Along with the 100 Club, the Hope & Anchor in Islington's Upper Street, is one of the few original punk venues in London still standing - it's had a new sound system put in and a bit of a sweep up, but is otherwise the same space that it was back in '76 when The Stranglers recorded their 'Live at The Hope & Anchor' album, when Joy Division did their first London gig, and where The Damned filmed the video for punk's first chart single New Rose. 

Forty years on, Rockaway Beach continues that history.  Timmy & Debs DeRella started the club as there was nowhere like it in London - a place to see a great band, listen to some good music and meet and make friends.   The club has put on some great *sold out* nights; with original punks like Brian James, Urban Dogs (for the first time in twenty years, with a special guest appearance from Campino of Die Toten Hosen), Honest John Plain from The Boys, The Vibrators (first reunion of original line up and a very special reunion of their V2 lineup) and Vice Squad, as well as bands with a punk heritage like The Dirty Strangers, Guitar Gangsters, The Phobics, Last Great Dreamers, S*M*A*S*H, The Anita Chellemah Band, Louise Distras, Dave Kusworth, Darrell Bath, The Peckham Cowboys, Witchdoktors and (of course) The DeRellas.   

Vive Le Rock call us 'Discerning Punk Promoters'. 

Now going strong into our third year, we get a regular crowd of happy, friendly punters and every band we've put on have wanted to play again.  In true DIY punk style, we treat bands with respect, we keep entry fees fair and support two London-based charities 'Food for All - Feeding the Poor' and Knox's charity shop 'Rock n Roll Rescue'.

For more info about Rockaway Beach, contact Timmy on thederellas@gmail.com
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