The band still flying the punk flag 45 years on

Punk rock stalwarts Stiff Little Fingers are returning to Warrington to keep flying the flag for a chaotic yet hugely influential era in music.

Led by Jake Burns since 1977, the band will be raising the roof at Parr Hall on Friday, 15 July. Stiff Little Fingers formed in Belfast and were among the pioneers of the original punk scene.

Joining ranks with the likes of The Clash, Sex Pistols, The Damned, Buzzcocks and Undertones, they helped usher in a new era of music and they are still keeping that spirit alive 45 years on.

Jake and his friends were just teens when they were exposed to a world of mohawks, fast, raucous guitar riffs and people sticking their middle finger up at the establishment and mainstream.

Inspired by what they saw and experienced, Stiff Little Fingers quickly formed and went on to become an integral part of the punk movement. They wrote initially about their own lives, growing up at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, with songs like Suspect Device and Wasted Life.

That led to BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel becoming a fan and the band recorded a session with the renowned new music champion in 1978 which saw their popularity continue to grow.

Stiff Little Fingers have enjoyed a loyal following since and, apart from a brief pause between 1982 and 1987, they have been a consistent part of the rock scene with 10 studio albums under their belt.

Stiff Little Fingers will perform at Parr Hall on Friday, 15 July. Tickets are on sale here or call the Box Office on 01925 442345.