Punk with an Italian flavour

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ITALY might be more musically renowned on these shores for Puccini than punk, but 1000 Degrees are out to change all that when they hit the borough this week.

The band from Genoa mark Davestock Promotions’ first attempt to branch out into bringing international gigs to Wigan with an appearance at the Boulevard in Wallgate.

However, while 1000 Degrees should definitely ensure that their visit will be a case of “nessun dorma” - or “none shall sleep tonight” - that is where the similarities between them and their country’s more famous musical exports end, as the band kick out a visceral sound heavily influenced by the American hardcore scene as well as legendary punk groups from Britain.

Two local acts will complete the night’s Anglo-Italian line-up, with fellow hardcore-influenced punk rockers Fair Do’s and alternative rock act Milker taking to the stage for the ground-breaking gig.

Promoter Dave Kaaria said: “I really like the vibe 1000 Degrees have, they’re this new genre of hardcore-influenced skate punk that quite a few bands are playing at the moment. It’s just good punk-rock music.

“We’ve never tried anything like this before but we’ve got a few different nights on this year so we thought we would try it. It came about because a friend of Rob Fairhurst, who’s our sound man and plays in Gunpowder Plot, puts on gigs and wanted to put 1000 Degrees on, but they realised it fell on one of my nights so I got to organise it.

“It’s not been too difficult to organise so far, and I think the line-up fits together quite well.”

The visit of 1000 Degrees marks the start of a busy run of gigs for Davestock, which also includes a gig with Cars on Fire, who have toured with bands including Fightstar, the first running of a new festival in March, and a Wigan appearance from leading nu-metal tribute act Korn Again.

1000 Degrees, Milker and Fair Do’s play at the Boulevard on Friday February 22, with doors opening at 8pm and the first band taking to the stage at about 9pm. Entry is free.

For more information, search for Davestock Promotions on Facebook.