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In case the avalanche of BBC Four documentaries and super-duper deluxe editions have passed over your head, 2017 has marked the latest notable anniversary for Britain’s revolutionary punk movement. It’s easy to cast scorn over reels of grainy footage and recordings which were never intended to see the light of day, yet while Never Mind The Bollocks receives its 17,373rd reissue it’s worth remembering the impact the phenomenon had on innumerable oft-neglected local scenes.

This certainly hasn’t been lost on Bugsy of The Amazing Spacefrogs, who has drawn together old and new for this one-off mini-festival geared at showcasing Teesside’s punk heritage. Staged at Stockton’s Georgian Theatre on Saturday 2nd December, it’s a line-up packed with variety and respective histories which epitomise the endurance of the scene – not least in the shape of The Filth, who reformed to celebrate the life of guitarist Niggsi, and No Way, who’ve endured the passing of frontman Matey. They’re joined on the bill by fellow veterans Johnny Seven, while the new generation is represented by the fresh faces of Alien8 and current torchbearers Zeitgeist 77, the latter of whom act as headliners. Nostalgic and contemporary in equal measure, it promises a high bar for the inevitable 45 and 50-year festivities to come!

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