By Eamon O'Neill on 3 April 2016.
Buzzcocks are to celebrate their fortieth anniversary with an extensive tour that will takes in multiple dates in both the U.K. and Ireland. Taking in Irish shows in Dublin, Galway and Limerick, the punk pioneers' U.K. jaunt will include a stop off at London's prestigious Roundhouse.
The influential outfit who kick off the 'Buzzcocks 40' world tour in Italy at the end of April, will be making a return to Ireland in November, starting in Limerick at Dolan's Warehouse on 2nd Nov, before heading to Roisin Dubh in Galway on 3rd. The tour then makes its way to Belfast on 4th Nov at The Limelight, before finishing off in Dublin at The Academy on 5th.
The Irish dates come after an extensive U.K. run that will see the seminal act play Newcastle, Brighton, Oxford and London among other cities, as well as stopping off at Buzzcocks' stronghold of Manchester. Formed in Bolton in 1976 by singer / guitarist Pete Shelley and shortly recruiting long-standing guitarist Steve Diggle, the iconic outfit famously opened for the Sex Pistols at their Manchester Free Trade show in the same year.
Speaking to eonmusic via gigsandfestivals in 2014, Diggle said of the band's Manchester beginnings; "I always remember doing a double take thinking; is this kind of excitement for the moment, or is it history being made that’s happening? It felt like a bit of both. There was a lot of magic around that time, and Manchester became alive for that generation".
Going on to talk about the band's far reaching influence - cited by everyone from R.E.M to Nirvana, the guitarist said; "we’ve inspired a lot of people over the years - not intentionally, but that’s just the way that it goes. When you set out in a band you don’t necessarily set out to do that. It was a very distinctive sound and way of writing that we had. We’re almost a ‘bands’ band in a way".
Tickets for 'Buzzcocks 40' U.K. dates are on sale now from ticketmaster.co.uk. Tickets for Ireland and Belfast go on sale from Thursday 7th April at ticketmaster.ie, and usual outlets.
Buzzcocks 40 U.K. and Ireland shows:
5 Oct - Unity Works, Wakefield, U.K.
6 Oct - Fibbers, York, U.K.
7 Oct - Royal Albert Hall, Manchester, U.K.
8 Oct - Rock City, Nottingham, U.K.
12 Oct - O2 Academy, Newcastle, U.K.
13 Oct - Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, U.K.
14 Oct - Ironworks, Inverness, U.K.
15 Oct - O2 Academy, Glasgow, U.K.
18 Oct - The Copper Rooms, Coventry, U.K.
20 Oct - Concorde 2, Brighton, U.K.
21 Oct - Roundhouse, London, U.K.
22 Oct - O2 Academy, Oxford, U.K.
26 Oct - The Waterfront, Norwich, U.K.
27 Oct - Junction, Cambridge, U.K.
28 Oct - O2 Academy, Bristol, U.K.
29 Oct - Princess Pavillion, Falmouth, U.K.
2 Nov - Dolans Warehouse, Limerick, Ireland
3 Nov - Roisin Dubh, Galway, Ireland
4 Nov - The Limelight, Belfast, U.K.
5 Nov - The Academy, Dublin, Ireland