The Alcoholic Rat’s website began way back in 2002, initially to share my gig and scooter rally photos, band memorabilia and a small gig guide. I chose its name as I was part of the all-girl scooter club from the 1980s called the Alcoholic Rats. Over the years I’ve tried to drop the name but it seems to have stuck!
UK PSYCHOBILLY GIG GUIDE
As the internet progressed, I started a separate listings site for the UK Psychobilly Gig Guide to enable bands and promoters to advertise their events, and for punters to find out what’s on in one place. Just to clarify, I am not a promoter and have nothing to do with any of the gigs listed. I just do it for the love of the scene.
PSYCHOBILLY BAND PAGES
I then set up the official band pages for Guana Batz, Epileptic Hillbillys, Hancox and King Kurt, which I run on the bands’ behalves.
PSYCHOBILLY INTERVIEWS & FEATURES
In 2015, I began to write another lifestyle blog called Tea & Cake for the Soul which covers travel, books, recipes, health, eco issues and more. I have a large section on there with musical interviews and features from some of our music scenes favourite characters. You can follow that page on WordPress, social media, or sign up to get email notifications.
All pages can be accessed by clicking the text links below the pictures or by the menu at the top of the screen.
Up until 2019, I ran a separate Facebook page for the Klub Foot memories and photos. However, I decided to move them all over to the UK Psychobilly Gig Guide Facebook page recently to keep everything in one place. After all, there are now flyers from 80s, 90s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s on there! Who’d have thought psychobilly would last so long!
HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM UK PSYCHOBILLY GIG GUIDE & BAND PAGES
Below are a few ways to make sure that you see posts from UK Psychobilly Gig Guide, the band pages that I run and any other band pages that you are interested in :
1. Bookmark this website
I generally update the Gig Guide once a week and the band pages as and when new gig dates or news comes in so keep checking back.
2. Like and Follow on Facebook
I share the Gig Guide and posts from the band pages that I run to my Facebook Page HERE and my Facebook profile HERE so give it a like or add me but follow the steps below.
Facebook algorithms mean that only a very small proportion of followers get to see posts unless they interact with them. So, the more you like or comment, the more you are likely to see my posts in your newsfeed. And the more you comment, the more other people will see them too, which helps me spread the word.
You can also opt in to “Get Notifications” from the Facebook Page (which means Facebook will tell you when I post) and “See First” (which allows you to chose which posts appear at the top of your newsfeed).
(This applies to every Facebook Page that you “like and follow” be it a band, shop or blog so go ahead and like give a few previous posts some love)
3. Submit gig info
If you are a promoter or in a band you can send in your listings and flyers. Check that it’s not already on there, then send me the details below. This website is still used daily by people looking for gig info so it’s a great free place to advertise your shows.
UK Psychobilly Gig Guide (Alcoholic Rats) is a free blog site run purely for the love of the music as a hobby with no business interests. It is hosted on WordPress.com who have now updated their privacy and cookie policies to comply with Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) that becomes effective on May 25, 2018. You can read how they collect data and how that affects you the blog reader HERE. This blog also publishes automatically to Facebook and Twitter and you can opt to follow on those social media. You can read their privacy policies on Facebook HERE and on Twitter HERE.