Derry’s finest exports, The Undertones, have announced two tours for 2020, one of the UK and the other of the East Coast of the USA.

The Undertones playing at the Boiler Shop in Newcastle in 2019. Pic: Gary Welford.

The band, whose debut single Teenage Kicks was famously championed by John Peel, will head for the States in April to play five dates.

They posted on their Facebook page: “The 2019 USA tour was so much fun and such a success that we thought we’ll do a couple of return trips and play some places we didn’t get to this year.”

They will play the following shows:

11 April – Catasauqua PA – American Legion 215
14 April – Washington D.C. – Union Stage
15 April – Philadelphia – World Cafe Live
17 April – NYC – The Gramercy
18 April – NYC – The Gramercy
19 April – Boston – Paradise Rock Club

Then in May and June they will play nine UK dates, starting at the Boiler Shop in Newcastle on Thursday, May 7 (tickets available here). They are also booked to make their first appearance at Rebellion Festival in Blackpool in August.

The band, which still includes original members John and Damian O’Neill, Michael Bradley and Billy Doherty, released some of the finest pop punk of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, before going their separate ways in 1983.

They reformed in 1999, with Paul McLoone replacing Feargal Sharkey as vocalist, and classic songs like Get Over You, Jimmy Jimmy, You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use It) and Here Comes The Summer still form the backbone of their set.

Paul McLoone of The Undertones performing at the Boiler Shop in Newcastle in 2019. Pic: Gary Welford.

Tickets for the UK dates are on sale now from Support at all shows except Sheffield* will come from Hugh Cornwell, formerly of The Stranglers, who will perform an electric set of hits like Golden Brown, Always The Sun and No More Heroes.

* Support at Sheffield only will come from The Neville Staple Band.

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