Still Spitting, Swearing and Touring After All These Years - A Punk Round-Up for the UK, Spring 2010
Posted: 26th February 2010
Section 25's Larry Cassidy once said in a documentary made by New Order and Channel 4 (called 'Play At Home'), "You can't be a fookin' punk all yer life can you?" and he may well be right. So while bands from 1977 might well have been disenfranchised with their lot some 30-odd years ago, I imagine their own children are acting exactly the same way with their ex-punk dads (and mums), especially the ones still in a band and still gobbing out the hits and sloganeering like teenagers on a mission. Think I'm way off the mark? Check out the dates coming up for proof that there is life after punk after all.
The Damned There are loads of other classic punk bands doing the rounds this year including The Damned who arguably released the very first punk single with 'New Rose' in 1976, just ahead of 'Anarchy In The UK' by the Pistols (although some would argue that the A&M version of 'God Save The Queen' was 'ready to go', until the label baulked at releasing it). Whatever, Dave Vanian and the boys are playing just over a dozen dates from May 17th (Cardiff) right up to June 6th (Newcastle) - expect a mix of the punk and goth era Damned.
The Stranglers are still giving it attitude and are currently embarking on a UK tour, complete with their 70-year old drummer Jet Black (as reported by our very own Patrick recently). The band have hinted that this might be their last run at a tour so disappoint yourself and get to see the 'Meninblack' before it's too late. From the same era we also have The Members who scored a few decent hits with 'Sound Of The Suburbs' and 'Offshore Banking Business'. They play Manchester's Moho on March 29th and for under a tenner!
Buzzcocks Speaking of Manchester, the influential Buzzcocks from that very city are back on the road in September when they beat the 'Boredom' in Dundee (9th), Edinburgh (10th) and the excellent looking Durham Punk Fest 2010. The headline gigs are £15 whilst the Durham Fest on September 11th costs £25 for the whole day.
Durham Punk Fest 2010
Apart from Buzzcocks, other bands at the Durham Punk Fest include Angelic Upstarts (also playing London's Relentless on April 10th), Discharge (also playing a pile of gigs from April 4th with GBH in Bristol to May 8th in Grimsby, with many dates under a tenner) and UK Subs who are also racking up appearances in Bristol (Mar 25th) and many more until Manchester (Nov 18th), again with many at under a tenner. I mentioned GBH earlier and these charming lads are soon revving it up in style from Mar 6th (Ashton) until April 23rd (Kettering) - I was going to make a pun about how much you'll be 'Charged' - it's under a tenner for a few of them.
The Skids Lastly, we have two more legendary early non-English punk bands. Dunfermline's marvelous The Skids may not have been chucking bottles at coppers at every opportunity, but the did write songs befitting a call to peaceful arms. 'Into The Valley', 'Masquerade' and 'Working For The Yankee Dollar' offered up much more than the 'wun choo free for' monotony and you can see them in March in Glasgow (5th), Dunfermline (6th) and Inverness (7th).
Stiff Little Fingers Belfast gave us the Jake Burns-fronted Stiff Little Fingers, back in the day, and the 'Alternative Ulster' and 'Suspect Device' composers are back for an extensive pogo-fest in March from the 3rd in Brighton until the 27th in Southend. They're not playing Belfast this time around - I'm sure they will eventually.
Happy clicking (and gobbing)
- Thu 30th Jul 2020 Stiff Little Fingers, The Professionals Troon Concert Hall (Irvine) Buy Tickets
- Mon 7th Sep 2020 The Damned Leadmill (Sheffield) Buy Tickets
- Tue 8th Sep 2020 Stiff Little Fingers Rock City (Nottingham) Buy Tickets
- Tue 8th Sep 2020 The Damned The Garage/ G2/ Attic (Glasgow) Buy Tickets
- Thu 10th Sep 2020 The Damned Leeds University Union [Stylus/ Pulse/ Mine] (Leeds) Buy Tickets
- Sat 26th Sep 2020 North East Calling, Sham 69 [Jimmy Pursey], The Adicts, Ruts DC, Conflict, Goldblade, Gimp Fist, Crashed Out, Hung Like Hanratty, Fire Exit Northumbria University Students Union/ Institute (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) Buy Tickets
- Tue 20th Oct 2020 The Stranglers The Engine Shed/ Platform (university of Lincoln) (Lincoln) Buy Tickets
- Thu 22nd Oct 2020 Ruts DC, The Stranglers, Mike Peters Motorpoint Arena (Cardiff) Buy Tickets
- Fri 23rd Oct 2020 The Stranglers O2 Academy (Bristol) Buy Tickets
- Sat 24th Oct 2020 The Stranglers The Corn Exchange (Cambridge) Buy Tickets
- Mon 26th Oct 2020 The Stranglers University of East Anglia [UEA]/ LCR (Norwich) Buy Tickets
- Tue 27th Oct 2020 The Stranglers Brighton Dome/ Concert Hall (Brighton) Buy Tickets
- Thu 29th Oct 2020 The Stranglers O2 Academy Newcastle (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) Buy Tickets
- Fri 30th Oct 2020 The Stranglers City Hall/ Memorial Hall/ Oval Hall/ Ballroom (Sheffield) Buy Tickets
- Sat 31st Oct 2020 The Stranglers O2 Academy Birmingham (Birmingham) Buy Tickets
- Mon 2nd Nov 2020 The Stranglers Guildhall (Portsmouth) Buy Tickets
- Mon 2nd Nov 2020 The Damned Aylesbury Waterside Theatre (Aylesbury) Buy Tickets
- Tue 3rd Nov 2020 The Stranglers Rock City (Nottingham) Buy Tickets
- Thu 5th Nov 2020 The Stranglers Music Hall (Aberdeen) Buy Tickets
- Fri 6th Nov 2020 The Stranglers O2 Academy Glasgow (Glasgow) Buy Tickets
- Sat 7th Nov 2020 The Stranglers O2 Academy Glasgow (Glasgow) Buy Tickets
- Mon 9th Nov 2020 The Stranglers Victoria Hall (Stoke-on-Trent) Buy Tickets
- Tue 10th Nov 2020 The Stranglers De Montfort Hall and Gardens (Leicester) Buy Tickets
- Thu 12th Nov 2020 The Stranglers O2 Academy Leeds (Leeds) Buy Tickets
- Sat 14th Nov 2020 The Stranglers O2 Apollo (Manchester) Buy Tickets
- Mon 16th Nov 2020 The Stranglers G-Live (Guildford) Buy Tickets
- Tue 17th Nov 2020 The Stranglers The Hexagon (Reading) Buy Tickets
- Thu 19th Nov 2020 The Stranglers Cliffs Pavilion (Southend) Buy Tickets
- Fri 20th Nov 2020 The Stranglers O2 Academy Brixton (Brixton) Buy Tickets
- Sat 21st Nov 2020 The Stranglers O2 Academy Brixton (Brixton) Buy Tickets
- Sun 29th Nov 2020 The Skids Troon Concert Hall (Irvine) Buy Tickets
- Sat 9th Jan 2021 The Toy Dolls, Angelic Upstarts O2 Forum (Kentish Town) Buy Tickets
- Fri 5th Feb 2021 The Skids La Belle Angele (Edinburgh) Buy Tickets
- Sat 6th Feb 2021 The Skids Oran Mor (Glasgow) Buy Tickets
- Sat 13th Feb 2021 The Skids Harpenden Public Halls (Hertfordshire) Buy Tickets
- Sun 14th Feb 2021 The Skids 229 the venue - Great Portland Street (Marylebone) Buy Tickets
- Tue 16th Feb 2021 The Skids, Richard Jobson, Bruce Watson The Cheese and Grain (Frome) Buy Tickets