Punk legends Buzzcocks announce Sunderland gig

MUSIC GODFATHERS: The Buzzcocks to play North Shore, formerly Manor Quay, next year.
MUSIC GODFATHERS: The Buzzcocks to play North Shore, formerly Manor Quay, next year.
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PUNK rock legends Buzzcocks will storm the Sunderland stage for the first time ever.

The punk rockers, who helped to shape a genre, will perform at North Shore, St Peter’s, in May.

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.

Speaking about their reputation as the godfathers of punk pop, lead singer Pete Shelley said: “Looking back on it now, what’s going on is like echoes of the Big Bang.

“You look around you in society and the culture; so many things would not have been the same if there never was punk rock. It’s strange; it’s like a science fiction novel.

“But to us at the time, it just sprung naturally.”

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

Buzzcocks play North Shore, formerly Manor Quay, in St Peter’s on May 30.

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