Theatre of Hate

A Thing Of Beauty Tour

Thu 14 Apr 2022 / 7:30pm Darwen Library Theatre
Dates & Prices

This event has been rescheduled from Saturday 11th December 2021  and moved from King George’s Hall to Darwen Library Theatre venue.
Original ticket holders will be contacted to offer exchange to new venue.

In 1980, Kirk Brandon formed Theatre Of Hate from the ashes of heralded punk band The Pack. Joining Kirk on vocals were notable punk musicians Stan Stammers and Luke Rendall, along with old school friend, Steve Guthrie and Canadian born John “Boy” Lennard, who revolutionised the band’s sound with his haunting sax lines.

Theatre Of Hate’s debut double-A-side single, “Legion”/”Original Sin”, topped the independent chart in 1980, and “Westworld”, their debut album, produced by Mick Jones from The Clash and released in 1982, held the number one position for 21 weeks. The single taken from the album, “Do You Believe In The West- world?” has become an anthem and is still widely played in clubs and on international radio, as well as featuring on numerous compilation albums.
Theatre Of Hate imploded in 1982, with Kirk taking Stan forward to form Spear Of Destiny, but the band has resurfaced over the years to play some very special shows.

With a now settled line up of Kirk Brandon, Stan Stammers, Adrian Portas, Chris Bell & Clive Osborne (currently deputising for John Lennard) the band released two EP’s I.Sensou (War) & II.Heiwa (Peace) in 2019 which have maintained the ongoing success and paved the way for the bands latest and, appropriately named, studio album A Thing Of Beauty, again funded by the growing fanbase via very specially packaged releases on CD & Vinyl. Recorded during the 2020 lockdowns and to be officially released in March 2021 the albums’s 23 tracks will be released on Vinyl, CD and Digital formats. With the trade- mark Theatre Of Hate sound this new venture has already become a favourite amongst the loyal fanbase.


“We have seen the Stranglers, SLF, The Damned and Killing Joke go from strength to strength in the past few years and with performances this powerful and this spell binding it won’t be long before Theatre Of hate join them”
John Robb - Louder Than War
“Did not expect that - absolutely brilliant from the first note to the last... stick it on, settle back and prepare to be in awe of master craftsmen at work”
“I'm lovin' all the tracks for different reasons. It's a blinding album and a great way to end this year on a high note! Long live The Hate!”
“Oozes every ounce of Theatre of Hate, mesmerising sax, haunting bass, rhythmic skins, slight but perfect guitar, and vocals that make the hair at the back of your neck stand up on end...’’
A Thing of Beauty
10 out of 10
“The setlist is packed with classic Theatre of Hate tracks. The quality of songs and their performance is relentless.”
Alan Neilson -
“What a fantastic band, playing music that comes from outer space and refuses to be bracketed. Every note conjured by the melding of dark and light energy into a fury of anger, love and power”
Juniper Gavin

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