Cult punks to play Wigan

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A CULT punk band from the 1970s will once again summon up the era of safety pins, scandals and three-chord guitar rock when they play in Wigan.

Sham 69, regarded as one of the most influential bands in the explosion of punk music which shocked mainstream British society in the mid-1970s, will headline an evening at The Kaff, on Clarence Yard just off Wallgate, on July 27.

The Surrey band formed in 1976 and had chart success with singles including If The Kids Are United and Angels With Dirty Faces, before splitting up after a fight at one of their gigs between right-wing skinheads who had attached themselves to the band.

Although their career was short-lived, the band proved influential for later street punk bands due to their blue-collar background, football terrace chant backing vocals and rabble-rousing political messages.

After the band broke up the musicians formed a series of side projects before trying to resurrect Sham 69 on several occasions.

Now with the line-up of founder member and guitarist Neil Harris, vocalist Tim V, guitarist Tony Feedback, bassist Al Campbell and drummer Ian Whitewood, the band will headline the night at Kaff with support from Wigan bands Somos Muchos and The Crownings.

Promoter Danny Simm, (inset left) who is organising the gig together with Wigan rock DJ Paul Maiden, said: “Sham 69 are probably one of the best-known punk bands of that era after the Sex Pistols and The Clash.

“When they recently played in Sheffield around 200 people went on coaches from Wigan to watch, so we’re hoping there will be a big crowd for this.”

Tickets are now on sale and are available through The Kaff for £6 or online at Seetickets priced at £7.

To find out more, search for The Kaff on Facebook or visit www.seetickets.com.