No Going Back for the original Ulster punks

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It is thankfully a long way from The Troubles, but the fire sparked by the tension and drama that birthed Stiff Little Fingers is still burning bright.

Through early hits like Alternative Ulster and Suspect Device, the Belfast punks carved themselves a niche in Northern Ireland.

And by bringing the personal and the political together in a way that their mainland peers couldn’t, SLF earned themselves a loyal following.

Numerous bands who’ve gone on to success themselves have cited them as an influence, including Rancid, Therapy? and Bad Religion.

After decades of ups and downs, break-ups and successful reunions, they’re still led by founding singer and guitarist Jake Burns.

Now they’re returning with a new studio album, their 10th – No Going Back – due out next month and are playing at The Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea on Tuesday, April 1.

Tickets cost £18.50 from or (023) 9286 3911.

Support comes from The Godfathers.