The Damned and Angelic Upstarts to star on punk double bill

The Damned will play at North Shore in Sunderland on April 24.
The Damned will play at North Shore in Sunderland on April 24.

BUZZCOCKS aren’t the only punk legends who will be gracing a Sunderland stage this spring, as two much more familiar visitors are also set to play at North Shore.

The Damned, who are also members of the class of ‘76, will appear at the venue on Friday, April 24.

They will be sharing the bill with South Shields’ very own Angelic Upstarts.

The bands last appeared together at North East Calling (formerly the Durham Punk Festival) in Newcastle back in August.

The Damned were also part of the original punk movement, alongside the Sex Pistols and The Clash.

They have never split up, and today’s line-up still features original members Dave Vanian on vocals and Captain Sensible on guitar. In fact, the gig is on the Captain’s birthday.

You can bet he’ll try to sneak his 1980s No. 1 hit Happy Talk into what will otherwise be a greatest hits set, featuring the likes of New Rose , Smash It Up, Love Song and Eloise.

A band spokesman said: “We were delighted to accept the offer to play Sunderland – the band always enjoy playing the North East.”

As for the Upstarts, the band’s frontman Mensi has lived in Sunderland for years, so it’s a hometown gig for him.

He is joined in the current line-up by Gaz Stoker on bass, Neil Newton on lead guitar, Steve Straughan on rhythm and Jonnie Halling on drums.

Mensi said: “Sunderland has always been our top gig since the late ‘70s, and we are looking forward to playing alongside The Damned”.

Tickets are £15 from Hot Rats or

There will also be drinks promotions on the night, and fans are advised to purchase tickets early, as the show is expected to sell out in advance.