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Richard Gibson aka "Herr Flick" of "Allo Allo" at the Mad Wasp Launch Party with The Sisters of Duras and Lorraine Lancaster

WELCOME TO THE MAD WASP BLOG 2024

OUR DJs ARE A TALENTED BUNCH!


When they are not DJing, some of our DJs are busy making music themselves!

John Armstrong of the hugely popular show Tuning Up is busy making music with his band The Speed of Sound with the label Big Stir Records. Here is their latest single West Wind.



“West Wind” is a gale-force gust of garage-rock grit showing off every bit of the band's signature sound, and a level of energy that's no less than astonishing for a group entering its 35th year as a performing entity. The new single debuts on all digital outlets worldwide and you can order it here!

“West Wind” - which is also the lead track on the band's forthcoming album, soon to be announced by Big Stir Records – hits the ground running and doesn't slow down for all its breezy 2-minute, 35-second duration. Recklessly fast and invigorating rock and roll, borrowing a Bo Diddley beat cunningly melded with a Wagnerian horn section, the irrepressible rushing wild power unleashed by “West Wind” crushes anything in its path, so hold on tight and ride out the trip with it. The aforementioned horns (trumpet and fugelhorn by Bob Dinn) augment the primal noise kicked up by the band as their two vocalists, singer-guitarist-songwriter John Armstrong and Anne-Marie Crowley, trade weather warnings over the driving rhythms of drummer John Broadhurst, bassist Kevin Roache and the keyboards of HENRY Armstrong.

“Lyrically this is a protest song; a metaphor for the dominance of the all-pervading major label ‘music industry’ onslaught, snowplowing independent artists out of the way,” offers John Armstrong. That's no surprise: astute and barbed social commentary and advocacy for independent art have always been at the core of the band's lyrical outlook, and if anything the new material to be unleashed this year take those themes to a new and ever-sharper level. “West Wind” in particular plays out like Dylan and Baez by way of The Clash, and it's impossible not to take notice.

It's all done with The Speed of Sound’s boundless drive and life-afrming buoyant energetic zing. Longtime followers will recognize the approach, but still marvel at the vigor of the performance, and that's part of what the band has tapped into for the cornucopia of material to see release in 2024. “West Wind”, for all its meteorological might, is just the earliest forecast of the maelstrom to come, and as someone once said, you don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows: it hails from Manchester, and THE SPEED OF SOUND is set to soar on it.


Dee and David – Mad Wasp Radio – April 2024

HAPPY ANNOUNCEMENT!



We are thrilled to welcome back two of our DJs who have had to have some time away.

Our amazing Mike Pougounas returns to Mad Wasp Radio after a very courageous battle with cancer bringing back his Blackout Radio Show which airs Thursday at 11pm repeated the following Tuesday at 10am UK time.

And we are pleased to announce the return also of the equally amazing Roy Brown with his show Roy's Groove Machine! You can catch Roy every other week on Saturday at 8pm, repeated Wednesday at midnight UK time.

These two terrific shows bring you the very best in new music alongside the seldom heard gems that these DJs Love.

Welcome back from all of us at Mad Wasp Radio - we know our listeners are going to be so happy that they are back!


Dee and David – Mad Wasp Radio – April 2024

VINDICATION SWIM RELEASED IN UK CINEMAS FROM FRIDAY 8TH MARCH FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY & MOTHER'S DAY




We are delighted that long time friend of Mad Wasp Radio Elliott Hasler, the Writer and Director of the film Vindication Swim an award-winning biopic about the extraordinary life of Mercedes Gleitze, a pioneer in the world of open-water swimming, who in 1927 became the first British woman to swim the English Channel. As a working-class, unmarried typist, Gleitze self-funded all of her swims and it took her eight attempts to conquer the English Channel.

However, following her success, a rival emerged, claiming the same feat, which forced Gleitze into a battle to retain her record and legacy.

After the English Channel, Gleitze went on to achieve many more incredible swims around the world, including the Straits of Gibraltar, the Dardanelles and the dangerous distance between Robben Island and Cape Town.

In celebration of International Women's Day,Vindication Swim serves as a poignant reminder of the indomitable spirit of a woman who dared to dream beyond the confines of her era. The film's release on the 8th of March hopes to bring the legacy of this remarkable woman back into the spotlight.

Elliott Hasler’s quote:

It was our aim to really submerge the audience into the waters of the English Channel and in that way hope to pay homage to the spirit of this incredible woman. So everything you see on screen is real, all shot without the use of tanks, green screens or body doubles. I want audiences to feel as if they are swimming right alongside Mercedes on her incredible journey and share in her love affair with the water.


Not long to wait now for the UK release of Vindication Swim, 100 cinemas + around the UK with more coming online this week. An incredible film not to be missed, please spread the word.Get to see this great movie if you can :D Cinema Lists

A great gift for Mother's Day plus select cinemas holding giveaways for the launch weekend. Tickets are selling fast, so grab yours now using the links below to avoid disappointment!

There are exclusive Q&A screenings at select cinemas which will feature a post-screening Q&A with writer/director Elliott Hasler alongside lead actors Kirsten Callaghan (debut) and John Locke (Darkest Hour, Poor Things, The Favourite). Many screenings expected to be sold out this week.


Dee and David – Mad Wasp Radio – March 2024

HAPPY EASTER!



Wishing all our listeners a very Happy Easter!


Dee and David – Mad Wasp Radio – March 2024

NOT TO BE MISSED THIS WEEK!



We are very excited to announce this week that our youngest DJ Laura Jensen is back to bring you this month's edition of Eclectic Corner! She has raided Martin Jensen's record collection to curate this months stunning show. MWR listeners will be eagerly awaiting her return!

You can catch the show on Wednesday 13th March 7pm UK Time and you are in for a real treat with Laura's expert choices!


Dee and David – Mad Wasp Radio – March 2024

NOT TO BE MISSED THIS WEEK!



Just a sample of some of the fabulous shows you can catch on Mad Wasp Radio this week! The Funkin Bumpkins bring you The World's Worst Records Special! with some absolute hysterical howlers! (Not for the faint hearted!) Catch Jed & Ped aka Neil & Norman Graveney for the first run 11pm UK Time Tuesday 5th May and if that is too late for you catch them at Drive Time 5pm on Wednesday 6th March.

If Electronica is your bag then you are in for a treat on Wednesday 6th March begining at 6pm UK Time with Brand new Electronica Sounds presented by Kev Grosvenor with the best under the radar electronica from home producers, unsigned artists and indie labels. Proud supporter of the emom (electronic music open mic) grassroots music movement. And then closely followed by a Diamond Lights Expresswith a Synthpop Special featuring all your classic synthpop favourites at 8pm UK Time.

More wonderful shows winging your way on the Mad Wasp Airwaves!


Dee and David – Mad Wasp Radio – March 2024

Brai - PREGA X ME




“Prega X me” is an EP made up of 5 songs where a different guitarist appears in each of them. Carte blanche for 5 musicians with different sounds who play on the notes of Brai and a pinch of healthy madness make the chaos sweet melody.

The explicit and not only metaphorical texts are easily misunderstanding and characterized by disconnected thoughts but damnedly connected to each other by a common thread (subsequently depicted on the cover with photographic collages made by a Tokyo artist in an erotic-melancholic key).

Sharp mostly, rhyming singers with strong and irreverent tones want to get straight to those who listen to them by giving them a messy haircut to the sound of distorted guitars. The collage (as a choice of concept) is the perfect visual translation of what the artist defines as "Inner Confusion".

Our thanks go to Plindo Music - one of our many suppliers of new up and coming talent Plindo.com


Dee and David – Mad Wasp Radio – February 2024

New Shows to look out for in 2024



Two more great new shows on Mad Wasp Radio! Poptastic Sounds with Nicky G and The Best in Irish Indie brought to you by pMad.

Join your host Nicky G as he takes a deep dive into the world of melodic, hook-filled Rock and Pop from the 1960’s right up to today. Both familiar and obscure Power Pop, Soft Pop, Brit Pop, Garage Rock, Sunshine Pop, Mod and even some Psychedelia from around the world are presented on each show. Nothing is out of bounds on “Poptastic Sounds!”, where the focus is always on the music!

The Best of Irish Indie hosted by pMad brings you the newest, latest and the classic indie music all the way from Ireland to Mad Wasp Radio listeners all the way around the world. Indie music to me is not about genre anymore, it is about not being heard enough!! Allegedly not mainstream enough, Indie music is even better! And Irish Indie is right up there!


Dee and David – Mad Wasp Radio – January 2024

Alan Blackwood 1932–2023



Mad Wasp were very saddened to learn of the passing of Alan Blackwood shortly before Christmas.

Alan was the author of numerous books and features on music, including a biography of the famous British conductor, Sir Thomas Beecham and was also the lead writer on the international best-selling book/CD series In Classical Mood.

In more recent times, he turned his skills to writing fiction and presenting the Mad Wasp Radio show, Alan Blackwood’s Accidentals. He will be much missed by all of us.


Dee and David – Mad Wasp Radio – January 2024

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