A new band from Sunderland are celebrating after securing their biggest gig yet - at the world-famous Rebellion Punk Festival.
No Cross are a fourpiece hardcore band from Sunderland who were only formed 15 months ago.
They were delighted to learn they have been given a slot on the prestigious new bands stage at the event, which takes place in Blackpool from August 6 to 9.
The band comprises Jamie Cutter, 24, on bass and lead vocals, Marty Jackson, 23, on guitar, Dean Liddle, 24, on guitar and vocals, and Andy Wilkinson, 30, on drums.
The lads, who all live in Sunderland, have played in various groups before, but only got together in February last year.
“Dean is a childhood friend, and we both like the same sort of music - ‘80s and ‘90s hardcore,” said Marty.
They invite applications to appear on the new bands stage, and we were stunned when we got an email to say we’d been accepted.Marty Jackson, guitarist, No Cross
“He knew Andy through another local band they play in, HDQ, and I’ve known Jamie for a few years.
“We decided we wanted to do something fresh, so we started writing and rehearsing, then played our first gig a year ago this month.
“We’ve played 16 gigs so far, and they’ve gone really well - though there’s been nothing as big as Rebellion.
“They invite applications to appear on the new bands stage, and we were stunned when we got an email to say we’d been accepted.
“It’s a chance to play our songs to a much wider audience - we still can’t believe it.”
• No Cross have a gig closer to home on Saturday, May 23, when they play at Independent in Sunderland.
Influenced by the likes of Husker Du, Leatherface and the Dead Kennedys, No Cross have a live set of 10 songs, lasting about half an hour.
Just one recording is available at present, a seven-song EP of demos, which was released as a limited-run CD and cassette.
Physical copies have sold out, but the songs are still available to download from their Bandcamp page HERE.
However, they are due to go into the studio next month to cut their first seven-inch single, which will be a limited edition of about 300.
• Rebellion is an annual four-day gathering at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, which attracts thousands of punk music fans from all over the world.
This year’s main-stage headliners are The Boomtown Rats, The Damned, Sick Of It All and Less Than Jake.
Other North-East bands appearing include Red Alert, Gimpfist, Crashed Out and The Antiseptics.