Stiff Little Fingers return to Preston

Still rocking: Stiff Little Fingers return to Preston's 53 Degrees on Sunday with support from fellow veteran rockers, The Men They Couldn't Hang
Still rocking: Stiff Little Fingers return to Preston's 53 Degrees on Sunday with support from fellow veteran rockers, The Men They Couldn't Hang
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Punk icons Stiff Little Fingers return to Preston on Sunday as they prepare to release their 10th studio album.

Formed in 1977 in Belfast by singer Jake Burns, their hits encapsulated not just the energy of punk but the frustration of growing up in the shadow of The Troubles.

When they sent a copy of their tunes, Suspect Device and Wasted Life, to DJ John Peel, they caught his ear and he began playing it every night.

Debut album Inflammable Material cemented their place at the forefront of the punk movement but in 1983, they split, torn apart by rows.

However, they reunited for a few reunion shows in 1987 and, surprised by the reaction, Burns decided to carry on, recruiting The Jam bassist Bruce Foxton to replace original bassman Ali McMordie.

But, after 15 years, McMordie claimed his job back when Foxton left and SLF have continued to release new material and play to packed houses.

Tickets for their show at 53 Degrees are still on sale at £20 plus booking fee from the box office on 01772 893000, from Action Records, Church Street, Preston, on 01772 258809, or online at www.lancashiretickets.co.uk.