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Since 2007, Durham’s Equestrian Collective have been bringing some badass DIY from around the country to share in their ethos (they’re particular fans of anarchy, equality and respect). In the past they’ve put on just about everyone from Ace Bushy Striptease to Eagulls, Good Grief to Milky Wimpshake, and even stretched beyond the UK’s borders and across the pond to America, where they’ve tempted the likes of One Win Choice and Lemuria to the market town. If you think that DIY and a punk ethos might be dead, then EC probably have something to say about it.

For their latest venture, the collective have brought together bands from across the country to play at the city’s Empty Shop. Birmingham’s Okinawa Picture Show, featuring members of Ace Bushy Striptease and Elly Kingdon, produce catchy and raucous DIY punk pop. DRIFTS, the new north east super group born from The Futureheads, Rivals and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaind, recently released their Blank Studios session for their song XR3-i, a melodic and hazy look back at more youthful days, which is surely just a taster of great things to come from the band. Leeds-based slacker punks Syslak – made up of members from T-Shirt Weather Just Another Warning and Will Tapply – are starting the night with their first-ever Durham show.

Disclaimer: shirtless beached man might not be included on the night…

Okinawa Picture Show, Drifts and Syslak play at Durham’s Empty Shop on Tuesday 28th April.

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