Hartlepool band Antlez to play farewell gig at The Studio

Antlez are playing a farewell gig on Saturday at The Studio in Hartlepool.
Antlez are playing a farewell gig on Saturday at The Studio in Hartlepool.

Hartlepool band Antlez are urging fans to come out and see them one last time as they play a farewell gig this weekend.

The indie-pop five-piece, who have been together eight years, have decided to call it a day.

But they hope to go out in a blaze of glory by playing live together one last time, at The Studio in Hartlepool on Saturday, 6 August.

Although members have come and gone, the band has been together since 2008

The current line-up is Matty Shuttleworth (vocals/bass), Micky Braham (guitar), Jake Hopkins (drums), Chris Harvey (vocals/guitar/keys) and Michael Baxter (guitar).

"We've played a lot of gigs around Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool, but never had the chance to really give it a go to tour properly," said Micky Braham.

"We're all at the age now where we work full-time, and have other commitments, so it's getting hard to get everyone together to practice, write and play gigs.

"We decided the time was right to call it a day, but we thought we'd play one last gig to say thanks to the fans."

The gig, billed as 'The Final Farewell', includes support from three other local acts, Para Alta, Plaza, and James Leonard Hewitson.

"They're all bands we're friends with, so hopefully we'll go out on a high, and anyone who's enjoyed our music will come along and listen one last time," added Micky.

High points for Antlez over the years have included releasing an EP and a couple of singles, playing with bands they admire, such as Tall Ships and Hot Club de Paris, and headlining a stage at last year's Evolution Emerging festival in Newcastle.

"We're already talking about side projects, as myself, the singer and guitarist are looking to write together, and the others also have things going on," added Micky.

Admission is £4 on the night, and doors open at 7.30pm with the first act on at 8pm.