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It’s hard to mention The King Blues without immediately talking about politics or their crucial role as a loud, sincere and articulate voice for Britain’s disenfranchised youth. It’s important to talk about that too, as since the ska punk-influenced trio’s split in 2012 there’s been a gaping hole for a band with their attitude and earnest lyrics. That’s why their return has been met with absolute delight from a passionate fanbase, and the announcement of a tour, taking in Newcastle’s O2 Academy on Wednesday 17th February, will see shows filled with absolute fire-in-the-belly, raucous fun.

There are four fantastic albums to draw set lists from, but even with the original line-up reformed, this is no greatest hits tour from a band whose very mission statement is to be vital, and represent a constant clambering for social justice. Drawing on influences from folk to hip-hop, one of the driving factors of the reunion must have been the current political backdrop and a Tory government at odds with all they represent. They may be a little older and a little wiser, but they’re still just a bunch of punk upstarts, and maybe that’s just what we need.

The King Blues play O2 Academy, Newcastle on Wednesday 17th February.

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