The Wildhearts have been forced to postpone their first hometown show in 30 years for a third time, until November 2021.

The rockers, fronted by Ginger Wildheart, were originally due to play their first South Shields gig since 1991 on Wednesday, April 29, at the Hedworth Hall.

The national lockdown restrictions introduced to deal with the coronavirus pandemic meant it had to bepostponed. Ongoing restrictions mean it’s had to be rescheduled twice, first to November 12 and then until February 12, 2021.

Now, with continuing uncertainty over when the live music scene will be able to return to normal, the show has been rescheduled again, to 11 November 2021. The support remains street-punk band Crashed Out, from Jarrow.

Crashed Out will support The Wildhearts at Hedworth Hall in South Shields.

The Wildhearts issued a statement yesterday which said: “Once again we are forced to postpone our homecoming show at Hedworth Hall, South Shields, until Thursday 11th November 2021. Original tickets remain valid.

“Stay tuned for further updates on the rest of our headline shows set to take place in February 2021. Thanks for your patience.”

Returns from the original date means a few tickets are available for the South Shields gig, which is a hometown show for Ginger and bassist Danny McCormack. They cost £23.50 (plus booking fees), and are on sale now from www.gigbox.co.uk.

The Wildhearts 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).

The Wildhearts.

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, along with the mini-album Diagnosis.

This year, with all touring activity on hold, they released 30-Year Itch, a 21-track live album recorded during The Renaissance Men and Diagnosis tours during 2019. It’s available from their Round Records label HERE.

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

Remaining tickets for the South Shields date are available from www.gigbox.co.uk, and also from Reflex Records in Newcastle and Hot Rats in Sunderland.

Gary Welford
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