AWARD-winning indie-rock band The Vaccines have announced a gig in Hartlepool as the North-East date of a new UK tour.
The band, who have been nominated in the past for Brit and NME awards, will play the 1,150-capacity Borough Hall on March 28.
The gig is another feather in the cap for the venue, which has previously staged shows by the likes of Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, and Morrissey, former frontman with The Smiths.
Later this year, it will also host a show by top opera singer Russell Watson, who will appear for the third time with Hartlepool Male Voice Choir in its annual summer celebrity concert.
The Vaccines were formed in West London in 2010, and created an immediate stir with short, fast-paced anthemic songs such as Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra) and Nørgaard.
But they are best-known for the singles Post Break-Up Sex and If You Wanna?, which both made the Top 40.
Their first album, 2011’s What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?, was the best-selling debut of the year.
Follow-up Come Of Age, released the following year, entered the charts at No 1.
The band themselves have said their influences range from “’50s rock ‘n’ roll through to ‘80s American hardcore, and a lot of good pop music”.
This week saw them release new single Handsome, which is the first taste of their forthcoming third album.
The tour sees them playing exclusive intimate shows, visiting some regional towns and cities for the first time.
They last toured the UK in May 2013, when they played a run of arena shows, including the 20,000 capacity O2 Arena in London.
More arena dates are expected once the as-yet-unnamed album is released, so the Hartlepool gig is a real coup for the town.
Tickets for The Vaccines’ show are £20 and go on sale on Friday at 10am from www.gigsandtours.com