Bad Manners are throwing a North East ska ’n’ b party

Bad Manners play at the O2 Academy in Newcastle on Thursday, October 8.

Bad Manners play at the O2 Academy in Newcastle on Thursday, October 8.

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Ska legends Bad Manners will be whipping up a Special Brew at a North-East gig this week.

The band, who had a string of Top 30 hits in the early 1980s, are at the O2 Academy in Newcastle on Thursday, October 8.

Formed in 1976 in North London, frontman Buster Bloodvessel and his bandmates were part of the ska revival sparked by The Specials, Madness and Selecter.

Their most successful years were 1980-1983, when they enjoyed 111 weeks in the UK charts with songs like Lip Up Fatty, Special Brew and Can Can.

Buster is the only surviving original member, and reckons more than 300 different musicians have been part of the line-up over the years.

The band have released nine studio albums, but have been better known in recent years for their energetic live shows.

“We’ve done Newcastle plenty of times in the past, with the last appearance being a few years ago,” said Buster.

“We always have such a good time there and it’s important for the fans. I won’t let them down and feel that it’s my duty that people have a bloody good evening and party the way we can only do.

“Not only have we got two massive tours upcoming, but there’ll be a new single and a live album planned for next year, as it seems people are falling over themselves to get us to put things out there - we’ll give it our best.”

Next year will be Bad Manners’ 40th anniversary, but they are showing no signs of calling it a day: “We’re actually looking forward to making it to the 50th,” said Buster.

Support at the Newcastle gig comes from tribute band The Extra Specials, and tickets, priced £xx, are available HERE or from 0844 477 2000.