pete Beeston, Cornucopia Radio

You can listen to the show here:


  • Joanna Newsom – This Side of the Blue from Milk-Eyed Mender (Drag City, 2004)
  • Al Green – Take Me to the River from Al Green Explores Your Mind (Hi Records, 1974)
  • Tom Waits – New Years Eve from Bad as Me (Anti,2011)
  • Ichabod Wolf – Painted Horses from Carry On, Crow (Adult Teeth Recording Company, 2018)
  • Matt McAteer – Future Shock
  • Rebekah DelRio – Llorando from Mulholland Drive by Angelo Badalementi (Milan Records, 2001)
  • Public Image Limited – Poptones from Metal Box, (Virgin, 1979)
  • David Bowie – Rebel Rebel from Diamond Dogs, (RCA, 1974)
  • Matt McAteer – River Man
  • The Knife – Pass it On from Deep Cuts (Rabid Records, 2003)
  • Van Morrison – You Don’t Pull No Punches, But You Don’t Push the River from Veedon Fleece, (Warner Bros, 1974)
  • Matt McAteer – The Next Day
  • Bobby Bland – Shoes, (Duke, 1967)
  • Ween – What Deaner Was Talking About from Chocolate and Cheese, (Elektra, 1994)
  • Matt McAteer – It Comes in Waves

Mar 2nd: Me Lost Me, Jamie Thrasivoulou, Tom Nash, Ichabod, Matt McAteer

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Me Lost Me is the solo electronic music project of Jayne Dent; a collision of thudding rhythms, lush vocal drones and haunting Melodies. Using the voice as her main instrument alongside the concertina and samplers, she electronically manipulates and loops sounds to create a unique, folk-influenced experimental pop music. Nestled among atmospheric and powerful original compositions are arrangements of traditional folk songs, beautiful and gripping in their storytelling. She has recently performed on BBC Radio 3’s Exposure, at the Manchetser Folk Horror Festival and Northern Electric Festival, as well as supporting acts as diverse as Martin Carthy and Let’s Eat Grandma. She released her debut album Arcana in November 2018, leading to Tall Bird Records stating, “If Sandy Denny and Laurie Anderson had made an album together, it might have sounded a bit like this.”

Jamie Thrasivoulou is an award-winning writer, poet & lyricist. He facilitates workshops in schools, universities, prisons, & all manner of community settings. He is the writer in residence at HMP Foston Hall & the official Derby County FC Poet. His debut collection ‘The Best Of A Bad Situation’ was published by Silhouette Press in 2017. Jamie’s second collection ‘Our Man’ will be published by Burning Eye Books in 2019. Jamie has performed all over the UK including: Outspoken at the 100 club , Verve Poetry Festival, The Everyman Theatre & The Other Place (Royal Shakespeare Venue).

Tom Nash’s debut record ‘Stories of The Screens’ revisits themes from an exhibition that he took part in at The Site Gallery in Sheffield called ‘Cutting Shapes’ which ran throughout June 2015. For the exhibition, Tom wrote three folk songs combining abstract lyricism paired with the trivial to cover the exhibitions topics. Several of these songs alongside some newer works will be performed with just voice and guitar to reveal the intricacies of harmony between the two instruments’ parts, in contrast to the fully decorated arrangements heard in the studio recordings of his debut record. With musical influences as diverse as John Lee Hooker to Anna Calvi to Philip Glass, means that when listening you can expect to be as disorientated as he is!

Joining Jayne, Jamie and Tom will be our resident genius Ichabod Wolf, fresh from the release of his magnificent debut album Carry on, Crow and recent airplay on BBC Radio 6, with DJ Steve Lamacq saying, “An amazing thing, quite stopped me in my tracks.”

Fantastic line up, friendly bar staff and great cheap drinks, all for a mere £5.00 entry. See you there

Jan 26th: Miggy Angel, Poke o’Swedgers, Ichabod, Matt McAteer

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We’re back for the first Independent Electric Group live event of 2019 with a fantastic line-up.

Miggy Angel is the organiser and compere of Nottingham’s longest running live poetry night Speech Therapy and also facilitates a weekly writer’s workshop for writers accessing the addiction project where he works as a drugs worker. In October 2018, he launched his second poetry collection, the superb Extreme Violets, published by Hi-Vis Press. This followed his debut collection, Grime Kerbstone Psalms. Miggy is a mesmeric, hugely engaging performer and, in his poetry, as Mike Garry says, “Every word is carved in concrete, every Full Stop drips with blood.”

Joining Miggy, a welcome return for ace local duo Poke o’Swedgers. Kev and Dave are two voices, one guitar. With these elements, they weave magical harmonies and lyrics of wit and warmth. Catch them on the cusp of the release of their debut album, Govanhill Moonshine.

Our resident genius Ichabod Wolf has been being lauded by Radio 6 DJ Steve Lamacq, who reckons that the majestic single Painted Horses is “an amazing thing, quite stopped me in my tracks when I first heard it.” Obviously, we’ve known that for ages and his new material easily matches the magnificence of his debut album Carry On, Crow.

All this and the friendliest, cheapest bar in town all for the still ridiculous bargain price of £5 entry. See you there