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Attila the Stockbroker

Sat 27 January, 2024 Sat 27 January, 2024

January 27th ’24

Cafe / Bar open from 18:00
Doors 19:30
Onstage from 20:00


Punk poet, latterly dub poet, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Attila the Stockbroker exploded into public consciousness in 1982-3 via two John Peel sessions and a Melody Maker front cover and is now celebrating over forty years earning a living doing what he loves. So far: nearly 4000 gigs in 24 countries, some 20 CD/s LPs, eight books of poems, his autobiography ‘Arguments Yard’ (Cherry Red Books, 2015) and his collected works ‘Heart on my Sleeve’ (2021) His latest album, just out and endorsed by his old friend Ben Zephaniah, is a dub poetry collection ’40 Years In Rhyme’ with rhythms from Kingsley Salmon and What’s Left Dub, and his previous one, 2018’s ‘Restoration Tragedy’ combines early music and punk – a lifelong ambition – with tales of the English Revolution of 1649.

Attila’s current performance comprises fiery, satirical, political and personal spoken word, dub poetry with beats from KIngsley Salmon and What’s Left Dub, acoustic songs and early music punk on ancient instruments accompanied by his band Barnstormer. He really doesn’t sound like anything else. And his material is very, very up to date.

Attila toured the GDR four times before the Berlin Wall came down at the invitation of the Party Youth organisation and was invited to the DPRK for the World Festival of Youth and Students in 1989 but was already booked to tour Canada. His friend Steve Drewett went in his place. The same year Attila and Steve did the very first ever punk gig in Albania, though that was definitely not official. Attila was invited back to recreate it at an art event in Tirana in 2012.



£12 advance*
£15 on the door


Evening Menu available to book before the show!

Call 01983 722124 to book a table.

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*Our booking fees explained:
Our goal is to provide an excellent personal service to our customers and to do this requires a lot of resource. The booking fee we levy contributes to the cost of running the Quay Arts Centre, its Box Office and Box Office systems. As a charitable not for profit organisation all income is used to support the delivery of arts and cultural activities to our local community.


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