Back to the 70s with top punk tribute act

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IT will be a case of: “Hey, ho, let’s go!” for punk fans this weekend as a leading tribute act to The Ramones visits Wigan.

The Shamones, from South Wales, will play the hits of the legendary New York band while transporting the audience back to the heyday of safety pins and three-chord rock at The Boulevard on Sunday night.

The tribute band, which was formed in 2010 and features former The Damned member Bryn Merrick on bass, will be joined on the bill at the Wallgate venue by Wigan acts Low Street and Midwich Cukoos.

The gig will be a particularly significant one for punk band Low Street as it will mark the debut live appearance for a much-changed line-up with three new members, while The Midwich Cukoos will show off their unusual sound blending punk energy and melodic vocals inspired by singers from the 1950s.

Promoter Paul Maiden said: “The Shamones are fast becoming recognised as the best tribute around to The Ramones, and they coaxed Bryn Merrick out of retirement. The Ramones were the forerunners of the whole scene, and it’s also the band’s 40th anniversary this year.

“Punk seems to really appeal to music fans in Wigan, the gigs always almost sell out.

“I always try and put local bands on in the support slots, and these two have rather different takes on punk. Low Street are quite aggressive and The Midwich Cukoos are a bit more refined.”

The Shamones, Low Street and The Midwich Cukoos will play at The Boulevard on Sunday August 24. Doors open at 8.30pm and tickets are £3 on the door.