The Klarts return to Sunderland for hometown gig

editorial image
Have your say

One of Sunderland’s most controversial rock bands is back – for one night only.

The Klarts built up a firm following on the local circuit after forming at university and went on to share a stage with Kula Shaker and Wheatus.

They called it a day in 2006, but their loyal fan following (known as The Klartists) has led to them re-forming for a gig on home turf.

Vocalist Barry Braley, said: “Due to work and family commitments it made it hard for The Klarts to get together for regular practices and that was it.

“Although we stayed best of friends, it was only once to twice a year we would see each other, keeping in touch via Facebook and text etc.”

After the band played a private function last week as a one-off, their fans on Facebook pushed for one last public performance.

Aware of the band’s popularity, the Students’ Union has given them the chance to use North Shore for the gig which will take place on November 9.

Barry – who performs in the band alongside brother Dean Braley on drums, Scott Rutter on bass guitar and Ian West on lead guitar – added: “Upon releasing the date of this gig on our facebook page, more than 100 people requested tickets within 24 hours.

“We were all humbled by the response, especially as we have been out of the scene for so long and this has made us even more determined to make it a night to remember.”

l A Night with The Klarts takes place on November 9, with doors open from 7.30pm. Tickets are £4 or £3.50 for students pre-ordered from or £6 on the door.