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Fans of what might be called ‘The Medway Sound’ should be familiar with the members of The Wildebeests - they’ve done time in the Delmonas, Masonics, the Thanes, the Kaisers, the Pop Rivets and Milkshakes.

Lenny Helsing: Bashing, wailing
John Gibbs: Chopping, shouting
Russ Wilkins: Slashing, screaming

The Wildebeests are something of a garage-rock supergroup, seeing as the group consists of John Gibbs (The Kaisers, Holly Golightly Band, The Masonics), Lenny Helsing (Thanes, Green Telescope) and, last but not least, Russ Wilkins (Pop Rivets, Milkshakes and Delmonas). These three gits all cut their teeth playing raw beat music and generally causing an aural ruckus and have been doing so since before the likes of the Arctic Monkeys et al were born (which obviously means that theyre at least twice as good as any of those young whippernsappers!). When their paths crossed they found that they had the same old cranky, rusty equipment plus some new(ish) shiny tunes that they had accumulated along the way and, wah hey, the Wildebeests were born!

Supports include The Continental Quilts from Tyneside who played our Lee Brilleaux evening and Johnny Seven and King Mojo from Teesside.  

The Continental Quilts here:

Johnny Seven here: