Californian punk legends Bad Religion have announced a short run of UK dates this summer as part of their 40th anniversary tour.

The band, formed in Los Angeles in 1980, are one of the biggest names on the punk scene, having sold more than five million albums.

Their latest album, Age Of Unreason, came out last year, to rave reviews. It was their 17th studio record, and they have also released two live albums and three compilations.

Lyrically, Bad Religion tackle subjects ranging from religion and politics, to science, and they are one of the more melodic punk bands around, though still pack quite a punch.

As you’d expect from a band of their vintage, they have experienced multiple line-up changes over the years, with vocalist Greg Graffin the only constant member.

Bad Religion performing at the Rebellion Festival in Blackpool. Pic: Gary Welford.

Fellow founding members Jay Bentley (bass) and Brett Gurewitz (guitar) left and rejoined, while guitarist Brian Baker has been with the band since 1994.

The most recent additions are guitarist Mike Dimkich and drummer Jamie Miller, who joined the band in 2013 and 2015 respectively.

As part of their 40th anniversary tour, Bad Religion will play five UK dates in June – details below. Special guests on all dates will be British punk legends UK Subs, who are themselves celebrating a 40th anniversary this year – for their classic second album Brand New Age.

Bad Religion had already announced they will be returning to Rebellion Festival in Blackpool in August for a headline slot.

Gary Welford owner