The world’s biggest rock ‘n’ roll and punk magazine is going large to celebrate its 10th anniversary with a special live show.

Vive Le Rock began publishing in 2010, and despite an industry-wide trend which has seen many other printed publications close, is going from strength to strength.

One of the highlights of its year is the Vive Le Rock Awards, and this year’s will take place at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on April 1.

Iconic ’80s rockers Lords Of The New Church are playing a one-off reunion, with Hanoi Rocks legend Michael Monroe fronting the band.

The previous two awards nights were held at the O2 Islington Academy, but now the event has moved to its bigger sister venue, which has a capacity of 2,000.

Past awards nights have featured live appearances from The Damned, The Stranglers, Shakin’ Stevens, Suzi Quatro, members of AC/DC, the Sex Pistols, The Specials, Buzzcocks and even England football legend Stuart Pearce, and 2020 continues to up the ante.

This year sees the original rude boy, Neville Staple from the Specials, joining the party, and the Vive Le Rockers all-star band will be back, including some specially invited singers.

Neville Staple, who is performing at the Vive Le Rock Awards 2020. Pic: Gary Welford.

The compere for the evening will be Ed Tudor-Pole, of Tenpole Tudor (and 80s TV show The Crystal Maze!) fame.

Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders are set to pick up an Icon award, while punk legend Brian James of The Damned will accept the Pioneer award.

Two extra special guest performers are due to be announced soon along with a wealth of awards.

There will be a special section for rockers we have lost recently, including Gang Of Four’s Andy Gill, Eddie and The Hot Rods’ Barrie Masters (who played the 2019 VLR awards) and surf guitar legend Dick Dale.

The late Barrie Masters of Eddie and The Hot Rods. Pic: Gary Welford.

The audience will comprise invited members of the media, television, fashion and the music world, as well as the general public.

“This isn’t some chicken in a basket awards show – this is a party with the coolest people in rock ‘n’ roll” said Vive Le Rock editor Eugene Butcher.

Tickets for the Vive Le Rock Awards 2020 are available from ticketmaster.co.uk

Gary Welford
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