There is something truly special and probably unique about the Mekons. Sonic adventurers, punk rock fundamentalists, exuberant luddites and willing outcasts over their remarkable 40 year history, they’ve managed to stay true to their original punk ethos whilst constantly evolving musically and questioning the madness that surrounds them.
Never a comedy band but always hilarious the Mekons are adored and revered by those who know and consistently, constantly one of the best live bands on the planet.
Last year at Rhythmtree we were treated to a “mini-Mekons” set led by the indefatigable Jon Langford and such a good time was had promises were made to return with the whole ensemble. True to his word they’ll be appearing for the first time in many years at a UK festival and with the full 8 strong classic line-up (and, possibly, a surprise guest or two) that has remained intact since the mid-1980s.
The Mekons continue to make bold, unpredictable music while staying true to their roots. Their mind-boggling output consistently blurs the lines between high art and low and they remain one of the most entertaining and truly great live bands.
“The Mekons are the most revolutionary group in the history of rock ‘n’ roll.”
— Lester Bangs