Psychobilly King Kurt takes stage

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A CULT 1980s band will head up north for the first time in many years when they turn up to rock Wigan this weekend.

London psychobilly act King Kurt, who broke the UK Top 40 singles chart with their 1982 hit Destination Zululand, will headline the bill at The Bellingham Hotel on Saturday evening.

The band, who enjoyed a seven-year career which saw them released three albums before splitting in 1988, will take to the stage along with fellow psychobilly acts Luna Vegas and Hobo King and the Freight Train for a night of the genre’s classic sounds and tracks.

An offshoot of the original American rockabilly scene, psychobilly bands brought together a range of influences including classic rock ‘n’ roll, blues, country, punk and even rock and heavy metal elements to create a sound identified by its fast tempos, often tongue-in-cheek lyrics about old horror movies and taboo subjects, and the use of an upright double bass rather than an electric instrument.

The gig is being put on by promoters Voodoo Krew, who organise everything from rock nights to tattoo conventions and hot rod events and are putting on their first gig at the Wigan Lane gig.

Co-promoter Mark Welsby said: “King Kurt probably haven’t played in the north for a long, long time so it’s a big, one-off event for us.

“They were up there near the top of the scene and featured on Top of the Pops in their heyday. People might also remember the video to their biggest hit, which featured the band running across the desert.

“About half the tickets have gone already so we’re expecting a sell-out on the night. I would imagine quite a lot of the older fans will come down but the music’s popular with a younger audience too and there’s quite a bit of crossover with things like the scooter and motorbike scenes.”

King Kurt’s appearance at The Bellingham is the first of several gigs Mark and the Voodoo Krew are planning for this year.

The gig will take place at The Bellingham Hotel on Saturday, January 26, from 8pm until late. Tickets are £15 and available from Legends Tattoo Studio or by visiting