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Attila the Stockbroker

Fri 24 Mar, 7:30 pm9:15 pm

About the event

Punk/dub poet, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Attila the Stockbroker performs a free gig of spoken word, dub poetry, acoustic songs and a bit of early music on ancient instruments.

Emerging from the same punk-poet scene as Linton Kwesi Johnson, Benjamin Zephaniah and John Cooper Clarke, Attila is now celebrating 40+ years earning a living doing what he loves.

“Sharp of wit in person and on paper, he can be pithy and persuasive or eloquent and expansive — but never dull. Forty years on the road, organising his own tours, publishing and recording, have only honed his skills, not diminished them.” Morning Star

Attila the Stockbroker exploded into public consciousness in 1982-3 via two John Peel sessions and a Melody Maker front cover. Organiser and MoC of Rock Against Racism gigs, he has since done nearly 4,000 gigs in 24 countries, and released some 20 CDs/LPs, eight books of poems, his autobiography Arguments Yard (Cherry Red Books, 2015).

His most recent collected works, Heart on my Sleeve (2021), was described by Louder Than War as “a profound source of reassurance and comfort in troubled times… care, compassion and solidarity that shines through and wafts off every page of this beautiful collection.”

His latest album, just out and endorsed by his old friend Benjamin Zephaniah, is a dub poetry collection 40 Years In Rhyme with rhythms from Kingsley Salmon and What’s Left Dub, and his previous one, 2018’s Restoration Tragedy, combines early music and punk – a lifelong ambition – with tales of the English Revolution of 1649.

He also tours with his band Barnstormer 1649 full-on punk mixed with early music. They really don’t sound like anything else. Neither does he.

An output best described as genre fluid.

With support from: Ralph Dartford at 7.15pm. Ralph is a founding member of ‘A Firm of Poets’, and has published three poetry collections: Cigarettes, Beer and LoveRecovery Songs and Hidden Music. Ralph is the poetry editor at and is currently studying for a Creative Writing PhD at the University of Huddersfield.

Date: Friday 24 March

Time: 7.30pm-9.15pm (with a 15-minute break)

Venue: Small Seeds (under Bar Maroc), corner of Castlegate/New Street, Huddersfield HD1 2UD

Tickets: Free, donations welcomed (booking recommended)

Age guidance: 16+

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Please Note: Booking is recommended due to venue capacity restrictions.

Access and Covid safety measures: if you have specific access needs or queries and/or prefer to be seated away from other audience members as a Covid safety measure, please contact our Admin at: [email protected] with your request.


Concessions are for those over the age of 65 or over and anyone with a disability.

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Fri 24 Mar
7:30 pm–9:15 pm
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Small Seeds, Castlegate (New Street junction), HD1 2UD
Small Seeds, 120 New Street, Castlegate
Huddersfield, HD1 2UD United Kingdom
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