Published: 17/02/2016 16:59 - Updated: 18/02/2016 10:19

Buzzcocks and Space for Ironworks


LIVERPOOL Britrockers Space and punk legends the Buzzcocks will play the Ironworks in dates just announced today.

Punk legends the Buzzcocks will return to the venue on Friday, October 14 as part of their 40th anniversary tour.

And Space – whose Female Of The Species track featured on the number one TFI Album last June – arrive at the venue on Friday, April 22.

Buzzcocks Pete Shelley, Steve Diggle, Chris Remington and Danny Farrant are touring the world this year to mark their momentous anniversary – and will kick off in Australia and New Zealand before moving on to the UK, Europe and the Americas.

Early legendary gigs include their second, when they opened for the Sex Pistols in Manchester on July 20t a follow-up to the now (in)famous Lesser Free Trade Hall gig which Devoto and Shelley had organised the month before.

By the end of 1976, Buzzcocks became one of the first groups to form their own independent record label New Hormones on which they released the seminal Spiral Scratch EP.

In 1977, Devoto departed to be replaced by bassist Steve Garvey and that August, the band signed a recording contract with United Artists Records and released the landmark Orgasm Addict single.

After that came What Do I Get?, the band’s first entry into the UK top 40 singles chart and the first of a string of chart singles.

Over the next three years, Buzzcocks toured extensively and released a trilogy of albums – Another Music In A Different Kitchen, Love Bites and A Different Kind of Tension, as well as the Singles Going Steady compilation.

Though the band split in 1981 to go their separate ways for new projects, 1989 saw the reconvened Shelley/Diggle/Garvey/Maher line-up tour the world again by popular demand.

Since then, the Shelley/Diggle partnership has been the core of sustained gigging plus six successful and well-received studio albums, the latest 2015’s The Way.

Space with singer Tommy Scott (third left).
Space with singer Tommy Scott (third left).

Space will be releasing new studio album Give Me Your Future in May, having set off on their Give Me Your Future UK and Ireland tour in April running through to June.

The new album is being recorded and produced by Grammy and BRIT award winning producer Steve Levine who has worked with The Clash, Culture Cub, Beach Boys, Deniece Williams and Gary Moore to name a few.

Last year’s sell-out tour and Strange World single release saw frontman Tommy saying: "It is a return to the true origins of the band. The tour was mental with whole audiences joining us on stage for the final encore of Female, just amazing nights with the fans, very special for me.

"For me its all about playing new music to new and old fans and playing them the hits."

The band’s previous last album release was Attack Of The Mutant 50ft Kebab– their first new album for nine years with Tommy’s fascination with science and horror films translating into the title track about a 50-foot kebab from a side street takeaway shop wreaking revenge on an ailing high street.

To date, Space has sold over two million albums worldwide with titles including Spiders, Tin Planet, Suburban Rock And Roll and Attack of the Mutant 50ft Kebab.

Ten top 40 singles and many other singles include Neighborhood, Female of the Species, Me And You Vs The World, Avenging Angels, Dark Clouds and Begin Again.

As well as new album Give Me Your Future out in May, a box set including the five released albums plus the un-released "ove you More Than Football is due out next year.

Tickets for both gigs go on sale from the Ironworks on Friday at 10am.

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