The Wildhearts, one of the best British rock bands of the last 30 years, have today announced an intimate hometown show which takes them right back to their roots.

The band, fronted by Ginger Wildheart, will play their first South Shields gig since 1991 on Wednesday, April 29, at the Hedworth Hall.

Tickets for the gig, which is a hometown show for Ginger and bassist Danny McCormack, are £23.50 (plus booking fees), and are on sale from 6.30pm tonight at

It is the second high-profile show being held at the venue, following one by another local band, The Toy Dolls, on Thursday, April 16, which has already sold out.

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The Wildhearts were formed in 1989, and have been at the forefront of the British rock scene since their classic debut album Earth vs The Wildhearts (voted No 1 album of the year in Kerrang! back in 1993, and No 20 in the best rock albums of all time in a Kerrang! special in 2006).

Although the ‘90s saw the band become something akin to a real-life soap opera in the press, with tales of sex, drugs, bust-ups, fights, splits, more drugs and a lot more controversy, recent years have seen the band more focused than ever before and firing on all cylinders.

Last year saw the release of Renaissance Men, their first full-length studio album in 10 years, which was hailed as one of the best of their career.

The one constant in The Wildhearts’ story is founder and frontman Ginger, and the current line-up includes long-time bandmate Danny McCormack on bass, CJ on guitar and Ritch Battersby on drums.

The Wildhearts remain a hard-hitting rock band who are known for their incendiary live shows. Tickets for the South Shields date will be available from, in person from the Hedworth Hall and also from Reflex Records in Newcastle and Hot Rats in Sunderland.

Gary Welford owner