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Stiff Little Fingers enlist The Damned, The Skids and more for hometown festival

The Line-up for the sixth annual 'Putting the Fast in Belfast' also features Problem Patterns, and DJ Terri Hooley.

Stiff Little Fingers are ‘Putting the Fast in Belfast’ for a sixth time as their annual hometown festival takes shape.

This year the 17 August event will feature The Damned, The Skids, Problem Patterns, and DJ Terri Hooley, founder of the Good Vibrations record shop and its associated label.

SLF’s singer and guitarist Jake Burns said: “It’s a real joy to be heading back to Belfast again this August, and especially to have such a fantastic line-up of friends and talent with us. The Damned have played Custom House Square with us before, and it’s brilliant to have such a spectacular and influential band return.

“The Skids are contemporaries of ours who we’ve been friends with since 1979, so we’re delighted they could join us. And kicking the whole thing off is local band, Problem Patterns, who I’ve only seen on video but who have blown me away with their energy, commitment, and songs. I’m really looking forward to seeing them play. All in all, this will be a really special evening. I can’t wait!”

Ahead of that Stiff Little Fingers, whose classic debut album ‘Inflammable Material’ this year celebrates its 45th anniversary, have announced what will be their last US coast-to-coast tour.

May’s “Hate Has No Home Here” tour, on which they’ll be joined by Belfast’s own Ricky Warwick, kicks off on 1 May at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club and winds up in Las Vegas at the Punk Rock Bowling festival.

Burns said; “We’re fired up and looking forward to playing in America again for the first time in five years. Given the amount of touring we undertake, we’ve decided this is our final US coast-to-coast tour. That doesn’t mean we won’t play occasional dates in the U.S. in the future, but there will be fewer select shows, probably scheduled around festivals.”

The tour is named after one of SLF’s new songs. “Hate Has No Home Here”, the song, was inspired by the title of a grassroots campaign in Jake’s Chicago neighbourhood that brought the community together to fight hate speech and intolerance.

Main photo of Jake Burns: Montecruz Foto

Wednesday May 1 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club

Thursday May 2 Philadelphia, PA – Brooklyn Bowl

Friday May 3 New York, NY – Webster Hall

Sunday May 5 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!

Monday May 6 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues

Tuesday May 7 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s

Thursday May 9 Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre

Friday May 10 Chicago, IL – Metro

Saturday May 11 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club

Monday May 13 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall

Tuesday May 14 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex

Friday May 17 Portland, OR – Revolution Hall

Saturday May 18 Eugene, OR – WOW Hall

Sunday May 19 Seattle, WA – El Corazon

Tuesday May 21 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

Wednesday May 22 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre

Thursday May 23 Ventura, CA – The Ventura Theatre

Saturday May 25 San Diego, CA – House of Blues

Sunday May 26 Santa Ana, CA – Observatory

Monday May 27 Las Vegas, NV – Punk Rock Bowling

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