Stiff Little Fingers announced major Belfast concert to celebrate 40th Anniversary

Stiff Little Fingers will be playing at Belsonic this summer, along with The Stranglers, The Ruts DC, The Outcasts & punk legend Terri Hooley.

Legendary NI Punks STIFF LITTLE FINGERS play their largest ever Belfast headline show at Custom House Square in Belfast to celebrate their 40th Anniversary, alongside an all-star lineup of special guests & friends including THE STRANGLERS, THE RUTS DC, THE OUTCASTS & TERRI HOOLEY. Tickets, price £25 + Booking Fee, go on-sale Friday February 17th at 9am from Ticketmaster Outlets nationwide.

Stiff Little Fingers were formed in 1977 in Belfast, Ireland. Along with the likes of the Clash, Sex Pistols, The Jam, Buzzcocks, Undertones, Sham 69, Stranglers, et al – Stiff Little Fingers were at the forefront of the punk movement. They wrote initially about their own lives, growing up at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, in songs like “Suspect Device” and “Wasted Life”. In November of ’77, they released those two songs on their own Rigid Digits label, and sent a copy to BBC Radio One DJ John Peel, who started playing it every night.

These were the first of what became SLF’s signature style: lyrics that meld the personal and political, music that combines the energy of punk with infectious hooks, and delivery that rings of honesty and commitment. In 1979 they became the first band ever to hit the UK top 20 album charts on an independent label with their debut Inflammable Material. The album chronicles the band’s anger and frustration at “the Troubles” in Northern Ireland, and calls on youth to create their own reality.

Over the years, their live shows continued to be special events of energy and power. Their studio albums demonstrate their passion and anger, each in its own way. In ’94 they released the Get a Life LP. The album helped renew interest in SLF just as newer bands that sited them as a major influence, such as Bad Religion, Sugar, Rancid and Therapy, were coming to prominence. In August 2003, Stiff Little Fingers released their ninth studio album, Guitar and Drum, which includes a moving tribute to Joe Strummer, entitled “Strummerville”.

Stiff Little Fingers will play at Custom House Square, Belfast, on August 26. Tickets are £25+ and on sale this Friday, February 17 at 9am from Ticketmaster Outlets nationwide.


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