Bomb turns five in style

Philophobia acts and Rhubarb Bomb contributors gather at Wakefield Theatre Royal & Opera House for a class photo, 29th February 2012.
Philophobia acts and Rhubarb Bomb contributors gather at Wakefield Theatre Royal & Opera House for a class photo, 29th February 2012.

THE city’s music scene hit a milestone when indie fanzine Rhubarb Bomb turned five years old.

Marking an explosive half-decade of celebrating Wakefield’s best talent, live bands performed at the exclusive book and album launch during Saturday’s birthday party festival.

The event, which was held at the Orangery, on Back Lane, and was Rhubarb Bomb’s best yet, according to its organisers.

Editor Dean Freeman, told the Express the day couldn’t have gone better.

He said: “We’ve put on a lot of gigs over the years and this was pretty much the best one.

“I was just standing there watching the music and I was thinking this is pretty special.”

Chris Morse, member of indie rock band Piskie Sits, who both performed at the gig and also feature on the album, said: “It was a really good day for Wakefield’s music, everyone had a really good time.”

The compilation CD, which sports an exclusive demo track from The Cribs, acts as a preview to the more detailed book; Rhubarb Bomb – The City Consumes Us.

Written and compiled by Mr Freeman, the nostalgic 200-page book features a collection of cuttings from the brand’s writers over the years.

Mr Freeman said: “It was not like there was ever a five-year plan. Even six months ago we didn’t think we’d be releasing a book.”

“We started six months ago and worked immensely until now. It has been quite an amazing thing.”

“We are really keen to get involved with more people, especially writers. Any age, background, just passionate about music and indie culture.”