March 24th: Kootch, Miggy Angel, Keith Ford, Ichabod & Matt McAteer

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This month – Kootch, Miggy Angel, Keith Ford, Ichabod

Kootch is based in Derbyshire. Made up of Beth Aveyard and Dean Lilleyman, Kootch boasts a range of contemporary and traditional folk songs, and even throw in their own material from time to time.
Kootch derives from the Welsh ‘cwtch’, meaning the warm, safe place created by the embrace of a loved one. Kootch hope to recreate this feeling with their music.

Kootch have already received such rave reviews as:
‘One of the only bands I would actually pay to see’
– Judy – Beth’s Mum. (Although evidence of this is yet to be seen)
‘That’s great… But would you mind practising over there, I’m trying to sleep – Derek the Cat

Poetry will be provided by head honchos of Nottingham’s premier poetry night Speech Therapy Miggy Angel and Keith Ford.

Following his peerless run of recent form, resident genius Ichabod will be summoning the spirits of Cave, Cash and Elvis and mixing them with his own unique brand of specialness for another fantastic set.

All this for £5.00 entry and the cheapest, best stocked bar in town. See you there

February 24th: Poketful o’Nowt, James Hately, Emily Garcés, Ichabod & Matt McAteer

IEG Feb2018v2Following on from a blistering start to 2018 in January, Independent Electric Group are back with another stellar line up

Bringing their own inimitable brand of madness, mayhem and eclectic pop music this month are Pocketful o’Nowt, a one seen, never forgotten band of merrymakers, fronted by previous Labour Club guest Mike O’Brien, a man of wit and erudition with an interesting line in audience engagement.

James Hately is a shambolic figure of a man, bumbling confusedly through the everyday world, balancing reliable punchline punctuated patter with surrealist flights of fancy. A Magners Pub Comedian of the Year finalist and veteran of the Green Man Festival, James brings his simultaneously weird and accessible comedy to the Labour Club

Poetry this month comes from Spires Writes fave and ace artist Emily Garces and the line up is completed by the Labour Club’s resident songwriting genius and king of deadpan wit Ichabod

£5.00 entry, cheap bar, great crowd – see you down there

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:
Jimmy Andrex:
Matt McAteer:

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:
Matt Black:
Matt McAteer:
Lippy Kid: