Charlie Harper returns for UK Subs

UK Subs
UK Subs

Original punk icon Charlie Harper leads his UK Subs into Preston tomorrow night.

The British punk heroes, formed in 1976 and still lead by their ever-present frontman, come to the city’s Blitz nightclub for one of their most intimate shows of this current tour.

The legendary punk band originally emerged, like so many, from the R&B pub band scene when, inspired by The Damned, Harper formed them from his old band, The

Marauders.

Originally spotted by John Peel, who offered to release their first single, they instead went with City Records, enjoying seven UK Top 10 hits

between 1979 and 1981, along with two Top 10 albums

He is now venerated by many as one of the godfatners of UK punk rock while the UK Subs celebrated their fifth decade together in 2010 and released their most recent album, Work in Progress, on Oi! Records in 2011 to critical acclaim.

They are also a regular feature on the bill at Blackpool’s punk summer extravaganza, Rebellion Festival.

For Blitz owner Peter Alexander, it’s a trip down Memory Lane as he last booked them to play his former club, Preston Warehouse, in their heyday.

He said: “It’s amazing to be re-booking a band after over 30 years since I last booked them to play the Warehouse back in October 1980!”

Support is from local punks Middle Finger Salute, recently confirmed on the bill for the

entire forthcoming Vans Warped US tour. Advance tickets are £10 at www.skiddle.com and will be more on the door.