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The Outcasts + Support from Absolute Beginners


Belfast Punk Icons – The Outcasts supported by Absolute Beginners with a tribute to The Jam of the like you’ve not heard before… Tickets £15 – Earlybird £12.50

In early 1977, a band of brothers became just that; a band. Sick of not being allowed into clubs (and getting barred from five in one week, because of the way they looked) three brothers and a few friends became a clique known as The Outcasts. Within months they were one of the hottest bands on the emerging Belfast punk scene.

At their first gigs the band were playing a mixture of their own songs and cover versions of songs by The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Damned and The Ramones. Most of the shows ended in some kind of disaster so the local press dubbed the band “the band you love to hate” due to their bad boy image.

After three studio albums, many 7’s and EPs (a bunch of them were for the legendary Good Vibrations record label), day time national UK radio airplay, a song in the UK charts, sessions for the famous BBC broadcaster John Peel and constant tours in the UK and Europe, the band lost guitar player Getty who passed away and in 1985 they split.

The Outcasts reformed in 2011, without Colin on drums, to play Rebellion Festival in England. This was the beginning of the new chapter for the two remaining brothers and their two new fellows. The Outcasts are featured in the critically acclaimed and BAFTA nominated movie Good Vibrations and in an Arte documentary (a popular art TV series made in France) which was shown in 2014 in France, Belgium and Germany. Also a number of compilation and live albums have been released and they have been touring constantly again in the UK, Ireland and across Europe.

A musical play at the Belfast Lyric Theatre called Good Vibrations is currently showing the band in their teenage years alongside the Undertones and Rudi.

In 2019 The Outcasts just released a 4 track EP on vinyl (5 tracks on cd) of new material for the US Record Label Violator Records. Also a double gatefold album of all their singles plus some sessions and live recordings was released by another US Record Label based in Japan.

A band that still wants it and gets it. Great to watch live with probably their best years still ahead of them, this band is a legend and a true punkrock unit that wont retire any time soon.

The current line up of the band consists of Originals Greg Cowan on bass and vocals and Martin Cowan on guitar. Petesy Burns on guitar and JP “Dear Boy Moonie” on drums are the newbies.


Absolute Beginner – A punk homage to the music of The Jam

This is not a tribute / cover band with 3 members wearing suits. This line up features punk musicians who want to pay their homage to Paul Weller’s music and to the Jam!

I’ve always wanted to pay a tribute to The Jam. It’s all about friendship and musicianship. It’s all about not trying to look like the Jam, 3 lads in black suits, and play note for note Weller’s songs. The band will play its own versions of the songs.

It’s all about paying a tribute to one of the finest bands England ever produced!

It’s all about punk musicians paying a tribute to a bands work and paying a tribute to f***in’ great songs!

Absolute Beginners / A tribute night to the music of the Jam, a 5 piece live band

“Loved The Jam growing up and Absolute Beginners is a great band bringing the energy and power of those early Jam songs to life again.”

SET LIST (in no particular order):

Art School
David Watts
Down at the tube station at midnight
Going Underground
In the city
Boy about town
Strange town
Eton rifles
Modern world
Town called malice
Slow down
News of the world
Saturday’s kids
Thick as thieves
That’s entertainment
A bomb in Wardour street
All around the world
Funeral Pyre
Takin’ My Love
When you’re young

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