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HIPSVILLE Carnival A Go Go! The Wildest ’60s & Beyond Party Weekend!

Press Release   •   Jan 22, 2016 10:30 GMT

HIPSVILLE A Go Go! is where crazy people from all the corners of Europe, and beyond, get together to dance and party at a carnival-themed weekend to the wildest rock'n'roll and soul sounds of the 1960s and beyond! With thirteen live bands, top international DJs, caged go go dancers, hot rods and gorillas plus a whole bunch of people looking for a good time, that's HIPSVILLE Carnival A Go Go! 


Saturday and Sunday afternoon its tiki time! At the HIPSVILLE Tiki party, taking place in the exotically themed bar they call Tikiville, you can party throughout the afternoon with DJs and go go girls, plus our Hipsville's very own cocktail mixer will add some extra hula hula to your drinks and your afternoon.

But wait, there's even more, as on Sunday we have the added attraction of the HIPSVILLE AUTO SHOW. Last year it was a huge success with over 80 cars rolling in. So in 2016 roll up in or on your ride or just look enviously at some of the coolest sets of wheels on the road. In addition to the music, girls and the cars, HIPSVILLE Carnival A Go Go! also has a three-day vintage market with stalls selling food, clothes, records and home wear, perfect for those looking for something cool to wear or maybe something hip for their home.

Swiss garage punks THE JACKETS combine sixties garage, mod, ’77 punk rock, psychedelia and their devotion to bands like The MC5, The Monks, and The Music Machine. The Jackets bring a dynamic recipe to the garage rock menu but what matters is that the Jackets are a Rock and Roll band – but it’s the ROLL that makes the ROCK just that little bit better!

The Jackets are Jack Torera (aka Jackie Brutsche) formerly the guitarist for the girl group The Mad Cowgirl Disease from Bern and singer of the Zurich combo The Fox, Chris Rosales, an American who moved to Switzerland in 1994 from Los Angeles, formerly the drummer of Voodoo Rhythm Records bands, Lightning Beat-Man and the Never Heard of ’Ems, Reverend Beat-Man and the Unbelievers and The Get Lost (with ex Miracle Workers Gerry Mohr and Robert Butler) and Samuel ‘Schmidi’ Schmidiger, singer and guitar player for The Budget Boozers.

The Jackets have electrified concert-goers in every major city in Switzerland and have also played or toured in Italy, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Portugal and Great Britain sharing the stage with bands like Baby Woodrose, The Monsters, Magnetix, King Kahn & BBQ, Lyres, Gonn and The Sonics.

Japan’s STOMPIN’ RIFFRAFFS have a musical base that may be classic ’50s rock’n’roll and rockabilly, and on record you could sometimes mistake them for a twangy revival band. But put them in front of an audience, and magic happens. They may not be punks but they share the same kind of energy as they race through old rock standards and their own compositions as if they were chased by the Roadrunner. Throw in a little outer space sounds courtesy of their signature theremin and a lot of screaming, and that’s as good a reference as any when it comes to this unique band.

The name was inspired by the US title of a French new wave movie, The Riff Raff Girls. They first started appearing at local shows in Tokyo, in particular the Back From The Grave garage rock events, and soon started playing all over Japan. They have gone to the US several times, including New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco as well as appearing at the Viva Las Vegas rockabilly weekend. 

After their first official album Horror Show in 2011 and a clutch of vinyl singles on various labels, in 2014 they signed with Wild Records in Los Angeles, which specialises in rockabilly, rock’n’roll, garage and other roots music. Their first Wild release A Man and Three Chicks is out now, with more to follow!

Late last year Dirty Water Records officially released to the wider world the much anticipated début LP from “the young, trashy organ and drums-only duo” from Cleveland USA, Archie and the Bunkers. The influential College Music Journal (CMJ) recently penned the “trashy twosome’s” début as, “a clutzy, cavalcade of 'organ punk' (as the band have dubbed themselves), one of the better débuts of the year”. 2015 indeed was year that saw the band propel from a mostly word of mouth local band to national and international acclaim.

Brothers Emmett and Cullen O’Connor produce a sound that draws heavily from diverse musical influences ranging from jazz organ greats like Jimmy Smith, and Richard ‘Groove’ Holmes, to punk icons Dead Boys (they opened for original member Cheetah Chrome earlier this year), The Stooges, The Screamers, The Damned, and more. These home-schooled siblings have obviously been receiving an education that is far less limited than that of kids who attend the local high school.

But it has been the brothers' unique character, raw spirit, integrity and hard work that have endeared these fine young men into the musical hearts and minds of the masses and the bands they’ve shared the stage with: The Detroit Cobra’s, Obnox, The Sonics, The ObliviansThe Fleshtones, The Woggles, King Khan and the BBQ Show, The Rezillos and many more.

Hipsville 2016 Full Band Lineup:


ARCHIE AND THE BUNKERS (USA) “teenage hi-fi organ punkers”

DAVROS AND THE DEEP SPACE DEVIANTS (SKARO) “intergalatic rock’n’roll with the leader of the daleks"

WILDEBEESTS (UK) "legendary garage punkers" 

THE STOMPIN RIFF RAFFS (japan) wild japanese rock n roll

THE BARON FOUR (UK) “wild, raw garage punk”

SEX CRIME (USA) “sex punk, crime wave, synth rock n roll"

DOKTOR COMBOVER (UK) "las vegas peep show groovy grind"

WEIRD OMEN (FR) “primitive trashy sax fuelled garage"

THE JACKETS (CH) "electrifying rock n roll"

THE MISSING SOULS (FR) "soulful garage beat

THE TIKIHEADS (unknown) "long lost surf legends!"

L.A. BRATS (FR) “they're glam, they're trash, they're rock n roll"


The party continues until 5 a.m. each night in our themed Tiki bar we call TikiViLLE.

With top international DJs spinnin’ the grooviest '60's r&b, soul, tittyshakers, garage, instrumentals, psych and more. 

Hipsville 2016 Full DJ lineup:

Pete Slovenly

Fritz Buzzsaw and Diddywah Wah from Heavy Sugar

Neil and Chris Sick from Stay Sick!

Carl Combover from Go Go Cage

Johnny Alpha

Iwan Le Terrible

Cosmic Keith

For more information about HIPSVILLE Carnival A Go Go contact ANDREW BENNETT or phone 07875 478465.

The Dirty Water Club started in October 1996 in the Tufnell Park neighbourhood of north London, at a venue called The Boston. The club's name is derived from The Standells' 1966 hit 'Dirty Water' which glorifies the US city of Boston, Massachusetts.

Past performers have included The White Stripes (voted by Q Magazine as one of the top 10 gigs of all time, Mojo one of the top 30 and Kerrang one of the top 100!), The Gories, NOBUNNY, Kid Congo Powers (from the Cramps), The Fleshtones, Billy Childish, Radio Birdman, The Dirtbombs, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant, The's, The Horrors and The Brian Jonestown Massacre to name just a few. The club has also seen some original '60s performers, such as The Monks, ? and the Mysterians, Kim Fowley, Sky Saxon, GONN, Michael Davis of the MC5 and more grace its stage.

Their in-house record label, Dirty Water Records, is one of the leading garage/beat/(real) R&B labels in the world.

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