Stiff Little Fingers Announce UK Tour in 2016

Stiff Little Fingers Announce UK Tour in 2016

UK Tour Dates Announced – February/March 2016

With Special Guests Ricky Warwick & The Fighting Hearts

Pledge Campaign For 25th Anniversary DVD

After the success of their 2014 studio album release, the critically acclaimed ‘No Going Back’, Punk rock legends Stiff Little Fingers are set to tour the UK in February and March 2016, with guests Ricky Warwick and The Fighting Hearts.

The band have also launched a Pledge campaign for a brand new live DVD / CD. March 17, 2016 will mark the 25th anniversary of SLF’s annual St. Patrick’s Day shows at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom. The Pledge campaign will see a live recording of this historic occasion.

Stiff Little Fingers were formed in 1977 in Belfast, Ireland.  Along with the likes of the Clash, Sex Pistols, The Jam, Buzzcocks, Undertones, Sham 69, Stranglers, et al – Stiff Little Fingers were at the forefront of the punk movement. They wrote initially about their own lives, growing up at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, in songs like “Suspect Device” and “Wasted Life”.

These were the first of what became SLF’s signature style: lyrics that meld the personal and political, music that combines the energy of punk with infectious hooks, and delivery that rings of honesty and commitment. In 1979 they became the first band ever to hit the UK top 20 album charts on an independent label with their debut Inflammable Material. The band split in early ’83. During the five years they spent apart, each member pursued musical projects. But none were as satisfying, or as successful, as Stiff Little Fingers.

In ’87, Jake and Ali decided to do a few reunion shows. The audience response to the reunion shows was overwhelming; with sell-out crowds larger than any that SLF had played in their original incarnation. In ’94 they released the Get a Life LP. The album helped renew interest in SLF just as newer bands that sited them as a major influence, such as Bad Religion, Sugar, Rancid and Therapy, were coming to prominence. In August 2003, Stiff Little Fingers released their ninth studio album, the critically acclaimed Guitar and Drum on the EMI Label. This was followed by 2014’s No Going Back.

2016 UK tour dates are as follows:

Thurs 25th Feb 2016           Oxford, o2 Academy UK
Fri 26th Feb                           Portsmouth, Pyramid UK
Sat 27th Feb                           Exeter, Phoenix UK
Sun 28th Feb                         Cardiff, University (SOLUS) UK
Tues 1st march                     Bilston, Robin 2 UK
Wed 2nd March                    Leamington Spa, The Assembly UK
Fri 4th March                        London, The Forum UK
Sat 5th March                        Northampton, Roadmender UK
Sun 6th March                      Bristol. O2 Academy UK
Tues 8th March                    Cambridge, Junction UK
Wed 9th March                    Norwich, Waterfront UK
Fri 11th March                      Nottingham, Rock City UK
Sat 12th March                     Leeds, o2 Academy UK
Mon 14th March                  Aberdeen, Garage UK
Tues 15th March                  Inverness, Ironworks UK
Thurs 17th March                Glasgow, Barrowlands UK
Fri 18th March                      Newcastle, o2 Academy
Sat 19th March                     Manchester, The Ritz UK

Tickets are priced £18.50 / London £20.00 (subject to booking fees) and available from all usual outlets

About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!