Theatre of Hate + Skeletal Family

  • Date: August 15, 2014
  • Time:20:00
  • Location: Bedford
  • Venue: Esquires



+ Special guests: Skeletal Family

Friday 15th August

Esquires, Bromham Road Bedford 01234 340120

 Following the cancellation of the recent Alt-Fest in Kettering ‘The Pad Presents’ have stepped in at the very last minute and managed to secure a classic double bill of bands from the festivals Friday line up.  As a very last minute show we have the mighty post punk sounds of Theatre Of Hate supported by Leeds Goth legends Skeletal Family all taking place at Bedford Esquires on Friday 15th August.

theatre of Hate

In 1980, Kirk Brandon formed Theatre Of Hate from the ashes of heralded punk band The Pack.  Joining Kirk on vocals were notable punk musicians Stan Stammers and Luke Rendall, along with old school friend, Steve Guthrie and Canadian born John “Boy” Lennard, who revolutionised the band’s sound with his haunting sax lines.

Theatre Of Hate’s debut double-A-side single, “Legon”/”Original Sin”, topped the independent chart in 1980, and “Westworld”, their debut album, produced by Mick Jones from The Clash and released in 1982, held the number one position for 21 weeks.  The single taken from the album, “Do You Believe In The Westworld?” has become an anthem and is still widely played in clubs and on international radio, as well as featuring on numerous compilation albums.

Supporting the likes of The Clash, Ian Dury and Spizz Energi lead to Theatre Of Hate headlining major venues across the UK & Northern Europe.

Theatre Of Hate imploded in 1982, with Kirk taking Stan forward to form Spear Of Destiny, but the band has resurfaced over the years to play some very special shows.

The band reunited last year as special support when The Damned played a massive show at London’s infamous Roundhouse in December 2013. A short set of dates around the London anchor show attracted rave reviews(see attached example).

2014 will see the band play 2 shows in August, with ALT-FEST now cancelled and replaced by the Bedford Esquires show and another 6 night run across the UK takes place during the first week of December in much bigger venues than Bedford Esquires.

New songs are currently being written and will be recorded, the first of which will be released in December 2014.

Kirk Brandon, Stan Stammers and John ‘Boy’ Lennard will be joined by current Spear Of Destiny band member Adrian Portas (New Model Army) and Danny Farrent (Buzzcocks) to pay homage to the iconic TOH sound.

Support on the night comes from Leeds Goth pioneers Skeletal Family fronted by the haunting vocalist Anne Marie Hurst.

Tickets are on sale priced £15 from Seetickets.com and in person from Esquires, Bromham Road, Bedford and Luscious Juice Bar in Lurke Street from Monday 31st July.