April 23 and March 17, otherwise known as St. George’s Day and St Patrick’s Day, however, one is more celebrated than the other and a Tyneside promoter is looking to change all that.
St Patrick’s is seen as the more annual event of the two national holidays, the March date hard celebrated across the United Kingdom, including here in the north-east, with Emerald Green and plenty of Guinness-laden emblazoned events galore being put on for the punters pleasure.
This April though, when St George’s Day comes around, promoter Steve Wraith is breaking with the norm and looks to celebrate the feast of Saint George with a musical extravaganza at Newcastle’s O2 Academy.
“The St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are overshadowing that of St. George so I want to start championing events for out patron saint,” began Steve.
“It’s a national day that we should be proud of and not be chastised for any political overtures.”
In order to celebrate St. George’s this year Steve’s Newcastle Legends are putting on Badness, the Sex Pissed Dolls, and local up-and-coming band, The Good Souls, the Dolls having a Geordie amidst their ranks, and The Good Souls, formed of South Tyneside steel.
With Badness bringing their unique tribute to those iconic rockers, Madness, to the table, the Dolls are their own brand of English sass, beginning as an all-girl tribute to the masterful Sex Pistols, the Nancy Doll led five-piece have gone into their own brand and added their style to mix.
Aiming to bring the St George’s Day celebrations to the fore Steve added of the musical talent on show: “We have three really great acts performing in Badness, the Dolls, and The Good Souls.
“The event as a whole will bring forth some great, British music and we can hopefully celebrate St. George’s Day as only we know how, having a good time with some good music.”
Tickets for Badness, Sex Pissed Dolls and The Good Souls, at the O2 Academy on April 20, are available now priced £14 (inc. booking fee) from https://www1.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F005346EDD47A75 with doors opening at 6:30pm.