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Origin Dewsbury, England
Genres Punk rock, anarcho-punk
Years active 1980–present
Labels Bluurg, Peaceville
Past members Paul "Hammy" Halmshaw
Simon Mooney
Simon Bridgewater
Simon Elsey
Barbara Drye
Nicky Djorjevic
Darren Dean
Tez Turner
Andrew Turnbull
Steve Curran

Instigators were an anarcho-punk band from Dewsbury, England, formed in 1980. The original line-up split up in the mid-1980s, but the band carried on into the 1990s.


The band was formed in 1980 by drummer Paul "Hammy" Halmshaw and guitarist Simon Mooney, both students at Thornhill High School, and the line-up was completed by Simon "Semi" Bridgewater (vocals) and Nicky Djorjevic (bass Guitar).[1] They took the name Instigators on the suggestion of Ritchie Calvert of the band Disintegrated.[1] The band's first live performance was in summer 1982.[1] Influences on the band included Crass and Flux of Pink Indians.[1]

Djorjevic left to be replaced by "Tompo", who only lasted a few months, playing on the band's first demo, before being replaced himself by Simon "Tab" Elsey.[1] Bridgewater also left for a short time, his replacement being [Sheffield based Vocalist/Lyricist] Darren Dean. The band's demo got the band a support slot for Flux of Pink Indians in November 1982, and they recorded two further demos, all three getting released on a cassette on Halmshaw's Peaceville Records label, gaining the band more fans. Barbara Drye also added some further input into the band by singing a couple of songs with 'Aggression' been one of them.[1] The band were given another support slot in May 1983, opening for Subhumans in Bradford, a performance that was recorded by Subhumans vocalist Dick Lucas and released through his Bluurg label.[1] Bluurg also released the band's first EP, The Blood is on Your Hands, which reached number 21 on the UK Independent Chart.[2] The 1985 LP release Nobody Listens Anymore increased their popularity, reaching number 18 on the Indie Albums Chart,[2] and securing them a spot on Pusmort's Cleanse the Bacteria compilation LP.

Bridgewater left later that year after an argument, and the band recruited Andy "Tez" Turner (formerly of Xpozez) as his replacement.[1] Halmshaw and Elsey also soon left, with Mooney and Turner continuing with Andrew "Trimble" Turnbull (Also formerly of Xpozez) on bass guitar and Steve "Cuzzy" Curran on drums.[1] The band's sound changed with the new line-up, taking on a more American influence. They went on to tour Europe and the United States and continued into the 1990s.

Halmshaw went on to front Civilised Society, and continued to develop his Peaceville label.[1]


Singles, Eps[edit]

  • The Blood Is on Your Hands 7" EP (1984), Bluurg, Fish 6 - UK Indie No. 21
  • Recorded Live in Denmark Feb '86 7" EP (1986), Mystic
  • "Eye to Eye" (1986), Mystic
  • "Full Circle" 7" (1987), Double A
  • "Invasion" 7" (1988), Super Seven
  • "Toshiyuki Hiraoka/With The Instigators–Personal Progress" 7" (1990), Deco Record


  • Demo (cassette) (1982)
  • Demo (cassette) (1983)
  • Demo (cassette) (1984)
  • Live in Leeds (cassette) (1983), Bluurg
  • It Has To Be Stopped Live (cassette) (1984), 96 Tapes
  • All Creatures Great And Small Live (cassette) (1984), Bluurg
  • Nobody Listens Anymore (1985), Bluurg, Fish 11 - UK Indie No. 18
  • We Are The Race Of The Media Fix Live (cassette), (1985) Bluurg
  • Shrapnel, Instigators–Live At St.Phillips Community Centre. (cassette), (1985)
  • Live In Leeds(cassette), (1985)
  • Demo (cassette), (1986)
  • Phoenix (1986), Bluurg, Fish 13
  • Instigators Live At Huset, Arhus, Denmark, 15 February 1986 (1987), self-released, later licensed to Calypso Now
  • Wall of Sound - Live in Berlin (1988), Meantime
  • Live (1988) Black Box Records
  • Shockgun (1988), Flipside, FLIP 16
  • New Old Now (1989), Peaceville
  • Recovery Sessions (1990), Full Circle
  • Demo (cassette) (1993)
  • Dine Upon the Dead (2002), Blackfish - compilation
  • The Blood Is On Your Hands (LP) (2015),RuinNation
  • Nobody Listens Anymore (30th Anniversary Edition) (LP) (2015),RuinNation


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Glasper, Ian (2006) The Day The Country Died: A History of Anarcho Punk 1980-1984, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 978-1-901447-70-5, p. 402-7
  2. ^ a b Lazell, Barry (1998) Indie Hits 1980-1989, Cherry Red Books, ISBN 0-9517206-9-4, p. 120

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