Reminder: Pigbag playing London on 25th Jan, Birmingham on 16th Feb 2013

Just a quick reminder that Pigbag will be playing two gigs in the next month.

Back to the Phuture

First up is the “Back to the Phuture” gig at The Half Moon in Putney on Friday 25th January. The gig is free entry, but as the venue has a capacity of 200, it’s advisable to reserve a space (reservation costs 50p). Support is from Perhaps Contraption with Mark Jones (head honcho at Wall of Sound) Chris Sullivan (Blue Rondo A La Turk) doing a DJ set.


Next up is the band’s appearance at the Mostly Jazz festival launch party at the Hare & Hounds  in Birmingham on Saturday 16th February. Details are on the flyer above, and tickets (£8+booking fee) can be had from

There’s a chance to win tickets to the Mostly Jazz festival if you buy tickets in advance.

New Pigbag album – “Year of the Pigbag” – release details


Pigbag have announced details of their new album, to be titled “Year of the Pigbag”.

The album will be released on Monday 25th March 2013 as both a physical CD and a digital download.

See the Sugar Shack Records site for more details and a preview of one of the album tracks.

ARTIST: Pigbag
TITLE: Year of the Pigbag
RELEASE DATE: 25th March 2013
LABEL: Sugar Shack Records
FORMAT: CD and Digital Download
BARCODE: 5052571041925
GENRE: Funk, Jazz, Afro, Dance

Photos and setlist from 1983 German TV appearance

Roger Freeman has kindly sent me a link to a webpage detailing Pigbag’s 1983 appearance on the German TV show “Rockpalast”.

The page says the show was filmed at the Markthalle in Hamburg on 19th February 1983, which would have meant a short jaunt to Germany while the band were touring the UK.

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The web page has a number of small still images taken form the TV show, a few of which I’ve included here. There’s also a setlist and a line-up.

The page is at and it’s part of a site listing all the bands who appeared on the TV show.

Roger has also sent me a link to a scan of a ticket for the RockPalast gig.

New Pigbag Album for 2013

News from Pigbag’s Facebook page:

“Exciting News – our new album is now mixed and finished and is to be released next spring on Sugarshack Records.”

Birmingham and London gigs confirmed for 2013 and line-up changes

Pigbag have confirmed more gigs to follow on from their Newcastle gig this weekend.

First up, they’ll be playing at the Half Moon in Putney, London on Friday 25th January 2013.

Also they will be playing at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath, Birmingham on Saturday 16th February 2013. Tickets are available here.

The band line-up has also changed over the past couple of years. Sven Atterton (pictured above) is the bass player and has been with the band since the Mostly Jazz festival in July 2011, John Sam (drums) has played at the Bristol and Amsterdam gigs.

On the forthcoming album, Max O’Donnell (guitar) and Karme Caruso (keys) join the band and also played the recent gig in Newcastle. Also at the Newcastle gig, Oliver Nelkin stood in for Annie Whitehead on trombone.

New album recorded and Newcastle gig lined up

Chris from Pigbag has recently posted on Facebook to say that the band have finished recording and mixing a new album:

Have finally finished mixing of the new Pigbag album – 9 killer new tracks covering funk, afro beat and general space disco crazyness – record labels please form an orderly queue……

The band are also booked to play a gig at Hoochie Coochie in Newcastle Sat Dec 8th, with an as-yet unannounced new line up. Tickets are available for £10+booking fee.

They’re trying to line up a gig in Shoreditch

Pigbag backstage photo from 1983

Angela Jaeger has kindly passed on a photo of four members of Pigbag taken backstage somewhere in Germany in 1983.

From left to right- Kofi Adu, Angela Jaeger, James Johnstone, Simon Underwood.

Rough mix of new Pigbag track available on SoundCloud

Ollie Moore has posted a rough mix of a new Pigbag track on SoundCloud, recorded in February 2010.

The track is called “Smooth Break” and you can listen to it here.

Pigbag on MTV, December 1982

Brian Nevill has posted another Pigbag video to YouTube.
This time it’s the band miming to “Listen Listen Little Man” from their second album, “Lend An Ear” on MTV in December 1982.

The band members in the clip are:
Oscar Verden (keys), Ollie Moore (baritone), Chris Lee (trumpet), Simon Underwood (violin), James Johnstone (bass), Brian Nevill (drums) & Angela Jaeger (playing congas in this film).

Once again, many thanks to Brian and his archive for providing this blast from the past.

Happy New Year to all Pigbag band members and fans out there!

Two live Pigbag videos added to YouTube

Brian Nevill has been busy again, adding two more videos of Pigbag playing live on German TV to his YouTube channel.

First up is a clip from September 1982 of the band playing “Weak At The Knees” from their (at that point, unreleased) second album “Lend an Ear”.

Next up is a clip from “Bio’s Bahnhof” of the band playing “Papa’s..” live. Filmed in Cologne on October 25th 1982.

Great stuff and thanks again to Brian for sourcing those.

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