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The Urban Voodoo Machine to play Main Stage, Friday 27th September

According to their website, Urban founder Paul-Ronney Angel “ate his parents and fled the fjords of Norway with just a bottle of moonshine and several slices of decomposing fish in his back pocket”. This may or may not be true. One hopes it isn’t. The aroma of week-old flounder can linger so, and play havoc with one’s romantic life. 

What is probably truer is that after coming to London, selling the Big Issue and busking in Soho, in 2002 he hit upon the idea of a band playing “delta blues, latin and gypsy music without losing the spirit and attitude of punk”, replete with lyrics that were part Lemmy and part Bob Dylan. “We’re not Americana and we’re definitely not ‘retro’,” says Angel. “I write songs about living in London right now.” 

Having toured with both the Pogues and the New York Dolls, and renowned on their circuit for their electrifying live act (“honed alongside the burlesque dancers, snake-charmers and fire-eaters they call friends”), and with a line-up that includes an ‘Angel’ on vocals, and ‘Lucifire’ on saxophone, you know their music’s going to be cooler than heaven – and hotter than hell.

Don't miss The Urban Voodoo Machine live on stage at The London Tattoo Convention, Friday 27th September. Get your tickets online now.