THE back room of a Hartlepool pub is to play host to an acclaimed American ska band in the middle of a global tour.
Tickets to see The Toasters, one of the world’s most influential ska outfits, at The Nursery Inn, in Hops Street, sold out in a matter of days.
Seventy-five people will be packed into the intimate back room when the New York ska legends arrive in Hartlepool for the very first time tomorrow evening.
The Toasters formed in 1981 and have released nine studio albums in between their numerous world tours.
The Nursery used to be known for its ability to attract well-known bands and landlord Ian Humberston was rightfully overjoyed when he disovered The Toasters had agreed to play their first gig in Hartlepool.
The gig came about after Matt Bilton, a member of Teesside ska band Live Injection, who will be the support-act, contacted the manager of the American outfit to see if a Hartlepool gig appealed to them.
Landlord Ian, 54, who is married to the pub’s licensee, Deborah, 41, said: “This gig is putting The Nursery back where it should be, it’s a big gig for Hartlepool. The tickets sold out in five days and I wasn’t at all surprised.”