Post-punk pioneers the Undertones head to SWX this weekend

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 April 2019 | UPDATED: 08:13 01 May 2019

The Undertones.

The Undertones.


Post-punk pioneers The Undertones will be providing some teenage kicks when they head to Bristol on Saturday.

The date at SWX is part of a larger tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of the band's self-titled debut album.

Formed in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1975, The Undertones became renowned for combining lyrical invention and musical flair with intelligent simplicity.

From 1975 to 1983, the band consisted of Feargal Sharkey on vocals, John O'Neill on rhythm guitar, Damian O'Neill on lead guitar, Michael Bradley on bass, and Billy Doherty on drums.

Their early work drew influence from punk rock and new wave, while later albums would draw inspiration from motown and 1970s glam rock.

Sharkey left the band in May 1983 amid some musical differences.

The Undertones reformed in 1999 with new frontman Paul McLoone replacing Sharkey.

Their anthemic hit Teenage Kicks is recognised as one of the most influential songs of the post-punk era, and the late, great, John Peel's favourite song.

They will be joined by the original Rudeboy Neville Staple.

Staple rose to prominence in the 1970s as a member of The Coventry Automatics, as well as The Specials.

He also collaborated with American acts such as No Doubt and Rancid in the 1990s.

The Undertones are set to take the stage at the SWX in Nelson Street, on May 4, at 6.30pm.

Tickets, priced £25, are available to buy from the box office on 01179 450325 or at

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