January 27th: Blind Saints, Al McClimens, May Days In Barcelona, Ichabod & Matt McAteer


A great end to 2017 last month courtesy of My Pleasure, Phil Pearce, John Marriott and Ichabod is followed by Independent Electric Group roaring into 2018 with another fantastic, eclectic line-up of fine music and prime poetry:

Blind Saints are a heavy blues trio from Sheffield England.
They feature former MudCats Blues Trio (Tesla records) and Hey Sholay (Fierce Panda) members; plus a genetic clone of Keith Moon hitting drum skins. Coming from differing musical disciplines – something occurs to the blues when all members are in the same room and plugged in

Al McClimens is a poet who landed in Sheffield via Bellshill and Edinburgh. Having scooped top spot at various poetry slams, his debut pamphlet, the superb Keats on the Moon – 20 sonnets has recently been published by Mews Press, demonstrating literary class to go with the performance chops

May Days in Barcelona is primarily the work of multi-instrumentalist Simon James Clowes, who is also one half of Offred and a frequent collaborator with recent IEG performer Sam Nash (Postictal and the Photophobes). Live sets are based around looped guitar, violin and synth.

Resident genius Ichabod will be dusting 2017 off with his customary dry wit and aplomb to deliver another spellbinding set

Matt McAteer’s the host. £5 entry, cheap bar, great line-up. See you there

December 16th: My Pleasure, John Marriott, Phil Pearce, Ichabod & Matt McAteer


The last Independent Electric Group night of 2017 features another cracking line up.

To celebrate the release of his fantastic album Domestic Bliss, My Pleasure will be returning to the Labour Club for another set of spiky post punk with great pop chops. Here’s what some other punters have had to say;
“A terrific piece of observational pop music with a wry sense of humour.” — Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music
“One of the best and original indie hearings that you’d probably come across nowadays!” — Sound Injections
“My Pleasure…literally.” — Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

It’s an absolute pleasure also to welcome top songsmith John Marriott over for his Labour Club debut. John is the lyrical half of Nottingham’s electronic noiseniks, and night-time-radio darlings, “the little typists”, yet even now, deep in the 21st century, still occasionally delves into the guitar case.

For the listening pleasure of the good people out there who love marmite.

Ace Leeds poet Phil Pearce will be bringing his own inimitable brand of honesty and authenticity – previous performances around West Yorkshire have been heart-warming and heart=breaking in equal measure.

Resident genius Ichabod will once again be summoning the spirits of Cash, Cave and Presley, producing a brand of magic that is uniquely his own,

MC will be Matt McAteer

£5 entry. Great line up, cheap beer – we’ll see you there

November 25th: Sarah Sharp, Postictal & The Photophobes, Ichabod, Matt McAteer


In which, Independent Electric Group return to Chesterfield Labour Club with another fantastic line-up, featuring Sarah Sharp, Postictal and the Photophobes and Ichabod

Sarah Sharp’s peculiar brand of eccentric pop has been compared to artists as diverse as Amanda Palmer, Jarvis Cocker and Kate Bush. She sings songs about ornaments, cryptic crosswords, and derelict seaside towns.

Working with Leeds-based WI Productions, she won the South Yorkshire Filmmaker’s Network 2Weeks2MakeIt competition 2017 for her music video ‘Ornaments’, about a man who doesn’t get out enough and featuring some psychedelic rubber gloves.

Her first single, Egomaniac, is out now.

Sam Nash and Sarah Syncope of Postictal and the Photophobes will be performing an intimate, stripped down set in support of the debut album, “A Stomach Full Yeild”, executively produced by Jessica Heywood. Electronic, folk and experimental influences entwine to evoke a haunting soundtrack to the violent but compelling imagery of Heywood’s poetry. Described by Maria Harris of Tallbird Records as “a sometimes unsettling, sometimes darkly humorous, always interesting and atmospheric listen.”

Ichabod will be continuing his current hot streak and there will also be a short poetry set from host Matt McAteer

£5 entry, cheap bar, fantastic line-up

October 28th: Andrew Graves, Ichabod & Jimmy Andrex


In another fantastic promotion, Independent Electric Group Present another stellar line up for Chesterfield Labour Club.

Andrew Graves regularly performs his work throughout the UK and has appeared on TV and radio on a number of occasions, being featured on programmes like 6 Music’s Cerys Matthews Show and the recent BBC 4 documentary Evidently John Cooper Clarke. He has performed alongside Henry Normal, John Hegley and Sleaford Mods. Praised by the likes of comic book legend Alan Moore, he is often cited as the hardest working poet in the East Midlands. Following on from his first Burning Eye Books collection, Light at the end of the Tenner, he is now touring with his latest book and show God Save the Teen.

Chesterfield Labour Club’s resident genius Ichabod is back with an extended set as channels the spirits of Presley and Pop, Cave , Cash and Cohen to create his own unique magic and perform all of Kieran Smith’s greatest hits.

Labour Club favourite Jimmy Andrex also returns for the first time since the release of his album Northern Beat Poetry in March of this year.

Entry – £5.00, incredibly cheap bar, champion

Artist Links:

Andrew Graves: https://twitter.com/mulletproofpoet
Jimmy Andrex: http://jimmyandrex.com
Ichabod: ichabod.bandcamp.com
Matt McAteer: matt-mcateer.bandcamp.com

Sept 9th: Independent Electric Group Launch!


So after an age of thought, the Independent Electric Group is live! And what a great night to kick things off.

Sadly our friend Pieter Egriega was unable to join us (we wish him a speedy recovery), but a huge thanks to the fantastic My Pleasure for stepping in and treating us with an excellent headline set.

Thanks also to MattBlack, one of Derbyshire’s former poet laureates, for kicking off the night in fine style, plus the wry humorous folk tales from Poke o’Swedgers.

Capped with another fine set from Ichabod, the electronic DJ sounds from Lippy Kid and perfectly MC’d by Matt McAteer. It was a fine night indeed.

Until next time x

Artist Links:

My Pleasure: http://mypleasure.bigcartel.com
Matt Black: matt-black-words.co.uk
Ichabod: ichabod.bandcamp.com
Matt McAteer: matt-mcateer.bandcamp.com
Lippy Kid: www.LippyKidMusic.com

September 9th: We’re Live! Pieter Egriega, Matt Black and more

Sept2017_PosterAfter a cheeky break in Autumn, we’re back at Chesterfield Labour Club to launch ‘The Independent Electric Group’. And what a fantastic line up we have to kick things off.

With a rich history in the Manchester post-punk scene in bands such as Ludus, The Distractions and The Fall and having won the award for Best Small Group in 2016 at Buxton Fringe and nominated for a new show in 2017 with his band Egriega, frontman Pieter Egriega returns to Chesterfield Labour Club with a fantastic new solo set.

Matt Black lives in Leamington Spa. Since being Derbyshire Poet Laureate (2011-2013) he has successfully completed over 25 commissions, with poems on 15 benches, 20 milestones, a large glass panel, and in exhibitions and publications. He has read at festivals in the UK, Europe and America, his next collection is Tales from the Leaking Boot (Iron Press, 2018), and his first play The Storm Officer will tour in 2018. Having produced a pamphlet dedicated to Chesterfield Labour Club during his time as Derbyshire Laureate, he’s back to celebrate the publication in July 2017 of a new pamphlet The Spoon Rebellion. Busy Man.

“Matt Black is a poet who wears his heart on his sleeve and his skill in his pen; his poems show that poetry can be a healing art, a celebratory art and an art that can best illuminate the times we live in. More power to his shining work.” Ian McMillan

Resident genius Ichabod will be back, bringing his usual winning combination of wry audience sparring and beautiful music and there will also be a short set by Poke o’Swedgers performimg amongst others a remarkable version of Tony Walsh’s poem Sugar Spun Tornadoes.

The night will be hosted by resident performance poet Matt McAteer and stitched together with a DJ soundtrack from Derbyshire based electronica musician and producer Lippy Kid.

It promises to be a great evening.

£5 in, cheap bar, what’s not to like. See you there

Artist Links:

Pieter Egriega: www.egriega.co.uk
Matt Black: matt-black-words.co.uk
Ichabod: ichabod.bandcamp.com
Matt McAteer: matt-mcateer.bandcamp.com
Lippy Kid: www.LippyKidMusic.com