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Sat 17th May at 12:30pm
North West Calling
@ O2 Ritz, Manchester
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North West Calling: The Exploited + Angelic Upstarts + UK Subs + The Business + Goldblade + GBH + Dirt Box Disco + Crashed Out + Gimp Fist + 4ft Fingers
Riot-starting, bouncer-bashing, cop-baiting, hotel-trashing, foul-talking, noise-making, chaos-causing, venue-wrecking, government-hating, rule-breaking, unrelenting, punk rocking... Let's get one thing straight: The Exploited are not 'punkers' or any of the other cutesy, watered down, MTV-friendly names you might want to call them - The Exploited are punk rock.
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Classic punk four-piece from South Shields. The Angelic Upstarts make rowdy, angry and feisty punk, the way it was made in the first place. Having been playing together since the late seventies, these guys know both their punk and their politics.
Angelic Upstarts tour dates
There’s not many bands that have the respect of EVERYONE on the punk scene. But Charlie Harpers UK SUBS is that exception. Formed in 1976, the mainstay of the band has been vocalist Charlie Harper, originally a singer in Britain's R&B scene (now venerated as the godfather of UK punk) the band has continued and thrived. 2010 marked the fifth decade in which the U.K. Subs had continually graced the Punk Rock scene, widely recognised as one of the most consistently and visibly successful punk bands - they maintain and pioneer the true spirit of punk rock, without the compromise and watering-down that has affected so many of their contemporaries.
UK Subs tour dates
Indisputably synonymous with anyone's recollection of the original surge of the British Oi! movement would have to be South London's working class skinhead heroes, The Business. Well known for dealing with highly political issues, tales of European football games, motorbike excursions, working class triumphs, bar room theatrics, factory life blues, and of course, the unavoidable anthems of the ever-scrutinized drinking and driving.
The Business tour dates
Goldblade unleashes the musical equivalent of a full-on beach assault incorporating heavy artillery, landing craft and an assortment of nuclear field weapons. With a fierce intelligence and a thirst for esoteric knowledge that matches a music that is visceral and almost spiritual in its primal spirit Goldblade are like no other band. John Robb, like some punk-ass James Brown, charges the band into the thick of battle. Prepare to be irradiated by their high-energy glam-soul-punk sound.
Goldblade tour dates
Causing anarchy since 1978, these classic old school punk junkies have now been delivering GBH on the earholes for over 30 years. Today's GBH line-up comprises the original core trio of Colin (Col) Abrahall on vocalsm, Colin (Jock) Blyth on guitar, Ross Lomas on bass, joined by Scott Preecem their drummer for the past 17+ years.
GBH tour dates
Crashed Out are an unstoppable and focused Punk Rock 'N' Roll force hailing from Jarrow in the North East of England. Having honed their stunning sound, this masterful quartet have nailed their in - yer - face Punk Rock that will grab you by the throat. They are highly infectious with their energetic and powerful live shows. Last year the band released their fifth album 'Crash & Burn'. Having toured and played alongside Punk legends such as Rancid, The Adicts, The Undertones and many more the boys will be here to deliver the goods.
Crashed Out tour dates
Minor Threat influenced band from the North East with deep street punk roots.
Gimp Fist tour dates
Formed in Cheltenham 1996, 4ft Fingers quickly established themselves as one of the essential household names that shaped the British punk rock and ska punk scene in the early 2000s, alongside bands such as [Spunge],Capdown, King Prawn & Whitmore.
In 2013 the original front line up of 4ft Fingers will reunite again for summer festivals and few headline shows, which will be reaped in nostalgia as the band will rip through all the favourites from their first 2 albums, but expect a new ep too!
4ft Fingers tour dates
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Venue: O2 Ritz
Phone: 0161 236 4355
→ Oxford Road 1 min walk