Punk legends on festival bill

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Punk legends The Buzzcocks are the latest act to be confirmed for August’s Rebellion festival at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.

The band have just released their ninth album – The Way – and next year will celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto formed the band while students in Bolton in 1976 
after travelling to London to see the Sex Pistols.

The band released their Spiral Scratch EP the following year – the first independently released punk single in the UK.

Devoto left soon after, eventually forming post punk band Magazine, but Pete and the band continued, notching up six top 40 hits and three successful albums before disbanding in 1981.

The band got back together in 1989 and, for the last 25 years, have been a staple on the European tour circuit and have produced another six 

A spokesman for Rebellion, which takes place on August 6-9, said: “The new album contains razor sharp songs as you’d expect from the masters of catchy punk tunes.

“With a great mix of the ‘classics’ and more up to date tunes, their set is the perfect way to end a night in the Empress Ballroom.”

Tickets for the festival are available for £140, until the end of April.

Tickets can be booked on 02476 601 678.