Punk rockers Angelic Upstarts return to Sunderland

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Punk rockers Angelic Upstarts promise to bring some fire to Sunderland this winter.

Following their last sell-out gig in the city in 2014, the four-piece from South Shields will rock the stage at Independent in Holmeside on December 11.

Frontman and founding member Mensi said: “Sunderland is always a highlight for me. I’ve been a Sunderland fan all my life, so it’s something special. I don’t think there’s another club in the world who kick you so hard, but we love it.”

Mensi, who’s been on the circuit since the band’s inception in 1977, says he’s noticed changes over the years.

“When we first started playing there was only the Old 29, Sunderland bands had to work twice as hard to get noticed. But there’s a real buzz about the place now, and loads of great bands coming from the city.”

Speaking about what people can expect from the show, he said: “You can expect a fire that’s never extinguished.”

Mensi is also asking people to bring along unwanted, hard-wearing shoes to the show which he’ll be delivering to refugee camps in Calais.

“People say it’s a drop in the ocean, but small drops make a river,” he said. “Last time I visited shoes were like currency in the camps.”

•Tickets are £10 from Hot Rats in Stockton Road or www.gigbox.co.uk. Support comes from Sunderland’s Red Alert and The Ultimate.