Punk festival North East Calling celebrates its 10th year

The Damned are headlining this year's North East Calling punk festival.
The Damned are headlining this year's North East Calling punk festival.
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A popular punk festival is back with a bang.

Now in its 10th year, North East Calling, which has grown in popularity, returns to Newcastle.

It began life in Durham in 2005 and has gone on to attract fans of the genre from all over the world.

It has since relocated to Northumbria University, and next month’s event promises to be the biggest yet.

The line-up includes The Damned, The Exploited, Angelic Upstarts, Anti Nowhere League, Subhumans, 999, Crashed Out, Fire Exit, Hi Fi Spitfires and Dogsflesh.

Headliners The Damned were formed in London in 1976 by lead vocalist Dave Vanian, guitarist Brian James, bassist (and later guitarist) Captain Sensible, and drummer Rat Scabies.

They were the first UK punk band to release a single, New Rose (1976), release an album, Damned Damned Damned (1977), and tour the United States.

Nine of their singles reached the UK Top 40, and they have a loyal fanbase to this day.

As well as an exciting line-up, the day will feature drink promotions, all-day passouts and merchandise stalls.

North East Calling takes place on Saturday, September 26. Doors open at 12.30pm. The event is for over-14s, though under-18s must be accompanied.

Advance tickets are £26 from Hot Rats, in Stockton Road, Sunderland, and online at www.gigbox.co.uk