Fans told to expect ‘full-on’ show as punk legends Buzzcocks make Sunderland debut

Buzzcocks will play in Sunderland for the first time on Saturday night.
Buzzcocks will play in Sunderland for the first time on Saturday night.
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“Brace yourself for a high-octane set” – says the Buzzcocks bass player about the punk rock legends’ Sunderland debut.

Saturday night’s gig at North Shore, St Peter’s, will be the first time the band, who helped to shape a musical genre, have ever played the city.

Bass player Chris Remington said: “Expect a high-octane set. There’s not a lot of space between each song. Don’t expect a toned-down version of what you got in 1977, it’s still very much full-on.”

Once hailed as “the Beatles of punk”, the innovators of the British punk scene, who formed in 1976, have gone on to inspire a diverse range of bands, including REM, Nirvana and Green Day.

For their Sunderland debut, they’ll be drawing upon a 30-year back catalogue which includes eight studio albums and more than 20 singles and EPs.

Hits include the anthemic Ever Fallen In Love With Someone (You Shouldn’t’ve Fallen In Love With?), What Do I Get and Harmony in My Head.

Buzzcocks bass player Chris Remmington in Keel Square, Sunderland.

Buzzcocks bass player Chris Remmington in Keel Square, Sunderland.

Chris, who joined the band - which still includes long-time members Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle - in 2008, said: “It should be good, the further north you go, the more passionate the people.

“I remember the first time I played Newcastle with the band, I just thought ‘wow, why can’t everywhere be like that?’.

“There’ll be the classics, but new stuff too. We released a new album last year and it was so well received it would be daft not to put those tracks in the set.”

Speaking about joining the band, he said: “I’d known Steve and Pete a long while, I met Steve socially in the mid-90s when I was in a band and we used to socialise a lot in Camden and I’d bump into him at after-shows. I also used to play in his solo band.

“Don’t expect a toned down version of what you got in 1977.” Chris Remington

“I met Pete on a social level too, so when I joined the band it wasn’t like I was just thrown in. I knew their stuff and was very much an appreciator of them. I couldn’t have joined the band if I wasn’t.”

The gig comes ahead of a busy summer of festivals for the four-piece who’ve just been announced on the Glastonbury line-up.

Special guests on the night will be Sunderland’s own 1977.

Buzzcocks play North Shore, formerly Manor Quay, in St Peter’s on Saturday.

Tickets for the gig are priced at £15, available from Hot Rats, Stockton Road or www.gigbox.co.uk.