Aug 25th: Poet & The Loops, Jimmy Andrex, 4FoW, Ichabod, Matt McAteer

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Following a fantastic night in July featuring great music from Lorraine Lucas, Poke o’Swedgers and Ichabod, along with a stunning poetry set courtesy of Amy Kinsman, Independent Electric Group returns in August with another tip-top line up.

This month we welcome the driving forces behind Northern Beat Poets Association and Electronic Music Open Mic, Poet and the Loops and Jimmy Andrex.

Poet and the Loops is the brainchild of Martin Christie, in which he combines live electronic music with sung/spoken word to convey worlds that include giant slugs, dangerous drinks and storms of the cosmos. A meeting point between Edgar Allan Poe and gloom synth, there is also humour and lightness of being in the Poet & the Loops approach. Martin is also responsible for the nationwide success of Electronic Music Open Mic nights

Jimmy Andrex returns to Chesterfield Labour Club for what is becoming an annual appearance and having recently been nominated for Best Spoken Word at Buxton Fringe Festival for Town, a sketch in words and music of the souls on our streets who have endless stories but refuse to be cute. Jimmy is the co-founder of Wakefield’s legendary Red Shed Readings and host of the equally brilliant Hot Banana nights in Holmfirth.

Regular contributors to the Electronic Open Mic Music nights and based in Alfreton, 4 Floors of Whores take inspiration from all things electronic as well as composers such as Ennio Morricone, Steve Reich and Max Richter, the band describe their style as ‘genre-fluid’, aiming as much for the head as for the feet.

Knitting all these elements together will be the resident genius of the IEG Presents nights Ichabod. With the debut album edging ever closer, Ichabod will again be summoning the spirits of Cash, Cave and Elvis and putting his unique stamp on those influences to create magic.

Jul 28th: Lorraine Lucas, Amy Kinsman, Poke o’Swedgers, Ichabod, Matt McAteer

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We had such a great time in June, we’re back for July with another cracking line up.

Lorraine Lucas is a Scottish singer, songwriter, musician and composer based in the South East of England who draws inspiration from her observations of the world and the human condition in all it’s magnificence and frailty.

Throughout her career, she has shared the stage with amongst others Paul Clifford ( Be Good Tanyas/Groanbox/Afro-Cubism) , Michael Ward-Bergeman ( Groanbox/ Jackson Street Allstars/St Louis Symphony Orchestra) Dean Owens, Michael Messer, Robbie McIntosh ( Sir Paul McCartney/The Pretenders) Bruce MacGregor ( Blazing Fiddles) Paul Fitzgerald ( The Coal Porters) and has performed at music festivals and concerts across Europe and will be touring extensively throughout Europe promoting her latest album Messenger.

Joining Lorraine will be ace poet Amy Kinsman. Amy (they/them) is a genderfluid poet and playwright from Manchester. As well as being founding editor of Riggwelter Press and associate editor of Three Drops From A Cauldron, they are also the host of Gorilla Poetry. Their debut pamphlet & was joint winner of the Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize 2017.

Chesterfield Labour Club faves Poke o’Swedgers will be back too – they are Kev and Dave. Two voices. One Guitar. Fantastic harmonies.

Chesterfield Labour Club’s resident genius Ichabod will also be around, teasing everyone with hints of what might be on his forthcoming, majestic debut album.

£5 entry, great entertainment, cheap bar – what more do you need? See you there

Jul 26th: Independent Electric Group @ Speech Therapy

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For one month only, Independent Electric Group take over Nottingham’s premier spoken word night Speech Therapy, before the Speech Therapy crew return the favour at Chesterfield Labour Club early in the new year,

Music courtesy of the very ace Ichabod and May Days in Barcelona, poetry from Matt McAteer and the usual fantastic poetry open mic – see you there

Jul 28th: “YardsFest” ft Matt McAteer, Sophie Sparham, Ichabod, Daron Carey, Amy Kinsman & Lippy Kid

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Independent Electric Group will be supporting Independent Retailers in Chesterfield with a couple of events at this years ‘Yards Festival’ on Saturday 28th July.

IEG will hold a music & spoken word pop-up curated by Matt McAteer together with a Live Electronica set from Lippy Kid.

Matt McAteer’s music and poetry sets are expected to run between 2pm and 4pm featuring Sophie Sparham, Ichabod, Daron Carey and Amy Kinsman.

Lippy Kid’s electronica set will be due at 5pm where he’ll be performing more extracts from his recent album ‘Thought Forms’.

It should be a great day. Look forward to seeing you there x

Jun 30th: My Pleasure, Del Scott Miller, Jo Howard, Ichabod & Matt McAteer

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This month at IEG Presents, we have not one, but two fantastic album launches, a fantastic guest poet and a resident genius

Hot on the heels of his fantastic debut LP, My Pleasure is back with a further instalment of sharp, barbed post-punk laced with great lyrics and pop hooks on his new LP Mostly Happy.
“A terrific piece of observational pop music” Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music
“Mark E Smith meets LCD Soundsystem. Seriously good.” Alan Raw, BBC Intoiducing Humberside
“Great energy. Sharp lyrics” Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music

Del Scott Miller is also back with new LP The Pen, The Sword and The Song. It’s filled with ridiculously fine guitar finger picking, incisive lyrics and a mighty poem to round things off and Del is always top drawer live.

Great poetry this month from the wonderful Jo Howard. Jo is a poet, singer and storyteller based in Manchester, where she runs popular spoken word night, Verbose with her friend Zena Barrie. By day, Jo works as a producer at Viva la Zoom, a video company she runs with her husband. For many years she has performed as an Edith Piaf impersonator, playing at the Edinburgh Festival and featuring on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. Jo’s work is inspired by her life experiences, growing up in Lancashire and living now in Manchester. Expect laughter, tears and a lot of heart!
Twitter: @joannuski

Resident genius Ichabod will be gearing up for the long anticipated release of his own debut album and there will be the usual poetry, nonsense and flawed time-keeping from MC Matt McAteer

All this plus ridiculously cheap bar for just £5 entry on the door

May 26th: LOAM, Gemma Baker, Ichabod & Matt McAteer

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Following April’s fantastic event featuring the very ace Lippy Kid, Sophie Sparham, Kworyl & Gutz 4 Garterz, and Ichabod, we return to Chesterfield Labour Club with another stellar line up.

Two thirds of Blind Saints, who blew the roof off earlier in the year, return with a different name, sound and line up

LOAM is three, falling on familiar ears at times with an aim to move forward and outward. It is less important where they are from, than where they wish to go.

Poetry this month comes from Gemma Baker. Born in Grimsby, now residing in Lincoln, Gemma writes about life as she knows it, with all it’s weird and wonderful challenges. She organises 3 poetry events in Lincoln, has published 2 collections of poetry, and has featured in several anthologies.

Completing the line up is the resident genius of Chesterfield Labour Club, so expect another masterclass in songwriting and witty asides from the very wonderful Ichabod.

All this, plus cheap bar prices and cheerful bar staff for the paltry sum of £5 entry on the door. See you there

April 28th: Lippy Kid, Sophie Sparham, Kworyl Tories-Bane, Ichabod & Matt McAteer

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Continuing our fantastic run of events in 2018, we have one of our own, an IEG founding member Lippy Kid, with the live premiere of his critically-acclaimed album Thought Forms.

The album is a collaboration between Lippy Kid and Leeds-based abstract artist Greg Farndon, with the music being inspired by a series of ‘Remix’ photographs produced by Greg. Photographs of every day objects, but distorted to create something far more abstract and arguably more beautiful. The essence being that the more time spent in the company of something, the more you’re able to appreciate something beyond the sum of its parts.

“Thought Form I (Scintilla)…It’s a beauty…” Mary Anne Hobbs – BBC6 Music Recommends

“It weaves a path of diverse electronica – from clubby rhythms, ambient sci-fi textures and more industrial beats…it’s an effortlessly synchronised journey…” Electronic Sound Magazine

Also appearing – ace Derby poet Sophie Sparham. Sophie’s poetry mainly focuses on political and social subjects and she has performed all around the UK, including festivals such as Y Not, Shambala and the Opera House Stage at Rebellion, the UK’s biggest punk festival. Her work has appeared in the People’s History Museum in Manchester, as part of the exhibition ‘Loitering with Intent’ and she was also featured as one of the UK Young Artists with her collection ‘Dead Air: If they won’t place us in the history books, we’ll write our own stories’. This allowed her to perform poetry in unusual places from market halls to libraries, educating people about forgotten revolutionary figures from history.

Long time friend of IEG Kworyl will be returning to Chesterfield Labour Club with his blistering mix of spoken word, loops and maybe some more surprises.

Resident genius Ichabod will also be back, building yet further on his burgeoning reputation as the best goddam singer and songwriter in town.

Once again, the night will be stitched together by the fantastic Matt McAteer, your host and MC for the evening.

All this plus a fantastically staffed and stocked cheap bar and for £5 entry. See you there