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:

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:
Matt Black:
Matt McAteer:
Lippy Kid: