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Part Edwardian sideshow, part cabaret, with a style borrowed from B&W German expressionist cinema, The Tiger Lillies are undoubtedly one of the most surreal cult bands on the circuit. The London trio’s latest tour includes a date at Durham’s Gala Theatre on Sunday 22nd March, at which they will be celebrating 25 years of dark and deviant theatrics.

Summed up as “perverse troubadours with something to offend everyone” by Bizarre Magazine, any other attempt to describe them would be spectacularly inadequate. Their two most recent extravaganzas, The Ancient Mariner and Lulu – A Murder Ballad, were met with rave reviews and won the unholy trinity a whole new legion of fans. Forthcoming album Songs From the Gutter promises to be as dark, twisted and entrancing as any before it.

Not many bands can boast a catalogue of songs covering topics as diverse as cross-dressing prostitute amputees, bestiality towards insects and a mournful ode to Jack the Ripper. If you were, per chance, looking for an act which covers all of the above, Tiger Lillies should be right up your murky, faeces strewn, gas lamp-lit street. Just be sure not to break your neck on those cobbles.

The Tiger Lillies play Gala Theatre, Durham on Sunday 22nd March.

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