Guardian article: “What Happens When Your Cult Pop Band Gets Huge”
Friday January 22nd 2016, 2:51 pm
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There’s an article on The Guardian website today made up of interviews with members of cult bands who had huge hits.

Alongside Gerald Casale (Devo), Stephen Jones (Babybird), David Cunningham (Flying Lizards) and others is Pigbag’s James Johnstone.

James talks about forming the band, appearing on Top of the Pops, Instinct, and the recent Pigbag resurrection.

Read the full article on The Guardian Online

Devon gig announced – 19th Dec 2015
Tuesday December 08th 2015, 3:49 pm
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Chris Lee’s Pigbag will be playing at The Plough Arts, Great Torrington in Devon on Saturday 19th December 2015.

The current band line up is given as:

  • Chris Lee (trumpet, percussion)
  • Alan Short (saxes, flute)
  • Olly Nelkin (trombone)
  • Max O’Donnell (guitar)
  • Sam Alexander (percussion)
  • Sven Atterton (bass)
  • John Sam (drums)

You can follow the band on Twitter @Pigbag_LiveBand

Tickets are £10 in advance from The Plough website or Songkick.

Support will be from local ska band, Raggamuffins.

BBC6 Music – 30 sec featurette on “Papa’s..”
Thursday October 08th 2015, 3:04 pm
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There’s a 30 second clip from a Chris Hawkin’s BBC 6Music show on the BBC iPlayer, about how far ahead of their time Pigbag were with “Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag”.

BBC 6 Music on Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag

Thanks to ex-Pigbagger, Roger Freeman, for letting me know about that.

Chris Lee’s Pigbag play Peckham 22nd August
Friday August 07th 2015, 9:39 am
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Saturday 22nd August sees Chris Lee’s Pigbag playing a gig in Peckham as part of  “The South London Soul Train” line up.

Tickets via Resident Advisor

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Chris Lee’s Pigbag at CalvertStock Fri 19th June 2015
Sunday June 07th 2015, 7:25 pm
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CalvertStock 2015

Chris Lee’s Pigbag will be headlining the Friday night at CalvertStock in Kentisbury, Devon on 19th June. The event is to raise money for the Calvert Trust charity. for more info


Pigbag return to Jazz Cafe, London – Fri 28th November 2014
Sunday October 26th 2014, 12:44 pm
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Pigbag make another appearance at the Jazz Cafe in Camden, London on Friday 28th November.

Bad Ass Brass

Support is from 8-piece British jazz outfit Bad Ass Brass (pictured above)

Tickets are £16.50 in advance from the Jazz Cafe website

Pigbag to play Bearded Theory Festival 2015
Wednesday September 03rd 2014, 8:16 pm
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Bearded Theory have announced the line-up for their 2015 event.

Pigbag will be playing the Woodland Stage on Friday 22nd May 2015. The festival is held at Catton Hall in Derbyshire.

Earlybird tickets go on sale on Tuesday 9th September 2014 for £87 (adults).

Other acts appearing at the festival include:

  • The Mission
  • Neville Staple
  • Paprika Corps
  • Babajack
  • The Talks
  • Captain Hotknives
  • Treehouse Fire
  • JB Conspiracy
  • Jack Rats
  • P.A.I.N.
  • Louise Distras

More information at

Pigbag to play Audio Farm Festival
Friday August 08th 2014, 6:02 pm
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Pigbag will be appearing at the Audio Farm Festival on Friday 29th August

The festival takes place from Friday 29th August to Monday 1st September 2014 in the Welsh countryside near to Shrewsbury.

Brand New Pigbag at Cottons, Islington – Fri 13th June
Wednesday June 04th 2014, 4:25 pm
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Goodbye Pigbag – Hello “Brand New Pigbag” (and gigs)!
Thursday May 08th 2014, 9:53 pm
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After several months of hibernation, a few posts have appeared on the Pigbag Facebook page.

First up, Ollie Moore, one of the two members of the original Pigbag featured in the reformed band, has decided to concentrate on other musical ventures and has left the band, entirely amicably.

Chris Lee will be continuing with the band which will now be known as “Brand New Pigbag“.

The “new” band will be playing their first gig at Cottons in Islington, London on Friday 13th June. Starts at 7:30 so get there early or book in advance.

More gigs to follow!