Headbangers bring back spirit of punk

Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds

Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds

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MUSIC fans will be transported back to the thrilling heyday of loud three-chord rock when a ‘70s punk band plays its first Wigan gig in more than 30 years.

Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds, from Manchester, will bring back the spirit of 1977, mohicans and safety pins when they headline at The Tudor House Hotel on Friday September 26.

The four-piece will appear at the New Market Street venue playing a mixture of their own songs, which blend the high-tempo energy of the early punk scene and influences from glam rock, with tracks by fellow Manchester act Slaughter and the Dogs, which shares two members with the group.

The gig promises to be a memorable return to the borough for the band, which last played for the town’s music fans at Wigan Casino in 1977 and even counted The Smiths’ frontman Morrissey among their members for a brief period.

Gig organiser Stuart Hughes, from Orrell, said: “The Casino wasn’t a punk venue but in its early days it hosted a lot of live bands, and that was the last time Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds played in Wigan.

“I saw the musicians playing earlier this year with their glam rock side project and asked if they would come to Wigan, and they said it was 30-odd years since they had played here.

“They’re not an out-and-out political punk band, they’re quite glam and some of their lyrics are quite tongue-in-cheek.”

Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds will play at the Tudor House Hotel on Friday September 26, with support slots from Xtract and Dysphonia. The gig starts at 8pm and entry is free.