Teesside band Snide Remarks are curating a special show to honour and remember founding Snide Remarks member, Keith Barnard (Barney), who sadly passed away last year.
Titled ‘Punkfest’, this all-day event will play host to a range of punk bands who will come together from across the UK and Europe all in the name of Barney – and to also raise money for Cystic Fibrosis and The Butterwick Hospice.
The line-up will feature The Amazing Spacefrogs who will kickstart the event at 14:30. Formed in 1977, they were brought into the spotlight after playing for the renowned John Peel and are remembered for their ‘Dirty Habits’ EP.
They will be followed on by Boilermaker – a Darlington-based punk band, and Sunderland-based rockers, Kickback Generation – a band who claims they were ‘born to fight against the tyranny of capitalism until they had a beer and decided to write one good tune that can save the world.’
Then event-goers will be treated to Wakefield-born punks Guttersluts, a punk covers band that have toured across the UK. Then on come UK punk festival scene regulars, Vomit. Formed in 1977 and hailing from Congleton, Vomit are back and sounding as good as ever.
Loaded 44 are the final band to play before a charity break; the band has played all over the UK and Europe and now two of the early members have revived the band with a new line-up for 2019.
After the charity break, Snide Remarks – Keith Barnard’s band – will take to the stage to perform in his memory; there’s no doubt this set will be an emotional tribute to their founding member.
The penultimate act of the night will be none other than XSLF, a band consisting of Stiff Little Fingers members Henry Cluney and Jim Reilly; XSLF will be playing some Stiff Little Fingers classics alongside some new and unreleased material.
Finally, to round off this night of remembrance and charity fundraising the promoters bring you punk legends 999 who will take to the stage and bring the night to an epic conclusion. Formed in London in 1976 and still showing that punk’s not dead, they recently celebrated their 40th anniversary as a band.
Punk Party for Barney takes place at The Georgian Theatre, Stockton on Sunday 21st April. Tickets, priced at £15.00 in advance, are available from Georgian Theatre Tickets on the door are priced at £17.50. All money raised will go to charity, so get down and remember a North East punk legend.